Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Alpha Stamps Potion Bottle Swap

Just thought I’d drop in real quick to share pictures of the potion bottles I made for a recent Alpha Stamps swap.  I started with three plain chipboard bottles and let my imagination run wild.

Here they are:

My favorite of the three.  I do so LOVE froggies!
Hmmmmmmm, wonder what this one contains?

This one is currently in the running for Best in Show on the Alpha Stamps Yahoo Group!

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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Merry Christmas Memory Book

Can you believe it?  It's already the first week in December.  There are gifts to wrap, cookies and pies to bake, and trees to decorate.   In all the hubub going on, I was able to find some time to be creative, thanks to Basically Bare and Xyron.

As Christmas is the time you make the most memories, I wanted to have a way to save those most precious to me.  So, I reached for my Basically Bare Krafty Keepsakes Vintage Album and my Xyron Gluestick and Create-a-Sticker.

For the front, I adhered strips of lace to the top and bottom for a border and ran a piece of black and gold punchinella through the center.  I followed with up with a Santa picture (the edges inked in Walnut Stain Distress Ink) and the numbers 25.  The pinecone and flowers are actually a votive candle holder decoration that I got from the charity shop for a quarter!  For the inside, I used my Xyron Create-a-Sticker to adhere the Merry Christmas to my Basically Bare album.  It was really easy to run the letters through the machine, making it a breeze to firmly adhere them to the inside of the cover.  The holly are buttons with the shank removed.

To create the pages, I inked the edges of my Basically Bare album envelopes with Distress Inks then adhered all my background papers with the Xyon Glue Stick.  Next, I inked all the edges in Distress Ink to match the album pages.  I left the backs plain, just covered in the same background paper as the front and all the edges once again inked with matching Distress Ink.
The pages were embellished with a mixture of paper cutouts inked with Walnut Distress Ink, ribbons, metallic borders, snowflake buttons, and an ornament (the mitten).  I left plenty of room to go back and add pictures and journaling.  There are always a multitude of memories to be had at Christmas and I wanted to make sure I had the space needed to save them all.  Leaving the back of the pages blank also insured plenty of room for my memories and any journaling I might want to do.

For the inside of the back cover, I took a small Basically Bare Dress Form, removed the bottom, papered it, and added gold-trimmed lace at the waist and hem.  The top and bottom borders are Dresden trim.

The back of the album needed to lay as flat as possible, so I once again used my lace as a border, cut and adhered a piece of black and gold punchinella, fussy cut a Christmas picture, adhering it with the Xyron Glue Stick, and added a black Basically Bare Key with a coating of white mica to simulate snow.  
VOILA!  One completed Christmas Memory Album.

I hope you enjoyed this latest project.  Until later.........................

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Fall Layout

Here’s something a little different from what you normally see me create.  I’m expanding my horizons (always a good thing to do) plus it’s my first project for Basically Bare!  I started with one of their cardboard album pages as my base, covering it with some Bella Blvd paper.


I did a little experimenting.  Since I wanted the chipboard house (BB Happy Houses) to have a brick look, I took a piece of acrylic and ran it through my Sizzix using the TH Checkerboard texture fade.  Next I used several layers of Cranberry alcohol ink to give it a brick color.  I cut it down to size and applied it with Glossy Accents.  It’s still slightly transparent and the Glossy Accents dries crystal clear.  I left the chipboard unpainted under the acrylic since it adds to the “brick effect” I was aiming for.


A Prima branch, some foam leaves from the Dollar Tree, acorns from my backyard, and a BB bird colored (how about SOAKED) with Dylusions and it’s done!


I hope you enjoyed!  Until later…………………

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Sunday, November 11, 2012

C is for Creepy / D is for Diner

Just a couple little ATCs I created for The Altered Paper’s Alphabet ATC Swap.  I have the “A” and “B” themes somewhere, just have to find the pictures (probably in my other camera).

I was in the Halloween mood for the “C” theme.


I had the Diner sticker in my stash and thought it would work great for the “D” theme.


Hmmmm, wonder what I will come up with for “E”?

Until later………………………………….

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Basically Bare Design Team

I just wanted to take a moment to announce I am now a member of the Basically Bare Design Team!


In a moment of what I thought was sheer lunacy, I answered a Facebook call for design team applicants Basically Bare had put out in mid-October.  The next day, I heard from Angela, the owner, asking if I would like to try out for the team.  After picking my jaw up of the ground and tying a bandage around my head to keep it from repeatedly dropping, I emailed with a resounding YES, then promptly started panicking.  Smile

A few days later, a box of wonderful goodies arrived for me to use and off I went.  I had been out of town to visit family, so gouged time out from my weekday evenings and most of one Saturday pouring my heart into the project (drying time about drove me nuts!).  Here’s is a sneak peek:


I tried some new techniques, used a few new products that were lying around my studio, and plundered some paper I’d been saving for a special project.  This definitely qualified as special as I wanted this to really reflect who I am and what I can do.

While still stunned from such being offered such an awesome opportunity to try out, I again heard from Angela, this time with an offer of a place on the team.   Oh yeah, I was doing the Snoopy Dance!


Yes, this was definitely a dream; one that came true!

Until later……………………………

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Halloween a la 100 Proof Press Stamps

I recently got a chance to play with some stamps from 100 Proof Press.  Let me tell you, they have some AWESOME stamps!

Here is an Altered Tag and an ATC I came up with for Halloween using their stamps.


“Fancy” was was made using fabric and embellishments from Gauche Alchemy’s Limited Edition Halloween Mixed Media Color Kit, a plastic spider ring, fiber, Dylusions Mists, and Toasting Skeletons from 100 Proof Press Stamps. 


“EEK” was made using embellishments from Gauche’s Limited Edition Halloween Mixed Media Color Kit, confetti spiders and sticky-back gems, Dylusions Mists and Jumping Skeleton from 100 Proof Press Stamps.  I like the thought of a skeleton being afraid of spiders!

I had a blast with these stamps.  My goal was to come up with something funny to go with the skeletons instead of the normal Halloween creepy.  I think I succeeded.

Until later………….

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Trick or Treat Digital 5 x 7

I’m at it again, playing around with Photoshop and digital images.  This time, I created the following for the So Artful Challenges blog.  If you have time, stop by there and have a look around.  We would love to have you participate.

Trick or Treat 
Credits:  DeviantScrap:  Cryztal Rain’s Halloween and All Hallows Eve sets

Until later…………………..

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Monday, October 15, 2012

May Arts/Helmar Ink It Challenge

Recently, May Arts and Helmar joined forces to hold an “Ink It” Challenge.  25 lucky people were chosen to turn an idea into reality with only two caveats:  1)  the May Arts Ribbon had to be inked in some way & 2) Helmar 450 Adhesive had to be used to hold everything down.

Well, YAY ME!, I was chosen!  So, here’s my project.  I chose the Net Ribbon, Suede Leaves, and Mini Pom Pom Ribbon.


I used Dylusions Black Marble on the Net Ribbon and Pom Pom Fringe, & Dylusions Squeezed Orange on the Suede Leaves.  The ribbon took the sprays like a dream and the Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive held everything in place without me having to allow for drying time!  

The cutouts are from Retro Café Art Gallery and the house and skull came from Michaels.

I’m so happy I was given this chance.  Thank you May Arts & Helmar!

Just in case anyone is interested, I did link to their blogs, stores, and the products used.  It’s the least I can do in the way of a Thank You to both companies.  I’m affiliated with neither.

Until later…………………………………

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Monday, October 8, 2012

October’s Project for So Artful Challenges

I have the honor of hosting October’s Challenge over on the So Artful Challenges blog.  The theme I chose was Harvest Moon or the colors Black, Yellow, and Orange.

Here’s my contribution to the Design Team efforts, “The Manse”:

Creepy Harvest Moon B

Credits:  Deviant Scrap Designers CryztalRain & Holliewood Studios

Hope you like the latest installment of my attempt at digital art.  The printed size would be 5 x 7.

Until later………………………

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Sunday, September 30, 2012

I Need MORE Than 24 Hours In a Day (plus about two straight weeks of vacation)!

Okay, I know I’m sooooo far behind.  I have swaps piling up that I need to take pictures of and share, projects I’ve completed and need to blog about, and just things I want to say!

PLEASE (on hands and knees begging) bear with me.  I plan to get this poor, sad, neglected blog back up and working soon.  I always try and post at least once a week, but once again, LIFE has jumped up and bitten me on the butt.


Hopefully, things will slow down in another week or so and I’ll be able to take pictures and share all the wonderful things I’ve received in recent swaps and also show you some of the projects I’ve been working on.  And possibly tell you about the rank odor in my son’s room and what was discovered to be causing  it *Sigh* or about the cool stuff I ended up with at a recent auction .

Until later…………………

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Miniature Fun Day In Gulf Shores

A few weekends ago, I attended a wonderful Miniature Fun Day hosted by the Mobile Miniatures Club.  While I didn’t complete my project (1/2 scale wine cellar scene), I had a wonderful time and reconnected with miniaturists I had lost touch with.

I wish I could show you a completed project, but it is currently waiting on me to glue it together.  So, instead, I’m going to share a photo collage that the Mobile Club put together.  If you are interested, I’m the one in the brightly striped tank top!

Fun Day Pix by Pam 2012

The pictures in the bottom left hand and right hand corners are of the project.

Until later…………………………
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Monday, September 10, 2012

My Magical Garden

My September contribution to the So Artful Inspiration Design Team.

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My Magical Garden Digital ATC
Images from Art by January

If you would like to take part in this month’s Challenge, Magic Garden, please visit So Artful Challenges for more information.

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Monday, September 3, 2012

Artist of the Month-River Regional Art Association

I was picked by my Art Association to be Artist of the Month.  I went yesterday to a local plantation’s gift shop where RRAA has floor space to set everything up.

Talk about intimidated!  All of the other art ( & I knew this) is what you would call “normal” or “fine” art.  I’m talking watercolors, acrylics, oil, photographs, jewelry, and sculptures.  No altered/mixed media anywhere to be found!  Yep, I’m it.  The lone altered/mixed media artist in the mix.

Unfortunately, I forgot my camera (face-palm) so I used my camera phone to take pictures.  I apologize in advance for their substandard quality.

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If you click on the pictures, it will open up a new window where you can see them clearly. 

It was a struggle to find things to display.  I swap most of my art away and had sold most of my miniature dolls so I scrounged around until I found enough to make a decent display.

Thank you for looking!

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Viva Las VegaStamps! DT Tryout

I’ve been waiting for this call for a while now and YAY! it’s finally time.  VLVS is having a Design Team call and I would LOVE to be part of their team.  I believe they have the coolest stamps ever!

So, I would like to present my three project entries.

This 4 x 6 card was made with Viva Las Vegas Stamps’ Charred Wood Background stamp, emerald embossing powder, white fringe, and fussy-cut images.

  “Tropical Paradise”
For this 4 x 6, I used their Parasol Lady in Chair stamp which I stamped and colored with pencils.  I then used alcohol ink (for the background), colored seashells, netting, and glitter, along with sequins, birds, and a paper umbrella from Gauche Alchemy’s Blue Streak kit.

“Ooh La La”
These pair of matching tags were made from several Tim Holtz stamps.  I used Distress Ink in Weathered Wood  for the background and Fired Brick, Weathered Wood and Tattered Rose along with Martha Stewart’s Black ink pad to stamp the images .  These were one of my more “grungier” projects.

Working with stamps are a blast! 

Until later……………..
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