I started this book in Seth Apter's For Your Eyes Only class (hence the name) in July 2014. It took me about a month to finish it completely. Of course I had to put my own spin on it with lots of vintage images, antique trims and German Dresden. Thanks so much Seth for such an awesome class! I like how it came out - hope you do too!
I am being very brave posting pics of the old studio and sharing my remodel/move to the larger space as it continues (right now, very slowly). Believe it or not the old studio was pretty organized. I liked to call it an organized mess - LOL! It just became so cramped with so much CRAP it wasn't conducive to creating anymore. Please be kind if you comment! :0)
Update: The studio is finished! Woohoo!
Located at the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme CT this is a yearly event. 38 structures are hidden throughout the FloGris property. The level of detail in each and every structure is just extraordinary! So much fun whether you have kids or not. A magical day!
For my birthday this year we traveled to Madison CT's Barberry Hill Farm to attend 'Dinners At The Farm' an annual summer event started by Jonathan Rapp of River Tavern in Chester CT. For two weekends in July and two weekends in August he picks two host farms to host this fabulous charity event to benefit City Seed plus two other land/farm related charities. All the food we ate was locally sourced and absolutely spectacular!
Hmmm.... Who could this card be for? I'm not tellin' cause it will be a while before they get it and I want them to be surprised. MMMWWWAAAHHHH (insert evil laugh here)!!!
I used Basic Grey's Indian Summer paper pad and a few of Catherine Moore's Character Constructions stamps & die. After diecutting her skirt I backed it with a paper that I had run through my Xyron so that the sticky was on the patterned side of the paper. Once I adhered her overskirt and trimmed it I sprinkled the exposed adhesive with a transparent, holographic ultrafine glitter.
Then I painted the images with Distress Markers and a detail waterbrush, both from Tim Holtz. The Wish label is diecut and shrunk Shrink Plastic. After a few failed attempts it finally came out well enough to use. I ended up shrinking the label first then embossed it with Gold EP, coated with Glossy Accents and sprinkled just a tiny bit of gold glitter into the GA while it was still wet. Once it dried I threaded a ribbon that I dyed with Distress Ink (Wild Honey) and Perfect Pearls mist in Heirloom Gold for a little sparkle. The corners are vinyl gold stickers I picked up at the dollar store years ago.
Of course no Birthday Fairy would be complete without her wishing wand!
Seems like yesterday the leaves were still green on the trees along the CT shoreline. This morning I woke up the find all the Oaks, Maples, Birches, Sumac & Tulip trees all ablaze with Yellow, Red & Orange with only a little bit of green left. Only the Pine Trees and Mountain Laurel are still Green. My Autumn Crocus has been going gangbusters! It keeps on spouting new, gorgeous white waterlily-like flowers. I thought I had lost it when the front walkway was redone but it seems to be very happy where it landed.
I think this the the quickest I have gotten my tag done, but I figured I'd be in full Christmas card making mode by the end of the month, not to mention getting my banners done for my group's banner swap (lost_art_creations) next month. The tag also worked up pretty quick which helped!
To see Tim Holtz's tag and get instructions just visit his blog.
I had about 50% of the tools and supplies he used. My Dauber paints were hard as a rock so I turned to my trusty Golden Fluid Acrylics, using Transparent Pyrrole Orange and Permanent Violet Dark. Using a baby wipe instead of a brush really made blending so easy and you get a pretty transparent effect. I also stamped the tag with his webby background after I had spritzed with the PP mist. I didn't have the ticket strip die but I do have a Movers & Shapers die call Mini Tickets that worked perfectly. I also didn't have the calendar stamp he used but there was a calendar stamp in the Halloween Minis set and I added the skull & crossbones because - what the heck - why not?! I used a word sticker from Authentique as I haven't gotten the seasonal chit chat stickers yet (it's on the list - VBG!) .
Love how the black Rock Candy Dry Glitter looks. Very vintage and not overly blingy. I also used the alcohol ink to stain the tinsel trim black. Love the peeks of silver coming through!
A friend asked me to make a bright, and whimsical tag using the new Tim Holtz stamp set, Apothacary. Hmmm.... not one to shy away from a challenge I gave it a go. First, bright & whimsical doesn't exactly describe this set so it really was a challenge. My inspiration was the Mexican Sugar Skulls - very colorful with lots of floral and flourish type designs painted all over them.
The directions follow the pic:
First I die cut my pieces - all are new Memory Box dies; the spider web frame (black cardstock), the matching backing die(cream cardstock) and the mini spider (LOVE him!), again from black cardstock.
I used nontraditional colors the color the tag and the diecut background; the Summer Edition colors Mowed Lawn, Salty Ocean and Picked Raspberry with a touch of Dusty Concord.
Bright & cheery - check!
To finish off the backgrounds I flicked a bit of water over the inks then spritzed the tag with Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls Mist and stamped the text in Salty Ocean.
Next, using Black Archival Ink stamp the skull twice; once on cream cardstock and once in the middle of the prepared backing die cut and Happy Halloween on the tag as shown. I used the Pumice Stone Distress Marker to shade the skull stamped on the cream cardstock, dried it then cut it out. Glue in place over the other stamped skull.
Glue frame in place over prepared backing. Use foam tape to attach framed skull to tag. Then use a couple foam dots to attach spider in place. Finish with a dot of glue on the end of his web to attach it to the frame. Glue a few Bindi Jewels to the skulls forehead for whimsy (check and check!). Turquoise glitter ribbon finishes it off.
So what do you think? Less scary and more whimsical?
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