Saturday, April 30, 2011

She Learned About "She Art"

Can I just say ... I am having SO much fun learning She Art! And that's a major understatement. I never ever never ever would have believed that I could do this. But guess what? I can do this! I am taking Christy Tomlinson's online class. It's A-mazing. Her videos are fresh and fun. Her teaching style is hands-on. And it's worth every penny! I can stay in my PJ's and watch and learn. And then go create! Swoon.

I don't yet know what She Art sayings that I want to add to these canvases, but it will come to me. She learned about She Art. She loved what she learned. She was a brave girl. She got her fingers messy. She was proud of her mess. She tried the untried. She knew creativity was good. She was a happy girl.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Scripture Door Hanger - Joy!

Recently, I had the privilege of serving at the Women's Retreat for our church. After a very fun, refreshing weekend in the Word with some very fun, refreshing women, I wanted to make a little something for the fantastic ladies on our planning team who worked tirelessly and prayed to make it all come together. This was our key bible verse. For my base, I covered Chipboard Coasters that I ordered from here. You can do so much with those little coasters (did you read what I said? Cheap and fun and versatile). On this project, I made them into door hangers (or a little wall hanging) tied with tulle and seam binding. The flower made from my favorite go-to flower lately -- Papertrey Beautiful Blooms II. The petals are so bendy! Adds nice depth! The leaves are some of the BEST leaves I've found -- once again, from Papertrey Leaf Prints. So real looking and all!
Let's take a look at the border around the bible verse. I chose a Spellbinders die that fit the verse, and then I brushed it with a stipple brush, and then stamped the dainty flowers and leaves. Some of my favorite projects have included the use of these stamps from Rubber Stamp Tapestry. Click here - this was my first project, on the day that I bought them, including a tutorial.
Here is another example, and gosh golly, here is another one! I must like it - hope you do too! It's a good feeling to really USE the stamps in our stash, isn't it?!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

ATC Fun!

First things first .... yes, I got a blog-lift (similar to a face lift but I would NEVER do that). As much as I love Joanne Rivers, I don't want to BE her! I'm simply celebrating the thought of Spring, so I felt like a blog-lift with some new splotches of color would be fun! Now then, my fascination with ATCs and my sister's birthday collided (whether she wanted it to or not - tee hee!). I purchased a 7 Gypsies Vintage Receipt Holder and filled each and every little clip with an ATC that celebrates her! Happy Birthday Joyce! I love that I get to be your sister. It's so fun sharing life together, and it's a double bonus to be the best craft buds too! Each card was a little piece of art where I got to use all manner of supplies, stamps, and embellies. My desk was a mess, but my creative little heart was happy!
Joyce & I both love Papertrey, so I made sure to incorporate that! Isn't the little dress form with the skirt too cute? Another fun thing was using Martha Stewart's picket fence border punch, it's darling.
Unity Stamps are responsible for those two cute girls -- we're in this together! There's a new Prickly Pear stamp below -- the heart with wings. "Hello Sisterpants" is just something I said to her on the phone recently, so I put it on a card -- kinda reminds me of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, or whatever the heck that was! LOL
Probably one of my fav ATCs on this project was the beautiful Unity rose stamp pictured below. It's a stand alone beauty -- needs no additional color, the stamp is so nicely detailed. And the fun thing about that stamp is that I bought it at the Scrap-Mart booth during the Indianapolis Heirloom Stamp Show --- and that's where we met Katie! Joyce & I enjoyed dinner with her that evening and it was a great time, fun memory!
Wonder how old she would be if she didn't know how old she was?
I pulled out my Dizstresser to give many of these ATCs an aged look. Okay, I'm now officially ready to do ATC's! This fun project got my ATC motor all revved up - again.