Sunday, August 9, 2015

Celebrate with anything but a card

Today's post is bittersweet.
This is our last challenge at anything but a card challenge 
We have decided to go out with a bang, and a CELEBRATION
So, that's our challenge, to share something that you celebrate. 
I made this art journal page.  
This background started it's life as a catch all for my left over bits and pieces.
Eventually I added some dictionary papers, and the flowers, 
and then the saying that I pulled off of pinterest.  

I think it's a great saying,
"When life is Sweet, say thank you and celebrate. And when life is Bitter say thank you and Grow."
Shouldn't we all live by this?
On this side of the page I stamped some Dylusions flowers, then 
painted them with watered down dina wakley paints, then stamped over them with the alphabet letters, then hand cut them all out. 

I have to say that I am going to miss these fun "anything but a card" challenges. 
This was my first design team, and 50 challenges later I am happy I have been a part of the whole run!
All the design team members have been wonderful, and I have so enjoyed seeing 
all the amazing creations from all of you out there! 
I hope that I will see many of you in the future on other sites, or challenges.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Be a rainbow art journal page

I don't get stressed out very easily.
 But sometimes life throws you curves that are hard. 
The last few days that's been me!
Our car has bee making a sort of grinding sound, so my husband brought it into
The dealership. 
Let's just say we weren't really prepared for the outcome. 
Mostly not financially prepared! 
This morning as I "worried" about what to do I created this page.
I used my ranger art journal to create this page, and dictionary pages for the houses. 
At first it was just the background and the houses along the bottom.
Then as I searched through pinterest for the perfect quote I found
"Be a rainbow in someone else's cloud."
Wow this summed up how I was feeling.
This page is dedicated to my parents, they are my rainbow today!

This rainbow reminds me of monsoon season, the beginning of summer here in Arizona
When we all pray for rain so it's not so hot,
And then curse the humidity!
Somehow we have the most amazing rainbows!

As always I hope you are getting some creative time in!

Linking up with:
Mixed media monthly: summer days
Simon Says stamp Monday challenge: Specialty paper

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

House mouse atc

Last week on my estate sale adventures I found a half a deck of cards, 
I'm probably the only person at that sale that saw them as a steal at .15!
But I know they are ATC sized, and just a little work transforms them! 
I gessoed, and then added some gelatos for the orange background.
And since I used my house mouse stamp last week I had them out and just love this little image.
Some flowers along the edges,
And I stitched in some grass for a quick and easy project! 

Linking up with: 
House mouse challenge: house mouse and a friend (my mouse sure seems to have made friends with this fan!)
Wicked Wednesday ATC: stitching

Sunday, July 19, 2015

New mail art envelope

Since I got back from vacation I've been wanting to get back in the studio.
Time and work have not been on my side...
Until yesterday.
Hubby was working, and I got to play a little bit!

I started with two pieces of scrap paper ,
added a messy layer of gesso,
then dabbed some distress paint on my craft sheet,
sprayed with a bit of water and pressed the paper into the colors. 
I added some white gesso spatter, and I got to work embellishing.
Stamps, and bits pieces of die cuts I had laying around the table. 
For the front I did the same as the back,
but I tried to keep a bit of a blank space where I will put the addresses and the stamp. 
I then ran some tape runner around the three corners and taped them together,
Finally I finished off by sewing around the three edges for a fun finish. 

I'm excited to be getting back to crafting,
and even more excited to getting back to Teaching!
I'll be teaching this class to my art group at the end of the month. 

I hope you've enjoyed my envelope, and if you're in the phoenix area and are interested in the class you can find us on facebook under West Side Scrappy Diva's.  

Linking up with: 
Simon Says stamp Monday challenge: anything Goes
Vintage Journey: Destination

Friday, July 10, 2015

House mouse engagement card

Happy weekend.
I am sharing this engagement card with you all.
I know it's not exactly a normal engagement card,
but I really wanted to use this house mouse stamp,
and I thought well the little mouse is Amanda,
and my friend that got engaged is also Amanda.
On the inside of the card I printed out 
"So glad you found your prince charming"

I hope you are getting crafty this weekend! 

Linking up with:
House Mouse: Sketch challenge #198
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Furry Friends
Inky Chicks: Furry Friends

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Festive tag

I hope you all had a fun and safe 4th of July.
I had to work in the morning, but got to enjoy some fireworks in the evening. 
Today I am sharing with you my creation for the new challenge up at Anything but a Card
This month it's an open or anything goes theme... 
Welllll anything but a card that is!!!
So I am sharing my festive tag,
I used Tim Holtz's mini blueprint stamps, and some distress markers and inks.
I am just loving the way the inks move on the distress watercolor paper.
Honestly this tag was a breeze to create. 
The hardest part was that I glued on the wood veneers before I stitched, 
so I ended up having to stitch around the veneers!

At the last minute I pulled out my old Dymo and added the Brave tag.
I do hope you are having a festive weekend,
Either here or abroad I wish you all a wonderful weekend, and week ahead! 

Entering this tag into:
Sheri Crafts: 4th of July

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Bird crazy for fathers day

I've been a busy little bee.
Yep, making Fathers Day Cards for all my peeps at work. 
I pulled out my "Bird Crazy" stamps and my distress watercolor paper,
and I went to work. 

Stamping and then coloring with my watercolor pencils, then using the water brush 
to make the lines blend!
The I masked off the birdie, and stamped the 
happy happy happy happy happy in the background!
I finished it all off with a bit of "grass" 
and the happy fathers day sentiment.
That little bit is popped up on pop dots, and it's all mounted on a card.
Easy peasy!
I love how quizical this guy looks
with his one big eye and his one small
And this little fella looks like he could be scared.
Maybe of his kids??

I hope you are getting some crafty time, and that you have a fun fathers day to look forward to.

Entering this card into:
Amusing Challenge: Fathers Day
Crazy for Challenges:  Masculine Card
Sisterhood of the Snarky Stampers: D is for Dude
Splendiferous Creations: For the guys