Thursday, March 28, 2013

ARC March read

This months book I read Scoop to Kill by Wendy Lyn Watson. It is the 2nd book in the A la Mode mystery series. The first book in the series, I Scream, You Scream.

Tallulah Jones, or Tally runs an ice cream shop called Remember the A-la-Mode. in her town. Here Sister Bree and Bree's daughter Alice, a collage student, work there. In Scoop to kill  Alice Stumble's on finding a body of Bryan, A grad student, who was the nephew of the police officer Cal.  Finger are pointed to an English professor who the dead student accused of sexual harassment. But a few days later the professor dead too(not is said on the back of the book). Tally of course steps out to find out who killed Bryan and the professor.

I love cozy mysteries. They are fast reads. The subjects of them are fun. This one is no different. I could of read this book in a couple of days straight. I enjoyed reading this book. It was a light read. And like most cozy mysteries with food related themes to them, this book has a couple recipes at the end of the book. But its is another series where the female lead character is torn between two men that she really likes. I mean com on why do they do this?! In this series Tally is torn with Finn her High school sweet Heart(and bad boy during high school), who Tally broke his heart, and Cal, police officer who always had feeling for her but the timing was never right to tell her. Personally I would of picked Cal. :P

Here is my art work for the book.
The background I did was taking painters tape and putting it where ever on the page. I did cut the tape in half before taping it on the page. This is a very old school technique that I learned yeas ago when I first got into rubber stamping. But instead of brayering ink from an ink pad I used sprays. I used a Yellow spray ink from Inkadinado and Bubble gum pink by Dylusions. I did spray some water after spraying the color and took a paper towel to blot off. I never really understood that step, as I always thought your wasting all that spray. And lets face it the sprays are not cheap! LOL But as pulled the towel away i can see what a difference it made. I pulled the tape off and got the cool background.

I then took a pencil and sketched out an ice cream cone, and 2 scoops of ice cream. Colored it with  prisma's color pencils and Neo 2's. I looked at it and thought it was drawn by a kid. :P I'm not the best drawer. :P I took a brown marker and made the lines of the cone and out lined everything.

I took Tatter Angel Glimmer Glam in Be Postitive and made drips on the cone and on the top of the page to look like blood on the page. also some pooled on the bottom of the page. I ten added some splatters with it. Finally I took a alpha stencil and traced the words of the Killer scoop. It was meant to say the title, but I couldn't remember the title when i did it. Opps! LOL

The book I'm going to be reading for April is Smokin' Seventeen By Janet Evanovich

my VLVS!/Clearsnap project

Well today is Kersten, LeslieRahye and myself to show off the projects we did for the Clearsnap and VLVS! swap. Be sure to head to the VLVS! blog too see what LR and Kersten did for the swap. And don't forget to leave a little love other there. You might win a pound of rubber! :)

This is my project I did for the swap. I did a journal page in my Staphmore Visual journal. I wanted to do a card, but I deiced to go in a different direction.

I took a page out of the journal (It helped that I took the binding out of the journal and have binder rings in it instead. Which is good because this little journal is chunky!) I filled a container with some water and I took some of my Smooches in Silver Fox, pool and sassy pink and dipped them in the water. I took a stick and swirled the ink around. then I dipped the paper into the water and got this cool marble background.

After I heat set the page so it was dry enough, I stamped the Whimsical clouds with Stephanie Banard Premium Dye Licorice ink pad on the journal page. I then took the Pool Smoosh and painted just by the inside lines of the clouds. I did miss stamp one of the clouds, but I had had another journal page with the same clouds so i c\just cut one out and taped it on to this page with Miracle tape.

On Kromecote I stamped the Whimsical house with the same black dye ink pad. I embossed it with the Ultra high gloss clear embossing powder. I colored the house with Grape soda, Sassy pink, taffy, snickerdoodle, moonlight and  gold Lame. cut the house out and used foam tape to put it on the page. Then I stamped the trees with the licorice ink pad and Pinkolicious archival ink pad. Embossed the the ultra high gloss clear.  cut out and used Mircale tape to attache it to the page.

 I used the small alphabets from the December Daily late and stamped "our house" with the Donna Salazar Mix'ed inx in Jasmine on a scrap of black cardstock. Used Miracle tape to attach it. Lastly I  spritz the gold smooch spritz onto my craft mat and with a paint brush went along the edge of the page.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

altered coaster journal

Hi again! Today I'm going to show you another piece I submitted to Rubber Stamp Madness for the Spring 2013 issue. And again it didn't make the cut.

I took a $1 coaster from Micheal's and glued some napkins to it to give some tooth for when I added layers to it. Once it was dried I added some gesso. Next I added some layers of different shades of green craft paints. I used a stencil with a lighter green. You can also see some punchenllia too. I also added some Star Bright paint. I put some on with a pallet knife, then with a paper town wiped it off. Leaving the sparkle and not the yellow color.

On tissue paper I stamped the Many Legged lady with Black Versafine ink pad. Glued it on with matte medium. When that was dried I took one of the lighter greens put some on my craft mat and spritz some water and with my finger put some of it over the tissue to try to blend it in more. I stamped the Don't let anyone ever dull your sparkle on white cardstock. I cut the words apart and glued them with glossy accents. I then took a water brushed and Crushed Olive distress ink pad and painted the words. I edged the coaster with black craft paint.

When I got the coaster back, I deiced to make a junk journal with it. I gathered some of my papers and make a little journal with it.

Stamps used 

Items used
matte medium
tissue paper
white cardstock
Versafine black ink pad
Memento ink pad
Crushed olive distress ink pad
water brush
craft paints
Star bright paint
assorted papers for journal
2 binder rings
glossy accents

Friday, March 15, 2013

Tim Holtz Tatter Floral challenge

This is my entry for the Tim Holtz challenge. Even though I don't have the die, my friend Kerri had sent me some cuts from the die out of book paper. So I thought I have a go at the challenge.

I worked with it last night and did not like what I did at all! some parts I liked and one part was like a big EW! It was like I just threw a flower on there. So I took the flower off and carefully took off my stamp image and did another round with the project. And I like SOOOOO much better!

I went in a drawer and saw a old blank cd sitting there. I took it out and decided to alter it. I covered it with a 6x6 paper From Lost and Found Stash. I then put a chandelier mask and sprayed Sugar cookie Glimmer mist and Phantom Fuchsia Moon Shadow Mist.  I took another piece of 6x6 from the lost and found stash and with a wing mask I traced around it so i can cut it after I sprayed it with the same 2 sprays I used before. After I cut it out I wet the back side and scrunched it up then used Vintage photo and Picked Raspberry distress ink pad. After I dried it I used miracle tape to attack it to the back of the cd. I used the 2 smaller flowers from the die and sprayed the with again the same 2 sprays. I scrunched them up and added  brads threw them. Attached them Aleen' s tacky glue. 

I stamped the Woman Silhouette and the Marilyn Quote both from Viva Las VegaStamps! in Black Archival ink pad. Color her with Prisma's pencils. I used Vintage photo distress ink pad to color the white cardstock of for the quote. I used Crackle accents to glue the words to the quote down and Miracle tape to attach her down. The Idea-ology crown I attached it with Miracle tape.

Fruit loop kitty

Last night  I made a card that is for 2 challenges. The First challenge is Simon Says Stamp Challenge Choose a Sketch. There were 2 sketches to chose from. The 2nd Challenge is Shopping our Stash Challenge 93:which is Sassy, Snarky LOL. Viva Las VagaStamps! sentiments are perfect for this challenge.

White card base. The papers I used is from MME Lime Twist Life of the Party. I stamped the Cat with headphones and I am a fruit loop stamps from Viva Las VegaStamps! in Black Archival ink pad. I punched the corners on the paper with the sentiment on it. I color the cat with prisma pencils. Attached everything with Miracle Tape.

Friday, March 8, 2013

journal pages

Here are a few more Journal pages I did in my Straphmore Visual Journal

Faber-castell design memory craft guest dt tryout

So I decided to take the plunge and try out for the guest Design team call for the Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft for the May 2013-Aug. 2013 Term. I've been wanting to try out for awhile but was too chicken to do it, This time I decided to do it!

My project that I'm submitting to is a journal page in my Staphmore Visual Journal.

1.I tore and glued some vintage sheet music with Matte Medium.
2. I then tore and glued down some vintage ads tissue paper with matte medium.
3. I After the glued dried I put some purple craft paint on the page and painted it on. I liked that the text is still showing.
4. I took a bottle of black craft paint that I watered down and made some drips down the page,
5. I took a round thing that was part of a roll of medical tape. I kept the center as it makes a cool stamp. I put some white craft paint on my craft mat, and put some on the circle and stamped with it.
6. I took a black Bic pen and drew circles where I stamped the white ones.
7. with the extra white paint on my mat, I spritz some water on the paint, and made some splaters on the page and some drips.
8. I cut out the girl from the magazine and glued her down. Pardon her spots on her face, She must of gotten into something when I was doing the other side of the page. :)
9. After looking forever for my chevron stamp and not finding it, I stamped the arrow and the Six Sided hexagon both from Viva Las VegaStamps! on the journal page with black Memento ink pad(the missing stamp was later found after I finished the page)
10.  I stamped the "I wish my life had background music" sentiment from Viva Las VegaStamps! with Black ink pad on white cardstock. I cut the sentiment out and glued it to the page with glossy accents.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Hope no one sees me

Last year I submitted a couple of things to RSM for their Spring 2013 issue with the Green theme. But sadly neither item made the cut. Today I'm showing you the tag I submitted.

The tag is 8 inches tall and 4 inches wide. I did lots of layers of green and some yellow paints. I also used some punchenilla with some green paint. I then stamped with vintage photo distress ink pad the Specialita Orologi

Then on a separate piece of paper. I did almost the same thing but no stamping.. and used the Dress maker mask from Hampton Art Graphic 45. I stamped the lady with scallop hat. colored her with prisima pencils. Cut her out and glued her to the dress form. I then used Miracle tape to put her on to the tag. One white cardstock I stamped Gee I hope no one sees me and the A new Body for $1.87. With a water brush and Black soot distress ink pad I colored in the white. Cut them out and attached them with Miracle tape.

When I got the tag back from RSM I added the lace trim from May Arts with Miracle tape and then tied the black cording through the hole of the tag.

Items used
Manila tag
craft paints
dress form mask
Black memeto ink pag
Black Soot Distress ink pad
Vintage photo distress ink pad
sharpie marker
Prisma Color pencils
water brush

Stamps used