wings to fly...

Here I am again, popping in with another collage. 

I've been playing along with Kelly Rae Robert's weekly 'Unscripted' video series... seriously, if you haven't checked it out, do yourself a favor. A HUGE favor. It's unbelievably awesome and it's delivered to your inbox each week! Doesn't get much easier than that.

I like to turn on the video and get out my own supplies and just play. It's kind of like having a friend over for an art play date!
I'm experimenting with lots of different sizes of canvases, as well as the less expensive canvas board. I was surprised at just how much I like the canvas board- it's super sturdy and easy to work on.
As always, I feel the need to throw a vintage image into the mix... it's pretty much my "thing". Well, that and some sparkly glitter. 
Glitter makes everything prettier, don't you think?
Pretty things and a pair of wings.
A girl doesn't need much more than that!



as fast as you can...

I know here in California we're still in the last throes of summer's heat before autumn kicks in but the holidays are just around the corner. It's never too soon to start on those Christmas projects!
While it's definitely too early to be baking gingerbread men- it's not too early to cut them out of paper. The Gingerbread Man die makes quick work of it... you could cut out dozens of them in the time it would take to decorate just one baked cookie!
Here I've used four of them on a card front, layered foot-to-foot to create a gingerbread man square. Kraft paper was used for the top layer with a creamy white underneath to bring out the detail. Nuvo Crystal Drops are used for their buttons, as well as their bowties. The card is finished off with a big wood button tied and attached to the center.
Run, run, run as fast as you can... you can't catch me- I'm the Gingerbread Man!



here she comes...

Girl, n.: a giggle wrapped in sunshine and glitter.
 A baby girl is always a special delivery, don't you think? Here is a card made with layers of sparkle and shine, from the metallic copper Special Delivery die sentiment to the Nuvo Crystal Drops accenting the design of the Topnote Trellis base, to the sparkling gold Glitter Drops on her tiny crown.
Look out world, here she comes!




Baby cards are something I don't usually make a lot of. At this point in my life very few of my friends are having babies- instead, most are waiting for grandbabies one day!

The new Baby Blocks die was the first one in a series that I wanted to play with. It's clean and simple and I loved the faux stitching around the edges of the blocks. It took a little searching through my paper stash to find those with patterns tiny enough not to overwhelm the block size. Once I found some papers, I completely loved the look! A white drop-shadow behind the blocks and sentiment brought the whole thing to life.
For quite awhile I'd been holding on to one last sheet of an October Afternoon paper from their birthday line. The little 'party animals' have made me smile every time I've pulled it out and I was finally going to be able to use it. I picked out a few of my favorite creatures and fussy cut them out so they could do a little dance on top of the blocks!
Best of all, one of my friends actually is having a baby next month and now I'm one step ahead of the shower now that her card is done!



nothing beautiful...

When creating a collage which do you think comes first- the artwork or the quote? It can be either one, really. Sometimes though, I run across a quote that just demands to have something created around it.
Whenever I find a quote I like, I write it onto an index card. This way I can flip through the stack for a little inspiration whenever needed.
This quote felt delicate and fragile, like a secret that had been hidden for a long time- and the fairy had her fingertips pressed to her lips like she was trying to keep it that way!
I don't normally add fabric trims to my collage pieces but this was so much fun I'm sure I'll be doing it more often. American Crafts makes a really smooth black fine liner that is permanent- it's how I add the details lines on my collage. It also helps fill in any places my stamping is less than stellar!
Shhhhh..... it's a secret.

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