quarta-feira, 23 de julho de 2008

Rust - Mixed Media Monday

This week's Mixed Media Monday challenge is to make something with rust.

I altered this chocolate box a while ago and I've been using it to keep cards and letters ever since. It's a hard plastic box and the top was transparent, so I started by coating it with Rembrandt's pearl green acrylic paint. Next I découpaged the napkin flowers and the Stamperia ducks on it. Then I applied Decoart/Rayher's  Antique Medium I and II to obtain a crackling effect. For the rust effect I then used Ceramichrome Mineral Spirit Translucent Stain (MS1 Walnut). It  was very dark and had a very heavy look, so I had to wipe off the excess rust and apply some white acylic paint to make it softer.

Mona Lisa and friends - Make a Moo or Two

I had great fun making these for Make a Moo or Two. I have only one Mona Lisa stamp and it's actually quite large: it's 4''x3 1/2'' and it's part of the Jim Holtz collection for Stampers Anonymous. So instead of "Mona lisa and friends", I focused on the several faces and ages of Mona Lisa. From left to right I present you GreatgrandM(on)a, GrandM(on)a, Hippy Mona, Goth Mona and Sleeping Mona. :-)

Fairies - Small world of inchies

Fairies is the theme at Small World of Inchies.  I'm not sure, but I think the picture I used to make the inchies is from http://graphicsfairy.blogspot.com/ (I downloaded it some time ago.)

(I uploaded two photos because neither the glitter in the inchie of the baby fairy nor the embossing effect of the white background paper were visible enough.) 

domingo, 13 de julho de 2008

Colourful - Think Monday, think ATC

They're asking for colourful ATCs at TMTA. I'll entitle this one "Come to the circus!" Only the clown stamp is a new stamp. The other three stamps are vintage stamps that belong to my Dad. He's got a box with 15 circus stamps and it was really difficult to make a decision on which to use for this ATC because they're all great! When I was a little girl (back at primary school) I used to have lots of fun stamping (and of course colouring) my notebooks with these and other stamps which my Dad had bought to use with his primary school students.

sexta-feira, 11 de julho de 2008

Birds - Make a moo or two

Black and white was the theme at MMT last week but guess what... When I was going to post these moos I realized that the challenge for this week is birds. Yippee! :-) So here they are... I guess I'm going to colour Woodstock after all. I hate seeing him so "pale".

sexta-feira, 4 de julho de 2008

Brillante Weblog Premio 2008

I´ve just received this award from Herma. I'm so proud of it! - Thank you for choosing me Herma!

I'm supposed to forward it to seven people. So after giving it some thought - because there are so many fantastic blogs out there - I've chosen Jackie M (from Ireland), Jo (New Zealand) Nancy Dooren (Netherlands), Rein (Germany), Sanny (Netherlands), Sarah (Australia) and Viola (Germany), whose blogs I visit quite often and whose outstanding work is a constant source of inspiration for me! However, I'm sure there are seven more I could add,
so don't be sad if your name wasn't mentioned. If you are in my sidebar links, then it's because I love your blog too.
Each award winner has to show the award and put the name and link to the blog that has given her/him the award itself and then nominate at least seven blogs and inform the nominees about it.

quarta-feira, 2 de julho de 2008

Asian - Make a moo

This week at Make a Moo or Two the theme is Asian. The picture of the girl, which I downloaded from http://graphicsfairy.blogspot.com/ seemed suitable, but I had a really hard time with the background. I wanted it to look Asian and I think the best way would be by stamping something Asian on the moo. However, I have no Asian stamps, so I had to look for my Chinese notebook for help. Yes, I took Chinese (Mandarin) for one semester – one of the most interesting languages I’ve ever tried to learn and no doubt the most difficult. I plan to catch up with it after retiring, when I’m old and grey… ;-)
The characters I wrote on the green moo mean “star very /brilliant shining” (from top to bottom). As far as I can remember, in Chinese the nouns come before the adjectives, just like in Portuguese.
As for the orange moo, I actually did it in a snap. The picture of the lady was given to me by Célia Nunes and it was a part of a flyer announcing the coming of Puccini’s opera “Madame Butterfly” to my hometown. (I’m sorry I don’t know who drew the picture on the flyer.)
The character drawn twice on the tracing paper that I stuck over the beige paper means “I” in Mandarin. (When I was learning Chinese I used to copy the characters with the help of tracing paper to memorize them and be able to draw them flawlessly. For some reason I kept tracing paper sheets.) Yeah, I know I should have drawn something new and more meaningful than ”I” but it would take ages to draw the characters because right now I don’t know any of them by heart. I’ve forgotten the few I knew. They call it selective memory… ;-)

A gift from Patty

I've just received this stunning gift from Patty! The metal ATC is gorgeous! - I love the woman's face and the colours - and the extra moo where patty wrote a note is just adorable too! It is so sweet! I was expecting the ATC but I didn't expect it to come wrapped in such a beautiful package. Unfortunately I was so eager to see the ATC that I forgot to take a photo of the package. So I tried to wrap it up in the same way Patty had to show you how beautiful it was. I'm also very happy about the stamps on the envelope. They're beautiful too and none of them is double, which is great. (For those of you who don't know, I collect postage stamps.)

On a day when I found out that I'll have to take the Strategic Management exam again and I almost lost my car key at the cinema (it fell off my pocket and I had to come back to the room and look for it after the film - "Made of Honor" - was over), receiving this gift really made my day! Many thanks Patty!