Sunday, March 22, 2009

Challenges at Scrapbook News and Review

Today is the last day of classes and challenges for the Spring Fling at Scrapbook News and Review . Yes, you must register (free) at the site and then head to the forum and find the Spring Fling section for the Crop Challenges and Classes. Tami B. is on their staff and posted a terrific class yesterday on embossing distress. What a easy and fun cuttlebug (or othe embossing)techinque. Here is what I did with it.

I made this cracked glass for a sketch challenge.

A color challenge requested the use of jellybean colors.

Finally every spring has its insects...

Hope you are enjoying your spring days. Here warm sunshine is filling our days now and it is a few degress above zero. It is such a pleasant time of year to enjoy the outdoor activities like ice carving and the sled dog races. It truly is an amazing time of year to visit...just let me know when it works for you!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Weathered with wax technique challenge

My friend Tami B combined a couple techniques into one and created a wonderful Weathered with wax video for the 2 peas stampfest challenges. Here is my take on that challenge. I dry embossed the butterflies from the back to create a 3dimension look.

Take it off challenge

Last week I enjoyed several challenges over at the 2 peas stampfest. Daria hosted a fun challenge where I covered black glossy cardstock with mica reinker and then stamped in the goo and gave the stamp a little twist before lifting the stamp off and stamping off on a scrap paper. I discovered that it took several attempts to achieve the correct blending of the inks so they would not get muddy. As well it took several attemps to find the correct stamp that would retain a interesting pattern in the thick ink. Here is my final entry.

Since I experimented with several stamps trials, I did achieve several pretty stamp off backgrounds. The inks are metallic and the thickness gives interesting dimension to the background. Thanks Daria for the fun!!!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Embossing Paste and Acrylic Paint

I am in a swap which asks participants to play with embossing paste (molding paste) and acrylic paint on a 4x4 base using Jacqueline Sullivan's tutorial. I had worked with embossing paste and stencils in the past but this was the first I stamped and used hand tools to place designs into the paste. After making these several pieces I realized I enjoyed this creative process much more than using the stencils with the embossing paste. I used dabbers and Lumiere acrylic paints. I create this card to demonstrate how these backgrounds can be used. Here I stamped on a transparency and color with Lumiere paint and Stickles. The best part of the background is enjoying the texture and dimension so click on the pictures and you will see so much more.