Posts Tagged ‘animals’

Into the Woods

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

Sorry it’s been so long between posts, hubby got a great new job and things have been hectic!

Woodland Critters Silhouette Card

I recently got the chance to try out the new Stamping Material made for the Silhouette electronic die cutting machine. This thin clear material allows you to die cut images and then stamp with them, very cool! The material cuts really nicely but I must admit I did have some trouble getting the stamps inked up well. Chalk and pigment inks seemed to work the best but dye ink puddled up on the stamps. I did try using a small sponge dauber to apply the dye ink to the stamps (instead of inking directly on the ink pad) and got better results that way. I love the idea of cutting my own stamp designs but I do wish the material gave a better image when stamped.

For my card I used a cute die cut set of woodland critters (I added extra details to them with black and white pens). Here are the stamps themselves. I’ll probably be storing them on acetate sheets in plastic sleeves.

Silhouette Die Cut Stamps

Spring Has Sprung!

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

I think Spring is finally on it’s way, I saw my first chipmunk of the year and the first dandilion has popped up in the yard!

To help celebrate this wonderful time of year I’ve made several soldered glass pendant with animals that make me think Spring.

The first three (bunny, duckling and lamb) are vintage illustrations from a Tasha Tudor book. I love her work!
Tasha Tudor Rabbit Pendant

Tasha Tudor Duck Pendant

Tasha Tudor Lamb Pendant

This Robin pendant has a nest on the back and comes from a vintage children’s ABC book.
Robin Soldered Pendant

All (except the lamb, which sold) are in my Etsy shop right now.

Deers and Donkeys and Bears, Oh My!

Monday, March 25th, 2013

Here’s a collection of new wooden pendants I’ve made. They are 1 1/2″ wide with a vintage book illustration sealed on a round wooden disc. Each has a sterling silver plated bail on the back for hanging on a chain.

Wooden Vintage Illustration Animal Pendants

All are available in my Etsy shop, only $7 each!

It’s a ZOO Around Here!

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

Here’s a collection of recent soldered glass pendants, all with cute zoo/wild animals.

zoo animals soldered pendants

All are currently available in my Etsy shop.

Bubbles!

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

Wow, where did the month of December go?……..:)

I’ve really been enjoying making more of the round glass bubble charms, they are so tiny and sweet. Here’s a few of my recent favorites.

Red Fox Bubble Glass Charm

Bluebird Bubble Glass Charm

Cow Bubble Glass Charm

Bear Bubble Glass Charm

These can all be found in my Etsy Shop.

Blow a Bubble

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

The vintage children’s books I use for alot of my solder pendants sometimes have very tiny but cute art in them. Too small for even 1″ square pendants I thought I could find a way to make some teeny pieces with them. So recently I got some flat backed round glass bubbles that are about 3/4″. I soldered around the edges and back and they are perfect. Like a little window with a tiny surprise inside it. I adore the way they turned out!

These can currently be found in my Etsy shop.

Bubble Glass Pendants with Vintage Illustrations

Bubble Glass Pendants with Vintage Illustrations

Critters

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

I recently went to a wonderful large antique show with a friend (who bought a super cool vintage Ouija board) and found a couple of really cute children’s books from the 60’s. People are always asking me where I find the book I use for my art work and my best recommendations are used book shops and antique shows, you can usually find some really great books, vintage photos, postcards, music sheets, etc.

Here’s a couple of soldered pendants I made using some illustrations from one of those books.

A tiny cute squirrel, the back says “oh nuts”:
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A sweet fawn, the back says “oh deer”:
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a sly little fox, the back says “foxy”:
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and my personal fave a chimp in a party hat and pink bow tie:
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I think the back is pretty funny too:
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Forest Fairytale

Friday, March 20th, 2009

I recently got a super cute stamp set of forest animals and made some Artist Trading cards with them. I layered brown and black cardstock and then added a layer cut from a vintage children’s story book and stamped tiny stars on the book paper. Then I stamped the images, cut them out and mounted them with foam tape and then added Tim Holts’ distress Stickles glitter glue to each image. It adds a nice bit of color and chunky glitter but it’s more of an aged glitter look like German glass glitter than more traditional “sparkly” glitters, it’s really fun to use. Just a note I find it takes quite awhile to dry though so keep that in mind when using it.

“Sing” The first one is a deer in the forest, I stamped a tree trunk onto a scalloped I die cut and added a cute bluebird in the tree.

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 ”Frog Prince” This next one is an adorable frog, I added a big gold crown to him. I stamped the crown on a thin metal gold sheet and then embossed it with a stylus tool then cut it out.

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“Whoo?” The last one is an owl, he’s sitting on a stamped branch with cut out paper leaves.

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Into the Woods

Monday, February 9th, 2009

Woodland animals and themes are so hot right now and I love them! Lots of deer, mushrooms, squirrels, etc, so cute! So I’ve made some more  pendants with some woodland critter illustrations cut from that same vintage 1929 children’s book I’ve been using alot lately (poor book looks like swiss cheese now:))

Cute little squirrel in a red jacket and black pants, the back says “Mr. Bushy Tail”:

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A little fawn, this is one of my favorite!:

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Sweet little grey bunny rabbit:

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Cute brown sparrow:

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I really want to find some vintage images of some mushrooms to make some pendants with, I love mushrooms, they always remind me of Alice in Wonderland:)

Once Upon a Time

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

I recently found a wonderful children’s story book from 1929 that has some beautiful illustrations in it and decided to use them for some soldered pendants, on the backs I added words I cut out from the stories.

This first one was about the story of a little bunny who wanted red wings, on the back it says “I wish I had a pair of little red wings”

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This next one is a pretty red fox who was down and thinking, the back says “the fox thought and thought”

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This one is a cute little grey squirrel and the back says “Mr. Bushy Tail”

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These unique pendants are currently on sale in my Etsy shop:

http://www.PisforPaper.etsy.com