Crafty Haul – Pick me up.

It’s been a crazy few months here and me and the little man decided it was about time to have a lil pick me up splurge.   I had an appointment today and lo and behold… it was bang right next door to Hobby Lobby, a new one we have never been to before.  But one we shall most definitely be going back to. Their clearance and sale selection was great…and even better…. the shopping spree was a gift.  Can’t beat that kinda gift 🙂

But it’s been a busy week all round so we had a little splurge to spoil ourselves and get ready to  get down to business with more new Abandoned Art Projects and Christmas gifts etc. We picked up a whole bunch of really great deals..so expect to see a lot of this in upcoming posts.

We’ll be sticking and stamping,coloring and woodburning and allsorts of craziness.  so many fun techniques to play with… he’s sure to have fun !

Check out this little pile of goodies.. Tim Holzt inks, stamps, stickers, some really cool Christmas tissue paper and ..I couldn’t resist this awesome paper pad by the Paper studio at 50 %.  there are a couple of extra son the pic that didn’t come from Hobby Lobby.. like the printable vellum and the Gina Marie dies and bling….and a bunch of clear stamps that I picked up.. but can’t show YET lol. And I have a shipment on it’s way over .. which I can’t wait to get and show you all…. but it could be a few weeks before that gets here.


But the best  part of todays haul…. my son, who is 5 … found a flower in the clearance section … and absolutely insisted we had to buy it … because he wanted to give mommy a flower and he thought I would like it.

he was wrong… I didn’t like it…

I LOVED IT!!!!

….. he made my insides go as gooey as chocolate brownie… It was one of those moments you just wish would never end. It’s not the greatest picture… sorry…. but this mommy is happy as a clam.  This is the most beautiful flower any man … or “little” man has ever given me…and it was offered with love,… not as a bribe, not as an apology … or any other reason I have ever had flowers given..it was given just  because he thought I would like it and it would make me smile.


..and I am still smiling  🙂

Tears of a Clown….

I was so torn on this project…. so many things I could do with this image and not enough time to do a lot of the ideas I wanted to try, but I love how this came out.  The image went perfectly with a poem I found online by Arik Fletcher.   It suited my mood at the time AND the project image I chose by Rick St Dennis who is this months sponsor over at the Crafty Awesomeness Challenge  here on the blog.

I couldn’t even decide how to mat  this project.. lol.  I liked all of the variations .. for different reasons, so I have a feeling I will be redoing this project in various  mat options and adding them to our Abandoned Art bucket.

This was my final version …THIS TIME lol.

It’s a  blush colored mat I picked up last year with a bunch of clearance photo mats at my local Walmart.  It was stamped with a rose stamp.. which I would give you the details on, but I literally just packed up all of my stamps and forgot to check the details before sealing up that box  DOH.  It was then colored with Crayola  Pencils and some dry brushed.. black dye ink.

So here is my finished piece….and a few variations I took photos of along the way…. details below.

Image is Pierrot –  To Kiss a Rose
Poem is Tears of a Clown  by Arik  Fletcher
Mat Stamped and then colored with Crayola Color Escapes Pencils
Image colored with Chameleon Pens
Poem
Printed on Epson Ecotank on ABOUT TIME Pear Dots paper (gorgeous satin sheen with mat dots ) which I picked up from a local crafter last year who was destashing bulk crafting supplies.

I wander the world with the mask of a clown, 
Determined to never reveal that I’m down, 
The life of the party or so it would seem, 
Disguising my sorrow as living the dream.

I walk in the shadows beneath this black cloud, 
Lost in these dark thoughts I can’t speak out loud, 
Adrift in a cold sea of doubt and despair, 
I smile through the pain and pretend I don’t care.

I’ve known love and laughter and shared in their light, 
United the world in my comedic might, 
Yet surrounded by people I still stand alone, 
A stranger amongst all the friends that I’ve known.

I’ve encountered more demons than angels by far, 
And battled them both with many a scar, 
But looking back now on a life spent at war, 
I need to find peace and not fight any more. 

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Wahooo…… I’m BACK …with a splash !!

Well I finally got time to really sit down and actually color, admittedly it was a quickie session… but I got to color and dang but it feels good. Here is a really cool image by Cute As A Button “Bathtub Mermaid” and as if you didn’t guess already… yup I gave my new Chameleon Pens Color Tops a whirl. Add on a splash of Sakura Gelly Roll for some glitz and glam and detailing.. and voila!

I mounted her on a ply wood art tile/canvas  using double sided sheets of adhesive tape and inked up the edges with 3 tones of Color Smart Ink pads.  I’ll add a protective waterproof layer before hanging her in the bathroom.

This is my challenge image for July for the Cute As A Button Challenge Blogspot… come on over and play

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UnityStamps Laminated Bookmark “First love, First Hero”

Another quickie Bookmark featuring the Unity Stamp co stamp, “First love, first hero”.  Text was from an old paperback book hubby was throwing out… waste not want not lol. I stamped it up and colored it in distress marker, then inked the edges using distress ink pads. I mounted it on a piece of card, also colored in distress inks and then laminated it and punched a hole in it for a ribbon.   This is joining the growing Abandoned Art project bucket for our upcoming “mission”.

Vintage portrait style watercolored magnet

Well.. what a mix of goodies ended up in this project… I think everything but the kitchen sink lol

This is a new magnet framed with the Gina Marie Designs combo die piece you saw in a post earlier today…  looks a bit different now though LOL.  It had a few layers of Tim Holtz distress ink, followed by two colors of DecoArt Metallic Lustre, a touch more distress ink…. then 3 layers of clear embossing powder.

The image is “Lavish” by Rick St Dennis, which is one of 3 new ones in this style that I picked up last night.  She is printed on Canson Mix Media 9×12icon and colored with Gansai Tambi Watercolors using an H2o Brush.  I mounted the image to a piece of  COHAS magnet using a commercial grade double sided adhesive tape and then attached the frame with Zig 2 Way Glue.

This one will be joined by the other two images who will be turned into magnets too and will be joining my Abandoned Art bucket and abandoned in the coming months.  If you want to lean more about abandoned Art there are links to several Facebook groups on the side of this blog.  It’s all about sharing the happy!

“Lavish” by Rick St Dennis

 

Gina Marie Designs dies

LACEY LATTICE RECTANGLE DIE SET – GINA MARIE DESIGNS

DOUBLE PIERCED RECTANGLE IN AND OUT RECTANGLE DIES – GINA MARIE DESIGNS 






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Cute As A Button over the edge combo card

I have another new Over the edge card cut file from CraftsUPrint today.  I love these files because they are so versatile. .. with a little tweaking you can change the dimensions to make square cards,  crop them for edging acetate panel cards, draw the designs instead of cutting, rotate them, adjust the score lines to make 3/4 folds.. so many options… or of couree, leave them as is  LOL

This one is

FLORAL OVER THE EDGE 37 by Apetroae Stefan

I kept pretty much as it comes in the original file, I just left out the contrasting insert.  I added burgundy pearl cabochons to the flowers and  added  the image  which is a clear stamp from Cute As A Button.  I  colored this one in subdued tones using  Tim Holtz distress pens on Canson Mix Media 9×12icon paper, popped it on a sheet of foam and added contrasting shabby cut layers.

You can find Autumn Fairy in the Cute As A Button store in both clear and digital formats.

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Abandoned Art Project – Readers Series

I had a fun idea for a new Bookmark Series to combine my CUP ( CraftsUPrint)  digital stamps by Gordon Fraser, with my Abandoned Art Projects.. doing something fun, and hopefully Inspiring people to read some of the classic literature that may not have crossed their path.
I was trying to decide on how to make my bookmarks when it hit me.. I could  pick classic tales  inspired by the images and add a short Synopsis to the back of each bookmark .. maybe inspire someone to hit the local library, or bookstore and check it out.

Now i am no literary  genius, so some of my book choices may be a bit obscure, based on books I have personally read.  Others will be pulled from the depths of Google based on search queries like “Pirate story book”  “traveler tales books” etc, ..and once I find a title I like.. I am going to see if I can pull up some fun info to go with it and  of course ..a Synopsis.  Wikipedia is such a fab place to get info on authors, artists, entertainers and  details on so many subjects… so Thank you Wikipedia for helping me further  the  cause of educating people on some great literature.

So here is the first bookmark in the series… Inspired by Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson.

































FRONT:

Image “Pirate Dude” by Gordon Fraser

Printed on Canson Mix Media

Colored with Crayola Color Escapes and blended with Isopropyl using a paper stump

Distressed with Tim Holtz distress Ink Pads in Frayed Burlap, Walnut Stain & fossilized Amber

Back:

Synopsis courtesy of Wikipedia

Printed on Canson Mix Media

Stamped Image “Sailboat of Dreams” from LDRS

Distressed with Inks listed above

Both Layers were attached to a piece of raft Card using Zig Photo Tape, then Laminated using a Scotch TL901 lamintor and Scotch laminating Pouches.  A hemp Rope/twine will be added to the hole punched with a Fiskars 1/4 hole punch.

This will be added to our abandoned Art bucket  to be abandoned  in the coming months, and hopefully found and enjoyed by a book lover.

Stay tuned for the next in this series….

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Unity Stamp co. bookmarks for the Abandoned Art Bucket

I wanted to have a quick play before bed last night/this am ..I have had these stamps sitting here staring at me LOL. I had an old paperback of hubby’s sat here on my desk for a while now too. He no longer wanted it and I didn’t want to waste it..so it was a toss up between upcycling it, or finding a new home for it. I am sure it was a fabulous story… but upcycling won.

I see this as a fitting tribute to the author who will now be enjoyed by a potential 322 people if I were to  use the complete book to make bookmarks for Abandonment projects. That’s a pretty good audience, even if they only get to read snippets of it.  Even if I had given it away complete….I doubt it would have ever reached that many people.

I may try that idea next….. like the old Where’s George site for $ bills. I could do a “WheresJim.com” and see how far a book travels; assuming of course the book is by an author called Jim, like this one.  It might be fun to do it with a kids book… hmm, idea to tuck away for when I have some spare time  🙂

I have a bunch of stuff to take care of between now and tomorrow night. A new month is coming and that means Lots of projects and new challenges to be set up and winners to be picked.

So.. quickie description…

One page ripped in half… inked up with Ranger Distress ink pads
Stamps were inked with Good ol Craft Smart Dye ink
Colored with a mix of Zig Kurecolor and a ranger Distress pen.. feather has a touch of Sakura Gelly Roll Stardust
Mounted on Kraft card stock with Zig Photo Tape
laminated on a Scotch TL901 using Scotch laminating pouches
Trimmed up with my new Swingline guillotine ( see previous post)
Hole punched using a Fiskars 1/4 punch
Boho /shabby ribbon was a gift from a friend who was de-stashing

Stamps are Part of the Story & Scattered Pieces

 

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My latest happy mail. Zig Kuretake Manga Art goodies

I saw something on a live video from CHA that I wanted to try out; I had no idea what they were using on the demo as far as pens and tips went, but I figured I wanted to try it bad enough.. so I grabbed ALL of them lol. Typically these pens are used for Manga art and inking in illustrations, but I saw them or…. something like these used for something else entirely and I wanted to have a play.

Admittedly I will probably use them for the intended use as well.. now that Steve over at CraftingAbility popped in a few extras for me to try out. I wasn’t expecting a beginners guide to drawing Manga to be tucked into my order and a new Manga Pen I haven’t tried yet… but heh.. why not .. LOL.


I had a quick flick through the booklet and it has some easy beginner examples and guides .. some info on drawing faces, clothing folds, shadows and highlights and lightsource so all the basics we learn in drawing and coloring. So, maybe I’ll have a little play with that. I don’t draw by any stretch of the imagination.. but even I like to doodle now and then. Usually when I am on the phone chatting haha..I am notorious for doodling on anything at hand haha.

Now bear in mind I have not used an ink pen in YEARS.. so it will take some practice to get used to working with ink again.  But I am excited to play with these and then try out that idea I saw at CHA.  I have quite a few different Zig Kuretake products, as you know if you are a regular …  some bought, some provided free of charge for testing and to provide projects for review….and so far.. I have not been dissappointed in anything. Seriously.. I refuse to say something is great if I don’t like it…so when I say I like it or LOVE it as is most often the case… I mean it.  Now anyone who is a regular knows I like to experiment and play with allsorts of ideas, and that I love trying new techniques..so  take into account your own personal styles and  tastes when  picking products.. what suits one does not suit all.

Ok so what did I order...everything on this page lol…



I picked up the pen nib holder… can’t do much without one of those lol. It’s a nice lacquered wood with a rubber grip.  I have to admit I am not a big fan of pens with rubber grips usually, but this one is nice and comfy and I don’t feel like I am getting stuck on it when I move my fingers around like some.  I have hypermobile joints and sometimes my hands lose grip when they flare up…. but  just playing with it out of the packet.. it seems to be something I’ll work fine with.  It’s not too fat , nor to thin and the rubber grip is smooth.. haha I sound like I popped out of Goldilocks and the three bears ..oops






I picked up a pack of each of the nibs to test them out, since I really didn’t know which ones would work best for what I have in mind, plus a selection of nibs would be useful for a few other things I had in mind… all of which you will see in posts coming this month.. maybe even a few short vids for a bit of fun.










I’ll share more on the Manage Drawing guide and Manga Flexible Pen in another post.

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Vintage Cockerel Style Wooden Keepsake box.

Well this sure was an interesting departure from the card making for me. I had a lot of fun ..and let’s be honest, a lot of crude humor moments with this one.  Just be glad I didn’t do a Video Tutorial or Facebook Live with this one. Sometimes my humor is on the level of a 8 year old boy..   what can I say… some things are just always gonna be funny…. specially at 3 am LOL.

Anyways…. humor aside, I picked up these cheap wood boxes at Walmart on my milk excursion the other night.  I also picked up something I had seen a few times before and ALMOST picked up .. but never did.  I grabbed some Iron on Transfers from the fabric sewing section.  Now most of you will have probably seen these before so will know what I am talking about.. those of you who don’t… these are  sheets  with multiple designs on them. You cut out the one you want and iron it onto fabric and use it as your pattern/guide to embroider images.  They are cheap, and reusable… and come in a gazillion designs of all themes and sizes.

I picked up some cockerels/roosters, chicks and chickens…. chooks to you Aussies.  A set of vintage cars and a set of butterfly and flower designs.   Each sheet usually has about 10-15 or so designs depending on what you buy and these cost me 97 cents a sheet in Walmart.  Designs are limited in my Walmart, but the company has a tonne of designs to choose from.

I am not going to bore you with step by step explanations.. it’s pretty simple… iron on the pattern.. I drew the checkered background with a ruler … color with pencils.  I drafted out a color scheme first for visual reference.. stain, age, wax  or seal  & photograph.  Line if desired….DONE !!!

I plan to add some metal corners to this one, but I don’t have them yet.. I also have a second box which I am currently converting into a place to store my Zig pens..stay tuned for that one.

Supplies

Medium –  Wood blank
Design – Iron on transfer Aunt Martha’s – colonialpatterns.com

Pencils – I used my new Crayola Color Escapes premium pencils
Misc.  – Distress ink, ink pads  tim Holtz alcohol inks, distress pads and Craft Smart black Dye ink pad , candle wax, heating tool and old face clothe, Ruler, Iron

I definitely plan to do more of these…  The vintage car one looks  like it could be very cool for some manly gifts  and I shall be checking out more patterns.

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