Σάββατο, 29 Ιανουαρίου 2011

I had bought a plain Artemio wooden tea box , a long time ago, because I wanted to try my luck with altered items. I had gessoed it and left it in the box of "unfinished projects".
Last night, right in the middle of another project, inspiration came in a flash and here is it, ready in my cupboard, full of different teas and herbs.




If you are curious why I decorated a tea box with coffee art, I want to declare here once and for all that I am a coffee lover and never ever drink teas and other herbs. They remind me of the times I was ill as a child and my granny was trying to make me sip some herb infusion. Bliah!



PS. Never spray paint inside the house. I did it last night and then spent some time at the balcony to get rid of the nausea!

Materials used:
- Gesso
- Spray paint, acrylics, paint dabbers, color wash, glimmer mists and distress inks.
- Tim Holtz's ephemera and tissue tape
- 7 Gypsies Vintage Market paper sheet
- Inkssential's memory glass and memory foil tape

I will play in :

Πέμπτη, 27 Ιανουαρίου 2011

One of the most boring things in life is to wait for your child to finish an extracurricular activity, like gysmnastics, ballet or foreign languages. The time is too short to return home and very- very long for waiting in the car, especially when it is dark and you can't read!

So, twice a week when we have gymnastics, I tend to visit the near by supermarkets or general stores. Sometimes I find little treasures but most of the times I shop junk - unfortunately, I am not one of these guys that visit a shop just to "look around". I have to leave with a bag full of something -whatever!

Last week, while strolling around Max stores I discovered a little treasure: a small notebook with chipboard coverings and close to no decoration - perfect for altering! As I had promised my mum to "scrapbook" a gift for one of her friends, it looked that I had hit center.


The notebook is this:



Can you see its potential?


So, I scrapped it to this using a digi kit that I found here:



and also made a matching birthday card.


The sentiment stamp I used here is from the set I received from Elina, as part of my prize for the Scrapbooking in Greece challenge #12. Thanks, Elina.







I have to admit that next day I bought an other one and decorated it for myself, but this is another post......

Παρασκευή, 21 Ιανουαρίου 2011


The inspiration came from Scrapbooking in Greece. The idea was to use acrylics in a layout.

I wanted to use a very dark blurred picture of my husky and could find no designer paper to intrigue me-my hubby says that I have so many that is practically impossible to search the whole stacks to find the right one (and the problem is that he is right). I decided to create a 30x30 backround with an anchor point to the left lower corner. But as I never clean my stencils, the mat medium which I used for the flourish, came out a bit greenish instead of pure white. So, I changed my plans midway and used a picture of my hubby I like a lot (Ha, ha got you!)
For the background I used Claudine Hellmuth's and Windsor acrylics, distress and chalk inks, glimmer mists and mica pigments for the shine (sorry you cannot see it in the picture but mica give a very lustrous shine). The stamps (handwriting and music) are both from Artemio.

The rest is made digitally from various elements that I always hunt around the net. Only the buttons are real staff.





For my second layout (which actually was the first I made), I was inspired by the vintage picture of a woman I found in a fashion magazine.

She is standing beside a lake, surrounded by very haunted trees and looks like she is leaving for a journey of no return.

As you can see, I overdid it with the gesso and I couldn't balance with the left part of the layout, so I covered all the embellies and journaling with tissue paper. I don't know about the result, but from a sad photo, it seems that came out a happy and optimistic layout, so as it is the first of the year - I am still finishing the holiday journal, but it counts in the last year's projects- I named it "hello 2011". By coincidence it is the topic that Irini has chosen for this month's challenge, so I will submit it in Crafty Croppers




I will also play to the following challenges:

- Simon Says Stamp - button, flower, glimmer

Κυριακή, 9 Ιανουαρίου 2011

HAPPY 2011 !

I start the new year with an old project. It is a birthday party for a little man that turns ONE year old!

His mother was kind enough to let me make the invitations to the party as well as the gifts for the children that attended.

I made named door signs and "Jaccob's ladders" for the gifts:










This guy is so young that does not have a name yet, so I made a big one that can accomodate his new name!



The ivitation cards :




I can't even remeber the products I used, but I want to mention sfragidomania for the chipboard names and Dustin Pike for the very cute dragon images (I think it is obvious that I am a great fan of the little dragon). The cards were inspired by this tutorial.

I enjoyed so much the procedure that I decided that I could do it for mothers and children that like the stuff that I make!