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Monday, December 17, 2012

Honoring Mrs. Robinson, My attempt for a grunge project

Precisely now...when we mourn the lost of the 20 children and 6 adults, (teachers and other personnel) in Connecticut, I have completed a project that I started early in November.  Today this project gains more importance than ever.  Saying thank you is so important.

My son and I wanted to give thanks to Mrs. Robinson, his History teacher.  Such a fine and sensitive woman.  This is how we want to thank her for been an amazing teacher and for everything she does for her students.  Specially my son.   I'm sure she does it for all of them.  But this is my way of saying thanks Mrs. Robinson for her faith in my son.

She is a fan of Johnny Depp.   So considering that fact...I decided to create this mini using grunge colors and embellies.  I don't know much about her particular taste with regards of color coordination, and so, I am hoping she likes this.  According to my son she is also a fan of pirates. That's why you'll see a lot of pirate stuff and J Depp, combined.
I want to thank a guy in youtube, he is Sparkuus on YT  for his tutorial on how to build the chest.  He made it so simple for me.  Also to howtobeabadartist, because she inspired me for the decoration part.  To both of you...Many blessings and many thanks!!!!!
Here are the pics.  I will upload a video in my YT channel with more pics.

 Front of minibook. Layered with fabric, napkins (thanks Maria) Msmaria990 inYT,  lace and leather.

 Paper flowers I made and one from a RAK from Maria, and a ticket I made using stamps and distress inks.
 Pocket and tags, and a 3D image of Johnny D.  I framed it and colored the frame with several inks and perfect pearls and sprays to obtain the grunge look.
 Tags colored with distress inks,  Lots of it.  Paper trims.  More detail pics in YT.
 Fot these tags....I used glossy accents to cover the land portion of the map.  A picture frame for pics. The crown, the globe and butterfly were cut using Slice machine cards from  MM (Making Memories)
 The page also opens to revel  another section for more tags and pictures.
 Stickeled butterflies.  Tags,  more pics in my YT Channel. ndiaz1969
 Spray and paper flowers.  Clear embossed butterflies.  Doily in the back. A swirl I  clear embossed, from one MM card
 Another multiple page for pictures.  Frabric flowers, all hand made by me.

 These are flowers I made using cold porcelain. I painted them in bronce.  The tag was colored using TH inks and a rel key colored with alcohol inks.
 Here I combined paper flowers  made from a book and cold porcelain.
 And here is where the minibook will be saved.  Inside this chest.  This chest involved many hours of painting, glueing, spraying.  The  color effects where created with a piece of sponge and various colors mixed to give a vision of aged.

 All these are cold porcelain or fabric flowers I did and painted using several products and colors.  If you need details, ask me. Some paper flowers with pearl trims from  a RAK from (MsMaria990) Also Vintage me happy.  Thanks for everything you do for me María.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

What to do with an old calendar

Have you had a calendar, outdated, that you just don't want to throw away?  Let me give you an idea.  Don't throw it away.  Re-purpose!  Re-use-I took my hubby's 2011 Star-wars calendar, and created a compendium of layouts.  Yes!!!  With such a calendar... very masculine itself, I decided to cover the section where the days are display, the bottom part of each (2 page) section.

Everybody personalize calendars nowadays, right.....well... it's something similar,only that we are using an old calendar.  One that for sure you will love to hang on your craft room.  This way you can continue to enjoy the calendar image and your layout.    It's a win win activity. ;-)

So, what you need is that old calendar you love so much, cover the calendar section with paper, it's close to a 12 x 12.  and create your layout there.  Do not detach the pages.  You'll still keep the image on the upper page, (which is what you want).  You can either make a book about the same theme on the calendar or different topics like I did, everything about him, birthdays itself.  This is a calendar that's never outdated. Timeless.   Don't you just love it?

This is my idea on what to do with an outdated calendar that I refuse to trow away, please feel free to be creative!!!!  Here are some of my pictures.  If you like it..leave me some love, ehhh?

 I kind of add some stickers on tags to that little extra

 I printed some images of different planets, from the movie and then accommodate it in the corners, so the tags can be inserted.

 This paper flowers where hand made from brown paper bags, and painted using coloring chalk.

 The last page with my image so he don't ever forget me.  Timeless love!!!
 I made these flower sprays using the cold porcelain.  The purple and black flowers where cut usign my slice machine.  The flowers card.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

File folder BD gift

This is a BD gift mini album, made for my cousin Omayra.  Happy  Birthday "Payasita".
I learned this manila file folder mini from Mzjezzb's, her blog is  I think this is a great idea, for those occasions when you want to do and say something more that just a BD card.  It also allows the person to collect pictures and create their own memories.  I think that is awesome!!  I will upload a video later this week for this project on my YT channel which is ndiaz1969.  Thanks for coming and smiling with me. 

I used my hand made porcelain flowers, and also covered the lower section using a piece of wall paper decoration trim, that I fussy cut.  As you can see here, it goes perfectly with the designer paper used.  I am smiling at this project because I used all my fav colors.  ;-)   

 This is a piece beads spray I have, and it match perfectly in this project.  The green flower doesn't have a!!  yes  but on purpose!  In recognition that not everything is perfect and differences are not disabilities but possibilities.  Viva!!!!!   people with disabilities.   In your honor my friends!!  I try to do things like this on my projects to keep me aware and create conscious.

This is an original creation of my....Umbrellas.  I have always been a fan of umbrellas.  So I made my own.  I search on YT and on the web for tutorials and couldn't find any, so if you know of any one who does them..please let me know, I would love to learn other techniques.  For now, this is my version.  I used fabric, fabric doilies and pieces of wood sticks and pipe cleaners.  I have used them on other projects before and I have two versions of umbrellas, a closed one ( illustrated here), and an opened one.   I am very proud that this is a personal creation.  

This is how the project looks when is opened in full.  It accommodates 4 pockets for tags, (which I made and personalized for her) and 4 areas for pictures.  That's her assignment, jijiji  ;-)  
I love you mamita!!!! Hope you like it as much as I do, to place it in your desk, as a reminder of the blessing of life celebration.   Another year!!!!!!

Friday, September 21, 2012

These are my friends

A 12 x 12 layout about my friends.  A recent trip to my island, allowed me to spend some quality time with them.  Despite of the many hours together, having fun, remembering the good old times, it was not enough.  I returned back with a mix emotion feelings.  Ahhh.  I love these folks so much, they where part of my past, and I hope they will continue to be present in my future.  
The paper is from the Mariposa collection.  All the flowers are hand made by me, and are made of fabric.  The swirl in the right hand corner, was cut with my Slice machine.  The coca-cola girl its an image of a Coca-Cola girl.  In the right corner of the pic, you'll see a few cold porcelain flowers, of course I made them...jijiji.  saving $$$ as much as possible. Some small pearl trim also included and an embellishment next to the flowers.  I had so much fun creating this layout. This is an attempt to immortalize our friendship and the good times we spend together.  

Monday, September 10, 2012

School years, minibook

Some of the pictures had been covered
These are the mini book pages.  My original pictures are horrible, quality wise, so I decided to edit the pictures and placed them over this 12 x 12 digital piece, I made in Photoshop.  I will upload a video soon in you tube, in which the pages can be better appreciated.   I also have a few more in You tube.  Come and like receive updates when new images are posted here and there and everywhere.   Jijiji.

 A Closer look