Tuesday, October 21, 2014

White On Watercolor Hollyhocks

White on Watercolor technique from Technique Junkie sure has a lot of punch.  I was really excited about getting to use my new stamps from I Brake For Stamps.  I guess the flowers could be Hollyhocks or delphinium but for me I'll take Hollyhocks.  They are a favorite flower of mine and bring back so many beautiful childhood memories.  One memory was when my cousin, Mary, would come to visit.  Grandma Newhard lived across the street from us.  She was my dad's mom.  Actually my mom's mother, Grandma Benninghoff, lived behind us and I was in this beautiful grandma sandwich that every child should have!  Grandma N had shawl fringe that she had saved.  I don't know what from or for but as grand-daughters we got to play with it.  The fringe was really long....like 18" to 24" long.  There were two sections of it......one grey and one black.  Each one was about 15' long!  So, my cousin and I would wind it around our waists and pretend that we were hula dancers.  We would beg grandma for two old nylons that we would tie around our chests for our hula tops.  Then we would go get hollyhocks for our hair and the tops.  We thought we were pretty beautiful.  Since my dad was a photographer, he would take pictures of us having fun in our 'hula' outfits.   

Monday, October 20, 2014

Lesson Two with Tam LePorte

I am taking a Radiant Faces class online and this is my project for my second lesson.  It is called the inner child and teaches you the style of the lollipop girl.....large head, iddy, bitty body.  The inner child part of the class was for you to draw a yourself and your longings as a child, things you wished had been better, etc.  Well.....I had a wonderful childhood and really wouldn't change any of it.  I loved to ice skate and play piano. 

I was also horse crazy.  Anything with a horse on it, in it, around it, etc.  I wanted a horse so bad I could taste it!  I was a decent rider too but alas, I never got to own a horse (at least for very long).  When I was 11, my parents got me a welsh pony colt.  That little horse drug me back to the barn more times than I want to remember.  I broke him to being brushed, halter and lead.  But, he was just a mama's boy and would get a burr in his bonnet to rush back to the barn to be with her.  My parents decided to give him back to the people they bought him from.  They put him out to pasture and a month later he was as gentle as a lamb.  But mom and dad wouldn't try again.  I was devastated.  They gave me horse back riding lessons the next birthday to try and make up for it! 

When we moved to Colorado my new love became Ice skating.  I was a pretty good spinner and  jumper.  The piano lessons that I had taken in Ohio were a thing of the past but I continued to tinker around with it throughout high school.  Now as an adult, I'm the keyboardist for our praise band!

Hope you enjoy my inner child!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Mono City

This is a technique called Monochromatic Silhouettes.  This was a lot of fun to make and used up some of my scrap paper too!  I love this city silhouette stamp....it has a happy look to it.  The word and flower stamps are brand new from I Brake For Stamps.  I really love the scribbled look of the daisy.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Goosed Glory

This is another Goosed Coat technique from Technique Junkie newsletter.  This is so different from the previous card.  Lots of color and quite happy. 
Speaking of happy.  I am so thankful that we have a friend who is a handyman.  He was kind enough to fit us into his work schedule and help my hubby work on the side of the house.  Water damage and a few little ants pretty much destroyed one corner of the house.   We discovered it a little while back as we were on the porch with the dog.  The siding looked a little funny.  We checked it out and found that the only thing left there was the paint!  The siding, plywood underneath, top and bottom sill plate,  almost 1/2 of the 2 x 6 wall stud and all of the bottom of the truss were gone on about 3 feet from the corner of the house.  Yikes!  Rains were coming and Jerry fit us in and helped Ray get the structural part of the repair done before the rains hit.  We still have the finish work to do but the hard part is done!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Goosed Coat

This image looks somewhat dark but in real life it is a little lighter.  The little leaves are popped up to create a lot of visual interest too.  The image of the flowers is from Technique Junkie Stamps.  I hope that all of you are enjoying your fall.  My daughter and two children were in a car accident on Saturday.  It was really scary as my son-in-law asked us to drive to the accident site to help with the family.  We didn't know if everyone was okay or not.  Traffic was backed up for at least a mile while fire trucks, police and such worked to get the car on the wrecker and out of the way.  I thank God that Leah and the kids were okay......the kids were shaken up.  Zander said that he didn't like it AT ALL!  Unfortunately for their family, the car has been totaled.  I'm so thankful that we have an extra car that they can use until they find a new one.  The sad part is that the car was going to be paid off in December.  All three got a pretty good jolt so they are seeing a chiropractor to make sure everything is back where it should be.  Zander and Braelyn had their first appointment on Tuesday and they both did very well.  Braelyn was perfect.  At two years old and never having any kind of treatment before, she laid on her tummy as still as could be while the chiropractor checked everything out and adjusted the vertebrae that were out.  ;-)

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Embossed Stains Autumn

Here is another embossed stains.  You can really see the metallic ink on this one.  I used cardstock from PaperTemptress for the card base.  It is a beautiful gold/purple shimmery rectangle of goodness!  It was perfect for the color of the metallic ink too!  Both cards, the one from yesterday and the one today are from the October issue of the Technique Junkie newsletter.  The big news from Technique Junkie is that the newsletter will have its last issue this December.  Sad for me.  I have loved being a designer for the newsletter.  We hear that design work will continue but in a different fashion!  Stay tuned!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Embossed Stains

Our weather has turned and yesterday and today are rainy.  I was talking with my daughter-in-law, a friend and my son-in-law......I complained that I just hadn't gotten anything of merit done that day.  They reported the same.  We think it is the weather!  So, here is a fun fall card for you.  God certainly has fun in the fall with all the beautiful leaves.  Hope you enjoy!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

My first acrylic painted girl

I'm finally done with Lesson 1 in my Radiant Faces class and I think I have figured out that I have Acryliphobia.  The fear of acrylic paint.  I'm happy with my face but NOT with the color.  The face color is really more orange pink in real life.  Then I found that many of my paints are gloss.....and the teacher said that matte paints were better.......grrrr......   So, it added to the problem I had trying to shadow.  Is there a trick to shading with acrylic paint?  I certainly don't know it.  I ended up shading her cheek with pencil and it didn't fair too well over gloss paint.  The face color started too pink.......so I beiged it down a little then when I was trying to shadow....it went pink again.  The ear ended a little too low.  I also had an issue with the hair line.  Too low to start so I painted over with skin tone, then the hair didn't want to cover.  She is quite a departure from my inspiration picture of the sweet pensive girl ( you can see the picture of her in the post below) but I wanted to lose the headdress so that she looked a little more nymph like.   Besides we were to make it our own anyway!   I sure am learning a lot!  Hope you enjoy!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Radiant Faces class

I'm so excited......I signed myself up for the Radiant Faces art class.  9 wonderful talented ladies were gathered together by Effy Wild for a one-of-a-kind class.  Nine different lessons and nine different types of faces.  Our first lesson was from Jane Davenport.  Here are two pictures from the first two parts of lesson one.  I still have one last part of lesson one to do.  Hopefully finishing it tomorrow.  I have an art class notebook that will be finished soon too and will post both projects as soon as I can.

If you are interested in taking this class, you can still get in!!!!   Here is the link to the information:


Now.....here are the first two parts of lesson one.  I'll have to change the structure of the face a little on the second try but It is getting there!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Got Stencils?

Hey, Blog Hoppers! 
Pat Huntoon from Technique Junkies has done it again!   

Pat and our talented design team have many inspirational projects to show you today on our fabulous blog hop from the BRAND NEW CD - Sensational Stencils.  It is chuck full with over 40 stencil techniques for your card and craft making projects.   

ORDER IT NOW for only $14.95 by clicking HERE.  Please note that you may have to use Chrome or Firefox to view.    Click here to see the CD table of contents.  
So....break out your stencils!!  Now for the blog hop fun........

You should have arrived here from Tricia's blog.  Her expertly colored images are always a pleasure to behold!  If you jumped into the middle of the hop, go back to the beginning, listed below, so you don't miss any of the projects!

Today I have two samples from the CD.  The first is called Gelato Wipe.  The images are from Stampin Up and are used to keep with my year's mantra of trying to use some stamps that have never seen ink!  There is just something about a black border that really makes your image pop!  It is hard to see in the photo but the words Thank you are popped up with foam tape.

The second technique is called Saturated Stencil.  This Dylusions stencil makes me think of Lotus seed pods.  That led me to think of Butterflies....not sure why but it did!  These are from a Tim Holtz set that also had never seen ink.

Both techniques were easy for any level of stamper!   So, now it is time for you to hop on to Beth's blog.

Below is the order of our blog hop.

Tricia O’Bin - http://thepassionatestamper.blogspot.com
Ann Clack - YOU ARE HERE
Beth Norman -
Hetty Sanders - http://craftchaos.blogspot.com
Holly Brown – http://www.glitterstampsandink.blogspot.com
Jane Bosi - http://janembosi.blogspot.com 
Jackie Kalchert   http://
Shelly Schmidt - http://shellymc2.blogspot.com/
Pat Huntoon - http://www.patstamps.blogspot.com

Monday, September 29, 2014

Colored Silk

Hi, Bloggers!  Well.....I'm finally getting some time to blog and stamp.  It feels soooo good.  For the last three weeks we were working on our long driveway.  (story following, card info below if you want to skip) 
It was time to pressure wash it and reseal it.  Quite expensive to have it done so we decided to do it ourselves.  The drive is almost 10 years old and we had never sealed it before.  Once the power washing was done there were lots of pits where we had washed out the dirt and moss.....lots and lots of moss.  We are completely treed with oaks so not much sun gets to the drive.  We decided that we could only do 2/3 of it this year.  There is a total of over 10,000 sq feet of driveway!  Wow!  The day we finished my daughter, Leah, came over with her two children.  While we were working on her project, her son comes in the back door.  As he walked on the vinyl you could hear his shoes sticking!  STOP!  I yelled.  Did you walk over to the shop?  I asked.    NO!  he said.  You have tar on your shoes!  I replied.  I've got it on my hands too, he replied!   AUGH!!!!!!    While we were cleaning up the hands, shoes and floor, my husband went into the garage.  He came back into the house and said.  Well......he was right.....he didn't walk over to the shop......he rode his Big Wheel over there.  You have go to be kidding me.  We JUST finished over there.  I said to my grandson.....Didn't those containers blocking the way to the shop mean anything to you?  No....was his reply.  Well, I guess when you are 6 years old, life experience of items blocking the way for a large vehicle may not mean anything for a little ol' Hot Wheel.  Thought you'd like to see the picture of his escapade.  It took a whole bucket of sealer to redo the area.  BTW.....we ended up using 53 five gallon buckets of sealer to get the job done.  We staged the bike for the picture.
Here is a card that I designed for the August Technique Junkie Newsletter.  It uses a technique called Colored Silk.  This technique gives such a beautiful background!!  The image is from I Brake For Stamps in their Embossing Arts section.  I've had this stamp for years and it is just a classic.  Colored with copic markers.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Saturday's Class

I took a class at Main Street Stamp and Stationery today.  Helen from Paper Parachute taught the class.  It was SOOOOOO much fun.  I'm very pleased with my project.  I learned to not think and plan too much....very hard for me.  I also learned that I need a LOT more Distress Stain paints, rub-ons, and more washi tape if I want to do more of these.    I hope that you enjoy.

Faux Dorothy

Hi, Bloggers!  This week the technique of the week from Technique Junkies is Faux Embroidered Quilt.  It makes the background look soooo good!  I've used one of my newer favorite stamps from Technique Junkie Stamps (formerly Stamp Camp).  I thought this card could be good for those college students who are leaving home for the first time!  There indeed is no place like home!  The words were made using an alphabet stamp set from Hero Arts that I've had for at least 20 years!  Funny how just recently I've seen some stamp companies use this font for some of these stamps!  What goes around, comes around!  ;-)  Enjoy!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Waxy Window

This coming week the Technique of the week for Technique Junkies is Waxy Window.  So, I thought I'd start the week off with a fresh simple sample of Waxy Window.  I've been on a mission to try and use some of my stamps that have NSI.....Never Seen Ink!  I'm sure that some of you have this problem too!  The stamps are from Stampin' Up!  I know that they aren't new but they hadn't been used until today!  I wanted some colors that remind me of the later days of summer so picked a red flower with some orange in the design too.  A little hand drawing around the inner white border made the image pop out a little more.  Enjoy!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Gelli Fun

Today I dug out the 3 x 5 Gelli plate and decided that if I didn't have some fun with this new toy that I would put it off forever.  It was a lot of fun.  The Single small prints are mostly done using the Styrofoam plate cut out.  I'm just learning how to layer and it is obvious that I have a lot to learn.  Getting the right amount of paint on the plate seems to be one of my challenges.  I'm not sure it you should add a little to the paint to keep it wet longer or not.  I did find out that I could use lots more paints.  More Transparent ones.   On the journal page, I followed along with the video from the Gelli blog.  I didn't have the same colors or stencils but it did teach me some tricks so hopefully the next one will be a little more interesting.  Think I'll have to do some drawing on the journal page and maybe paint black around the images.