Wednesday, August 20

In the Laboratory

Inspired by Tim Holtz's August 2014 Tag, and the August steampunk challenge "in the laboratory" at Sandee and Amelie's Steampunk Challenges, I set out to create this tag.

As a scientist by nature, well, teacher of science, I really like this theme, and wanted to go big, so chose a giant tag to work with, some Tim Holtz stamps, Washi, and distress stains to build a base.

Next up, add another layer using distress ink, and some new colors.

Once it dried, next step was some molding paste and Tim's burlap stencil, a bit more color, and I am liking the base, and the vintage colors.

I stamped and cut additional images to add, added in more details like gears, keys, metal...

From the " ah ha!" Moment, to the application and creation...

From theory to the lab.


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Monday, August 18

Art Swap and Challenge: Seasons

Art Swap: Only rules, do some stamping, use some ribbon and make it 4x4....easy, peasy with this lovely Magenta stamp I have! I stamped on watercolor paper and used distressed inks for the backgrounds.

Simon Says Challenge: Anything Goes! Love that!
I stamped 5 images so I could use one to highlight the season block with water colors. I tried to match colors with seasons.
Here they are mounted with some ribbon, glitter, and hand lettered banners. I like them!
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Friday, August 15

CC3C: faded layers

Using Tim Holtz's faded layers technique in CC3C page 58, here is the male themed card I created, that I am sure will be put to good use with one of my guys.
 This challenge is being sponsored by the Funkie Junkie Boutique who very generously donate for every other challenge.

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Thursday, August 14

Stamp Camp Thank You Cards

I love my blueprint stamps from Tim Holtz, and these ocean themed ones are perfect for thank you cards to exchange at Stamp Camp. I stamped the images onto watercolor paper with archival ink, then used my distress inks and water. Love the colors! I went over the images with glitter pens to add a bit of sparkle.

Now, over at Simon Says the challenge this week is "scratched" and to me these stamps have a delightfully scratched appearance, as well as the inked edges give it an aged appeal.

At Inspiration Journal, the theme is "everything goes" so entering these in that also.


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Monday, August 4

Inspiration Abounds: Nathalie Kalbach and Camp Scrap

Summer creativity is the best, especially when I got to attend the Create NJ art retreat, and "go to" a 6 week camp for all things creative! So, recently I found an intersection between the wonderful class I took with Nathalie Kalbach at Create and Camp Scrap with May Flaum. Note: you can still sign up for all four sessions of Camp Scrap for $28 ( a huge bargain - May has tons of videos, ideas, etc. to share) by August 6, after that the price changes.

I first "met" Nathalie online when I starting taking Creative Jumpstart, and it looks like there will be one for 2015 - yay!! Now, at the Create retreat, I got to meet her in person, and that was a wonderful experience!! It's like getting to meet one of your heroes, someone you have admired for a long time. This time, the teaching was personal and we worked in acrylics, which is a medium I have not done much work in before, so did I LEARN A LOT? Oh yes!

I worked in my Dylusions art journal, and it love the bigger size of this one.

Here I am playing with colors and different ways of laying it down, and then some stamping. So how did Camp Scrap intersect? Well, one of the challenges was to work with colors you would not normally choose. I must say for me, pinks and orange are not my go to colors, perhaps from living in a male household (pink). But, the challenge made me go for something different, and I am glad I went beyond my usual boundaries. I'll be going back later to these pages and add to them at some time.

Here is another. We did a critique in class of a page we liked or disliked. I chose this one before I made the change to it. It was just too chaotic. So, I took up the suggestion of using a stencil and white paint to go over it, and I like it much better. I also learned that Dylusions sprays will react with the paint, so once again you see a lot of pink.

At Camp Scrap one of the By Design sessions focused on a square within a square, and that was my inspiration for these pages. Once I toned down the red, white and blue with some bronze, I liked I the page even better.

I had fun using my new Seth Apter and Patti Tolley Parrish stencils, and some petroglyph style stamps I' had for years. Some stencil detail below...

And now to my favorite this technique Nathalie taught us! I am not a fashion magazine kind of gal, but I have a new use for them now!!



I am loving my wild, wacky women!

Thanks for all the inspiration May and Nathalie!!


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Wednesday, July 30

CCC3 Painted Industrial

Challenge #7 at Compendium of Curiosities is Painted Industrial (p.46), one of my favorites, because it leads perfectly into the steampunk style I love. The challenge for week four at Camp Scrap with May Flaum is to identify something you do that you love, and this is an example of what I love to create. This challenge is sponsored by Inspiration Emporium with many thanks. I started with a 7 Gypsies rubber band book, and painted the covers with distress paints.

Next step, "painted industrial"


Covers of my Gentleman's Journal.


Inside pages...

Well, it just so happens that the challenge at Simon Says Stamp is "J is for..." And since this is a Gentleman's Journal, I will also be sending it there.

Now, to find the right gentleman for the journal!


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Friday, July 18

Inspired by some challenges

First challenge: to make a birthday card for a friend who turned 50 this year, special year=special card!

I was inspired by this tutorial by Chelle at Inspiration Emporium here using tape to block out part of the design. She used tissue tape, I had painter's tape nearby.

Second challenge: Inspiration Emporium Summer Fun!

So, what do you think of when you think summer? I think of the beach and the many family vacations we have taken there over the years....sand, sunburn, waves, fun! So, I thought a beachy card would be perfect. Stamp up some images from Tim Holtz (love these blueprint stamps) on water color paper, use distress inks to make the background, and water colors to do the images.

Cut my images out and arrange them...fleck with white paint spots...

Doodle the background a bit, add glitter pens...and I have a special birthday card ready for tonight.

Can't forget the message inside, so using some inspiration from my lettering classes with Joanne Sharpe, I added this.


Third Challenge: Simon Says Spots and Dots - why not? A splatter of spots outside and dots inside...

Happy Friday everyone!

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