Monday, October 29, 2012

The Sharp Owl.. Only Bigger

Wow!  Thanks everyone for all the comments on my last post.  I really did have a lot of fun with the Faber-Castell products, and I ordered a few more colors.  And the little page from my Art Journal turned into something bigger - and I think much better.  I finally enlarged one of my favorite stamps.  The Sharp Owl - and then I created a journal for my daughter.  An idea book of sorts, you know all the great things an 8 year old can think of.
Sharp Owl Idea Book

The background was a lot of fun to make.  Just color up the paper with the aquarelles and then paint over it with water.  I never would have choose this color palette, but I think the owl looks great with it.  But I'm going to try again when I get my blues and greens!  And the gellatos add texture and depth.  So artistic!  Ha ha!

More owly stuff coming up.  I have an order for two Christmas ornaments, and a surprise project by a guest designer...  hoot hoot!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Blog Hop with 100 Proof Press & Faber-Castell

This week we're having a blog hop.  100 Proof Press Rubber StampsFaber-Castell have joined forces and are having a 13 artist blog hop!  You should have just been visiting Mou Saha  and all of her beautiful work.

I got my Faber Castell gelatos (yum yum) and watercolor pencils and let's just say I want more... in EVERY color.  Since I had very Autumnish colors I thought I might pull out the turkey stamps.
The aquarelle pencils were fun to use, I kind of felt like a real artist.   I used three shades to create the background on both of the Thanksgiving Day cards.  I used the big stamp pen for the wishbone stamp, and I even did some shading with gelatos.  My hands got messy, and it was fun!
turkey king rubber stamp - Plymouth letter (background stamp)  WISHBONE -  now available 

hot turkey on a platter & wishbone
I also played around with some more of the gelatos in my art journal.  I used a template for the circle background, and was able to coat a gear chipboard with them.
the fortune says "find release from your cares - have a good time"

Thanks for stopping by.  Next up is Amy, she's sure to have something super cute to share.  To find the complete list of the blog hop click here. Both 100 Proof Press & Faber-Castell are awarding prizes, so you might want to check it out!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Gauche Alchemy - mixed media kit & 100 Proof Press Rubber Stamps

 Awhile back I got a really cool box in the mail that got my creative juices going.  It was packaged just so, once you opened the decorated box, there was a piece of lace tied around a carefully packaged collection of goodies and the suspense of what was inside was killing me!  What was in it you ask?  Sooooo many different crafty items that would be perfect for a mixed media artist, someone who art journals, a scrapbooker, card maker, and let's be realistic someone who likes to hoard their really special supplies.  This Gauche Alchemy mixed media kit triggered several different ideas.  I had taken a step back from art dolls, and I want to get back into creating one of a kind items - like art dolls.  They did not turn out quite how I envisioned them, but they are unique and one of a kind.  I think I am going to turn them into ornaments.  

The Gauche Owl Sisters
head - 100 Proof Press "owl face" stamp
wings - a street map of Pairs (GA mixed media kit)
butterfly, scarf, dresses, feathers - (GA mixed media kit)
legs - you know it, sticks from my yard

(word balloon stamp - 100 Proof Press)
This mixed-media kit lead me to create something else with a completely different style.  (I don't really know what style those owls would be categorized in) But here's a cute card I made using this neato canvas paper - that had adhesive on the back.  This idea of sticky paper blew my mind - I'm not kidding, I got way too excited about this adorable, sticky forest paper.

(see what I did there?  I notched out some chunks on a spool of thread to make a card holder)

The rivets on the side were also included with the Gauche Alchemy Mixed Media Kit
See the fun paper?
The stamp is 100 Proof Press' Little Red Riding Hood

Riveting Riding Hood

I  enjoyed taking the time to play and create with the goodies from Gauche Alchemy.  And I'm pretty sure given the same box, on a different day, I would have created a completely different batch of crafts.  I do still have plenty of supplies from the kit, so maybe I'm come up with something else to share later on...

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Pep Boys...

Last week I was so busy with work ("the way of life") -  one of my jobs was to get a new Magnesium plate made and that means... new images are on the way!  I'll still have to make a matrix mat and test them out before they will be ready to sell - it's still kind of an exciting process for me. Luckily I  found a bit a time to create this weekend.  I was going to get back into sewing, but I cut out the pieces for an owl quilt and got a little frustrated, might go back to it later... but in the mean time I did some stamping.
"The Way of Life":  this has been a reoccurring theme and saying in my life the past two years.  It kind of started as a joke, but now it's real.  My sister was stamping something and she wanted to add some words to something and the shape of "the way of life" stamp was perfect.  We started just throwing the saying around in odd, but made sense to us situations. It just kind of sunk in - "the way of life."
ATCs pep boys on a brown paper bag

A pep boy card, couldn't think of a good phrase for it - I suppose "The Way of Life" would have worked
This was the final piece sticking with the pep boys on a brown paper  bag theme.  I think the spool paper adds a playfulness and color.  And that is how you use, "the way of life" rubber stamp.  Ha!