Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Journey

 the Journey awakens the Soul... 

 The Vintage Journey's Blog challenge for July is for using Dies and Distressing- in the Tim Holtz influence.
Since I dig Tim Holtz, I love distressing and I just got my first die!   I thought I would play along!. 
The main requirement of any of Vintage Journey's challenges is that your piece is Tim Holtz inspired.

  Let's get to it...
For my substrate, I used the thin card that comes inside of the Tim Holtz Layering Stencils- I used this because it really had a nice pattern on it and if you know me, I love to re-use, recycle, upcycle, ect! 

 My main ingredients used were Tim's-Sizzix-Alterations Die&Embossing Folder~Layered Dragonfly , and Ranger/Tim Holtz -Stampers Anonmynous~Classics #1.
                                 Other products used are listed below

   To begin,I stamped vintage text across the card paper as well as added a few scrolls (which are now covered)
   For the die, I cut  the dragonfly from a patterned paper and then ran it through the embosser.
   On the left hand side of my card,I stamped the Classic's#1 Odonata~Dragonfly,stamping it off the page,only using the right side of it. 
   Next, I placed the right side of the cut paper over the stamped image and glued it in place.
(I really wish I taken in process photos!! Battery was dead! ARGH!) 

  Again,using the same dragonfly stamp, I stamped the whole image on a vintage piece of newspaper- then colored it in with distress markers. Gently, I tore off the edges and glued down most of the main image as well as the word -ODONATA 
(from the stamp- which is the scientific name for Dragonflies)

  For the previously die-cut  dragonfly, I colored it, using Distress Markers. After that I added Distressed Embossing Powder~Peeled Paint,to the veins of the dragonfly,as well as for the antenna.

 For the distressing with inks, I used the Broken China toward the center of my subjects and the Rusty Hinge and Vintage Photo toward the edges.

 In the next photo,here,I added a bit of Glossy Accents to the wing's edges and also used it to adhere the "found wing" at the top of my substrate. 
disclaimer-(No insects were hurt during this creation- the wing was found in Nature) ")
   Around the edges of the card, I first distressed them using Ranger/Tim Holtz'z Distressing tool.Then, I edged with Antique Bronze before I used the Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel in Bronze to give a bit more of a finished look.

  And finally I stamped Tim Holtz' stamp~ 
"The Journey Awakens the Soul" on the right hand bottom corner.
As you can see from my worktable, there is a pile of products I used on this piece. I will try and put them all in with links- if I missed something you would like to know about, please ask! ")
Broken China
Ripe Persimmon
Rusty Hinge
Vintage Photo
Peacock Feathers
Bundled Sage
Evergreen Bough
Mowed Lawn
Salty Ocean
Ranger/InkEssentials Embossing Pen~ Black

Tim Holtz "Journey"Stamp is from an older set which I do not know the name of- sorry"(

(to the best of my knowledge the above is now owned by Ranger-mine is pretty old! )



                          Stampers Anonymous Classics#1

 Thanks so much for stopping by - I always love to see you have been here and love to hear what you have to say!!
Jackie ")

Linking up to
Vintage Journey Challenge Blog-Dies&Distress #48
I am also linking up to
 Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge-Emboss It! #33
Pretty sure I have both challenges covered! teehee

Friday, July 18, 2014

Ding Ding Ding -Clang Clang Clang goes the dinner bell!

   Fridays gal, Jackie ,here with a quick fun Upcycle!

Our house is quite a distance from our pole barn so instead of one of us hollering or walking out leaving the cooking dinner unattended- simply ding ding ding, or clang clang clang goes the dinner bell!
  Here is another score from a garage sale; this great clanging dinner bell-but I'm not fond of the present out comes the gesso...
 two layers in fact and a third mixed with a wee bit of color

 next, stencil Artistcellars Steampunk Lace, WendyVecchi Translucent Embossing Paste and Stewart Gill ~Pauashell paint for some random stenciling

now,a layer of Stewart Gill~ Verde Gris color overall applied with a makeup sponge
  With a wet applicator, I wiped off color from the embossed areas to expose the previous layer of color

Another overall layer of Stewart Gill ~ Afterglow color, again wiping off embossed areas to reveal bottom color

Next I painted the clanger with Stewart Gill~Laurelius  and added a Hot Off The Press Pocket Watch stamp
 I continued random stamping of Ranger Ink/Tim Holtz Stamps-clock faces overall to the bell in black and sepia inks. Add a few more smudges of color here and there and a final spray coat of outdoor varnish.
    Hope you enjoyed this quick tutorial- get out to some sales this weekend and see what you can upcycle!

           Jackie ")

Wednesday, July 16, 2014


  My inspiration came from a seed catalog which had the most beautiful poppies. Unfortunately, my own poppies never left the infant stage this year- fingers crossed for next year!

         I'm sharing with  FlowerPower at AJJ Monthly

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

One final birthday...

This is my sixth and final granchild's birthday card for this year-phew! Sorry, no step by step as I had to get this done before they came to stay a few days.
For Logan, who has a great imagination, a play theater! Recycling again, I made this Theater of Fun out of a tea box, turned inside out and decorated. 
 I simply glued on some fun papers with stars and banners,which I fancy cut. The paper already had stars- but not enough WOW! So out came the Stickles! 
      Those of you who know me, know how I love my Stickles!! 

 The letters came from a collage sheet by Nancy Baumiller ~ Crowabout StudioB
 I made these little figures from Les- Petites Whimsies stamps by Sandra Evertson . These were stamped onto heavy cardstock and the reglued onto a hardboard. ( I also attatched hardboards pieces to the backs to make the figures stand ) 
I added various scrap heads-and some bodies~all animals as you can see. And yes, there are a few that are roosters- Logan is our rooster's name- after our grandson! 
Silly, I know-but Logan(grandson)is just as proud as Logan(the rooster) is!

The little faces in the windows all have mustaches-why? I'm not quite sure what it is all about, but the kids are all into it! Logan says- "because we like it!"
   Behind these doors is a glassine envelope which holds Logan's treasure. There is a space between the wall and box that the cash slides into real easy! Logan loved the "secret hiding place"
And then we we have a few of the characters with I am "Happy" by Pharrell Williams- Logan's favorite song!                                    
(Secretly,I think he just like to sing it to annoy his older sister- as she claims to absolutely dislike that song!)teeheehee

On the other side behind the doors, Gramma and Poppa's birthday message to Logan!

Thanks for stopping in..I thought i would leave you with some colors from my summer garden- maybe some inspiration for your art!

Jackie ")

Friday, July 11, 2014

The matter of Heart

    Wow another Friday already! So glad you came to visit...
For this weeks Artistcellar's post, I pulled out a canvas to play on. 

If you would like to grab a cuppa, I'll walk you through my art...

After gessoing the canvas,the first layers of color were added-

 Dina Wakley's ~Turquoise and Art Anthology's Sorbet~June Bud

Next came Art Anthology's~June Bud with some modeling paste to move through Lynn K.'s Tracks from her new Marked Series.

                                        This was applied to all four sides. 
For more interest, I used a Lego*to stamp dots in the modeling paste while still wet.

 When all was dry, I sanded down any high spots and started adding layers of color washes to the top and sides~ 
Golden Quinacrodone nickle Azo Gold,  and 
Luminarte Silks ~Golden Monarch and Persimmon.
Also, I bubbled some dots(using bubble wrap) around the outside of the canvas using Luminarte Silks Teal Zircon 

                                       Now to the matter of heart. 

Here, I used Luminarte Silks Carmen mixed with Liquitex Pouring Medium to build up the heart. I let the mixture sort of flow into it's space to give it some of its own character.
Next I added and removed textures along the base and outside edges. 
(no photos? Guess I was too into what I was doing- oops!!)

Then came final coats of Carmen and Persimmon- I used Luminarte Silks for the transparency they allow and mostly for the rich colors they bring. I wiped away areas with a baby wipe to expose the layers underneath and when all was good and dry , I added my final layer, a overall coat of Golden Gloss Polymer Medium.

                                Reminds me of a candy apple!
           As always thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you are enjoying this summer!  And to my friends in others parts of this beautiful world, hope your fall or winter are just as enjoyable! 
Jackie ")

* The Lego I referred to earlier- belongs to my son- who is now 30!   I think he will get a kick out of how I used it!