Friday, January 28, 2011

nursery rhymes...

Ok, so a little brag time...
My sister is having her first baby next month. I am so EXCITED for her!  They have waited a long time for this miracle to happen.  

Anyway, my mom, who is an amazing quilter, is doing the nursery for them. They aren't going to find out if it is a boy or girl until it is born, so we had to stick with a neutral design and colors. Her main colors are baby blue, light green, and brown  with hints of pink...  Here is the quilt my mom recently finished...

Anyone recognize those animals?

Yup, my contribution to this quilt was to help design it and make patterns using my Cricut! (I don't quilt, and my sewing leaves something to be desired...)   I had so much fun!  We used Create a Critter, Zooaballoo, Mini Monsters, and Life's a Beach. 

And the best part is, the animals are made of different kinds of minkies  (those super soft to die for fabrics).  Baby is one spoiled kid already!

Ok, movers are here... they'll want to start in on this room soon... 

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

chance to win..

hey everyone! 
I thought I would jump on really quick to let you guys know that there is paint to be won!

Yup, over on the Creative Inspirations blog HERE, there is a blog truffle! 5 jars of the wonderfully shimmery CI paints that you see me use here all the time are up for grabs.  Just become a follower and answer the question... EASY!

It is open until Feb 7th, so make sure you hop on over. 

Ok, gotta get busy.. Movers are coming tomorrow. YIKES!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

pink and green...

It was a sad night at my house last night. I spent the evening officially packing the rest of my scrapbooking stuff in preparation for the move... I figured I will be too busy running around like a confused ostrich to have time to sit down and actually craft. LOL! I look forward to getting settled in the new house, organizing my new studio space, and getting back to the wonderful world of photography and, of course, crafting!

However, I have been stock piling a few projects so  I can continue to post. =)

Ok.. this card was made the other day when I was having a creative streak that pushed me to create several projects fairly quickly (and on limited supplies cuz of moving)... Looking back now, I realize I was so concentrated on just creating, that I forgot to take notes... OOPS! So, I'm going to have to go by memory.

Paper: White cardstock, tissue paper
Stamps: Tattered Angels "Seaside", Glitz "Distressing", Fancy Pants "Doodles and Things"
Ink: Distress (Forest Moss, Tattered Rose), Mark-it (black), Colorbox Pigment (Shabby Pink) *I think*

I started out by using one of the Glitz "Distressing" stamps to create a soft background. I then stamped one of the shells from TA "Seaside" onto tissue paper. Distress ink works really well for this technique because it doesn't bleed or wick out like some inks do.  I then cut it out, layered it on, and added a few doodles. 

Like I said, not a lot of extra or dimensional stuff because things are packed... I can't wait to get all my stuff back out where I can use it!!!  However, it has been kind of fun challenging myself to do projects that don't use a lot of extra stuff.  And tissue paper has totally become one of my favorite things to stamp!

Have a fabulous weekend!

Friday, January 21, 2011

I am happy to report that today I am finally feeling back to normal, which is probably a good thing because...
There is only about a week left before the movers come and pack up the house. Yup, things seem to FINALLY be falling into place. YAY!!!

This however is also stressful... figuring out details, saying goodbyes, getting ahead on DT responsibilities,  packing up my studio... I will be so glad when I can finally set my studio back up and have full access to ALL my supplies again. I have been working out of totes for FAR too long! LOL!

I'm really excited for this new adventure. I have spent most of my life in one house.  There are so many wonderful memories here. I'm carefully packing those up in my heart to take with me, and I'm preparing to make many more fabulous memories.  It will be a complete change of pace for me. I've spent all of my life in the city... Michaels is less than 1.5 miles away, and tons of other craft stores within 20 min. drive. Shopping, food, and friends are always nearby. The new house is in a rural area where the closest Walmart is almost a half hour drive away. LOL! Should be fun! =)

back to the crafting.

This is the project I shared over at the CI blog last Saturday for my weekly tutorial. I thought I would share it here too. 

 Paper: white cardstock
Stamps: Hampton Art "Artsy Borders", Fancy Pants "Fresh Mod"
Ink: Colorbox Archival (Atlantic Blue, Wicked Black)
Creative Inspirations Paint: Citrus
Other: Modeling Paste

The texture is done with modeling paste and a palette knife... It is so fun to play with!
The yellow is CI paint, which also gives it that fabulous shimmer. The blue is the Colorbox ink... I love how the shimmer shows through the ink!

 While the paste was wet, I dry stamped it (no ink) with this fabulous stamp by Hampton art. I just love it! When the card was dry I inked up the same stamp and stamped in the impression to really make it pop. This is super easy to do with clear stamps! 

Want a step by step for the technique used on this card? Head over here.

Ok... Gotta get going with the rest of the day. I've got some fabric to dye for my sister's nursery. =)

Monday, January 17, 2011

grunge paper hello...

Happy Monday!
I don't really have much to say, but I knew I needed to get on and post something... I have been finding it hard to post lately... I hoping it is just because of all the stress with the house right now, and that when things calm down I will be more in the mood for spending some much needed time with my personal blog. 

Let's all say a little prayer that there won't be any more delays in paperwork, and that I will be in my new house soon!!!

Here is another Cricut project.... I really should use my bug more... I'm hoping that in the new studio there will be some place for it to just be. Right now I have to haul it out, plug it in, unbury mats.... and then reverse the whole process. I think that's why I haven't been using it as much. Right now, it's faster to just stamp something. 
 Paper: My Mind's Eye, Grunge Paper, white cardstock
Ink: Distress ink (Victorian Velvet, Antique Linin, Vintage Photo), Colorbox Pigment (Dusty Plum, Cream White), Colorbox Archival (Frosted Plum)
Stamps: Glitz "Distressing"
Cricut: Wall Decor
Other: ribbon, sewing machine

I used the Gypsy to create a border for my card flap. I then stamped and inked.

 The words are cut out of Grunge Paper... Yes, it goes through the Cricut. I used the regular blade, blade depth 6, pressure max. It worked great. Pigment inks then altered it from brown to polka dotted pink.

The ribbon was colored using the Colorbox Archival ink. That ink takes a long time to dry on the ribbon, so I end up wiping a lot off onto a scratch paper... After the ribbon was tied to the card, I heated it with my heat gun to make the ribbon curl and melt. 
I also dug out my sewing machine for this card to add a decorative touch to the patterned paper on the inside of the card. (I was feeling ambitious, wasn't I! LOL!) 

Well, off for family time... have a great evening!

Monday, January 10, 2011

incoherent creativity...

Sometimes I can sit in my studio for hours, surrounded by countless inks, embellishments, paper, and tools, and get absolutely nothing accomplished. It can be frustrating, but on the other hand, it is still a relaxing place to be. And in those relaxed hours of fiddling with things, sometimes great ideas come. So perhaps the time isn't really wasted.  Sometimes creativity just takes a while to form coherent ideas.

If you remember, a while back, I posted that I had gotten a bunch of beeswax for a Christmas project. Well, I've played with it quite a bit in those hours of "incoherent creativity". I don't feel like I have really mastered it at all, but I am getting more comfortable with it. 

Here is one of the projects I did a while ago with beeswax.
I don't remember all of the products used... A lot of it was experimenting an seeing what worked and what didn't.  I ended up using a chipboard base, and layering papers, stamps and inks.  
All of it was "glued" together with the wax. It is fun to see how translucent some papers get when covered in wax. I think the Music was stamped on regular copy paper.
I also tried stamping in the wax. In theory, you build up a thicker layer of wax, set the stamp in, allow to cool, then pull the stamp out. Yeah. after trying it over and over, remelting the wax in between each try, I ended up with this. I wasn't really happy with it, so I restamped the wax with a Colorbox gold metalic ink, and it helped it somewhat. (The ink was a pigment ink that never did dry on the wax.. however, since it is only in the recessed areas, unless you try to rub it, it hasn't been a problem).

So anyway... this perhaps isn't my favorite card ever, but it was a learning experience, and I thought I would share it with you. 

have a happy Monday. I'm off to see if Tim Holtz has posted his sneak peeks yet, then off to play in my studio...

Thursday, January 6, 2011

find your way...

Hey everyone... 
I got the itch to do a scrapbook page, so I dug out a photo that I have been meaning to scrap for a while, and this is what I came up with...
Paper: Bazzill, My Mind's Eye, whie cardstock
Ink: Distress (Walnut Stain, Aged Mahogany, Stormy Sky), Colorbox (Cream White, Mudslide, Toffee, Popcorn)
Stamps: Glitz "Distressing", Fancy Pants "In My Words"
Creative Inspiration Paint: Fairy Dust, Tutu Pink
Cricut: Wall Decor
Other: Glossy Accents, Button, Embossing powder, ribbon, Tim Holtz "Adornments"

I know, can you believe it... I dug out my Cricut again! I got Wall Decor on one of those fabulous sales that have been going on, and I LOVE it!   I had so much fun with this page. 

Here are some close ups...
 I cut the compass out of white cardstock. I then used a temporary adhesive to attach it to the background page. I did a bunch of inking with distress ink. I then removed the compass, stamped it, covered it in Fairy Dust CI, and set it aside. I wanted more contrast between the compass and the back ground, so after flicking some water on it to create water spots, I rubbed a thin layer of several pigment inks over the area... this gave it a dusty, old, and faded feel. I then offset my compass slightly to give added depth.

 This fabulous metal heart is from the Tim Holtz Adornments. I don't usually use charms on my page, but I was given it and challenged to use it, so I did!  Before attaching it to the compass, I rubbed a little bit of Tutu Pink CI paint over it... The CI paint doesn't stick fantastically well doing this, but it does get caught in some of the crevices for a subtle hint of shine and color. A little ribbon, and it was ready for the page.

 The letters were also cut out of white cardstock (man I love that stuff!). I then applied a light layer of Distress ink using an ink blending tool. For those who don't know, Distress ink is a special dye ink that stays wet long enough to emboss... and that is just what I did.. I covered them in a layer of embossing powder. After heating, and allowing to cool completely, I added another heavier coat of distress ink to highlight the texture. 

 The birds were cut out of brown cardstock that I then stamped with a pigment ink.. Pigment inks are opaque, so you can stamp on dark paper.. LOVE it!  
I also added a layer of Glossy Accents to the wire the birds are sitting on to give it some dimension.

With Colorbox Archival ink, I stamped directly onto the photo as well as inking the edges...I love stamping on photos. It is a great way to soften the edges of the photo, and tie it into the rest of your design.

And, guess what... this project also fits all the criteria for a challenge!  (this wasn't what I had been thinking of doing for this challenge, but this is where the creative spark led... and who am I to disregard a creative spark? LOL!)

So.. here is the challenge...
and the requirements...
1. must be attached to a square.  check. my page is 12x12 square.
2. must have a piece of fabric in any form. check. the ribbon is fabric.
3.  must include something that represents "love". check. I went with the colors pink and brown... pink for love, brown for chocolate. Also, this photo represents one of the rare moments when the kiddos are showing family love rather than family feuds... =)
4. must include a heart. check. the metal Adornment heart.
5. must include some variation of wire. check. the birds are on a wire. (ok, so it's a paper wire, but that is a "variation", right?)

Ok, it's late.... 
'Nite all!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

sparkling waters...

Success!  I have managed to load pictures... I don't know that I figured anything out, but I guess persistence pays off.  *doin' the happy dance* LOL!

So, today's project is all about layering colors of ink and paint. The only paper used was plain white cardstock.
Paper: White cardstock
Stamps: Tattered Angels "Seaside", Inkadinkado "Sketchy Flourishes
Ink: All Purpose ink, Staz-on, Powder Puff, Distress ink
Creative Inspirations Paint: Sky Blue, Coal
Other: Tattered Angels "Seaside" mask, waxy flax, shell

 This card ended up being a shimmer overload!  Since it was originally for a CI challenge, I used the CI paints for the light blue background as well as the stamped fish. The purple area, is actually a spray I made with All Purpose Ink (Burgundy and Champagne Mist).  The spray is a pink color, but because it is transparent, it looks purple when sprayed over the blue paint. Both the paints and the inks sparkle, but there is a big difference in the look. I think it is kind of fun to mix up the shine a bit. =)

As a finishing touch, I hand stitched around the square with waxy flax. I then carefully drilled a small hole in a shell and tied it on.

Ok, off to put the dog outside.

trying to figure it out..

I have been MIA.
Blogger has not been a very nice friend to play with this past week for me. Don't you just hate that!

For some reason, it still isn't liking me... I'm going to work on it and see if I can figure out the problem so I can start posting photos and projects again....

Hopefully I'll get a real post up by the end of the day.. (does that count as a new years resolution?)