Thursday, September 30, 2010

Fairy Art .... Altered Art Light

In my opinion "Altered Art" is when you take something the original creator considers finished and artistically alter it to your personal style. Sometimes you can give an existing piece new life giving it a totally different use and sometimes you can give it new life with the same use. I love mixed media pieces too but they are not Altered Art if you the original creator.

Ok... so my piece for this weeks Mixed Media Monday is an "Altered Art" fairy lamp.

My dear friend Carolyn Summers knows how I love fairies and she saw this little fairy at a recycle sale she knew it was perfect for me .... Thank you so much Carolyn. When she gave it to me we talked a little about how to fix a couple of little flaws and I said I would come up with something :)) Finally I did!
Before
I wanted to use this in my bedroom so I started by using some wood stain on the dress and wings to make it fit into the color scheme I have there. Then I used alcohol ink on the wings and sealed it with a clear matt finish. I then tea dyed one of those shabby chic white rose sheets and tore little strips gluing them on to fashion a little dress for her. Some of the petals on the daffodils had been chipped so I covered them all with moss and added some tiny paper roses. I totally love her now and she looks so beautiful in my bedroom!!

After

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Twinkle Twinkle :::Day & Night::: Pierrot Printable

Gothic Arches has gone to a two week challenge... I don't know how I missed the last one, I guess I just got distracted by life but I am trying to get back on track :)) So here is my entry for the Day and Night challenge.

It may be daytime but I think they are thinking about the night :))
I used the printable below and layered it on some textured and hand made papers. Then I stamped the little "Sunny" stamp from Scroll Works on acetate and embossed it with midnight embossing glitter. The little stars are embossed with silver embossing glitter and it is also from Scroll Works. Then I made the "Twinkle Twinkle" heart with the word program on my computer.

Don't forget to click on the little thumb above to go to the larger printable :)

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Halloween Treats for everyone!
Vintage Sucker Cards

I had several ask about the background I used on my gothic arch a few weeks ago and I told them I would post my little collection as a free download. I am so sorry it took me so long but here they are finally!

Don't forget to click on the small thumb to go to the larger printable version ...enjoy!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Gentleman ... MMM Buttons

This week over at Mixed Media Monday the theme is buttons. I know it is suppose to be Mixed Media Monday but I can never seem to get things done by Monday so I am always late. I just don't work that fast. By time the theme is announced it takes me a few days to get my artwork done.... but here are my buttons!This is truly a noble effort ... another piece for my bathroom. I started with a smashed leather toiletry case.

The poem in the mirror reads
A gentleman in every way,
His sparkling eyes do smile.
His cloths are always sure to be
In just the latest style


The watch case features fabric with news and map print that has been dirtied up with a little rust, a brass leaf branch, a top hat from a monopoly set, a brass harmonica charm, a rusty spring topped with a brass treble cliff and the typewritter of "H" for Heaton.



Yep ... that is my hubby in the rusted picture frame... a much younger version I must admit. He is much older and rustier himself now :))

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

I have been wanting to ....
Post about Time Traveler

Remember this post Steampunk Ladies Free Printable ?... and that little teaser picture of the project I made with it? I have so been wanting to post about my project but I had submitted it to a magazine. So I had to wait until I found out if it would be published. Well the preview of Haute Handbags for Autumn has been posted and my little clutch is in the preview! .... I am published!!!

I thought it was perfect timing that this weeks theme at Mixed Media Monday is "I have been wanting to..."

The Artistic Souls of Eagle Idaho submitted these little bags that we altered... I called my little Steampunk bag "Time Traveler" My hubby and I glued old gears and bent wire to a matt board then I used my friends spellbinder to emboss the metal. Then I attached it to the little wooden purse and antiqued it.

I printed the fabric for the lining and added the little photo of the Steampunk ladies.



The hinge was hand made using links from an antique necklace.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Where have all the daisies gone ...Free printable too

Well I will tell ya ... they are all over at Gothic Arches because the challenge right now is Daisies. The little daisy fairy in my entry is happy now as all the daisies in her garden are blooming but summer is over and soon the cold weather will arrive...then my little fairy will be shivering again until spring arrives once more.


Here is the graphic I used.. Don't forget to click on the little thumb below to go to the larger printable version ...enjoy!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Steampunk Heaven


Yes ... I have died and gone to Steampunk Heaven! This is the first two ATC's I have made with my new stamps from Scroll Works When my daughter in law called me and told me that her new plate of steam punk stamps came in, I jumped in the car and headed right over. I think I am the first to get to stamp with them too! I had specially requested the new gear stamps and the men. I am so excited that she chose Jules Verne because he is one of my favorite authors! Of course my favorite ATC of the two features him. I call it... can you guess... "Collaborators"...lol. I made it so that it opens too and one of the little gears works as a latch to hold it closed. If you click on the picture it will take you to a larger version that will also show it opened. Do click on it so you can also get a preview of some of the other new stamps I used on the inside! The other one I am going to call "Staying Sober" It features my new male love interest :)) who on this ATC is struggling with the call of the "prescription bottle"

Detail Note:
I also wanted to point out the difference you can get with different papers. The ATC on the left is stamped on card stock so I got a really crisp image where as the one on the right is stamped on a page from a very old book. Same ink but it bled into the paper and created a more photographic look.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Saving Grace .... from a garden chill maybe

Sorry I am so late this week, my mom fell again and it kinda distracted me : / anyway... the theme this week at Mixed Media Monday is "Cool it down" . I am not much on blue so this teal is about as cool blue as I get... I do think this is really kewl though :)) and in real life the teal looks much lighter.



I am also entering this int Alter It Monthly for the September "Rust" theme.

I thought that I could use in in my bathroom. I have an old smashed shaving case that I am working on for in there too. The chain on the purse hangs from the back side of the purse so I intend to hang it on the wall open. Then I can use it to hold things I use everyday like my brush, comb and hair clips.

I rusted the frame and chain then used an image from my new "nicely nudes" collage sheet and printed it on fabric. She is nude in a garden so she must be cool :)) I covered it with cracked mica and used an old belt buckle for the frame. Then some antique lace and vintage brass and rusted metal findings finished it off.

Photo Update 9-25:
I have said this before... I just kept looking at it and feeling it was not quite done. I am honorable at taking things apart and redoing them.