Sunday, February 26, 2012

Smash Book part 3

Wax paper resist:

Distress Stains (Marmalade) for the base, then I put a stencil over my project and inked with the same color in Distress Ink:

3 Different shades of Distress Stains on a paper towel. Horrible blending job but I tried:

This one might be hard to see. I sprayed using my choice of color with Glimmer Mist, laid a paper towel over it, then a brayer pressing down very hard, and lift. You can barely see the little dots from the paper towel:

More tomorrow! Thanks for looking! :-)



Saturday, February 25, 2012

Smash Book part 2

Glimmer Mist and a Mask. You can see where the music staff, as well as some of the Distress Stain on the opposite page, is bleeding through:

Embossing as a resist:

Wax paper crumpled up and dabbed in Distress Ink that I spritzed with water:

Faber Castell gelatos:

That's it for today! Check back tomorrow! Glad you are enjoying the show :-)!



Friday, February 24, 2012

Smash book pages: part 1

Sorry! I got busy with all that Zen Cart stuff that I neglected projects! Serious multi-tasking lately. Ok, so here it is, so far. Some of the first pages of the Smash Book project. The first pic is using Denim. Kind of blah but I've been wanting to use denim (an old pair of jeans) on something:

Dictionary page, Gesso, and Acrylic paint: 

Cheese cloth (used Mod Podge to adhere) and Acrylic paint: 

 Distress Stains and a mask:

One thing I learned is, working with a composition notebook, and the loose leaf paper inside, there's a lot of bleeding. But it adds to the character of the album so I'm not complaining. :-)

More pics tomorrow!



Thursday, February 23, 2012

My Alcohol Ink experiment

First I started with an empty can of my favorite chocolate. Unfortunately, Ms no longer sells the tin cans I want. I heard HL has them so I will check next time I'm out that way. These cans will do for what I want, but in the meantime I thought I would see how well Alcohol Ink will cover up the print:

I chose my first weapon:

Hmm...not quite. Nice tint but I want the ink to cover everything: 

Tried a darker color: 


Even darker (and fingers crossed): 


Now I've pulled out the big guns, BLACK:

Needless to say, I will not be painting my can black. I bought 3 cans of Pirouette with the intent to do a shabby chic look on them with old paper I have stashed away. Stay tuned!

Tomorrow: back to the Smash Book project.


Tuesday, February 21, 2012

The shopping section is open (sort of)

Yes! I finally got the help I needed with Zen Cart! The shopping section is coming along beautifully!

Since I first entered items in the shopping cart almost a year ago, some have sold; plus, I have gotten in many MANY new products that need to be added to the store catalog. So I now have to check each item. But basically we are LIVE! Just click on the shop tab above! All that Zen Cart logo stuff is gone!

I will continue to make changes in customization so the blog end and shopping section look the same and are seamless (my dream, my goal). This may take some time, but the most important part is done. I also need to figure out how I am going to manage a "deal of the day". Stay tuned!

Thanks for being so patient!



Monday, February 20, 2012

What I've been doing today...

Never mind the Smash Book (pics tomorrow), I've made serious strides in customizing the shopping section of this website. You can't see the changes yet but I'm working on it right now as I write (took a little break), very excited and one step closer to the customization I've been dreaming about for so long! Thank goodness for a Kindle version of a book on Zen Cart to help me!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

New smash book project

Is that what it's called? Ever since CHA and the workshop at Prima I've been so inspired! While looking for something I came across this Composition notebook that was originally meant to be a journal. I never journaled in it. The cover is decorated from years ago - which I think I will leave as is.

Well, all I will tell you for now is I have some old denim, and an old unabridged dictionary. Check back tomorrow to see what I did on a few of the pages.



Friday, February 17, 2012

Shopping cart link

Hello all!

I have linked the shopping cart tab near the top of this page with the shopping cart section of this website. You may, over the course of the next few months as time allows, see major changes so the entire website is seamless and we customize the shopping cart system.

For now, if you click on the Shop tab, it will take you to the shopping section, but you will need type in the URL to get back to the blog. Again, it will take some time before the shopping section is seamless with the blog section so you can simply click on a button and come right back.

Thank you all for your support and patience.



More on painting

Below are a few of my earlier painting on porcelain projects. Actually I bought some tiles at Home Depot and painted on them. The first one, I attempted to paint on of my dogs, a shih tzu. The photo is a paper print out of what I started with. We use graphite paper to trace onto the tile:

I'm not quite finished with these two. I pretty much abandoned these tiles to work on the poinsettia plates:

thanks :-)



Thursday, February 16, 2012

And now for something completely different

Yes, I'm a Monty Python fan. But that's not what this post is all about. I've been taking a class on porcelain painting for a year now. So I thought it was time to share some of that with my readers.

Don't worry, I'm still very much devoted to scrapbooking. In fact, I used a recipe card stamp of mine on one of my current painting projects. Yup. I painted the stamp and placed it in the center of a series of plates I'm working on:

I have five of these plates I bought for $4 each from my paint instructor. My intent was to have them painted in time for Christmas, hand write the recipe on the plate, bake the recipe, and give it all, goodies and plate, as a gift. Unfortunately, I did not have time to paint poinsettias and leaves around the edge of 5 plates before Christmas came and passed. But now I have all year. And I've already completed 3 plate (2 are shown below):

Obviously I need to define the recipe card lines a little better. The plate is concaved in the center and it was enough that I peeled off the stamp from the wood piece and then stamped (carefully). I now need to fire the plates and then I will move on to painting the leaves. In case you're wondering, I used porcelain paint on the stamp, not ink.

Thank you for looking!



Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Last day for Flip-Pal order

Today is the last day to order your Flip-Pal. I will be placing the order on Wednesday, Feb 15. If you are ordering the case, just send me an email at with your color choice:

You can order the Flip-Pal with Creative Suite Craft DVD for $199.99 by clicking here

Order the Deluxe Carry for $29.99 case here available in taupe, blue, purple, red

Order the Zipper Case for $19.99 here available in red, blue, grey

Order a package (contains 3) of Screen Protectors for $9.99 here


Update: Feb 17: If you did not place an order with us for Flip-pal by the deadline mentioned above, do not worry. You may still be able to purchase this really cool device from us. Stay tuned for details.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Last of the DCWV pics from CHA

This tree was made of crystal beads (I'm guessing from their Blue Moon collection), and decorated clear ornaments:

Sunday, February 12, 2012

DCWV paper flowers - Birds of Paradise

Something tells me I'm going to have to learn how to make paper Birds of Paradise flowers:

Saturday, February 11, 2012