Tuesday, December 31, 2013

JOY! on special paper

Today I have a 6"x6" canvas to share with you 
that I made for my sister-in-law Carole for Christmas.
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Look closely at the background paper.
All 4 of my husband's sisters as well as his mother, grandmother, and aunts on both sides of his family are or were teachers. In cleaning out his Aunt Sandy's home we found a couple of grade keeping journals dated 1958-1960 from when she taught in Frenchtown New Jersey. I just knew my sister in law would appreciate a piece made using this special family treasure.

I tore strips from the journal pages about 3/4" wide and inked the edges. See all the little numbers that look like leaves on trees? 
Well, that's what they look like to me anyway :)
The word JOY is made with the Grunged Alphabet Stencil by my friend Tami. You can find her stencils for sale in her etsy shop here and see her amazing artwork at her blog here. I used Studio 490 White Embossing Paste through the stencil. The little wooden bird is by Maya Road and is colored with Faber Castell India Ink. Here is a nice shot of the dimension the embossing paste gives through the stencil:
The sides 

The back 
If you'd like to see more of my work, scroll on through my blog, or check out the pieces that I have for sale by clicking the "Mixed Media Art for Sale" tab at the top of the page.
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Sunday, December 8, 2013

Christmas gift tags

Wow, no posts since September. Unfortunately no creating either :( 
Suffice it to say other things have taken priority. Thank you to any of you who have stopped by and to Dana D for wondering about me. Be sure to look in the right column for updated pics of my sweeties and the new addition to our family. 
Today I wanted to share the Christmas gift tags I made. When I saw this very colorful gift wrap at Kohl's I knew it would be perfect for my family this year. Jacob and Quinn are super in to what every one's favorite color is and this paper contains them all! Last night Quinn punched snowflakes while I used the Coluzzle to make the tags. A little inking, stamping, glueing, and matching baker's twine and my tags are ready to go. 
It has just started snowing - how appropriate! I'm off to do some wrapping!
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