Tuesday, March 4, 2014
It always starts with a hand carved stamp, here is my latest.
I have been wanting to carve this butterfly for awhile.
I recently submitted a collection of hand stamped cards for a local donation/auction. Here is what I offered.
These two zinnia sets are available in my Etsy shop
Also included in the donation are two sets of manila hang tags to match the zinnias above and a hand carved stamp mounted on wood of the flowers below. I thank anyone visiting from the auction site for stopping by and getting a better look.
I stamped out these little cuties in the process just for fun on pale blue scalloped panels.
Below are my homemade pigment inks pads I make using Ranger Cut N Dry, foam. I store them in a drawer and don't cover them up.They stay wet for a long time. If they do dry up I always have my refills...
Ink pads are useless for any good amount of stamping without a refill bottle, so I try to keep them well stocked. But when I find out one of my favorite colors has been discontinued....well it makes me sad and I have to resort to mixing my own colors....but that is for another day.
Thanks for stopping by.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Sunday, February 16, 2014
Some final Valentine journal play. Valentines weekend is coming to a close but I am still feeling the love. As in December when I have grandiose crafting expectations that are never met, so is the Valentine season for me. So, here are some remnants. Gouache painted pages and stamping with dye ink. Oh my, how I do love stamping and painting with gouache.
It started out looking like this.
I painted the pages with red and pink gouache and was in no way concerned about the direction of the paint or the strokes of the brush. I knew I was going to alter it. When it was dry I added stamped some hearts and swirls to give it a valentine feel.
Feeling the love..........stamping love ;D
When I was done this above turned into this below. It is a subtle difference but it does soften the whole page.
I did this by moving a wet brush around the painted surface and avoided the stamped areas. This gave the layout a blended look and the pages are less frenetic.
I like the swirly vines hanging down and the floating hearts. Next I will write my personal feelings about love. I hope you found some special time for whoever and whatever you love this weekend.
Thanks for stopping by and one more thing I love..... comments and followers. :)
Oh.......and, if you didn't see my video last week showing some Valentine books I made a few years ago...then click here to see it now.
Friday, February 14, 2014
Hi there everyone, I just wanted to share some Valentine & heart stamping designs.
I hope you all enjoy some time with the one you love and have sweet treats and sweet sentiments..or maybe even some crafting time as well. I know it might be asking too much.
But homemade Valentines are so much fun to make.
If you need some ideas, check out my video from earlier this week. See it here
Happy Valentine's Day!
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Sunday, February 2, 2014
Well, it is that time of year when I can reconnect with my creative expression after the new year. Christmas is just so darned busy that I don't get to make all the things I dreamed of months earlier. But with stamps and paint I can quickly get into the spirit of this sweetheart season in my journal.
While working with my gouache colors of pink and red, I set my brush down and when I picked it up, I had a sweet little volunteer heart.
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Art Journal page starts with flowers to warm up cold a January day and, a blue bird say hello.
Corny, I know but I am trying to stay positive here people.
I hope you are staying warm this winter, and if you are below the equator, than lucky you.
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Happy New Year!
I'm still here just playing catch-up after the holidays and of course some publishing deadlines smack dab in the middle of December and January never help. But with some items checked off my list I wanted to return to blog land and say Happy New Year to you all.
May 2014 find you full of joy, healthy
and happy connecting to your creative self.
Here are some journal page images from my art journal featured in Art Journaling Magazine, Summer 2013...thank you Somerset/Stampington.
I am looking forward to a busy year with more things in store to share. Thanks so much for stopping by and please share my blog with your friends.
Sunday, December 29, 2013
Well, here I am the last few days of December and as much as I wanted to blog during the past month, it just didn't happen.
But here is a glimpse at what did happen during the month.
I made many embroidered felt trees for adhering to gift tags.
I embroidered the french knots on the felt or stitched with my sewing machine using wool thread.
Next I ironed on a two sided fusible web, then cut out the trees and then ironed the tree onto the tags.
I made tree trunks by either coloring in with a brown colored pencil or stitched a small zigzag stitch.
And although I am a culinary graduate, I do not spend much time in the kitchen anymore but this time of year calls me to create my decorated cookies that I have been making for over twenty years.
This year I was on my own, no crabby teenagers who don't enjoy the process. I think I was able to get more done without anyone else to deal with. Here are the fruits of my
Christmas cookie labor.
These snowmen and women turned out so cute, I must admit I got this idea from Pinterest.
This particular Pinner has a great cookie collection see it here.
I hope you had a happy, healthy holiday season.
Friday, November 22, 2013
If you are looking for some easy Thanksgiving crafting ideas you are in the right spot. Here, I have six different charming ways to personalize your harvest table. You could get these done this weekend and still have time to do some cooking.
1. Chalkboard stickers on a stamped tag. Super easy. On a #5 manila tag stamp some warm colors of playful designs. Then Use a basic office label sticker that has been painted with chalkboard paint to place on top of the tag. Write the name with white colored pencil (oxymoron) Yes, you could use chalk, but the smears :( Next tie on a ribbon and tie the tag around napkin. *tip: paint several labels that come on a sheet you will want extras for mistakes and let dry well, you make need another light coat. When removing the sticker from the original paper remove any extra paint around the edges of the sticker before adhering to tag.
2. Printed fabric stitched to pretty card stock. Find a pretty fabric that will show the black printing. Adhere fabric right side up to the shiny side of freezer paper with an iron. Trim paper to 8.5 x 11" to fit in your computer printer. Simply print out the names and trim, remove freezer paper and sew to card stock. Fold card over to make place card.
*tip: use two sided scrapbook card stock for a finished look. You will have to use your own measurements here depending on your font size.
3. & 4. Embroidered felt leaves on tags. All you need is some different colored felt and embroidery floss and tags. Do some basic embroidery running stitches on different felt, colors, cut out the leaves and glue on to some manila shipping tags.
*tips: do several leaves so you have many to work with. write out your tags before attaching the leaves in case you mess up a name. you could also stamp the name. replace the white string with a nice ribbon.
5. A different variation on the above. Using a strip of colorful card stock write out or print the names and attach the felt leaves. Lay the tag across the plate if you don't have place card holders. (which I didn't)
6. Stamped name on fabric and glued to tag. Again super easy and nice fabric tags with no sewing. I adhered fabric to Heat n Bond. Then I stamped the fabric using Dark Brown Chalk ink by Colorbox. Then bonded the stamped fabric to the manila tags with an iron.
*tip: whenever stamping on fabric test the ink on the fabric and make sure you have a well inked ink pad (or brand new). another option is to use the freezer paper technique from above and just use a glue stick to attach the fabric to the tags.
Now, if you still have some crafting stamina left, try this so adorable thankful bunting/banner... which ever you want to call it.
I used the same felt leaves to make these banner kraft tags which I bought here on Etsy. I used some polished hemp cord and it turned out so awesome. Hang it on a mantle, on a door, in a window, across a mirror or anywhere to help celebrate our thankful day.
*tip: you could cut out your own banner flags and use what ever paper you wanted.
I hope you are inspired. Thanks for stopping by.
Happy Thanksgiving Crafting!
Saturday, November 16, 2013
Hi there bloggers and visitors, I just wanted to say hi with a quick blog drive-by.
Playing with the fox stamp and that ubiquitous chevron stamp, I know....trending! Or even past that, right?
I will try not to make apologies for the kitsch.
Have a nice day.
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
What Does the Fox Say?
Sorry, I couldn't resist. But hey, it is trending, and I am not one to follow trends but I find this amusing. "What Does the Fox Say?" was featured on Dancing with the Stars and Saturday Night Live last week and many other places I don't know about. So, if you haven't heard about this Video you will and why not? It's fun and just plain silly, also it's good clean fun, if that is important to you.
Go check it out.....
You will Smile!
Here are some cute little fox tags I have in my Etsy shop.
A set of ten (10) oh so cute, and rather cool little tags.
Here I stamped some gorgeous rich fall colors with one of my ornamental stamps. Of course, all my stamps are hand carved.
These would be perfect for Thanksgiving table place cards, wine gifts, hostess gifts and any other gift you can think of.
And speaking of trending...we have ALL seen the craze with Chevron patterns. I too have been enjoying this motif for about a year now, and I am certainly guilty of being a follower on this one. The bright funky harvest colors are so bold. I think these tags are swell.
All of the tags are stamped with pigment ink which I find gives the richest, best color. The impressions are more solid and if you use a well inked ink pad that makes it better. The tags below I deliberately stamped with a lighter hand. This set has softer harvest colors with a playful swirl stamped pattern.
Oh, the fox is back, and hiding in the grass.
Not exactly sly, but quite cute.
Not exactly sly, but quite cute.
This little girl fox is hanging out with a cheery yellow flower. Yes, foxes are girls too.
These beauties below are perfect for a wedding or wedding related gifts.
They are handpainted with gouache and stamped. They have an amazing finish and overall feel.
And, finally, I have some pretty little botanical collage tags. I never stray far from collage of any kind. sigh.
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
#Chalkboard art journal accent.
On two pages stamped and painted with gouache.
Then I painted some Chalkboard accents for some titles.
Used Chalkboard paint with white colored pencil
I then filled in the rest of the pages with my writing. ;)
Thanks so much for stopping by.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
I am still having a great time playing with this awesome chalkboard paint I blogged about here.
Using it with other paints and papers gives a whole other quality to art journal pages that you don't get with any other medium. It must be the bold black that grounds the pages and brings the eye to focus easier on the words.
Yep, it is true...I wish I had more motivation to do the Halloween decorations this year, but I simply do not. I do have gourds and lots of mums and so, that is how it is going to be. There is a whole lot of other things I am getting done and working is one of them :/
So no guilt.
I like this little circle I painted and then drew the fox in with colored pencil. I use colored pencil on all of the areas of the chalkboard paint. And this charming little spookette is a stamp from Stampotique, they have some very cool stamps, go see.
And there candy corn was first colored in solid with white and then I drew in the yellow and orange colors.
Otherwise those colors would have not been so vibrant on the black paint.
The other paint is yes, you guessed it....my favorite....Designers Gouache.
Now, this page is ready for my personal words.
I have a feeling I am going to find myself in the basement digging out the Halloween decorations before the week is over....if not, I have gourds and mums and a few small hooked pumpkins ;)
I will show you later...but here is an idea...
I sold this on Etsy a few years ago and I have always wanted to do more. I will keep you posted. And, if you don't have the Halloween decorating mojo, be okay with that and go find something else creative to do, I know I will.
Thanks so much for stopping by.