Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Chunky ATC for Class at Whole Lotta Scrap

I thought I would share a second post for today and show off a chunky ATC I made for a class at Whole Lotta Scrap here in Norman, OK. I keep trying to find something to tickle the interest of the folks I teach but it seems that the only thing they are really interested in are tags.

This chunky ATC is made with a piece of 2"x4" lumber that was left over from a project here in the house. I had my son-in-law cut the lumber into 6" and 3 3/4" pieces so I could make different sizes. I haven't found a standardized sizing on chunky ATC's but every one seems to be using these cut lengths. The whole idea of the class is to show off what you can do using a piece of wood, a little paint, paper from a Tim Holtz paper pad, and the Tim Holtz Movers and Shapers dies.

I am going to do a 180 around the block calling this the face of the block. On this side I used the Tim Holtz Movers and Shapers dies mini flourish, mini flowers, and leaves from the Mini twig and leaf set.

Side two has a butterfly made with the mini butterfly mover and shapers set.

Side three is made using the Mini bird cage and bird set!

Side four is the mini lock and key set.

I used Delta Ceramcoat paint to paint the wood block then picked papers out of the Tim Holtz Paper stash Vintage Shabby. Dies as listed above, Distress ink Vintage Photo, Broken Glass. The seam binding was colored with broken glass reinker and tied with Lion Brand Eyelash Fibers. Crochet Ribbon, jewelry findings, bling and Dew Drops etc from my stash. I have long ago taken these items out of original packaging and I can't remember the manufacturer!

Finished tag

I thought that I ought to post a picture of the finished tag from last weeks WOYWW post. I made this tag for a swap on creativeblock-stampersanonymous · Stampers Anonymous a Yahoo group and had a lot of fun making it. I think I will use it for one of my tags in my monthly tag class at Whole Lotta Scrap in Norman, OK. WLS also has a Facebook page you can {Like} to keep up to date and what's up in the store.

Anyway back to the tag...

The tag challenge was to use your favorite Stampers Anon stamps...Now that is like asking me to choose my favorite child...I just can't do it. I used a manila tag and the stamp sets Urban Tapestry, Urban Chic, and Shabby French to stamp this tag. I love the blues in the Distress ink pad so I stamped the tag iwth the creative stamp from UT in Vintage Photo then distressed with Broken China, Stormy Sky, Faded Jeans. The branch, butterfly, and rosette are TH dies. I used Silver Stickles and White Opal Liquid Pearls to make the flourish. The flowers, seam binding, and crocheted lace is from my stash. The floral 'buds' were made by cutting up a couple flowers and gluing them down the way I wanted them. I added Shabby Shutters stickles to the base.

Hope you like the tag!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

WOYWW #138

I know I say this every week but...Where has this week gone! I haven't been especially busy but it has flown past none the less. I am joining WOYWW #138 at Julia's blog...Stamping Ground. What is WOYWW? All I can say is it is a lot of fun and you get to meet a lot of fun people who invite you into their homes to snoop around on their desks.This is what my desk looks like tonight. I am working on some tags for a swap at creativeblock-stampersanonymous a Yahoo group. If you like making tags and using neat stamps you might be interested in joining the group and checking out the on going tag swap. As you can see I have my stamps and inks out and I am trying to decide where to go from here. I have an idea to put a flower/rosette/rose/or bird on the tag...hmmmm...might put all of them on there!

I just finished my Valentines for a swap at my local scrapbook store next month. Aren't they cute! They took almost as much time as making a big tag though! I have to finish a box to receive the Valentines that others are making for me. Any ideas? I thought that I might alter a photo box that has a lid so that I can use it after the Valentines Day party.

Okay I am finishing this off and heading over to Julia's and WOYWW to make the rounds of a few of the other blogs before I head to bed (it is only 12:20am here!) Hope you have a great Wednesday. I have to go grocery shopping, to my local scrapbook store and run several other errands also! Ugh! Busy day.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Life Book 2012

I promised to share the finished journal page that I was making for my online art journaling class called Life Book 2012! The class is a little more then just an art class it is a class to celebrate me and who I am and my journey in life through my artistic endeavors. There is so much more then just making an art journal and an art class and I love the positive aspects that Tam and the others have built into the course. I feel it is an art therapy course helping me get in touch with who I am through art. A healing course. If you would like to join the class or just check out what I am talking about go to Life Book 2012 and see what it has to offer! It is a year long course so it isn't too late to join!

This class I learned how to sketch a 3/4 face and paint and highlight it. The words are meant to represent the positive qualities I possess. Tam said that we are all goddesses and these are our superpowers. Hope you like my page. I do!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

WOYWW #137

Happy Wednesday everyone! Hope that your week went well and you got everything accomplished that you wanted to get done! I didn't cause the week went way too fast but...there is always another day to get it done! I didn't make it around to all the blogs last week and I apologize for that but life beckoned and I answered the call!

I have been busy at my desk and as you can see from the picture it is something a little different for me. I have never been able to draw a straight line and was asked opt out of art when I tried to take it in school. I have stewed on this for almost two weeks and tonight took the plunge and started working on the January project for my Life Book 2012 course I am taking on line. This is the first-ever face that I have drawn! I still can't draw a straight line but was feeling good about this as I had just finished putting a coat of gesso on it and got the camera to take a picture. I think from the photo she looked a little more cross-eyed so I went in and redid the right eye and I like it better now. The color of the eyes look a different color now but.. I hope it is just the effects of the paper being wet and the angle I took the picture!
I feel pretty good about it all things told. What do you think?

If you aren't a WOYWW and you are wondering what I am talking about go visit Stamping Ground, and Julia will tell you all about it. I am off to find a cup of tea and visit other the other blogs/desks from around the world.

My Vintage Valentine Wall Hanging!

Sorry about the quality of this photograph but it didn't seem to matter if I took it outside or inside I just couldn't get the thing to focus well because of its size! I am calling this my Vintage Valentine Wall Hanging for obvious reasons. The top picture is of my husband Chuck, wasn't my DH then!, just after we met back in 1974 and we went for a ride on his motorcycle...very James Deanian if you ask me. The second picture is of my sweetie taken recently. We have been married 37 years this next April 5th and I couldn't think of anything that says love, happiness, or caring for Valentines then this.

The panels are 6"x 6" black mat board covered with papers from FancyPants 'Love' line for this Valentines day. I used Tim Holtz edge die cuts top and bottom covered with Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint to give it a 'ruffled' look. I also used the cupid and heart movers and shapers dies, the lettering is all from a strip die. The photo mats are all dies from Stampin' Up! as is the banner punch. The white, blue, red card stock are from Stampin' Up!. If you are curious as to specific product used you can email me for details. I think I will teach this in a class on the 31 January at Whole Lotta Scrap if you would like to make one! I also just read the weekly challenge at Simon Says Stamp and I am going to enter this into this weeks challenge contest. Click on the link and check it out you might want to enter it too!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

WOYWW #136 and Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge and Studio L3 Grungy Monday Entries

Busy, busy week around here. I still don't have the Christmas decorations down but that's okay all things told cause I didn't get them up till after the middle of last month anyway!

My craft room seem to keep deteriorating and getting worse each day! Here is a broader view and you will see what I mean! Look at the leaning tower of totes and crates in front of the paper rack, the stuff piling up on the chair, cutting cart, and floor!! The desk is actually pretty organized considering I managed to get tags made and a mini book done using the vintage valise die and Graphic 45 papers this week.

I received a package from Neil this week of laser cuts, card kits, and glitter that I plan to put to good use soon! Thank you Neil!

The tags I made are for Valentines day and I used some of the Tim Holtz Christmas tag techniques to make them.

The first is the acetate and alcohol ink tag technique done on day 5 of the 12 Tags of Christmas using the Love Struck Stamp set. It is simple but I think it came out rather cute! Since joining WOYWW and with the support of my daughter and husband I have been broadening my horizons and I even made the hangy down baubles on the top of the tag!! I am proud of myself cause I was never an artistic type so this is a milestone for me! I think I will enter this in the Studio L3 Grungy Monday 12 Tags of Christmas review! Simon Says Stamp is offering a $25 gift certificate to the winner of this weeks challenge! I am also entering this into the Simon Says Stamp and Show blog challenge this week for Red Letter day! Simon Says Stamp is giving a $50 gift certificate for the winner of this challenge!

Tag 2 is also a take off from tag 5 where I used clear packing tape to pick up the image of the cupids and hearts and backed it with silver foil but didn't use a fragment or facet because I wanted to keep it larger size and mounted it on cardstock. Is there a term for that technique? I dyed the seam binding with the barn door reinker and used a mini-mister to spray the reinker mixed with water on the flower. Topped that with Smooch spray! Sparkly!

Tag 3 is a simple grunge tag I distressed with Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain, and stamped in Barn Door using the Love Struck Stamp set again. I used the muse token and the burlap embellishment from tag 2. I love the roll on embellies from Michael's and put two rows on the bottom of this tag!

I think I will end this before it gets any longer and I hope everyone gets a chance to stop by WOYWW at Julia's blog, Stamping Ground to check out the desks of the other WOYWW'ers. Join in cause it is a lot of fun visiting desks around the world and snooping to see what others have on them! Have a great week!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Tim Holtz Vintage Valise Mini-book

A few months ago I bought the Tim Holtz Vintage Valise die and had all sorts of ideas of what I wanted to to with it but just couldn't seem to get around to making it up till now...Anyone else out there have this problem of buying a product then not using it for awhile? In my case I see something I want to make and buy the stuff to make it and it ends up sitting for sometimes a good long time. In this case I have cut several of the valise out for people who have asked me to do so but I didn't have the Mojo it takes to think up an idea to go to work on. Well that's now history I am glad to say and here is a picture of the outside of the finished product! I will be teaching a class the end of this month at Whole Lotta Scrap and you can sign up with Leslie to see the inside!+|;-) I promise I will show the inside after get it photographed! It had to be turned in so they could write up the info for the class and I just didn't 'get it done!'

Core'dinations Distress Cardstock
Graphic 45 Topical Travelogue papers
Tropical Travelogue Chipboard 1
Tim Holtz Dies, Vintage Valise, Tattered Leaves, Tattered Pine Cone, Movers and shapers mini-flourish
Ideology Ring Binder
Ek Success Fern Punch
Distress ink pads and ink refills
Distress Stickles and Liquid Pearls
Flowers dyed with ink from ink refills

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

WOYWW #135

Welcome to WOYWW #135 and my messy desk!!! OMG! I feel like such a pig but...that is my life. I can't seem to find anything anymore if I don't keep it out in front of me. I will eventually get tired of the mess and get it cleaned up but for now it is my life. To see other peoples messy desks (or neat desks) all of them very creative visit Julia Dunnits Stamping Ground blog! Join us it is fun but I have to put a disclaimer here and let you know it is very addictive.
I have a couple pictures of my desk to share today. The first one is what it looked like when I went into take a picture of it last night. It was definitely messy but I really got into 'straightening' it up and taking goodies out of bags and this second picture shows where I left it in the wee hours of the morning forgetting to post or anything else. Oh to have the memory I once had...sob...
It actually looks a lot worse but I cropped it out to show off all the stash there! Love new goodies! You know I really do use all this stash but here lately I haven't been remembering to take pictures and I have given away stuff that I will never get pics of now!

I posted this on my FaceBook page yesterday and today I am still as excited to be able to do this course with the other awesome women and Tam Laporte!! Yay!! If you are interested in growing and learning about yourself Life Book 2012 is worth consideration. It is 365 days of fun!
{{{Squeeelll!!!}}} I am so excited I just joined a special course online!!! I have been a member of Willowing and Artist Friends for a while now and when they announced they were going to have a special course called Life Book 2012 I didn't think I would be able to afford it but...I am going to take the course!!!! {{{insert happy dance here}}} The course is a celebration of me and life. I will be learning techniques to help me make an art journal and understand my life through art. Keep alert as I will post stuff here from time to time!!

Okay I have to get off here and get busy...too much to do right now but tomorrow morning I plan on getting up and getting around to some of the blogs I like visiting on WOYWW! Hope everyone is doing great and surviving the holidays. I guess Friday is Epiphany and things will truly wind to a close. Take care! {{{hugs}}}

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Stamp Man Challenge

I ran across a new to me blog tonight while I was surfing around the web! It is called The Stamp Man Challenge Blog and they host a challenge every two weeks. Looks interesting and I thought that I would start today! The challenge this time is to show off your favorite piece of work from 2011...Oh my I am having problems there cause I have several things I have done that I love and a lot more then I want to admit that I haven't photographed before giving them away!

I think what I am going to share is the button house that I recycled. I was given this old house with drawers but it wasn't such a prize at the time. Here is a picture of what I was given...
Pink and cutesy isn't my style so I took it in the craft room thinking I would hide it in the closet but I ran into a paper stack from Tim Holtz and knew right away what I wanted to do!!

Here is a picture of the finished house! Interesting change huh! If you would like to see some other views of the house go to my original post last June. The drawers hold buttons or other smallish findings and it is just a fun thing!

Check out The Stamp Man Challenge Blog and see what others are up to and enter the challenge!