Welcome to Andrea's Creative Quests. It is my hope that this will be a place that I am able to share the treasures which arethe results of my adventures in ART. I desire to be able to showcase my creations, keep myself motivated to create, and inspire others to embark on their own ARTistic adventures.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Cinderella Shape Book - Picture Heavy!

I was perusing the Cricut.com message board recently and came across a beautiful shape book made by Pam at http://www.thebugbytes.com/.  Her book was so incredible that I had to try one out myself.  Again, I used my Cricut, white provo craft paper, my copics, and a few touches from a clear At You Spica pen.  The cartridge I used was Disney's Happily Ever After.  The book is bound using a Zutter Bind-It-All.  Pam's book showed Cinderella as a scullery maid, dressed for the ball, and dancing with Prince Charming.  I added one last page to my book, Cinderella in her wedding gown facing the prince. While this is still a work in progress, I wanted to share it with you all.  I have a few ideas about what I want to add to make the book feel more complete, but then I am also still questioning what the final touches will be.  I would love to hear what you think!

This is the front view of the Cinderella Book
I used complimenting patterned paper on the page faces, overlayed with the Cricut cut characters.The patterned paper comes from DCWV paper stacks.
In this picture you can see the clear At You Spica pen that I used on the wedding gown and veil. 
This is the final page of the book.  I am concerned about the precarious perch that the Prince has on this page.  I am looking for a way to stabilize him so that the does not get torn off.
Thank you for stopping by, I would love to hear what you have to say about my ART.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Happy Father's Day

I pray that every dad everywhere had an incredible day.  Even though my kiddos are off touring the country, I wanted to make sure that my DH had a great day.  I also wanted to help my son's girlfriend make the day a little bit special for the dads in her life.  I am so excited that I got to be the one to initiate Britney into the world of ART!   The scuba divier card was made using my Cricut, my Life's a Beach cartridge and my copics - I cut everything out of white paper and colored each piece individually.  The card has some 3D elements to it.  Needless to say, my DH, a master scuba diver LOVED his card.
Britney's step-dad loves anything that goes fast...  Fast cars, fast boats, fast motorcycles...  you get the idea.  He also likes to hang out at the river, relaxing!  So, while I am the proud owner of the Cars cartridge for my Cricut, I felt that Paul needed a card that was a bit more mature.  So, once again I used my Life's a Beach cartridge and cut white paper and colored the individual pieces, once again using my copics.
Finally, Britney stamped Popcorn the Bear from Crafter's Companion and used Bic markers to color her ART.
From all reports, Britney's cards made a great impression on both of her dads.  Who can resist a hand-made expression of love?
Happy Father's Day!

Update on my Pageant Princess!

I realize that it has been a while since my last post.  I am sorry, but as I am certain that many of you can attest to, life can get in the way!  My youngest participated in the Miss Jr. Pre-Teen Palm Springs Pageant.  She is the 4th runner up to the "crown" in her age division.  I am just pleased that she saw the day through.  Before practice the morning of the pageant, she broke down in tears, quiet upset that she was too nervous to participate.  After a quick pep-talk and seeing a walk-through, she agreed to give it a try.  I agreed that if it was too much, then we she would have given it her best, and we would go home.
Her bravery paid off. While being named 4th runner up to the crown, she was named Miss Photogenic in the 7-9 year old range. The last picture is, well, Sheridan just being Sheridan!