Sunday, March 24, 2013

Published in Jewelry Affaire

Making jewelry is probably my favorite thing to make and I'm so thrilled that this piece was published in the Spring 2013 issue of Jewelry Affaire.

I took apart white vintage flower brooches, earrings and necklaces to put this piece together.
If you want to create a piece similar to this, check your local thrift stores and flea markets for pieces with the same theme, de-construct and re-assemble!

I made this piece back in July and it was posted here if you want to see more details.

I'm currently working on some holiday theme projects - will hopefully share with you soon!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Vintage Text Collages - Mini Book

I love collecting old books for their text - I look for different fonts & colored pages. I decided to take these books and use them as my primary paper for making the collages in this mini book.
Here's how it progressed. Below are the steps to making the cover.

I added several coats of beeswax to the cover. I like the opaque look it gives.
Below are the inside pages...
I love vintage girl images with their dolls...I've collected these over time and print them out when needed.

Happy St. Patrick's Day! My 14 year old daughter loves to bake mini desserts. I just had to share her recent creations.
She made this 5 layer cake entirely in an easy bake oven! It's about 3" in diameter.
She also made Girl Scout Thin Mint Brownies...
They were delicious!
I hope you had a wonderful weekend!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Fun Altered Art Tags

Making tags are my go-to project when I want something quick and easy to make. Long ago I purchased some vintage sale tags, providing great inspiration for the tags I made this weekend.
After: embellished tags
Before: plain tags
Okay, so only two of the tags are actually sale tags, another one is a packing label (blue and white) and the last one is a gift tag I bought at Target (black and white striped) But they're all tags though, so why not? :-)
Below are some close up shots of each one:
The man is a stamp from Catherine Moore and the girl is an image from an old  book.
The girl is an image from an old book
The girl is from a sticker from Carta Bella
The girl is a sticker from "Old Fashion Children Stickers & Seals" from Dover
I hope I've inspired you to embellish any kind of tags!

Have a great week!

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Love My New Printer

This past week, my HP Photo Smart ink jet printer finally died - after about 8 years. I was very disappointed since I couldn't work on much without a printer for images. It wasn't worth it to try to repair it, so I did some on-line research for another printer ( I considered buying a laser jet this time, but after reading the reviews, there were several complaints about the printer that I was worried about - the most important one being the color quality not as good as ink jet. To cut to the chase, I ended up buying the HP Officejet Pro 8600 (from Costco for $175).
Now, I couldn't be happier that my old printer died, because this one is so much better! :-) The color quality is far superior and it's so much faster! From the time I clicked print and walked over to the printer it's already done.

Below are some examples of the color copies. The left side are the originals and the right side are the copies. I reduced the size because I'll be using them to make a small book.
I was really impressed by the copies of the vintage pages. The faded color of the vintage text pages reproduced very true to color.

This is the paper I like to use:
HP Premium Choice Laser paper. 32lbs and 98 brightness. It's a bit heavier weight than normal copier paper, but still lighter than card stock.
Then, I just have to share the cake pops my daughter made today...emoticons. Aren't they adorable?
Have a great week ;-)