This month over at scrapbook.com my partner, Donna, and I decided on a steampunk theme for the Pocket Letter swap hosted by Jess. As I told Donna when we were deciding, I have more steampunk items than could possible be considered healthy! And I assure you, what I used here won’t even be missed!
For the “metal” on the cards I used Amazing Cast Resin to pour onto the embossing folder. These had been done previously, which is why the process isn’t in the video. I picked up the technique a couple of years ago from Keren Tamir, but after all this time I don’t think I could find her video again!
My partners favorite flowers is the sunflower, but I didn’t have any of those laying around already made so I made some plain white ones, yellow! And her favorite color? Purple!
I love steampunk because part of it’s charm is being able to mix multiple metals! For me personally, I think steampunk needs at least two metal finishes, but 3+ is better!
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This months kit is filled with gorgeous products from International manufacturers. You will find a lovely assortment of patterned papers and perfectly coordinated embellishments. This month we have some gorgeous papers from Craft O’Clock. These kits are for the beginner to the advanced, clean and simple to mixed media maven. No matter your style, there is something for everyone. We know you are going to love it!
Presenting the Tres Jolie October 2019 kits:
*Mixed Media Kit*
*Cards, Tags and More kit*
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The designers at Tres Jolie have created some amazing layouts with this kit.
Tres Jolie will host a different challenge each month. This month we have a sketch challenge. This is sketch can easily be used to create a card, tag, layout or maybe an altered project. We want to see what you do with our kit(s) and our sketch.
I saw test tubes in the mood board, I was felling like I should get ready for Halloween and I came across the test tube set at Michael’s one Sunday. The above photo was taken in a “tent” made of a blanket and jackets while using a black light to show some glow. I need to take a photo of it’s “natural” glow, but I’ll have to wait until tonight. But I really wanted to get this in the Creative Embellishments Challenge!!
Maybe it’s the fact that I feel like summer is never going to end where I live, but the second and third photo on the top row of the Mixed Media Place mood board, at first glance, looked like ice on the foliage. I’m not exactly a person who likes being cold, and I live in a southern state, but I’ve had it with summer this year! It’s the middle of September and we are still hitting the mid-90s! Which, according to the weather last night, is a full ten degrees above average! Too, too much I tell ya!
Beside the thought of ice, I really loved the colors in general on the mood board! It’s filled with most of my favorites! But once I had blue + white + ICE!! on my mind, I had to go with it! Below the mood board you will find a process video, some more photos, and a full product list.
Chipboard Background 30×30 (centimeters) ID-4
Holly and Berry Flourish
Snow Way Man
Distress Crackle Paint
Clear Rock Candy
Clear Rock Candy
Simon Says Stamp
Embossing and Watermark Ink
All the artificial foliage. I bought it at JoAnn’s … last year.
At the start of the swap, when we exchanged addresses, Linny told me her craft room was mauve, burgundy, pink, green, and cream, so I tried to make it so her letters would match her already established decor! (She told me they would go well in her craft room, so mission accomplished!)
Below you’ll find the process video, some close up photos, and the full product list!
[From the] Tres Jolie Cards, Tags, & More Sept. 2019 Kit
Dress My Craft
6×6 Collection Pack
Shard Glitter Glass
Cranberry (Gifted to me by Terry in the Nov. 2018 RB Swap! Thank-you, Terry!!)
Mulberry Paper Roses
Green (Don’t know the “proper” name.)
Pink Spring Mix
Mini Mermaid Tails (the ivory ones)
The ‘other’ pink ones (I don’t know which set they came from)
Metallique Acrylic Paint
Wax Cire Cera
Simon Says Stamp
Embossing and Watermark Ink
Matte Super Heavy Gel
L & J Wood Block Alpha (Sold by Fantwa, according to my Order History, on Amazon)
Over on the More Than Words Challenge blog this month we were tasked with finding inspiration from the word “Origins” and using the colors of our country. I love genealogy, so for me “Origins” is “where did I come from?” I love seeing faces of people I never knew and finding some resemblance!
For this project I used a photo from Ancestry.com of my great-great grandparents and eight of their ten children and maybe a grandchild (the youngest being held). Based on records on Ancestry.com, this photo is over 104 years old. (The youngest girl passed away in 1905 at only 12 years old.)
I chose this photo for this project for a couple of reasons. First, it is representative of the Cherokee I have in my family history. Besides the red, white, and blue of the United States, I (tried to) incorporate the colors of the flag of the Cherokee Nation, orange, yellow, green, and black. The following is from Cherokee.org’s FAQ page regarding the flag and seal:
The seal of the Cherokee Nation was created by an executive Act under Chief Lewis Downing in 1869. The Act calls for the seal to contain a seven-pointed star inside of a wreath of oak leaves, symbolizing the eternal flame of the Cherokee people. The star is not designated to point a specific direction, but in the original version from 1869, it rests on a single downward point. The points of the star represent the seven traditional Cherokee clans. Within the rings of the seal, the words Cherokee Nation, September 6, 1839, are included, recognizing the date of the signing of the first Cherokee Nation Constitution after relocation to Indian Territory, as well as the date of the Act of Union, uniting the Old Settlers and Eastern Immigrant Cherokees into a single Cherokee Nation government once again.
The Cherokee Flag contains the Cherokee Nation seal (see the question above for the full symbolism of the seal) in the middle with seven stars in the outer field along with a single, black star. The seven stars in the outer field represent the seven clans, and the one additional star, which is black, is to remember those who died as a result of the Trail of Tears.
In addition to the Cherokee in my history, the “white” part of this particular branch of my family has been in the United States since before it was the United States! So, there you have it! The colors of my country and what “Origins” means to me!
My altered frame for the August Lindy’s Gang Color Challenge!
This month for the Lindy’s Gang Color Challenge I put together this picture frame specifically to hold a picture of my mom when she was around two years old, standing waist deep in the ocean! (But I blurred her out because her swimsuit didn’t fit quite “perfect,” and in today’s time…*shrug*)
The following Lindy’s products can be found on this project (full product list after photos):