Monday, December 17, 2012

Upcycled Library Cards/Holiday Art Blessing

 My post this week features the most inspiring artist I follow,  Lani at Healing Expressions and her Holiday Art Blessing Giveaway and 20% off Healing Expression's Etsy Store Sale!!

Her inspirational art flows beautifully through every piece she creates.
 Lani's Blessing for the Christmas season: "May the joy and peace of the season bring hope to your hearts"!

I also want to share my Upcycled Library Cards

This piece was one of the crafts I made for the Library's Artisan Guild show last weekend.

I used Tim Holtz Tattered Floral dies, matte board and black cardstock then lined the back with more cards.
The soda can pull is attached to the back with E6000 for hanging.

This project is linked to:

Pink Paper Paradise

Monday, December 3, 2012

Homemade Ornaments/Ornament Exchange

 This month I enjoyed taking part in  One Artsy Mama's Ornament Exchange
Amy partnered me up with Kirsten at One Tough Mother blog. It was so fun getting to know a fellow blogger.
This is part of what I learned about Kirsten to help create an ornament she would enjoy.
"I love color - so really, any color is wonderful :)  I'm a huge fan of owls. 
I'd love anything: colorful, shabby chic, unique!"
I had never given owls much thought when it comes to ornaments but I was up for the challenge! I found an adorable string of owl beads at the Beadin' Path in Freeport Maine, close to where I live. I was very excited to have the owl to create around.
 A bit of a rustic, woodland design is what I came up with.

 I had fun picking out coordinating beads for her snowflake to match the owl. 

These were my gifts to Kirsten.

I had made these shaker box ornaments in the past. They are little paper mache boxes filled with enough seed beads to cause the shaker sound. For this one, I wrapped it with burlap, strips of sheet music and beaded twine. The tricky part was the beaded branch which is attached to the pin holding the owl onto the box.

  This is Kirsten's beautiful gift to me!

I don't have my tree up yet but this beautiful vintage style jeweled ornament would look lovely anywhere!
   Combined with the book pages this is truly a very unique piece and just the style I adore.  
Thank you again Kirsten
 Check out her DIY ornament week beginning next Monday Dec 10th. It should be a great time!!

In addition to Ornament Exchange my ornaments are also linked to
Make it Monday
Terrific Tuesdays