Emma Squared Designs

Monday, July 23, 2012

Flowers of the Field **Updated**

I love the passage in the Bible that reminds us to not worry about what we will eat or what we will wear...see how the flowers are dressed, even Solomon in all his glory was not as beautiful. (My words paraphrasing the bible.)
I found inspiration in that passage (Matthew 6:28-29) and made this:
Matt 6:28b-29 (NIV) See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.

Flowers in nature are so beautiful. I don't think I could ever truly duplicate them but I tried.
This is what I did:

1. Shopped at Hobby Lobby where they had some pre-printed plaques on clearance.
2. Make fabric "Yo-Yos" with different fabrics (I used lots of scrap fabric, some of the ones you see in the picture are actually from dresses/shirts that Mom made me and my sister when we were young).
3. Mod Podge paper on the board as desired. (I first thought of using paint but it didn't work out too well).
 **NOTE: I am bad about taking pictures during the process...you are lucky to get the picture above!

4. Once dry, paint the paper to separate sky from grass. Let dry.
5. Tear out or cute out flower stems and flowers. Distress the stems and leafs as desired.
6. Once I figured out where I wanted the flowers, I Mod Podged the stems and leafs into place.
7.  For the Bible verse, I used letter stickers.
8. Before attaching the flowers, I covered the plaque with Mod Podge for protection.
9.  Finally, I attached the Yo-Yos with Aleene's Clear Gel Tacky Glue where desired.

And there you have it...
As my friend, Brian, used to say "done and done". :)

Emma #1

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Junk Journal & flowers

So, for a long time I have been eyeing the "SMASH*" books by K&Company (like what you can find HERE). I have never been able to bring myself to buy it because I just really, really, really didn't want to spend the money. So a couple of months ago, I saw on the Jennibellie blog, that she made her own and I was INSPIRED! I decided to make my own but I didn't want to make multiple covers for multiple books. I have canvas, paint, a sewing machine, buttons, and scissors...need I say more?
I used pinking sheers to cut the canvas then sewed around the perimiter to make sure it wouldn't fray. The background is actually spray mist - the green is from Ditto (bought at Michael's) and the blue is Maya Mists in Blue Raspberry Metallic Mist. The buttons are from Wal-Mart, brand called Blumenthal Lansing Co.. Oh and the pen is an official SMASH* pen. 

I haven't taken pictures of the inside yet but it is papers from my collection of patterned paper. When I start using it, I will take pictures.

I have also been working on flowers. Not the fabric ones seen on my junk journal but paper ones that are now adorning my bedroom. They are adorable!
 I have a flower garden above my bed. :)
Isn't it cute?
This is my favorite flower. The paper on top is from Cosmo Cricket, it is from Material Girl mini deck. I didn't make the swirl pattern on purpose...it was a total accident. A happy accident. 
This paper is from Die Cuts With a View The Naturals pack. The button in the middle is from my Grandma Davis's collection. I shall cherish it for ever!

This is my favorite of all the flowers - WHALES!!! The paper is from Echo Parch Splash 6x6 paper pack. The whale punch is a Martha Stewart punch. Isn't it cute? Oh, and the edge has been punched with the Fiskars Wave border punch. 
I now wake up every morning with loving goodness twirling above my head...

Thanks for stopping by.

Emma 1

P.S. Though I live in a desert, I SAW humidity today. Yes, that's right...I SAW HUMIDITY!!! Doesn't happen often. In fact, in the 9 years I have lived here, I have never seen humidity in the air. Here's a picture of it:
I know it is hard to tell, but the haze in the distance is not smog but HUMIDITY!!!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Fences make the best neighbors...

So I have heard that fences make the best neighbors. I assume it means wooden fences to keep you separate from your neighbors. I have lived mostly in houses with chain-link fences so I don't think that saying counted for me. Being an apartment dweller for over 10 years now, I don't have fences of any kind.
I mention fences because I made one. A little one. Paper and paint. The fence couldn't keep my dog, Frankie, in for even a second...but that is because the fence is about 5 inches tall and 16 inches long. Since pictures are worth a thousand words, I will just show you pictures.

The canvases I used are 8x8 inches but the fence is longer so they look like long canvases.
The back ground is papered napkins that were on clearance. I separated the layers and used the thin top layer with all the colors and Mod Podged them on (exactly what I did for the chalkboard frame in the previous post). Once that dried, I tore papers for the tree and the flowers. I didn't use any punches for those so they are all different sizes.
The fence was my favorite part. I have a trellis punch from Martha Stewart that I used to punch the top part of the fence. Then I cut a bunch of strips of plain white paper, distressed the edges, and painted the same color as the trellis. It turned out great! I hot glued the two canvases together so they will stay together. 
 Apparently, I am obsessed with trees like this! Just wait until it's fall. All I will be doing is making trees with fall colors!!!
 These pictures don't do it justice. If only I could take better pictures. I might have to hire my cousin, a budding professional photographer, to come out for a photo shout!!!
 All the flowers were made from the Cosmo Cricket 6x6 mini stack called Material Girl. the brads are from my stash and I have no specific brand name for them, sorry.
I hope you like my latest mixed media canvas. I think it turned out really nice. I wonder if I should give it to someone or just keep for myself. 
What are your thoughts on making things like this for other people, keeping for yourself, or selling...I never know exactly what to do. 

Thanks for stopping by. 


P.S. Here is Frankie. Isn't he cute??? He was resting outside on a hot night. I love my baby!