Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Anyone interested in this?

Would any of you be interested in a piece of craft mat that is 24 inches by 42 inches?  This is 5 mil and is the same thickness as the Inkssentials one by Ranger. 

The price would be $30 including postage.  I can do PayPal.    It won't be available for about two weeks...I'm planning ahead.    Please comment if you are interested.  I need a minimum of 10 people.  No international.  Sorry.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Class Three with Christy Tomlinson

My third class in Radiant Faces was taught by Christy Tomlinson and it was so much fun.  She is messy and so talented.  I had to laugh when I watched the videos when I saw her stamp pad because it was covered with paint.  Not only on the outside but on the pad itself!!  I went through a ton of paper towel........I don't like my hands to get goopy!  I would love to do this lesson again and next time I'll give the poor girl a little less hair.  Can't imagine how long it would take to dry a mop like that after shampoo!  Hahahaha.   I loved the way Christy taught us to make the flowers look like we drew them ourselves.   There are layers and layers on this.  This is also something that I've never done before.   In the class the dress for the lady was a piece of decorated paper but I just couldn't bear to cover the stenciled area on the right bottom corner, so I just added more stenciling and painted it to match the side thus creating her 'dress'.  There is a lot of gold metallic paint on this....a little hard to see in a photo.   One of Christy's signatures on this type of girl was a heavy pink cheek.  I probably wouldn't have done my own quite that dark but I was trying to keep the flavor of the class.  She is a real contrast to the other two classes that I've done!  You can see them on earlier posts.

NEW from TJ Stamps!

They are new and they are wonderful!  Sally Lynn McDonald has created all sorts of beautiful new exclusive stamp designs for Technique Junkie stamps!!!  (formerly Stamp Camp)

36 New stamp designs were just added to the Technique Junkies Stamp Site - all new beautiful vintage and artistic images designed to stir your creativity!

You can see all this goodness HERE!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

White On Watercolor Hollyhocks

White on Watercolor technique from Technique Junkie sure has a lot of punch.  I was really excited about getting to use my new stamps from I Brake For Stamps.  I guess the flowers could be Hollyhocks or delphinium but for me I'll take Hollyhocks.  They are a favorite flower of mine and bring back so many beautiful childhood memories.  One memory was when my cousin, Mary, would come to visit.  Grandma Newhard lived across the street from us.  She was my dad's mom.  Actually my mom's mother, Grandma Benninghoff, lived behind us and I was in this beautiful grandma sandwich that every child should have!  Grandma N had shawl fringe that she had saved.  I don't know what from or for but as grand-daughters we got to play with it.  The fringe was really long....like 18" to 24" long.  There were two sections of it......one grey and one black.  Each one was about 15' long!  So, my cousin and I would wind it around our waists and pretend that we were hula dancers.  We would beg grandma for two old nylons that we would tie around our chests for our hula tops.  Then we would go get hollyhocks for our hair and the tops.  We thought we were pretty beautiful.  Since my dad was a photographer, he would take pictures of us having fun in our 'hula' outfits.   

Monday, October 20, 2014

Lesson Two with Tam LePorte

I am taking a Radiant Faces class online and this is my project for my second lesson.  It is called the inner child and teaches you the style of the lollipop girl.....large head, iddy, bitty body.  The inner child part of the class was for you to draw a yourself and your longings as a child, things you wished had been better, etc.  Well.....I had a wonderful childhood and really wouldn't change any of it.  I loved to ice skate and play piano. 

I was also horse crazy.  Anything with a horse on it, in it, around it, etc.  I wanted a horse so bad I could taste it!  I was a decent rider too but alas, I never got to own a horse (at least for very long).  When I was 11, my parents got me a welsh pony colt.  That little horse drug me back to the barn more times than I want to remember.  I broke him to being brushed, halter and lead.  But, he was just a mama's boy and would get a burr in his bonnet to rush back to the barn to be with her.  My parents decided to give him back to the people they bought him from.  They put him out to pasture and a month later he was as gentle as a lamb.  But mom and dad wouldn't try again.  I was devastated.  They gave me horse back riding lessons the next birthday to try and make up for it! 

When we moved to Colorado my new love became Ice skating.  I was a pretty good spinner and  jumper.  The piano lessons that I had taken in Ohio were a thing of the past but I continued to tinker around with it throughout high school.  Now as an adult, I'm the keyboardist for our praise band!

Hope you enjoy my inner child!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Mono City

This is a technique called Monochromatic Silhouettes.  This was a lot of fun to make and used up some of my scrap paper too!  I love this city silhouette stamp....it has a happy look to it.  The word and flower stamps are brand new from I Brake For Stamps.  I really love the scribbled look of the daisy.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Goosed Glory

This is another Goosed Coat technique from Technique Junkie newsletter.  This is so different from the previous card.  Lots of color and quite happy. 
Speaking of happy.  I am so thankful that we have a friend who is a handyman.  He was kind enough to fit us into his work schedule and help my hubby work on the side of the house.  Water damage and a few little ants pretty much destroyed one corner of the house.   We discovered it a little while back as we were on the porch with the dog.  The siding looked a little funny.  We checked it out and found that the only thing left there was the paint!  The siding, plywood underneath, top and bottom sill plate,  almost 1/2 of the 2 x 6 wall stud and all of the bottom of the truss were gone on about 3 feet from the corner of the house.  Yikes!  Rains were coming and Jerry fit us in and helped Ray get the structural part of the repair done before the rains hit.  We still have the finish work to do but the hard part is done!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Goosed Coat

This image looks somewhat dark but in real life it is a little lighter.  The little leaves are popped up to create a lot of visual interest too.  The image of the flowers is from Technique Junkie Stamps.  I hope that all of you are enjoying your fall.  My daughter and two children were in a car accident on Saturday.  It was really scary as my son-in-law asked us to drive to the accident site to help with the family.  We didn't know if everyone was okay or not.  Traffic was backed up for at least a mile while fire trucks, police and such worked to get the car on the wrecker and out of the way.  I thank God that Leah and the kids were okay......the kids were shaken up.  Zander said that he didn't like it AT ALL!  Unfortunately for their family, the car has been totaled.  I'm so thankful that we have an extra car that they can use until they find a new one.  The sad part is that the car was going to be paid off in December.  All three got a pretty good jolt so they are seeing a chiropractor to make sure everything is back where it should be.  Zander and Braelyn had their first appointment on Tuesday and they both did very well.  Braelyn was perfect.  At two years old and never having any kind of treatment before, she laid on her tummy as still as could be while the chiropractor checked everything out and adjusted the vertebrae that were out.  ;-)

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Embossed Stains Autumn

Here is another embossed stains.  You can really see the metallic ink on this one.  I used cardstock from PaperTemptress for the card base.  It is a beautiful gold/purple shimmery rectangle of goodness!  It was perfect for the color of the metallic ink too!  Both cards, the one from yesterday and the one today are from the October issue of the Technique Junkie newsletter.  The big news from Technique Junkie is that the newsletter will have its last issue this December.  Sad for me.  I have loved being a designer for the newsletter.  We hear that design work will continue but in a different fashion!  Stay tuned!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Embossed Stains

Our weather has turned and yesterday and today are rainy.  I was talking with my daughter-in-law, a friend and my son-in-law......I complained that I just hadn't gotten anything of merit done that day.  They reported the same.  We think it is the weather!  So, here is a fun fall card for you.  God certainly has fun in the fall with all the beautiful leaves.  Hope you enjoy!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

My first acrylic painted girl

I'm finally done with Lesson 1 in my Radiant Faces class and I think I have figured out that I have Acryliphobia.  The fear of acrylic paint.  I'm happy with my face but NOT with the color.  The face color is really more orange pink in real life.  Then I found that many of my paints are gloss.....and the teacher said that matte paints were better.......grrrr......   So, it added to the problem I had trying to shadow.  Is there a trick to shading with acrylic paint?  I certainly don't know it.  I ended up shading her cheek with pencil and it didn't fair too well over gloss paint.  The face color started too pink.......so I beiged it down a little then when I was trying to shadow....it went pink again.  The ear ended a little too low.  I also had an issue with the hair line.  Too low to start so I painted over with skin tone, then the hair didn't want to cover.  She is quite a departure from my inspiration picture of the sweet pensive girl ( you can see the picture of her in the post below) but I wanted to lose the headdress so that she looked a little more nymph like.   Besides we were to make it our own anyway!   I sure am learning a lot!  Hope you enjoy!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Radiant Faces class

I'm so excited......I signed myself up for the Radiant Faces art class.  9 wonderful talented ladies were gathered together by Effy Wild for a one-of-a-kind class.  Nine different lessons and nine different types of faces.  Our first lesson was from Jane Davenport.  Here are two pictures from the first two parts of lesson one.  I still have one last part of lesson one to do.  Hopefully finishing it tomorrow.  I have an art class notebook that will be finished soon too and will post both projects as soon as I can.

If you are interested in taking this class, you can still get in!!!!   Here is the link to the information:


Now.....here are the first two parts of lesson one.  I'll have to change the structure of the face a little on the second try but It is getting there!