Finished up a present for my best friend today. For about 8 years we were in a dance group that performed for tourists, for local events, and we even got to travel to perform. It was a lot of fun and a huge part of our lives. We haven't danced for about 10 years now but we have fond memories. She recently sent me a photo of us in costume - our can-can costume. So I thought I'd use the photo to make a wall hanging for her.
First, I took the photo she sent and changed it to sepia tones in my Paint Shop Pro program. Then I covered a CD in papers - you can't see it really well but some of the words are "old friend", "memories" and "the language of friendship isn't words". Added some microbeads in a couple of spots, an old rhinestone earring, and edged it with gold pearls. Had a hard time getting the pearls on - tried two different glues but they didn't work. Finally figured out that if I made a circle of cardstock a tiny bit bigger than the CD the pearls would have a ledge of sorts to sit on. Had to break out the hot glue gun to stick them on though - it's been a long time since I've used one of those! The hanger is funny - it's the top piece of a garter. Yep, using underwear in my art now.
Oh - that's me on the left.