Saturday, February 13, 2016

CHNC Challenge: Blue

The other day I stumbled upon a Christmas card challenge blog.  Now I don't know about y'all, but I always find myself scrambling for Christmas cards around the early part of December.  The last several years I haven't even sent any out.  Yikes.  I like the idea of creating a card a week (I have some catching up to do, I see!) so that by the time December rolls around I have a nice, little collection of handmade cards ready to go.  Join me?

To play along follow THIS LINK to Craftyhzelnut's Christmas Challenge blog.  Here is my card for this week's challenge to use blue.


Shabby Chic ATCs

It's been a while since I"ve wandered into the world of shabby chic.  It is the theme of one of my swapping groups this month though so here goes...

I started by covering the bases with a dictionary page.  Next came some modeling paste, die cut swirls and a doily.  I covered everything with some watered down white acrylic paint.  From that point they diverged.

This first one came together quickly.  The green leafy piece had been sitting on my desk for several weeks and I thought it looked nice against the pink background.  I must have stamped the ruler piece on white paper months ago.  It was also in a pile.  First I just rubbed on some brown ink (the same as is on the edges) and then I thought of vintagey measuring tape and decided I should add some yellow to it.  I like the way it turned out.  I always forget I've got the Tim Holtz rub-ons but I happened to glance over at them and they were perfect to balance out the bottom part.

The second one I struggled with a bit.  I love the laurel wreath die and thought I would be using it with the bee that comes with it.  It just wasn't working for me though. I sprinkled on dots of Perfect Pearl Mist and some white paint and then let it sit there for a while so I could figure out what to do next. Tim Holtz products to the rescue again.  I remembered I had the silhouettes tucked away...somewhere (took me a while to track them down.  Time for a studio cleaning spree!).

One of the cool things about these cards is that they came about organically.  I mostly used stuff that had been sitting on my desk for a while.

The dictionary pages were leftovers from some gelli printing the night before.  The ruler, die cut swirls and leafy sprig were sitting in a pile on the desk for weeks.  I almost threw them away so many times.  (See, honey.  There's a good reason for me to 'hoard' all this stuff!).

Successful day.  :)

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Bizarre Holidays ATCs: February

I think the wacky, unusual holidays are fun to celebrate.  For over a year now I've been participating in monthly bizarrre, wacky holiday trades on ATCsForAll and now I've started playing in the same swap over at SwapBot too.  I don't need an excuse - love making these!  In addition to the one I showed in my last post, I made these for February.

These images are from Vera Lane Studio.  I can't get enough of these - so fun and cute without being over-the-top cute.

I splurged and bought a big box of watercolor crayons recently.  I used them on these ATCs.  I think I'll be playing with them a LOT.  I had to choose this holiday because I'm a wee bit of a coffee addict.  :)

After my dad passed away, we found a box of stamps that he must have collected when he was a wee lad.  I nabbed it to use in my art and that's where these stamps came from (except the butterfly).

I always seem to gravitate to Umbrella Day for the February holidays.  Maybe it's because it's my sister's birthday or maybe it's because I live in Seattle!  This first one is made from a gelli print that I had in my stash.  I also used my watercolor crayons again.

For this umbrella card, I whipped out the raindrop stamp set that I've had forever but hardly ever use.  I think it helped that the last few days have been excessively rainy around here.  I used my Distress markers to color the umbrella.

Pretty pleased with myself that February isn't even here yet and my cards are done.  Woot woot!

Saturday, January 23, 2016

12 "Tags" of 2016 - January

Hello!  Another year of Tim Holtz's 12 tags series - woo hoo!  Dare I hope that I can get one done each month?  I do...I dare.  I'm doing ATCs instead, but otherwise I'll do my darndest to play along and use Tim's techniques where possible.

Here's January:

Here's Tim's:

Yeah, I know.  I'm asking you to use your imagination again.  I did a fake chalkboard technique (embossed with white ink on black cardstock and then rubbed chalk all over it - best I could do). But I did use the embossed and distressed metal technique.

My ATC is for a February Bizarre Holidays swap.  Hope they like it!

Friday, January 22, 2016

Pink & Red & Hearts

It's creeping upon us...Valentines' Day is just a few weeks away.  Enter the pink, red, hearts business.  I am so not mushy, but I channeled all the mushy love stuff I could garner to create a couple of projects for challenges this week.

The first one is a bit of mail art that I created for the SDC Pink and Red Challenge.  I've got a box full of envies from a defunct company that are just begging to be arted up.  I whipped out my Distress inks, stencils and stamps and got busy.  Isn't Heart Boy a sweetie?

My second project stayed within the whole pink and red theme (I wasn't sure I liked the envie at first, but some tweeking made me happy) and also incorporates a heart candy box for the Wicked Wednesday Hearts Challenge.  Love these birds.  I really tried to resist all the Crazy Bird hype but eventually I just caved and took the plunge.  ;)  (Damn you and your fun stamps, Tim!)

That's it for today.  Cheers!

Mail Art Mania

2016 has started out as The Year of the Envelope for me.  I have spent most of my creative time decorating envelopes to mail art in rather than creating the art itself.  Ha!  Where's the logic in THAT?  Whatcha' gonna do?  When The Muse speaks, I must listen.  Here's a peek at some of my envies:

Looks like I need to go make some enclosable art now.  Have a great day!

Friday, January 8, 2016

Stampotique ATC day

I had a little fun this morning making some ATCs.

The first one, A Boy & His Dog, is for the SDC tree challenge this week.

The next batch is for the Stampotique ATC trade this month with a "Two" theme (to celebrate the group's 2nd anniversary).  

In my blog wanderings this morning I ran across Fiona's post showing her fab-o art journal pages.  Totally copied her for this.  Hope she takes it as a compliment!

Happy  Friday!