Wednesday, September 28, 2011

WOYWW #18 (121) - Fall Fun

Hello, WOYWWers! Can't believe it's already time for another round of What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday... I missed last week and almost missed this one, too. It's been crazy busy around here. Finishing up some pdfs for a few previous classes (sorry, Girls! Get this to you ASAP.) and trying to keep up with current and upcoming projects, so this will be a quick post. Don't worry - with photos, of course!

Here's the desk from last week with the makings of my Simple Pleasure's Card Club Exchange card still littering the workspace. Great fun coloring and misting the paper for the leaves. Beautiful Autumn colors, wouldn't you say?

This card uses Great Impressions Stamps Pumpkin Flourish, Tim Holtz Tattered Leaves (one of my favorite dies!), Tim Holtz Distress Inks, Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists, Spica Pens and Ranger's Crackle Paint in Rock Candy (I need this stuff in a quart size!) Any questions, email me.
Okay, it's your turn...join in the fun and show us What's On Your Work desk!

Inky hugs,

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

WOYWW #17 (119) - Great Impressions Halloween

It's time for another episode of WOYWW! Happy Wednesday! Hop over to Julia's blog to see what the fuss is about...keep reading to see what projects I've been up to...

I'm in the middle of lots of creative chaos! This mess is the direct result of prepping my cards for my Great Impressions - Beyond the Board class on Saturday. This has been so much fun and quite the challenge. Since I don't get to see the stamps much before the date of my class, I have NO IDEA what we'll do until I see and play with the stamps.

So, you've seen the desk...want to see the projects? This month the theme is Halloween and we've got 2 interactive cards...a waterfall and a shadow box card...and they both fit into an A2 envelope!

(The Beyond the Board class is a class offered monthly at Simple Pleasures in CO. The class features 3 cards + 1 Anything But A Card. It's even available as a kit, if you can't make the date! There's still a few spots left for this Simple Pleasures to make your reservation. 719.528.1338.  Make sure to bring your basic kit!)

Pull the string and watch the pictures flip through to a surprise message at the end!

We use paint dabbers, Distress Stains and new Perfect Pearls mist to put the finishing touches on this layered card.  

Shadow box card - stands up on its own and even folds (mostly) flat to fit into an A2 envelope.

Perfect size treat box...and who doesn't love playing with Tim Holt's Rosette Dies?!

Alright...hope to see you on Saturday!

Inky hugs,

Monday, September 12, 2011

Apronista - Altered Apron - Art in Progress

(ETA: The last picture is what the apron looked liked before I washed it. After I washed it, the Adirondack Color Washes faded. A lot. I'll post an updated picture soon...)

close up of my bird on branch with color washed muslin flowers
(more photos of my apron are at the end of the post!)

I think this was my favorite class to teach to date! So much creative play going on here...acrylic paints, paint dabbers, color wash, Glimmer Glam, die cut fabric, fun foam, stamps, lace and ink...let me just show you...

Keep in mind, these aprons are a work in progress! These pictures are towards the end of class and the inspiration was still flowing! I hope The Girls have a chance to send a picture when their aprons are done! Click on the pictures to get a better look.

Here are some pictures of the aprons in class (I promised not to post pictures of the girls on the blog! Girls...if you're reading this, send me an email and I'll forward those pictures to you!)

Aren't these great colors? Love how the Adirondack Color Washes blend so beautifully and without a lot of work! Ms. C. was working on a Halloween themed to a wicked start, wouldn't you say?

Can you tell Ms. D is into nature and southwestern colors? Those sunset blends on her apron are so warm and inviting... I wish I had gotten a closer picture of those leaves...she used 3 different colors of paint to add dimension and details to the greenery!

Ms. E's apron has great color blocking and contrast...if you click the pic you'll be able to see the 'raindrop movement' behind the bird...the Adirondack Color Wash is so forgiving! Ms. E had worked a section of her apron and then decided she didn't like it...spritzed some more water, a little more color wash, a bit of flicking and you'd never know she hadn't planned that all along!

Here are a few more detail pictures of my apron...

Lots of vintage lace. Hand dyed using Adirondack Color Washes. My new favorite liquid glue - Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive. Yep. Makes this a NO SEW project and it's washable! (Note: I made my apron with the idea that I *might* want to wash it. I only used products and items on my apron that I thought would be washer & dryer safe.)

This is my name tag with a few muslin flowers. The flowers were die cut using a Sizzix Big Shot and Tim Holtz's Tattered Floral Die (LOVE the tattered dies) and then hand dyed using the Color Wash. After I dyed the muslin tag, I used Tattered Angels Glimmer Glam to add a little border with a little sparkle! Then I stamped my name with paint. Notice the safety pins? Still a work in progress. Not sure if the name tag will stay here...

Did you notice there was a little quote behind the tag? I think it's my second favorite feel good stamp by...hmmm...I think it's Inkadinkadoo...but I'm not sure as I can't find it right now! The other is "It's never too late to be a rockstar!"

This is the altered apron in full. Love the drippage along the pockets. Stamped one pocket with a Claudine Hellmuth acrylic stamp. Don't feel like it's finished, yet. So, who might see another post in the near future...maybe even another apron!

Thanks for stopping by. If you've created an altered apron, leave me a comment - I'd love to come by to see it!

Inky hugs,

Thursday, September 8, 2011

WOYWW #16 (117) - Fairies & the Wash

The desk. It's current. Probably the cleanest it has been in awhile! It's been a chaotic mess lately with me not being able to work on anything prior to 2100. By the time I make any progress on a project, there's not much energy left for clean up!

Want a closer look of the Outlines Rubber Stamps - Mini Fairy Circle? Go HERE to my previous post. She's darling. We're coloring this stamp in my Color Me Copics class at Simple Pleasures.

My most recent class was "Apronista" where we altered a canvas apron. I love messy art! This was a great group of creative women! Look for pictures of my apron and some of the ones made in class on Monday.

When I was putting the class together I wanted to have samples of all of the current Tim Holtz Adirondack Color Washes, so I would know what they looked like dry on muslin. Here are the fabric swatches. Loved them so much I decided they needed a prominent spot in my's a little washline of rainbow!

(This also shows a few of my most used tools: ATG 700 (spray painted metallic red!), Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher, Crop-a-dile punch, Corner Chomper, Texture Hammers...these are a few of my favorite things!)

Happy dance!

Need more WOYWW? Visit Julia's blog for the full list of participants for this week (and week's past in previous posts!) Be sure to leave a little comment love for her and the blogs you visit. Would love to have you join us in this parade of creative coves!

Until next time...

Inky hugs,

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

A Preview of WOYWW #16 (117) - Fairies & the Wash

Wanted to actually post my WOYWW this morning, but the time has gotten away from me! So, here's a peek until tonight.

Have a great Hump Day!

Inky hugs,

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Beautiful Backgrounds - Distress Workshop Series

{These are just a few of the techniques that you'll learn!}

Are you local to Colorado Springs and free Thursday morning? Want to learn more about Distress Inks and Stains (including Picket Fence - the new white stain!) and what you can do with them (besides stamp!) on your projects whether it's cards, scrapbooking or paper crafting?

Join me Thursday @10:30 in Simple Pleasures and make your own technique deck that you'll be able to use as a reference for all your projects. Call 719-528-1338 and reserve your spot.

Looking forward to getting inky!