Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Fashions Fade, Style Is Eternal

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I just mailed this tag to my cousin Bev in Ontario. She wanted a birthday card for her good friend and sister-in-law Judy. 

Sewing stuff seems to be popular right now, which I love, since I collect thimbles, but that's a whole other blog! Funny, I don't sew or anything, but I collect thimbles! Go figure!

I just bought the Tim Holtz Sewing Room die cut, so I thought I'd give it a go. I cut out the dress form using some of Tim's paper, then cut it out again using his Grungepaper; then glued together. Inked the bottom of dress form with DI Frayed Burlap and Old Paper. Added some pearls ; threaded a white button and smooshed with Distress Stickles Rock Candy to give some gritty feel to it. The sentiment is a Hampton Art  rubber stamp, that I purchased at Michaels.

The dress pattern is from Google Images. Crocheted lace is Graphic45 Staples - Trim ; ruler sicker is from Tim's Salvage Stickers, Crowded Attic ; tag is inked with DI Aged Mahogany and Frayed Burlap ; layered some brown tulle with a flocked vine pattern (found at Dollar Store!), over tag after inking. The white tulle behind pattern is from Michaels. Button covering hole is from Donna, a co-worker. Thanks Donna! I put a little rhinestone bling in it. 

My mom was a sewer; big time! Pretty much all my clothes were handmade, even my bathing suit! She also crocheted, knitted and quilted. And what did I get from her genes, you ask? None of the above. She often finished my projects I had to do in Home Economics class; finished the skirt or shorts I had to make. 

I guess I did pick up some sort of a creative gene. I painted those plaster Christmas ornaments, villages, and Santas for years. I did do a lot of Crewel Stitchery too. Now, I finally found something I really am obsessed about; stamping, inking and creating with paper!

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1. Dragons Dream TIO#9 - Dedicated Follower of Fashion
2. Fashionable Stamping CH#4: Tags
3. Shopping Your Stash: CH#17 Vintage, Distressed, Shabby Chic

My last post of the Clown tag got some interesting comments! Mike warned me that most people are creeped out by clowns! I'm a big Stephen King fan, and one of my favourite books of his is "It". I do love the artwork from "back in the day" of clowns and carnivals, I just can't look at them for very long, because they do creep me out!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a lookie look around! Leave a word or two before you go! Make sure go to the challenges to see the awesome and brilliant artwork! Have a very fashionable week! Strut your stuff! :)

Fabulous news! I am the September prize winner over at the Shopping Our Stash Challenge Blog! The goodies are in the mail! Thank you Carla and Alica!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Red Clowns, Numbers & The Meaning of Life

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Clowns. They either creep you out, or they're cute and cuddly. I find the old vintage clowns are creepy, but I love them at the same time! If there's a clown in a movie, then you know it's not a good sign! No sir! I can't watch horror movies. If, on the rare occasion I do, then I watch through my fingers. I call it a 5 finger movie! 

Ok. How many know where the quote came from, and what the heck does 42 have to do with anything? It's from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and Wikipedia will explain it all in a nutshell. Mike is a big fan of the books and the movie, so this tag is for him.

- clown is from Freubels Freebies
- spritzed tag with Glimmer Mists, Red Velvet and Brick
- added DI Aged Mahogany, Barn Door, Black Soot around edges
- TH stuff: Tissue Tape Hobgoblin set, Script ; Journal Ticket ; Grungeboard square, star, numbers & hinge ; I then smooshed some Distress Stickles Barn Door with my finger on top to give crunchy feel
- finger stamp is from TH Steampunk set
- Stampin' Up! safety pin
- striped paper My Mind's Eye Lost & Found Union Square set
- puffy thingy on star and red glitter brad from Michaels

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I feel exposed! First time I used my own "hand printing"!
1. DragonsDream:TIO#9 Mostly Red
2. The Artistic Stamper - September Challenge: Numbers
3. Try It On Tuesdays: Monochrome
4. The Three Muses: Words
5. The Stamp Man CH#31: Monochrome + One Other Colour
6. Paper Traders Art CH: Carnivals & Fairs

Here is the ultimate answer to the meaning of life...
Thanks again for stopping by. Snoop around, but leave a word or two before you go! Make sure you visit the challenges to see the other fabulous artwork! Have a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Karin, Bookmark & Primary Colours, Oh My!

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I love it when the stars align and everything is in sinc (not the boy band), and the moon is bright and high in the sky!? 

This is Karin (with an "i"). She is a Stampotique stamp. I had to stamp her and then scan her so she would fit on the matching bookmark. I made this tag & bookmark for a co-worker, who's name is Karen (with an "e"). 

Normally we don't "do birthdays" at work, but Karen was celebrating one of the "Big O's". I put a back on the tag, so it opens up like a card and I included a sentiment inside. I gave it to her early because she is going to be away for her birthday, and for selfish reasons, I wanted to post it before the challenge deadlines!

The What-Not's & How-To's
- Distress Inks used: Fired Brick, Faded Jeans, Dried Marigold
- Shot of Glimmer Mists: Red Velvet, Sun Sisters, Caribbean Blue
- Coloured Karin with pencils and used Gamsol to blend
- Sentiments on tag & bookmark are from the computer; "40" is a rub-on found in my stash
- Flower is done using Clearly For Arts Modeling Film in clear and in white
- Yellow fabric brad is from an old K&Company set
- Black crochet lace is from KaiserCraft
- Bling brad on flower, and yellow ribbon from Michaels

This tag & matching bookmark is entered in the following challenges:

Closeups of the tag & bookmark. Click on photos for larger images
The front of the tag with the bookmark attached at the back of the tag. You can see the ribbon that's on the bookmark sticking out at the top.
Flip it over and this is the back view with the bookmark attached to the back of the tag, through the hole. The fabric brad you see on the front of the tag holds the bookmark in place, on the back. You can see the prongs in the hole. I stamp all the cards I make with this stamp you see on the bottom, on the back of each card, along with a date stamp of the persons special day.
Bottom of the tag
The flower & the black crochet lace 
Top of the tag
The yellow fabric brad with a small bling in the middle is through the hole. I printed off the words on white CS, then inked with DI Old Paper, then inked edges with DI Black Soot. Same with words on bookmark.
Top of the bookmark; just below the hole
Don't you just love her wicked smile! What IS she thinking?

The video pick for this post is PERFECT! Can you guess? It's from one of my all time favourite musicals, "The Music Man". Here's Robert Preston and Shirley Jones  performing "Marian the Librarian"! Enjoy!

Support your local library! 
Have you hugged your Librarian today?

Thanks for stopping by! Make sure you head on over to the challenges and see the other entries. Have a snoop around and leave a word or two before you go! Have a very inky & creative week!

PS - I only have one of the small boxes done in my Configurations Box! I think I think too much!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Butterflies and Beeswax

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This was fun to make and a bit out of my box for sure. I'm a rubber stamp gal most of the time, but this image was too cute to pass up! I got it from Magic Moonlight Studio Free Images. The 2 butterflies I got from Google images. But, I did use rubber stamps! Never complete unless there's a stamp somewhere!

The corner flourish stamp is from Tim Holtz Regal Flourish set. I also used his Butterfly Tissue Tape from the Sketchbook set. The sentiment stamp is from a set of unknown origin! Brads are from Stampin' Up! I used Distress Inks for the background (can't remember the colours I used; I usually write it down for when I post but I forgot!). After inks were applied, a shot of Glimmer Mist Caribbean Blue; hence the blob underneath the sentiment!

Now here's where the fun part comes in! I bought a Ranger's Melting Pot! My latest toy! I brushed melted beeswax over the entire tag; a little extra at the top. Then I used a flourish stamp while the wax was still hot and made the impressions! I saw this technique in Craft Stamper Magazine, August 2011 issue. Louise, a co-worker also tried it. You can have a look at her awesome beeswax card here. I also melted some UTEE, added some Glitter Ritz, Sand  and then brushed it on her wings. Fabulous technique! I am "stung" for sure! (sorry!)

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A closer look at the stamped flourish in the wax
You can see the Glitter Ritz sparkling in the UTEE on her wings. I inked her edges with DI Vintage Photo. Her clothes were already tinted.
Her wings were glued down, but with all the beeswax and UTEE, they popped up! I rather like the 3D look!
This tag is entered in the following challenges:
1. Card and Scrap: Decorate a Tag
2. Take a Word #45: Butterflies
3. Art With No Boundaries: Anything Goes
4. Just For Fun: Say it with WORDS

I couldn't find a music video on butterflies, but, here's a great video of Suze Weinberg, who developed the Melting Pot, giving a demo using beeswax. She shows more detail and added textures. I'm loving the beeswax! Want to explore it more!

Thanks for stopping by. Have a look around before you go and leave a word or two! Make sure you visit the challenges to see all the awesome entries! 

Honoured and proud! This butterfly tag was selected as "Top 3" at the Art With No Boundaries, Anything Goes Challenge! Thank you very much for selecting my tag! Congrats to Claire and Samara, and everyone who entered! Fabulous artwork from everyone!
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