Wednesday, March 2, 2011

dreams for Caryl

The Oh My Gothic yahoo group, which started out exchanging Gothic arches, is now creating 4x8 skinny pages! I have created a skinny page with a dream theme for my February partner, Caryl Hoobler.

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The front of Caryl's skinny is a fabric-paper collage technique that I learned from my good friend Frieda Oxenham. Frieda has graciously put the details of her method down for us step by step in a past blog post. Last year, I created a huge piece of fabric paper based on her technique. Fortunately part of it was just right for this current project. I still have even more leftover! You can see the whole piece and how I made it here


I love that stamp above - from catslife Press and I thought it was perfect for Caryl's DREAM theme.


I wanted some soft, see-through, wispy, dreamy fabric for this skinny and found the sheer lavender fabric in my stash. I frayed the edges to make it more dream-like. The white fabric near the bottom has some computer code printed on it and it appealed to me for this theme. It made me think of REM sleep for some reason. Maybe I should not work so late on the computer right before bed! The woman under the sheer fabric, which lifts up, is a Vintage image I had saved on my computer. She is looking rather dreamily into the distance while lying on a hammock with pillows behind her and roses scattered on her lap. Perfect! I chose a subtle wavy batik to go behind everything on this side. There is a piece of lightweight cardboard in the middle. I literally ran it through my xyron machine and stuck the fabric to it, on both sides. I used tacky glue to attach both the lavender fabric and a few shakes of stardust glitter down the side . . . stardust is good for dreaming. This skinny page is a couple days late, but I think Caryl will understand. I feel so good to have stretched my creative muscles and gotten this done. 
sweet dreams! 


8 comments:

  1. What a lovely page with so much to look at. Really dreamy, Lenna!

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  2. Dear Lenna,
    Your fabric paper piece is wonderfull- and a so very beautifull end result- I do very much like the text,too.
    Happy thursday, dear.
    xo,Dorthe

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  3. Beautiful skinny pages - I adore that quote, it's so romantic! Super image. I made some fabric paper a while ago - it's great fun and so effective, isn't it? You've reminded me to make some more.

    I've got to ask, Lenna. What is the significance of the random letter at the end of your blog posts?!!

    xx

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  4. _What is the significance of the random letter at the end of your blog posts?!!

    Thanks so much for asking, Joanna, because now I know I have to go about doing this another way. The letter you are seeing corresponds to a picture in a font I have installed on my computer. This one is a heart with a swirl, in the post above it is a heart with a smile . . . and so on. It is a 'DingBat' font called just for you. Quite cute too! Silly me, I forgot that if the viewer does not have that font installed on THEIR computer they won't see the picture, only the letter I typed. I'll see if I can fix that, and thank you again!!! xox

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  5. I know Caryl will love these pages! They really capture the dream essence beautifully! I'm also hooked on making Frieda's fabric paper and it's so versatile. Love how you used the "REM" fabric and that wonderful veil of sheer lavender!!
    PS I was going to ask about the random letter too :)Linda K

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  6. Dreamy is the the right word for this work. Beautiful!

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  7. Lenna, these are beautiful! You've really captured the essence of dreams! The colors and elements blend together just as our thoughts and experiences blend together in our dreams.

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  8. So happy to see you've used more of your fabric paper, Lenna, and I'm absolutely sure Caryl is going to LOVE the pages you've made for her.

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