Thursday, December 11, 2014

December catch up, or back to our regularly scedualed programming

Wow! I am so behind on everything. Right now I am nursing the flue and a bum left leg. I went to the Dr. about my leg last week and he poked and said you have arthritis and your knee cap is sliding out of place. That was pretty much all I got out of it since I already take muscle relaxers, antinflamitoreys and pain killers on a regular basis for all my normal stuff. I already went to the chiropractor before that because it started in my lower back from opening an unhappy window and I could feel it shooting down my leg. Now my hip has decided it wants to play along and go out. Grrrr! Aint no one got no time for dis! I got places to go and things to do. Well, I got things to do anyway. Should I go back to the Dr and told what I already know and knowing that I already take anything they could give me. Of course I might be able to get a steroid shot. Right now I don't feel well enough to go anywhere.
 Ok, enough whineing and onto the good stuff....I never finished loading my finished bottles from Halloween.
For your viewing pleasure, my current desk mess ;)
What has caused this mess you may ask....
I am currently working on The Voo Doo Doll House. This pattern is by Laura Denison . She has so many wonderful patterns. This is not the kind of thing that you can whip  out overnight. I have been working on this for over a month and am just about finished with part one of 3. Part one is the outside part of the building, part 2 are the decor pieces for the inside and part 3 is a mini album to go inside the back panel The finished piece is 12 x 12 x 10. I usually don't make things this involved, but I do love paper engineering so I am determined to reach the finish line. I think once the outside is done it will go faster. Anyway, here is a peak at what I have done so far.
The hinges just went on the other day. This is the outside front. The pillars on the upper floor are a bit wonky but I didn't want to rip the papers just to fix them after the glue dried, so wonky they will remain(it's supposed to be an old house in New Orleans anyway, so I can accept some wonky, but if I ever make another one(LOL) I will be checking them better before the glue dries.)
This is the inside.The door can open too. I just love details like that.
To finish this I need to put in the stair rails and the sky light. 
Another view of the outside front.
Ok, I actually did have to do a birthday card so I grabbed stuff that I already had cut and stashed in a box for just such an occasion and even made 2 cards. I have another birthday coming up soon so I thought I'd do both at the same time. 
Well, photobucket is acting stupid again. Hopefully this picture will go back to normal soon.
That's better. I re uploaded the picture from my computer and cropped it again. It still looks wrong in photo bucket, but as long as it looks good here. I am happy.
This is an adoption card for my nephew that I made last month.
Yes, I know family is spelled wrong but I thought fambily sounded more Tiggerish, so go away spelling Nazi's. He is only 2 so it is all good to him, 
Totally awesome goodies having nothing to do with paper. I bought some gorgeous nail polish from I Love Nail Polish I got 4 colors and will definitely be getting some of their flackies next month. 
They are in order, Nostalgia, Masquerade, Abundance and Cygnus Loop. All of these are Multichromes and I keep looking at my hands. Can't help it. 
They also look much better than they do in my pictures here because I didn't get them cleaned up first.
I have on Masquerade and on the middle finger Cygnus Loop. I am giving the Nostalgia as a gift so I didn't try that one on. I'm tempted, but I didn't. Sigh. It's harrrrd. 
It is also difficult to do a hand selfie with a camera in the other hand. This one at least shows the awesome color changes on the Masquerade really well. Please do ignore my unclean cuticles. I really will have to do Cygnus Loop on it's own to get it to show well....or maybe you don't care because you came here for the paper crafts. Eh, what ev's, I am multi talented  and will go wherever the god of OH SHINY will take me. 

On another note, I will truly try to stay away from the news and facebook, especially when I am trying to write a nice crafty blog post. I went there for some reason and by brain went into overdrive. My blood pressure went higher than a kite and then when I got to the end of the post about them taking away my art supplies, I cried real tears. It was imaginary what if and all, but it really hurt.  I like my little crafty cocoon. The real world can be just to ugly of a place sometimes. 

Saturday, November 8, 2014

My newest toy!

I just got my new eBrush last week. I ordered it from HSN. With something this pricy, it is the only way I can get these things since I can make payments. The good things about this machine is it is light weight, and quiet compared to my air compressor(which are 2 reasons I never use it after 15 years. I bought it back when I could still work and on sale) It is easy to use. Mine came with all the different marker attachments that are available and 3 of the Spectrum Noir markers. The only one I can't use is for the prisma color markers. I don't know if they have changed the size to a smaller one since I got my markers or if the attachment is wrong. I would highly recommend using Tombow markers to start with. I didn't and now I have to get several refills for my Copics, but I really played hard ;) Isn't that a pretty picture? Yea, nice clean new machine....it isn't any more. LOL  Ok, the bad stuff. It is hard to change the tips. They are hard to get off and on, so be prepared to fuss with it at first. Each of the tips is marked with the initials of the brand they go to but it is only embossed on the tip and hard to see. I have thought of maybe rubbing the area with bees wax to see if that works. The other thing is the trigger looks flimsy and is made of plastic (which all of it is actually) but with as difficult as it is to remove the tips, I am extra careful to not be man handling the trigger area when I am twisting the tips off. All in all, it is a fun product and I can see myself using it allot. It is not as expensive as a real air brush and compressor and much easier on the hands than the squishy bulb thingy. I have one of those that I got when I first started stamping and now Tim Holtz has brought those back. Those hurt my hands after a few seconds. Hahaha, I just realized that it is 6 am and once again I am making a late night chatty post. Maybe I should always blog in the middle of the night.
This one is with my Spectrum Noir.
This one is the Tombow piece. I finally decided to not suck the rest of my more expensive markers dry. 
This jar I did with my copics. They work great and if you don't like the way it looks you can always wipe it down with rubbing alcohol. 

Friday, October 24, 2014

What I am working on right now.

Bottles! Halloween and other. I have a huge assortment of newer and vintage bottles to play with. I keep saying I am not going to buy any more vintage bottles, but then we go to a flea market or yard sale and these gorgeous vintage pieces steal my heart. They usually aren't too expensive and they don't take up much room. Let's just say that they occupy as many rooms in my house as my art supplies. So, yea, every room. Anyway, this bottle is a newer one that has been in my stash forever. Just sitting in my tub waiting for me to pull them out and decorate them. It is painted black and crackled, but you can still see through it in the crackle areas. I used some little images form collage sheets. I put one on each side for this bottle. I also used some tarnished vintage silver glitter on the corners of the bottle.
This picture is a little closer and you can see it a bit clearer. I made the bow from orange satin ribbon on my Bow-it-all2 and put it over this really pretty orange elastic doubble ruffle ribbon that I wrapped around the neck. 
 This is a nice vintage bottle that I used typewriter beads to spell the word boo and used copper spacers in between. I strung it on Pumpkin Pie hemp cord from Really Reasonable Ribbon. I got this wonderful cord in 4 different colors and all of them coordinate nicely so I may just add some more to it later.
I will leave you with this lovely blurry image of my messy desk full of ribbons die cuts bottles and other ephemera. I think I have it all together. Now I just need to clean off a spot to work ;P


Ombre' Nails

 I decided to try something new on my nails. I have pinned so many beautiful nail designs that people have been doing that I decided to give something other than just painting my nails a try. After watching a few videos, I realized that many of the designs that I loved are deceptively simple. The ombre' takes very little time and a sponge. Yea, a sponge! I used a piece of a round sponge that I had cut up and used previously for inking. You just need a small piece. Dab some polish on the sponge and spounce it over the tip of your nail after you put down your base coat. I used gold as my base color and rose brown and a darker rose brown for fall. After the first color dried I did the last color. I think they came out pretty great and will definitely do this again. I saw a video later that did both of the colors at one time using a cosmetic sponge and putting the 2 tip colors next to each other and just tapping them both on at the same time. I also noticed them using a special dotting tool. It looked an awful lot like a paper embossing tool so I did that on a couple of nails. It worked perfectly. I have just about every size of those imaginable so I think I am good. They also have nail stamping. The designs come on a small metal disc that looks like a cd. They do what looks to me like adding embossing paste, only with nail polish. swiping a thin layer over the stencil and then picking up the design with a sponge tool and stamp it onto the nail. I think I can handle that. I also saw something that looks amazingly like making an acrylic skin by allowing the stamped design and a layer of clear polish dry on the sponge or something. Then peeling it off and attaching it to the nail with clear polish and a top coat. Had I known before that so much of this was doing things I already know how to do, with so many of the supplies I already have, I'd have had much cuter nails for a long time now. I am so sheltered. LOL I haven't had acrylic nails in forever. For one I can't stand the smell in the nail salons. I am not talented enough to do them myself and they really aren't good for your nails. My own nails aren't bad at all. They grow pretty fast and If I don't let them get too horribly long, they don't break as often. So at any rate, I haven't been in places that use these things to see them in action to learn these tricks. Ah, but thanks to theinterwebs I too can do stuff I never before imagined.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Time to post some new cards

My friends birthday was earlier this month and both of us love cats so I found this stamp as a digi available at Motivet. It is only available now as a digital stamp. http://www.motivet.com/webshop/  I had seen this on a card someone had made and they couldn't tell me where it was from. I did a web search and still couldn't find the maker of it. I had all but given up and spotted this cutie on someone elses blog and they had the company name, so I rushed there only to see a sad posting that they were no longer doing stamp shows or selling rubber. Gasp! Thankfully she does have digi's available and they are so cute. I bought a whole bunch. Many of them look like vintage children's birthday card images or the cuties you gave your friends on Valentines day. I am thrilled to have them even though I do prefer my rubber that I can hold in my hands. So many companies are selling digi's now. I guess it is like my aversion to e-books. They may be convenient and cheap, but there is nothing like a book to hold in your hands. Anyway, enough of that, here is the inside of the card.
I just got these Stampendous stamps, Scraggly Cat and Damask Bats. I used Graphite Brilliance ink to color the Damask Bats background and then embossed it with an unknown embossing powder. The baggie isn't marked so I have no idea who it is from. With the exception of ultra fine clear ep. I haven't purchased any embossing powders in probably 10 years. I have so many and don't use them that often. It isn't that I don't like the way they look. It is just that I am lazy. Anyhow, this ep seems to be a mix of gold and black. I love the way the bow turned out. I have been getting lots of use from my new Bow-It-All2. You can get one at Really Reasonable Ribbon.  I guess I can finally get rid of my little chip board template that I made.
On this card I used my new Owl die from DreamweaverDG 751 Nesting owls I won this set of dies during one of their blog hops. It is always a wonderful feeling to be a winner. Get out there and do some blog hops and you could be a winner too(not that I want any competition. LOL) This is the smallest owl from the set of dies.
This is another kit I won from Stampendous. It is the Stack Art Kraftboard Regal Bird Kit- SAK02. I had so much fun with it. I got the set of craft board tags and sayings that came with them on a sheet. You choose which saying that you want to use. It also comes wit die cut sticky paper to adhere it all together. I also received the matching stamp set to use along with a set of their wonderful Stack Art Elements. 

  

I bought this Stampendous stamp set and thought it would be great water colored. It is the Hydrangea Garden set and comes with the large Hydrangea stamp, a single blossom, leaves, a butterfly and a stencil/mask to use.  I am loving these big floral sets that come with the stencil/mask and have purchased several.