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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Beautiful words to live by ~

I've developed such a love for paper. Old is of course my very favorite. I love the patina and especially with wonderful handwriting! Scrapbooking paper is great too but I love mine to have an aged look because I use so many antique elements in my artwork.

Sometimes you can find paper for your art in the strangest places. See the beautiful embossed paper below? It's a paper napkin!!! I found it a while back at Tuesday Morning and knew immediately that one day I'd try to use it in some artwork. I used my fabric pinking shears to cut out the circles because they are so sharp...and to glue, I tossed them in an old shoe box face down and sprayed my Elmer's spray glue lightly on the backs. This photo is before the glue :)


I started off wanting to make some pretty tags to accompany some artwork that is heading to Somerset ~ but then I thought....why not a mini banner? As a gift for a wonderful editor that makes so many artists dreams come true....


It's fun to use things in a way that they were not originally intended ~






Beautiful words to live by, don't you think?

Happy Wednesday sweet friends ~
xxoo, Dawn

44 comments:

debi @ life in my studio said...

Dawn,
That is SO pretty!!!! I love it! The lucky recipient will love it. May I 'borrow' that wonderful idea? I would love to have that in my studio.
Hugs, Debi

Dorthe said...

Dawn sweet, your banner is sooo lovely, and these creamy , dreamy colors, soo inspires all of us to create.
What a sweet present to resieve for her.
Love and hugs Dorthe

Lori said...

what a pretty banner Dawn...so funny that you used the napkins...that is using your creativity at it's best!!!

Sheila R said...

Thank you for continueing to inspire me to look outside of the box. Such a beautiful and lovely gift!

Sister Robbins said...

Your banner is just darling. I'm sure she will just love it. Thanks for the inspiration.
Have a Lovely Day~
Alicia

Zita - Mlle Magpie said...

Love your paper garland, Dawn!

marie said...

Your banner is so pretty ~ I love that it started as a napkin! I appreciate your visions and that you share them with others. Thanks so much!
Marie

Jodie LeJeune said...

Thanks for sharing this with us.

And, also thank YOU for always inspiring me through Somerset!

I am sure the editor will be thrilled to receive this...by any chance would it be Jenny??? ;)

everything vintage

The Rustic Victorian said...

really beautiful Miz Dawn...it's just so "you". I am glad to see you creating again."J" will love it!
Love
Marcie

Sweet Old Vintage said...

Dawn... the banner is very sweet... Course I also love the aged papers and colors..... Have a wonderful Easter.

kathy said...

Oh so lovely -- what a lucky girl -- Kathy - ga

Vee said...

Oh I love that piece, Dawn! Some lucky editor...

sandra said...

Dawn, what an absolutely beautiful little banner...like everyone else said, you continue to inspire us with you ingenuity! I love those little rusty bells.
Hugs,
Sandra

Utah Grammie said...

That is beautiful! And thanks again for all your inspiration and help (and love) that you give so willingly! Have a glorious day and give Clara a hug for all of us :-)

Anonymous said...

Dawn, I don't have a blog myself, but follow yours every day! I can't wait to get to my desk each morning and run check to see what might be there waiting for me! You never cease to inspire and motivate me! I know your life is busy, and how much time keeping up with this blog must take....but thank you so much! This morning is no exception...these are just gorgeous! We have very similar taste, and I am going to try something similar. Anyway....I just wanted you to know that your time spent is not in vain, I enjoy spending time here with you more than you could know! Thank you, ~nancy

Anonymous said...

Hi Dawn-
I LOVE your tags-turned-banner! So so pretty - I would think that would be a Somerset submission.
--Vicki K.

BitsAndPieces said...

Dawn, I'm crazy about your banner, too! Your creations are amazing. You certainly carry out the words on the garland. Thanks for inspiring others to do the same.

Sandy

KarenB said...

Your banner is just beautiful. I would never have guessed you used paper napkins! Looks like your new studio is really working for you!

Diane said...

Dawn, how elegant!
Diane

Piney Rose said...

Oh I dearly love these! I am inspired....again. Thanks, Dawn

Anyone who is interested, check out my new blog for a giveaway!

Terri Morse said...

Hi Dawn. I'm new to the blogging community and I've spent the last few days taking in your beautiful blog. I think the Lord sent you to inspire and encourage me. I'm amazed at what you accomplish in a day. Thank you for all of your honest sharing. I love the paper on your new garland. I seldom use things for what they were intended either.

SharDon Exclusives said...

Great banner! Youare such and inspiration to soooo many!! I was wondering how you were doing in your new room of creations and it looks like you are doing wonderfully....tks...sharon

Joy said...

That turned out beautiful!

Sandi said...

GORGEOUS banner Dawn! Your creativity continues to amaze me!
Blessings ~

Barb said...

Well you have done it once again!! A beautiful gift, and more inspiration for us all.

Thank you for sharing your talents and sweetness with us all.

blessings and a terrific Wednesday!

Barbara Jean

PS How is little Grace doing? =0))

Myrna said...

What a FABULOUS idea!! The banner is so lovely--with all the little details..love it-love it- love it!!
Blessings!
Myrna

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

Oh! I love that banner!! It would be perfect in any artists home.
Hugs,
Penny

Jamie said...

Oh my goodness - this is beautiful! Thank you for sharing this!

tinkerverve said...

I love those tags and then to make them into a banner...such a great idea.

pam said...

Love the tags!...and your site is beautiful...hope you'll come by and check out my new blog and give-away...blessings

The Other Side of Me said...

Hi Dawn,

You have such a beautiful touch and when I see your work I immediately associate you with it. This banner is so wonderful, anyone would be thrilled to receive it! Great Gift.

See you soon,
Tammy

THE PICKLED HUTCH said...

Dawn, you always manage to take us creatively to that next level. Well done and just lovely.
Lisa & Alfie

Shelia said...

Hi Dawn! Oh, this is so beautiful! You are very good!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Miss Sandy said...

Oh Dawn I love it! What a sweet and thoughtful gift, I am sure she will love and appreciate it. I love your clever use of materials too.

kana said...

Dawn,

Great idea and so pretty!

lorhen82 said...

You're so creative! Those are really beautiful! ~Lori

~Red Tin Heart~ said...

Hi Dawn, I finished your ring today and plan on getting it in the mail by tommorow or the next day. I hope you like it.
Sending you love, Nita <3

P.s beautiful banner..

Cheryl ~ZanyMayd said...

Love ~ Love ~ Love the Banner....
you are so creative~
cheryl

Nita Jo said...

That is so beautiful! My mom had an eye like yours... that ability to see beauty and potential in objects other people pass right by. Thank you for sharing your creative gifts with us!

Blessings!
Nita Jo

Jann said...

Your imagination and creativity knows no bounds! What a beautiful banner!

sepiadreams said...

You are one talented lady!!! Everything you do or make is the perfect combination and color...Thank you for inspiring me....Love Tiina....

Claudia said...

What a beautiful banner - perfect! I love your blog and your work!

Modest Gal said...

I love it! You are so creative!!!

Shopgirl said...

like everything you do these are really special. I am making tags for our church sale in the fall. I would love to do these...what do you thing?
Hugs, Mary

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