Sunday, September 28, 2014

Altered Playing Card Challenge~APCC~Play Along! Week 4

Happy Sunday!

The weather is so much cooler today, enjoying it! The air has that crispness for the first time. Fall is finally making it!

Just a brief post with my two cards for the Altered Playing Card Challenge at Claudine's Art Corner. Join up! It is lots of fun and you can just use things from your existing stash! Plenty of time to catch up or begin. This is week 4, WOW!

The background prompt this week is acrylic paint. Maybe add some silly houses and/or a digi stamp.
My mini houses were cut from a background leftover scrap. My Halloween kitty is a digi stamp drawn by Unky at The East Wind, she has the digis in her Etsy shop:)

Thanks for looking!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Compendium of Curiosities Vol 3 Challenge #11~CC3C #11~Dreams Wings


Happy Thank-Goodness-It's-Friday!

No clue where the time has gone! LOL I am coming in just under the wire with my project for the 11th Challenge in Linda Ledbetter's playtime for the Compendium of Curiosities Volume 3. See all the fun-ness HERE. And WOW it is so close to the end of the month, yikes! So I am barely in time for Gauche Alchemy's Challenge Country Chic and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes! Mixed Media Monthly has a fun color theme inspiration, love the orange!

This Eleventh is sponsored by the Inspiration Emporium with a kind $50 shopping spree to one lucky random winner! Please do visit our most kindly sponsor HERE. bowties are cool
Likewise the ever talented and source of all creative goodness for this wonderful challenge, Mr. Tim Holtz has donated a wonder surprise pack for the Crew's Choice Award! Yay!

This creative prompt for this bit of fun is found on page 52, Effects Powders in the Compendium of Curiosities Volume 3. Please get a copy, it is such a wonderful investment!

Here we go. This was such fun and has led to a new addiction, these powders are addictive and a MUST HAVE! I have never played with them before, the first challenge was finding  a shop that had some in stock locally, always a great excuse to go shopping:) My shop had one color left, Tea Dye. And I love it!

Next challenge came in photographing the project. The light was not cooperating, was too flat to show off the yummy texture. ~Insert sad face~    then this morning, yes, just almost right now, I had left the tag on my art table in my fancy art- studio- that-was-my-kitchen. The sun was shining brilliantly across said difficult project and YES! perfect!

WARNING many pictures below :)

Click to see 'em bigger

The background to my tag is cut from a manila folder. I stamped the roses in Distress Paint Seedless Preserves using the bottom part of a celery bunch. I love the roses you can make with the celery!

All of the butterflies are coated in the Tea Dye powder, but I varied the underneath colors to see what would happen. The glossy one below was kinda an oops, I coated it with some Ranger Crackle Accents but it did not crackle. No clue why other than the bottle is really old. But I love the effect anyways and it is a nice contrast to the bumps on the rest:)

I stamped the key shape with Distress Ink then embossed it in clear. It came out with another fun texture.

No doubt the stars of this show are the butterflies and vine. They are lovely and I can't wait to get more powders to make more!

I think that is all, thank you SO much if you are still with me all the way down here:) 
Have a great day!

Linking to:
The Compendium of Curiosities V3 Challenge 11
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes
GaucheAlchemy September Theme: Country Chic Flower Board and Rustic-ness
Mixed Media Monthly September Challenge: Color, Orange and Pink

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

September 24~Mixed Media Mojo Challenge~Fall using Texture Paste~DT Project

Happy Wednesday, First Wednesday of Fall!

The weather is just starting to feel like it is changing, the nights are finally chilly here, yay!

Today I have a post for my Fall DT project at Mixed Media Mojo. There is still plenty of time to play along, too! The September theme is Fall and the twist is add paste, join us and see the fun HERE

I made this canvas starting with a flat 5x7 board. I added my homemade texture paste to add the bumps and ripples. I pressed some pieces of drywall tape into the wet paste to add more texture.

As with many of my projects, I have a theme or prompt to work with but never quite sure what direction I am going to go in! I knew I wanted the Fall colors and the Distress Ink color Wild Honey is tops on my list right now so it is featured brightly.

I like to emboss my stamped images, really helps for coloring! I used Distress Inks and Paints for the colors. The green dots, I used the Tim Holtz Dot Fade stencil also tops of my favorites at this moment. I colored my texture paste with Distress Paint Forest Moss, just to celebrate the last bits of green as colors are changing for Fall.

All of the stamped images are Unity. The pumpkins are from a Unity blog hop random draw contest I won:) Thanks Unity! I love the pumpkins and leaves they have such fun shapes! They are such fun stamps to use! I'm lovin' it!

The sunflower is a digital stamp. I printed it onto cheap dollar store photo paper, then did an image transfer using clear shelf contact paper. I dyed the ribbon using Distress Ink in these colors, Squeezed Lemonade, Wild Honey and Ripe Persimmon.

Thanks so much for reading! I hope you have a few moments to leave a comment. Comments make my day:)

I am also entering this project into a couple of challenges.

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Use Stamps and Stencils

Fall Colors from Inspiration Photo Color 
Basic Sketch Layout & (LOVE) Unity Stamps:)

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Altered Playing Card Challenge~APCC~Play Along! Week 3~SSS Monday

Happy Weekend!

Short and sweet post today!

Just finished my two altered playing cards for Claudine's Challenge Week 3. This is so much fun and easy to play along, won't you join us? Find more HERE

I am also linking to Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, the prompt is Techniques! Each week of the playing card challenge works realllllly well :)

Here are my two cards, hope you like them. Please feel free to click to see a bigger photo.

The clock and key were stamped on tissue then I used gel medium to attach it to the alcohol ink background. The card base was covered with gesso as the first step.

Mr. Scarecrow was also stamped on tissue that I had painted with distress paints. The card background was inked with distress ink.

Have a great Saturday, thanks so much for spending some time here!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Altered Playing Card Challenge~APCC~Play Along! Week 2~SSS Wednesday

Hey There!

Thursday's to-do list is done: I finished my two altered playing cards for Claudine's Play along, week #2. Come play with us in this fun and casual environment! Super easy to do and easy to catch up. You can see all the details HERE . So many inspirational projects, it is a happy place!

This week's Simon Says Stamp Wednesday is all about Backgrounds, I think this project is an awesome fit!

For Claudine's Week 2, the basic suggested supplies were Dylusion Spray Inks. If you have not played with them I highly recommend it! They are so bright and fun! They are water reactive, so they are easy to lighten up if you feel they are too dark. Just take care when mixing colors so it doesn't get too muddy.

My two cards for week 2:

Feel free to click for a better bigger picture :)

I covered both cards with white gesso. I was pretty sloppy/casual about it, leaving brush marks and adding swirls. I wanted to start creating texture:)

On top of the gesso I used Dylusions sprays. I sprayed them heavy and let the colors run.

I really liked how the backgrounds came out, the colors are so vibrant. I did not really want to cover them up! I remembered to take a photo of the purple one before I attached the surface pretties.

At first the purple and turquoise were a bit dark, so once it was dry, I spritzed it with water again and dabbed some off. I am happy it revealed more swirls. Once this was dry I applied some dots with Distress Paint using the eraser end of a pencil. The Distress Paint also reacts with the sprays and you can get some cool effects too.

Next I worked on coloring the stamped and embossed images. This is the first time I used markers to color stamps. I just used the Sharpies and Bics I already had on hand. I also used a colorless blender pen to pull off some of the marker ink. I colored inside the gears with a waterbrush using some more Distress Paint.

On Be Fearless I played with some white lines using a white jellyroll pen. It kinda blends on the Dylusions, too. Nice surprises along the way:) I stamped and embossed the la la la not sure if you can see it. I stamped it with white pigment ink and embossed with clear. 

Time does fly and this Challenge, Play along is super fun! I really hope you have a moment to leave a comment and then hop over and join up to play. You can find the details HERE

Have a lovely day!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Sunday September 7~Extreme CAS~Stamp Play


Happy Sunday:)

STAMPtember is well underway at SimonSaysStamp, and it is a perfect time to celebrate and get inky with one of the most versatile elements in my crafty stash, my stamps! Finding tons of inspiration at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge:STAMPtember and a brilliant article by Trisha at Unruly Paperarts Extreme Clean and Simple, I made a couple of quick fun cards. At her blog, Trisha has set up a fun Extreme CAS challenge, come see it and play, too!

I picked three of my favorite at the moment cards. I used Tim Holtz stamps, the awesome Plane and pen nibs stamps.

The challenge put forth by Trisha is Extreme CAS:
One Stamp
One color Ink
Stamp One time
On White Paper

As always, feel free to click each image to get a larger view:)

I cut some cards and could have easily kept going all day. I love this! It is so nice to appreciate the STAMP. This version of the AWESOME plane I used Distress Paint. I think it was a bit too much paint, but I love the bold shape and color and in person, the texture it has.

Same stamp, same color Distress Paint on this one, but not as much paint on the stamp. It shows more detail.

Third card shared today, I used Distress Ink. I love the detail that comes out, these stamps are amazing!

So what do you think? This is a wonderful challenge and these make great anytime, any occasion FAST notes!

Join up today and share what you made:)

I am linking this project to:

Extreme Clean and Simple at easily amused hard to offend

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Altered Playing Card Challenge~APCC~Play Along! Week 1

Blog surfing I found a posting about altered playing cards while here at Ink Stains with Roni. It looks so much fun! I followed her link to Claudine's Art Corner, Claudine is the fabulous inspiration of this amazing project!

I love the small format of ATCs and this a  great step and journey to make. Claudine is going to alter a full deck of playing cards, at a reasonable rate of just 2 per week! Do-able for sure....err I hope:) There will be some fun prizes along this journey and the prep step is now posted.

The prep step just make a regular any old deck of cards not so slick! Sand or gesso now so you are ready to play! Easy peasy so far:)

Join up and do make sure you hop over to Claudine's blog for all the fun details!

Fun, don't you think?


Monday, September 1, 2014

September 1~New Mixed Media Mojo Challenge~Fall using Texture Paste


Welcome to September! Today is the start of a brand new challenge at Mixed Media Mojo! And I am so happy and honored to say I have joined as a new member of the DT!! So fun, I am looking forward to learning and working with such a creative team! Make sure to check out the posts at Mixed Media Mojo over the next day or two to see the team. Thennnnn you have all of September to call upon your Mojo and celebrate this Fall with us!

Here is my first contribution for the challenge! Celebrating the lovely seasonal change coming soon upon us, Fall. Autumn is such a gorgeous time of year. I love it when that day arrives and almost overnight you can feel the air change and know cooler weather is approaching!

As always, please click the image to get a bigger view :)

Whenever I can I like to save some cash for the important stuff like stamps and painty stuff. This mixed media project is no different. I used a square plaque I found at a dollar store. I added some masking tape along the bottom and one side. Then coated the whole thing with white gesso.

At the same store I bought a package of napkins with this beautiful leaf image. I separated the layers of the napkin and attached the image onto the plaque that I had painted with Distress Paint. I used gel medium to attach it. This method literally makes the napkin tissue dissolve to the background. I loveeee it!

Along the top and side I used a stencil with my homemade texture paste. Once the paste was dry I added a wash using Distress Paint and Distress Stain over it to bring in more color.

I splattered done Distress Paint randomly. The edges are inked with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

Thanks for looking! Now go get your Mojo on and Play with us!

I am also linking to Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge:Anything Goes. There are so many fun places to play:)