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Head to Tail Halloween

Peacock Mask

Here is the mask I made to wear on Halloween.  I saw this mask from Sprinkles in Spring on Pinterest last year and loved it.  I wanted to figure out a costume that would incorporate a similar mask.  I ended up veering a little off the original concept.  I also need to wear my glasses, so the mask will attach to them.

I also saw several great costumes on Pinterest that inspired me to create my costume for this year: a peacock!  (sorry, I’m not going to show the whole costume until I wear it on Halloween).

Fairy Wings to Feathers

I disassembled the fairy wings I picked up at the Dollar Tree and my mom and sister helped cut out and glue fabric for the “eyes” and tulle for the wire to complete the feathers.  The fairy wings were already decorated with glitter which ended up everywhere.

My mom was nice enough to let me work on the tail at her house where I had loads more room.

Fabric Peacock Feathers

My last name, Faw, was originally spelled Pfau and was changed when my great (x 8, I think) grandfather immigrated to the US from Switzerland.  Pfau means peacock!

The stylized peacock I had in mind needed some additional bling to balance the fancy tail, so I also crafted some jewelry and additional embellishments.  Beads and Christmas garland from the Dollar Tree, plastic gems, fabric, elastic, ribbon and plenty of hot glue were used.

Jewelry for Peacock

After many hours of effort, the costume is done and I will be wearing it to work on Thursday.

Thank you for your visit.

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Day 28: collage sand gild stamp

Collage Sand Gild Stamp

Day 28: Collage Sand Gild Stamp.

I’m really pleased with this spread.  It’s late and I’m tired, but I love how it turned out.

We went to the Exploratorium today, Rem, my mom and I.  It is a huge, hands-on museum that we could not possibly absorb in one visit.

The obligatory photo opportunity at the clever Toilet Fountain:

Toilet Fountain

Black light.  Mom and I both wore black and white striped t’s.

Black Light

Tidal tubing – shows the level of the tide for every hour.

Tidal Tubes

When I saw THIS piece, I knew it would inspire my entry for today.  It is SO wonderful.  I am so sorry not to have the name of the artist.

Grid Sign

It was in the Tinkering Studio which has supplies and project you can do on the spot.  I didn’t want to spend 30 minutes there on a project, but I brought home instructions on doing paper circuits with copper tape, tiny surface mount LEDs and coin cell batteries.  Very interesting!

So, all I needed to do was make my small Art Journal version of the sign. But we still had a lot more to see at the museum.

fray

Plastic hanger chandelier.

Hanger Chandelier

Colors.

Colored Lights

Multiple Shadows.

Rem & Shadows

The Fog Bridge was lovely and cool on this hot, sunny day.

Fog Bridge

After lunch at the Ferry Building Marketplace and the ferry back to Larkspur, I ended up succumbing to a nap.

Finally, I started my journal pages. First I had to figure out the size and number of squares, then what words I would use, then I started cutting,

cut

sewing,

sew

taping

tape

and painting.

paint

And now it is done and way past time for bed.

collage knot tear

stamp paint embellish

Here is what I came up with a year ago on Day 28: Rem and I collaborated on a Video showing Marbleized Paper.

The year before that it was: Bottle Cap Necklace, another collaboration because Rem snagged the caps for me.

As always, thanks for checking out my blog!

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Letting My Inner Goddess Out

Photo by Jim Arnold

Yes, I still dress up for Halloween.  I work at a community college and can wear my costume to work.  Here I am with my friend Nicole who looks super-glamorous in a feathered witches hat.

I get ideas for costumes and I’m lucky enough to have a mom who sews.  Then I work on the little details that take it from an idea into a whole character.

This year I wore a costume from a few years back but slightly changed the concept from “Stamping Goddess”  to “Creative Goddess”. I had to explain to most people that the “stamping” was for the rubber stamping I did.  Having to explain isn’t a good characteristic for a costume.  I decided that being a “Creative Goddess” would be easier to understand.

To make it even more clear, I carried business cards. I originally made the template for these during 30 Days of Creativity  but updated them with the job title of Creative Goddess.  Each was decorated with differing stamps, washi tape, Dianne dots and other embellishments.

A long, classic tunic with a purple drape was the base of my “Creative Goddess” costume. I was calling it a toga but when I looked up toga I learned that it would be more accurate to call it a “stola”.  The purple drape or mantle is a palla.

Photo by Faby Guillen

The wreath is made from designs of leaves and ferns stamped on fabric, cut out and glued back-to-back with a wire in between and then wired together. One thin wire connects all the way around and is mostly hidden under my hair in front.  I wanted that crown-of-laurels effect.

Photo by Rem O’Donnelley

I wore some of my hand crafted jewelry and made new accessories to add to the costume this year.

I created the pins on the palla with aluminum tape and card stock using the same technique as these charms with the addition of pin backs I attached with hot glue.

I embellished my sandals with little disks made using copper tape and paper, like I used here for pumpkin pins.  Copper polish on my toes added to the look.

Stick-on crystal jewels added sparkle and color to my accessories and I wore one on my forehead – bindi bling.

Glittery eye-makeup with black eye-liner, coppery shadow and lots of mascara completed my Creative Goddess look.

It was lots of fun letting my inner Goddess out for the day but I don’t have the time or patience to adorn myself like that every day. I’m happy to say I won the costume contest at work.  Next year I’ll be one of the judges but I’ll probably still come up with some kind of costume.

Do you wear a costume for Halloween?  This is what I wore last year.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Mother’s Day Butterfly Card

Mother’s Day is the second Sunday in May, which this year will be May 13.  I think flowers are always wonderful for Mom and this pretty card has flowers and a pop-up butterfly.  The butterfly is made of vellum. Only one wing is glued down to the paper so the other wing is free.  It looks beautiful, and though it does take some cutting of small pieces it really isn’t hard.

Flowers are either cut from flower-patterned paper or stamped and cut out.  Colored card stock is the base of the card with a piece of white so your colorful flowers and butterfly will stand out. Blossoms are arranged in one corner of the card with a few on pop-up dots for depth. The vellum butterfly is stamped or traced, colored and cut out then put into place fluttering over the flowers.  Accent the card with a ribbon and perhaps some glitter or gems.

Mother’s Day Butterfly Card

Supplies:

Vellum Paper I use 17 lb. letter weight  (Stampin’ Up)

Butterfly Rubber Stamp

or

Butterfly Image that can be traced onto the vellum

Ink I use both ink pads and colored markers

Card Stock white and colors

Printed Paper with Flower Design

or

Flower Rubber Stamp

Scissors

Double-Sided Adhesive (My favorite is Tombo permanent)

Ribbon

Pop-Up Dots (optional)

Optional Embellishments:

Glitter and Glue Pen

Self-Adhesive Gems or Pearls

Small Hole Punch for Dianne Dots

Directions:

Stamp butterfly on vellum.  If stamp design is mainly an outline I stamp in black or other dark ink.  If the stamp has a more filled-in design I use colored markers to color directly on to stamp.  If you do this, be sure to breathe a huff of breath onto the stamp to moisten the ink before stamping. (I tried to get a picture of this for you but it just looked like I was going to eat the rubber stamp!)

If you don’t have a butterfly stamp, you can print a butterfly image and trace it.  Put the vellum over the image and trace the main lines.

Color the butterfly image.  I think it looks best if you color both sides of the vellum.  I like using some lighter colored markers for  at least part of the wing so that light will still show through.

Carefully cut out the butterfly.  Some of these pictures show both antennae with the vellum cut out around them.  I decided it looked better to draw the antenna onto the card on the side that is glued down.  Figure out which way the butterfly will be placed on the finished card. Cut around the other antenna leaving a small margin of vellum.

A little glitter is a nice embellishment and with a glue pen is easy to add.  Put glitter on the sides of the wings that will face out – in other words, on the wing that will be adhered to the card, put glitter on the top or inside of the wing and on the free wing put glitter on the bottom or outside of the wing.

Once your butterfly is complete, you can create your garden.  If using flower-printed paper, cut out flowers.

If you are using flower rubber stamps you can stamp and cut out the images or stamp some directly on the white card stock and then stamp a few more flowers and leaves on a piece of scrap paper, cut them out and layer them with the others using pop-up adhesive dots.  Add pearls or other gems as desired.

Assemble your flowers in the lower right corner of the piece of white card stock, putting some blossoms on with pop-up dots for dimension.  Add a piece of ribbon (or washi tape) across the bottom, a little ways up from the edge, gluing the ends of the ribbon to the back. Layer the white card stock onto a mat of colored card stock and layer that onto the card.

Fold the vellum butterfly in half. Using double-sided adhesive, coat one wing of the butterfly and stick it in place.  Open the wings and draw the missing antenna onto the white card stock. Fold it back up so it is partially open, ready to alight on a flower.

Finish your card with a greeting inside and your signature on the back.

I’m not sure if the following is really an Irish blessing but it is a sweet sentiment:

May the wings of the butterfly kiss the sun.

And find your shoulder to light on.

To bring you luck, happiness and riches.

Today, tomorrow and beyond.

A small version of this card is simply a butterfly accented with Dianne Dots (a trio of paper dots made using a small hole punch, glued on with a glue pen).

It made a nice gift card for my sister’s birthday.

A very Happy Mother’s Day to my Mom and to all mom’s.

Thanks for fluttering by.


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Jewel Box Envelope & Card

This is an embellished envelope that looks like a little box.  With a card tucked inside it might be just the thing for Mother’s Day to let mom know what a treasure she is to you.

This envelope is made from card stock and embellished to enhance the illusion of being three-dimensional. I used washi tape, stick-on gems and colored markers for the decorations.

I made a template here for you to make your own jewel box envelope and card.

Jewel Box Envelope & Card

Supplies:

Template

Card Stock

Patterned Paper for front of card (optional)

Scissors

Bone Folder (Useful but optional)

Pencil & Eraser

Ruler

Sticky Tape or other stronger adhesive for the flaps

Double-sided adhesive (My favorite is Tombo permanent)

To Embellish: Washi Tape, Stick-On Gems, Gold or Silver Pen, Colored Markers

Directions:

Print out template and cut out pattern pieces.  Carefully trace around the envelope pattern onto colored card stock. Use a bone folder to score where the dotted lines are indicated on the pattern.  These are fold lines.  If you don’t have a bone folder you can use a letter opener, ruler or popsicle stick to score the fold lines.

Cut out envelope.  Another way to do this is to use tiny dabs of adhesive to adhere the pattern directly to the card stock and cut out the card stock right on the lines.  Tracing around the pattern makes it just slightly larger than the original.

Don’t assemble the envelope yet – it will be easier to do the embellishment before it is assembled.

The card that goes into the envelope can be either a folded card or a tag style card.  In the photos for this project I made a folded card.  If you want a folded card, fold a piece of card stock and put one straight edge of the card pattern right on the fold.  Trace the card and cut out leaving the fold intact.

Washi tape is a great decoration for this Jewel Box envelope.  I picked out a narrow tape with two thin stripes of color and a wider tape with a floral print design.  If you haven’t yet given in to the lures of washi tape, you could cut narrow strips of decorative paper to embellish the envelope.

Crease the envelope piece along the fold lines to see how it fits together but don’t glue it yet.

With a ruler and pencil, lightly draw a line down the center of the front and back of the envelope where it comes to a point.

Refer to photos – this is harder to describe than to do!  Line a piece of washi tape up with the bottom edge of the front, going across the pencil line.  Lightly mark where the pencil line is and cut the washi tape right along the pencil line.  Smooth the tape into place and do the same on the other half so the two pieces meet together in a V in the middle.

Continue to place your washi tape keeping it lined up with the bottom edge of the piece.  I found it easiest to cut or tear a piece of tape slightly longer than what was needed for each section, lay it lightly in place, mark the center line in pencil and lift it up to trim along the line than smooth it back in place.  Once the washi tape is all in place, erase pencil lines.

Fold the envelope together to see where the lid of the box will be when the envelope is assembled.  Keep the trim below that line.

After you finish embellishing the front and back of the envelope, continue to the lid portion, marking with pencil in the same way.

For the lid, I made a diamond shape with the washi tape, following the lines of the paper. I added some bling with stick-on jewels, pearls and flat, sparkly stickers.

Add additional embellishment with gold and colored markers.

Once you’ve finished decorating, fold the envelope and adhere the tabs into place.  Even with careful cutting and folding, you may need to trim places that aren’t quite aligned.

I used decorative paper for the front of my card.  I was delighted to find this great hexagon printed paper in my stash from a recent shopping trip to Scrapbook Territory.  It is Wortley Village 12×12 Victoria Park Paper  by Lily Bee Design.  It went perfectly with the colors and shape of the project.  It’s nice when something works out so well.  Simple trace the shape of the card on decorative paper, cut it out and adhere to the front of the card.

Another variation would be to use washi tape to add a border around the edges of the card.

You can finish the card off by putting a heart on the inside.

Be sure to write a lovely message inside the card to go in your beautiful Jewel Box Envelope.

Thanks for the visit.

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Day 21: Cards with Charm

Today is the first day of summer and the 21st day of 30 Days of Creativity.  I chose something easy as I had a full day: greeting cards embellished with the charms I made yesterday.

For the Blue Trees card I stamped the trees onto glossy white card stock and embossed them with black embossing powder.  I sponged a medium blue ink first than a deeper blue ink onto the white card stock.  The card itself is deep blue with a strip of patterned paper in a gray-blue.  A piece of blue grosgrain ribbon tied around the layer holds the silver charm with a leaf design.

I was inspired by a card I saw on Pinterest, but I didn’t get it like the one I saw.  I will try again another time to better capture what I was trying to emulate.

The Fluer de lis tag card has a collage with blue and turquoise paper, some pieces of sheet music, a few stamps (“Carte Postale” and “Mon Ami”) and a small jewel accent.  This tag is one of my favorites from yesterday’s project.  I think it looks a bit like hammered silver.   I’m looking forward to more projects using these aluminum duct tape charms and tags as embellishments.

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Greeting Cards Made With Masterboard Technique

Four Cards Made with Masterboard Technique

Collage:

noun

An artistic composition of materials and objects pasted over a surface, often with unifying lines and color.

The masterboard technique is creating  a collage starting with a plain piece of card stock  and layering it with stamped words, images and in this case torn paper. Once you’ve made your masterboard, you cut it up to use as backgrounds for greeting cards.  Use different colors of card stock, different greetings and embellishments and you can make a variety of unique and beautiful cards.

I previously posted about this technique when I wrote about making Masterboard Valentine Tags.  You might want to revisit that post and then read through this one before getting out your supplies for this project. As always, clicking on a picture will enlarge it for better viewing.

Supplies for Masterboard

1 sheet 8 1/2 x 11 inch page card stock in a light color

variety of different size and designs of rubber stamps

variety of ink

scraps of card stock and decorated paper

glue stick

Supplies for Finished Cards:

8 1/2 x 5 1/2 sheet of colored card stock, scored and folded for each card

scraps of card stock and/or decorated paper

rubber stamps and ink

paper cutter

double-sided adhesive

Optional:

foam adhesive dots, glue dots, glue pen

self-adhesive glitter dots and crystals

hole punch ( 1/8 inch)

decorative punches

ribbon

Instructions:

The masterboard doesn’t look like much when you start.  You want layers of paper and images so once you pick out the paper, stamps and ink, start with lighter colors and larger images.

Tear your first scrap into pieces about two or three inches on a side. Using a glue stick, adhere them randomly to your base piece.

If you like things symmetrical and orderly, this project may be a challenge for you.  I find it helps if after adhering one piece, I imagine it at one corner of a triangle.  I adhere the next two pieces at the other two corners of this triangle.  Continue until you have a scattering of pieces over the whole page

Since you’ll be cutting the masterboard, be sure and go all the way to the edges, even off the edges because you can trim them later.


Using your largest rubber stamp and light ink, start randomly stamping over the page. Again, be sure to cover the page from edge to edge.

Now go back to your scraps and pick something that is a little deeper in color and tear pieces that are smaller than your first ones. Using the glue stick, adhere pieces.

In the sample the green bits were from some wrapping paper I’d saved.  A collage or masterboard is a great way to use old wrapping paper, sheet music, greeting cards, magazine pictures, etc.  I often save beautiful paper and this gives me a way to reuse it.

Choose another rubber stamp and another color of ink and stamp every which way on your masterboard. I like to step away and squint at the page to see if it seems evenly covered.

Continue layering paper scraps and inked images until you are satisfied with your masterboard.

Trim any paper that goes off the edge of your page, and cut the masterboard into pieces using a paper trimmer.  The largest should be no larger than about 4 3/4 inches by 3 1/2 inches and most will be about 4 1/4 by 2 1/2 inches or smaller. You can cut them down when crafting each specific card.

Even small bits from the masterboard can find their way into different projects.  I received this glass locket on my birthday from my sweetheart and a small piece from one of my masterboards looks beautiful inside.  The front is beveled glass and the back of the locket is glass too.  I put another piece of masterboard to show through there, so if the pendant flips over it still looks great.  Putting another mini-collage inside the locket changes the look.

Back to our project at hand!  You now have lots of material to create a variety of cards.  Even with a piece of the same masterboard on each card, none of them will be exactly the same.

Pink For You Card: Use a scalloped circle punch to punch out a piece of the masterboard.  Adhere a piece of pink flowered background paper to a pink card.  Adhere a piece of green ribbon for the stem; stamp and cut out leaves and glued them in place.  Cut a  large scalloped circle from green paper and adhere the masterboard scalloped circle to the center with a small flower punched from bright pink paper in the center of that. Stamp “for you” on the background paper and put a finishing stamp, signature and/or initials on the back of the card.

Turquoise Birthday Card: Glue two narrow pieces of masterboard to a turquoise card. Stamp birthday greeting in turquoise ink on white paper and adhere to a mat of deep pink.  Mount this greeting to the card with foam adhesive dots.  Attach turquoise button with a glue dot.  Initial the back and it’s done.

Green Card: Start by stamping a decorative square on the diagonal in green ink on the green card.  Attach the masterboard piece to a rectangle of turquoise paper and adhere that to the card.  Finish with three “Dianne dots” punched from pink card stock and attached with dots from a glue pen. (The tip of small craft scissors are the tool I use to pick up the tiny paper dots and place them on the wet glue dots from the glue pen). Stamp and sign the back and another beautiful and original card is ready to send.

Here are more cards created using the masterboard technique. I’d love to see pictures of cards you make with this technique – send them to me and I’ll post them.

Thank you for visiting!

Card stock, ink, scallop circle punch, 1/8 inch hole punch and stamps: Stampin’ Up!

Floral vine stamp: Paper Source

Large blossom stamp: Impress Rubber Stamps

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