Wednesday, January 28, 2015

APC #20

Hi Everyone! It is nice once in awhile for the weathermen to be wrong!  If you read my previous post, they were predicting 12" to 18" for our area--we got 6.5"! It was very windy and cold, but the snow remained fluffy and my DH was able to clear it easily with the snow blower.  It remains below freezing today, but since I have no plans to go out until later in the week, I'm pretty content inside. Besides, I have been getting a lot of crafting accomplished!
This week, Claudine's Altered Playing Card Challenge prompted us to create Valentine themed cards in alternate colors.
Claudine used spray acrylics--I tried for an interesting effect dabbing the colors on with a cloth. I like the mottled look with some of the white gesso showing through. I drew, embossed and cut my heart out of scrapbook paper. "Forever" was handwritten with an embossing pen and then roughly cut out.  I doodled the border with black sharpie and added the white highlights--can you tell I am loving my new white pen? 
For this card, I dabbed the yellow on a little thicker since I was trying to cover up a card that I did not like how the background came out. A few of my splatters were big drops so I turned everything into drips! Again, the hearts were drawn, but out of scrapbook paper and doodled with white pen.  I added some different black & white washi tape and hand wrote the words.

I am being featured on Bleubeard and Elizabeth's blog today! Stop by and learn everything you always wanted to know about Craftymoose but didn't think of asking! Besides being an accomplished mixed media artist, gardener, altered book maker, and quiltlet maker (I'm sure I've left out more than a few of her accomplishments so please peruse her blog!), she is an excellent interviewer. Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

T Stands For Tuesday

Hi Everyone! We are currently in the middle of a blizzard here in NY, as well as many places along the Eastern Coast of the US.  The totals where I live were at first predicted to be 12-18" (30 to 45 cm), but thankfully have been scaled down.  New York City and Long Island are bearing the brunt of the storm this time.  We still got a healthy amount and it is not over yet, plus there are two more predicted snowfalls later in the week.  Yes, Winter has finally arrived!

I've been working in my altered tea book and this time was inspired by a page I made in my first book about my travels.
I was looking for a way to incorporate the two tea-themed ATCs that I made for one of the challenges I was in. I made tags to mount them on and attached them to two pages I cut down in the middle of the spread to strips. The background was aqua paint thinned with glazing medium that I stamped purple circles on when dry. But, what I really want to call your attention to is the writing....My white pens came in the mail yesterday and they write like a dream! Thanks again for the Signo suggestion everyone!  Any thoughts on how to store the pen, upright or laying down?
On the front of each tag I added some fishy stamps and some polka dot washi tape. Along the back I added some bubbly-looking washi tape.
And here is the other side of the page.  The fish and starfish are fabric pieces.  I even managed to use the partial fish that went off the fabric edge.

Thanks for visiting today.  If you were or are in the path of this storm, stay safe and shovel carefully.  Better yet, stay in and join Bleubeard and Elizabeth for T Stands For Tuesday!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

APC #19

Hi Everyone!  This week's theme at the Altered Playing Card Challenge is Steampunk! If you have time, be sure to visit our host, Claudine, and see her wonderful examples. Here are my cards together:
I chose two Jules Verne quotes to use rather than single words and improvised with hand drawn and cut gears.
Claudine used drywall tape for her textured background, but since I used ours all up when I put the new light up in the kitchen, I went with a piece of wired open weave ribbon.  I simply removed the wire from each end and glued it down.  I used copper and silver metallic paint to smoosh the card around in and let it dry forever thoroughly. The ribbon was red, and you can actually see some spots where the paint didn't take despite running it through a million several times. The gears were cut out of some leftover paper from other projects, and I hand wrote the quote on a torn piece of watercolor paper.
For this second card, I thought way outside the box looking for something for the background.  Claudine used sheets of sparkly paper.  I thought I was going to have to resort to metallic paint and then I spied this used piece of emory cloth.  It was already used and coated with these wonderful colors which did not seem to rub off, so I went with that. I've used these metal gears in other projects, but this time I embossed them with clear embossing powder to make them rough and also less shiny. I hand wrote the  quote with my white pen and....I think I just make my first piece of grunge!

Thanks to everyone who lent suggestions awhile back about their favorite white pen.  I decided to give the Signo Uniball a try and have some on order since I could not find it in my local craft stores, and I don't live near any fine art stores.

Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

T stands for Tuesday-Technique

Hi Everyone! I decided it was time to play with my wood burning tool and have a little fun.  I took some steps to show you how I made my project.  I was just experimenting and doing it my way, but there are plenty of videos and tutorials out there if you are interested.
I started out with a plain wooden heart shape that I had in my wood drawer. That is a drawer filled with wood....shapes, dowels, plaques, craft sticks, beads, heads, eggs.  This one was on the thicker side as you will see in the next photo.
Is anyone surprised that I have purple work gloves?  I started out by using the chisel tip of the wood burner to make lines all around the edge. Not looking for perfection, just trying to place the lines somewhat the same space apart.
I traced the heart on a piece of scrap paper and drew a rough idea of the pattern I wanted to burn on top.  Doing it this way allowed me to not have to erase on the wood.
Now, there are a lot of (probably) better ways to transfer a pattern onto wood, but I grabbed what was nearest at hand--some very old but perfectly useable carbon paper.  Way back before the days of computers and printers, people (me included) used to put this between two pieces of white paper, roll it into a typewriter, type the letter, and have a copy to put in a file.  Anyone remember that?  Anyway, I just lined up the heart and traced over my lines with a pencil, not pressing too hard.
I think it came out fine.  You will notice that I intentionally had some of the design go off the surface of the heart.
Now the real fun began!  I used the same chisel tip to begin burning the design.  Just to let you know, it does begin to smell like burning wood....duh!  My DH even came downstairs and asked if I had lit a match--he knows me, LOL, but when I said I was wood burning and he knew the house was not burning down or anything, he just smiled and went about doing his thing.
After I did all the outlines and straight lines, I let the tool cool off, and changed the tip to the round point to do a bit of detail and shading.  The inside of the flower and edge of the heart were also done with this tip. I went back and forth about coloring it, but I like it very much as it is.  It was really fun to do, and I see more projects in my future.  So what do I plan to do with this?
As soon as I am done removing all the paper from this cigar box, I plan to mount it on the cover.  There may be some more wood burning directly onto the box or perhaps more wood burned and added.  Making it up as I go along, and, of course, drinking tea:
Linking up with Bleubeard & Elizabeth for T Stands for Tuesday! Thanks for stopping by!
I am also linking to Inspiration Journal for their January prompt, "A new year brings new challenges"! I am determined to try a new technique every month!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

APC #18

Hi Everyone! Claudine's prompt this week focuses on beauty. She chose lovely colors, quotes and flowers which certainly are my first thought when I think of nature's beauty.
Here are my altered playing cards together:
I forgot to take photos of the backgrounds which were made in a similar way to the last set of cards. I put paint down on my craft sheet, spritzed my cards with water, and attempted to pull them straight up. I did the one on the right first which got a little smudgy, but I got the hang of it by the second card.
I decided to use some flower cut outs that I had for the flower heads. I doodled them up, added stems and leaves, and the quote was one I had in my stash.
Since I do not have any large flower stamps in my stash, I hand drew my sunflower on a used tea bag paper with ultra fine sharpie.  Good thing I had a piece of scrap paper underneath as the marker went right through--no bleeding though, so I was pleased.  I cut it out and added it to the card along with two punch out leaves.  I added the quote in green sharpie, "The amen of nature is always a flower"--one of my favorites.

Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

T Stands for Tuesday-Tea Journal

Hi Everyone!

I have been working in my tea quote book after being a bit stalled by other projects and for lack of appropriate quotes.  Despite having scoured the usual sites for quotes and googling everything I can think of, I have not found lots of suitable quotes that I like and think would make a good page.  I may have to broaden the idea to keep this AB going. Anyway, here is my latest page:
The colors made me happy on an otherwise very gray, rainy winter day, and the chai tea I was drinking when I created this page kept me nice and warm.  I'm linking up with the T Tuesday gang and our host,  Bleubeard and Elizabeth. Thanks for visiting!

Friday, January 9, 2015


Hi Everyone!  Well, look what I woke up to this morning:
I know it is hard to tell, but it is snowing!  You can barely make out the stop sign to the left of the most prominent tree...beyond that is the road, then lake, which you can barely see. 

Today I am sharing my latest altered playing cards. As always you can click on the link in the right sidebar to see Claudine's examples.
This week Claudine made smooshy backgrounds with her distress paint.  I knew this technique would also work with acrylics so I grabbed the same two colors, put them down on my craft sheet, spritzed with water and dragged the cards around.
They came out so nice I wanted to show them without all the embellishments.
For the first card she used a stencil & texture paste to add a large flower in the top left corner.  When I checked my homemade texture paste that I used for the #15 week cards, the black had dried up. Since the white was fine, I added some black paint to a small amount and used that. The bird was hand drawn, cut out, and some ribbon legs added. I made a few black lines with the edge of a piece of cardboard,drew the grass with black and then white pen, and added the hand written words.
For the second card, I drew then embossed a bird on a spare book page.  I also drew the black details with an embossing pen and then used black embossing powder to make them stand out.  My black washi tape had words written on it that were actually clear so the background showed through. Again, hand lettered words and a little feather added to the tail and, I love how these both came out!

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

Friday, January 2, 2015


Hi Everyone! Happy 2015! I hope this year is good to all of us.

This week Claudine shows us how to create a textured background using printed tissue paper.  I'm sure most of you already know this technique, so I will keep it simple and show...
My cards together.  I took regular tissue paper, stamped on it, and glued it on the painted background once dry.
This is my favorite one of the two--big surprise since it is purple! I liked all the texture and the areas that stayed a little raised and look white. It looked a little plain so I added the strip of washi tape. The wolf was a sticker that I added to a piece of card stock and fussy cut.  After I looked at the word I chose, I realized the play on words; but no cheating, this is not the joker in the deck!
Since I don't own any stamps of figures, I had a look at some other stickers I had and came up with this.  I guess it helped that I was listening to an ABBA CD. Pretty self explanatory here.  I wrote the title on a scrap piece of paper towel that I had inked up for the snowman card several weeks ago.  See, I am learning to hold onto every (well, almost every) scrap!

Thanks for stopping by and have a happy creative weekend!