Friday, February 21, 2020

Free Photo Friday

Once a week I share an old timey photo from my personal collection. Feel free to use them in your mess making, art and crafting.

The images are not polished and left in their grungy, smudged and speckled glory. Just how I like 'em! Without further ado... 


Do NOT sell, give, or distribute the images as your own, digitally or printed, alone or as part of a collection, collage sheet or group. BUT DO absolutely make stuff with them and sell the stuff you make. If you share your project, a link is appreciated.

Violators will be turned into toads, given warts, all the bad stuff... I mean it... It won't be pretty. 

Friday, February 14, 2020

Free Photo Friday

Once a week I share an old timey photo from my personal collection. Feel free to use them in your mess making, art and crafting.

The images are not polished and left in their grungy, smudged and speckled glory. Just how I like 'em! Without further ado... 

Do NOT sell, give, or distribute the images as your own, digitally or printed, alone or as part of a collection, collage sheet or group. BUT DO absolutely make stuff with them and sell the stuff you make. If you share your project, a link is appreciated.

Violators will be turned into toads, given warts, all the bad stuff... I mean it... It won't be pretty. 

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

A Heart-Shaped Book of Love

I've been dreaming of this project for months and I'm so smitten with how it came out.


Perusing Instagram one day I spied a medieval painting with a young man holding a heart shaped book and I KNEW I wanted to make my own.


Apparently heart shaped books were quite popular during the late Middle Ages. A quick search and you'll find loads of beautiful antique examples. 


For my book, I've used a Book Of Love Heart Mini Album and paper from Graphic 45's Flower Shoppe (one of my favaourite collections ever) to embellish the outside, with a chopped up a  Rose Border for embellishment.


Inside I've covered each spread with music paper, and painted the pages with symbols associated with love and love magic.


A bit of advice: be sure that your layout is dry before moving on to the next. I had a couple of pages so in love they wanted to stick together and not be unstuck.



I added some stamped elements on a few pages and applied gold embossing powder. I think it gives a nice nod to the gilded illumination in old manuscripts.


There's runes and symbols and all sorts of love elements in my magic little book, but don't feel bound by my example. You could make a book based on self love.... or not about love in the least!



The petite size of this book make it wonderful for exploring and experimenting. With just 7 layouts to complete, it's not an overwhelming commitment. AND the chippy pages are pretty great at accepting an enthusiastic application of mixed media. 


Want to see how I put this heart-shaped book of love together? Great! I've made a video to guide you though the process. Pop over HERE to see it.


Here are all the bits I used to make this book
Rose Border
Foam Stamps
music paper
scrapbook paper (Graphic 45's Flower Shoppe)
glue
hockey tape (cloth type)
acrylic paint
gold embossing powder


Here's hoping you too are filled with love and magic.





Friday, February 07, 2020

Free Photo Friday

Once a week I share an old timey photo from my personal collection. Feel free to use them in your mess making, art and crafting.

The images are not polished and left in their grungy, smudged and speckled glory. Just how I like 'em! Without further ado... 


Do NOT sell, give, or distribute the images as your own, digitally or printed, alone or as part of a collection, collage sheet or group. BUT DO absolutely make stuff with them and sell the stuff you make. If you share your project, a link is appreciated.

Violators will be turned into toads, given warts, all the bad stuff... I mean it... It won't be pretty. 

Thursday, February 06, 2020

A tiny tin and a bossy bird

There were some pretty great clearance deals at the craft shop last weekend. I grabbed some little tins, about half the size of an altoid tin, and gussied one of them up the other day.


I covered the tin with Worn Wallpaper papers from Tim Holtz. On the front, a button with a snip of twine and a Tim Holtz - Story Stick


Inside a little fairy, paper flower from Graphic 45, and more buttons. The sentiment is from a vintage children's book (don't worry, it was beyond repair).


I'm hoping that February feels a bit more creatively productive than January (which was about 87 days long!)


Fingers crossed this wee fairy found a bit of inspiration for me in addition to those buttons.

Supplies used for the project:
Half sized tin
Old Buttons
Snipped Words
Twine
Bee Wings Download/Bee Wings Transparency Half Sheet
Worn Wallpaper, Tim Holtz
Story Stick, Tim Holtz
Paper Dolls, Tim Holtz
Paper Flowers, Graphic 45

And now for the bossy bird.


I wasn't planning on bringing anything that poops in to the house, but here we are...

Someone needed a home for these two (as well as a pretty yellow canary) and our finch hasn't been himself since his buddy died a while ago. I've been trying to introduce them gently this week, worried about my timid lonely fellow being outnumbered.

What you don't see in this pic is Wednesday, my old finch, sitting on their cage shouting "COME OUT! COME OUT! Why are you dummies sitting in that little cage?" Turns out HE is the bossy one. I'm hoping they'll all be fast friends in no time at all.

These two don't have names btw. Any ideas?





Saturday, February 01, 2020

Love Fairy Stamps

While I'm not a fan of Valentine's Day (seriously, just love me all the damn time) these little love fairies sprung off of my work table yesterday.


I made a set of six using chipboard Postage Stamp Blanks as a base. I simply painted them white, then applied a slip of coloured music paper for the background.


The fabulous femmes are from my Petite Ladies Collage Sheet and I've given them all Transparent Bee Wings to fairy-fy them.


The little glittery hearts are snipped from paper and then given a healthy application of glitter.


I'm tickled with how this sweet little lady looks like she's going to slap someone with a face full of love.


"Hey! You! Love someone damn it!"


I'd like to think they're slightly insane, shoving love all over the place, often in places it doesn't belong. Let's be honest, love is nuts and this would explain soooo much.


Here's the list o' supplies should you want to make your own:

Old paper/music sheets
Acrylic Paint
Paper hearts
Glitter
Glue
Foam adhesive squares