Wednesday, June 22, 2011

The Color of Money with Gingersnap Creations

Gingersnap Creations has put a little spin on the color challenge this month.... our new challenge is GC108: Color of Money.  Take your inspiration from the colors of currency - from your own country or abroad!  For my challenge piece, I couldn't resist dressing up this little Character Constructions gal in some fabulous blue digital currency from Altered Pages - Foreign Currency.  I made her dress by cutting out several of the same Franc image and layering it like ruffles.  Her bodice was also paper pieced from the bill, and I also made her a fashionable hat.  Of course, she had to be wearing lots of bling as well.  I found the quote online, by.... can you believe it...... Bo Derek!  Remember her - the perfect "10"?  For the background, I stamped lots of things to shop for (dresses, shoes, handbags, sunglasses) randomly over green paper that reminded me of our own currency here in the US.  Some Copics, some distress inks, and some bling added on..... of course. :)

Hope you get a chance to play along!  I'm back from the beach (Topsail Island, NC) but still finishing up that backlog of work from any vacation.... laundry, cleaning, grocery shopping, laundry, and oh... did I mention laundry???  Will be crafty soon.... and... I just might have a wee bit of candy in the near future.  I think it's about time for some more, don't you? ;)

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Bags and Tags with Gingersnap Creations

A little bit of fun and funky today, with a new challenge from Gingersnap Creations: Bags and Tags.  Our overall theme this month is "At the Mall", and we've also been doing some recycling/repurposing, so for my bag and tag I recycled from our latest mall trip.  I took a small square-ish bag from American Eagle and covered it with images from Altered Pages' Fashion Ladies collage sheet.  I printed out the sheet twice on regular paper, cut apart the vintage sewing pattern images, and inked them up with distress inks.  Then I collaged them onto the bag, along with some of the fashion phrases from the sheet.  The tag is also from an item of clothing (one of my daughter's - her clothes have the best tags!), on top of which I added a fashion lady image from The Artistic Stamper's Twenties' Ladies Plate 4.  A sentiment from CHF and a little bling, and you have a gift bag for a tweenie girl!

We're at the beach this week, so this is probably it for my crafty postings for a while.  I'm hoping to have lots of time to visit all of your gorgeous blogs! :)  Until next time....

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Bookmark Swap

My second set of bookmarks for the Gingersnap Creations Art swap.  Paris and Pisa. :)  The one on the right has a Stampington image of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, heat embossed and colored with Distress Inks.  An Italian postmark and script Italian poem round out the collage.  On the bottom is a tiny map of Italy from a vintage German atlas I picked up at the flea market, bordered with some copper stickers.

The bookmark on the left is predominantly an image transfer onto canvas, with lace trim and a little French stamp tucked in.  It has very little stamping on the front (just some French script at the top), so I figured I'd better put some heftier stamping on the back (since that is one of the criteria for the swap!).  Here is my stamping (on the reverse side)....
Couldn't resist a little vintage French text, too.  Can't wait to see the treasures I get in return. ;)

Monday, June 6, 2011

A Swap and a Share

Sheesh, as if it wasn't bad enough I've been AWOL for an entire week (!), but I try to finally post and blogger won't let me upload anything.  Grrrrrrr....... blogger is getting rather tiresome.  Anyway, I thought I'd post two of the four bookmarks I've made for the Gingersnap Creations Art Exchange.  The theme for the swap is travel, and we could make any type of bookmark we wanted.  I have two totally different approaches here.... the one on the left is my very favorite vacation spot - Santorini, Greece.  I stamped and heat embossed the image on Bristol paper, then watercolored it.  The Greek image is from Echoes des Voyages - they have lots of great travel destination stamps that are rather uncommon (Greece, Turkey, Norway, Russia, Peru, to name a few!) - great for scrapbooking. The bottom of the bookmark is pieced from some old patterned paper that showed a map of Greece.  The bookmark on the right is made on a piece of the collage I made in the Paint, Paper, Paste E-workshop I'm taking.  A Tim Holtz stamp, some vintage French text and some letters finished it off.

Next I wanted to share a fabulous project that I won in a drawing from Dawn (Crafty Dawn in blogland).  It's this gorgeous mini pocket book, which came in an equally beautiful decorated envelope:
A pic of the book opened up, so you can see the embellished pages and the pockets - I will have fun filling these with tags!
Thank you, thank you, thank you Dawn!!!! Gorgeous work!

We are deep into end-of-school-year and end-of sport-season activities this week, then we are taking a little vacation, so I will probably continue to be a very bad blogger. :(  I am hoping to get around to visit, but I may not have the time to leave the comments I usually do..... I do apologize, and will catch up with everyone in a few weeks!  Until then, Happy Crafting!