Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Matchbox Art......Abilene's Surprise Visitor....

I covered a small matchbox with some colour-washed paper and then added a vintage picture of a sweet girl, who I am calling Abilene, from the book The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. In the book, she is separated from her treasured china rabbit, Edward Tulane.

 Inside the matchbox, I used some foam to make a mattress and a piece of serviette paper for the sheet.

 Then I added another piece of serviette paper for the quilt and glued a small piece of lace trim to the top. Finally came the pillow and a cheeky little teddy bear who has snuggled into her bed while she is out looking for Edward.

I am sure Abilene will get a surprise when she comes home...

It won't be the same without Edward, but teddy might make her feel a little better....maybe....what do you think?

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Envelope Art...And You Shall See The Beautiful Things.....

I used a piece of my colour-washed paper to make an envelope. It seemed the perfect background for my sweet girl picking flowers. The picture came from a vintage children's book and I added fabric scraps, pearls and a little handmade postage stamp.

A piece of my colour-washed paper sprinkled with salt was used for this envelope. Again, I have used vintage pictures and words from a children's book and added lace, a doily, a pearl and a handmade postage stamp.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Heart Paper Patchwork Birthday Card

I used some scraps of my prepared paper serviettes to punch out some squares to make a patchwork heart and then stencilled Happy Birthday. The final part was to add a sparkly jewel.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Super Six Comprehension Strategies Bookmark

I work in two primary schools as a School Learning Support Officer and the super six comprehension strategies is part of the curriculum. I thought I would make a handy bookmark for when I am helping the students. The photo shows both sides with three strategies on each. I will be covering it in clear contact to make it more durable.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Paper Patchwork Birthday Card

I used one of my colour-washed background papers for this card and added a paper patchwork window with a lace curtain. The finishing touch was to stencil the words "Happy Birthday" and add a sparkly dragonfly.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Background Papers Using Watercolour Paints, Salt and Icing Sugar

I was running out of background papers for my cards so I decided to have an afternoon painting. The supplies are very simple......white pages from a visual arts diary, watercolour paints, salt and icing sugar. Some pages I just used the watercolour paints and others I added either salt or icing sugar....not both together. The pages are now dried and ready to be used.

I made some handmade envelopes from the paper....

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Upcycle Hankies into Envelope Purses for Your Handbag

A while ago I bought a lot of new hankies with the idea of patchworking them together to make a curtain for my craft room. That was the idea. Today, I had another idea....I decided to see if I could turn a hankie into a small purse. It measures 19cm x 14cm. I sewed on a button and made a small slit so you can do up the button to close it. You can put anything you like inside....make-up, sunglasses, notepaper and pens.....