Sunday, June 30, 2013

The Color Blue and a Little Metal

I like to cut the pockets off of old jeans ready to be thrown away and use them to make hangings.  I did some Christmas ones a couple years ago (and gave them away) and now I've done a summer one.  You could put flowers in it and hang it up or use them to give little gifts to people or.... whatever idea you come up with.  

The Everything Wendy Vecchi Yahoo group has switched to month long challenges giving people more of a chance to enter what with lives being so crazy busy.  The challenge for June is the color blue and metal and, of course, the standing requirement, to use at least one Studio 490 stamp.  The blue pocket made a perfect starting point for the challenge and actually with the metal rivets I've got that cover too, lol.  All the stamps and stencils I've used are Studio 490.  I first put the stripes along the bottom using the Studio 490 embossing paste, let it dry, put the stencil back on and added green Distress Paint.  Next I stenciled the flowers but I remembered how Wendy talked on her blog about coloring the paste using Distress Reinker, so that's what I did and it worked Great!!!!  I added dots on the flowers with a Sharpie paint marker. Stamped some little dots in the background with Distress white paint and then stenciled the circles with Distress Paint salty ocean.  I had a paper towel that was used to soak up extra Dylusions spray, glued some of it to a scrap of cardstock, let it dry, ran a Distress Paint dabber over it lightly to calm the color just a bit as it seemed to bright for the project and then stamped the saying with Archival jet black, cut it out and glued it on.  The butterfly is a Blossom Bucket piece.  Punched two holes with my Crop-a-dile, added the wire hanger, dyed a piece of ribbon and tied it on.  Then I thought I'd make a simple tag to put inside.  Started with a #8 manila, sprayed on some Dylusions, put some Distress Stain on my craft sheet and dipped, sponged Distress Ink around the edges, stenciled on the dots with Distress Paint, and stamped on the distressed stripes with Distress Paint. For the flower I put on the flower stencil, sponged embossing ink just through the flower, removed the stencil, poured on Distress Embossing Powder (mustard seed), heated it, put the stencil back on, inked the flower again with the embossing pad, removed the stencil and did another layer of embossing powder.  For the stem I just stenciled Archival Ink.  Added black lines around the flower.  Stamped the saying with jet black.  Added black and white doodling around the edge.  Doodled around some of the dots to make flowers.  Tied on left over colored ribbon from the pocket with wire and made a wire spiral for the center of the flower.  

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Life the life.............

A birthday card for our Grandson. The panther is from The Stampin' Place.  

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

From Plain to Beautiful

This started as a plain wood $1 frame from Michaels.  Isn't it wonderful how our stamping supplies can be used to transform it into something beautiful!!  It was given to a beautiful young woman as a graduation gift. 

The bird, flowers and scripture are all from Our Daily Bread Designs, the set is called Sing to the Lord.  The line at the bottom is computer generated and part of a song called 10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord) by Matt Redman.  It's a fabulous song and if you'd like to check it out, HERE it is on YouTube. 

Frame - Gesso whole frame and let dry... Wendy Vecchi's white embossing paste through the Americana stencil Jacobean Floral and let dry (I do this in sections so I don't mess up wet paste trying to move the stencil and adding paste again)... gesso whole frame including embossing paste and let dry... paint with Distress Paints chipped sapphire and seedless preserves adding water as needed to help the colors blend smoothly where they come together and let dry... Inka Gold rose and platinum rubbed on to bring out the texture and design and also added through the Crafter's Workshop stencil Mini Circle Explosion... Music Collage (Stampabilities) stamped onto the sides of the frame with Archival Ink deep purple.  

Center Piece - Ranger's Specialty stamping paper colored using Adirondack pink sherbet (ink rubbed onto craft sheet, spritzed with water and paper pressed in), music image (Me & Carrie Lou) stamped with Distress Ink old paper.  Bird, flowers and scripture are stamped with Archival Ink jet black.  An extra bird and extra flowers stamped onto scraps of Specialty Stamping Paper for cutting out and layering over images for dimension.  Coloring done with ink and a water brush.  Tiny holeless gold beads added tot he centers of the flowers.   

Distress Paint used on the back of the frame and also Inka Gold platinum.  Center is Specialty Stamping Paper colored with Dylusions spray.  Scripture and flowers (Our Daily Bread Designs) stamped with Archival Ink jet black.  

Linking up to Artists in Blogland Show & Tell Saturday.