Wow..I feel like I haven't been around in a while! And just when I finally get some crafting done, and pictures taken..Bam! Hurricane Irene whollops us, takes out our power, and leaves me in the dark! Since I had time on my hands, but it was too dark to work at the desk area, other than tidy up, but the light from the windows was fine, I thought it was time to dig around the Christmas Stamp box, and start getting some ideas for cards. So, here it is...spread out on the floor, and don't even ask what it was like for me to get up after about 30 minutes! LOL! Now, I don't know why its so tiny...I probably did something weird when trying to get all the pictures off the camera, in case we lost the power again. So, now, go stop by Julia's Stamping Ground to see all the fun spaces on Wednesday, and then, come back around again, as through-out the day I try to get my Grungy Monday and Absolutely Everything projects loaded up too. Have a great rest of the week everyone!
Friday, August 19, 2011
Wow-almost missed another week of Linda's Studio L3 Grungy Monday Challenge! Drat that work! But, with a huge thunderstorm raging, and the humidity a good reason not to clean my floors...(the whole reason I took the afternoon off! LOL) I snuck up to my craft room, and WHAM! My poor neglected muse tackled me, threw a new stamp in my face, stickle bottles were rolling everywhere..and Ta Daaa! a new ATC for my Grungy Monday 7 Gypsies ATC Tray!
So, what was the challege this week? To play with Tim Holtz's Distress Stickles of course! I started with my new pear stamp from Impression Obsession. I colored it with Prismacolor pencils, and then used Mustard Seed Distress Stickles on the yellow pear, Shabby Shutter DS's on the two green pears, and little blops of Vintage Photo DS on the pits. Everything was going wonderfully--not smudging the stickles, until I decided to run some black soot DI just on the edges, then went to try to dry the stickles a bit further before gluing down, and sure enough smudged the black ink. ah well! I then layered it over Core'dinatons Vintage Dk. Green, which I sanded on the edges-I am so loving that paper! Now, I have a close up of the stickles as well as one of the tray so far, but my dial-up isnt loading anything, so my patience may make you wait for the tray one next time. So, go check out Linda's and her design team's wonderful work, and get busy--time is running out!
Friday, August 12, 2011
Whew! I made it! Quite the week at work; which manages to steal from my precious craft time..but I'm here, with a suprisingly ok example of the technique Linda has assigned for the Studio L3 Grungy Monday Challenge. This week, we visit Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of Christmas, 2010, Day 10. This is the one that grabbed my attention, but I never went back to check it out after the holiday rush. So I was quite excited..had great plans, and then reality said I only had 45 mintues to work and photograph, and still get other things done. Hence, the "suprisingly ok" comment.
I would have like a better dabber resist texture around the background, which I had cut out of a manila file folder, not quite so heavy, but it was a learning curve. I love using the recycled plastic packaging stuff..I've been saving it ever since I saw this tag. (Trivia: I read somewhere that 18% of emergency room visits are for stitches from opening this type of bubble packaging--really!)
I used the shattered glass texture fade, and the "B" and the heart are from Tim's Grungeboard sets. I used watermelon dabber on the heart, and espresso on the b, then stamped the rest of the letters also in espresso. I also edged the heart with a bit of the espresso. The background was spun sugar--which shifted by being over the manila tag; with the snowcap dabber I thought I had just skimmed around the edges. Now, go visit Tim's link, check out the technique, and go get busy--there is still time! Have a great week everyone!
Thursday, August 11, 2011
LOOKIT MY STUFF!!!! (insert sigh of contentment here) Last weekend my friend Julie and I took a road trip to Topsfield, MA for our first visit to Absolutely Everything, and take some Tim Holtz inspired classes! IT WAS FANTASTIC! As our local stamp stores all closed a few years ago, we've been stuck with the Box Stores and online ordering, but with online ordering, you sorta have to know what you want--and never really see anything new! So...to say we were kids in a candy store is an understatement. We had even primed ourselves on the way out with a stop at Ink About It, which is another fabulous shop. Oh yes...we definately did our part to help the local stamp store economy! LOL! So, now I need time to play with it! I can't wait to try those new Memory Box dies!! How fantastic do they look?!! And all the cool 7 Gypsies trinkets?? And in the class we got a bottle of the Picket Fence Mixative. I then had to pick up the new picket fence ink pad, reinker, and distress stain! LOL! Oh..and the paper packs!! There are 5 of them!!! I've tried twice now to put stuff away...but I keep laying it all out again! As I might be basking in the shopping glow for a few more days...there may be a similar photo next week! LOL! Now, to see some desks hard at work, and actual projects made by the stuff mine is just holding, go jump over to Julia's Stamping Ground, and then visit around the world with Whats On Your Workdesk? Wednesday!
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Wow...made it! So excited! This weekend I'm taking a road trip with my friend Julie to stay at my sisters, and then travel to Topsfield MA, to visit the Absolutely Everything Store!! They are having special "Tim" style classes--and since our LSS closed, it's been like, 2 years since I was able to hang out at a stamp store and take classes, and just meet other equally crafty people!! And they are having an evening gathering for the "All Things Tim" yahoo group people who can make it. So besides being fairly tidy as I was gathering our "class kit" together, there are some ATC's to trade. Not as many as I would have liked, but all I could fit in.
And too funny...it looks like my Arizona Tea bottle is floating! I must be stacked on some ink pads...Well, gotta run, all sorts a weird happenings at work. I'll stop by, and in the meantime, you all need to visit Julia's Stamping Ground and see what the WOYWW is all about!