Saturday, May 23, 2015

Mothers Day Bendi Card, and Paper Dog Theme Cake, May 2015

Bendi Card

I created this card for my mother for mothers day. I got the idea from internet Pinterest website. Here is the tutorial on how to make a bendi card.
I wanted to create one with a gardening theme. I went to Hobby lobby and bought the white picket fence. Some of the stickers mainly came from Ac Moore. The butterfly came from a swap I did with another craft person. The trees I cut out and made myself and the flowers on the trees were cut out from a 12 X12 scrapbooking sheet of paper. I created the circle center message and doodled that myself. I gave it the tour around the building at work to show it off to people who are fans of my work. I got a lot of wow and happy compliments and some people asked what price I would charge for it. I said I am not sure on price and not sure if I would do another one. I took my mother out to brunch and gave her the card. She laughed at it. Which surprised me. I asked her why she laughed at it. She said it is better than crying right. So I am thankful she did not cry and make things awkward. We both had a good mothers day.

Dog themed Paper Cake

This was a swap that was set up on Facebook in one of the swap groups. The swap was to decorate three size boxes (I choose 4, 5, and a 6 inch circle box) and fill them with scrapbooking supplies for the person we were assigned to swap with. I found another person who wanted to do smaller boxes and not over decorate but keep it simple and not do girly. I found out the person I was swapping with was a fan of pugs so I went with that theme. I found the best looking pug to sit on top of the cake and found it on from the art shop Peculiar Pals Petite Pets. Here is a link to the artist who created the pug.

I also put trim around the cake from a scrapbooking punch I bought online that had dog paw prints. I ran out of ribbon that went around each cake box and added another color that matched the boxes with another purple shade of ribbon. I kept it simple even though I felt the top need more then just the dog. But I gave up and kept it simple. Which is unusual for me.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Fairy Altered Book, Easter Card, Paint Chip Card, Altered Spool - April 2015

Here are my craft projects I have been working on in April 2015. Some of them were quick projects and others took a lot of time.

Easter Card

I created this Easter card for my mother. I hoping for another design altogether. But time was not on my side. I had to come up with something quick. This was last minute and I was not fully enjoying how this came out. It was not very artistic but very juvenile for my artist ability and was annoyed I did not create something better. Oh well. She still liked it. I used colored pencils for the card.

Fairy Altered Book

I created this for a co-worker friend at work. She is into fairies, and butterflies. After I saw this altered fairy book ( I wanted to make something similar. I painted the cover and cut out the middle of the pages of the book. I even added a mini circle candle that runs on batteries to the top right side of the book that is hidden. When the lights are off you can see the flikering of the light from the top right corner of the book. The fairy I bought at hobby lobby and I broke its wings accidently after trying to close the book. I gave her new wings with paper mache, paint and nail polish. The background of the book is painted black then used gold or yellow nail polish then sealed it with modge podge. I added fake flowers, pine cone, stones and moss grass and frog from the store. Then I created the purple butterfly and mushroom.  This project took several days and hours to complete.

Paint Chip Birthday Card

I needed a quick card to make for my mother's birthday in April. This is where I got the idea to do the project -
Paint chips are free in walmart and hardward stores like home depot. I had a ziplock bag sitting in my craft room full of different size paint chips. I used the paint chip that are the large ones with 3 or 4 colors. I added quilling to the card, fancy trim for the different levels of the cake and scrapbooking paper to the back of the card.

Altered Spool

Swap group on facebook had an altered spool swap going on and I joined in. I created this with a reynalds wrap cardboard tube for the center and two punched out fancy circles top and bottoms for the spool. I added ribbon, pink beading, and long beads that hung down from the underneath the top of the spool. Fancy trim, many types of fabric flowers or hard flowers and beading for the stalks that sit at the top of the spool that all came from the craft store. On the bottom of the spool fancy trim and pre punched and stamped butterflies. 

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Altered Spoons, Ying Yang Zentangle, Altered Book,

Here are some recent creations of mine. I created most of the items for other people during the months of February to March 2015. The Zentangle designs I created for a friend to help add some creativity to her website. The other art pieces below are swaps that took place on Facebook that I made and sent through the mail. I got items back in return from those trades. Maybe I will post later at another time of all the goodies I have received in trades. Click on the photos to see them larger on the screen. Enjoy viewing.

Ying Yang Zentangle

A friend at work wanted ying yang art work created by me to bring creativity to website. She wanted hearts. These three zentangles are done on blue paper, with black and white color pencil. My favorite one is the lotus flower and ribbon around it.

Altered Spoons

The first spoon was a swap I sent out to a lady in Nebraska and the picture on the front of the spoon is her grandchildren. I had trouble figuring out what to put on the front of the spoon so I asked her what photo could I use and she sent me this one. I printed it out and added it to the spoon. The hours spent on the spoon was between 3 and 5. I also added quilled hearts to hold the roses, with beading around the spoon and lace and trim, and with some roses and a large rose at the end of the handle. I cut down the center 1/8 width of quiling paper, curled it with my fingers then shaped it into words on the spoon handle to create the words My Family.

Second altered spoon (photos below) was in a swap I did online through facebook. The person living in Bixby, OK is a big color pink fan so I was hopping she would be thrilled with the pink altered spoon. I added pre-made roses I bought, lace, beads, and made two pink quilled butterflies. It took maybe 5 or 7 hours to make.

Altered Book

This was an altered book swap that was done through facebook and I sent in the mail. The person I sent this to lives in Kansas and is a Huge Steelers football fan. I got a book from one of the consignment bookstores that has a box by the door that has free books in it. I took this book and hollowed out the center of the book.  If you do not know how to hollow out the center of a book check out this link:
Then I painted the inside the colors of the Steelers football team. I bought Steelers duct tape and black and gold yarn at Hobby lobby, then bought the Steeler's ribbon online, then went to Ac Moore and bought a football that was three dimensional looking from the scrapbooking section, created a cheerleader from paper and her pom poms and the hair came from cross stitch thread. I showed a friend on the bus along with co-workers  at work and I have two more orders to make for the Steelers altered book. This project took over 8 hours to create. I do not know how many exactly. But I have another altered art book to create so I will see how long that one takes for a friends birthday. So stay tuned more art of mine coming soon.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Birds, Owls, Altered Spoons, Cross and other items

Here is the latest craft projects I have finished lately. I joined a few creative craft swap groups on Facebook and these are some of my latest creations mentioned and shown below.  I also made a few other items for clients and random projects. I hope you enjoy viewing the items below. I added a lot of photos for the altered spoons and apologize for all of them.  I had a few co-workers really like the mermaid and would like to see more mermaids plus buy them.  Thank you for the motivation and ideas that people give me. Sometimes I run with those ideas and create stuff right away or could take three years if I am busy or have other ideas running around in my head creating things that I see on the web or while laying in bed lost in my head. Click on the photos and you can see photos in larger 
size. Enjoy.

 The quilled card of flower or snowflake above was made and sent out with the spoon swap I did  through Facebook. February 2015

Altered Spoons

The metal spoon swap was to decorate three spoons 1 nautical, 1 victorian and 1 love. The spoon with the pink lace was the victorian theme and the red one was the love theme. These are shown in the pictures above. The below pictures are of the side, and back views of the metal spoons. I got the spoons for free from a co-worker. I was trying to avoid going to Goodwill to go shopping since the weather was cold. The two pictured spoons above took maybe two or three hours each. I did not watch the time. So I am not really sure. I like making these spoons.

 The photos below are of the paper mache mermaid and seashell spoon. I bought a mermaid at the dollar store and I wrapped it with plastic wrap and used the brown paper that comes in the delivery boxes from work and ripped pieces of paper apart and glued them down with modge podge. I decided against using glue and water like paper mache the traditional way since it was not working for me. Another thing that was new to me was the face of the doll and the most frustrating. This doll took over 6 hours since this was a lot to do for this doll. I used quilling paper for the hair. I used acrylic paints for skin and eyes. I used a flower punch and cut out each of the 6 petals of each flower I punched out. I went around in a circle and applied them to the tail and glued down the petals. That took some time to do. I painted the tail with nail polish called funky fingers that I bought at 5 Below store. The 5 Below store is where everything is $5 or below. I bought mini sea shells and sand from Hobby Lobby. The blue and white trim around the spoon represents the water. The blue and white trim came free from another swap I did on Facebook. Everybody I showed this spoon to was in aw of it and wanted to buy it or have something similar made. February 2015

Quilled Cancer Ribbon

 The above picture is a pin with paper beads and a quilled pink cancer ribbon. I created it for a swap and I would like to make more and see if they sell.

Quilled Blue Bird

 I had a client in the local cafe in the building I work in that saw my quilling work and asked me to make a card for his girlfriend's mother that was a Blue bird. This was put on a 4 by 6 card. It took 4.5 hours to create. I did not come up with this image on my own. It came from another quilling artist that inspires me with her art work. She had the best Quilled Blue bird on the web and I needed a quick already made project that I layed my work on top of after printing out a picture and followed and created the bird. Here is the original art piece that I found on the web and the artist work.
February 2015

Paper Owl's

 I created several owl pieces for someone in the craft trade groups. I created a quilled owl ornament that is in the center of the picture. Here is where you can find the two owls one awake and one sleeping tutorial.
February 2015

Quilled Cross on 3x3 Cards

I created 6 cards with a cross and hearts. Look up combing for quilling on you tube and you can learn how to weave paper using a comb. The cards are 3 inches by 3 inches. February 2015