Thursday, March 31, 2011

shell canvas.

One of the many things I love about my new house is that it is only about an hour drive to ocean. I love just walking the beach and listening to the crashing waves.. Yes, you can call me a hopeless romantic, but I find it both calming and inspiring. 

While walking the beach, my magpie instincts start kicking in full force.  I once heard a saying that went something like "I'd have a longer attention span if so many things weren't so shiny!"  Sad, but true. I totally get distracted by anything shiny and pretty!  I usually end up with quite a few shells in my car... I have a tote on my deck just for drying shells. LOL! 

So, here is my latest shell project...
 Stamp: Inkadinkado "Beauty Stems from Here"
Ink: VersaMark
Creative Inspirations Paint: Fuchsia, Green Olive
Other: Embossing powder, rhinestones, Glossy Accents, jump ring

I'm not really liking it on the wire choker, but I haven't found the perfect beads to string with it yet...

CI paints are a water-based paint, so when putting it on something like jewelry, you have to seal it to prevent water smearing it. I couldn't find my spray sealant when I was working on this, so instead, I mixed a little paint into a glob of Ranger's Glossy Accents, then painted that on. It worked fabulously! It took longer to dry than if I had just painted, but my colors won't run!

I love how it is a one of a kind. I will never be able to duplicate it because I will never find a shell exactly the same... I'm really enjoying using shells as my canvas!

Now to find the right style beads... any ideas?


Tuesday, March 29, 2011

spring candle...

Hey everyone!
Yesterday my niece called me (she is 7, and thinks talking on the phone is one of the best past time ever invented!).. Anyway... we were chatting, and I mentioned that I had seen a couple of deer walking through my yard that morning... She asked me if they were babies. After I told her they weren't she lost interest. LOL! 
However, it got me thinking of spring and baby animals...
 Paper: tissue paper
Stamp: Penny Black "Garden Friends"
Ink: Versamark
Creative Inspirations Paint: Fuchsia, Green Olive, Amethyst, Mango, Sunshine, Mocha Latte, Tutu Pink, Fairy Dust, Denium
Other: embossing powder

I had tons of fun painting this.. I did a little bit of blending, shading, and not worrying about perfection.  I love how the shimmer shows through the wax. So much fun!

Here is a link to a candle tutorial I did a while ago... I use paint to stamp in that tutorial, but you can use ink, or, like I did in this bunny candle, embossing powder as well.  The way you melt the tissue paper onto the candle is the same.

Well... gotta let the dogs out... really don't want to.. it's pouring rain...

Friday, March 25, 2011

chick'n in...

Hey everyone!  I can't believe it's Friday already... This week has just flown by!

Yesterday I spend most of the day making meringuelets.  I haven't made these in a while, so I had forgotten how long it takes!  I ended up with about 4-5 trays of these little things, and each tray takes an hour to bake. However, these fruity little fluffs are SO worth it! They simply MELT in your mouth!

Today I finished a card I started late last night.
Paper: My Mind's Eye, white cardstock
Stamps: Clear Dollar Stamps "Thoughtful Nots", Yvonne Albritton Designs "Chickens"
Inks: All Purpose Ink (Poppy Red), Powder Puff ink (Black), Archival Ink (Jet Black), VersaMark, AquaMarkers (Twilight Blue, Straw Yellow, Gold Ochre, Rose Carmine, Bamboo, Flame Red, Aquamarine)
Other: black embossing powder, ribbon, buttons, thread, gesso

The main image is on white cardstock that was covered in gesso. I then embossed the chickens, and colored them in with AquaMarkers. I like how easily the markers blend on the gesso. I sewed a messy boarder around it with my sewing machine. I tore out the image to give a messy casual look, and added a few buttons for dimension. 

Have a fabulous day!

Friday, March 18, 2011


It is amazing how much "stuff" is accumulated when one moves... for instance... boxes. You have seen me using boxes lately in my art journals... Well, I also have a large stash of bubble wrap. Yup, that fun stuff that you can start popping to relieve stress (or drive your dogs nuts...).  I knew it must have some use in my studio, so I've saved some. I'm glad I did. 

 Paper: white cardstock
Ink: Memento (Tuxedo Black), Aquamarker (Bamboo)
Stamps: TPC Studios "Playful Expressions"
Creative Inspirations Paint: Denium
Other: glaze base, ribbon, bead, end pin, earring

 This fun dotty background was stamped with bubble wrap! I love the texture and randomness of it! SO much FUN!  The blue shimmery spots are Denium CI paint (LOVE this color!) and the green are Aquamarkers in Bamboo... this color combo just makes me happy!

 As usual, the ribbon was painted with CI paint to match perfectly. Love doing this.  I also highlighted the letters of the sentiment with the green to help tie it all together.
The bead was just one in my stash... I threaded an end pin through it, formed a loop at the top, and hooked it onto a hook earring base. It adds just a touch of dimension and movement to the card. 

Simple and happy. 

Have a fabulous Friday everyone!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

believe and fly...

Hey everyone! 
We have been getting a lot of rain here... Yes, I know I am on the coast of Washington, and that as a girl who has spent her whole life in the desert of northern Utah, I'm not a good judge of "a lot of rain", but according to the news... Seattle has gotten double the normal rain for March, and March is only half over. So, I feel justified in saying we have gotten a LOT of rain. =)

However, we have had some breaks in the clouds today, and sunshine is finding it's way into my studio. *sigh*  Life is beautiful!

Anyway.. on to today's project.
This is an art journal page I have been working the past couple days in between everything else...
Paper: White cardstock, corrugated cardboard
Ink: Archival Ink (Jet Black), Memento Ink (Tuxedo Black), All Purpose Ink (Rose Pink, Orchid Odyssey, Mint Green, White)
Stamps: Hero Arts "Antique Engravings"
Words: computer generated
Other: Gesso, glitter, Diamond Dust, wire, Perfect Pearls

The base is an 8x8 square from one of the many moving boxes we are still over run with. (I love crafting with those things!)  I then spread a thin layer of Gesso over it. Once dry I misted on some green, pink, white, and shimmer using mists I've made with All Purpose inks, and Perfect Pearls. 

 I filled an entire sheet of white cardstock with this beautiful butterfly stamp. I love this stamp because it is very detailed, but the outside line is easy to cut.   I then sprayed the butterflies pink (with a tiny bit of light purple). I also completely covered them with Perfect Pearl shimmer spray... Love the sparkle! I then hand cut each one. I also cut in between the upper and lower wings for even more dimension and movement.

 I glittered the bodies, and added some Diamond Dust (large glass glitter) to the edges. Cutting out the antennas seemed kind pointless, so I just snipped them off when cutting out the butterflies. Instead, I twisted little pieces of wire... I like the look better anyway. 

I printed the words out, chopped them up, then distressed the edges.  They didn't stand out enough on the background, so I added some ink around the edges. 

And.. just for fun, I decided to let my color choices for this project be influenced by the challenge over at clearlyistamp... I don't do challenges very often, but I guess I should do more of them. They really are fun. 

Well, I'm off to enjoy the sunshine! Have a wonderful day!

Monday, March 14, 2011

flowers and butterflies...

Happy Monday everyone!

I was up for a good portion of last night with a very impressive thunder storm that was driving my dogs NUTS!  However, things have clammed down, and there is even a little bit of sun poking out through the clouds. (that is fairly impressive for the northwest part of WA!)

Well, on to a project... I did this one on Saturday while the rains were coming down and I was getting a new porch light put up.
Paper: white cardstock, My Mind's Eye, old book paper
Ink: Distress Ink (Rusty Hinge, Forest Moss, Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Victorian Velvet, Aged Mahogany)
Tsukineko All Purpose Ink (Banana Cream, Lemon, Frost White, Ash Rose, Vegas Gold
Stamps: Inkadinkado "Letter", Fancy Pants "In My Words"
Die Cuts:  Cricut "Preserves" "Create A Critter", Quickutz "Cookie Cutter Flowers" "Nesting Oval Scallops"
Creative Inspirations Paint: Onyx, Silver Frost
Stencil: Stensource "Mini Butterflies"
Other: Ranger Perfect Pearls, nail heads, rhinestones, stamen, textures paste

The butterfly was made using a stencil and texture paste. (man, I LOVE this stuff!)  After it was dry, I painted it with Onyx CI paint. I then used water to blend in a little Silver Frost for accents.  A bunch of hot fix rhine stones form the swirl under the butterfly.  The oval the butterfly is on was cut out of my favorite paper... white cardstock. I then inked it with several colors and shades of Distress ink, and stamped the text with Forest Moss.

This stamp is a Fancy Pants Stamp, and I love it! It is great for filling in, or adding visual weight. I stamped it with Forest Moss Distress Ink. Because this ink stays wet for a little while, I was able to brush on some perfect pearls. They stick only to the wet ink, so you end up with a shimmery stamped image with very little effort. I love the effect!

The flowers were all hand made... I love making flowers! The small pink flowers were cut from old dictionary pages using the Quickutz "Cookie Cutter Flower" die, inked, scrunched, and formed into flowers.
The other flower was made by cutting 3 large and 1 small flower from "Create a Critter" Cricut Cart and 4 small flowers from the "Preserves" cart. They were inked twisted, scrunched, and layered together for lots of dimension and texture.

Well, that's it for me today.. now I've got to get serious about some of the things on my "dreaded but necessary" to-do list... Wish me luck. LOL!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

links of color...

It is late... but since I'm up, I thought I would drop in with couple projects...

Stamps: Fancy Pants "From the Garden"
Ink: Staz-on (Jet Black), Tsukineko All Purpose ink (Real Black)
Creative Inspirations Paints: Ivory
Other: Glossy Accents (Ranger), Crackle Accents (Ranger), clay, keepsakes bracelet

I painted, stamped, and crackled the clay for this elegant bracelet. It was simple to do, but the results are dazzling!  The hardest part was waiting for things to dry in between steps. LOL!

You can click HERE for a step-by-step tutorial.

Here is another similar project not shown in that tutorial for those of you who stopped by to visit my blog. =)

For this one, I skipped over the stamping step and just let the colors, shimmer, and texture shine.

The blue links were painted with Denium CI paint. After the Crackle Accents, I again used the "Real Black" All Purpose ink  and water mixture to highlight the cracks.

The brown links were done with Truffle and Champagne Mist All Purpose Inks, then "Real Black" over the crackles. They do have slightly different look, as a different medium was used to color them, but it just goes to show that there are many ways to add color to your life. =)

 Well, my sick puppy is sleeping, so guess I should try to get some rest too. 

Thursday, March 3, 2011


Just wanted to jump on really quick and let you know of a feature of my blog you may not have noticed before... 

As you probably know, I do a lot of tutorials for the Creative Inspirations blog.. I don't always get then posted over here. There are some really fun techniques there if you are using the paints or not, so I have compiled a list of links that will take you directly to each tutorial. 

You can find the page here, or you can click on the tab at the top of my blog.  I will be adding to this list often, so be sure to check back!  

All tutorials I have written especially for this blog can be found by clicking on "back2basics" and "tutorials" in my labels on the side bar.

Let me know if you ever see anything you want to learn, and I'll see what I can do for you. =)


Wednesday, March 2, 2011

paint dumpin'...

I feel like I've been running around in a whirlwind the last couple days.  I'm the kind of crafter who cleans up after each project, organizes obsessively, and all around likes thing neat and tidy. 

Lately, my studio has been a disaster!  I have been working on putting together multiple tutorials,  as well as working on a couple different projects at the same time, not to mention the projects I've been working on that I can't blog yet.. and most flat surfaces have become over run with things that are drying, projects "in-the-works", pages of notes, and a wide variety of products and supplies.... 

Not complaining though.. I am loving it! 

*Ok, so the mess is kinda driving me nuts, but I am planning on taking some time to clean and organize tonight or tomorrow so I can find things again. =)

Yesterday I got a package I've been waiting on for a while...

Yup, it is a box of every yummy color of Creative Inspirations paints!  
I know it seems strange to get so excited about this package, after all, I already have all the colors because of my work on the DT.  This box is special though... Molly sent me these jars to DUMP.  


A while ago, I took this picture for her...
She has asked me to recreate this picture with all 59 colors!  I'm very excited! It has been a while since I broke out my studio lights, and all my studio photography things.  Although product photography isn't my specialty, I did study it in school as part of the photography program. 

So a portion of my studio is currently blocked off with cardboard boxes (I don't think I'll ever run out of ways to uses those things...)  so the dogs don't trip on any cords, or pull over any light stands, and I've been taking pictures.

I can't tell you how grateful I am that I am in my new studio! My old studio in UT would never have fit all the extra equipment!

The other part of my studio is still going strong with crafty projects.. I really do need to clean up, because I am having a hard time finding where I last put things down...

I'll have more stuff to share soon.... when I find it...