Thursday, December 23, 2010
Monday, December 20, 2010
This one you may recognize from a color challange at the Play Date Cafe. Impression Obsession has the stamp, and the berries are touched with Fired Brick Distress Stickles.
And this is from the Compendium Challenge for the Double Distress Technique. Gotta love those House Mouse's!!
And this Penny Black Dove is an adaption from a tag that was also part of the Compendium Challenge over at Studio L3.
I love these stamps from the "12 Days of Christmas". There are 2 cubes with the 12 days, and then this larger one on the Partridge. I used it a few years ago, and re-vamped it for this year. You can't see it, but the partridge and pears are colored with the pearlescent watercolors.
And finally, I can't take credit for this design. My husband bought me a subscription to Cardmaker Magazine. This was in the first issue I received, and I loved its clean, elegant look. The stamps are from Inkadinkadoo. And the cool ruffled ribbon is from Really Reasonable Ribbon. Thanks Julie for introducing me to them!
I hope everyone has a Very Merry Christmas, and a Truely Happy, Crafty New Year!
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Thursday, November 18, 2010
So, armed with a "borrowed" air can from our tech department at work, I headed up to my space, planning on getting this one done and then working on some holiday cards. It was actually quite warm up there, so being snuggie-free, I was planning on getting quite a lot done in my 2 hour window of time. (and I had peeked at some of the early postings...no one seemed to indicate "issues" with this one...)
So, with my sparse supply of glossy paper cut and ready, and my fave inks spread out all around me, I read the directions, twice (see, I have learned something!) and splattering forward, I go! Now, I don't know if my inks were "fermenting", (and I do keep caps on, and it was so windy, my room had wicked drafts) or the canned air was oozing some sort of gas other than air, but after 40 minutes of being so totally out of control of- anything--I was giggling like a fool, and had abolutely no pieces that looked even half good. And I still have no idea what step #5 is supposed to do...I had blobs of metal. So, on my last piece, I stick with just blues, (was still getting little splurts, no large spatters) but in step #5 I POUR on the solution...now, with my paper flooded, I did get a more consistant coverage, so here were are...
So while definately fun and I'm glad I did it, I have to admit, I like a little more- um, consistancy- or mental preview- on my results. (maybe this stems from my restricted craft time, and need to get things done...not sure) so I'm not sure if this will be in my "go to" toolbox of techniques.
Well, here it is Wednesday night, the wind is howling, but it's actually on the warm side; no snuggie or space heater needed in my craft room! So, I figured a quick attack on the Compendium of Curiosites challenge, and then on to some Christmas cards...
This shot was taken after I've been working on this an hour...I'm now laughing uncontrollably, and there is no hope for getting any holiday stamping done tonight! My finished challenge piece will be my next post; you can hear all the issues there! LOL!
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Sunday, October 31, 2010
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
I use Eclipse tacky sheets for my masks, So from the main image, I then cut out the eyes and lips, so with the external outline as well, it was like using 3 masks. While the masks are pretty thin, it was really hard to stamp an image in the eyes and lips. I tried the stampscapes universe field, clouds...nothing worked. Then I used Tim's small definitions stamp, left un-mounted to a block, so I could press my finger into the small openings. It worked! Of course you can't see it in the picture. I had orginally meant to emboss the Dream saying, but used the wrong ink. As it wasn't showing very clearly, I went over the letters with a dark blue Glaze Pen...again, you can't see it it, but they stand up a bit now, and are a bit glossy. Gotta use those pens more!!
And, finally, while grabbing my camera; I passed these two sleeping beauties, so I grabbed a shot. My big orange boys, Ponder and Scratchy...thinking if they sleep in a box, they will be hidden from the fox (Dakota) LOL!
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Speaking of shiney; I thought the chain was a bit bright as well, so went in with some latte, ginger and espresso alcohol inks on those, but you can't really tell. Those are also the same colors I used on the fragments, with the addition of glossy accents to the felts...of course!
Oh, and another weird realization..this is my second stamping challenge piece that didn't involve one stamp! The images are from my fave Graphic 45 paper! So, while my blog-hopping has been seriously curtailed by work pretty much cutting all non-work related computer activity out, and dial-up being way too slow for enjoyable viewing, I will try to get to Linda's to see what fabulous charms everyone else has come up with! Have a great creative week everyone!
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
I just can't go a week without making something for Linda's Compendium Challenge...I might loose my momentum, and then who know what would happen! So, while playing around a bit working out some Christmas ideas, I came out with this...
Originally the dove/earth was all in blue ink, but looked like it needed help, so this was an experiment with black embossing on the dove, and silver embossing on the earth...and Distress Embossing Ink dries just a little too quick to change powder colors...had a few issues. But I thought it was ok. Then, I just couldn't leave well enough alone, wanted to make the silver stand out more..and added green on the continents...I think that sort a killed it...
So, what does everyone think? Could this adapt to a card? And it seems the tags work best with this technique, and my white paper isn't working with this at all...anyone having luck with white cardstock? And what brand is it? I love this technique, and would so love to have it work on cards!
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Thursday, September 16, 2010
I hope everyone has a great weekend. I'm gonna start looking at what everyone else has made.
Friday, September 10, 2010
Oh, this has nothing to do with Halloween, but I have just seen "The Soloist", and this is my tribute to Beethoven. Wow, looks really dark; I hope it's my new monitor at work...I'll try to load another image tomorrow...
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
So...with all my bottles lined up..the possibilites!! Settled on flowers..I had cut some at my old stamp store on the Cape, and thought the outlines would mirror Tim's technique sort of. After inking, I covered the flowers with Mustard Seed, Dried Marigold,touch of Fired Brick, Milled Lavender, touch of Dusty Concord, Faded Denim, Shabby Shutters and Peeled Paint. (Almost all but the browns and metals! LOL!) I found I liked dabbing more than spreading; more texture was left that way. The saying is from Rubbernecker Stamps.
Got everything all glued down; and Dumb...Stupid...Me...couldn't leave well enough alone...thought leaves and a vine would be nice... Part of my brain was shouting "Stop! Less is More"..and yet my poor, uncoordinated hand had to grap the peeled paint bottle and start squirting! LOL! Ah well, "it is what it is", as the saying goes! So, the picture isn't great, but you can sort of see the glitterl
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Saturday, August 7, 2010
Almost didn't think I was going to make it this week! But I refuse to go down this early! Besides, the weather is absolutely beautiful today, and I didn't feel like I'd be dying of humidity (can people die of humidity? I really think I almost did!)
Now, before I get into my piece..I wish to thank Linda again for hosting this challenge, and for everyone who has participated with such stunning pieces of art. And it is because of all of you..that, despite feeling I'd never need one..I have aquired a Sizzix Big Shot! Ok, some of Tim's dies and textures helped a bit; but it was everyone's work showing what they did with the dies that pushed me over the edge. Now, I only have 2 dies..one's budget can only go so far; but its a start!
Now, on to the Challenge; The Compendium of Curiosities page #39. Remember, we're not allowe to give the techniques away; you need to get your own copy! I had these flowers already cut when I had used a stores machine, and thought what a great time to use them. I used Mustard Seed, Tumbled Glass and Victorian Velvet DI's, along with Vintage Photo DI on the edges. The ATC was Mustartd Seed and Vintage Photo. THe vine was stamped with Peeled Paint, and I'm embarassed to say, I have no idea who made it. The saying is from Stampscapes. And I added just a bit of bling to the flower centers.
For some reason...I just love this ATC! I hope you all do as well!
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Now, while thumbing through the Compendium when it first arrived, I new immediately that Ophelia from Stampsmith would be my subject! Thank god there's a fragment that fits her! I can't believe I don't have Espresso ink, but Latte, Ginger and and Slate did the trick. The tag background is Crushed Olive, Bundled Sage, Rusty Hinge and Vintage Photo DI's, with Mustard Seed Distress Embossing Powder on the corner flourishes. (see..a technique from two weeks ago!) I really love this effect...so to all my card recipients...expect to see some fragments in the future!
Saturday, July 24, 2010
OK, home now; chores done.. in my stamp room...reading the technique...thinking...thinking...I have come to the conclusion my muse has run away...a logical assumption after a week long seminar doing financial analysis on loans, where creative thinking was banned...
Now..the best block-busting technique: dump the embellishment drawer out..Eureka! I found two cardboard hearts! Now we're getting somewhere! Now I have to clean up my desk! Oh, found a key while I was at it... and wow, this one was a lot of work!
The details as I remember:
Aged Paper, Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, Aged Mahogany DI's on the hearts. The same plus Tea Dye on the background. Since I still haven't found an opaque white that works, I used a technique not yet challenged to get the text to pop.
I think I'll need to give this one another go, once I'm more at peace with my creative self...and maybe a lot less hot and humid!
Oh, and with advice from Marnie, I think I loaded this image at a more friendly web resolution. Please let me know if anyone notices anything better/worse, etc. Thanks!
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
I liked it so much, I then did my husband's birthday card this way... Yeah! A new technique to add to the creative tool box!
Oh, and on a side note; it has become apparent that I now Hate those silly bags that have the self-adhesive on the flap...really!! What ever happened to good old zipper bags?? They didn't stick, tear, get mangled, and leave 3 sets of stamps precariously loose from their covers! Hurumph!