Thursday, August 21, 2014

Hip To Be Square - Artist Trading Block

Hello all and welcome back to the blog. Today I want to share with you an ATB I created for the challenge over at
Frilly and Funkie - Their challenge is "Hip To Be Square" so they are asking us to create a 3D block type project and what better way than to use Eillen Hull's  Artist Trading Block die



For my Artist Trading Block I decided to do the background with Wendy Vecchi Crackle Texture Paste, this stuff is pure awesomeness! 

I simply smeared it on here and there like butter on bread




After the paste had completely dried, I used Wendy's Archival Ink pads to color each block of the ATB, you can really see that amazing cracking once that color goes on, it's beautiful



I used a new stamp set by Mr Tim Holtz called 
Mini Blueprints 7

I used the pine branch and Wendy's Archival ink to stamp here and there onto my background

For all of my butterflies I used distress paint to color them with a paintbrush




I used Tim Holtz Honeycomb Framework Die to create my honeycombs around each side of my block, I also used various dies and stamps to create Bees and flowers etc...

Here is a look at my finished Artist Trading Block









I just love how the crackle texture paste comes through in that background.
Thanks for coming by today, make sure to check out the challenge over at 
Frilly and Funkie there are sure to be loads of inspiration and fun!! A lucky winner will win a 25.00 shopping spree and possibly a guest designer spot. 
Have a wonderful day!!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Flowers Bookmark - Stampotique Challenge

Happy Wednesday to ya, thanks again for coming by the blog. 

I hope your having a great week.. Today marks another new challenge over at Stampotique Designers Challenge Blog and this week our wonderful hostess is Kristin and she has chosen the challenge "Flowers" 

Even though it's the end of August we still have a few flowers here in Colorado. It's sad though because soon it will become colder and our flowers will go dormant for another winter.

I decided to make a bookmark for this project and I wanted it to have the flower by artist 
Janet Klein called - Sunflower Left

I had originally created something else for this project and didn't like it so I cut this flower out of my original project so I could still use it. No waste! haha!

I also used one of my favorite stamps by artist Linda Peterson called Hazel Jester
All of the Hazel stamps are so cute but this one is my favorite.



I created an "arm" and "hand" for my Hazel so it would look like she was standing there holding this flower, although I'm not so great at drawing I though it turned out ok. LOL

I think this will make a fun bookmark for myself or my daughter for those summer reads.
Thanks for coming by and have a great day.


Sunday, August 17, 2014

Altered Playing Cards

Good day everyone, here's hoping your having a wonderful sunny day wherever you are. 
I have been training for a half marathon and it sure was hot, hot, hot today. I ran 6 miles but the heat makes it seem like 12. 

Anyway, I have been working on altered playing cards lately. I have to say that these are so fun to make. I've just been working on them here and there while I craft, it's simple and there is no pressure.

I may do another set after this set is done. I might even do a weekly or bi-weekly blog post and post a "how to" each time, maybe you can follow along? What do you think?

For starters I made my background and prepped all 52 cards


Then I just sit them on my work desk and make them here and there. I think I started these in April so its slow going but I love it

Here are a few of the cards I've finished so far











I will post more as I finish them but so far this is all I have done. I'm hoping to get this first set done soon and then start the tutorials here on the blog.
Have a great day!!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Music As Inspiration - Postcard

Welcome back to another Wednesday with me. If you follow my blog you know that Wednesday's always mark another fun challenge at Stampotique's Designer's Challenge Blog.

This week Kathi is our wonderful hostess and she has chosen "Music As Inspiration" as her theme. I love listening to music while I create and so this is a great challenge

I chose the song "Hey Jude" by the Beetles (one of my favorite bands ever) It's one of my favorite Beetle's songs.

For this project I used Stampotique Stamps - 

Phillip - By Artist Magda Polokow
Girl With Heart Purse - By Artists Jill Penney and Daniel Torrente

Here is my finished postcard -


Hope you like my project for today and we hope you will come by and join in on the challenges at the Challenge Blog 
Have a great week


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Vintage Kitchen - New Sizzix Line by Eileen Hull

Hello all and thanks for coming by the blog today. I have some exciting news from Eileen Hull  and Sizzix. Eileen has designed a new line of dies called "Vintage Kitchen" and these are Fabulous! They will be available in December of this year.


The entire Artist Trading Block Design team got the opportunity to play with these dies.  I was so thrilled


I decided to play with this cookie box die. There is also a way you can double stack this one to make it bigger too, the cookie box opens up to reveal cookies or treats or a small gift inside. So cute!! 

Here are some photos




Make sure to visit this page HERE to see the entire line of Vintage Kitchen Dies.

Also, Eileen's "Art With Heart" challenge is "Anything Goes" make sure to partake in this challenge and link up there, the winner gets to choose a die from this new collection!!! How fun!!

Thanks for coming by and have a great day!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Art is Just "Time" Spent Creating

Hello again and thanks for coming by the blog
Today's project is based upon the Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge #8 - The wonderful Linda Ledbetter is hosting these challenges and it's been so great joining in each time. There are also some great prizes for a few lucky winners, one is a prize pack directly from Tim and Mario (they are always super generous) and the other is a 25.00 shopping spree from the Funkie Junkie Botique YAY!!


This particular challenge is based upon Tim's 3rd Book and you can grab it up HERE if you don't already have one. I can tell you that it is an awesome book, full of great techniques.
This challenge is on page 58 of the book and it's called Faded Layers

I am also including this project in another challenge over at A Vintage Journey, their challenge is all about "Time Flies" 
and I thought this would be a great project for the challenge
I based my project around "Time" spent creating art or crafts, the time that you spend on your craft is definitely Time well spent! They also have a great prize from Country View Crafts , they are giving away a 10.00 shopping spree!

I used loads of Tim's products on this creation because I have so much of it and because it's just inspiring how Tim uses these products in so many fun and different ways

I decided to do a greeting card and use Ranger Foil Tape Sheets for the background and Rangers Jumbo Tags for the card itself


I cut them up and placed the pieces here and there to create my background


Here is a photo of my finished card




I hope you like my creation for these wonderful challenges, make sure to stop by each blog and check them out there are some really great prizes to be had.
Thanks for coming by!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Bows - Stampotique Designer's Challenge

Hello all and thanks for coming by this wonderful Wednesday afternoon. 
Wednesday marks another new challenge over at Stampotique's Designer's Challenge Blog

Jackie Payne is our wonderful hostess this week and she has challenges us to use "Bows" on our project. 
Bows are super cute and they always look awesome in any project, weather it's a dimensional bow or something as simple as a stamped bow

This also is my day for posting over at the Stampotique's Designer's Blog, make sure to stop by and check out my post and leave me some feedback :)

Here is my project for this week's challenge


For this project I used Stampotique Stamp
Moth Fab - By Artists Jill Penney and Daniel Torrente

I used a stencil in the background and Dyan Reaveley sprays to make that spider web. I also used the sprays to color the ribbon for the bow the same color. 
Hope you enjoy my postcard today.
Have a wonderful week