Sunday, April 23, 2017

In the Studio with Susan and Christine

Hi everyone.  Had a really fun day in the studio today.  Susan and Christine came over and we played with all sorts of things.  The card above was some experimenting with Distress Oxides.  This is my first try with sponging them ... they are so creamy and blend beautifully.  This is a combination of only two colours (Broken China and Cracked Pistachio) on mixed media card stock.

Once I finished sponging, I spritzed my leaf background stencil with water and then pressed the wet side into the sponged card.  I blotted quickly with a piece of paper towel, removed the stencil and blotted again.  I got this beautiful ghosted image of the stems and leaves.  I added a die-cut white frame and white flower sprig.  The sentiment is stamped with the Broken China DOX (Distress Oxides) ink.

I had to try it another way.  So I sponged the same two colours onto a second piece of mixed media paper.  This time I laid the stencil on top of my sponged card, spritzed with lots of water, blotted with paper towel, removed the stencil and blotted again.  I got a softer version of the one above.  This time the background of the stems and leaves are ghosted.  Love the subtle colours.

Have lots more panels from today with different products.  Will be sharing soon once I make them into cards.

I'm entering the above card at AAA Cards where they are looking for Stenciling.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!

Stamps:  Many Everyday Messages (Hero Arts)
Paper:  Mixed Media (watercoloured panels); White (Neenah 110 lb. card stock)
Ink:  Distress Oxides:  Broken China, Cracked Pistachio (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools:  water mister, Mini Climbing Vine stencil (The Crafter's Workshop), Flower Frolic die (Penny Black), Lorelai Outline Leaf die (Poppy Stamps), Rectangle Nestabilities (Spellbinders)

AAA Cards #88 - Stencil

Friday, April 21, 2017

Green & Pink Blooms

Hi everyone.  One final card for the CAS Watercolour April Challenge - Green & Pink.

This time I tried no-line watercolouring ... sort of. :)  I stamped my image in soft gray, with the hope that when I finished watercolouring, that gray would be covered with my green and pink watercolouring.  I guess the gray is a little darker than I thought, so you can see it.  I still think it worked fairly well.  Next time, lighter on the first stamping! :)  I used diluted reinkers to watercolour my stems, leaves and flowers and then finished with a bit of splattering.

We are winding down the CAS Waterolour April challenge.  Just three more days left to play along.  I hope you'll join us if you haven't had a chance to do so.  Lots of inspiration from our Guest Designer Marcia, our talented Design Team, and our wonderful participants.  Come play along!

Stamps:  Softly (Penny Black); Gratitude (Penny Black)
Paper:  Watercolour (Arches 140 lb. cold press)
Ink:  Smoky Slate (SU!);  Reinkers:  Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive, Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  Paint brushes

CAS Watercolour April Challenge - Green & Pink

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Blue Bird Thanks

Hi everyone.  One more Inlaid Die-cutting card for April's CAS Mix Up Challenge, which ends in four days.

This is a thank you card I sent to my sweet friend, Bonnie.  She had sent me a gift certificate for Simon Says Stamp and part of my purchase was this gorgeous die-cut bird.  Thanks again, dear friend! :)

The background of the bird and strip along the bottom of the card is yupo paper with smooshed acrylic paints.  A few weeks ago I made some canvases, and this was the leftover paint that flowed over the sides of the canvas.  I smooshed several types of paper to use of the paint (card stock, yupo, mixed media).  They all turned out pretty, but I think the Yupo is the prettiest!

I've really enjoyed making inlaid die-cut cards this month.  It's not a technique that I've used often and it was fun.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!

Stamps:  Sentiment: Where the Heart is (Simon Says)
Paper:  White card base (Neenah 110 lb. card stock); Yupo
Ink:  Pacific Point (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  Acrylic paints (mix of blues and greens), Bird of Roses die (Simon Says Stamp)

CAS Mix Up April Challenge - Inlaid Die-cutting

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Silver Wreath and Updated Studio

Hi everyone.  This week I've been inspired by the Merry Monday challenge being run by my friend Linda.

I do love wreaths and this was a simple one to make.  The silver glimmer paper did most of the work.  It's so shiny and sparkly. :)  I added a few red glitter balls and a die-cut red glimmer paper sentiment.  Thanks for the great challenge, Linda!!

Updated Studio
Hubby and I started a renovation on my Art Studio several months ago.  Life got in the way for a few of those months, but we got back on track and are just nearing the finish line.  A few little details to take care of, but most of the reno is done.  I need to get some art up on the walls!

Here's my Studio.  Warning ... picture heavy (and wordy too!). :)

I LOVE my new floor.  Isn't it cool??!! :)  Painted the walls a soft gray and installed bright LED light fixtures that are on a dimmer so I can control the amount of light. New chair (Source - Burnaby, B.C.) that is super comfy - will be buying a second one to replace the computer chair that has done it's time. :)  Two new work desks from Ikea (one for crafting and one for computer work).  In the picture above, the desk is in the "sit" position. Picture two will explain.

This picture shows the desk in the "stand" position.  With a click of a button, the desk raises and lowers so that I can work either sitting or standing. :)

Computer desk with my light box (which still needs a brace --- one of the outstanding projects).  Drawer unit (Walmart) hold lots of "stuff" and my Silhouette Cameo sits on top.  I even have all the drawers labeled! :)  This desk is also a sit/stand desk.

Storage unit is 6 feet tall.  Holds LOTS ... all my stamps, dies, and some of the papers I use most often.  The tower holds all kinds of adhesives, sequins, cording, pearls, etc. Again, all labeled so I can find things easily.

Two more drawer units (Walmart) and a small cabinet that holds my ink carousel. The drawers are filled with mostly colouring mediums (labeled) ... brushos, alcohol inks, markers, embossing pastes, etc.  The small unit has my card sleeves and envelopes.  My new cutter is on top of the middle cabinet (LOVE IT!).  Big Shot is on top of the cabinet in the corner.

You can see that the drawers and inks are within easy reach of my desk.  And I have a 6ft shelving unit (Ikea) to the right of my desk that is filled with the products I use every day. Easy reach again. :)

Here's a close-up of some of the shelves beside my desk.  Everything is labeled ... embossing powders, sprays, inka gold, distress inks, oxide inks, zigs, stencils, paint brushes, etc.  Green and blue containers are from the $1 store.  Notice the beautiful wooden container ... it was hand made and gifted to me by a sweet friend.  Thanks John!

Last is a picture of my closet.  There are three bookshelves (more Ikea) in there which are pretty much filled with overflow ... extra paper, coloured papers, extra baskets, punches, ribbon, etc.  These are the things I don't use that often.  Still needs a bit of organizing, but it's not bad.  See that weird shaped piece of wood in the middle?? Hubby made me a stand for my camcorder so it will be easier to film videos. Hopefully will be putting it to good use soon.

Thanks for taking a look at where I create!

Paper:  White card base (Neenah 110 lb. card stock); Silver glimmer paper (SU!); Red glimmer paper (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  Breezy Wreath die (Poppy Stamps), red glitter balls ($1 store), Merry die (Simon Says Stamp)

Merry Monday #244 - Wreath