Monday, June 29, 2015

Friendship Hugs

I'm over on the Quietfire Creations blog today sharing a page for a Hug Book.  I hope you'll go see!!! 

Have a wonderful day!!!!  


Thursday, June 25, 2015

Happiest Birthday Ever

Happy Thursday!!!!  One day while our daughter was here after the wedding we took some time to play with Brushos.  This card started with one of the papers from that play time.  Over the brushos background I've stenciled and stamped with Wendy Vecchi Studio 490 products (stencil, stamps, Archival inks).  Around the edges of the main panel I've used Distress Paint brushed pewter.  The butterfly is the Tim Holtz die and embossing folder combo.  I cut and embossed it, tapped over the high parts with an embossing pad and embossed with Wendy's embossing powder violet.  Next I sprayed on a few different Distress Spray Stains and a little Dylusions ink spray.. dried it... added some shading on embossed areas with a Sharpie markers (the center and the tips of the wings).. and finally sprayed the butterfly with Perfect Pearls Mist.  

I'm linking this to the Make ART Challenge for June - Embossing Powder

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

I dwell in Possibility

"I dwell in Possibility"... a new stamp from Quietfire Design and I love the way Suzanne has penned it!!!!  I had to do something fun with it!!!  

I started with watercolor paper, stood it up and sprayed on Dylusions ink spray in lemon zest and bubblegum pink.  I also sprayed on a little water to help things run and mix.  After this was dry and flat, I stamped the quote with Archival Ink jet black and then added Studio 490 Wendy Vecchi black embossing paste through the Studio 490 stencil, From The Garden.  I attached this to a folded white card and sketched a black line around the panel using a Pitt pen.  

I'm entering this in Simon Says Stamp's Monday Challenge - Stamp + Mist.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Wedding Guest Book

Hello Friends!!!  I know, it's been awhile.  June has been very busy.  Our oldest son got married on the 13th.  There was lots to do before the wedding and then we had company after the wedding.  It was a wonderful time.  I've added just a few pics from that day at the end of this post.

I was honored to make the guest book for their wedding and wanted to share that with you. I began with book board, gessoing it so it was white instead of grey.  I crumpled tissue wrap and glued it on using matte medium being sure to keep lots of wrinkles.  Once dry, it was painted with PaperArtsy Fresco Finish paint in chalk and when that was dry I glazed over it with Golden Glaze bright purple dabbing rather than rubbing it away to get a really nice variation of color.  The edges are inked with Wendy's Archival Ink color hydrangea.  I added Treasure Gold in silver, heavy on the very edges of the board and then very lightly over all the wrinkles.  The holes for the rings were punched using a Crop-A-Dile.  I printed their names onto white cardstock, cut them out with the Sizzix Tim Holtz die baroque, stamped the heart and greenery, and inked the edges.  This is layered on the front with other die cuts, some dyed crinkle ribbon, and an Idea-ology key.  The numbers are cut with the Sizzix Tim Holtz die typeset.

The inside pages are white cardstock.  To reinforce the edge that would be punched, I painted and stamped copy paper, cut it into strips, folded the strips in half, and glued them around the edge.  The front of each page is stamped with a scripture in the lower right corner.  Pockets were created to attach to the inside of the front and back covers.  I put an engagement picture in the front pocket and, after the wedding, a wedding picture was put in the back pocket.  They now have a book filled with notes from family and friends that were able to share in their day!!!

The bride and groom!!!  

The wedding party!!!

The parents with the couple!!

Friday, May 29, 2015

As Special As You Are

A quick card.  The background (laying in my work area) was started back when I was playing with using an acrylic block and ink to create background.  You ink the acrylic block, spray with water and stamp onto your paper.  I took the background, sponged ink through some sequin waste for the circles, stamped the flowers and sentiment using Archival Ink jet black, dried this, and edged the piece with gold Distress Paint.  I had a couple of white scraps that I added to the corners and layered it all to a folded green card.  

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Happy Birthday Friend

I'm over on the Quietfire Creations Blog today sharing this card!!  THIS is the link.

Monday, May 25, 2015

My Peace I Give You

Before I get to talking about the canvas I want to take a moment to thank all the men, women and, if you go back in history far enough, even those we'd think of as children, for their service to this country.  Your sacrifice is truly appreciated!!!!

This is a 4x4 canvas created for a friend's birthday.  She will also become our son's mother-in-law in less than three weeks.  (I did not scream thinking about how fast the days are whizzing by)  For the background I've used a The Crafter's Workshop stencil and grungepaste.  After the paste was dry I used Distress Paint and water, and once that was dry added Treasure Gold.  The leaves are die cut from white cardstock, painted using Distress paint and Fresco Finish Paint, and stamped using a Wendy Vecchi stamp and Archival Ink.  Once the leaves were attached to the canvas I splattered with white paint.  The Our Daily Bread Design's scripture is stamped with Archival Ink, torn out, and edged with Distress Ink.  The butterfly, an old Rubber Stampede image, is stamped with Archival Ink, colored with Distress Ink, Distress Marker, and a white gel pen.  Also used is a peace of lace and there are dots made with a Viva Perlen Pen.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Piano Bird

Happy Thursday!!!  I hope your week is good so far!!!  This is a card I did for our son's birthday.  He turned 21 this past Monday and he is getting married in just over 3 weeks.  He loves playing the piano and singing, hence the keyboard on the card.  I used the Memory Box piano border die, cut it from black cardstock, attached it to white cardstock and trimmed around it.  For the background on the card I used Distress Inks (cracked pistachio, fossilized amber, mermaid lagoon) on my craft sheet, sprayed with water and dipped the paper into it.  After drying the ink I added snow cap pigment it applied with 2 sizes for sponge daubers.  The bird is from the Tim Holtz set Bird Crazy.  I stamped it directly on the card and then stamped it again on watercolor paper.  I colored bird on watercolor paper with Distress inks and a waterbrush, cut out the main part and attached it over the bird on the card.  The scripture is an Our Daily Bread Designs stamp, stamped with Archival Ink jet black and embossed with clear powder.  I used a Pitt pen for the doodle around the edge. 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Discover Life

Hello!!!!  Here is a page in my scripture journal that I finished up a week or so ago.  The background is a mix done over time using mostly extra from other projects.  I'm guessing there is some gesso or white paint in the background.. looks like I was just cleaning off a brush.  Then I'm thinking maybe sprays over that and blotted.  Next is some grungepaste through a stencil... probably paste that had been tinted green.  That's where it was at when I decided to finish it up.  I added some ink over the paste and then white fire Treasure Gold.  I did some scribbles around the edge, wasn't so sure about that so then used an All Stabilo pencil and smudged it out with my fingers.  Used a Pitt pen around some of the stenciled paste.  Discover Life is die cut (Sizzix Tim Holtz Thinlits Adventure pack #660212) from a scrap, torn and the edges inked.  The scripture is computer generated, cut out, and the edges inked.  The butterfly I found at a local store.  They had stems of them like you get stems of silk flowers but they were butterflies... very cool and I got 4 different colors of stems.  

This is a wonderful scripture!!!  One that should be remembered!!  It's so easy, when we mess up and do something wrong to get down on ourselves and we start to doubt the work that Jesus is doing in our lives and we begin to believe the lies that say "nothing really happened, we are still the same".  This truth from scripture can help us see through the lie and remember that we are new and that we are being transformed day by day.  We have not arrived but we are on the way and we are new!!!!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Gasp!! No Color

Hi There!!!  I have a card today on the Quietfire Creations Blog.  I hope you'll take a look!! 

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Without Limits

Happy Tuesday!!!  Here I am creating two days in a row!!!!  This card finishes at 5" x 7".  The background starts with china, caribbean sea, and buff.  I used a palette knife to spread the paint, not spreading too thin so I could then add marks with a couple of Catalyst Brushes (#15s B04 and B05). I then splattered with watered down bougainvillea.  Next is stenciling... mini chevron with candy floss, mini spinning tops with a mix of yellow submarine and chalk, and then some sequin waste using the yellow mix with green added (also sponged this around the edges).  The white dots are made with snowflake and the fine tip applicator.  Create without limits is stamped onto a doily with jet black and then some forget-me-not sponged around the center circle.  This is layered onto a gold doily and I've also added a die cut - shading added with a grey Pitt brush marker and then roughly brushed a Tombow marker over the top of the die cut.  

Supplies --

Create Without Limits rubber stamp (Quietfire Design)
Fresco Finish Paints - china, Caribbean sea, buff, candy floss bougainvillea, snowflake, yellow                                               submarine, tinned peas, limelight (PaperArtsy)
Stencils - mini chevron, mini spinning tops (The Crafter's Workshop)
Tim Holtz die - Trellis (Sizzix)
Wendy Vecchi Archival Ink - forget-me-not (Ranger)
Archival Ink - jet black (Ranger)
Catalyst Brushes - 15mm - B04, B05 (Princeton Artist Brush Co.)

Monday, May 4, 2015

Be A Good One

Hello!!!!  I hope your week is off to a good start!!!  Our youngest's graduation open house was this past Saturday and I was ready without even staying up late Friday... woohoo!!!!  The day was a complete blessing for us and our son (I think he was even a bit overwhelmed by the number of people able to make it and there were many more with scheduling conflicts that prevented them from coming).  

Today, after coming in from the shop, I was feeling the need to get my fingers into some color :-)  and this is the result.  I cut a piece of heavy smoothly cardstock, grabbed a color of paint, rubbed some on with my finger, grabbed another color.... and so on.  To build up the background I've used a stencil, stamps, splatters, and doodling.  The flowers were on my counter (left from trying out inktense pencils my friend brought over some time ago).  The stems are grungepaste mixed with paint through a stencil, inked and doodled.  I decided to add some gold around the edges by inking and using gold embossing powder.  Currently this is just a panel... I could make it into a card or I might add it to my art journal.  It occurred to me that it could be a page in an art journal all by itself but that would mean making a new journal and I'm not sure I want to do that right now.  Maybe I'll just stand it up on my desk, smile at the wonderful colors and see the reminder to "be a good one".

Supplies --

Fresco Finish Paints - smurf, banana, prawn, lavender, snowflake (PaperArtsy)
Stencil - Jofy PS007 (PaperArtsy)
Grungepaste (PaperArtsy)
Stamps - Sara Naumann ESN10 & 12, Hot Picks HP1303 (PaperArtsy)
Wendy Vecchi Archival Ink - forget-me-not, leaf green (Ranger)
Archival Ink jet black (Ranger)
Posca paint pens - white, black
Embossing ink and gold embossing powder

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Make Art

This months challenge on the Make ART Challenge Blog is re-inkers.  I've used Wendy's splattered plaster technique on the background found HERE on Wendy's blog.  I did that part of the background a couple weeks ago and I don't remember exactly which colors of Archival Ink re-inkers I used.  The flower pot is is one of her mat minis and I did her faux graniteware technique on it.  Other Wendy products used for this tag are... stencil (alphabets), background stamp (four leaf clover), and various other stamps from these sets - trademark art, framed art, and license plate art. I stamped the flower with jet black archival, embossed it with clear powder, and added color with Distress Markers.  Make Art is also stamped with jet black.  Some Tim Holtz rub-ons are added to the flower pot. All stamping and stenciling were done with Archival Inks.   

Monday, April 27, 2015

You Never Know

Happy Monday Friends!!!! 

You will find a project from me on the Quietfire Creations Blog today.  Please flip on over there and check it out!!! 

I hope your week is wonderful!!!  ((Hugs)) - because we all need some hugs!!!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Wedding Invitation

Things are busy here with lots of exciting stuff going on.  Our youngest is 18 and graduating high school.  He's actually all finished up and we are having his open house in early May.  We've been working on announcements (done) and pictures and everything else that goes along with it.  I'm trying to do better then when our other son graduated.  I was up almost all night the night before the open house working on picture boards, lol.  

Our other son, soon to be 21, is getting married in June.  This has been fast!!  He proposed on Valentine's day.  She's a total sweetheart and we look forward to having her as a daughter-in-law!!!  We made the invitations and I'm sharing pictures today.  I have a score-it board and it came in handy here.  The extra scores on the front really added a lot to the look.  A little bit of stamping - the "H" and the flourish at the bottom inside - both done with Archival Ink deep purple.  The medallion on the front is a large Fiskars punch (running circles) and then 2 circle punches.  

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Here & Now

I'm finally back with that post about the Wendy Vecchi class I took a week ago.  The class was held at The Scrapbooking Studio in Moline, IL.  It was an all day class and Amy, the store owner, had snacks (chocolate), bottles of water, and lunch for us.  She also had a gift bag for each of us.  My bag had 2 large Blossom Bucket decorative pieces that are way cool!!!  Thanks, Amy!!!!

The picture above with Wendy and I, I took with my phone and I am not great at holding the phone with one hand while trying to be ready for picture and hit the correct button just right, lol.  Hence, my lack of a real smile!!!

Below is a group shot with some friends.  In order - Me, Wendy, Deb, Lori (blog), Susan (blog), and Nancy.  I had been to a get together in Ohio with Deb, Lori, and Nancy a few years ago but this was the first time meeting Susan.  It was wonderful to meet her and see everyone else.  

For class we began by learning several different techniques using Wendy's inks, powders and pastes doing most of them on tags.  When we'd finish that we moved onto a larger project that incorporated many of the techniques we'd just learned choosing our own colors, layout and words.  We worked on a 6" x 6" canvas board and included the wood frame from a mini canvas (canvas removed), Wendy products, and Tim Holtz products.  Wendy even provided a frame for each of us.  Here is my finished piece!!!