Gearing UP

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The madness continues.  As I said I’m currently clearing, purging, sorting and organizing my studio.  So as things dry and set up, I’m tearing into storage, bins, and getting things put away properly.  One of the many things popping up is button cards, random notions, random chipboard and like items.  Why?  Because at the end of every class, every crop and every retreat, we have to pack up.  And it’s the END so we tend to get lazy and just start scooping up our gear and getting it into our vehicles.  So down in the bottom of my tool bag, is STUFF.  The neat and tidy gear that arrived to the event is no more!  The end result is I’m finding some little treasures to use on my mannequin. g2.jpg

Something I learned about the laser cut chipboard, if you’re able, peel a layer off.  After painting and prepping it, you’ll find it will shape better on your 3D projects.  I learned too late, so I’m taking advantage of it’s thickness by tucking other items in close.

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Adhesive is another thing I learned.  Use GREAT adhesive, and step away and let it dry before moving on to the next item.  You’re gonna bump it off, it will slide due to gravity, some objects are heavy and the weight will work against you.  Rubber bands are an awesome tool in this case.

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Don’t forget the back of the piece you’re working on.  Right now it’s a little bare but I found some little do-dad’s that I need to prep before I adhere them.  I’m also gonna check out my jewelry box for some broken bits and pieces.  The rhinestone touches really make me happy.  So, it needs more rhinestones!  No, I still haven’t cut the chipboard for the base.  I’ve decided I want to trim out the base a little, so now I’m digging and searching from some corrugated cardboard so there’s an edge to adhere to.  That’s all for today.  Time for some domestic engineering.  Again, thank you for stopping by!

Loving with Unity

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There has been an idea kicking around my head since mid December.  After trolling Pinterest and Facebook, I was inspired.  I also had a photo that was inspiring me, I even had a stamp that “matched”.  But then it was January, too late for Christmas cards.. and now it’s February.  After sorting and browsing my stamps, I discovered I had another stamp that was perfect for my “idea”. (It really isn’t new but..)  So gathered up the supplies: water color paper, versa mark, distress ink refills, water brush pen, white embossing powder and a stamp by Unity.  You’ll stamp the image first, cover with white embossing powder and set it.  Then get your distress inks/refills out and water.  I discovered if you spritz the paper first before laying down your color, it will bleed and find it’s own path.  AND it was cool!   I, then trimmed it down to a 3.5 x 3.5 square, matted with some red Bazzill stash.  Added some cute washie I found at Michael’s and poof done!  Before I knew it, I had eight cards done!

I hope you like it and thanks for visiting!

Bash your stash

I’m getting better everyday.  In an effort to finish those half started, well intended projects, I pulled one out.  It’s a Tim Holtz small folio and it’s covered in a paper line by Michael’s.  Recollections “Memories Documented”.   I bought it with other intentions but that is what happens when you hoard.

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I took the folio and created an hinged page insert technique I learned from Kathy Orta..I didn’t go crazy with fold outs or inserts because this album will only expand so much.  There are only five pages.

In the past there have been problems with the paper cracking or splitting on the folds.  Tim’s tissue tape and washi tapes won’t hold up to the wear.  Paper is too heavy.  After seeking advice and playing, I took a stencil and sponged on some Archival ink in Potting Soil. Then sponged on Distress Ink in Walnut Stain and Gathered Twigs.  To finish and seal it, I swabbed on Micro Glaze.  Loved how it turned out.  Next time I’ll do the ink technique BEFORE adhering the papers.

Time to start adding the pictures and journal cards.  Hope you enjoyed!  Thanks for stopping by!

 

Mock Up time…

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It swap time for me again.  I’ve signed up for several themes and each time I swear I’ll only sign up for three.  But the group I play in always has such cute themes and ideas.  How can one resist??  One of the swap themes is Beach.  Now the ladies always provide inspiration pictures for us and this months was fabulous.  Warm sandy beach, cool waters.. it’s very serene.  It pulled me in.   Everything was ready to rock and roll, pulled up the details one more time and caught “please use the color palette shown”.  Uh oh.  So I quietly put my papers away and scratched my head.  Now what?   Well go to Pinterest and look for inspiration!!!

Here’s what I found browsing pinterest.  This blog called A Window to My Scrapping World.  Rachael Funnell created a beautiful layout using Kaisercraft paper line “Sandy Toes”… and then she made a TAG.  The tag is what really grabbed my attention.  She layered her papers and embellishments so nicely.  Not to mention the texture and color.  This is what I wanted to achieve, so printed my copy of the the color palette, dug out my stencils, dies and what few scraps of Sandy Toes that I had.  Pulled out the cut little picture embellishment by Paper House and the rest is history.

Here’s our color palette by Design Seeds.beach

It’s time to get back to work, there is tweaking to do to this.  Not to mention, four-five more swap themes to complete.  Thanks for stopping by!

 

 

Bumpy Starts..

There I was all gun ho on a new blog, filled with good intentions of being dedicated and attentive.  Yeah, well I am consistent at least.  Spent the last week getting the eldest registered and ready for her Junior year at a new school.  Will spend next week doing the same for the youngest.  In between, school shopping, family reunions, family time, parent meetings, well checks and your day to day living stuff.  BEFORE all the crazyiness started I did finish one itty bitty project.  I’ve been following another blog: Tammy Tutterow and her tutorial series; Background Basics; Medicine Cabinet Mixed Media.   They are fabulous.  I’ll admit, I’m still hung up on the first tutorial; Toothbrush Painting.  I love this technique and the more I play, the closer I get to obtaining the look I desire.  I absolutely love the look of old metal distressed with aged peeling paint, you see it on buildings and equipment.

IMG_7362 IMG_7654Here are my creations using Tammy’s techniques and tutorial.  It was fun to play and get messy.  Thanks for reading!