Friday, April 29, 2016

Blue Jay Watercolor Card

Spring gorgeousness is everywhere in my town. The trees either are or have bloomed, the birds are back and singing, and everything is green again. I even spotted the blue jays that like to come play in my yard, which reminded me that I have a card that I made for Ranger Ink for CHA this year, that would be perfect to show you at this time of year.
This card is made from Ranger's Watercolor Paper, and Dina Wakley's stamps and Heavy Bodied Paint...but guess what!!!...I used the paint to watercolor.
I stamped the bird and flower where I wanted it on my card, and then again on another piece of Watercolor paper all in Jet Black Archival.
I squirted a little bit of the paint on my craft sheet, and watered it down well, so I could loosely paint in the images with a transparent look, just like watercolor paint. It works WONDERFULLY this way, so don't be afraid to try this paint in this way. I added lots of different colors to the background in the same way...very watery and loose. Once everything was dry, I cut out the extra images and layered them on the card with foam tape. I finished up with the sentiment and some details on the bird with a Fude Ball Pen. Then I added some depth to the eye of the bird and center of the flowers with Glossy Accents, and added this onto a black cardstock card. So easy to do.
That's it for this flew by fast. I'll be back in May! Thanks for all the comments and support. Cyber Hugs!!!


I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!

Monday, April 25, 2016

Upcoming Classes!

Hello crafty peeps!!! A huge thank you for all the birthday messages, emails, texts, and calls!!! My cup runneth over!!! You all know how to make a girl feel special!!! Today's post is all about my upcoming classes at The Crafty Scrapper in May. If you are in the area I'd love for you to join in.
Class #1 is the Industrial Punk Create Art Assemblage Panel filled with TONS of Tim Holtz's Idea-ology and Ranger goodness, as well as one of Eileen Hull's new Sizzix flower dies and Twist and Style Tool.

Class #2 is the Worth The Effort To Bloom Mixed Media Canvas, a 16x20 inch canvas filled with most of Dina Wakley's Media line of heavy bodied paints from Ranger, as well as stencils, and even some Wendy Vecchi goodies.

Class #3 is the Dylusions Artsy Clipboard Organizer, and is filled with lots of Dyan Reaveley paints and stamps, all from Ranger, and some Tim Idea-ology too.

I'll be teaching the apron class that I taught at The Collins Show, at the store this summer too, so stay tuned. Thanks so much for looking, and of course...
I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!

Friday, April 22, 2016

12 Tags of 2016 Remix - April

The year is truly flying by! I hope all of you are doing well, and enjoying some Spring weather! I'm doing especially well today, as it's my birthday!!! SO...I thought I would celebrate...a little early... by making Tim's April tag from his 12 Tags of 2016, and in doing so, make my own birthday tag! BAHAHAHAHAHAHA....silly huh?!! But I don't will be a nice memento of this year's new digits, and it's a new favorite for me! AND...I had left overs, so I even made a card.
I love the two tags Tim combined, as always, and love that he brought them up to speed to go along with some of his new products...genius! I had forgotten what my March, 2012, tag looked like, so I had to go back and see. It's interesting to see my growth as a crafter as well, when I look back at things like that. That is the beauty of this journey we all are on! There is always so much more to learn! Here is my tag from November, 2015, as was a favorite!
I just got Tim's new Dapper Bigz Die from Sizzix, and I had to give it a go with the Distress Mosaic Kit. Since the positive images of the die were smallish, I decided to fill it out by making a background silhouette for the gent. I also saved the negative piece, and ended up using it for the card.
I tried the palette knife first with the grout, but found my finger worked better at getting the grout where I wanted it.
I used lots of different papers from the Dapper collection as well to do the mosaic.
I decided to do the background woodgrain piece in several plank pieces, so I used lots of different colors.
I added lots of paint and ink to give the pieces a very distressed look.
I used Barn Door, Ground Espresso, and Antique Linen Distress Spray Stains for the background tag, and then stamped the new Ledger script in Antique Linen Distress Paint. I painted the numbers with Barn Door Paint and stamped the script on these too.
And here is the card.
What would we do without the tags?!! I hope we don't find out. I thoroughly enjoy doing them every month, and I know you all do too. Thank you Tim for all the hard work and inspiration!!!


I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!