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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Once Upon An Eerie Tale

Wow, it's been awhile since I have made a big paper crafting project... hmmm. I guess Father's Day was the last time I got out the card stock, glue and scissors for something other than the odd card. With all this knitting I've been doing, it's fun to switch it up and return to other crafting for a bit.

While I was in The Scrapbook Cottage here in Winnipeg a few weeks ago, they gave me some Graphic 45 supplies to create a display item for the store. The new paper line is for Halloween - which will be here before we know it; heck, even the staff at work have been offering Halloween candy bars already... (now THAT'S what I call scary!). The new set is called "Once Upon An Eerie Tale" and portrays images from various old frightening fairy tales just perfect for the Fall season.

Since the theme was old fairy tales, I thought a book would be a perfect way to present them. I started out using the journal I initially made for my Dad's "Grandpa's Garden" book I made in June (it ended up being too small for the photos I had printed). I had followed Anne's (at Anne's Paper Creations) instructions to make a 30 page journal out of chipboard and card stock.

So I went through the Graphic 45 paper pads and spent a few evenings fussy-cutting images, die cutting tags and preparing the various embellishments.

That's fancy talk for basically "making a mess":

It took a few days, but I finally finished and before handing it over to the store, I took photos and recorded a video to show the features of the book.

The cover was embellished with fussy cuts, chipboard, metals and a spine label.

The green ribbon was from a really old spool (with a 15 cent price tag!) and the other ribbon from my stash.

Here are a few of my favorite pages:

Beauty and the Beast

Little Red Riding Hood

Love these images
I do believe they liked it at the store; and I am glad I got it to them in plenty of time before Halloween, as Fall is quickly approaching!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Told You So...

I think we all knew it was coming...

So it's really no surprise now, is it?

I couldn't stop at one.

So two more bears have been created. A panda in the same design as my Hudson Polar Bear except  for the eye patches and body colourwork that I made more "panda-ish".

But he isn't named yet - any suggestions?

For my third bear, I stuck more closely to Kay's pattern (at the Bakery Bears podcast). I made him standing up so I could also knit his clothes (included in her pattern). I had never done a neck opening before (casting off and casting on again) or pants (casting off one leg and going back later to finish it), so it's not only been great fun making these, but educational too!

The only modifications I made to her pattern was the extra piece in each ear to make an inside colour and the arms - they swivel and I made lighter paws to match his lighter muzzle and inner ears.

I again used coloured beads for his eyes - each bear has a different hue: Hudson's are blue, Panda's are yellow and this guy's are green.

He too needs a name.... what would you call him?

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