Friday, April 27, 2012

Magnificent Men a la Sarah Engels-Greer

Hello! While I've been buzzing away the last few weeks it seems I haven't shown you any completed projects. Gah! I've been making hundreds of hat pins but cutting very little paper. *sigh* How does this happen?

Anyway, I have a story to tell you. Christmas 2010 I "gave" my Husband his library, a large room off our bedroom that really had no purpose. We had a wall of bookcases and a chair, but not much else. While he was at work one day I outfitted the room with library-type stuff including a 12' rug, library table, more furniture and assorted other bits and pieces. It turned out beautifully!

So, how does one top *that*?

Last December, as I'm floundering away at finding The Perfect Gift for my husband, I ran across a project made by Sarah Engels-Greer. The sky lit up and I could hear the angels singing! Of course, I could make something for the library!

I tried to take inspiration and make my own but her original design is so darn perfect for Husband's space that I couldn't "improve" on it. Sarah and I emailed about it a few months ago and she gave me her blessing to post. I've waited until after her piece was published in Craft Stamper to show mine. It's important to both of us that credit goes to her for original design. Please visit her blog (you'll never want to leave!) to see gorgeous details about her Magnificent Men!

So, without further ado, here are my Magnificent Men:

The box is Configurations with the acrylic front

Left side close-up

Right side close-up

On the bookcase

This project was an incredible amount of work - Sarah called it a "labor of love" and I definitely agree. It took a long time to make but it was worth it. Thanks Sarah!

Thanks for visiting today!

Cheers,
Susan

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday #151

Hiya crafty peeps! Here we are at another Wednesday and it's time to show your stuff!

(I woke up yesterday and almost posted my WOYWW. I really thought it was Wednesday! Luckily I got distracted and left the post as a draft. I didn't realize it wasn't Wednesday until later in the day. Yikes.)

So, happy WOYWW! Wanna play? Pop on over to Queen Julia's Stamping Ground for all the deets - she's polished her crown and well on to another collective peek at desks around the world.

Here's what I have had going on (yesterday). It's a circus-themed altered Altoid tin. Up on the corner of my laptop you can see a bit of what I've done with last weeks "brain colored" polymer clay - made brains! They are for another Altoid tin, to be revealed in 2 weeks with the other two I'm making for an in-person swap and fabulous girly crafty weekend at my sister's house waaaay down in southern Virginia.


Today the circus has left town and a beauty pageant has replaced it as amusement du jour. :)There's lace and glitter and maybe even a crown for my "contestant". Heh. :)

Must go get the oil changed on the carriage. Be back to check out *your* fabby desks in the next few days!

Cheers,
Susan

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday #150

Wow wow wow! It's Wednesday once again and time to throw open the studio doors and let everyone have a nosy around. Can you believe this is the 150th week? If my blog post tagging is correct, this is only my 18th week (some last year) -- kudos to those who have played all along and big thanks to Julia, our oh-so-gracious Hostess with the Mostest!


Today we have assembly-line stick pins for the shop. They all need glued up and polished. See the clear plastic cup? It's first life was a Tide laundry detergent measuring cup and now acts as a "gravity enhancer". I drop freshly glued pins in upside-down while the glue dries. I've decided assembly line work isn't for me, though. I like each pin to be a little different, so I might change up some before gluing.

See the Sculpey polymer clay by the coffee cup? Heh. It's brain-colored. Wanna guess what I'm going to do with it? *tongue firmly planted in cheek* I can't give any details until after the first of May so you'll just have to THINK about it!

If you want to see what all the WOYWW fuss is about, join us over at Julia's joint!

Cheers,
Susan

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday #149

Hiya! Today is Wednesday, where crafty sorts bare all. Visit Madam Julia, our WOYWW Mistress HERE. All you have to do is show your stuff and link it up so we all can have a peek through the peephole on your studio door! 

I really wasn't sure what to expect when I poured my coffee and headed to the studio this morning. Yesterday was spent away from home and I couldn't remember what I left it like on Monday, except for the finishing bits on a card. Imagine my surprise to find this!

 
Teacups from Grandma! While I was waiting for Stickles to dry on the card in the background, I pulled out the box of newspaper-wrapped teacups to see what I could find. And then forgot about it. :)

What else is here... the edge of my newest tool - a Tonic Studios guillotine trimmer. Ok, it's not that new, but Husband surprised me with it a month or two ago and I love that he did. :) The lazy susan with Very Important Stuff on it, like tissue tape that I never, ever use. I just like the receipt stand it's on, and that a favorite vintage inch/centimeter ruler is handy. (Oh, do I have a ruler and yardstick fetish... yes I do...) Let's see, also various bits from that card. (Clicky HERE to see the front of the card, if you're so inclined.) The tape roll is Scor-Tape, otherwise known as Sookwang tape. I couldn't work without it.

So delicate and thin!

2.5 inches (6.3cm) tall!


That's it for me. I'll do my best to visit more this week. Last week was a bust!

Cheers and happy WOYWW,
Susan

Monday, April 9, 2012

A Bird Does Not Sing...

Hello and happy Monday crafty folks! I hope you had a gorgeous weekend and your Monday started with a smile. :)

I've been working on beaded hat pins and brooches and such for so long that I haven't touched paper in ages. Feels like it, anyway. My smile comes from the sheer joy of remembering *how* to make a card and making one from the delicious Pion Designs "Fairytale of Spring" paper. I've been sitting on it for weeks and finally used a wee bit this weekend.


Before I started, I knew I needed a little poke to send me in the right direction. My lovely friend Linda, also known as The Funkie Junkie, started up a new vintage-themed challenge blog called Frilly and Funkie. The challenge theme is "I'll Take Your Word For It" and the idea is to let a sentiment take center stage on your project.

I wanted to use my new Pion Designs paper, but I don't have a lot of sentiment stamps that would work with it. After searching around bit I found this bird one hanging out with the punches in the shoe rack behind the door. Perfect! The bird is from a package of K & Co. die-cut bits and the branch cut from a PD paper using the Tim Holtz/Sizzix Mini Branch die.

The music notes are Dusty Attic, onto which I gobbed pale pink crackle paint... which didn't work very well. I covered it all in Glossy Accents to seal and set it aside for months (because I can't throw anything away). Finally it found the right project!

Flowers are a combination of really old Wild Orchid and brand spankin' new Wild Orchid. The crochet flowers are Michael's Recollections line. I added the stamen to the bottom one and used the top left one as a mini doily.

In case you're wondering, I got the hard-to-find Pion Designs paper collections from Linda's Etsy shop. You can still shop there, or at her new Zibbet shop. It's just a coincidence that I'm entering a Funkie Junkie challenge with Funkie Junkie paper. It doesn't get me an advantage or anything... does it? *wink*

Thanks for visiting today!

Cheers,
Susan

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday #148

Hello fine folks! The dog woke me up at 4:30am to go outside and I seemed to have tweaked a neck muscle whilst stretching in bed BUT it's Wednesday and the WOYWW party is hopping at Julia's joint! We're whipping out our desks for your snooping pleasure. No more whining for me!


Here's a fine mess, even it's a sparkly one. I'm tinkering around with a few new designs including 6" stick pins. On my screen is the BBC Radio 4 Extra website, from which I hear all kinds of serialized stories while I'm working. I'm partial to the crime dramas but love the sci-fi and historical stuff too.

The (unfinished, unglued) 6" pins - my favorite is the blue and yellow. Hey, I hear you snickering at my ratty towel... I love working on it, probably because I have a thing about texture. :)


I'm also working on kilt pins at special request. Can't show those in detail yet since none are really finished to my liking and I don't want my requestor gasping in horror. :)

Speaking of requests, here's a finished shot of last week's project. I started it in November and finished last week. Go me!


So, if you're wondering why I do what I do on Wednesdays, just pop on over to Julia's Stamping Ground for a peek at her desk and the Master List of Desks Worldwide! It's a fun romp and can make you feel better about your tidy space while oohing and ahhing at all the neat stuff other people always seem to have.

Cheers,
Susan

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

B is for Baby!

Hiya crafty friends! It's a gorgeous Tuesday here if you ignore the frost on the windows. The sun is shining and should melt all that off shortly, right? Tonight we're going to a baseball game and will definitely bundle up!

Here's a project made with Graphic 45's Little Darlings. It's the sweetest paper line I've seen in ages! I originally intended to use my papier mache A B C letters for another project but was inspired in another direction. Got to go with the muse, eh?


Don't let that floating eyeball in the bottom hole scare you. It's just a sweet little one!



Don't you just love this flower extravaganza? Yummy. The laces are all vintage tatting found whilst rummaging through antique shops or as a gift from my fabby sister. She knows exactly how to make me giddy!

The B is 9" tall and covered with papers from the 12x12 Little Darlings pad. The back is covered with the sheet called "Little Darlings", on which the front has the baby face peeking through to the front. It worked out perfectly! The satin finish comes from matte Modge Podge and edges are inked in Distress "Gathered Twigs". The pins are handmade by me.

I sort of feel like this still needs a little something, but I'm not sure what it is yet. I will put small feet on it to balance it out. It's a little top-heavy and will fall over with the tiniest of touches, thanks to the lace on the bottom.

She's a little darling! Thanks for visiting today. I hope you have a creative day!

Cheers,
Susan

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Graphic 45 Tropical Travelogue Album



Hiya crafty folks! I made this album as one of my Graphic 45 design team audition projects, and I wanted to take up a little lot of space here showing you all the lovely little details. It's a 6"x7" album decorated with the fantastic Tropical Travelogue line, including the die cut elements. I had a lot of fun with it!