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Monday, September 29, 2014

Altered Playing Cards 5 and 6

We're at Week 4 with Claudine Criner.  Her blog post is HERE    I'm finishing my cards just hours before Week 5 is posted.  I was hit with a virus but got well in time to have family visit this weekend.

This week Claudine is using acrylic paint on the cards.  Her prompts include houses, clouds, doodling with a black pen, and hand written words.  She used Gelli prints for her clouds and houses.  I don't have those so I improvised.

Card 5 Fairy Garden

The home theme became a fairy garden theme for me.  Interesting how art pulls you in a different direction.
I followed Claudine's prompts and techniques on a card which I had gesso'd in an interesting pattern:
1) torn printed printed tissue paper: I used Tim Holtz tissue tape
2) two shades of pink acrylic paint:  I used Apple Barrel Bubble Gum all over and then applied with the plastic card Delta Ceramcoat Touch of Pink

Card 6 Shopper

I followed Claudine's prompts and did use the same images:
1) sponge on two colors of paint:  I used a sea sponge to apply USArtQuest Perfect Pigment in Cobalt Turquoise Hue and Orange
2) Color with Copics.  I used the Vera Lane Studio Digi Stamp dress shop and city girl which can be found in Janet's Etsy shop HERE
3) Washi tape
4) doodles
5) sticker that serves as word label and cloud

Saturday, September 20, 2014

A;tered Playing Cards 3 and 4

I've completed Week 3 which is to make cards 3 and 4.  If you'd like more details about Claudine Criner's Altered Playing Card challenge, a link to her blog is HERE.

I followed Claudine's prompts for the backgrounds.  One is done with alcohol inks and one with distress ink pads.  The alcohol inks are on top of crushed tissue paper.  The distress inks are on top of drywall mesh tape.  At the time I gesso'd up the 52 cards, I added some texture with these additional elements.

My alcohol inks were a tad dark so I opted not to try stamping.  Instead I used some digital images.  I was disappointed that my distress inks wouldn't stay vibrant, even after multiple applications.

Christmas Memories Playing Card

Because of the resulting alcohol ink background, I chose a holiday themed childhood memory of going to visit my Milwaukee relatives where my aunt always gave me a box of chocolates.

Playing card layered with crushed tissue paper covered in gesso
Ranger Alcohol Inks:  Bottle, Slate, and Currant
Lunagirl Moonbeams Christmas Photos
Moonlight Journey My Love Valentine Tags
felt snowflake and button from stash

I'm entering this card in the
Crafting by Designs challenge where Lunagirl Moonbeams is the sponsor this week.  The theme is Childhood Memories.

Autumn Season Playing Card

I went with Claudine's idea to creat a seasonal card.  I chose an owl for my bird and Tim Holtz' letters to spell "fall" rather than "fly".  I did "follow suit" (excuse the pun) to use a leaf made with distsress paper (which I sanded), and the same colors of distress inks.

Playing card layered with drywall mesh tape covered in gesso.
Ranger Tim HoltzDistress Ink Pads:  Spiced Marmalade, Vintage Paper, and Mustard Seed
Maya Road owl glued to Coredinations green distress card stock
Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations die Tattered Leaves
Coredinations brown distress card stock
Green dye ink
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Salvage Stickers

I'm entering this card in the
Lunagirl Moonbeams Challenge Blog for the creative theme Autumn
Eclectic Paperie September e-play challenge:  Fall
4 Crafty Chicks Challenge:  #212 Fall

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Halloween Challenge at MAA

We're baaaaack...........

Summer is officially over.  That means Heather Hudson is starting up her My Artistic Adventures challenges.  It's time to play again with her amazing digital images.  

At her blog today you'll find the details about this HALLOWEEN challenge and lots of fabulous inspiration--not only from the team but also from a stellar group of guest designers.  Excited to learn more?  Then you need to go  HERE.

I made a Halloween treat bag for our first challenge:

I loved working with Heather's collection of Halloween tickets.  You can find this very versatile collage sheet in Heather's ETSY shop HERE.

I can't wait to see what you make for Heather's challenge!  Please post it HERE.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Mid-Month Media Monday

It's MEDIA MONDAY, so I'm thinking about one of my favorite Mamas and Papas songs, Monday, Monday.  "They" say, if you wore it the first time, you shouldn't be wearing it the second time around.  I gasped when I saw the skinny pants and boots.  I only remember bell bottom jeans and sandals!  If I had kept all that clothes, I'd have saved a pretty penny on my recent purchases!

Television Media
Is anyone else watching Ken Burns' The Roosevelts on PBS?  Every night this week! It's great compnay while I craft!

Magazine Media
I came across a most delightful magazine.  The best way I can describe it is "Pinterest meets blog in print form".  It's published 8 times a year and the issue I picked up says No.5 /2014.  It's a UK publication printed in Dutch, German and English.  Perhaps you've seen it?  It's entitled Daphne's Diary.  I found a website for it in case you'd like to learn more HERE

Cyber Challenge Recognition

I made the Top 3 for the August 2014 "word play" challenge at Country View and will have a guest design spot in the near future!  woo hoo!

I also was the random winner at Sentimental Sundays for Challenge 222, Back to School (my altered composition book entry).   I get 7 digi images from Bugaboo Stamps.  I can't wait to go shopping!!!

I was to be on holiday last week, but the hubby came down with a virus while at our first stop, resulting in our trip being cut short.  We returned home as soon as he was well enough to travel. While he rests, I'm hiding in my craft roon, far away from the germs.

This new-found time allowed me to play at Tag Tuesday with the theme Fairytales.  Better late than never, here is my tag, before the new theme gets posted.  Please catch up with all the inspiration from the other players HERE.

Since I was coming in on the (fairy) tale end, I dug out this lovely Gecko Galz digital image which I had printed out quite some time ago.  I added it to a Julie Nutting for Prima tag and an Alesa Baker Designs rubber stamp from Impression Obsession, Inc.  The glittery shoe is DCWV from a paper pack I've had for a few years.  Ribbons and flowers from my stash.

I'd like to add this tag to the following challenges:

As You Like It Challenge : Your Favourite Rubber Stamp and Why:  I have so many stamps that it's hard to choose just one as a favorite, but I love stamps that are a bit snarky or "tongue in cheek" such as this one.

A Creative Romance:  Anything Goes

All Sorts Challenge Week 276:  Sugar and Spice   That's right.  I always thought Cinderella was a bit too sugary.  But her sweet disposition did land her a prince and change of life's ciricumstances.

Frilly and Funky:  From the Heart:  ah that prince whose heart was stolen by Cinderella which sent him frantically searching for the young woman's foot that fit that sparkly shoe!

Hiding in My Craft Room:  Super Saturday--Use Up Those Scraps

Sugar Creek Hollow:  Word Play (must include a sentiment)

Sunday, September 14, 2014

First Two Altered Playing Cards

I'm finishing up Week Two of the Altered Playing Cards Challenge hosted by Claudine Criner.  My playing cards were gesso'd up for a week (week one), and I've been anxious to start decorating.  

Last Monday Claudine's Art Corner offered up a fabulous two cards to get us started.  If you'd like to participate in this 26 week challenge, please see the button on my sidebar.

For these first two cards, I stuck to the script as closely as possible, adapting only to use products I had on hand.  Of course, as artists we can "alter" as we see fit, but I'm also trying to incorporate the specific techniques/style that Claudine is showing us.  To see Claudine's makes, go HERE

I started with the spray inks on Monday.  Then went on a short trip and just now got back to decorate the cards on Sunday.  You can see that I had added more texture with the gesso on the butterfly card.  

Spray ink.
Dylusions Fresh Lime
Maya Mist Hydrangea Blue
Lindys Stamp Gang Starburst Witch's Potion Purple

Die cut:
Memory Box Honeysuckle Vine
Stampin' Up die cut butterflies

Digital Stamps:

New whimsical girl with bird digi stamp

Since Claudine is using on some of the stamps on her sample cards, we were afforded the opportunity to acquire some of these images at a reduced cost for participating in the challenge.  Thank you Janet Klein!  To see Janet's stamps at her Vera Lane Studio Digi Stamps Etsy shop, go HERE.

Vera Lane Studio digi
Red Lead Paperworks (the Sky is the Limit stamp)
Rogue Redhead Designs, LLC (Relish Reading almanac stamp on butterflies)

Inks and Pens:
Archival Jet Black ink pad
Sharpie Black marker
various Copics to color girl
Inkssentials Opaque White pen

a bit of black dresden metal scrap trim
Stampin' Up Primrose Petal card stock (butterflies)
Recollections Chalk Board Paper (vine die cut)
Printworks Matte Photo Paper--this paper works well for me in my ink jet printer, giving me true colors for digiral images.  A plus for this project is that the Copic markers go on well and don't bleed through the backside.  I would never have tried this had I not read that Claudine said Copics work well on digital images made with an ink jet printer.

The second two cards will be up on Claudine's blog tomorrow.  I can't wait to see what 's in store for us next.

I'm entering these challenges:

Pile It On:  Challenge #37 Flowers and/or Feathers

Crafting At the Weekend:  Challenge 5 Anything Goes

Order of the Opus Gluei Challenge #191 ATCs  (no prizes or badges, just plain fun creating)

Designs by Lisa:  Bloggers Challenge From Drab to Fab-Alter It

Inkspirational Challenge 65 Word Prompt:  Take Flight: entering the second butterfly card

Stamping Sensations:  September Challenge Things With Wings
(I'm not sure if a digi stamp counts--if not, I'm entering just the butterfly card.)  closes October 1.

Red Rubber Inspirationals:  137 Just Text Me
This is a new challenge site for me that I found at Paper Playful.  I'm entering the second card since it has text on it but no stamped images--just die cuts.  Even the stamp on the butterflies is text!

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