Saturday, December 1, 2012

Poinsettia Drawing with Copics

Hi everyone! It's the first of the month so that means Digi release day for Whimsy Stamps!!  This month I decided to do a poinsettia and I filmed the entire process. 
I hope you enjoy it!!

Poinsettia stamp available here.


Sunday, November 18, 2012

Butterfly Canvas

Hi guys! After playing with the canvas I did Friday I knew I had to create another one, except this time I wanted to make it a little more my style. 
For me that means a painted face, butterflies and flowers. This has that in spades, lol! 
I started again with a recycled box:
Since I was low on matte medium I opted for good ol' Mod Podge. The papers I used for this part are DCWV Latte stack. They are very thick and canvas textured. After that dried it got a coat of gesso, some lace, gauze and antique music papers. 
The metal down the right hand side is one of those old stretchy metal watch bands. 
My very first step before any of this was to sketch and paint her face. I painted her on 140 lb. cold pressed watercolor paper:
She was painted with acrylics, watercolors and prismacolor pencils.
The banners were a lot of fun to make and I decorated some mini clothes pins to "hang" them from the line:
And here's just a few more close ups of other various places:

I am playing along in Artist in Bloglands Show and Tell Saturday

Friday, November 16, 2012

Fin Styled Canvas

Ok, so it's not a REAL canvas but my version of one. It's a recycled box that is covered with text, design and homemade papers. So let me start at the beginning. I've been blown away by the artist Anna Dabrowska aka Finnabair. In particular by this canvas
Last night my friend Jen did a gorgeous canvas on Ustream. Watching her work through the process really gave the courage to give it a try. Thanks Jen (and Eileen!!) =0)

This is what it looked like before the spray inks, etc:

I had visions of keeping the colors light and shabby chic. That never works out for me, lol! At this point she got a generous coating of gel medium to make sure all those goodies stayed glued down. Then I covered all but her face with a light coat of gesso. I KNOW!! It was so scary to do. But after that the fun began with spray inks.
I like how she looked before the gesso and sprays too so I might do another one with that look as well.
I didn't take any pics of the spraying, etc. process but I did record it on UStream. You can see that here.
Here are few close ups:

Here's the products I used:
Vintage graphic from Graphics Fairy (I believe, it's where I get most of my collage elements)
Assorted text, Design and homemade papers
Mesh tape
Foil tape
The Paper Studio Typewriter Alpha Embossing Folder
Matte Medium
Both purchased and handmade flowers
Micro Beads
Assorted found items and charms
Homemade spray inks (I use Tulip Fabric Dye making small portions following manufacturers directions and putting into travel size misters.)
Pearl Ex powders
Gilders Paste

Thanks for looking!


Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Advent Calender

Hi all! I hope everyone is having a great month.  I've been a little behind on blogging but have been crafting a lot. I was recently inspired to create an advent calender after viewing my friend Mitzi's ustream show where she was creating what she dubbed "The Tower of Terror".  I tried making mine from TP rolls and somehow my drawers ended up being too long. At that point it was easier to create the drawer frames than to remake the drawers. Thank goodness for another friend Jen's mini chest of drawer tutorial!! And a thank you for Diane too for giving me the tip to use white posterboard! Love it!!
I will leave the building tutorials to the experts but here's some pics of my completed Advent Calender for Josh:
I used Festive Treats 6x6 papers by First Edition left over from my icopic (now MarkerPop) DT days. I don't see this particular paper in the store now but lots of other cuties!! I love how small the images are, perfect for these little drawers!!

The knobs are inspired by Felica aka Mouse Potato Designs.  Isn't this brilliant???  It's a brad through an upside down eyelet. Perfect!!!
Because some of my drawers are a little snug I opted to use some seam binding across the back that I've colored with my copics (YG23). That way the ones that need a little coaxing can be pushed out from the back instead of pulling so hard on the knobs. Once I added the frame it has a nice finished look. 
Once again I opted for the crackled paint.
And to finish it off just stacked and glued (glossy accents) buttons for the feet. 
I am so glad I got this done in plenty of time for the first of December. 
Thanks so much for looking and if I am not back before then I hope all my US friends have a wonderful Thanksgiving =0)
If you are interested here are the sizes for my drawers and frames:
Drawers: 4 3/4" x 3 3/4" for drawers
score at 1 1/4" and 3 1/2" (long side) turn, score
1 1/4" and 2 1/2" Then cut little notches as shown here:

Drawer Framers: 5 5/16" x 2 1/4"
Score at 1 3/8", 2 5/8" and 4"
But please, do a test run with the first one before you cut and construct them all. Or, better yet, save some aggravation and get a die, lol!!


Sunday, November 4, 2012

Grunge Flowers Video

Howdy all! I hope everyone has had a great weekend! I spent this morning making some grunge flowers using my friend Di's tie dyed baby wipes technique. Here's some pics:

I didn't take any other pics of the process but I did film it. Here's the video:

I can't wait to dye some more baby wipes so I can make more!! Such an easy flower making process and I adore the way they turned out. Of course the next step will be to make some itty bitty ones =0)


Friday, November 2, 2012

NaNoJouMo Day 1

Hi guys!! I promise not to bombard you with postings everyday from my journal but I did want to share just a bit. I am playing along in the NaNoJouMo  challenge that started yesterday. There is a journal prompt each day for the entire month of November and the theme is classic rock songs.
Day 1 (which was yesterday) was Eagles "Take it Easy".

I googled the lyrics and this line just jumped out at me:
"Don't let the sound of your own wheels drive you crazy". I knew just want I wanted to do.

I think this is the first time I spent more time on other elements than the face! It took me twice as long to do all of those gears. What I wouldn't have done for a die cut.. lol!
There is a Flikr group so I hope you will play along! I would love to see what you create =0)


Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Beaded Book Binding

Happy Halloween to those that celebrate it! I've been working on a new journal for a while after being inspired by Barb Owen's UStream videos. You can check those out here
I finally finished it up last night and if you are interested you can watch that on my very first Ustream here. Ustream is nothing like YT videos if you are not familiar with them. It is real time and we do a lot of chatting and have a lot of fun. You can "Follow" on there also and if I broadcast again you can join in the chatting fun. Otherwise you can view the recordings and fast through the boring bits.
Ok, on to pics of the journal:
This was created out of a Town House cracker box with die cuts from chipboard that were covered with sewing pattern papers. Then I painted with acrylic paints and added some dimension with metallic copper acrylics and also metallic gilders paste.
I chose to bead the binding while sewing in the signatures. It was a long and tedious process but I'm glad I did it. I love the way it turned out. Here's a close up of some of the beading:
No pattern other than repeating the copper seed beads.
The closure is a polymer clay cabachon with micro beads on the sides. Here's a close up of the bead:
I learned the technique in Donna Kato's book The Art of Polymer Clay
Thanks so much for looking!


Thursday, October 25, 2012

Treasure Trinkets

Howdy, howdy!!! Remember when I was deconstructing watches a while back and made my Gramma's watches into a bracelet? If not you can see it here. Other than my wedding ring I think it is my favorite piece of jewelry I've ever owned. Well as a result of that project I obviously ended up with a lot of parts. Last night I started playing with some things I could do with them. One turned out great, the other, eh. It will be awesome though once I work out the kinks. 
Here's a pic of the one that I think turned out:
I tried every photography trick known to man and cannot get it to photograph as well as it looks in real life. But, wow, this was a lot of fun!! I used the watch casings to create a little collage of bits and pieces. There's some old music paper, a stone out of some vintage costume jewelry, a piece of a broken earring, an old sewing closure. I don't have any copper eye pins so I inked them with caramel alcohol ink. Seems to have done the trick.
Here's a close up of just the trinket part:
HHHmmm, may have to give the stainless casing a hit of alcohol ink. But then again, I like eclectic looking things so I may just leave it alone.

I am playing along with the Artists in Blogland Fall Fearless and Fly challenge.
There are certain prompts and criteria for this challenge so here's my response to those:
I took a leap of faith by trying to figure this out on my own. I've done jewelry in the past but it's a challenge to use stainless steel since you can't solder. I love how it turned out and I learned that contact cement helped solve that issue.
As strange as it sounds my least favorite (or I should say used) are blue and green. I lean towards purples, reds and browns. 
As far as the quote prompt, lol!! I was definitely on a wild goose chase coming up with all of these bits and pieces!

Thanks for looking!!


Saturday, October 13, 2012

Mixed Media Butterfly Tag

Hi guys! I hope you are all off to a wonderful weekend!! We've had beautiful weather the last few days. Chillier than it has been but sunny and very pretty! 
Thursday we had a bunch of running around to do and while out I picked up a few new goodies. My "hauls" anymore usually consist of restocking paints and tape but when Michael's had a 50% of coupon on Martha Stewart stuff, who could resist?? The larger butterfly punch has been on my wish list for a while. So this is what I made:
I first saw this technique done by Lori Craig on  I couldn't wait to try it. I filmed the process and you can watch the video here

I made all of the spray inks I used on this tag with Tulip Fabric Dye, the ones used for tye dying. I LOVE them!! I followed the directions on the package but only used about 1 to 2 teaspoons of the powder dye and about 1/4 cup water for the size misters I use. The only color I wasn't thrilled with was the yellow but I will play around with the mixture. On this tag I used Lime Green, Purple and Turquoise. 
Thanks so much for looking and I hope you swing over and watch the video

Inspire Me Fridays  - Anything Goes
The Stamp Man - Butterflies, birds or bee's
4 Crafty Chicks - Tag, Your it


Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Prismacolor Pencil Caddy

For a long time now I've wanted to come up with a better way to store my Prismacolor pencils. I use them continually and they are always out on my desk. When I first got them I kept them in the original tin because I really do like them seperated into color families. But that got old quick. Then I tried rubber banding them in like colors and keeping in a container. That got old too just because it was a pain to put them back. So I had a play yesterday and I am super excited with what I came up with:
OOhhh, I just LOVE it!! I didn't take pics along the way of the construction because I wasn't sure how it was going to turn out.
One of the my "had to include" was the smaller section in the front for my stumps and pencils that are getting really small. It worked out there is even room to keep my reading glasses. 

I had originally planned on using paper tubes leftover from paper towels but was too impatient to wait. So after a call to the hubs he reminded me of the plastic tubes (he has a ton of them!!) that he uses in his golf bag. They look like this:
One tube was enough for the entire project. I also had another awesome discovery. My wood burning kit that I've had for years has a hot knife attachment!! It made cutting these babies to size a breeze!
So here's a few close ups:
Just a shot of one of the empty tubes so you can see how they are nestled down in there.

And a final shot of the dangley's I added to the front. After all I will be looking at it all the time so it might as well be pretty!
Thanks so much for looking and if there is any interest in a tutorial, let me know and I'll see what I can do. 

Edit added especially for Lynn =o)
To create the box itself:
From medium chipboard cut
2 @ 6"x 3" for the sides
1 @ 6"x 3 3/4" for the bottom
2 @ 3"x 3 3/4" for front/back
You will also need the following structure strips. You can watch my friend Jen's video here to see how to create those. She is making a completely different project but in the first few minutes she shows how to create the structure strips. The only difference is I only did mine 1" wide.
2 @ 6"
2 @ 3 3/4"
4 @ 3"
After I added my structure strips to the bottom and all sides to create my box I cut the following shape for the little box on the front:

I am not sure how that file will save for you but as long as the front and back section are 3 3/4" you should be good to go or obviously you can adjust to fit your needs.  Also, I forgot one score line at the end of that long skinnier portion. You can sort of see where it should be scored, right at the points where it tapers.
I hope that helps until I can get a proper tutorial together.