TBT to Jan 31, 2015

HELLO THERE & HAPPY NEW YEAR!!  Thanks for joining me today as we continue the Throwback Thursday feature at the Scrap’N Stamp Blog!  As the ‘Season of Love’ is creeping into view, we’re going to share Love and Valentine’s themed projects for the next several TBTs to get ya’ll in the mood!!  Today, we’re going back to a project I created two years ago for the Eclectic Ellapu DT that I was on….

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This is a fun project to revisit and will surely ‘inflame’ your creative desire…   😉 🙂

I hope you head over to the Scrap’N Stamp Blog to check out all of the project details!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!

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Little Merry Christmas Trees

HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY FRIDAY & MERRY CHRISTMAS one more time!!  I’m here on this Eve of Christmas Eve real quickly today to share a couple more little pieces of Christmas ‘art’ that I made for the holiday–Well, they’re actually a couple more ornaments 😉 🙂

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These ornaments were so fun and easy to make, I wish I had made more (to keep for myself!) LOL!  Alas, these ornaments were sent out as little gifts, and knowing they have arrived at their destinations, I can now talk about them and share how I put these together 🙂 🙂

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For this first little ornament, I painted the base and hanger of the decorative dome with Picket Fence DP and let air dry then I sprayed this mini Christmas tree with Picket Fence DSS and set that aside to drip dry.

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This second mini Christmas tree was sprayed with Mowed Lawn DSS and I painted the base with Gathered Twigs DP.

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When the trees were dry, I rubbed the tips of the bristles with diamond glaze then dipped and rolled each in Clear Rock Candy DG.  While the glitter was drying,  I made the two shrink plastic Merry Christmas tags–I stamped Merry Christmas onto pieces of shrink plastic with Jet Black Archival, punched holes into the plastic, then shrunk down using my embossing heat tool.

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I applied a layer of white embossing paste onto the bases of the decorative domes, sprinkled with Clear Rock Candy DG then set each tree into the center of the wet embossing paste.  Then I dipped the rims of the glass domes into a little puddle of gloss Decou-Page and pressed into the wet embossing paste.

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When the domes were dried and secured, I placed each on a hanger with a few beads and the shrink plastic tags, and that’s all there was to them!  Are these cute or what?!  I just love them and I really did want to keep them!!  LOL!! 🙂 🙂

I don’t think I’ll have another posting until next Thursday, so I’ll sign off for now with BIG WISHES of a Very Merry Christmas to you all!!

Thanks so much for stopping in today!!  Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!

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SUPPLIES I USED:

  • Decorative Domes & Mini Christmas Trees (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Distress Spray Stains, Paint & Distress Glitter (Tim Holtz/Ranger); White Embossing Paste (Wendy Vecchi)
  • Shrink Plastic (Inkssentials/Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger); Merry Christmas Stamp (Hero Arts)
  • Diamond Glaze; Gloss Decou-Page (DecoArt)
  • Beads; Jump Rings; Metal Ornament Hangers

Mini-Canvas Ornaments

HI THERE & HAPPY TUESDAY-Thanks for dropping in today!!  I’ve been a little busy at the craft table lately and I’ve gotten most of my Christmas creations finished for the season, but I’m doing something different this year–I didn’t make Christmas cards, I made little pieces of Christmas art instead!

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This is the first set of goodies I made–a trio of mini-canvas ornaments, that overall, were pretty quick and easy to make because they are so small (and cute if I don’t say so myself)!  Let me tell you a little bit about them–

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These mini canvases measure 2″x 2″ and I started with texturing the background of each canvas with Tim’s Bubble LS and white embossing paste.  While the embossing paste was still wet, I sprinkled Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter over the surface and let air dry–Love those sparkles!  When the EP was dry, I rubbed the top of each canvas with blue tones of Distress Stains-Broken China, Faded Jeans & Salty Ocean, then spritzed the canvases with water and let that color do its thing.

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The snowflake that adorns each canvas is Tim’s Layered Snowflake die cut out of shrink plastic.  Before shrinking each snowflake, I colored with alcohol inks and touches of silver paint pen.  Before adhering the snowflakes, I drilled a little hole in the top and bottom of the canvases to insert the seam binding hangar and beaded doo-dad.

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To hide the backsides of the canvases with their internal workings of the seam binding and beaded accent, I stenciled and stained a piece of mixed-media paper in the same manner as the front sides, except I stenciled with Picket Fence DP.  I cut the pieces of stenciled & stained mixed media paper to size, ran through my sewing machine, roughed up the edges with my paper distresser, then rubbed the edges with Hickory Smoke DI.

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I printed the ‘Merry Christmas’ word bands from my computer and finished each canvas with a little Mirrored Heart to add an extra little touch of sparkle.  See–Easy Peasy!!

I’ve got a few more Christmas art pieces on the craft table that I need to hurry and finish, and as long as I take pictures of them before packing up, I’ll be back to share-You know how that can go!  So, hopefully I’ll be back soon, but if I go missing, I could be waiting in line at the post office!! LOL 😉 🙂

Thanks again for stopping by today for a visit!!  Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!

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SUPPLIES I USED:

  • 2″ x 2″ Mini Canvas; Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore); Shrink Plastic (Inkssentials/Ranger)
  • Distress Stain, Glitter, Paint & Ink (Tim Holtz/Ranger); White Embossing Paste (Wendy Vecchi); Silver Paint Pen
  • Bubbles Layering Stencil (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous)
  • Seam Binding; Glass Beads; Mirror Hearts (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Sewing Machine (Kenmore); Paper Distresser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios); Palette Knife; Scissors

My Pumpkins

HAPPY MONDAY & HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!  I couldn’t resist hitting the craft table to make a cute little décor piece for All Hollows’ Eve.  I’m not spending a whole lot of time at the craft table but, looking at all of the wonderful inspiration out there in blogland, and seeing some of the cute Halloween goodies out there–how could I resist?!  😉 🙂

I’m sharing my project over at the Scrap’N Stamp Blog today as a little Halloween Bonus just for the occasion–

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Isn’t this little boy just darling?  Standing on a pile of pumpkins and holding his cute little Jack o’Lantern!!

To see the full project, come on over to the Scrap’N Stamp Blog–Hope to see you there!!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!

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Harvest Altered Burlap Panel

Hi There & Happy Sunday!!  I’m over at the Artistic Outpost Blog today sharing the altered burlap canvas that I shared earlier this week during our New Release Blog Hop event.

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I took a few step-outs while I was altering this panel, if you’d like to come on over to the Artistic Outpost Blog and have a looksee?  I won’t keep you long, I promise!! 😉 🙂

Hope to see you over there!  Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!

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SUPPLIES I USED:

  • Stamps:  Harvest & Seed Packets Background (Artistic Outpost)
  • 5″x7″ Burlap Panel; Tissue Paper; Brown & Tan Card Stocks (PTI)
  • Archival Ink (Ranger); Distress Paint (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Fluid Acrylics (DecoArt Media); Texture Sand (DecoArt Media)
  • Matte Decou-Page (DecoArt); Ultra Matte Varnish (DecoArt Media)
  • Small & Large Brads; Sewing Machine (Kenmore); Flat Paint Brushes

Artistic Outpost New Releases

HELLO HELLO HELLO!!  Thanks for joining me for our Artistic Outpost New Release Blog Hop celebration!!

Tracy * Me (you’re here) * Julie * Terry * Avril * Lisa

We want you to celebrate with us!!  Hop along to all of the AO DT’s Blogs and leave a comment for a chance to win a $15.00 gift certificate at the ODBD online store.  You have until April 1st @ 10pm CDT to leave your comments and the randomly chosen winner will be announced at the Artistic Outpost Blog on Saturday, April 2nd.  Now, without further ado–The New Stamps……

Artistic Outpost is releasing 4 new stamp sets and 2 single images that are all Completely AWESOME and available at the ODBD online store today!

For today’s AO New Release Blog Hop Event, I’m featuring projects I made using our new Harvest, Seed Packets Background, Ice Cream Shoppe and Grunge Elements images.

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This is an altered burlap panel I created using Seed Packets Background and images from the Harvest stamp set–

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–And this is a card I made using images from both Ice Cream Shoppe and Grunge Elements stamp sets.

I’ll share these projects at the Artistic Outpost Blog in the future, because right now, you’ve got to be on your AO DT Blog Hopping way–Here’s our AO DT line-up to send you on your way….

Tracy * Me (thanks for hopping by) * Julie * Terry * Avril * Lisa

Thanks again for hopping by today!  Until next time-Stay Artsy Fartsy!!

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Present for a Fossil

Hi There!!  Happy Wednesday–Thanks for joining me today!!  I’m sharing a little something that I made last month as a birthday present–hence the name of today’s posting-Present for a Fossil (said ‘fossil’ will remain nameless!) 😉 🙂

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I had one of those window shopping sprees again and ran across this totally cool fossil stencil at StencilGirl–and that’s all it took.  I saw that stencil and this creation totally popped into my head and off I went!  I took a few pictures while I was making this, so let me show you how my idea became this framed gift.

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I made this simple frame out of pine trim to begin with.

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I sanded the frame a bit then brushed on a coat of white gesso to prep the surface.

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Using Gathered Twigs Distress Paint, I rubbed and dabbed it onto the surfaces of the frame.  While the paint was still wet, I pressed pieces of crumpled tissue paper into the paint until the entire frame was covered.

I used DAM Quinacridone Gold and rubbed into the wrinkly surface with my finger to create an uneven, mottled base.

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I brushed DAM Carbon Black Antiquing Cream over the surface and let air dry.

Using a damp cotton cloth, I gently rubbed the surface of the frame to remove some of the antiquing cream.  To finish the frame, I sealed it with DAM Ultra Matte Varnish.  This frame is ready for some art! 😉

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I’m using a piece of coffee stained mixed-media paper that I have on hand to stencil this fossil onto.  I used Potting Soil Archival,  covered with Tree Branch embossing powder and heat set.

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I removed the embossing to leave the stenciled image with a neat sheen over the surface.

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Behind the scenes, I created the crackly mat board from thick chipboard, coated with gesso for tooth, then a brushing of DAM Crackle Paint.  When dry, I rubbed the surface with Walnut Stain DI using an ink blending tool, then I rubbed in further with my fingers.  I faux-rusted a couple of brads using DAM Texture Sand and Paints and used them to attach this metal word band.

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I secured the stenciled fossil to its crackled mat board and mounted everything into the frame.  The gift part is done–Now what about a card?

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Easy Peasy–I made a simple card to match the gift!  A card design that’s so simple, just change out the sentiment and it’s an every day kind of card–Love That!!

Thanks again for joining me today!  I’ll be back a couple more times before the week is out, so I hope to see ya’ll again real soon!!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!

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SUPPLIES I USED:

  • Chipboard; Pine Trim; Coffee Stained Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore); Black Card Stock (Core’dinations); Tissue Paper; Pine Trim Pieces; Elmer’s All-Purpose Glue
  • Fossil Stencil (StencilGirl)
  • Archival Ink & Embossing Powder (Ranger); Crackle Paint, Fluid Acrylics, Ultra Matte Varnish, Texture Sand, & Antiquing Cream (DecoArt Media); Distress Ink & Paint (Tim Holtz/Ranger)
  • Sewing Machine (Kenmore); Flat Paint Brush; Paint Dabber; Embossing Heat Gun
  • Word Band (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Brads