Saturday, June 26, 2010

skinny book page

Here's the back of the skinny book page for this month. Yes, I liked the digital design for the Fly Away LFB swap a lot, so I decided to change it up a little and do a hand-made version for a skinny book page.
I started out with floral scrapbook paper and overstamped it with a Tim Holtz scrolly stamp and black ink. I have the book page scanned in, so I printed it, tore it and edged it in black ink and glued it down. The clock is a Maya Road Sheer Clock. The girl image is from the "My Favorites" collage sheet. The bird playing card is from the "Animal Grab" collage sheet and the butterflies are from the "Flutter #1" collage sheet. At the bottom of the page, I used some of the new Tim Holtz tissue tape from the "Symphony" collection. Finally done with the skinny book page for this month!

Friday, June 25, 2010

Fly Away LFB Front of the Back Cover

I'm coming down to the wire on getting all of my stuff done for the Collage Stuff Fly Away Little Fat Book Swap. The last thing I needed to design was the front of the back cover. The back cover is all digital. If one wanted to construct this page cutting and pasting paper, one would use images from the Collage Stuff Flutter #1, My Favorites, and Animal Grab collage sheets plus the Collage Stuff Numbers Rubber Stamp. The book page is from a vintage children's school book and the little optical lenses are a photo of the Collage Stuff White Trial Lenses. This came together in a couple of hours. I'm happy with it! I have all of the designing done for my covers. Now I have to finish the actual construction.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Completed Front Cover

I wanted to show the finished front cover of the Fly Away LFB swap. I put the front and back pages together and sandwiched some vintage crochet trim. I used the Maya Road White Vintage Crochet Trim (Collage Stuff) and colored it with some home-made shimmer spray, so that it would match the front of the cover (and will coordinate fine with the back of the cover). You can find the instructions at the Tim Holtz website to make shimmer spray using Distress Re-inkers, Perfect Pearls, water and a mini mister. I used shimmer spray made with the Barn Door re-inker to color the sheet music on the page. I used the same spray to color the white crochet trim. I like the white trim the best as it's the most versatile. You can color it many different colors. If you don't have the Perfect Pearls, but have a re-inker and mini mister, you can make a spray, but it won't shimmer.

Back of the Front Cover

The due date for mailing the pages for the Collage Stuff Fly Away LFB (little fat book) swap is quickly approaching - July 1. This means I have to get with the program and get 18 hand-made front covers done and 18 digital back covers done. I have the front of the front hand-made cover done. This is the back of the front cover. I have 3 done, so only 15 to go. None of them will be exactly the same.
I started out with some floral scrapbook paper. I used a piece of chipboard and pulled white acrylic paint down the paper to tone it down a little. I used one of the stamps from the Tim Holtz Bitty Grunge stamp set to stamp the rays. I used Perfect Medium and brushed a gold Perfect Pearls over the stamped image. I overstamped the entire background with a text stamp and black ink.
The cemetery angel is one that I don't have on a collage sheet yet. I printed it a light color and used a light blue Copic marker to give it a blue tint. I sprayed the colored image with Marshmallow Glimmer Mist so it shines! The angel image was glued down. I highlighted it with a bronze Copic marker.
The sheer clocks are from the Maya Road Sheer Clock set. The brass gear in the middle of the clock is one of the new Collage Stuff large solid brass gears. I used various Ranger alcohol inks on the large brass bird charm (Collage Stuff). The clock, gear and bird are all applied with glue dots.
I printed out the text, colored it with the same light blue Copic marker, sprayed with the Marshmallow glimmer mist and outlined with the bronze Copic marker.
Yippee! My design is done. It's not too labor intensive, so I can get these done on time.

Friday, June 4, 2010

New Postcard

I thought I'd try to work on some of my pages for the Fly Away LFB swap today, but what a waste of time! Nothing came together. I started playing around with my digital art and came up with a new postcard instead! This postcard uses a scan of some vintage sheet music, my favorite woman image from the Fabulous Faces collage sheet and the roses are from the Vintage Birthday Card collage sheet. I added the fluorishes with my digital imaging software and it was done! This postcard will be here in a couple of weeks and will start shipping with Collage Stuff orders then!

Third Marie ATC

I needed to make a few more Marie ATC's for the Marie Antoinette ATC swap at the Collage Stuff yahoo group. I already made about 10 using another Marie picture and was ready to move on to another Marie for the remainder of the ATC's I needed to make. I think this one is my favorite. I started out with the black/gold fleur dy lys paper for the main background. I found some red patterned paper, tore it, edged the tear with a black Copic marker and glued it down as shown. I added Victorian scrap roses from the 7343 Fairy Victorian scrap - the roses on that sheet are lovely. I cut out the Marie image from one of the Marie collage sheets at Collage Stuff and colored her with Copic markers. After she was glued down, I used a gold metallic marker to highlight her. Gold French German scrap borders (Collage Stuff) were used at the top and bottom. I added the Princess brass crown charm (Collage Stuff) - stuck on with glue dots. I edged the whole thing with a black Copic marker.