A woman who works with her hands is a LABORER; a woman who works with her hands and head, a CRAFTSMAN; but a woman who works with her hands, her head and her heart is an ARTIST. ~ St. Francis of Assisi

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

4x4 steampunk swap

Here is a swap I made and mailed out today.

I started out with the background.  Black card board and then black card stock.  I made the gears out of the cuttle bug folder and aluminum foil which can be seen on this tutorial from stamp tv.

I had some metallic paste bought because of this tutorial.  Gina K site was out when I purchased it so i got it from the ritz camera sight.. yeah they have a scrap book section.  Problem is none of them carry it any more.

I was told its now called gilded paste.  I have not done any research on it.

I stumbled upon this etsy store while I was surfing and I was inspired.

I did not have 6.00 bucks nor the patients to wait for the file.  I decided to make my own.  first I wanted the dress.

I found this paper doll page at

Next I wanted the skeleton and I found this on the net

I of course got rid of the right stuff.

Next comes the digital magic.  I opened the skeleton in paint shop pro and pasted the dress on top of it and lowered the opacity of the layer so I could see the skeleton.  It was obvious the arms were not going to fit in the sleeves so I erased the arms and part of the shoulder blade
I went back to the original file and cut out the right arm.
I pasted it on to my skeleton and used the pick tool to manipulate it so its in the right spot.
Since we usually come with a pair of arms.  I copied the arm and pasted it as another layer but this time  behind the skeleton layer.
I realized that the skeleton will have to have a transparent back ground so I used the select tool and selected the white portion and deleted.
This allowed the arm to show up.
I once again used the pick took and adjusted to where I would like it.
I went back to the paper doll and cut out the hat, bow and the umbrella and pasted them as layers onto my working file.  I lowered the opacity of these layers to match the dress layer.
I adjusted both with the pick tool.
I merged all the layers together and resized so it will fit the 4x4 card.
I am uploading the original size in case you want it :-)
I printed it on photo paper and fussy cut it out.  I used buttons for the "wheels"  and poked holes in the bottom and inserted the shanks.  This gave the dress some dimension from the background.  I used large glue dots.
I printed out a gold key.  I resized it in paint shop so it will be small enough to fit her back. 

Here is the original key
Here is the resized key to fit the lady and I mirrored it too

I used some wire.. not sure of the gauge and wrapped around a pen to make it coil.  I had 4 foam bat stickers.  I sandwiched the end of the wire between two of the stickers.  I tucked the other end of the wire into the glue dot.    

And that is how she came together. 

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Thursday, October 25, 2012

I think this is Awesome

I think Im going to have to try this... but first I have to find the perfect shoe... thrift store here I come!

Here is the link to the workshop... giving credit where credit is due but I wont be able to make it

So I found this tutorial online... 

another version video 

IF she did not play with her hair so much LOL

I actually got a pair ... minus the strap just like this... so maybe I could
use those... naaaa im not ready to alter those yet!

not a shoe but sweet anywhoo

100 Halloween ATC


Monday, October 22, 2012

keeping up with the kittys

One generation of kittys on the messed up bed... thats my old binky

Newer generation kittys... still messy bed and the current binky on the bed

what I found at the thrift store

For journals... sewed in signatures and thick not coated paper

for little readers or for altered books ... note sketch book

Doesnt she just scream


isnt this just disturbing

Give me Minnie Mouse as she should be not Skinny Minnie...

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Telescope card for a swap..

We had a swap to make a telescope card of ghost or something spooky... Here is mine

The card originally had loops it did not work so well because it kept getting caught when the card turned

Here are the original pictures I used found on the internet

I grey scaled this and removed the water

I cut the girl out and cloned her dress over
i guess her brothers hand

this did not make the card but I did start to use it but
changed my mind
Here is the photos I used for the card... 

In the above photos I made pushed up the contrast... the next set are before i pushed up the contrast

The last set is the ones I disregarded   I am not going to post the third picture because it the third picture is the same with the wings or with out them

Lastly I want to share where my inspiration came from... i was at the fair last week and saw this picture and thought it was perfect to use for this card but I showed the girl fading away in three photos

This was done by a 12th grader and I think its awesome!