Sunday, June 24, 2012

Another Fairy Day Blog Hop

When you were a little girl did you did you ever dress-up like a fairy? Did you believe in fairies? I tried thinking about this and my first thought was no. I don’t think I ever dressed up as a fairy, nor could I really recall any of my Halloween outfits. I did not have a creative crafty mom, so I am sure she never made me, or even my sisters, fairy outfits. As far as believing in fairies, well I believed in the tooth fairy of course, because she brought me money. LOL  

I think the only fairy that I really thought of as a fairy was the Good Witch Glinda. I know, she really wasn’t a fairy, but I thought of her as a fairy godmother for Dorothy.  Although Glinda is not actually a fairy, I thought I would give you a sneak peek of a Wizard of Oz book that my BFF, Gina, and I are working on. This page is Glinda appearing in the Land of Munchkins. Glinda is from Graphic 45 paper.  The bubble is a crystal ball stamp, which I stamped on velum and embossed in light blue.  The flowers were all stamped, embossed in clear, and some colored with Copics, then bling added. The Munchkins were stamped in black and embossed in clear, then colored with Copics I found the Munchkin stamp on eBay. I was so excited!!! Lots of coloring and definitely a lot of cutting, but well worth it for the end project.

Therefore, my fairy life as a child was pretty much non-existent.  As an adult, I have to say that my all time favorite fairy is Tinkerbell. I even have a “Slow Pixies at Play” sign hanging over my craft room doorway. Of course, it was a definite "must buy" on a trip through Disneyland. 

I  thought of making something with her in mind, but then thought, hmm, what else could I come up with instead of what would be a different fairy to make? 

Several months ago, I bought a Memory Box tree frame die. I punched out several of these frames in a couple of different glitter paper colors. My BFF, Gina, and I decided that this die would look great with her new B Line stamp of a girl on mushroom, wings not included. We chose some Memory Box 6x6 paper and stamped the image directly on quite a few different papers with different results. Gina took hers home and finished them up, but mine went into a "later to do box." Not as procrastination, just something for a day when I have extra play time.  I decided that this was going to be my project for this hop. Although I don't do too many fairy items, I decided to play around with this image and see how it would look. I used some wings from another B line stamp, actually a little kid dressed up as a bee. I tried using glitter on velum for the wings, but that didn’t work, so I used pink embossing powder. I actually liked how it turned out. I made a slit right behind her dress and slid the wings through, so they would pop up on the card. I used Copics on the image.  I chose the bronze colored tree frame, using the Therm-O-Web's Sticky Dots adhesive sheet. It's the best invention for die cuts! I buy it at Michael's when it's on sale or with a coupon.I stuck it down around the image and then cut out around the frame. There is actually another die you can buy to do this, but I am too cheap to spend money on something that I can easily cut out. I would rather use the money for another intricate die. Then I just attached it to a card stock card.

closeup of the embossed velum wings and glitter frame

I bought his glitter paper by the roll, at Paper Source. Of course, I had to have every color. It is absolutely stunning in person. It is thin, so is great for the intricate parts of the dies.

There is a great line-up for you today and you should have arrived from Barbara.  If not, or you just dropped in to visit today, I wouldn't want you to miss a single story of the travels of the "fairies" from start to finish. Please go to the beginning of this hop , which starts with Gill.

As in every good fairy tale, it has a beginning and a happy ending. I hope you enjoyed my project, but I must send you along your way to Anita’s land of fairies.

Thanks for fluttering by!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

I'm Ready for Summer

Hi everyone! I am ready for summer! We have had so much rain, I just need some sunshine and maybe a trip back to the beach a few times to enjoy the sun and sand.

I was inspired to join in on some fun after I visited the DeNami Design's Casual Friday's blog page. They have a different challenge each week. This week's challenge  is to create a Clean and Simple project using Polka Dots. 

Well, it made it easier for me to come up with something after going to their annual warehouse sale, yesterday, and finding two perfect stamps to use. (Well, I did find more than two to buy, but who's counting right? LOL) Luckily, I only live about 4 miles from the warehouse. Both of my BFF’s went with me too. We found some fun stamps at the sale. What a great deal!  I wanted the sandal stamp and was going to purchase it, but I found it in the box! Lucky me!!! The items in the sale were gently used stamps, but this one was in great condition.  I also found a sand castle.  Two perfect stamps for the card I wanted to make.

The card that I made was used with polka dot papers out of my stash. The sentiment is a Rosie Road Show stamp and fit with the card so well I had to use it. I punched out the sentiment with one of my Stampin’ Up punches.  I first stamped the sandals all out on polka dot paper and then cut them out. I used my sticky red double back tap and added sand from the actual Pacific Ocean beach that I brought home in April when we went on our annual vacation there, for my husband’s birthday.  I stamped the sand castle on gray paper and colored the door and windows with a Copic pen. I first stamped the sand castle on the paper and then cut the gray one out and popped it up. I used Copic pens to color the flags.  I used a corner punch on the top sheet of paper, then rounded the other corners of the polka dot papers beneath it. I attached everything to a yellow  1/2 sheet card stock card.

Thanks for stopping by!!!