Friday, February 24, 2017

Tytonidae Tote

How about this for transportin':

Tytonidae is the family name of barn owls.  Sounds cool, huh.

I bought tote bags to decorate. I want to test the washability of different mediums on different fabrics.
Supplies and notes:
  • Heavy canvas tote base
  • Distress crayons
  • Martha Stewart fabric medium, mixed approximately 1:1... maybe slightly more water... combined in a cup and painted over the drawn design
This is currently drying.  The Martha Stewart bottle says to let the design dry for 24 hours, then heat set... after that I will wash it. Fun, fun.

I'll share this as my second for the Simon Says Monday Transport It challenge, and my second for Make My Monday for birds.

Colorful Kiwi

I think this is my first time playing with the folks at Country View Challenges!  I came across this challenge while checking my feed last week, and I saw Pear Shaped Crafting's post, and was so inspired by the time limit that I made a mental note to participate!

This project will go to a new co-worker who is originally from New Zealand.   I hope she likes it.

This is it:
First ten minutes...

After twenty mintues...

Thirty minute project!

  • Base is an old library catalog card lightly coated with Liquitex gesso and dried.
  • Teresa Collins modeling paste through a Heidi Swapp stencil then dried
  • LuminArte/Angelwings watercolors (from Autumn-- thanks!) used on the background 
  • Distress Spray in Tarnished Brass splattered across the background 
  • Kiwi cut from a Flonz discount card and adhered with Distress Collage Medium in matte
  • Pom-pom yarn from Tuesday Morning added to edges with Glossy Accents 
  • Glittery Thickers added for NZ
  • Flowers all from my stash adhered with Glossy Accents 
  • I rubbed some parts with some the turquoise DecoArt Metallic Lustre 
That's it!

Along with Country View Challenge for a less-than-thirty-minute challenge, I will also share this at the current Make My Monday where they are encouraging bird creations... you know, I need no encouragement here.  Birds are my primary inspiration.

Thursday, February 23, 2017


Is this saying perfect or what?

I saw the saying on Pinterest.  I definitely feel middle-aged... my daughter is on SnapChat and my MIL has a Life Alert.  I have Pinterest!  Thank you, Pinterest.

This panel was made the same day I made THIS and THIS
... with Color Bursts and a Heidi Swapp stencil.

I'd like to share this at the current Simon Says Stamp on Wednesday, which is an Anything Goes challenge.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Welcome Baby Girl

The wife of a wonderful district employee is having their first daughter in March.  I made this card for my site to give.  For those of you saying, "It doesn't look like a new baby card...," this couple is definitely NOT into pink!:
Pardon the image-- had terrible lighting... tired of winter!  Boo!

This shot shows the excellent luck with pooling of Glimmer Mist I had...

Supplies and notes:

  • Main DP panel and flowers were cut from Marion Smith DP, smooshed in some Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist and Spun Sugar DI
  • I stamped a watery Black Soot doily (by Tim Holtz for StampAnon) where I wanted to pile the focal pieces
  • Background mat is from one of my fave BG collections: Little Black Dress
  • Sentiment banner written and drawn on a library catalog card with Faber Castell Pitt pens and Micron pens, then inked with Spun Sugar and Tea Dye DIs
  • True Hemp metallic hemp "nest" in the background.  I'll have to contact Autumn and find out how the heck she does this-- what happens behind the scenes is nuts.  (I have some washi connecting the nest and two Recollections tint brads are holding the nest to the Marion Smith panel!  
  • The stamen peeking out of the top are from Wilton, inked with Mushroom Adirocndack alcohol ink
  • ...and pretty much everything has a bit of Frayed Burlap on it!
I didn't take a picture, but I added a watery doily inside the card as well.

I will share this for the current Simon Says Stamp on Wednesday challenge: Fantastic Florals.

I will also share this at the current Cupcake Inspirations challenge:
I didn't necessarily use a chalkboard technique, but one can easily see the connection between
this cupcake and my card!  In fact, wouldn't these make cute baby shower cupcakes?!

SOS: Mardi Gras!!!

I welcome you to join me for another week at Shopping Our Stash, the craft challenge where we revel in using items that we already have on hand!

This week, we are encouraging you to  create something (a card, tag, sign... anything, really) inspired by Mardi Gras!  Think revelry, drinking, partying, eating, bright colors... Celebrating Fat Tuesday, chere!

I straight up went into Mardi Gras mode, New Orleans style:

  • Started with a 7 Gypsies tag base-- trying to use these up. 
  • Used a Sizzix EF that has peacocks on it... very pretty, but I seldom use it. 
  • I sprayed the background with Dylusions in Cut Grass then wiped the relief with DecoArt Metallic Lustre in Gold Rush 
  • Made a boo-boo by trying to use a Pebeo Relief Liner for a sentiment... ended up coating much of the base with Distress Crackle Paint in Black Soot  (which is almost out.  I had to water it down!)
  • Then I sprayed with Lindy's Stamp Gang in Ethereal Emerald (I never use this because I think it has walnut strain in it, and my daughter has a severe tree nut allergy... I know: she's but going to ingest it... but I'm a total freak about her allergy.  Bodies are so weird, and her reactions are getting worse...)
  • After that, I sprayed the top half of the tag with Elmer's spray adhesive and added some awesome Stampendous glitter that's been in my stash for years. 
  • The mask was cut from scrap papers and outlined with Stickles in Black Diamond 
  • The feathers came from Pia... love them!  I colored one with Colorbursts prior to this project-- it was my inspiration for this tag!
  • The seam binding at top was pre-dyed and sent with a Halloween shipment from The Funkie Junkie Boutique
  • Sequin trim from my stash... relatively new.
  • Had to add beads!  Dyed some Darice pearls with Purple Twilight Adirondack alcohol ink, and as I laid them down to loosen the seam binding in order you add the beads, I decided I liked the "tossed" look... so I added a few dots of Glossy Accents and set a jar on top of it to dry as it lay!
Happy Fat Tuesday... what's for dinner???

...and when you're in your food-coma, grab a cocktail and get crafting in the spirit of Mardi Gras! Have some fun, huh?   For more inspiration, go see what my fellow revelers have fried up for you this week at Shopping Our Stash!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Retro Rubber by Mini-Me

My daughter did this for the current Retro Rubber:

  • Adirondack alcohol ink 
  • Sharpie markers for the sentiment
  • No-name snowflake colored with Marvy markers... the stamp is old, old old... easily 15 years...
I wish you could see the colors in real life.   She picks the best combinations!

Brown-baggin' it

The current challenge at Simon Says Stamp on Monday is "Transport it"...

I am always struck with awe and admiration at Andrea's DT creations... she always thinks outside of the box and I just bow down.  This week was no different, and when I saw her file folders, I was like, "She's done it again!  That intelligent..." I went on with my life for the past 24 hours, not thinking of SS Monday, and accepting the possibility that I just may not get to play with them this week when I had an unexpected "Aha!" moment: lunch bags!

Some of my faves...

More faves...

The butterfly is a Heidi Swapp mask, sprayed then monoprinted

This is a stencil I made, sprayed, then monoprinted

I was just burning up panels here...

I made some lunch bags a few weeks ago with Shakespeare on them (ironically, made Andrea a flour-sack towel during that same time period with The Bard on it...) and my kids were like, "Sure... I'll take that to school."  I offered to make some cool ones... and forgot. (I have a terrible memory. ) ...until my "Aha" moment.

  • My fave results were from using my overspray sheets, torn, sprayed with Elmer's spray adhesive, and affixed.
  • Some bags benefited from generous amounts of Dylusions sprays 
  • I used some panels I had laying around, also, and wrote on them with brush Sharpies
That's it! 🙄 Hope my kids have fun with these!