Monday, March 3, 2014

Time to get back into the groove

Its been too long since I've blogged.I was caring for my dad who had a stroke November 2012 In that whole time I have very little time to myself. I lost him. He passed away this past November. 

I joined a swap a Split Coast Stampers. I thought it might help me engage in things I used to enjoy. It was a  a Christmas Elf SS Swap. My father had passed away during the swap and it was difficult. However, when I got mine I was smiling from ear to ear.  She was understanding and patient as I was taking on a lot with the passing of my father.

I became behind in another swap that I was happy doing and she too was very understanding. I decided to join a couple more to get me back into the groove again. It was definitely a challenge for me with the two projects you see below.

I've never created an Asian card before stalked the net for ideas. You'll never guess what turned out to be my inspiration! KARATE KID LOL "wax on wax off" :)

Now I think it turned out okay but like I said it was a challenge.
The photo below is the shutter doors, I used vellum to make it look like the Japanese doors made with frosted glass. I think it was glass, or maybe some sort of rice paper.
This is the inside with a silhouette of a bamboo branch on the Red Sun.
I also made envelopes with some Asian paper from my stash that I found.
Here is another project I did for a swap. I have always wanted to try and make a mini tin. I love vintage, shabby chic etc.. I forgot to take photos of all of the tin. I used small coned bead caps as feet on them so it can stand like a little mini box..The inside of the tins were pillowed with fabric.
I used Ink Gold and Gesso to give it a vintage feel. If you click on the photo you' be able to see the other details.

Thanks for looking and let me know what you think. :)


Becky said...

I am so sorry to hear about your husband. Sending you hugs :)

To be out of the loop for a while you did a fabulous job on your swaps. I love that Asian door you created, and your tins look elegant.

Fiona said...

I'm sorry to hear about your father; I hope you have happy memories to comfort you. I've enjoyed visiting your blog - you show an artistic talent that I could envy :)

Joan Ervin said...

Oh,Michelle...I am so sorry to hear about your Father!!! I'm sending you lots of {{{{{{{hugs}}}}}}} and prayers for comfort and healing!!!!! I'm so glad you have gotten back into's a great way to ground yourself and do something that brings you joy!!! Your projects are soo fabulous....I love your awesome Asian card with the shoji screens and the beautiful inside. The shabby chic tin is absolutely gorgeous with all the pearls and lace...sooo stunning!!!!