Monday, January 31, 2011

One World One Heart


This is my first year participating in this amazing worldwide event for bloggers! I am so excited! I am always ready to meet new bloggers and enjoy some great art.

To find out more about the 5th One World One Heart event, go to the Whimsical Bohemian blog to get all the info! You can also check out the participant list at the same time and have a fabulous time blurfing and finding out about some amazing people!

The event starts today, January 30th and runs until February 17th, 2011. So there's lots of time to check out all the great blogs participating and all the wonderful door prizes available!

According to the rules, I need to tell you a little about myself. From early childhood, my mother introduced to me the wide and wondrous world of crafting - knitting, needlepoint, cross-stitch, painting and toymaking. I loved it all, but had not found my passion yet.

I started stamping in 2005 and blogging in 2008 and became instantly and totally addicted to both. I have had the pleasure of meeting some fabulous stampers and amazing mixed media artists along the way who have guided , taught and supported me as I learned all kinds of great techniques and design tips.

My favorite part of dabbling in papercrafting and mixed media is that there are always new ideas, new techniques to try and basics to revisit! Since I have Multiple Style Disorder and Stamp Acquisition sickness as well as being a paperoholic, doing lots of different things works out well! Now, if only I could focus my compulsion to keeping my stamping area usable....instead of continual adding to my supply inventory.

I guess the best way to get to know someone is through their art so here are some of my favorite creations over the last few years.

My first love is still creating stamped cards, but I have recently taken up assemblage on painted canvases and wooden creations and it is one of these pieces that I will offer up as my "door prize" for the One World One Heart event! You can see it below!

And a little closer view:

I decided to use the idea of One Heart for my project and as soon as I decided on that, the concept of "Mother" loomed large and "The Journey Commenced" came to life with collage images and embellishments. It's approximately 8.75" in height and roughly 6" across at it widest point. The bit of old text along the top portion of the hanging says "The Journey Commenced".

As with all door prizes offered by One World One Heart participants, there will be one randomly drawn winner on February 17, 2011 for this piece, "The Journey Commenced" from all the comments left on this post. Please include a blog link or email address to make contacting you easier.

Enjoy all the other fabulous blogs along your journey and thanks for visiting here!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Sitting Pretty with SC314

Okay, you are all probably getting sick of me posting, but I finally had time to play and once I got inky I just couldn't stop stamping.

Here's my last one for the day. I was over at Splitcoast Stampers and saw the most recent sketch - SC314. I've been hoarding some very pretty paper and while I was contemplating the sketch, I realized that it looked a lot like upholstery. An idea formed and the card below was the result!

Sitting Pretty
Stamp: sitting girl from Relish Reading plate (Rogue Redhead Designs)
Paper: scrap from my basket
Cardstock: Old Olive, Always Artichoke and Very Vanilla (Stampin Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Copics: E00, E02, E07 and E11
Embellishments: old grosgrain ribbon (saved from some gift wrapping); 2 antique brass brads
Technique: paper piecing

I am finally going to go and sit down and read my book, just like this young lady.

Hope you all had a very relaxing day! Can you tell my family was off skiing today?

Rogue Block Set

Just made a whole set of cards....not a usual thing for me but this new Distressed Colorblocking technique from Technique Junkies seemed to lend it self to a note card set.

I grabbed my Relish Reading plate and my distress inks and got busy.

For the first one, I wanted to highlight this pretty book border. I love this quote too.

Let Us Read
Stamps: book border and sentiment from Relish Reading plate (Rogue Redhead Designs)
Cardstock: Whisper White and Pumpkin Pie (Stampin Up)
Ink: Jet Black (StazOn); Wild Honey and Spiced Marmalade (Ranger Distress Ink)
Technique: Distress Colorblocking (Technique Junkies)

When I started the second card, I had the Splitcoast "Clean and Simple" challenge (CAS103) for this week which was to use flourishes. I decided to borrow an idea from incredible stamper, Joanne Wardle, and use the flourish in my Relish Reading plate as a flower stem. I really like the way it turned out!

Miss You
Stamps: flourish and sentiment from Relish Reading plate (Rogue Redhead Designs)
Cardstock: Old Olive and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Jet Black (StazOn); Crushed Olive and Peeled Paint (Ranger Distress Ink)
Embellishment: 2 prima flowers; 1 olive brad
Technique: Distress Colorblocking (Technique Junkies)

I made two more cards, but you'll have to check them out on the Rogue Redhead Designs blog.

These quick and simple cards were a lot of fun to make!

Rosy Outlook

I seem to be in a very pink mood this weekend, perhaps it is my rose-colored glasses.

Here is another card made with instructions from Debby Boltman's Gilded Paper tutorial. See more details on my Technique Workshop post on Gingersnap Creations.

Stamp: Penny Black; Heart Die: Sizzix

I also seem unable to put this cute couple of swinging sweeties down and have made yet another card with them.

If you want to find out more about this card from the Relish Reading plate, please visit the Rogue Redhead Designs blog.

Hope you are all feeling "in the pink" today too!

Gilded Beauty

I had a lot of fun playing with the Gilded Paper technique which I learned from Debby Boltman's tutorial on Gingersnap Creations.

To see how I put this card together and to see others like it, you can check out my revisit of this technique.

L'Art d'Etre Belle
Stamp: woman from L'Art d'Etre Belle plate (Oxford Impressions)
Paper: old music sheet ephemera
Cardstock: Pretty in Pink (Stampin Up)
Ink: Spun Sugar and Worn Lipstick (Ranger Distress Ink); Gold (Colorbox)
Other: Superfine Black Embossing Powder (Ranger); Red Embossing Tinsel (Ranger); Ancient Gold embossing powder (Ranger)
Tools: heat tool; brayer

Have a beauty of a day! Stop back tomorrow for my One World One Heart post.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

GC88: Coffee and Cream - Love and Scandal

Today, Gingersnap Creations unveiled its latest color challenge - Coffee and Cream!

And, as soon as I shoveled off my desk, I dove into my paper stash and came up with some lovely cream and chocolate two-sided paper and some chocolate ribbon. Hmmm....guess I haven't cleaned up my craft room in awhile.

Love and Scandal
Stamp: Scandal (Stampington)
Paper: Toile Mocha Paperie from the Paperie line (Making Memories)
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip and Very Vanilla (Stampin Up)
Ink: Chocolate Chip (Stampin Up)
Embellishment: 1/4" chocolate ribbon

Why not try this color combo on your own creation? Looking for ideas? Check out the fabulous samples from the Gingers on the Gingersnap Creations blog!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Congratulations, Jack!

It's time to give away the free Rogue Redhead Designs plate, Relish Reading!

I picked the name:

Drumroll.....It's Jack!

Who said, "I'd love to own this stamp set because it's so gorgeous. It's not just the images, the quotes are fabulous too. xx"

Jack, you have 5 days to contact me with your mailing info.

Thanks to everyone for your lovely comments and all your fabulous support over the years!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Beauty Cubed

I am not sure what I intend to do with this cube, but it was fun to make!

I started by painting this wood block with pink paint just to push my own comfort zone as I am not a pink person by nature. I then stamped some text-based and flourish images onto the cube with StazOn. To finish off, I picked several collage images of women and some designer paper to add to the block. I am not quite finished, but I like the look so far!

Wishing you a creative day!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Back in the Studio

With a New Year underway, I finally had time to pop back into my studio. I had time to both paint a new canvas and paint the walls! With our studiomate, Joe, moving on to new adventures, my husband and I are redoing our studio to better accommodate his fabulous photographs and my mixed media.

With more room, I am having fun spreading out and playing around a bit more. Here's one of my newest creations, a 8 x 10 canvas with ephemera, stamped Invoke Arts images on Mulberry paper, collage images, a bit of ribbon and a few charms. The painted background includes several layers of Lumiere paints with some bubble wrap impressions and some stenciled areas.

My style appears to be ever-evolving. Hopefully, I'll figure out where I am going with it.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Roguishly Taken by Tiles

I am now addicted to making alcohol ink backgrounds on ceramic tiles. It's all Penny's fault! She not only shared how she made her stunning tile projects, but she also sent me one of her stunning tile albums with a wonderful piano hinge. I have it sitting in prominent place on my workspace to inspire me as it is so gorgeous!

Of course, the rogue in me decided that I had use what I have learned from making my other two tiles - Read to Live and my Reading Tile projects - to come up with my own spin. I decided to play with layering the colors and really pushing the effect of the blending solution applied to the alcohol ink background.

The result was a lovely layered marbled effect and some fun "windows" into which to stamp some images.

To see the whole tile and find out how I created this look, check out the Rogue Redhead blog.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

A Cheery Challenge: Let's Relax

This week The Cheerful Stamp Pad's Challenge is "Let's Relax". Well, do I have the perfect stamps for a relaxing pastime - my Relish Reading set!

Two weeks ago, I was reading my latest edition of the SCS Weekly Inkling and I saw their Faux Tile tutorial. It looked fun and I do love tiles! So, of course, I had to go rogue with it! I created my tiles, coloring the image with copics, cutting it into squares and then coating my tiles with glossy accents. I also added a quote from the same plate and put it in a torn frame.

Garden in Your Pocket
Stamps: girl under tree and sentiment from the Relish Reading plate (Rogue Redhead Designs)
Paper: scrap from my overflowing basket
Cardstock: Elegant Eggplant and Whisper White
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Copics: B12, E00, E02, E11,E19, G21, G24, V06. V09, YR23, YR24
Other: Glossy Accents (Ranger)
Techniques: Faux Tile (Splitcoast Stampers); Torn Frames (Technique Junkies)

Besides having a great challenge theme, this Cheerful Stamp Pad Challenge is being sponsored by Rogue Redhead Designs! If you play along, you could win 3 singles from the Relish Reading plate including the two shown in the above card!

Why not pay homage to your favorite way to relax and join in the fun!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Reading Decor

I was playing with tiles this weekend using Penny Bennington's great tutorial on creating alcohol ink backgrounds on ceramic tiles. I put my Relish Reading stamps to the test for this tile.

To start with, I stamped the Almanac background with Tea Dye Ranger Distress Ink on to a piece of tissue paper. I then added my lovely reading lady and the quote in the center with Stazon ink. To finish off I stamped the DayDream sentiment in Tea Dye Distress Ink and some flourishes for interest in Vintage Photo Distress Ink. While it is hard to see in the picture, I was able to get a subtle background with the Almanac stamp.

I then created my alcohol ink background on my ceramic tile using Butterscotch, Caramel and Terra Cotta Adirondack inks. Check out Penny's tutorial for all the steps. Once I had applied the tissue paper and let everything dry, I went back and did some light sanding to give the tile a distressed look.

Here's the final result.

Reading Decor Tile
Stamps: sitting girl, quote, daydream sentiment, Almanac background stamp and flourish from Relish Reading plate (Rogue Redhead Designs)
Paper: tissue paper
Ink: Tea Dye and Vintage Photo (Ranger Distress Ink); Butterscotch, Terra Cotta, and Caramel (Adirondack); Jet Black (StazOn)
Other: sandpaper, Glossy Accents (and I should have used Diamond Glaze like Penny said!)

While this was my first attempt at this kind of tile, I did make a second which can be seen on the Rogue Redhead blog.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Dressed in Flowers

I am finishing off my set of paper piecing cards with my favorite thing to paper piece - a dress!

This is a great stamp and one of my very first! It's great for all kind of applications! I have both the outline and the solid versions. For the paper piecing, I obviously used the outline.

Dressed in Flowers
Stamp: open dress (Renaissance Art Stamps)
Paper: May Flowers from the Vintage Blue collection (WeRMemoryKeepers)
Cardstock: Very Vanilla and Basic Black (Stampin Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)

Hope you have a day dressed in fun!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Birthday Fairy

Yesterday, my sweet babe turned 11. Definitely all grown up now...or getting pretty darn close!

I made her this card with a red-headed fairy to celebrate! I loved the fresh green color with the deeper blues. I had to mask to add the mushroom and it was surprisingly easy with this image. To get enough space, I used an entire piece of cardstock for the base making it a 8.5" x 5.5" card!

Birthday Fairy
Stamps: fairy sitting, mushroom (Magnolia)
Paper: Fabulous Vintage (Chatterbox)
Cardstock: Green Galore, Garden Gren and Very Vanilla (Stampin Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Copics: Boo, B01, B16, B18, E07, E09, E31, E33, E35, G21, G24, Y13, Y15, Y19
Embellishment: sheer gold ribbon
Tools: oval cutter (Creative Memories)

Inside, I used a Penny Black sentiment: " May your life be like a wildflower growing freely in the beauty and joy of each new day." I added another Penny Black sentiment for the "happy birthday" part.

Hope you have a day filled with a garden of dreams!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

GC85: Hot Beverages

Today, we are embracing our favorite hot beverages on Gingersnap Creations with a new Chestnut Theme Challenge!

Here's a sentiment that always made me laugh!

Successful Woman
Stamps: sentiment (Impression Obsession); coffee cup and flourish (Flourishes)
Paper: Rust-Tea Stain from Tintz paper collection (FiberScraps)
Cardstock: More Mustard, Basic Black and Very Vanilla (Stampin Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)

Hope you grab a cup of coffee, tea or cocoa and sit down for a nice visit with the Gingers who have brewed up some great takes on this challenge!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Piecing Together the New Year

Whoohoo! Out of the holiday card flurry! I'm not ready to turn to Valentine's Day yet so I think I'll just have some fun in January.

To get myself going on a fresh year, I decided to play with some stamps that I haven't taken out in awhile. For these two cards, I picked out my Sugar Nellie binder and started looking. I came across this bunny which is too cute! I've made him before in pinks but thought he would look just as good in some deep aquas.

Let's Get Together
Stamps: bunny (Sugar Nellie); sentiment (A Muse)
Paper: Charmed from the Blush collection (BasicGrey); various scraps from my basket
Cardstock: Very Vanilla and Not Quite Navy (Stampin Up)
Ink: Jet Black (StazOn)
Other: foam mounts

I also took out this wonderful windblown darling too. She's fun to color but this time I decided to do some paper piecing with her too.

Stamp: girl (Sugar Nellie)
Paper: Old Olive patterned paper (Stampin Up); Memor (Magenta Style); various scraps from my basket
Cardstock: Elegant Eggplant, Old Olive and Very Vanilla (Stampin Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Mement0); Copic markers
Other: mini heart punch

Hope you have a day filled with sweet moments!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Cozying up with Some Hot Tea

January always makes me want to watch the stunning snowy scenery outside from my favorite vantage point, my armchair with a hot cup of tea in hand!

This month, Gingersnap Creations will be focusing on "hot techniques" and using hot beverages as their theme of the month! How fun!

I made this card to get into the mood. It uses a Technique Junkies technique called Marker Wash. I got halfway through and decided to stop there, not re-coloring the images after I had washed them out as I really liked the effect as is.

I also had a fabulous quote from Serendipity to add but decided it would do better on the inside of the I actually finished the inside of a card...must be the New Year going to my head!

A Time for Tea
Stamps: tea pot (Rubber Necker); quote (Serendipity Stamps)
Paper: Antique Parchment - Floral (Daisy D's)
Cardstock: Real Red (Stampin Up); watercolor paper
Ink: Jet Black (StazOn); Versamark
Markers: Real Red and Really Rust (Stampin Up)
Other: black embossing powder, fine (Ranger); mini-mister; heat tool
Embellishment: lace
Technique: Marker Wash (Technique Junkies)

Stay cozy and don't forget to enter your name in for my blog candy - closing January 23!
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