Saturday, October 30, 2010

Pottery and our Pre-Halloween Dinner

This is the glazed mixing bowl that I created in pottery class.


We spent the day creating scary treats for a pre-Halloween dinner that we had today because John can not make the Mullis Manor Haunted Garage tomorrow night.  Our entrĂ©e was Baked Rat Meatloaf.


Friday, October 29, 2010

Birthday Card

Despite having a raging headache, Jill cajoled me into creating a card today.  She has no mercy for the sick when it comes to art!  I created this card with a birdhouse stamp I borrowed from her.  I stamped the image in Stazon black ink onto white cardstock and colored it with Prismacolor watercolor pencils.  I used the Real Pine stamp from Hero Arts for the background and stamped it in Forest Moss and Peeled Paint Distress inks.  I masked out the sentiment area and stamped that in Peeled Paint.  I cut out the birdhouse image and adhered it to the card base with foam squares.


Wednesday, October 27, 2010

More Christmas Cards

Here are some cards I made using the same stamps, but different background papers and embellishments.




Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Christmas Card Challenge

Jill challenged Kay and I to make a card using an embossed Christmas tree that she made on her Cuttlebug (don’t know the folder name).  Here is my card.

I used dark green cardstock as the base.  I tore the embossed cardstock around the tree, highlighted it with Forest Moss Distress ink. and embellished the tree with a starlight gel pen and a snowflake sequin attached with a gold brad.  I adhered that to a piece of mulberry paper that I torn in the same shape and highlighted with Forest Moss.  Very simple and easy.


Sunday, October 24, 2010

October Craft Day

This month we met at Kay’s and made Christmas cards.  Afterward, the guys showed up, and we had homemade broccoli soup, cornbread, pumpkin bread and cookies before heading off to the Cripple Creek Ghost Walk.




Friday, October 22, 2010

Vintage Santa and Pottery Class

Stamps: Santa by Inkadinkado, Real Pine by Hero Arts and Twas the Night Before by Close to My Heart

Inks:  Black Stazon, Aged Mahogany, Pine Needles, Vintage Photo and Tea Dye Distress inks

Cut a 6”x12” piece of red cardstock for the base.  Score at 6” and fold.  Cut a 5.5”x5.5” piece of patterned paper and adhere to the base at an angle.  Stamp Santa onto a 4.5”x4.5” piece of white cardstock in black Stazon.  Using foam dabbers, color in the Santa and tint the background with Distress inks.  Stamp Real Pine with Pine Needles Distress ink.  Distress all edges and highlight with Vintage Photo Distress ink.  Fold over a couple corners and staple with the Tiny Attacher by Tim Holtz.  Wrap red twine around the piece.  Stamp the sentiment onto a piece of white cardstock, cut it out and indent the corners with a circle punch.  Age the piece with Tea Dye Distress ink and adhere to the Santa piece with the Tiny Attacher.  Adhere Santa to the background and you’re done!


This is a Raku vase…I love the clear crackle glaze…and what I’ll call a candy bowl that I threw tonight in class.


Sunday, October 17, 2010

Card for a Friend and Pottery

I made this card for my friend, Karen, who has made some significant life changes this year.  I used paper from the Material Girl Mini Deck by Cosmo Cricket for all the papers on the card and the Be Yourself set from Close To My Heart…which I bought at the flea market today.  I used a Clear Star Gelly Roll pen to highlight the right side of the figure.  The buttons are tied with hemp and glued to the card with E6000.


This is a picture of my first hollow-form piece of pottery.  I plan to make it into a teapot (the spout is shown in the foreground).  Once the piece is leather hard, I’ll attach the spout, handle and cut the top open for the lid.


Saturday, October 16, 2010

December CD Calendar

I finished the calendar!!  December was made with papers from the Nativity pack from Personal Sentiments and A Christmas Combo by DCWV.  I used the Flurries set from Close To My Heart to emboss that background paper with Silver Pearl embossing powder.  The calendar and mat were distressed and inked with Vintage Photo Distress ink then embellished and attached it with the Tiny Attacher by Tim Holtz.  I stamped the Santa stamp from a 2000 Stampin’ Up set with Black Stazon ink onto music print paper.  I then colored the image with Prismacolor watercolor pencils and blended with a Dove Blender Pen.  This piece was also distressed, inked with Vintage Photo and embellished/attached with the Tiny Attacher.  The sentiment from Holiday Assortment by Inkadinkadoo was stamped onto the music paper with Stazon ink, distressed, inked and attached with the Tiny Attacher (I love this thing!). 


Friday, October 15, 2010

Pottery and November

I finally did the November portion of my CD calendar.  I used paper from the Nativity pad by Personal Sentiment and stamped the Skeleton Leaves by Close To My Heart in embossing ink and embossed them in gold.  The calendar is mounted with photo corners by Scrapbook Adhesive to a mat, which was done the same way.  The sentiments are by Studio G.  ‘Autumn’ was stamped onto scrap blue paper in Black in by Inkadinkadoo and mounted to a piece of scrap paper that had been completely embossed in gold.  “Thanksgiving” was embossed in gold on white cardstock.  The leaves were colored in with Prismacolor watercolor pencils and covered with clear embossing.  The paper was then inked with Stormy Night Distress Ink.  I also put a light inking on the calendar to tone down the stark white.  The sentiments were attached with the Tiny Attacher by Tim Holtz.


In class tonight, we did some Raku.  I love this process because its kind of unpredictable and doesn’t take hours.


The Raku kiln.


Jill and her space gloves.


Our finished pots.  Mine are the first 2. 


A pot with a lid that I trimmed tonight.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

More Bookmarks

For the first set, I used to large, white tags as the base.  I inked the bottom and top of each tag with Tumbled Glass Distress ink and the middle with Vintage Photo Distress ink.  I used a stamp by Embossing Arts called Fir Trees to stamp the background trees in Peeled Paint and Forest Moss Distress Ink.  The foreground scene is a stamp by Stampscapes called Lakeside Cove which I inked in Pine Needles, Vintage Photo and Faded Jeans Distress inks.  The deer is also a stamp by Stampscapes called Buck Large (silly name, I think, as it’s not very large).  It’s inked in Vintage Photo and Pine Needles Distress inks.  The large pine bow is a stamp by Stampendous called Ponderosa Pine which I inked in Pine Needles and Vintage Photo Distress inks.  The sentiment is from a nameless set of Albert Einstein quotes and is stamped in Black Inkadinkado ink.  I edged the tags in Vintage Photo Distress ink and added the ribbon.

The second set was stamped on smaller ivory tags.  I used the Mudpie Wonders stamp by Stampabilities and Dream by See D’s Lil Stamps.  These were stamped on the tags and embossed with black embossing powder.  I colored the mouse and dream in with Prismacolor colored pencils then sprayed them with Cranberry Zinger and Sugar Maple Glimmer Mists before adding the ribbon.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Bookmarks Galore

I have a friend that has ask me to make her some bookmarks that she can give out as Christmas gifts.  This is the start of that collection…not sure why I chose to do groups of 3, but that’s what I did.

The first set is made with Botanical Blooms set by Stampin Up.  I used Worn Lipstick, Broken Glass, Peeled Paint and Mustard Seed Distress Inks.  I colored the background by dabbing on the Distress Inks with a stiff mess on a stick…hard to describe, but I like the pattern it makes…then I spritzed each with Marshmallow Glimmer Mist. I blended the edges with Broken Glass Distress Ink and added a dab of Cotton Candy and Baby Blue Stickles on each flower.  The second set was made with Worn Lipstick, Spiced Marmalade and Aged Mahogany Distress Inks.  After I blended the Worn Lipstick and Spiced Marmalade onto the background, I spritzed it with Marshmallow Glimmer Mist.  The bird is embossed with Aged Mahogany Distress Embossing Powder.  I punched a hole in the cardstock and added fibers to complete.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Today’s Card…I’m in a Christmas Mood…

I must be in a Christmas mood, which kind of annoys me since Halloween is my favorite holiday, but I’m not inspired to make anything scary for some reason???

I made this simple card using the Wreath Ribbon Tying by House Mouse Designs and the sentiment from Twas The Night Before by Close to My Heart.  I stamped both in Black Stazon ink and colored the mice with Prismacolor watercolor pencils.  I covered the entire card with Marshmallow Glimmer Mist and highlighted the edges with Peeled Paint and Aged Mahogany Distress Ink.  I added a little bow at the top to finish it off.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Christmas Card Redux

I really liked the card I made a Jill’s but didn’t have the same stamps…so I improvised.  For the small snowmen, I used a stamp from the Stampin Up Festive Favorites set.  I had to mask off the border (which you can see on the envelope) and piece together two images.  For the large snowman, I used a stamp from an old Stampin Up set from 1997 called Portfolio Collection (weird name, but it had stamps for every season).  The sentiment is from the Snowy Jo by Imaginesce.  All other colors, etc. were the same as yesterday’s posting.

Another Christmas Card

Jill and I spent some time making cards while the guys were playing Xbox.  I made this card using the Best Borders set from Stampin Up and Snowball Fight by Alesa Baker Designs stamps.  I stamped them with Black Stazon ink and colored them with Prismacolor Watercolor pencils in True Blue and Copenhagen.  After adhering the images to backgrounds and all to the white card base, I stamped the sentiment in Blue Jeans Distress Ink.


Friday, October 8, 2010

Zonta Artful Women Exhibition

Jill and I both entered items in the Zonta Artful Women Exhibition.  Jill won 1st place in the painting/drawing category, and I won 3rd place in the photography category.  This was the first time I’ve ever entered my photography in anything!  I just wish someone would have told me how bad my hair looked!!  :-)

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Memorial Layout and Pottery

I created this two page layout using the pages we created in the Tim Holtz class at Simple Pleasures.  They are in memory of my step father, Al Griffith, who passed away on 23 Sept 10.  I framed them in some simple, black, shadow-box frames, so mom can add little trinkets if she wants.  I stamped his name in the squares of the film strip using Stampin’ Up Collage Alphabet set.




I finally did a low-fire glaze firing!  Poor Chris has been waiting for her pottery from our August Craft Party all this time!  These are the things that I fired.  The mug is for my dad who runs an egg business called Baker’s Dozen.  I like how the glaze looks like an egg shell…at least it does to me. 


Monday, October 4, 2010

Zonta Exhibition Prep Work

Jill and I spent Sunday matting and wrapping our ‘bin work’ for the Zonta Exhibition this Friday.   Yea…not as much fun as you’d think…nearly killed ourselves with the angled map cutter…applause to Kay, who does this as a business and framed my exhibition pieces!


Photos from my “Rusty Junk” series.