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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

What I'm working on...

Hello everyone!

I have been enjoying having my evenings for my family and my projects. I have been working on a quilt for a group I belong to with church. You may remember I made a quilt last year from donated fabrics. I am doing this again. I am using some flannels this time. They are different to work with. I am enjoying it.

 I have been super inspired by all of the photos I've been seeing of the CHA releases. I have missed stamping so much. I decided to take a break from the quilt for one night and participate in a challenge.
This card is for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. The link to the challenge is here:http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge/

The challenge this week is to create an inky background. I had no trouble coming up with something like that. :-)
I inked the background using Peacock Feathers and Salty Ocean Distress Inks. I added a little Momento Grey around the edges. Then I inked up the Hero Arts background stamp in the same colors I created the background with and then stamped them over it. After it was all dry I heat embossed the Simon Says Stamp greeting and hearts with Versa Mark Ink and Ranger Liquid Platinum embossing powder.
 I love the colors of the inks and the embossing powder together. The sequins and gems were added last. I am mailing this to a friend whose father passed away.
Thank you for stopping by. I would love for you to link to your projects so I can see what you are working on, in the comments.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

New Year, New Changes and Projects

Oh my goodness! It has been so long since I blogged!

I had been working two jobs and volunteering for most of 2014. Something had to come out of my schedule. Unfortunately it was crafting and blogging. I was able to quit my night job at a big department store just before Christmas. I have been crafting and creating art non stop since. :-)

I've been working a lot in my watercolor journal. I did this one with water color pencil on a train trip in November.

This flower was so fun I cut it out with my Silhouette and colored it with Distress Ink right on the cutting mat. Then I assembled it and fluffed and that was it.



For Christmas Santa scored a perfect 10. He got me this new set of water colors. I am totally in love. There are a lot of crafters using this set online. It is a great set. The pigments are so intense and the consistency is so creamy. I have used some others that are chalky, gritty, not very pigmented, low quality pigments, etc... These are none of the above. The color variation possibilities, in just one little color pan, is incredible. These are called Gansai Tambi by Kretake. If you like to water color, get them.

Here are some pages I have done recently.



This little bookmark is the first quick try I did using the new paints. I love how rich they are. It makes using them so fun and pleasing.


Another BIG project was cleaning up my area in the basement.  It was a crazy hot mess. I am embarrassed to show these pictures, but decided I wanted you to see the changes.

This picture below was after I had cleaned up a few things off of the floor. I bought the colorful storage boxes shown on the right side counter top the day before. I had so many unfinished projects all over the floor. I was constantly stepping over piles all over the place. It was bad. I started to think a long time ago that I needed to seriously throw some things away. I also wanted to get the projects that are most important in those boxes and then I can just pull out a box and work on that project one box at a time. :-)



It took like 4 days of purging, organizing and sorting. I have to confess there is about 1/2 a box left to go through. I am happy with how it is now, for now.


 
I have to say the best part is this brand new counter area. My husband got the metal drawers and the counter top for free from his work. They were going to be thrown away. He built me the cubbies under the counter out of left overs from the garage. The paper rack was a special purchase. It was from Archiver's, where I used to work, before they closed their doors. I love it. 
 


The drawers are super deep. I can fit tons in them.


The rack fits perfectly. It can be scooted back if needed and I can sit there. So far I just love having more space to spread out.

 
This is how it looks after all that cleaning.
 


Here is my sister in my space. The first project we did was to cut some fabric on my Silhouette and then she appliqued it to a project. She was using her new to her sewing machine that she got for Christmas. You can see we had a computer, a Silhouette, a sewing machine and a cutting area, an ironing board and still lots of room to work and move.  This is what we have been needing!!


Here is one of my daughters helping me finish up the Christmas cards.  We had plenty of room to be stamping together and doing it assembly line style!

 
I am so very thankful!
 
The first project I did was to refill my birthday cards. I had hardly any left.
 







I decided I wanted to try and paint from some inspiring pictures. This one is a Pin from Pinterest. I love the tall flowers bending over the path.
 

 Sorry it's sideways! I can't figure out how to rotate it.
Anyway, here is what I painted.

 
 


Here is another one I just finished this morning. The inspiration picture is at the end.

I used a tiny bit of the silver paint that is in my palette to add some shine to the clouds.

 
I love poppies so this was heavenly to me. I love the transparency of the petals.
 
Thanks for stopping by to see what I've been doing these past few weeks. I am hoping to share a lot more lately. If you are on Pinterest or Instagram follow me to see what I'm up to every day and what is inspiring me. :-)


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

I just love blue and white!

I just had to keep using this new stamp. Blue and white has been on my mind. I think it turned out very striking.
 
 
I made it a one layer card. I used some 3M Post It tape to mask off the area for the sentiment.

 
I was having a lot of trouble with static that day. I actually made the card twice because my embossing powder was sticking everywhere it shouldn't. 


I used this metallic Jelly Roll pen by Sakura to add some silver highlights to the design. Not too many. I didn't want it to take away. Just add some fun. It also helped me disguise the areas where the embossing powder messed things up.


Here is the final card. I added a solid line of silver above and below the sentiment as well. The background stamp is so busy that I feel I don't need any embellishment. It stands on it's own so well.

 
Thanks for stopping in. I love comments. :-) What have you been working on? I am wanting to enter more challenges. They seem a fun way to share and try something I didn't think of for myself. I meant to enter this one in Hero Art's one layer card challenge, but was a few days late with this post.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

I just love new stamps!

 I got some new stamps this week. I decided to use the last of my birthday $ I received as gifts. I LOVE this stamp by Hero Arts. I've been wanting it for quite awhile. It is always sold out. I finally lucked out.


 I woke up with this idea in my head this morning. I had to get it out.


I stamped it four times and got to work cutting.


Here are my pieces and my lovely scraps.


I decided to make some areas darker red. The heart is just a scrap I use to test out the color of the pencil before I use it. I had a little trouble with the embossing powder flaking off. I tried to keep my cool and keep going. I fixed it at the end.

 
Here is the final card all layered up. Sorry for the bad pic.
 
 
 
Here is a quick Instagram video I did of the layers. You can really see the shine too. I love it when it turns out just like you want. I am leaving it blank for now. I don't know what kind of card it will be, or who for. I just put the panel on top of a white card base and I'll decide later who it is for and what sentiment to add. 
video

I have never used this little video player before . Let me know what you think. Is it fun?

Thursday, July 31, 2014

When your projects take on a new direction....

Ever have that happen to you? I know you have. That is life. Plan A becomes Plan B all the time.
 
I was making a card yesterday and I took apart what I did and went a new direction. Here are some photos to prove it. (Ha! As if you would doubt me. ;-))
 
I wanted to color this tag with Distress stains. I used light, medium and dark shades of blue.


 
Then I inked the edges with Distress Ink.
 
I stamped then heat embossed these flowers with gold embossing powder.
 

I thought I would try a pretty loopy bow with embroidery floss. It turned out terrible so I pulled it off and chucked it. 
 
I did like how the flower turned out. I like stamping it twice and then cutting apart the second one to make more petals. Then I assemble them in a new way to make a bigger and fuller flower. I also love using  foam adhesive! It makes it so dimensional.
 
I didn't like how you could see the edges of the petals so I added beads to the center of the flower to cover the edges of the paper.
 
I'm not thrilled, but it looks better. I'll keep it.

 Here is where I decided I didn't like the tag as much as I thought. I pulled the flower off and put the tag to the side for another project. I made this panel awhile back. It is white cardstock covered in Peacock Feathers Distress Ink. Then I used a fun stencil, embossing paste, and verdigris embossing powder. It is so fun and funky.
 
I decided to make the sentiments match by covering white cardstock in the same ink.



 
Just a close up of that embossing. It is so thick!

 
 Not my best ever, but it's OK. I love that I had fun making mistakes and messing around. I don't have to be perfect every time.
 
More imperfection? Chick out my Instagram feed if you want to see my experiment that is pictured below. I have a couple of videos there. I wanted to make pearly embossing paste. 
 
 
Why would I post pictures of a project that wasn't perfect? Because I love to share. Because it turned out OK in the end. Because life isn't perfect. Perfect gets boring and you never learn anything new. I love to learn. :-)
See you soon.