Saturday, January 28, 2012

SALE AT STRANGE SKIN!!!!

Hey Peeps, my wonderful friend Pam at Strange skin is having a sale on all her digis!  That is freaking awesome if you ask me!!!  Here is a card I made a while ago with one of her images!!! 

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Sale  will run until February 2nd. It's 50% off of all of their digis. Here's the link to their shop:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/StrangeSkinArt?ref=pr_shop_more
GO CHECK IT  OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Bombshell Tutorial and Forever Night Challenge!

Hello everyone welcome to this wonderful Friday!  Today I have to share with you a Tea Box tutorial.  One of my dearest friends is going through a rough time and she loves tea so I thought I would make this for her to cheer her up! 

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Forever Night Challenge this Friday is Wicked Treats! Our Sponsor this week is Limited Run  they have some pretty sweet images over there.   I actually made a tag with a fairy image I got from them to go with my tea box for my friend!  I am totally getting into silhouettes now and thought this was pretty wicked.  Love the sparkles! Hope you enjoy and remember to head over to the forever night challenge blog to see what the others have made for you!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Bombshell Hop

 I didn't forget!!!  I promise!!!  I was stupid and waited until yesterday to try something new and didn't like the way it turned out so rushed last night to do something else and it didn't turn out so I am back to the first project, I just have to finish coloring them or at least one to show and I will get it posted in a bit.  Have to take the kids to school right now.... I am so so so sorry!!!!!

OK!  I am back!!!  Now I know I said I was stupid for waiting so late and you will just have to forgive me for that.... So I couldn't bring myself to make anything out of the disasters I have made so I am going to show them to you so that you know what NOT to do when you try them. 

My first effort was salt dough.  Now I have made pendants out of clay and toilet paper but I never thought to make my own dough.  So I saw it on pintrest(go figure)  It's simple really, 2 cups flour, 1 cup salt, and cold water.  Mix everything together until it is the consistency of play dough. once stamped bake at 250* for 2 hours!  My son was home sick yesterday so we decided to play.  We used almost a cup of water but it will vary depending on where you are and climate and everything.  So here we are making this dough and all I have in the house is course sea salt.  I thought that's OK, I will pull out my ninja and process it until it is smooth almost like powder.... so I did.  WELLLLL I guess it was not quite as fine as I thought it was cause once we stamped them and cut them and colored some of them then baked them they turned out like this......

Although you can't see it very well there are huge hunks of salt showing.. Not at all like we wanted it to be....

These we colored the dough with food coloring then rolled them together for the Tye-dye effect.   Still you can feel the salt in them but we used bombshell stamps anyway!!!

This one we stamped before we baked and now with it stained with distress stains you can see the chunks of salt still in them and quite honestly while they are fun to play with with my kids ( 16 and 13 and still like play dough :)) yeah I am an awesome mom!!! LOL ) I would never use them on a project so I quickly ok lets do something else....

SO I came down to the dungeon and grabbed some paint and a piece of 140lb watercolor paper and said I'll do acrylic transfer!  ( Another project I saw on Pintrest).  Pretty simple right?   All you do is throw some paint on a paper or canvas and place a photocopy of an image on it and let it dry then rub it off with water right.... NOT SO FAST BULLSEYE!!!!  First of all make sure you have ink in the printer... I didn't so I went to some stamped images I have... Not thinking that because they were on cardstock it would take longer for them to dry.   YES I KNOW I HAVE THE IMAGES AND I COULD HAVE STAMPED THEM ON COPY PAPER BUT I PANICKED!!!!  Don't judge me! LOL
So I throw some paint on the paper and then throw the images on them and wait.... and wait... and wait... well the instructions say you can dry them with a heat gun if you let them air dry for 15 mins first.....ummmmmm not in this case... best bet is to let them air dry until they are completely dry.... I'll just show you...
This is what happens when you let it air dry... As you can see I am not quite happy with it so I am turning this into a mixed media page.....Will post when it gets done but don't hold your breath cause it may be a while!

The orange is what happens when you don't let the paint dry enough and the yellow is what happens when you dry it with the heat gun..... it's alright but not nearly what I wanted... so thankfully it's on the same paper as the mermaid and will be part of the mixed media... you can see a little bit of the other elements already, the purple is a stamp I made with left over mounting foam and rubberbands and the other is plastic canvas mesh stuff....

Here is the blog roll which you have probably already been through but just in case you haven't!  Enjoy your hop and remember to comment to win awesome prizes!!!


Monday, January 16, 2012

Forever Night Challenge #22

Yes Yes Yes I know I am totally late with this challenge and for that I apologize to my team mates!  I totally had my days mixed up!  So I am posting now as a reminder to head over to the Forevernight Challenge blog and enter this weeks challenge!!

Challenge #22

" A Little Strange "


Your challenge this week is to create something a little strange.
Remember to keep to the "dark guidelines" and have fun.

Our Sponsor this week is...





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Winner will receive ...

3 Digi Stamps

There are some awesome projects by the DT on the blog so head over there and check them out!  Here is my project. 


Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Crochet Scarf


Hello Lovelies as I said yesterday, my blog will now be for the things of importance to me whether or not they have a stamp on them anywhere.  You all know by now that I love pintrest and you can follow me by clicking on my sidebar.  Anyway I have been going through my room/garage full of boxes of crafting supplies to organize and basically just see what I have out there!  I found lots of partial skeins of yarn in a huge tub and immediately thought of a scarf I saw on pintrest.  Now theirs(you can find it on dollarstorecrafts.com)was made from several different colors and types of yarns but I wanted to go a little simpler and make something that was totally me!  So I chose only 2 colors.  Now anyone can make this I am sure.  As long as you know the chain stitch you can have as many of these as your hands can handle making.  I used a size F crochet hook to make mine because I wanted it thinner.  So all you do is grab your yarn and start making a chain,  each of my chains is around 12 feet long because you are going to tie knots in is and you still want it to wrap two or three times around your neck.  Let me know what you think!
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Be back soon. 

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Yeah Yeah I know I’m a little late, but what can I say!  Hello everyone, I hope that you are all doing wonderful and are having a great year so far!  I rang in the new year sick and am still not fully recovered!    This post may be a little long as there is lots to tell and some to show. 

When I started this blog I thought, oh this is a wonderful way to stay in touch, get my little (read BIG) opinion out there and “meet” some like minded people.  Well it soon turned into a only crafting blog which is wonderful don’t get me wrong, I am forever grateful for the wonderful stamp companies who have had or have me on their design teams and I would not give them up for anything, but I wanted to do more than stamping on my blog from the get go.  Soooooo there will be some changes coming I hope. 

Recently I found out some life altering news.  Nothing extremely bad just something that will alter the way I live from now on.  So with that news, a little depression, and some reflecting on life came and I have decided to do what I wanted to begin with.  My blog will now become my way to document my day to day life… I am not saying I will post everyday but when I do it will not always be stamping.   Stamping will always be my first love and I am very very grateful to Terra for introducing me umpteen years ago!, but there are so many other things to do also that I want to try them all!  I also want to share recipes, and photos that haven’t been scrapped, I guess basically I want to share myself.  Now you may say why not start a new blog for all of that!   I DID and even I can’t remember to go and update it or check on it so I am certain that not very many others will!!!  LOL

So stay with me and we will get this party started.

I don’t know about any of you, well except for Alison, but I am totally addicted to Pintrest!  You can follow me if you want to !  There is a button on the sidebar!   I found this project the other day and thought well hell I have tons of those.  Being from Louisiana a wreath made from Mardi Gras beads just seems logical, so what did I do, dug out my Mardi Gras box, yes I have one, and sorted through all my goodies and came up with this!  The good news is I had enough purple, green, and gold beads to make it work, the gooderLaughing out loud news is I have enough beads that are not purple, green, or gold to make another!!!  Anyway I hope you enjoy my newly made wreath as much as I am!  I will be back shortly!