Thursday, June 7, 2007

Friends

OK, still not a card. I'll get to it sooner or later. It's funny how I plan on doing one thing, but a totally different thing ends up coming out. I guess that's how creativity works. I never know what I'm making before it's complete. This is a plane ol' wooden frame that I covered in Funky paper. Since it didn't have glass or even a leg to stand on, I improvised. This little iron easel was discovered at a bed and bath store where it captured my heart instantly. I've had the metal mesh for ages and I finally found a clever way to use it. The photo is of my most favorite girls in the world. They're my scrapbook friends of course! We meet once a month to learn new techniques and to stamp our hearts out, (not to mention gab about EVERYTHING). Here's what I did: I started out with a plain wooden frame and measured from the inside lip all the way around to the backside of the frame. This is how I knew how long to make my strips of patterned paper. I then used Mod Podge to adhere the strips of Foof-a-la patterned paper. Some of the strips I cut clean and others I gave a torn edge. I let my paper dry before I added any embellishments for about 20 or 30 minutes. You may not be able to tell from the photo, but I used my black journaling marker to freehand a few doodles. I wanted to highlight the florals under the glass rocks so I outlined them in the black journaling marker as well. Next I glued glass rocks to my frame with Crystal Effects by Stampin' Up. I drew the heart my self and used the wings from a sheet of tags and other shapes that came with the patterned paper. I made sure to ink the edges in black and add a few more doodles before I used my Stampin' Dimentionals also from Stampin' Up. I then cut the metal mesh from Making Memories down to size and used liquid glue to keep my mesh in place. This part had to dry over night. I used eyelets to help anchor the corners of my photo and used knotted ribbon to attach it to the mesh. Finally, I added a little red book plate with funky Queen & Co. brads. And...that's it!

4 comments:

Melanie Welch said...

Hi!! I think your blog looks great!!! You already have pictures up!! I'm jealous! BTW.....I wanted to say thanks for serving our country!! I REALLY appreciate your service!

Brian said...

very nice Sweetie. something like that with a pretty pic of you would be nice for my bday. Hint hint wink wink nudge nudge :P

Vicki said...

WOW! This is fantastic!!!

kurtis said...

like the metal mesh!! great use.

The paper is gorgeous and you have great color choices!!