Friday, February 27, 2015

TCW Design Team Post: 2-15-15

I just realized I didn't share my last creation for The Crafter's Workshop.

I created this tag with Carmen Medlin's new stencil called Evergreens.

You can read all about how I made it HERE.

Quick post for today. 
Working on lots of creations but nothing I can post yet.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

I'm Playing with the SCACD Steampunk Hummingbird and Flower!

I have the wonderful opportunity to play with Susana's Custom Art & Card Design (SCACD) Steampunk Hummingbird and Flower stamps designed by SCACD Stamp Co rubber stamps .

SCACD has a huge selection of digital and red rubber stamps.
Susana's store is full of other products like dies, embossing flowers, paints, stencils, etc.
You have to go over and see it all. 

For my creation I used a 5x5 cradle wood board and created a steampunk base out of metal tape from the hardware store.

For the Steampunk Hummingbird and Flower I stamped them on aluminium sheets and embossed in black.

To add color, I used alcohol inks and silver and gold acrylic inks.

The hardest part was cutting them out of the aluminium.
When I attached the flowers to the piece I cut the petals and shaped them to give them more dimension.

I found these perfect metal flowers in my stash.
I added alcohol inks to the metal flowers.
While the alcohol ink was wet I added the glass beads.
Do you know they stuck there like glue?
I didn't expect that at all.
Everything was attached to the base with heavy gel medium.

Here is my finished piece.
It's so hard to take a picture of something shiny!

I had so much fun making this piece.
My head is spinning with other ideas.
I had to right them down.
So stayed tuned!

Here are the links below to see these steampunk stamps and all the other goodies Susana's Custom Art & Card Designs (SCACD) has to offer.

Don't forget to head over to their Facebook page and like them!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Canvas #4 Donna Downey's Workshop: 10x10x10x10

This weekend my god-daughter, Cassidy, and I worked on canvas number 4 in Donna Downey's 10x10x10x10 online workshop.
It was so much fun working on our pieces together.
So alike but so different.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Friday, February 20, 2015

Cardinals, The Only Red I Use

Weird title for a post, don't you think?
Let me explain.
My mother loved Cardinals. She loved birds.
Every time I see a Cardinal I think of her.
In my art I hardly use the color red.
When I do use it I usually mixed it with pink or orange.
Never alone except for Red Cardinals.
I pulled the Cardinal stamp out and new TCW stencil to use,

Although I used the Pinecones to add the background to my tag, I loved using the branches as embellishments. I used modeling paste with the stencil and then added inks; the paste soaked up the color. 

Attached everything to the tag (paper strips, string, glass beads) and finish it with a little string bow. 

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Timeless: Quick Tag

Not having a lot of time during tax season, its easy to pull out a tag.
I created a quick tag using Seth Apter's stencils.
You can see his stencils HERE.

The flower is a stamp by Wendy Vecchia.
She has stamps with stencils.
They were given to me as a gift and I found while I was cleaning.

These little butterflies are made of brown craft and wood.
I didn't know I had those either.

That's it for now.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, February 16, 2015

TCW Stencil Art Journal Page: Stencils Designed by Carmen Medlin

You bought home a new a stencil because you love it.
Couldn't wait to get home to use it.
Now you're sitting at your art table wondering what you are going to do with it.
Asking yourself why did I buy this one.

You're not alone.

Here is the secret.
Just use it.
Sounds simple but sometimes still hard to do.
Grab your art journal or a piece of card stock, grab your paints, inks and just create a background. 
It doesn't matter what images are on the stencil just start with one color and add to the background.
Repeat with the next color.

Here is the stencil I used for my background.

I added the Pinecones over and over on the backgrounds.
Every time I used a different pinecone I changed the paint color.
Can you tell they are pinecones?

Once used all my colors, I added a layer of white pinecones.
Creating backgrounds with the stencil is the easiest way to use the stencil.
After you repeat the images over and over, you can't tell what it is.
But you created a great background for a journal page, card, layout.

Next, I added the tree branches in black to the top of the page.
I wanted to add a quote but I decided to make it look like it's hanging from the tree.
I even added a bow.

Here is the final page.

Do you have stencils you have never used?

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Friday, February 13, 2015


Today I leave you with this quote.
I've had a stomach bug this week.
My art room is screaming to me.
I'm hoping to get in there this weekend.
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Abstract Tag: Playing with Inks

When I don't have a lot of time to play in my art room, I always grab a tag or an art journal.
Today I have a tag to share.
I used spray paints, inks, acrylic paints, and stamps.

As you can see I just added all of the above to the tag and just let it dry.

I added some stamps, number stencil with spray paint, and used a fine line paint bottle to add some writing details.

 I know need to play with the inks again. 
Some are water soluble and some are not.
I really didn't pay attention to what I used.
Some of the inks just kept spreading until it was dry.

Here is the final tag.

I definitely need to play more with all the inks I have.
I keep forgetting I have them.
How many supplies to you have that you don't use?

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, February 9, 2015

My Art Room: It's a mess. Is yours?

Today I have pictures of my messy art room to share with you.
Most of my art is drying.
It's not as bad as I think it is looking at these pictures.
I do have a lot of stuff squeezed in a small room - 10'x10'.

Here is what my table looks like.
Looking at it, it's not bad.
I actually have a place to work.
Usually my creating space gets smaller and smaller because I never put things back when I'm finished using them.

If you were sitting at my table this is what my floor looks like to the left.
I use things and when I have no space on my table I throw it on the floor.
You can see that I like to make piles.
Those white drawers are rubber stamps and three drawers of stencils.
The set of two drawers are my Big Shot and dies. The top drawer is full of all my alpha stamps.

This area is right next to the white drawers (Ikea).
You can see all my Sci-fi movies.
The stop shelf are things I received and I haven't put away and miscellaneous paintings in different stages. Paintings I'm working on leaning on it.
The little brown set of drawers is very old.
It was my grandmother's.  My mother used it to hold all her art supplies.
I use it for all my bits and pieces of chipboard, wood pieces, string and ribbons.

These shelves hold canvases, paintings I hate that I will redo someday.
Books, stamps, paper, spray paint, plus my TV.
This area I need to reorganize.
I do have a small closet full of other supplies plus art cases, shipping envelopes, more books.
I would love to take the door off and add more shelves.
It would add more space.

You can see the closet door in the next picture.
The holder on the closet is full of miscellaneous supplies plus cards and tags that I have made.
The shelves are full of paints, inks and the drawer below is full of old music books, dictionaries, and encyclopedias plus deli paper. 
The little drawers next to it are full of miscellaneous adhesive, blades for my X-acto knives, and who know what else.

What you don't see right behind my table is a window and under it are shelves with art journals, gels, gesso, and other mediums. Draws full of grungeboard, quotes, and containers for ephemera.

Here is my basket full of stamps I use on a regular basis.
I don't keep the packaging.
I just throw them in.

I would love to take everything out of the room plus the closet. 
Paint the walls a neutral shade.
Reorganize and put everything back.
It would take me weeks to do it on my own.

Is your art space a mess?

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Friday, February 6, 2015

Trees Don't Have to be Green!

Today I have a tag to show you using Carmen Medlin's new TCW stencil called Evergreen.
I love to change the normal colors of an object like a tree. 
It's art and it can be any color I want it to be so I chose pink.

I added the tree to the tag with modeling paste.
Then I added pink and green acrylic inks to the tree.
The background is a mix of stamps, washi tape, and acrylic ink.

Are your trees always green?

You can see the rest of the new Winter 2015 Stencils HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

It's Purple! Mixed Media Abstract

I have been using purple lately.
It's my favorite color but I hardly ever use it for art.

This piece is 8x10 on a mixed media board.
Acrylic paints and heavy gel medium.
I also did a lot of scratching into this piece.
I think that's my favorite part.

Here is a close up of the gel medium.

Here are all the scratches.

I've been really loving making mixed media Abstracts.
It has taken over my art room.
I have paintings in many different stages drying.
My goal is to try to finish at least one every week.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, February 2, 2015

New Stencil from The Crafter's Workshop: Hummingbirds

I love hummingbirds. 
Here is the new stencil from Designer Carmen Medlin.

With this stencil I created this heart shaped ornament.

You can check out how I made it by clicking HERE

Please check out all the creations from all Design Team Members with The Crafter's Workshop Stencils.
You will be amazed.

Thanks so much for stopping by!