Thursday, October 30, 2014

Puppy Love

Get It Scrapped has a great article on Scrapbook Page Design: Embellishing with a Visual Triangle and Visual Hierarchy.  This layout, featured in the article, has three distinct embellishment clusters, each with different weight:

Supplies: Paper, Die Cuts, Stickers and Alphas: Fancy Pants Designs (Me-Ology); Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (pumice stone, worn lipstick); Spray Ink: Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst (cosmopolitan pink), Glitz Spritz (blazing sun); Stencil: Heidi Swapp; Doily: Bo Bunny; Punch: EK Success (circle); Dies: Simon Says Stamp (hearts), Spellbinders (rectangle), Ellison (square); Enamel Dots: Doddlebug; Other: miscellaneous flowers and brads

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Play? No

"Play?" "No."

"Play?" "No."

This is the dialogue I imagine repeated over-and-over again as our newest (and biggest) kitty Janice tries to make friends with our oldest (and crabbiest) kitty Abigail.

Supplies: Papers and Stickers: Pebbles (Jan Hadfield Homemade); Alphas: American Crafts Thickers (Gilded); Puffy Stickers: Twine & Ink; Ink: Tim Hotlz Distress Ink (black soot), Memento (tuxedo); Spray Ink: Mister Huey's (warm calico); Punch: Stampin' Up!; Stamps: Shimelle Laine for Two Peas; Twine: Lawn Fawn; Crimper: Marvy Uchida; Other: miscellaneous tags, brads, gold paper

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Art Journal Saturday

This week was really just play. After beginning with some paint that made me happy and a Heidi Swapp heart stencil, I began to doodle (zentangles again) and paint.  The quote "our truest life is when we are in dreams awake" is from Henry David Thoreau. 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Castle Craig

A layout from a hike in September, when fall was just starting to show its colors.

Supplies:  Paper and Stickers: We R Memory Keepers (Indian Summer); Alphas: American Crafts Thickers (Rockabye); Die Cut: Basic Grey (Capture); Flair: A Flair for Buttons; Enamel Dots: Studio Calico; Twine: Lawn Fawn; Copic: BG13; Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (walnut stain, vintage photo); Spray Ink: Lindy's Stamp Gang Flat Fabio (Sandra Dee's Sepia)

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014


Another detour back in time to 1994 and a side-trip I took with some fellow students to Munich, Germany. Naturally, we visited as many beer gardens as we could in the short time we were there.

This layout started as a product challenge. While sorting some of my stash, I found some Fancy Pants Burlap & Bouquets. While I have done a few layouts with this collection that I really  like, I have been struggling to come up with ways to use what I have left. So I grabbed a few sheets of paper and got to work:

Supplies: Paper and Alphas: Fancy Pants (Burlap & Bouquest); Stencil: The Crafter's Workshop (Ronda Palazzari); Spray Ink: Lindy's Stamp Gang Flat Fabio (Danny Zuko's Denim); Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (chipped sapphire), Studio Calico (deja blue); Punch: Martha Stewart; Stamp: Memory Box; Decorative Tape: My Mind's Eye; Other: misc. buttons

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Annual Rhinebeck Pilgrimage

It's that time of year again - time for the annual New York Sheep and Wool Festival. What's not to love about fall in upstate New York, sheep and other furry critters, lots and lots of yarn, time with friends, and, of course, cupcakes.

This year I met designers Alana Dakos and Hannah Fettig:

Normally I would make a day trip up, but this year there was an opening in a friend's house, and I decided to make a long weekend of it.  To give you an idea of how wide-spread a draw Rhinebeck has, our how had people in it from Ohio, California, Canada, and Uruguay.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Art Journal Saturday

I have been doodling in an old biography of William Blake. He's not a poet that I was very familiar with, but the book had been discarded and I decided to repurpose it for my art journal.  I am also reading it as I go (or trying to ... early nineteenth century is not my favorite style of prose).  

Supplies include Liquitex and Studio Calico paints; dies cut from my Slice; and the Crafter's Workshop stencils.

In addition to the zentangles I had been playing with, I have been trying to learn to sketch faces. Clearly, I am still just trying. But you have to begin somewhere. 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Grateful for this Life

Get It Scrapped's Creative Team was challenged to create bases first - before planning a layout.  The article, "Save Time, Play with Technique, and Use Scraps by Pre-Making Scrapbook Page Bases" can be found here.

For this challenge, I created a painted background, with a bit of stenciling for texture, which I then stamped and embossed.

This base then became this layout:

Supplies: Paper and Stickers: Carta Bella (Momento & Memories); Die Cuts: Kaisercraft (Collectables), Slice (Paper Reverie); Paint: Liquitex (white, gold), Studio Calico Color Theory; Spray Ink: Lindy's Stamp Gang Glitz Spritz (blazing sun); Stamp: Fancy Pants; Ink: Versamark, Tim Holtz Distress Ink (tattered rose, worn lipstick, antique linen); Pearls: Dew Drops; Doily: Bo Bunny; Other: white detail embossing powder; gesso

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Knitting Fail

I think I knew it wasn't going to work from the beginning. This sweater took four times longer for me to finish than normal. I had no mojo. Not because I hated the pattern, or the yarn. Both were wonderful. In fact, I was combining my favorite design company with my favorite indie dyer: Brooklyn Tweed (Michele Wang's Slade) and The Woolen Rabbit (Grace in Chimney Sweep).

The problem was one of gauge. I can't knit gauge. I know this and I swatch. And I block my swatches. Then I do lots of math and figure out how to make the pattern work.  Unfortunately, a swatch doesn't always translate well across a full sweater.

In this case, the sweater is a size too small, and about six inches too short, for its intended recipient, my husband.

Otherwise, it's a nice knit. I either need to lose weight (which I really need to do anyway) or find someone the right size who is sweater worthy ... not an easy task since this sweater was a four-month project.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Mixed Media Scrapbooking

Exploring mixed media techniques on a  scrapbook page; embossing over a stencil and inking a background.

Supplies: Paper: Crate DIY Shop, Carson XL watercolor paper; Ink: Versamark, Tim Holtz Distress Ink (weathered wood, stormy sky, aged mahogany, tattered rose, evergreen bough, pumice stone, walnut stain), Adirondack (espresso); Spray Ink: Lindy's Stamp Gang Flat Fabio (Sandra Dee Sepia, Rizzo's Rowdy Red, Danny Zuko's Denim), Heidi Swapp Color Shine (teal); Paint: Liquitex; Pearls: Kaiser Scrapbook; Twine: Recollections; Chipboard: Blue Fern Studio (flowers); Stencil: The Crafter's Workshop; Stamp: Stampers Anonymous; Punch: EK Success; Die: Lawn Fawn (circle)

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