Saturday, 17 September 2016

The Legend of the Flying Cookie

Wellthis is a different sort of post for me; usually I'm just showcasing new art pieces. Today I'm sharing a story about "where it all began"-more or less!

 I just started a new art page on Facebook and I have called it "Flying Cookie Creations"'s why:

I've been somewhat of a papercrafter all my life and by about 2007 had been dabbling in cardmaking and photo calendars. Scrapbooking was popular but I hadn't jumped on that bandwagon yet.

One of my daughter's teachers was retiring and the students in her class had all done little writeups about Mrs. J  to help out one of the other teachers who had to give a farewell speech about her. I got thinking what a nice gift it would be to put these little tributes together into a book for her and I offered to do so. Mr. A , the other teacher, thought it sounded like a great idea and was happy to pass the student's writing onto me.


Of course the creative wheels got turning and I thought, "hmmm-wouldn't it be even better if I  added a few photos to the collection  to make it more of a keepsake of her last class?"  So I ransacked my photo stash , then asked a few other parents from the class if they had any to share. The photos came pouring in and I got excited about putting this little project together.

The wheels continued to turn and the next step was patterned paper...there was SO much awesome paper out there!! I realized this was turning into a bit of a larger project than I had originally envisioned and ended up using a 12x12 album to house this "little" collection of stories and pictures.

Now , many of the students in this class had known each other for years-some even before they had started kindergarten; classes change and people move over the years so there were some people in the photos that this teacher had never met.One such photo was taken at a class pool party a couple years before and included a student who had moved away. It was such a great photo though-my daughter and I conferred and decided to cut him out of the picture. No problem-except Sam , the person in question ,was photographed while eating a cookie which he was holding up partially in front of another student. When I cut him out (yup-you got it!) the cookie remained! We decided we'd find a way to cover or disguise the cookie later on-perhaps with a sticker or other embellishment.

The album was finished and duly presented and THEN I remembered that I  had forgotten to cover the flying cookie that was all that remained of poor Sam! Every time my daughter and I talked about it we giggled wondering if Mrs. J had ever noticed a UFC (unidentified flying cookie) one one of her album pages.

Before long I  became a passionate scrapbooker and scrapped everything in sight; of course we all have "oopses" on our pages from time to time and after a while we started to refer to them and the tricks used to cover them as "flying cookies". Before long anything used to cover up a mistake or mess was referred to as a "flying cookie" in our house...for example-a blotch of ink? Put a flying cookie on it! A mark on the table? Use a vase as a flying get the picture.

Well in honour of my first foray into scrapbooking as well as a fun story that evolved between my daughter and I, my unofficial 'business" name for my art is Flying Cookie!!
Thanks so much for stopping by and reading my story-hope it gave you a giggle. If you have any fun stories that have evolved from your crafting I'd love to read them!

Monday, 12 September 2016

Celebrate-90th birthday card and gift bag for Gypsy Soul Lasercuts

Well hi there folks! A dear friend of mine is having her 90th birthday the end of September (and a surprise party...SHHHH!) so I  decided to create a card and a little gift bag especially for her.

 I used Blue Fern Studios "Frolic" papers to cover the card and bag and added a little edge punching with a Martha Stewart punch. I inked the edges in a soft pink and did a bunch of fussy cutting which I popped up in spots with foam tape for dimension.

The cake piece was fun to decorate; to simulate the look of cake I mixed a little salt in with  the yellow acrylic paint. he icing is texture paste sprinkled with microbeads and the candle is patterned paper run through an embossing folder then heat-embossed with clear embossing powder. The flame of the candle was heat-embossed in antique gold then rubbed with a little orangey-red ink.

The heart border strip single heart and gifts outline were primed with white gesso then heat-embossed with Bridal Tinsel glitter embossing powder. I then used a glue pen on them
before covering them with white glitter. (My friend likes sparkly things!!)

The gifts were covered in patterned papers;  I used a different paper for each package to give more contrast then I added the outline piece that was all glittered up. I love all the pieces in the Birthday Shape set but I  think these gifts are my very favourite!

Thanks so much for stopping by; wishing you a wonderful and creative week!

Birthday Shape Set 
 Border Sticks-hearts


Blue Fern Studios 12x12 papers-Frolic
Ranger embossing powder-bridal tinsel
Dew Drop ink-angel pink