Saturday, October 27, 2012

October edition of 12 tags of 2012

I don't have the brilliant BOO diecut that Tim used so I had to get a little creative.  I made a couple different tags using this month's techniques.
Here is Tim's tag
and here are mine

Since Halloween is just around the corner, I'm working hard this weekend!  Had to try Claudine Hellmuth's gesso transfer technique for myself and I LOVED the results.  I gave it a try with the  inkjet printer I have and, to save you the trouble,  the colors bled and the image was muddy.  Definitely use a laser printer or get a laser copy for this particular technique!

Here's the video, check it out and give it a try!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Trick or Treat!

Made a little Halloween card with some new die cuts I got for the Simon Says Stamp challenge.  I really love the graveyard die cuts  for Halloween.  I used two and sandwiched the little trick or treaters in between to give it some depth.
Where's my candy?

Ink Palette: Perfect Pearls

This week's Studio L3 challenge from Tim Holtz's Compendium of Curiosities Vol. 2 is Ink Palette: Perfect Pearls, see page 53 for all the specs.  A big shout out to Simon Says Stamp for sponsoring the challenge, they have a wonderful jam-packed on-line store that you should definitely check out!
Perfect Pearls are a great way to color images on dark pieces.  They bring brilliant vibrant colors to life and work especially well on black backgrounds.  I couldn't think of a better subject for bright vibrant colors than a Dyan Reaveley stamp and fall leaves...
Happy Hauntings!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Alcohol Ink Resist

This week's Studio L3 challenge from Tim Holtz's Compendium of Curiosities Vol. 2 is Alcohol Ink Resist, details to be found on page 59.  
This technique is a little tricky until you get the hang of it but once you do it is really fun to play with.  I did a little recycling and used some plastic packaging (from a Tim Holtz product of course!) as the base for the technique.  I love being able to utilize every piece of the products I get from Tim and make my money stretch and save a little piece of the earth at the same time :)  It's also fun to use these to die cut and emboss - don't throw out your packaging!
Anyway, here's my take on the technique :)  
Wishing you many creative wanderings!

Monday, October 8, 2012

More spookiness and my husband's first tag!

Another little spooky tag the season and a new stamp set inspired in me :)  Love these two girls!  I thought leaving them in black and white made them a little more edgy and spooky...

I'm also proud to announce that my husband made his first tag and it is spectacularly spooky as well!
I am so proud, he did such an awesome job and he really enjoyed it.  It's all part of my evil plot to craftily take over the world.  One more non-crafter converted...Muhahahahahaah!!!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Distress Markers

This weeks Studio L3 challenge from Tim Holz's Compendium of Curiosities, Vol. 2 is the Distress Markers technique.  The winner of the challenge gets a fab prize pack from Mario so keep your fingers crossed for me!  These markers are so much fun, once you try them you will be hooked.  They have the same reactive properties as the distress ink pads but in pen form. They are so versatile - you can really achieve a wide range of effects with them.  See page 50 of Tim's book to get an idea of what I'm talking about!
So without further ado, here is my take on this week's challenge :)

Monday, October 1, 2012

Dyan Reaveley

Dyan Reaveley was in town this weekend and I got to meet her and take a class with her at Stamper's Ink.  What can I tell you?  She is the most amazing woman - I learned so much from her just in watching her do her demo and taking her painting class.  If you get the chance, you should really take a class with her or at least meet her.  The most important things I learned from her is to not take things so seriously when creating and to let go and have fun.  The two things she said that really stuck in my head are "Because why not?" and "I can't be bothered" (with ____, fill in the blank with just about anything).  In other words - follow your gut, have fun and don't consume yourself with other people's opinions of what you're doing, just do it.
She has taught the canvas class I did to people of all ages, including 6 year olds, and she says that no one has ever been unhappy with their finished product.  Seriously anyone can do this - I love that about her.  She shared her techniques, perspective and walked us through step by step and EVERY painting in the class turned out wonderfully - it really was amazing!
Here is my finished painting.
Check out her blog, she is going to post all the paintings from class there and they are all brilliant.
I feel so blessed to have gotten to meet this incredible woman and have even made it a goal to follow in her footsteps to work with women in my area to empower them through art to have better self esteem and to express themselves creatively.
Truly an inspiring weekend!