Valentine Pins, Magnets and Hearts ofcourse!

     

     

It’s Valentine’s Day- and my most favorite day for making crafts!  The red hearts are little lapel pins that were super fun to make- just glued my favorite art angel face onto a paper scrap for the body, onto a little wood heart.  Gave it a coating of Glossy Accents and added a Swarovski crystal for the bling.  After gluing on a pin back, these little ladies were ready to be worn on the town.

The bird and nest ladies were my designs, glued onto larger heart wood blanks.  Added some strong magnets to the back and they were fun to hand out.

I also included some of my paper ladies that I used for Valentine cards.  I made them the same way that I did my Christmas tree labels.  Sticker paper is the best for making unique sticker visuals.  I like to seal my with spray acrylic to shine them up and give them some depth.

Handmade Mini Art Books

I have been on a mini art book binge lately!  I am obsessed with little journals with embellished spines.  However I am not patient enough to learn how to weave and sew these books- coptic stitch is so tricky!  So I took the cheaters way out and purchased The Cinch.  It’s a great tool and a fun way to make a spiral bound notebook.  For the Bird Book and the three heart books, I created the covers using my art and applied it all to a wood cover.  For the tie, I used sari silk ribbon.  The spiral bind makes it go together so quickly!  For the Crow book and the Red and Green books, I used a paint chip sample to cover the spine and used the binding holes to tie on some embellishments.  These books don’t open very wide which makes it more difficult to write in but they look nicer than the spiral binding.  I’ve posted some pics of my other handmade books here.

Butterfly Box

I just adore making these little boxes. First, I painted & stamped the lid and then added a round butterfly sticker which I had previously made on Zazzle. It was perfect that I had glass blanks with a hole for hanging. I tied pretty fibers through the hole before gluing the glass circle down, over the sticker. You can’t see in the photo but there are assorted beads tied to the ends of the fibers. For the interior of the box, I lined it with frosted half marbles in soft green and blue hues. The legs are wine corks that I had been saving and finally found the perfect occasion to use. I guess I had better start drinking a lot more wine, if I want to make more of these boxes…

Bird Box

I needed a small gift to bring as a hostess gift and wanted to make something special. I painted this little wood box a metallic red and rubbed the edges with Rub N Buff to age it. The script is stamped on the box as well as gold paper. I painted and glued on the little legs. For the top, I found these great wood birds on ebay and covered one in scrap cloth. The inside of the box is lined with the same cloth. The Blessings tag, I made in clay.

Origins

One of my forays into true mixed-media. A smallish canvas that is painted and layered in paper, old sewing pattern and pencil. I painted an image from my Dover book as the lovely odalisque. The butterflies are made in clay and I hammered in nails with various beads around the edge to change the silhouette of the canvas. My little parrot provided the red feather from his tail- one of many that fall out and litter his cage. The whole thing has kind of a tribal, Darwinism kind of feel and that’s how I came up with the title.

Polymer Tile Box


I was so inspired by a recent craft book purchase that I had to dive into one of the projects. A small wooden box elevated on painted legs. The lid and inside panel are painted polymer clay. The brass frame is real and holds a tiny picture of a butterfly from one of my cards. The textures were created with rubber stamps and I used small seed beads to make some of the thinner stripes. The swirl part is covered with gold leaf. Lots of steps to this fun project!