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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Happy Halloween!

I don't usually do the Halloween thing but this year with the cool printers trays from McGuffey Woodworking, I just had to participate!  I have had fun using Dreamweaver stencils and various items from the Scrapbook Generation, my local store and some fun things from 7 gypsies and more!  I even used some of the new line of Authentique papers.   So I will show you each component then the finished piece!
I used the cool paper for the background.  And with the trays from McGuffey Woodworking, the backs come off so you can get your designs right up to the edge.  I then stencil with orange matte paste the pumpkins. After dry I stenciled again with crackle paste.  Love that stuff.  I added just a hit of brown in over the top of the crackle. I stenciled the spider first in gold, the black and finally in red.  I added my fun little bottle in the corner.
Sorry this photo is not clearer.  I used some fun papers for the strip across the top of the rectangle then used my faux scrabble tiles for the BOO!  Using matte paste I stenciled the jack-o-laterns.  Once dry I added a little nose on one and hung a fun "skeleton" key for fun.

What is Halloween with out a witching hour?  I first put the bare trees stencil down and sprayed with Fireworks from Tsukineko.  I then just started adding layers of elements. More words, another fun bottle, a clock face for the effect and a moon! Had to think the whole thing was a bit spooky with a fun sticker!
Again, I added the paper and the letters to the box.  Then I added some 3D embellishments and a fun key hole to go with the key from box 2!
As much as I HATE spiders...this is a fun box.  I used the spider web stencil in black glossy paste and tossed some glitter here and there.  I then added 3 spiders.  Each spider is a different paste, one crawling into the box is crackle, the the pearl paste and finally the black glossy.  Again, adding the fun bottle is a great touch.
Again fun paper with edging in brown ink.  I used a partial stencil to get the raven. I just LOVE the scrable type letters and the fun embellishment.  So here is the finished product!
These boxes are so much fun to make and just in time for a haunted Halloween!  I added little stickers and the ruler from 7 Gypsies and a couple of black mosaics just for fun!  Hope you all have a safe and happy Halloween.  BOO!!!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Dreamweaver Thursday

Well it is Dream Scheme with Dreamweaver again.  Today is a sketch by team member Kim.

so today is a sketch challenge and I decided to turn the sketch on its side.

I love the layers!  I used the double glitter technique on the dogwood stencil.  This is one of my all time favorites.  I used three shades of pink on the petal and green on the leaves.  There is a hint of yellow on the flower centers!.  I used the waterfall method with the different colors.  Once I removed the stencil from the paper (remember to always lay the stencil face down and pull the paper off the stencil to avoid bending your stencil) I covered the design in crystal glitter.  I then just layered my papers and ribbons to do the sketch...or my interpretation of the sketch!  Thanks Kim for the fun challenge!

For those of you keeping up with the Art for Joplin Auction over $1,600 was rasied through the online auction.  Thank you one and all for your support!


Sunday, October 23, 2011

Dreamweaver sketch challenge

If you want to play along with the sketch challenge from Dreamweaver, this is the sketch by Kim!
Happy Creating!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Dreamweaver Thursday! FREE WEEK

I am so excited.  The auction on EBAY is going well for Joplin.  You can still get in on some auction items including a package of Dreamweaver goodies!  So, I messed up last week and posted a free theme so this week really is a free theme.  I am sharing an altered printers tray using the NEW ARTIST GRADE ALCOHOL INKS, Paste, paint, hoo has and doo dads! The alcohol inks are highly pigmented and stay wet a bit longer so you have more time to work!  So this is my fun post today!  I have lots of photos as this is an in depth project!  Check the end of the blog for full list of supplies or as much as I remember!  Enjoy
I started with a blank printers tray from McGuffey Woodworking/BK Design Studio.  These are crafted in the mid-west.  See the next photo!

What makes this tray different is the back panel comes off so you can draw your grid lines, paint, paper and all else and not fight with paper curling, hitting the sides of the compartments etc.

This is the gird that will be painted and re-attached to the back board.

Next I painted the areas I wanted with a base coat.  I also found papers I wanted to use.  These happen to be papers by
7 Gypsies and attached with a wonderful new Pam Carriker Mixed Media Adhesive by Matisse.

I added some crackle paint over some area.  I used the Ranger brand.

You can see how the crackle is happening. 

  • This is where the really cool stuff comes in!  Because the back of the box pops off you can stencil using paste.  I attached the LJ825 stencil to the box and used gold embossing paste!

Next I did the small flourish stencil in crackle paste.

Then the leopard print was added with black glossy paste.

I added the mosaic background last with pearl paste!

I put the now painted grid over the background. I did do a little touch up here and there along with stamping some images!

Now the real fun began.  I added a bottle from some beads I purchased, added the scrabble style letters and the best thing is the cool transparent pear!  This is where I used the ALCOHOL INKS on acetate then traced and cut out the PEAR STENCIL!  I know, you are all shocked I used the pear!

More objects added.

The domino was colored with ALCOHOL INKS then stamped with one of my all time favorite stamps...a peacock from Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps.  I glued it in but did remove the excess glue.

I stamped the Travel with Staz-on and added the dominoes.  I did more ALCOHOL INK on the domino with the cat eyes...also by Prickley Pear.

I stamped this image on acetate and then used rubons by 7 Gypsies.

Love how the pear looks with the color yet transparent! 

I also matched the paper on the dominoes in the little boxes above the pear.

Added some flowers and wings on the word stamp, also by Prickley Pear.

This is the finished box.  I call it "MY FAVORITE THINGS"  as in includes, pears, travel, art, flowers, animals and above all a very subtle amount of GLITTER!
I hope you have enjoyed my artful journey today.  So glad it was a free week this week so I could share.  Keep looking for more fun trays and altered art!

Printer Tray : McGuffey Woodworking
Paint: Golden
Adhesives: Pam Carriker Mixed Media Adhesive/Weldbond/Dries Clear Glue from Art Institute
Stencils & Paste: Dreamweaver Stencils
Misc. Embellishments: Ranger/7 Gypsies/Petaloo
Stamps: Stampers Anonymous and Prickely Pear Rubber Stamps
Paper: 7 Gypsies
ALCOHOL INKS: Dreamweaver Stencils

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The auction for Joplin is now under way!  Please check it out, bid and share the link!  


The first auctions end soon so don't miss out!


Thursday, October 13, 2011

Sorry for the late post today.  In Arkansas on a new adventure.  So I guess I am going to make this one short and sweet today.  In the new additions to the catalog there are some GREAT quilt designs.  They make a 6 X 6 pattern.  This is a project I did for one of the shows!
All the color on the blocks were done with Shiva Oil Paint sticks also available at Dreamweaver!  The top and bottom designs were then gone over in translucent paste!

Hope all of you have a very creative day!  Now off to shop the craft festivals!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Dreamweaver Thrusday

So sorry for my absence last week.  Was in a minor car wreck and was out of town...so any way, I am back and ready to post!  And it is going up a bit early this week to boot! (I am fine, the car is fine just a little stiff and sore!  I created today on Hydrocodone so hope it all makes sense! LOL)

I want to use my post this week to wish all of our friends in Canada a Happy Thanksgiving.  I made this card today using Alcohol Ink, Glitter, Paste and faux Scrabble tiles.
I started by using glossy paper and alcohol ink in shades of orange, red and yellow.  I also added some gold leafing pen for the polished stone look! 

Next I used glossy white paste on black paper and let it dry.  I love the Japanese Maple Leaf Stencil! Once the paste was dry I applied alcohol ink to it as well.

I made sure my ink had dried well and used black glossy paste to emboss the one corner of the fall stencil.  I then used the waterfall technique with glitter on the embossed image. 

I attached the all the layers after the paste was dry then attached the letters.  I also cut out the parts of the leaf image I wanted to use for the corner and attached them to the card front!

So that is my card for this week!  Hope you enjoy!  And all of you in Canada..Happy Thanksgiving On the 10 and celebrate a bit early!

Happy creating!