Glass-on-glass mosaic: Earth, Wind and Fire

Earth, Wind and Fire

Earth, Wind and Fire

Earth, Wind and Fire

Yesterday, I took my second glass-on-glass workshop and loved every minute of it. After signing up for it last fall, I spent the next few months researching ideas on Pinterest, hoping to find a project idea that would excite me. No luck.

The day of the workshop came and, I still wasn’t sure what I was going to do. I just knew I couldn’t start a project that wasn’t fueled by passion. And then, inspiration came to me: this mosaic would symbolize the way I feel about life, and I would call it Earth, wind and fire. Earth, because we need to be grounded and create a solid foundation on which to build our lives; wind, because we need to be able to bend with the twists and turns of life; fire, because we must find and follow our passions.

Earth, Wind and Fire, being only my second attempt at glass-on-glass mosaic, leaves much to be desired from a technical point of view. That said, I gave myself the freedom to run with my inspiration, no inhibitions, no rules, no boundaries, no one to please but myself. I’m already looking forward to my next mosaic adventure. Please note that the the photo above was taken immediately after I finished it; it was too soon to stand it up, so we laid it on a big white sheet of paper on the work table. It looks so much better with the sunlight streaming through it.

Here are a few random photos of the project bits and pieces…

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With my vintage window already chosen, I then picked out my glass–one sheet for each of the three elements: earth, wind and fire.

 

 

 

 

 

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Then, I selected some glass baubles that would work with the wind and earth elements of my design. In the end, I didn’t use them all, but it’s always good to have more than you need.

 

 

 

 

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Finally, down to business. Naturally, I started with the earth section, the foundation on which to build my inspiration.

I hope this inspires you to throw caution to the wind and uncage your creativity.

Thanks, so much, for dropping by. I hope you will stop in again soon!

More making afghans for little ones

A few months ago I decided to crochet afghans for kids. I remember when I was in kindergarten I had my own little blanket–all the kids did–which we used a “rest time.”

I bet most kids would like to have their own blankets, so I sent the first three I made to a shelter for women and their children. I have three more ready to go and thought I would show them off here in the hopes of inspiring others to create something similar for less fortunate kids in your community. My next one will be a rainbow of colours, leftovers from other projects.

By the way, I am using Bernat Handicrafter’s Cotton yarn because it stays looking new forever–no pilling no fuzzies! Also, I’m using a 6.5 mm crochet hook; you could certainly use a bigger one for a looser weave and a faster finish time. One last tip, check your local dollar store for cotton yarn–I found tons of it for a fraction of what you would pay at craft stores.

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I hope my every one of my little blankets becomes some child’s favourite “blankie.”

Thanks for dropping by. Please come back soon to check out my next projects.

Happy New year and happy crafting!

Gloria

75th Birthday card for Lois

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My good friend, Lois, whom I like to think of as a sister I chose for myself, just celebrated her 75th birthday. Because we live hundreds of miles from each other, we weren’t able to be together to celebrate her big day. So, I did the next best thing (as all card-makers do), I made her a special birthday card.

This gorgeous cupcake image is by Vanilla Arts Co. I just discovered them a couple of weeks ago and I am in love with their images…but, I digress.

I decided to make an easel card so that Lois could stand it up easily on a table or shelf. The best part of making this card was, as always, colouring it with my Copic Markers. Here are some photos of the finished card…

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Isn’t this a beautiful image? It was such a delight to colour.

 

 

 

 

 

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Here is a view of the card in the easel position.

 

 

 

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Here is the card opened to display the inside messages.

As it happens, Lois is in the process of making some big life changes and I wanted the messages in my card to be encouraging to her as she works through the decision-making process. I just know that this coming year is going to be fantastic for her!

So, that’s it for this time. I hope this inspires you to make a card for someone special in your life.

Until next time, happy card-making, and have a very Merry Christmas and a Wonderful New Year!

Gloria

Paint Nite: Barnboard, Berries and Evergreens

No long intro required…here is the painting that I did last night at Paint Nite. It was fun and challenging and we learned a few more techniques and had lots of laughs along the way. As a note, the next time I attempt to paint evergreen needles, I will try various brushes to get a more realistic look. At Paint Nite, we only work with three basic brushes: a large flat, a medium flat and a small round(ish). There are many different styles of brushes to choose from (most of which I have at home) and I’m determined to try every one until I get it right!! Check out Paint Nite for yourself and plan an evening out with friends. I promise you’ll have a blast!

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Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you will drop in again, soon. Until next time, happy crafting, happy painting, happy everything!

Gloria

50th Anniversary Card for Sharon and Ed

golden-small-16-1We live in a neighbourhood where the folks around us are more than just neighbours, they’re friends. One lovely couple, Sharon and Ed, who live just down the street from us are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary today. They are both truly sweet and always have a smile and some friendly conversation to welcome us as we take our evening stroll.

As Sharon and Ed were married in December, I wanted to make them a card that incorporated winter into the theme. I found this beautiful digital image called Chickadee in Barberry by Marcella Hawley of Power Poppy.

card-front-newI usd two copies of the image and cut them out on my Silhouette Cameo. Then, I coloured them with my Copic markers and added some sparkle glue to highlight the snow on the branches. To give a 3-D quality to the berries, I used 3-D Liquid Crystal (I also used a tiny drop of it on each bird’s eye). I popped one image up to add dimension. I used this pretty die cut shape on all four panels and I ran the front panel through my Cuttebug with an embossing folder to add the effect of falling snow.

In the photo below, you can see that the chickadee bride  is wearing a “diamond necklace and ring.”  The chickadee groom is wearing a black bow tie. Aren’t they just adorable?

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Last, but so important, are the inside messages. On the right I included a traditional happy anniversary message and on the left, I added a special note about chickadees. I will be giving the card to Sharon and Ed later today and I really hope they like it. They are such a special couple and they deserve a very special celebration.

inside-verses-cuI hope my little chickadee anniversary card has inspired you to make a card for someone special in your life.

Thanks, so much, for dropping in. I hope you will visit, again, soon. Until next time, happy crafting, happy everything!

Gloria