Saturday, November 30, 2013

Japanese Garden

I seriously love origami!  When I saw that Child's Play was doing an origami challenge, I had to make time to get that one done.  I also saw the magazine cover challenge at Paper Crafter's Corner and fell in love with the design!  Unfortunately, I was too late to play along there, but decided to use the inspiration anyway.

I visited the Japanese Garden in Portland about a year and a half ago, so I found some photos that fit the design and laid out the layout.  I folded some origami grass, fan, and flowers, added interesting bits of paper and stamps, put the origami on top.  Really loved this challenge!

Papercrafting Inspiration: Magazine Mondays - Week Thirty-Inspiration Piece (image)

Saturday, November 23, 2013


After a month of guest designing with Child's Play Challenges, I am back to playing along.  The first week's challenge was Xylophone.  Honestly, I sat on this for weeks, with no clue what to do!  Then my friend Adele came.  We exchanged Christmas presents early and one of my gifts was a sonic screwdriver.  We are BIG Doctor Who fans and every fan NEEDS a sonic screwdriver.  Then I was flipping through her stencils and came across this awesome technology one and I suddenly knew what I was going to do for this challenge.

I went with the bright colors and lines of design that are found on the toy.  I used a gel medium through the stencil, waited for it to dry, and then used a variety of colors of spray ink to make each item a different color.  I think I need to procure this stencil for myself!

Saturday, November 2, 2013


Try as I might, but the only thing I could think o,f for this month's inspiration photo, was Thanksgiving.  That is ok, because I still hadn't done anything with last year's pics.  I didn't take a ton; just a few with my phone.  But with all the fun apps you can get on your phone now, you get some pretty awesome photos without having to haul around a large camera.

As well as thinking about Plymouth Rock and the first Thanksgiving, I also love the warm colors and the lines on the ship, which I used stitching to mimic.  To create my layout, I first took some watercolor paper and sprayed it with spay inks, two colors, and misted with water.  Then I misted with a brownish ink on my craft mat and pressed the paper into the dots and splats.  I added a stamped water ring and two film strips.  Then I laid my photos into the grid and stitched in between.  Next, I matted the watercolor paper, which was under 12x12 to a piece of dark brown card stock, adding more stitching around the edge.  Finally added the extra bits and journaling.

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