Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Tomfoolery: noun

playful or foolish behavior


12 tags of 2013 – july…

Ranger Products
Distress stains - barn door, broken china
Distress stains - barn door, vintage photo 
( I did purchase the brushed pewter stain, but discovered too late that it does not show up on top of the darker red, but it does add a nice shimmer )
Ideology - grunge paper, tissue tape,word bands
Distress Crackle Paint

OK, so totally veered off course on this one, but I had fun :) and that's what matters!
I am hoping that what matters is trying a new technique and checking out a new product, if that is the case, then I have been successful, even if my wall hanging does not resemble his tag.
( It's also pouring down rain, so the picture is affected, will take another one to replace this as soon as I get a little sunshine, I'm just trying to make the deadline as I am squeaking in here.)

I did try the red, white and blue streaked background with the brayer, but did not like how mine turned out so I used a stencil and modeling paste to create a layer, then covered it with distress stain hoping to soften the red and blue. Didn't like that either so I uses a layer of tissue paper over it.

I did manage to keep 2 elements in the piece, the open cut chipboard at the top and a border element on the bottom. It was the first time I have ever inked over the crackling, so I did manage to learn something new, and that's what is important, right? ( nod head yes please )

other products:
Faber Castell - Big Brush pen
Cricut - Paper Trimmings p. 36
Golden - gel medium, molding paste
Crafters Workshop - TCW97, TCW201S

also entering this in:
Creative Inspirations: Inspired by anything goes

FD "Quotes" Blog Hop

This post is pinned to the top until Wednesday the 31st, the winner of the Gelatos will be announced on August 1st. :)

Hi everyone and thanks for joining us today for the Frosted Design's blog hop. If you're hopping in order than you just came from Debbie's blog!

1. You need to hop to every blog on the list.
2. Leave a comment on the Frosted Design's blog telling us that you completed the hop.
3. Complete a Quote project and link it up to the inlinkz on their post!  Your project must contain all or part of this quote:
 "It is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all."  Author:  Laura Ingalls Wilder

For my project using the quote, I took some Gelli print paper and covered a switch plate. First I ran the paper through the printer for the quote and then placed it over the plate to adhere it down. The flowers are also from my Gelli print paper and cut using the Cricut machine. The last touches were adding the vintage button and doodling around the edges.

If you get lost on the way here is the order of the blog hop:

Words or Whatever (please like their Facebook page)

The hop begins at 12:01 am, Central Standard Time on July 26, 2013 and will end at 11:59 pm, Central Standard Time on July 31, 2013. Winner of the Frosted Design Blog Hop will be announced on their blog, August 1st.

I also have a small prize of my own to offer :)
A set of Faber Castell's Gelatos! 
Be a member of my blog, and leave me a comment to win.
I'll announce the winner on August 1st!

 The next person on the hop is Katie

Have fun!!

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Try it on Tuesday - Collage with a twist: must include some script

I love collaging, there is just something fun about getting all gluey and messy!

I wrote a post called "Box Artist" the other day because I am always humbled and amazed when someone buys them. I never thought of myself as a box "designer" but I now received my first commissioned box so I'm extremely thrilled.

Like most of my boxes, they have tops that are held together by Velcro. I love using the MS doilies because they are actually quite sturdy.

The ribbon on this one is adhered onto the bottom of the box to keep it from slipping. I also didn't have to do anything to the inside of the box except paint it as she is wrapping the gift in tissue paper to put inside it.

Here is an up-close of the collage, I tore book test and a scrapbook paper into sections and glued them on, next a layer of printable butterflies
followed by a layer of tissue paper to soften the effect.

entering this in:
Creative Inspirations: Inspired by Anything Goes
Moxie Fab's - Tuesday's Trigger: It's Collagical

 Martha Stewart - miniature doilies
Apple Barrel - acrylic paint
velvet ribbon - stash
K & Co. - paper
flower, and fluffy "thing" - JoAnn's

Here are the butterflies, feel free to use them,
 they were a free printable that I got from Donna Downey.

Monday, July 29, 2013


 words or language having no meaning or conveying no intelligible ideas; drivel

( Does that mean that supercalifragilisticexpialidocious is a bunch of codswallop? )
trying saying that fast, lol

Paper Smooches Sparks challenge - Anything Goes
Display our button 
Chocolate, Coffee & Cards - # 44 ~ Animals
Craftin Desert Divas - Birthday Linky Party
Creative Inspirations - Inspired by: Anything Goes
 After stamping the pelican and coloring him in with distress stains, I cut around his beak so I could slide the tail of the balloon around his beak and then let the balloon "float" out of the Polaroid frame using LSD for support.

Paper Smooches - Surf and Turf stamp
Little Yellow Bicycle - paper, frame, heart
CARDZTV - sentiment stamp
Faber Castell - PITT pen
Helmar - Liquid Scrapdot
Ranger - Distress Stains
Cricut - Everday Paperdolls cartridge

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Buffoonery: noun

foolish or playful behavior or practice

Chocolate, Coffee & Cards 44 ~ Animals
Sparkles Monthly Challenge - #46 * Autumn Colours *
Craftin Desert Diva's - Craft It Up & Link It Up Party #11
Jo's Scrap Shack - #10 Bling it Up

I added some bling for the leaves in the tree

Did a little bit of masking for the 3 stamps.

Hero Arts - Sparkle Gems
Paper Smooches - Happy Camper stamps ( deer, sign ), Hello Fall ( tree )
Ranger - Distress Stains, stickles
Faber Castell - PITT pen
CARDZTV - sentiment stamp

Saturday, July 27, 2013

repertoire: noun

a supply of skills, devices, or expedients; broadly : amount, supply



Moxie Fab - Tuesday Trigger: A Painterly Palette

I loved the circles and colors, would love to have all those soft shades of paint too....mmm

I used a stamp in the center which I colored in with my glaze pens and then embellished it with little drops of gem stones.

Studio G - stamp
Sakura - Glaze pens
Faber Castell - PITT pen
Helmar - Gemstone Adhesive
all the cardstock came from my stash

Here's to a yummy day filled with a Painterly Palette for all of us!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

fard: verb

To paint (the face) with cosmetics
Electric Paperie - eTeam picks challenge
Teresa Jaye picked the challenge this go around and it is
Use Papers from your Kitchen in a Collage

hmmm? I knew I had napkins I could use for this challenge because I collect and hoard napkins like I do pretty scrapbook paper, lol 
So I chose this one, because it had a retro funky feel to it.

I didn't intend for this to be so Autumn looking...but the turkey along with the color combination really brings that out. Maybe because I had Shaz's color challenge on my mind is the reason I took out this napkin to use but I did try and make it not so Thanksgiving looking by adding one of my favorite sentiments:
I dream of a better world where a chicken can cross the road
without his motives being questioned.

I used some Gelli print paper for the word strips, ( love the color layers ) and painted the background out first with acrylic paint and then added a layer of twinkling H2o's over it.

I used a pearl pen for the outlining and doodling of the edges, I love that you can get different effects from this particular pen. If I lay down the dots and then gently tap my board on my table top, the drops flatten out ( inside the turkey's body ) but if I leave them alone they hardened to a nice raised edged ( the outlines and drops ).

also entering this in:
Sparkles Monthly Challenge - #46 Autumn Colors

Apple Barrel - acrylic paint
Viva D├ęcor - Pearl pen
Copics -marker
LuminArte' - Twinkling H20's

Paper Smooches -  July 22-28 Picture Perfect challenge

I was very drawn to the colors and to the sun, so I spritzed my background with 2 shades of ink to simulate the sun, and since it was a beach picture I was inspired to use the cute little whale. The front of the card was run through the computer to print out the sentiment.

After stamping, coloring and cutting him out I sliced my paper and slid him into the water, I could have masked it but I preferred the paper piecing route. I really like a little dimension on my cards.

Paper Smooches - Surf and Turf stamp set
Ranger - Dylusion ink sprays, Distress stains
StazOn ink
pattern paper - misc. from stash

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Paper Playtime - pattern paper

Ch#15 Use Pattern Paper
Begins: Mon, Jul 22
Ends: Sun, Aug 4

1st Sponsor: 
$15 Gift Cert. to The Robin's Nest
2nd Sponsor: 
1 set of Metal Dies or 1 Stamp Set 
(winner's choice; must have USA address) from My Craft Spot
Winner announced in the WINNERS Page Tab

Do you ever have any trouble mixing pattern paper? I use to, didn't like it one bit actually, but in the last couple of years my thinking has been turned around and now I love it. Here, for my little altered box, I mixed 2 different lines of paper. 

I have fallen in love with boxes, and evidently so have my customers at the Art MoB because this one has already sold! It is made out of the cardboard spool from Christmas ribbon. The bottom and top rounds were also cut from chipboard and attached.
Almost all my boxes come with velcro closures. 
And I paint the insides to match.
I add LSD to keep the wings up and separated so that they won't flatten out, I mean we want the recipient to see all that pretty paper!

Cricut - Paper Trimmings, p. 36 ( butterfly )
p. 52 ( circle )
My Minds Eye - pattern Paper
Prima - pattern paper ( script )
Really Reasonable Ribbon
Helmar - Liquid Scrapdots
Martha Stewart - doily

So I hope you get out your pattern paper and play along with us!

Eisensteinian: adjective

From Sergey Eisenstein (1898-1948) Russian
Think: montage, montage, montage.
This rounds out our top 10 words inspired by filmmakers
and again, this one isn't actually IN the Merriam-Webster dictionary
although they offer it up as a word!

House of Cards - Shabby & Vintage
It's so nice to have a sketch to follow, takes all the stress away. 
Love the felt flower layered over the lace. 
DCWV - Shimmer Stack
Prima - butterfly paper
Martha Stewart - doily
Maya Road - felt flower
brad, lace - misc.
Simon Says Monday Challenge Blog - Celebrate
Craftin Desert Diva's - Craft It Up & Link It Up Party #11 - Birthdays
Crafty Cardmakers -#96  Birthday

( The balloon is hand drawn. )
My Little Shoebox - stamp
StazOn Ink
Faber Castell - PITT pen
Ranger - Distress Stain
K&Co. - pattern paper
CARDSTV - sentiment stamp

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Spielbergian: adjective

From Steven Spielberg (1947-) American
Think: exhilarating, over-the-top action sequences, childlike wonder, feel-good endings.
( The first film maker in the top 10 list that's still alive today )



July 2013 Creative Dare - Mixed Media Monday's Mean to Me...

We were to pick one of Tracy's Monday night videos that moved us, and for me, this was easy. On any given Monday ( when Tracy isn't busy cavorting around in Las Vegas ) you can find me painting along with her via video. I have come to truly enjoy these moments and although I love chatting with everyone ( which I do nowadays before Tracy begins ) I love the camaraderie of painting along with another artist. This is the video that I first began painting with her, although it was a card I painted the first time; and I wish I still had a picture of it to show you, but it's in the archives and I'm too lazy to pull it out and search for it.

I found this on her blog :
and Sandee Setliff who created right along with us "I had a lot of fun painting along with you Tracy, that was a first for me and it was a blast. Only bad thing is I can't "chat", paint and watch all at once! lol" ~Sandee:
It did spawn many a piece of mixed media canvases, and every time I do a 'half heart' painting I always think of Tracy. Below is the first canvas that I painted with her, ( it was also my second mixed media canvas that sold in the Art MoB ) and although I was very stressed trying to follow Tracy as she painted, I have figured out that it's not the painting exactly what she paints that I find so inspiring, it's her cheerful words, her happy attitude and her being her that inspires me to have fun while I paint. 

She talks about being not a "heart" person, yet it's her hearts that I relate as one of her signature styles ( that and buttons, coloring the inside of letter spaces white, charcoal outlining and flowers ), so much so, I incorporated a charcoal-ed heart onto the canvas that Santa was painting for the Christmas card group exchange last year.

So, yes, every Monday night, I am there but you may not see me in the chat room, because I am talking to Tracy, painting alongside her and having the best time. Here is my piece that I worked on 2 weeks ago with Tracy for the July Dare. It began a long time ago, but it was finished up with her that Monday night. Thanks Tracy for all the fun, may it continue for a long time to come!

 I really love the background to this one. It begin as a runoff piece for my gelli making prints, every time I needed to empty the brayer I would use this to do so, it was a mix up of colors. The only thing I needed to add after I finished the heart was some drops of colors, followed up with the eclectic sticker lettering, unlike Tracy, I very rarely use my own handwriting.

And along the way, I even learned how to spell Weinzapfel :) and the importance of May 4th!

Monday, July 22, 2013

Warholian: adjective

From Andy Warhol (1928?-1987) American
Audacious, minimalist, unwatchable.
( one of my favorite artist when I was in High School...just in case you wanted to know )
Along with many of you, I agree that sympathy cards may be one of the most difficult cards to make. I think the reason is, it's because it's such a tender time in someone's life and you want the card to reflect the importance of the moment.

I used one of my Gelli prints for a background sheet, love the way the butterfly picks up on the colors of it. I also really like this sentiment for a sympathy card.

butterfly - K&Co.
script paper - My Minds Eye
I am also very remiss in announcing the winner from Scraptown Lady's giveaway which I was suppose to do yesterday. I know this isn't much of an excuse but I dropped my cable company and got Netflix instead and am now currently obsessed with watching TV on my laptop instead of doing my usual routine of blogging and such. My apologies!
So without further ado....the winner is:
Contact me at with your address so I can get your prize out to you!

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Bergmanesque: adjective

From Ingmar Bergman (1918-2007) Swedish
Think: deep, dark, depressing.

( Another word that Merriam-Webster lists, but does not have in their dictionary! )
Delightful Inspiration - i {heart} card sketches no. 26
All that Stickles - Waterfall Linky Party
I shaded in her top with a marker first, so it might have changed the Waterfall stickles color somewhat, but the old gal needed some blingy boobs, lol I mean, if they can't be perky they might as well shine.
Bugaboo - Stella
Ranger- stickles
paper, misc ribbons and gems from stash

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Felliniesque: adjective

From Federico Fellini (1920-1993) Italian
Think: poetic neorealism, surrealism, and sometimes just plain weirdism.


( Does it bother anybody that Merriam-Webster uses a word that's not in the dictionary... weirdism? )
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge Blog - By the Sea
Crafty Cardmakers - #96 Birthday
Chocolate, Coffee and Cards # 43 ~ Life's A Beach
 365 Cards -Day 199 Earth Tones 
Inkspiration -Challenge #29 

After sketching the shell out on a piece of watercolor paper, I applied some Molding paste to help contour the bumps and ridges from the shell. I cannot tell you how many layers of color are on this because I had real issues with trying to get it 'just right' as baby bear would say.

I used the sea shell that I collected from my beach vacation last year as my inspiration from my card. You can also see the same shell on my sidewalk chalk drawing that I did for the
17th Annual Chalk it Up! contest in Hendersonville, NC.