Wednesday, April 29, 2009

A Cupcake Collage

This morning, I finished the cupcake collage that I started making over the weekend. For the cupcake, I used the wallpaper scraps that I found at The Scrap Box. Even the strawberry and the cupcake paper are made with wallpaper scrap. I love the vintage alphabet stickers that I bought at Michaels.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Godzilla Fears Geishas!

Here is the story I made up for this collage. "Godzilla wasn't afraid of very many things, but Geishas scared the crap out of him."

This is my first attempt at Twinchies(two inch collages.) I tried using origami paper for the first time,too. Also, I used map clippings and some vintage printed text clippings along with some rub-on leaves.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

London Adventure

London is my favorite place so I tried to make a layered collage to capture that feeling. I made a contact paper transfer of Big Ben, and I printed the frilly dress girl from Dover and colored her outfit with a pink colored highlighter. Also, I used some stickers and rub-ons along with some map clippings.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

What is in my head?

Sometimes, I don't know what is going on inside my head. I'm not sure if it's because of the constant migraine, but I have all these intentions of making a complicated, layered collage with an intricate design and meaningful embellishments, and this is what I end up making. A cat made from triangles cut from paint chip samples.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Collage Element Hunting

Over the weekend, I went to The Ann Arbor Antiques Market and I scored big time on the collage element fodder. The market wasn't as big as it used to be though. It's held on The Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds and some of the big barns weren't even used, and there weren't as many tents outside as usual. It has to be the economy. Still, I found a lot of great stuff.

I found a gorgeous cabinet card photo of a woman for a dollar, along with a 1950's jewelry store envelope, and a vintage sweet sixteen greeting card with the cutest puppy on it. My favorite finds were a pair of Simplicity Sewing Patterns. I'm not sure what year they are from, but it looks like maybe the late 50's or early 60's. They were originally listed for 35 cents, and I got them for a dollar a piece.

After the Antique Market, I went to a place called The Scrap Box. "The Scrap Box is the place for creative recycling. You will find a large assortment of unique materials which manufacturers and businesses would otherwise send to landfills: remnants, samples, seconds, and scraps."

This place was utter chaos because they hold children's birthday partys there, so there were a ton of kids running around and screaming. Still, I found some good stuff like wallpaper remanents, old greeting cards and decorate foil. In the main room is the bulk stuff where you take a paper bag and cram everything you want in it.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Migraine Lupe

I was trying to work on my technique in this new Migrainelupe collage. I used some more contact paper transfers along with my new little alphabet stamps. The image of the woman is from a vintage magazine and the little bird is from Tuscan Rose. The background paper is from 7 gypsies.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

obsessed with making collages

I think I'm becoming obsessed with making collages. Recently, I visited Barnes and Noble, where I used to head straight to the chick lit section. Now I headed straight to the magazine rack to see if Stampington or Cloth, Paper, Scissors have any new magazines out. Then I headed over to the stationary section for stickers, etc...

Lastly, I headed to the crafts and hobbies book section to see if there are any titles that I have missed.

This last trip to the book store with my mad money, I bought some tiny alphabet stamps in a classic wooden stamp set and the Marie issue from Stampington. This issue is completely dedicated to Marie Antoinette and there is some gorgeous work inside.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Inchie Progress

I'm still working on my inchie techniques. I was trying to make some female themed inchies and these are the ones that I came up with so far. I was having a bad migraine pain day at work, and I made these at work during my lunch break with magazine clippings. I'm calling it "whacked out chicks."

Monday, April 13, 2009

Wacky House Inchies

I made this group of inchies during my lunch at work as well. I was thinking that inchies would be really easy to make because they are so small, but they are harder than I thought and I haven't even attempted the complicated ones yet. I made these with found magazine elements.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

At Home With The Chirps

These paint chip birds are getting addicting.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

New Techniques

I've been working some new collage techniques. On my "do not forget me" collage, I tried making a contact paper transfer and I used brads to secure it to the card. Then I printed some text and tried to distress it with Ranger Distress Ink-tea dye.

Also, I tried making some Inchies Collages on my lunch at work, which explains the "not so great cutting and measuring" of the inchies. They are the first ones I've made.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

New Migrainelupe Styles

I was trying to play with my new paper set from 7gypsies, and the birds on the paper lent themselves to my Migrainelupe theme, because she always has a bird with her. Also, I've been trying to use more rub-ons and I tried using a layer of acetate on one of their wings to add another layer of texture.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Easter Chirps

On Saturday, I went to Loews for the single purpose of acquiring more paint chips samples to make more Chirps. There was a well dressed lady looking at paint chip samples in The Martha Stewart section. She was contemplating some different variations of beige. Meanwhile, I was picking out every bright color I could, including yellows, oranges, blues, pinks, reds from every paint line. I suppose from her viewpoint my paint scheme ideas looked quite lunatic because she gave me an odd look.

Friday, April 3, 2009


The other day, I was lamenting the fact that I can't draw very well when for some reason this triangle bird idea popped in my head. I wanted really bright colors so I used some paint chip samples. I decided to call these little birds "chirps."