Saturday, April 30, 2016

Valerie's pages I created for our International Players Swap


Valerie of Bastelmania was the player I sent tip-ins to this month. In case you are unfamiliar with this swap I organized, it is six players, three of whom are in Europe, three of whom are in the States.  Each player sends to a different person each month and receives from a different player each month.

Many of you saw these pages at Valerie's blog post today, but for those of you who didn't, I will show them here.

Due to a snafu at my local post office that I won't go into, I created this page, 


but had to replace it.


The original was so much better, but this one was what I sent to Valerie.  I snapped this quick photo right before I took the envelope to the PO.

This is page 2, the back side of the previous entry.

I started with images from a bird book and turned them into transparencies using packing tape.  I backed the transparencies with words taken from a Thesaurus. 

I even did a bit of stamping.  The egg on the left was a gift from Linda at heARTfully Inspired.

I used pan pastels on the background and gold pigment ink on black card stock for the stamped feathers.

This is page 3.  Valerie likes words on her pages, so I tried to oblige.

I combined three colors of pan pastels, then sprayed them with fixative, which darkened the background more than I anticipated.  I stamped to the left of "Field Notes," and added the names of the birds that are shown on Side 4.

More stamping.  I was surprised that the birds slid around on the background.  I thought it might be because of the fixative I used.   The bird stamps shown on this page were gifted me by Chris at Pear Shaped Crafting, another participant in this swap.

After I mailed the package, I worried that the feathers I used in this spread might be rejected by customs.  I know it's illegal to send them to Australia.

Words on the page.  Somehow I have trouble with that, but forced myself to fit words on most pages I created for Valerie.

This is page 4 and the Audubon accordion booklet I created contains pictures of each of the birds listed on the reverse side.

This is one side of the accordion fold

and this is the other side and the front.  I colored the cards using my handmade shimmering mists.  Please note that Valerie's photos are much better than my scans.

The booklet is held together using velcro.  The book can be accessed from either side by pulling on the glass squares.

The bird image was also gifted me by Linda.  Another real feather tied the pages together.


This is page 5.  I had some really lovely and rather expensive folded wrapping paper that I wanted to use for the background.  The folds had caused creases in the wrapping paper, so instead of trying to cut it exactly to size (I'm not very good at exact when it comes to paper), I simply folded it over card stock at the fold and used the same background for both page 5 and page 6.  After reading Valerie's blog today, I see this page held special meaning to her.

I tried for a bit of humor here, since I borrowed my friend Kathy's dies for this project. 

The cat was one Kathy had given me earlier, so I added some rub-n-buff to the cat to make it a bit different color from the cage.


This is page 6, and you can see I continued the wrapping paper background here.

It's impossible to tell, but this peacock is very dimensional.  There are several layers to it, but they simply don't show up on the scan.

Again, Valerie loves words, and this reads "Shake your tail feathers," although it's rather difficult to read because of the transparent letters.

This is page 7, and surely you knew I would include a bit of my wonky sewing.

The back layer is some of my hand dyed silk, the transparent eggs were also from Linda.  The "branch" is a stirrer stick I dyed using a furniture touch-up pen.  Dyed cheesecloth became the "nest."

I found the white die cut bird in my stash.  I colored it using Staz-on and alcohol.  My feeble attempt at stamping was hit and miss on the page.

I received permission from Valerie to show the completed tag and here it is in the pocket, something I forgot to scan.  This photo is from Valerie's blog, so please don't pin it without her permission.


This is page 8 and also the last page I created.

I had these beautiful birds in my stash that I had printed out when I had color ink in my printer, and simply had to use them.  The die cut cat was another that had been given me by my friend Kathy and was meant to tie the pages together.

I fear I could have done a better job on this page, because it is really lacking in something.


This is the front of the tag I created  for Valerie.  Our tags take the place of sign-in pages in altered books.

This is the back before I added my personal information.  The die cut oval was a gift, and the "brads" were stickles.  I used the ONE die I owned at the time to create the tag that I colored using Staz-on and alcohol.

Here is a portion of the competed tag with fibers and three silver feathers attached.

Thanks ever so much for visiting today.  I hope you enjoyed the swap pages I made for Valerie, whose theme is birds. 


12 thoughtful remarks:

Valerie-Jael said...

And I love your pages very much, and am looking forward to putting them into my book, which I will treasure. I do like words on my pages, and am happy and grateful that you went to so much trouble to put them there! Now you know why I have a bit of a bird obsession, too! Thanks again for all the time, kindness and effort you put into my lovely pages, and I am so sorry that the post office messed things up for you! Have a great day, hugs, Valerie

Jeanie said...

These are fabulous, Elizabeth. Oh, I think they'll be such a treat to receive. And I do love birds -- you have some wonderful designs, and I love how they are varied but work together. A treasure!

Sandra Cox said...

I saw these at Val's. Simply lovely! Kudos.

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Oh my gosh! You did a fantastic job here..all those pages are just ADORABLE dear Elizabeth! Masterpieces!
I am thrilled about them!You put all your heart into this project-pages!
Happy weekend my friend!
oxo Susi

My name is Erika. said...

I love those pages you made Elizabeth. What a gorgeous collection. :) I think you outdid yourself. ( Gonna keep this short since we need to run out and do some errands. ) Hugs-Erika

Meggymay said...

Fabulous pages, I saw them over at Valerie's so many awesome things to see.
Yvonne xx

Silvia(Barnie) said...

These pages are wonderful, so much to see.

Rita said...

Very pretty! And I never would have thought to use old nibs as bird legs--LOL!

Corrine at corrinegilman.com said...

Fantastic feathered pages! Must be an enjoyable swap. xox

Linda Kunsman said...

I have come to birdland heaven!! Dear Elizabeth you have truly outdone yourself with all these creative works using such a variety or imagery, textures and mediums. I love them! So glad you have been able to use some of the bits I had sent you:)

~*~Patty S said...

WOW!!!
These are some spectacular bird pages and so many different creations!
That is quite a swap you all are having.
Lovely to see so much creativity and sharing.
Tweet works of Art!
oxo

Dawn C. said...

I love your bird pages, thank you very much for sharing. I especially like the transparent images taken from the book. Lovely!