Monday, October 9, 2017

Wedding gift box

    Enjoying a holiday Monday off, loves the long weekends. Course we didn't do too much this weekend due to Nate raining and blowing on us Saturday night and all day Sunday but other than a ton of leaves and sticks in the pool no damage here. We didn't even loose power although some in our area did.(we just happen to be on the same power grid as the county sheriffs department - handy dontchsay :)
   Showing you a wedding box I finished off yesterday for a friend from work who got married last weekend.
   The paper I used for the digital image - from 'A day for daisies' is my old favorite, 'cryogen white'. Colored with prismacolor and polychrome pencils.
   The base cardstock for the card, memory book cover and the top of the box is called 'silver luster' and is from Paper Temptress , as is the cryogen white. I also used a piece of vellum from Paper Temptress with a really nice shimmer to it, but I cannot remember the name of it.
  I added some clay roses that I made using a mold and some ribbons and rhinestones, 2 rings with doves on them and a charm that says 'To love and cherish' on it.
   The box is an old cigar box and it is big enough to hold both the book and the card.
   All for today - gotta a few errands to run and maybe do some cleaning around the house.
        Take Care

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Windows and layers

   Called this one done late this last week - had the idea of a city billboard type area where a lot of noticed are posted and painted over and ect......didn't really turn out how I had envisioned but I like it, for now ...wont mess with it unless it tells me something more definite.....
   I used some book pages from a book that was written it looks like as a Korean to English translation, an old calendar page of buildings in Italy and a page from an old Nat Geo of some girls from India with a picture of Gandhi in the background....
  I painted with cold wax and oils and put the pictures in between the layers of wax and oil.
   Still getting used to the cold wax - like the encaustic there are so many possibilities and not near enough time, but am lovin it!!!
   All for today, Take Care

Monday, September 18, 2017

Rockin Baby

  Well guess what I have to show you today - ANOTHER baby gift box set. This one is for some friends of my Hubbys  - they have a karaoke business and are expecting their first child - a boy- and have chosen a rock and roll theme....
   I used some music paper for the card and the top, inside and the front of the baby book and then the rest is an assortment of metallic papers.
  The guitars are a die cut and I did them from smaller pieces of glittery metallic cardstock and interchanged some of the cut out pieces and in some cases layered it to another piece of glitter cardstock and then cut out the guitar.
  I really like how this one has turned out - it was fun to make!!!
     Take Care

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Baby box gift box

   An afternoon chillin at home - watching football, watching Irma, and being crafty. I finished off this cute baby box that I made for a coworker and am working on some clay roses(from a mold) for another coworkers wedding box which is my next project.
   I used a stamp from 'Flourishes' - stamped onto cryogen white of course and colored with polychrome pencils.
  I used a wooden cigar box and a chipboard book and covered them with matching scrapbook papers and edged the edges with a metallic gold pen. I decorated with some little baby shoes, feet and a teddy bear and a cute baby ribbon.
  So far Irma isn't going to trouble us much here in NW Florida -  40/50 mph winds and a bit of rain - unless she moves more west over night we should be in the clear.
  I guess that means I have to go to work tomorrow....
   All for today - Take Care

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Pretty in pink

   It is so beautiful and cool out this morning, have all the windows and doors open to the fresh air and Lovin it!!! Too bad I couldn't get myself out of bed in time to take the pups for a walk.....I have been working the 11 am to 7 pm shift this week and getting up every day at 6 to walk the pups and run a ton of errands - normal stuff plus a bit of hurricane prepare. Then last night I didn't get off till about 945 pm and I guess I was a bit tired. With any kind of luck the cool weather will hang out a day or two!!!
   Irma seems to have turned away from us here in NW Florida panhandle - lets hope she keeps going east  and doesn't decide to curve back into the gulf!!! And hopefully weakens a lot more before south Florida has to deal with her full force!!!!
   Well I have another baby box to show you - with memory book and card. This one is for a co-worker who is due in a couple weeks. Her colors for baby stuff are pin and gold.  I used a cigar box for the box and a chipboard blank book for the memory book. All the images are done on cryogen white paper from Paper Temptress and colored with polychrome pencils. The base pink card stock on the card is also from Paper Temptress - not sure of the name - will have to look that one up.
  All the other scrapbook/patterned paper was from deep in my stash of pretty papers.....(ahem/hoarder/denial....)
    All for today - gotta head off to work here soon.
       Take Care!!!!

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Back to baby boxes

   Finished off this baby gift box, memory book and card yesterday - just in time as my great-nephew Ryker was born yesterday afternoon (just in time to take in his first Husker game!!!)
   I haven't done one of these for awhile and I have 2 more in the works, and a wedding one to do too.
   Bust day today so far - went for a walk with the pups and then took the big kayak out just the Hubby and I - a bit cooler here the last couple mornings but it ramps up pretty quick.
   It was a great morning to be out on the water, not much for waves in our part of the bay and we had a nice breeze that we used for our return trip.
   I also made a quick trip to the studio to get another layer on a couple cold wax pieces that I am doing and now back at home and headed into the craft room.
    All for now - Take Care

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Coral Sea Nebula

   Showing you my other nebula painting from yesterdays studio time....not sure what I am doing the rest of the day (already been out for a walk and did some yard work ...).
  Time for me to get away from the computer....
   Take Care

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Windows to the Universe

   Another Saturday playing in my studio...I started 2 pieces in cold wax, the first layers, and while they were drying a bit I did up 2 space nebula scenes.
   I love doing these as they all turn out so different. I am calling this one "Windows to the Universe" and it is 18 by 24 inches and painted onto a cradled board - 1 inch thick.
   The sides were burned with a torch before I started and look like a dark stained wood.
   Lots of blues and turquoise in this one and a pop of red. I did a shellac burn over the top which always makes it look sooo COOL!!!!
    Not too much going on here - lucky for us Harvey went west of us into Texas (not so lucky for Texas but hopefully everyone is safe and out of harms way!!)
   Cloudy and murky here today but no rain so far....
  All for today - Take Care

Friday, August 18, 2017

Filmstrip steampunk

   And its Friday once again - looking forward to some time in the studio tomorrow!!! Might takes the kayak out again Sunday am - if its not raining....
  Showing you today the last of my recent birdcage projects, another one with a mannequin form. I sprayed this one with silver and then added some rust paint to grunge it up. The pendant actually comes from an old pair of sandals I had with the pretty stone-like do dads.  She has a pretty feather and a filmstrip at her waist in front and one her back is clock hands, larger film strips and a silver clay medallion piece.
  The tray under the birdcage is wood with pretty silver engraving decoration around the edge. It had the same decoration in the middle of the tray too and I was able to peel it off and glue it to the inside bottom of the birdcage.
   The base is an old candle holder with the flat plate for the candle removed and I spray painted it and the birdcage in black.
   This piece is currently at Artel gallery in Pensacola for their - "Digital Smigital" show.
  This piece and the one with the birds and the painting I did with the picture of the rusty cage and spring mannequin are all sat Artel this month.
   Well I had better get myself off to work.
    Take Care

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Strike a pose

  Well I managed to get some house cleaning done yesterday after work - I really would rather do about anything than house work, even pull weeds(only not putting myself into heatstroke to do I would have yesterday or really about any afternoon lately....)
   My hubby brought home this interesting chunk of metal intending to take it to the metal recycling center but I saw it and wanted to do something with it and this is what I came up with.
  The mannequin is a chipboard form from Michaels that I sprayed with a gold glimmer spray and then added 2 shades of rust paint onto it.
  The 'belt' used to be an old bracelet (found it at a thrift shop), the pendant is from a mold and is clay in a pretty cameo.
  I sprayed the chunk of metal - which by the way is a dough mixer from a restaurant sized  bread mixer - with black spray paint and added a bit of gold rub on.....
  There is a clay piece in gold from a mold on her back and matching ones in black on the base .
   All for today - Take Care

Monday, August 14, 2017

Spring awaits

  My favorite piece from this week in the one I posted yesterday - I took a bunch of pics and then decided to alter one of them in photoshop - I got several cool variations and made 2 of them into paintings. This is the first one. I really love this look!!!
   I cut and then burned the edges of the photo and the edges of the cradled panel too. and then applied the photo image to the board with encaustic paint, several layers and then added a few helicopter leaves from Moms garden.
   This one is 8 by 10 inches on a 1 inch cradled board.
  Well off to work - Have a great day!!!'