February 4, 2009

Domino Necklaces

I stumbled upon this site "The Enchanted Gallery" one night doing "stumble upon" and fell in love with it. I was intrigued with the art and also the thought of making jewelry out of dominos. I guess there are a lot of people out there making them. So I did a simple one to start out with and I made these to give as a small gift to each woman that is going through a retreat this weekend. I will be there working behind the scenes the whole weekend and Saturday night is a banquet type meal that is candle light and is awesome so I made these to put at every place setting for the women. I thought it was a lot of fun to do and then just give away. Since they were soo simple by design they really did not take me that long to make I made them all in a day and that was at two different sittings. I started with a domino that I bought at Toy's R US, I used a fairly cheap bead for the top part to use like a bail to thread the cord through (the one posted has a chain, but I will be using black hemp on all the rest. The glue I used was E-6000. Kimberly has this all posted in great detail on her blog/site so you should go check it all out and look at her stamps as well. I ordered some and can't wait to put them to use on some of these for Christmas gifts. But, anyway... I made 70 of these and I used Tim Holtz alcohol inks and blending solution and used like 3-4 different colors. I stamped my heart shape with a permanent ink and then I wrote the word Love on them. I then sprayed them with an sealer and then I went back and gold embossed them and added the rhinestone with the same glue. I have never used that glue before and believe me it is a strong glue. If you want to see more domino necklaces do a search or go to Esty there are a ton out there... who would have ever guessed that? Not me! but maybe I am just clueless! LOL... I think I will only be using about 50 of them so if anyone would like to purchase one let me know... I will let you have it for 10.00 or maybe I will give a few away as some blog candy!! LOL.. maybe that will get someone to leave a message on my blog!! Well, anyways, I plan on making more, but have them a little more artsy fartsy flair to them. So, stay tuned and who knows when the next one will appear! Thanks for stopping by and looking! oh... and the Kimberly's blog/site link is linked to this post title or you can find that blog on my side bar!

February 3, 2009

Housemouse Monday Challenge #23

Ok... here is my first entry to my first challenge here.... I love this image and thought it would be a cute image for Valetine's Day. It really isn't one of the traditional images one might pick for something like this, but when I look at these two they certainly look like they are longing for each other's friendship... :O)

I used Basic Grey's Urban Praire. I used my Bic Mark-it's to color the image and some colors pencil too. I cut out and around part of the image and placed the matted image on pop-dots (that is why my dots look a little off, but they are not, it's my photography skills apparently) I also placed the tiny heart on a pop-up dot too.
THANKS for looking.

Housemouse Monday Challenge Designer Team

ok.. I just ran across this blog today and I must say I am in love with it at first glance. Having mice and rats as pets I ADORE housemouse stamps! So after looking around and reading this blog I thought... what the heck... The only thing better would be to receive the stamps for free!! If you too would like to visit their blog the site is linked to this post title. So, here is my reply to their post:

1. Why you would like to join the team: Well, first because I adore mice and rats and little critters!.. LOL.. as pets that is.. when I first discovered the housemouse stamp site looking for real mice stuff, I instantly fell in love with these stamps. I personally think these stamps have such personality that just comes alive in their images. I ADORE not only the original housemouse stamps, I adore the happy hoppers and Gruffies as well. I have never attempted to go for a designer team position, but feel like this would be a great fit for me. Mainly though, I would like to be an inspirtation and encouragement to anyone and everyone creatively as an individual and as a team member.

2. Show three samples of your best work on the post: Hope you like what I chose... you can find more of my cards in my gallery, the link is at the top of my blog... thanks for looking..

Holly Berry House Stamps

I keep getting looks at this card, per this stamp. So I thought I would repost it again on the front page. If you have never had a stamp like this or used one in a layer type technique, you should really try one. I love how these turn out. They are a little more work, but well, worth the extra effort. I used a lot of stickles on this one and it looks like a confection in real life. So maybe you too should invest in one of these stamps! I actually have 7 layers on this, seperated by pop-up dots... If you come here to look, please leave me a message, everyone always comes and looks, but very few leave a message! :O)