Thursday, June 26, 2008

Latest Crafts

Some friends of ours sent us the Season 1 & 2 DVD sets for Lost. We had never watched this show before, but are now addicted and it's kind of a relaxing end of day activity to watch an episode. I've made this thank you card to send with the package when we return the DVDs. I got the layout from the book, "Creative Card Making for Scrapbookers" and used the Wrinkle Free Distress technique from Tim Holtz' blog for the tag...I liked the technique so much that I created a shipping label for the package using it. This should wake up the postal workers. :-)

I've been doing Domino jewelry for some time. I bought a box of Dominos at the flea market that are a little too large (to me) for pendants, but would do well as pins. These are my first tries. I used Cranberry and Raisin AI with Pearl additive. I then stamped them up with Staz-On black ink from the Travel Time stamp collection by Inkadinkado (I love these stamps). All was fine until I decided to cover them with Crackle Accents from Ranger. The overall look is great except as you can see, they turned an orange looks fine, but is not what I planned. I have found that Aleene's Paper Glaze won't change the color, but that is a clear, gloss finish. I think I am going to drill holes in the bottom edge and add some beaded elements...not sure yet.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Domino Jewelry

I finally broke down and bought most of the colors of Adirondack alcohol inks. I quickly made another domino necklace to go with an outfit I wore to a baseball game today. I have to make a bunch for a craft show (my first) that I'll be doing in August. I'll do up a tutorial on making's not that difficult.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Painting with Pigment Powder

I read about painting with pigment powders on the Tim Holtz blog. Tim is actually giving away a different set of Ranger products a day just for posting on his blog. Anyway, this is a card I did using pigment powder to paint on black cardstock. I embossed the flowers and two of the butterflies with emerald green embossing powder. The small butterfly in the top left is a punch, so it's actually 3D on the card (hard to see on a scan). Janet is my mother...I tend to make stuff for her when I'm trying out a new technique...or just bought a wire writer :-)

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Father's Day Card

I made this Father's Day card for my step-father, Al. My dad thinks that if you give something hand made, you are being cheap...I think that if you buy something, you're being lazy and don't really care. Al appreciates the home made stuff. We also got him a coffee cup, a couple different types of coffee (cuz he's a coffee hound) and an outfit to sit around in and drink his new coffee out of his new cup :-).

Update: Al really liked what we got him...including the card. :-)

Monday, June 9, 2008

Collage Me to You to Me Again

I joined a cool ATC swap at ATCsforall. The idea is that we send in 3 baggies with 4 collage items. The host send back 3 different baggies from other participants and then we create an ATC from the items in the baggie.

I've finished my first ATC for KatieV. I started out with a piece of rose patterned paper, the green K tag, a piece of paper doily and a couple 5 cent stamps (forgot to take a photo of the items before I created the ATC). I decided to 'paint' the background with espresso and did an impression of '7' since that is the date I did the card. I glued the piece of doily toward the bottom of the card and glued a K, V and a couple of paper scraps that I had after I cut out a V oval tag from the rose paper and cut the K out of the K tag I recieved (I inked the K green). I did a packing tape transfer of the stamps and glued those to opposite corners. I used a deck stain chip from Lowes as the 'background for the letters and attached the K and V tags with a brad and ribbon over the doily and letters and scored them so they can be folded up to reveal the hidden letters. I added a green, flower bling to finish.

My second ATC for Hogarth started with these items:

I did an 'inky layers' technique for the background that I got from the ATC Workshop book using some of the provided paper, espresso dyed and stamped paper, homemade paper and mulberry paper over which I put matte gel dyed with current colored alcohol ink then rubbed it with a lilac shadow ink stamp . I took the gingham paper and threaded the white ribbon thru it for the right border. I cut the center background out of the Thumbelina stamp and glued it against the gingham border. I used the label from the ribbon roll, inked it to distress and cut it to fit against the Thumbelina stamp. Finally, I punched out two sizes of sun (dyed with butterscotch and caramel alcohol ink), three hands and four feet from an aluminum Dr. Pepper can and glued them to the card.

My third ATC was for Moony and started with the below:

I glued the text paper as the background and covered half with a torn piece of home made paper over which I rubbed on a little orange ink. I then glued down the skeleton leaf and trimmed the figure to exclude the background and glued that over the leaf. I took a scrap of thick velum, tore it in the shape of two 'mountain', inked the edges brown and glued it to the bottom. I used the blue, checkered paper (which Mooney used to ID her baggie), cut it in half and used it as a border on each side. I glued pieces from the figure background at the top...just because. I then removed the fusing from the back of the butterfly iron-ons, glued them into place and glued the fusing on as sort of 'ghost' butterflies. This is how it looks:

This was a great swap and really gets the creative juices boiling...

Monday, June 2, 2008

Inky Layers Technique

I finally tried the inky layers technique from the Artist Trading Card Workshop book. Michelle at Crafted By Us has started intro a technique every so often to keep us creative. This is my card after the technique. I didn't have any 'colored glazing medium' so I colored some glossy mod podge with alcohol ink and used that. The 'aged' newsprint was dyed with some of the espresso I used in my espresso/chai tea painting on the 30 May blog entry.

This is my finished ATC...I'm calling it "Ancient Clown". I had done a packing tape transfer of the skull earlier...mainly because I was bored. The rest was scraps I had laying on the desk.