Wednesday, March 25, 2015


July...a time for showing off the red, white and blue.  Roni chose a patriotic theme for calendar page...I couldn't get my images to show off as well as hers so I dry-brushed white paint over the dry gesso to show off more of the texture.

Sizzix arch die; Claudine Hellmuth Studio Paints; gesso; star punch; silver pen; archival inks (Jet Black, Carnation); Pledge of Allegiance and fireworks, text stamps (source unknown)

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Altered playing cards - completion of the deck of cards

Can't believe the deck of cards has now been completely altered!  Well, except for the jokers.  Plans for those are on hold for the moment.  Claudine chose to focus on embossing...I used clear Wendy Vecchi's new Sky Blue powder (over Sky Blue archival ink) on top and Ranger's Clear (over Watering Can archival ink) on the bottom.  I like both effects.

Studio 490 stamps:  LCS071 Art For Men, LCS075 Call It Art and SCS032 Fashion Style and Art

Ranger:  archival inks (Jet Black, Watering Can, Sky Blue, Buttercup); embossing powders (Clear, Sky Blue)

Black oil pastel crayon, punches (circles, star), page from an old book

There's a grand prize drawing so check out the rules and make sure you're entered!  A super stash is at stake!

Thank you, Claudine, for being such a great, inspirational hostess and to all those who participated and shared their ideas!  It's been a fun challenge!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Make Art challenge

How about some Studio 490 stencils?  Do you have any?  Wendy Vecchi has some pretty cool ones that I'm glad to have in my collection.

This month's Make Art challenge ends at midnight on 3/26 (EST) so you have a few more days to get your entry uploaded!  A randomly chosen winner will win a $25 gift certificate from Simon Says Stamp.

Wendy Vecchi:  Coneflower Stamp-It Stencil-It; stencils (Dots & Stripes Borders, Sunburst, Old Ledger, All Occasion Sentiments); embossing paste; Tiles background stamp

Ranger:  distress inks, Fired Brick distress marker; Watering Can archival ink

Tim Holtz 'Typo' stencil

Misc.:  watercolor paper, thread, blue/yellow card stock

I coordinated the mailing envelope with some stenciled images in the lower left hand corner and added the stenciled words 'Wishing you a' over them.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Fictional characters

Leprechauns and SmurfsDo you know there really aren't any female leprechauns?  Chauvinists!

This week's challenge for the Altered Playing Cards is all about monochromatic color schemes.  It's week 26...just one more week to go!  I forgot that week 1 was spent applying gesso to the complete deck of playing cards.

Green:  Art Impressions sentiment; Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers female; Jet Black/Fern Green archival inks; distress inks; Eucalyptus Stickles; white card stock scraps; decorative green paper; Staedtler green fineliner pen; black Micron pen; Tim Holtz Wildflower stencil

Blue:  Auntie Amy sentiment (just had to buy this when I saw it!); Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers male; Jet Black/Manganese Blue archival inks; distress inks; Ice Blue Stickles; white card stock scraps; decorative blue paper; Staedtler blue fineliner pen; white Gelly Roll pen; Tim Holtz Rays stencil

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

June is busting out all over!

I know...I'm early!  But it's what came to mind when I was working on my calendar page for Roni's mixed media calendar.

Ranger: Claudine Helmuth Studio Paints (White, Yellow Pastel, Landscape Green, Purple Palette); Adirondack pigment inks (Wild Plum, Lettuce, Sunshine Yellow)

Studio 490:  Translucent embossing paste

Sizzix:  arch die

Tim Holtz:  Scribbles stencil

JustRite stamps (pre-inked)

card stock scraps; Sakura Black Micron Pen; White Gelly Roll Pen; Yes! paste; floral and fern die cuts

We're halfway through the year!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

It's all about the wearin' o' the green

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Sizzix OTE die - scallop; misc. green and white card stocks; Art Impressions stamp; Library Green archival ink; Sakura glaze pen; Sailor gold pen

Core'dinations darks cardstock; Sizzix Months ShadowPress; American Art Stamp; watercolor paper; Jet Black archival ink; Twinkling H2Os; jewels, Martha Stewart ribbon; unknown scrapbook paper

Monday, March 16, 2015

Home and the simple life

Oh, how I wish!  It's been a rough week...3 deaths in my family/friends circle, 1 diagnosis of dementia, another of cancer.  Our gas fireplace is on the fritz, one sump pump has died.  But I did get a new kitchen more dripping!  And the Irish Soda Bread I made this morning tastes yummy!

It's the 25th week of the Altered Playing Card challenge...can't believe we've nearly finished one deck of playing cards!

**Studio 490 Residential Art SCS044
**Tim Holtz Mesh & Linen CS221
**Sizzix: Townscape OTE border die
**Ranger:  archival ink re-inkers (Fern Green, Dandelion); Gold Mixative Alcohol ink; archival inks (Fern Green, Cornflower Blue); distress inks
**Sakura white pen; Staedtler gray pen; white cardstock; alcohol
**Studio 490 Residential Art SCS044; Dots & Stripes Borders stencil
**Ranger:  archival ink re-inkers (Forget Me Not, Dandelion); Pearl Mixative Alcohol ink; archival inks (Jet Black, Dandelion); distress inks
**Tim Holtz: tissue tape
**white card stock; colored pencils; alcohol

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Bird Crazy

Love this new stamp set from Tim Holtz!  I thought he'd be great on my version of Tim's March tag for this year.
Ranger:  Distress paint (Mustard Seed, Abandoned Coral, Cracked Pistachio, Barn Door, Dusty Concord); Embossing powder (Pale Gold, Clear, Antiquities Tanzanite, Antiquities Quartz); Jet Black Archival Ink; Texture Paste; Inkssentials White Pen; Multi-Medium

Stampers Anonymous: Bird Crazy CMS212; Flourish stencil THS032

Idea-ology:  Tissue tape, mask sheet, Adage ticket, foliage, adornments, jump ring, fragment, rub-ons, gem clip, crinkle ribbon

LOVE the new January and February colors....can't wait to get March!

Note:  I unbent the gem clip enough so I could slide on the foliage pieces that had been painted with distress paint.  Then I bent it back into shape but left the gem facing forward instead of upwards.  Makes a nice flower, don't you agree?!?!?!?

Friday, March 6, 2015

Happy Anniversary!

Thought this would make a cute anniversary card for my mom and step-dad.  The Penny Black image was stamped in Jet Black archival ink on watercolor paper then colored with distress markers that had been scribbled on my craft sheet.  The turquoise layer and green card base are Bazzill.