Saturday, May 31, 2014

May's ARC book

Before I go and talk about this month's Book I read for ARC I must admit something. I am really ahead of the game here. As of this writing it is Feb. 23 and I am already reviewing the May book. I'm ahead of the game because yes(okay maybe not so much of the art part of this challenge. lol), they are on my to be read pile but I could have easily just picked out a book on my Kindle to read in between months like I did last year. But I decided to be ahead of the game because, we are selling the house and as of this writing, Feb. 23. The house is not sold yet :(  And I want to read as many hard copy book as I can so I don't have to take with me. That's why I picked "Shoulda Been There" and "The Lost Symbol" to read them early this year. They are big and heavy, So now I can pass them on somewhere, or someone.

Now back to the review.

This month for ARC I will be reviewing "Life, Love and Lox: Real World Advice for the Modern Jewish Girl" by Carin Davis.

I picked the book up a couple years ago during the close out sale at Border's book store :inserts sad music here: When I went to Border's they didn't have much left as it was the tail end, but did manage to find a couple of books. I was about to check out pay but I gave one last sweep of the books and found this one. It looked like a fun read.

The book is the author's take of what it is be be a modern day Jewish girl. In the beginning of each chapter she tells a story of her life in the dating world that is centered what the chapter is about. There are 13 chapters in the book. The first 7 chapters is about Jewish life. Keeping Kosher, Life-cycle events(birth, bar/bat mitzah, wedding and death), synagogue, community involvement, head coverings, dating and Shabbat. The rest of the chapters each one talks about the big holidays, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Hanukkah, Purim, Passover, and other holidays.

The book was a fun read. It had lot of humor in it, which I liked. With me being Jewish,  A lot of things I did know already. Some things , though very few I didn't know. It was a good refresher. 

Next month's book will be Blood Oath by Christopher Farnsworth


The person I sent this piece to should be getting soon(like today!). So this post will be up when she gets it. I did this piece a while back. Originally this started off as something for Anything But A Card Challenge blog. But I didn't like how it was going. So I scrapped it for the challenge and did something else for ABAC.

This was a DVD tin case that I got at an estate sale around this time last year. I thought it would be fun to alter. Even though the front was embossed a bit. When I got it home I did glue down some napkins to the case, so when I went to put paint or whatever on it the paint wouldn't scratch off from the metal. I also added some lace to give it more texture. Then it say around for a while.

Then months later I picked the case up again. Like I said this was originally going to be for ABAC I think back in March (Its been a while. LOL) My original plan was to put a mini inside the tin. The Mini Treasure mini album from Kathy Orta's book was the perfect size to put inside the tin. So I made the album. and then went to work on the tin. As I was working on the case I as not feeling the colors at all. I was using browns and bronze and a little blue. The vintage look is not my thing at all, though I do like the metallics.

So with me not feeling what was going on with the piece I did what anyone else would do. I painted over it. and change the whole look and feel to it. And I change what I was going to do inside of the tin. A mini doesn't  fit anymore.

I painted over the thin with purple craft paint. I added some sprays for dripage. and some more paint. I took some punchenilla and used some molding paste, for some more texture. I added some more antique bronze distress stain to it.

I put that to the side and painted wood embellishments by Prima. I painted them black. Set them aside to dry. Then took some Wild Orchid crafts flowers and sprayed them with Dylusions Crushed Grape, and After Midnight. I also used Heidi Swap Color Shine in Tinsel and Bronze. Set those to dry and went back to the tin. It needed something. So I added some Grapz Pure Glitz by Ranger. I even added some to the words.  After everything was completely dried, I glued everything down. The wood pieces with Alieen's tacky and the flowers with hot glue gun. In hindsight I should of glued the flowers After I did the inside, but oh well! LOL

So for the inside, I cut down 2 sheets of decorative paper to fit both sides of the tin. I don't remember off hand what I used to attach the papers to the tin. I know I said it in my youtube video on this. It was either Miracle Tape or wet glue. The papers are bt TCP Studio. Then I stamped out 2 Julie Nutting girls on the Buff paper pad. and I dressed them from the scraps of the papers I used. I painted their hair and shoes with Neo Color 2's

On this side I added a clock which is antique mirror sticker from Prima. I stamped some donuts (stamp is by stamps by Judith) colored them with color pencils. The font is one I found online. 

This side I took the metal phone that was bronze and painted it pewter with the pewter distress stain. (I wanted to use this for the old Hollywood doll case I made for my cousin, but it was too heavy) With hot glue and glossy accents I glue that baby down. I hot glued 3 Wild Orchid flowers next to the phone.Added more donuts and another sentiment and a girl to that side. The sentiments I added were found on the internet. Thanks Google! :)

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Anything but a Card: Challenge 35 Color challenge

Welcome to a new challenge over at Anything but a card.  This month its a color challenge! You have to base your project based on the colors on this picture.

I will admit I did struggle with the colors. I did a journal page in the Prima journal I found a page that had the peachy/coral colors on it. I used a stencil that Pavla sent me and some purple craft paint. I used some washi tape by Duck brand. there was left over After Midnight Dylusion spray on the page. The couple was part of a bigger picture I used for one of my Documented life pages. I colored her dress and their skin with Neo color 2's. I added the sentiment from VLVS! 

So go to anything but a card to check out what the other Designers did and play along!