Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Miniature Shrine

One of my design team creations is a miniature shrine. Here are a couple of photos of the finished product!

Monday, June 25, 2007

How to Marble Paper

Since I've been out of town for a couple of days and have gotten no work done, I thought I'd post a how to instead of new work.
Here's what you will need:
1. Blank Paper 2. Glass tray 3. Shaving Cream 4. Stamp pad re-inkers or calligraphy ink. 5. Fork 6. Scrap piece of cardboard.

Start out by putting a layer of shaving cream in the glass dish.

Put dots of color into the shaving cream.

Using the fork spread the color around making a marbled pattern.

Put the paper face down and press it into the shaving cream. Don't be afraid to use good pressure.

Remove the paper from the shaving cream. Using a scrap piece of cardboard scrape the remainder of the shaving cream off in one big sweep using good pressure.
And viola! You can re-use the shaving cream a couple more times before it gets too muddy.

Saturday, June 23, 2007

More Pages

My hubby and I are getting ready to go out of town for my family's Reunion this weekend and I am busy running around like a chicken with my head cut off. It seems like anytime we go out of town it's like this: I make lists, I pack, I make more lists, I cross off lists and my husband plays video games or watches a soccer match and then throws some random stuff in the suitcase as we're walking out the door. I envy his nonchalance.
I promised myself before we left today that I would have the fairy book totally done. It doesn't look like I'm going to make it, but here are some more pages.

This last one is actually the back cover of the book, which is why I didn't put any dimensional objects on it.

Friday, June 22, 2007

Wednesday Stamper

The theme for this weeks Wednesday stamper is Eggs. I have a couple of little egg stamps by Invoke Arts which I used on this page--but I really wanted a nice big egg for my focal point, so I cut one out and colored it using ink and added the spots using a pencil's eraser. The wings on the girl is a stamp by stampington and company. The background swirls are by Autumn Leaves.

Monday, June 18, 2007

Another Page

I am plodding along in my effort to get my little fairy book done. Here is another page that I did this weekend. The background is a piece of scrapbook paper and I stamped the little "Make a wish" phrase and went over it with glitter pens. Hopefully I'll have several more pages to post tomorrow. It's my goal to have it all done by Friday so I need to get to work!

Sunday, June 17, 2007

More Pages

I worked some more on my design team book this weekend. Here are a couple of my pages. I used the new Twinkling H2O daubers to make the little flowers and for the background of the second page.

The big wings are from a stampington and company butterfly stamp. The little butterflies are from River City Rubber Works.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

You scream, I scream, We all scream for

Yep, that's right, ice cream. A few years ago I read this study about road rage and how these psychologists measured all these different things to see if they would help. You know what worked the best? Eating an ice cream cone. I tested this theory out yesterday. It's been in the nineties here and I don't like to run the air conditioning in my car. It's bad on gas mileage and I like to think that I can take the heat--after all when I was a kid, living in an old farm house without air conditioning we thought nothing of cranking up the oven and baking a pie while it was ninety degrees outside. But the heat has one bad effect on me, it shortens my temper. After being cut off and witnessing five cars run the same red-light I found myself wishing I kept a bull-horn in my car so that I could REALLY tell everyone what I thought of them. And low and behold, there was a McDonald's looming on the horizon and I found myself thinking about that study. So I stopped and got a cone. I have to tell you it was like magic. I felt cool and relaxed and when that crazy lady in a purple minivan cut me off and braked erratically, I found myself wondering why I liked the taste of the cone when it really is like eating Styrofoam and shouldn't be all that pleasing, instead of yelling myself hoarse. I felt cool and relaxed for the rest of my 45 minute trek through bumper-to-bumper traffic.
I am now a believer in the healing power of ice-cream. You should try it out and see for yourself.

This is the last ATC from that baby wipe swap I'm in. The stamp is from oxford impressions.

And this is something that I'm working on as part of my design team work. I got this blank book from creative imaginations. I decided to do something all on fairies, which is not a subject matter I usually explore but it seemed like a fun idea.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Baby Wipe ATCs

I am in a swap right now using baby wipes and watercolors as the backgrounds. Here are two of them. In both cases I folded and dipped the wipe into the watercolors. Both of the stamps here are from Oxford Impressions. In fact, the third one that I did (which I hope to post tomorrow as it is still drying) I also used an oxford impression stamp. I think I've been in a mood for them lately. Anyway, I stamped them using Satzon onto a transpanrency and then attached. I wanted the background to show through.
I have a couple of HUGE projects I'm working on as part of my design team responsibilities and I hope to start posting some of it tomorrow.

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Wednesday Stamper

I promised myself that I would be good this week and try to get the Wednesday stamper challenge done sooner rather than later. I've been bad about it the last couple of weeks. So Tonight, I sat down and made this. The theme this week is flowers. I don't really own any flower stamps, so I opted to make this instead. The center of the flower is a plastic optical lens that I tinted with alcohol inks. I then stamped the woman--by Oxford Impressions--on card stock and put it into the lens. I hand drew the flower and cut it out. The stamp is by Hero Arts, I think it's called Italian Text, but I'm not positive. I used some sequin waste to apply some ink to give the green paper some texture and made the little tag and viola, a card was born.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

My First Foray into Fimo

On Monday while trolling a second hand store I found a like-new toaster oven for only $3. I've been searching for one to do some UTEE stuff in, but also for FIMO work. So for my first try, I made this ATC back for a purple themed swap. I rolled it out and then cut and baked. I am afraid that the edges are a little jagged. But it's not bad for a first run. The stamp is by Stampington & Company, which I embossed and then painted with watercolors. I like the way it looks and am thinking I'll try something similar in blue.
Here is a little birthday card I made this week as well. The stamp is by Lost Coast designs.

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Wednesday Stamper

The theme for this weeks Wednesday Stamper is doors. Since I don't own any stamps with doors on them I decided to make my own little door out of Popsicle sticks. The girl stamp is by Lost Cost Designs and the grass at the bottom is a swirl stamp by Autumn Leaves.
My other big accomplishment this weekend was baking these yummy cupcakes. They've got chunks of pineapple in them and the frosting is cream-cheese with coconut. I think I'm going to go and eat another one right now!