Tuesday, November 29, 2011

6 x 6 Page Swap

These are 4 pages I made for a 6x6 swap.  For the background I used a Crafter's Workshop stencil with butterflies and a stencil with diamonds, Stamp Zia sprays, Ranger Color Wash, Ranger Perfect Pearls Sprays... sponged ink through sequin waste, stamped gold paint dabber using bubble wrap, stamped Studio 490 butterflies and colored them with Lyra bright colored pencils.  Saying, large leaves, and large butterfly are all Studio 490 stamps.  Leaves are stamped onto grungepaper, cut out, colored using Distress Stains and Perfect Pearls Mist.  Butterfly is stamped on grungepaper, cut out, colored first with white stain and then used Lyra and Prismacolor colored pencils.  Antenna have Glossy Accents over them.  Wings have Distress Stickles rock candy.  Small leaves are die cut from grungepaper.  

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

To all my blog friends
I hope you have wonderful Thanksgiving!!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

The Antiquated Collection by Lisa M. Pace

The Antiquated Collection by Lisa M. Pace

This pic is just one set of Lisa M. Pace's new stamps released this weekend by Pink Persimmon.  They are wonderful vintage images with lots of fabulous detail.  Pink Persimmon is giving away some of the stamps on their blog HERE.  Head on over there to see all the stamps and leave a comment if you'd like a chance to win some. 

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Five Cards

These are some fairly simple cards that I've made in the last few months and hadn't yet posted to my blog.  

Thursday, November 17, 2011

The Joy of the Lord

This piece measures 9" x 12".  The background piece is some very inexpensive watercolor paper (Artist's Loft back to school value pack)... I picked up a whole pack for a very good price and this is the first time I used it... can't say I'm fond of it but I didn't really do watercolor on it and maybe it works better for that.  I sprayed the piece with Ranger Color Wash sprays and dried it... decided I wanted it lighter and went over the whole piece with snow cap Distress Stain although... there are some "streaks" that didn't get as white as other areas or that I missed altogether but I rather like the look of that.  Stamped the vine and sponged through some sequin waste, both with Archival Ink.  Stamped the scripture with both Distress Ink (the lighter stampings) and Archival Ink.  Used a scrap of Manila Cardstock for the layered scripture using the same colors and supplies as the background.  Studio 490 Art Parts flowers and stem inked with stains (white first and then color) and stamped with Studio 490 background images.  The center flower I made last year (I thought I had posted it but have searched my blog and could not find a post for it)... I die cut flowers (Tim's tattered floral die) from an Archiver's plastic bag, inked the flowers with alcohol ink, stacked them together offsetting the petals (I can't remember how many I stacked up), put a brad through them all and finally used my heat tool to melt the ends of the petals... patience is required (I know, not easy) - you go in close with the heat, back away and keep worked until you like the result.  The leaves are die cut from grunge, stained and stenciled with sequin waste.  

Monday, November 14, 2011

Three and One

That would be 3 atcs and 1 tag.  I made these last month before an in-person ATC swap in Des Moines.  At the previous in-person (3 months before) I had taken my newly received Distress Stains with for everyone to play with after the actual swapping... we all had a great time and a challenge was issued to make something with our playtime pieces and bring them to the next swap.  I had stained a tag and had also soaked up some extra stain with a paper towel (and then spent the rest of the time watching everyone else, lol).  So I used the paper towel on backgrounds for 3 atcs and finished up the tag I had stained.  Here are the results.  Lots going on... stamping, sewing, collage images, die cuts, and well.... FUN!!!  If  you have any questions about any of these, please don't hesitate to ask.  

Friday, November 11, 2011

Lynn's Blogoversary

The Trash to Treasure Art blog is 3 years old..... Happy Anniversary, Lynn!!!!!... and Lynn has some gorgeous art pieces, a surprise, and a bonus to give away!!!  Click HERE to go directly to the blogoversary post... but if you don't check out the rest of her blog you will be missing some wonderful art!!!!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Vintaj Workshop

I was able to spend yesterday attending a Vintaj Workshop in Galena, Illinois!! (Vintaj website -- Vintaj blog).   I've actually been buying vintaj metal for some time but not really doing anything with it.... I just knew that I loved it.  I picked up a few of the new DecoEmboss folders and a DecoEtch die when they came out recently (if you scroll down a couple posts you will see a card that I used a Vintaj embossed leaf blank on)... and then I learned about this workshop.... I had to go :-))  I drove over Friday and roomed with the wonderful Lori Hassle and her sweet mom and then Lori and I attended the workshop Saturday.  Jess (Vintaj educator) and Betsy were fabulous!!!!  I had an amazing time and learned sooooooooooo much!!!!!  

This first picture is of all the pieces we worked with but didn't get made into a finished project.  We were able to try all the Emboss and Etch dies/folders along with using paint, alcohol inks, regular embossing powders and clear UTEE.  Totally amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

A few close-ups.

Here are 2 pair of earrings that we made.  We learned how to rivet... yay!!!!  It was much easier than I imagined, lol.

2 bracelets that we made.

A necklace that I didn't get finished.  The focal point is done.. we punched extra holes in the bird and curled one wing to use for attaching.  The frame below the bird we used embossing powders in, added small Vintaj elements and covered with the clear UTEE.  I'll be sure and share a pic when I get the necklace finished.

Here is a close-up of the bird and frame.

All materials were provided and tools to use.... the workshop was worth every penny... totally fabulous (I think I said that before)... if you've thought about taking one of their workshops, don't hesitate!!!