Monday, March 19

Road Trip!

Happy Monday friends! I hope you have had a great week and found time to do some crafting. We have a brand new challenge this week for you at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - ROAD TRIP. I don't know about you, but when I hear those words, I perk right up in excitement and anticipation!

Living here in the Northeastern United States, this March has seen snowstorm after snowstorm. I can't tell you how much I am looking forward to spring. I am beginning to dream of road trips to warm, sunny climates or ocean beaches. One more blizzard, and we are going to hook our bicycles up to our old Airstream and pull it to a warm spot!
(Yes, we have an old airstream, but no vehicle that will tow it, so it has been everything from a man-cave, to an art studio, reading nook, to a guest for us!)

I started by tearing strips of bright and colorful Beach Babe papers and glueing them onto the tag.

I decided to work mainly in greens and blues, starting with a layer of opaque paints over the papers, wiping it off in areas with a baby wipe so the paper would still show. Then, I stenciled with the transparent paints. 

I felt like I need a contrasting pop of color, and the dot stencil and Coral worked beautifully. 

Now that my tag was so bright, I felt the need to tone it down and went over it with a layer of Vintage Distress Collage Medium.

Next, I whitewashed the tag using the Buff. Again, I wiped off areas with a baby wipe, and added even more paint in other areas, rubbing it in with my finger.

Since my tag surface was uneven, I stamped my images onto plain tissue wrap, and colored the trailer on the backside. Next, I cut the images out and added them to the tag using the collage medium. I also covered the entire tag with the medium.

I love this new Tim Holtz stamp set, Theories, and the trio on the bike is cool.

Details, details...

Are you ready for a road trip? Where would you go? I hope I've inspired you to join our challenge this week! One participant will win a $50 voucher from our generous friends at Simon Says Stamp!


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Now I'm wondering what kind of road trips my amazing teamies have in mind? Be sure to head on over and check it out!

Thursday, March 15

Leprechaun Gold

Welcome Steampunk friends!! It's March, and I couldn't resist playing on a St. Patrick's Day theme - after all, it is my favorite holiday! ( of them) As always, we invite you to join us this month in creating a steampunk or industrial project and sharing it with us at Sandee & amelie's Steampunk Challenges. Our players have been rocking the house with their awesome creativity!!

Do you celebrate St. Patrick's Day? Apparently us Irish Americans are the biggest celebrants of the holiday, with parades and parties, music and lots of beer. If not, I'll say to you what I said to our German neighbor when I was about 3, "You can be Irish today!" After all when March 17 rolls around, I don't want anyone to miss out on the fun.

There are many stories about leprechauns, little people who dress in green and often play tricks on humans, but one story heard over and over, is if you can catch a leprechaun, you can make him tell you where his gold is. You might have heard about finding the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow? Yep, that belongs to the leprechaun. Just be super careful of what you wish for, because these are very crafty and mischievous creatures!

It all started with a piece of cardboard...

Which I had to paint green, of course!

I used the leftover green paints to paint the top hat (chipboard from Southern Ridge Trading Co.) and wings and gears. (chipboard from BoozyBear)

Next, I brushed on my favorite, Quinacridone Gold. I covered the top hat, and swiped areas of the chipboard.

Time to add some gold. I dripped on the Copper Plate Gold ink, then tilted the cardboard to let it run. 

Now, to add some Baked Textures, using Seth Apter's awesome mixes. (Emerald Creek) I started with a layer of the Amber first over the paint.

Next, I added a layer of the Patina Oxide. Oh yes!

Some Chunky Rust on the gears...

I also used these baked textures on the hat.

Then, I rubbed some black ink over these pieces and wiped some off.

I wanted to add a fern impression because after all, you can often find the leprechauns hiding under plants. I started with a layer of Rocky Road, then added a layer of the Vintage Beeswax, pushed the stamp into the warm, melted powder and held it for about 20-30 seconds before pulling it up.

I wanted to add a bit more texture to the background, so stamped Seth Apter's grid stamp with black ink onto the cardboard.

Time to add the wing to the top hat, gears, and some sari ribbon.

I wanted to add more gold, and also bring out the fern, so rubbed in some DecoArt metallic lustre in Gold Rush. I scratched the number 17 to distress it, and added it on, because, you guessed it - St. Patty's Day is March 17.

I added in some more gold gears, cogs and a watch part to the hat.

Loving this texture!

Are you looking for some gold? Be careful - leprechauns are very mischievous!

I hope you will join us for the month of March and share your imagination with us in the steampunk/industrial style! I'm looking forward to it. Please feel free to add to the stories of leprechauns in the comments! I also used to tell my sons when we found a green rock, it was a leprechaun rock.

Happy St. Patrick's Day too, if you celebrate! If not...remember you can be Irish for a day! LOL!

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