The Valentines above are from the fabulous collage sheets from January 2012. The Christmas box below was a gift, and uses the Postal collage sheets from December 2011. These are just a sampling of the great images and papers offered with new ones coming each and every month. Working on some ideas for the beautiful products for February to share soon. (Didn’t fall off the face of the Earth. The family, all four of us, have some sort of angry respiratory bug that we’ve been fighting since the first of the year. Hoping this round of antibiotics kicks it to the curb!) Happy, healthy crafting all ;)! –P
03 Feb 2012 3 Comments
09 Dec 2011 2 Comments
Here’s an ornament I created using a GeckoGalz image available in the November collage sheets collection. I printed, cut them out & selectively accented the image with glitter glue and Distress stickles. The base is a silver cardstock with a plaid background added. The hanger was purchased at Lowes (aren’t they pretty??) but if you’re jewelry crafty, you probably have some goodies to make one similar. The flower is Prima with a little extra Distress stickles (it had a little glitter out of the box). The ribbon says, “Merry Christmas”. It’s about 4×4 inches finished–a little bigger than I would usually make an ornament so it’s a wall hanging now–that and my tree still isn’t up just yet. Hope you enjoy!!
19 Sep 2011 3 Comments
It’s Monday again (I know, UGH!!) but that means a new challenge at the Smudgy Antics http://smudgyantics.blogspot.com/ and this week, it’s Bone to Pick with you. You can use the link to head on over to the blog and check out the wonderful inspiration pieces created by the design team. Then pull out your favorite Smeared Ink stamp(s), rubber or digi, make something & link back to it on the blog (all the challenge details are listed in the blog post). You can win the Reaper digi, absolutely free, that I used in the Halloween Release blog hop on Friday. NOW… Here’s how I made mine :). Lindsay Weirich of Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff shared the Gothic Arch Template in the October 2011 Scrap and Stamp Arts magazine. I photocopied that at original size on white cardstock, cut it out and traced it onto blue cardstock that I cut and adhered for stability. BUT before I cut the blue cardstock, I flipped over onto the blank side and stamped with Ranger Distress inks Vintage photo and Broken China, and Archival Jet Black using a Stampscapes leafy branch stamp. I used the distress ink tool to add Vintage Photo along the bottom of the arch to imply the ground/horizon. Just a hint of white sketch pencil was added to the right edge of the main panel to imply moonlight. All the digi images were printed on Georgia Pacific white cardstock with HP printers and ink. All images were from the Glam Vamps Smeared Ink set, except for the Prissie Zombie (also Smeared Ink) down in front. The Light Cross was printed as a contact page size, the Vampires were printed wallet size, and the Zombie was printed Passport (I think its 31×45 mm). The cross was cut out and colored with the inks used on the back ground. The images were colored with Staedtler Noris Colored pencils and Sargeant colored pencils for hair and complexions. Each was carefully cut out with the Cutterbee scissors and adhered with Elmer’s gluestick or pop dots for dimension. Aleene’s quick dry tacky glue was used to adhere decorative moss as well.
The sentiment was written using Staedtler 1/4″ stencil and 0.3 fineliner in black. It reads “We have a BONE to pick with you SISTAH. THIS is our turf!” (Since I’ve learned from Disney’s ‘My Babysitter is a Vampire’ that vampires are VERY territorial–and according to them, the pesky sunlight problem is readily solved by slapping on some awesome sunglasses ;). ) Have some fun with it!!
06 Sep 2011 1 Comment
I’m the featured Design Team member at GeckoGalz this month!!! Be sure to visit http://www.geckogalz.com and click on the “Learn how to make this card” butterfly emblem on the left for instructions. For this card, I used the new September releases of the Gibson Girls ephemera page and the Spooky Sentiments Alphabet Soup collection. There’s also some clear translucent paper (think vellum)—not sure where?? Check out the instructions at Geckogalz.com for deets and other supplies. Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!! – P
05 Sep 2011 2 Comments
It’s time for a new weekly challenge at the Smeared and Smudged Ink Forum. Have you been playing along? If not, this is the perfect time to hop right on in!!! Each week a new challenge is posted on the Smudgy Antics blog—grab your favorite or newest Smeared Ink image (rubber or digi) and crank out something awesome to share. There are prizes and lots of fun.
I started with a 4×4 chipboard coaster and painted it with Golden Fluid Acrylics in Quinacridone Gold—a fabulous color!! I have to get my glazing medium out and really have some fun soon. I then used Stazon Jet Black ink and a Flourish roller doodle to add a border. The self-adhesive “frame” is from Pressed Petals & is called Monday’s Metal. It was black with white highlights but the white seemed a bit intense so I drybrushed over it with the Quin Gold too. I printed Courtney from the Mistresses of the Dark digi set as a 2×2 passport photo setting on Georgia Pacific white cardstock, colored her with Marvy Uchida LePlume markers (I think they are earth tones.), trimmed it to fit the indentation on the frame and adhered with an Elmer’s acidfree gluestick. I adhered the frame caddy-cornered. The flowers are Offray sheer petals. The hair ornament and sentiment are dimensional stickers bought in the bargain section at Target. The brown in the background is just a piece of cardstock, unless I decide to retake the picture ;). (You can click on the Courtney link to buy her as a single digi or the Mistresses of the Dark link to buy the entire set, that includes two more ladies and some great coordinating sentiments, including Shelby & “tasty” as featured in this post.)
Happy Crafting!! P
28 Aug 2011 4 Comments
Hope this finds everyone safe following weather & other strange happenings.
Here’s a little papier mache box, round, about 3″, that I altered for Marsha’s Challenge at the Facebook Group–Craft Therapy. The image on top is Gecko Galz from a collage sheet for August (Crazy Mannequins). I painted the box with Liquitex Basics acrylics in black. The square images (three on top and several around the sides) are from Hampton Art Paris Montage stamp (think about a dozen inchies of Parisian goodies) –stamped them with Jet Black Stazon on Georgia Pacific white cardstock, colored them (some) with Prismacolor & Cretacolor pencils, cut them out & adhered all the images with Gloss Mod Podge applied to the box & the back of the images. The cameo came in an Art-C ephemera ATC pack (904). The pink trim is from JoAnn’s bargain bins & it & the cameo were adhered with superglue. Hope you like! Have a great week!
I’m adding this to the Try it Tuesday Alter It challenge for this week where the sponsor is The Craft Barn (http://www.thecraftbarn.co.uk/).
01 Aug 2011 4 Comments
It’s time again for some beautiful collage sheets, stamps & papers from GeckoGalz!!! There’s loads of magnificent images in the collage sheets alone, that had me changing my mind a couple hundred times. Ultimately, I took my inspiration from a beautiful lacquered photo album my grandmother had that one of my uncles brought home from his military service days. It was black with a beautiful inlay of Asian images and highly polished & absolutely gorgeous.