Wednesday, June 25, 2014

CC#3C - Distress Watercoloring

Time is flying and I can't believe we are already on challenge #5, page 39 of Tim's book the Compendium of Curiosities III. For this lesson, Linda and friends, have us doing "Distress Watercoloring - Part 1" and you have to have the book to play along and learn the techniques. Oh and don't forget about the prizes given to one lucky winner from Tim and Mario, chosen by the Curiosity Crew. Inspiration Emporium is the fabulous sponsor for this go around and they are so generously offering a $50 store gift voucher. How cool are they?? Speaking of IE, I will also be linking this card to Inspiration Journal's "Christmas in June" and again those sweethearts offer $50 to spend in their store. More coolness!
The Santa is the part of my card that incorporation the Distress Watercoloring technique and the markers I used were Bundled Sage, Barn Door and Spun Sugar. The frame was cut from Tim's Ornate die and inked with Bundled Sage, shaded with Walnut Stain and then I sprinkled clear EP, Antiquities Verdigris and Distress Vintage Photo and heat set. I did mask Santa and colored with Bundled Sage and Antique Linen and then shaded with Walnut Stain.
The background was stenciled and then I used Antique Linen over the entire piece to soften and blend. Added a Christmas word band and we are good to go!

Thank you for visiting and I hope you are having a wonderful summer!

Friday, June 20, 2014

Good Old Summer!

So is it hot enough for you? Well it is Summer and the temps are reaching the high 90's here and baby that is hot! This is also being shared (my day) over at Artistic Outpost, so if you would like more details and pictures, stop on over and say, HI.
I really wanted to do something to celebrate summer and all it's glory and as luck would have it, Linda's new challenge at Frilly and Funkie is, "Just Case It" and she is talking about one of her 12 Tags from Christmas 2013, but the fun part is that it must have a summer twist!
Linda's Tag
My "CASE" is Linda's tag of Week 10 and my inspiration was obviously Tim's Ornate Frame (Distress Ink no Glitter) and in place of the pretty red bow and holly leaves, cheesecloth and sea shells, a little black "Speckled" stenciling replaced the Holly. Since "Anything Goes" at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, we will be linking over there.

Thank you for stopping by today and I hope you have a wonderful weekend filled with summer fun!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

CC#3C - Layering Stencil-Texture Paste

Linda Ledbetter over at Studio L3 and her Curiosity Crew have instructed us to open Tim's Compendium of Curiosities III to page 49, Layering Stencils: Texture Paste for challenge #4. This time around The Funkie Junkie Boutique is the sponsor of a fabulous $25 store gift certificate and Linda always offers 20% to begin with! Pretty cool and speaking of, a prize from Tim and Mario as chosen by the Curiosity Crew to one lucky winner! Let's start!
For all the details on the technique you must have the book as we are asked to not share out of respect to Tim and all the work that goes into the making of the BOOK. Will also share this with Simon Says Stamp Monday's "Anything Goes."
For the dress form while the TP was still wet between layers of paint and paste, I sprinkled on some Rock Candy Distress Glitter. I know it does not show too much, but it is there!
See I told you!
After the technique, my tag was inked (Antique Linen, Pumice Stone, Gathered Twigs) and flicked with water. I wrapped some thread around the spools and cut a little slit to hold the thread and of course going with a sewing theme, used some threaded buttons and a little trim. Cut out a couple of doilies for a little extra interest and of course those were distressed with color.
Using some of Tim's paper, I layered that on top of a card base and again added a little trim and a few hearts. Other inks used were Black Soot, Walnut Stain, Vintage Photo, Rusty Hinge and Dried Marigold.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Tim's June Tag of 2014

Hope you all are having a wonderful day! Before I start with my June Tag, I would like to thank you all for the comforting words concerning the passing of my brother and my needing a little time away from blogging. While the painters were here and finishing up on Saturday, I did actually start my Tim tag and with all the activity going on, my mind was kept quite busy. The house looks pretty nice and that was a great distraction, although three days with plastic on the windows was so weird! Anyway, I do thank you and am getting back slowly and have missed visiting all your lovely blogs.
Now onto Tim's tag for June and what great fun I had working with background. I actually worked with a few different stencils, because once I started, I wanted to keep going! For this tag, I started with watercolor paper and followed Tim's instructions for the background.
My collection of supplies and various backgrounds! The Eye Chart stencil was also inked with Black Soot. It really was such a relief to get inky!
I do not have the framelits, so after coloring and stamping were fussy cut and placed on top of the second set I stamped on the watercolor paper. My butterflies were colored with the same background colors.
The wings were left unglued for extra dimension!  And speaking of wings, the newest challenge at A VINTAGE JOURNEY is "Wings & Things." so stop on over and join in with your Tim inspiration! "Anything Goes" is the challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday, so off we flutter to there.
I decided my pretty little butterflies needed to be placed on one of those jumbo tags, so out came another stencil and I inked through it again using the same color palette. After all the inking was done, I lightly stamped the background using Watering Can.
The bow was next and as I always say, "I am bow incompetent," but carried on! The second piece was cut at 18 inches, so not quite as fluffy. Black paint was added to the word band.
I wanted a rusted look on the pen nib, and experimented with first pressing in to Black Archival Ink, then sprinkling Vintage Photo glitter over it with another layer of clear embossing powder. I like the look!

Thank you for taking the time out of your busy day to visit my blog and leave a comment. Wishing you a wonderful week!

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Needing a little time!

I realized I have not blogged in awhile, so thought I should explain a little as to why I have been MIA. Last Saturday one of my younger brothers unexpected passed away and I have never been a person who deals with death very well. In fact I have only started to get my life and house back in order after the tragic loss of my Dad almost six years ago.

Normally this hobby of ours has been my refuge, but right now I am not finding comfort in that and sure hope I will soon. We started working on this very neglected house, before my brother's passing and having started, I need to put more of my efforts into finishing. I hope to find a balance. With being busy this week and with a paint contractor starting to paint the exterior of our house next week, I have been moving things around and my mind will be occupied on that, which is actually a good thing! I really hope to get a little crafty after that, because I do believe it is such great therapy.

Anyway I wanted to let my followers know what is going on and I will be visiting soon and when I take time to sit in front of the computer. I miss all of  you and your lovely art. Thank you for your understanding. Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the people in your life.

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