Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Frilly and Funkie - Vintage Seaside

Hello Friends!  I was thrilled and honored when Linda asked me to join this challenge as a guest designer!  This challenge is hosted by Nancy and the theme is Vintage Seaside.   We've been tasked to create a vintage project that focuses on the sea or the beach.  As you probably know, Artist Trading Blocks are quite the rage right now!  I've wanted to make one for a while so I thought I'd give that a try.  Then I remembered that I have some vintage mermaid doll stamps.  And inspiration struck!!  So here's my Haute Mermaid ATB!!

(My block is slightly larger than the artist trading block die that cuts the three different sizes.  The largest block on that die wasn't big enough to support the mermaid.  This block was cut from an older Sizzix square gift box die that I have.)

For the box, I started with various shades of blue watercolor on watercolor paper, then I added some twinkling H2Os and sprinkled on gold Pearl-Ex powder while it was still wet.  Once it dried I stamped the little bubbles with Salty Ocean DI.  After assembling the box I distressed the edges with Walnut Stain DI.  I used a piece of scrapbook paper from my stash to create the waves.  They are inked with Salty Ocean DI and stamped with bubbles.

I used a piece of Tim's kraft resist paper behind the mini-blueprint images which I stained with Tumbled Glass distress stain.  Don't you just love these mini blueprint stamps of sea life!!  They were the perfect images to add to the sides of my ATB.  I stamped the images twice.  I used the detail water brush and distress markers to add color.  Then I fussy cut one image and layered it onto the other for dimension.  The edges were distressed with Walnut Stain DI and then layered on top of the torn kraft resist background.  Then I added a little more sparkle with the pearls and gems.


The mermaid and her accessories were watercolored using Distress Markers and Twinkling H2Os.  Then cut out and assembled.  I glued a bamboo skewer to the back of the mermaid and then inserted that down through the box to hold her up.  Then I finished it up by adding some shells and the phrase to the waves!

I want to thank Linda again for asking me to participate in this challenge!  If you haven't already checked out The Funkie Junkie Boutique you definitely should!  Linda has the best prices and she provides top-notch customer service!!

I hope that you are inspired to create your own Vintage Seaside project for the challenge.  You could win a guest designer spot and you will also be entered to win a $25 gift certificate to The Funkie Junkie Boutique!

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Monday, May 26, 2014

12 Tags of 2014 - May

I'm back with another post today for my version of Tim's tag for the month of May.  The tag that you see here isn't the one that I originally began putting together.  Before the background tag was inked I had picked out a different set of trinkets and a different ShadowPress folder.  But then something Magical happened!

I wanted my background tag to be a little more colorful so I started by running a light coat of Antique Linen distress stain over the tag and then drying it with the heat tool.  Then I used Peacock Feathers and Salty Ocean DI with the Bubble layering stencil.  I inked around the edges of the tag with Squeezed Lemonade and Brushed Corduroy DI using an ink blender.  Then I splattered water droplets over the tag and dried the entire tag again with the heat tool.  And that's when the tag took a different direction!  As the water droplets dried I watched this little shape emerge...

Any idea what it is??!!  Those of us who frequent that Happy Place, known as Walt Disney World in my part of the country or Disneyland on the other side of the country, will know it as a Hidden Mickey!!!  If you're not familiar with this there is a published book that documents the many occurrences of the Hidden Mickey's that can be found at Walt Disney World and Disneyland!  Once I saw it on my tag I knew I couldn't cover it up!  I also knew that I had to change the theme of my tag to go along with it.  So here's the tag that I ended up with...

The Good Times shadowpress folder along with the word band and muse token definitely speak to the good times and fun that I've share with my friends and family when we visit the theme parks at Walt Disney World!  It's one of my favorite places to go (except during the hottest months of the summer!) so I added the heart adornment that I colored with Red Pepper and Pearl alcohol ink.  The enamel tag was tinted with Latte alcohol ink and then I embellished it using a phrase from the Words rub-ons.  Most importantly the arrow from the Industrious stickers highlights my very own Hidden Mickey!

Needless to say this is now my FAVORITE tag of the year!  Thanks for stopping by!

RubberMoon MoonMail Club ATC Swaps #3 & #4

Hello Everyone! I've been remiss and haven't posted the RubberMoon MoonMail Club ATC swap cards for swap #3 so today I'm posting the last two swaps to catch up!

The MoonMail Club stamp for month #3 was a gorgeous star stamp!  For the swap I received an ATC from Heidi in Vermont.  Here's what Heidi sent...

I just love this card!  I think it's just adorable how she used the moon as the balloon.  Can you see how the stars in the background shimmer?!  And I'm a huge Frank Sinatra fan so I love that song!! Heidi also sent the handmade card below!  Between the ATC and the handmade card she included all of the MoonMail stamps that we've received to date!

Here's the ATC that I sent to Kristen in Missouri...
The MoonMail Club stamp for the fourth month was the lovely sun stamp!  For the swap I received an ATC from Jan in Missouri.  Here's what Jan sent...

I love the ombre coloring on the card and the addition of the bubbles over the sun faces and the pearl accents at the end of the rays!  And it's another song-themed card like the one I received last month!!  I sense a trend here!  Jan also sent the adorable hand stamped card below!  I love those blues and greens...colors that I really favor right now!

My ATC went to Dottie in Maryland.  I had already been assigned Dottie for a previous swap so I was worried she'd be disappointed to get another card from me again but she said liked my card so I'm happy! Here's what I sent...

Make sure you visit RubberMoon and take a look at all of the great images they have! They're such fun stamps!!  And while you're there join the Moonmail Club!  You'll receive an exclusive stamp each month and have access to the club Facebook group, access to a private blog just for club members, private video tutorials and lots of extra goodies!  And you can participate in our monthly ATC swaps, too!  We'd love to have you join us!!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

CC3C Challenge #2 - Distress Glitter

I'm so happy that I was able to put something together for challenge #2 since I missed the first one!!  The technique chosen for this week's Compendium of Curiosities Vol 3 challenge, hosted by the Linda Ledbetter and the Curiosity Crew, is Distress Glitter on page 56.  The sponsor for this week, with a $25 gift certificate, is the Funkie Junkie's Boutique!

For my project I created a canvas using one of the burlap canvas panels from the District Market collection.  I've been hoarding them so I decided it was time to put one to use!  The photo is of my maternal grandparents.  They never went to Paris but I just love this photo of them!

As you can see I glittered up Tim's Sizzix Alterations Eiffel Tower and then distressed it with walnut DI.  The trellis pieces are leftover from my April Tag of 2014.  I dabbed the mirror trellis with some latte alcohol ink to add some interest.  The remaining embellishments include a French railroad ticket from the new Idea-ology Expedition Ephemera Pack, a hotel sticker from the Lost and Found Salvage Stickers, a crown from the Idea-ology Adornments Regal collection, and a band from the Idea-ology Observation Wordbands collection.  I mounted the photo on a piece of Tim's French Industrial paper stash, distressed it with walnut DI and the added the words from the Idea-ology Life Quotes and Words rub-on sets.

Thanks for stopping by!