Thursday, July 19, 2018

Crafter's Companion Fairy stamps using Spectrum Noir alcohol markers

waiting for my new Crafter's Companion (CC) ink pads (they should be here in a few days) I pulled out some old ink pads and smeared on a background.  Looked like a good place for a fairy to live so it gave me the opportunity to use my new fairy stamps (from CC also)  - all the stamped images, the Snail Shell House, Fairy, Ferns, & Acorn Lamps) are stamped on CC Spectrum Noir Watercolor Cardstock.  After coloring them with alcohol inks I fussy cut the images out, and attached them to the background by running them through a Xyron machine to apply adhesive.  Art Journals are a new thing for me.  I know crafters/artists have made them from the beginning of time, but I always wondered ... "WHY?" "what's the purpose?" ... Now I know IT'S SO FUN! and a great way to try out new techniques or products without messing up a project.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Acrylic Pour - 8" x 10" canvas - NEWBIE - Second Pour - Needle Pull

2nd attempt at pouring - I'm going to have to give in to buying the treadmill lubricant to get cells I suppose (I did try adding the part glue and it didn't seem to work for me) - but I still loved the colours - reminds me of planet earth a bit.  I did drag a needle through the dark blue paint to give it more of a spider web look.  Such a fun and meditative activity.  Definitely something I'll keep trying in the future.  Maybe I'll perfect the cells at some point.   This one looks like it needs a quote in the lighter blue corner ... hmmmm ... I'll think on it.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Acrylic Pour on 6"x6" canvas - NEWBIE - First Pour attempt

Like a lot of crafters, I stalk YT for videos of things to try.  For over a year I watched videos on acrylic pouring.  How to get "cells" -- so I pulled out my top notch {insert sarcasm here} products (OK OK so basically 50 cent paints from Walmart) and decided to give it a try.  I LOVE it ... I didn't get the "cells" I wanted (I didn't have the silicone (or the knowledge)) but I think the colours still turned out fantastic.  I might have found a new crafting addiction.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Patriotic 4th of July Mini Loaded Envelope for Independence Day swap

Just a few pics of the MINI LE - 4th of July theme.  the little "firecracker" is filled with charms for a little gift.

The back pocket shows the signing of the Declaration of Independence topped with a 3D Sticker from Anna Griffin's Madison collection patriotic "bunting" 

The "wands" include a star "shaker" wand that I created using Anna Griffins shaker dies.  A working pinwheel - I used a wine cork to make the mechanism.  Thought it looked rather rustic.

The feather and inkwell are made from resin molds.  I made the ink well from clay a while back and since I love he quill/ink look, decided to make a mold of it so I could reuse it often.

Mixed Media Canvas Ranger Clear Embossing Paste Stampotique Pigtails & Tim Holtz Crazy Cats Stamp

I'm pretty new at playing with canvas and mixed media - I think I've only tried it 3 times -- here's that 3rd attempt.  I really need to get better markers for the black/white check border.  I've seen several artists on YT do the checked border and always think it just adds a perfect whimsy.  The mandala stencil is by TCW - Rebekah Meier, I used the Ranger Transparent Texture Paste (gloss) to give it dimension and touched over it with Prima's ArtAlchemy Opal Magic (Vintage Silk) - the gothic girl stamp is Pigtails designed by Daniel Torrente and the cat is Tim Holtz Crazy Cats.  The words are just printed out on cardstock from Microsoft word.    I used Dina Wakley Gel Medium to attach everything.  The background and green splatters are just cheapo acrylic paints and the word YOU is heat embossed Melt Art UTEE from Ranger.

Friday, June 22, 2018

4th of July - Patriotic USA Tag - using Priscilla Julie Nutting doll stamp and Madison paper line from Anna Griffin

Getting close to the FIREWORKS !
Used Anna Griffin paper and 3D sticker from the Madison Collection to make this one.  Priscilla makes for the perfect patriotic doll.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Julie Nutting Cowboy Cowgirl Western Family Tags using Adam, Becky, Little Girl with toy stamps, Handmade Resin Cow ( Bull ) Skull

Making a few fun items for a swap and my partner listed she like Shabby Chic and Western - so it was time to have some Cowgirl fun.  I just drew the clothes on Adam and formed one of Becky's hats on Adam.  Also clipped off his should to make it ... slump.  His mustache was a stamp from Three Birds. 

Found a tiny skull replica with no horns at a yardsale .. paid 25 cents for it, added horns using apoxy sculpt, made a silicone mold of it and now I can seem to make enough of these, I love them!

Friday, April 13, 2018

#ArtfulEvidence Week 7 TAG 6x6 Mixed Media Page (Artful Evidence Facebook Group)

I've been sitting back stalking the Artful Evidence group on Facebook and finally dived in after watching RACH0113 Week 7 TAG video for the challenge.   I just used cheap paints from Walmart and Tim Holtz stamp and had a fabulous few hours of crafting.  Thanks soooo much to Rach0113 for giving so much inspiration over the years to all of us to just create. 

 You might think the purple rhinestones for pupils are a little weird, but trust me .. the green ones looked more strange -- and she looked oddly like Mr. Data from Star Trek without pupils.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

ART JOURNAL - BEGIN - using Prima Princesses Stamp Claire - First Day of Spring, a new BEGINNING

To me, like many people, Spring is the time to consider changing yourself, a time of new beginnings - a time to forgive yourself of everything wrong and incorrect you've ever done or thought, and start fresh.

As part of the Cat's Meow (MAS swap) I received CLAIRE, a beautiful Prima Princesses stamp, and had to use it.  Like many crafters, I watch YT videos of artsy folks creating works in "art journals" so I decided I finally wanted to start one ... and I had SPRING on the BRAIN.  Fun part? I pulled out foam stamps and flower stamps that I was going to destash years ago (they're from 2006).  Glad I saved them!

Friday, February 16, 2018

SNEAK PEEK of a Steampunk Loaded Envelope (POSEABLE PAPER ART STEAMPUNK DOLL using Graphic 45)

Working on a loaded envelope (Steampunk theme) swap for Loaded Envelopes Galore.  One of the requirements is a Paper Art Doll ... so I cut up some Graphic 45 paper, cut out a mini earth die cut, pulled out a bunch of little metal embellies ... and here she is!  I've been singing "Baby's Got Back" while making her dance across the table, yes ... that's how I spent a waking hour of my life today.  Enjoyed every minute - Creating IS fun.