Saturday, March 26, 2011

Back of skinny book page

The theme of this book is really vintage, not vintage children, so I could use the new collage sheets that I've been buying on Etsy. The background is a collage sheet that I bought on Etsy, altered the color to make it pink and then overstamped lightly with a scroll-type stamp. I adjusted the color a bit on the "Journal de Paris" background image to make the pink fit more with the Marie image that I also bought on Etsy. The text is another collage sheet that I made more pink instead of green. The frame is from Collage Stuff - the Gold Ivy German scrap frame set. The little bird is from the Collage Stuff Gold Designs German scrap. I tied some sheer white ribbon around the bottom of the page and added 3 daisies from the Maya Road Large Daisy Trim (available at Collage Stuff). I used pop-up glue dots to give them some dimension and added a Large Fleur de Lys charm from Collage Stuff. The actual page is more pink than this photo. I highlighted the edges of the "Journal de Paris" with a pink/purple Copic marker and applied some skinny pale pink Washi tape around the edges to give the edges a nice finished look. This completes my participation in this skinny book project. Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Skinny Book Page

This month's skinny book has a vintage children theme. The page is 4 x 8". The background is patterned scrapbook paper. I used a border punch to punch two different papers that I stacked and applied at the top and bottom. I added the pink and white ribbon to the bottom. The button at the bottom is a vintage china button. The girl is from the Collage Stuff "Vintage Children" collage sheet. I colored her with various Copic markers. I cut her out of the photo and sat her on a teacup. I bought the teacup collage sheet on Etsy. The "memorandum" in the background is also taken from a collage sheet that I bought on Etsy. The Victorian scrap flower is from Collage Stuff. A little glitter was applied to the flowers. I added 3 pink pearl hearts. The edges of the page were swiped with a Pumice Stone distress ink pad. Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Collage Stuff Rubber Stamps on Sale!

I made this greeting card years ago when I launched the line of Collage Stuff rubber stamps. I've decided to put all of the remaining Collage Stuff unmounted rubber stamps on sale. Full sheets are on sale and three different assorted rubber stamp grab bags are available. The ATC sets are also on sale. The full sheets are limited in number, but I've got plenty of grab bags available. The Collage Stuff rubber stamps include collage-style stamps, individual images, ATC backgrounds, cemetery-themed stamps, border stamps, birds and more! Have fun shopping and take advantage of these great deals!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Back of Front Cover

This is the back of the front cover for the Altered Ancestors LFB. The baby that I altered for this page is me! Since I was born in the 1950's, a photo of me as a baby is indeed a vintage photo. I did all the altering digitally, adding a crown from the Catnip Designs Wings and Things Collage Sheet and butterfly wings from one of the Flutter Collage Sheets.
The background is a phone book page and some red scrapbook paper. I will print this page out and attach it to handmade front cover.
One of the things that makes a little fat book fun is having lace or other trims or charms hanging off the pages. I will add lace or some other trim to the covers.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Altered Ancestor Front Cover

This afternoon, I finished my design for the Altered Ancestors LFB front cover. I decided it would have a postal theme. Why? I think because I like the new digital collage sheet, "Airmail" that's available for sale here at the blog. I like the images and wanted to use them.
The first thing I had to find was a postal worker hat and I found one searching Google images. I also found the postal seal with the Pony Express by searching Google images. Then, the hunt to find an ancestor facing the right way so the hat would work. First I thought I'd use a woman, but none of the images I used looked right, so I went back to using a man. This man is on one of the Collage Stuff vintage image CD's. I found the right man and added the cap and postal seal digitally. I colored the man's face skin tone and gave the shirt a very light blue color using Copic markers. This scan kinda washed things out. The butterfly wings are from a Collage Stuff "Flutter" collage sheet. The postal images are from the Collage Stuff "Airmail" digital collage sheet.
The background is a phone book page. Mail carriers have to know addresses, right? I found a clock stamp and stamped the image with red ink. Then it was just a matter of deciding which postal images to use from the collage sheet.
I printed out "special delivery" from the Acme label maker website. I highlighted the images with a red Spica glitter pen. I used red Washi tape around all the edges to finish it off.
On the back of this page, I will put something about the name of this LFB - altered ancestors. I ran out of room and couldn't put this on the front.
This is a simple design and that's good as I have to replicate it 14 times. ACK!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Altered Ancestors LFB

At the Collage Stuff yahoo group, we're doing an Altered Ancestors LFB. The premise is to take an old photo of someone (ancestor) and alter it in some fashion. This is the very back cover that I created digitally. I like to do Paris themes and I love gargoyles! I added wings to the woman. Her hand originally rested on a table. I removed the table and inserted one of my favorite gargoyles. I put a little Eiffel tower in to make sure the Paris/gargoyle connection was evident. The words say "He followed her home from Paris" - the "he" being the gargoyle. I plan on having the books all done by the end of April, so stay tuned for a slide show with all of the pages.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Collage Stuff Pink and Green ATC swap

This is my design for the Collage Stuff February ATC Swap. The theme is pink and green.
I glued green cardstock to chipboard and cut out ATC size pieces. This provides a sturdy backing. I sprayed the green background with a gold glitter spray.
I cut up some time cards (new at Collage Stuff) into ATC sizes. Then I used a scallop border punch along one side. I mixed up some Victorian Velvet re-inker with some pink Perfect Pearls plus water in a mini mister. I sprayed the time card pieces with my pink glitter spray. Then I overstamped the pink with a French text stamp using black ink. I didn't want the black text to be too dark, so I didn't ink the entire stamp, just parts of it and didn't press too hard with the stamp. I glued this down at an angle with part extending over the top of the background.
The woman is from the Collage Stuff "Fancy Faces" collage sheet.
I scanned in one of the playing cards from the "Pretty Playing Cards" at Collage Stuff and shrunk it down and printed it out 3 times in a row. I really like these flowers. I glued this column of flowers down to some pink "Education UK Bus Tickets" from Collage Stuff. I thought the tickets framed the flowers nicely. I glued this down at an angle too.
The charm is a "Medium Bee Charm" from Collage Stuff attached with a glue dot.
To finish off this ATC, I used a green Spica glitter pen to highlight some of the edges of the collage elements. I used a bronze Copic marker around the edges and sides of the green base.
In summary, I have to say that I really like making my own glitter sprays! With my re-inkers, I can get the colors I want. I don't own very many punches, but I should use the ones I have more. I really like this border punch.
If you're interested in participating in the Collage Stuff ATC swaps, join the Collage Stuff Yahoo Group. There's a link on the sidebar.
Thanks for stopping by!