Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Collage Card

Greetings!  It's Trending Tuesday over at Altered Pages.  My project today is a collage card featuring a stenciled background.  You can see everyone's project here.

I used Ranger's Tim Holtz Distressed Paint to make random smears on the paper and then laid the Time Travel 12" stencil over the top and used black acrylic paint to sponge the clock image on top.  When the paint was dry, I took a wet paint brush and went over the blue to reactivate the paint.  For the most part it stayed in place but in some spots I got a nice faint tinge of blue over the star

Using my finger, I went in with metallic melon and blood orange Gelatos by Faber-Castell where there was no other color.  I chose those two colors to accent the rooster image that will be the focus of the card.  The sheet of images had a lot to choose from but this one just spoke to me.

Because I printed this little guy myself he is just on regular computer paper.  To give him some stability I glued him to a square of regular white card stock and cut him out along the image border. 

I added a smudge of the blue distress paint to the edges and at the bottom around his feet to help blend him with the background.  I noticed that the stencil packaging I had set aside to recycle matched the blue paint!  I cut both the main panel for the card and the smaller panel for the rooster out of the package.  Everything was layered on a black card base.

Altered Pages and The Robin's Nest have partnered in March.  The words were stamped on a scrap of The Robin's Nest paper that I used on a project last week.  (Yes, I admit that I haven't cleaned off my table since then.)  The words were backed with another piece of blue packaging.  Four black Diamond Drops were used to define the corners of the card and an old rooster button from my collection was the finishing touch to my collage.

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Spring is teasing us

Like most of us here in the northeast part of the country, I am ready for spring.  It's been a long, cold winter and I want to feel the warm breezes on my face again.  The temperature has been doing it's usual roller coaster ride - teasing us with 40s and then dipping back down to below freezing.  I want the pot holes filled and the flowers blooming.  My favorite thing about spring is having lunch in my car with the windows open and classical music on the radio.  It's a great stress reducer in the middle of the workday.  What's your favorite thing about spring?
Two-sided ATC - blue Dew Drops highlight the eggs in the nest.
Stay warm, my friends!  Spring is around the corner...and it's only two weeks until opening day!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Walk Like An Egyptian

I was browsing the Altered Pages collage collection recently and saw a wonderful page of Egyptian images (AP-137).  I love the pyramids & pharaohs.  It's the one type of documentary I will voluntarily watch on TV.  Absolutely fascinating, beautiful artwork in that ancient culture.

I cut out several of the images and tried out several different combinations until I found the one I liked best.  I cut the pyramid landscape scene in half so it can be seen on both sides of my card.

Since Altered pages is partnering with The Robin's Nest in March, I chose their dark distressed red scrapbook paper for the top layer and a textured dark green heavy card stock from my collection for the body of the card.  Once the images were attached to the scrapbook paper I stamped two obelisks on the same red paper and cut them out.  I used them to cover up some of the darkest background on the pharaoh image.  The word Egypt was stamped onto the landscape image. 

Then I needed some embellishments to give it a little life.  I used a clear Stickles glue on the yolk the pharaoh is wearing and chose some Robin's Nest chocolate Dew Drops.  And then I spotted this awesome border by Bazzill Half the Edge Cardstock Strips in a package of embellishments I also purchased at Altered Pages.  Doesn't this remind you of an ankh?  Perfect!  It was already a beautiful neutral color and worked well with the collage, but to give it a little texture I used two different shades of brown Crayola markers to make the dots.  The darkest green Mini Dew Drop from the hillside color collection went into each of the circles.  The Dew Drops were all adhered with 3D Crystal Lacquer.

I think it works as either a masculine or feminine card.  I hope you like it, too! And I always like to share a scan as well as a photo when my project is a card.  I think you notice different things in photos vs. scans.

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Friday, March 7, 2014

The end of another long work week

It's the weekend!  That wonderful time when we get to unwind from the long week of putting our noses to the grindstones and our shoulders to the wheels.  (sigh)  I'm ready for it!

I took one of those silly little Facebook quizzes to find out what kind of crafter I am.  It's a game right?  They couldn't possibly know me from 10 questions.  What did I get?  Niche crafter!  And I thought, "Darn it!  I'm trying to break out of my little box!"  Think I'm taking that little quiz seriously now?  Yep!  So this weekend is going to be spent on new-to-me projects.  Yes, I will probably make a card or two as well, but I'm going to try to keep it all new and different. 

I had a new experience this week.  I went to my first class at Painting With A Twist.  So much fun!  I've been thinking about going for a little over a month and when I saw that they had a class on painting the TARDIS I couldn't resist any longer.  One more Doctor Who art project added to my collection.  Did you notice that the windows are wrong?  I was so caught up in the class and trying to do as Jackie suggested that I didn't realize she told us the wrong shape on the windows.  I can go back for their SOS day, but I think I'll try to fix it at home first.  Heaven knows, I have plenty of paint!

For the first time, I also decided to frame one of my art journal pages.  Surprisingly, there is none of my original art on the walls in my own studio!  I've decided that should change.  I like this pretty floral and decided not to keep it buried in a book.  Plus, my craft room is pink and green so how could I resist?  I was thinking a square of pink Dew Drops around the glass and leaving the rest white.  What do you think?  Keep it white or paint it pink before I start adding the bling? 

And now, before I log off to go and get painty I will leave you with this joke.  It's an old one but it still makes me laugh.  Enjoy...

This "warning" was forwarded to me by a friend.

A recent study indicated that rubber stamps and embossing powders give off certain pheromones that actually hypnotize women and cause them to purchase unreasonable amounts.  When stored in large quantities in enclosed paces, the pheromones (Rubber) cause memory loss and induce the nesting syndrome (similar to the one squirrels have before the onset of winter i.e. storing food), therefore perpetuating their species.  Sound tests have also revealed that the rubber emits a very high pitched sound, heard only by a select few: a breed of women known as "Rubber Stampers". When played backwards on an LP, the sounds are heard as chants, “buy me, stamp me, emboss me."

Studies have also indicated that aliens have inhabited the earth, helping to spread the effects that these Stamps have on the human population.  It's also been experienced that these same pheromones cause a pathological need to hide these Stamp purchases when taken home (or at least blend them into the existing stash), and when asked by a significant other if the stamp is new, the reply is: "I've had it for a while."
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