February 19, 2010

A New Look for a Little Lamp

This is the lamp I started with.
This is the lamp I wanted to recreate from the Do It Yourself mag (BH&G) Summer 09 issue. They did not provide instructions, so I figured it out myself, and share them here.
I went looking for a shade that was not tapered. I know it's super hard to tape on a cone shaped surface, but this was the best I could find..... slightly tapered.
I cut painters tape... (would have prefered masking tape, but I seem to have lost my roll) into thirds and used the two straight edges, discarded the middle piece.  Then I used glue to paint over the two tape edges where I would be painting my stripe. This prevents the paint from leaking underneath the edge of the tape.  ;)
When dry, I painted over the glue with paint.
Then I made this page of birds in photoshop from some photos I took last summer by the lake in my valley. I tried to create a file that could be right clicked and saved if you wanted to do this project... It may not have good enough resolution (I didn't save it for web), but you're welcome to try!

Here are two of the originals I use to make it, maybe these could be of use if the other one isn't.

I printed it on DCWV sticker paper.  Then I cut out the birds I wanted with a craft knife.
Then I cut out each bird, stuck it on the shade, and painted/stenciled it.
I put them all around the shade.  When they were dry, I used a mechanical pencil to define some of the lines around the birds.  So subtle you can't really see it.
This is the finished shade  :)
I like it much better now.
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February 13, 2010

A Funny Valentine

Have you ever had an AOL cd come though the mail in a box?  I've been hanging onto this box for at least 2 years, and today I decided to turn it into a card for my Valentine.  I knew one day I would have an idea for it.

Not going to post a real specific how to, since I pretty much just glued paper onto it.
Saying that... I started by taking the box section off of the outer fold and I spray painted them both black. Then I glued it back together.

(Sorry the text isn't all justified left & between the photos. It is when I compose my post, but when I publish, it's sometimes on the right of the photos.  ??? grrrrr)

Heidi Grace Rubons.
You will have to forgive my poor coloring, I've taken photos of it next to a lamp since it's dark outside.
This box has a magnetic closure, but once I attached paper, it no longer wanted to close on its own.
I finally used some Heidi Swap flowers I bought about 3-4 years ago!  :D  The little frame is EK Success, and just as old.  My metal embellishments... weren't those American Crafts?  I don't remember.

My paper is the adorable Urban Prairie by Basic Grey (6x6 paper pad)

Lips are mine, photoshoped to be bright pink.  LOL!  Like I said... A Funny Valentine.
I closed it and wrapped it with a ribbon.  (Not showing is the back with solid pink paper, and the year in Heidi Grace rubons like I used on the spine.)
Valentines can be so much fun! (Everything ends up looking super girly, and it's OK!)
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