Friday, January 30, 2015

New Stamp Release from RubberMoon




I am beyond excited to announce that I have a brand new line of stamps available at RubberMoon Art Stamps - the Kae Pea aka Kristen Powers wonderful stamp company.  Here's a quick look:


I've been busy creating with them.  They coordinate beautifully with my stencils from Stencil Girl Products!  



Here's a short video showing me creating some of the samples above.  




GIVEAWAY:  Rubbermoon and I will giveaway 3 stamps from my collection to one commenter.  

Make sure to comment both here, and on the Rubbermoon blog, as all comments are eligible to win!  

In your comment, just tell me which 3 stamps from my line do you like best!  I can't wait to hear.  

Comments close Sunday, Feb. 1 at 10PM EST.

Over the next few days, I will be sharing how I created the mini canvasses above, and more using my RubberMoon Stamps and Stencil Girl Stencils.   There are more giveaways to come, so stay tuned!

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Pocket Heart Valentines with Stencil Girl Stencils

I am determined to be ahead of the game this Valentine's Day.  So... I've been studiously making Valentines, as you can see from this step out tutorial on Stencil Girl Talk!












Here's a another Valentine idea for you, inspired by this fabulous project by The Frugal Crafter.   Lindsay made these cute little Valentine pockets to hold lollipops.


I immediately wanted to try this project.  Of course, I had to put an artsy, mixed media spin on them.  Here's how I made mine:

Using the "Hearts Flowers & More" stencil, I created this page using color copy paper.  (Mary Beth Shaw turned me on to this paper and I really like the weight of it.)  I have to say that I LOVE this stencil, and the Alice in Wonderland feel it has.


Using Golden Fluid Acrylic paint in Quinacridone Red and Glazing Medium, I reduced the contrast on the page, while keeping the design peeking through.


While this was drying, I carved a heart stamp, using my Speedball carving tool and carving block, and stamped up an entire page.  (To learn how to carve your own stamps, check out Julie Balzer's great online class.)


Next, I took plain 3 x 6 manilla tags and folded them almost in 1/2 to make pockets.


Using different shades of distress inks and a blending tool, and the Hearts, Flowers and More stencil, I inked up the fronts and backs of the pockets, and the sides.



I punched hearts out of my stenciled and glazed paper, and then cut out my stamped hearts.  I also stamped some other sentiments, and used a mini-tag punch to cut them out.  I layered them onto the punched hearts, and adhered everything with my UHU glue stick.


I thought about sewing up the sides, but instead sealed the sides with wash tape from my stash, and punched a hole in the bottom of each one with my Crop-a-Dile .   Now, all I need are the lollipops!

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Jar of Love with Stencils and Craft Attitude





This week, StencilGirl Products is blog hopping using Craft Attitude Art Film.  I'm so excited to be on day one with Mary Nasser!

You can find many exciting ideas for using this versatile film and digital art on Pinterest.  Since I don't often work with third-party collage imagery in my artwork, I decided to use my stencils without paint... in photoshop.

I created this label for a jar of hearts for Valentine's Day, but you can use this tutorial for other projects too.








To begin, I created a background using pink pastels.  This was just a little square that I repeated over and over until it filled out an 8 x 10 area.  I saved it into a file I keep on my computer, and then opened it.



I stenciled my "Hearts, Flowers and More" Design in black onto a white piece of paper to get a crisp imprint, and then scanned it into photoshop.



I digitally placed it onto my background, and inverted the design, so that the stenciled images became white against a black background.


I selected the black and deleted it, leaving only the white pattern.  I reduced the opacity a lot, until I was happy with it.  I made the design smaller, and then repeated it, flipping it in the middle.  It looked like this - pretty right?


I went through the same process with elements of the Seven Hearts Stencil.



I left the white area of the hearts much more opaque, however, and saturated the background more.


I was able to create two strips in the size I wanted for my jar, and lay them out on the dimensions of the Craft Attitude paper.  I reversed the image with the sentiment, as it will reverse again when you adhere it.


I printed out my design, trimmed it, and adhered it to a clean jar using spray adhesive.  I stenciled the Hearts, Flowers, and More onto a fabric scrap, and used another fabric scrap to tie my "bonnet" onto my jar.  It's ready to be filled with candies!


I hope this project tickled your creative fancy.  Be sure to stop by Mary Nasser's blog, and check in with Stencil Girl every day this week for links to more inspiration!

And... of course, there's an awesome giveaway!  One package of Craft Attitude film AND a $25 Stencil Girl Gift Certificate!


Make sure to comment here and on all the blogs hopping along.  All comments on each post during the hop will be entered in the giveaway. One comment per post please. The time for commenting for the giveaway ends Monday, January 26th @ 11:59PM Central Time. The winner will be posted on Stencil Girl Talk on 27th.

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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Another Envelope Book and a Video


Do you remember the envelope book I made for my parents for Christmas?  It was featured on StencilGirl Talk.  Here's another one, using a different color palette and featuring some different stencils.  I started out using the Hearts, Flowers and More stencil with gesso on the inside of the book, and some of Pam Carriker's paints on the outside.

Here's a video showing how I used the gesso as a resist, and also how I assembled the book.  You can also watch "Creating Resists with Gesso and Paint" on Youtube.


Here are peeks at the inside pages and links to some of the other stencils and stamps I used.  This is a great way to use up old envelopes and reduce your stash!

Each of the envelopes has it's own tag, that peeks out of the pocket.  


This is the terrific pattern from Maria McGuire's Doodle-It Inchie Stencil, with one of Tim Holtz's chit chat words.  These are great stickers to have on hand, as there's a word for every sentiment and occasion!

Here's more of the "Doodle it Inchie" pattern.  Plus, I used Mary Nasser's Compass Stencil, and Pam Carriker's Borders stencil on these page.   



I love this Mary Oliver quote on a Technique Junkies' stamp.  I always stamp on tissue paper first, and then adhere to my tag or background.  I get a much better impression that way...



This awesome hand stencil is by Lizzie Mayne:


and I love this stamp from Tim Holtz.



The cover of the book features one of the hands from the Namaste stencil. 

I hope this post tickled your creativity bone.

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

One Little Word - Sing


I'm on the Stencil Girl Talk blog today talking about some untraditional valentines I created with the Seven Hearts Stencil.  I hope you'll hop over and take a look!  

Today is also the reveal of the January word-up at One Little Word.  



This month's "word-up"is Sing!

Mary Oliver is one of my favorite poets, and this is one of my favorite poems:


What Can I Say
What can I say that I have not said before?
So I'll say it again.
The leaf has a song in it.
Stone is the face of patience.
Inside the river there is an unfinishable story
     and you are somewhere in it
and it will never end until all ends.

Take your busy heart to the art museum and the
     chamber of commerce
but take it also to the forest.
The song you heard singing in the leaf when you
     were a child
is singing still.
I am of years lived, so far, seventy-four,
and the leaf is singing still.

Inspired by this poem, I created this 8x8" canvas using:

Stencil Club December 2014 Stencils

Liquitex Matte Medium



Pam Carriker Paints and Inks
and
Wendy Vechhi Embossing Paste


Won't you join us at One Little Word and create art around the word "Sing?"  Please link up your artwork inspired by the word.  Any media, any substrate, will do.  I hope you will!

And please hop over to Stencil Girl Talk to see a tutorial on my funky valentines! 

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Friday, January 9, 2015

January Stencil Club

I'm on the Stencil Girl Talk blog today with lots of step out photos showing how I made this little shrine using stencils from January Stencil Club.  


The substrate is an old drawer that I purchased at Art is You two years ago.   I love how it looks as part of my home altar. 

I hope you'll hop over and take a look at how the January Stencil Club Stencils inspired me.

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Friday, December 19, 2014

A Journey Begins With a Single Step


If the shoe doesn't fit, transform it.  That's what I did with  a set of pumps that have, somehow, grown too small for me.  Funny how that happens.

I wrapped one of the pumps in Blick Plaster Cloth and let it dry for a few days.  Then I covered the gauze with Golden Fluorescent Acrylics in yellow and orange.

I pulled out the Hearts, Flowers and More Stencil, and used a cosmetic sponge to stencil fluorescent pinks and reds onto tissue paper.  I wanted to use bright colors because this is a gift for one of my teenage nieces.

It was easy to "cut" the tissue paper into strips and adhere it to the shoe with matte medium.  I got much cleaner imprints than if I had tried to stencil directly onto the shoe.  (I put "cut" in quotes because there are no scissors involved.  Instead, I paint a thin strip of water where I want to separate the paper, and it easily tears apart without a sharp hard edge.  You can see a video of the technique here.)

I love this quote by Chinese philosopher Lao-tzu, and thought it was a good one for a teenage girl,preparing for adulthood.  I used these golden beads from my stash to represent a ladder or staircase and arranged the words.  I thought about having them in reverse order, so the eye would have to climb the steps to read it, but in the end arranged them traditionally.


Then my muse took over, as I adhered items from my stash, pulled the background together with glazing medium and Quinacridone Magenta Golden Fluid Acrylic paint, and used Jaquard dimensional fabric paint to create dots and the white heart jewel.  I used black paint through tissue paper with Pam Carriker's Border stencil to create the zig zags around the shoe.  I thought it provided the perfect accent!



I'm posting this shoe to my niece today.  I hope she enjoys it and that it inspires her.

Here are a few pics from my families recent Hanukkah celebration.  I hope, whatever you celebrate, that you are enjoying this season!




And, in this season may we all remember:


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