Monday, January 22, 2018

Leather Carving

I tried my hand at leather carving...


I couldn't finish it all at one time so that's why some of it is darker than other areas. It was fun but I need thicker leather to really get a nice image.   I also needed a couple different tools but I think it's o.k. for a start.


This was just messing around with the carving knife doing it free hand (no patterns).  I was also playing with a couple stamps as you can see.  This is a scrap piece where I was just trying out different stamps and stuff but I like the background of the shamrock. That was fun.

I have to say I like stamping more than carving but both were pretty fun.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Multi Step Rose Valentine's Day Card

I don't know about you but it takes me a long time to line up the multi-step flowers...even the ones that are just 2 steps.  Prior to VersaFine Clair ink I never would have been able to bring the rich texture of embossing these images, the stamping time just took too long.  That has all changed though because the extended "stick" time for VersaFine Clair is a game changer.  


I was able to stamp all of these roses - both the Nocturne (black) and Tulip Red - and still have time to emboss it.  The best part? I was able to stamp these images without having to worry about smudging the inks. You know how most pigment inks stay wet so they can hold the powders?  Well the VF Clair feels dry to the touch in a few seconds but it will grab hold of the embossing powders for 10, 15, 20+ minutes later...while still feeling dry!!!  It honestly seems like it's magic.

For complete directions on how to make the card above please see...




Thursday, January 18, 2018

VersaFine Clair!!! It's Here!!



If you like VersaFine you're going to LOVE VersaFine Clair!!  This ink is incredible - superb coverage just like VersaFine but it's a quick drying emboss-able pigment ink...  Yes, you read that right, the embossing powders will stick to the ink even after it's dry to the touch!!  This makes embossing those multi step stamps a breeze!  Want to emboss an entire background?  Stamp away then emboss...no need to stamp, emboss, stamp again and emboss more.  It is such an amazing product, it's going to blow your mind.

Cheerful 901, Paradise 602, Charming Pink 801, Warm Breeze 603, Purple Delight 101, Summertime 701, Tulip Red 702, Fantasia 102, Green Oasis 501, Glamorous 201, Verdant 502, Blue Belle 601, Golden Meadow 951, Rain Forest 551, Chianti 151, Fallen Leaves 451, Monarch 152, Shady Lane 552, Pinecone 452, Nocturne 351, Medieval Blue 651, Acorn 453, Twilight 652, Morning Mist 352 

It comes in 24 colors at the moment and are they ever beautiful. So far I think Medieval Blue is my favorite but of course you know how much I love blue ;)  I will have a card to share with you tomorrow showing just how much fun it is.  I can't wait to share more about this ink with you!


This is just a sampling of the beautiful colors - stamped above on plain white cardstock, below on a page from a book.  Notice how most of the inks have a lovely translucent quality to them. I just love this feature, it will bring such an amazing depth to the multi step stamps!

The colors are as follows: Charming Pink, Tulip Red, Summertime, Verdant, Shady Lane, Green Oasis, Warm Breeze, Paradise, Blue Belle, Medieval Blue, Chianti, Acorn, Pinecone and Nocturne.



Don't you just love 'em?
Here's a link in case you'd like to check it out further and get your own...


Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Washi Notebook

The other day while I was at Wal-Mart I noticed some neat little notebooks that were a great price.  I bought a couple and knew I was going to personalize them a bit.  Now, I have to admit, I have loads of washi tape, some of which I haven't had the chance to use yet so I decided I was going to choose my favorites and put them to use! 


Here's how it turned out....
I decorated both the outside and inside of the covers.



So this is what one of the notebooks looked like - nice O-ring binding (just like the Bind-It-All bindings) so I already knew it would be easy to take it apart and get it back together.


So the first thing I did was gently pull apart the wire binding and removed the front and back covers.


Next I set about taping all of the washi tape down.  
I used my craft knife to trim the edges.


Once I had the image washi tape in place I went back over it with sparklie blue washi for a bit of bling.  The entire piece was the covered in a layer of Sparkle Creative Medium to seal it all in place because you know how some tapes have a tendency to curl up off the paper.

I then added some printed cardstock on the inside of the page and repeated the whole process with the back cover.


Once both pages had dried I set about cutting tape/paper away from the holes.  Easy enough to do with my craft knife. After I had finished opening up all the holes I slid the pages back on the wire, use the Bind-It-All to close the wires back up again!  


While it was a bit time consuming it was well worth it don't ya think?
I'll bet nobody else has a notebook like this :)


Wednesday, January 10, 2018

All Geared Up!

My first project of the year... yeah!!  I decided that I was going to get back into projects and alter some of the pieces I've bought over the years.  I don't know about you but when I see a bargain I can't pass it up so needless to say I have LOTS of things in my stash that I want to use.


I decided the first project was going to be something for me! You all know how much I love clocks well as it happens I had a clock kit in my stash.  I was a Walnut Hollow kit that was on clearance at Hobby Lobby a few years back.  (Gotta love Clearance...he's a great guy!)  It was about 1/3rd the regular price!


The kit was how to dry emboss using a plastic template and several different tools (included in the kit).  Well you know me, I don't like to follow directions so I immediately tossed those in the trash and did my own thing ;)


I did figure out why it was so cheap...the glue on the wood piece gave way and popped one of the sides loose.  Luckily the rest of the body was very sturdy so it's just a minor set back.


To help hide the defect I decided to paint the whole thing black...


This not only hides the crack but it will look nice as too!


So I decided that the way they wanted to emboss was WAY too time consuming so I used my fav. cuttlebug embossing fold and embossed a couple pieces of the metal included in the kit.  Please note - the dry embossing technique was very popular many years ago - it was before embossing folders became popular making the technique in the kit pretty much outdated.


I inked the entire panel with Orange Zest StazOn ink,


then went over the high spots with Ganache.


I cut the metal into 1" strips. Poured quite a bit of Aleene's Quick Dry Tacky Glue on the frame which I spread out using my fingers.


I then began laying the strips along the edge - aligning them with the outside edge - the inside edge would be covered by the clock piece so it worked out well this way.


Once the glue dried, I put the clock into the frame...this was no easy task mind you - apparently in addition to the crack, it must have shrunk some too because it was a very tight fit. After the clock was in I trimmed off the excess metal and burnished all of the edges with the paper stump included in the kit.  Finally I glued in the glass piece over the clock and added the battery!  It is now residing on my end-table in the living room.

So, fess up...do you have any kits/projects in your stash that you bought years and years ago???  Please tell me I'm not the only one!

Monday, January 8, 2018

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Great "Scrap" book find

Not long ago dh and I were at one of our favorite antique malls and I found this really cool book...  At the time I didn't take much time to look through it but I saw that it was filled with blank pages so I thought I'd get it to use for a project I'd like to start on.


It's got a great patina from being around since the 50's and it's a nice size too - 6.5 x 9.5.


When I got it home I realized it WAS intended for what I wanted to do with it!  It's called a Book Shelf Scrap Book and Album from Educational Press.  Originally released in the 1931, this is a 2nd edition from 1950.


It's got instructions on how to collect "Scrap" and glue it into the book.


It also has perforated pages that can be removed as you add scrap to the book so the book remains somewhat flat.  I can't wait to get started filling it with "stuff" that I love.  My original thought was a glue book or junk journal which is basically like an art journal only without so many words.  More a collection of images and ephemera.  Now to start gathering up my goodies and put them into some sort of an order so I can begin.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

To Blog or Not to Blog....

That is the question facing many people right now if the conversations on FB and other platforms are any indication. I have been reading and become somewhat disheartened by the numerous comments that most people feel that blogs and blogging are quickly (if not already) a thing of the past. With all of the various platforms available to people to share their creations it seems that blogging has become too much of a chore for people and doesn't offer the instant gratification that most everyone is seeking at the moment. 

I don't know if I should take this as a sign that I am quickly becoming a social media dinosaur.  Personally, I like to blog - it satisfies so many sides of my personality that I don't get from all of the other SM options out there. I can create whatever I want - I can make cards, join in challenges, make a mixed media creation, scrapbook or just play with various mediums. I get to share those projects with you and talk as much as I want to about it. I'm not limited by the number of characters in a post and I can share as many photos as I'd like.  I would like to think that from time to time I may share something that entertains, educates or just brings joy to your day. Blogging also satisfies the writer in me that likes to talk about things that excite me - art for the most part but sometimes it's about the farm, my love of antique junk or just stuff.  I can also tell you about new goodies that I've seen or heard about or even tried.

I do share on a few other platforms (FB, Networked Blogs, Twitter, Pinterest and most recently Instagram) but blogging is still my favorite.

Of course life does intrude every so often on the time I have to spend on blogging and art just as it does with everyone. Our business has grown so I spend more time there and our family has expanded as well which is a joyful reason for taking time away but when it comes right down to it art and blogging is what keeps me sane. It's time I get to spend away from life's trying moments and just relax and create. 

2017 was a year full of challenges for me - most were situations that were outside of my control but had a large impact on me personally. I am entering 2018 with high hopes for a better year to come.  With that hope I am also going to focus on the things I love...even if it takes me a longer period of time to accomplish them.   Last year I tried to fit art into a schedule and only make things I could finish immediately in one setting rather than trying to tackle larger projects. Well this year I'm tossing that out the window...I don't care if a project takes me 5x's longer to complete because I have shorter periods of time to work on it, I'm just going to do it because it makes me happy!

So I guess what I'm saying is I'm here to stay and I hope you stick around for the ride.


Thursday, January 4, 2018

Blue Purple n Silver!

Hello friends...I wanted to share a few cards I made for the newest challenge over on the JFF Stamps blog....Blue, Purple and Silver!


My first card was made by stamping the trees in the background with Paris Dusk Memento Ink which I sponged a few different colors of blue and purple inks over the entire panel.  Once everything had dried I stamped and embossed the stag with VersaMark & White EP.  I wanted to add a bit of zing so I framed it with a really fun sparklie washi tape.


My next card was made by stamping and embossing the snowflake image that had been previously colored using Color Burst pigment powders.  Don't ya just love the pretty effects they create?


Finally a but card with a bit of stamped & embossed snowflakes and watercolor over top.  Can you see a snowy theme going on here?  I guess the weather is guiding my art right now - LOL!!

If you have some time and inky desire...please feel free to join in on the fun...

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Supplies:
JFF - All Stamps
Imagine: Memento Dye Inks; VersaMark; Embossing Powder - White, Clear, Sparkle; Sponge Daubers
Color Burst
Club Scrap - Cardstock, Ribbon
Washi Tape
MFT Dies



Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy 2018!!!

Happy New Year!!!


Wishing you all the best...


now and in the coming year!


Here's to health, 


Friendship,


and happiness.


May these be yours through out 2018 and beyond!!

Ink on my friends...Ink on!