Sunday, October 31, 2010

Calendar Cover

I host a handmade calendar swap at the Collage Stuff Yahoo Group. This is the second year for this swap. The pages are 4 x 6". I do the front cover and the participants do the months. This is the cover design for the 2011 calendar. I thought about putting something about 2011 on this, but I think I'll put the 2011 verbiage on the back with my contact info. I started out with the dots paper from the October Afternoon Modern Homemaker 8 x 8" paper pad. I got these papers in stock this week and they have been calling to me. The advertisements are also from the Modern Homemaker paper pad. The paper pad is retro, so I used images from the Catnip Designs Retro Girls collage sheet. Catnip Designs collage sheets are exclusive to Collage Stuff and I love them! I glued down the ads, then the girl, then the car. I highlighted each image with a Spica Glitter Pen - either red or blue. I added the Collage Stuff red vintage lace at the bottom with glue dots. I put a Collage Stuff Tiny Metal Rose on the girl's hand with a pop-up glue dot. The pop-up glue dots are very thick and sticky. Using Diamond Glaze, I glued down a Collage STuff Red Bingo Marker #2 over the children in the ad at the top right. I decided it needed something else. In Excel, I made a page that is tiny white and red checks. I printed it and cut the page into thin strips and glued those down in some of the empty spaces. The calendars will be bound at the top with a Bind-It-All. Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

New postcards!

A couple of simple postcard designs. The first postcard, the Christmas one, will begin shipping with Collage Stuff orders closer to Christmas. The second postcard is shipping with orders now. The statue is from the "Enduring Love" collage sheet.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Simple Halloween ATCs

The September Collage Stuff ATC swap is Halloween-themed. I'm swapping the ATCs out this weekend. Last night at 10pm, I decided to make a few ATCs for the swap. I used the Making Memories Toil and Trouble 8 x 8" paper pack, Collage Stuff Black Wide Vintage Lace and some Halloween die cuts from K and Company. Very easy. Very silly. Very basic.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

September Skinny Book Page

As usual, I am behind on my art obligations. I just finished my September skinny book page today. I needed inspiration, so I went to Etsy this morning and perused digital collage sheets. I bought a collage sheet that has the large dress form images. The theme for this month's book was artist choice and boy, I needed an artist choice theme today! The main image is a mermaid dress form. I used some pinkish scrapbook paper and applied the white sequin waste with diamond glaze. The sequin waste kinda reminds me of a net (thinking of the sea here!). The victorian scrap roses, fish and shell are available at Collage Stuff. I glued those down next. I glued the main image down on chipboard and used pop dots to pop it up a little. I used one of the tissue tapes from the Tim Hotlz Symphony tissue tapes to frame the edges. Easy!
The colors aren't quite right on this photo, but that happens with photos. I used a printed light aqua scrapbook paper and overstamped it with a text stamp using a beige Brilliance ink. It's very subtle. I cut another piece of scrapbook paper to back the main image. I glued down the main image. I added Seafoam Fleur Border German Scrap as shown and then more victorian scrap roses. I also finished the edges on this with the same tissue tape. Try as I might, I always get something crooked. I worked on getting the border strips straight and they refused! Maybe I was seeing crooked? Another skinny book page done! Woo hoo!