Saturday, January 24, 2015

Mark Montano's ATC Swap-due Feb 7, 2015

Hey, all you ATC (artist trading card) makers, head on over to   Mark Montano is sponsoring an ATC swap and contest. Check it out!

You have to contact him by email if you want to participate! His email address is on the video, so you have to watch it to get it!  I received his reply today that included his snail mail address (where I send my ATC's for the Swap). It looks like this:

"Thanks for your interest in participating in my ATC SWAP!  We have lots of amazing artists participating so far and I'm going to make this super easy for you to take part (and I really hope you do).
Here's how it works:
1.  Send me 10-15 of your own Artist Trading Cards.  Traditionally they are the size of a standard playing card..  You will receive the amount that you send, so if you send 10, you'll get 10 different cards in return.  Also, if you only want to send 5 or 6, that's fine, too.
2.  The back of your trading cards should have your name, the title of the work, signature and date.  You can include contact information if you want to, it's up to you.  I'm including an example of what I'm using on the back of my cards.   
3.  If you're not familiar with Artist Trading Cards, take a look around the internet and get inspired.  Send something you would be excited to get in the mail.  
4.  Please make sure your return address is legible.....Print is preferred for the return address.
5.  If you would like to help out with postage (you don't have to, but if you want to) simply make a small donation on my YouTube page.  It's easy, it's the SUPPORT THIS CHANNEL button on the right side of the page.
6.  The ATC Swap ends on February 7th so please have your cards to me before then.  You will receive your cards sometime between February 7th thru the 14th."
By the way, I'm gonna send my cards with an SASE.  Come join us! This promises to be fun, fun, fun!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Studio Shed Storage

Since the shed was built, I've been busy looking for storage solutions in my half of the building (the other half my hubbin has claimed for a library/office). We've been making trips to thrift shops to purchase shelving units, office equipment and other odds and ends. I even began a board on Pinterest for interesting storage ideas that might work for my shed. On one wall, my hubbin put up a pegboard for me and Harbor Freight had the necessary post hardware to insert into the holes.
I have kept rubber stamps in shoeboxes, in dishwasher tubs, and shirt-sized gift boxes, disposable plastic mother-board clam-shell boxes (a computer part abt the size of a sandwich) my hubbin saved for me from work stacked on an old VHS video shelf in my kitchen. However when my husband was laid off from his computer warehouse job in August 2011, I've taken to storing my stamps in reclaimed plastic VHS clamshell boxes on a bookshelf in my new studio shed. The posts inside the box can be removed with a rotary craft knife.
I found a narrow shelf unit at a thrift store that was just the right size for dollar store plastic baskets to hold all my odds and ends of paper ephemera. I had been using transparent plastic shoeboxes. Right now all my spool ribbon are stored in cardboard shoe boxes. With two guys in the family who are hard on shoes and wear them out, I have a steady supply of them. I was given a big sack of sewing trims and bias tape and I found they fit perfectly in these three metal index card catalog boxes. I really like the sliders in the bottom to keep the trim cards standing upright.
It's getting there.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Stamping Studio

Tuff Shed
I went out to my new studio  yesterday (Aug. 24, 2013) to work on cards since I've been invited to a shoebox party and I could tell my husband had been in there -- what a mess! I had to move stuff to find my work tables and a chair to sit in. Never did get to designing as I had put stuff away before I could. Still have piles of cardstock to put away. Oh, for a studio leprechaun! *smile*

Postscript: Hopefully it is true -- the old saying that good things come to those who wait. Here is it almost 2 years later and I finally have most of the necessary equipment to use my shed studio/playroom. Mom purchased a large enough heater to warm it during cold weather for my birthday last month and my hubbin is getting foam insulation inserted around the foundation so the heater will warm the area closest to the floor more efficiently. Mom had it custom built  and insulated for me in our backyard for St. Valentine's Day 2013.  Immediately we set to work organizing it inside and then during the the first month of  that summer I landed in the hospital for two weeks and then three weeks rehab for a really bad staph infection in my leg. That's where I began my post above. . .

By the way, I've signed up for Stephanie Ackerman's  Documented Faith 2015 Art Journaling focus group.  Stephanie is a designer for Sizzix. (Click here if you want to sign up too.)

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Creative Cousin's Cell Case

I have such a creative cousin. Her name is Joyce and she sent me a photo of a project she crocheted and I just had to share. *smile* She said she threaded all the beads onto the crochet thread before she began, then measured her phone and crocheted away. Isn't it pretty? I can just see this in black with white beads or white with black beads too!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Thank You, Girlfriend!

It's so nice to receive a get well card in the mail when one isn't feeling well. First I had a bacterial infection and finished my 15 days of antibiotics and then just when I got to feeling better and venturing out,  I picked up a viral bug. I have asthma and everything goes south when I get sick, so it takes me a little more time to get over it.
Thank you, Joan Petty, for thinking of me!


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Tips on How to Watercolor the Art Impressions Way!

Last Saturday, my husband and I attended the Creating Keepsakes Scrapbook Expo up at the KCI Expo center near the Airport. I was so excited to finally meet Bonnie Krebs of Art Impressions. My sweet hubby purchased her watercolor DVD at a thrift store sometime ago for me, knowing I've been wanting to learn her watercolor technique.
 He took a photo of the both of us!

Bonnie paints her rubber stamped cards using her watercolor technique beginning with Marvy Markers by Uchida and Strathmore's cold press watercolor paper cut to card size.  She only uses a few Marvy Markers for her watercolor technique which she sells on her website, but she said to use what I have. I was beginning to purchase sets of Marvy Markers at Michaels  with coupons when it looked like I was going to design for Posh Rubber Stamps, so I was happy to see an additional technique I could use the markers for! Her palette was a small square of white plastic at the show, but Bonnie said anything shiny smooth can be used for a palette including a corelle saucer. I believe I still have a marker palette I purchased years ago on clearance somewhere. It was for painting marker "folk art."
Bonnie uses the rough side for her watercolored images and the smooth side with Stazon permanent ink for her detailed girlfriend stamps. She said to use a small paint brush and pull the wet brush through your fingers to control the amount of water.  Then she scrubs the marker color out on the palette and dips her damp paintbrush into the marker color to lift color to the image. She said brushing images in with color is much faster than coloring with markers.
After I visited her website, I discovered a whole series of Bonnie's You Tube videos. If you like, you can watch her beginning video here:

Some of her  watercolor tips at the show were: Start by coloring a rubber stamp with a charcoal gray  Marvy Marker on the rough side of the watercolor paper, then add a clean dampened brush to pull out shadows on the image. When you are stamping foliage in, color in bits and pieces of the stamps with the markers to make it look realistic. You don't have to use the whole image. Also "walk/pounce" the stamp across the area where you want it. Use pieces of paper to mask off sections if you are building up an image. Then pounce a clean damp brush into the center of the images and dabble tiny bits of the colored water around to make it look like watercolor.  Don't add a lot of water or you will wash out (erase) the image or muddy the colors. She doesn't like to use aqua brushes just for that reason.
She said to also add a light grey or blue shadow to the images around the outside to make the image pop. Pretend the light source is coming from the top when deciding where to add the shadows.

I noticed Bonnie stamped her girlfriend rubber stamp mounted on a Fiskars sponge-ball mount. She said she didn't care for the thick heavy acrylic mounts because she found them difficult to maneuver. I found one at a thrift store a while back, still in the package, for $5.00, so enjoyed watching her maneuver the  rubber stamp into position.
She said the secret to having faces  that look alive rather than flat is to keep the center of the images white and add cheek color. Since the light source is coming from the top, give a margin of white at the top of the head; don't carry the color of the hair clear up to the outline of the stamp. And she said you don't have to color in everything, just the main portions of the images. Coordinate a blouse with your background colors of your base card.
And she said, be sure to sign your work, so here's an autographed copy of Bonnie's work she gave to me at the show!


Tuesday, September 30, 2014


Karen came over today and look what she made for me! I picked out the design and she put it together for me. Isn't it cute? Reminds me of Mary Engelbreit's cherries! I have a tiny cherry punch that we used to punch twice -- once for the green stem and leaf and again for the red cherries. CUTE! CUTE! CUTE! :)