Thursday, September 29, 2011

I played...

Hello, dear readers!  It seems it has been decades since i last posted, and i realize these days that i blog in spurts :)  Been busy with crafting a bit.  Not with layouts, though.  It seems like with the last one i did, although i liked the outcome, it felt like i tried too hard for my liking that it felt it wasn't really me at all.  So i wanted to do small stuff first.  Just play.

Had been inspired by Christine Middlecamp's "The Embellished Paper Doily" tutorial.  Am not too much of a layering kind of girl.  Layering and embellishing still intimidate me somewhat and i think it's because i lack the artsy gene :)  For me, rectangles and squares and lines in 2D are pleasing to the eyes, hahaha!  Even placing circles on my LOs gets me squimmish - unless they're in a row or column :)  Well, back to the said tutorial, i figured it would be good to get my hands on some embellishing practice.  And i was really inspired by Christine's finished product, especially when it was framed!  So, it's like hitting 2 birds with one stone: baby steps learning for me, and maybe a family heirloom in the making??? LOL!

I don't have doilies like in the tutorial, but i wanted to use the paper rosettes instead.  I love these rosettes!  What i had at the time was Tim Holtz's mini paper rosettes so the biggest one was 2" and the smaller one was 1 5/8".  I used the latter for my base, then the 2" one as the "doily."  Christine's usual base was around 2"-2.25" so it was a challenge working with something smaller.  Heck, everything was "smaller" in this project! :)  I felt like it was some sort of "micro-crafting" as opposed to "macro" for layouts/cards.

Here's the end-product:  Christmas Paper Rosette Shadow Box

Here is the part where the photos will do most of the talking.  I apologize as there are 12 rosettes and i wanted to show each of them.

Rosette 1:  Used crackle paint for the first time and i love the result!  This was inspired by Doily #7 from the tutorial.

Rosette 2:  Simple layering of concentric circles.  Inspired by Doily #8.

 Rosette 3:  Cluster of Parols (as Christmas lanterns are called in the Philippines).  I've wrapped a Maya Road scalloped circle frame with baker's twine and placed the MR star trinket (minus the pointy pin which i pulled out with pliers - ?tongue twister there? ) in the center.  Used several Christmas brads from MME, EP.  Inspiration is from Doily #5.

Rosette 4:  Inspired by Doily #9.  I love the Buttons Galore stuff.  Placed some Distress Stickles in Picket Fence on "Joy."

Rosette 5:  The Nativity.  I wanted this to be a focal point in the shadowbox.  When you see it, it is the "tallest" of the lot as i wanted it raised from the rest.  In the process of making this whole project, i realized i wanted to incorporate things or childhood memories which are dear to me.  In the Philippines, we call this the "Belen" and i remember visiting it in the church which is just walking distance from where we used to live.  It is reminiscent, to me, of the sharp coldness of December nights and early morns which heralds the Christmas season.  
Used Hero Arts stamp and (can not be seen in photo) Versamark Dazzle for something sparkly :) Stamped also on acetate with white Staz On.

Rosette 6:  Inspired by Doily #10.  Misted the Maya Road velvet blossom with Mister Huey Schoolhouse.  Again placed Distress Stickles and Stickles.

 Rosette 7:  Inspired by Doily #3.  Another simple layering.

Rosette 8:  Inspired by Doily #12.  There's actually a printed acetate under the heart, but it got covered by the banner.  The heart itself has been placed with Distress Stickles Rock Candy.  It really looks and feels like sugarred cookie! :)

 Rosette 9:  Another cluster, this time of Christmas trees.  Yes, it's one of my fondest childhood memories.  We had a silver tree when i was a toddler, completely different from other trees i've seen at the time.  I can't remember exactly when we put it into retirement but the silver foil and the ornaments (some of which are still at home in the Philippines) just strongly bring back good memories.

Rosette 10:  Yes, gifts!  And candy cane. And fruitcake.  Love them all.  So very Christmas-sy!

 Rosette 11:  Inspired by Doily#4.  Love the rub-ons there!  Have put Glossy Accents on the inside of the oval frame, the frame itself being Distress Stickle-d.

Rosette 12:  Inspired by Doily#1.  The clock face for me signifies the excitement and anxiety of waiting on Christmas Eve for the clock to strike midnight. The culmination of the Yuletide Season, of midnight masses, of spending time with family and friends opening gifts and at the food-laden table (or the most we can, some years we are blessed with more than enough, some years we are still thankfully blessed).

Hope you enjoyed viewing the rosettes as much as i enjoyed making them!  Am not sure how i would be at embellishing and layering after doing this.  I've yet to find out :)  But am mighty glad for the tutorial.  Do visit Christine Middlecamp's blog to be inspired.

Would be updating this post with the materials used.

Take care, everyone!

Thanks for visiting!


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