Thursday, March 26, 2015

Inspire Your Heart with Art Give-A-Way

Not sure if you were aware that January 31st was Inspire Your Heart with Art Day.  I tried to find out a little bit more about this celebration of the arts but from what I could find nobody really knows when it started or by whom...  What I do know is that it is a day to celebrate art - be it in the form of visiting a museum, concert, or something more hands on like taking an art class or making something of your own.  

I participated in that by sharing this canvas I made... Create Art


In February I rec'd an e-mail from Marietta Gregg - Marketing Directer for PatienceBrewster.com (aka... Patience daughter).  

Here is an excerpt from that e-mail...


Patience Brewster is on a personal mission to inspire others with her work, whether it's through her ornaments, figurines, or paintings. As you may already know, January 31st was "Inspire Your Heart With Art Day", a day on which we celebrated the positive impact art has on us, while exploring ways to further incorporate art into our daily lives. 

Although "Inspire Your Heart With Art Day" has come and gone, it got us thinking about ways in which we can inspire our hearts with art throughout the year. We're reaching out to a select group of bloggers and asking them to share ways in which they celebrate and enjoy art! 



Well, I've been thinking about it ever since.  Let me back up a bit...quite a few years ago someone that I thought was an art mentor to me told me that I should never "give" art away.  I had to put a price on everything I created or I wouldn't go far.  As it turned out that person did put a price on everything and has gone on to bigger and better things.   

For me though the joy is in sharing art - both the making of and the art it's self.  That is why I share product info, techniques, tutorials and the art I create with you all.  I just can't put a price on something that comes from the heart which I suppose is why I'll never be rich and famous.

SO I have decided that periodically I am going to inspire my heart by giving away some of the Art I have created and today is the first of I hope many!

I will be giving away LOTS of art...  I have gathered the following pieces I've made over the past months and will be giving each piece away to one of my Ink Stained friends... all you have to do to enter is leave a comment telling us all what about Art inspires your Heart.  I will give you until April 11th to post a comment to be entered to win one of these goodies!






Beach Canvas Album 001




I also have an assortment of Ice Resin charms in my pile of goodies as well!

So, if you'd like your chance to win some Art to Inspire Your Heart simply leave a comment to be entered for your chance to win!  Be sure to leave a way for me to contact you.  Please be sure to share on your blogs or facebook pages as well.

Have an artful day friends!!

Tim Holtz Stamps For Sale

Hello All -

During my recent cleaning spurt switching my stamps from cling mounted to TIOO I came upon my stash of Tim Holtz stamps that I don't use anymore.  I'm offering them up today - the prices are marked by each photo + whatever shipping is.  I prefer Pay Pal if possible.  E-mail me ( roni jj at gmail dot com)  with whatever you're interested in and if I still have them available they are yours :)

Be sure to check back because I still have several boxes of stamps to go through and will probably be going my mfg.  

Here you go....

The only thing I have left at this time are the cling sheets....

10 sheets of 9x12" Cling Mount Foam - $35.00 
(I paid 50.00 for it about a month ago).


Thanks Everyone!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Club Scrap - 50's Kitchen Blog Hop!

Welcome!  I hope you're ready for some retro fun with this blog hop...Club Scrap's 50's Kitchen!! This is such a fun kit with bright retro themed colors, prints and stamps!  I really enjoyed making this recipe pocket file book...


I started off by cutting (3) 10 x 13 in half...


Then I taped up the open edge with regular shipping tape and a layer of the decorative washi tape included in the kit.  Each half of the envelope had the closed in bottom cut open and they were folded at the 5" mark up from the bottom.  This creates a 5" square pocket which I'll be tucking a pull out page into and an 8" envelope with a flap...more on that later.


I went ahead and taped up every exposed edge of the envelope because it looked so nice.


I made a book cover from the pizza box and covered it with various prints.  The files are held in the book on a small accordion spine.  You can see that I trimmed up the existing flap, covered it in pattern paper and added a twine closure with a couple of brads, punched cardstock circles and a length of red and white bakers twine.  Really fun and easy.


And here' what a few of the inside pages look like...  one of the 5" pocket pages & it's pull out...


And front and backs of a few other pages...








And I didn't forget our friendly neighborhood Gnome...  
This month he's offering up a bit of sage advice....


Hope you've been inspired to create and play!

Your next stop on the hop is 

Remember if you get lost along the way you can find the entire hop list on the 


Supply List - everything for both the book and card were made using supplies from the 50's Kitchen Collection with the additions of: Memento Inks & Markers (IMAGINE Crafts featuring Tsukineko);  (6) 10x13 Mailing Envelopes; (12) Brads; Red & White Bakers Twine; Circle Punch.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Clean & Simple with Color Burst

Normally you wouldn't think of those two together but there it is...Clean & Simple card designs incorporating Color Burst Pigment Powders.  That's what I did today!

As you know I'm playing with Color Bursts recently and I've been challenging myself to try some CAS designs - not easy for me but I'm trying.

The first card I made was this one....  The strip at the bottom was made using the Color Burst and the flowers were stamped with shades of orange Memento ink - a very rarely used color for me.  The stamps are from the Altenew Scribbled Flowers set.  

I used the sketch from Clean&Simple FTL3.  I followed it almost exactly!


The next card was made using Color Burst a few ways...first the background - CB was sprinkled onto some watercolor paper then spritzed with water; the flower was stamped on white cardstock using StazOn ink - I then spritzed it with Frost Shimmer Mist and sprinkled the Color Burst over top.  If you enlarge it you can see the shimmer from the mist.  Finally the butterfly stamp was misted with water and I dabbed some CB on the image lines and stamped.  I love how it turned out.  All of the stamps for this card are from the Dreamy Daisies set by Stamp It Australia.

The sketch used for this card was Clean&Simple FTL4.  I had a tougher time following that sketch - I added the butterfly and pen work lines to the background block.


And finally my last card I did add far more than in the sketch but hey, I was doing pretty good up to that point LOL!!  The side strip is CB - the background stamp is Deep Red Stamps Grungy Background and the Sentiment is from the Dreamy Daisies set from above.  I added the resin flower and lots of sequins just because.

This sketch is Clean&Simple FTL2.



 So there you have it!  My almost Clean & Simple cards using Color Burst as a jumping off point.  Hope you are inspired to give CAS a try even if you're like me and fudge it a little ;)  



Monday, March 23, 2015

Easter Bunny is on His Way!!

So I thought I'd share some fun cards with you featuring that funny little bunny...or I should say bunnies!





All of these cards feature the fun new set of stamps from Just For Fun Rubber Stamps - Marshmallow Bunnies (6 piece set).  They are just darling aren't they.   I used Radiant Neon inks to make all of the bright bunnies.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Color Burst Cards

I have been playing and experimenting with Ken Oliver's Color Burst pigment powders and as a result I made a few cards using the results...

My first card was made using the stamp set Dreamy Daisies from Stamp-It Australia.  I love this stamp set - it's very sketchy looking.  I stamped the image with Black StazOn ink then colored with the Color Burst powers and a regular old brush.  For some reason the red in the top flower isn't showing up much...


To create this card I first masked off a rectangle in the center with washi tape.  I then stamped the daisy (also using the Dreamy Daisies/Stamp-It Australia) again with StazOn ink then painted with the CB.  


This is my favorite card of the day...I LOVE the patterns the powders create when flowing into the water.  This card was also masked off and then I just played...


Here is a close up of some of the beautiful colors at play...


And today's final card - it was headed for the trash bin for many reasons.  I used a piece of cardstock from club scrap that looked and felt a bit like watercolor paper.  I knew it wasn't but hey I like to experiment.  I was using left over colors from the above card so it was very watery...so much so that the paper warped quite a bit.  This is no fault to the paper - the daisy card above was made on the same paper.   Another reason I was going to pitch it was that I didn't press the washi tape down so I had a few leaks here and there.  

So I wadded it up and was going to pitch it but then I unfolded for a second look and nope...trash.  After I was done with the rest of the cards I decided to pull it out and give it one more look.  Well by that point the crumbling and flattening was starting to take care of the warping and I really do love the colors so I decided to wad it up a few more times and then iron it.  I used a ruler to make nice precise lines and decided to add the sentiment that fits this card perfectly.

Perfection can only be found in the eyes of the beholder...


The last two cards were mounted on some very precious cardstock...it comes from the Moody Blues club scrap kit from eons ago.  This is very thick, luxurious paper that feels almost like a stiff felt.  I LOVED it - this was from the last bits of both the blue and green I had left.  I am going to keep these cards and hang them up on my walls.  That way the paper will be cherished and I can admire it any time I want :)

I hope you have a very wonderful first full weekend of Spring (here in the US).  Happy Fall to those of you on the other side of the world!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Club Scrap Card Challenge - My Entries

I am on a challenge roll this week!  I am very happy about it too!  I made a commitment to myself that I was going to branch out and participate in more challenges and so far knock on wood I have kept that commitment.    Why challenges you might ask?  Well, sometimes people get into ruts using the same colors, mediums, techniques, etc. OR you get into a funk and just can't find your creative mojo.  I think challenges help keep things fresh - be it a color challenge, a card sketch, a technique challenge, etc.  

Today I wanted to share some cards I made for a Card Sketch challenge over at Club Scrap this month.  Here is the sketch for March...


and here's what I came up with....  All of the cards were made using the current kit - 50's Kitchen, which I'm excited to add that it was one of the themes I submitted several months ago when asked.  How cool is that?  




All of the inks used are IMAGINE Crafts Memento inks with a bit of Sparklie Pico Embellisher (for shine & shimmer) on the cupcake cherry.

What do you do to keep your art fresh 
or yourself inspired?  

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Altenew Layer Stamps - Vintage Flowers

Happy Wednesday!  I hope you've all had a great week so far.  I got a bit of fun stuff in the mail yesterday - my new sets of Altenew Stamps!!  I was so excited to check them out and see for myself just how cool they are in person.  

I don't know if you've seen these yet or not but many of the Altenew stamps sets are what I like to call layer stamps - images that are built up using 2 or more stamps to create a dimensional look to the finished image.  Stampin' Up used to have lots of these types of stamps - they may still but I haven't seen a SU caty in years.

I have been wanting these for a while now - Simon Says Stamp has them but the sets I wanted were never in stock at the same time so I got an email last week saying that HallmarkScrapbook was carrying them now PLUS they were all in stock AND cheaper than SSS!  Can't beat that ;)


I got the Scribbled Flowers, Painted Flowers, Whimsical Flowers, Vintage Flowers and Vintage Roses.    Now I'm not gonna lie to you - these are a bit more complicated and time consuming than an ordinary stamp.  If you're willing to put in some practice and have a bit of patients you'll be rewarded with some beautiful images.  They are NOT as easy to stamp with as some people make them sound.  You need several shades of each color you want to use and very good lighting (which I don't really have).

When you initially get the stamps you'll want to draw some lines around all of the parts.  The Vintage Roses set already has guide lines which indicate the parts and pieces that go together which is a must because they all look very confusing other wise.  The rest of the sets I bought didn't have those lines so I took a bit of time and searched the Altenew blog to see which parts go with each flower/leave and drew circles around the parts that went together.  There is still one set - the Whimsical Flowers that I need to find good directions for but the rest I have figured out.

Today I wanted to show you the Vintage Flowers set.  This is one of the sets I had to draw my own lines around each of the layered sets.  I am using Memento Inks - Angel Pink, Rose Bud, Rhubarb Stalk and Tuxedo Black for the main roses.


In this set there are two large roses - I am pointing to the 4 layer rose which has a black outline as the 4th stamp (below my finger).  The other rose is the one at the top which has 3 layers.  


I started off with the 4 layer rose first - I've seen several videos on which stamp to start with and best as I can come up with...start with whatever works for you.  Seems like everyone starts with a different stamp so experiment.   For this rose I started with the Black outline - it helped me align the images better.  Next I stamped the base color which should be stamped with the lightest color of ink.


I then added the shading which is the mid-tone ink color.  I messed up a bit and didn't have it lined up perfectly which you'll see in the next photo...


You see that the mid-tone is a bit wonky going off to one side a bit.  This is where the good lighting comes in... it really showed up when I stamped the final detail layer with the darkest color of ink.


So I stamped it a second time and it turned out much better!


This set also has lots of smaller flowers and two sets of leaves - each with an outline, base and shading.  There are 4 sizes of the rounded petal flowers (small blue flower) and 5 sizes of the flower that looks like a violet (blue & purple examples).  This example also shows what the second rose looks like - it has 3 layers, no black outline and one of the leaf sets.


And here's what I did with them....


I made this card using the CAS sketch #54.   I used both of the roses and leaf sets and several of the smaller flowers for the background strip.  The sentiment comes from the Scribbled Flowers set.

I am entering this into the CAS on Sunday Sketch #54 Challenge.