Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Guesting at Try It on Tuesday

I'm thrilled to be the guest designer at Try It on Tuesday

Guest Designer badge

for their current challenge, Things With Wings.   Be sure to visit Try It on Tuesday HERE to learn about the challenge and see all the inspiration from the design team.  I had such a hard time deciding which way to go with the wings theme:  birds, butterflies, garden fairies, my steampunk advernturer.  In the end, I went with the birds.  Please consider linking up your own challenge entry.


Rubber Stamps:  Rogue Redhead Designs (birds), LLC, Red Lead Paperworks (tickets and house), Darkroom Door (sentiment), Memory Box (branches)

Ink Pads:  Archival Jet Black, Ranger Mowed Lawn, Broken China, Picked Raspberry, Shabby Shutter

Ink Markers:  various Ranger and Stampin' Write colors, Bistiro Chalk Marker

Stencils:  Wendy Vecchi Studio 490 applied along bottom with sea sponge

Collage Sheet:  Bits and Pieces from Red Lead Paperworks

Trims:  Tim Holtz filmstrip ribbon; music ribbon died with Broken China  (I have Smurf blue fingers to prove it!)

Entering this tag in:

Mema's Crafts  July 2014 Challenge:  Make it a Duet (pink and blue)  woo hoo!  won by random.org!

Fashionable Stamping Challenge 77:  Dreaming of Summer (the bird feeders are filled and we enjoy sitting on our deck watching the birds)

So Artful Challenges:  Feathers and Bright Saturated Colors

Four Crafty Chicks:  The Great Outdoors

Monday, July 21, 2014

Summer of Color 4 Completed!!!!!!

YAY!  I DID IT!!!!  All six weeks!!!!!  Wearing my badge proudly:

Here are all 6 of my Julie Nutting Prima doll stamps decorated in each week's color prompts:

And I'm looking forward to next summer's SOC5!  Thank you Kristin, at Twinkle Twinle blog!

Summer of Color Week Six

I can't believe we're already to the final week of Summer of Color!  I look forward to this each summer and can't wait to do it again next year. So thrilled that I was able to stick with this and get all 6 weeks' of prompts actually completed!

Week Six at the Twinkle Twinkle blog gives us a color palette of tangarine, raspberry and a splash of lemon. What fun summery colors!  And of course I'm making another Prima doll!

The dress is stamped onto a paint color sample.  The sticker and shopping bag are from my stash--some of the things I got from my girls.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Guest Design for My Sheri Crafts

I'm honored to have been asked to guest design for the current challenge at MySheriCrafts.
The new challenge #138 is Christmas in July with lots of layers. Be sure to visit MySheri Crafts for all the challenge details and inspiration from the design team.  And won't you join in with a creation of your own?
As you know, I have a new found interest in Julie Nutting's Prima Doll stamps.  Meet my latest doll stamp purchase who is Decking the Halls for the Holidays!
Materials Used
Prima Julie Nutting doll stamp
Prima Julie Nutting Hancock Park Tag Pad
Paper Whimsy digi sheet "Deck the Halls" sentiment
Misc. trims, ribbons from my stash
Hair:  Stampin' Write Crumb Cake, Ranger Distress Markers: Anqiue Linen and Vintage Photo
Shoes: Stampin' Write Real Red

I'd like to enter the following challenges with this tag:
Creative Corner Challenges:  Love of Ribbon  (ribbon inbetween patterend paper and crochet lace on skirt and ribbon bow at waist)

Alphabel Challenge Blog:  L is for Lace (the delicate pre-gathered crochet lace trim on the skirt)
Fussy and Fancy Challenge #118 It's All About Girls

Divas by Design:  Christmas in July
Crafty Creations Challenge:  Let's Party

Monday, July 14, 2014

Summer of Color Week 5

It's the midnight hour, literally,  for Week 5 but I'm determined to get caught up before the Week 6 reveal in a few hours over at the Twinkle Twinkle blog.

The color palette is red, royal blue, and a splash of light blue.  Once again, I'm making a Prima doll.

DCWV glitter paper for the dress and patterned paper for the tag.
Gems  and royal blue ribbon from my stash.
Julie Nutting Prima doll stamp.  I stamped the dress twice and put the center panel on pop dots above the train.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Mad Tea Party

Welcome to the Mad Tea Party hosted by A Fanciful Twist!  Please go to that site to see all the links to the party.

This is the first year that I'm attending the party.   I'm fashionably late as I misplaced my invitation....

I've made two tags for this linky party, Alice and the Mad Hatter.  I've woven into the story some previous art work.

Here is Alice.  She found the right key to enter Wonderland.

It's been quite an adventure chasing after that rabbit.  Where is he off to?

Ahead, she spies a spot of tea.  She thinks she'd like to stop and sit a spell.

And discovers she has stumbled upon a tea party hosted by the Mad Hatter.

Shall we join them?

Details on the Mad Hatter Tag as I'm using it for some other challenges which are listed below:

Papers:  Heidi Grace, DCWV as well as some paint swatches to make tag and paper piece outfit.

I made my own tag base and tag background, using some number stamps and a blank sliver of rubber (10/6).
Ancient Page Stone Gray ink pad and Copic marker C3 Cool Gray.
Edging:  Ranger Distress Ink Dusty Concord, Prismacolor Marker PM-115 Cool Grey, Dylusions stencil

Boy Stamp "The Boys in the Woods Series", from Thru the Woods
The face and hands are stamped on a Prima Flowers cardboard package.

Crafty Secrets Clear Art Stamps "Greetings from Wonderland" stamp set for the message on the hat "Mad as a Hatter".  (Also anaother greeting used on Alice Tag and the rabbit and watch on journal page).

Linking Mad Hatter Tag to: 

Summer of Color Week 3 at the Twinkle Twinkle blog:  Catching up with this one--lavender and gray with a pop of plum.
For this 6 week series, I'm making a paper doll for each week's color prompt.  Alice was made for the first week.

Crafty Secrets July Linky Party at the Heartwarming Vintage Blog--you gotta love having the perfect stamp for a project. Sentiments on both tags from Crafty Secrets---love that "Mad as a Hatter".  Also, the page from my paperbag book has the clock and rabbit from this stamp set 

Simon Says Stamp Monday:  Start from Scratch
Simon Monday Challenge Blog

Friday, July 11, 2014

Layer Upon Layer

This month's issue at Unruly PaperArts blogozine is focusing on Layer Upon Layer.

For my article submission, I concentrated on layering paper with my Prima doll stamp and layering ink and embossing powder on my bird cage.

I have an obsession with paper dolls.  At age seven, I would anxiously wait each week for the Sunday paper.  In the comics section, there was a cartoon strip of a paper doll and some outfits.

Fast forward to today.  Many decades later, I still enjoy all art versions of dolls and most recently am obsessed with Julie Nutting’s doll stamps for Prima.  

For the full article with all the details about my layering, please read my column HERE.

I'd like to enter this scrappy page in:

4 Crafty Chicks: Inspired by a Song Challenge :  I Believe I Can Fly by R. Kelly

Speaking of challenges, I'd also like to remind you about the Unruly Paper Arts Reader's Art Quest.  Robin's Nest has donated a textures prize worth $70 retail.  If you'd like to enter, link up your entry at UPA HERE.  Any art form is welcome.  Just use the creative prompt  "Summer Fiesta" OR the prompt and photo inspiration.


I love on-line challenges and am thrilled when my work is selected.

Here are my May and June successes.  Yippeee!!!!!

Most recently I made the Top 3 Ensemble at Fashionable Stamping Challenge for my Birds and Bees entry (shadowbox).

Fashionable Stamping Challenges

Prior to that, I made the Top 5 at Try It On Tuesday for my Feminine and Fancy entry (Lady of Long Ago) as well as was asked to be the Guest Designer for a July challenge.

Top 5 winners please grab our badge

My Sheri Crafts:  Ooh La La Award for my 3 in a Row entry (Prima Doll Tag)

Open Minded Crafting:  random draw winner for a prize from Sassy Studio Designs for my Fairytales entry (Snow White card).

Monday, July 7, 2014

Summer of Color Week Four

I'm playing "catch up" at Summer of Color 2014 with weeks 3 and 4.  And I'm continuing to add to my Prima doll tag collection.

Week Four Color Palette which I did first so it could double duty for Tag Tuesday's Garden Party.

Pink and Apple Green and a splash of Dark Green

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

July Gecko Galz Cross Promotion

At Gecko Galz, our July Cross Promotion is WITH WILD ABANDON.

Here is what I created as my design team sample.

I chose this image from the Gecko Galz July release, Petticoat Princess collage sheet.  I then layered the beautiful frame from With Wild Abandon in the blank space on top and added the word "TORN".  To me the image represented "torn between two lovers" because of the two men waiting at the gate.  Everything then is layered onto pink patterned paper and placed on a black card.  I highlighted the flowers with Wink of Stella glitter brush.

One of my favorite actors, Johnny Depp, is quoted as having said,
"if you love two people at the same time, choose the second.  Because if you really loved the first one, you wouldn't have fallen for the second."

Please look for all the Gecko Galz design team cross promotion creations at the Gecko Galz website HERE. While there, check out the July sale and the customer Beachy Keen challenge!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Gecko Galz July Customer Challenge

July's challenge for our Gecko Galz customers has a beach theme.

Just use at least one Gecko Galz product in your creation and link it up to the Gecko Galz BLOG which is HERE.  Winner will receive a $25 shopping spree at Gecko Galz and a With Wild Abandon gift pack.

I used an image from the Splish Splash collage sheet and digital paper from La Isla Bonita pack.  Both are July releases at Gecko Galz.

I printed the paper twice so that I could fussy cut some of the foliage and layer it with pop dots for dimension.  I added part of a fish necklace for trim.

July Unruly PaperArts

Our July issue of Unruly PaperArts blogozine is published.  You can find the schedule of contents HERE. Please remember new articles are published on the UPA blog throughout the month.

This month we are to Layer on Layer.  Our sponsor is The Robin's Nest.  They are donating a textures prize pack worth approximately $70 retail for the winner of the Reader Art Quest.

My article will be posted on the UPA blog on July 11.  In the meantime, here's a sneak peek.

Here is the Readers' Art Quest for the month.  Be sure to link up your creation to the UPA blog.

Unruly also has out a columnists call, due July 30.  If you're interested in applying for the October 2014-March 2015 term, please see the details HERE.

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