Thursday, July 24, 2014

SCACD This & That Rubber Stamp Blog Hop

Hi Friends and Welcome!  Today I am pleased to say that I have been asked to participate in a new stamp release from Susana's Custom Art & Card Design (SCACD).  

If you're following along on the hop, you should have come from Delphines Place and if you get lost during the Hop you can always find your way at the Store Blog - SCACD - Follow Your Heart in Art & Life.

SCACD is releasing 9 rubber stamps which are collectively called the “This and That Collection.” They each can be purchased now HERE. They were inspired by things going on in Susana's life as well as imagery she loves. SCACD Artist Carmen Medlin and Susana collaborated on the images and Carmen did an amazing job bringing these to life!!! We are featuring 4 Zen Beauties as well as 5 eclectic fun stamps today.  On a happy note if you buy the complete set of 4 Zen Beauties at one time you will get an accompanying accessory maple seed stamp as a bonus stamp.

SCACD also decided to offer only 3 of these not only in rubber but in digi as well for her SCACD Digital fans. So you can see the 3 newest versions at the top of the Digi area HERE  

For International Friends you can find the new SCACD Stamps HERE at Quixotic Paperie.

I was lucky enough to be able to create a project using the new fairy - Bliss...the beautiful ballerina fairy and here she is....

SCACD Supplies:

Bliss Fairy

Other: Sandpaper, Distress Markers, Stickles Glitter Glue, watercolor paper, die-cuts, cardstock.

To create the Vintage Mint frame I smeared the modeling paste over the "Art Is" stencil, removed the stencil and let the paste dry.  I then painted the entire piece with the Vintage Mint Silks Acrylic Glaze.  I wish you could see the beautiful shimmer created by the mica in the glaze.   

The background fern mat was created by embossing it with the Silver Fern embossing folder then lightly sanding the high spots.  Bliss was stamped onto watercolor paper using VersaFine ink and colored using Distress Markers with a bit of glitter highlights.

To make the flowery border along the top edge of the card....

I die-cut the Fancy Flower corners several times in both green and white cardstock.  I water colored the white flowers using the same inks as I did on Bliss which I then glued to the green die-cuts.  A bit of glitter was added for some sparkle.  To make the center connecting piece of vine & flowers I cut the left side of the corner die off one of the green die cut pieces then snipped off the right side flower.  I then positioned it in between the two corner pieces tucking the cut ends under the existing leaves. 

Thanks for stopping by - 
I hope you'e enjoyed my version of Bliss.  
Your next stop on the hop is Cheryl at The Ink Trap for more SCACD inspiration!   

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Owl Be There For You!

Recently I've really gotten into owls - not necessarily because I like them but my son's fiance LOVES them so of course whenever I see them I instantly think of her.  Well, the new release of StampTangle stamps from JFF Stamps had 2 different styles in two sizes.  This is the first one - Fancy Owl - Large and Fancy Owl - Small.  I LOVE him...he is so very regal looking and so much fun to color.

Guess Who Owl - I colored this one using a variety of Spectrum Noir and Sharpie Markers.  I LOVE these colors...some of my fav's.

Owl be there for you Owl - I wanted to go more realistic for this one so I used various shades of browns.  Again, lots of fun to color :)

Have you used any owls in your art recently?  I'm sure I will be using them lots more.  Morgan really enjoys them so I'm going to start making her cards and other fun goodies incorporating them.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Be a GOOD one!

Recently I heard someone on TV use this quote and I knew I had heard it before...actually, I thought I even had a stamp and sure enough, I went digging around and found it!  It is from a Glitz Stamp set (listed below).  After the kick start of seeing it on TV I thought it would be fun to use it (since it had never been inked up- gasp!).

I also incorporated some way fun glass glitter I had gotten recently.  I tell you what - I LOVE that's like a dose of regular glitter on steroids - LOL!!  I know some people don't care for it because yes, it's real glass and it is sharp but pain, no gain ;)  Anyway, I think it really adds so much to the chipboard bird.

I started off by stamping the corner flourish (from the Afternoon Muse stamp set) on a piece of pattern paper from the Glitz Uncharted Waters paper stack.   I also stamped the Black Eyed Susan on a piece of vintage text.  I colored the flowers using Distress Inks and a Niji Waterbrush.  I mounted the flowers onto the background.   The sentiment was stamped on plain old white cardstock and colored with Spectrum Noir markers.

I glued glass glitter to the bird image (champagne for it's belly and ocean blue over the rest of the bird.) and inked up the crown with Delicata Gold ink.  

While the bird was drying I printed out the eggs and bird collage images, trimmed and inked the edges. 

Once everything was dry I added the collage image, sentiment, eggs and finally the glittery bird.  Three little brown pearls finish it all off.

Other Supplies:  Brown Half Pearls

Hope you're all having a wonderful week!!
Have you been inky lately????

Monday, July 21, 2014

Farm Boy - Allis-Chalmers Mixed Media Canvas

Happy Monday!  

I hope you've all had a wonderful weekend.  This past Saturday was our oldest son's 26th birthday!!  I can't believe he's that old.  Sure doesn't seem like it.  Anyway, he's not a real artsy type but I wanted to make something for him for his birthday.  Recently he bought an Allis-Chalmers D15 and I took this photo of them both...  It was actually the inspiration for the canvas.  Now I want to warn you - I used my hands for most of the blending on this of course can use tools but I like the effect of blending by hand.  You know what makes for a great day...Ink Stains on my fingers!!  ;)  


Canvas Board (Wal-Mart)
StazOn Midi's - Orange Zest, Spiced Chai  (IMAGNINE Crafts/Tsukineko)
Creative Medium - Vintage (IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko)
Gesso (Ranger)
Reclaimed Corrugated Cardboard
Adhesive Backed Cork (Altered Pages)
Burlap (Altered Pages)
Crochet Lace (brown) (Altered Pages)
Book Board (Club Scrap)
Black Acrylic Paint
Chipboard Gears (Leaky Shed)
Delicata Gold & Silver Ink (IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko)
Fude Ball 1.5mm Pen (Ranger)

Photo printed & covered with a thin layer of Micro Glaze (Great for sealing ink jet photos!!)


1. To start off with I inked the edges and outer portions of the canvas board with StazOn Midi - Orange Zest.  Yes, it's bright but we'll take care of that in a minute...

2. Rub Spiced Chia StazOn Midi over select areas of the canvas and I rubbed it into the canvas to blend with my hand.  

3. Glue on a piece of reclaimed corrugated cardboard that's had one of it's layers torn off to exposed the fluted center.

4. Apply a layer of Gesso here and there for effect and texture.  Once dry cover the gesso and exposed area of the canvas with Vintage Creative Medium.  This will tone down the bright white of the gesso and blend the background colors even more.

5. Of course I couldn't wait so I sped up the dry time with my heat don't have to but if you can't wait (like me) go for it :)

6.  Next add a piece of adhesive backed cork, burlap and a bit of brown lace...yes, I said lace for a guy.  It's brown and not flashy so it will blend in great and add texture and dimension.

7. Create a mat board for the photo out of book board. Why book board?  Book board is similar to game boards as it is pretty thick - I wanted to really pop the photo up and make it the focal point.  Using the book board does this in spades.  So, I cut it to size, used an exacto knife to carve up the edges for a worn away look then I painted it with black acrylic paint.  Once dry I took a piece of sand paper and scratched up the edges even more.

8.  Mount the photo on the mat frame and adhere to the canvas.

9. Ink several different size chipboard gears with metallic inks.  To grunge up the bright shiny ink a bit I used my finger to rub Spiced Chai StazOn here and there.

10.  Finally I added a little info in the lower right hand corner using the Fude Ball pen and signed the back.

I am happy to report he really liked it
(and I don't even think he noticed the lace!)

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Artistic Outpost Now Open!!

Just rec'd an e-mail that Artistic Outpost is now open under new management.  Looks like all of the wonderful plates are back but now they come mounted on cling cushion.  Each set is now $24.95 - about 5.00 more than before but I'm sure that the cling cushion is the difference.  

Shipping: United States: 1-2 sets of stamps - $3.50 First Class Mail option ava.; 3 or more sets - $6.00 Priority Mail or over $75.00 FREE Shipping!!

For International Shipping info please check out this page...  Customer Service Questions

Christmas in July Question #6

Continuing with the Christmas in July Give-A-Way...I have a fun question about the new Christmas Classic - A Christmas Story (1983).

What is Ralphie's last name and who actually narrated the voice of Ralphie?

Did you know that story was set in Hammond Indiana in the 40's?  Maybe that's why I love it so much because it's mid-west living at it's best.

You have until 7-26-14 to post your answer!
Good Luck Everyone!!

Christmas in July - #5 Winners!!

Yes you read that correctly I said Winners!!  Since there were so many correct answers I thought it would be nice to pull out a pair of winners for this question.

Those lucky winners are....

Terry D.
Terry D.July 15, 2014 at 4:04 AM
I 17th that answer...O'Hanlon! Am I right?
Old Crow

please send me your snail mail addies so I can get your goodies out to you!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Ink Stains Summer/Fall ATC & Charm Swap! Due 8-29-14

Ink Stains
Altered Charm Swap
ATC Swap
Due Date: 8-29-14
O.k....I've had a couple e-mails asking when the next charm swap is going to be AND Mom has been bugging me (nicely of course) about having another ATC swap so we're going to combine the two - roll it all up with Summer and Fall.
Charm Swap Details:
The charms can be created from anything you can dream up... there are tons of ideas on the web (search images under things like altered charms, altered charm bracelets, altered charm necklaces, Tim Holtz style necklace, charm swap; etc.) There are also lots of ideas here on the blog under: Charms & JewelryIf you have a copy of my book ~ Teach Yourself Visually Collage & Altered Arts there is an entire chapter dedicated to creating your own charms.

*You could create your charm from acrylic pieces, glass, metal, clay, found objects, etc. You could embellish bought metal charms (please don't send a plain metal charm) with beads, chain, or other items. There are many pendant blanks, bezels, etc. that can be altered (insert photo/words, etc & fill with Glossy Accents or the like); you could fill little bottles with sand/beads and other goodies ~ sealed & findings added. And so much more...let your imagination run wild!

*Each charm should have a jump ring or lobster clasp.

*PLEASE DO NOT make more than 8 of the same style charm. (Changing colors or images doesn't make it a different style)  It makes it too difficult to swap out when there are so many of one style.  Excess charms of the same style will be returned.

*I would like it if each person would identify their charms either by placing it in a baggie with their name and e-mail addy or mounting it on a small card or tag with the same info. It's always nice to be able to thank people personally when you receive a piece of their art work.

NOTE: I am in the United States but I welcome anyone who would like to play along. In the past we've had players from North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. I'd love to have artist from these and other areas join in the fun as well. You're all welcome :)

*Please package your charms securely so they arrive in good condition. 

*Include a self addressed envelope for the return trip or if you want your charms returned priority mail please include a card with your full mailing address.
*Postage - US - You can send or PayPal me 5.00 First Class or 6.00 Priority Mail (excess will be returned) PLEASE do NOT include pre-metered postage. My local post office will not accept these. They will refuse them! 

International - I prefer PayPal and will e-mail you after the swap with the actual cost of's just easier that way.

Due Date:
Your charms are due in my hands 8-29-13. You are more than welcome to send your charms and ATC's together to save money!

Charm Swap Sign Ups: 
Please include your e-mail addy (spaces added) so I can send you my mailing address.

  1. Roni
  2. Mom
  3. Donna Jean E
  4. Mary Jo
  5. Brenda
  6. Theresa P
  7. Sandie B.
  8. Loretta
  9. Sara
  10. Judy R.
  11. Shirley H.

 ATC Swap Details

*Create up to 20* ATC's using any technique you would like (no more than 5 of the same design). 

*NOTE: You don't have to make 20, you can make 1, 3, 10, or any number that inspires you. I do ask that you make no more than 5 of a single design. It makes it very difficult to swap out if I have too many of one design to swap. 

*Send them to me by the due date and I'll swap them out and you'll get back 20 different ATC's. NOTE: Be sure and make/keep an extra of your ATC's for yourself if you want won't be getting your own back.

Mailing - (Same as above)

Please include your e-mail addy so I can send you my address.
  1. Roni
  2. Mom
  3. Donna Jean E.
  4. Donna N
  5. Theresa P
  6. Sandie B.
  7. Loretta
  8. Sara
  9. Judy R.
  10. .
  11. .

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Pull Tab Card - Oopsie Daisy!

Yesterday I shared the Pull Tab Album/Card Instructions which I used to make the Club Scrap Watermelon Album.  As promised today I have a card I made using the very same design!

I used Club Scraps limited edition Wildflower Kit paired with this months stamps from the Oopsie Daisy Kit.

I used Spectrum Noir colored pencils and a variety of inks to color all of the elements both inside and out.  

It makes a really fun card with the pull out AND because you've got an extra page to embellish, write a note or just add more fun stamped images.  It takes a little more time but for some occasions I think it would be well worth it.

So there you go... a fun twist on an album that could be transformed into a card or visa verse!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Pull Tab Card/Album Tutorial

If you recall I made this fun Pull Tab Album last month for the Picnic Club Scrap Blog Hop.  Several people have asked for instructions on how to assemble the pages/albums as well as the measurements I used.    Today I am going to share the page set tutorial with you.

Each set of pages has a left side consisting of a large page, a smaller page and a pull out tab - 

When you flip the smaller page you have 3 additional areas to fill up - the tab, small page and second large page making this a super fun album with lots of space for all sorts of memories!

The watermelon picnic album I made used 5 sets of pages but of course you can make an album with fewer or more pages depending on your need.  This tutorial gives you the basic dimensions for each set of pages which you will simply repeat as many times as necessary.

To begin you will need to cut a piece of cardstock 3" wide x 4.5" tall.  This is the pull tab part of your page - you will need to trim off a .5" x 2.5" strip off the top and bottom as shown.  I used my Score Pal to make the cut lines shown.  The area marked with "X"'s is what needs to be cut away.    By cutting away the 1/2" strips you create two small tabs which will keep the pulls from sliding completely out of the album.

Cut a sheet of cardstock 5.5" x 11" and score at 3", 5.5" and 8".

Fold along the crease lines so you have a mountain fold in the center of your page set.  It should look like this:

Flatten out your folded pages and mark 1" from the top and bottom on the center fold line.  Use a sharp craft knife to cut between the two marks.  This will create a 3.5" slot for your pull tab.

Insert the pull tab from the back side of your pages.

Add a strip of strong tape along the top and bottom edges inside the center page area as shown...make sure that the tape is narrow enough so that it doesn't interfere with the tab page sliding in and out of the page.  Remove the backing strip and secure the center pages together.

Your first set of album pages is finished!!!  This photo shows the tab pulled out...

and here is the same page with the tab slid back.  As I mentioned above I used 5 sets of these pages for my album which when finished created 20 pages and 5 double sided tabs to decorate.  You could use one set of pages to create an interactive card or multiple sets for an album of any size.

Tomorrow I'll be back with a card example using these instructions.
Hope to see you then!