Friday, November 9, 2018

Aurora

 
 
 
Kaisercraft 'Pen and Ink' paper stack. Fussy cut butterfly's and bits from the pattern paper. The colored butterfly's are from a vintage dust jacket. Doily was sprayed with shimmery spray from the stash. This was a fast and easy layout to put together.

 
NOTE: pop the wings and things up with a pop dot or foam squares.

a
u·ro·ra
[əˈrôrə, ôˈrôrə]
 NOUN 

aurorae [plural noun] auroras [plural noun] aurora borealis [noun] aurora australis [noun]
1. a natural electrical phenomenon characterized by the appearance of streamers of reddish or greenish light in the sky, usually near the northern or southern magnetic pole.
2. literay
the dawn, first thing in the morning, early sky, daybreak, sunrise, first light, daylight.

 
John Oliver Explains Daylight Saving Time.....
 

Friday, November 2, 2018

Simple Mail Art

Simple mail art outgoing. Stamp with a fun stamp in a non water soluble ink. Find a large alphabet stamp and stamp the first name of your recipient. {Remember to leave a space for the stamp or mail label.} Then write the full name and address underneath or beside the stamp.
{left off here for obvious reasons}
Finished Samhain Pocket Letter from last Friday.
 
Good advice from Pinerest

Friday, October 26, 2018

Background for a Pocket Letter

This is a background for a pocket letter I am working on.
1.} cut a sheet of heavy mixed media paper to the total finished size you will need. Generally a pocket letter will be {7-1/2 x 10-1/2 inches}.
2.} cover the entire paper with a generous layer of paints in the colors you choose. Allow to dry thoroughly.
3.} 'Ink'  stamp  or stamps with black gesso. Do a practice stamp first if the lines are very fine. It is nice to get it right the first stamp on your started background. NOTE: If it messes up, just re apply the paints to cover and start over with the stamp. Allow to dry
4.} Spray a glitter covering with  your glitter sprays. Allow to dry
 The theme for this letter is Samhain. I loved the finely wrought stencil of a spider web. Instead of using it in the usual way. I thought I would try something new.
5.} Place stencil onto background. Secure with clips of some kind.
6.} Go in with the metallic ink in a random inking , not too heavy as you want to highlight, not cover entirely. For the web, I concentrated on the inside corners with the ink.
7.} Keep the stencil securely in place. Go over all lines of the web with the glitter liner. NOTE: do not close the ends off if you want to add more webbing to the piece. {solid white edge of stencil}
8.} To get an all over pattern move your stencil matching up the edges loosely with the last stencil lines. Repeat the steps to cover the entire background.
 
 The glitter liner gives a lovely gossamer finish to the web.
Check back for a look at the finished letter!
Supplies:
~Heavy weight mixed media paper
~black gesso
~acrylic paints in your color pallet
~metallic ink
~glitter sprays
~fine liner glitter pen
~stamp
~stencil
 
Thanks Pinterest

Friday, October 19, 2018

Quoth The Raven....

I chanced upon a vintage used deck of these cards. They were for a game I had never heard of. But I loved the graphic backs. I wiped them with disinfectant wipes and dried them with a high heat gun to prime the surface.
Altered Vintage Playing Card
I sent one of these out to each of my dedicated swappers and look forward to what they will create and swap back to the group!
 Back view above
Front view below
 The Raven tail folds to form a stand
 
thanks Pinterest for the Raven Lore
 
 


Friday, October 12, 2018

Altered Matchboxes

Tiny Altered Matchboxes
Witches Skulls and Pull out drawer

Old Dictionary pages work perfect for wordy snippets.
This is a teeny tiny altered plastic book box.
 With a handmade book that fits inside.

Here are the things I stuffed inside the 1" x 2 " box for my swap partner.
The larger web {cupcake cuff actually} and flowers had to go into the envelope. 

 
This is me this week.....
 
 




Friday, October 5, 2018

Black Cats

Fun with TH cats on ATC
 A decorated  envelope to swap them out in.
 
Tis the season at our house!



Friday, September 28, 2018

Lavinia Fairies Luminaire

This little lantern was a restore rescue, the glass was intact, but falling out.
It was quite tatty. I gave it a good scrub, re-glued parts that needed it. Then commenced with the up cycle.
I mixed up a batch of Gesso with re inker in the color family I wanted
I did two complete coats
Cutting in around the glass sides it is improved, but needed more.
 Then I stamped some Lavinia fairies onto tissue. I found that you have to stamp
 on the dull side of the tissue to get a good print. Make sure the print is thoroughly dry, then  decoupage the fairies to the inside of the glass.
I trimmed out the edges with Kaiser 'Wonderland' paper distressed and inked before gluing to the lantern.

I added some color to glass bead medium and brushed the top as well as bottom of each glass pane.
Top View inked the edges
Detailed around the door with fussy cut trees and lace bits.