Saturday, April 19, 2014

Stampin' Up! News!


Couple pieces of news I thought I would share with those who care!!!  :-)

Did you know it is almost end of the catalog year for Stampin' Up!  The new 2014-2015 catalog comes out on June 2nd but you can order from the 2013-14 calendar until June 1st.   Stampin' Up! will put out a retired product list on April 21st and there will be free shipping on all orders from April 21st through April 24th....Hmmm sounding like a good time to buy?  Check out my online web shop to buy the things that you missed last year or have been wanting. 

Stampin' Up! and Becky Higgin's have partnered together to provide you with Project Life Stampin' Up! style.  These products will start rolling out on May 1st so get ready!





Here is a video from You Tube by Stampin' Up! and Becky Higgins!  If the link doesn't work go to the link under the picture.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=r8r2VmVJ2Zk   
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=r8r2VmVJ2Zk

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

WOYWW 254

I am late again but decided that I was going to make it to the party this week regardless of how late I was.  What party you say?  What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday of course!  Check it out at Stamping Ground where Julia has it all written out so you can participate too!


As you can see not much work is going on on my desk today.  It seems to have become the depository for all things you can't think of where else to put them.  When the urge hits I will sweep them into a box and shove it off to the side till they come back to the desk again!

A couple Easter tags I made....

   







Which came first the egg or the chocolate rabbit? 
                   

I know they look alike and there is a reason for that!  I was teaching a class last week and someone saw the egg stamp and 'wondered' what a tag made like that would look like soooooo....I made one so she could see it!    I end up doing a lot of that here lately...what if's is what I call them...What if I change this up or that up...I wonder what would happen if... get the idea? 

I think spring is trying to sneak its way in to Oklahoma but old man winter keeps getting in and pushing back.  Last weekend I made this planter for my herb garden and two nights later had to cover it over to keep it from freezing...Won't be long and winter will truly be gone!!
If you are wondering what happened to the canvas that was on my desk last WOYWW I participated in check it out here!

Before I go I thought I would share a picture of me, my daughter and Brigita another WOYWW desker!  Brigita was in Oklahoma City taking a class and we got together for supper and had a great time visiting and sharing the evening. 
Have a great week!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Steampunk Sunday

Went to the Medieval Fair last weekend...WOW talk about a lot of fun things to see and do!  I enjoyed visiting with a lot of my friends that are in the SCA and one of the main supporters of the fair each year.  They have an encampment at the fair that is intended to help educate people on what the Society for Creative Anachronism  is and how it fits into everyday life.  I am not a member but just hang around the fringes thanks to Heather and Michael but I am a firm believer in what they are about.  At the fair there were a lot of booths with a lot of fun things to see and purchase.  I really limited what I bought for various reasons but this was something I just couldn't pass up!!
Right!  I know a real shock for most of you who know me!  I am going to do some alteration on this beauty and possibly wear it to the Steampunk Convention here in Oklahoma next year!!

Speaking of top hats...  I was teaching a tags class this past Saturday and while the class was working on a tag I made up this sinister gent wearing a hat similar to mine!  :-)  I think the big difference is a 7-7 1/2" crown where mine is only about 5". 

A couple weeks ago I showed my desk with a picture of a canvas I was starting to work on.  Here is the canvas mostly finished.  I am not for sure I like the canvas or not but it is as done as it is going to get right now.  I am tired of fiddling around with it!
There isn't any one thing wrong with the canvas really it just doesn't seem to say much more then bland!  I wanted purples, creams, and black and that is what I got but it is blah somehow!  Any thoughts on what I could do differently?  

Hope you have a great week and lots of time to get in the room of stash and create a lot of fun stuff to share! 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

WOYWW #251

This week definitely flown past quickly!  I think I must have slept through it or something cause this is WOYWW #251 and my desk is messy as usual!  I have been spending more time doing crafting and fun stuff.   Okay lets get on with it!  Here is my desk this week.  I  am working on a multimedia canvas and just laid down a coat of gesso and some leaves in coarse texture paste. 
             
I have had this stencil since I don't know when...before stencils became so popular and have used it for paints and all sorts of fun stuff. The paper peaking through the gesso is from a Tim Holtz Paper Stash from a few years ago.  I will get this finished tomorrow and will put a post out for you to see.  I love 12"x12" canvases and someday I am going to try my luck with a bit bigger one? This package was taking up space on my desk before I cleaned it off to start my canvas.  
It is the kit of the month from Red Rubber Cafe.  I love their stamps and this kit is perfect for making cards, scrapbook pages etc.  It came complete with ribbons, flowers, card stock, stickers and a paper pack!  After I am done with the canvas I am going to start playing with it!!  

Thought I would share a photo of a tag I just finished for Easter!  I it is a little brighter then most of the tags I make but hey...I love making tags!  

If you are wondering what all this desk business is about go to Stamping Ground and Julia will fill you in on the deets.  

Brigita from Gita's Creations and I will be meeting up for supper and a visit tomorrow!  I have been following her on WOYWW for quite awhile and it is nice to be able to put a real person to the name.  Brigita has been in town since Sunday for classes and training at the FAA here in OKC.  I am really excited to finally be able to meet up with someone from WOYWW face to face!

I think that the warmer weather makes me want to be out and about a bit more and that is making time fly past too.  The weather here has been at least in the 50's and some days have climbed into the 70's+....ahhhh spring I am so glad it is here!  Another week and I will start planting the garden and getting the pool up for the summer!   Hope the weather is being kind to you where you live!  Have a great week and I will hopefully be able to make it around to a few blogs later today!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Steampunk Sunday!

I decided I was going to start doing more steampunk stuff and I think I will start posting them on Sundays...why?  Because I think it rhymes...sort of.

I had never heard of steampunk until about 3 years ago when a student in a card class asked me if I ever made steampunk cards.  No I hadn't but I have been ever since.  I don't know what about it appeals to me so much but tugs at my heart and I love steampunk!  Urban Dictionary defines steampunk as:
a subgenre of speculative fiction, usually set in an anachronistic Victorian or quasi-Victorian alternate history setting. It could be described by the slogan "What the past would look like if the future had happened sooner." It includes fiction with science fiction, fantasy or horror themes.
Medieval Steampunk: Speculative fiction set during the Middle Ages.
Victorian Steampunk: A modern Science Fiction work (post-1930s) that is set in the early parts of the industrial revolution.
Western Steampunk: Science fiction set in the American Old West.
Industrial/Modern Steampunk: Science fiction taking place in the late industrial age, early modern age; i.e. World War 1, World War 2 
Examples of steampunk:
Wild Wild West
Final Fantasy 7
Van Helsing
The Time Machine
Hellboy
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow 
I have to say I love the Industrial and Victorian Steampunk most of all.  I didn't realize that there was such a thing as Western or Medieval Steampunk and will have to look into it!  
Here is my Victorian Steampunk tag for today.  I tried something a little different that an artist on another blog suggested...I cut 3/4" off the bottom of this tag to try her size tag.  The artist says she loves this shorter length but I am not so for sure about it yet.
The shortened tag makes everything look closer together and gives less play room. 
Victorian elements:  flowers, balloon, top hat, lock and key, Victorian gentleman, feather...btw that feather is one of my grand bird Nyasa's feathers!
Industrial elements: gears, clock, pen nib, film strip

I love playing with these tags!  I used Tim Holtz Tiny Things stamp set, Ideology film ribbon strip, paper tape, Pen nibs, gears and clock are from Michael's jewelry findings, black bubble bling.  I first covered the tag with silver metallic Distress Stain dried it with a heat tool, stamped the gear stamp several times on it in Archival black ink, then ran it through the Vagabond in a Sizzix gears folder.  I love the layers and depth!  Cool huh!  

Give Steampunk a chance it isn't all doom and gloom...  Here are some elements of Steampunk clockworks like gears, cogs and wheels that make up mechanical motion.  Steampunk doesn't mean steam has to power it and it can be run by wind or sun so small windmill like blades, balloons or dirigibles.  Weather vanes, compasses, goggles, and tools and weapons of the Victorian era.  Clothing of the Victorian era like top hats, feather hair pieces, and corsets...anything goes.  Try it and have fun!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

WOYWW #250

I had a fun time in the craft room this evening making a tag and trying to figure out how to make it work out the way I wanted to.  It didn't come out the way that I wanted but I like it anyway.  Needless to say in the process of having fun making my tag my desk has become a really messy junked up heap of "schtuff"!  Okay! I know it always looks this way but I think it is even a little more so then usual!
 I try and keep it picked up but somehow it always gets too looking like this and it doesn't seem to matter if I put away after I use each product it still ends up a mess so I just quit trying to put it away during and just put away at the end of each fun time...or maybe at the beginning of the next!
 This wasn't the way I envisioned this tag turning out but I like it!  I first inked the card with various shades of green, yellow, and blue Distress Ink and distressed around the edges.  I used Tim Holtz Classics #1 dragonfly stamp and the flourish from the Spring Sprung stamp set.   I stamped the dragonfly in Archival black ink then stamped the whole dragonfly a second time and then the wings a third so I could layer them on the tag.  Using coarse texture gel and a wave stencil I gave the tag some depth...the texture gel picked up the color from the underlying Distress Ink and took on that color.  Kind of cool huh!  The dragonfly is colored with Luminart spray in green and blues.  I used some bling on the body and antenna.
a close up of the dragonfly wings.
I finished up the tag with some metal bits and coin charms I found at Micheal's on sale.

If you would like to see other desks and fun projects go to Stamping Ground and Julia will tell you how you can come play with us...it is a lot of fun!   Off to see if I can't find some more fun things to get into in the room of stash.  Have fun hopping around the blogs!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

A Valentines Tag

Oh no!  I missed this tag some how when posting about Valentines tags!  Not that is unusual in that I don't post everything I make and/or do but...I thought this one was too cute to get away! 
I used all Tim Holtz Distress Inks, dies, embossing folders, and crackle paint I had left over that hasn't dried out yet.  I hand lettered the Love Potions labels.  Cute huh!