Sunday, May 25, 2008

Tales from a kit neglected

Here we go again! Ellen picked up the pieces of me that lay on her desk ready to use. Wasn't sure what was going on when she switched out the base papers from a gorgeous PP to a plain blue CS, but let me tell you it was exciting to watch the process. I now understand why it took several days.

The first night Ellen dry brushed on manilla paint by MM and then didn't have the right shade of red so she mixed her own into almost a rust color and dry brushed over the manilla. She painted a chipboard crown manilla then dry spotted the rust color on the crown. She also dry brused rust on an edge strip. These sat for a bit while she putzed around with various elements from the kit. Ultimately she clipped a few word boxes from a page, distressed, inked, stamped, left them to rest.... Stamped and heat embossed a large fourish on the CS. You never know with her. Wasn't sure (again) why she poked me full of holes, but the stitching went great. I think this was her first time to stitch. Then came the wax - there's a first time for everything. She brushed on wax over the word blocks and the embossing, there were times it just looked funky so she turned on the heat gun and moved things around. I really like how it looks like water marks here and there. Just when it was time to add the crown it looked a little bright so guess what! Out came the glimmer mist and viola ! it's a beautiful green. Of course we had to spray and wipe to get the color just right, but in the end it was worth it all.

After a brief break Ellen started digging in the tub. She pulled out this page of die cut stuff. They were beautiful reds and blues all perfect for a particular little boy. Zach's Life folder album started to come to life. There had been a little asortment of photos of Z that Ellen had held off to the side for something perfect. Little moments of his silliness. What a better day to celebrate him than his 6th birthday. Playing at the park a burrying himself in the sand, making "snow angels" in the shower, putting all the letters on the outside of the tub, and swinging through the air as the guys held his limbs. Just a little collection of randomness. Of course there are more pictures where those came from.
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