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. 
Well for cryin out loud! I can't win here. All my pictures are nice and cropped and look great until I see the post. Even the preview is good. I apologize if they look screwy.

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.


Thursday, September 25, 2014

Catch up post

This was a card I made for a guys thank you. Both Stamps are from River City Rubber Works.These cards are for a little girls birthday and the stamps is from   Sweet Pea Stamps   and is called Little Blossom by Connie Fong.
This one also has a lovely lattice die from Cheery Lynn.
This card is made with Spellbinders book dies and a beautiful die from Joy Crafts called Lacy Square Frame. I am not sure who made the writing stamps that I used on this one. 

  

I love this Sea Horse Stamp from Taylored Artwork. The bubbles are from Rubbernecker

On the inside of the card I used some lovely stamps from Designs by Ryn. If you click on the picture you should be able to get a better look at them. I used Sea Bubbles set, and Kelp. I got a bunch of her stamps. The shading is wonderful. This die is from Marianne Designs Petra's Ornaments.