Friday, April 3, 2015

Happy Good Friday & a Giveaway

I hope everyone is have a good Good Friday.  While going through some things in my studio, I ran across an extra stencil I had (new never used) & a couple of new bottles of two discontinued colors of Art Anthology Colorations (wonderful mists) in Heart & Fern Leaf.

If you are interested in winning this giveaway (sorry, due to the weight, only open to the US), just leave me a comment telling me what your favorite technique is.  Don't worry if you think it's simple, I want to know (& so does everyone else!).

Giveaway open until midnight, April 12th.  Winner will be drawn using

Good luck!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Welcome Blog Hop - Technique Junkies - Dance

Good Morning and Happy Wednesday, Junkies!!  Today, is a BIG day for the Technique Junkie team and we are hosting a Welcome Hop to share all of the exciting news with you!  Be sure to visit each team members blog in order not to miss any of the excitement.  If you  haven’t started at the beginning, please visit the Technique Junkie Designer Blog ( so you are sure to catch it all!

I am so honored and excited (& a little bit in awe) to be a part of this wonderfully talented team!  You’ve just seen Pam's projects and isn't her work awesome!  I love her attention to detail, use of colors, and just her all-around great way of working with stamps and paper.

My project features the brand new releases, Dance in the Rain (#SD605b) and Rain Dance (SD642).  I was ecstatic when I saw these two stamps!  Dance in the Rain just resonates with me and the Rain Dance stamp was a perfect pairing to it.

I created a double page for my art journal using the two stamps.  It's not technically involved so everyone should be able to complete one just like it.

First, spray two colors of blue/gray ink across your journal pages, then dry (I used Art Anthology Ink Spot and Silk Tie).  Next, holding your journal in the vertical position, spray a heavy layer of the darker color across the top and allow it to run down your page.  Gently tapping the bottom of your pages on your desk will speed things up.

Next, mix up some smooth texture paste and a bright shade of blue (I used Art Anthology Mud paste and Fiji Velvet).  Using a palette knife, spread your paste randomly over a raindrop stencil (TCW Raindrop).

Then chose your stamps.  I used Dance in the Rain (SD605b) and Rain Dance (SD642).

I like my backgrounds of any wording to be colorful.  Here, I sprayed Art Anthology Lark and Glorious onto a sheet of copy paper.

Once that was dry, I stamped Dance in the Rain onto the paper.  I wanted the phrase to be broken into two parts, so I carefully removed ink from half the stamp, stamped it, and then repeated the process with the other half.  I love to use Versafine ink since it gives a better, darker stamped image.

Using a pair of detail scissors, I cut out the two parts of the phrase.

Next, I stamped Rain Dance onto a sheet of copy paper and cut out.

I decided where I wanted the first part of the phrase to go and adhered it with matte gel medium.

I then placed the last half of the phrase and the Rain Dance image onto the facing page.  I wanted the Rain Dance image to be a little darker and shimmery so it would look wet from the rain, so I painted her with Art Anthology Black Leather Jacket Sorbet.

And it's done!

Thanks for stopping by and leaving your thoughts in my comments section.  I love hearing what you have to say!  You are now ready for the next stop on our Welcome Hop---Kathy!  Why don't you drop by her blog and see what she has in store for you!

Until later,

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Solace Art Journal Page

Good morning everyone. Occasionally, I participate in ongoing swaps. They are fun and I get a chance to accumulate art of all different types and styles. For this swap, we were given the yearly theme of Nature with January's theme being Solace. Here is my page:

Check out How to Create a Lovely Sunset Journal Page by Art Anthology on Snapguide.

I just love this page and have to admit is an all-time favorite.

Until later...................

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Through the Heart

So February's Challenge is just about done over at Gauche Alchemy, but I wanted to share what my entry into the challenge was.  At first I thought it might be a little difficult until a snippet of a song went rolling through my head.

Yep, Bon Jovi’s “You Give Love A Bad Name”.  So I rolled with it.

I misted the canvas with several of Art Anthology‘s Colorations mists:  Patience, Heart, Hottie, and Glorious, then flicked Art Anthology Raider Colorations all over the canvas, adding circles with the lid. Next I traced a heart, cut it out, and painted it with Art Anthology Desire Velvet, adding a bullet hole with some Lava Stone Effects and drawing in the cracks with a Micron Pen and Signo White Gel Pen.  Texture was added with more Art Anthology Velvet and their Cracked stencil and since I love glitter, I painted on a later of Art Anthology Splashed Sorbet.

I added more texture with Wendy Vecchi’s Translucent Paste through an Art Anthology’s Retro Tile stencil.  Next I sprinkled the wet paste with Finnabair’s Light Pink Art Sugar so there would be glitter glitter everywhere!  So the saying would have a nice background to it and not be stark white, I sprayed a piece of printer paper with Patience Colorations, let it dry, and then ran it through my ink jet printer.  I cut it out, glued it down, and then outlined each word using a black Micron Pen.  Hearts were added using Brick Stone Effects and Tim Holtz’s Hearts layering stencil.
Well, that’s my little canvas for Gauche Alchemy in a nutshell.  Now I want to see what  YOU can do!  You still have a couple of days to enter!  February Challenge Board
Until later…….

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Back for Another Year with Art Anthology

I'm so excited!  I'm back!  Yep, I'm back for another year with Art Anthology's wonderfully talented Dream Team as the Design Team Coordinator.

I feel so blessed to be working with such a great bunch of artists.  The talent on the team is truly amazing.

So, stop by Art Anthology and check out what we are doing and say HI to the new team members.  We added six so there are a lot of new faces.

Until later......................

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Just a Few Projects I Completed for CHA 2015

Hi everyone!  I know, I'm a little behind on blogging.  I switched from Windows to Apple and lost my blogging software.  I still haven't found a replacement, but I am looking. Until then, please bear with me.  Blogger isn't the best blogging software out there.

So!  CHA 2015.  What a blast I had.  I worked the Art Anthology booth since I'm their Design Team Coordinator.  I had a lot of fun meeting everyone and helping out with the Make and Takes.  I also did a little demoing while there.  Here is what I came up with in about 15 minutes just using what was at hand:

I used a piece of watercolor paper for the above project.  Taking several different different Colorations (looks like Juicy, Grass, and Timeless), I laid down color and then stamped the background with the Wasted stamp from Palettini for Technique Junkies in black archival ink.  Next I stenciled over the background with our Triangular stencil and Mud texture paste and then added color with Lemon Tart Velvet.  The lady is Let's Face It 2 by Palettini for Technique Junkies.  I stamped her on a separate sheet of watercolor paper using black archival ink, cut her out, and painted her with Art Anthology Lemon Tart, Portobello, and Desire Velvet.  A little glue and voila! it was done.

For this piece, I started with a piece of chipboard, laying down a layer of Art Antholog Blue Topaz Dimensional Gems.  I then stenciled over that using a test color of Art Anthology Mud texture paste and the Art Anthology Morse Code stencil (designed by me!).  I stamped Spykee and a Smitten Mustache Monster (both by Stampotique) with black Versifine ink and then painted them using Art Anthology Velvets in Mardi Gras, Fiji, Lemon Tart, Shamrock, Desire, and Portobello.  The words are stamped using Stampotique's Typewrite Alpha stamps and black Versifine ink.

This is piece of chipboard painted with Art Anthology Lava Stone Effects  and stenciled with the Art Anthology Dot Matrix stencil and Art Anthology Brick Stone Effects.  The cat is from Stampotique's Kitty Squad and the house is Stampotique's Home Sweet Home.  I painted the cat, windows, door, and dots on the roof with Art Anthology Lemon Tart Velvet and the house itself with Desire Velvet. The main surface of the roof was painted with Art Anthology Portobello Velvet.

I also created a journal cover for my art journal that was shown at CHA.  My art journal is a 5x7 by Basically Bare.  The fleur-de-lis is also from Basically Bare.  I painted the background with a mixture of Art Anthology Colorations (unfortunately, I didn't write it down, but it looks like Juicy, Denim, Grass, and Wamai Bay) and then spritzed it with Pearl Fairy Dust.  The fleur-de-lis was painted using Art Anthology Tango Velvet.  I stamped over the paint with Stampotique's Design Cube (star side) using archival ink and then stenciled "Journal" using the Art Anthology Soliloquy stencil (designed by me!) and Lava Stone Effects.  Next, I traced around the outside of the fleur-de-lis with Art Anthology Mermaid Dimensional Crystals.  The wording is Remnant Rubs from Tim Holtz.

And here I am, happily painting away!

Until later.....................

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Tag, You're It!

Below are a couple more projects I completed for the Art Anthology/Stampendous Blog Hop we had last week.

Tags Step 1

While I was creating my I’ll Fly Away journal page for an Art Anthology post, I also pulled a few tags using the paint that was leftover on my Stampendous Creative Palette.  I got three really good pulls off of it and still cleaned quite a bit off the palette when I finished.

Dream Tag Step 1

Using a couple of the stamps from the Stampendous Grunge stamp set, I created a background on one of the tags.

Dream Tag Step 2

Next, I stamped the Stampendous Moray Dahlia stamp onto a piece of cardstock using India Ink.

Dream Tag Step 3

I cut the flower out and colored it with Art Anthology Lemon Tart, Mardi Gras, and Orchid Velvet.

Dream Tag Step 4

Then I stamped the leaf stem that came with the stamp set, colored it with art Anthology Leaf Sorbet and Kona Velvet.

Then I once again got so involved I forgot to show this next step.  I took a clear embossing pen and dabbed it all over the tag.  I then sprinkled Crystal Embossing Powder from theStampendous White Encrusted Jewel Kit over the tag, tapped off the excess, and heat set.

Dream Tag Complete

I followed with some stenciling using our Beehive stencil and a mixture of our soon to be released smooth texture paste (WOOHOO) and Art Anthology Mardi Gras Velvet.  I then stenciled DREAM using the Art Anthology Soliloquy stencil and a Micron Pen.  I then colored the words with Art Anthology Lemon Tart Velvet and the background with Plus Colorations and the Round Brush from our Tool Set.

I couldn’t just stop at once tag, so I created two more.

Play it Again Step 1 Play it Again Complete

This time I used the Stampendous Musical Motif stamp set and stamped out the keyboard onto cardstock. I cut it out and adhered it to the right side of my tag.  I whitened the keys with Cotton Velvet and darkened the frets with Art Anthology Tuxedo Velvet, followed up with a coat of Art Anthology Splashed Sorbet for sparkle.  I then added my quote and sprayed the cardstock with Juicy Colorations.

Sew Step 1

For the final tag, I used the houndstooth stamps from the Stampendous Dress Form stamp set and randomly stamped it over my tag.

Sew Step 2

Next, I stenciled a measuring tape using a Tim Holtz stencil and Lava Stone Effects (great texture!).  I also added some more interest with our Cracked stencil and Silver Metal Effects.

Sew Complete

Finally, I stamped the dress form onto cardstock using India Ink and cut it out.  I thought this tag would look great on one of the Christmas I will be sending out to a swap partner.

Until later....................
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