Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Sept. ARC book

For the August book I read "Chris & Nancy: The True Story of the Benoit Murder-Suicide & Pro Wrestling's Cocktail of Death by Irvin Muchnick.

The book goes in death of the Murder-Suicide of Nancy, Chris, and their son, back in June 2007. What happened that weekend, if WWE higher ups knew before their Monday night show what truly happened, how steroids may have played a part of it, how law enforcement handled it and how media made a media circus of if it. Irvin talked to(or tried to) Former neighbors, family members, layers, co-workers about what happened.

Even though I haven't watched pro wrestling in years(I do keep up with what is going on), but I do remember when this happened. I was shocked when I heard about it. I remember listening to online radio shows and watching all the news coverage on CNN and other cable news channels. And I remember wishing that some of the reporters of the news shows would of done a better job at research before interviewing people(the cable news reporters not the internet radio shows, as the internet shows I listened to knew about wrestling).

The book was really good. Some things I knew from reading online, and somethings I didn't know. Because of the subject matter I opted not to do the art for this book.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Anything But A Card Challenge 40 STEAMPUNKtember

Its another steampunk challenge over at Anything But A card Challenge blog.

I am not a steampunk type of girl so this was a real challenge for me. But I think I pulled it off. 


The journal I used is from Prima. The pages are single sided so I used the back side of one of the pages. I cut a piece of 12x12 paer from Timless Type from DCWV. I cut it a little smaller than the page in the journal so there's a border on the page. I distressed the edges with my scissors. I used distress stain in Antiqued Bronze on the page in the journal so it wouldn't be white border anymore. I took theTarnish Brass around the distrssed edges of the Tatter Type paper. I used an empty ATG tape roll to use as a stamp. I put some Brushed Pewter distress stain on a stamp block added some water and used the plastic tape thing as a stamp. I also used some of it for splatters and drips. 

I cut the hot air balloon from the Cartogpher collection by Prima. It was in the ATC pad, but the pad is really 41/2 by 6 1/2(or somewhere around there). I found my Journal cards from the Craftsmen collection. I cut the boarder from one of the cards and glued them to the left side of the paper.

 I used Priscilla, the Julie Nutting stamps from Prima. I stamped her on the Buff paper pad with black Versafine ink pad. I dressed her with 3 of the Craftmen journaling cards. I painted her hair and part of her boot with Inktense color pencil. The band on her hat is Gold marker from American Crafts. I glued her on the paper. I then added some more splots from the metallic distress stains. I then glued that page to the Journal. Then I let it sit. I know it needed something else. I didn't feel like digging in my stash for my gears that were cut on foam for stamping. 

When I was dog sitting in June I went to Michael's and saw that Mod Podge came out with new Mod Molds(and new Mod Melts) I picked up the industrial mold to use for this. And I finally used the Amazing Casting Resin and 2 of the Alumilite powders that I won from Amazing Mold Putty back in December.

Here I set up my mold. I used the Allumilite Bronze and Gun Metal powders with a paint brush.


what the bottles look like when I look them out of the box

What part A and B look like in the little cups.

What it looks like after you pour into a plastic or paper cup, and stirred. Side note this get hot! And the more you stir the hotter it gets. and it sets up really fast.

This is what it looks like when it sets up. Its white. I had some left over resin and I was going to pour into the clock with this batch but the resin that was still in the cup set up by the time I finished pouring powder in it. So I had to make more and used the other mold I got to see what they  looked liked. That set up while in mid pour. Was wild. LOL

And this is what they look like out of the mold. You can see I didn't get enough of the powder on the clock.

Once those were don While still warm and pliable. I trimmed the ones that needed to be trimmed. I used 2 of the small gears and the clock. I was able to glue them to the page with Aleen's Tacky.  I went to word pad and useing Type Keys Filled font and typed Party like its 1899! cut it out glued it to the page. Colored the white showing with gold color pencil and Finally used Glossy Accents on the keys.




So be sure to check out Anything But A Card challenge blog to see what the other DT memebers are doing and play along! And don't forget ABAC is having a DT call! Deadline to send in your application to amazingcrafting at yahoo dot com is Sept 13! All the info about the DT call can be found here  





Sunday, August 31, 2014

Aug. ARC

It seems like yesterday I just wrote the review for the June ARC....oh wait it was just yesterday that I did that. :) As I wrote in my previous ARC reviews that we are selling the house (As of this writing its still has not sold. ) So I've been reading as many hard copy of books as I can so I don't have to take them with me. Most notable hardcovers and larger books(see March and April ARC). So as of this writing it is March 8th and I just finished the book I will be reviewing for the July ARC. Now the Art is not done as of the writing, but I figure I have time to do that.

This month's ARC is "Who Died in Here" by Pat Dennis. Its a collection of 25 short stories mysteries centering around the bathroom. The stores are really short. Like only 3 or 4 pages long. So, it was a super fast read. And that is the only good thing for me about the book. I never got into the book. You couldn't get into any of the characters because stories where so short. But at least it gives me an excuse to use my potty people stamps from Viva Las VegaStamps! in my art journal page. :D




Sunday, August 24, 2014

Anything but a card Design team call!


Anything but a card challenge blog is looking to expand our Design team. If you love making projects other than cards this is for you.

If your interested than click here to read all about it! Deadline to e-mail your application in is Sept. 13. So hurry over to check the details out and apply! :)

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Anything but a Card Challenge 38: Lets get Zen

This month at Anything but a card the theme is repeating motifs/patterns.


As you know I won a spot in Soul Food class. I started out doing good with the lessons, but then it was getting to advance for me with some of the lessons. But one lesson was from Dana (who I won the the spot to take the class from her blog. ) Her lesson was how she makes a collage background then does her faces and she made an angel from music paper. I went for the part on how she does her faces. It was super easy. Course mine are NOTHING like her's. lol

For this months challenge I decided to do a face. I first drew her on graph paper. Made it easier for me to get the spacing right for the eyes. Then I copied it on the printer. Then I traced it on to copy paper using a light box. I colored her with Derwent 24 Studio rose pink color pencil. But it was so pail I had to use water color crayon in the apricot. I also used the red for the lips and blues for the eyes. I used the ivory black for the eyes and the nose. Instead of coloring her hair like I normally do, I zentangled her face. The patterns I found were from the books One Zentangle a day by Beckah Krahula, Online, and from the book Totally Tangled by Sandy Steen Bartholomew.



After drawing and Tangleing her, I had no idea what to do with her. I decided to use her for the Documented Life pages. This is for the week of July 23. The prompt for that week was use a quote from a book. For the background I wanted to play with the Ferro Special Effects paste by Viva Decor In Graphite. I took a circle stencil and used a pallet knife to put the paste through it. I made sure not to put the paste where I was going to put her. I let it dry over night, but It did dry pretty quick.

I glued her down on the page. I then went to find a quote from a book. After not finding one from Shelfira.com I went to brainry,com. First I looked at Dr. Seuss, But nixed that idea and looked for an Anne Frank quote I liked. I copied and pasted it in Word Pad. I used a font called Dean Martin swing. Cut the words apart and glued it down.


So come play along at ABAC and take a look what the other DT members have done.

Friday, August 1, 2014

SOLD!!!

As some of you may know weather on Facebook or Twitter or Youtube with my travel kit video, the house is finally sold! We got the offer in the beginning of July but never said anything because I didn't want to jinx it in case the deal fell through. There was a hiccup but we are packed up and ready to leave. Well we are almost packed up, there are some things my mom needs to finish up to pack. Me and my dad(and my aunt is going with us for the drive) are driving to Vegas and we leave on Aug 9, the day after the closing. My mom is leaving on the 7th with a trip to Kansas City before Vegas. I should be arriving at Vegas on the 12.

Til we find a permanent place(we are renting an apartments where my parents stayed when they were there for a month. I will have my own little apartment), I won't have all my stuff like my craft stuff or my computer with me, though we will bring the laptop but that will be with my parents. So I won't be doing much bloging. I will have my Kindle and my iPhone. I did prepost some blog posts like the Sept.challenge for Anything but a card challenge and posts for the artful readers club. I will try and do videos via my iPhone o my digital camera if I can get to upload them on Youtube on the laptop. 

So until next time. :)

Thursday, July 31, 2014

July ARC

This month for ARC I read the 2nd book in the Nathaniel Cade series "The President's Vampire" by Christopher Farnsworth.

In this book Cade, and Zach try and destroy these reptilian hybrids that Zach likes to call snakeheads. Once one of these things bites or scratches you, you become infected and turn into one yourself. For the last century Cade has tried to destroy these things, but know they are showing up in enemy territory. Cade and Zach team up with the Shadow Company to find out who is pulling the strings and get rid of the snakeheads once and for all.


While I liked Blood Oath, This one I had a hard time getting into the book.  Some parts were good, some were eh.


The journal page I did was a tangle that represents snakes. I used a 05 Mircon pen to draw it out. I wanted to use the black sharpie to color it but stopped because it was bleeding through the other side which was not good because I already finished that side and didn't want to ruin the other side.


Next book I will be reading is Who Died in here?