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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Cards, Tags and Punches

I was excited to use one of my newer Julie Nutting paper dolls, but when I got paid for it, well, yipee!
 My faces are improving!
This sympathy card was for an on-line friend who lost their brother. I know how that feels.
A life-long friend had birthday, which is a lot to celebrate because she's going through some health stuff right now. She likes The Wizard of Oz as I do, so I eluded to it by putting this darling little La-La Land stamped paper doll in blue gingham on a red poppy background.
I wouldn't normally point out someone is another year older, but we're celebrating her life, so...
My daughters recently came home from a trip with lots of PJs and clothes they found at an awesome Walmart sale. Being the hoarder that I am, I saved some of the tags because, tags.
I covered them in gesso and white paint, ran them through my die cutter inside embossing folders then went to town painting them with all sorts of inks and paint. I sealed them with matt-finish Mod Podge because I like the finish and feel it gives to the paper. I'm going to add eyelets at the top when I go to use them.
My daughter bought me a balloon punch (inspired by how much I liked the balloons paired with the Julie Nutting doll above), so I punched some scrap paper from other projects. It made quite the variety and now I have tons to choose from.
 
Instead of shoving them in a 12"x12" as usual, I now have a binder filled with clear sheets with different sized pockets. This way I can see exactly what I have and (hopefully) use them more.
I'm not sure what I'll do with those tags, but they sure were a lot of fun to make!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Celebrate life, joy, laughter, love, family, friends

This was one of my most fun projects yet. I was nervous about doing this because I have no talent for painting, but this was more like playing with mixed media, not really sitting down to paint a picture. I used gesso, acrylics, inks, gelatos, stickers, stamping, dies, stencils, stucco-like media and sprays.
I started by gessoing over an old 9"x12" canvas. It took about 3 coats to cover the old painting.
To get the various colored background I used makeup sponges to dab on Daler-Rowney inks and used my fingers to smoodge around gelatos.

I took a home-made stencil and sprayed them with Dylusions ink spray.
When that was dry I used a store-bought stencil with a stucco-like Martha Stewart product. The neat thing was that it started out white, but as it set it absorbed the colors that were underneath. It was an unexpected, wonderful surprise.
My handwriting isn't the greatest, and the surface was too uneven to stamp words, so I chose to use word stickers. The colorful ones are cushiony-sparkly and the others are plain chipboard. I also used a word stamp and a few pieces of tissue paper to add more texture to the background.
The ruffle was made by spritzing and inking paper lace with matching colors. It was tucked up under the dress with some Glossy Accents for glue and lightly highlighted with Stickles. See my previous post on how I made the Julie Nutting doll.
The branch is a Tim Holtz die (with bird removed). The flowers were cut with a flower die from inked scrap paper from a previous project. I layered a couple of them and they all have a brad at the center.
I was glad to be able to use a Julie Nutting image I put together instead of tucking it away in the album I keep them in (because I don't know what else to do with them).
This is definitely not professional level art, but it's going to hang on the wall for my own self, so it's good enough for me. I'm ready to make another one, you should, too!

Friday, March 21, 2014

My Very First Art Canvas

Gah! I've started my very first canvas! After watching tons of YouTube videos on how to do backgrounds and such, I finally took the dive. I'm nervous to do an actual art piece, but really enjoying the process. These colors, I really like them. It looks so much different already. I've done several layers and I'm on the homestretch!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

My Love For Julie Nutting Paper Doll Stamps Continues

I ordered a few of the newest Julie Nutting paper doll stamps and I love them all! I actually tried something I saw on YouTube with this one.

I stamped her on a piece of mixed-media paper with black Versafine archival ink, and instead of paper-piecing her outfit with an already printed piece of card stock, I stamped the skirt with a floral pattern using a pigment ink. This is important because I wanted it to soften the stamped image a bit and pick up some of the purple color when I brushed over it with a water brush. It wasn’t quite as dark as I wanted, so I gave it another coat with purple metallic water color.

It didn't matter that the stamping and coloring went outside the lines because it was cut out and pieced together later. I must say, knowing I didn't have to be particular while coloring it made it even more fun.
I used a gel pen to color her hair and the top of the dress and headband, and gave the top a once over with a clear Wink of Stella brush pen. A piece of lace and a flower made of confetti with a pearl at the center was added to her waist. Her face, drawn free-hand, finished it up.

The stamping/water-color process was new-to-me, and drawing features was is something outside my comfort zone. New goals met.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

'Taters

I haven't made these in a long time, so when I came across a different way of making them on Pinterest (with no real link for details), I thought I'd give it a try.
I usually put thin slices of onions in-between the cuts, but this time I also added bacon! I was a little worried either the bacon wouldn't cook or it would burn, and that the potatoes would come out too dry.
The onions burned at the tips, but that's okay, it was easily brushed aside. Disappointingly, the bacon did not cook. I splayed the potatoes out thinking maybe that would help and put them back in the oven.
That didn't really do anything, so I took out the little slices and zapped them in the microwave, problem solved!
They were very tasty, the bacon gave them a great flavor, but next time I'm going back to wrapping them in tin foil. They're more tender, not so dry, and the onions cooks down to almost nothing, leaving a yummy flavor behind. I wouldn't consider this a failure, but it's not really a success, either, just different, I guess. It sure didn't stop me from eating them!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

For Sisters

 For my best friend's daughters, one is a newlywed.

 The other is a new mother.
It's rare I get to make cards for either event, so it was extra fun.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year!

In the words of writer Phyllis Mcginley,
"Stir the eggnog, lift the toddy;
Happy New Year, everybody!"