Thursday, December 18, 2014

Cards for Christmas!!!

Before I forget...Merry Christmas to all!
I hope everyone is ready for it!  I'm fairly proud of myself, everything is pretty much done..just a few little things to get. I even managed to get Christmas cards out!  I don't want to gloat too much, however, because I'm sure there is something major I'm forgetting and I'll be in panic mode at some point.  At any rate, the card thing brings me to the post for today.  I loved Tim's tag for December, so I recreated it, only I made it a simple card for mailing.  Here we go...
 Obviously, I improvised with items already on hand.  And yes, the WISHES could have been a little more to the right....
Instead of frosted, I used Clearly for Art with frosted film on it.  The sewing machine took it pretty well, although that needle is headed for the garbage.  Oh wait a minute, I could probably put that needle on a canvas or something. Check.
Ok, here's one that kind of combined Tim's tag for December and the post he did a couple of days later about the snowflake card...
 Oh yeah, gotta love pictures taken at night.  lol.  I'm glad I added the bling on the bottom.  I'm hoping they travel through the mail ok.  I'm sure I'll be the first to know. lol
The next one is my fave, I think..what was supposed to be a half hour card, turned into a 2 day process.  I tried to keep it flat for mailing, but it's a big one, basically an 8 1/2 x 11 piece of cardstock folded in half.
 I love Wendy's brick stencil...I use it a LOT.  Here's the inside of the door, don't mind the end of my thumb...
That Christmas tree stamp is an old Stampin' Up stamp, from the O Tannebaum set..I really like it.
So, there you have it!
I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season!!
Thanks for stopping!
 

Friday, November 28, 2014

Tim's Tag for November

Ack!! Just getting this done before November is OVER!!! 

At any rate, I have to admit, I struggled with this one, and don't feel that it's my best work, but, it is what it is.  Since I obviously didn't have the leaf die and embossing folder, I went with Umbrella Man...here we go.....

I used a gears embossing folder to emboss with.  I did find that you need to use bright colors, in order for the die cut area to show up.  The oval has a partial remnant rub on it, and looks like old enamel.  I love using black chipboard for that. 
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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Journal Pages

So, I have, like, a gazillion art journals started.  When I first started, I bought a basic journal at a local store, only to find out that the paper stinks.  I use it as an "experimental" journal, because I can't stand to see anything go to waste.  I decided to do a layout "Finn" style... here's the spread with everything glued and covered in gesso...

 No, I have no idea how the blue spot got in the photo.  It's really just white, not blue. LOL


 And, here's the finished pages...
 

Trust me when I say, it looks better in real life...taking photos at night is not my speciality, but it's the only time it gets done.
Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

INSPIRE!!

I saw Wendy's graniteware technique, loved it, and wanted to try it.  You can check out the post about her technique HERE.  
My twist on it was, instead of using snow white ink and a stamp, I sprinkled some white UTEE on everything while the embossing powder was still hot.  It didn't give the splotchy effect like the stamping would have, but it turned out ok, I thought.


I used Clearly for Art Blackout as the base for the flowers and leaves.  I don't have Wendy's new embossing powders, but, I used what I had.  I love turquoise, so, yep, turquoise for the flower it is.  The yellow/orange flowers are Ocher, and the leaves are Lettuce...I think.  I used more of the turquoise powder for the frame, and to make it look grungy, added some black paint around the edges.  The flourish stamps on the background are Wendy's, of course.  Love those.  The "INSPIRE" was a metal word I've had for ages, covered with black embossing powder.  That's pretty much the story on this piece! 
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Thursday, September 25, 2014

August Tag Swap!!

I was recently in a tag swap with a group of friends, and thought I would show you what I made for the swap.  These are #8 tags, no theme was chosen, so artist's choice!  I decided to Finnabair-ish....I just love her style!!!  Speaking of...I was fortunate enough to be able to attend a couple of classes with Finn back in July, I'll post those pics at a later date...loved every minute of it!!
Anyways...here are the tags I made, there's a whole lotta layers on these tags!! 





 I started with a basic manila #8 tag...added torn strips of paper, canvas, fabric, lace, then covered everything with gesso.  Added stamping, more paper, bits of lace, thread, then sprayed with various inks, splattered some paint, and Viola! Oh, and let's not forget the awesome metal embellishments..Idea-ology, Prima Mechanicals, Maya Road, and some various filigree pieces I had in the stash.  It really looked like a hot mess in the beginning, but they came together rather well, I thought.  The photos are from Tim's Lost and Found stack, yep, I still have some of that left. 
Here are the tags I received in the swap... pretty cool, huh?  Loved them!!
 I keep meaning to make a "photo background" for my art, but it seems that the old flour sack is going to be a permanent background. lol.  I think of it, oh, about now, when I actually post something. 
Thanks for stopping by!!! I appreciate it!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Long Time No Bloggy

Errr....well, let's do some catch up on some things that I created, but never posted.  
Here's some "shortie" tags that I made to put in my Studio 490 tag book....
 

Wait a sec, that one wasn't for the tag book...huh...must have been a random piece..at any rate..here's a tag I just felt like making one day...

Most of the products I used are Studio 490, or inks by Ranger...a few dies from Sizzix.  That orange flower is cardstock covered with embossing paste and colored with distress inks.  Can't see the texture from the paste in the pic, but it's almost velvety in person. Can you tell I like my flowers blue?? lol
Thanks for stopping by...hope you have a great weekend!

Monday, June 23, 2014

12 Tags of 2014 - JUNE!!!

The technique for June - monoprinting with a stencil.  The details for Tim's tag can be found HERE.
As it turns out, I needed to make a birthday card, which actually came to mind after I had started this project...:). 
I went with the rays stencil, then after the monoprinting with blues, I used the stencil as a mask to color the yellow areas.  The stamp set is Tim's Rock Star set, and I was able to curve the row of stars stamp at the top. I used some black diamond glitter, some glitz glitter, and the heart is colored with watercolor pencils and covered with glossy accents.
Here you go:





Excuse the somewhat blurry pic...
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