February 12th, 2015
Week 5 of Lifebook 2015 involved two projects. The main project, taught by Rachel Rice, is entitled Dreamcatcher.
A dreamcatcher is a tradition of the aboriginal peoples. It is a circular shape with feathers and other sacred objects hanging downwards from the bottom. The myth is that when hung by the bed, the dreamcatcher will “catch” unpleasant dreams before they get to you.
Rachel Rice’s project was a beautiful, delicate, subtly colored dreamcatcher. For whatever reason, I felt compelled to create this strongly coloured, vibrant red element with a Valentine theme.
I used a red paper doily in the middle, but painted over it with a brighter red. I drew the feathers and colored them with acrylic paint, and added a couple of real feathers, along with a red and white string in the middle. I painted a cream colored heart in the middle.
The background is collage colored with gold acrylic paint. I wrote some words around the outside of the doily using black Sharpie pen.
I am quite drawn to my Valentine Dreamcatcher, although I know it is far from traditional and not at all romantic.
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July 15th, 2014
This greeting card features a lace doily, hearts and flowers. I made it for a swap at Art for the Creative Mind.
The background is dry embossed with small flowers. It is an embossing folder used with the Sizzix.
I used a doily, punched shapes and free drawn shapes to form a large flower as the central point in this card.
The doily is a lace doily, given to me as a RAK by someone in our swap group.
I cut the hearts using a small heart-shaped punch.
I made the stem and leaves by hand. The leaves are covered with green microbeads. The flower’s center has pink and clear microbeads as well.
It would do very well for Valentine’s Day.
March 22nd, 2014
This Collage is Week Five with Lifebook. It is called “Sugar Sugar” and taught by Marieke Blokland. The collage is all about sweets and sugary treats.
We drew the Sugar Sugar woman’s face and painted it on a separate paper. Then, we cut it out ready to attach. The hair is supposed to resemble cotton candy.
We used various acrylic paints and techniques to make the background of the collage.
We attached the head, then drew a body to match, using scrapbook paper for the dress.
Since we did this shortly before Valentine’s Day, I decided to make it a Valentine. I cut hearts using the same paper as the dress, and attached them as shown. I drew the strings in place with a pen, and added a few turquoise buttons to match.
As instructed, I drew some ice cream cones, donuts and cupcakes by hand, using a red pen.
It’s my Valentine Sugar Sugar treat!
February 5th, 2014
Here are two more cup-shaped Valentine cards similar to the one I showed yesterday. These two cards are Valentines gifts for kids, though.
The top one is for a little girl. It is pink card stock with large rose colored hearts. It has a picture of a Telus panda bear. Telus is my telcom company, and they use pictures of cute animals in their promotions. Thanks for the artwork, Telus!
Other than the panda, the cup has green ribbon and green rick rack, a small red heart and a couple of sparkly flowers. I wrote the little girl’s name on the handle of the mug, after I had uploaded the picture.
The bottom card is rose coloured with a big pink heart. It is for a little boy but he is too young to know he is not supposed to like pink and rose.
I decorated with some circus figures cut from Graphic 45 Circus paper, and trimmed with rose and white polka dot ribbon. I also stamped Happy Valentines Day, and added a little ribbon bow and a button.
I also wrote the little boy’s name on the cup handle.
Both cards contain a couple of heart shaped lollipops, which are definitely not hand made.
February 8th, 2013
The theme of these two ATCs is “Hopelessly Romantic”. I did them for a swap at Art for the Creative Mind.
The “lace” is dry embossing done with a border design embossing folder.
The kissing man and woman are die cuts made on the Cricut. The cartridge I used is the Cricut Victorian Romance Cartridge.
I finished by adding a few small pearl beads to the woman’s hair and the man’s collar.
The text is stamped. One card reads, “kiss”, and the other reads, “love”.
The cards are good for Valentine Day.
January 25th, 2013
Last week, I was the lucky winner of Challenge Number 99 at Playing in Paradise. In addition to receiving a great prize, I was also invited to design a card for Challenge Number 101. The theme for #101 is Glimmer Mist. We were to use any kind of mist in our project.
I used two shades of glimmer mist to bring new life to some old pink flowers that have been in my stash for years.
The Victorian lady and the text, “Be My Valentine” are cut with the Cricut using this cartridge: Cricut Victorian Romance Cartridge
I blocked the card on two colors of card stock — white and rose, and used a pale pink card stock for the card itself.
A few pearls in the flowers and in the lady’s hair complete the card.
Thanks to the good people at Playing in Paradise for invite me to participate.
February 14th, 2012
I made these tags for a Jane Austin themed heart tags swap at Art for the Creative Mind swap group. The pictures and text are courtesy of Liam’s Pictures From Old Books.
The Jane Austen pictures in the middle have been resized and reshaped in Photoshop Elements and printed. I then did an inkjet image transfer using Aileen’s Tacky Glue. This worked well and copied them beautifully to the card stock.
I layered the image transfers on a couple layers of heart shaped card stock, then bordered this with fringe of pleated ribbon. I attached a string of bead pearls at the top to use as a hanger.
I found some pretty red cord in my stash, so I used it to make Celtic Heart Knots (video instructions found at How to Tie the Celtic Heart Knot by TIAT on Y0uTube.
For the back, I created identical heart shapes, but instead of using an image transfer, I used printed text. The text is also courtesy of Liam’s Pictures from Old Books web site.
I plan on entering this project in Playing in Paradise Challenge # 74. The theme is Love.
February 7th, 2012
I made these Skanky Ho Heart Tags on a whim. I think they would make cute and fun gift tags for Valentine gifts, bridal showers, girl’s night out name tags, etc.
There are really no instructions needed. I cut heart shapes out of flesh colored card stock then decorated them with pieces cut from scraps of scrapbook paper. I added lace and beads as trim.
Each tag has a small hole punched near the tip of the heart with ribbon threaded through for hanging or tying.
I decorated both sides of the hearts.
In total, I made six sets of these Valentine tags, all with different color undies.
February 4th, 2012
I made this child’s Valentine card for a little girl who is just one year old. It has a hand drawn and cut teddy bear. I think this is what they call paper piercing.
The small hearts are made with a punch. The large heart is hand drawn.
The cream colored background is embossed with a Cuttlebug embossing folder, done on the Big Shot.
“Be Mine” is stamped with an acrylic stamp and white ink.
February 3rd, 2012
This My Little Monster is obviously a kid’s valentine. I made it to send to a friend’s grandson, age three.
The monster is stamped and colored with Copic markers.
The sentiment, Happy Valentine’s Day” is a stamped image, as are the words, “My Little Monster.
It is layered on red and navy card stock.
The monster has some red glitter glue on his tail.
Copic Markers are highly versatile. You can get them at Amazon.