Thursday, November 9, 2017

We're Making Shaker Dolls & Tags

My sisters and I got together last weekend to celebrate some bdays and of course we always want to do a craft project. So this time, we made shaker dolls and tags. These are the finished projects.
We used the Tim Holtz vintage photos for those tags on the top row and for the dolls, I water colored the faces and my sisters added the bodies. They all turned out so adorable!

These are my sisters, so focused on creating. We're so fortunate to all live near each other and enjoy doing many of the same activities - crafting being one of them.
Prior to crafting, we spent several hours cooking our favorite dishes for each other.
We had a delicious lunch and spent quality time hanging out together sharing tips and tricks on cooking.

For my thank you notes, I wanted to keep with the theme and made shaker thank you cards. I started by making these tags.
I found that adorable doll image from an old doll magazine. I scanned it and reduced it to size. I added my signature metro tissue paper for the bodice.

I painted some blank white card with acrylic paint, making abstract marks.
I attached the shaker tags with washi tape and that was it, a shaker tag thank you card.

Enjoy the rest of your week!

Sunday, October 29, 2017

My Black & White Pumpkins

Just a quick post to share my black and white pumpkins I made this weekend. I bought three plain black and white pumpkins on sale at Michael's. I couldn't wait to take them home to decorate - this is how they came out...

I used sharpie black and white pens and some acrylic paint. Finished it off with some bows and done. I'm happy with how they turned out. I think I'll buy some more to decorate.

This is how I bought them.

Happy Halloween!

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Shaker Dolls Tags

I enjoy painting with my water colors and painting faces, the style I learned from Mindy Lacefield.
As I've posted in the past, I turn these faces into paper dolls. Well, I took it one step further recently and made the paper dolls into shaker tags.
Here's some photos of how I made the shaker doll tags. I use this fuse tool by We R Memory Keepers and a plastic sheet protector.
You heat up the tool and then you can roll the tip around the plastic to fuse the sheets together.
 Leave an opening on one side so you can add the filler.
 Trim the plastic around the doll.
These are some of the supplies I use to fill the tags with, different size sequence and beads.
I added an eyelet at the top so you can tie a string on.
These would make great tags on top of gifts.
I guess with all those faces I have cut out, I have lots of paper dolls and shaker tags to make. I'll have to take pictures once I have them all done.

Have a great week!

Friday, September 15, 2017

Vintage Photo Box Art

I'm still playing with Tim Holtz's pack of vintage photos, they're so fun to use since they're all cut out already. I made these six altered photo box art pieces below.
 I used 6 vintage photos and found 6 small box lids.
I decided to use the box lids as bodies.
Here's a few step by step photos...
I covered the inside of the box with some old text paper. I used kraft colored paper to cut out the dresses and crinkles them up and edged with brown ink.
 I added embellishments to the dresses and stripped legs to the photos.
The last step was to cover the box lid with some printed transparency paper.

Here's some close up shots of each one.






It was a fun project, I hope I've inspired you to play with Tim's vintage photos and some box lids.
Have a great weekend!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Whimsical Collages Using Tim Holtz Paper Dolls

I was at Michael's the other day and found this pack of 107 pieces of vintage photos all individually cut out - nice!
 
So, I couldn't wait to start making something with them. For this set, I used various envelopes and followed a style that's similar to Lynn Whipple and techniques I've learned from Robin Marie Smith.
This is the first one I created and after that, I quickly brought out more envelopes to collage.
 First, I added some neutral vintage text paper to each envelope.
If you follow me, you know I love this metro issue paper, so I tore bits and pieces of that and glued them onto the envelopes.
Then I added some pieces of colored tissue paper to each envelope.
 Followed by some random pieces of black and white accent papers.
Last step was to add a white wash with some gesso.
Then, I glued on one of the images from Tim's pack of vintage photos and just added white dots and accents to each of the images. Adding fun hats, wings and a red nose makes for a whimsical collage.
These put a smile on my face and I feel so free and easy to create these when you know the sillier the better.  :-)

Thursday, August 24, 2017

My Paige Girls with Glasses

I sketched some new Paige dolls lately, just on scrap paper and tags I had lying around. Then I also found a small bags of black glasses I had punched out awhile ago and thought, wouldn't it be cute to add them to my Paige dolls. Here are the results...
 
I used a stabilo pencil, water colors and black and white pens to draw the girls and backgrounds.

Here's a closer look. I like adding pieces of paper as accents to the tags.
I also love adding black and white striped accents. In the one below, I used some of my printed tissue paper for accents.
I think the glasses add a fun character and I like how they're a bit oversize. The die cut for the glasses are by Impression Obsession DIE048-E.
I hope I've inspired you to add some fun glasses to your dolls.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Painted Paper Bags

I was looking for a quick art project do to with my family and found this cute idea of painting brown paper bags.
It's an easy project, you only need a few supplies: paper bags, white paint, paint brush and black marking pens. For a fun option, you can adhere these clear pockets to the front of the bag, to insert another accent or message. I found the clear pockets in the dollar section at Target.
You simply use white acrylic paint and paint the front side of the paper bag.
Let the paint completely dry. Then using a thick sharpie or paint, make some black marks/designs on your bag.
Then roll down the top edge.
I filled my bags with artificial flowers, but think a better idea would be to put small mason jars inside filled with water and add fresh flowers.
My sister, Diana, made these adorable bags...
I hope you give this project a try, it's fun and easy.