Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Country Roads

Fall is in the Air at Artistic Outpost for this month's Blog Hop as we are all looking forward to season of color and cooler temperatures! Be sure to visit my lovely DT Sisters and check out there wonderful art. There is still a week left to join in the September "Show us you AO Art" with your anything goes, but of course you must use those AO stamps and you could win a $15 store gift certificate!

 Terry * Tracy * Kate * Linda * Gerrie * Lisa

For my tag I combined Hayride and Home collections from AO and first stamped the kids using Gathered twigs and then clear embossed, also stamped some wheat in the background, then masked and inked on Squeezed Lemonade, Wild Honey and Spiced Marmalade. Instead of the usually flicks of water, I rubbed ink pads Dusty Concord and Peeled Paint on the craft sheet and misted with water and then flicked it onto the tag. I had planned to add color to the kids, but the more I looked at them, I liked them just the way they are. Well, I can always go back and color them in, right?

I just loved my little AO signs and having the truck carry them on home! The "Welcome Autumn" was stamped using Versamark and clear EP. Then I stamped the "sign post" using Watering Can Archival ink over it, heat set, inked on Distress Antique Lines and Vintage Photo, cut out and removed the embossing. The "Home" sign was done pretty much the same way, but I used the wood grain from the sign post stamp and cut that out.

Added a few die cut Fall leaves, which were inked and veined in the truck bed. That vintage truck was stamped in Coffee Archival, embossed, inked and fussy cut. Cut apart the "Country Roads" sentiment and placed around the kids. Will take my tag and visit Inspiration Journal's, "Fall is in the Air" challenge.

That is it and I do thank you for taking the time to visit and comment today. Have a wonderful day and enjoy the Fall season!

Monday, September 22, 2014

The Travels of Skully and Friends

Hope you all are doing well and enjoying the cooler season upon us! I am combining Tim's 12 Tags of 2014, September and Linda's Compendium of Curiosities III, #11 Challenge! Linda and the CC have instructed us to open our books to page 52 to learn all about "Effect Powders." What great projects the CC shared with so much inspiration! Now to play along you must have your own copy of Tim's awesome book! This challenge is being sponsored by Inspiration Emporium and there is a $50 prize and always a chance to win a lovely package from Tim and Mario, so that is pretty darn cool!

And so it began with the background for September's tag and I used the "Gothic" stencil (I picked from a previous CC#3C win at the Funkie Junkie Boutique) and I followed Tim's instructions mostly!! I made a few attempts with poor results, so instead of the blending solution, I decided to try it with clear embossing ink that I lightly heat set. The alcohol inks I used were Sunshine Yellow, Sunset Orange, Lettuce.

The leaves treat with the same colors, but mostly Lettuce and a touch of black. I used a script stamp from one of Tim's Halloween sets and touched the edges with Red Geranium.

Now for the "Effect Powders" CC#3C challenge, I can't tell you how I did that, but I did use Black Soot, Antique Linen and Vintage Photo. My creepy crew will be traveling over to Inspiration Journal to join in the "Fall is in the Air" challenge and Lisa's Bloggers Challenge "Fall Colors"

Thank you so much for stopping by for a visit!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Autumn Colors

The Colors of Autumn chosen by the talented and lovely Astrid is the current challenge at A Vintage Journey. The rest of the team has some amazing art to share with you and there is always a prize from Country View Crafts and a chance to be among the pinworthies!
I love Autumn and the colors we are blessed with during the season and I am always reminded of Thanksgiving and the things in my life I am thankful for. Sometimes we forget to be thankful for the simpler things life has to offer and I decided to keep my card simple or with less bulk! This will be my card to mail out for Thanksgiving.
Keeping with Tim style and using his Distress Inks and Stains, the falling leaves background stamp from Heartfelt Creations was stamped using Coffee Archival and then I applied various colors of Distress Inks using a foam applicator. Once all the leaves were colored, I flicked a little water and then with a toothbrush flicked on various Distress Stain colors and after all was dry I toned it done with Antique Linen. Once I was happy with that, I cut out the background and shaded the edges. The Sentiment is from Stampin Up and I think it was perfect for the background. Added a few Tissue Wrapped Frenzy Butterflies.
Thank you for visiting me today and I hope you have a wonderful weekend. I will also be linking this to Inspiration Journal's challenge, "Fall is in the Air."

Friday, September 12, 2014

Coffee and Friends!

I am so happy that you would stop by on this day before the weekend. Friday is my day to share at Artistic Outpost, so stop on over for all the details and photos if you would like. This is kind of a Generation Redux meets Chalkboard Wisdom over a cup of coffee! The September challenge "Show us your AO Art" is again anything goes and as always a chance for a store gift certificate, so come on and get inky with us!
I will tell you about the  tag background which was stenciled using Black Soot and then clear embossed, inked over with Peeled Paint and then the embossing was removed. I did outline the black edges with a gold glitter pen for a little extra interest and then this was splattered with water and shaded.
Thank you for visiting today and enjoy the weekend!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

CC#3C - Assemblage Clock

Linda and the talented Curiosity Crew wanted us to think outside the box for Challenge #10, "Assemblage Clock" in that fabulous Compendium of Curiosities III book by Tim Holtz and so I did! The Funkie Junkie Boutique is the wonderful sponsor this week of a $25 shopping spree and there is always a chance to win a prize from Tim and Mario as well, so that is pretty nice!
This is my first time working with the Assemblage Clock and I had just a little fun trying to figure out what to add, did not want to add too much or too little.

We did have a slight battle with the skeleton as when I replaced the arms with metal wings, it became quite top heavy.
I cut a piece of foam from those Texture Trades to brace the back and so far all is standing up to the challenge! In advance I will apologize for any specks or lint you may see on the glass as living in the windy desert with dry air, glass is like a magnet! OK!

After I covered the clock twice with gesso, I painted first with the Pansy, dry brushed on Quinacridone Gold, crackle and then when dry inked over with Distress Black Soot. Applied a spray of sealer and then matt varnish. The handle, legs, etc., were treated with alcohol inks, a wash of paint thinned with Blending Solution and dry brushed with QG. A few highlights with Treasure Gold White Fire was applied here and there as well.
The back inset panel was cut from Tim's Laboratorie paper, embossed with his web, toned down a bit with thinned gesso and then highlighted. A bit of trim was added and then I did glue down some extra bones before putting it all together! Paint, Stickles and Treasure gold was added to various bits!

Will be linking this up to Inspiration Journal's "Fall is in the Air" challenge for September. Thank you all for stopping by today and taking the time to comment. Hope you are enjoying the end of Summer!

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