Anyway, it's Friday, the weekend, so that means a bit more time to fit things in that I don't have time for during the week. I am hoping I can get to some bookmarks this weekend- I haven't worked on any for quite awhile. I also need to get my listing up on my Etsy shop for the photo bookmarks- I think I am as ready as I will ever be, so it's time! Those are my goals for the weekend.
I did manage to do a couple of things this week. I mentioned in my last post that Sherry F. won my drawing for a free bookmark, and I made a custom one just for her! She could not decide between a couple of different designs, so told me to surprise her. One of the designs she was interested in was the gold butterflies, and she asked to have her soon-to-be intitials (because she's getting married soon) on it, and I just love those gold butterflies with the gold script lettering! So here is what I made for Sherry:
You might notice that the middle butterfly is different than the others. Well, yeah...that was a thing. I got all excited about making Sherry a butterfly bookmark, only to find that I was one short on the butterflies. Luckily, I am good at improvising! These butterflies (they are by Martha Stewart, by the way) come in a package with 3 different sizes. The ones I use for this bookmark are the smallest size. The middle and larger sizes are both much too big for a bookmark. I could not leave Sherry with only two butterflies, so I took one of the larger ones and my trusty Martha Stewart butterfly punch, and punched out a small butterfly from the wing. Then I cut out the body and antennae from that larger butterfly and glued it to the underside of my punched butterfly. I actually think that having the different sized butterfly on the bookmark gives it more dimension and interest. I also used a new ribbon on this one- also by Martha Stewart. This ribbon.is.AWESOME! It is so thick and sturdy- nothing like the typical satin ribbon you get at Michael's! I was excited for the chance to use it, and I hope that Sherry likes it as much as I do.
Also this week, we had another weekly challenge at the PBS Swappers paper crafts group. You might remember that the last one that I participated in was for a monochromatic project. This one was for any paper craft with complementary colors- that would be colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel. Sherry posted a really neat link for us, and I was very grateful for it for this project- it helped me to figure out what I wanted to do here: Color Wheel
Anyway, I've mentioned before that I'm really interested in trying a card with decoupaged pressed flowers. I did one before I went on vacation, but it did not turn out well. So, I decided to give it a try again for this week's challenge. After referring to the above link, I discovered that purple and yellow are complementary colors. Who knew? Well! I know of some gorgeous yellow and purple pressed flowers, and I bet you won't be surprised to learn that I used PANSIES for this challenge! Here is my finished project:
This took me some effort and a lot of mulling over how to do it. The card base is a pale yellow card that came in a package of blank cards and matching envelopes that I picked up on sale at Craft Warehouse. The purple was no problem- I have lots of purples. The cute yellow polka-dot patterned paper came in a pad of neat paper I got on clearance at Michael's, the bow was actually fashioned from ribbon scrap. It's not a real bow- I glued the pieces together to make it look like a bow. Someday, I need to learn how to tie a real flat bow! The flowers were harder than I thought. I initially decoupaged them onto squares of the same pale yellow as the card base. After they dried, I just wasn't happy with them...the yellow of the flowers blended in too much with the background. So, I tried again, this time using an off-white background. MUCH better! I also thought it was much too plain the way it was, so this time I cut the decoupaged squares a bit smaller so that I could fit a yellow border around them. Bingo! It looks a lot more like what I had pictured in my mind.
So, that's all I've done so far this week. No, I still don't know what to do with those blasted coasters...I'm thinking that I should probably just put them away for awhile and not stress over them, and an idea will come eventually. I have plenty to do in the meantime, even apart from crafting. Now that it is August, it is time to start thinking about back to school for my kids- eeek! Where did the summer go?! We have cleaned out closets and dressers, so will be doing shopping soon. My 14 year old is going to cost me a freakin' fortune this year- it is SO not fair that men's sizes cost so much more than boy's sizes! I have also been reading a lot lately and have really enjoyed that. I have managed to keep my Goodreads shelf up to date, and have even joined the Contemporary Romance group there. Not that I need yet another time suck- but you know, my love of reading is what led to my bookmarks and my new creative awakening, so I am not going to feel guilty about it!
Enjoy the weekend, everyone!