Thursday, March 15, 2012

10 things i love about you

welcome back gypsies! 
i got a chance to explore my softer, more pastel side recently and i have to say i liked it! the challenge? turn a box of flowery pastel papers and a frame into something memorable. so in the spirit of advent calendars, i created this sweet little way to count up the many ways i love a certain someone. 

the whole frame is painted, first with copper, then picket fence crackle, and then tinted with tumbled glass distress ink to create a patina. then came the flowers - fabric ones, paper ones, and my signature smooshie ones too. corrugated cardboard scraps get a facelift thanks to glimmer mists in turquoise and copper.

10 tiny pockets dressed with pearls, crystals and ribbon. 
each tiny pocket holds a tiny card - 10 tiny places to hide secrets, love notes or tokens.

i hope this romantic fancy strikes your fancy! 
i'll be teaching this as a class at scrapbook island in san jose (408.978.8900) on april 15th. 

Saturday, March 3, 2012

authentique march sketch challenge

welcome back gypsies. authentique's newest sketch challenge is up and running and i wanted to share my entry. but first the sketch - flowers, scallop trim, flowers. i decided that a card doesn't have to be flat at all though and like a true gypsy, made up my own rules.

and now the project
i have to admit i was inspired by "the secret world of arriety" on this one.

all of the elements from the sketch are featured - dimensional flowers and teeny wee penants, and it's hard to see but there is a double scallop trim around the inside of the box. then i added tiny little trinkets and set it all on a tiny spool wrapped in lace trim and metal edging around the bottom.

i hope you are inspired to try your hand at a tiny wish box instead of a card for your next occasion. 

"celebrate" collection - authentique
configurations insert
little bits of this and that
fairy dust