Archive for September, 2009

Bird Cage Dress

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

This recent collage of mine was very influenced by mixed media artist Catherine Moore, her mixture of every day items to make clothing and art dolls is very inspiring to me. I also used the Paper Fashions Fantasy book I gave away recently for the top of the dress and one of the hangers that comes with the book, this shows you can use the book in a very artsy way not just for cute fairytale princesses :)

 It’s on a 5″ x 7″ canvas board I painted brown. I made the top of the dress from inked vintage paper with a vintage button tied with hemp string, the skirt of the dress is a bird cage printed on a transparency with a red bird inside. Tied to the hanger with hemp string is a tiny tag that says “(cage ‘d”. The background is vintage music sheet and it’s embellished with a piece of vintage measuring stick and a quote on tattered fabric from Emily Dickinson that says “Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the Soul”. I’m really happy with the results!

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close up of the dress:
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Spooky Art Cards

Monday, September 21st, 2009

I just finished some fun art cards (atc or aceos measuring 2 1/2 x 3 1/2) for Halloween.

The first is a captured Halloween fairy in a jar, I stamped the jar on transparency and adhered it with tiny brads to vintage book paper and cardstock.

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These next two use images from Tim Holtz’ Doo Dad line, I made the little girl a witch and the boy a wizard with bat wings, both have silver star and rhinestone embellishments and old fashioned stamped labels. They are on backgrounds of vintage book paper with stamped stars and orange and black cardstocks I sewed together on the sewing machine with zig zag stitches.

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All of these cards are currently for sale in my Esty shop:  http://www.PisforPaper.etsy.com

And the Winners Are…………….

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

Congratulations to Jane O’Leary and Barbara Mason, they are the two winners of the Klutz Paper Fashions Fantasy book giveaway!! I’ve sent you both e-mails, please reply with your mailing addresses.

Thanks so much to everyone who entered, it was alot of fun and I hope to do more giveaways in the future!

-Heather

Published Again!

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

I’m so excited once again to be published in Altered Arts magazine! My French themed altered book is in the Fall 09 issue on pages 44, 45 and 47! There was also a nice editors note saying they had trouble choosing and that more of my book would be published in their e-magazine in issues 19, 20 and 21. I’m really thrilled :)

The issue is available now in stores and on-line. For more info on Altered Arts Magazine their website is:  http://www.alteredarts.com/

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Under a Smiling Moon

Friday, September 11th, 2009

Here’s a fun wooden shadow box I made recently. I painted the box grey and then painted crackle paint over that and then inked it to add some more age to it. I had some neat silver tinsel garland and adhered that around the edges of the box. Inside the box I turned an image of a little girl into a witch by adding a black hat and broom and also added a silver smiling moon charm and some black alphabet beads that spell out “Happy Halloween”.

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Book Giveaway!!

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

This is my first giveaway on my blog and I’m really excited about it! I recently participated in a design challenge put on by Klutz Publications using their new book “Paper Fashions Fantasy” and they’ve generously donated 2 books for me to giveaway to my readers!!

I really LOVE this book and had so much fun working with it! It’s got fantastic plastic templates, papers, ribbons, beads, sequins. glitter glue and cute little hangers, along with ideas and instructions for making paper doll clothes and accessories especially geared toward fairies, princesses, witches and mermaids (right up my alley, right??:)) For the contest I was inspired by my favorite princess Snow White and one of the best villains ever, the Evil Queen. It was really easy to use the templates and supplies that came with the book to make my own versions of these classic outfits. I will definitely be using this book in the future to add fairy wings, witches hats, crowns and more to my stamped and collage creations.

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So if you’d like to be entered to win one of these fun books just leave a comment here on this post starting from now until next Wednesday Sept. 16th at midnight EST, one comment per person please. I’ll randomly draw two winners and announce them on the 17th and you’ll be notified by e-mail if you win so I can get your mailing address. Please note that comments need to be approved before they show up, so don’t worry if you don’t see your comment right away, I will approve them all and you will be entered in the drawing. GOOD LUCK!
And visit the Klutz website for more info on this and other books:  http://www.klutz.com/

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Spellbook

Friday, September 4th, 2009

I had a cute little paper mache book ornament that I’d been hanging on to, not sure what to do with it and I finally got the idea to make it into a spellbook for Halloween. I painted the entire book grey and then added crackle paint to the outside, and adhered silver tinsels around the sides. On the front I added an image of a little girl and put a purple witches hat eyelet on her head, I put a purple rhinestone in the hole of the eyelet to cover it up:) I stamped a few skulls on the front with Staz-on ink and added pink and purple rhinestones to their eyes. On the side I added a vintage looking stamped label and wrote “Spellbook”. I thought inside the little witch could be hiding a secret and so I filled a tiny glass bottle with beads and glitter and added some fibers to the top and a tiny label that says “poison” *insert evil witchy laugh* ;) I think it turned out cute!

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