Friday, February 27, 2009

Michael Strong Challenge

The challenge this month on the Michael Strong yahoo group is Beautiful Babies.  The idea is to created a card using a baby picture of yourself.  I created a 5x7 picture for my what would I do with a card of myself as a baby???

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Native American ATC Swap

These are the ATCs I created for the Native American swap on ATCsforall.  I tried to do an inkjet image transfer technique that I learned from Michelle's podcast at Crafted by Us..but my attempt just turned into a big blob of, I wetted each image (printed on an inkjet printer on standard printer paper) and dabbed off as much ink as possible to give it that sorta transfered look.  I decided that the blobby inked backgrounds looked fine, so I tore out the images and adhered them to the ATCs with a glue stick...on the female, I also inked the edges of the image.  I used a set of native american petroglyph stamps by Judith Dupre (they are part of a book gift set, but hey, they work).  I first stamped images with Faded Jeans Distress Ink and then went over some with Vintage Photo, Antique Linen & Fired Brick Distress embossing powder.  

Monday, February 23, 2009

Lots To Do & So Artful Challenges

For the challenges at Lots To Do (Eyes) and So Artful (Trees), I created at tag with both elements.  I used a stamp by Inkadinkadoo to stamp the eyes in black ink with Versamark and embossed them in clear embossing powder.  The background is inked with Tea Dye, Vintage Photo, Faded Jeans, and Weathered Wood Distress Inks then sprinkled on some water to mottle.  I stamped the trees (Winter Woods by Rubber Stampede & pine trees by Inkadinkado in brown (Stamp Inks)and green (Archival Ink).  The saying is printed on standard printer paper and inked with Tempting Turquoise ink from Stampin' Up.  Finally I added the fiber and here it is:

I've added the tag was actually the first one I did and didn't quite like it.  I messed with it a little more and feel better about it now...anyway, here is Version 1, Take 2:

Photo 52 - Week of 16 Feb 09

My week was fairly quiet with the exception of my Collage Party, which I already posted on Saturday.  I spent yesterday doing some macro-photography with my Nikkor 60mm f/2.8 Macro (effectively 90mm on my Nikon D300) lens.  No masterpieces, but I did have a good time at it.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Altered Rock, Heart&Wings, Hands & Heroes Challenges!

I created an altered rock today that fits 3 challenges...Awfully Big Art Adventure (alter a rock), TGIF (Hands) & Mixed Media Mondays (Hearts & Wings)!   I liked the shape of this rock and it is the perfect size for a paper weight.  I painted the rock with a faux patina kit from DecoArt.  The heart is embossed in craft metal and colored with Cranberry and Gold AI.  The wings are grungeboard that is painted a wine color, crackle medium and then gold.  I wanted more crackling, but this was fine.  I used a Sharpe marker and a gold paint pen to write CREATE (I wanted that graffitti look).  The little hands are punched out of craft metal and colored with Butterscotch AI and the swirls on the palms are done with a Sharpe marker (as is my little signature logo in the bottom corner).

I made this page and ATC some time ago, but they fit the challenge at Mixed Media Monday. The page was created digitally for a Geocaching travel bug called 'Book of Heroes'.  The ATC was created for a swap at ATCsforAll with the theme 'Protect & Serve' and includes my husband, brother, father-in-law, stepfather...and yes, me.


Saturday, February 21, 2009

Collage Party...Finally!

I finally had the collage party for which I made the game pieces in August!!!  We had a great time! We started with a blank 5x7 canvas and took turns choosing the game pieces, which ended up in this order:  fiber, image, chalk, texture, distress, quill, vellum, bead.  We had to quit because the guys were getting hungry.  These are the masterpieces we created:
Kay, Diane, Me, Bev & Jill






I need to mention that my DH spent a great deal of time cleaning out the rec room, which has served as storage since we moved here 4 years ago.  There is still much to do, but he did clear out a large enough area for our party and saved us from having to carry everything upstairs.  BTW, those are pictures of him on Bev's collage...all but one he took of himself?!?!

Friday, February 20, 2009

SaWo Challenge - Altered CD

The challenge for this week on SaWo is Altered CDs.  This is a CD that I altered into a Christmas ornament for my mother...why I never posted it in December is beyond me.  I used alcohol inks to color the CD.  On the right side, I crinkled up some plastic wrap and adhered it down with Glossy Accents (not sure where I got that idea).  The 'hanger' is several pieces of cording that I braided, ran thru the hole and attached a bell.  Under the cord and bell is some wired ribbon.  On the left side, the background is some pattern paper that I torn out and inked the edges.  The angel is a punchout that I bought at the flea market with a bunch of other Christmas ephemera. The gold star, wings and florish are grungeboard and the silver snowflakes are punched out of a soda can with a snowflake craft punch.  This is a horrible picture (actually a scan), so I included a picture of my mom holding it...good thing she doesn't have Internet access...she's be annoyed that I put her on here.  :-)

Tuesday, February 17, 2009


I decided to take a try at doing a pastel of my dog, Wiley.  I used the same picture that I did for the colored pencil ATCs.  I like this version much better.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Photo 52 - Week of 9 Feb 09

This was a pretty calm week.  The big 'hightlight' was a good winter frost that came thru on Saturday morning.  This little guy looked all happy about it.

Latest ATCs

I'm getting back into the ATC swing...I love them...little works of art that don't take forever and aren't intimidating.  These were created for the ATC Photography - Textures and Patterns swap.  Basically, we were tasked to take pictures of...textures or patterns.

These I drew with Prismacolor colored pencils (love them) on watercolor paper (not the best idea).  I thought the texture of the paper would add a nice touch, but I'm not so sure I really like it now.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

A Try With the Pastels

I bought a set of Rembrandt pastels a couple months ago and decided to use them today.  I used a picture of a morning glory that I took a couple years ago.  

Friday, February 13, 2009

Going for the Gold

I've created this birthday card for my dad that also qualifies for 3 challenges.  First, the Tuesday Challenge on Created by Hand which was to use gold.  Second, the Ooh-La-La challenge to use black & gold.  Third, the My Time to Craft challenge which is 'Going For Gold'. 

I used black cardstock The Paper Factory for the base.  The background paper is Black French from Paper Pizazz that I trimmed in gold with a Krylon gold leafing pen.  I then stamped the butterfly/clock stamp from Inkadinkado onto gold Mirror Paper from The Paper Company and embossed in black embossing powder.  I used another piece of the black cardstock stamped with a Happy Birthday stamp from Stamped 'something' Designs...the 2nd word is smudged.  I embossed the words with gold embossing power and trimmed the edges with the Krylon gold leafing pen.  I used my Xyron to apply adhesive to all the pieces and attached them.  

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Valentine Goodies

I previously made a 'masculine' Valentine's Day card for my DH and thought...that's fine, he'll like that.  Then I saw the heart box on the Frugal Crafter Blog.  The great thing about Lindsay is she shows these great designs and then provide free Cricut cut files for them.  I just had to make this one.  I cut it out at the largest size on my Cricut Expressions using SCAL.  I scored the fold lines and then stamped with the Michael Strong Cloisonne Heart stamp and embossed with a pearly white.  I used the same stamp to stamp in red on white shrink plastic (it ended up looking pink because I didn't have any permanent red ink (add that to the list)) and made the little heart charms.  After folding the paper and gluing the sides together, I stamped and embossed the final heart over the could have gone better, but wasn't too bad.  I glued the bottom closed with a glue stick and used some heart-shaped eyelets that I won from Retro Cafe (BTW, Kristin is doing another blog candy give-away, so hop on over to her blog).  I placed the eyelets on either side of the top opening (4 eyelets in all).  I took some silver cord, threaded it thru the eyelets, attached the heart charms and pink crackle glass beads, filled it with sugar-free mints and voila...a V-day gift fit for a king...or at least he thinks he's a king.  :-)

Ignore the votive glasses...I used them to hold up the has no bottom...

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Bizarre February Holiday ATC Swap

I just completed my ATCs for the Bizarre Febuary Holiday swap on ATCsforAll.  My bizarre holiday is Charles Dickens Day, which was 7 Feb...I love A Christmas Carol.  I basically used different backgrounds...painted handy wipe, plastic wrap and paint, paper dipped in oil paint on water, and just painted.  Over them I attached various Charles Dickens themed images and text that was printed on vellum.  I also used a gold leafing pen to put a border around them all.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Photo 52 - Week of 2 Feb 09

This week we tried to put up the railing on our deck...the deck contractor issue is a long story that resulted in mediation to get the contract voided.  Anyway, we had big plans to get a significant amount of the railing up on Saturday.  After several trips to the hardware store to get the correct size screws for each part of the project (the stucco is apparently an 1" thick), vigorous calculations for railing height and many measurements and cuts, we managed to get the supporting ballisters and the top and bottom rail for a small 30" section done before the temperature dropped to a low that resulted in the screws stripping in the decking material that becomes freakishly hard when it gets much for putting up the railing until spring.   :-)

Thursday, February 5, 2009

CPS Card Contest

CPS is having a card contest to celebrate their 2nd anniversary.  The winners will have their cards published in the Sept 09 issue of CardMaker Magazine.   The deadline for submission is midnight on the 7th.  You can get the details here.  You can submit 2 cards...I only had time to make one.  I used the Cuttlebug Foliage Screen folder for the green strip.  The images and saying are from the Stampin' Up Quiet Life collection.  I colored them with Prismacolor colored pencils. The little ribbon roses I bought at the flea market, so I don't know who made them, but I have about a million of them.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Photo 52 - Week of 26 Jan 09

Our big excitement for this week was our friends, Darrell and Suzie Dubose visiting on Super Bowl Sunday.  They flew out from IL to ski for Suzie's birthday and stopped by for an visit with us before returning.  We had a great time and I even watched football...

Lots To Do Challenge

This is my submission for the Lots To Do: Week 5 - In Stitches challenge.  I used a pattern to punch the holes in the card and stitched it.  I then cut out a frame and embossed it in the Cuttlebug, first with the Birds and Swirls and then with Swiss Dots.  I used some purple ink to highlight the texture.

I Won!!!

I was a winner on the blog hop at Cuttlebug Challenge's Luv Bug weekend!!  If you own a Cuttlebug (or are thinking about getting one), this blog is for you.  They really show some great techniques and projects you can do with your Cuttlebug and host challenges to get you doing them.  To stop on over, click here!