From Acorns to Oaks

My two oaks grown from acorns. I planted 10 acorns and these are the only two that sprouted. First, I put them all in a sealed jar until little “roots” appeared. To confess, I didn’t know that would happen. But, when it did, I saw it as an opportunity. The whole process has taken about a year. Now, I have two little trees.
Oak Trees

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Lucky Crackle Frame

Timagehis is one of the first (if not the first) craft projects I worked on. I have photos that my printer (Kodak) printed with a purple hue (common problem) and chose this one to play with. I used my Fiskars circle cutter to cut out Lucky’s face. ..and I noticed that I liked the separation of his ears. It reminded me of a flower. So, I grabbed one of my K and Company paper packs (12×12) to find a coordinating paper.

This frame is part of five 4×6 frames that attach to one another and is, as of today, still a work in progress (only one frame left to complete). I wanted to try out my Folk Art Crackle Medium and this is my first attempt. It was not so easy to apply to such a small surface area but, I think it worked out just fine for this purpose. I left the thread on the buttons dangling intentionally… Because of his whiskers 🙂 My daughter is in the pic too, just hard to tell because she was holding him when this photo was taken.

imageSad side note: Lucky passed away this year and I miss him so much. He was 17 years old. I can still see my husband following the stray (and no longer pregnant) female into the woods. He came back with a hand full of kittens. We raised the three brothers, named by my daughter (who was 6 at the time); Lucky, Patch and Pepper. Pepper (silly, silly Pepper!) was the first to cross over when he was only a few months old. Patch, the sweetest cat I ever knew, crossed at the age of 7 from Renal Failure. That left Lucky, the last man standing. …and my baby. The old man was as playful as a kitten right up to the end.

DVD Case, Remember

imageI found these K&Company tags, papers and embellishments in a clearance bin at AC Moore. I was surprised to find so many coordinating pieces. The background paper is from a large paper pack of thin papers (not K&COMPANY). I stamped the tag with a rubber stamp using Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Faded Jeans and dusted it with Perfect Pearls. I REALLY like how this turned out. The “rope” is from an old hat and I used E-6000 glue to attach it. Now, all I have to do is burn some beach related photos onto a disc.

About E-6000: Works great, but is kind of a pain to work with. Plus, it’s highly toxic. My lid kept getting stuck and the top cracked, so now it is wrapped in aluminum foil and packing tape. CrAzY. BUT it has a great bond and dries clear so, I will keep on using it.

 

Froggies on my Frangi

Froggies on mt Frangi

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Altered Giant Puzzle Piece

imageThis Animal Crackers paper stack is one of the first cardstock packs I purchased. It sat unused for approximately three years, always with the intention that I’d use it to scrapbook our Busch Gardens trip. Then earlier this year I found the coordinating chipboard on Amazon.com.

If you want to get close to the giraffe, you have to pay extra for the Safari. So, we did. But, as per usual for a Florida summer, there was the threat of rain right as our Safari adventure was beginning. The sky went dark and the rain came just as we were getting into the Safari car. I was devastated. You see, for me, the whole intention of this getaway was to photograph the animals. So, I said a little prayer and just as we were approaching the giraffe, the sky cleared. But, just in a large circle above us. It was the small miracle I needed. The giraffe were so interactive with our group that we spent almost the entire 45 minutes with them. This is typically the duration of the Safari itself, since there are other animals to see. The guide was surprised by our giraffe, as he mentioned it several times. There was even a shy young female that got very close, which he said she never did. As a matter of fact, while everyone else was feeding the older female in the front of the car, I stayed to the back by myself coaxing the shy one towards me. She was slowly making her way to me when everyone noticed. They all started hustling to the back and she stopped, turned and moved away. I reckon it was around that time that our guide realized it was time to move on. And as soon as we started to pull away, the clouds rolled back in and the rain came lose. Sprinkling, at first. We stood at the back of the car, watching the brave older female (the one we had been feeding) step into the “road” to watch us leave. I can’t be certain, but I got the distinct feeling that she wasn’t ready for us to go. And honestly, I could have spent the whole day there with them. ..minus the crowd of other people, of course. As our (extended) Safari adventure was ending (by this point, it was pouring) my daughter says “it was weird how you said that prayer and the sky cleared up and it stopped raining.” My response, “I said that out loud?”

Animageyway, this old guy was off in the distance peeking out from behind a palm tree. (I say “guy”, but I think all the giraffe may have been females.) He was curious, but never came close to us. There were others, too, who kept their distance. However, they were all acutely aware of our presence. And I thought it was so funny that this one was trying to hide. As if the large palm tree could ever mask his majestic body. I fell in love with Giraffe that day. Thank you, to my husband, for making it happen.

Mixed Media Craft Tags

Two tags, both for my sister’s birthday. Why two? Because I started one (tag with bird) then discovered a cool dimensional art journal technique that I wanted to try out on a tag. ..I liked that one so much that I finished it before going back to complete the first one I started. (Side note: I also started a third project somewhere in the middle of these).

Art Journal Tag

Art Journal Tag

 

Dimensional “Art Journal” Tag
Okay… Gesso, flower die cut, thick lace ribbon, tissue paper, old book page and letter stamps. Technique: Crumple tissue paper (I used thick tissue paper on this) then glue to tag. I cut the tissue paper larger than the tag and left it adhered while I worked on it. Gesso tissue paper several times (for total coverage). Add dimensional embellishments and ripped and folded pieces of additional tissue paper. Gesso again. ..and again, etc. Painted blue, dripped and sprayed white and black acrylic paint. Cut off excess tissue paper around Tag. Wrote “What Day?” on white cardstock and covered in Tim Holtz (TH) Rock Candy Crackle paint. Cut out clear thin plastic (part of some packaging) and glued it in the TH frame using dimensional glue (small tip and dries clear). Did the same with the paper. Adhered to tag. Stamped letters onto old book page, cut out and drew squares around letters using black ink pen. On the back I stamped “Happy Birthday Kat” and stamped the date with my Smash date stamper.

 

Bird Tag

Bird Tag

Bird Charms Tag
I created my own modeling paste by thickening Gesso with Cornstarch and stamped the letters and flowers with it. All other stamps are from Tim Holtz. ..including the bird and wings, which I fussy cut (well, not so fussy) and adhered together. Tim’s distress inks and stains were applied over the paste and wiped. Note: my homemade paste dries with a crackle effect. Oh, and black lace glued to the bottom.