Friday, May 25, 2012

Kids Will be Kids

Yep. And we know this. But none-the-less, that doesn't stop us from being surprised by what they do. So today I am not posting a crafty thing. I am posting one of those "kid" things. Well, maybe it could qualify as a crafty thing. I don't know. We'll see.
Since school is officially out for the summer where my 7 year old granddaughter attends she is here for a visit. And, like a lot of 7yo's, and especially those with no other 7yo's around, she finds way to entertain herself. One of her favorite entertainments is to drape sheets, blankets or pieces of fabric over the bunk-bed rails and create a little fort inside. She has done this on many occasions. Not so much a crafty things as a 7yo entertaining herself thing.
Now, here is where we could say she got a little crafty. Today she decided to decorate an empty box to be her TV in her fort. You can see the cardboard TV in this picture of the inside of her fort:
Well equipped fort - TV, hanging basket for storage and a battery operated lantern for light. We're talking uptown here! 
The brown cardboard box in the back right corner is her TV. She drew a screen and colored the box with markers. Because she was trying to cover the entire box with fine point markers I saved her the tediousness of the task and took my Mega marker to it. I was able to color it in pretty quick (although the marker odor was almost enough to get us all high on the fumes). Once we had the TV housing colored we added some buttons from my button can to be her knobs and we also added one red button to be the eye for the remote control. So, yeah, maybe a little craftiness here.
So, anyway, lets move on to the Remote control. She took a small box that came from a jewelry store and she made a remote control for the TV. Kinda hard to tell, but if you look hard you can see that she has marked off a grid to indicate the buttons - you can barely make out channel numbers, but they are there:
Universal Remote
Next she took a smaller version of the jewelry box and made herself a doorbell. Because, well, you know you just don't enter a person's fort without being admitted. And being all "upscale" and all, she had to have a doorbell. And, make no mistake, admission MUST be granted. See in this shot her dire warning has been posted: 
(also notice the basket rigged up for transporting stuff up from the ground - the ground that is only 18 inches away. But then again - that is a Pet Shop Pet basket, so it is only about 3 inches tall - LOL)
Do you see the big "Keep Out"? Yeah, that was pretty clear. But notice the addition of the illustration added for impact? Here, take a closer look:
A skull always warns of death - proceed with caution.
There you go - a skull - now that is a dire warning if ever I saw one. I'm just not sure how that pirates bandanna stayed on when his flesh rotted away to leave his skull revealed. Maybe that is how he died, his bandanna was so tight it cut off circulation to the brain? So if you see a Keep Out with a skull it would be best to use the doorbell.

So, lets get back to the doorbell. It was really pretty much just a big circle colored in in the middle of the smaller box. Nothing really worth note and not really worth an extra picture. But I do have another picture to add to this story. This is the picture that causes me to say "kids will be kids". 
Here is said 7 year old after she decided to lick the doorbell off of the box! Why she did this no one knows. Her response was pretty much the same: "I don't know". But it seems that the shiny silver metallic finish on the jewelry boxes is not a good surface for markers and will give up the marker with a little moisture applied. 
Now, all this was funny enough, but add to this the reaction of said 7 year old's 17 year old sister. She seemed to be near a panic when she saw her. She starts telling her little sister to come with her to the bathroom and she sounded frantic so I ask what happened so said 7 year old come to my den rather than going to her big sister in the bathroom. Never fear, big sister hurries in to make sure little sister doesn't die on us:
So there we go - a 17 year old brushing a 7 year old's tongue in my den. Talk about laughing till you almost wet yourself! I laugh again as I look at this picture of big sister holding little sister's tongue to save her from certain death. Oh, wait, they are water based kids markers . . . no, she wasn't gonna die on us. She was just going to spend the day looking like a blue tongued Siberian Husky!

Kids Will Be Kids

Sunday, May 20, 2012

My Letter Love 101 Journal

I signed up for an online lettering class by Joanne Sharpe. I'm hoping to make myself more comfortable and happy with hand lettering . It is self-paced so you don't have to start at any particular time and, more importantly, you don't have to "stay with the class" as you work through the lessons. I like that because that means I don't have to stress about not getting a lesson finished on a deadline and falling behind. I'm expecting this to be FUN!! 

One of the first things she has the class do is make a journal to do the lessons in. I will make three different journals during the class - this is just the first of three. Here is a look at the cover of my Letter Love Journal. I printed four copies of a digi-stamp from Some Odd Girl, Cold Kitty Tia, in a quad and then colored them with my Copic markers. Kinda, sorta, maybe but not quite in the color-block fashion - maybe a' la Andy Warhol.

I used a bunch of Mod Podge and covered a college ruled composition book with designed paper. I got a non-perforated comp book and I also made sure to get one that was not 3-hole punched. So the inside is more like a good journal than an altered notebook. 

The designed paper is from a set by Cosmo Cricket called DeLovely. Interestingly I colored my images with colors I wanted before I even selected papers. I was initially thinking I would just do a haphazard mix of torn paper and tissue paper etc to create a background for my colored image, but when I got in my craft room and started looking at what I had I realized how perfectly the Cosmo Cricket paper matched the colored image. Lets call that serendipity (mostly because I just like the word serendipity!) :D

Once I had the bottom layer of paper adhered I added a length of matching ribbon (no clue who it is by - bought a couple of yards at a LSS a couple of years ago. But it matched so well! Yay! More serendipity!). Ran a little paper lace down the right hand side. Framed out the four girls in a piece of black paper to maker them stand out more and then added a couple of scrap triangles to two corners. I added some pre-made paper-quill flowers to the lower left corner for a little dimension and called it done. 

You may have noticed that there is no title on my journal. The class instruction says label it "Letter Love", but I haven't done that yet because I want to wait until I have a few lessons complete so I can see how I am getting along. If I am getting along well enough I would like to hand letter a label to attach to the top center. And, if I don't get a good grasp of it quick enough I will use an alphabet stamp set and stamp the label. 

And . . . here is the back of the journal. I cut the pink paper in half and flipped it over for the bottom half to add more interest on the back since I was not planning to embellish the back at all. But, I did add that piece of striped paper - mostly to cover the ribbon running across the back so that it would not get caught on anything and get pulled loose.

I also covered the inside front & back covers with the same paper that is on the spine. I cut the paper for the spine cover with a Spellbinder die. None were the exact right size so I just positioned one end and ran it halfway through the Cuttlebug, backed it out and moved the die to the other end and repeated the process. Once I had the die cut ends I just trimmed the sides with my paper cutter. 

So there it is, my lettering journal. Now I have to let all the Mod Podge dry before I can use it.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Color Block . . . kinda

I colored four copies of Cold Kitty Tia by Kristy Dalman of Some Odd Girl in a version of color-block. I think generally doing color block the entire quadrant would be the one color, but I had a hard time making myself go true color block, so I just used my 4 color choices and moved them into the clothing of the four girls. And, since their clothes are not actually "identical" I couldn't go identical on their eyes and hair either, so each girl has different color eyes and hair. 

So, without further ado, here are my color-block Cold Kitty Tias - colored with Copic markers:

(the colors look splotchy in the picture, but I promise they are not splotchy in real life. hmmm, sad image.)

I will try to do color-block the right way again some time in the future and maybe I will be more successful at it. Until then I am happy enough with my girls and I plan to use them on the cover of a Letter Love Journal I am in the process of putting together.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

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