Thursday, July 30, 2015

Road Trip Mini Vacation

I have been in a funk lately and need a vacation so bad!  Besides taking a day off here and there, I haven't had a long vacation since last year.  I hate taking time off just to stay home since I don't feel like I'm getting time off.  You know the true statement, "Moms never get a day off".  That's me.  Even though my husband and children are all old enough to take care of themselves, I convince myself that I have to do the cooking and all the other "mom" stuff which = NO REST and NO VACATION.

Kenny and I are taking off this weekend to Palm Springs.  It's a five to six hour drive so basically a ROAD TRIP!  We don't have any plans, just relaxing in and by the pool and not a whole lot of anything else.  It's probably not a good time to go south since it's supposed to be 108+ degrees.  (It's supposed to be 103 at home so what's the difference, right?)'s a dry heat LOL  I just want to be in a place where I don't need to worry about cooking or cleaning!  Now that's my idea of a great vacation!  There are lots of  art museums and I hope to visit at least one, but not a big deal if I don' plans.  LOL

Of course, you know I cannot go anywhere without some art supplies.  I do plan on bringing some stuff and hope to do something artsy.  I already googled scrapbook stores and found a couple.  I don't know if we'll stop or they are even on the same path that we're going, but it'll be fun if we get to stop.

Until then...

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Bad Girls

I love the lyrics to the song "BAD GIRLS" by Tennis and knew I'd use this particular part of the song on something at some point.

I bought some 8x10 canvases over the weekend and started painting until I got to a point that I liked.  Believe it or not, this was much more colorful when I first wrote the words, but it wasn't centered and I did not like it.  So I painted over it with white acrylic paint, let it dry and rewrote it.  I added some pink polka dots and another layer of white paint between letters to cover some of the old marks.  I'm not sure what I'm going to do with this...probably try to sell it or gift it to someone....hmmm...where my bad girls at???  LOL

I am posting this on the SCS Mixability Challenge because I did do some crackle painting on both the upper left and lower right corners.  I used my crackle paint but didn't wait long enough between coats for it to crackle much so I ended up using my crackle background stamp from SU!

Products used:  assorted acrylic paints, black and slate inks, black and gray Sharpie markers, white gel pen, script and crackle background stamps; texture paste and lots of doodling.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Life Happens

Cosmos is the October flower of the month in the Lila Grey Digi Stamps available on the website below and/or Etsy shop.

I printed the flower on the right hand corner of white cardstock.  I followed the Tuesday color challenge on SCS which is Tempting Turquoise, Smokey Gray and Crushed Curry.  I only had the TT but used Granite Gray acrylic paint and Honey CTMH inkpad and alcohol marker.  I did need to use green for the flower stems but besides a little black and white, just stuck to these three colors.

I spread watered down gray paint around the flower and entire page.  Once dried, I randomly stamped some turquoise ink around the page using the Gorgeous Grunge Stampin' Up set.  I used a blending pen to "paint" the flower in honey ink and used the coordinating alcohol marker to darken around the edges and inside lines in the flower.

I used a circle stencil to add gray circles on the top right side of the page and doodled around them with a black BIC pen.  Stamped some background dots on the flower and around the page using the appropriate color ink.  Then I sprinkled watered down white acrylic paint around the page.  After everything dried, I stamped the sentiment.

October Flower of the Month:  Lila Grey Stamps
Splitcoaststampers Color Challenge:  Splitcoaststampers

Sunday, July 26, 2015

50 Year Celebration

My sister's in-laws just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary and they asked me to make the table centerpieces.  So we got together one weekend and prettied up some mason jars.  Carly wrote "50" on each jar with hot glue; I spraypainted them in gold and dipped them in gold glitter once they dried.  I had some tulle that I purchased from a yard sale a few summers ago and it was perfect that I had both gold and rose (rose was their wedding color).  So we tied bows on each jar.  I used my cricut to cut out the mats for the photos and the number "50".  I had so much gold printed paper from my own parent's 50th party we had a few years ago.  My sister bought a bunch of carnations to place in the jars.  They turned out so nice and my sister received so many compliments.


I used the Storybook cartridge to cut the bases and the "50"s.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

She Wears Pink

I know I really need to learn more about my camera and videos, but for now, I have created two videos, one on a time-lapse and the other the traditional way.  I didn't realize the time-lapse video would be so quick!  LOL

This first video shows the process of the mixed media page and some of my tools.  Unfortunately, it is really fast and you can't really see all the tools so I took a photo of the tools I used for this page.  What I love about these "tools" is that they aren't anything special.  All discarded or homemade items that are used to make cool marks on my mixed media pieces.

I'm having a hard time uploading the second video but hopefully I can figure out how to upload successfully.  I had to chop the beginning and may need to chop more.  I decided to forget about this one for now.  If I figure it out later, I'll add it but I am getting frustrated.

I had a little bit of a creative block, but I ended up really liking it and even make an adjustment or two to the final product.

I'm entering this project on the Stampotique Designers Challenge blog.  Click HERE to go there and check it out.  The July challenge is to use household items for your "stamps".  I think this qualifies.  LOL

AND...I'll be researching aps soon.  If you know of one or have any helpful hints, I'd love to hear about it!

And here's the photos of the tools and the final product.  I wasn't sure about the wording on the final product until I added the pink ribbon to her dress.  Now...I love it.  My mother-in-law, sister-in-law and two close girlfriends are breast cancer survivors.

(Bubble wrap, old gift card, glue gun mask, straw, empty adding machine tape roll, old toothbrush, punched circles on a baby shower invitation/stencil, script stamp)

Monday, July 20, 2015

Summer of Color Week 6 and Some Sports Trivia

This is the last color challenge on the Twinkle Twinkle Summer of Color series.  This week the colors are ORANGE + ORANGE + BLUE.

At first I thought, "geez, this is a Met's fan dream come true" but since I'm not a Met's fan, I had to think of something else.

Sports Trivia:  The Met's team colors is a combination of the Brooklyn Dodger's blue and the New York Giant's orange.  When the two teams moved to California, the Met's were created and they wanted to incorporate both past New York teams.

Ok, back to the challenge.  I used two inkpads, Bashful Blue and Tangerine Tango from Stampin' Up.  I also grabbed used orange acrylic paint.

The daisies are a digi stamp from Lila Grey Stamps.  I printed them on a piece of white cardstock and regular copy paper.  I created a mask with the copy paper and placed it on top of the flowers on the cardstock.  After that, I sponged both the orange and blue inks around the page.  I used my new stencils to create some dimension around the page - mini punchinella (orange paint) and letter stencil (white acrylic paint).  I then removed the mask and added orange ink to the centers of the daisies.  I used my white Wink of Stella marker to add sparkle to the flower petals and some black ink lines around the page.


Click here for more info on the digi stamps:  Lila Grey Stamps
Click here for the challenge blog:  SOC
Click here if you'd like to see more of Stampin' Up! products.  This is my demonstrator, but you can always find someone local in the directory.

Have Hope

I don't use digi stamps very often because I'm not really thrilled with my coloring.  I was asked to try some out for the Lila Grey Stamps Design Team so of course I jumped at the chance.  I do like to try new things and this was one of them.  Instead of coloring in the image, I made another Mixed Media piece using the packing tape transfer technique.  Which happened to be the Mixability Challenge on Split Coast Stampers this week.

I used the October Flower of the Month digi image.  I printed the image on regular copier paper.  I transferred the image onto packing tape.  You can pretty much look it up anywhere but basically, you print an image on a copier.  Then you cover the image sticky side down with clear packing tape; soak the tape/image in warm water.  Once the entire image is wet; pull it out and start rubbing the paper off.  Keep on doing it until you remove all the paper.

I do not own a gelli plate but I've noticed it a lot on Pinterest and other websites.  I usually don't just jump on all phases until I feel like I can't live without it.  I do not feel that way about it (yet).

BUT, I do like the idea of creating on a base and then using that to make backgrounds so...I used a piece of glass from an old frame and added paints, etc until I liked what I saw.  Then I placed the packing tape image sticky side down onto the glass; rubbed a little to picked up the paints and then put it aside to dry (sticky side up).

While that was drying, I grabbed a page from an old dictionary and splotched some ink and other marks on it.  Once that dried, I adhered the packing tape pieces to it.

Just a few more things here and there, stamped the sentiments and all done!

Link to Lila Grey Stamps

Have a great week!!