Thursday, September 18, 2014

Studio Table - The Reveal

Seth Apter, of The Altered Page Studio fame, has dared us to show him our studio tables, since he's showed us his.

Here's what he had to say about this challenge:
So many times when we are presented with images of artist studios, they are pristine -- almost as if nothing goes on in the space. This is often true in books, magazines, blogs, and Facebook. The reality is, of course, that during the process of creating, the mess multiplies faster than the matheletes at the International Mathematical Olympiad (and there really is such a thing)!

Let's go behind the curtain, throw any feelings of shame out the window, and show the world the underside of art and craft. I'll show you mine if you show me yours!

Never one to back down from a dare, I'm participating. Here it is!

I must state that my table is actually somewhat clean since I'm mostly done with the card that's on my table. I also didn't go multi-media with it, so the table is much tidier than when I'm using paints, stencils, markers, and suchlike. I didn't show the floor, which is covered with scraps of paper, fallen embellishments, and stuff like that. I have carpeting in the room and a fairly inept vacuum cleaner (and housekeeper)... Oh for hard wood, tile, or even linoleum. More space would be nice as there's another table piled with dies and a bed that is also piled high with schtuffs.

Please note that I have several pairs of reading glasses (of various strengths) and that my three OTT lights (two battery powered purchased during that-bitch-Hurricane Irene) are covered with ink splatter. 


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Altered Playing Card Challenges: Week Two

I am participating in an Altered Playing Card challenge on Facebook. The talented and lovely Claudine Criner is the person who is organizing and setting each week's challenge.

The first week was easy. We were just find a deck of playing cards and prepare them by sanding or applying gesso to one side.

Being me, I found wonky playing cards. I went to the local dollar store emporium and bought a deck of cards, only to discover that they originally were discarded casino decks that had been corner punched so they could no longer be used in a casino.

Also being me, I only prepped ten cards, though I will go back and do more. I decided to use gesso and applied the gesso in a variety of ways, which yielded a bunch of different looks. I sponged some gesso on some, applied it thickly to others, scribbled into the gesso for others, and applied thickly to one card, pressed the face of an other card into the gesso, then pulled it apart. That pair are the ones I'm showing today for Week #2, which you can read about HERE.

Essentially, you were supposed to spray your cards with a few colors of ink or paint, a stamped image, and diecuts. I should note that I don't like using sprays, but I went for it and eventhough my OTT light is now speckled and a Rubbermaid container is stained, it wasn't too ghastly. I might even use those sprays again!

Here are my first pair of altered playing cards.


My first card uses SCACD's Nancy's Mech Seahorse


SCACD's Nancy's Mech Seahorse is a digital stamp, that was resized in PhotoElements, printed onto Neenah cardstock using my laser printed, colored with Copic markers, and fussy-cut. The compass and the rivets were coated with several layers of coated with several layers of  Clear Gelly Roll Glaze pen to add glossy dimension and shine. The Seahorse was set aside while I worked on the playing card.

As stated, I applied DecoArt Media White Gesso very thickly to one card, pressed another card into it, and pulled them apart. The cards dried with wonderful textures and patterns on them. I sprayed one of the cards with Vibrant Turquoise, Calypso Teal, London Blue, and Fresh Lime Dylusions sprays. When I was happy with the coverage, I heat set it. I wanted to bring out the cool sea vegetation-ish texture, so I lightly sponged Cactus Green StazOn ink over the the raised bits, which worked just as I wanted. Gotta love that! Then I used the same ink to edge the card.

I wanted to add a sandy sea floor, so I used my palette knife to apply White Media Texture Sand Paste to the bottom of the card. Some watch parts were pressed into the Sand Paste while it was wet. The Sand Paste absorbed some of the colors from the sprays. The bits that stayed whitish were touched up with an Old Paper Distress marker. The last step was to adhere Nancy's Mech Seahorse to the front of the card.

The second card features Stampotique's Moon Girl

I wanted Stampotique's Moon Girl to look ethereal, so Distress markers were applied directly to the rubber. I huffed on the stamp, then stamped the image onto Neenah cardstock. The image was colored more completely with Copic markers. Clear Wink of Stella Glitter pen was used to add glitter to Moon Girl's wings, then she was fussy-cut and set aside. 

The gessoed card was sprayed with Bubblegum Pink, Vibrant Turquoise, and Pure Sunshine Dylusions Sprays. I also sprayed Heirloom Gold Perfect Mist, but I disliked that, so I wiped it off, and resprayed with the same Dylusions Sprays. Much better. The card was heat set.

White vellum was die-cut using cloud dies by Memory Box/Poppy Stamps. . Black cardstock was die-cut using a house die by Memory Box/Poppy Stamps. These were adhered to the card and then Moon Girl was added.

Thanks for visiting today!

I shall enter this into the following challenges:
Crafty Card Crew Challenges: Urban or Steampunk
Punkyou Girl Challenge #16: What Creeps under the Sea
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenges: Rock The Techniques


Friday, September 12, 2014

Hats off!

This week's challenge at Outlawz Alcohol Markers Challenges is Hats because September 15th is Make a Hat Day! Outlawz Alcohol Markers Challenges is now a coloring challenge! You can use alcohol markers, other markers, colored pencils, and any other coloring medium. The only requirement is that you color an open line image!

September's sponsor for the Outlawz Friday's Coloring Challenges is Vera Lane Studios! If you haven't checked these stamps out, you should. They're quirky, whimsical, and fun! Here's some incentive! Janet, the owner of Vera Lane Studios has issued a coupon code for 10% off!
The code is: TRYVERA10

You should definitely enter this challenge and should also visit my Outlawz Coloring Challenge Teamies' blogs for inspiration! Carla, Dawn, Penny, and Laine  are seriously talented! Laine just joined us and we're delighted to have her aboard! As a fun aside, I'm always going to list Penny, then Laine because it amuses me and plants a song in my head, which distracts me from those pesky voices.

My card for Make a Hat Day features the witch, crow, and pumpkin pail from Vera Lane Studio's  Little Whimsical Witch set and the cat from the Girl and Cat with Party Hats set. Yes. I know. I didn't make a hat. That would have taken engineering and math skills. I don't have those. Sad but true. But I am all about Halloween and Halloween imagery, so I made a Halloween card featuring a witch and this witch's hat is skullicious. I should note that the Little Witch set comes with a dog. It's a cute dog, but this witch (referring to myself) is a crazy cat lady. Hence the cat substitution.

Here it is!
(The photo isn't great since it was taken at dusk. I'll try for a better photo tomorrow if it's not raining!)


All the images were resized and positioned using PhotoElements. Some were flipped so that they'd be facing the way I wanted them to face. The scene was printed out onto Neenah cardstock using my laser printer, then colored with Copic markers. The pumpkin pail, crow's eyes, crow's beak, the skull on the witch's hat, the cat's nose, and eyes were all coated with several layers of  Clear Gelly Roll Glaze pen to add glossy dimension and shine.

The patterned papers are from the Eerie collection by Basic Grey and another old set of Halloween papers (and I lost the packaging). They were layered according to the sketch from Crafty Creations. I flipped the sketch and took further liberties with it as I had an attack of math ineptitude. The frame was created with a die from a set by Die-Namics. The border stickers are also from the Eerie collection. I never use the stickers that come with these sets, so I was pleased as punch to be able to use them in my Plan B. (Plan A didn't work because of the aforementioned math ineptitude attack, also known as MIA.) I also used glittery raven stickers that I got either last year or the year before. I think they're by either EK Success or Recollections. The sentiment was compiled with glitter stickers from my stash of Making Memories Glitter alphabet stickers. Three glittery dots from that sheet were added to the top left. 

Here's the sketch!


Thanks for visiting today!

I shall enter this card in the following challenges:
Crafty Creations Challenge #271: Sketch
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenges: Anything Goes
Crafty Bloggers Network Challenges: Anything Goes
Without Words Challenges: Celebration (Halloween is cause for a lot of celebration!)
A Step in the Dark Challenges: Anything Goes

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Meow!



Gothie Feline was resized using PhotoElements, then printed out onto Neenah cardstock with my laser printer, then was colored with Copic markers. An additional copy of the resized digital stamp was also printed out in fast draft mode with my inkjet printer, fussy-cut, and adhered over the colored version using temporary adhesive.  

Gothie Feline took a ride through my Big Kick inside of a Nestabilities Labels die. The die-cut was left inside the die, Post-It notes were placed horizontally over the die, and a background was airbrushed  using my Copic Airbrush System. The Post-It notes were moved to cover the top portion of the die and the "floor" was airbrushed. It got a bit sticky, so I used alcohol on a paper towel to dab off the excess. I ended up removing more ink than I wanted, so I added some dots to the "floor".
 
Black Spica Glitter pen was used to add black glittery accents to Gothie Feline's whiskers and the black dots on her mask.

Purple Copic Spica Glitter pen was used to add a jeweled touch to one of her canine teeth. The eyes, bones, teeth, and the skull in the flower received several layers of Clear Gelly Roll Glaze pen to add glossy dimension and shine.

Here's a close-up so that you can see the effect!


The stamped, die-cut panel was put aside while I put together the rest of the card.

Very old Halloween-themed patterned paper from Cosmo Cricket was layered onto equally old Halloween text paper. (I should note that I hoard Halloween-themed papers and schtuff!) Strips of purple patterned paper from the Spirited 6x6 pad by Authentique were added to bring some purple to the layers.  My new Spider Web Border die by Poppy Stamps was used to die-cut off-white cardstock and layered over the horizontal purple strip. All the layers were tattered with my Tonic distressing tool and a scissors blade, then sponged with Old Paper Distress ink.

A small flag die was used to die-cut the offwhite paper and old QuicKutz dies were used to die-cut black cardstock for the sentiment. Black cardstock was also die-cut with the Scary Spiders die by Memory Box. All the spiders' legs were folded and their bodies were popped up on dimensionals with their legs attached to either the spider webs or the sentiment. If you look closely, maybe you can see the strand of spider silk (a thread) that goes from the spider web to the sentiment-holding spider!

Three purple rhinestones were used to finish the card.

Thanks for visiting today!

I shall enter this card into the following challenges:
Craft-Room Challenges: Something Old, Something New (new image, new die, old paper and dies)
Through the Purple Haze Challenges: Clear and Bright
Die Cut Divas Challenges: New Things
A Step in the Dark Challenges: Anything Goes 
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenges: Anything Goes
Crafty Bloggers Network Challenges: Anything Goes

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Birds or Animals Challenge

Sue is the hostess this week at Stampotique Designers Challenge blog and her challenge is called Animals or Birds! Here's what she has to say about her challenge!
Napoleon once said that the English are a nation of shopkeepers.What he should have said is that we are a nation of animal lovers. 
Nearly everyone I know has got a cat or dog, a pet rabbit or bird, and I know that my Stampotique teamies have their pets too. So this week we're celebrating the fur and feathers and I challenge you to create something with either animals or birds. So put your best paw forward and bring it on. 
Have fun!
If you'd like the chance to win $30 worth of Stampotique stamps, you should play along. Visit Stampotique Designers Challenge blog and be sure to read the rules so that you'll have the chance to win a great prize!!!

Here's my card, which uses Stampotique's Cat Family (Janet Klein) stamp, which I love a bunch because we're a family of three cat lovers.

Cat Family was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink, colored with Copic markers, fussy-cut, edged with a black marker, then set aside while I worked on a background for the family.

Since Madame le Chat is wearing a beret, they had to be in Paris, so I decided to use some french text and a very old Tour Eiffel sticker by Jolee's Boutique. True confession time, the french text came from a text that apparently was stolen borrowed from my home town library. I don't recall reading Le Cid in high school french class, so maybe one of my sibs was the thief! In any case, I found the book buried in a box that was rescued when our basement was flooded due to Hurricane Irene. It was one of the dry books, though the spine was damaged and pages had come loose. I kept the book because I figured I'd eventually use it in crafting. I was right and I've digressed. Je suis choquée.

The french text, along with some old patterned paper from 7 Gypsies, was torn, edged with Potting Soil Archival ink, then sponged with watered Broken China Distress paint, and heat set. The edges were sponged again with Potting Soil ink and the papers were adhered to an off white card front. 

Bronze Metallic cardstock by Recollections was die-cut using a Nestabilities Decorative Labels Eight die by Spellbinders. The same cardstock used on the card front was die-cut with a Nestabilities Labels Eight die, sponged with watered Broken China Distress paint, heat set, and adhered to the card front.

Musical notation patterned paper from another 6x6 pad by 7 Gypsies was painted with watered Mowed Lawn Distress paint and adhered to the bottom of the card. Bronze Metallic cardstock was die-cut with an Ironworks Accents border die by Spellbinders. This was adhered over the painted music cardstock. The Bronze Metallic die-cuts were brushed with Renaissance Treasure Gold by Paper Artsy, which was buffed to enhance the shine.

Vellum was die-cut with Clouds dies by Memory Box and the Talk Bubbles die by Simon Says Stamp. Old-almost-gone Doodlebug rub-ons were used to add the sentiment. The clouds were adhered to die-cu. The Eiffel Tower was positioned as shown and the Cat Family was adhered to the card front, which was edged with a bit of the Renaissance Treasure Gold.

Thanks for visiting today!

I shall enter this card in the following challenges:
I {Heart} Sketches with a twist Challenge #78: Recycled (my purloined textbook)
Jellypark Friends Challenges: Pets or Animals

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Refresh, Recycle, and Distress!

Kaz is the hostess this week at Stampotique Designers Challenge blog and her challenge is called Refresh It! Here's what she has to say about her challenge!
"We all love playing with new stamps, but sometimes it's good to revisit some that have been neglected for a while. I'd like you to find an old favourite and give it a new lease of life."
If you'd like the chance to win $30 worth of Stampotique stamps, you should play along. Visit Stampotique Designers Challenge blog and be sure to read the rules, so that you'll have the chance to win a great prize!!!

To be totally truthful, I can't remember my first Stampotique stamp, though I remember the first batch I received! So I decided that I should use a stamp that I've neglected and I opted to use Nerd Cat (Kira Nichols).

Here's my card!


Nerd Cat was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink onto patterned paper from the White Basics 6x6 pad by Basic Grey. He was colored with Copic markers and his shirt buttons, pens in his pocket, and his glasses were coated with Clear Gelly Roll Glaze pen to add a nice glassy dimensional finish. The frames received several more layers to make them stand out from the lenses.

Very old rub-ons (2005) from 7 Gypsies were added to the white space around him and the image panel was set aside while I worked on the background. This card is for a special cat lovin' nerd, but I can't name names. Just in case...

I grabbed an old empty two-toned file folder and cut it down to a more workable size. Media White Crackle paint by DecoArt was dry brushed unevenly over the folder and left to do its thing. When I returned, I was delighted to find an unevenly crackled background!

French Journal Page (France Papillon) was stamped over the crackled background with Onyx Black VersaFine ink, then heat embossed with black sparkly embossing powder, which curiously was unlabeled in my stash.

Media White Modeling Paste by DecoArt was tinted with a drop or two from Primary Cyan Media Mister, then applied through Stars, Schoolhouse Layering Stencils, and Specimen Stencil by The Crafter's Workshop.

I liked what the background looked like, but it still needed something. I'm not a big spray person, probably because my inner Virgo control freak problems, but I wanted some different colored paint splatters. I sprayed some Red Media Mister by DecoArt onto a palette, dipped a toothpick into the paint, and applied some control freakish splatters, which looked like blood spray. So I sprayed Primary Yellow Media Mister onto the palette and dipped its cap and the cap from a Mini Mister into the paint, and added little yellow rings. That made the panel look less crime-scenic and made me much happier.

The painted, stamped folder was torn to size, then my underused Bind-It-All was used to add punches along the left hand side. All edges were distressed using my distressing tool by Tonic, the edge of a scissor blade,  then some of my beloved Black Soot Distress ink was sponged around the piece to distress it a bit more.

The Happy Birthday die by Elizabeth Crafts was used to die-cut the blue folder. The Nerd Cat image panel was matted with a piece from the folder than adhered to the card. Ancient photo turns were attached with red brads. The missing dot from the "i" in Birthday was replaced with another red brad.

The card front was attached to a card made from the other side of the file folder and I called it done! Hallelujah!

Thanks for visiting today!

I shall enter this card into the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenges: Stamp It
A Little Bit Crafty: Distress It
Scrap It Girl Challenges: Stencils or Masks
Fashionable Stamping Challenge #80: Birthday for Someone Special

Friday, September 5, 2014

Bear with me!

This week's challenge at Outlawz Alcohol Markers Challenges is Teddy Bears because September 9th is Teddy Bear Day! Outlawz Alcohol Markers Challenges is now a coloring challenge! You can use alcohol markers, other markers, colored pencils, and any other coloring medium. The only requirement is that you color an open line image!

September's sponsor for the Outlawz Friday's Coloring Challenges is Vera Lane Studios!

You should definitely enter this challenge and should also visit my Outlawz Coloring Challenge Teamies' blogs for inspiration! Carla, Dawn, and Penny are seriously talented!

Here's my card, featuring Bear'n Gifts, a new addition to SCACD's line of digital stamps



Bear'n Gifts was resized in PhotoElements and printed out onto Neenah cardstock using my laser printer. He was colored with Copic markers. A fine mist of rubbing alcohol was sprayed onto a clean Swiffers Sweeper dusting sheet, which was then pressed onto the image. The alcohol removed the marker in a random manner and gave the bear's fur a fuzzy look. I enhanced this look further by coloring tiny rings with three different colors of marker. Bear'n Gifts was then fussy-cut, edged with a black marker, and set aside to wait for his new home to be created. BTW, Bear'n Gifts comes with a "Happy Birthday" sentiment, but I didn't feel like using it.

I followed this sketch from Creative Craft Cottage Challenges, though I made the oval into a circle so that Bear'n Gifts would fit!



The patterned papers are from the Origins 6x6 pad by Basic Grey. The circle die-cuts are Nestabilities Circles by Spellbinders. The other die-cuts (the Fishtails and Scallop) are by Die-namics. Since I didn't want Bear'n Gifts to be floating in space, Washi tape was added to the patterned paper prior to die-cutting the circle. All edges were sponged with Distress ink or Copic marker as I can't abide white edges.

Thanks for visiting today!

I shall enter this card into the following challenges:
Creative Craft Cottage Challenge #27
Fan-Tastic Tuesday Challenge #51: Anything Goes
Crafting When We Can Challenge #77: Borrow A Sketch