Thursday, August 28, 2014

Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge #9… in the form of an ATB!

I have been busy in my craft area these past few days! I took on Challenge #9 in Linda Ledbetter's Compendium of Curiosities 3 fun and decided that an Artist Trading Block would be perfect for it! The challenge this time is to use a set of Tim Holtz Framelits (a stamp and matching die set). Directions are found on page 63 of A Compendium of Curiosities Vol. 3. You can play along too! Head on over to the Studio L3 blog to see the details and check out the Curiosity Crew's inspiration. Also the Inspiration Emporium is sponsoring this challenge and you could win $50 to spend at the store! Now, let's get to my project:




I used every die and stamp in the set so I'm pretty happy about that. I think I should get extra points for it. ;-) Anyway, a few notes on the construction. The ornate frames I stamped with Versamark ink onto cardstock and then I immediately brushed over it with Perfect Pearls Bronze powder. This fine powder adheres to the ink and creates a beautiful shimmer.

The crackle effect on the top and base is acrylic paint over tacky PVA glue. It's an amazing technique. My friend Tracey Sabella just did an excellent tutorial on how to do this, be sure to check it out and give it a try.

The flowers are cut out of white cardstock and soaked in puddles of Distress ink. While wet, I inserted the center brads and crinkled the damp paper up around them. They dried in the crinkled shape which gives them a nice distressed look. Here's a detail:


For more Artist Trading Block inspiration, be sure to hop on over to the Artists on the Block blog and see what we've all been up to. I'm telling you, these little guys are addictive to make!

Thanks for checking out my work. Most of the supplies I used for this can be found at Inspiration Emporium. Follow the links below and use my code JUICE to save 10% if you go shopping. I will also point out that US shipping is always $5 and international shipping is just $10!


Thursday, August 21, 2014

Steampunk Insects

I have a special project for you today. I think it is one of my favorite projects to date! I am a big fan of the artist Finnabair. She creates the most beautiful things and I was fortunate enough to take a class from her last year. This pair is inspired by her collage techniques and my love of gears and steampunk.



The insects were made using the new Layered Butterfly and Dragonfly dies from Tim Holtz. I love these dies! I will have many more projects to come with them incorporated.

Here are few detail shots before we get into some of the "how" I made these:



Now for some beginning steps. The initial layers were a scrap pieces of matboard I had around. I used Ranger's Texture Paste and the Gears stencil to create some base texture. When it was dry, I spritzed each one with Tumbled Glass and Ripe Persimmon Distress Stains for a first layer of color.


Next came the fun part of pulling out a zillion bits and pieces of gears etc. and playing around with the composition. The chipboard gears (and fancy gear borders and corners used on the frame) came from Gina's Designs. I've been very pleased with their laser cut chipboard shapes. They are so intricate!) After gluing everything down I painted it all with Silks Acrylic Glazes. I love these paints; the colors are so rich with a bit of shimmer in them.


To the frame I also applied some Texture Paste through the Dot Fade stencil. I made sure I didn't get into the areas where the gear borders were going to go. I wanted them to lay flat on the frame.


I am also entering these into the August Mixed Media Monthly challenge. If you haven't checked out this challenge blog yet, I highly recommend it. They have very interesting challenges and lots of inspiration to see.

I hope that you have been inspired to get creative yourself! Most of the supplies I used for these can be found at Inspiration Emporium. Follow the links below and use my code JUICE to save 10% if you go shopping. I will also point out that US shipping is always $5 and international shipping is just $10!



Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Online Card Classes - MORE of Stretching Your Stamps 2

Whew! I have been a busy busy bee making cards for this class. Every day there are at least three techniques demonstrated. Good thing I have lifetime access to all the videos and class content! Let's jump right in:

Day 3 - Stamped Diecuts

Day 4 - Letters as Objects

Day 5 - Watercolor Outlines & Debossing

Day 6 - Stamping/Coloring on a Non-Paper Surface

Day 6 - Tight Cropping of a Stamped Image

Day 6 - Watercolor Painting
Told you I've been busy! =) I was moving way too fast to keep track of which supplies and stamps I used but if you are in an inspired shopping mood, check out Inspiration Emporium. Use my code JUICE to save 10% if you buy anything. I will also point out that US shipping is always $5 and international shipping is just $10!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

New Sizzix Release from Eileen Hull - Vintage Kitchen

It's sneak peek time!! Eileen Hull has designed a new line of dies called Vintage Kitchen and they are so wonderful and versatile! They will not be available until December but that means you can put them on your Christmas list. ;-)

First up is the Cookie Box die:


This die is perfect for making little gift or trinket boxes. (It has a hinged lid.) It can be themed a zillion different ways.

Next is the Canister die:


Again this is perfect for little gifts but you could also use the basic shape and alter it into a shadowbox, or gingerbread house or something else "outside of the box". I'll have to ponder that one!

Last is the Mug & Spoon paired with the Make-It-3D die. Wouldn't this be a great hostess or teacher gift?


You can see the entire new line HERE and make up your wish lists. Be sure to check out the other designers sneak peeks at Eileen Hull's blog. She will be showcasing their projects in the upcoming weeks.

Also, Eileen's August Art With Heart Challenge is "Anything Goes". Link up your project there and the prize is your pick of a die from the new Vintage Kitchen collection! How can you pass that up? Go join in now!!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Online Card Classes - Stretch Your Stamps 2

Hello! I am currently taking a class called Stretch Your Stamps 2 at Online Card Classes. Each day's lesson is jam-packed with techniques and card ideas. I'm picking up all sorts of inspiring ideas! Best thing is, when you take the class you have lifetime access to the videos and forum archives so you can go back whenever you want and review a technique. I really love their classes.

I haven't had time to try everything they are teaching, but here are four cards I've gotten done this week. Hopefully I'll have some more crafty time this weekend. ;-)

Day 1 - Faux watercolor stamping

Day 1 - Mist resist




Day 2 - Metallic on dark cardstock

Day 5 - Multi-color embossing powder stamping

Thanks for looking! This is great for building up my card stash. =)

I was moving way too fast to keep track of which supplies and stamps I used but if you are in an inspired shopping mood, check out Inspiration Emporium. Use my code JUICE to save 10% if you buy anything. I will also point out that US shipping is always $5 and international shipping is just $10! ;-)

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Compendium of Curiosities 3, Challenge #8

Well I'm doing pretty well! So far I've kept up with all the challenges. =) The current challenge is Faded Layers, from page 58 of Tim Holtz's book, A Compendium of Curiosities Vol. 3. It's not too late to join in the fun yourself. All you need is your own copy of the book and head on over to the Studio L3 blog to see all the inspiring projects. I made two cards using the Faded Layers technique:


Many thanks also to The Funkie Junkie Boutique for sponsoring the prize for challenge #8.


Most of the supplies I used for this card can be found at Inspiration Emporium. Follow the links below and use my code JUICE to save 10% if you go shopping. I will also point out that US shipping is always $5 and international shipping is just $10!