Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Open! Open! Open!

It is a "This and That" blog hop with Artistic Outpost and I chose The Baker and Windows and Doors to play along! Be sure to visit the entire team for more fabulous inspiration!.
Tracy, Gerrie, Kate, and Lisa
You have about a week left to join in the monthly "Show Us Your AO Art" challenge, so hope you are inspired by all of us to share your AO inky greatness!
I just love this little Baker and I don't know if I told you or not, but my Grandson in Portland is in the process of opening up his own little "Food Cart" and that was the inspiration behind my card.
All images were stamped in Black Archival, inked with Antique Linen, Vintage Photo and colored with Stampin Up markers.  The background Brick Texture Fade was inked over in Fired Brick (of course) and a little Vintage Photo and then I applied Black Archival directly to the embossing folder to set in the grout! I always give a quick spray of matte sealer to all my inked images.
Thank you so much for visiting today and I hope you have enjoyed your visit!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Spring Is Here!

"Spring Is Here" in my neck of the woods (or desert) and I hope you are enjoying some warm and lovely springtime weather as well! Today I am using Artistic Outpost stamps from Flower Market and Birds of A Feather for my little tag.
The tag was cut from vanilla card stock and Distress Peacock Feathers and Squeezed Lemonade were inked through the Lattice stencil. Next I inked over the entire tag with Antique Linen and shaded the edges with Vintage Photo and then distressed the edges. The little butterflies and dragonflies were stamped in Black Archival.
The frame was cut from a burlap sheet using ODBD Vintage Labels and also shaded with Vintage Photo.  The sweet little butterfly catcher, along with the butterflies were stamped in Black Archival and watercolored using the above inks as well. Her skin tone was done with Spun Sugar. The sentiment was stamped and cut apart! "Everything Goes" at Inspiration Journal, so we are going!

Thank you for stopping by for a visit today. I have been taking advantage of a little yard duty before it becomes too hot here!      

Sunday, April 12, 2015

April Showers!

Hope you all had a fabulous weekend! I have wanted to play along with The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge for awhile and today, I decided I was going to play along with "April Showers" using Mr. Umbrella Guy, Alpha Letters and Speckles texture for that rain effect bringing on those May Flowers!  They have a wonderful DecoArt  prize package for 3 winners and that is very tempting! Most of the products I used are actually from the DecoArt Media line or Americana also DecoArt. Frilly and Funkie's current challenge is "Spring Time Die Cuts" and I have used Mr. Umbrella Guy and Butterflies!

It all began with a 6" x 6" canvas, which was gesseod and then painted with a mix of Phthalo Green-Blue, Ultramarine Blue and Opaque White and blended with a baby white. I also added a little Quinacridone Gold. The brickwork first had a path painted using a mix of Quinacridone, Raw Umber and Carbon Black lightly dry brushed in. The texture bricks was a combination of Quinacridone Gold, Raw Umber and Raisin Alcohol Ink mixed with Modeling Paste. I wanted a rough texture and when dried, Carbon Black was used to highlight. The sun was a bit bright and some of the background colors just did not show up well, so sorry.
The pot was a plastic cap that I saved from our refrigeration water filter and cut it in half, spray primed and then applied black gesso, One Step Crackle and then a mix of QG and Naphtnol Red. The pot was filled some long stem roses, moss and a trellis made with the help of oval dies and thin strips of black card stock. The Butterfly Frenzy were leftovers cut and inked from tissue wrap.
The Umbrella Guy was cut from black chipboard, painted with Black Chalkboard Paint and the umbrella handle was colored with silver metallic paint. I cut and trimmed a second umbrella piece from grunge paper and that was painted with QC.

Thank you very much for stopping by and have a wonderful week!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Transportation and Aviation!

A big "Hello" to all of you and I hope you are enjoying some wonderful springtime weather. I was not able to join in Monday for Artistic Outpost's Product Focus, but I could not resist sharing a SALE with you and of course inking up my SteamPunk stamps! All stamps in the "Transportation and Aviation" area are 20% off through April 11. And as always the "Show Us Your AO Art" is up and running and waiting for your wonderful creations!
Wanting to keep it very masculine, I chose colors of Antique Linen, Vintage Photo and of course black! All images were stamped in Black Archival.
I so love this gent daydreaming about his travels and so patiently waiting for his train to arrive and take him on his long awaited journey.
The black tag background was stamped using the gears from Industrial Backgrounds and bleach. I happen to love that effect, but certainly not the smell! I also ran the edges of the tags along the bleached paper towel and flicked on some using a toothbrush.
This card I am sharing went to a friend who has lost someone very dear to her and my heart just aches for her loss. I find it so difficult to make a card for someone who is grieving as I tend to get pretty emotional. The background was inked, debossed and then flattened and then I embossed the card stock using the same folder and highlighted it. The sentiment is from AO's Flower Market.

Thank you so kindly for stopping by to visit and have a fabulous week.


Friday, April 3, 2015

A Gentleman!

I hope you all are doing wonderful and having a great start to April. Well I had a busy finish to March as we went to Wisconsin for just about week, so that is why I have been a little MIA. Of course it takes me forever these days to do anything and that includes planning and making arrangement for a trip! However as most of you now know, my little great-grandbaby Hailey came out for a visit! Totally cool!
Anyway, I am sharing this handsome "Hat's Off" gentleman over at Artistic Outpost today. If you would like to see all the details, just click HERE.

Thank you for stopping by today and I will be catching up with all you fabulous artists! Enjoy the weekend and Happy Easter!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

I Can See Clearly Now!

"Through The Looking Glass" is the current challenge at AVJ and Julia wants to see a Tim inspired project that incorporates glass, acetate, mirrors, metal sheet, a window, clock face, a hand held mirror or glass bottle. You get the idea! Now for a chance to win a prize and now that our challenges run an entire month, the prize $$ has gone up. Big thanks to our sponsors at Country View Crafts. Make sure to visit AVJ and check out all the DT fabulousness! I have to give a great big shout out to JOY at Inspiration Emporium, who has so generously gifted me the $50 gift certificate for my Blog Candy! Thank you, Joy and IE! Wow!
The image was stamped in Black Archival, clear embossed, and segmented areas were water colored using markers. Once dried, masked and inked over in Antique Linen and Vintage photo. Next I flicked on some water, Black Embossing Paste was applied through Tim's eye chart stencil. When that was good and dry, I stamped a couple of Tim's minis using Black Archival and using Walnut Stain stamped the crackled background.
Oh and before I forget, the winner of my $50 blog candy gift certificate to Inspiration Emporium is the one and only Trash to Treasures,  LYNN! Congratulations and enjoy your shopping spree.
This is kind of my reminder to go those eyes checked! Thank you for stopping by today and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

No Fooling!

Hello all you lovely people. I have been MIA as we were away visiting family and while there,

I became a great-grandma!



Here is my Christina with Hailey!


Anyway, I just wanted to share a few photos and I will be visiting you all as quickly as I can. Please stop back tomorrow for the newest AVJ challenge and I will announce the winner of my blog candy as well.

Hope you are having a wonderful start to April and thank you for stopping by!


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Spring Blog Hop at Artistic Outpost

Spring is in the air and I am sure many of you are very happy about that. It is a Blog Hop all about Spring at Artistic Outpost and the DT has some warming creations for your viewing pleasure, so come on and have a look! Shari, Kate, Tracy, Lisa.

My "Spring" started with some lovely Blooming Garden paper from ODBD, which was embossed with a tulip frame and highlighted using Walnut Stain and shaded around the edges. The Potted Daffodils and Butterflies from Flower Market were stamped in Coffee Archival and then colored in using markers. The sentiment was stamped and cut apart. It is so nice to have a few cards around that are easier for mailing! Will be linking this up to Inspiration Journal's "Spring Blooms."
Thank you for joining me on this beautiful day. Hope you are having a wonderful week!

Monday, March 23, 2015

CC3C - Remnant Rub Resist

It seems like ages since I played in a CC3C adventure conducted by Linda and the Curiosity Crew, but made it for the current "Remnant Rub Resist" challenge! All the lessons can be found in Tim's Compendium of Curiosities III and as always the details can be found there on page 51. The Funkie Junkie Boutique is the fabulous sponsor this challenge and again there is a prize to be won via the CC choice from Tim and Mario.
Following the instructions, I decided to go with a blend of Peeled Paint, Wild Honey and Broken China stains to color my background. I used a variety of stamps from Tim, added a word band and some Alpha Letters. The tie was dyed using the same stains.

This was a fun playtime and I will add this to my travel journal. We are playing a trip to Wisconsin very soon and I can see the weather is getting cold and there may be snow! Not quite what us CA folks are used to! Yikes!

Have a wonderful day and thank you for visiting today!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Tim's March Tag of 2015

OK some one needs to slow down the passing of time! Seriously, I just can't seem to catch up on anything and with Spring in the air, that means lots to do! I hope you all are doing well and enjoying the warmer weather. Tim's tag for March was simply gorgeous, but I did not have any of the more pastel paints, so my colors of choice were Peeled Paint, a touch of Chipped Sapphire, and Brushed Pewter.


Now I wanted to stick with a theme of Spring and all that brings and I could not help but think of my yard birds and in particular the Blue Scrub Jays. These birds and I assume they are the same due to personality, have been coming around for a few years now. There is one that is very friendly as far as wild birds go and will sit right outside my kitchen window and wait for breakfast. Blue Scrub Jays love peanuts and I am not sure how I realized that, but believe when I used to toss out my Fred's leftover seeds in the morning, I must have watched them carry them away. These birds will hang out in the yard when we are working and now even have accepting Steve.


The other day, I watch the friendlier of the two gather up nesting material while I was just a foot away. So my yard Blues as I call them are the inspiration of my March tag! I am also linking this up at Frilly and Funkie's Challenge Blog for the "Bring on the Bling" with my sparkly Silver EP and Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, "Lions and Lambs, oh my" and my animal inspiration is obviously my yard birds!


After I stamped Tim's bird, I cut slits around the feet to be able to pull through some dyed cheesecloth as to represent my Blue's carrying off their soon to be babies new house material. You know we have never seen the little ones, so maybe this year. These birds hang around all year and a few times a year they don't show up for a couple of weeks and I worried at first, but now I just wonder what they are up to!

Finished it off with adding a painted grunge number 3 for March and adding a little birdhouse charm that Brenda gifted me some time back. Tied it off with dyed ribbon and cheesecloth.


I have to tell you something kind of funny! We have been really busy working around the yard as pretty soon it will become extremely hot and much better to take advantage of the cooler weather. The last two weekend we have (mostly the man) have been putting together the new storage shed. Actually the last three weekends as first we had to tear down the old rusting away metal shed. No wonder I have no time! Well we are kind of small people and of course older. First we buy this very heavy (two big boxes) "Lifetime" shed and there was help to load, but not to unload once we were home. We literally had to take the pieces out of each box to move them from the truck. So now the man starts to read the directions and of course a "platform" is required! Next day off to buy the wood to make the platform and that took a weekend. Further reading states it is a 3 Man job!!!!!!! We did it and yes I did help and now we have a lovely little looking cottage shed. We did realize that we are getting a little on the old side to be carrying on in such a manner!! This weekend we will be getting stuff packed and ready for a little mini trip next week, so I am sure happy that shed is done!

I sure do thank you for stopping by today and listening to me ramble on.