Saturday, March 30, 2013

March AO Referral #2

This is my second entry for the March Referral at ARTISTIC OUTPOST.  I'm using their stamp plate Quote & Quotables again, as it's the only stamps I have from them.

Going to keep this short as I wrote a short novel for my first entry, see previous post. 

You've seen this mini cabinet card before on my WOYWW post, here.  The texture was created by scraping the paint off my craft mat with a palette knife. The curls were still a bit moist so I plopped them down onto the mini and adhered them with a coat of clear gesso. A total experiment that worked! Love the texture and the twists of color!

The last line of JK Rowling's quote was inked in archival sepia and stamped onto a scrap of card. Attaching this to the mini panel then adding some streaks of peacock stain to the middle section as it was too 'white' compared to the texture bits. The outer edge received the sepia big brush treatment. To add more dimension and texture I sprinkled some turquoise micro beads and a few silver beads around the paint texture. Added one shiny gem and called it done!

Celebrate the day!


March AO Referral

Good Saturday afternoon folks,

I'm just beating the deadline with this post and the next one. These are my entries in the March Referral for Artistic Outpost using the only stamp plate I have from them, Quote & Quotables .

Today's make turned out so cool it is going to be my mini book's cover. I made a frame by using the mini cabinet card die inside the vintage cabinet card. I had envisioned a wood grain frame, well, y'all know how visions go, down the tubes, by the wayside, any which way but what you envisioned. :) So let me back up -

All pieces were painted with a mixture of gesso with peacock stain. Purposely using a streaky application. The frame was coated with embossing paste and a wood grain stamp (oh oh) pushed into it. When removed it made a sucking sound and stuck! So instead of wood grain I ended up with popcorn ceiling texture!! Oh well, I dried it just a bit then took my paste knife to it and 'knocked' it down. A real construction term here in the USA. This basically takes off the pointy bits and flattens the texture slightly. Bingo! Saved! Now to dry it. (another oops coming up) I sort of scorched the texture by getting the heat tool too close. Ack! Okay next remedy, let's rub a little sepia big brush ink into the edges, perfect camouflage! To tone down the brown I rubbed in a bit of Inca gold and the whole frame was spritzed with pearl perfect pearls mists.

Meanwhile, the main panel had it's own 'oops'. After painting the vintage cabinet panel, I ran it through an e.f. to give the background some swirly texture. And I was going to, actually did, stamp the quote onto tissue paper. Hmm, somewhere I'd picked up a bit of brown ink that smeared horribly when I attached the tissue to the panel. Ack! 

At this point the whole project almost went into the trashbin!

Deep breath and forward we go...the next morning I reassessed everything. There was a bit of the paint mixture left in the baggie, using that I painted a scrap of white card, dried very carefully and re-stamped the sentiment. Then tore out the sentiment and distressed the edges a bit more before popping onto the cabinet panel. Added a few topaz colored gems and whew....looks great! What 'oops"?!

Attached the frame to the panel, added a few white pearls and finally - Done!

Unfortunately, I've had quite a time taking pictures this month, yes, it's been finished for weeks! Getting a pic has proven difficult. The shimmer of the frame against the matte panel is really cool IRL. :)  Hope y'all like this one cause I sure do, even after all, maybe because of, all the work that went into it.

Celebrate tomorrow! woo hoo my birthday!!!

Edit: It seems blogger has changed the way pics come up. Clicking on the pic will enlarge, then click back arrow in order to click on the next pic. Sorry.

supplies: chipboard, vintage cabinet card dies, acrylic paint, distress stains, distress inks, archival ink, gems, pearls, perfect pearls mists, pitt big brush pen, artistic outpost quote & quotables stamps.


Thursday, March 28, 2013

Letter P

Darn I missed last fortnight's letter of Ma-Me and this week I'm just getting in before the deadline.

Oh well, here entry for week 6 and the letter P over at the Craft Barn's Alpha/Dictionary challenge.

My randomly torn dictionary page yielded the word - Posy.  I tore the piece down so I had just a small fragment of the dictionary page around my word to attach to my journal page. I then blended the purple distress inks on a plain manila page and heat set those. Then stamped several different flower garlands in varying inks and paint around the page. Did the spritz and flick or in my case, I dribble water from a narrow straw onto the distress inks, stood the page upright so the water would run down then dried. On top of that layer I've spritzed some perfect pearls mists, dried, then attached and outlined my word - Posy. In the corner I've attached a large flower made from rolled cheese cloth that was dyed with distress stains. In the center is a large white button painted with pearl paints and in it's center is a purple button covered with grape stickles. The outer edges of the page were lightly inked with distress vintage photo to blend in with the rest of my journal.

you can just see the shimmer of perfect pearl mists on the flower. unfortunately, not so much on the background.

a before shot of the flower

supplies: manila cardstock, distress inks and stains, archival inks, acrylic paint, perfect pearls mists, cheese cloth, buttons, stablio all pencil


Wednesday, March 27, 2013


Where did the week go? I have projects ready just haven't gotten them uploaded to post. Aaagghh slow the down clock!

I took this pic Tuesday night as I left things...back this morning to finish up an ATC for the Fw/ATCs challenge.

There's all kinds of things pulled out to see what comes of playing around. Something new on the far left, stains, inks and pre-made backgrounds.

Thanks to Julia at the Stamping Ground for holding court for all of us snoopers. :)

'Celebrating' my milestone birthday on Sunday! That's right folks 
I'm turning 60!!  Hope not too many of you fainted or fell off your chairs. :)

Have a great week!


Wednesday, March 20, 2013


Hello my WOYWW friends! Time for another looky loo at work desks round the world. First time visitors please stop by our intrepid Julia's blog for all the deets and links for your viewing pleasure.

(Pic heavy, sorry Julia.)

Okay, so last week I was off in a rush to Daytona Beach to attend Bike Week. FYI, Daytona is about a 45 minute drive northeast of me so it wasn't really a 'trip' more like a jaunt over to the east coast. And the weather while sunny and beautiful was COLD! Barely got into the 60s all day with a constant north wind blowing at 15 mph, which means there was very little skin showing on most of the so called 'hotties'. :) I have added a few pics of day at the bottom of this post. I think what you'll notice most is - a lot of overweight peeps and most everyone has gray hair! Yes, we bikers have aged! We didn't go over the bridge to where the biker build-offs and art bikes were this year. Just way too many peeps and stop n crawl traffic to get there.

Now to my desk which is a dumping ground at the moment. Some new stamps (blog candy from Ali/teddybobcrafts ) all the way from the UK! I'm so excited to get them and I will be saving the cool postage stamp, too! There's a project I've started as part of Andy Skinner's Book of Ruination online class, just waiting for my masking fluid so I can continue with the next step. A cheese cloth flower on the shelf and the usual bits n pieces that seem to collect there.

Have a good snoop around and let me know you stopped by so I can return the snoop. :) I promise to get to more of you this week than last. 

I am Celebrating the day with working hands!!!!

Typical 'snowbird' brought their own car behind their rig. They were from Canada.

Today's biker. Not much leather anymore. :)

Some peeps just can't make up their minds; car/bike/car/...?

Or this guy.

Built in belly rest. :)

Not much skin, still got attention.
snapping pics with the ipod and flipped the viewer around and caught myself. :)

A fun day was had by all.


Tuesday, March 19, 2013

ATC swap

Holy Smokes! Has it really been three weeks since I've done a non-WOYWW post?! Life and my hands just haven't been cooperating folks. I am on the mend now on both fronts, so I plan to be back to regular creating and posting. 

The ATCs I'm sharing today were finished (just) before my hands went on strike. The pics aren't great as I took them in a hurry with my iPad so I could get them in the mail to Ink Stains with Roni in order to beat the deadline. I must say these gave me fits, as in, mojo took a hiatus before the hands did.

I started with a manila folder cut into fourths, on this I did the blended batik background following TH's instructions in his book, Compendium of Curiosities. Once I was happy with my shading using wild honey and scattered straw d.i., I cut the pieces into ATC size. Did a bit more stamping with archival ink using the TH butterfly stamp. I used only the bottom line of a sentiment for my words and outlined parts of the butterflies with a sakura gelly roll pen for some shimmer. Over all of this I triple embossed with Utee embossing powder. The edges were then inked with a pitt artist big brush pen in dark sepia.  I do like the finished ATCs and hope the recipients do also.

Take care everyone and ..... Celebrate the day!

paper-chipboard, manila folder
ink-archival, distress inks, versamagic
stamps-stampers anonymous
other-utee embossing powder


Tuesday, March 12, 2013


Hey there my WOYWW friends,

Just a quick post today as I'm on my way to Daytona Beach and Bike Week!! Thousands of peeps and bikes as in Harley Davidson motorcycles and some of those others. :) Since we won't return home until late and tomorrow I'm teaching a class, I will try visit some Thursday eve but most likely it'll be Friday.

So my desk shows my prep work for the Craft Barn Alpha challenge . In the upper left are some ATCs I'm working on, including my version of my swap ATC (orange one). And in the lower center is my mini vintage cabinet board from last week's desk pic. The texture on this is all of the paint I scraped off my craft mat. The scrapings were still a bit damp so I stuck them on the mini and added a coat of clear gesso. And they stayed put! I've added a sentiment from Artistic Outpost and some teeny tiny micro beads. I'll mount this mini to a larger page to add to my quote album. Oh the quote is a partial from the Harry Potter author.

Well that's all for me today. I'm off to... Celebrate the day....

Almost forgot, for the deets on why I'm showing my
work crafty desk visit Julia at The Stamping Ground.

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

Wednesday, March 6, 2013


Welcome to Wednesday! My pic was taken Sunday night as I've not been able to get back into the studio since then.  I wanted to show you that my desk does get messy when I'm playing. Here, I've been painting vintage cabinet die cuts for my submission to Artistic Outpost March Referral. Wait till you see what I've done with all the paint stuck on the craft mat! In the bottom corner is a bit of the next clock with a streaky coat of black paint.

Hello to all the newbies that have been visiting, should you need clarification or just want to visit more desks visit our hostess, Julia at the Stamping Ground.

Have a great week everyone! I will drop by as many of you as I can tomorrow and probably again on Thursday.

In the meantime:   Celebrate the day!