My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #960: Having some Fun!

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 02-14-2013 11:52 AM 4193 reads 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I did a lot of odds and ends yesterday. You know – all those little things that we have been putting off for a while. I think I made great progress in getting things organized, and that made me feel good.

I also got the chance to play with the rhinestones that I had recently purchased. Even though I did finish up one of my maple scroll sawn masks with them, I wanted to do the other ones too and make them look a bit more appealing.

I know I didn’t really have to do this, but I think that sometimes people like to see variations and that they help them think up of even more ways to have fun with their projects and make them stand out. And that is what creativity is all about.

While I was in the midst of doing that, my friend and customer from here on Lumberjocks (Anna) sent me a picture of what she had done with my mask pattern. I thought it fit in perfectly with what I was doing and she graciously allowed me to show her picture here in the blog, just to give you more ideas.

Anna took my mask pattern and layered some card stock between the wood layers. (You can do with with many layers of paper and achieve great results, as you see here!) She made an intricate cut out piece that she used for a card she created by hand. Then she took it a step further and added some of the rhinestones from Rhinestones Canada and made it look even more awesome. What do you think?

I think it is really cool! With all the scrap booking and card making that people are doing, this is a great way to use your scroll saw for even more projects! Plus the fact that it is really FUN! :)

Here are some snapshots of the masks I did:

As you can see, I didn’t use quite as many stones as with the first one that I did (the last picture, which I had shown you previously.)

I don’t think it requires many to really make these look awesome. Sometimes a bit less is really more desirable.

I hope you liked seeing these. I also did some decorating on the painted versions of the masks that I will show tomorrow.

This is really the fun part of my job! I love playing around with things and making them look unique by using different things to embellish them. A little “extra” can sometimes really make your projects stand out.

There are so many different ways we can be creative. I think that is what crafting and creating is all about.

I hope you all have a wonderful Thursday!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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Jamie Speirs

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#1 posted 02-14-2013 01:05 PM

Anna very nice & creative

Sheila those are wonderful, mine is still on going. :)

Have a great day


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#2 posted 02-14-2013 01:27 PM

Shelia – I have followed the development of these – somewhat. My one question would be, “is there a way to attach an elastic band to them and use as a real mask”?

-- Just learning the craft my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ practiced.

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#3 posted 02-14-2013 04:58 PM

Good morning Sheila. The rhinestones on the masks looks great! They really give it them that masquerade ball feel! This pattern package is so versatile. (as all your patterns are!) There are so many things that can be created using your wonderful patterns.
Enjoy your day.

-- Anna, Richmond BC

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#4 posted 02-14-2013 09:04 PM

shelia these are quite beautiful..i always love seeing this kind of scroll work, these are fantastic…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#5 posted 02-15-2013 08:36 AM

Very nicely done! Finally someone else I can follow and learn from other than Steve Good on the scrollsaw workshop. I’ve not done a lot of this but I work at it. I think once I pick up a new DeWalt scrollsaw I will do more and be better at it, the one I have now is an old cheap one. :)

-- EdwardNorton

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#6 posted 02-15-2013 11:54 AM

Hi, everyone! I am sorry that I didn’t get back online to respond yesterday. I got involved in doing things away from the computer and was crazy busy and forgot to come back and check!

Jamie – you are always a wonderful inspiration to me and many others here! Thank you for your kind and encouraging words! :)

Jerrell – you can certainly attach a decorative ribbon or string if you wish, but the masks do not curve and would fit rather awkward. I suppose it depends on what you are using them on. They are also a bit delicate (especially if you are using hard wood) but I suppose in certain applications they would be fine. :)

Anna – I am glad you like the pattern! I also love patterns that can be used in a variety of ways and really do enjoy being able to share them with you. Seeing how you use them is thrilling for me and really makes me happy!

Thank you so much Bob. I am glad you like them too. :)

Hi, Ed – I hope you look in on the class that I have here on Lumberjocks. There were lots of great comments after the classes too, as we have several talented scrollers here to share information. You can always ask me anything at my own email at and I will get back to you as soon as I can. The people are great here and you will find it makes you want to try even more new things!

Thanks all! :) Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#7 posted 02-17-2013 01:57 PM

Really nice Sheila. Your scrollings are always gr8, and I think the jewels really add some “bling” to everything

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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