Wednesday, July 16, 2008

The Tooth Fairy's House

I have been working on making lots of paper pretties for the Mount Mitchell Craft fair coming up and needed a display for my tooth fairy boxes. I ran across this cute little house while at Michael's the other day and thought it would be perfect to display my little boxes! I added some colored card stock to the back of each square & I am tickled with how it turned out!! Now off to make some more tooth fairy boxes.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Lined up

I am busy finishing the recipe journals today. My desk top almost looks like a battlefield with the victims scattered about! The tabs for the journals are lined up like little
soldiers waiting their turn to be added. There is a little more to creating the tabs than punching
them out, well for me, that is the beginning. I cut the tabs then fold them into shape. Next I use ink to outline the edges to give it an aged look. I love inking the edges of my paper, it gives it a more finished look & takes away the white edge you get when you cut paper. Sometimes I stipple the paper to age it a bit more, you take a brush (I like to use fat paint brushes with stiff bristles) and tap the end in ink. Then pounce the paint brush randomly around on your paper. Brown and black inks give it an aged look, white ink softens the look. I like using white on dark blue paper to give the look of aged denim. It is a few extra steps, but it adds a little something to your project!

Monday, July 14, 2008

Busy Creating!!

The past few weeks I have been busy creating guest books! This one is for Michele from Calicodaisy. She has an Open House coming up this week in Lexington, SC and I am sure
she would love for you to come and see all the beautiful items she makes. Michele was wonderful to work with on this custom order! She knew exactly what she wanted & I had lots of
fun creating this book for her! Right now her book is on it's way & I hope she loves it! It see more of what Michele creates check out

After creating Michele's book, I knew I wanted something special to lay on the table at
the craft fairs for my visitors to sign. I ran across some cute ladybug paper while at the
paper store the other day & knew exactly what to do with it! I love it when inspiration
hits, it seems to make the project go so fast & everything falls into place! On the inside
cover I wanted a spot to put business cards, so I sewed a little pocket with paper. I just love pockets!! A ladybug paper cutout adorns the pocket.

On the front I used my logo printed on a matching yellow card stock and accented
the side with a silver buckle on black velvet ribbon. I am a fan of charms and tucked
a little heart that reads, 'made with love' on the buckle. The edges of my book are
painted red and I stippled them just a bit with black ink! I can't wait to use my new book!
If you are in the Burnsville, NC area August 1-2, I would love for you to stop by & sign my
new book!