Monday, May 28, 2012

Rainy Day Project - Grungepaper Bracelet

Grungepaper Bracelet

I was cruising blogs the other day for inspiration and I ran across this wonderful grungeboard/grungepaper bracelet by Sarah at La-De-Dah.  When I saw it I knew my youngest daughter would love something like this.

Since today was a rainy day and I finished all my chores yesterday, I decided it was time to give this a go.  I didn't have any Grungeboard for the bottom layer, so I used two layers of Grungepaper and lined the inside with a soft felt. 

Here's how it looked once finished...

and here is a few pictures that I took while I was making it.  I usually forget to do this part...

I cut the strips  at one inch and two inches wide with my deckle trimmer and ran them through the Vagabond with embossing folders.  My daughter picked a circles design for the bottom layer and a floral design for the top.
I inked them up with several Distress Stains and Distress Inks and edged them in Black Soot Distress Ink.  I heat set the inks then coated both strips in Glossy Perfect Paper Adhesive to give them a nice glossy finish.

I used the Tattered Florals Die for the flower and cut it out of grungepaper and inked it with Mahogany Distress Stain and then painted with white acrylic craft paint.  I stamped a text stamp with black Staz-On and edged them with Black Soot Distress Ink.  I heat set them and coated them in Glossy PPA also. 

Here's the finished layers before I started assembling. 

I attached the flower to the first layer with the smallest flower from the
Idea-ology Foliage pack and a brad. 

I used strips of Wonder Tape to adhere the top strip to the bottom one and then punched holes and added 4 small eyelets on each side of the flower. 

Here's the finished bracelet laid out flat before I put the Idea-ology Hitch Fastener
 on it for the closure.  I forgot to take a picture after I had attached it.

I added the hitch fasterner and then I lined it in a soft felt and off my daughter went with it. 
LOL! I haven't seen it since!! 
 I really like how it turned out and want to thank Sarah for her post and inspiration.  

Now I think I need to make one for myself!!
Hope everyone has had a great weekend.  I was really getting into the groove of things here at home....ah well, back to work tomorrow!

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Compendium of Curiosities II

Brushless Watercolor - Week 7

The technique for Week 7's Compendium of Curiosities Challenge at Studio L3 is found on page 49 in Tim Holtz's book (Compendium of Curiosities Volume II).  It was fun and easy to put this tag together!  I used watercolor paper to create the tag and Distress Inks and Distress Stains.

This week's sponsor is eclectic Paperie and one lucky participant will be chosen at random to receive a $25 gift certificate.

...and now that I have a nice pile of stuff on my desk, I think I'll go back to playing and see what else I can some up with.

Hope everyone is having a great weekend!!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

A Compendium of Curiosities II

Tissue Wrap Collage - Challenge 6

Finally had some time to work on Challenge 6 set by Linda at Studio L3 for "A Compendium of Curiosities Volume II" by Tim Holtz.  This weeks challenge using the technique on page 38 in the book called Tissue Wrap Collage.

This week's challenge is being sponsored by The Funkie Junkie Boutique so go check them out! They will be providing a $25 gift certificate for one lucky winner!

I can't believe I made the deadline!  I ended up using the little UTEE/porcelain flowers that I had originally made for  Tim Holtz' May Tag.  I like them better on this tag.  For my little "extra" touch I added Perfect Pearl Mist.  I also had to make my own stamped tissue paper since I couldn't find anyone in our area selling Tim Holtz tissue paper and didn't have time to order it and still make the deadline. 

My first attempt of this technique was a terrible failure.  LOL, but that's OK, because its all a learning experience and I enjoyed the time at my art desk anyway.  I like the way this one turned out I think I'll go post it to Studio L3 and call it done!

Then it's off to get chores done and call it a night.  A couple more days of work and then the long weekend is calling my name.  I'm looking forward to having more time to play!

Nite All!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

12 Tags of 2012

May - Sewing Mends the Soul...

Finally completed my May Tag following along with Tim Holtz.  Took a few days and a bit of rummaging in my old sewing supplies, but I like the way it came out.  I tried the porcelain flowers technique with my Melting Pot and UTEE, but I didn't like how my little flowers came out.  That is sometthing I'll have to try again some other time.  I'm liking the flatter tag better I think.  It's got some embellishments that give it depth...but not so big and heavy that they overpower the tag.  I used pattern paper from an old pattern and a couple of sewing related stamps by Just For Fun.  I dug out my old Dymo label maker for the quote.

 Hope I can get my CC2 Challenge #6 tag done before Thursday night's deadline.  My first attempt was a disaster.  Just don't flip this tag over and look at the back!!  I hated to waste a good tag, so I yanked off the grungeboard embellishments I had put on it and smoothed it all off and flipped it over to use the backside to make this tag. 

Well, it's time to call it a night.  Tomorrow is my long day, so I won't be home till late and most likely won't have much time to play.  Here's to hoping that my Muse plays nice on Thursday night so I can get my CC2 tag done before the deadline!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Compendium of Curiosities II

Shattered Stains - Week 5 

I finally got my "A Compendium of Curiosities Volume II" by Tim Holtz, so now I can play along in the challenges set by Linda at Studio L3.  Each week a new challenge is issued using the techniques in the book.This week's challenge was to follow the "Shattered Stains" technique on page 48. 

This week's challenge is being sponsored by Simon Says Stamp so go check them out!  A gift certificate of $25 will be awarded for one lucky randomly-selected winner
I'm running a bit late but at least I got it done!  (CORRECTION! I ran too late for the challenge, but HEY I had fun doing it anyway and hopefully I'll make it on time for the one that starts today, since I know what time the deadline is now.)

I had to do a bit of digging around in my cabinets to find the art supplies I wanted to use.  Once I got started I could have played for hours, but alas...chores are calling my name as well as my bed.  Another work day tomorrow and then I'll have time to play.

I used a large manilla tag, and brushed on some Twinkling H2Os.  I heated up some natural colored beeswax in my Suze Weinberg Melting Pot and did a little napkin collage for the background.  Then I brushed on a bit of Pearl Ex powders to give it some sparkle.

The bird and flower are grungeboard from the Tim Holtz Idea-ology Nature pack.  I used Antique Linen Crackle Paint, then finished them off with Distress Stains in Spiced Marmalade, Peeled Paint and Aged Mahogany.

I may go back tomorrow and add some Mica flakes...but I've turned off the Melting Pot and put away my Bunny Burner so I'm going to let it percolate for the night and see if I want to mess with it tomorrow.  I'm sort of liking it like it is.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mother's Day!

Mother's Day Cards

Finally got my Mother's Day card finished and ready to give.  The last few days I've just been too tired to work on I just had to content myself to read blogs and soak in all the glorious colors and ideas that others have been sharing.

Had a bit more energy today, so I was determined to get my cards done before they got too late!!  One has been delivered and one will go in the mail tomorrow, with the last one being delivered tomorrow night.
Hope everyone has had a wonderful back to work for me tomorrow!

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Another Night at the Art Desk

More inky fun here tonight.  I really should wait to photograph and post until the mornings since the colors really don't photograph so well here at my art desk....but I'm usually too busy getting kids off to school, taking care of all the 4 legged babies in the house and me off to work to have to dig out the camera and blog. The colors are just a little bit too vibrant in the photo, but all in all they aren't too far off. 

I dug out my Distress Inks and my Marvy Matchables and my new handmade blending tools and had fun layering on the color.  I pulled down boxes of stamps from the closet and went searching through my word and quote stamps until I found some that spoke to me.  I've got BOXES and BOXES or stamps in the closet and it is so fun to pull them down and rummage through them!  Someday I hope to have shelves so that I can pull out my favorite ones and line them up so I can grab them easier when I want them.
I really enjoy my late night art time, when the house is calm and quiet.  It's my time to relax and unwind. I even managed to clean up my desk and tidy up once I was done.  Now it's time to put hte coffee on for the morning and call it a night.  Hope to be back again tomorrow!

Sunday, May 06, 2012

Thistles and Bees

I went out walking yesterday morning at the local Antique Market, then spent time some time downtown on the waterfront with my youngest daughter and her boyfriend watching the jet skit races.  So after a hot day out my hubby and I had a late dinner downtown on the waterfront at the local Irish pub and ended the day with a walk on the waterfront.

I hadn't had time to play with my inks this past week, so once I got home I spent some late night hours at my art desk.  Even though I used lots of products while playing, I managed to keep everything fairly neat and put away as I worked.  After a major cleaning a couple of weeks back, I've been trying to make an effort to put things in their place when I'm done.  Just a few more things to put away and it will be all tidy (for the most part).
I hate trying to photograph anything that has a shimmer mist sprayed on it.  I have the hardest time getting all the colors and shimmer to show without the shimmer being way too bright and wiping out the other depth and layers of other colors.  You certainly can't use a flash...though I tried,  LOL!  I ended up waiting until this morning and photographing it in natural light...but even so the light wanted to bounce off the card and shimmer. This picture doesn't really show the depth of color the card really has...but you get the general idea.
I think next time I'll dig out the Staz-On black ink, because the Mememto wants to fade into the shimmered background and I really wanted it to be a more pronounced.  Oh time.

Here's the list of products that I used for this card:

Tim Holtz Mask - the Spider Web
Twinkling H2O Shimmer Mist in Bamboo
Sheer Shimmer Spritz by ImagineCrafts
Walmut Ink Antiquing Mist in Cherry Blossom and Walnut, by Tsukineko
Ditress Inks in Wild Honey and Peeled Paint and blending tool
Thistle Stamp by Just For Fun
Vine Stamp by Posh Impressions
Bee Stamp by Just for Fun
Peerless Watercolors and my waterbrush to add color to the flowers and bees
Glossy Accents to highlight the flower and bees
Recollections Bling
Gold Foil Sticker paper colored with Adirondack Alcohol Inks
Tim Holtz Lace Die
Mister of water
Memento Black Ink

Thursday, May 03, 2012

Sunny Yellow Flower Card

Played at my desk a bit last night and did something different for a change. I used a couple of sheets from my K&Company Julianne Special Paper 12 x 12 stack and made a sunny little card. I fussy cut the big flowers, which already come with a touch of sparkle to their petals and used a smaller matching floral print for the background. I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink in wild honey along the edges to add some shading and soften the cut edges.
I left space for the sentiment and tucked the card in my stash for when I need a last minute card. All I'll have to do is add a sentiment and it will be ready to go. The card base is a pretty off-white pearl cardstock that I get from Marco Paper, and I used a dark green cardstock for layering.

Card Front