Sunday, February 27, 2011

Batik Bookmark

I decided to try the Blended Batik technique from the Compendium of Curiosities book.  This is the bookmark I created.  The technique was pretty fun.


Saturday, February 26, 2011

Birthday Card for Dad

Dad thought I was crazy when I ran around the barn yard taking pictures of old rusty stuff.  He said, “What kind of crazy person takes pictures of old junk?!”  Well, one of the “Rusty Junk” pictures I took at his house won 3rd place in a photo exhibit in Canon City, CO.  So…as a sorta joke, I’ve made dad’s birthday card with the winning photo.  The frame is cream cardstock made for photo cards.  I colored it with Weathered Wood Distress ink, covered that in clear embossing powder, making sure to really tap and blow off the excess powder so there would be uncovered areas.  After the embossing cooled, I inked it with Rusty Hinge Distress ink to get that old rusty look.  .  The sentiment is stamped in Rusty Hinge and Weathered Wood Distress ink and embossed.  Then I did the same technique as the frame and attached it with foam squares.


Friday, February 25, 2011

Focused on Photography

I haven’t created much lately in the way of paper crafts, jewelry or anything else, as I have been focusing more on my photography.  Here are some of my recent shots:

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Life is a Journey Tag

I’m a big fan of Tim Holtz and one of my favorite things to photograph is rusty junk.  For Christmas I received the Compendium of Curiosities book.  I decided to try the Rusted Enamel technique.  I used Weathered Wood and Vintage Photo Distress inks, Stazon Timber Brown ink, as well as Tim’s Visual Artistry The Journey and Inkadinkadoo’s The Great Outdoors stamp sets.


Friday, February 11, 2011

Valentine’s Projects

I made a card for my DH using a black card base.  I stamped the Michael Strong hearts using Aged Mahogany Distress ink on the large one and Worn Lipstick Distress ink on the small heart.  The ‘arrow’ and sentiment paper were scraps.  The sentiment stamp is by an unknown vendor and stamped in Black Soot Distress ink.  The distressing is care of Winston.  Yes, I let the puppy chew on the large heart and sentiment paper for a minute.  I then inked the edges with Vintage Photo Distress ink.  I wrapped the small heart with red crochet string and adhered it all down.  I used the Tiny Attacher on the sentiment paper and wrapped the card in red crochet string to finish.


I also made this Valentine’s themed bookmark using the water stamping technique from A Compendium of Curiosities by Tim Holtz.  I used inked the tag with Fired Brick Distress ink and stamped the large heart using water and drying with a heat tool.  I then stamped the small heart with Aged Mahogany Distress ink (mine’s getting a little dry).  I stamped the sentiment with a charcoal ink and the lips with Fired Brick.  I finished by distressing the edges (without the puppy), inking the edges with Aged Mahogany Distress ink and adding ribbon.


Monday, February 7, 2011

Painted Petals Class

I took the Painted Petals class at Archiver’s tonight.  It would have been much more fun with Jill and/or Chris, but I had a good time making the cards.


Sunday, February 6, 2011

Dog-themed Bookmark

I’ve been gone for a bit…busy with the new puppy and traveling for work…plus, my studio has been freezing since the temps have been so low (it’s below the garage and heated with electric space heaters).  Today, I cranked up the heat and spent some time down there cleaning up and working on some hiking and puppy scrapbooks.  I also made this dog-themed bookmark for a book I just bought on…dogs. Smile 

The tag is a white base that I covered with Vintage Photo Distress ink.  I embossed the images with clear embossing powder and went over the tag in Broken China and Faded Jeans Distress inks.  I ‘painted’ the dog and added the brown detail with Walnut Stain Distress ink.  I painted the bones with white Enamel Accents by Ranger, and the dogs nose and eyes with black Enamel Accents.  I added some buttons and ribbon to finish.


This is who is keeping me from crafting!  Winston is a 10-week old bundle of energy that learned to rip the stuffing out of all his toys from his older sister, Delilah!