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Friday, February 17, 2012

GM #36 - Who Loves Ya Baby?!

   This was a fun piece to create!  I made it for Grungy Monday and did you know that Simon Says Stamp is offering a gift certificate?  How cool!  I also decided to submit for Simon Says Stamp And Show challenge also.
   I used Grungeboard as my substrate and brushed on Blank Canvas paint from the Claudine Hellmuth Studio line in a random manner.  I didn't worry about covering up all the Grungeboard.  Then I swiped the edges and some odd spots on the GB with Picket Fence Distress Stain.  Crackle paints were applied randomly and around the edges (Pewter) and also on the piece of 'love' chipboard.    It uses Tim Holtz's Alteration Die cuts of the Umbrella Man and the Lamp post.  I did cut off his umbrella as it didn't feel right for this piece.  I used the Coordinations paper in Distressed colors.

   I'm sorry this is a short post today as I am late getting it on my blog.  Had it ready to go Tuesday evening but didn't have the time to blog until now.

See ya Sunday for Hels' Sunday Stamper!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day

   I wanted to wish all of my crafty friends a Happy Valentine's Day!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Blue Moon Delivers Balzer Designs Stencils - YAY!

   I was so excited to get my call Thursday afternoon from Mark at Blue Moon Scrapbooking to tell me my new stencils from Julie Fei-Fan Balzer, Victoria Case and some other new releases from The Crafter's Workshop were just put in the mail.  Since I know they send things via priority mail, I was certain they'd show up on Saturday and they did!  WOOT!  WOOT!
   You can tell from some of my buttons on my blog that I'm a fan of Julie's as I've taken a couple of online classes from her.
Balzer Designs
   I think I'm on a personal mission to own every stencil by Balzer Designs although I'm starting with 6x6 first and then slowly adding 12x12 when I can.  At this time, I bought leaf Grid, layered Stars and Funky Tags in 12x12 (picture not shown).
Victoria Case
   I also liked some stencils released as Designed by Victoria Case althought I'm not familiar with her work, her stencils are very cool and I want to find out more about her.
   And lastly, I wanted to show you some of the other designs from The Crafters Workshop that were just too yummy to resist.
   Thanks for stopping by - hope you'll look around at some of my other posts and comment.
   Crafty love to y'all!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Sunday Stamper #192 - I Will Always Love You

   It's the Sunday Stamper Challenge again and I was so inspired by Hels' frame, I knew I had the perfect frame to do Something with.  I pulled out my Claudine Hellmuth Studio Paints in red and pink and quickly covered it.  I've never worked with clay before but I had some pink Viva brand clay and molded a fleur de lis and a flower that were going to go on the frame.  After lunch I put it on my desk and was thinking about it and ... skidded to a stop.  Mr. Mojo waltzed right out the window.
     Cooper the kitten came by and was doing his super cute thing of wanting me to pick him up and cuddle on my shoulder so I let him fall asleep which left me with one arm to use.  I flipped through my "Inspiration Snippets" basket looking at tags almost done, scraps of paper and bits of collage kept to be used (I hope) in future projects.
   Nope!  Nada!  Zip!  No ideas.
   Turned to my small plastic tray of ATC bits where I had messed with background techniques at one time or another and cut the scraps into ATC size.   I had a piece that only had a few vague stripes of Golden Acrylic paint in Green-gold when I was testing out the color.  Nothing else -- and then WHAM!  BANG! Batman!  - Mr. Mojo came flying back in the room in his inspirational cape and tights!
     I put Cooper down, pulled out a Ranger Adirondack Dabber paint in Raspberry and just dabbed a few spots and blended it in with a makeup sponge.  Then I grabbed the WONDERFUL Byzantia paint in SERAPHYM Blue that I mentioned in my Sunday Stamper Challenge post two weeks ago here.  Just the merest, tiniest dab blended in wonderfully.
   Pulled out the Mini Hearts template from The Crafters Workshop, #TCW92S, and gessoed on a heart.  I overstamped the entire ATC with retired SU stamp, French Script.
   The Gesso heart in the middle as cool as it looked, just didn't inspire anything else, so I started flipping through my collage sheets from Paper Whimsy.  Found #192 which I had been meaning to use for quite awhile.  I put the template around her, and cut her to fit the gesso spot.  I did edge her with some Distress Ink in Tumbled Glass to blend in a bit.  On her sheet were some colorful dots of flowers, so I took out three small punches in 1/4", 1/2" and 3/4" -- all old SU punches -- and punched out and made a funky 3-D flower.  I topped it with a dab of Kiwi Viva Decor pearl  pen.  Stamped the PTI words that were one stamp, each separately, as you see.  Then took the pearl pens in Kiwi and Light Blue and alternated around the heart image.  Finally finished by edging the entire ATC with Distress Ink in Broken China.
   Well sometimes you have to go with the flow and sometimes you have to go your own way ... and this ATC came together quite nicely.  I hope you like it.
   Thanks so much for stopping by!
   Hugs and Peace to you!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Grungy Monday Challenge #35 - A Holtzian ATC

   Well, I can hardly remember when I last played a GM challenge but I can tell you I have really missed taking part.  Lots of  life stuff getting in the way, but at least I'm getting to play now!
   You still have time to slide in and take part at Linda Ledbetter's blog here!
   I love doing ATCs so it was fun to see her put this up as the challenge.  I'm afraid I'm having trouble getting a good photo - probably because I'm doing this late at night and the lighting is just not good enough right now in my room.  But here's my effort using my absolute favorite Tim Technique - Paint Dabber Resist.  You know who Tim is of course -- and you can find all kinds of fun things and news at his blog here.

   I used three different stamps of Tim's and an Ideology Trinket pin.  Also distressed the edges a bit with the distressing tool.  Sorry the photo is looking so dark - it was looking too light when I first uploaded into my PC.  If I can get a better one tomorrow in the sunlight, I will replace this photo with it.
  Wishing you all a great Artsy week!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

WOYWW 140 - Three Projects

   It's time for What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday - whoo hoo!  I've actually been a bit productive lately and have three projects lately.  I visited a Ustream class on Monday after work -- just cruising when I came home to see what might be recording and Voila!  I found Jo here:   She was making a canvas in a style I had been doing for several months with collage, paint, etc.  But I learned something fun about using Acrylic Glazing -- and so totally random -- I had happened to buy a bottle on Sunday at Michaels to experiment with.  So I was ready!
     The main project I really need to finish is the card on the left -- nothing matches there because when I'm just piecing die cut shapes to use on a card.  I just pick up random scrap pieces.  The cream and black card is a portion of the colors I really am going to use.  I belong to a great group of friends and we swap cards each month.  Our February theme is to make sympathy cards so I want this one to be especially nice when I'm done.   Last, in the middle I'm working randomly on a journal page and have found some great new stencils from a company called The Artist Cellar.  This is their own line picture - it's four stencils that look like stained glass windows from Cathedrals in France.  They have some more designs of various types out and I hope to  get a few more in the future.
   Thank y'all for stopping by!   

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Making a Journal Cover

   Part of the fun with art journals is you can have several going at once.  After all, it's a process of layers and letting media like gesso or paints dry.  So, you start one, put it aside and start another.  Then come back.  
   Sometimes I don't really finish a page for a couple of weeks and then other times I pull it all together in one session.  It's really given me a new found sense of freedom in my art.  Get stuck on one - move onto another.  Love it!
   I have a couple of journals that are smaller Moleskine and then a couple of these from Canson that are Mix media paper.  

   I first started out with the Canson journal and was just using "as is".  Then I got the bright idea with the second one to pull out the pages from the wire and then I can put them back in place when finished.  I usually like doing a two-page spread so that is why I didn't like having the uncovered gaps in the middle.  With pulling out my pages and temporarily binding them on the back with blue, painter's tape, I can work them as a whole, then remove the tape and put it back in the binding.
   I was experimenting with the Byzantia Jewel-tone paints a little on this single page.  (See yesterday's post for a great retailer.)  
Click to see it better!
   I was being timid so you may not notice it, but even the little bit of green I used here and there really shimmers when I pick it up and move it in the light.  So yummy that I bought the other eight colors on Friday and received them Monday in the mail.  Oooh - am I going to have delicious fun!
   I am planning to adhere this page onto the blue cover.  It was a lot of fun putting in some of my own doodled leaves, and flowers and experimenting with Tim Holtz' Ideology Alphabet masks and also some new stencils I bought from Mary Beth Shaw, Stencil Girl.  Check her site out too!  There are some really fun designs and I can't wait to get more!
   Thanks for coming by - leave a comment if you want. 
   Hugs to y'all!
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