Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Grungy Monday's Wearable Art Lesson!

Was I excited that Linda was actually extending this another week, so hear I am with GM#37.  I could not for the life of me decide what I wanted to do with "Tim" and wearable art.  I looked at shirts and the pocket watchy thing and then looked around some more to the point where I just thought, "forget it."  Then when you are ready to throw in the towel and before even beginning, Linda extends the challenge and if I did not see the most amazing piece of wearable art from Sarah of La-De-Dah and if you have not seen her altered shoe, go have a look - REALLY.  I then remembered an old leather purse that I had planned on doing something with along the line as it was one of my favorites, but too shabby to use any longer.  Well here goes and this was as my blog states, "A Work In Progress."
Used a couple of Distress Inks and applied inks with a makeup applicator and then randomly ran the ink pads over the purse.  After all this old bad (the purse) is distressed.  After that was done, I rubbed in some old fashioned Vaseline and then kind of buffed.  Right there I really liked the look, but thought I needed to do more.  Pulled out some Perfect Pearls and applied several colors working them into the leather and then buffed a little more.  The purse now has such a lovely iridescent look, but subtle!  Picked out a few of Tim's stamps and then added a little I Rock bling.  Well now the old bag can carry her old bag in style! 

Thank you so much for visiting me and taking the time to comment.  You are truly appreciated.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Make It For A Child at FSC!

It is all about children at Fashionable Stamping Challenges, so pull out your stamps and come and let the inner child in you get all inky on paper, wood, candles or whatever your little childlike heart desires.  My lovely FSC DT Sisters have more incredible inspiration for you, so skip, run or jump rope over for a peak-a-boo.  We can't wait to see your creations!  For my project, I decided to go with an Easter theme.   Please excuse my lack of photo skills, all the shine from the background and shrunk objects were a challenge!  My little bunny almost has a ghosting/shadow look from the camera :-(
For my background, I squirted out several acrylics paints colors on my craft sheet and used a paint brush to spread and mix the colors.  I then took a sheet of vanilla card stock and placed this over the painted craft sheet and used a brayer on the back of the card stock to spread the paint.  Any uncovered areas, I just picked up some paint with the brayer and applied to the paper.  Tim's embossing folder was inked with Broken China and run through the Big Shot.  Craft White ink was applied to the raised areas and then this was clear embossed.  
The Painted Background
The little eggs and bunny in the basket were cut with a Spellbinders die on shrink plastic.  I bunny from Stampin Up was stamped with Timber Brown Stazon and colored on the reverse side with permanent markers and shaded around the edges.  We place him in the centered of a painted and masked egg.  The little eggs were masked and then colored with markers.  All pieces were attached to white gloss card stock.  The little birdies on the wire were cut using a Martha Stewart punch. 
The Supplies
Just a little reminder to stop by my blog on March 5th for my TWO YEAR BLOGAVERSARY.   There will be a really nice prize for one of my followers.  I am always so thankful for all of you who take the time to visit and comment and support me through this amazing crafting adventure!  

Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

More Hearts and Cupids Oh My!

Honestly I was so done with Valentine's Day and all that XOXO stuff and then "BAM," again I was struck by Cupid's little arrow.  Now the path it struck was via Linda's Grungy Monday "Who Loves Ya, Baby"and Tim's new "12 Tags of 2012"  I was so excited that Tim is taking us in a "new direction" and this is now a monthly adventure!  How brilliant is that guy???   Anyway, I pulled out all my stuff again this AM and here is what I came up with.  Not one tag, but two tags.  Inspiration Emporium has a challenge and wants us to "Put A Heart On It," so that is a given that we are linking up to their challenge along with Simon Says Stamp and Show, "Anything Goes."
Pretty much followed Tim's direction and just changed up a few things for what I had on hand!  Can you believe I still don't have the little Cupid Die??  However, this time one was a grungy little Cupid and the other was stamped from Tim's new V-Day set.  He was embossed with the black mix, then another cover of my own mix which has clear mica flakes in it.  I tried to get an up close and personal picture, but it did not look very good with the glare, etc.  It does show through IRL with red, blue sparkles and of course bits of the clear mica flakes. 
Some of my supplies!
TO ALL OF MY FOLLOWERS - On March 5th, I will be offering up some really sweet blog candy for my two year blogaversary as a "Thank You."  You really don't want to miss this one, so don't forget to check back.   Thank you for stopping by today and I hope the rest of the week is amazing for you!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Monochrome With One Other Colour at FSC!

We gals of the Fashionable Stamping Challenge Blog, are inviting you to a monochromatic plus one stamping challenge.  Now is this a cool challenge or what and don't forget there is always a prize from the lovely Marina at Cottage Crafts.  For extra inspiration, which is totally amazing, stop by the FSC blog and feast your eyes on the DT samples.  Boy I tell you, I am one lucky gal to be in this mix!   I will also link this up to Gingersnap Creations GC136, "Glorious Greens."
Oh did I have a blast with this one and I really wish you could see it IRL.  The stamps are from the Route 66 collection at Artistic Outpost.  This was a must have stamp set for me, as I have a few men in my life.  This one may become my DH's birthday card in June.  Ok, so here is the scoop.  Stamped the car/motel image with Timber Brown, used makeup applicators to color in areas directly from the Distress Ink Pads, shaded edges, layered distressed edges and shaded.  Used a glue pen to draw in a few random lines and added some clear Mica Flakes for that more realistic desert ground.  The cactus is of course a shrinky dink, which was stamped in Timber Brown and colored on the reverse side with tan/yellow Sharpies.  For the map newsprint was inked, splattered, wrinkled and then highlighted the wrinkles, ironed flat, then stamped the image.  Torn the edges and shaded.  Motel stamp was inked with the lighter green and then I ran the Vintage Photo around the edge, stamped and then clear embossed.  Then inked with the darker green, wiped off excess and clear embossed a few times to give it a nice sign look!  For the background,  the green cardstock was inked with all my Distress Colors, I then covered the top of the Retro Circles embossing folder with the lighter green ink, ran it through, and then ran the remaining ink pads over the raised areas, clear embossed.  This gives it a faux metal look.  Hope I covered everything without making this a novel!
I was so surprised the other day when I went to the mail box and there was a package from Carol of Workman Scraps!  Now is that not the sweetest thing and all because I visit her blog!  Thank you again Carol, for these adorable stamps.   Blogging friends are the best!

Hope to see you join in the challenge at FSC!  Thank you so much for visiting and taking the time to comment. 

Distress Inks:  Shabby Shuttters, Forest Moss, Vintage Photo
Stazon:  Timber Brown
Stampin Up Paper:  Chocolate Chip, Wild Wasabi, Naturals Ivory

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

It's All About Hearts!

Now I am thinking this will be my last Valentine's Day project, but I don't know!  Never have I made so many and not even sure why!  I thought I was done and then Inspiration Emporium posted about their monthly challenge, so I went over there to see what was happening!  "Put A Heart On It," is what was happening, so I thought to myself here goes another one chalked up to that little dude with a bow and arrow!  So Cupid struck me again with the love arrow!  We are also linking this up to Gingersnap Creations, "Words of Wisdom," because any sentence that has the word "Love" in it, surely is spoken in wisdom. 
For this tag I used both of Tim's Valentine stamp sets and his movers and shapers hearts, love those!!  I stamped the big "XO" with Versamark and clear embossing powder, which I am almost out of???????  After I heat set, I inked up the tag with Fired Brick, Black Soot and Vintage Photo.  Wiped off some of the excess ink from the embossed areas.  Then I stamped Tim's hearts in Fire Brick all over the tag.  I just love how subtle the background is with the hearts!!  Wiped this off.  Next I used that four letter word, "IRON" to remove the embossing.  My little Cupid was then stamped and I highlighted his bow with Spica Clear Glitter pen, cut a second Cupid, because someone does not have that die - yet!  I stamped the word defination on newsprint paper and then cut this from the movers and shapers and attached to cardstock.  This was inked with Fired Brick and shaded with Vintage Photo.  Added a couple of backing layers and that was that. 
I could not help, but to make one more shrinky dink, word stamp!  BTW, the original size of this is 5 1/4" by 4" and shrunk down to 1 3/4 x 2 1/4!   Now I have an excuse to make one more for the road!  If you did not see my post yesterday, using this word stamp and would like to, click here XOXO.

Hope whatever you do for Valentine's Day, that it is done with "Love."  Thank you so much for taking the time to visit!

Monday, February 6, 2012

ATC - My First!

Honestly, I don't believe I have ever made an ATC and so Linda has taken me to a new adventure with this week's Grungy Monday!  Now of course it is all about Tim and his techniques and products, which is more than 50% of my craft everything.  Still in Valentine's Day mode and thinking about a little tiny space to work with, my thoughts went to my new love of shrink plastic!  Will be linking this up to Cindy Adkin's "Woman Thing Link Party" Make My Monday, "Romance,"  The Artistic Stamper, "Hearts" and Hel's Sunday Stamper, "Hearts."
Could Not Help Myself!
Cut my ATC from recycled cardboard (from sheets), painted it with Fired Brick Crackle and then inked with Fired Brick, shaded with black.  Also embossed with Tim's Damask folder.  Used Tim's new Valentine's Day release stamps, which were stamped on shrink plastic with Black Stazon.  On the reverse side, I colored in some red areas and this was then backed.  The tiny hearts in the jar were colored with red alcohol inks and shrunk.  The bingo 14 was clear embossed for a little more dimension.  Not sure if this will go on a tag, card or be hung.  Have to think about this one!  Well I did think and it became an ATC on a card! 

Thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful week!

Friday, February 3, 2012

A Prescription for Love!!!

Still have love on my mind and the doctor is in the house and writing those prescriptions for love!  You know the funny thing is that I am not at all a Valentine's Day kind of person.  I actually don't like that it has become so commercial, but if my DH is thinking about buying me something, I hope it is something new from CHA!!!!  Only kidding!  Lisa's Bloggers Challenge is all about "Altering" and for the first time I am joining  The Stamp Man   Challenge and they are looking for us to "Embellish It."  All stamps are from Artistic Outpost, the Apothecary collection and will be linked up to their "Shades of Red" challenge and there is a prize.  

I cut a tag from from an old cardboard box and of course torn off some bits, which was then painted with Delta's Pearl Gleams.  Once dried, I used my Barn Door Distress Stain and went over parts of the cardboard tag.  The stain took well and the metallic color of the Pearl Gleams came right through, so I was happy.  All images were stamped and cut, shaded, etc.  The shrinky dink hearts were colored with alcohol inks and stamped with "Love Potion #9," before shrinking.  I did rub the stamped ink off two of the hearts, using a technique from Mr. Holtz.  The print is tiny, but it can be read much better than in the photo.  The flower and ribbon were sprayed with Santa Baby Glimmer Mist.

Well I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!  I can't believe it is already Friday and have no idea what happened to this week.  I did a project earlier this week, but can't show you that until next Saturday, but that is about it for me this week in the crafty world!  Thanks a ton for today's visit, which I so appreciate!

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