Sunday, March 9, 2014
This week's Way to Use It Challenge is to "Go Green." Kermit's BFF here to say "It's easy being green."
Stamp is by Darcie's, frog and lily pad are paper-pieced. I shaded the frog and pad with colored pencils. Added googlie eyes and a couple mosquito brads.
Hope we are trading our snowy white for some fresh green soon.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
I entered this card in the DCWV Blog's February Stackaholics' Sketch Challenge. Not only was my card chosen as one of the top 10 but then my name was chosen as the random winner of the drawing for some DCWV loot. I'll post my goodies when they arrive.
This card uses papers from the Tradewinds stack. I inked the edges of the white map with a gold leaf Krylon pen. I added some Starform corner gold stickers and a line of bling. The sentiment was stamped with Stazon Midnight Blue ink with a Close to My Heart stamp.
Thanks for stopping by..............................................................Paulette
Friday, February 28, 2014
I wish I could take credit for designing this gorgeous bag but I did not make it. It was made by my incredibly talented BFF, Hedy. Hedy does not have a computer so I am entering it on her behalf to the eclectic Paperie "Do Something with a Bag" Challenge.
Hedy's bag started out as a piece of canvas drapery fabric with aqua, mauve and tan colors that evoke a seascape. She used rubberstamps of seaweeds to create the background. Next she used silk ribbons, embroidery thread and various fibers and incorporated beads and seashells from re-purposed jewelry along with a variety of embroidery stitches and techniques to create her undersea world. Metal charms of sand dollars, fish and sea shells were added as embellishments. There is also some whisps of fine netting n the design. The sentiment was stamped on a separate piece of fabric with black Stazon ink and attached with an embroidery stitch around the edge.
Thanks for stopping by...hope you leave a comment and I will pass them on to Hedy. Paulette
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
As my month as Guest Design Team Member for eclectic Paperie comes to an end, it's time to post my last project. I was inspired by this beautiful Graphic 45 paper. After this bitterly cold Winter, I wanted to say good-bye to the month with a promise of Spring.
The Sweet Sentiments Paper Pad by Graphic 45 has some great Valentine and Easter/Spring designs. As soon as I saw it, I just knew I had the perfect use for the images in the pad. I had this pair of crib shoes that I picked up several years ago at a thrift store.
I photographed the unaltered shoe on pieces of the beautiful G45 paper pad to show you my inspiration for my colors and embellishments. To add weight to the slippers, I placed several large flat glass marbles inside each shoe. I also added flat bottom pearls to the straps to resemble buttons.
Above is a close-up of embellishments I added to images from the paper pad. The 2-ply butterflies were cut with a die from the set of Spellbinders Circle Butterflies. The tiny purple flowers were cut from vellum with a Punch Bunch flower punch. To add dimension I cupped the flowers by using an embossing stylus and a mousepad. I added centers to the flowers with a metallic gold gel pen. The large pink flower was punched and formed in the same way. A bit of rose colored organza ribbon was also added to her hat. These G45 elements were all fussy cut with my go-to favorite Cutter Bee Scissors. All the edges of these pieces were distressed with an Inkssentials Blending Foam Replacement Pad and Tim Holtz Distress Ink---Old Paper. The 3 images on the slipper on the right were matted on coral paper to tie in with the color of the girl's dress in the slipper on the left and also with the large paper butterflies.
The ivory colored flower sprigs that form the background and acts as anchors for the G45 elements are from the Botanica Collection by Petaloo. I attached the G45 elements to the sprigs with Mini-Glue Dots. The paper butterflies are from the Petaloo Printed Darjeeling series in a color called "paprika." They were also attached with the Glue Dots. The flowers nestled inside the slippers are a mixture of floral bridal embellishments and paper roses from my stash.
It has been fun being guest eP designer for the month of February. As the month of February ends, I hope that just like the robin, my project this week is a Harbinger of Spring!
Thanks for stopping by, Paulette Akagi
There's a color challenge on Splitcoaststampers today to use the a combination of midnight blue, an aqua and a pale blue-green. I chose these papers from the Graphic 45 Couture paper pad as the basis for my designs. The top card features tiny microbeads as a headpiece and a rhinestone flourish. The second card has gold filigree stickers as corner embellishments.
Have a great day!.........................Paulette
Monday, February 24, 2014
The Try a New Technique Challenge on Splitcoaststampers today is called Serendipity. I used it to create the paper I used to punch out the flowers on my two cards. This technique is a great way to use up those scraps you just can't bear to throw out. The technique involves tearing up the scraps into small pieces and gluing them to a piece of paper to create a "new" paper. You can read more about the technique HERE.
The geisha on the left is an Art Accents stamp and the one on the right is a stamp by A Stamp in the Hand. I used my serendipity technique created paper to punch out the flowers with an SU Blossom punch. I edged the borders of the flowers with a gold leaf Krylon pen. The flower on the left has a gem center and the one on the right has a flower brad center. I used glittered chipboard flourishes, red elvet ribbon and a Starform gold sticker with red glitter as hair adornments.
Saturday, February 22, 2014
|My inspiration from the Wee Folk Studio is here: http://weefolk.files.wordpress.com/2...rtraitetsy.jpg and I used the Splitcoaststamper's sketch challenge for this week to construct my card.|
These tiny "Worry Dolls" were purchased while in Belize. According to the Mayan legend, when worrying keeps a person awake, he or she tells a worry to as many dolls as necessary. Then the worrier places the dolls under his or her pillow. The dolls take over the worrying for the person who then sleeps peacefully through the night. When morning breaks, the person awakens without the worries that the dolls took away during the night.
I thought this would be a perfect card to send to a friend who is having troubles.
Here's hoping your week is worry-free.........Paulette