Wednesday, April 26, 2017

WOYWW #412

Happy Wednesday Everyone! AKA HumpDay and "What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday", hosted by the wonderful Julia at The Stamping Ground.



Real quick, as once again I forgot it was Wednesday...well, not forgot, but time is no longer my friend!  So I was upstairs, working on kitting for a Mother's Day card class next week, and all of a sudden remembered I never posted the desk from this weekend.  So took a quick shot, and here it is. The Spellbinders diecuts are getting gutted...and even with an extra paper for a shim, my Vagabond is just not cutting like it used to.  Hmmm; any ideas? But that brush-jobby tool is pretty helpful, for the most part.

There are some stamps that will get packed to go. Other stamp sets and dies that will be used.  Kinda tough when I don't know how many people I'll have, and since it's at the Library, I'll have to bring everything.  Pieces for one of the sample cards is above

And here is one of the journal pages I completed for the Wanderlust 2017 class from Everything Art.online classes.  We had to use one nature printed image; I knew I needed to get the small Gelli plate all those months ago! LOL!

So that is my desk; now I have to go back upstairs to finish gutting those die cuts and start the next.  Have a great week everyone.







Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Wanderlust 2017 Catch-Up

I’ve been so busy trying to keep up with the weekly classes, I just haven’t had time to post. So this is more for my records than anything else. 

Week #11 is a week that involved soldering, some metals, and while really cool looking, I just didn’t have the materials to do it justice.  I tried with grunge board and may try to go back to complete it, but for now I have an Incomplete.

Week #12 was the Activities week.  Challenge #3 is picking 4 favorite supplies/mediums, and apply them in 8 layers…keeping the same order.  My choices: Distress Inks, Stencils, Gelatos, Dina Wakely Heavy Body Metallic Paints. The Wanderlust Book prompt was “I nurture myself with…”  Tried using the masking tape masking technique to block for the words…sorta worked.

Week #13 was with Jamie and Kasia using the Gelli plate…and using items found in nature…as we had just gotten dumped on with snow, it was back to my spice cabinet, and the Bay Leaves worked the best. I actually really like this…just need to make my writing better.

Week#14 was with Jessica Sporn, and I couldn’t wait to explore this one…Creating Art with meaning.  While my meaning didn’t get very deep, it matched the stilted conversation between the paints!  I do love how she explained it; and will come back to this again. And I think I’m getting better with the glazing/transparency part of painting; and covering up the first few layers.

Week #15 was painting a Mermaid with Mindy Lacefield using her processes. Her way of painting skin color and faces was interesting, and boy did I fall short!   Sort of like the Paint and Sip sessions I’ve done. And like all the rest, now I need to come up with my own subject matter and practice. 


Thanks for stopping by.  For info on the yearlong Wanderlust 2017 online course, visit Everything Art.com, The Adventure is just starting!







WOYWW #411

Welcome to the “What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday” blog hop hosted by the lovely Julia at The Stamping Ground, where we open our craft rooms up to have you peak at our desks. 

I just don’t know what is going on with me, time, or anything else for that matter.  But if ever there was a need for a time-turner…that would be now!  But I can say, I have managed to fit in quite a bit of crafting--just haven't had time to blog about it!  Mostly for the Wanderlust class. Unfortunately it’s been to get the projects done, without enough free time to really relax and explore the concepts or techniques.  But I’m still naive enough to believe that will change. 

But, for what you came for: Here is the desk as I left it Sunday evening.  This is Week 15’s journal page drying.  We got to paint mermaids…in the style of Mandy Lacefield.  My face not even close! LOL!  But it is my first person without the use of rubber stamps or stencils…so I’m putting it in the plus category. 

Here is a Birthday card for my Sister in Law with stamps and dies from Our Daily Bread Designs.  I went crazy when I saw the stamp set...and it’s corresponding stamp set…and the two coordinating paper sets…but the samples I’ve seen must be on cards much larger than A2, as there just doesn’t seem to be the room to show off those beautiful papers-so I haven't used them yet.












And here is my Brother’s Birthday card…using Tim Holtz products.  I thought it came together so well, I made another and gave it to my favorite Starbucks crew with some Lindt Truffles for Easter. 













And here is another Wanderlust Journal page..using objects found in nature and Gelli plates.  This was a lot of fun, even though I had to raid my herb pantry for bay leaves, as this was from a two weeks ago when we had 22 inches of snow...no leaves to be found outside then! LOL!


So that’s me; now go back to the Stamping Ground to portal off to other creative desks.  Stay Crafty my friends.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

WOYWW #407

Welcome to the “What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday” blog hop hosted by the lovely Julia at The Stamping Ground, where we open our craft rooms up to have you peak at our desks. 


Ok, not the shot I thought would be my last foray into the craft room, as this was from Sunday; but it is what it is. The light is from the window, and with the time change...and sunshine, and lack of a blizzard from earlier in the week (26 inches of snow on March 14!! Record!) I didn’t realize it was already 5:45, and I hadn’t started dinner.  Heaven forbid! At least those pieces better be dry when I get in there this weekend! LOL!  I’m just hoping I have all the lids tightened and snapped close.  I’m sure that brush is a gonner.

So this is all pieces/parts from the Wanderlust class.  This week involved soldering, wires, fabric; all of which I have none of.  So I was hoping to drop back and punt, as it were, by making grungeboard look like soldered metal.  And I’ll use tissue to wrinkle up like fabric.  And today is Wednesday, I have a board meeting/dinner tonight, and Friday has a whole new lesson.  Chance of getting this done? 0! LOL! 

The grungeboard sheets are splayed out, the Tim Holtz book, Compendium of Curiosities Vol. 3 is reacquainting me with the Eroded Metal technique.  I was watching the Wanderlust lessons on the iPad. (and as it is my work iPad, good thing I remembered it was here, as it has all my meeting materials for today and tomorrow! That would have been bad...) All the ink and paint bottles are on the cover of my art journal in an attempt to flatten the page I had been working on earlier.  The striped pages are painted backgrounds that get cut up for the painting technique the week before. 

And at the very tippy top left, the rainbow stripes, are  some water brush pens.  I was intrigued with Dyan Reaveley’s tip to fill Tim Holtz’s water brushes with her spray inks to paint with.  But his brushes are expensive.  These are from Michael’s, cost $8, but…eh.  Tried on a few different types of papers, and so far, not impressed.  And honestly, it’s not because of the limited colors!  So, time to start prowling the Michael’s with those sale coupons to acquire of Tim’s water brushes.  Unless any of you Deskers would love to share their fave brand? 

And here is what is getting flattened (I hope)…another try at the Intuitive Painting.  Still think it’s a mess, but it is pretty darn fun!


So that’s me; now go back to the Stamping Ground to portal off to other creative desks.  Stay Crafty my friends.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

WOYWW #406

Welcome to the “What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday” blog hop hosted by the lovely Julia at The Stamping Ground, where we open our craft rooms up to have you peak at our desks. 

The last 6 weeks have gone by in a blur, and while I’ve been really busy crafting, I’ve been too busy to get my photos on the computer to post…but because of a snow day yesterday, I was able to do both! 



While I’ve been catching up on my card making, my main focus has been on the Wanderlust 2017 art course.  This past week’s lesson was on “Intuitive Painting”.  Hmmmm, anything that requires that much practice can’t possibly be called intuitive….just sayin’.  And while I didn’t like my piece at first, it sorta grew on me yesterday, after I added some text from the poem on the Moody Blues “Day’s of Future Past” album.  Probably the only poem I know by memory.  So then I decided, and again, for practice, to try another piece.  Epic fail.  But what you see are the pages you create for the cut-out parts.  And those are kinda fun.  Distress Paints and Liquitex Inks lend themselves brilliantly to showing motion.  So they are sprawled on my journaling desk, awaiting my next foray into the craft studio.  The brushes are clean...the mug and water holder--or what ever you call your dirty brush water thingy--did get carried out as I was leaving...and the M & M's...empty...  

Oh, and here is the first piece.  And while it still looks like one hot mess, it has grown on me!


So that’s me; now go back to the Stamping Ground to portal off to other creative desks.  Stay Crafty my friends.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

WOYWW #401

Welcome to the “What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday” blog hop hosted by the lovely Julia at The Stamping Ground, where we open our craft rooms up to have you peak at our desks. 

A real quick post this week, as I again, almost missed that it’s Wednesday, and also I didn’t take any pictures of the Wanderlust work I did this weekend, nor of the birthday cards I made. 

What you do see is the sheet I had stamped a while ago of the Tim Holtz Crazy Cats, which I thought would be perfect for my nephews birthday.  Colored in nice a pretty with Distress markers…then went to die-cut it out.  Notice the hole where another one had been cut out.  Proof I have, errr, had, the dies.  3 hours later on Sunday, and another 1.5 hours last night before taking this picture (I have to say; the rest of the room looks pretty spiffy now): no dies.  I’m praying they didn’t fall off a stack during the Holiday Chaos, and land in the trash can.  Because I may cry. 
The green card will be the background for said kitty; and various other card making tools are scattered around. (the blue curl is painters tape...used for masking another card; and now is just hanging out sticking to everything and pissing me off...but I might mask this card like that one...so, its still hanging out.  Wow...guess there was a carry-over of stress from the die search! Sorry! 

So that’s me; now go back to the Stamping Ground to portal off to other creative desks.  Stay Crafty my friends.


Wednesday, February 1, 2017

WOYWW #400! Wow!

WoW! This is the 400th post of  the “What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesdayblog hop hosted by the lovely Julia at The Stamping Ground, where we open our craft rooms up to have you peak at our desks. 
 
Mine not very exciting this week.  My main focus for crafting has been for the Wanderlust 2017 assignment…which you can see here. But I’ll have to get some serious card making in, as February is a heavy birthday month. (actually already missed one! Zoinks!) The VIP card is for my Mother in Law, and when Our Daily Bread Designs had a sale a few weeks ago, I (ahem) found a few stamp sets that I thought would suit her nicely. So that is what you see. There are actually 2 sets stacked, as well as 2 coordinating paper pads. I don’t know why I buy their paper pads…I never use them; I generally don’t make cards in their style…but they are just too darn pretty. So in my stash they go!  
 
The colorful page was an experiment with Color Bursts and a Dina Wakely stencil. There are some quote stamps, never put away from the last card making session a few weeks ago. I love the Funny Bones line; this one says “We’ll always be best friends because you know too much”  Oh, and the small little letter stamps...from the old PSX company...were used to stamp on Tim Holtz tissue
paper (box on far left), as it becomes invisible in an art journal once glued down. I just haven’t been back on this side of the room to clean them up. Need to remedy that quickly! 
 
So that’s me; now go back to the Stamping Ground to portal off to other creative desks. Stay Crafty my friends.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Wanderlust 2017: Inspiration from January

The fourth week each month in the Wanderlust adventure has a few activities and a challenge (with swag!)  One is a virtual gallery where we can explore and discuss 2 masterpieces.  Another will be a yearlong bi-weekly collage piece. A third will be a monthly art journal page where we have either a sentence or thought to focus or start from..with the idea that we will be able to see our growth. And then the actual challenge, where for January is was to be inspired from the outside. 

The parameters where to pick 3 colors, and then any amount of white, black and gray.  Soooo…Upstate New York…in January: the only true colors ARE black, white and gray! LOL! Since it was currently snowing, I envisioned a sparkly, snow flaky page, which would help with my desire to create more white space. (I so love the look….why on earth can’t I manage it??) 

So I’m staring at a blank page; all my white and glittery stash is in front of me.  Dakota (my husky) goes nuts.  And by the time I get her outside, I can see deer tracks through the front yard moving into the pine trees. Not unusual.  The bear or bobcat would spark a bit more interest.  Back upstairs I see my new Dylusions stencil/mask set with the deer. (Country?)  I’m still thinking the white page, but start with the gray Dylusions paint and the baby wipe technique.  And then, suddenly there is blue, and I’ve opened the deer stencil.  And then I remember the James Taylor song, which is from a poem by Catherine Rossetti.  And the Stencil Girl herb stencil becomes my pine branches.  I have to say; the way it came together was rather shocking.  The worst is my handwriting; even with a journaling template (from Lost Coast Designs?) and starting with a pencil, I don’t like it.  And it is that which stops me from true journaling. Or in my mind true journaling.  I need to find a way to get Tim’s Tissue Paper to go through a printer!

Meanwhile, we’re supposed to get more snow tonight, so the white page isn’t out of the running. 


Thanks for stopping by.  For info on the yearlong Wanderlust 2017 online course, visit EverythingArt.com, The Adventure is just starting!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

WOYWW #399--Clearing the Decks

Welcome to the “What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday” blog hop hosted by the lovely Julia at The Stamping Ground, where we open our craft rooms up to have you peak at our desks. 


Back (or still) at the journaling table.  This past week I was busy again with the Wanderlust 2017 assignment…which you can see here.  I spent 8 glorious hours in my craft room…and it was a freakin’ mess when I was done! LOL!  So Sunday I cleared the decks, so to speak, so I would be ready for this week’s assignment.  So what you see are my journals stacked and ready to go.  The front square one is what I’m using as my primary Wanderlust journal.  You can tell we haven’t used any Dylusions yet, as its still clean!   And the Prima journal is brand spankin’ new…can’t wait to crack that baby open!  The stencils are all nicely piled…in a somewhat Kimmy organized way. Brushes and Palette clean and ready to go.  

And that Peppermint Bark tin?  My Dear Hubby confiscated it from his work once empty, knowing I could find a loving home for it.  Some wives get flowers, I get empty tins….is there any doubt why I love him??! 

So that’s me; now go back to the Stamping Ground to portal off to other creative desks.  Stay Crafty my friends.


Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Wanderlust 2017--Week 3

This week looked very intimidating.  Wilna Furstenburg started with drawing in ink, then showed 3 ways to finish it off.  Thank heavens she made copies for us to play with!  I started with the plain inked version, and since I didn’t have acrylic inks or oil pastels, I used my liquitex basic paints and Distress crayons.  The Distress Crayons blended really well, but I had used gesso on the pages first, so that helps.  It came out much darker than I was planning, but overall, not bad.




















Then I used her colored version, and got so caught up in the blending of the background I forgot to use texture paste first.  She really uses these images as frames for her journaling; and since my handwriting is the KoD to any page, I stamped on Tim Holtz’s tissue paper with Archival ink, darkened it a bit with a PITT pen, then when glued down, it becomes invisible.  Again, I was trying for some white space; nada.

And with being pleased with the first two attempts, and already finishing one beer before lunch, I took my only jar of ink: Opalescent green, and dove in with a free hand page.  1) the ink is amazingly pale—not necessarily a bad think for my first attempt.  After starting the first flower, which is one of the leaves now, I decided Lupine’s were pretty doable.  So that is where I boldly went.  And I will say…I’m rather shocked that that’s what they looked like!  I still can’t get the liquitex paint to drip.  Maybe after a few more weeks of using paints, I’ll explore acquiring some new ones.  I know the Dina Wakely Heavy Body paints have been calling my name for a few years now! LOL!


So there are my week 3 lessons.  Now I need to try a few on my own.  For info on the year long Wanderlust 2017 online course, visit Everything Art.com, there is plenty of time to join in! 

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

WOYWW #398

It’s happening again (still)! Time has just gone crazy!  So we are on the 3rd “What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday” hosted by the lovely Julia at The Stamping Ground, of the year…and I totally missed last week.

So the last two weeks have been me keeping up with the Wanderlust 2017 classes.  So far I’m 100%--that’s freakin’ awesome!  I did mention it’s been 2 weeks…so I’m really just bragging to me. 

This past week was to let go, not think, just get paint on a canvas, and covering up layers.  That part was hard.  So after a fairly successful first go (see my prior post here) I’m in the process of doing another one.  But I think I’m thinking.  It’s not nearly as organic, and taking much longer.  So we’ll see how it progresses over the course of the week. And in my usual fashion, my journaling desk has become overrun with paints, stencils, the canvas.  This was taken Tues. night.  I’m hoping that tonight I’ll get back up here to work some more. 


So that’s me; now go back to the Stamping Ground to portal off to other creative desks.  Stay Crafty my friends.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Wanderlust 2017 Week 2: Feeling...not thinking

Good thing my statement for the year is be brave, free and to break out!  This lesson got me to do all that!  Mary Ann Wangerin led us through feeling the painting as opposed to thinking the creative process through. 

I used Liquitex Basic acrylics, as that’s what I had.  I can see how the fluid acrylics would be a tad more manageable, as well as achieving the lovely drippage.  I ended up using my Gelato’s to get some drippage going. I was surprised how badly the stencils glopped up, as I was just using my finger and very little paint. I think the give in the canvas is to blame.  And since my handwriting is the worst ever, and stamping on the canvas itself was an epic fail, I ended up stamping on Tim Holtz’ tissue, which very nicely blended into the wet paint.  And, again, do to my limited hand coordination in all things…I left off the fine black doodling that finishes off most of the other students work so nicely.  (but yes, I did try, and repainted..and tried…and repainted.)

And just like in card making and ATC’s...eventually the art will tell you when it’s done.  Amazing! And I actually like it.  Even without the mandala doodling finish.  But who knows: the year is young!

For info on the year long online course, visit Everything Art.com, there is plenty of time to join in!


Wednesday, January 4, 2017

WOYWW #396 A clean desk for a Clean New Year!

Whoo Hoo! The first What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday of the new year!  Thank you again, Julia, for hosting us on this fun mid-week blog hop!


My desk this week is waiting.  I spent some more precious hours over the New Year’s weekend not crafting, but tidying.  All my Christmas stamps, papers, embellishments, etc., have been put away. And I can no longer buy any more holiday stamps; unless I do what the organization experts say, and get rid of an equal or greater number.  I just can’t fit even one more cling stamp in my huge under-bed storage tote.  Such a quandary to start off the new year! LOL!

I did go into almost every drawer and cubby space, and while I did get rid of a few things (see the full trash can?)  it was mostly to re-organize so I can fit in more.  So my main desk and side desk, which as soon as I move the iPad and Laptop will have a nice clean area, are ready for my 2017 Endeavor!  My wonderful Hubby enrolled me in the Everything Art’s yearlong Wanderlust series!!  49 weeks of exploring creativity and new mediums! I can’t wait! 

And the mica spray update; I found the receipt…I did purchase them! Yet they are still very much missing in action.  Only 2 more workstations left to go through, and then I can blame it on the mice.

So that’s me; now go back to the Stamping Ground to portal off to other creative desks.  Stay Crafty my friends.