Saturday, January 25, 2014

Zeus and Zoe: Reflections

Hello, Everyone!

I've the latest and greatest sketch from Simple Sketches!  This is a sweet sketch.  To enter the challenge, click on the sketch to visit our home blog.

I didn't use the stitching suggestion on my sketch, as my sewing machine is currently traveling to another country!  I did keep the three areas of elements the same, but I did twist and shift the sketch.  The hearts didn't make it into my post either.  

I've been freezing my butt off and I saw the beachy mood board for Scrap Around the World.  After going through 500 vacation pictures, I decided on these three.  Everyone played on the beach and in the ocean, but I played with my camera (also on the beach).  I was working, not on my tan, but on my reflections.  I captured the sunrise and two of my nieces.  And I didn't use any embarrassing photos.  

Here is the mood board for Scrap Around the World.  As I said, "BEACH!"  I don't think I've been warm since November!  I also used white flowers and tried to keep my colors soft and dreamy.  

The vintage book pages and buttons are from the Zeus and Zoe Etsy shop.  The two images on the book pages are of old swimsuits.  

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Zeus and Zoe Debut, Vintage Frame

This is my debut project for Zeus and Zoe. The vintage lace and buttons from Zeus and Zoe inspired me to make something that had shabby-vintage flair.

My goal this year is to do more "Off The Page" projects.  I dug through my mini albums and canvases, looking for a format that clicked.  In my closet I found a pack of six mini canvases.  I decided to do only four of the 3"x3" mini canvases.  When I placed them on my desk, they made me think of looking out of paned window.

I built the four paneled frame from heavy chipboard.  I wanted it to look like it an old window, with layers of paint and cracks that had accumulated over the years.  After I built the frame, I knew that it lacked the elegance found in shabby beauty.

In my stash I had a large Dusty Attic chipboard frame.  I took the flourish from the frame and added it to the top of my window.

I used layers of lace, doilies, and buttons that I received from Zeus and Zoe to build the large flowers.

I altered some of the charms and buttons with either gesso and mist, or with embossing powder.  
I used "Adobe Fire" embossing powder from Lindy's Stamp Gang on the butterfly in the photo below.   The embossing powder gives the butterfly a beautiful sheen.

I also used the Lindy's January 2014 Color Challenge as a guide for this project.  Click on the Lindy's picture to go to the challenge.  

Along with the "Adobe Fire," I also used "Mission Bells," and "Down the Rabbit Hole."  I tried to stay as close as possible to the pinky color in the challenge, but I do not own that color of Lindy's (yet).  

Thanks for taking the time to look at my project.  
Have a great day!
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