Sunday, April 29, 2012

Cheerful Flowers-Encouraging Thought-Art Journal

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I have some plans for Art Journaling—still “hatching” in my mind. For now, I’m still experimenting with just being brave enough to put some things down on a page. We were given this beautiful card by some friends at church, and I decided to “build” a page around it. I used Pitt Brush Markers to color my stamp. I had some pages from the DCWV Citrus stack that coordinated with the type of flower, so I adhered some of those pieces with gel medium.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Spring Brings New Life


Nest in the Clematis

God has a way of reminding me, on a daily basis, of the miracles of His creation. This evening my hubby discovered another reminder, hidden among our thickly blooming clematis.

Lifting My Spirits

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Today I saw a tag created by Tammy Tutterow that was simple and refreshing, and it lifted my spirits. Realizing that I had the same Hero Arts flower stamp, I decided to make my own bit of inspiration for today (I need it). The sentiment stamp is from Wendy Vecchi, and it is heat embossed.

The butterfly stamp is one of Tim’s, and I stamped it on watercolor paper and colored it with Distress Ink and a water brush. Though it doesn’t show in the photo, it has a foam adhesive to lift it from the surface. I stamped the large stamp with Archival Ink and then colored it with my Faber Castell brush markers (love them). I colored the lace trim with Forest Moss.

With this tag I am participating in the challenge at Simon Says Stamp and Show. This week’s challenge is to Stamp and Show your favorite word. My word for today is MIRACLES.

PS—added later: Even though the dimensional tape behind the butterfly makes it look “dimensional” in real life, I wasn’t satisfied with the “flat” look, so I put a thick layer of Glossy Accents over each of the four sections of the butterly’s wings. It looks so much better. I’m just not motivated to take a new picture!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Compendium of Curiosities 2 Challenge #2-Faux Patina

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This week’s challenge over at Studio L3 is to use the Faux Patina technique from Tim’s book, p 58.

I’m not so much into crafting with metal, and when I use it, I actually prefer the original metal (bronze, copper, or whatever). But since I’m participating in these challenges, I decided to give it the old college try. I’m still not thrilled with it (I used a lock and key from Tim’s stuff, already in my stash; other trinkets may have been more impressive with the technique).

I made the background (glossy card stock) using the technique with alcohol ink that is described on the same page as the Faux Patina. I just randomly chose some colors, and then I was “stuck” with those colors for the rest of the tag, so I made it work.

The heart was cut from Tim’s Movers and Shapers die. The journaling is computer-generated. I used one of Tim’s journaling tickets, stamped with one of his stamps. I also used one of the little tickets I created using Tim’s ticket strip die (see earlier blog post), and the back of the ticket is also inked and stamped with the tiny keys. I colored the heart with one of the two Distress Ink markers I own (Broken China). I coated the heart with Glossy Accents and attached it with a tiny clothespin from Hobby Lobby.

The larger flower was white. I colored it with Wild Honey Distress Ink and then inked it with Distress Ink.

I am going to give this tag to my hubby for permanent display on his desk! He really does have the key to my heart (since I was 12—I know, but it’s true)!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Creating Tickets for Projects

tickets w border  Inspired by a video that was shared on one of my craft groups (follow this link for video), I used some of my new Graphic 45 abc Primer stamps (love them) and played around with the technique. I cut the tickets on the Vagabond with Tim’s ticket strip die. I used Tim Holtz Distress Reinkers and Distress Inks, along with a water brush, to watercolor the images. I then “painted” the images with Studio Medium (gloss) and then inked over the tickets with Distress Inks (used a baby wipe to remove the DI from the coated images). The backs are also stamped (no watercolor) and inked. It will be fun to find ways to use these in projects.

Note: if using something like Glossy Accents (used on the doves) or Studio Medium (on everything else), be sure to “paint” the medium within the lines of the watercolored images, because the medium will act as a resist when you ink over with DI! (You can see an example of this on the B block, second from the left…live and learn from mistakes!) The last two doves are Peeled Paint, but because they are coated heavy with Glossy Accents, they took on a glare from the light and do not show up as that color.

Since I mainly scrapbook, even if I use these tickets on tags (a likely scenario), they will probably end up on a scrapbook page. But for cardmakers, this technique is “just the ticket!”

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

My Sweet Mother and My Sweet Children

In the last few days we have received some disconcerting news about my 84-year-old mother, always the picture of health (except for nagging arthritis pain and some vision problems). We will get the official diagnosis tomorrow, but we already know the worst: she has a dangerous form of cancer. Mother is hanging in there, leaning on God for strength, and reminding all of us that God has a plan.

On the evening of her hospital stay following the diagnostic procedure, my son visited her. This morning, he wrote a short blog piece (click here to read) about her that is a source of inspiration. My daughter has also been a constant source of strength to me during this time. She always knows just what to say to reassure me! What a blessing to me are my children. 

Friday, April 13, 2012

Compendium of Curiosities 2 Challenge: He Watches Over Me

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I am playing along with the Compendium of Curiosities 2 Challenge on the Studio L3 blog.

Each week there is a challenge to make a project using a specific technique from Tim Holtz’s book, A Compendium of Curiosities Vol II. One of the sponsors of the challenge is Simon Says Stamp. I followed the instructions for the technique found on page 66 of Tim’s book, as the Challenge instructions specified.

I inked my stamp with archival ink and embossed with clear embossing powder. I cut a small flourish from a TH die and inked it with Dusty Concord, embossed with clear. I also used a stamp from TH Floral Tattoo and the cross stitch stamp from TH Spring Sprung.

The die that I chose to use for the project is the bird from the “Caged Bird.” It reminds me of a promise from Scripture that I am especially needing to remember today:

Matthew 10:29-31 (NIV)

29 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care.[a] 30 And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Art Journal – His Workmanship

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Taking my inspiration from one of my favorite coffee mugs by Dayspring, I wanted to make a page to focus on this verse. Sometimes I need to be reminded that God considers me one of HIS masterpieces. Wow! Me! …further, He created me for a purpose—to do good works!

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Family Easter Traditions

I take a lot of pictures. In case that seems like a statement of the obvious, be it known that I do not post NEARLY all the pictures I take. Still, a day like today, Easter Sunday, is difficult to capture in a posting of any sort. The MAIN THING about today was the celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. That happened in a very, very special worship service at our church, with our very, very special church family and with our son as pastor and worship leader. No pictures of that, of course.

But after church on Easter Sunday, we have some traditions that we usually get to experience with all our children and grandchildren. This year, however, our daughter’s family was not able to join us. The rest of us enjoyed an Easter dinner that seemed to be just the comfort food we all “needed”—Baked Ham (pineapple/brown sugar glaze), Mashed Potatoes, Buttered Corn, Overnight Lettuce Salad, and Homemade Dinner Rolls. Kristy provided a delicious Fruit Pizza for dessert.

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After brief naps for some, we colored the eggs.

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IMG_1571 This was our first year in many years not to have an Egg Hunt. We did fill the Easter baskets, though!


Celebrating Easter

Matthew 28: 5 The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 6 He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.

Thanking God this morning for the Resurrection!

Friday, April 6, 2012

Conner is a Winner!

Always proud of my grandchildren! Conner (sophomore in a 5A high school) competed in a talent show at his school. Out of 80 auditions, he made the cut for the top 20 to perform two evenings this week. The second evening (last night) was for judges. Out of the 20 finalists, HE WON 3RD PLACE!!   IMG_1522 IMG_1525IMG_1530 IMG_1548 IMG_1556

He performed “Blackbird” (singing, and finger-picking on guitar). We are SO proud of him! Following the event, the most-often heard description of his performance: “amazing.”

Thursday, April 5, 2012

National Park VBS Bulletin Board

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This is our third year for VBS at our 10-year old church, RiverOaks Church. As director of our VBS, each year I create a promotional bulletin board, using almost all Cricut die cuts. This year’s theme is SonRise National Park VBS. It takes me 2-3 days to make it, but it does get attention, and that’s the idea!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Art Journal-April Showers

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Here in Missouri, we are way ahead of schedule, climate-wise. This year it has been more “March showers” bringing “April flowers”…everything is totally leaved out, and my tulips are FINISHED blooming. Still, each April, I do think of this old rhyme, and it came to mind as I opened up a blank art journal page.

One thing I have learned about art journaling—you are never finished. I ALWAYS end up adding more to a page when I go back and look at it, after THINKING I was finished. So this one may or not be the finished product. I think the whole art journal thing is good for me, because it allows me to just put something down without that nagging feeling of the need for perfection. It’s okay that it’s a mess!

Sunday, April 1, 2012

12 Tags of 2012-April

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Having just completed the 25 tags for Creative Chemistry 101, I thought maybe I would want to wait a bit before completing Tim’s April tag, introduced today. But when I saw the tag, I was inspired to create something right away.

Every time I see this Bird in a Cage die, I think of Maya Angelou’s autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. So I incorporated the die into a tag with music and spring-y ribbons and trimmings (as opposed to the customary metal embellishments). Distress Inks used: Tumbled Glass, Stormy Sky, Broken China, Iced Spruce, Wild Honey, Brushed Corduroy, and Walnut Stain. After inking the cage with Walnut Stain, I embossed it with clear embossing powder. The music stamp is from Hero Arts, stamped with Archival Ink.

I rarely say that I really like something I create. I will say it this time. I do.