I have decided to participate in the AALL and Create Challenges. The first was labeled Europe. AALL & Create Challenge One The piece had to contain some of these things but not all were required.
A face Papers (newspaper, printed paper, rice paper…etc.) Letters, numbers Blue for the colour of the European Union, Union Jack... Ribbon, twine, string or lace… Textures – take inspiration from history from ancient civilisations to the fall of the Berlin Wall Something both vintage and modern
I also wanted to enter ArtFest at my work so I will enter this there as well. ArtFest runs at the same time as ArtPrize with is a major art competition in Grand Rapids, MI.
I started with doing collage with tissue paper with music on it and parts of old books. The books are very deteriorated and from our 115 year old family cottages. They were being tossed because of their condition. I used mat medium gel to collage.
Next I stenciled flowers with Fuild Acrylics by Golden and Deco
Next I stamped and embossed some images done with stamps by Dylusions. They are the Couture Collection.
Next I painted some highlights on the images. Blue on their hats and painted their skin.
Next I added some stickers and papers. There was even some metal pieces.
I decided I needed more blue flowers. I also used some Distress inks to shade. I sprayed it with some ink and added some gold powder.
At this point I looked at it and realized there is a face in the middle. Can you find it? I printed a picture of it and worked on the face.
So yesterday I was playing with a couple of these. Heat embossing wasn't very successful this time. I will try again another time. Here is the best it got
I decided to try using it with sticky embossing powder. You ink with embossing ink, with sticky embossing powder then you apply the foil while the embossing power is warm.
This was my first attempt. The problem here was the textured paper and poor ink.
Here I tried it again. This time I used white craft ink instead of the embossing inks. It took a lot and the face was kind of blurred. Kind of double inked.
Why all the work and not just emboss the image? I embossed this but accidentally picked up the clear powder instead of the white. It wasn't really a great image. I wanted to use it so I went over it with the dauber and some crushed curry. The clear embossing powder worked as resist. I was happy with the end results.
One of the things I love about the Craft Outlet is it gives me the opportunity to try new things inexpensively. This week I got a couple of these...
Here you can see it closer.
And a couple of these.
So of course I don't have a TODO machine. I had to figure out something myself. I started trying it in my cuttlebug, just to see what it would do. It tore the paper when used to emboss.
Then I tried my laminating machine. I layered the metal piece, foil, cardstock and wrapped in a folded piece of printer paper. My daughter helped. She was here visiting. It took many many runs through the laminating machine. I did have a slight success. You can see the image slightly. You can see the foil on the edges though. Kind of smeared. The foil was pink.
Here was the next attempt. I heat it up on the stove and then ran though the laminator.
It really didn't help but I might try again. Instead, we decided to use it like a stamp and try some sticky embossing powder. Come back tomorrow to see the results.
I made a card for my granddaughters second birthday. I have a cute stamp set of phases from kids. I have had them long enough I don't know the name. I have also lost the packaging on the cupcake stamps. The background is pattern paper.
I have been part way done with this for months. I finally finished it. The inside pop up part is a cut file from Silhouette. The stamp on the front is from Stampin Up. Don't forget to look back a few posts to discover the winners of prizes for my hundredth day
These are a couple more cards from Paper Pumpkin for July. The words are wood cutouts. Made them both in a couple minutes. That is the fun part of kits. On the other hand, designing is what I enjoy best about card making so I miss it when I do kits.
There were 91 comments. I used a random number generator to figure out the winners. I decided to give eight envelopes of things. The winners are:
Please email me with your mailing address by next Monday, August 7th. My email address is email@example.com. Please let me know if you have a Cuttlebug or Big Shot or something like that. If you don't have once, I will send you n envelope without dies or embossing folders ( but this loaded with some great stuff) . If I don't hear from all the winner, I will draw again for those envelopes next week.
This stamp is called Whole Love Story by Unity. I painted the background first. Then I stamped the image. Then I wet the face and used a paper towel to lift some of the color. Then I added some addition color to the flowers.
My favorite craft store in Grand Rapids is the Craft Outlet. It is part of Notions Marketing. Since Notions Marketing states that it is the "world's largest creative arts distributor", I feel pretty lucky to have there outlet store just a couple miles from my house.
This week was a huge sale with everything 45% off but also they had palettes of things for 70% off. I was able to get this Cut N Boss Machine. ( pictured below) It is like a Cuttlebug but electric. It cuts with dies and embosses with embossing folders. I found one at JoAnn's online fro 269.99 regular price. They were on sale for 30 dollars and then I got 15 dollars off for a coupon I earned.
NOw I will tell you it had been used a couple times. I believe they use them to demonstrate the equipment to store owners. But honestly, I don't care if all the parts are here.
These are the 4 embossing folders I got. Each of them is 8 1/2 by 11
And here is the die. It is smaller and about card size.
And this is paper I embossed with one of the embossing folders.
Not much inspiration here but I was very excited and wanted to share. Remember to comment today. It is the last day to comment to be entered in to win some stuff. Since I had so much stuff to give away, I divided it into 6 envelopes. I got a few more treasures at the Craft Outlet yesterday too. So I will pull six names tomorrow night and announce them on my blog. Winners will have until August 7 to provide their addresses.
I am repeating the stamp today. I will be doing this a little more since I have been using WeR precision press. This is kind of like a Misti. If you would like a picture, let me know and I will post one. The things is, once you have a stamp set on it, you might as well stamp several.
Today, I took a little more time painting and coloring the image. I used Dylusions paint to color her clothes this time. This is not what this paint was designed for but I had already used it on the resist paper that I wanted to use for the background and I wanted it to match. If you look back a few days, there is a picture of the pad of paper I used on Day 96 and samples of some of the paper on Day 97.
Her skin and hair were colored with copics. E00 and E02 for her skin. YR15 and E35 for her hair. I used C1 to shade around the whole image for more depth.
Here is a slightly closer look. There are only a couple more days to get entered into my drawing for prizes to celebrate my hundredth day. I will include some of the resist paper for you to try yourself. You can use paint, watercolors, inks and more to create custom backgrounds.
As a reminder, the stamp set is "..she never says never" by Unity