Sunday, December 5, 2010

A Sad Day

I remember 12 years ago Joe and I went to Clarion with my little pigmy buck, Leon, to get him a mate. Leon rode very nicely between us in the front seat of the truck, he was approx 1 year old. When we got to Clarion at the farm, I picked out this very cute little black doe named Lena and she was to become Leon's lifetime mate. All the way home from Clarion, Leon kept butting Lena and they continued that social contact all through out their lives.My granddaugher Kara was 1 yr old when Lena had her first babies and it was a set of triplets. Clay helped me name them. We enjoyed so many moments with these two goats, pygmy's are very comical. Lena had seveal babies in her lifetime but only this one set of triplets. I remember one hot summer day and the poor girl was due to have her babies, she was sooooo big and I could tell very uncomfortable. So....I let her come in the house and sit in the corner of the kitchen under the fan. She was pleased as all get out. We had quite the conversation that day while she rested and I cooked. When Lena was approx 3 yrs old I got a minnie aussie puppy, named Karli. Well being the herder that they are ,she (Karli) was sure she was going to herd this goat. I would have the goats come down to the house with their babies and play on the porch and Karli thought they belonged back at the barn. Well dear sweet Lena was not going to have any of that. She took only so much of Karli's insistant barking at her and then Lena put Karli in her place. A couple of years after Clay and Kara moved back from SC, I gave Leon to Clay and Lena to Kara. Today was a sad day, when Holly went to the goat barn to feed them this morning, she discovered Lena was in distress, so she called me. I was headed back down her to SR to watch the kids for the week while their sister is in the hospital, so I went over to see Lena before I left. The poor girl was in so much discomfort and I knew that this certainly was not the way for her to live. My dear sweet Lena, I will remember you forever and look forward to seeing you again in heaven.
When I get back home I will post pics of Lena.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

A little 3 year old.....

I picked up my 3yr old grandson from preschool:

Me: Hi Cedric, I heard you practicing your music for the program on sunday. It sounds really nice.
Cedric: I am not going to be a turkey!!
me: oh....well you would make a cute turkey.
Cedric: but I am not going to be a turkey. why not I would love to see you be a turkey.
Cedric: nope!!!

me: but its thanksgiving and the songs are so cute.
Cedric: if they make me be a turkey I am going to "FREAK OUT"
ok then I will just let this go and let the teachers and his mom handle it.
...I have seen little kids "Freak Out" and its not pretty.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Create-a-Critter Turkey

I fell in love with the Create-a-Critter cartridge as soon as it came out, but waited until it was on sale to buy it. I was so happy participate in the Black Friday sale that was having.
I cut my turkey out at 5.5 inches and used the Imagine More Cartridge for all my colors. I added stickles to the feathers, crystal lacquer to the comb, beak, and feet. I did my stitching with my white signo pen and used pop up dots to add some dimension. For the eyes I glued on some wiggle eyes, and I also added some black buttons to his vest. Hope you enjoy him as much as I do.  

Thursday, May 13, 2010

3 - D Mixed Media Canvas - "Art is Good for the Soul"

Here is the finished project. I have had so much fun making this, my first 3-D canvas project with various sizes.
A couple of close ups of the layers. The pieces of canvas I worked with are a 12" x 24", 12" x 12", 5" x 7"and  8" x 10".
This is the upper right hand section. The flowers I worked with in this project are Prima Flowers that I bought in a canister from Paper Wishes. These are white flowers and they accept the ink really well. I also coated them slightly with crystal lacquer to make them sturdier. The rose is a paper spiral rose that I had made. The music sheet came out of a very old church hymnal, and the photo is a vintage postcard that I received as a prize in the One World One Heart Blog Hop. The "Create" embellishment is from Magenta that I colored to match my theme with my Copic Markers. I adhered all the beads with crystal lacquer. The beaded trim is some I had, I don't remember where I bought that.  The washer on the tag and the tab on the postcard are chipboard. The black bling is from Prima also. 
Of course a project just isn't complete unless you add some Tim Holtz embellishments. Here the key, key hole, the journaling ticket  and the frame around the inspire is all from Tim Holtz. The "Inspire" is from K & Co.'s Life's Journey collection.
The words "Art" and " Soul" are chipboard. I painted them with my acrylic paint and then applied Tim Holtz's rock candy distress crackle paint on top. I let that dry thouroughly and then rubbed ink over top to pop out the crackle. The word "is" came from a collection by Lil Davis Designs. Of course I couldn't leave my cricut out of the project so the words "for the" and "good" are all cut from paper. To make them dimensional I applied crystal lacquer over the top of them.
These photos show you some close up shots of the texture. The one on the bottom of the project shows where I added some fibers to my canvas and then painted over them. Looks really cool. The top section shows some of the textured paper, some drywall tape, and some aluminum foil. All of which I added and then painted over them.
One other note the image you can see on the "Art is Good" section is a photo from a magazine. I used the packing tape transfer method for this. Next time I am going to try the laminating sheet because they are wider and then I won't have to do layers. I think I would be happier with the end result. The string of pearls is something I picked up at a garage sale. Gotta love that costume jewerly!!
Sure hope this gives you some inspiration for you to start your own 3-D Mixed Media Canvas project. Make sure you leave a post for me to come check yours out when you are done. I would love to see what you do. Have a great day.
(note: all of the photos can be enlarged by clicking on them, if you want a closer more detailed view)

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Mixed Media Canvas Art

OH my I am so stuck on the canvas projects right now. There is so much you can do with those. I have decided I wanted to do a 3-D Mixed Media Canvas piece. So I rounded up the different sizes I needed and some paint that would match with my theme in my living room and set to work. Here are the beginning stages. For texture on my canvas I used some textured scrapbook paper, fibers, and aluminum foil. Be sure to check back to see where this ends up.......

Saturday, May 8, 2010

A Day with the Girls

It was really windy and darn right cold here today, but I didn't mind at all. I had a great day all planned with friends to work on some canvas pieces we have been wanting to do. We got our inspiration from our local hospital's gift shop gallery. They had these canvas pieces with birds and looked really cool, but we decided to make our own. When we were at convention Robin seen these bird prints and bought them. Then because she is so kind she printed us all up a copy of them. Thank you Robin. I wasn't sure what I was going to do today, but decided that I would go with the birds, because they are beautiful. Here is what we made:
This is the one I made. I started by primering my canvas with gesso. Then on my paint pallette I put a little of the pink paint and watered it down, I brushed in onto the canvas by pulling it in from the outside edge of the canvas. Next I  applied the blue paint the same way and finally I added the purple paint, using less of each color as I went along. Then to blend the colors together I took a baby wipe and dapped over all the colors, it created a cool texture too. Next I did all my stamping, using ink pads that coordinated with the paint colors. I layered my bird print onto dark purple cardstock and  glued it down with mod podge. I went over the whole canvas piece at this time. For my second layer of mod podge I attached my lace and the quilled flower. I gave this piece a finishing touch by adding Tim Holtz's idea-ology metal corners.

This is Cindy's piece, her canvas size is a litttle smaller but she used approx the same techniques as I did on mine. Cindy used a cardinal from one of the prints Robin gave us and darker colors of paint. I think it turned out beautiful.

This is Robin's piece, she decided to use the same colors as I did and also the same techniques. She said she might add a few embellishments to it when she go it home. I received an email from her and she has decided to do more of them with the different bird prints and line her hallway. That will look really cool.

Here is Susan's piece. She used her own creativitity to design hers. I told her it looks like she just bought it at Kirkland's. I believe her's is going to be a gift. Susan used some of Tim Hotlz's masks and paint to create her very unique background. Those elephants are way cool, she cut them out of paper from a elephant design she got off the internet, then she glittered them up. I love those prima flowers she included in her design too. She then wrote on the top "Elephants never forget" So cool.
What a great time we have when we get together.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

I'm still here.....

I just wanted to let you all know I am still here. I have been exceptionally busy lately and am loving it. I have had family events and a convention.....lots of fun there. I also have been doing some projects but I am sorry to say I can't post any of them yet. I have done a card for a card exchange, trading card for exchange group, worked on an altered book, did a layout for a design team, and I am currently cutting out some goodies for my grandaugters 6th grade graduation invitations with my cricut. Hopefully I will get something that I can share with you soon, until then I hope all is well with all of you, enjoy the spring it goes way to fast. So for now here's some pics of what's happening in my flower beds.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Mission Impossible

I entered a challenge called "Mission Impossible", its on a yahoo group. Someone in the group sends you a package of supplies and the challenge is to see what you can make with it. I received a very generous package of papers, chipboard, buttons, flowers, ribbon, a bottle cap and a slide. The first project I did was for a Round Robin Altered Book Club I am participating in and I can't show you because the girl whose book I did views this blog. We are not suppose to see our books until the Round Robin is finished. Here is my second project. The card itself and the white layer is not from the package of goodies, all the rest is.  I did some embossing on the edges of the paper with white embossing powder. The flower was white and I inked it with Brilliance Pearlescent Olive, and then inked the edges with Color Box Maroon Chalk ink. I dipped the edges in the white embossing powder while the maroon was still wet and then heat set it.Then I stamped over the whole flower with a script stamp and maroon ink.  The button was a clear button, I pressed it into my maroon ink pad and then dipped it into white embossing powder and heat set it. I then threaded some of the ribbon through it that was sent to me. For the white tag, I used my Tim Holtz ink applicator and the olive ink pad and inked all around the edges, then I went over the edges slightly with the maroon ink. I stamped "ART" with the maroon ink and embossed it in white powder. The "Art is Love, Create and Inspire" I stamped with the maroon ink. For the chipboard photo turn I inked it with maroon ink and then embossed in clear powder, then attached it with a black brad. I wrapped another piece of the ribbon along the bottom of the card. I still have some supplies left, maybe I will get another card out of it. Lots of fun, hope you enjoy!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Paper Roses

I seen this project on Above Rubies Studio, and I thought I would try and see how they go.  I tried using some finer papers and I found the papers that works the best for me are scrapbook patterned papers. The finer papers seemed to smoosh to much and cardstock was just too heavy. The glitz you might notice on the flowers is my gold shimmering mists. Now to find just the right leaf pattern to go with these.  They are a little fussy but they do work up quick, it would be a good project for you to do while watching TV.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Paper Bag Album

This might just be my favorite page in my Paper Bag Album so far.This page I have labeled "Time" I used some vellum that has clocks on it, a stick pin with a clock on it, and the metal letters to spell out "Time".  I love to use Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel on chipboard and then stamp into it. Such a cool look, then I rub ink over it to make it look aged. The chipboard element, on the left,  has hinges so it opens like a door and its connected to an accordian pullout.  I cut my chipboard out with a nestabilities die. The pages that are incorporated into this pull out are also cut with the same die. The chipboard on the right is inked, embossed and stamped just like the other one. There is a tag that you can pull out to journal on behind this piece of chipboard. The butterflies were cut out of a piece of vellum. The ribbon slide I inked with versamark and embossed with white embossing powder. I continued my theme of adding stitching with my white signo jell pen, aged the paper and the bag with Colorbox Chestnut roan chalk ink, and also did some embossing on the paper with a script stamp. 
Cedric comes to spend the day with me tomorrow. We are going to play outside all day, I will probably be digging in the sand with backhoes and excavators, maybe even go on a dinosaur dig. Can't wait. 
Until next time. Have a great evening. 

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Flowers, Flowers, Flowers

This is what can happen when a group of friends get together on a Tuesday. Robin, Cindy and I get together on Tuesdays to scrap or whatever it is that we might be working on at the time. This week I had all these flowers that I had cut out of white cardstock using my cricut and this is what we came up with. I had just received in the mail on Monday my new Tim Holtz Ink Pads, so all of these flowers were inked with the Distress Inks. We had so much fun and each of us had a bag of flowers to take home with us.  I can't wait to incorporate them into some of my projects.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Paper Bag Album

Here's another page in my Paper Bag Album, this album is so much fun I am already planning on doing another. The Circle is an Accordian pull out, that is held closed with photo corners. Lots of room for pictures there, again the tags are all double sided for what ever I should decide to do with them. A photo could also be put behind the tags. The little tag on the flap also comes out for some journaling or a small picture.
On this page I created a little flip tag, if you untie the ribbon there will be a nice spot for a photo. The "Remember" on the side is stamped and embossed with white powder then aged with Colorbox Chestnut Roan Ink. I used some of the punch outs  from the border to add a little interest on the cover of the flip tag. I found the beautiful lace at Joann Fabrics. I found some flower stamens in Michaels in the bridal section and I put a couple in my prima flower, leaving the tails of the stamens hanging out the back of the flower.
For this page I cut some paper to create an envelope look for a pocket for my tag. The label came with the Basic Grey set and I just added some brown rub ons to it. Pretty simple page.
This is the tag in the above page. I did some white embossing and punched a border with my new EK Success punch. The tab is made from a Stampin Up punch and stamp set. The acrylic frame is something I bought and I don't remember where I got it or who its from, I added a rub on rose to the bottom of it. I used dimensionals to lift it up so a photo could be slipped in behind it. Oh before all that I embossed the edges with white powder, this helped to hide the dimensionals. As you can see its also double sided and on the back I added a pocket and another tag that is double side. So again lots of room for photos and journaling on this page too.
Until tomorrow, have a great evening.

My Tim Holtz Ink Applicator

.......and I rescued this cat and gave him a good home.....we all know I can't live without my Tim Holtz ink applicator, I use it for everything. Well.....I couldn't find it, I knew what happened to it....THE CAT...I just got used to making sure everything was put up for Max cause he will chew everything, not just a little either he makes sure it is destroyed. Then along comes the CAT, what Max can't reach the CAT will get for him. I searched high and low on my hands and knees and you see where I found my beloved ink applicator on the floor in the laundry room.....with CAT written all over it as you can see. So the CAT has to go.............I can count my blessing though, Max hadn't spotted it yet!!

I found the laundry room!!!

Poor Ink Applicator ......I just love my ink applicator, the CAT not so much!!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Paper Bag Album - Photo Wallet

This Photo Wallet will give lots of room for more pictures in my Paper Bag Album. I will place this wallet inside on of the bags. The frame you see is a piece of chipboard that I inked with versamark ink and embossed with white ultra thick enamel and then stamped my Hero Arts script stamp in it while the powder was still hot. You need to let this cool completely before trying to remove the stamp and also ink the stamp up extra well with your versamark ink. I cut a piece of acetate so it would fit behind the frame and then aged the edges with my brown paint dauber. In the left corner you will notice I added a rub-on for a little more interest. Tape this to the back of the frame. I then pop dotted this to a piece of patterned paper that was cut just 1/4" larger than the frame and then taped this to the front of my wallet. A photo can be slipped down behind the acetate. The butterfly is from K& Company. I colored the body of the butterfly (which was a bright green ) with my purple copic marker.
On these inside pages of my wallet I used the same Hero Arts script stamp, white embossing powder, my white signo gel pen, colorbox chalk chestnut roan ink for aging the paper. Oh I also really like the effect it gives me when after I have embossed with the white powder I run some of the chestnut roan ink over the embossing to give it an aged look. On the middle section you will see I added a rub on on the bottom and on the right I punched with one of my new border punches I just purchased. On the right hand side I aged a smaller paper bag and attached a piece of the patterned paper that I aged, punched, stitched and added a flower to from the Basic Grey collection I am using. There is another one of those butterflies too.
This is the back of the right hand section and the back of the wallet. For my closure I taped a piece of ribbon across the back and then when the wallet is closed you can tie a pretty bow.
This is the tag that goes in the small paper bag. For the tag top I punched a scalloped circle, folded it in half and added a flower with a brad. I also placed a rub on next to the scalloped circle.  Once again this tag is double sided so you could journal on both sides. As you can see there is lots of room for photos here and journaling. Now lets see you make one of your own....

Paper Bag Album

Here is the next page that I have finished for my album. I didn't mention earlier that I start each page by distressing the edges of the bag with Colorbox Chestnut Roan Chalk ink pad, and I finish each page by spritzing them with Gold Shimmering Mists. This page has a "Slider Card" incorporated into it.  I seen it on a web site and thought it makes a cool addition to the album. The punched half circle is created using my Fiskars circle punch. I have also added some bling and washers that I colored with my brown Copic marker to make them match my color theme. Below is a picture of the slider card opened up.
There is plenty of room for pictures on the slider card and beside the slider card. One can also add a picture behind the tags on the right. All of my tags are double sided through out the album, so one can add pictures and journaling.
Until next time......

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Cricut Card Exchange - April 2010

Here is the card I did for an Exchange Group I belong too, the theme was Mother's Day/Flowers.


Here are the directions:
  • Ink corner stamp with Color box chalk chestnut roan ink. Stamp on the lower left hand corner of card. I colored mine with Twinklin H2O's. Use Tim Holtz ink applicator tool to ink around the outside edges of card with chestnut roan ink.
  • For the Bee: Cartridge; Paisley pg 25- set height at 3" and cut out on yellow paper. Cut the shadow once on black paper and once on vellum. For the vellum I then cut away the body of the bee leaving just the wings. Using the shift key and layer 1, I cut from pink paper the cheeks and flower. For the body of the bee I colored in the black stripes with a black sharpie marker. I also used my marker to put in the eyes, nose and mouth. I used my white signo gel pen to add stitching and dots on my flower and cheeks. I aged the whole bee with my Tim Holtz ink applicator and chestnut roan ink. To put together I positioned my vellum wings on top of the shadow, then put in place the bee body that I had applied glue to the back of, down on top of the vellum. This way you don't see any adhesive behind the wings. Glue the bee to the front of the card. The adhesive I used for gluing the bee together was my zyron.
  • For the flowers: There are several on the paisley cartridge that can be used; the button on pg 39,41,42,43,51,59. Walk in my garden also has a couple nice flowers to use : pg 82,83. I just like a flower with petals and a solid center. Cut out 1 @ 2 1/2", 2 @ 1 1/4" and 3 @ 1". First you will want to run the flowers through your cuttlebug with an embossing folder of your choice. Then I inked them with Tim Holtz mustard seed distress ink, and then edged them with concord grape distress ink. I layered these flowers together using Perfect Paper Adhesive by US Art Quest. Place them into position around the base of the bee, and then add some gemstones to the center of your flowers and to the flower on the bee.
  • On the lower right hand corner I stamped "For you" by Stampa Rosa with chestnut roan ink. On the inside of the card I stamped a bee by Artistic stamp exchange with chestnut roan ink.
Hope you have fun creating one of your own.
smiles, Bev

Friday, April 9, 2010

Paper Bag Album

I finished two more pages in my Paper Bag Album I am working on.

I am still using the collection by Basic Grey, I will be using that collection through out the album. The butterfly you see is a piece of chipboard that I colored with Colorbox Pink Pastel Chalk Ink and then I inked with versamark a script stamp by Hero Arts and embossed with white powder. Over top of that I cut out a vellum layer and embossed the edges with the white powder. I attached the vellum layer with three brads. The pink die cut was cut using a Nestablilites die and the white scallop was cut with my cricut. The flowers are by Prima and the ribbon is May Arts. I used some of my paper to make a pleated border along the bottom edge and used my Fastenator to attach the ribbon. The scroll is from the die cuts that came with the Basic Grey kit. I added stitching with my Signo white gel pen, I just love that pen.

For this page I cut out a couple of tags and stamped on them with the Hero Arts Script Stamp and embossed with white powder, then added some pink ribbon. The corners I cut with my Crop a Dile Corner Chomper, its really does chomp those corners nice and easy. The circles I cut with my coluzzle and the scalloped circle was cut using my Cricut. I stamped on them again with the same stamp and white embossing powder. I attach the three of them together with a brad and some American Crafts Greenhouse flowers. It is made so that the circles swivel and you can add pictures underneath them.The Clip holding the tags in place is from Making Memories.
Now to get to work on my next two pages.....hopefully will post more tomorrow.

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