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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 117

   Well, my latest side-track, artsy route had started taking me into Art Journaling and I've been watching videos galore - including the fabulous Kate Crane's recently released duo.  Then I went back to one I got a while ago done by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer and a more recently purchased download video from featuring the ultra sweet Journal Artista, Paula Phillips.
   Next this led to - dum-dum-da-dummmmm -- my friend Melisa introducing me to She Art!  You can read all about my adventure with that in my previous post that is titled "She Heard the Flowers Sing".   It will help explain the mess of canvases and boards you see on my desk that I've been working on the last few evenings after work.
   I'm so glad for something fun like WOYWW to meet wonderful cyberfriends who love arts and crafts as much as I do and I look forward to visiting some of the links to see what all of you have been up to!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

SHE Heard the Flowers Sing

   Simon Says Stamp and Show challenge is having a Stamp-Tember Blog hop and Anything Goes is the theme.  I'm excited to put in my entry as a Mixed media for this challenge.  
   I've been privileged to have a new wonderful crafty friend, Melisa Waldorf.  Just a few weeks ago, I visited at her house for some crafty time together and we worked on cards.  She has lots of lovely, crafty art she made that decorates her craft room.  A trio of wall hangings uniquely placed on the wall within open frames she told me were not completely finished yet, but she had learned to do from an online class called She Art by Christy Tomlinson.

   I joined as soon as I got home--and I am hooked!  By Friday, I had only made it through Week 1 of the class (there are 3) because I've watched the videos a couple of times just because they are so fun.  
   Melisa and I got together again at her house this past Saturday so I could work on my canvas.  I was nervous about adding the girl, but it turned out to be much easier than I expected.  Melisa worked on completing the flowers, butterflies and bird house she needed to add to her three canvases.
   I was so anxious to have a good start before we got together that I ran home at lunch on Friday to put gesso on my canvases.  I realized later that evening the packaging had said they were already prepared and ready for acrylic paints - LOL.  Oh well, better safe than sorry right?!
    I still needed to pack up my supplies in a rolling case and a basket to take with me to Melisa's house.  But I could not keep myself from messing with my canvases (I was taking two 6"x12" with me).  So I did one of Christy's prep suggestions of adding tissue paper and book paper as a background.  
   OK! SET!  I'm ready to let those dry.  On to the packing .... selecting paint colors...matching designer papers to take for inspiration.   Hmmm ... this Olive Green (Master's Touch Fine Art Studios acrylics) is pretty cool -- really looks more like a Kiwi green to me.
   OK - now I'm putting paints on:  pink, red, the olive green and next thing you know I have colorful canvas to dry.  
   Saturday morning - I'm packing a tote and a basket to take, but I'm playing Christy's video on the PC for background noise and I started watching.  Uh oh!  Here's a new acrylic stamp that looks like sheet music -- just gotta sneak a little detail onto the canvas--a la Christy!
   Yeah ... now I'm ready to head out the door.
   Drum roll now ... and here she is finished!
   I added my favorite Dyan Reaveley leaf stamp on the side and swished in some acrylic paints.  Stamped all around the edges and top with one of Wendy Vecchi's flower stamps from one of the Studio 490 sets.  I painted the flowers in with some Tattered Angels Glimmer Glam which gives them a lovely sheen.  
   Melisa loves lace and had the perfect little yellow-flowered lace I added as a collar to her dress.  I put rub-ons as accents on the dress -- you should how crazy Christy gets with them in her videos--they appear everywhere!  
   This has been a lot of fun--you almost don't want to stop, but I needed to have something to post, didn't I?
   Shhh - don't tell!  I already have backgrounds going on four other pieces of board and canvases.  I think I may need an intervention soon -- but not before I get done watching week 3 of the online workshop!
  Thanks for looking!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Simon Says Stamp and Show Some Bling!

   What girl doesn't love bling?  Especially a crafty girl like me.  
   I was at a dance competition last weekend and I guess the rhinestones on our costumes still have me ina sparkly mood, so I made this entry for Simon Says Stamp and Show Some Bling challenge.  
   I also used this card for a swap group I meet with monthly called SASSSC - Simple and Serious Stamp Swap Club.  We've just invited our 11th member to join--my newest crafting friend-- Melisa Waldorf who blogs here!  She's a talented lady who is on a couple of design teams and has guested on some others.  I've already learned a lot from her!
   I used the Spellbinders Parisian Motif die and Label 18.  The image is a retired set from Stampin' Up called "Serene Spring" and I colored it with Copic markers.  I pulled out an old EK Success corner/border punch I had to add additional accent to the designer papers I used.  And then -- I got crazy with my rhinestones!  
   Oooh - love that sparkle!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Sunday Stamper - Week 167 - White Lines

   I hate being behind on something I really, really want to do and I'm pretty sure I've missed the deadline for Week #167  of Hels Sheridan's Sunday Stamper challenge by 30+ minutes (as I'm writing), but I wanted to try anyway.
   For white lines I did a Gesso Resist technique and also put in some lines with white acrylic paint - a la Kate Crane--who's fabulous Art Journaling DVDs I have been just reveling in--watching or playing in the background as I do other things.  

   It's been a hard week to catch up on with being out of town through Sunday morning last week, and then spending most of the day at the animal shelter -- and I came home with a new family member (cat) - Billie Jean.  Today was our SASSSC monthly meeting, then had to pick up my eye glasses at Opticians... oh well, you get the picture.
   Lots of Ranger Sprays and Perfect Pearls mists, Tim's Imagine die, Dyan Reaveley's loverly stamps -- too yummy for words!
   Hugs to all!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 114

   Yeah!  It's Wednesday - work week almost half over!  I was busy last night working on a project and here's the resulting "mess" still needing cleaned up.
   EDIT - I posted this so early I wasn't quite awake and forgot to put the link to Julia's blog so you can join WOYWW too!  Sorry about that!
   I was working on a card for the Simon Says Stamp and Show a Tim Holtz technique (check out my previous post) and I was busy spreading inks, using stains and stamping!       
   By the way, if you haven't used any of the new Distress Stains - the Picket Fence and Black Soot are just awesome.  I love my colors and especially some of the new ones, but I really liked the black soot on the bookplate Art Part you can see below.  Really helped pull the Aged, shabby look together.

    Hope you have a fab Wednesday and get lots of stamping done!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Simon Says Stamp and Show a Tim Holtz Technique

I've been rubbing my hands with glee & getting inky since I saw the challenge theme for this week at Simon Says Stamp and Show blog.   What?!  A Tim Holtz technique?  Are you sure?  OH YEAH!  I am SO definitely on it!!  
   Remember, the ever-generous sponsor, Simon Says Stamp is offering a $50 gift voucher for a randomly drawn entry - so why not hop over and check it out?
   I love-Love-LOVE(!) the Dabber Resist technique and have been using it a lot on projects.  It is featured in Tim's book, A Compendium of Curiosities, on page 37.  (I  taught my swap group the technique back in June and they were all running to a store to get his book and supplies almost before we finished our meeting.)
  I made a card and I did some weird layering because of how I wanted to make the Art Parts bookplate stand out with the sentiment stamp from Tim Holtz's set Good Thoughts CMS085.  I'll give you deets a little further down on how I made the book plate look like such a cool, vintage sign.
   My resist stamping was with the Grunge Alphabet CMs008.  I used Distress Inks in Bundled Sage, Tattered Rose, Wild Honey (what's that? you're surprised I'd use that color?!), and Broken China.
   I used the Generations Ladies from Photo Studio CMS013 stamped with Ranger's Archival Sepia ink.  (I had a bit of a giggle because Grandma came out with a green face and with her hair and the gray at side of her hair, she reminded me of Grandpa from the old TV show The Munsters.  Am I terrible or what? LOL)
   Paper layers were from the Lost and Found stack.  The zig-zag stamp from Spring Sprung CMS084 was stamped with Archival Jet Black ink.
   OK - the moment you've been waiting for and, for me, the best part because I got to mess about with LOVELY distress stains and some in the new colors!  
   The bookplate Art Part was first covered with some of the Picket Fence white, then I put Vintage Photo, another layer of Picket Fence but in a sketchy "here & there" kind of way, the moved onto some Walnut Stain.  
   Got the brilliant idea of an old background stamp in my stash with wonderful "scratchy" marks and put the Black Soot Distress Stain on it and stamped.  
   OH MY!  I immediately fell in love with Black Soot as a stain--I really wasn't sure what I was going to do with it when it first came.  AND it's  perfect to cover the edges--I put  a pool on the mat also and dipped into it and a little bit seeped to the front edges and gave it a great worn and weathered look.  
   I stamped the sentiment from Good Thought CMS085 onto a scrap of manila tag and weathered it with Picket Fence and Old Paper stains.  Used an old, cheap pair of deckle scissors to cut out.  Edged with blending tool and Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  
   Added some Grunge Paper leaves stamped and covered with Peeled Paint stains from a past project, added some ecru crocheted lace colored with Distress Stains in colors to match the inks I used.  Glued down some vintage brads.  (I had a particular reason for "those' brads.  The white-ish one for Grandma with her "going white" hair, the ornate one for Mama in her prime and the little one for Little Miss.)  Lastly I put an Ideology Muse Token and smashed on my brads on the sign with my "Tim hammer".
   Do you like?  I hope so!  I had so much fun with this project.
   I'll be off to a dance competition event this weekend so I'll miss my craft room time until Sunday.
   Hugs to all!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Making Art Challenge #21 - Royal Wendy

   Hi there!  This is for any of you who are fans of Wendy Vecchi's style and her Studio490 Art stamps.  The Everything Wendy Vecchi yahoo group has weekly challenges called Making Art Challenges and we're up to #21 this week.
You can join the group by going to Yahoo here.
   This tag used the technique that Lori set out for us, and I used all Wendy's stamps on this.  I added a little bit of tissue tape I had left over from another project you can check out.  It had been covered with distress stains and Perfect Pearls pounced onto it and it made for a nice colorful and shiny piece of embellishment.  I die cut the flowers from designer paper using Tim Holtz's Alterations Die: Tattered Floral.  Added one of his Ideology Accoutrements: Fanciful Buttons into the center.  The crown is from Ideology and was colored with Ranger's Adirondack Gold Dabber paint.  I used an Ideology fragment piece to cover the word "Royalty".
Thanks for stopping by - do leave a comment, won't you?
Hugs to all!

Sunday Stamper - Week 166 - Wish You Were Here

   I so enjoy starting the week off by doing one of Hels Sheridan's Sunday Stamper challenges.  And this week is no exception.
   The deets are here and the main theme centers around the word WISH. 
   I have not been doing a lot of cards lately except for a monthly swap group I'm in to trade cards with friends. 
   This one features a stamp that I got in June when I visited the Stampers Anonymous booth at the GAC Scrapbook convention in Arlington, TX.  "Hi, Ted!"  (AND! THE Wendy Vecchi was there demonstrating and made me a tag with Art Parts on it--I really should post that on my blog sometime soon!).
   Anyhoo ... I got a bit distracted and the main point is that this fabulous angel stamp is one of the older (but classic) stamps from Stamper's Anonymous known as Angel Collage P4-691.  I did my absolute favorite technique from Tim's book - Paint Dabber Resist and used CMS023 Weathered Textiles to create a background.  I brayered with Broken China Distress Ink over that.  
   I stamped my angel on acetate and layered it over the background I made.  I cut out the image and a mat with Grand Nestabilities-Label #5 from Spellbinders.  The WISH stamp is one designed by Dee Gruenig from Sunday International.  
   I used Adirondack Paint in gold to color up my Ideology lock and key.  The designer paper is from K & Company's Que Sera Sera pack and basic black cardstock is Stampin' Up!
   OK - so "I wish" I could stay home all week and play in my craft room!  LOL.  How about you?  Anyone making similar wishes?
   Hugs to everyone!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Simon Says Stamp and Show a Tag!

   I LOVE making Tags and was excited that is what Simon Says Stamp and Show challenge was calling for!  
   But EEEK! Where has the week gone?  I usually get on the stick and get things done by Wednesday for the challenges, but here it is already late Saturday afternoon and I'm squeaking in.
      All but one thing here is from Ranger or Tim Holtz product line -- Ideology, Stamp sets and Grunge paper and Alterations Dies.  AND you can buy every bit of it from Simon here!
   Kraft glassine paper was die cut with Donna Salazar's Rose Creations die, stamped with Adirondack Pigment ink and lots of yummy spritzing from Perfect Pearls Mists.  I cut the leafy bit from Regal Crest Alterations die and used Gold Adirondack Paint Dabbers to color.
   The technique I used on the tag was Tim's Paint Dabber Resist which is from his book A Compendium of Curiosities.  I sponged a lot of different Ranger Distress inks in some of my favorite colors like Wild Honey, Worn Lipstick, Peeled Paint, Broken China, Spiced Marmalade and Dusty Concord.  And my favorite for stamping backgrounds is the Pumice Stone color.  The set used was Papillon CMS#106.
   Finishing touches were to use Black Soot to edge the tag, an Ideology Plaquette and Fanciful Button on top of the flower.
   Hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend and thank you for stopping by!
   Love to read your comments and thank you to those who come by regularly!  MUCHO Stamping Hugs to y'all.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Sunday Stamper - Week 165 - Waterloo Sunset

   Oops - here it is mid-week already and I'm just getting my entry done for the Sunday Stamper Challenge at Hels' Blog here.  
   I've had a good (or lousy - depending on how you look at it) excuse-- have been sick with some stomach bug the last couple of days.    BUT enough whining!  
   I thank you for coming by to look at my tag.  I'm having trouble getting good pictures lately so this really does look a lot better in person - because it has all that Ranger "lushness" that their products add to it.   
   The flower is from Tim Holtz's Tattered Florals die and was actually cut from printer paper that had been spritzed with Color Wash sprays and Perfect Pearls mists.  The stamp is an oldie from my stash that was made by Stamp Oasis -- ashamed to say I used for first time since buying it about five years ago.  I've been making more of an effort lately to use some of those long-owned, little-used stamps.  I stamped with Coffee Archival Ink and colored in with various markers, including the Ranger Adirondack markers I have.  (Love Espresso on the trunk).  The journal tag from Tim's Ideology line was sponged with Aged Mahogany, Fired Brick, Vintage photo and then spritzed with Sunset Orange Color wash.  The main tag was also stamped on the edge with the flourish stamp from Tim's set Spring Spring CMS084 in the new Ranger Archival ink color, Vermilion.  
   My brads are from SU! and are their In Color glimmer brads but I purchased them last year so they may be retired by now.  
   I really appreciate your stopping by!
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