Monday, September 20, 2010

Scrapping With Sherry's Fabulous Finds...


There are days that I literally get stuck for hours, going from one blog to the next. I am truly amazed at the talent that is out there. With every click I am inspired yet again by a beautiful artwork, new techniques, posts that touch me and original ideas that I have never seen before.

About a week ago, with a friends encouragement, I decided that I wanted to start sharing some of these inspirational finds, once a week, with my friends here on Scrapping With Sherry. There are so many fabulous things out there it's hard to just pick a few. Thank goodness there will be another Sunday!

Altered Wish Box
The above piece is called a "Altered Wish Box". Hels Sheridan is the creator. Hels and the detailed instructions on how to make this altered picture frame can be found at The Artistic Stamper Creative Team Blog. Hels can also be found at her personal blog, Ink on My Fingers. Both sites have a long line up of great artwork. I was lost there for hours! 

The colors of the "Altered Wish Box" are just gorgeous. It is actually a photo frame that has a large shadow box opening. This is one of those pieces that you can look at over and over and see something new every time. If you happened to read my latest garage sale finds post, you probably saw the black box by Ikea that I found. Well, this piece is one of the things that inspired me to pick it up and make something of my own.

Art inspired by Wendy Vecchi
 This lovely Wendy Vecchi, Art Inspired Card is made by Stephen Jew. You can find this card and a large amount of Tim Holtz inspired artwork at his blog, My Thoughts, My Life.

I don't know who Wendy Vecchi is, but after seeing this card I want to. Could her work possibly be any prettier than this? Most of Stephen's Art is entries to the Compendium of Curiosities Challenge and swaps he participates in at his Yahoo! Group, All Things Tim. If you are a fan of Tim Holtz inspired art you won't want to miss his blog.

Printers Tray meets Halloween in Wonderland
 This great piece is made by Louise. You can find Louise at her blog, Kard Krazy. This holiday creation is called "Printers Tray meets Halloween in Wonderland"

I mean where does a person even start? From the cute Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum to Alice dressed up as a witch... I just love that old key with the Halloween print in the background. This is just a great holiday piece all around! 

Louise is most definitely is the Halloween spirit and has a lot of holiday projects posted on her blog. This project is just the beginning.

Favorite Time Of Day
Every once in a while I read a post that takes me to another time or place. Through the magic of the  words and photos I can literally feel like I am there. This is exactly what Karen from Some Days are Diamonds has done with her creative writing talents on her post she has titled, "Favorite Time of Day" 

To write the way Karen has written this article is a talent that few possess. If you to want to be transcended, I suggest you follow the link above.  
Mirror Mirror

This next Halloween treasure that I discovered is an old vintage mirror that the artist, Lynn, found at an Estate Sale. She managed to do exactly what her blog is called... she turned someone else's Trash to Treasure Art.  

Stamping is the main technique that Lynn used to transform this mirror into a spooky and scary Halloween scene. To see what brand of stamps and embellishments that she used on "Mirror Mirror", just follow her blog link above. You are also going to find a wide variety of creative innovations to drool over while you are there. A matter of fact, not unlike most of the artists featured here today, I had a hard time choosing which project I wanted to use.
School Days Tag Set

This last week I entered a tag in a swap with the theme being "school". There were a lot of great tags entered, but one in particular caught my eye. It was a tag set titled, "School Days" by Sarah. It didn't catch my eye because this was a tag swap and Sarah chose to create a set of six, or that the digital images on the tags reminded me of school photos when I was in school, or that she has a way of paying attention to the little things, the details and it wasn't because it was vintage inspired... It was all of that and more!

You can find the "School Days" Tag set at Sarah's blog, Vintage Figments. You will want to be sure and check this out because there is more to this project. Yes, you heard me right more!

Pocket Book

This little 3 inch pocket book was made by a dear friend of mine, Cindy Adkins. Cindy has provided us with a tutorial so that we can all learn how to make this miniature treasure. The pocket book tutorial can be found on Cindy's blog, Cindy Adkins Whimsical Musings.

There is just something special about miniature anything. Match it with a pocket book, created by Cindy Adkins, and you now have Fabulous! Whether Cindy is making a gift or a blog prize for that lucky someone, creating an item for a challenge she has entered or a swap she participates in, she is an amazing mixed media artist who leans towards the vintage era. This pocket book is just a sample of what you will find at Cindy Adkins Whimsical Musings.



 This beautiful butterfly and it's creator, Sharon, can be found at her blog, Wildflower House by Sharon Chapman. When I viewed the butterfly for the first time I thought how beautiful it was. Of course knowing that I am always on the lookout for crafts and such for my new weekly post, Sherry's Fabulous Finds, I also know that I have found something to feature. However, I had no idea just what I had found until I started reading Sharon's post.

So, I started to read, and as I read a few tears fell, my eyes began to sting and I was touched that Sharon made this beautiful butterfly to donate to a project that is hosted by the Holocaust Museum in Houston Texas, called the Butterfly Project.

What you are about to read is an introduction to the Butterfly Project.

The Butterfly Project mandate is to remember the 1,500,000 innocent children who perished as a result of the Holocaust by collecting 1.5 million handmade butterflies.

In Spring 2013, these butterflies will then become a break-taking exhibition to serve as a memory of this event.

Can you imagine? 1.5 million children translated into 1.5 million butterflies....? If you wondering why a butterfly, the project is based on this poem -


I Never Saw Another Butterfly

The last, the very last,
So richly, brightly, dazzlingly yellow

Perhaps if the sun’s tears would sing
against a white stone....

Such, such a yellow

Is carried lightly ’way up high.

It went away I’m sure

because it wished

to kiss the world good-bye.


For seven weeks I’ve lived in here

Penned up inside this ghetto.

But I have found what I love here.

The dandelions call to me

And the white chestnut branches in the court.

Only I never saw another butterfly.

That butterfly was the last one.

Butterflies don’t live in here, in the ghetto.

Written by Pavel Friedman, June 4, 1942

Born in Prague on Jan. 7, 1921.
Deported to the Terezin Concentration Camp on April 26, 1942.
Died in Aushchwitz on Sept. 29, 1944.

This boy that wrote this poem was 23 years old, just a year younger then my daughter... Thanks to Sharon's beautiful butterfly along with the post, I to am signed up.

If you are interested in the Butterfly Project please follow the button that is located to your right on the sidebar, titled, The Butterfly Effect.

That's it for this week. I have to put a limit on myself or this post would never end! I will be posting Scrapping With Sherry's Fabulous Finds every Sunday. If you have been featured in this post feel free to grab the button that begins with I was featured... 

Whether you found inspiration for your next project, a new blog to follow or just relaxed and enjoyed the fabulous artwork, I hope that you enjoyed the time you spent here and plan to be back next Sunday for some more fabulous finds here at Scrapping With Sherry.

Until Next Time... Take Care!   

6 comments:

  1. Sherry,
    You did find some fabulous things. I will have to check alot of those out. I enjoyed this little tour of fabulous finds and look forward to the next one.
    Hugs,
    Kim

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  2. Oh Sherry,
    Thank you so much for including me in your fabulous finds...and I love all the other "finds" too!!! This is awesome...it really helps us meet and greet new people! I am honored to be part of it.
    Hugs,
    Cindy
    xox

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  3. Ooo! I love all your fabulous finds. They are indeed quite FABULOUS! :)

    Taylor Kay

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  4. Not only did I enjoy reading this post and viewing some outstanding artwork but am thrilled to be a part of it,too. Thanks for including my tags in your selection. I am looking forward to next week's Fabulous Finds.

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  5. Hi Sherry, What can I say? I cannot remember a time I have felt so touched, sad, happy, inspired all at once and so strongly, as I read this post. I believe in the ripple of kindness, one small act or word can make a difference to so many, if we each do a little something, so Sherry, I hope you dont mind, but I would like to feature your "Scrapping with Sherry's Fabulous finds" on my blog particularly highlighting, the butterfly project and the reason for it, and the exquisite talent you have highlighted. It is amazing!!! Well done all featured on Sherrys fabulous finds, you will be a hard act to follow x leigh x

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Thank you for taking the time to leave me a comment. Each and every one is like finding a gift in my mailbox. ~Sherry

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