Sunday, September 27, 2009

PaperWhimsy door project

Gale Blair of PaperWhimsy fame has a free collage sheet on her blog and a contest to create something with it that runs until Oct. 15. (Details on her blog post HERE). I used the red door on a corrugated cardboard house with a quote from the Oxford Impressions stamp set School Days and created an open door to allow the girl to be stepping out of the shelter of her house and bravely venturing into the world.

Saturday's Workout - Grunge with Alcohol Inks

This is my project for Saturday's Workout. I used an alcohol ink background on glossy card and then "grunged it up" by stamping on it, then using my Cuttlebug and sanding the embossed parts. After cutting out a window in it, I combined it with a Tim Holtz Stamper's Anonymous stamp (can you use anyone else's stamp when grunge is needed?) , but cut it apart and used the pieces for the collage.

Art Creations Friday Challenge

This cute girl is for the challenge this week at Art Creations Friday. How do you like her lacy bench? It was fun layering miscellaneous bits on top of a cool digital paper piece from Paperbag Studios that I printed out to use.

TGIF - wonderful trees

'Wonderful Trees' is this week's TGIF theme. My piece is inspired by where I live. Maine is known as the Pine Tree State, but we also have a tremendous amount of deciduous trees which are just starting to turn colors. So this is why I've combined maple leaves with a pine tree background. With all the rain we've had this summer, we should have glorious fall colors and have some wonderful walks through the woods! Stamp credits: Stamper's Anonymous, Stampington, Artistic Outpost.

Theme Thursday Challenge

This 4x4 is for Theme Thursday where this week's theme is script/writing. Since I had a wedding to attend this weekend, it put me in a romantic mood and got me thinking about love letters so I found this couple to use from Lunagirl. Stamp credits: Stampin' Up, Stampabilities, Paperbag Studios.

Tag Tuesday - Children

I had fun making this children themed tag for Tag Tuesday. My school girl image is from Collage Visions and I decided to continue the theme by using primary colors, a pencil stamp from Lost Coast Designs, a ruler, a piece from a 1914 spelling book (Don't you love how they used 'zinc' in a sentence? - "zinc is a useful metal"), and alphabet twill attached with staples.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Sunday Postcard Art

Gypsy is the theme for Sunday Postcard Art and I found this image from Lunagirl and thought she was perfect. I wanted to create a paper background that evoked a rich textile look to go along with the various fabrics she's wearing. Two cool things I tried - the red stripe is actually velvet paper that I embossed with the Cuttlebug, and I stamped on the large pearls of the trim with Staz-On! I like the way they look - what do you think?

Saturday's Workout - Bubble wrap

I've made this ATC for Saturday's Workout which this week challenged us to make a background with bubble wrap. I used a light blue paint to create mine then also added gesso stamped circles (actually making use of the top of the paint container!) and for more "roundness" added buttons. Image: Lisa's Altered Art, Stamp: Technique Tuesday.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Dans ma maison il y a ...une plume

This week's challenge at Dans ma maison il y a... is to use a feather in your house creation. This is my birdhouse with a feather for the bird's tail. Bird image: Lisa's Altered Art.

Ready-Steady-STAMP! Challenge 5

The RSS challenge was to use the following ingredients: 1.Flowers and butterflies, 2.Green, 3.Buttons, 4.PVA resist technique, and 5.Lace. I started with one of the new sanded background image collage sheets from Paper Whimsy and used the PVA resist technique on the background. I was excited to try this because I had read the article in a previous Craft Stamper and had even bought Glazing Liquid to use after reading it. I used the plain, clear liquid over the image to allow me to ink the background while protecting the image color (worked great!), then stamped the flowers (SmART works - a local Maine company) and painted them with glazing medium mixed with Perfect Pearls. I used green Distress Inks to rub over the background and gently wiped over the painted parts. The other fun part was making the butterflies using an Elusive Images stamp that I stamped on paper adhered to grungepaper - still allows them to be shaped and dimensional, but the white paper makes the inks brighter. My buttons are clear ones that I adhered to stamped paper using another Elusive Images stamp.

Theme Thursday - Flourish ATC

Another ATC for the challenge at Theme Thursday - this time using flourishes - my favorite!!
I also got to play with some new stamps I just got from Elusive Images for the flowers. I stamped them on grungepaper which allowed me to bend the petals and make them more dimensional. Flourish stamp: Stampington - I just love that one and use it over and over!!, Image: Lisa's Altered Art.

Tag Tuesday - Grid tags

This week's challenge at Tag Tuesday is to make a tag with a grid pattern. They were fun to make, so I made 2 versions. Both use inchies punched from stamped backgrounds as the basis for the grid, then I added bits of things I had laying around and waiting to be used. Stamp credits: Innovative Stamp Creations and Crafty Individuals.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Alice projects for Oxford Impressions

Thought I'd share some things I've been working on for Oxford Impressions and the most recent release of Alice in Wonderland. These projects use stamps from both the Wonderland set as well as the Classic Alice set. If these inspire you and you can't wait to get your own copies of these sets, just click on any of the three links to get to the OI website.

The first is a shadowbox - actually the back of a canvas frame.

And this next one is a banner.

This 4x4 uses a fun quote I loved when reading the book - "Off with her head!".

And last, an ATC.

Hope you've enjoyed them!!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Art Creations Friday Challenge

For my project for Art Creations Friday I used their great image and placed her over a background made with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists and their clock screen and stamp combo. With a few metal bits from my Tim Holtz collection stash it created a cool "Moments in Time" piece - it got me thinking about all the vintage photos I love to use - they also are moments in time.

Theme Thursday Challenge

An ATC with vintage women is the challenge at Theme Thursday and here's mine. The image is from Altered Pages and behind her I've used a stamp from Oxford Impressions.

Mixed Media Monday - Time of Day

I've been wanting to participate in the Mixed Media Monday challenges, but my work schedule makes early in the week challenges hard to complete, but I was so intrigued by the theme that I made a project and hope I'm not too late to join in. The theme is Time of Day and I chose my favorite - Dusk. I love the colors of the sky at that time of day and used Glimmer Mists in blues and purples with a little bit of pink and orange on gessoed vintage text paper to create my sky.