Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Monday, February 14, 2011
I took an old mason jar that I had & began by sprinkling fairy dust over the inside bottom (aka blue glitter over Mod Podge). I took some papers that I had that looked oceanic & layered on two of them (fussy cutting some waves) & attached to the back of the jar with ModPodge (over & under the papers to seal them). [I found that tissue paper works much better for this when I made my pink fairy later in the day.] While everything was drying I spritzed some cotton batting with Riptide Glimmer Mist & let it dry. My thought was that this could be the sea foam over the glitter. I took the butterfly that I had (a small fabric one from a previous project where I gently removed the body) & used Riptide & Lemon Meringue Glimmer Mist & heat set it. I edged the wings with Crystal Stickles & let it dry for several hours. I added bling on the circles for some added sparkle. For the fairy herself I printed her on our printer & colored gently with Q-Tips & Broken China Distress Inks. I was trying to figure out how she'd stand in the jar & bent the base she was standing on in the picture & attached to a large antique button. I glued the wings onto the center of her back & bent them by hand. I attached the button to the glitter-covered base & then added the batting over the button. I put in flowers, a pearl button [thinking that pearls come from oysters &oysters come from the sea) along with some small, white pearl trim that I had. I added small seashells that we had gathered to cover up the outside edge of the back paper using my hot glue gun. I used lace for the base & also around the rim of the jar lid. I left the jar lid able to be opened so thart Mary can add other treasures to keep her sprite happy. I made a paper flower for the lid using the Sizzix #3 layered flower die cut & Glimmer Misting with Riptide & spritzing with green Smooch Spritz for some depth. The final element that I put on was a pearl swirl to the outside of the jar & then a sprinkle of Dazzling Diamonds with a wish. I attached a tag with the sprite's name, capture date & location with a message for Mary. This was a labor of love & I am already looking forward to making my next one. I will be teaching this class on March 26, 2011 at Life's Memories & More in Palmer, MA. It should be loads of fun ...
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Sunday, February 6, 2011
Friday, February 4, 2011
What an amazing Christmas gift! My BFF, Mary, gave me this class (+ dinner at Panera's before) as a Christmas gift ... The class was delayed due to snow - we had a 2nd storm which left the City with one lane streets & the store was 45 minutes away, BUT - we were intrepid souls & went off to take the class last night. The photos aren't fabulous, but I was taking the pictures in -1o degree weather out on my sunporch [I prefer natural light] & I was having trouble with glare [3 feet of snow!] ... Here are the results & I've learned TONS of new techniques ... The class was held at Inspiration Station in Stafford Springs, CT.
Update re: the Valentine Tea - it's been postponed (of course - we're expecting MORE SNOW) until the 12th of February -- How many people will remember that it's Abraham Lincoln's birthday????