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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Frilly and Funkie Guest Design Project: Pass the Tissues, Please!

Hi Friends! Thanks so much for stopping by! I'm very thankful to be guest designing today for the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog. This week's challenge is being hosted by Sara Emily (aka Sara's Closet) and the theme this round is "Pass the Tissues, Please". Participants are asked to incorporate tissue paper into their vintage or shabby chic projects. More details for the challenge can be found on their blog.

For my project, I decided to alter one of the many cigar boxes I've collected over the years. Inside the box, I've created a simple mini album showcasing some of my favorite flowers from some of my favorite places to visit.



This time of year, I start to pine for the peonies that bloom annually in our backyard so I decided to create a single bloom to figure prominently on top of the box. To make this beautiful flower, I layered a piece of copy paper between two sheets of pink and gold polka dot tissue paper using Mod Podge. While it was drying, I created templates of the individual petals in various sizes. Next, I traced the petals onto the tissue paper and built the flower, one petal at a time. Yup, a little time consuming but the result is a super fluffy peony. Just like the real thing, minus the ants!


Decoupaging the copy paper along with the tissue gave the petals some much needed stability and allowed for molding and shaping them later on. The stamen of the flower was created simply by fringing a long piece of gold tissue paper and rolling it tightly. The leaves were created using  handmade paper I recently found at the craft store. The top of the box is decoupage with a piece of Finnabair's 'Musica' Tissue Paper. I kept the rest of the box fairly plain, stenciling a simple doily and adding a pearl trim, some lace from my stash, and a metal bee embellishment.

Inside the box, I included a small mini album measuring 5.5"H by 6.5"W. For continuity, the album cover is decoupaged with the same tissue paper used on the outside of the box. The cover photo is one of our peonies from last year. The lilacs pictured inside the lid are from a bush I received for Mother's Day from my husband and sons several years ago.


Inside the album, I chose more photos of flowers from our yard and also from some of the beautiful gardens we are privileged to have in our area.  Each page layout also includes lines from a poem entitled "Song of the Flower" by Khalil Gibran. Every page is layered with a mix of tissue paper, cheese cloth, and various embellishments. 








If you're interested in participating in this challenge, head over to the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog for all the details. I hope you've been inspired by today's project and I look forward to seeing what you create with your tissue stash!

Blessings,
Melissa








Wednesday, March 13, 2019

St. Patrick's Day Dress Form

"May God give you...for every storm a rainbow,
for every tear a smile, for every care a promise
and a blessing in each trial.
For every problem life sends, a faithful friend to share,
for every sigh a sweet song, and an answer to each prayer."

Greetings lasses (and lads)! It's that time of year where EVERYONE is Irish at least for a day! Despite the fact that I don't have an ounce of Irish in me, I love St. Patrick's Day! This time of year as a child, I always wished I was Irish but I had to be content with the corn beef and cabbage dinner my very Puerto Rican mom would prepare once a year (with arroz on the side---of course). I was secretly jealous of my Irish classmate who knew how to step dance. Today, I enjoy watching the competitions. I really like the music and the energy of the whole experience but what I love are the beautiful dresses that are worn by the competitors. So much detail goes into the making of a dress and the BLING!!! The sparklier the better!

This year, I decided to add to my small St. Pat's display and create my interpretation of an Irish Solo Dress. While researching, I discovered that these lovely dresses come in a HUGE array of colors and designs. They're just beautiful but I kept mine fairly simple. The results are below:


This dress form stands about 10" tall from top to bottom. 
I could have chosen just about any color of the rainbow
but since it's St. Patrick's Day, green was the obvious choice.

Once I got the design down, the dress was fairly 
simple to construct. The satin sleeves were the
most challenging for me. Not being a seamstress,
I had to take a crash course in pattern 
making then do it on a miniature scale!!!

The  bodice of the dress is decoupaged with 
some beautifully marbled handmade paper. 
The shamrocks are stickers from a $1 store.
The under skirt is accented with multi colored fringe 
I found at Goodwill for $1.99. Under that is a 
glittery lime green tulle underskirt.

The base is made from a round coaster. The dress form stands 
on a vintage wooden thread spool and is surrounded
by various St. Patrick's themed colors and 
embellishments. The glitter hat was a pick I
found at AC Moore. The gold coins are $1 store
stickers. The flowers and doily are from my stash.

She fits in nicely with the rest of my decor. 
HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY!

Blessings,
Melissa



Thursday, February 14, 2019

Valentine Projects for 2019

Various Valentine projects I worked on this year.


Shadow box easel card w/drawer.

Valentine treat bag. I used a tutorial 
by Ginger of My Sister’s Scrapper.

Valentine cards for my sisters and nieces.

Z-fold pop up card for my husband.

Lollipop holders for some little friends.

Test tube Valentine treats for my geeky family.
🤓❤️🤓❤️🤓

Really enjoyed working on these this year. Now on to Spring!!!! Thanks for stopping by!

Blessings,
Melissa 



Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Winter Blues Shadow Box

Hi Friends!

It’s been a loooong time since I last posted on my blog! I’ve been wanting to revive it for a while and the latest challenge over at the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog was the perfect opportunity to do so. The theme for this month’s challenge is “Winter Blues”. We had to create a monochromatic piece using the color blue, which happens to be my favorite color.

As soon as I read the instructions, the song, Blue Moon, popped into my head. I just happened to have a pile of Tim Holtz’s paper dolls on my desk so I decided to start by finding a suitable image. When I came across the boy and his dog, a story began to emerge. I imagined this sweet little fur baby as a stray pup, wishing for (and finding) someone to love and be loved by. 

With that song playing over and over in my head, I set out to work. I started by creating a 6”x6” cardstock shadow box using this tutorial. Once that was done, I cut the moon and stars out using Tim Holtz’s die. After that, I gathered all the blue paper, ink, paint, glitter and vintage embellies I had on hand and went to town!






I love how this turned out! And these little shadow boxes are fun and super easy to make! If you’re interested in participating in the challenge, head over to the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog for all the details.

Blessings!
Melissa 

Saturday, July 26, 2014

CCL Graphic 45 YouTube/Blog Hop


I'm so excited to be a part of Creating the Crafty Life's Graphic 45 YouTube/Blog Hop this month! 

If you are coming from Stephanie's YouTube channel, onestepupcreations, you're on the right track! If you just happened to come across my blog and would like to hop along, please start over at Misty's channel, ziggy13mity1 as she is our Hostess!

Hands down, Graphic 45's collections are my absolutely favorites to work with. I discovered them a few years ago when I was searching for some Wizard of Oz papers and boy did I find some! To this day, their now retired Magic of Oz collection is STILL my favorite of them all (so far). 

But there are many that run a very close 2nd and An Eerie Tale is one of them! Misty is carrying it in her store right now. Check it out at MB Treasurista.

What I love about this particular collection is that it's probably their most feminine Fall/Halloween collection yet. The colors and images are gorgeous and very versatile. For my project, I decided to alter one of two paper mache books I found at my local Goodwill store. I got them for just a couple of dollars and one of them went from this:



TO THIS! I love fairy tales and that was the focus of this piece. I started out by giving the book a good couple of coats of gesso and then some black paint. After that, the fun began! The book measures approximately 7.5"x 11.25". I gave the pages a coating of metallic gold ink and then embossed them for texture. Next, I covered the top pages with "Unsolved Mystery" and rubbed it with some ink in an eggplant color. The whole book was edged in black cotton lace from Hobby Lobby and some bling from AC Moore. The satin "bookmark" at the bottom was dyed with Ranger's Adirondak Color Wash sprays.


For the center, I made some of the flowers using "Magic Spell" and "Abracadabra". The orange blooms are from Michael's and the off white cherry blossoms came from Misty's store. The vines were cut from a Sizzix die and glittered with green Stickles. It's a a little hard to see, but there's a clock behind all those embellishments. It was inked and embossed in gold. 


I fussy cut several of the images from the collection to create the scene in the middle. The crowned little reader in the corner is not part of the collection. She is an illustration by Jessie Wilcox SmithYou've seen her work before. Her sweet images have shown up in a few G45 collections (Do you know which ones???) and her work is just beautiful. 



At the top, I attached a pretty cotton doily that I dyed using Ranger's Adirondak Color Wash sprays in Wild Plum, Sunset Orange, and Lettuce. I used my Sharpie pens to color the metal butterfly and applied some more Stickles. A crown sits on the left of one of the chipboard pieces from the collection. He's hard to see, but on the right, there is a little owl stickpin.


Love working with this paper! Be sure to visit the rest of the YouTube channels and blogs for a few chances to win some great prizes. 

Winners will be chosen randomly from one of the videos/blog plus there are some hidden prizes from the ladies too. Make sure to comment & subscribe/follow on all of the hop stops! Here is what's up for grabs for the grand prize:

Sponsored by MB's Treasurista

Check out the STORE!!!

To be eligible for the grand prize you must follow and comment on all the videos/blog posts!!!

The complete list of participants is below. Make sure to hop along in the order given. 


Johnna's up next. Be sure to visit  her YouTube channel, sdcowgirl61, next. And have fun hopping along!

Blessings!

Melissa




Friday, July 11, 2014

CCL Paris in July ATC Swap

Bonjour! That's it for me in French!

This month over at Creating the Crafty Life, one of our members is hosting a "Paris in July" ATC swap! The guidelines are simple: the cards must be Paris themed, in shades of blues or pinks, fully embellished on the front, and standard ATC size (2.5"x3.5"). 

Before I began, I did a little research to find out what sort of things are happening in Paris during the month of July. This year, the Tour de France began on July 5th in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England and will end in Paris on the Avenue des Champs-Élysées on July 27th so I chose this event as the theme for my cards. 

Each swapper will receive 4 cards. I made two extras: one to keep and one for our hostess. 

I have a drawer full of metal gears in all sizes so I adhered them to the cards to mimic the gears on a bicycle. The background is a sketch of the Arc de Triomphe which is located on the western end of the Champs-Élysées. I also used a vintage photo of a cyclist from the race. To finish it off, I attached 
two very small ribbon roses on the right, the dates of the race, and a vintage street plaque on top.

Each ATC will be sent in a special envelope and a little card explaining some details about the race. Thanks, Christy, for hosting such a great swap! These cards are so quick to make and fun! And it's a great way to share your art with others. :-)

Have a great weekend!

Blessings!
Melissa

Friday, June 27, 2014

CCL Red, White, and Blue Holiday Challenge: Patriotic ATCs and Tag

I'm in a patriotic mood this week so I completed two more projects to enter the challenge over at Creating the Crafty Life.

A friend of mine over at CCL is on a big ATC kick and it must be contagious because after watching her video, I needed to make some too. :-)

For those who don't know, ATC is short for "Artist Trading Cards". They've been around a while. Cards are typically 2.5"x 3.5" and are supposed to be traded never sold. It's a great way to use up scraps and a challenge because of the small size. I created the ones below from scraps of Authentique's Glory papers.


The next project I created was a tag shaped like a 4th of July rocket. 


Both projects were quick and relatively easy to do. The hardest and longest part of my creative process is ALWAYS deciding what to do and how to do it!

!!!HAPPY 4TH EVERYONE!!!

Blessings!
Melissa