Tuesday, April 15, 2014


After viewing Jennifer McGuire's video using stencils and glitter, I decided to pull out my much unloved glitter drawer and some other supplies and give it a try.  I thought the techniques would be perfect for some Easter cards for the family.
On this particular card, I actually used a Studio 490 stencil and embossing paste with the glitter....

Ok, on these I used double sided tape sheets, and followed Jennifer's instructions for using stencils with the glitter...I was able to get two for one on these, lol...yeah, free handed the egg, so it's not perfect..and, you can see where the stencil raised up a little on the right card, so the stencil area wasn't well defined.

Love how the stenciled area is well defined on this one.

Haven't done anything yet with this last example, but I had some tape leftover, and while the glitter was out...well, you know.
And yes, it was several weeks ago that I made these, but I'm still seeing glitter pieces around, no matter how careful I was during the process.  I ended up spraying the pieces with a really light coat of Krylon just to make sure more didn't fall off.
I liked using the embossing paste with glitter, but since you can't smoosh the glitter into the paste, you just have to let it dry, and some does fall off after drying, so it's a lighter result than using the tape. But, I like the process..it's a little faster and easier, other than the drying time.
So there you have it! I hope you have a wonderful Easter!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

I'm Canvas-ing....

Here are two 8 x 10 canvases I made a couple of months ago...

You know how I love flowers...lots of Studio 490 products used on these, some Blossom Bucket pieces, distress paints, inks, etc. Any questions...please ask!
Thanks for looking!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Journal Inside Cover

This will be the inside cover of the book I made for the swap pages mentioned in the previous post. I totally cased Wendy's tutorial idea, you can check it out HERE.  It's simpler than hers, but I like it.
Remember, the theme is blue flowers:

Thanks for looking!

Friday, January 24, 2014

Art Journal Page Swap

Some friends and I decided to do an Art Journal Page Swap a long time ago. lol. We specified a theme if we wanted one, the size page we wanted, and let it rip. After we received each other's pages, we bound the pages in a book...however we wished to. 
My theme: Blue Flowers
Here's the cover I made out of substrate, joined with Tyvek material (ok, an old mailing envelope), and an Idea-ology binder.  The front piece I made a LONG time ago, back when Maya Road chipboard was in heavy use around the studio. It was languishing in a box forever, but I remembered it had a blue flower...so...there you go.

The pages I created for my friends:

Next couple are a little freaky..but if you know me, well....

Back to somewhat normal:

And the pages sent to me, in the book! Wow!

Cool, huh?
Thanks for looking!

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Tim's Tag for January

I've been trying to decide whether to keep the blog or not..yeah, for the past couple of years now. lol.  I think I'm going to try and go with pictures and very brief descriptions, without going into the how or why. So, I'm going to try the simple approach, and if I find I'm still not posting as much, away it will go. And I'll probably go to just posting pictures on Facebook. That being said, here's my version of Tim's tag for January...

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Anger Management and Stupidity...

Bet you're wondering what the title has to do with art, right? LOL  I just wonder how many hits that title will get in Google. 
Over at the EWV Yahoo! Group, the August challenge is DIE CUTS. In other words, use a die cut and at least one Studio 490 stamp.
I had to pull double duty with this tag, as it was Dewbird's birthday "tag".  He loves the sentiment, said he wants it as a bumper sticker for the rig...lol.. imagine that.

 Umm, didn't take a pic of just the background, but I'll tell you what I did to start the tag...it's a jumbo tag, btw.  Stamped with stamps from Mechanical Art stamp set in Watering Can Gray archival. Dry. Inked all over with Stormy Sky distress ink. Spread with clear embossing powder, then flick off a generous portion. Heat to emboss. It leaves a nice bumpy texture.  Inked over all of that with Brushed Corduroy distress ink. Nice vintage looking background. Then, I took some of the NEW translucent embossing paste from Studio 490, mixed it with Blue Smoke Perfect Pearls, and spread it over a harlequin stencil. You can kind of see the diamonds here and there. Very cool metallic, transparent look.
After that, it was a matter of cutting out some gears, used Ver Day paint on those...the arrow and numbers are Sizzix thinlits. I covered them with gold paint dabber, aged with Coffee archival ink. The arrow I covered with Crackle Accents. 
The stamp from the Mechanical Art set made a perfect frame for the sentiment.
Some lock washers, gears, and other stuff...lol..viola! done!
I did shade around the dimensional pieces with a Stabilo pencil..I've been doing that with most of the pieces lately. Really makes them stand out.
There you have it...another challenge completed...whoop! Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, August 3, 2013

I'm Sarcastic, What's Your Superpower?

LOL, sorry to say, I didn't come up with that...it's a stamp from Riley and Company, the Funny Bones line. Love them!
Recently, I was in a tag swap, and here are the tags I made using the Funny Bones stamps, along with a plethora of cool crafting supplies, including an old catalog (courtesy of my friend Sarah)...

And my personal favorite, well, ok, it's between the one above and this next one...

The one below wasn't for a swap, but since it follows the theme, thought I would show you...

The background looked like this prior to add everything...
 The flowers are Studio 490 silver embossing paste through a stencil.  You can't really see it here, but the paste really picked up the background color in some spots.
Are these not hysterical?? I laugh every time I read them. The backgrounds started with various colors of distress paint, then stencils, more paint, markers, and the silver circles on the guy tags are Studio 490 silver embossing paste, which I then doodled on with white and black marker.  I think these stamps would make a great little mini book....note to self.  Too funny!
Thanks for stopping by...any questions, please ask!