Saturday, November 27, 2010


I made this for The Play Date Cafe Challenge. The colors for this week are brown, grey and silver. The reindeer is a TH Alterations- reindeer flight. The trees are TH embossing folder. The sentiment is from The Old Island Stamp Company and the flourish frame is TH Stampers Anonymous. Thank you for looking!

Compendium of Curiosities Challenge- week 23

The challenge over at Studio L3 for this week is called "double distress". I think it is a good fit for the time of year when many of us are feeling double stressed. I have used a TH texture folder - snowflakes as well as TH alterations die- snow tree. For distressing I used blue china, weathered wood and tumbled glass inks. For the tree I used vintage photo, pine needles and acrylic gesso. The words are from Quietfire designs and are stamped on acetate.
Thank you for get well wishes. It is just a cold /flu thing but this one is a toughy. At least I can do some art now but I still have to rest a lot. (not something that comes natural to me). Thank you for looking!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Compendium of Curiosities Challenge- week 22

I was thinking I was going to miss the Compendium of Curiosities Challenge this week because I have had a crummy flu thing ruling my life but I managed to make this piece this afternoon. I didn't have the can size but knew there was a big ac in the basement so used that. Not as much control maybe but after playing awhile I was seeing some possibilities for this technique. The stamps are Tim Holtz and Scrolls Work.
Thank you for looking!

Thursday, November 11, 2010


The color challenge over at The Play Date Cafe involves the colors red, light blue, pink, bright blue, and burgundy. The sponsor for the prize this week is Betsy Griffin from Innovative Stamp Creations. I used one of her stamps for my main image. The background stamps are from Stampington. I am not sure who made the BEACH stamp. To add the colors I used water color pencils, pencil crayons and distress inks. The card front is mounted on a light blue card. The black is just for scanning. Thank you for looking!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Compendium of Curiosities Challenge- week 21

This week over at Studio L3 the amazing Linda has given us the task of creating Perfect Distress. I can't tell you how I made this piece but I can say I used a sentiment stamp from Scrolls Work, a stars background from Cornish Heritage Farms, a Sizzix embossing folder, distress inks - chipped sapphire, broken china, and tumbled glass. I also used turquoise Perfect Pearls.The generous people at Simon Stamps are sponsoring us this week.
Thank you for looking!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Compendium of Curiosities Challenge- week 20

Here we are at week 20 and this time Linda at Studio L3 is having us do Industrial Grunge. I don't think you can get much grungier than this. I found the little explosives sign on our stairs and my piece went from there. The crow is from Scrolls Work. I stamped him on grunge paper and then cut him out and industrialized him. I did the same with the background. The cityscape (TH) and trees (no name) and splotches (SU) were stamped using a pitch black acrylic paint dabber (Ranger).
The firemen where I live usually sell raffle tickets and use the money to put on a big fireworks display on Halloween night. Our neighbors provide all the fixings for a feast with fresh crab and chowder, special hot chocolate etc. This year the firemen cancelled the fireworks due to high wind warnings. Our neighbors went ahead with the feast and several people put on mini fireworks displays. Not quite the same but fun anyway. The rain and wind held off till later. Weather permitting we will have fireworks next week. Hope you had a great Halloween!
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