Tuesday, May 29, 2012

A House on a Tag

The current Making Art Challenge on the Everything Wendy Vecchi yahoo group is to make a tag with a house on it.  I started with a #8 manila tag... actually an extra tag I had here that I'd used to pick up extra ink from another project. All stamps used are Wendy Vecchi Studio 490.  The background (Be Inspired...Make Art set) is stamped with Archival manganese blue.  The vine image (same set) at the top is stamped with Archival emerald green and also a couple times with russet.  The leafy image stamped along the bottom is actually the top part of the tree from the Mail Art set also stamped with emerald green.  Scallops around the edge are done with a white pen.  The house is Wendy's Art Parts... I'm using the medium sized house - just the part with the cut out, the roof line, and the door.  I colored all pieces first with snow cap Pigment ink and dried them.  The house is inked with Distress Ink barn door, rusty hinge, and fired brick and stamped with the background from the set Art Colors Life in russet.  The roof line and door are inked with picket fence Distress Stain, dried, stamped with the background from Celestial Art using russet, dried, inked with some tea dye and rusty hinge, dried, scallops and dashes made with a black pen.  Be inspired (Be Inspired...Make Art set) was inked with jet black separately and stamped on scraps of manila... Be is cut to fit behind the opening in the house... inspired torn out... inked around the edges of both with scattered straw and mustard seed with a little rusty hinge on the inspired piece.  A gold heart button with the shank cut off is colored with rust alcohol ink and attached to the door.  Hand is stamped on manila with jet black and inked with rusty hinge, fired brick and tea dye.  Die cut leaves (Sizzix branch w/leaves) from manila, inked with peeled paint stain and sprayed with Color Wash meadow, stamped with the background from Celestial Art using emerald green, cut apart and added as shown.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

CC2C #6

This weeks Compendium of Curiosities 2 Challenge is Tissue Wrap Collage found on page 38.  Get all the details on Linda's blog Studio L3.  The Funkie Junkie Boutique is this weeks sponsor and they are giving away a gift certificate for $25.

I don't have much time so I'm not going to include all the details of this tag.  If there is something about you'd like to know about the tag, just ask!!

Live The Moment

When I'm playing with inks or sprays (or even actually making something with a purpose) many times I get extra pieces because I blot up extra ink either from the craft sheet or from the paper I'm working on and I save these papers for future project... I know the beginning of this background is from that.  I stamped the leaves along the bottom.  Then thought I needed more "something" in the background and so I took a plastic canvas circle, layed it on and sprayed a corner and then sprayed another corner.  I love how that turned out... it's like movement radiating from the fish swimming through the water.  Now the fish... when Suzanne mailed me the new Quietfire Design stamps she put an outline fish sticker on the back of the envelope... I carefully peeled it off and then used it on this atc.  After sticking it down I colored in the fish using first Tombow marker and then either Glaze (red and orange) or Souffle pens (yellow).  I also added light grey marker around the outside edge of the fish.  I made air bubbles using Ranger's Glossy Accents and then decided I didn't want them to just be clear and so I used white Enamel Accents over each one.  Black pen squiggles and dots around the edges.  Live the moment words are cut from Tim's Words to Say.

I am also entering this in the current Frilly and Funky challenge which is Stencils and Masks.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

A Mother's Love Grows

This atc starts with a background swap piece (for those who don't know... at our in-person atc swaps in Des Moines we have an on-going background swap... you put an atc background, or a few, into the bucket and take out however many you put in and then create with it to make a finished atc).  The background was two printed papers, one torn and layers over half of the other.  I stitched around the edge and inked.  I stitched a "stem" for the flower.  The leaves are a Wendy Vecchi image (the image is actually 3 leaves on a stem) stamped onto grungepaper that has music paper glued to it, cut out, colored, I cut off two leaves and sewed them onto the atc.  There is doodling/dots along the right side in both black and white pen.  The mother/daughter image is from dezinaworld... I punched it out and inked the edges.  I punched a second flower from cardstock... inked it and added details with a white pen.  A Mother's Love Grows is computer generated.  The "A Mother's Love" banner is left over from a swap (I haven't shared those atcs yet) and then I added the word Grows.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Our Heart Captures Memories

I have a box of atc sized backgrounds just filed away for use... some of these came are from left over pieces of playing that I cut to size and filed and some were given to me.  I started with a background pulled from that file.  I glued a piece of book page along the bottom.  Stamped one of Dyan Reaveley's leafy vine images three times along the top (once just on the atc a little, then a little more, and then a lot more) with Archival Ink jet black, colored in the leaves and added highlights with a white pen.  Glued a piece of burlap as shown.  Die cut some leaves (Sizzix Branch w/Leaves thin die) from cardstock, added color - probably sprayed, dried them, added details with a black pen and highlights with a white pen, attached them as shown.  Tied string and ribbon around the bottom.  The butterfly is die cut from Wendy Vecchi's Clearly for Art.  I glued a piece of book page to one side using Ranger's glue 'n seal matte.  After it was dry, I tore of the excess book page along the edges.  I have the butterfly so the paper is in the back... I inked the front with Alcohol ink also tapping the ink along the edges which caused it to bleed into the paper giving a darker edge... at first it was an accident but it looked very cool so I did it all around.  The butterfly was heated and shaped, glued to the atc, and a piece of string folded and glued to the center make the body and antenni.  Our heart captures memories are again words cut from my scraps of Tim's word stamp.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Birds That Imagine, Create, Live

I glued a piece of book page to a white atc blank.  Along each edge I pulled the book page back tearing it along the edge of the cardstock.  Sprayed the piece with Stamp Zia color wash.  Stamped a Dylusions border image along each side.  Added white pen marks in with the stamping.  Brushed white paint along the edges.  The bird image (Hampton Art) is stamped with Archival Ink jet black onto a leftover scrap of a piece of sprayed/stenciled paper.  After gluing it onto the atc I used a white pen around the edge so I'm actually writing onto the background and a black pen for stitching up on the bird piece.  A piece of yellow string tied around the bottom.  Glitter gems in the center of the flowers.  image, create, and live are all cut from the Tim's Words to Say.

Sunday, May 20, 2012


This week I received the Liebster Blog award from Evethmoon Crafty Creations.  This reminded me that I had received this award before and not followed through so I went searching and back in February Art By Wendy also left me this award.  I am so sorry Wendy that I didn't follow through... it was a crazy time with my mom going into the hospital and then passing away.

Thank you to both of you for this award!!!  

The origins of the Liebster Award are somewhat unclear, but the general consensus is that it originated in Germany.  Liebster, meaning favorite or dearest, is to showcase bloggers with less then 200 followers. Upon accepting the award the recipient must then pass it on to five more blogs of their choice.

Here are the rules of the award...

1. Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog.
2. Link back to the blogger who presented the award to you.
3. Copy and paste the blog award on your blog. 3 to choose from : )
4. Present the Liebster Blog Award to 5 blogs of 200 followers or less who you feel deserve.
5. Let them know they have been chosen by leaving a comment at their blogs.

Here are the 5 blogs I have chosen....

Julie at Julie Bagamary

Oops, that's 6 but I'll just leave them all.  Enjoy!!!

Create ATC

I made several atcs last month that I haven't blogged yet and am hoping to get them all shared this week.  It wasn't all that long ago but I'm having a little trouble remembering exactly what products I used on all of them.  I'm going to have to start making lists so I don't disappoint anyone!!!  I'll tell you what I do remember about this atc.  I stamped create (Quietfire Design) on a scrap of cardstock... placed an Idea-ology ornate plate over it for placement, cut it out and glued it into the plate.  I'm pretty sure the background is with Distress Color and I think it's on Ranger's Specialty stamping paper.  A Dyan Reavely image stamped along the right side.  There is a piece of Idea-ology tissue wrap glued to the bottom half with Ranger's Glue 'n Seal matte.  A scrap from a piece of border punched cardstock is along the bottom... colored with Distress... details added with a black pen... glitter gems added to the center of the flowers.  Trim colored with Distress, tied in a bow and glued on.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Blog Buzz Winner

Thank you for all the wonderful comments on my blog buzz project!!!  

I had a great time making the tag!!!  I was asked how long it took to make and I really don't know.... it actually takes me longer to decide what to do as I work along then it does to do the work and I rarely have time to just make something start to finish in one sitting... honestly, if you were going to make a tag like this, already knowing what you were going to do, it wouldn't really take all that terribly long.  I was also asked if it took longer to make the blog post then to make the tag... it can sure feel that way - LOL.  I get enough people telling me how much they appreciate the directions and sometimes tips, etc., that I'm happy to include them, even if it takes a long time to make the post... a labor of love some might call it!!  Someone else asked about my die cutting machine... I have a Vagabond and love it!!!

Now on to the winner on my blog.....  which is Daphne!!!!!

Daphne said...
Oh Wanda, exquisite artwork, as always! your bow has such an antique feeling.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

a journey of creative dreams

This atc started with a background I got from our on going background swap at our in-person atc swap in Des Moines.  The background is cut from a real map and then had white crackle paint around the edges.  I used scraps to finish it up... you see, my pile of scrappy stuff is overtaking my work area, lol.  The piece laying across the bottom was torn from a tag a long time ago.. I stuck it on and then added stitching.  Stamped some flourishes (Wendy Vecchi Studio 490 stamp) and highlighted them with a white pen.  The circle with the eye is also a Wendy stamp that I had laying there, already colored, left over from a previous project... I attached it with foam tape.  The words are from the Tim Holtz stamp stuff to say... yes, I have several parts of this stamp laying there waiting to be used... I chose these words, cut them out, edged them with ink and added them.  It all made a very different for me atc but I quite like it!!!

Now a reminder... you have until midnight Friday (or really Saturday when I wake up) to leave a comment on the Blog Buzz post for your chance to win $50 worth of Quietfire Design Rubber.  

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Blog Buzz

Welcome to the Quietfire Design Garden Delights Blog Buzz!

Quietfire Design would like to introduce you to their new Spring selection of rubber stamps!  Each day designers will be posting brand new artwork they have created using the new rubber stamps.  Visit each of their blogs on the day of their featured project, post a comment on their Blog Hop post and you will be eligible to win a grab bag of Quietfire Design rubber stamps valued at $50!   Each Designer will randomly choose a winner from the comments on their own Blog Hop post, so make sure you’ve commented by midnight Friday, May 18th.  Tell your friends!

All winners will be posted on the Quietfire Style blog on Sunday May 20th. If you are one of our lucky winners, please contact Suzanne privately with your snail mail address.  (Her email address is in the sidebar of the Quietfire Style blog)

Here is our schedule:

Monday, May 14th: Yogi , Holly
Tuesday, May 15th: Robyn, Dawn 
Wednesday, May 16th: Wanda (that's me), Sherry
Thursday, May 17th: Monica, Terre
Friday, May 18th: Suzanne

The complete set of new rubber stamps will remain on special at 20% off throughout the Blog Buzz!

Happy Buzzing and good luck!!


Now for my project!!!!  

Supply List --

I'll start by explaining the flowers first.  If you search on YouTube you will find many videos on making your own roses so I won't explain all the details here.  I will show you pics of how the flowers were cut before making the roses.  The larger roses were each made from three 6-petal flowers.  The smaller rose was made from one 6-petal flower.  I used the smaller 6-petal flower from the tattered floral die and cut them from maroon book cloth.  I wasn't sure how the book cloth would work but it's fabulous for this - looks AND feels great!!!!  After cutting the flowers I lightly brushed white paint on the edges of the petals starting off the flower and brushing in over the edge.

The leaves were also die cut from book cloth using the tattered leaves die.  After cutting I folded down the center of the leaf, front out, and rubbed peeled paint on the fold... repeated folding and rubbing on ink to get all the lines on the leaf.  I then pinched and twisted the end of the leaf and trimmed off the stem.  

For the background of the tag I lightly sponged white paint on the tag and dried it.  Then working on a craft sheet I sprayed the tag well with water and then with both colors of Color Wash spray and dried the tag.  Next I rubbed the edges in the left over color on the craft sheet and if needed sprayed a little water along the edge of the tag for blending and dried the tag again.  (The white paint resists the color wash and peeks through adding wonderful texture to the background).  Stamped the flourish a few times with broken china and the word love with faded jeans.  Added squiggles around the edges first with a black pen and then with white.  The flourishes were pretty light and so I decided to add highlights with the white pen.  

The house with the heart die stuck inside was cut from manila cardstock and then embossed with the bricked folder.  Covered the front completely with victorian velvet using a blending tool... lightly went over it with dusty concord to pick up the pattern of the embossing and finally added a bit of walnut stain around the edges.  Stamped love lives here with jet black on a scrap of natural cardstock, attached it behind the house and used a black pen to add dots.  Cut the roof from the left over piece of manila cardstock that I cut the house from... just followed the roof line of the house on the left over piece.  Painted it white.  After it was dry I added a bit of walnut stain, dried it with a heat tool and added doodling with the black pen.  

The fence was cut from grungepaper.  I inked it with distress ink and embossed it with the tea dye powder.  After it was cool I rubbed it to remove all the release crystals and then painted it white.  This gave the fence great texture!!!  After it was dry (or use your heat tool) I very lightly rubbed the walnut stain over it (I used the blending foam without adding more ink), stamped a few flourishes along the bottom with peeled paint and dried it.  

For the "sign" I stamped love on a scrap of natural cardstock, cut it to size trimming the corners diagonal, inked the edges with victorian velvet, distressed the edges with the paper distresser, and inked them with dusty concord.  Put the sign in a memo pin and cut off the end so it wouldn't stick down past the bottom of the fence.  

The bee was stamped on a scrap of natural cardstock with saffron, dried, details added with the black pen, and then cut out.  

The silk ribbon was sprayed with water and then both colors of Color Wash spray, partly dried, and then scrunched as I finished drying it.  If you scrunch it up while it is very wet the colors blend together more and I wanted to be able to see both colors.

Everything was assembled as shown.  The bird has two layers of foam tape behind it for added dimension.

Here are some close up pics.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

MAC #41

It's been a very long time since I participated in a challenge on the Everything Wendy Vecchi Yahoo Group and I've missed doing them.  This weeks challenge is to make an ATC.  I started with one of Wendy's atc Art Parts... covered one side with Distress Stain picket fence, dried it... using blending tools added the 3 new colors of Distress Ink, dried it... stamped the background from Wendy's set Sentimental Art with Adirondack pigment Snow Cap, dried it... Inked the flower from Wendy's set Art Is Therapeutic with Archival Ink deep purple and emerald green and stamped it 5 times on the atc without reinking between stampings... inked and stamped an additional flower (no stem) onto a scrap of white cardstock, cut it out and glued it over the first flower I stamped onto the atc... using I white pen I highlighted the dot areas of the other flowers (and even added additional dots)... stamped the quote with Archival Ink jet black... wrote over flowers and miracles with the white pen... added squiggles and dots around the edge with the white pen... tied fiber onto a button and added it as shown.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

CC2C #4

This weeks Compendium of Curiosities Book 2 Challenge (see Tim's Blog) is page 43, Faded Layers... go to Linda's blog to get all the details on the challenge. 

I decided to work smaller this week and started with a #5 manilla tag instead of a #8.  Used a couple of Tim's Idea-ology mini masks and Distress Ink mustard seed, wild honey, and festive berries.  Stamped part of Wendy's Studio 490 wire mesh background stamp with Archival Ink russet.  Stamped the Dylusions vine image along the left with Archival Ink olive and colored them in with DI peeled paint.  "You are Amazing" is one of the new Quietfire Design images - it is stamped with Archival Ink jet black.  The rolled flower is freehand cut from a piece of Distress Coredinations paper, rolled up, glued and Distress Stickles rock candy added to the top edges.  Die cut some leaves from white cardstock, inked & sprayed, stamped with Wendy's number background stamp in olive.  Used a white pen for the highlights and dots and a black pen for the black doodles.

The Quietfire Design Garden Delights Blog Buzz

Quietfire Design would like to introduce you tos their new Spring selection of rubber stamps!  Each day two  designers will be posting brand new artwork they have created using the new rubber stamps.  Visit their blog and post a comment on their Blog Hop post and you will be eligible to win a grab bag of Quietfire Design rubber stamps valued at $50!   There are a whopping *nine* designers sharing their creations with you, so that means nine grab bags available. You must have commented on the blog hop posts by midnight Friday, May 18th.  One name will be randomly drawn from each blog, so you have lots of time to enter!  Tell your friends!
The complete set of new rubber stamps will remain on special at 20% off throughout the Blog Buzz!

All winners will be posted on the Quietfire Style blog on Sunday May 20th. If you are one of our lucky winners, please contact Suzanne privately with your snail mail address.  (Her email address is in the sidebar of the Quietfire Style blog)

Here is our schedule and the awesome designers you will be visiting

Monday, May 14th: Yogi  , Holly
Tuesday, May 15th: Robyn, Dawn 
Wednesday, May 16th: Wanda, Sherry
Thursday, May 17th: Monica, Terre
Friday, May 18th: Suzanne

Happy Buzzing and good luck!!

Here is a peak at an art piece by Suzanne, owner of Quietfire Design.