Friday, January 23, 2015

Hawks are in the Big Game!

The playoff game between the Seahawks and the Packers was SUCH a nailbiter. Wow, what a comeback!  I was up in Canada with my boys for hockey but the team and parents all got together and found a place to watch the game.  Good times.

I couldn't help myself.  I'm hanging this baby over the TV to prep for the big game vs. the Patriots on Feb. 1st.  If you're a Seattle fan and would like one, I listed one HERE in my shop too.

Go Hawks!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Gettin' Steamy With Some ATCs

My mixed media ATC group has a steampunk theme going right now.  I love steampunk style but my muse was snoozing on the job.  After much struggle (and thanks in part to The Octopode Factory) these are what evolved.

I had to adapt with these.  I thought I had lots of wonderful little keys and clock hands in my stash but apparently I've used them.  I bought a clip art sheet from The Octopode Factory for the first two girlies.  I just added a little coloring with Copics and metallic paint.  I was inspired by these ATCs from Pawsitively Creative to pull out the Inka Gold (totally forgot I had that!).  I borrowed her metallic embossing technique on the first ATC up there.

I'm entering these in the Wicked Wednesday challenge "Girly Stuff". These are kinda girly in a fun and funky way.  :)

Thanks for stopping by today.  Wishing you a very happy Friday and a lovely weekend!

Monday, January 5, 2015

PaperArtsy: Fragile challenge

When I saw the inspiration pics over on the PaperArtsy blog I couldn't resist playing along with their current "Fragile" theme.  I dug into my tissue and phone book stash to create this ATC.

I layered strips of the phone book page on the background and then colored it with Distress Stain.  I stamped our lovely lady onto tissue paper and colored her with Copics and white pen.  A little bit of charcoal pencil around her helps distinguish her from the background.  (In retrospect I should have a used a different background color - live and learn).

Kind of perfect sentiment for a Monday morning after Winter Break, yes?  ;)

P.S.  I just revisited this and as I glanced at the post title and then at her face I had to chuckle.  She does't look very fragile, does she?

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Unmounted Stamp Storage

I spent this morning cleaning off my work desk. At least that's what my family thinks I was doing.  I meant to, and was feeling really proud of myself, until I realized that I mostly just moved stuff around and dumped a bunch of papers that I wasn't sure what to do with in a big bag to go through later.  Reality is that I really need more than a morning to tackle this project.

Anyway, I noticed that my unmounted stamps are pretty much bulging out of my current containers and are difficult to go through. I know stamp storage has been addressed a bazillion times in a bazillion different places, but I'd love to hear how you manage yours.

Here's my 'system', to use the term loosely:

If I get them packaged with the company info I usually keep them in the packaging and toss them in the basket on the left (larger ones) or the container on the right (smaller ones). I like knowing at a glance who made them.  If they're still too big I wedge them between the basket and the jewel cases which contain the stamps that don't come in sturdyish packaging.  My plan is to get 3 matching (wouldn't that be nice?!) bins in the near future.

As soon as I get them I stamp the image on a piece of paper and slip it into this binder which is jammed full of 9-pocket page protectors and regular page protectors.  Once upon a time they were organized in here by theme, but then I started keeping some of them together by manufacturer and then I just started filling in empty slots.  Oops. Looks like another organization project to add to the list...

I also have 'swatches' of every ink pad, embossing powder, Distress Paints and Stains, and Stickles in this binder.  The front has samples of most of my punches and somewhere else in my room (still working on the cleaning!) is a binder full of samples of all of the dies I have.  I suppose it doesn't do me a whole lot of good if I don't where it is.  LOL...yes, the organization project is not going to be a one-day deal.

I'm not sure this works for me anymore.  It's kind of a pain to rifle through these baskets when I'm looking for a specific stamp.  The up-side of this system though is that I often find stamps that I've forgotten about.

What works for you?

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year!

Just a quick post - no pics even - to wish you all well as we usher out 2014 and welcome in 2015.

We thought about heading down to Seattle tonight to bring in the New Year but my 15 YO majorly face-planted on his skateboard last night and isn't feeling up to it.  (Poor guy, 2 front teeth chipped - badly.  One's a goner.)  I'm okay with having a nice, cozy night at home with the fam.  It's cold out there!

Love, Health & Prosperity, friends!

Monday, December 29, 2014

When the Cats are Sleeping, the Mouse Creates...

I'm not entirely sure why that seemed like a good title for my post, but here's the explanation...

It is Winter Break for the kiddos.  That translates into them staying up WAY too late and sleeping in until after noon.  Seriously.  I'm an early riser so that leaves me all morning to hunker down in my studio and get messy  - guilt free.

This morning I stumbled upon Claudine's blog post showing her latest installment of the APC challenge.  Somehow I missed all of the previous ones, but immediately felt compelled to hop on board and play along with the Distress Paint & tissue paper technique this week.


I rarely pull out the Seedless Preserves and Dusty Concord colors I have.  I guess I'm just not much of a purple or purplish red person. Decided they needed dusting off today though.  Claudine let her paint dry before she applied the tissue.  I don't have that kind of patience so just smooshed it down right on top of the wet paint.  Since it was still pretty dark after it dried I added some stenciling over the top.

For a little interest I decided to layer the flower and leaves a bit with adhesive foam.

Here's what I used:

Distress Paints
Wendy Vecchi stamps
Copic markers
Black ink
Tissue paper
Playing card
Foam adhesive
White pen

I've decided to challenge myself to go back and attempt all of her challenge...not today though.  That will be my New Years' artsy resolution.  :)

Have a spectacular day!

Sunday, December 28, 2014

12 Tags of 2014 - December

I'm nudging the rules a bit and made an ATC rather than a tag.  I followed what Tim did ... kind of (as usual!).  Tim's December tag is HERE and this is what I came up with.

I'm also entering this in Wicked Wednesday's Winter Holiday and/or Silver or Gold challenge.

Products Used:
bristol paper
Distress Paint and Ink
Dylusions spray
Silver and black inks
Sizzix Festive Foliage
Washi tape
Sizzix Reindeer Flight
Tinsel ribbon
Laser cut wood word
Ultra fine glitter