Saturday, April 20, 2013

spring bingo bird

It's finally spring here--the flowers are blooming, the birds
are singing, and it's generally a little warmer.  Ready for some
spring challenges?????
Altered Pages:  birds
Simply Create Too:  Use your stash (lol, all of it came from my stash, the only slightly new thing is the doily!)
Crafting for all Seasons:  No stamps allowed
Crafty Creations:  No Patterned Paper

Have a great weekend, everyone!  :)

Thursday, April 18, 2013

What's on Your Workdesk? Wednesday, #202--a new Rogue and wedding stuff

A brand spankin' new stamp.  These sweet little spring birds
upcoming Rogue Redhead set, "This N' That,"
Oh yes, you are correct--the background is a monoprint!
 And glassware, getting ready to put together centerpieces
for the oldest son's wedding.  It's next Saturday!
The bride REALLY likes the forsythia, but sorry to say, 
it will probably be all bloomed out by next weekend.

Okay, now I'm off for a little woywwing . . . see you there!  

Monday, April 15, 2013

it seemed like a good idea at the time . . .

So I'm making these atcs for a swap, yes?  
For some reason, it seemed particularly amusing
(at the time, anyway) to juxtapose the cheerful stamped
sentiments with the serious expressions on the photo faces.
You can kind of see the shine on this one.
It reminds me of the old saying, "You can't judge a book by its cover."
Yep, Gelli plate print backgrounds . . .

Lots of layers of colors . . .

Like I said, it seemed like a good idea at the time . . .
Anyway, in addition to a little spring-ish post for
Altered Arts Magazine (the spring issue is fixin' to come out!),
these are going away for an atc swap.  (Wait, I already said that!) 
But the point is, I liked the challenge of giving them the appearance of dimension,
without adding bulky, hard-to-mail embellishments. 

Well, yes, painting and coloring are flat out fun, 
that might have played into it, too . . . ;)
Oh, yes, thank you--I do feel like a challenge or two!
Simon Says Stamp Challenge--April showers or Spring flowers
Creative Inspirations Paint--Spring Colors
Scrappy Frogs--Think Spring
Fab 'n' Funky Challenges--Spring Colours
Word Art Wednesday--always anything goes, with an inspirational sentiment or quote

Saturday, April 13, 2013

a sping pendant with grungeboard base

It's finally spring!  Time to break out the butterfly stamps--this one
is from the Nature Medallion set from Blockheads, but the outer
edge of the medallion is cut away to show the texture of the Grungeboard
base.  With lots of layers of colors, the Grungeboard makes a great
foundation, as it keeps its shape and doesn't fall apart. The pendant is
edged with some micro beads in medium pink, which gives it another
bit of texture.  Add a grommet, jump ring, and cord, and voila!

 A fun springtime pendant!  (Oh, and the butterfly is stamped on a
bit of Gelli Plate monoprint background.)

It's a fine day for some challenges, yes?
My Time to Craft--Up in the Sky 
So Arftul--spring colors (green, pink ,blue)
Sweet Stampin'--Pastels
Crafts4Eternity Recipe Challenge--Wonderful Wings

Have a fabulous weekend, everyone!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

What's on Your Workdesk? Wendesday, #201--hand carved stamp

So last night, I wanted a stamp of ocean waves.  And I made one!
It's been a long time since I carved a stamp, and it was very satisfying.

Well, that's it, in the interest of brevity, as well as me getting into the shower and
out the door.  If you leave a comment or follow, I will do my best to hunt you down
and return the favor--see you later, WOYWWers!  (click HERE if you want to be
a woywwer, too!)

Sunday, April 07, 2013

atc size book with "leather" hinges

I can't believe it's already April--the daffodils here are blooming like crazy, and it
finally feels like spring!  For my first Altered Arts Magazine project this month, 
how about a little spring-inspired book?

Okay, seriously, don't those binding tabs look like leather???  But they're not--it's

It even feels like leather, all inked up with Pink Grapefruit VersaMagic.
The image is from the Blockheads Grunge Collages set, stamped in VersaFine.
What?  You use Grungeboard all the time?  Well this is my first go--I'm very slow to
try anything new--remember me?  I still use good ol' crayons on EVERYTHING!

REALLY, it looks like leather in real life, too!!!!

P.S. Just in case there is anyone else who is unfamiliar with grungeboard, it's kind
of like chipboard, only very flexible, inkable, and paintable--it doesn't come apart
in layers if you get it all inky, it doesn't break, and, as you can see from those
"leather" hinges, it doesn't crease, either.  Fun stuff!

P.P.S.  Nope, haven't filled the last book with atcs yet, but will share with you
when it happens!