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Friday, September 28, 2012

It's Friday!

I love Fridays.

Even though I've been retired for a year, I still love Fridays.  There's just something special about Fridays.  It's funny, because nowadays I get all my errands and running around done during the week when there's less auto and foot traffic and I do my best to stay home on the weekends, but still, there's just something about Fridays that makes the weekend look extra special.  Today, my DD is coming over for a full day of crafting.  Right now we're working on our mosaic projects in which we use vintage or vintage-look jewelry and miscellaneous other items, i.e. game pieces, charms, etc.  Here's a sample, one of my earliest pieces.  

This was the second piece I did.  You can see I used glitter as my grout material.  My subsequent projects have more pieces on them so I don't need to grout.  I'll share them in future posts.  It's a very fun break from making cards.

Speaking of cards, here's one I made yesterday for a challenge on Mark's Finest Papers.  The challenge was to press plant material between two pieces of CS and run it through your die-cutting machine.  I did, and here is my result:

For the stand up base, I used Nestabilities Decorative Labels Eight on top of Labels Eight.  For the flowers, I used a morning glory, a petunia (which is a little hidden by the bow), some blue plumbago florets, a rose petal and some vinca leaves.  I had to enhance the color of the leaves a little bit with chalk as they left no pigment whatsoever, just the imprint of their veins; however, all of the flowers stained the paper very well.  In fact, the morning glory melded with the paper so much that I couldn't remove quite all of its petals.  The "messy" bow is made with seam binding that I dyed to match with SU Concord Crush reinker.  I think I made it a tad too messy - must hold back next time.  I do love messy bows made from seam binding...

I colored the white hatpin pearls with a purple Copic.  Finished it off with a greeting and a few tiny pearls.

TFL and have a lovely day.  Happy crafting!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I was shopping at ACMoore last week and saw TONS of 'junk jewelry' and I immediately thought of YOU!
Great card and you know I'm a big fan of your messy bows!