Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Disney album

This summer in July we met our son, his wife and the four grandchildren at our time share near Disney World.  They were there for the whole week but we went for just a few days to spend some time with their family.  We had a great time....much too short....but it was a good trip and so much fun for the kids. When putting some of my craft stuff away this past weekend (not a pleasant duty but a necessity) I discovered a blank book that I had in the shape of a I rolled up my sleeves and went to work.  Here's the album for my daughter in law to put some of those favorite photos from the vacation at Disney World!  Happy Birthday Holly! I think you are a wonderful mother, wife to our son and the perfect example of the Proverbs 31 lady. Love you lots.

Castle album front
Inside view one 
Inside View two

p.s.  A big THANK YOU to my husband, David, who got these pictures posted inspite of the problems with Google and Blogger.  He is a GENIUS!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Tim Holtz Creative Chemistry 101

I am a little slow since March when Tim had this fantastic on line class.  Life just gets in the way of what you want to do.....but finally I got a block of time to work on this.  Ten days of classes, 8 of the days consisted of 3 tags 3 techniques and day 10 was only one tag but it was a great one.  A total of 25 tags using a tremendous amount of product.  Distress ink pads, distress stains, distress reinkers, distress markers, distress stickles, distress embossing powder, crackle paint, perfect pearls mist with reinkers, Stampers Anonymous TH stamps, Texture Fades, tags, sticky back canvas, watercolor paper, grungeboard, and Kraft resist...just to name a few. What a Blast! I did one day at a time, gathered my supplies, worked the process and then PUT EVERYTHING AWAY before starting on the next day.  So when I was finishd I took some pictures.  To do them justice I should of taken one picture for each tag but then what a post THAT would of been! So here goes....drum roll please!

1. Blended Distress/Spritz and Flick Technique
2.  Brushless Watercolor Technique
3.  Wrinkle-Free Distress Technique
4.  Alcohol Ink Agates Technique
5.  Archival Resist  Technique
6.  Stamping with Reflections Technique
7.  Water coloring with Re-inkers Technique
8.  Layered Misting Technique (I did not like using the template with the mist,  ran under it)
9.  Custom Stamp Pad Technique
10.  Stamping with Stains Technique
11.  Stained Draft Resist Technique (Too dark for my taste...but that's Mona Lisa for you)
12.  Marbled Stain Technique
13.  Watercolor with Markers Technique
14.  Blending with Markers Technique
15.  Stamping with Markers Technique

16.  Nostalgic Batik Technique
17.  Rusted Enamel Technique (didn't work for me)
18.  Distress Powder Resist Technique

19.  Paint Dabber Resist Technique
20.  Crackle Paint Resist Technique
21.  Shattered Stains Technique
22.Perfect Distress Mist
23. Perfect Distress (My Favorite...magic!)
24.  Perfect Splatter Distress
25.  Rock Candy Distress Stickles Technique

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Vintage PSX truck with Copic grounding technique

Welcome blog hoppers to the second stop of the Oldies but Goodies blog hop. I went way back to get a really old stamp.  A PSX (Personal Stamp Exchange) that is no longer in business.  I love their stamps/images. The rubber is cut deep and there is a lot of detail in the images. I respect the art and talent that went into making these rubber stamps on wood blocks that were so well finished you could pick out a PSX stamp in the dark just by the touch. Now these stamps can only be found on Ebay and that is sad but fortunate if you are able to acquire one at a decent price.

Lately I have been working my way thru the Copic Coloring Guide Level 2: Nature.  This book is written and illustrated by Colleen Schaan and Marianne Walker and comes with a CD that lets you download the images in the book.  One of the techniques covered is "grounding" and it is the best I have ever seen.  I used that technique on my card. I used the suggested colors in my card (E43 and N3). I flicked out from the image for the road using first E43 and then N3 (no blending done here).  Then used the colorless blender and scrubbed to blend across the flicks until I got the look I wanted.  The next step is to add dots with the brush end of the pen of varying sizes using E43 and then N3. The last step is to add dots using the colorless blender.  Repeat the steps as necessary for the look and color you desire. I used this same technique for the grass using two greens and the colorless blender (minus the dots).

The image was stamped using Memento Rich Cocoa to get an aged and rusty effect.  The group of daises was stamped a second time, fussy cut and popped up.  The windows are colored using B0000 and then covered with Glossy Accents.

Enjoy the hop and kindly leave a word of love and encouragement for all the bloggers!

August Blog Hop List

1. Cindy Grigiski

2. Mary Witter You are here

4. Barbara K. Wibel

6. Angie Williams

Circus Clown

I'm challenging myself to enter more "Challenges" that are available to us.  Want to join the fun?  I made this card for the Outlawz Friday Challenge.  This is an old stamp from Art Impressions and is no longer available but he sure is a cute clown. (Art Impressions Clown M-1349)
Stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black and colored with Copic markers.  The papers are from Graphic 45. I used the Spellbinders Framabilities Classic Frame to make the entrance to the tent.
Hope you like it!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Autumn Harvest

Today I want to welcome those that have come to my blog via the Oozak blog.  I am so proud to be on Rusty's team.  Rusty and Oozak give the best customer service and the best prices and if you haven't visited you are missing A LOT! So much inspiration from Rusty's customers.  And while you are there check out Sandy's video. You will love it.
This card I made using a new stamp set that was just released at CHA (Craft and Hobby Association) in Chicago in July from Art Impressions.  They have several sets in this series and I love them ALL! They are the Art Impressions new series called "TryFolds".  Three stamps that work together.  I present the Barn set using a side step card.
The fall words is a stamp from The Purple Onion Designs.

I like the instructions for the side step card at this link:


Purple Onion Designs    “Fall Words”
Art Impressions  “TryFold Barn” (new release)
Momento Tuxedo Black
Kaleidacolor Autumn Leaves
Copic Markers:
BG0000, B21 (sky)
BV11, BV17 (grapes)
Y19, YR02, YR04, YR09, YR16, YR24, R35, R39 (trees, pumpkins,grass)
G24, YG03, YG61, YG63, YG93 (grass)
E13, E15, E18, E71, E74, E84, E87 (trees, wagon, barrel)
W0, W3, W5 (barn, road)