Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Bright, Colorful, and Geometric

Good morning everyone.  I wanted to share a project I did for Gauche Alchemy.,  I created both a tag and an ATC based on their awesome monthly challenge.
I started with a white tag and using a stencil, added geometric “rays” very similar to what is on the challenge board and painted them in a variety of bright colors using Art Anthology Velvets.  Next, I stamped an image I love (Faces 2 from Technique Junkies) colored it, cut it out, and adhered it to my tags.  Then I painted various shapes in bright, colorful shades and scattered them all over the tag.  Last but not least, I added a sentiment using Tim Holtz ChitChat stickers and a little blue plaid rose.
The ATC isn’t quite a bright but it does contain geometric elements present on the challenge board.  I started with a picture from an old Gauche Alchemy collage sheet and added flourishes that I painted in gold.  Next I attached some bling to the center and adhered a piece of glass tile to the top.  Finally, I rubbed a little white paint into a Tim Holtz Word Band to make it easier to read and then I tied it on with some twine.  Yep, very simple and easy to do.
I really had a lot of fun with these projects.  Yes, the painting is a little tedious on the tag, but the finished version packed a visual punch.  
Now, let's see what you can create for their challenge.  Visit to link your entry in April's challenge.
Until later………………..

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

It's Hip To Be Square for Technique Junkies

Good Tuesday morning everyone!  I've got a post up on the Technique Junkies blog today showing a couple of Fat Book cards I made for a swap.

I started out with two 4x4 squares of watercolor paper, but cardstock would have worked just fine. I then laid out my 1" paper squares and glued them down.

Next, I stamped two awesome kitty stamps (I just love kitties!):  Meow Chicka (I laugh every time I see it) and Long Tail Retro Kitty (that's one cool cat) onto a piece of paper using black Versafine ink.

After fussy-cutting them out, I inked around the edges with black ink and then adhered them to my cards.  I then added my words, and other embellishments.

I hope you enjoyed today's little project and that it has given you some inspiration.  For more great stamps, visit the Technique Junkies website.

Until later.....................

Friday, April 3, 2015

Happy Good Friday & a Giveaway

I hope everyone is have a good Good Friday.  While going through some things in my studio, I ran across an extra stencil I had (new never used) & a couple of new bottles of two discontinued colors of Art Anthology Colorations (wonderful mists) in Heart & Fern Leaf.

If you are interested in winning this giveaway (sorry, due to the weight, only open to the US), just leave me a comment telling me what your favorite technique is.  Don't worry if you think it's simple, I want to know (& so does everyone else!).

Giveaway open until midnight, April 12th.  Winner will be drawn using

Good luck!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Welcome Blog Hop - Technique Junkies - Dance

Good Morning and Happy Wednesday, Junkies!!  Today, is a BIG day for the Technique Junkie team and we are hosting a Welcome Hop to share all of the exciting news with you!  Be sure to visit each team members blog in order not to miss any of the excitement.  If you  haven’t started at the beginning, please visit the Technique Junkie Designer Blog ( so you are sure to catch it all!

I am so honored and excited (& a little bit in awe) to be a part of this wonderfully talented team!  You’ve just seen Pam's projects and isn't her work awesome!  I love her attention to detail, use of colors, and just her all-around great way of working with stamps and paper.

My project features the brand new releases, Dance in the Rain (#SD605b) and Rain Dance (SD642).  I was ecstatic when I saw these two stamps!  Dance in the Rain just resonates with me and the Rain Dance stamp was a perfect pairing to it.

I created a double page for my art journal using the two stamps.  It's not technically involved so everyone should be able to complete one just like it.

First, spray two colors of blue/gray ink across your journal pages, then dry (I used Art Anthology Ink Spot and Silk Tie).  Next, holding your journal in the vertical position, spray a heavy layer of the darker color across the top and allow it to run down your page.  Gently tapping the bottom of your pages on your desk will speed things up.

Next, mix up some smooth texture paste and a bright shade of blue (I used Art Anthology Mud paste and Fiji Velvet).  Using a palette knife, spread your paste randomly over a raindrop stencil (TCW Raindrop).

Then chose your stamps.  I used Dance in the Rain (SD605b) and Rain Dance (SD642).

I like my backgrounds of any wording to be colorful.  Here, I sprayed Art Anthology Lark and Glorious onto a sheet of copy paper.

Once that was dry, I stamped Dance in the Rain onto the paper.  I wanted the phrase to be broken into two parts, so I carefully removed ink from half the stamp, stamped it, and then repeated the process with the other half.  I love to use Versafine ink since it gives a better, darker stamped image.

Using a pair of detail scissors, I cut out the two parts of the phrase.

Next, I stamped Rain Dance onto a sheet of copy paper and cut out.

I decided where I wanted the first part of the phrase to go and adhered it with matte gel medium.

I then placed the last half of the phrase and the Rain Dance image onto the facing page.  I wanted the Rain Dance image to be a little darker and shimmery so it would look wet from the rain, so I painted her with Art Anthology Black Leather Jacket Sorbet.

And it's done!

Thanks for stopping by and leaving your thoughts in my comments section.  I love hearing what you have to say!  You are now ready for the next stop on our Welcome Hop---Kathy!  Why don't you drop by her blog and see what she has in store for you!

Until later,