Saturday, December 31, 2011
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Friday, December 9, 2011
Just a simple one layer card (which is harder than it sounds) for the 1st challenge of 2012 over at Christmas Card Challenge blog.
Sunday, December 4, 2011
Here is a card that came out of one of my attempts at Day 1 (using the embossing folder/heat embossing technique). It uses browns from Club Scrap kits Autumn Splendor and All That Jazz. Also, the starry starry night sizzix embossing folder and perfect pearls powder in perfect gold over Club Scrap stars stamps from Sparkle (I think) and Christmas 2006 unmounted set (too bad you can’t really see the shine in the photo). The words and nativity are Silhouette cuts that I inked with Brushed Corduroy DI and then sprayed w/perfect pearl water mixture in same gold powder.
I don’t do many religious cards, but I do have some recipients on my list that might appreciate something like this. Thanks for looking!
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Monday, May 30, 2011
Saturday, May 28, 2011
Sunday, May 22, 2011
My 8x8 technique journal page features photos I took last year while these amazing murals were plastered all over Cincinnati. These are works of art by Shepard Fairey (use google images….I’m sure you’ll see something very familiar). For whatever reason, I think of the Billy Joel song “We Didn’t Start The Fire” when I look at his work. It’s what I like to call “in your face” art and it appeals to me J.
Saturday, May 21, 2011
Me and my gal pals at Club Scrap have decided once again to share the love of this incredible company and their AMAZING papers and kits. The theme for this blog hop is to use our die cutting tool of choice along with Club Scrap papers.
Anyone who’s ever been to my blog before knows I have mad love for my Silhouette SD. I honestly don’t know how I got through life without it. Ok, that may be stretching it a bit, but it is a huge part of almost every card, layout or art piece I do. So, it should be no surprise that I have cut all of my butterflies (including the LARGE one) on it. I also have mad love for Jennifer McGuire and my butterfly wall hanging pays homage to her heart wall hanging that she did for CHA earlier in the year. If I have the nerve, I may take mine with me to show her in person when I take a class from her next weekend (SO excited!). My last mad love is for the color of PURPLE. It exists everywhere in my life.
I’ve cut 5 different sized butterflies all out of Club Scrap purples (and spayed with glimmer mist) from the following kits:
Background paper is from Musical Interlude
Sentiment Stamp is from Papillon (seriously my most favorite kit EVER!)
Large Butterfly is cut from an Art Deco grey (sadly, none of that left to link to, sorry)
Clothespins are from Natural ResourcesOther: Special thanks to Nancy for the purple lace around the outside of the 11x14 canvas.
Also submitting this for the Flutter By Wednesday Challenge #155 & Simon Says Stamp Challenge Sparkle & Shine
***If you care to venture a guess at how many cut butterflies were used on this piece; do so in your comment. I’ll be awarding a Club Scrap paper pack to the closest one***
Once again, thank you for hopping by. Your next stop will be real treat indeed and she also happens to be the best sister I know! That’s right; you’ll be visiting my sister Jen and just wait til you see what she has in store.
Sunday, May 15, 2011
Starry starry night, paint your palette blue and grey
For they could not love you, but still your love was true
I’m almost sorry I went with this beautiful song as I really don’t feel I did it justice. I’ve loosely followed his work of art with my own spin. I’ve been wanting to add this daffodil flower idea I found here, so I figured I wouldn’t find another song that mentioned them, so I’ll go with it. That led me to start thinking that maybe I’ll use this as my Bloomin’ Diary (another project I’ll esplain some other time. I actually made a “real” artist trading card!! I just created this little guy in Photoshop and printed it onto a Club Scrap white. Very happy with that one element…the rest, not so much.
Paper is from the following Club Scrap Kits: Weekender, Poetic, Autumn Splendor, white (?) but is definitely Club Scrap.
Distress Inks: stormy sky, mustard seed, weathered wood, black soot
Other: pearlescent watercolors, Silver paint dabber, Sparkle stamp from Club Scrap..
Sunday, May 8, 2011
Saturday, May 7, 2011
I am a big fan of all things patriotic and when I found this card online, i knew i wanted to copy it and use it for my Squirrely challenge and a sketch challenge over at Club Scrap . The maker of this inspirational card is a a military wife and makes the most beautiful cards for OWH which I've been meaning to do for the longest time. Hopefully this will kickstart me on that journey.
Shimmery blue - Solstice
Shimmery red - Ornamental
Black (base) – Expressions
Plaid – unknown (not club scrap
Center of flower and stem cut with Silhouette
This was going to be my Mom's day card until i found new inspiration (which i'll explain later) and is another shameless CASE from the amazingly talented Michelle Zindorf.
Papers are all Club Scrap: Card base is Apothecary, but the rest is from POP's and I'm not sure of it's origin really. The 4 corner squares, the frame and the focal piece all started as a smooth CS white before they got the Distress ink treatment. The black shimmer is from Concrete Jungle.
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
I am a Kentuckian by birth and that means something very special to me. I truly love my home state and hope to someday soon move back across the Ohio River to once again be home. Kentuckians are also very proud of our thoroughbred horses and the Kentucky Derby. Every year on the 1st Saturday in May, millions watch “the most exciting two minutes in sports” known as the Kentucky Derby. It’s a one and a quarter mile long “Run For The Roses” at Churchill Downs racetrack in Louisville Kentucky.
I couldn’t imagine a more fitting song inspiration than Dan Fogelberg’s Run For The Roses.
Born in the Valley
From sire to sire
It brings a tear to my eye every time and even more so now that my Dad is gone…he loved horseracing and collected Derby memorabilia. Ok, enough of that emotional stuff….I’ve not used a single rubber stamp on this creation I’m embarrassed to say. The images are from art by Trish Biddle (amazing stuff) and even the racing program page that I made into a background was printed from google images; as was the bottle of Woodford reserve w/mint Julep. The base paper and mini roses are from Club Scrap’s April kit called Welcome. The background is a Claudine Hellmuth technique, although I think T!m also has demo’d it too.
I also want to shout out a thanks to Nancy at Squirrely Art for the lace that I used around the outside. She sent it to me some time ago and I've been waiting for just the right way to use some of it! Thanks Nancy!
Friday, April 29, 2011
When I saw this card on Connie Babbert's Inkspired Treasures blog, I was more than inspired, I was determined to copy it! I just put it in the mail a few hours ago to my BF's sister.
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Saturday, April 23, 2011
Papers: Club Scrap Jubilee & Autumn Splendor
Bunnies & Sentiment shape cut on Silhouette
For this week, Linda is having us follow Tim’s technique which involves inking or stamping on a texture fade/embossing folder before inserting your paper as demonstrated here. When I read the challenge, I immediately thought of doing a sunrise or sunset using his rays folder. Simultaneously, I’ve been itching to try a Michelle Zindorf inspired background and voila…the two came together perfectly in this piece. Coincidentally, Simon Says stamp & Show was running a similar challenge to use a Tim Technique.
As I have explained, I initially planned to theme all of my GM submissions around songs. I naively thought that I would come up with the song I wanted to use and then make my piece for it. That has rarely been the case. As I worked on my background and then found the Ralph Burch Mermaid art, I found myself humming (& yes, sometimes singing) the 1978 one hit wonder Thunder Island by Jay Ferguson. I’m very pleased with the way it all came together and may be my favorite one so far. Thanks for looking.
Sha-la-la-la-la-la my lady
In the sun with your hair undone
Can you hear me now calling your name
From across the bay
A summer's day laughing and a-hidin'
Chasing love out on Thunder Island
Distress Inks: Mustard Seed, Wild Honey, Spice Marmalade, Barn Door, Stormy Sky, Faded Jeans, Chipped Sapphire, Black Soot
Other: Glossy Accents, Pearl Glimmer Mist, Silhouette, Ralph Burch, Mermaid art printed from the internet, Hibiscus shape is Club Scrap with minor alterations
Club Scrap Paper: Paisley Orange, Expressions Black. Sand is from DCWV travel stack
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
I joined in on Nancy's Squirrely challenge this week and here's the result. Out of respect for Technique Junkie's I won't give a lot of detail. I'm quite pleased with the way these faux tiles look IRL.
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Sunday, April 10, 2011
The technique put forth by Linda at Studio L3 this week for Grungy Monday is a matte medium resist that T!m demonstrates here. I don't own any steel rule dies so I couldn't make my own foam stamp, but I used a stencil instead and it worked beautifully. The base is an actual page from our local phone book business section and the rest of the paper is Club Scrap (of course) from an older kit Autumn Splendor. The phone stamp is also from the Gimme A Ring kit by Club Scrap. The design of the page is from a Club Scrap challenge this month to use this sketch:
Ya' know that old trees just grow stronger,
And old rivers grow wilder ev'ry day.
Old people just grow lonesome
Waiting for someone to say, "Hello in there, hello."
Sunday, April 3, 2011
Thursday, March 31, 2011
I managed to eek out another Christmas Card tonight using the Comics kit from Club Scrap. I also managed to meet a couple more challenges. I created the hat cut in my Silhouette, drew the details on and colored and glittered away! This is similar to one of my St Patrick's day designs. I think I may do one for every occasion with HATS! That brings me to the challenges:
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Saturday, March 26, 2011
Friday, March 25, 2011
Other: Follows Mojo Monday sketch #183 Pearlescent Watercolors on LP designs (pad, frog, flower)
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Fiber: Club Scrap-Ornamental
Bling: clear gems colored with Bic Mark It, ultra fine glitter applied with quickie glue pen & perfect pearls (on one only)
Design: scraplifted from Mariana Grigsby
but hat is my own design cut on Silhouette.
Stamp: years old shamrock from stampin up
Celtic Knot cut on Silhouette, Martha Stewart punch used for scallop border.