Sunday, March 4, 2012

heart: noun

basis of emotional life: the source and center of emotional life, where the deepest and sincerest feelings are located and a person is most vulnerable to pain

Over at the Cricut Circle blog we have a monthly challenge, which is: 

"This month, we want you to display your passion for your craft by creating a piece of wall art to display in your home, office, or wherever! The topic can be whatever you wish . . . just use your craftiness to make something you can display and share with others."

Well they don't have to ask me twice! lol I love making my wall hangings and giving them as gifts, but this one is for me. Since my divorce I have felt a little shut off and sometimes I wonder...

Do you have the key to my heart?

The size of my wall hanging is 6 x 12", made of cardboard. I tore pages from an old book and mod podged, but they were too yellowed so I then did a white wash. Then I inked the edges of the plaque.

Next I cut my bird cage  and distressed the edges some, cut out the heart from red material and the wings are actually cut from the swan wings. Then I stickled the wings and let them dry. Next I added gems to the birdcage, punched a hole at the bottom of the cage and sewed an old piece of necklace to it, finished it off with the polka dot bow.

My bow is made up of several layers of ribbon and lace. The lace and the polka dot ribbon were created but doing a running stitch along the bottom and then pulling the ribbon to form a circle and then tacked it closed. The red ribbon are loops that are glued in individually and the center red rosette was created using the folded ribbon technique ( one of my favorites ) Go here to the Really Reasonable Ribbon site and there is an extremely easy video tutorial to make them, and trust me, if I can do it, then anyone can!

Cricut Circle Monthly Challenge

Serenade cartridge ( bird cage )
Art Nouveux cartridge ( swan wings for heart )
Don Juan cartridge ( letters )
for the heart, I forgot which cartridge I used, sorry
Really Reasonable Ribbon January and September club assortment and twine assortment
Mod Podge
Plaid paint
stickles - Crystal
puffy silver swirl, gems - Jolees
chains, necklace - misc.


Redanne said...

Sandee, this is a truly lovely piece of art. The detail is stunning and it must have taken you ages to do that ribbon flower, I love it!

Karan said...

This is beautiful, Sandee!!

Pat N. said...

OMG! I love your wall hanging Sandee. It's fabulous. TFS!--Pat

Vicky said...

Lovely!!! Very stylish and elegant

Hugs Vicky x x x

505whimsygirl said...

Hi Sandee,

Love this wall hanging! Very nice.


DottyA Cards & Things said...

Hi Sandee!
Hope your reading your comments today because I want to Thank You for giving me the Liebster Award and to stop by my Blog to see the Ffive gals I picked....
AND I love your Wallhanging... Don't be worried about the Key, the right person always knows how to open the locks!!!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

You make the most beautiful decorative art. I adore this wall hanging, as well as the wreath in the previous post. Nice job of modifying it in time for Spring, too!

You asked if we were decorating or reinforcing the inside of the cover and first page of our ABs. When you reinforce the spline area (where the signatures come together) of the book, it is always nice if you can do so in a way that makes it decorative. I tried to show three examples of how I dealt with the inside front cover and first page of three books, so you would get an idea of how to reinforce the pages in a decorative way. I also showed how to cover the next FULL pages of the book using various materials. Depending on whether you want the index to show, you might want to cover only the center or spine area of that page, as I showed in my Hands AB. However, my Rocking Horse AB was fully covered in both the inside cover, as well as the next full pages.

I realize it is hard to describe in words what I am doing and I KNOW it would probably be easier if I had a camera that took video, so all I can suggest is, please KEEP ASKING QUESTIONS until you understand what is going on. And I assure you, you are NOT alone in your confusion. I suspect several people are as or more confused as/than you, but didn't speak up.

Pat N. said...

Thanks for your comments Sandee about my Forever Young post! Don't know whether to say I'm sorry or You're welcome for enabling you!! I'm good at it, though. Been doing it for some time now; especially with my 23-year old daughter! It's cold here too, today. But we've still escaped the snow!--Pat N.

Craftychris said...

Fabulous wall hanging and I really like the flower xx

Terrie said...

Thanks for your nice comment and for following my site - I followed back and look forward to seeing your AB as it develops. I don't have a cricut or do any scrapbooking - a little card making now and then is as close as I come. It'll be interesting to see what you do.

Karen said...

Sandee this is absolutely stunning, its really gorgeous, luv Karen xx

Unknown said...

Beautiful wall hanging Sandee!

cdm317 said...

That is beautiful! Good luck in the challenge.

Shanna Shands said...

Your rosette is awesome and I love the bird cage. Thanks for playing along with UCC! Don't forget to check back next week to see if your our winner.