Sunday, December 29, 2013

The Year in Review-What's Your Favorite

I did a post like this last year and it was fun to see how things change but seem to come back around.
Here are just some of the highlights of my projects along the way this year with new products.

I joined in Guest Designing for PaperArtsy (which I am thrilled to do again this year) and joined the Retro Cafe Art Gallery Design Team. I was also honored to be a Guest Designer with StencilGirls.

Lots of pictures; very few words. Enjoy.
 I started with a tag... 
 Then a PaperArtsty project on wood substrate.

 This Exploding Box was a real challenge.

 But so worth the time spent.
Valentine's Day brought another tag.

 And another Guest Designer piece for PaperArtsy. (one of my favs!)

 This is one I can't seem to part with. LOVE the Lynne Perrella horse stamp.
 And an Accordion Card with a Karen Burniston die.
 Fresco Paints and PaperArtsy stamps for a journal page.

The Embossed Box ... right up there in favs, too.

I LOVE how this tag with the Pediments die and metal turned out.

 Dylusions Sprays for a journal page.

Retro Cafe Art Mini Shrine on a pedistal.

Finnabair metal embellishments and more for a book cover.

Another tag with Lynne Perrella stamps and paint.

 The Ranger Melt Art project.

 My Scientist with Retro Cafe Art Articulated Man.

 Embossed paper for a Father's Day card with Tim Holtz stamps.

 You can never have Too Much Metal! (I say!)

 This miniature was embellished with rubons and stamps.
 Here it is as a necklace going the other way.
This 6x12 canvas is layered with Graphic45 Steampunk paper, paint, Grungepaste, stamps and lots of ephemera.

For the leader of the Retro Cafe Art company...Kristin.

My Guest Designer page with Seth Apter's Stencil Girl stencil.

 A Halloween House with Bats, and Spiders and Skulls...oh, my!
 Graphic 45 stamps in a Dylusion Journal.

 Halloween! Time for another tag!

 Spooky ATCs are loaded into a stamped-up box from RCA.
 Another journal page with stencils and stamps.

 The Bird in the Window page with Pam Carriker's gorgeous stencil. 

Lots to look at with this Shrine from RCA.
Watercolor leaves with Tim Holtz stamps and UTEE.
A tag from Creative Chemistry 102 for a background.

DOTD swap was way out of my comfort zone...but I'm getting there.
  Kiki page with StencilGirl stencils.
 Being Thankful page after all the destruction that hit so close to us.
 Christmas Votive House with RCA pieces.

 My take on the new Altered Art Blocks going to CHA soon using Eileen Hull's great die.

 An Articulated Angel from RCA.

 And my metal Luminary with a Tim Holtz-Sizzix die.
My heartfelt thanks to everyone who stops by and leaves a comment, and to the wonderful people who have pushed me to be creative with their great products.
Life is Good!
I'll be back Jan. 1st with some fun Sweetheart Fairies for Valentine's Day.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Glittering Festive Snowflakes

It's always hard to capture the brilliance of Glitter and Shine with a least for me.
I wanted to make a piece for my friend Suze. So this was using a snowflake and a layer of my hoarded collection of Suze's Beadazzles on it.
I did exchange the centerpieces of the Snowflakes just because I wanted the Star on this one, but they both come with the center cut pieces.
The Snowflakes are both from Retro Cafe Art Gallery as are the Images that adorn the centers are from their Christmas Angels ATCs sheet. 
This one has Artic Ice - Ice Stickles on the center piece and a Silver Tinsel Embossing Powder on the larger section.
I love the Mini Glitter Jingle Bells tied to the bottom. I used my Dremel to add another hole to the bottom of the Snowflake. Easy Peasy! Cuts through it like butta!
I found the wreaths last fall on our trip up North . The Tinsel Twine - Winter compliments a simple design.
Blessed Holidays to One and All!

Friday, December 20, 2013

Christmas Carolers Tag

Probably the projects I enjoy the most are making tags.
They just come easier for me. And this one I tried to keep simple in design and technique.
No embellishments, just some inking and stamping with a touch of heat embossing and penwork thrown in.
I used the Tattered Pinecone die for the greenery on the lamppost.

Adding that Ripe Persimmon REALLY made this a brightly colored scene. The more layers of color, the richer it becomes, as in 2 layers of yellow.
Then I stamped with Olive and Jet Black Archival Ink using the Reindeer Flight set from Tim Holtz.
The snowflakes were stamped a 2nd and 3rd time without re-inking the stamp to create a faded effect.
The Christmas Carols stamp is from Mini Holidays Collection that is stamped on Manila Cardstock with Festive Berries and Mowed Grass Distress Inks then embossed with Clear Super Fine Embossing Powder.  Antique Linen Distress Ink tones down the cardstock.
Cut it out and use pens to add shadows, add 3D Foam Squares to the back to glue to tag. I used pens to add more shadows and accents here and there.
Check out the links along the way to Inspiration Emporium for supplies I used.
It's layered onto black chipboard and 2 simple gold cord bows complete the tag.
Be Well and Be Good to Each Other.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Tall Votive House Christmas Shrine

Just can't get enough of that Glitter!
Ah! Well here's another little treat from Retro Cafe Art Gallery. This time it's the Tall Votive House Shrine......

....with some Snowflakes, Christmas Tree Cut-Outs with Stickles, and Christmas Word Scrolls.
I used Christmas Red, Turquoise, Gold, and Green Stickles.

It starts out like this...I painted the pieces for the outside first. The Roof is Stenciled with a Texture Paste and the Large Diamond Background, painted with Ice Blue Fresco Paint, and sanded down.
The other pieces are painted and stamped with Archival Inks - Jet Black, Olive, and Red Geranium. The Stitches stamp is a Stamp Block.

The insides are done the same with Fresco Paints and the Mini Holiday Stamp Collection.
I added some Platinum Ice Stickles here on the roof.

Glue it together...this is the inside with colors that make it glow....

....and ADORN with a Mini Sisal Wreath, White Snowflake Paper Cuts, Pine Tree Cut Outs, and Star Mix Cut Outs !

You can hang it on the tree, or as shown here, set it on your table with an electric tea light.

Check out all the  goodies links  here, and make some for yourself and your friends!