Friday, November 21, 2014

APC Week 11

Hi everyone!  Today, I am sharing my altered playing cards for this week. You can visit Claudine here to see her lovely examples and how they were created.
Here are my two cards together.  If you enlarge them you can really see the texture in the background.  The one on the left has a decorated paper towel as the background, and the one on the right had the paper towel removed just before it dried so it just has a hint of color and texture left.
Now, of course, I did not have a paper towel that I had blotted ink on when I was doing other projects, so I had to make one.  Just drips, splats, and blobs of various and miscellaneous inks.  I used some snow texture medium for the snowbank at the bottom and got the same wicking of color as Claudine did on hers--love it, but really didn't want it on my snowman.  So I used the same medium to make the snowman on a separate card, added the features with marker when dry, cut out and glued him onto the card.  A few plastic snowflakes and sticker letters, and voila`! I love how this one came out!
This is the one with the subtle color as the paper towel was removed just before it dried.  The wet surface of the glue transferred the ink and texture.  I stamped a few large snowflakes and then embossed them which is very hard to see in this photo.  The stem of the flower is washi tape. The head was free-form cut from a piece of scrap paper and a sticker flower added for some glitz. The dots are silver paint. I couldn't think of a suitable quote or wording, so I'll enjoy this one as it is!

Thanks for stopping by and have a happy creative weekend!



Tuesday, November 18, 2014

T Stands for Transfers

Hi everyone! Today I am doing something I rarely do, and that is combining Claudine's altered playing card challenge with my (usually) weekly visit with Bleubeard and Elizabeth and my other Tea friends. I got a week behind with the challenge and missed last week's tea post, too, with all my preparations for the craft fair this Saturday.  I know I have plenty of inventory, but after they sent some instructions and also said the show was sold out (50 vendor limit), I think I let myself get a little freaked out!

Anyway, my "T" this week stands for image Transfers since that was also the first theme for the 10th APC challenge.  Then, Claudine added a "quirky, whimsical, think outside the box" tone.  So here are my two cards together:
This is one case where I can truly say they look better online than in real life! These were the last because I gave up, best peudo image transfers I made after having completely ruined the two I really wanted to use plus two more practice ones. 
I had completely no luck using contact paper which is what I used to make the moose. That's the one on the top in case you can't tell. The sunglasses were already there, I added the hair and hoped for the best.  The contact paper (yes, it was contact brand) was rather thick and even after rubbing all ways for quite awhile, after soaking, I about rubbed off much of the image with the paper.  I had to add highlights to the hair and outline the glasses to make them stand out.  The piggy was done with packing tape where I had a much better result, and just added the flower sticker and, of course, the smiles on each of them. It still looked too plain so I rubbed on some color and did a little border.  I should say I auditioned a few background colors, but white was the only color that made the moose somewhat visible.
The second card was also made with packing tape--however, I don't think I removed enough of the paper since it looks more like a sticker than a "negative-type" image. Or is this how it is supposed to look?  At this point I just drew some line with sparkle paint because I was totally done with these.

I needed something way stronger than tea after this but failed to  take a photo of my wine last night!

Thanks for coming by!


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Craft Barn #22 Moon & Sensation

Hi everyone! I'm trying hard to keep up with all my challenges, blog visiting and getting ready for the craft fairs.  Sometimes the frantic pace works for me and the ideas just flow.
Here is my ATC for The Craft Barn's Challenge this week using the words moon and/or sensation.
I chose a quote from Carl Sandburg, "The Moon is a friend for the lonesome to talk to."  The wolf looks more like a dog to me, but who says dogs can't howl at the moon, too?  The swipe in the lower right corner was a stubborn streak of sun that just insisted on making an appearance.

Thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, November 6, 2014

APC Week 9

Hi everyone! It's time to link up with Claudine's Altered Playing Card Challenge again! This week we explored how to use the same colors in different ways--brHight and bold, and more subtle. Here are my cards together:
I used the same colors in the two cards, and I hope it is obvious that the one on the left is the bolder of the two.
I drew the swirls into the gesso when I prepped the card. After painting the background I covered the swirls with bright pink permanent marker and then added a variety of designs around it. The fairy girl came out of a scrapbook pad, and I added some colorful hightlights to make her stand out more. The birds were rub-ons as was the "welcome" which is darker in real life.
To make the second (more subtle) card, I used the green for the background and then rubbed over it with distress stain in a close shade to lighten it up.  I also stained the lace at the bottom. I used the blue to stencil some random lines in the background. I cut the lettering from a plastic bag, reversed it and glued it on--I really like how that looks! Lastly, added the floral torn from some paper and the punch out dragonfly to pick up on the pink in the other cards.

Thanks for stopping by! I really appreciate all the kind comments, suggestions, and tips you have shared with me.




Tuesday, November 4, 2014

T Stands For Tuesday-Projects.....

some finished, some in progress!

Hi everyone!  After making a ton (okay, about a dozen) beaded pendants for my upcoming craft fairs, I took some time to make up another funky scarf and make some real progress in the crochet top down jacket I am making.
I have enjoyed knitting these ruffle scarves before and have seen them with pompoms on the ends, metallic highlights, and even sequins--but never with fabric on the ends! While in the craft store buying some yarn to make scarves for a neighbor, I spied this print and could not resist as I though it was really unusual.  So, something you would wear.....or not?

Now, don't laugh at the colors! I bought this variegated yarn many years ago and just happened to have some turquoise to match it for the alternate stripes.  If you have been visiting here for any length of time, you may know that I love the colors and styles of the Southwest, so these colors are perfect for me.  The piece was started from the collar and is all made in one piece--except for the rest of the length of the sleeves. What you see here is just after the point where the sleeves are divided from the jacket. The nice thing about working top down is that you can try it on as you go and make any adjustments. I have been working on it each night and will show more progress soon. 
I received a sample of this tea which was new to me, so I though Tea Tuesday was the perfect time to try it.  Unfortunately, not at all to my liking--it has a very strong, smoky aroma and taste, so my cup was empty pretty much after I took my first sip!

Linking up with Bleubeard and Elizabeth for T Stands for Tuesday!
On a sad note, for those who have been reading along with me for years...my oil painting teacher, who became my friend, has passed away at 90.  I thank him for his inspiration, his guidance and his friendship without which the above, painted by me, would never have been possible. RIP my dear friend.


Friday, October 31, 2014

Some Finished Pendants

Hi Everyone!  Happy Halloween to everyone who celebrates!  Thought I'd stop by with a little eye candy--no worries about calories!
Some of the pendants I finished this week for my upcoming craft shows. Some are polymer clay, some glass, and some are stone cabs....all beaded on Nicole's bead backing and backed with delicious soft leather.
Another look!

Have a happy creative weekend everyone! I'm onto my next crafting adventure......



Friday, October 24, 2014

CB#21 Hug and/or Nowhere

Hi everyone!  I managed to complete my ATC for Craft Barn's Quotes and Lyrics Challenge #21 during the first week despite having a hard time finding a quote.  I settled on "A hug is a handshake from the heart" --Author Unknown.  If anyone knows who actually said this...please let me know in the comments.
For the background, I layered on some small heart cutouts that had various patterns.  Afterwards I thought it was too busy for what I wanted to do so I applied gesso and then some pink watercolor over it.  The heart was hand drawn and cut out and a separate piece of paper glued in the middle for the quote.  A few pieces of pink striped washi tape finished it.
Another look!

Thanks for stopping by!  Hope you have a happy creative weekend!