Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Tim's Tag for April

Totally unimaginative title, but it gets to the point. lol.

I really loved Tim's tag for April, and ... whoa! I had all the stuff necessary to make one. But instead of making just one, I made several. Used up all the die cut pieces.... almost. 
I have to say, I struggled making the tattered pinecone flowers.  I ended up squirting large blobs of hot glue in the base, to hold it where I wanted, and ended up with slightly burnt fingertips. All of which is my fault, of course.  I love the looks of them, but I think I might stick to the "traditional" way of making layered roses.  Other than that, pretty much followed Tim's example, being as how I liked it so well to begin with.

So, the only difference in the two is the one on the left uses the painted grungeboard die per Tim's instructions, whereas the one on the right is using up the collaged paper grungeboard die cut.  To me, you can hardly tell the difference. Oh, and I forgot to put my string through the hole prior to taking the picture. 
Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014


After viewing Jennifer McGuire's video using stencils and glitter, I decided to pull out my much unloved glitter drawer and some other supplies and give it a try.  I thought the techniques would be perfect for some Easter cards for the family.
On this particular card, I actually used a Studio 490 stencil and embossing paste with the glitter....

Ok, on these I used double sided tape sheets, and followed Jennifer's instructions for using stencils with the glitter...I was able to get two for one on these, lol...yeah, free handed the egg, so it's not perfect..and, you can see where the stencil raised up a little on the right card, so the stencil area wasn't well defined.

Love how the stenciled area is well defined on this one.

Haven't done anything yet with this last example, but I had some tape leftover, and while the glitter was out...well, you know.
And yes, it was several weeks ago that I made these, but I'm still seeing glitter pieces around, no matter how careful I was during the process.  I ended up spraying the pieces with a really light coat of Krylon just to make sure more didn't fall off.
I liked using the embossing paste with glitter, but since you can't smoosh the glitter into the paste, you just have to let it dry, and some does fall off after drying, so it's a lighter result than using the tape. But, I like the's a little faster and easier, other than the drying time.
So there you have it! I hope you have a wonderful Easter!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

I'm Canvas-ing....

Here are two 8 x 10 canvases I made a couple of months ago...

You know how I love flowers...lots of Studio 490 products used on these, some Blossom Bucket pieces, distress paints, inks, etc. Any questions...please ask!
Thanks for looking!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Journal Inside Cover

This will be the inside cover of the book I made for the swap pages mentioned in the previous post. I totally cased Wendy's tutorial idea, you can check it out HERE.  It's simpler than hers, but I like it.
Remember, the theme is blue flowers:

Thanks for looking!

Friday, January 24, 2014

Art Journal Page Swap

Some friends and I decided to do an Art Journal Page Swap a long time ago. lol. We specified a theme if we wanted one, the size page we wanted, and let it rip. After we received each other's pages, we bound the pages in a book...however we wished to. 
My theme: Blue Flowers
Here's the cover I made out of substrate, joined with Tyvek material (ok, an old mailing envelope), and an Idea-ology binder.  The front piece I made a LONG time ago, back when Maya Road chipboard was in heavy use around the studio. It was languishing in a box forever, but I remembered it had a blue you go.

The pages I created for my friends:

Next couple are a little freaky..but if you know me, well....

Back to somewhat normal:

And the pages sent to me, in the book! Wow!

Cool, huh?
Thanks for looking!

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Tim's Tag for January

I've been trying to decide whether to keep the blog or not..yeah, for the past couple of years now. lol.  I think I'm going to try and go with pictures and very brief descriptions, without going into the how or why. So, I'm going to try the simple approach, and if I find I'm still not posting as much, away it will go. And I'll probably go to just posting pictures on Facebook. That being said, here's my version of Tim's tag for January...

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Anger Management and Stupidity...

Bet you're wondering what the title has to do with art, right? LOL  I just wonder how many hits that title will get in Google. 
Over at the EWV Yahoo! Group, the August challenge is DIE CUTS. In other words, use a die cut and at least one Studio 490 stamp.
I had to pull double duty with this tag, as it was Dewbird's birthday "tag".  He loves the sentiment, said he wants it as a bumper sticker for the imagine that.

 Umm, didn't take a pic of just the background, but I'll tell you what I did to start the's a jumbo tag, btw.  Stamped with stamps from Mechanical Art stamp set in Watering Can Gray archival. Dry. Inked all over with Stormy Sky distress ink. Spread with clear embossing powder, then flick off a generous portion. Heat to emboss. It leaves a nice bumpy texture.  Inked over all of that with Brushed Corduroy distress ink. Nice vintage looking background. Then, I took some of the NEW translucent embossing paste from Studio 490, mixed it with Blue Smoke Perfect Pearls, and spread it over a harlequin stencil. You can kind of see the diamonds here and there. Very cool metallic, transparent look.
After that, it was a matter of cutting out some gears, used Ver Day paint on those...the arrow and numbers are Sizzix thinlits. I covered them with gold paint dabber, aged with Coffee archival ink. The arrow I covered with Crackle Accents. 
The stamp from the Mechanical Art set made a perfect frame for the sentiment.
Some lock washers, gears, and other! done!
I did shade around the dimensional pieces with a Stabilo pencil..I've been doing that with most of the pieces lately. Really makes them stand out.
There you have it...another challenge completed...whoop! Thanks for stopping by!