Sunday, September 20, 2009

Guest Designer :: the talented and sweet Joyce Gleason

Hello there! I hope you enjoyed your weekend. It was such beautiful, Fall weather here. Just perfect.
I'm thrilled to share this month's Guest Designer, the lovely Joyce Gleason. I've "known" Joyce around the blogging world for a couple years now and find her work (and personality) so inspiring. You'll love what she did with our Pumpkin shape. She made TWO decorations in one! I just think that's such a clever idea (yes, you did surprise me, Joyce). :) Read on for more details on how she created her project and learn a bit more about Joyce too.

Hi there! My name is Joyce Gleason and I want to say how happy I am to have been asked by Deb to be a guest designer for Say It With Letters! for a fall project. I have been playing with paper my whole life starting with paper dolls at about age 5. I started scrapbooking about 15 years ago, first for myself and then for other people. In the past few years I have drifted into other paper arts and my favorites are altering and designing greeting cards using vintage images and funny phrases and quotes. I first discovered SIWL over 2 years ago when a friend was getting married and I ordered a very large "G" to paint and alter for a gift. Since then I've played with acorns, dresses and bird houses.

I am semi-retired, married to a Lutheran Pastor, have 3 kids in their 30's and one very precious grandson, Charlie, who will be 2 in November.

When I received my "assignment" my mind started twirling away and I couldn't wait to get started!

The Pumpkin:

First, I used acrylic paint (a light tan color) and painted the edges of the pumpkin.
Then, I laid the pumpkin face down on a sheet of plain cardstock and traced the shape.
I cut out the pumpkin shape, and sectioned off the pumpkin with a pencil, free-hand.
I cut my sections and used them as templates for the individual pieces.

For the outer sections I used scrapbook paper that mimicked vintage wallpaper. The center section is a piece of plain colored cardstock stamped with a text stamp. The stem and collar were cut from cardstock and then embossed with an embossing folder.
All edges of the paper pieces were inked to give them some definition. My personal preference is the worn shabby look.
I glued all of the pieces down, attached a phrase that was printed from the computer and a variety of flowers and die-cut flourishes. Under the flowers, I used a paper doily to add some dimension, also.

When I finished, I turned the pumpkin over to snap a photo of the beautiful notches Deb and Steve do on their pieces to make them easy to hang. When I looked at the plain back of the pumpkin I decided I wasn't finished yet.

Voila! Using just one piece of scrapbook paper, I covered the back of the pumpkin. I attached some silk fall leaves and more die-cut flourishes for around the stem.
Then I traced an eraser to make eyes and a nose and traced around a small plate for the smile. I attached googlie button eyes and free-hand cut out some teeth. The final touch....braces! Did I mention that my part-time job is with an orhtodontist?

2 looks with one pumpkin shape. I will be displaying this piece on a plate stand. Right now we're enjoying the Halloween look with Mr. Crooked Teeth and after Halloween, I will just turn the pumpkin over and have a nice display until it's time for Christmas decorations. I think I even surprised Miss Deb with this project! I hope you enjoy it, too.


Raechelle said...

it's so pretty! And I love how cute the backside is! Awesome job on this Joyce. :)

Jenniwren32 said...

Beautiful and fun!!! Love what you did with the shape, Joyce!

Chele said...

This is such a great project idea and even more beautiful in person. Good job Joyce! Go you! I love your letters. I was the recipient of the large "g".

SweetBellaBug said...

YAY Joyce! I couldn't be more excited or more proud of you! What a wonderful company to get to be a guest designer for! Deb's shapes are all just so creative, and what her fabulous DT members do with them just amazes me! Always working outside the box - Love It!!

jemkagily said...

So cute! I love the braces on the pumpkin, what an original idea. And it's terrific to be able to have a decoration that bridges the season. Beautiful work.

mimi said...

I have known Joyce for several years now and am always so inspired by her creations. I think this pumpkin is my favorite so far. I love the double sided idea and her attention to detail---the embossed stem and die cut flourishes and of course the braces on the jack o lantern. Deb your shapes are so wonderful!!! Now that I have seen Joyce's fun project, I think I may be inspired to try decorating one myself. Great job Joyce!!!!

Julie Masse said...

Beautiful job and how neat that she did both sides!! :)

LaurieStar said...

Oh my goodness - where have I been - under a rock? I didn't know you posted this and I love it, Joyce! I love how you decorated both sides. What a great idea. I think I'm going to try that with my next shape. Beautiful work, as always!

Scrap for Joy said...

Thank you everyone for your kind comments! I had so much fun with this pumpkin...SIWL shapes are so easy to work with!