Tuesday, July 27, 2010

What's on Your Workspace Wednesday

So, I'm editing this to go along with the What's on Your Workspace Wednesday, I've wanted to participate for awhile, but since I haven't been creating for awhile, I didn't have anything to show, well, this week I do (maybe I just want a lot of comments).
I signed up for a couple swaps in a yahoo group, and I've been putting them off because "they're not due until August", I realized the other day, August is less than a week away YIKES!
One of the swaps I'm signed up for is a charm necklace swap, I've done 3 charm swaps already: a couple bracelets and a chipboard house with charms dangling off the bottom. I was thinking I had to make 26 charms for this swap, which is a lot of charms if you think about it. I was reading the rules today and realized it was only 15, that was a huge sigh of relief. I haven't exactly decided what I'm doing yet, but here are my bases:

They are pieces of faux shell that I covered with a mossy colored tissue paper. They had 2 holes in them, they were called spacers. I had started by covering only one hole up, but that looked stupid, so I went back and covered everything both sides with the tissue paper. I'm thinking about layering something else (don't know what) and then adding a varnish to the top of it.
The next swap I signed up for is a chipboard bird book swap. We were sent a book with cover and 5 pages, I have to decorate the 5 pages and send them back, so then I have my own cover with 5 pages from other people. Here's what I have so far:
I covered the pages with old book pages and then sprayed them with my homemade glimmer mists of gold and pink. I did discover while ripping off the excess paper, that the pearl ex powders that I mixed with water to make my sprays come off on my hands, so I'll have to put some modge podge over the top when I'm done. The back side has been painted with a very light green. I'm thinking of stamping some kind of image, but wonder if that will be too busy with the text.
And my last project, is something I just started for fun. Here it is:
It's a tree. I took a 12x12 canvas board, painted it black and then added the same mossy colored tissue paper as on the charms above and then painted it with my new water colors. I don't paint very well, but trees are pretty easy. I don't know what's coming next with this project, but it may be put on the back burner while I finish my swaps, I have about 2 weeks to finish them.
Any suggestions for my projects?

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Who wants to win something?

I'm doing a giveaway in honor of my birthday (which was July 2nd), here's what I have for the giveaway so far: A box of four light blue Christmas ornaments, two tins full of things, a small painted picture in frame, an old book, a tiny birdhouse, a set of 'turqouise' jewelry (2 clip on earrings and a pin), a butterfly pin, a small plastic box and two tiny jugs.
Here's the inside of that book.
A close-up on the tinier items, and what's in one of the tins. There's buttons, minitiature animals and some beads.

Also, a bag of jewelry misc, there's pins, watchbands, and other stuff.
Also, some of the buttons in this jar.

Most of this stuff is vintage, and I will be adding more things I find at garage sales.
The giveaway will be open until the end of July. I will draw a name on July 31st, and post it on August 1st.
All you have to do is post a comment on this post. If you post a comment on other upcoming posts, that will give you an extra entry. If you post about this giveaway on your blog that will give you an extra entry. I will be checking blogs, if you comment to tell me you posted about it.
So, you have a maximum of 3 entries.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

I'm in an Etsy Treasury

How cool is that? I've never been in a treasury before. Here it is, and since I'm not as knowledgeable and don't know how to put the picture in here, you will have to go see it. It is my caged butterfly ACEO. The theme of the treasury is caged, it was created by Fernwistleglen, check out her Etsy shop by clicking on her name.

I'm so excited.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Fun in July swap

And now they're really out of order, so bear with me. In my collage ATCs group we had a gift swap for July. My partner was Judy G, and my package arrived yesterday, I was tempted to wait until tomorrow to open it, but after I royally messed up a cake I was baking for my coworkers, I decided I deserved a little pick-me-up.
These are a pack of water colors, all closed up they came looked like the green bundle below.
There was an extra little gift in the box for my birthday (tomorrow), and I wasn't going to open it until then, but then my plans got rearranged, so I decided I needed to open it today.

Way inside the package, were these cute paper earrings that I'm guessing Judy made. Very cute.
And here are the earrings inside a frog box I found inside my present.
And here is the really cute frog box. I LOVE IT!!!
There were quite a few things in my package. A lot of paper, here is the mulberry bunch.
And here is the rest of it. The blue sparkly piece at the top there, is actually a piece of mesh fabric.
This was in the bag with the items in the next picture. It reads "Pearl Ex (mix with mat medium). I've never used pearl ex, and I don't think I have any mat medium, but I guess I better get some, so I can see what effect this gives.

These are the Pearl Ex. The blue one is actually #686 Turquoise, and the pearly one is #674 Interference Gold. The little "pills", I'm not quite sure about them. At first I thought they were those little creatures you see at stores that you drop in water and they grow.
This is a ball of turquoise fiber, the color is massively wrong on this picture.
Then there was this little package, and it was in the picture at the top of the page.
Here are some stamps. The three circly ones are those little stampers that have their ink with them.
I'm not really sure what these are but the box says Tria Inks Six-Pack 6 Pantone by Letraset colour inks. Tria Inks in 298 Pantone colours, Blender and Extender. Create custom mixes & tints. Use in Tria Brushpen, Letrajet Airmarker, refill Tria Markers.... Looks fun to play with.
She also sent a ton of stamped images and punched pieces. I didn't want to get them all out of the bags but there's frogs, butterflies, people, animals, birds, trees, and a lot more. Can't wait to use them.
And here's the card she made. I think it's tea bag folding but I'm not sure.
And here's the little box that my frog box was in.