Friday, January 31, 2014

SCACD New Release Digital and Rubber Stamp Blog Hop!

Greetings and welcome to my post for SCACD's New Release Blog Hop!

Here's what Susana had to say about these new releases!

Earlier this month SCACD released the Montage Collection of rubber stamps, a total of 26 rubber stamps with a contemporary yet classic look that will make them a fantastic addition to your stamping toolbox for years to come.  They are available now for purchase HERE both in full sheets and as smaller sets. 

SCACD has also unleashed twelve fun and fresh SCACD Digital images for purchase HERE.

The SCACD Design Team and some very cool guests have created a truly fun-filled hop showcasing the new SCACD digital and rubber stamps. If you missed part of the hop list then check out all the details at the Store Blog today!
ATTN: International friends! SCACD's Rubber Stamps and Dies can be purchased from Quixotic Paperie!
You should have arrived here from Suzanne Dean's blog, where she definitely wowed you a fabulous project!

If you've gotten lost along the way, the first stop is Alex Lundgren's blog!

I'm really pleased to share with you a project featuring one of the new super-cute digital stamps, Flower Garden Cat!

Here it is!

Flower Garden Cat was resized using PhotoElements and printed out onto Neenah cardstock. It was then colored using my Copic markers. The background behind the Flower Garden Cat was created with Copic markers.

The patterned papers are from the Wildflower 6x6 paper pad by Carta Bella. An ancient Doodlebug frill border was used between the floral patterned paper and the blue patterned paper. The card was finished with one of the two dies included in SCACD's Garden Corners die-cut set.

My second card features several of SCACD's new rubber stamps!

Here it is!

The stamps that I used are from the SCACD Montage Set #1This set includes sixteen stamps and is a great deal. You can also buy these stamps in smaller sets. Two of the stamps that I used are from the  Fish Frames set and two of the stamps are from the Archaelogical Dig set.

I had an old beat-up manila file folder that I kept because I knew one day it would come in handy. I used it for this project because I knew that I'd need cardstock that would hold up to the abuse I had in store for it! The file folder was cut up into small pieces because I was trying a new-to-me technique and I wasn't sure how it was going to go.

A dollop of Grunge Paste by Paper Artsy was plopped onto a small piece of the folder. A credit card (that I hope I never need) was used to spread the Grunge Paste thin but still retain some depth. The horseshoe-looking stamp from the Archaelogical Dig set was sprayed with water then stamped into the Grunge Paste. The stamp was immediately lifted and cleaned with a baby wipe and a toothbrush (that I do NOT use for my teeth). Eureeka! An impression of the stamp was debossed into the Grunge Paste as intended!

This process was repeated with several times with each of the four stamps.

When I was done, I heat set the Grunge Paste. When it was dry, I painted over all the stamped pieces with Nougat Fresco Finish acrylic paint by Paper Artsy taking care to get the paint to totally cover each skeleton. The pieces were heat set, then Irish Cream Fresco Finish acrylic paint was painted randomly over the Nougat, and heat set again. Caramel Fresco Finish acrylic paint was watered down and over each piece. This was heat set too. Finally, Mermaid Fresco Finish paint was watered down a lot, lightly brushed onto each piece, then heat set.

A sanding block was used to stand away the acrylic paint from the raised bits of Grunge Paste, which left the bones whitish. I chose the four best pieces and cut them to size, then edged all the pieces with Frayed Burlap, Broken China, Pumice Stone, and Walnut Stain Distress inks.

I would have sworn that I had rub-ons and/or stickers with "Specimen" and circled numbers, but I guess I was hallucinating. Again. I went through my stash and found very-old acrylic sticker numbers that I adhered to each of the fish skeleton pieces.

One edge of blue cardstock was punched with my rarely-used Bind-it-all, distressed, and edged with the same inks as above. QuicKutz dies were used for the sentiment.

I've included some close-up shots so that you can see the detail from this technique.

Your next stop on the hop is Dianne's blog, where you will see a gorgeous project!

Remember! If you got lost along the way or feel like revisiting all the fabulous creations you saw, stop by Follow Your Heart, SCACD's store blog for the blog roll!

Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Wings Challenge!

This week's Stampotique Designers Challenge is brought to you by Arwen McCullen. Her theme is Wings.

Here's what she had to say about this challenge!
Wings have something mystical for me.
Angels have wings, fairies, my favorite animal: the bat :)
Love and positive feelings give wings.
Today I would like to see what gives you wings.
I am very curious about your creations 
Here's my card, which features Stampotique's Gooseneck.

Gooseneck was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink and colored with Copic markers. Clear Gelly Roll Glaze pen was used on her boots to make them shiny and dimensional. Gooseneck was masked (using removable Scotch Tape because I was feeling lazy) and Victorian Velvet Distress ink was sponged over one the patterned hearts from the Mix and Match Hearts stencil by The Crafter's Workshop. Two hearts were sponged sideways to look like wings. I used the solid heart from the same stencil to outline each heart with Pitch Black Spica Glitter pen.

I started to outline around Gooseneck with a N0 Copic marker when disaster struck! (Wasn't that dramatic?) My marker threw up a huge blob! Yuck. Blech. Ptooie.

 But I really liked how Gooseneck looked, so I tried to fix the blob using the Colorless BlenderN0, and N01 markers. It actually looked worse, so I decided to just coat the whole background with N0 and N01. It still looked bad, so I decided to try something new. I took a small bottle of Various Colorless Blender Refill* and poured a bit into a well of my palette. A small paintbrush was dipped into the well of Colorless Blender, then dripped onto the background. I thought it looked kinda cool, so I kept dipping and dripping 'til I was pleased with the result. This definitely resulted in a "Happy Accident"!

The stamped panel was edged with Victorian Velvet and Black Soot Distress inks. Road-patterned Washi tape was added under Gooseneck's boots.

The patterned papers are from the Irresistible Authentique 6x6 pad and from the Origens collection by Basic Grey. 

I used a Die-Namics dies for the horizontal strips on my card.

Lace and the bow button were colored with a RV93 Copic marker. The lace was adhered with Tiny Attacher staples.

The end!

Oops. I lied.
* = I get the small Various Colorless Blender Refill bottles, keep one handy, but dump the others into my big bottle of Colorless Blender. I use the empties to make my own custom blended colors which I use to fill empty markers.

Friday, January 24, 2014

SCACD Digital Steampunk Seahorse!

Have you checked out the new digital stamps at SCACD? If not, you should!

I love Steampunk imagery and the MechAnimal Collection is just wonderful. There are several digital MechAnimals as well, so you should just check out all the stamps! :D

Anyway, my card features Nancy's Mech Seahorse, which was resized using PhotoElements 6 (old, old, old. Like me!) and printed onto Neenah cardstock using my laser printer. It was also printed onto regular old printer paper with my inkjet printer. The nice laser-printed Neenah version was colored with Copic markers. Clear Gelly Roll Glaze pen was used over the compass crystal to make it all dimensional and shiny. The inkjet version was fussy cut, repositionable adhesive was applied to it, and it was layered atop the colored cardstock panel. The Copic airbrush system was used to airbrush a sea-like background using several BG and a B16 Copic marker. When I was happy with my background, the mask was listed, stray adhesive removed, and some"air bubbles" were added with Diamond Glaze Dimensional adhesive.

The image panel was mounted onto orange metallic cardstock and set aside while I ran silver metallic cardstock through my Big Kick inside a geary Alterations folder and a QuicKutz embossing folder.
Gold metallic cardstock was die-cut using SCACD's Contempo Compass Statement Corner. I cut away part of the die-cut, then layered the Contempo Compass Statement Corner atop the silver embossed cardstock, then adhered the matted image panel.

Thanks for visiting today!

I shall enter this card into the following challenges:
Punk You Girl: Steampunk
SanDee and amelie's Steampunk Challenge: New Stash

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Stampotique Challenges: Revisiting Stars!

It's time for the weekly challenge over at Stampotique Designers Challenges. It's a repeat of challenge #131, which is to use stars. You should enter, but be sure to read the instructions so that you get the chance to win a fabulous prize!

Apparently stars make me think of songs, so this time I went with this classic. Take it away Bing!

This isn't my best coloring or fussy cutting job as I recently had cataract surgery. I have one bionic eye that can see distance, but not close-up, and an astygmatic-miopic eye that can't see without correction. My solution? Put on my mid/near vision glasses, cover the left lens, and color. I also do this for computer usage. It's not a pretty solution, but it works. BTW, I do the reverse to watch television. Upside is that I look like a pirate. Arrrr.

Anyway, I used one of the adorable birds from Stampotique's Birdy Up.  I really think I should name the birds because I use this stamp so often! He was stamped using Tuxedo Black Memento ink and colored with Copic markers, fussy cut, then edged with black marker. I added Diamond Glaze glue to his eyes, but since I'm such a pro with eye drops now, it didn't hurt him a bit. He was put aside to rest while I worked on the rest of the tag.

I die-cut the tag from black chipboard using an Alterations die. I found an uppercase letter "I" amongst my chipboard and colored it with brown ink. The star die-cut was left over from last week's star project, so I just colored it using Salty Ocean and Squeezed Lemonade Distress inks.

The "I" was adhered to the tag using Best Glue Ever by Scraperfect. The star was adhered using a dimensional foam square. Two strands of gold thread were tied around the "I" and around the star. The colored, fussy-cut bird from Birdy Up was adhered in place using two layers of dimensional foam adhesive.

Copic Opaque White paint was applied to a paintbrush using a toothpick, then spritzed onto the black tag to look like stars. 

The sentiment was computer generated, cut apart, edged with Copic markers, and adhered to the tag, and is probably crooked thanks to my wonky eyesight.

I wanted to add a bit more gold to the tag, so I used a stipple brush to stipple Golden Glitz Delicata ink here and there around the tag.

The tag was finished with black and gold dotted sheer ribbon and some golden glittery blue and gold ribbon.

Thanks for visiting today!

Friday, January 17, 2014

Whoo wants to see another calendar?

This calendar was created for my friend and boss, Susana, of SCACD fame. It's been done for quite some time, but the weather and other circumstances prevented me from going to the post office. I finally mailed the package and she should have gotten it by now, so it's safe to share.

Here it is!

The calendar features Wise Owl, whoo is one of the fabulous MechAnimal stamps by Susana Loves Stamping. He was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink onto Neenah cardstock, colored with Copic markers, fussy cut, then perched on the clock hand of SCACD's fabulous Alice's Clock Statement Corner die-cut. The owl's beak, talons, and the watch crystal were coated with a few layers of Clear Gelly Roll Glaze pen.

The patterned papers are from the Steampunk Spells 6x6 and 8x8 pads by Graphic 45. I see that it's out of stock, but there are loads of 6x6 pads HERE and some of them are even on sale!

The date was die-cut using some old BossKut dies, then mounted onto die-cut gears. I have lots of gear die-cuts because I love creating Steampunk projects!

The small calendar was adhered onto black cardstock, then adhered to the calendar.

The calendar itself was adhered onto a 6" x 8" flat canvas with Claudine Helmuth Studio Multi Medium. The canvas had been painted and stenciled, but I didn't take photos of the back.  Bad me. After it was adhered and unmovable, I noticed that it was uneven at the top. I'm embracing imperfection this year. In fact, Imperfection is going to be one of my two words for the year. I tried to camouflage the error at the top and to hide the seam between the patterned paper and the canvas by applying a fairly heavy edging of Classic Treasure Gold by Paper Artsy. I got Treasure Gold (four colors!) for the holidays from my lovely husband.

I hope that Susana likes the calendar and finds it useful!

I shall enter the calendar in the following challenges:
Punk You Girl: Steampunk
SanDee & amelie's Steampunk Challenge: New Stash

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Stampotique Designers Challenge: Stars!

It's time for the weekly challenge over at Stampotique Designers Challenges. It's challenge #131, which is to use stars.

This week's hostess is Samantha Read. This is what she had to say about her challenge!
I don't know one person who doesn't enjoy looking at the stars. Stars fill us with a sense of fascination and wonderment. Earliest societies mapped and traced stars. The speed of light is 186,000 miles per second and because stars are so distant, many of them millions of light years away means we look in to the sky from the distant past. Therefore I am inviting you to use stars in your creation this week, as the main image or as an accent. I can't wait to see what you make, have fun!
Why not enter the challenge for a chance to win a nice shopping spree at Stampotique? The only requirement is that you use rubber stamps! Do read the rules so that your entry is done properly!

In my not-so-humble opinion, the Flying Monkeys of Oz don't get the recognition they deserve, so I decided to use my new Stampotique Flying Monkey and give one a starring role!

Flying Monkey was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink, colored with Copic markers, then fussy cut and set aside.

I used a stars Bigz die by Sizzix to die cut chipboard and then painted the largest star with Tarnished Brass Distress paint.

Chipboard and a star-patterned paper from Graphic 45's collection were die-cut with an Alterations Vintage Cabinet Card die. Several sheets of black cardstock were die-cut with the Vintage Cabinet Card die and the Mini Vintage Cabinet Card to form a frame.

The patterned paper was adhered to the chipboard to form the back and base of the die-cut. The black cardstock die-cuts were stacked and adhered to each other to make a dimensional frame. The edges of the frame were touched with some Classic Treasure Gold (Paper Artsy), then the frame was adhered to the base. The edges were touched with more Classic Treasure Gold.

The star was adhered to the frame and the Flying Monkey was adhered to the star with dimensional foam adhesive.

Chipped Sapphire Distress ink was sponged over the Tornado stencil by Andy Skinner (Tando Creative). It seemed somehow appropriate to use the Tornado stencil on a card featuring a character from The Wizard of Oz, but I digress.

Flying Monkey-on-a-star was adhered to the card front. Ancient gold stickers were used for the sentiment, though I ran out of "w"s, so I used a glittery "W" sticker from another sheet.

Thanks for visiting today!

Monday, January 13, 2014

A Rose...

This month we're showcasing the Rose's Portrait set for Muse Monday over on Bombshell's Blog! Click on over every Monday to see some fabulous artwork by the Bombshell Girls and Pin-Ups!

This week it's my turn, so here's my tag!

I decided to try a technique that is new to me and am quite pleased with the way it came out, especially for a first go at it. Now I shall bore you all with a lengthy narrative.

As you might know, I've become enamored of Paper Artsy's Fresco Finish paints and have become a slavish devotee of their You Tube videos. I also follow their blog closely because their designers always share some really cool techniques, hints, tips, tricks, and even share their mistakes.

Over the months, I've seen several people do this technique and finally got the courage to go for it last night. Then I had to leave it on my craft table and go do social family type things today, but I got to see and hold a seriously cute baby and have a delicious dinner including two desserts! Yahoo.

Can I digress or what? Anyway. . . I stamped the Rose Banner stamp from Rose's Portrait set on Idea-ology Tissue paper using Jet Black Archival ink. I then flipped the tissue paper and painted the rose and banner with a few yellows, a green, and two brownish shades of Fresco Finish paints. I put it aside to let it air dry.

While it was drying, I applied two yellow paints to 140 lb. Mixed Media cardstock by Strathmore using the back (gray) side of a piece of Inkssentials Cut-N- Dry foam. Then I went to sleep, woke up, read the Sunday paper, surfed the net, showered, and left for a day of family fun.

When I came back this evening, I cut the  painted Tissue paper to size, used some Post-It notes to mask off the area above and below the Rose Banner, and painted over the Rose Banner with a pale yellow.

Forest Green StazOn ink was sponged over my new Harlequin Layering stencil onto the painted cardstock. Matte Glue n' Seal was then brushed over the stenciled, painted cardstock  and the tissue paper was adhered to it. I used a brayer to flatten the tissue as much as possible. The top corners were punched with my Tonic corner punch to make the cardstock into a tag. The edges were all distressed with a Tonic Distressing tool, then sponged with Frayed Burlap Distress ink.

Meanwhile, I still had a bit of painted yellow cardstock, so I stamped the poem (from Rose's Portrait set) onto it and heat set it. The sentiment panel was then die-cut using a Spellbinders die. The sentiment was kept in the die and Frayed Burlap Distress ink was sponged over the die.

Yellow and green Distress markers were applied directly to the rubber on the small rose stamp (included in the Rose's Portrait set). I huffed on the stamp and stamped over the sentiment verse. It's subtle, but there. I used my beloved Tiny Attacher to staple the sentiment to the tag.

A hole was punched at the top and colored jute was threaded through the opening. And I was done. Hurrah!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Stampotique Designers Challenge #130: Something New

This week's Stampotique Designers Challenge is brought to you by Kaz. This is what she had to say about the challenge!
I am just a little bit nosey, so for this challenge I'd like you to use something that Santa brought you! Don't worry if you didn't get crafty stash, just use something that you recently bought for yourself. If you really want to, you could make something with the theme of something new as well. Just make sure you enjoy making it.
I recently got Stampotique's Dance Party Breakup for myself. Santa doesn't visit me, but Harry (Hanukkah) does in the guise of my husband. This year he got me a bunch of crafty goodies and I've used two on this card. Specifically, I used the guitar die from the Rock and Roll Accents set by Die-Namics and the Vintage Alphabet die by Top Dog Dies, which imho is an unfortunate name. I asked for the guitar die because my husband recently started to play guitar again after a brief 35-year hiatus. He's started to teach himself, but just began to take guitar lessons. He's improving daily and really loves to play. I figured with a few guitarists in the family, the guitar die would get lots of use. I asked for the alphabet set because I love the Vintage font. I think it's very edgy and cool and kind of tattoo-ish.

Anyways, here's my card.

Dance Party Breakup became a guitarist for my card. S/he was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink and colored with Copic markers.  The earpieces of his/her headphones and the wires issuing from them were coated with a layer of Clear Gelly Glaze pen to add dimension and shine. Black Glaze pen was used to highlight his eyes. A silver gel pen was used to outline the top of the headphones. I used a Fiskar's Fingertip Craft Knife to cut his/her hands free so that s/he could hold the guitar.

Dance Party Breakup was also stamped onto Eclipse tape, fussy cut, and placed over its counterpart on the card panel. T0, T1, and V000 were airbrushed over the mask. The mask was lifted and musical washi tape was added beneath Dance Party Breakup's feet.

The guitar was die-cut from glossy white cardstock, then colored with Copic markers. The guitar's pickups, tuning knobs, and other stuff were touched up with silver gel pen. I slid the guitar in place so that Dance Party Breakup looked as though s/he were playing.

Scattered Straw, Spiced Marmalade, Barn Red, and Black Soot Distress inks were sponged over a Flames stencil by The Crafter's Workshop onto a kraft card front. I used the Vintage Alphabet to die cut kraft cardstock, then sponged them with the same colors. Then I put the card together and pronounced it done!

Thanks for visiting today!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Steampunk meets insect!

Meet March to Your Own Drummer, who is one of SCACD's Digital stamps. He's also a MechAnimal, which makes him even cooler!

March to Your Own Drummer was resized using PhotoElements, then printed out onto Neenah cardstock using a laser printer. March to Your Own Drummer was colored with Copic markers. His eyes were coated with a layer of Stardust Clear Glitter pen, then a few layers of Clear Glaze pen. A few layers of Clear Glaze pen were also applied to the watch crystal on his body.

The patterned papers are from the Reflections 6x6 pad by Echo Park. SCACD's Contempo Compass Statement Corner die was used to die cut silver metallic cardstock. My new Impression Obsession die was used to die cut the small flag on the lower right, which was adorned with an Idea-ology Remnant Rub.

SCACD is open after enjoying a few weeks off to rest, relax, and enjoy the holidays! There are brand new digi and rubber stamps available, but the official release hop will occur later this month!

Thanks for visiting today!

I shall enter this card in the following challenges:
Punk You Girl: Steampunk
Time 4 Scrap: Any Color with Silver or Gold
Digitally Sweet: Anything Goes
SanDee & amelie's Steampunk Challenge: New Stash

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Paper Artsy 2013 Christmas Cracker Challenge!

Leandra, the Paper Artsy Queen, treated us all to Christmas Cracker You Tube video techniques and challenges. If you haven't watched any of her videos and you're interested in using acrylics and a variety of other media, you really should check out her You Tube videos. Here's a link. Because I'm nice like that. Just don't blame me if you start a wish list and start spending money. It's Leandra's fault. Not mine.

I decided to play along with Video One, Sanded Foundations, where you tint Grunge Paste with various colors of Fresco Finish paint, apply it through a stencil, let it dry, and sand it back revealing a perfectly stenciled raised variegated pattern.

My first attempt follows, though I'd qualify it as a "fail" for the technique. I kind of like how the final piece came out, so it's not an epic fail.

Here it is and you can judge for yourself.

I painted the 5x7 canvas with a few Fresco Finish pinks to get a base. Then I mixed up separate batches of colored Grunge Paste using Candy Floss, Elephant, and Mushroom Fresco Finish paints. Then I applied the colored Grunge Pastes through the Incognito stencil by Andy Skinner/Tando. I let the Grunge Paste air dry, went away, came back, and heat set it. Then I sanded it back and ended up with a blah greyish color. So I let it dry some more, then sanded it some more and guess what? It still stayed blah though there are a few areas that show a little variety of color. I *think* that the colors I chose (with the exception of the pink) were too close to one another and the area that I applied the pink was too small. I will try this again and will use a different stencil and different colors.

I then added a bit more paint here and there using a baby wipe. 

Anyway, since I had started the project, my inner Virgo control freak made me finish the canvas. So I did. The heart and the cogs from Paper Artsy's Eclectica Darcy 02 were stamped with Jet Black Archival ink and painted with Fresco Finish paints.

Weathered Wood Distress ink was sponged over the Dot Fade Layering stencil in a few places to add a bit more color and some more visual interest.

A small nameplate was die cut three times from cereal-weight cardboard. The frames were stacked, adhered to each other, then painted. The inner part was also painted. The sentiment from Eclectica Darcy 1 set was stamped onto the inner part of the nameplate with Jet Black Archival ink. The cogs were stamped over the sentiment with Frost Dazzle VersaMark ink and heat embossed with clear detail embossing powder.

Black cardstock was covered with Flashing Tape, die-cut with a flower Alterations die, embossed in an Alterations embossing folder, and shaped. The leaves were die-cut with an old QuicKutz die, embossed in the same folder, and shaped. Then both the flowers and leaves were painted, let set a minute, then wiped, leaving the paint mostly in the depressions. This worked better on the leaves, but I'm embracing imperfection. The flowers were stacked with the petals off set. The sentiment nameplate, flower, and leaves were adhered to the upper left.

Here's a close-up so that you can see the sentiment and the flower. The photo was taken in the evening in doors, so the leaves have some pink reflections in them. They're pale blue and silver.

A variety of metal embellishments were added and Pewter Treasure Gold was used to edge the piece.

I'm not thrilled with the piece, but it's done and done is always good. What's better is that I learned a bunch during the creation from this project so the next take will be better. Or I hope it will! 

Thanks for visiting today. 

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Stampotique Designers Challenge #129 -- Anything Goes!

I'm excited to show you my first project as an official member of Stampotique's design team. This week's challenge over at Stampotique Designers Challenge Blog is Anything Goes!

Since it's the first day of the New Year, I decided to make a calendar wall hanging, so I could know what date it is! I live in a time warp, so visual reminders, like calendars, are really good!

I used Stampotique's Birdy Up, which is such a fabulous and versatile stamp because there are four adorable birds on the stamp! You can use all four, just one, or any combination thereof. If I were good at math, I'd tell you how many combinations you could use, but I'm not, so you'll have to figure it out for yourself.

Anyway, enough blather, here it is!

Birdy Up was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink and colored with Copic markers. I felt like doing some color blending, so I did. When I was done coloring the birdies, I fussy cut them, edged them with a black pen, and put them aside while I worked on the background for them.

I really like the flat canvases available at AC Moore and Michael's because they hold up to a lot of abuse without warping. I had a 5" x 8" canvas in my stash and painted it with a variety of Paper Artsy's Fresco Finish acrylic paints in shades of blue and pink to create a sky. When I was happy with the look, I heat set the paints.

Lately I've been mesmerized by clouds and have been trying to create quasi-realistic cloudy skies using my Copics. I even did a tutorial! I decided to see if I could use my new Paper Artsy paints to make some clouds for my sky. Using a brush wasn't doing it for me, so I used my finger and a very light blue (Avalanche perhaps?) paint to draw in some clouds and even included some that overlapped. I continued to use my finger to add more layers of the paint until I got some nice fluffy clouds. Then I went away for a bit.

When I came back a few hours later, the paint had dried and the clouds had receded into the background a bit, so I grabbed my Snowflake (white) Fresco Finish paint and added some layers of white to make the clouds pop a bit more from the blue sky. This actually worked, which is why I love paints. You can fix your mistakes relatively easily!

I heat set the entire canvas, then decided it needed something more. I edged the piece with dark blue Pea Coat Fresco Finish paint, heat set that, then added some Classic Treasure Gold all along the edges.

White textured paper was painted with Pea Coat Fresco Finish paint, then old QuicKutz numbers were die cut. The numbers were a bit flimsy, so another set was die cut and adhered to the painted numbers.

A Lattice Rectangle Nestabilities die was used to die cut a frame for the calendar from the painted cardstock, but the calendar looked a little bit odd just floating in the sky. SCACD's Steampunk Wings die set was used to die cut the painted cardstock. Some blue painted cardstock was left, so I used one of the two dies from SCACD's Classic Corners die set to cut four corners.

The frame, numbers, wings, and the corners looked a little plain, so I used my finger to unevenly paint 'em with Classic Treasure Gold. Much better.

It was finally time to assemble my calendar! The four Classic Corners die cuts were adhered to the canvas, then the numbers were added. The birds were perched in various positions on the numbers.

Here's a closer view of the birds perched upon the numbers.

The calendar was mounted onto the Lattice Rectangle die cut, then onto the canvas. The Steampunk Wings were adhered to the calendar and positioned so that they extended off the canvas. The final touch was to add a touch of Clear Gelly Glaze pen to the birds' eyes, beaks, and talons.

Thanks for visiting today and Happy New Year!