Saturday, February 20, 2016

Darkroom Door ATC Swap - Tied Up With String

The Darkroom Door ATC swap for February was themed "Tied Up With String" and we were to use string somehow in our ATCs.  I wanted to do a Valentine theme, so a cut some hearts from very thin chipboard and colored them with Neocolors.  I stamped the sentiment on the margins of some vintage sheet music, tore it out, and attached it to my hearts.  On the background I used a stamp from Art De Fleur Vol 2 (in brown) and the Flourish texture stamp (in blue).  I punched holes in the heart and the background and threaded some twine through in cross stitches.

Here they are all packaged up and ready for their journey...

Thursday, January 28, 2016

REDlead Valentine Swap

Back again with another swap - this time it's RedLead Paperworks' Valentine swap, which included two sets of a tag, an ATC, and a little folder to hold them.
My first set included a cute couple from the Ancestors Collage Sheet 100.  Lots of sprays, papers, and embellies on this one, along with some stamping using the Love is the Music... stamp.
The ATC in this set uses a ticket image from the Valentines Tickets stamp.

The wings are die cut using Tim Holtz's Layered Angel Wings die from Sizzix.

Next up is a set using a lot of the same stamps and dies...

The image on the tag is from the Ancestors 48 collage sheet.

That cute little wooden key can be found here.  And an ATC for this set -

As a last little add-on, I made a couple of embellished paper clips.

I always enjoy REDleads' swaps!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Darkroom Door ATC Swap - Summer Lovin'

A new year of ATC swaps has begun at Darkroom Door, and this month's theme is Summer Lovin'.  As an antipodal swapper, I had fun with this one, since there is a snow-and-ice-covered landscape out my own window!
I used Darkroom Door's Seaside Vol 1 stamp set.  I watercolored the lighthouse background, and used Neocolors on the starfish and sand dollar. The seashell is colored with Copics.  A bit of distress-sprayed cheesecloth and a little photo from Darkroom Door's Seaside paper collection finish it off.

All ready to go.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

RedLead Christmas Ornament Swap

I love making Christmas ornaments, so of course I had to participate in RedLead's Christmas Ornament Swap.  We received two, 2-piece chipboard ornaments to alter.  For the first ornament, I used white paint, modeling paste, a star stencil and glitter to create the base.  The image is from RedLead Christmas Collage Sheet #27, with a background stamped using the O Christmas Tree stamp.  I embellished the ornament with some beads and baubles, a brass snowflake, a rustic snowflake that I painted and glittered, and some vintage trim. (Please excuse these horrible pictures - I had to take them with my phone because my camera was temporarily out of commission.)
For my second ornament I wanted to create a mercury-glass type of effect.  Don't know if I really succeeded but it does sparkle (more than my phone photo can show!).
The images (both in the center and the snowman charm) are from the same collage sheet (#27).  For the mercury glass effect I first used white crackle paint, then a layer of pewter rub-on paint, then clear gloss, into which I sprinkled silver glass glitter while it was still wet.  Here's the back:
Still not a good picture but maybe you can get the idea.  I added some more baubles to the bottom of this one too.  Here's the pair:

Can't wait to receive happy mail in return!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Motif Building with Papertrey Ink

I had a fun time participating in Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday #231: Motif Building.  There's a great tutorial on the PTI blog - basically you first choose a centerpiece image, then use a bunch of tiny images repetitively to create one larger image.  It's a great way to give some love to all of those teensy images that are included in your larger stamp sets.  It creates a folk art type of style, which I particularly love for Christmas.

Here are some more pics - I have the details about which sets I used at the bottom of the post.

Stamps used (all Papertrey Ink):
Both wreaths: Wreath for All Seasons
Birds, dotted heart: Feather Finery
Solid hearts, sentiment, circle heart in center of wreath: Love Lives Here
Greenery with bow: Two Feet Deep
Swirly embellishments: Calendar Basics

Thursday, September 17, 2015

REDlead Halloween Pocket Tag Art Swap

I'm participating in the RedLead Paperworks Halloween Pocket Tag Art Swap over at REDlead.  Chris and Sharon gave us a pocket tag filled with five tags of various sizes and colors.  I had lots of Raven-themed stamps and such from RedLead, so my theme was a natural..... The tags.....
This one uses this Poe stamp and this skeleton stamp, along with some vintage German text sprayed with Glimmer mists, some messy painting and glitter, and some stenciling with modeling paste.  A black chipboard raven haunts Poes mind.

The object of Poe's grief - Lenore - comes from this collage sheet.  In the background is a Poe Hollowed Hymns stamp and a wooden charm, along with an acetate clock.

The witch who sent the Raven?  Is she a spurned lover?  Or just a master of the otherworld.....  She comes from the same collage sheet as Lenore.  Her hat is from a retired RedLead stamp.  The raven is stenciled, the stars are from UmWow Studio.  In the background are stenciled words and a few hand written stanzas from The Raven.

Oh that pesky Raven!  This is one of my favorite RedLead stamps.... stamped in Archival Black ink on a glimmer-misted background, it needed little else to make it stand out... just a wooden charm... tapping....

One last tiny tag.... using a skull from the same collage sheet, a little sentiment from the Hallowed Hymns stamp, and a spooky owl background from a retired RedLead stamp.  (Spooky how the background of my photo of this tag disappeared.... ????)

Here's the lot...

This was such a fun swap!  Thanks REDlead!

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Darkroom Door Neon/Fluoro ATC Swap

My ATCs for Darkroom Door's ATC Swap for August, which is to use Neon/Fluoro colors.  I used the Art de Fleur Vol 2 set for the feature image and tag, and the Roses Photo Stamp for the background.  Lots of the brightest Distress Inks and some Copic markers to define the edges.  Plus a little glittery sparkle for good measure.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

RedLead Pocket Letter Swap Details

Back again with some details about my RedLead Seaside Summer Pocket Letter Art Swap.  The letter required three ATCs using RedLead stamps and/or collage images.  I chose to use two collage seashell stamps for two of my ATCs...
For the starfish collage I embossed in white over an alcohol ink background, then glued gold micro beads into the starfish shape. I stamped the image again on vintage text and cut out the starfish definition. The tiny starfish charm was from Alpha Stamps.
I used a similar technique for the seashell collage, then colored the text side with chalks and colored pencils. Added some wire and iridescent beads for accent.
The third ATC uses Stars of the Sea Ticket stamps, stamped on vintage text and colored with Copics (the text did better with the Copics than I had anticipated). The music was from another stamp set (Bird Watch). I also added some "raindrops", cheesecloth, micro beads, and a tiny shell charm.

The remainder of the pockets could be anything, really, but the guidelines suggested die cuts, ephemera, photos, a bit about ourselves, stamped art, etc. I did a little greeting and a short chat about myself inside a bifold ATC:

I used some Darkroom Door montage images and stamped images to fill in the glittery diecut.

I included another collage-style ATC using a free image from the RedLead website.....
And filled the rest of the pockets with goodies.... seam binding in seaside colors wrapped around a misted and stenciled tag, a set of diecut sanddollars and starfish with cut out words and cheesecloth inside a pocket with another collaged tag, some vintage clip art that I downloaded from The Graphics Fairy and resized to ATC size and altered a bit, and finally a vintage "Ocean Pearl" mother-of-pearl button card.  Oh and one more ATC from a while ago...
This swap was so much fun!  I can't wait to see what the others have done. 

Friday, July 24, 2015

RedLead Seaside Summer Pocket Letter Art Swap

I'm participating in the Red Lead Paperworks art swap for July/August, which is Pocket Letters.  This is the first pocket letter I've ever done, and I'm totally hooked!  You use a trading card sleeve and fill it with ATCs, tags, ephemera, crafty supplies, a letter to the recipient... pretty much anything goes.  The theme was seaside summer, which I love!   The three ATCs in the center row all use Red Lead art stamps.  I'll have more pics of the individual components when the sun cooperates for me.