Victorian Shoe Mini Album and Challenges to Come…

While I wait for an hour to pass so I can have breakfast after taking my medication this morning, I thought I’d post to my blog.  So here it comes; #2…

The photo to the side here is a Victorian Shoe Mini Album.  There are two inserts for the toe of the shoe that have photo mats on each side.  There are 5 other photo mats and one journaling spot as well.  It is a very sturdy piece made with papers, stamps, ribbons, mulberry paper flowers, beads, pearls, fibers, netting and a jeweled stick pin.  Very lavish and elegant. 

This weeks challenge at IBFS is Backgrounds.  Really had to think about that.  Much of what I do when paper crafting is so automatic I never thought of putting it in a category.  After dreaming about it all night and thinking about it some more while I decided when I was going to actually get out of the bed, I came up with a couple of things that would fit that category.

Having started out in full “go to it” mode with Tim Holtz videos, I realized a number of his techniques would work.  Just using a number of his blendable Distress Inks on cardstock to create waves of color or spreading these same inks on my craft sheet, wetting them and dragging my cardstock through will create a background.  I can stamp in Distress Ink and, before applying stamp to paper, spray the inked stamp with a mist of water so that when the inked stamp is applied to cardstock it will have a watercolor effect.  Stamp, stamp, stamp all over card and I have a misty background. O.K.  Thank you Tim Holtz for those ideas!

Another of my favorites is Susan Pickering Rothamel.  She just demonstrated a couple of new techniques that could be used for backgrounds on her website.  They came to mind immediately for this challenge.  I don’t have time to order the papers she uses but I have everything else in my craft room that I would need.  (Besides, I have a hard time ordering $3 worth of paper and paying $6.99 shipping.  Need to wait ’til I have more things in that shopping cart.)  I’ll have to try a couple of other ways to accomplish this background technique.  A challenge within a challenge!!

I have a friend’s birthday coming up at the end of the month and I have already gotten her card created and ready to go.  My nieces’s wedding is the 25th.   I had already created something for her but I just found out her color theme and decided to sell the item I had already made in my Etsy Shop and make another using her color theme.  I think it will have more meaning for her if done in her wedding colors of yellow and deep purple.

It’s actually easier for me to have a couple of projects going at once.  I hate having to get up and leave my craft room to do housework or cook (blah) because something has to dry; not all the materials I use seem to take to the quick drying adhesives.  Sometimes I have shaped something and want to let it rest so it will keep that shape.  So, if I have two or three projects going I can alternate between them.   And, for some reason, it gets the creative juices going and I will think of what I want to do on one project while working on another.  Thank goodness I was born of the multi-tasking gender!!  Such a blessing…

Anyway, I have waited my hour so now I can have some breakfast, put on some trash clothes that won’t be hurt by bits of ink and glue, make my bed and get in that craft room.  Oh, joy!!!

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About Charlotte Zweigoron

Married, retired. One of my most prized possessions is my very own craft room! Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio. I have been living in Georgia for over thirty years after a four year stint in Chicago. Crafting, reading and playing Mah Jongg are my favorite activities right after spending time with my four grandchildren. One grandson & his wife have recently made me a great-grandmother; The other grandson joined the Navy in December, 2011 at the ripe old age of 23! He is now a chef out on the seas!
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