Thursday, May 28, 2015

Guest Designer at Unruly PaperArts

Today,  I'm flattered to be a guest designer at the Unruly PaperArts site. There is a tutorial on creating the pages I use in a many of my albums (I use different style pages for different albums, but this is really my favorite one).

I hope you'll stop by and take a look - towards the bottom of the posting is a section with photos of the completed album, The Secret Garden, and you can see all the embellishing and decoration that went into it. Just click here to take you there.

Also, here is a video where you can see all the interactive pages and how the album will function as a photograph or keepsake album if you would like.

If you are interested in purchasing this, or a different style album (I do many different styles), you can click here to my online Zibbets shop. Or, if you have a specific theme or idea you would like me to work on for you, I love doing special commissions - I just finished a beautiful album for a couple who spent a holiday touring the Italian was fun and a challenge. So don't be afraid to ask!

Now...go make something beautiful!
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(¸.•´♥ Tristan

This is in honor of ME as today is my birthday so I am
King For the Day!

Monday, May 25, 2015

Happy Memorial Day!

... and many thanks to all who serve and have served to protect us and our nation., go make something beautiful!
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(¸.•´♥ Tristan

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Time Tested Marriage Advice From People Who Know

This is a 1901 marriage manual from relationship expert Emma Frances Angell Drake. Emma was a graduate of Boston University Medical College and a Professor of Obstetrics at Denver's Homeopathic Medical School and Hospital. But perhaps she was best known for her books.

What a Young Wife Ought to Know is one of many titles in her Purity and Truth, Self and Sex Series. The main character in the detective series, Anna Blanc, would definitely have read this book in secret, under the covers, with a flashlight.

Speaking of which, I first discovered this photo and information about Mrs. Drake from Jennifer Kincheloe, the author of the Anna Blanc detective series.

Here is a link to the first chapter of The Secret Life of Anna Blanc, which will be in stores on November 3rd. You can pre-order it now wherever books are sold on-line, such as Penguin Random House, Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, and Kobo. Also, independent bookstores carry it, like Tattered Cover. 

You also should check out her blog - there is always fascinating tidbits about the Victorian era on it. 

... now, go make something beautiful!
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(¸.•´♥ Tristan
OH! and yes, that's a black wedding dress in the photo above!

Friday, May 8, 2015

So What the Heck ARE These Pocket Pal Letters I Keep Hearing About?

So, I kept hearing about Pocket Pal Letters being swapped - and I had no idea what they were. Then a group I to which I belong on Facebook (Scrapbooking with M.E.) had a swap and I decided to find out what it was all about and participate.

So I found out. The 'pocket page' is actually one of those nine-section baseball card collector protector pages. Each pocket contains an ATC that you make for your partner, and then you fill the back of the pockets with anything you like (stickers, tea bags, a note, washi tape samples, pictures, etc.) A short note or letter is included and tucked into one of the pockets. I've noticed that the majority of what people send are small crafting notions and supplies. Just little bits and bobs that are interesting and fun to receive. A short note or letter is included and tucked into one of the pockets.

Then the Pocket Letter is folded up and sent in a standard 10 size envelope.

So, I was assigned Tammy van Erp as a partner, which was exciting because I really love her style of work and knew I would love the ATC's I received from her. Not too greedy, am I?

Well, today it made its long lonely journey from Canada to Connecticut and I found it in the post ... and I just love it! Here is a photo of the Pocket Pal Letter as it arrived ...
 It's a shame that I am simply unable to photograph anything in plastic or glass without getting that dreadful glare - but you can get the idea. These are the nine ATC's that are in the front of the page.

This is the back with all the goodies that she sent along with the ATC's...
You can't really see them that well, but there are lots of brass findings, filligree work, fancy threads, miniature clothespins, butterfly embellishments, fancy-topped paper clips, etc. Fun things. She also included in the package a HUGE stack of Strips of Pearls embellishments in ever color in the rainbow. What a treat - they'll last me all year!

Here are individual photos of the ATC's ... be sure to click on them so you get a larger image and can see the details more clearly!

So, that's what the Pocket Letter Pal is all about.

If you'd like to see what I made for Tammy, she made a video of herself receiving and unpacking it (instead of taking photos - she's an over-achiever LOL), you can see it here:

So, that's what the heck all the fuss about Pocket Pal Letters is about!

Now, go make something beautiful!
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(¸.•´♥ Tristan

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Bonsai Tree Houses by Takanori Aiba

If you are not familiar with his intricate, detailed, whimsical and astounding work, let me introduce you to the world of Takanori Aiba.
Japanese artist Takanori Aiba, a former maze illustrator for the Japanese fashion magazine POPYE, spent much of his career as an architect. Finally, in 2003, he merged his two interests—maze-building and architecture—to produce these intricate bonsai tree houses.
Japanese to the core, these miniature architectures combine the organic nature of bonsai trees with labyrinthian architecture. Jorge Luis Borges would be proud.

Using craft paper, plastic, plaster, acrylic resin, paint and other materials Aiba constructs sprawling miniature communities that wrap around bonsai trees, lighthouses, and amongst the cliffs of nearly vertical islands.

I would love to visit every single one of these places ... if only I was 5 1/2 feet shorter!

See more of Aiba’s work here.

now ... go make something beautiful!

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(¸.•´♥ Tristan

Friday, May 1, 2015

Go to the Beach - In Your Bathroom!

3D epoxy floors let you experience the thrill of going to the toilet in public by using angled photos and multiple transparent layers to turn your bathroom into an outdoor space.

mperial, a company from Dubai, has cornered the 3D floor design market for now, but this product is too popular to remain exclusive for long.
According to Imperial, liquid 3D floors are a recent innovation first used in hotels, offices, and shopping centers.
However, they insist it’s a misconception that decorative screed can only be used in the bathroom or toilet – in fact, 3D floors are suitable for any room, “and even villas.”
Clearly, the future in now. See below for some jaw-dropping example of 3D flooring!

... now, go make something beautiful!
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(¸.•´♥ Tristan

Monday, April 27, 2015

Gee, But I Just Love Artists!

Someone I would love to have known ...

... now go make something beautiful!
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(¸.•´♥ Tristan

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Spring Paper Flower Garland Tutorial

Today I'm bringing you a tutorial from the Lia Griffith blog ... she always has the most beautiful handcrafts. They tend to be a bit labor intensive and time consuming - but the final result is always worth the time and effort!

She created this garland using the most amazing range of metallic papers in fresh, bright, vivid colors which she just knew would fit this project perfectly. The simple flowers and leaves are made using gold, mandarin, azalea, botanic and fairway sheets of paper from Paper-Papers – all glorious colors for this spring project. She made 15 of each flower design, which, although she used her cutting machine, are all super simple to cut by hand – you will find the SVG cut file and the PDF here. She also took a few leaves that were leftover from her paper boxwood wreath in Monday’s post. That’s the great thing about this garland, you can add or omit any parts of it and it will still look great.
 To get a larger photo and read instructions more easily,
just click image and larger file will appear.

Perhaps try this project using shades of white for a classic backdrop at a wedding ceremony, or bold patterned papers for a great children’s party decoration. All the flowers are simply looped around the green ribbon strand and glued into place. The leaves are then dotted in between the blooms and glued into place. Pin it across your window, drape it along your mantel or hang it vertically down each side of your entrance way. Whatever you choose to do with you paper garland, happy making and enjoy!
Lia Griffith's Blog Handcraft Your Life

... now go make something beautiful!
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(¸.•´♥ Tristan

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Magic from Electronic Trash

Our society discards a lot of electronics, as they are rendered obsolete almost every day, but artists like Julie Alice Chappell, based in the UK, are there to pick up the pieces and turn them into beautiful recycled art.

In her case, she turns old computer circuit boards and electronics into beautiful winged insects in a series called “Computer Component Bugs.”

 “With all their tiny components, complex circuitry and bright metallic colours I cannot help but compare them to the detailed patterns we see when we look at nature up close,” Chappell wrote in an article on “I view the miniature circuit boards with the same curiosity and amazement as I view the natural world.

Chappell is an environmentally minded artist as well – she says her work transforms “discarded and often environmentally dangerous materials to create something new and precious, keeping the art sympathetic to current environmental issues whilst developing an original making process.

If you like her work, check out her Etsy, where she sells her beautiful winged creations! I checked this morning, and it looks like she's sold out. But, keep the link around and check back!

... now go make something beautiful!
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(¸.•´♥ Tristan