Friday, February 12, 2016

Pick a Stick Challenge - February 2016

February has brought cold winds 
The challenge is to create a "page" using all of the prompts chosen in order.
 My ATC using all the elements
and back
  1.  My die cut, Calligraphic Elements I, from A Way With Words By Elizabeth Craft Designs is freezer paper used as a mask, watercolored and then peeled off.
  2. "The flourish moving through my heart can open it or rip it apart"
  3. No foil, so I used gold leaf bits, adhered with DecoArt Decou-Page matte, my new fave medium.
  4. Cut the tiny heart with a hole punch.
  5. Rubbed DecoArt Metallic Luster on a metal charm and adhered with the Deco Page- seems to be hold well!
  6. No gel prints, so I cut the little hearts from my never ending stash of paste papers! Added a drop of Triple Thick for gloss.
  7. The napkin( the weird blobs on the top and bottom and on to the back of the card) had a flower print when I put them on- yes more Decou-page.Added a bit to the back of the cut out heart.
  8. I got a bit carried away. Some of all the above !
  9. Calligraphic Wings by Quietfire. Wish they stood out more- should have embossed them. Every heart deserves wings!
  10. Working to bring out the flower on the napkin, I added paint and drew in it. Oh well. It is what it is!
I'm sticking to my ATC , and them journaling page format. It works for me.
The inspiration of all in the group is worth the price of participation !

Comment and Questions always welcomed!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

WOYWW 349 - XO - Amour

Ain't life grand!
Lots of what you see here is explained ( somewhat)

The rest is a mishmash of  painting, Brave Girl Cards, Pick a Stick Challenge and the general piles that grow on my desk!

Be Brave!
Lovely of you to stop by!
Comment and Questions warmly welcomed!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Quietfire Design V-day Digital Cards and New (to me) Deco Arts Products

I enjoy making Valentines day cards and the new cutting files from Quietfire Design's Suzanne Cannon in the Silhouette Store do not disappoint , and they are on sale!
Very different looks can be created with this file.
Heart Tree Card
15 minutes                                                                                          A bit longer!                                  

On the mat
The above file just needs to be ungrouped, cut and pasted.

I'm a new member of the DecoArt Helping Artist and Blogger Outreach Program.
DecoArt sent me some new(to me) products to play with, and I used 

I'm in love with this paste. Rub it on almost anything to get a true metallic shine.

Then I messed about to get a very different feel with the same file, the patterned paper card above.
A guy card?

The hearts are cut from Elizabeth Craft Designs Velvet Paper.

 This Brave Girl Card began as white Neenah and  was rubbed with a cloth with the Gold Metallic luster.
A fine line of Triple Thick Gloss was brushed on the edge and sprinkled with Gold Glamour Dust.
I like the distressed look of the edge.

is A Way With Words Die cut from the ECD Velvet paper. 
 Thinking the Triple Thick was like Glossy accents I used it to addd dimension to my message.
It doesn't stand up as well as GA, and clouded a bit.
I used the Decou-page to adhere  the messages. It holds well, dries quickly and the matte finish disappears if it gets where you don't want it.

Here the Danke die cut was cut from freezer paper and ironed on as a resist.
 Applying the Triple thick from a fine point helped it to set up better.

The back, embellished with the Metallic pastes and stamped in VersaFine.

 Glittered glue dots and tape, messages in Triple thick and the card sealed in Decou-Page

I hope you will try the Quietfire Design and DecoArt products to create some love for V- Day and every day!
I'll be using more of the DecoArt products in days to come, so if you have a specific product or technique you want featured let me know.

Comments and questions lovingly welcomed!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

WOYWW 348 -Black Out Poetry!

Shout out to Julie Bagamary  for the demo on Blackout Poetry at the Fiber Arts Alliance Meeting yesterday.
Julie also gifted me with the wonderful fabric ATC's

A friend is more to be longed for than the light; I speak of a genuine one. And wonder not: for it were better for us that the sun should be extinguished, than that we should be deprived of friends; better to live in darkness, than to be without friends. 
- John Chrysostom

Online Watercolor Class
I have to admit I really like the online classes. I can go at my own pace in my pjs and can only compare my work to myself!
I make a lot of tags documenting the techniques as I go along so I can remember how I did what I did.
I'm in love with the pears!

Thanks for visiting friends, and for welcoming me to all your desks!

Comment and Questions always welcomed!

Monday, January 25, 2016

Pears appear!

Freehand sketch my pears for practice- it's all about the practice.

Tags to help me remember
Lots more to come as I have to post them to get them into the class gallery.
Now for the class to teach me to make the time to practice!
Comments and Questions Welcomed!

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

The Weekly Cut -Quietfire Baby Hearts! 15 Minute Wonder and more.

I remember the day when one of my sons said, 
"Mom, I'm not your valentine!"
Y'all are my valentine this year so enjoy and send some love to yourself!

Suzanne does not disappoint!
Baby hearts! Pop up!!!
.99 cents Silhouette file folks.
Cut and paste and ready to give.
Multiples- no problem!
The small square size lends itself to stash busting.

If you are mailing USPS there is a surcharge for square cards.
Put it in an A2 envied to avoid extra postage.

Here it is on the Mat, just ungroup and go!

More hearts you say?
You paid your .99 so the sky's the limit.

Ungroup and select one of the small hearts

Then size that heart to surround the pop up hearts to create a heart shaped pop up focal image.
The smaller heart with one pop up was created to cover a mistake!

Plain or fancy, CAS or complex! making one, or 100, have fun....

...and do post your creations to inspire us all and spread the love around!
Comments and Questions lovingly welcomed!

Monday, January 4, 2016

Pick a Stick Challenge- January 2016 - Take Time - Tea Stands for Tuesday

 I'm having a ton of fun with the 
You can join up on the FB page
I've cut back on challenges and swaps, and this is only once a month, so doable.
It's supposed to be art journaling, and I don't.
ATC's are my size of choice.
 I gave up keeping separate journals long ago, and now everything goes into my one big one that lives by my bed (it moves around a bit).

One of the facilitators picks 10 sticks with various prompts and mediums, and you have to use them all in the order chosen.

This is a challenge .

The process was so enjoyable,  I wanted to write about it so I would remember when times are not so good.
This little journal was sitting right on my desk, taking up space, and now it will be a record of this time, when I lost track of time in creativity!

  • Take time    Quietfire Design 

  • October song- the Incredible String Band 

  • Pulled the gear off a card someone sent me! 

  • Used the gear as a stencil with gold embossing paste and glitter 

  • Borders of scrap scrap! 

  • Added more glitter

    •  Added gold watercolor with a palette knife- that was a first- as a glaze 
    • Journaled illegibly with a gold pen- I for get what and I can't read it!
    • Cut the flower pix out of a seed packet and covered with glossy accents
    • Wrote on masking tape with a glitter pen and wink of stella- this was so much fun I couldn't stop!
    The prompts are posted first friday of the month, and facilitators will post their creations the last friday of the month, and all the rest of us are posting and chatting up a creative storm!

    Happy New Year Greetings to all Tuesday Tea-ers!
    Tea of the day is dandelion root, in fused in a jar- solar tea through the skylight!

    Comment and Questions Warmly Welcomed!