Sunday, August 31, 2008

House Shaped ATC

The local atc group that I belong to did a mail in swap this month with the theme house-shaped atcs. This is what I made. Both the girl and flower image are from Collagevisions.

Dragonfly ATC

Once I was done with this atc I really liked it although when I was in the middle of making the background I thought it might go in the garbage. I used distress inks for all the colors and Archival ink for the black. "Wishes" was computer generated. The dragonfly stamps (both small and large) and "Dragonfly" word are some of Quietfire's new stamps. The flourish is also from Quietfire. It's really a lot of fun to ink these with one color and then come back with a darker color and just ink the tips of the wings... looks fabulous!!! The same thing with the butterfly I posted before this.

Butterfly ATC

This atc uses one of the new butterfly stamps from Quietfire Design. The calligraphy stamp and harlequin border are also from Quietfire. Distress inks were used.

A Lively Melody ATC

This fun atc uses collage images from Paper Imagery Designs including the background which will be part of new background sheet coming out in September.

Written from the heart ATC

The theme for the August's ATC jackpot on the PID yahoo group is to use the colors tangerine, berry, aqua, and black. I made this atc using the collage image Lila.

Birthday Card

This birthday card was made for my friend's daughter who turned 13 this summer. She loves pink and bright colors. The doodlebug velvet papers were perfect to use for her card.

PID design team challenge from June

These were my entries for the PID design team challenge back in June. Somehow I never got them posted to my blog. The house and bird shapes are wood pieces and our challenge was to do something with them. I actually had a lot of fun with them and the bird became a gift for a friend and she really likes it.

Miss You Card

This is a card I made a couple of months ago and sent to our youngest son while he was at church camp. He really liked it!!

A Twochie (or twinchie)

This is my first twochie, or some call them twinchies... 2" x 2" squares of art. The image is from PID and I used distress inks.

PID August DT Challenge

The challenge for the DT members of PID (Paper Imagery Designs) for August was to use the colors berry, tangerine, aqua, and black. I chose to make a 5x7 canvas board and an atc. You can see what the rest of the design team did on the PID blog here.

5x7 Canvas Board

Supplies –

5” x 7” Canvas Panel – Fredrix
Collage image – Mary Beth – PID
Gesso – white – Liquitex
Fluid acrylics – quinacridone violet, cobalt teal, phthalo green, zinc white, pyrrole orange, hansa yellow medium – Golden
Water soluble oil pastels – Portfolio Series
Colored pencil – black – Prismacolor
Archival ink – jet black – Ranger
French text rubber stamp – Hero Arts
Flower flourish rubber stamp – Inkadinkado
Text background paper
Heavy gel medium – semi gloss – Golden
Masking tape
Glue stick tube – Uhu
Aqua cardstock
Flower punch
Matte accents - Ranger
Extra fine tip marker – black – Sharpie
Paint brushes

Mask out a border around the canvas panel with masking tape, paint the center (mix cobalt teal & phthalo green), remove masking tape and let dry.

Paint the border (mix quinacridone violet, zinc white) and let dry.

Mix gesso, pyrrole orange, and hansa yellow to make tangerine color, dip end of glue stick tube in paint and print circles on canvas, let dry. Paint short lines in the upper left and lower right corners by just dabbing the brush on the canvas. Tear a piece of the background paper, paint, let dry, and glue to canvas.

Add little dots along left and right edge of center with the end of a paint brush.

Cut out collage image, color dress with pastel, blend with a damp paint brush, let dry, and glue to canvas.

Shade around collage image with colored pencil.

Using black ink, stamp flourish onto text paper masking as needed so it only stamps on the paper.

Punch flowers from aqua cardstock, coat both sides with a very light coat of matte accents, let dry, and glue to canvas with matte accents.

Add dots to the center of the flowers and draw stems with the Sharpie marker.


Supplies –

Collage Image – Isabella, butterfly, word – PID
Flocked papers – Bubblegum, Tangerine – doodlebug design inc.
Cardstock – Archivers
Flourish rubber stamp – Quietfire Design
Archival ink – jet black – Ranger
Water soluble oil pastels – Portfolio Series
Boutique Trims – Bubblegum, Tangerine - doodlebug design inc.
Gem stickers – Hero Arts

Cut bubblegum flocked paper to atc size.

Tear cardstock, stamp with flourish, and layer to atc.

Tear tangerine flocked paper and layer to atc.

Add tangerine dotted ribbon along left side.

Cut out girl, butterfly and word from the Isabella collage sheet.

Color Isabella’s dress and hat with pastels, use a damp paint brush to blend, let dry and attach to atc.

Color edges of word with pastels and attach to atc.

Add flower trim, gem stickers, and butterfly as shown.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

A Monthly Rubber Stamps Club

The Project of the Month for August at A Montly Rubber Stamp Club is a wooden tool holder. Here are a few pictures and there are more pictures and complete step-by-step directions available at their website.

Also I don't think I ever posted about the July Project of the Month. For that one I did gel medium transfers onto muslin. Here are the finished items and you can find step-by-step pictures and directions on the website.

dream a new dream ATC

All stamps and collage image are from Quietfire Design. I started with white cardstock. Stamped gothic border multiple times with Distress ink brushed corduroy. Sponged on Distress ink dried marigold and shabby shutters. Added collage image. Stamped flourish with dried marigold and then with black soot. Stamp 'you are never too old' calligraphy stamp on a scrap of cardstock and cut out 'dream a new dream' and add to atc. Add black dots with a fine tipped marker.

Live ATC

White cardstock. Stamped the ticket image (Tim Holtz classic collages set) with Distress Ink brushed corduroy. Sponged on Distress ink dried marigold and fired brick. Stamped bird image (Tim Holtz creative muse set) with Distress ink black soot. Added collage image - Billie (Paper Imagery Designs). Stamped flowers (Tim Holtz natures discovery set) with fired brick and then black soot. Stamped "LIVE" (Tim Holtz creative muse set) on a scrap of cardstock with black soot, sponge with fired brick and add to atc.

Crow ATC

All stamps are from Quietfire Design. I started with white cardstock and rubbed decorator chalks in green and rust all over it. Next I stamped the checkerboard corner randomly over the piece with Versamark ink and dried it well with a heat tool. I then stamped the checkerboard corner around the edges using Distress ink brushed corduroy. Next I sprayed the piece well with Glimmer Mist iridescent gold and dried it. It was interesting to see the gold shimmer more heavily where the checkerboard had been stamped with Versamark. I tried to get a close up shot to show this and I think you can see it a little bit. The crow is stamped with Versamark and embossed with detail black powder (I did use an anti-static bag first), added the white circle with the Inkssential white pen. Stamped the word crows with Archival ink jet black in 3 places and then again on a scrap of cardstock. Cut out the extra word cutting off the 's' at the end and sponged on Distress ink antique linen and pine needles. Added piece of trim, skeleton leaf colored with Distress ink pine needles, and "crow" word.

World Traveler ATC

I started with white cardstock and stamped the collage image (Tim Holtz artistic collages set) with Distress Ink brushed corduroy. Sponge on Distress ink shabby shutters & broken china. Stamp 'world traveler' (Inkadinkado) with Archival ink jet black. Add collage image (PID). Stamp floral image (Tim Holtz natures discovery set) with jet black ink. Add dots around collage image with Zig pen.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Lego Building

Our son, Nick, 14 years old, participated in a Lego contest at a store in Des Moines this past Saturday. Here is a picture of him with his ship and then a closer picture of the ship. It measures almost 3 ft. long, 15" at the widest part, and 21" at the tallest part. He won first place in the 14-adult age group and was so excited. He had blast through the whole thing... he loves talking about his ship and explaining what each part is and what it does. You can click on the pictures to pull up a larger image.