Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Vintage Collage

The current Wed. challenge at Simon Says Stamp is Use More Than One Stamp.  For my card, I used a hexagon stamp, word stamp and floral stamp.

Keeping the post short so I can enjoy the sun outdoors with our dogs.  We've had 8 days of no sun and all rain so any sun is appreciated.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

First Attempt at Mixed Media

Now that my nieces and nephews are older (except for Ronan who just turned 4) and most are in high school, I don't have a need to make cutsey cards.  I've wanted to get into mixed media art for a few years but wasn't ready to make the switch until now.  It's a pretty expensive hobby compared to card making, for me anyways, since I didn't have any of the materials needed.

I started off with some easy ATCs (Artist Trading Cards) since they are smaller and don't require quite as much on them.  I kept them simple since I didn't know how they would turn out.  I found something similar to these online and basically used on sale or clearance embellishments from Michaels.

To start off, I crumbled some white tissue paper and glued it to the chipboard ATCs then dried them with a heat gun.   Then I adhered the embellishments.  Next I brushed on some black gesso covering everything.  In hindsight, it would have been easier to paint the black gesso on the tissue covered chipboard before adhering the embellishments since it was hard getting the gesso down into all the tiny spaces.

I used plastic buttons and a heart that I've had for years but bought the lock, flower and keys for 57 cents at Michaels.  Those micro beads and buttons I couldn't sell at my garage sale came in very handy:

The next step was to rub on some Finnabair Art Alchemy waxes to highlight the raised areas.  I only bought a few of these waxes locally at Michaels.  Lucky for me the entire Finnabair line was 40% off.

This was a good way to learn how to apply the waxes as you can tell I was a little heavy handed in some areas.  

My dilemma with mixed media art is "what do I do with it after it's done"?  It's too heavy and bulky to mail to any of my family, not that any of my family would want this kind of thing anyways.

It is fun though and allows me to learn something new and be super creative.  It's also a huge stress reliever -- these thunder storms we're having are stressing my dogs out like crazy.  They never used to be bothered by noises but now that they are older (12 and 13 yrs old), one of them just shakes non-stop.  It's super stressful when there's not much I can do to help them.

(love my giant Hostas)

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Who Remembers This Jingle?

I have been trying to remember all the words to this jingle........they keep going through my mind all night long.  Now that I looked them up, maybe I can get some sleep.

Do you remember this show?

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Ombre Alcohol Inks

I used a variety of alcohol inks to make the background:  Salmon, Shell Pink, Watermelon and Coral.  I dripped the colors randomly on my craft mat then swiped a piece of glossy photo paper through the drips.  The bees were stamped with the Stampers Anonymous Oddities Tim Holtz collection using Hero Arts Unicorn pigment ink.

I'll enter this in the following challenges:

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Ronan's Easter

I haven't worked on scrapbook pages since Fall because my brother hasn't sent me any new pictures of Ronan since then.  I guess the newness has finally worn off, now that Ronan just turned 4.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Best of Times

I have another nephew with a birthday coming up.  He loves his two dogs (thus the paper doll with the dog); while making his card, I tried to do some new techniques......the oval frame was cut out on brown foil cardstock, painted over with white acrylic paint, then sanded down.   Looking back at it, I wish I had stamped the oval with a text stamp after painting it.

I'll enter this in the following challenges:

Products used:  Tim Holtz Paper Dolls, Spellbinders Elegant Ovals, 7 Gypsies Journey Collection, Bundled Sage/Worn Lipstick/Evergreen Bough/Vintage Photo distress inks, white acrylic paint, foiled cardstock

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Ronan's 4th Birthday

When my brother told me my soon-to-be 4 yr old nephew was a SuperHero fan and not so much into dinosaurs anymore, my idea for his birthday card took a drastic change in plans.

I found this card on Pinterest by Connie Jones and knew I had to make it but with the dies that I owned.   I stamped the inside with some speech bubbles by Taylored Expressions and wrote the words inside the stamps.

Products used:  Taylored Expressions Sign Me Up stamp set, Frantic Stamper Large Bat, Taylored Expressions City Skyline, Spellbinders Large and Small Ovals, PaperTrey Ink birthday stamp set 

I'm entering this in the SSS Time Out challenge (Retro Superhero and nighttime sky)  and

SSS Animal Magic challenge (bat)

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Plaid Happy Birthday

My intention was to try to make a masculine looking butterfly card for my nephew's birthday but it didn't turn out that way.

Products used:  Stampin' Up Butterfly Framelits and Thinlits, Martha Stewart Vintage Lace edge punch, Sue Wilson Stitched Flags, Stampin' Up Celebration Words, Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid Winter paper

I'm entering this in the SSS Wed challenge:  Animal Magic

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Time Goes By So Fast

My nephew, Nicholas, was only 6 years old when I moved from his home town  in upstate New York to Maryland.  Now he's graduating from high school.   This is a birthday card for his May birthday.

Needless to say I feel like I missed out on his growing up by moving out of state.  I don't have children of my own and was very close to my nieces and nephews.

To make his card, I started off with a piece of white cardstock and blended in a variety of inks.  Then I embossed the paper with the Darice Clocks embossing folder.  On the inside of the card it says "Happy Birthday".

Products used:  Darice Clocks embossing folder, Hero Arts Mint Julep Shadow Ink, Cosmic Shimmer Frosty Jade Blending Ink, Salty Ocean distress ink, card base from Michaels, Brother Label Maker 

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann