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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Butterfly mixed media

Hi All:  I was walking through Michaels the other day and came across some canvas for 60% off.  It kinda got my attention since thats what I went for.  I went back to the isle I got the not on sale canvas and put it back.  I'm not a fan of creating extra work for someone else.  went back and bought several instead of just 1; and paid less.  A lot less.  I went home and started to play.  While the gesso was drying I went on the internet looked at several sites.  Over at Simon Says Wednesday Challenge they're theme is "Anything goes" and I also discovered Creative  Carte Blanche.  It's a new blog started by some of my favorite crafters.  You really need to check it out if you love challenges.  I missed creative adventure #1 and almost #2.  So #2 is called "Triple trouble"  and you have to use lace, corrugated paper, and metal on an art project.  After the gesso dried I used Picked Raspberry and Cracked Pistachio distress paint in random places over the gesso.  I decided the picked raspberry  was a little bright so I mixed some gesso with it and mellowed it out a little.  I then used some Art Anthology spray (Ink Spot).  This is a new product that I found at a craft show here in Texas.  This spray dries so fast.  I decided the canvas needed a little texture, to do this I used some Liquitex glass beads multi medium.  I had a corrugated flower I at one point attached a burlap flower too (Tattered floral die) I had made awhile back and a scrap piece in my stash so I included those and applied the same  paint and spray on those to tie the brushes in.  I also the queen of forgetting and I'm always leaving my brushes in product and not cleaning them.  Instead of throwing them away I painted them with the same colors and glued the to the canvas back and added some tulle and a bead spray from Mon Ami Gabby   On the other side I die cut some butterflies from Tm Holtz.  2 are from the new butterfly thinlets and the one on the bottom is on of his mover and shapers.  To get my metal in the piece I used pen nibs for 2 of the butterfly bodies and a corner piece from Idea-ology.  As for my lace piece I just used a base stitch on some 2 inch lace ribbon and created a flower.  the added 2 pre made flowers from my stash to complete.   So here is mine mixed media piece I hope you like it.  And thanks for looking!!
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Sunday, March 27, 2016

A little Ice Cream

Hey All:  Happy Easter!!   I'm Between holiday activities so I thought I'd  share a simple  birthday card I made.  I sometimes get into these moods where I think I have to use every item in the craft room  I have on all projects I make.  It's as if I don't know when to stop.  My wise friend Melody told me , " walk away from your project, when you come back you'll look at it differently".  Of course she was right !!    So this week the Simon Says Monday challenge theme is Food and/ or drink so I tried my new mind set ; let me know what you think.

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Monday, March 21, 2016

The Butterfly Escape

Happy Monday Everyone:  Its time to post my March Tim Holtz tag.  This tag was a challenge to photograph.  I couldn't get the words in the banner to show up.  Also this is a major!  I manged to damage a die and a plate.  My sandwich was too thick for my Vagabond and I forced it through.  Huge mistake.  If I had just looked and slowed down all could have been avoided.  I just grabbed without looking and ruined a black plate used for  embossing not cutting.  I also managed to get my die stuck into it and pulled it up from the base.  The black embossing plate was warped and gouged so into the trash it went; fortunately my husband was able to fix my tag and bookplate die ( one I use all the time).  Live and Learn right!  I do like how my tag turned out though.  Thanks for looking