Friday, August 30, 2013

Go on - Be a DRIP

Hello! Today's mixed media challenge on Splitcoast Stampers (SCS) is to cake on any color medium and add water to make it drip and run. I started with the cast-off from a die I cut in ivory cardstock, added thick acrylic paint (Golden's fluid acrylics) with water to make it run down the cardstock. I cut the cast-off down to ATC size (2.5 inches by 3.5 inches).

I lined the cast-off with paper from My Mind's Eye Lost and Found Breeze so the sentiment would show. I punched a border from Bazzill cardstock for the top. The bottom is a composite of twine, MME patterned paper (same paper stack), metallic sequins (WalMart, custom colored with Adirondack alcohol inks), and Paper Studio rhinestones.

I hope you'll be inspired to create a little something before you get into full swing of celebrating the last of the summer days leading to autumn. Thanks for visiting!

Ta for now,

Friday, August 23, 2013

Fabric Flags

Hello! Today begins a new week of Mix-Ability challenges on Splitcoast Stampers. We are encouraging people to play with their products in a way that mixes media beyond what the central focus is for cards in general. Any form of project is welcomed in these challenges, so get out your art journal and play along!

This week's challenge is by Birgit, who lays down the gauntlet of using fabric in your design. I just love playing with fabric, so I'm confident I'll play this challenge more than once! Here's what I created:

What pirate doesn't need flags? The image is Amora by Terra Bidlespacher, and the sentiment is from one of Tim Holtz through Stampers Anonymous. I love it - "Imagination is more important than knowledge for while knowledge defines all we currently know and understand, imagination leads us to all we might yet discover and create." I think that is so true!

I hope you get a chance to play along. It's free, and you can upload your project to the gallery to see what everyone thinks about your work. It's a very kind and encouraging collection of crafters, so don't be afraid.

I hope to get more regular at posting to this blog. I have a lot of things to share with you. Thanks for visiting, and I would love to hear from you.

Ta for now,

Paper: 7 Gypsies and Gina K Designs
Ink: Distress inks (water activated), Copic markers, Memento dye ink.
Stamps: Terra Bidlespacher (Amora), Tim Holtz via Stampers Anonymous (Mini Ornate, Air Travel)
Fabric: Creative Imaginations, misc bakers twine.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Brutal Busy

No, it's not that it's summer and close to school. I'm working on a lot of things, and it's been hard keeping up with everything I want when everything I must do requires more of my time. You deal with it too, right?

Here's a little project I was able to squeeze in because it was fast, and because it has such awesome results. It doesn't require special equipment or a lot of supplies. All you need are some Distress Ink pads, a flat circle of plastic or cardstock, a drop or 2 of a reinker, a stamp you love (or 2), some water, a straw and maybe a white gel pen.

This is an ATC that I created using the above list of supplies. I sometimes use a can of compressed air to move the reinker around. Here's my process:

So there you have it. If you have any questions, feel free to post them in the comments. Thanks so much for visiting!