Wednesday, August 24, 2016

WOYWW #377

Hi Everyone! Look who almost forgot it was Wednesday!  The day assigned as "What's on your Workdesk Wednesday" craft-room peek-a-bout dreamed up by our wonderful Hostess, Julia, over at The Stamping Ground.

Not much to see this week; I was away for work last week, came back exhausted and not feeling great with all the heat and humidity, and then the weekend, while fabulous....was a complete blur!

So what you see: A few items that came in while I was away; the clipboard, frames and grit paste from my hero, Tim Holtz;some more gesso, a stamp/stencil set from same, some sequins that were on sale. And proof I need therapy; now that I no longer am feeding my paper addiction,  I have become addicted to these silly, colorful bits of plastic bling.  But, in my defense, they take less storage space and I'm actually using them!  (I can make 8-10 cards before you even can even tell the bottle has been openedl!)

And...yes! The start of my Christmas cards; I had actually stamped some off thinking I'd have time to color during the convention.  Wrong!  But they are ready when I am!

Now go back to Julia's and see some other creative spaces! Have a great week everyone!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Creative Chemistry 103: Grit Paste Grunge

Still playing Catch-up…but in one way, I feel a bit more relaxed and can explore the techniques fuller when I’m not trying to get the whole day done at once.  So this is a card I made using the Distress Grit-paste.  Fun stuff; but it does need practice. While my sample tag came out fine with the stencil, I think I put mine on too thick for the card.  It is very rough, was flaking off with the applicator, and took forever to dry.  Tim stressed you cannot heat it…and that it said so on the label; but mine doesn’t—not that I question Tim…just passing on the info.  I also wasn’t able to clean up the edges...not that I wanted a crisp line, as it was to be sand; but I just managed to get it everywhere! LOL!  As my only neutral Distress Crayon (right now) is Rusty Hinge, it was too reddish for what I wanted, so I went with Tea Dye Distress Inks...and I think it was perfect. The paint would have been too dark as well, I think. 


So thank you for stopping by.  I may (or may not,depeding on how hot/humid it is at home tonight) get one more done for the gallery…but you can keep watching here, for I will get all the lessons finished in the next 2 weeks! Lovin’ the summer of Creative Chemistry!

WOYWW #375

Welcome to WOYWW…the “What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday”  blog hop created by Julia at the StampingGround.


It’s been a frantic week!  I’m very happy to report I actually completed 82% of the techniques from the Creative Chemistry 103 online class taught by Tim Holtz.  That is a record for any of the online classes I have done!  Some have been quite successful…some…let’s just say need some work! LOL! (see the liquid landscapes below!)

So the desk looks fairly clear and organized for such craziness-but that’s because I just couldn’t work in the chaos that my desk and table have become, and literally shoved everything into a drawer: not a good solution, I know.  The alcohol inks are still out so I can rework the liquid landscapes…and the inks I used for the Grit-Paste technique are still out, as is the stencil I used.  A few odds and ends…really not bad at all; but this weekend I need to clean out the drawer.  I have one more evening to play and upload to the class before they close the galleries tomorrow.  Depends on how hot/humid it gets; they claim the heat index will be over 100…Ugh!

 Here is a technique called Alcohol Liquid Landscapes on Yupo paper....the package holds 10 sheets...I got 2 panels from each...And I used 7 sheets.  I really want to master this one...it fascinates me!!!  I have gotten better...3 packs are being shipped as we speak...My other class posts are prior to this one if you want a gander.

So that’s me; now go back to Julia’s to portal off to other creative desks.  Have a great week everyone.


Sunday, August 7, 2016

Creative Chemistry 103: Gesso Fresco revisited

I absolutely LOVE the look of this technique!!  When doing the class tags, I thought it would be stunning in a journal...so I decided to give it a go.

Now, I only have the one set (so far) of the Distress Crayons, and this technique works better with darker colors, or at least, is a tad more noticeable-but I wasn't feeling  the cool colors, so mad do with the warms...

I've been sorta working on a song lyric theme for the pages in my journals, and Love "Take Me To Church" by Hozier...at least the melodic lines...have you read the lyrics??  And I have quite a few stencils that look like Abbey ruins, so it sorta fell in place.  The stencils are by TCW on the left and Stencil Girl on the right.  And yes, my handwriting sucks..and this is with a journaling template...
I went in with a PITT pen to sorta emphasize some of the lines, particularly the bird...

I'll be doing this one again....and yes...getting more colors....(did you hear..all the colors will eventualy be released--Oh Joy!)
Thanks for stopping by.


Creative Chemistry 103,: Day 6: Textured surface and Foil Sheets

Hi everyone,
We've reached the last day of this fantastic class from Online Card Classes, the Creative Chemistry series taught by TIm Holtz.  It has been fantastic.  And just because the "live" part is over (well, there is one more "Catch up week), doesn't mean you can't still take it...as with all their classes, you have lifetime access to the content--only the forum's and galleries get closed to new postings. It's been great to learn new ways to use the stash you already have...yes, I know...don't play coy...

So today wasn't so much a lesson, as breaking down some of the new surfaces and substrates. (and yes, most were already in my stash...being horded for god knows what...

My example today uses the Burlap sheet from the Textured Surfaces, as well as the Foiling Technique....and I love that!!! I better order a few more packs of this too!
I took the image from the Watercolor Resist lesson, added some gold foiling around the edges...hard to see, but it's there, then layered over the self-adhesive (thank god...can't imagine trying to glue this down!) Burlap,


You can sorta see the foiling better here.  I'm going to add a banner, once I find my missing stamp...along with my missing DIY distress pad and the Picket fence ink pad...this has been a tough week for my already taxed organizational skills...just about every TH related medium or item is stacked on my desk!

Thanks for stopping by.

Creative Chemistry 103 Day 5, Post 4

As I have been doing this week, this post is to link to the class gallery.  The original post can be seen here.

This is the Faded Texture Technique on Translucent Yupo paper.

Creative Chemistry 103 Day 5 Post 3

As I have been doing this week, this post is to link to the class gallery.  The original post can be seen Here.

This is the Faded Layers technique on Yupo Translucent paper.