Saturday, March 19, 2011

Inspired by the Seasons

My latest inspiration card--Watching the Seasons Change. One image, four seasons and a little embellishment.

The Seasons

When I received Nola's book on "Seasons," I wondered whether I would do Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall. Well, why not all? I adore Alphonse Mucha's art nouveau style female figures. He created four beautiful women in his series called "The Seasons": Hiver (Winter), Printemps (Spring), Ete (Summer) and Automne (Fall).

I wanted to find a way to showcase all four seasons in this compact little book (5 x 7). I decided to create windows (or doors) that would open to reveal each season. I printed the images on vellum to allow the words of the book to show through and added a transparency to make it look like a window pane. I used a piece of cardstock that I spray painted gold to frame the four images. Mrs. Grossman's ScrapMetal sticker paper was a great way to add metallic accents to the doors. Antique-looking lock and key brads from Spare Parts provided the finishing touches.

Friday, March 11, 2011

A Few More of My Fairies

Briar Rainbowdancer

Oak Elfweb

Fidget Reedtree

Buttercup Goblinglitter

The top picture is a 4 x 4 page I created for a fairy child swap. There are 12 of us in the swap. Each of us took a photo of ourselves as a child and made her into a fairy. We were also asked to pick a word to describe our fairy. Our adult photos are on the back of the page. I can't wait to see how everyone else's fairies turned out. The remaining fairies are 5 x 7 cards I created for friends.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Women of Courage

I decided to create a tribute to Rosa Parks in Chris' book "Women of Courage." A number of people had worked in the book by the time it came to me. Not only were many of the popular heroines already taken, there were only a few spaces left to work in the book. Kathy, who had the book before me, had decorated only one page. I decided to use the other side for my spread.

I chose Rosa Parks as my subject. She was an amazingly courageous woman who refused to give up her seat on a public bus to a white man during the height of segregation. This single act fueled the start of the civil rights movement.

My spread uses a packing tape transfer of the iconic image of Rosa Parks on the bus. I placed the tape transfer onto a weathered-looking piece of scrapbook paper. Next, I took black tulle, gently gathered it and stapled it to a chipboard backing. I attached the chipboard to the scrapbook paper using decorative brads and tied the ends of the tulle into a bow at the bottom right corner of the page. I added a jeweled embellishment on the bow to complete my page. Here's to you, Rosa Parks.