"Art is my vehicle through life; may we share the ride together." Ron Wickersham

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

New "Loved" Layouts

My two new layouts for the LBH are now available, either as kits or buffet classes.  These were created with Mom and Dad in mind - one with a feminine twist and the other more masculine - but they could be used for any women or men in your life.

For her:

For him:

Stop by the LBH or call (817-431-7930) to reserve yours.

Don't forget my giveaway - keep commenting for a chance to win the Tim Holtz messenger bag!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Ink Swatches/Organization

I've recently changed my system for keeping track of my inks. Jennifer McGuire is a genius at organization and she posted this system on her blog here. It uses plastic coin holder sheets and 2"x2" swatch squares. Jennifer has even generously created and shared downloads for many ink companies so you don't have to start from scratch and make your own!

I've completed the swatches for all my Distress inks (I have them all). I like her suggestion for making three samples on the swatches for these inks, because most of us don't stamp often with them and it's great to have a sample of an inked edge as well as a sample of using the ink with a water brush for watercoloring.

This was my previous system for my ink swatches. You can see it was getting unwieldy (yes, I have lots of inks!) As Jennifer said, it's nice to have the colors side by side on the same page for comparison. You can add these pages to a three-ring binder or just clip them loose on a ring as I have done.

So far I love this system and am working (slowly) on getting all my other inks updated. As I do this, I think I will also purge some of the older and drier pads.

Do check out Jennifer's post. She has links for the coin holders, the small solid stamp she used for the swatches and the downloads. And, while you're there, check out all her other organizational ideas!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easter Greetings

Happy Easter to everyone. I hope you all had a blessed and wonderful day with your families!

Here's my Rolodex card for the day, very simple and "cutesy."

You can't see the tiny black eyes here. The bunnies are cut from brown card stock with the Tim Holtz mover and shaper bunny die and then coated with Glossy Accents to look like dark chocolate.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Do you love Washi Tape?

If you love Washi tape (and who doesn't) as much as I do, you will love this blog/store that I found. Check out the Omiyage blog here. She has just listed a ton of new tapes, some of which are below. And these are just the new ones! Scroll down to the bottom of her post to find the link to her store where you will find lots more.  Isn't this just springtime yumminess?

And don't forget to comment for a chance to win the Tim Holtz messenger bag!

Friday, April 18, 2014

1001 Posts and a Giveaway!

I just realized that yesterday's post was post #1001! How can that be? It seems like yesterday that I started this blog, mainly as an "art diary" for myself to keep track of projects I'd made and to share them with my family and a few friends. I had no idea I would keep at it or have enough to say in 1000 posts! Or that I would have almost 150 followers! Who would have thought...

I want to thank everyone who follows this blog and those who occasionally read it but don't follow me! It's knowing that you are there and hearing your comments occasionally that keeps me going! I love your feedback. 

As a real thank you, I am going to do a giveaway. I have this great Tim Holtz messenger bag that was a Ranger exclusive at CHA 2013. I've been saving it for something special and that time is now. 

To be entered to win, please follow my blog if you are not already a follower and leave a comment on this post (or any post in the next ten days). Let me know what you like about the blog or what you would like to see more of. On April 29 I will put all the names into a "hat" (I'm not techie enough to know how to do that computerized selection!) and draw a winner!

Thanks again and here's to another 1000 posts!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Gelli Printing

The new Gelli Plate is very popular in the art community right now. What is it? Artists have been mono printing forever with gelatin plates that they make by hand. Yes, they are made with gelatin (the uncolored, unflavored kind, not Jello!). In a nutshell, paint or ink is spread over the plate and then designs are added by using all kinds of texture tools and stencils. Then paper is placed over the plate and rubbed to "pull" a print. Unfortunately, the gelatin melts after awhile and needs to be refrigerated. It also only lasts a short while and another has to be made.

The Gelli Plate is revolutionary. It is made from a unique plastic that simulates gelatin but does not have to be refrigerated and does not disintegrate with time. With care, it lasts forever. So now, it takes just minutes to set up your materials and start pulling prints.  A word of warning - it's highly addictive!

I bought mine sometime before Christmas but have only had time to play with it a few times since then. Since I had a "free" weekend, I decided to pull it out and do a marathon printing session. What fun it was! Paints and colors everywhere. Papers in different stages of drying littering the tables, floor and any possible horizontal surface! Did I say it was addictive? It's also a fast way to use up a ream of paper! I printed on book pages, copy paper, card stock, deli paper and even the white backs of old, thin scrapbook papers.  Here is the result of my fun playtime (for reference, this is a 6-foot table).

Love, love, love it!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

April Card Keepers Workshop at LBH

I'll be teaching the April Card Keepers Specialty Workshop at LBH on April 29 (10am-1pm or 6-9pm).  You will be create three fun cards for the men in your life while learning some unique, fun folding techniques.   These cards are so versatile - they can be used for birthdays, Father's Day, graduation/congratulations, thinking of you or just because! Best of all, they fit in a regular A2 envelope for easy mailing.

Here are some closer views:
Folded button-down shirt card


collapsed for mailing

Secret compartment card


And again

If interested in coming to the class, contact the Little Blue House at 817-431-7930 to reserve a seat. The cost of class is $25. More information and supply list on the LBH blog here.