Monday, March 31, 2014

Come on Spring!

I am SO thinking spring right now... check out two things I made to bring in spring!
First up is my new door wreath.  I decided to try my hand at making one of my own.  What do you think???

It was nails day Friday, but it looks like my post from my phone didn't actually upload, so here is the new spring inspired look:

Can't wait for the weather to catch up with my spring fever! Now that the busy time at work is over, hopefully I can start crafting again!  Lookout, because here comes the craft ninja...

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Pretty view

It's been crazy busy at work right now. I was working downtown this weekend and was so NOT happy to wake up to some lake effect snow. 

I was awestruck by the beautiful and serenity on the walk to Starbucks. I'm still VERY ready for spring, but this was so pretty. 
It's supposed to snow again tomorrow then 60 by the weekend! Yes, I'm ready!!!! Hopefully I'll have some, time to get a little crafty. I did get some new toys and can't wait to play with them!
Until then...

Monday, March 17, 2014

Wine & Canvas - Red Tree

Yesterday was Wine & Canvas again at Village Vintner & Brewery, and it was SO much fun!  As I told you Saturday, this is what we were going to make:

Saturday was so nice out, but winter decided to come back on Sunday, so it was a perfect day to stay inside and paint (and drink some wine).  This canvas was landscape oriented, so that was cool.

First, we painted white.  Yeah, really, we painted a white canvas white.  Um, ok... I think I can do that!  Then we added some light grey streaks, and it looked like this:

Then, we added some FUN drips!  I love dripping techniques, and this one did not disappoint.  Here are my drips I added a little more before the tree, but here was where I thought I was done:

After the background was dry, we began the tree.  Here is the beginning of my tree:

It didn't take too much to make it look "tree-like":

And then it was time for the leaves.  We began with red:

And then added some yellow accents, and we were done!  Here is my final product, not quite dry yet, but it's done:

Hopefully, Janet will pick the same painting I did for next month's event at Village.  I am MEGA excited to do that one, so I'm begging her to pick it! :)
This week I will be doing a stamp room clean out, so lots of stuff will be posted on my Garage Sale Page & on Pinterest Garage Sale board.
Until next time...

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Nails day

I completely forgot to post the new nail design. Since it's still St. Pats time, I went green and black again. 

The tips are green and black swirl this time. 
Tomorrow is wine and canvas. I can't wait!  We will be making this:

Friday, March 14, 2014

Bring on the Sunburst!

Happy Friday!!! Bring on the sun(burst)!  I have another VSN card for you today... that makes one post for every day this week - can you believe it?!
I had to do today's challenge, because it was a technique I hadn't done before, and it seemed pretty simple - Sunburst.
I used Good Life paper by Fancy Pants Designs for my Sunburst.

I added a few brads from the Good Life mingled brads set and popped it up on a white card.  I had these pre-made cards in my box.  They are a little smaller than an A2 size, but they were a perfect fit for this sunburst.  I added a sticker from Glitz Design, and I was done.
I leave you with this happy card for your Friday!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Rainbow Frame

Today Toni has a bright a cheery WTUI challenge - use Rainbows.  I had seen a card that I wanted to try somewhere, and that didn't turn out right, so I used that for a VSN challenge (posted here).  I used the Use Your Negative VSN challenge also.  I used the negative from my White on White card (posted here), spritzed it VERY generously with Pearlized Water (perfect pearls + water), and then colored it with just about ALL of my Big Brush Pitt Pens.  Here is what it looked like:

I patted dry with a paper towel and did it all again.  I used my heat tool to dry it, because, well, I lack in patience.
I stamped a greeting by Hampton Arts for Graphic45 in LimeAid PowderPuff Chalk Ink by Quick Quotes.  I colored part of it with a pink Spica pen for a little more color.

It looked a little plain, so I added a Jenny Bowlin butterfly.  I SO cannot wait for SPRING!  We got a small taste here in Chicagoland on Monday, and now I want it EVEN MORE!  C'mon Spring!!!!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Grungy Map

I'm officially DONE with this roller coaster weather going on here.  I sure hope I'm not getting sick, just sick of the weather.  I guess that's what keeps encouraging me to use bright colors.  Today's challenge was to use a map.  I used a bunch of different things on this collage card.
I took a piece of Happy Travels patterned paper from Glitz Design and tore one side.  I stamped a compass rose in Distress Ink on the map, but you can't really see much of it in this photo.
I then took tissue paper printed with text by Canvas Corp and colored it with two 50's Diner gelatos by Faber-Castell.  I blended the gelatos with a baby wipe.  I then tore a few edges of the  tissue and pasted it down with 1/8" score tape by Scor-Pal.
I took a stencil that I got years ago at Taylored Expressions and used my Copic airbrush system with an E57 marker.

I then took a tag from Canvas Corp and covered it with a scrap of the map paper and tissue.  Finally, I took a piece of calendar paper tape to cover the top of the tag.  I stamped "America the beautiful" from an a.muse set with Distress Ink on the tag and popped it up on the card.
This card has so much stuff going on... it's pretty fun in real life!  This is my first collage card, and I think I have a few ideas for next time.
Have a great hump day!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Chalkboard Smile

Happy Tuesday!  What I want to know is what is going on with the weather?!?!?!?! Yesterday we had 50 degrees, and today we are expecting 4-15" of snow.  Really that's what the weather says - we could get between 4-15" of snow.  That's quite a spread!  C'mon man!!!!  I was planning on doing the Mostly Gray VSN challenge, but I SO needed to take it up a notch.
I am so in love with the Chalkboard Studio paper pack by My Mind's Eye, so I took a piece of that to do most of the heavy lifting.

All I did was color some parts with a Lemon Spica pen, and I was done.  My husband, the Steelers fan, was SO happy with my color choice.  Whateva, man!  Well, I need to go prepare myself for the awful weather day... just want to go back to bed!

Monday, March 10, 2014

White on White

I had a MEGA scare Saturday that I was afraid to talk about until I knew it was ok.  No, nothing tragic like health issue... I dropped my iPhone in my dog's FULL water bowl!  My little phone spent Saturday night in a bucket of rice, and so far, everything seems to be ok.
Here is another card for this month's VSN.  The first challenge was to do a White on White card, which is sometimes abbreviated as WOW.  Yeah, "wow" definitely does NOT describe my card!  Hence my snarky little sentiment by Creative Vision Stamps.

I stamped the Splatter Background from Creative Vision Stamps with VersaMark and then embossed it with white embossing powder.  I cut it with a Framelit by Sizzix.  I colored the sentiment with two Big Brush Pitt Pens, spritzed it with Pearlized Water (perfect pearls + water), and then stamped it on watercolor paper.  I cut that out with another Framelit, punched two slits on this sides, fed the White Taffeta ribbon through by Stampin' Up!, and popped it up with pop dots.  The squared off corners on the top seemed a little weird, so I rounded the corners.
Yeah, not so sure about this one, and not really sure how to fix it, so here it is!  Perhaps my worries about my iPhone influenced this one... who knows?  :)

Sunday, March 9, 2014

VSN Part 1

This weekend was the FUN card boot camp on SCS called Virtual Stamp Night (VSN).  I am about halfway done with the cards, but there is more playing to be had today!  Yesterday, I got to see my friend, Laura, who owns Creative Vision Stamps at a Stamp Scrap Art Tour.  Of course, I had to pick up a bunch of her fun stamps there and couldn't wait to play with them, as well a bunch of the fun new things I got at the show.  So here goes...
The first challenge was to use a globe image, and this was posted Friday night, so I searched high and low for a globe image at the show to no avail.  When I got home, lookie what I found:

I got this stamp as a freebie from CHA.  It even says it's a globe, so I'm good!  Here's what I did with it:

I used a new stencil from Memory Box with the Copic airbrush system, then stamped the globe by Tim Holtz with Brown Momento ink.  It seemed a little plain, so I used my favorite Kraft Glimmer Mist with a Mr Huey stencil that I got when my Archivers closed (*sniff*sniff*).  I ripped the top and inked all the edges with Denim Distress Ink.  I "attached" it to the Kraft card base with some fun washi tape.  And that was all for card 1.
The next challenge was to use leaves, but not make a fall card.  When I saw this Birch Tree by Creative Vision Stamps, I knew right away that I wanted to use it with paints to make the leaves.  I stamped the Birch Tree with Brown Momento on a card by Fancy Pants Designs.  I used several Distress Stains, two Copic markers with airbrush, and Peridot Silkz paint to make the leaves.  Here is what it ended up with:

I cut the card down to fit on the Kraft card base.  I added Kraft seam binding with a stay put bow.  The bottom corner looked naked, so I colored a greeting by Art Gone Wild with a Nougat Big Brush pen by Faber-Castell and stamped it in the corner.  I accented the You with two Pitt Pens.  And here you have it...

The next challenge was to use a Lion or Lamb image, since March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb.  Since I am SO done with March's lion stuff, I totally went lamb.  This adorable Toy Lamb by Creative Vision Stamps was perfect for this challenge.  I stamped it in Worn Lipstick Distress Ink on Chalk Studio patterned paper by My Mind's Eye and then cut it out with a scalloped circle Framelit by Sizzix.  I used several Liquid Pearls to outline the scallops, colored it with Pink and Blue Spica pens, and here is what it ended up as:

I used the MFT Sketch for this week, minus a layer because I was running behind on my time.  I added another strip of Chalk Studio paper, stamped a Stampin' Up! greeting with London Fog Momento ink, and added a couple small pearls.  Here is the final product:

For my last project, I skipped the White on White challenge, since my fingers were all inky and went to my WTUI friend's challenge to use a song.  The challenge said "somewhere over the rainbow", and that totally stuck in my head.  I used Gelatos by Faber-Castell on watercolor paper, blended with water, then spritzed with Perfect Pearls mixed with water.  I colored a sentiment by Hambo Stamps  with lots of Big Brush pens, then spritzed with the same pearlized water.  I stamped it 3 times until the image was clear then cut it out with a Framelit by Sizzix.  I cut another piece of Chalk Studio paper with another Framelit and inked the edges with Moonlight chalk ink.  I mounted the whole thing on an orange card.

I'm off to create more for today... I had an idea for the white on white one, so that one is up first before I get my fingers all inky...

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Go Green!

Happy Thursday!  So, here is how my day began yesterday:

Yeah, it was good times, complete with the cut on my finger to prove it!  I definitely needed some stamp room therapy!
So, up to the room I went... I knew I wanted to make an ombre-type background, but I couldn't find my brayer anywhere.  Yeah, it was one of those days!  In my search, I found my Copic airbrush system.  Oh!  Why do I always forget about that thing?!  It's SO much fun!  I grabbed several colors of green for the WTUI challenge and just let it go!  Here is what it ended up like:

The little dots were made by using the brush end of the Copic marker in the airbrush tool instead of the chisel tip, like this:

I was completely stuck on what to do next, so I went trolling for challenges.  I checked the current sketch challenge, and then my muse came to life!  What a FUN design with the circles and all.
I used a stamp from my friend Laura's Creative Vision Stamps fabulous line called Happy Dance.  I stamped it with Nautical dye ink by ColorBox on a pre-colored scrap of sticky-back canvas.  The canvas was colored with Gelatos by Faber-Castell.

I literally meant scrap.  I had this piece sticking to my craft sheet on my stamp desk for months.  This was from a book I made for a friend who was having a baby.  I think the baby is 6 months old now, so it's been hanging out for a minute.  The weird thing is - it's completely sticky still.  I didn't use any adhesive at all on the card, it just stuck.  Anyway, I cut the canvas piece with a Circle Framelit by Sizzix.
Then, the sketch challenge said to use pearls as a dessert option, so I knew I wanted a circle of pearls.  Can you believe that in the THOUSANDS of sticky pearls I have, there are NO circles... rectangles and ovals only.  C'mon man!  So I cut a larger circle and used that like a guide to place my pearls in a circle.  It worked like this:

For the record, I SO should have gone to the store and bough a pearl circle frame.  Wow was that TOUGH!  I wanted to use the tiny pearls, and they didn't want to play nicely at all!
Finally, I added some fun-colored striped grosgrain by MayArts, and I was done.  Overall, I think the card turned out very happy.  It went to a co-worker friend of mine who just got a new job.  She loved it, so that's all that counts!
Here's the final product:

Here is all the stuff that was used:

Sorry about the stuff in the background.  I didn't realize I hadn't cleaned up from my cider journal pages from last week yet.  No paint or Glimmer Mist was used in this one.
Have a great day, and don't forget your Happy Dance!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014


Here's a peak at the beginning of my ways to use it challenge card this week. I dusted off the old Copic airbrush system. I always forget how quick and easy it is to create a background with it. Duh!

Check back tomorrow once I've figured out what to do for the rest of this. 

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Support a Great Cause & New Nails

All March long, we are raising money for Hoof, Woof, & Meow animal rescue.  All you have to do is shop for some of your favorite products - HERE.  You can even take advantage of the March special for 50% off the BEST bags with a $35 purchase and still donate to this great cause.  Check out the March special:

Please spread the word with this link to shop:

Today was nails day! I decided I was done with winter stuff and am begging spring to come.  Here are the new nails:

St. Patrick's Day is coming soon!  Fun nails for the next couple of weeks!

Have a great first weekend of March!


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