Thursday, December 23, 2010

Great Scribbily-Wibbily!!

Merry Christmas Everyone!! Despite my total lack of Holiday spirit all season so far, (which, besides losing our dear kitty Angus, I can only attribute to my manager's cruel and unusual punishment of playing the ONLY radio station that started Christmas Music on November 1! {I mean, yes, I am a musician with a few Christmas concerts scheduled, but AGGHHH!}) I am finally ready and looking forward to heading to my Mother-in Laws for the Holiday. And with wrapping done, I even had time to play along with Linda's Compendium of Curiosities Challenge.
This week we are on page #34, the Scribble Stain Distress. OK, my first tag was a mess!! Waaayyyy too much scribbly, but the next few tags progressed nicely into a really cool technique! So, now to use the tags...and I kept going back to the first one... The scribble is Fired Brick, and I just kept thinking here it is!
Now, in hindsight, I probably would have used a resist or batik technique for Jim, so that he came through the flames, not lying on top, on vellum--oh well. The stamp set--I swear-- is from The Stampsmith which I got a few years ago at the Springfield Show. It was a cool plate with Morrison, Joplin, Hendrix and Lennon, with appropiate quotes, but I can't find it on their website now to confirm it...but it just has to be!
So Merry Christmas Everyone! I hope everyone, in addition to having a warm, safe holiday, also gets great crafty gifts under their tree!

Monday, December 20, 2010

The 2010 Card Collection

Merry Christmas Everyone!! Since my cards went out last week, I figured I could safely show them now.

This one you may recognize from a color challange at the Play Date Cafe. Impression Obsession has the stamp, and the berries are touched with Fired Brick Distress Stickles.

And this is from the Compendium Challenge for the Double Distress Technique. Gotta love those House Mouse's!!

And this Penny Black Dove is an adaption from a tag that was also part of the Compendium Challenge over at Studio L3.

I love these stamps from the "12 Days of Christmas". There are 2 cubes with the 12 days, and then this larger one on the Partridge. I used it a few years ago, and re-vamped it for this year. You can't see it, but the partridge and pears are colored with the pearlescent watercolors.

And finally, I can't take credit for this design. My husband bought me a subscription to Cardmaker Magazine. This was in the first issue I received, and I loved its clean, elegant look. The stamps are from Inkadinkadoo. And the cool ruffled ribbon is from Really Reasonable Ribbon. Thanks Julie for introducing me to them!

I hope everyone has a Very Merry Christmas, and a Truely Happy, Crafty New Year!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Rock Candy Distress

Hello bloggers, it has been a tough, depressing week at our house, and having work block blogger from their computers has just added to my misery. So, I'm taking this moment to congratulate everyone on their 12 Days tags and Compenium Challenge entries. I just can't get in to post comments on everyones blogs when I'm at home.

So, between vet calls and crying jags, I was able to get some time in to finish my last Christmas card design (Thanks to Linda and the last challenge) and play with my Rock Candy Stickles. This is week #24, and all the details are over at Studio L3. Now, I have to ask...Is it possible to have used all the glitter, and be left with just the glue stuff in my stickles bottle?? The detail above does show some of the glittery effect, but, boy, it feels shellacked I had to use so much!! LOL!

We can't give away the technique, of course (you need to get your own copy of Tim's book) but I just have to say, getting a collage together was my toughest part. I did delve into his 12 Tags hints to color the ribbon--and have nicely spotted lettuce stained jeans to boot!! (And yes, I was spritzing onto the craft sheet, not my legs...yesh! I have no idea...)
I'll try entering my Christmas Cards later, so come back to see what I came up with for this years selections. In the meantime, I wish everyone a Very Merry Christmas and a very Creative, Happy New Year!