I am currently taking an on-line class with the FABULOUS Jenny Doh. ( If you don't know who she is just Google her.) For this week we had to produce a homework project that showed what we felt our true artistic calling is. Hmmmmm. What I seem to do naturally is recycle ugly stuff and make it cute. Also, I love to just "play" with different materials and mediums. So this is what I made for my homework.
I started with an 8.5"x11.5" piece of white card stock. I used some of my favorite Alice in Wonderland stamps, Stampington's Tea Party stamps and IndigoBlu's Alice stamps. After stamping figures and words all over the paper randomly I started tangling around the images and words. When I finished with that I colored areas with copic inks. Now I have a piece of my own paper! I photocopied this so I can use just the copy and keep the original in case I need it again. So this is what my paper looks like:
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Monday, January 30, 2012
A beautiful Monday and a new challenge from Simon Says. For my entry I have created an ATC (Artist Trading Card) that measures the standard 2 1/2" by 3 1/2". I first used Tim Holtz's color blocking method, applying the ink pads in various colors directly to the card, masking off areas with post-it notes until the entire background was complete. My lovely queen is the "Prom Queen" from Stampotique. She was stamped on the card with Black StazOn ink. Catslife Press makes the phrase "Queen Bee" and her wings are really flowers cut in half, made by Jolee, like the flower topping her crown. I stamped the crown, also by Catslife Press, with Ranger's Embossing Ink and then applied some Queen's Gold Embossing Powder and melted it on with my heat tool. You can almost her her buzzing can't you?
Friday, January 27, 2012
I have one more chunky ATC to share and then I promise to stop. At least I'll stop posting them on my blog everyday. The poem on display here is a copy of a poem that Edgar Allen Poe wrote that was published after his death. When I was about 13 years old I had an English teacher that used to read out loud to us about once a week. Mr. Philpot, my fabulous teacher, loved to read the works of Poe and he especially loved the poem "Annabel Lee". Unlike many of Poe's works this one was not frightening or spooky, just terribly romantic. I'm no longer 13 and I still find it romantic. Anyway, this ATC is one showcasing Edgar in all his finery with a few ravens thrown in for good measure.
First, I prepared the ATC wooden block with Ivory colored acrylic paint. The crackle effect came from using the Crackled stamp by IndigoBlu. I stamped the crackled look with Ranger's Rusty Hinge ink. The stamp on the back is by Stampers' Anonymous, Tim Holtz Collection. I purchased the small ivory peel and stick flowers at Michael's. The pictures of Poe are a part of a digital downloaded collage sheet from Alpha Stamps, as are the words that were cut out and pasted on the side of the block. There just happened to be parts of the poem on the collage sheet and pictures large and small of ravens, which of course had to be included. I finished it off with golden colored fresh water pearls for the feet, a pewter pull with a large red stone in the center by 7Gypsies mounted on the top, and a rather large black and cream colored ribbon tied in a bow.
I did promise to stop showing the ATC blocks every day for now but I really can't promise "Nevermore". (big smile on my face)
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Recently one of my viewers asked if I would show how the wooden ATCs are made. I will do a short photo tutorial to show how easy and fun these are to make. Your only limits are your own imagination! In addition to that, it is a great way to use up older materials that you have had around for years.
Thanks for visiting and taking a look around!
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
It is always a thrill to have your work chosen for publication in ANY Stampington magazine! I even get really excited if my work is in any of their ads. : ) I just received my copy of the February/March 2012 issue of The Stampers' Sampler in the mail. I have tried to "curb my enthusiasm". Joe thought someone had died the first time I was published. I couldn't speak, I just kept crying and pointing to the magazine. Another time I was at Barnes and Noble when I saw the magazine and kept showing complete strangers my work. But, as I said before, it is always a thrill and a privilege to have the folks as Stampington like my work enough to put it in a magazine. They were nice enough to show a box I made using the fabulous Dina Wakley grunge style stamps. I made the box to hold other projects that I had sent them. They gave me a two page spread in the Artists-On-Call section demonstrating the use of Kristen Robinson's lovely stamp line called "Love Lines". So I am doing a happy dance today!
Monday, January 23, 2012
The site called "Less is More" is having a challenge currently that involves a cut out on the project. My project is a card with a circular window cut out on the left side. I cut a circular frame to go around the opening and used the circle that remained to go on the inside of the card. I stamped the inner circle with the crackle stamp from IndigoBlu using Ranger's Frayed Burlap ink. I cut a gear out of cork with Tim Holtz's Gadget Gears die and placed a father figure from Graphic 45 paper. The word "dad" is from Authentique. The cork panel is matted onto the crackled panel and glued inside the "window". On the front of the card I glued the circular frame around dear old dad. I then tore strips of butterfly tissue tape (also by Tim Holtz) and then glued a strip of flowers (Trimmings by Tim Holtz). The inside of the card says "You are very special to me". But then, isn't almost every one's daddy special?
Sunday, January 22, 2012
I liked this challenge so much I actually made a second "map" entry. This one is an ATC executed on wood. I have wooden blocks that my husband, Joe, cut to the size of an ATC ( 2 1/2" by 3 1/2"). I painted the wood with acrylics, stamped on it, glued things to it, like the map paper, a bird and some flowers. Then I had Joe attach a knob to the top for me. I glued little beads on the bottom for feet. There are several photos here so you can really see everything, hope you like it!
Friday, January 20, 2012
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
stripes found at the bottom of the bag have been enhanced with compasses cut out of G45 paper along with Tim Holtz's gears, a little silver chain and some tiny compasses that should point West in honor of the wicked witch. I used black gros grain ribbon to tie it shut and a little bit of Ranger's Seedless Preserves (purple-ish) ink to distress the top portion of the sack. The silver hands are by Alpha stamps, they have the most wonderful Steampunk ephemera! If you look closely you can see the red pearls at the center of some of the compasses, just like the color of Dorothy's shoes. Ding Dong the witch isn't dead, she just got sacked.
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Monday, January 16, 2012
Well, for me this was a challenge! I wanted to make a really tiny calendar using only Stampotique stamps so I decided to use dominoes. I have gotten a lot of inspiration from Laura Carson's site http://artfullymusing.blogspot.com/. She makes BEAUTIFUL books, mine is just kinda cute. So, after looking through my stash I found some old dominoes that I have been saving for a special occasion. I made the little book covers out of two antique dominoes that I bought at the Brimfield Fair a long time ago (they each measured 1 7/8" by 7/8" and are 1/4" thick). A couple of years ago I took a class with Tim Holtz using alcohol inks on dominoes and decided to try that technique. So, I distressed them with Adirondack's Alcohol inks. Using StazOn black ink, I stamped the Stampotique image called "Row Faces" using just two of the faces on each domino. Then I wrapped the edges of the dominoes with a gold metallic tape, making sure to burnish the tape with a bone folder. I covered the stamped images on the dominoes with Ranger's Glossy Accents and allowed it to dry overnight. I used the Glossy Accents again to glue on the 4 beads that serve as "feet" that allow the calendar to be freestanding. The dominoes are each attached to a corrugated piece of cardboard which is lined with ribbon and a patterned paper backing. The black ribbon is cut to tie on each side. I cut up the tiny calendar and glued it to a strip of black card stock which was folded accordion style and glued to the inside. Ribbons tie on either side to keep it closed and little paper flowers by Prima were colored also with Alcohol Inks to match the dominoes and glued to the top with glue dots. The pearl headed stick pins were also colored by the Alcohol Inks to match and tucked in behind the tiny flowers. The finished product measures 2 1/4 " wide x 1 1/4" high. Now that is a TINY calendar!
If you love mushrooms…
The Bolton Common
By Renee Zarate
I love the Super Bowl! I remember watching the first Super bowl game with my family, many years ago. I never get tired of it, but to be honest with you I do enjoy it a little bit more when “my” team is playing. I like to go beyond the usual hot dogs piled high with chili, cheese, and diced onions, though that is really good, too. To me it is fun to add a few “fancy” appetizers along with the usual chips and salsa. This is delicious and is like eating a sandwich only with pie crust. Yum.
A Rustic Pie Filled with Wild Mushrooms
2 ½ Cups flour
4 Tbl. cold butter
4 Tbl. Crisco
1 tsp. salt
1 Tbl. vinegar
1 beaten egg
Ice water (3 to 6 Tablespoons)
Milk or beaten egg for the wash
Add the flour and salt to a large bowl and stir together. Add butter and shortening, cutting it in until it resembles coarse crumbs. Add the beaten egg and the vinegar, mixing it well. Moisten the dough with ice water, just a tablespoon at a time until the dough comes together nicely. Wrap in plastic wrap and allow to chill in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes or longer.
Make the filling:
1 pound of fresh mixed wild mushrooms or just Portabellas, chopped coarsely
2 shallots, minced
¼ pound of chopped ham
2 Tbl. butter
2 sprigs of fresh thyme or ½ tsp of dried thyme
½ cup of wine or fruit juice (I used Vermouth)
½ cup of chicken stock
Salt and pepper to taste
1 Cup of shredded Mozzarella cheese
1 Tbl grated Parmesan cheese
Chop all of the mushrooms and set aside. In a large skillet, sauté the minced shallots in butter until soft. Add the chopped mushrooms and the thyme; cook until the liquid has evaporated and the mushrooms are soft. Remove the mushrooms from the pan but leave the juices. Pour the wine into the pan and cook down the liquid until it is about half of what you started with. Add the chicken stock and reduce the liquid until it is slightly syrupy. Add the mushrooms back to the pan and fold in the ham, check the seasonings at this point and add salt and pepper if necessary. Allow to cool to room temperature.
Roll out the pie crust to about ¼” thickness. Place the large circle on an ungreased cookie sheet or one covered with parchment paper. Spoon the mushroom mixture into the center of the pie crust and top it with the grated cheeses. Fold the pastry edges over the filling and then lightly brush the pie crust with milk or a beaten egg yolk. Place in a 375 degrees preheated oven for 35 to 40 minutes, until the crust is golden. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Serves 8 to 10 as an appetizer
Thursday, January 5, 2012
Gingersnaps Creations has a challenge going on using Chandeliers, etc. I like this card using the stamp: Glimmering Hope from Stampotique. The chandelier stamp is from Inkadinkado. Inks are by Ranger. The rhinestones are from Queen & Co. I used copic inks to color in the stamped images and the words are from Authentique. The hat is made from one of Tim Holtz's "trimmings" flowers spritzed with Glimmer Mist Patina. The card measures 6"x5".
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Wednesday, January 4, 2012
The challenge this time for the "Simon Says challenge" is something NEW. How about a card celebrating a new job? That should make anyone happy in this economy. I used Stampotique's "girl with lunchbox" and stamped her with Memento Black Tuxedo ink and then colored her in with copic markers. I stamped her lunchbox a second time, cut it out and popped it up with a pop-dot to give it a little dimension. She looks a little overwhelmed with all the Blah, blah, blah (also Stampotique) going on around her. The encouraging words are from Authentique and the blue pearls are made by Queen & Co.
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
This is a fun challenge being held by The Ribbon Carousel site. The challenge here is to create anything that contains an element of ribbon, twine, thread, lace, etc. I created a card using a Stampotique stamp called "the girl with the heart purse". The ink is Memento's London Fog, copic inks for color, a Prima flower, Queen and Co. red pearls, words by Authentique, a button from my old coat and Divine Twine in cherry red. Oh, and I cannot forget the spritz of Cadillac Pink Glimmer Mist to make her sparkle just a little!
Monday, January 2, 2012
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