Friday, December 30, 2016

Fabric Flower Bouquet

December 14, I ordered shabby posies and pom pom posies dies after viewing Tammy Tutterow's artwork on Internet. 
When they arrived I started making flowers with stem and leaves using crinoline and buckram fabric. I've made a lot of flowers since December 19. Love using these thin dies. I can cut two layers with one pass with my vagabond. 
The glass vases, wrapped wire stems, buckram were purchased at Hobby Lobby. 
Utility crinoline was purchased at Joann's. 
Paint from my stash.
Stamens were from my stash when I made wedding candles and from my daughters antique shop. 
The next flowers will be made with short stems to use on my cards and tags. 
The above flowers are examples; each bouquet I gave away had 5 to 7 flowers. 
One granddaughter wanted blue flowers, one granddaughter wanted purple flowers, my mother a mixed bouquet, our daughter a mixed bouquet and our DIL a mixed bouquet and one of my sisters a yellow bouquet. 

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Face Card

I like how this card turned out. I used three of my older stamps to make this card.
Archival Sepia ink was used on script and face stamps. Archival black ink was used on flower image.
Watercolor crayons were used to color flower image, cutout and then applied to card front.
The pink swirl background on card was made using alcohol inks. All stamped images were applied to brown trimmed piece of card stock.
Alcohol inked and card front were applied to white folded card. 

Friday, December 9, 2016

From 1973 thru 2016

Something you might not know about me. 

I had a hair salon in my home, from 1973 through 2000. 
From 1975-1983, along with the hair salon I poured and sold greenware in my spare time. My husband and I poured, fired, glazed or painted ceramics for weekend shows several times a year. 
We have canisters, large and small nativity set, pioneer woman statues, dishes, large deer with antlers, dolls, frogs, bird figurines and many flower pots plus many more molds. (over 500)

I took up oil painting classes when our children were in school but had to stop because I was allergic to the brush cleaner. Now, they use a product I wouldn't be allergic. I won a big purple ribbon on one of my paintings. Several of them hang in our home. 

My first wood mounted rubber stamps were purchased in 1984. I started making cards in 1993 when I purchased a few PSX mounted wood stamps. 

After closing my hair salon, I opened up a wholesale candle and handmade soap shop. I sold pillar candles and homemade soaps to book stores, pharmacies, gift shops and flower shops. Everyone wanted vanilla scent, I found out I was allergic to it and had to close my business after three years. 

Through the years, I've enjoyed making projects with my sewing machine. 
During 70's thru 90's I made and sold fabric dolls, rabbits, bears, and then turned to large wood yard ornaments. We also made and sold barn wood baskets and planters. 

We bought and sold antiques for many years. We set up at many antiques shows in Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas.

In 1983 we built a small commercial mobile concession trailer in our back yard and found out it was too small, we built our second trailer in 1985 in our back yard and found it was still too small to make funnel cakes. Our third concession trailer was purchased in 2000, it had wheels, walls and a roof, we added awning with windows, an air conditioner, we installed electricity, plumbing, water holding tank and wood cabinets so we could make funnel cakes and Indian tacos, we added an extra large 50 pound commercial vat with a stainless steel commercial exhaust to get rid of the heat. March thru November throughout Oklahoma and Kansas we sold cotton candy, shaved ice, fresh squeezed lemonades, funnel cakes, Indian Tacos, pretzels, ribs, hamburgers, pancakes, eggs and BBQ but not all at the same time. We set up at auctions, county fairs, special events, antique shows, 
October festivals and art shows, miniature goat shows, horse and mule shows, and miniature horse shows. We enjoyed working in our trailer until both of us started having health problems. 

We closed our concession business 2009. 

Since 2012, I've made stencils with my Silhouette digital die cutter to use with my 8x10" Gelli Arts printing plate. The finished pieces has been used in my artwork.

I've always made time to play with my rubber stamping supplies throughout the years. 

May 2012 my dear hubby retired due to back surgery. 
I've had ongoing health issues since 2010. I'm very lucky to be here writing this note about a portion of my life after a health scare April 10, 2016. Doctors tell me not many live through what happened to me. They tell me I might not ever be the same. 
With the grace of God, help from skilled doctors and nurses, God has granted me more time on earth. 
When I woke after being on life support five days, I saw 3 angels up near the ceiling. 

I'm Thankful for family and friends in my life! 
Have a nice day! 

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Coloring Challenge 30 ~ Birthday Wishes

This is my last card for Kathy's 30 day coloring challenge.
This was a simple card to make using the new Distress Crayons! I picked one color for flowers, leaves and vase and then pulled out the color using a water-brush to blend.
The tiny quote was inked and stamped on card.
Finished card; 4 1/4"x 5.5" 

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Coloring Challenge Day 29 Birthday Wishes

 When I finished the stamped flower image with watercolor crayons it seems to go perfect with this background. Black card stock was used to matte flower image. Stamp "birthday wishes" on card.

Did I mention, I like to make backgrounds, the background was made with acrylic paints that was applied to kraft sheet and then pulled up using a single pull, thus making no two backgrounds alike.
This is day 29 card for coloring challenge of Kathy's 30 day coloring challenge. 

Monday, November 28, 2016

Day 28 Coloring Challenge ~ Lady in Pink

 This card was made using one of my favorite images from a photo type stamp. Watercolor crayons were used to color the sepia inked image on clay coated glossy card stock. Background stamped image and inked quote also from my stash. 

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Coloring Challenge Day 27 ~ Just to say "Hello"

This is my coloring challenge day 27 for Kathy's 30 day coloring challenge. Over this past month, I've enjoyed working on my cards for this coloring challenge.
I used vintage stamped images for this card. Distress crayons were used to color the roses.  

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Coloring Challenge Day 26 ~ Warm Thoughts and Best Wishes!

I was inspired to get out my holiday stamps for day 26 coloring challenge. On this card, I used stamps from my stash, oval cutter, watercolors, Fiskar scissors and Wink of Stella. 

 I love flower stamps! 

Thanks for stopping by to see what I've made for Kathy's coloring challenge.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Coloring Challenge Day 25 ~ Morning Glory!

This is my card for Day 25 Coloring Challenge. 
I love this retired stamped image from PSX, although it looks a tiny bit off from the original. As I was stamping it, I got a smear and instead of tossing it in the trash, a new leaf was formed with a sharp pen. This card looks best in person, I used distress crayons to color and then used 
White and Clear "Wink of Stella" on leaves and flowers. The background was made with one of Tim's stencils and distress ink. 
Thanks for looking and have a nice day! 

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Coloring Challenge Day 23 ~ Stamped Card

While visiting my mother recently, I stamped this image from her stash of stamps. I made this card for Day 23 coloring challenge. It was super easy to finish using watercolor crayons and Wink of Stella clear brush. All I had to do to finish was adhere card to black card stock and then adhere to folded card to finish. Finished card; 4 1/4"x5.5"

Monday, November 21, 2016

Coloring Challenge Day 21 ~ Stamped Card

This is my card for day 21 of Kathy's 30 day coloring challenge. I used a retired PSX stamped image with distress crayons to make a simple and quick card. Years ago, I saw the hydrangea plants in full bloom at relatives home in Tennessee and Alabama. I couldn't decide on all blue or all purple so I made them a combination of both. Finished card: 4 1/4" x 5.5" 

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Coloring Challenge Day 19 ~ Happy Birthday!

I made this card for my Day 19 of Kathy's 30 day coloring challenge. 
The background on this card was made using another page from my Gelli printed paper. The flower stamped image was inked and then painted with distress crayons and a water-brush. The flower image was fussy cut and then applied to trimmed black card stock. Trimmed Gelli printed paper was applied to folded card and then stamped flower image to folded card. 
Archival black ink was used to stamp Happy Birthday! 
My finished card 4 1/4" x 5.5"

Friday, November 18, 2016

Coloring Challenge Day 18

I finished painting this flower stamped image using distress crayons and my water brush and then discovered my beautiful Gelli painted paper worked well together. 
I made this card for Day 18 of Kathy's 30 day coloring challenge.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Coloring Challenge Day 17 ~ Delight in the Beauty of the Day!

Hello Friends! It's been a few days since I posted a card for the 30 Coloring Challenge Kathy is having on her blog during November 2016.
The background was made with my Gelli plate. The round stamped image was inked with Memento black on Neenah paper and Copic markers were used to color image. The quote was inked with Memento black. I used one of Kathy's tips using a white gel pen on the roses.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Day 12 of Kathy's 30 Day Coloring Challenge

Today, I had time to play with some stamps I haven't used in a long time. I have used this flower image as a cut out or stamped on a card, it has always been a favorite stamp of mine. I used gold embossing, music printed from book, a letter stamp, flower and printed paper. This card is going out to my dear mother who just turned 91. 

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Day 10 Coloring Challenge ~ Iris Card

Today, I'll share a card using my PSX stamp and Distress Crayons. Three of the green distress crayons were blended on my Kraft sheet and then painted on the leaves using a water-brush. Distress ink was used around torn edges of card front. I add my water brush with a light grey distress crayons behind the stamped image. Archival black ink was used to stamp image. 
This PSX stamp is among the first stamps I bought 1993. 
This is my day 10 of Kathy's 30 day coloring challenge. 

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Day 9 Coloring Challenge ~ Bouquet of Good Wishes

I've added color to stamped images each day but only finished 5 cards to upload here on my blog for Kathy's 30 Day coloring challenge. Today, I used Distress Crayons as my choice of color for Day 9 Coloring Challenge. I used these four crayons to color using a water brush. Archival black was used to ink the flower and quote by Hero Arts. I have the card folded at the top. 
Thanks for viewing my blog! 

Monday, November 7, 2016

Day 6 Coloring Challenge ~ Girl with Hat

Adding this piece for my Day 6 of Kathy's 30 day coloring challenge. This cute little girl stamp was inked with Memento, stamped on Neenah paper and then Copic markers were used to color image.
If you have been a rubber stamper as long as I have, you might remember Stamp Affair, those were among the few stamp companies available early 80's and 90's. Later I will finish this piece into a card.        www.the

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Day 5 Coloring Challenge ~ Scarecrow with Pumpkins

I display fall stamps like this one on a shelf each year. This stamp reminds me of my parents garden with lots of pumpkins. My mom would make a stuffed scarecrow in her garden each year. This stamp is fun to ink, stamp and color. Lots of Copic markers were used to color the image.
I made this piece for my Day 5 of Kathy's 30 day of coloring challenges.
I have two Oops! a small amount of green on the stalk and I had then looked up, a gold spot was on the white portion.
I bought this stamp the second year I started stamping and its still a favorite of mine.  

Friday, November 4, 2016

Day 4 Color Challenge ~ The Colors of Autumn

I haven't made cards like this in a long time. They are quick and fun to make! 
This is my card for day 4 of Kathy's 30 coloring challenge November 1-30-2016. I used three fall color and three leaf green Copic markers on this card. The checked frame stamp was inked with Memento black and then enhanced using # 100 Copic marker. I used small talk chit chat for the quote. 
This is where a Misti tool would work well to keep everything straight. Except these are mounted stamps. These are both retired; Stampin'Up and StampaRosa.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Day 3 Little Girl with Flowers

This is my Day 3 Coloring Challenge with Kathy Racoosin.
I used techniques; warming up the white pen and adding color behind stamped image Kathy shared on Day 1. Copic markers used were Pinks, Purples and Lime Greens.
It's taken me more time due to not seeing well this evening. I was hoping my headache would be better if I stayed busy.
I've had this stamped image since 1993.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Time for Inspiration

To get me back into stamping, I treated myself to a few things from Michael's and Hobby Lobby recently. This past Sunday, I ordered Dina Wakley essential silhouettes stamp and stencil set, it was delivered today.
To inspire me, my daughter bought; ART at the SPEED of LIFE by Pam Carriker
I can't wait to get started working on some of projects in this book!

Saturday, October 8, 2016

I need a Challenge

I've struggled to get back into stamping since April 10, 
 This might be what I need; a Daily Marker 30 day challenge November 1 thru November 30, 2016 by Kathy Rocooin. I don't know if I can keep up each day but plan on trying.  

I couldn't breath, April 2016, DH rushed me to ER, I had respiratory arrest and Stemi cardiac arrest, CPR, Pneumonia with 2 liter of fluid pumped from my lungs and then put on life support for 4 days, after released from hospital, I went to rehab hospital for 15 days. 
I've struggled to get back to the way I was before all of this started, now I'm dealing with legs swelling and on Lasix daily. 

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Everything I made last week from Creative Chemistry 103

I used the piece above to cover an empty roll from a commercial tissue paper. These can be saved if you know someone that does commercial cleaning. You can find my tutorial here:

This an add-on from class that didn't get added to previous post
This is an add-on from alcohol ink day 5 that didn't get added to previous post

Day 2

Day 2

Day 5

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Creative Chemistry 103 Day 2

I made this tag today using the same technique from Day 2 with Distress Paint Resist Technique Tim Holtz shares on Creative Chemistry 103. I love the results of this technique. This is my twentieth tag or project posted on my blog since I started Tim's classes this month.  

Here is how I finished my tag using TH crazy cat and TH happy birthday die cuts. I think it still needs something else. Maybe crazy cat holding a balloon! 

Creative Chemistry 103 ~ Day 5 "Thanks"

 Tim Holtz shared how to do a technique using Yupo and Alcohol Inks on Day 5 Creative Chemistry 103.
 This piece of Yupo was only 2" and instead of tossing it in the trash, I decided to make it into a tag today.
 I added a piece of black card-stock under the alcohol inked piece, and then applied to a finished tag that was inked with distress inks. 
TH "thanks" die cut was added to tag and then distress inked trim was added to the tag. 

Thanks, Tim for all the nice techniques from Creative Chemistry 103. 

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Creative Chemistry 103 ~ Distress Paint Resist Technique

I choose the Distress Paint Resist Technique from Day 2 on Creative Chemistry 103 to make a holder for my Distress Crayons.

To begin, I covered the bottom of a cardboard tissue roll with canvas. It was done using a canvas circle larger than the bottom of each roll. Next, use heavy duty glue to bring up from the sides and set to cover bottom. Fit to sides and set aside to dry.

I followed Tim's technique from Day 2 to make a cover piece, and then apply the cover piece to the roll using an adhesive and matching up to fit container. 
I made this container for my 18 Distress Crayons. 

Today, was productive, I used canvas to cover the bottom of four tissue rolls.
Finished size of this tissue roll 4" tall x 3 1/2" wide. 

Friday, August 5, 2016

Day 5 Alcohol Ink and Yupo Techniques

It is day five of Creative Chemistry 103. Today, Tim's lesson is all about Alcohol inks. I had a lot of fun working with my Alcohol Inks today. I made seven samples from his six videos.

The first two sample tags are from Alcohol ink Stamped Resist on Yupo Technique.

Below is my third sample tag, I used Tim's technique; Alcohol Ink Texture Resist on Yupo. This is my favorite of the three I'm sharing with you today. I'll finished all my sample pieces after class is over. 

Below is my fourth sample, I used Tim's technique Alcohol Ink Splattered Floral Technique. I made three of these and they all turned out different. 

I had a lot of fun playing with my Alcohol inks today. 
Thanks for stopping by my blog today. Come back tomorrow to see what I've created from viewing Tim's lessons in Creative Chemistry 103! 
Thanks for stopping by and have a nice day!