Saturday, September 26, 2009

Books in my head

Is this art? ...I just got a new cabinet to house my sewing stuff in so I was trying to organize stuff in my studio. I had several piles of stuff that needed a "place" sitting on my desk. An old wire wig form that I had gotten to put my "bad hair day doo" on, a ceramic mask I had picked up at a yard sale, a pile of little books I got to alter and some old door hardware. I stuck them all together and topped it with my "zeroith" hat that I had made for Quinton's birthday. Now I can just leave it sitting on top of the desk ... but do I want to use the parts now???????????? :))

Monday, September 21, 2009

Rusting Technique


This is not my favorite style, I am just now a western kinda gal :)) but the theme for our shoebox project at my local stamping club last Friday was fall. The only fall saying I had was kinda western so there ya go. The real reason I am sharing this card is the rusting technique I used to make the oval sayings plaque. Some time back I had purchased some metal ovals that I loved. After using them up and not being able to find them again I decided I could make some. I punched mine from matt board then I used a brown marker on the edge but they really look like metal.

Here is how ya do it! First you will need some metal filings. If your hubby has a grinder he can make you some but if not try going to the local machine shop and ask if you can sweep some off there floor. Most of them will hand you a dustpan. Then just mix about 1 part metal filings with 2 parts black acrylic paint. Now you can paint whatever you want to look like rusted metal with that. Once it is dry mix 2 parts bleach with 1 part vinegar and paint it over your entire piece. Repeat this step until you have the desired amount of rust.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Keeper Of Fragments

I have been busy on my book … I did a little aging on the pages I showed before and I have added a couple more pages. I deleted some the old posts so I could add the updated photos and put everything so far in one spot.

This is just inside the cover and under the little buttoned door is some special wording I added.

The lullaby page has been aged. I added the rolled up lullaby's in the pocket, and the cherub. The little butterfly pin has been replaced with the little stork pin I found in California. I still need to add some wording above the little picture of me as a baby. I think it needs to go along with the lullaby theme. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

This is also a picture of me as a toddler. I just love the old Sears ad for teddy bears! It has also been aged a little and the other side is now finished. I traced a baby shoe onto leather and cut it out. Then I stitched it and aged it to look like the sole of an old shoe. I even used my dremel to make it look as though a little foot had worn its imprint into the leather.

This has to be my favorite pages so far. Since One of my favorite childhood memories is taking "naps" with my sister. As soon as my mother shut the door, out would come our dolls and we would play until we finally fell asleep. I think my mother knew we were not really napping :)) . Since I did not have any pictures of my sister and I napping I used an old post card photo and photo shopped our faces onto it. Then I printed it on photo paper and spray glued it to matt board. I think once the edges were done with a brown paint marker, it looked as good as the original. While in California I came across some little notes that my sister and I had passed during church when I was small. I plan to put a pocket under the little "sisters" mini book and tuck them inside.
This is me as a teen ... yes it is photo shopped again :)) The picture is on a hinge that folds out and the speller opens up to a faux chalkboard. If you click on the montage on the left side bar it will show that.
This is me as a young adult. The compact opens up to a lovely poem that is a play on a name. My given name is Joyce but my family call me Inka.

This is the wedding page. It features a picture of hubby and I. The little velum envelope has a marriage certificate in it. A reproduction antique of course with our real names but the witnesses are my Grandparents who are no longer with us.

This page is a tribute to love, a promise to be forever true and to always remember.

The back of the book :)

Monday, September 7, 2009


I finally made it home last week but it has been crazy week. I had so much to get caught up on but I will soon be creating again :)