Wednesday, February 22, 2012

What's on your Work Desk Wednesday

I have several things on my work desk. Though you can only see one. The one you can see is the start of a Layout. I'm trying a new technique. Well, a new technique to me that is. Using Multi Medium as a resist. Plus I've never created my own layout background using Glimmer Mist! It's a little scary, but then I thought....hey it's only a 70 cent piece of paper...what is to be scared of? Duh!!
I'm also working on a tag, a canvas, and trying another new technique, aluminum foil resist! We'll see how everything turns out!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Playing in my journal

As you know I started a new Art Journal in Jan. I have been keeping up with it pretty well. I play in it most days. I have found that I'm growing in the art world because of this journal. Oh I'll never be at the "Artist" stage but I'm learning and can see that my creations are getting better as I go.
I have found that once I had a certain place to play and not worry about messing up a creation that I explore a lot more and try new things. If I mess it up it's fine that is what the journal is for!
Here I was playing with PanPastels, a new Crafters Workshop Template and trying my hand at creative lettering. I need a little practice in the lettering part! lol
I need to add some interest in the corners and didn't want to use the usual bubble wrap. So I started thinking....and looking around...I thought I wonder if this left over piece of Dusty Attic Chicken Wire could be used as a stamp? Yep, it could! ha! I love it!!! And..if I never decide that I need that Chicken wire in an LO I now already have the white base on it! Cool huh?
The girl is a Crafters Workshop Template designed by Julie Balzer. I didn't want my girl to look like everyone's so I used the face and tried to create my own hair..not bad for a beginner :o) Love Julie's templates, I'm going to collect every single one!

Valentines card for hubby

In the previous post I showed a tag I had created for a challenge. I needed a card for hubby on Valentines and had completely let it slip my mind that I needed to create one. So I grabbed the tag and made a quick card :o)...easy peasy!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

My heart skips a beat when I'm with you

It's Valentines time and that means I need to start on Valentine projects. Yes, I'm good at waiting until the last minute! lol..

My first project is a tag that I plan to use on a card for my dear sweet hubby. I saw a tag made of cardboard on Flying Unicorn's Artist of the Week Challenge.

I love this challenge. Every week someone is chosen as Artist of the Week. The challenge is to go to their gallery and lift one of their creations. I love trying different styles, techniques, this challenge is always a favorite of mine. :o).

This week Gerry was our Artist of the week. She is one very talented lady! Every creation of hers is a work of art! You can find her blog here: .

Also, here is a link to her gallery on Flying Unicorn:

It was so hard to choose what to lift. So many beautiful...stunning creations!
Her cardboard tag was just to gorgeous to pass up! Here is her tag:

I just love the cardboard look, I love the vibrant colors, and I love the way she mixed them...stunning!

When I lift someone, I do not copy their work, I try to take a few of the things I see that I want to try and make it my own.
So for this, I wanted the cardboard and I wanted to try and mix my colors the way she did.

I love the way it turned out. It's not vibrant like hers...mine is muted and soft..I would love to find out how she made hers so vibrant and plan to ask her. When I do find out. I'll try again in my journal :o)

Anyway here is my take on Gerry's tag:


For the background I cut a tag out of cardboard, Then painted it using Caludine Hellmuth's "Dash of Red", and Painterly Pink Acrylic Paint. I then took some Adirondack "Snow Cap" Acrylic Paint Dabber and mixed enough water in it to make it runny. I dripped the white paint in the holes of the cardboard and let it run down. im Holtz Urban Grunge stamp set.
I also stamped in black an Argyle Stamp from from the stamp set "Every Heartbeat" from Our Craft Lounge and a text stamp from the Tim Holtz Urban Grunge Stamp set.


Fabric Heart - I cut out a heart from a scrap of fabric, sewed a zig zag stich and make tiny cuts into the zig zag for some texture, added a little lace

Black hearts - I stamped the hearts with white paint from the same Our Craft Lounge set I used for the background and cut them out. Then inked the edges with ColorBox Fluid Chalk Cat’s Eye in Charcoal. I attached them to a chain for hanging.

I cut a piece of cardboard, distressed it and painted it with Adirondack's "Snow Cap" Acrylic Paint Dabber. The Sentiment is from the same Craft Lounge stamp set "Every Heartbeat"

I added a little fiber and called it complete. I just love the grungy look I achieved!

One Valentines project off my "to do" list..7 more to go!