Saturday, January 31, 2009

Art Creations Friday challenge

Here's my collage for this week's challenge at Art Creations Friday. She looked like she was pondering quite a bit, hence the "lost in her thoughts". The gold embossed stamp is from Stampington.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Created Byhand Challenge - red and pink

I used a combination of red and pink - a pink watercolor wash over a gessoed french text page and red acrylic paint for the polka dots. The image of Lina Cavalieri came from Keeper of the Nest on etsy and the rub-ons are from basic grey.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Art Creations Friday challenge

I'm a little late this week - took awhile to decide what I wanted to do with this week's image. I've been playing with the Oxford Impressions Fairy Sweets stamps and thought I'd use a couple of the accessory images to create a background for her. Now she's pondering about what flavor of ice cream to have...hmmm....

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Wednesday Stamper - Lace

This is a 4x4 I made to play in the Wednesday Stamper challenge. My stamped image is from the April in Paris sheet from Oxford Impressions.

Created Byhand Challenge - hearts

This is an ATC I made for the heart theme challenge. My main image is from Enchanted Mercantile.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Fairy clear cards

These are two clear cards made with the Fairy Sweets stamps from Oxford Impressions. I really wanted to have translucent wings so I stamped the image on two surfaces - Grafix Dura-Lar for the whole image and matte coat paper for the image without the wings, alcohol inked the wings and colored the image on the paper, then adhered the two with xyron adhesive applied to the top of the paper image. I also added text stamps from Winter Snow and The Fairest Flower stamp sheets to complete the background. The outer acetate part of the card is stamped with white StazOn using flourish stamps from Stampers Anonymous and Stampington.

ATC Valentine swap

This is one of the ATC's I made for the Oxford Impressions swap. The dreamy looking woman is from the April in Paris stamp sheet. The gold embossed swirl behind her is from Green Pepper Press.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Dans ma maison il y a...du doré

This was a fun challenge to do - I tried to think of different ways to add gold to my project. The image is from Paper Whimsy, and I colored her dress and bow with gold perfect pearls and backed the picture with a gold swirl paper. The house base is gold embossed paper, the roof is made up of alternating ribbon layers, I used a gold Krylon pen to enhance the frame, and added gold star brads.

Art Creations Friday

Here's my challenge entry. I was having fun playing with some Tim Holtz embellishments to compliment the school girl image this week: background paper pieces, metal embellishments and crackle paint. The gaffer tape is from 7Gypsies and there's a tiny border done with a Prima Build A Frame stamp.

Created Byhand Challenge - the word love

Here's my collage for this week's challenge. The main stamp is from Eclectic Omnibus, the quote is from Catslife Press, the gold embossed swirl is from Green Pepper Press, and the postmark is from the April in Paris set from Oxford Impressions. The postcard used in the collage is from FrenchKissed.

More furry family members

The girls-Matilda and Two-my crafty buddies. You know, they walk all over my stuff-oh sorry, they INSPECT my stuff to make sure it's good enough, and they steal torn bits of paper.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Art Creations Friday challenge

This is my layered card using this weeks gorgeous background I loved the subtle swirl and couldn't cover that up! My image is from Enchanted Mercantile. The stamps are a bijou border from Technique Tuesday and a frame from Melissa Frances.

Theme Thursday - Vintage Valentine

Here's my Theme Thursday project. My images are from Collage Visions and Digital Collage Sheets. The background behind the couple uses the wrinkle free distress technique.

Dans ma maison il y a...un oiseau en hiver

This is my project - I thought the birds might like to be inside their little house! I used a distress ink background, white embossed with snowflake stamps from Provo Craft, and some white distress crackle paint on the roof and edges. The birds in the bottlecaps are from Digital Collage Sheets.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Created Byhand Challenge - flourishes

Can't pass up a chance to try a challenge with flourishes, one of my favorite things! This is a clear card and has white StazOn stamped flourishes surrounding a heart-shaped piece of acetate colored with alcohol ink. The stamp is from Stampington. It's hard to tell with the photo, but the folded cardstock portion of the card is attached inside the acetate card.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Dans ma maison il y a... du blanc

This is the first time I have tried this challenge - I find a house shape very appealing and was excited that the theme was white. For my project I wanted a shabby chic look which I think was helped by Ranger's crackle paint in Picket Fence. I used it on the corrugated cardboard base shape and on the metal roof embossed with a Cuttlebug folder. The white embossed flourish on the background paper is a stamp from Green Pepper Press and the image is from Lunagirl.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Crazy Amigo's Splash Challenge

This is the first time I tried this challenge, because when I saw the theme I knew which image I wanted to use. It's from Enchanted Mercantile and made me think of a group of friends making a splash in 1909! The image is mounted on paper inked with distress ink and then flicked with water. I added a white embossed swirl stamp from Prima. The swirls on the backing cardstock are from a Cuttlebug folder - it just seemed to complete the wavy, watery look.

Art Creations Friday Challenge

This was such a beautiful background this week! I love how it changed as I added more layers of stamping to it- especially the subtle gold from the Inka stamps background stamp sequin waste. Other stamp credits are Stampers Anonymous and Prima, and the image is from Enchanted Mercantile.

Stamping on copper

Here's another project using metal - this time copper sheeting. I found a roll while I was wandering around Home Depot when my husband was shopping. Amazing how much fun you can have there! It's thin enough that after stamping with StazOn it can be easily cut or punched. These pictures are of my star book and the one inside page picture features a stamp from The Queen's Dresser Drawers.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Stamping on metal

This is one of my favorites- it uses StazOn ink on metal. For the surrounding frame, after embossing it I applied alcohol ink and then used a sanding block and a brass brush to remove it from the embossed areas. To create the actual embossing, I stamped on the reverse of the metal using my current favorite swirl stamp from Stampers Anonymous and used that as my template for embossing. The main image stamp is from Oxford Impressions - you lose some of the photographic detail by stamping on the metal, but I still love the overall look.

Friday, January 2, 2009

My family

Metzger - the baby of the family

A clear album

I have really come to enjoy thinking about how to compose a design on clear acrylic. This is an album using Prima's Build A Book line that I created. I love that you work on both sides and also can get an overall overlap from one page to the next. This album used vintage photos of my family which was also fun, even though I certainly love working with adopted ancestors! I used Prima's Build A Frame stamps with black StazOn on some pages, a fabulous swirl stamp from Stampers Anonymous using white StazOn on one page, and of course a page with alcohol ink. By using double sided printed paper you automatically have a beautiful base to start working with on the back side. Even though the album didn't place in Prima's Build A Book contest, it's still pretty cool, don't you think?