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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / MariaIsabel's 1st Art Journal on: July 10, 2010 11:46:54 PM
Hello! Ive been inspired by all the talented people here in the paper crafts board into making my own art journal. I have only made a few pages so far but I plan on making more and posting them as I make them. Well here it is:
Its a Moleskine notebook

Well thats it for now!
Do you have an art journal? I would love to see it, leave a link!
         -Maria Isabel
2  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / abstract + doodles= ? on: July 10, 2010 11:27:51 PM

I tried to try something new for me: abstract art. I have noticed a lot of the girls in the weekly challenge do abstract art. I gave it a shot. While it was drying I doodled in my art journal, I decided to add some doodles to the canvas, resulting in this weird thing:

   -Maria Isabel
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Scrap Letter on: July 10, 2010 11:22:27 PM

Hello! This is my attempt to use up some fabric scraps. Sadly, I don't have step by step pictures, which made me think about it twice before posting. But since its ridiculously easy I will give a description of how I made it. If I'm not clear in something, or everything, please ask so I can explain better and fix the tutorial. OK? Well here we go:
1- Use a wire hanger to make the letter. I found that using pliers made it more easy and detailed.
2- Wrap some batting strips all over the wire, using hot glue to secure it at the beginning and end of each strip.
3- Cover the letter with fabric strips according to the color scheme of your preference. Since the "S" I made stands for "Sofia", my baby, I kept it on the girl y pastel color scheme. Use hot glue where necessary.
4- Add ribbon, buttons, flowers or anything you like on the letter.
5- Your done!

I really hope I was clear enough, if not just leave a comment with your questions and I will happily answer!
Maria Isabel
4  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / The Queen on: July 10, 2010 11:13:37 PM

Last week I finally got a chance to see Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland, sure it was not what I expected, but I still enjoyed it. I was smitten with The Red Queen, she was so funny and well dressed. And who was I not to fall with that big, bulbous head. For one of the 5x7 Painting swaps from Swap-Bot I  was asked for a portrait. And this is what came to mind. The Queen. I'm thinking about making a larger version to hang over my bed. Maybe even get her a King of Spades to accompany her into eternal solitude through Underland.

Did you like Burton's version of Alice?
   -Maria Isabel
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Hair Acessory Frame on: July 10, 2010 11:10:08 PM
With a rapidly growing girl in the house you may find yourself finding little bows and hair clips everywhere. And I mean everywhere! The kitchen, the bathroom, under the bed. It gets to the point that when needed, you can't find that mint colored hair clip you need. So I decided to take action.
Hair Acessory Hanger

So, you need a frame, without glass or anything. I took a frame that broke, glued it back together and painted it a lilac color.
 Step 1

Now cut two pieces of wire that are long enough to cross horizontally the frame. I used decorative wire. Glue those pieces of wire at the back of the frame, leaving some space between them.
Step 2

Glue those pieces and add a loop on the top for hanging on the wall if the frame did not have one. Now you can hang you bows and things!
Step 3

Wasn't that easy?
      -Maria Isabel
6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / "Fly with me" Inchie set on: March 25, 2010 09:20:28 AM

I was inspired by the movies "Up" and "Up in the air, that I saw both on the same day! That night I also read a few chapters of Peter Pan to my baby and found myself imagining that I was flying along with Peter. This is my first inchie set, and I loved it! Working with miniatures is really my thing.
I made these for the wonderful Alwaysinmyroom  Wink
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Easy PIncushion on: March 08, 2010 06:36:48 PM

I made this pincushion following a tutorial form the Freckled Nest blog. If your interested in making your own here is the link: http://frecklednest.blogspot.com/2010/01/diy-worldwide-swap.html
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / "Mia" - Jewelry Hanger Artwork on: March 08, 2010 06:27:15 PM
Hola! After I finished painting Mia I was struck as to where to hang her. So I added some hooks and she's now a very useful girl! I made the sides kind of fun with yellow and red Smiley

9  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Tania- mixed media (paper and acrylics) on: March 02, 2010 06:48:47 PM

I want to show you this painting I made. Her name is Tania and she had been riding around my mind for some time now. Shes painted over vintage printed paper that was glued to a 8" x 10" canvas board.
What do you think?
10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Antique Book of Love "Mi amor, Tu amor" on: January 26, 2010 09:23:43 PM
When I first saw this challenge I was stuck, Valentines Day has never really meant much for me. In high school it was all about the chocolates. When I met my husband he was deployed on our first Valentine's Day, and our second, and our third. So you can see why Im so stuck this year. We are not a flowers and chocolates kind of couple. We are practical but enjoy whimsy in our lives. Like our microwave oven, wanting to make the kitchen a bit more "me", hubby painted it red. Practical and whimsical. Sooo.. the point is I want to give this challenge entry to my hubby, but it must be like us. So instead of making a big Love Book, I made a mini Love Book. Thou small it contains the essential elements of our relationshio, and of course , a secret!
Now on with the picture obesity!
All wraped and ready for hubby!

The spine "El Amor" = "Love"

The elements of our relationship: time, pearls, seizing the moment, love letters during separations (post stamp) and glitter Cheesy

But whats that on the side?

Could it be? It looks like a drawer! Lets open it!

Unwrap the secret and you will find our song!

The open box, secret and all Cheesy

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