Saturday, August 31, 2013

My Card Was Published in Take Ten

Take Ten is a stamping publication that features cards that can be made in 10 minutes or less.  This Spring they featured a challenge that used fishtail flags in the design.  I submitted three cards and this card was chosen to be published in the Autumn 2013 edition.  It's so exciting to see your work and name in print.

Stamps: Close to My Heart
Ink: Memento “Tuxedo Black”
Accents: top border is a scrapbook border from K & Co., rhinestone flowers by Kaiser
Paper: banners are cut from 5th Avenue paper pack by Melissa Frances, base cardstock is Peacock Tail by EK Success

Have a great weekend........................................Paulette

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Angel Love

I got this cute angel stamp for 25 cents at a garage sale. I used a technique to stamp and color directly on my patterned paper.  I used Versamark and gold embossing powder. I colored my image with Prismacolor pencils. For the base of the card I used a step card die by The Stamp Doctor. Branches are made from a die by C. C. Designs.  I used some Dresden trim on the side panels and a couple of Starform gold stickers on the wings. Added some shimmer to my angel's dress with a Stardust gel pen.  The pale pink dotted paper is by making memories and the other papers are DCWV.
Sendin Angel Love your way.....................................................Paulette

Entered in Simon Says Challenge:  Dotty

Garden Gertie

Another card for the technique: stamp directly to patterned paper. I used a step card cut with a die from The Stamp Doctor as the base. Image is colored with Prismacolor pencils. Yellow silk butterfly & flower ribbon was added as a border and embellished with Firefly Stickles. Large flower is by Fiskars.  Leaves were cut with a Cheery Lynn die.

Have a great day!....................Paulette

Entered in the following challenge:

Simon Says..........Dotty

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Kumu Hula Shasta---Altered Paintbrush Challenge

electric Paperie is sponsoring an Mixed Media Paintbrush Challenge on their blog.  When I first read about the challenge I envisioned a hula girl in a grass skirt.  I roughed up the bristles to form the skirt.  I painted the brush handle with some wood refinisher stain in a cherry color to form the trunk of her palm tree.  The fronds were fashioned from a Cuttlebug die and embossing folder combo set.  An amber bead wrapped in coiled wire was used for the coconut.  I found the image of the hula girl on the internet.  Her lei was fashioned from tiny flowers I punched from a Punch Bunch corner punch.  I sculpted them a bit to add dimension and used yellow Stickles for the centers.  Her hair flower was punched and dry embossed with a set of Nellie Snellen punch & embosser.  The leaf was cut from a die cut made by a branch die by C. C. Designs.

I titled her Kuma Hula Shasta.  Kumu in Hawaiian means teacher.  Shasta is an amazing hula teacher who teaches hula to my daughter and granddaughter.  She is a very talented lady and highly respected member of the Midwest Hula Association.  She shares her talent and love of Hawaiian culture throughout Chicagoland and the Midwest.

Thanks for visiting my blog today...........Much Love & ALOHA,  Paulette

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Botticelli's Birth of Venus---Mixed Media Paintbrush

electic Paperie is sponsoring a Mixed Media Paintbrush Challenge.  I used a rubber stamp image from Pink Cat Studio that is a stylized version of Botticelli's "The Birth of Venus" painting.  I colored Venus with Prismacolor pencils.  I used a Sakura "stardust" gel pen to color her hair ribbons.  A starfish charm and some tiny seashells adorn her hair.  The brush handle was painted with Liquitex Soft Body acrylic paint in Phthalocyanne Green.  Emerald Extreme Glitter Acrylic Paint by Plaid was painted over the top to add shimmer.  For the bristles I mixed together some of the green Soft Body with some Liquitex Interference Gold paint and some Martha Stewart Glitter paint in Turquoise.  On the bottom of the bristles I added some shells and a wave cut from some K&Co. scrapbook borders and some seashells and pearls.  I strung tiny shells, beads and pearls on wire and wrapped them on the handle.  At the very top I added a shell charm.  The tag was stamped with "Goddess" (also by Pink Cat Studio) with Versamark and heat embossed.  Tag was cut with a Spellbinders die and edged with a gold leaf Krylon pen.  I added fibers in colors that reflect the colors in the design.

Thanks for stopping by..........................Paulette

Entered in the following challenges:

Mixed Media Paint Brush Challenge --------electic Paperie

Sowing Seeds of Love

There's a challenge on Splitcoaststampers to stamp directly on patterned paper and then color the image.  I chose this stamp by Stamp Clinic and a scrap of K&Co. patterned paper I had on my scrap pile.  Image is colored with Prismacolor pencils.  Daisy was made with a Cheery Lynn die and the leaves with a C. C. Designs die.  The yellow flowers and butterfly were cut from a yellow silk ribbon and embellied with Firefly Stickles.  Background is from a Dots box of cards by DCWV.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

Simon Says Monday Blog Challenge:  Dotty

Have a great day!...............................................................Paulette

Monday, August 26, 2013

Blue Bird B'day

This card was made for last Monday's Splitcoaststampers challenge Try a New Technique. The technique is called "Freestyle Design." It felt so good to use up all the lovely scraps hanging out on my craft table. The technique involves taking random scraps, embellies, stickers, etc. and arranging them, usually in an asymmetrical design. I think of it as Serendipitous Collage.

The "Happy Birthday!" stamp is part of a set of Stamp N Plus stamps.  The set is not up on the website yet but can be ordered by calling LuAnn at 715-271-1873. 

There is a subtle polka dot design on the pale blue paper scrap and this fits with the Simon Says Monday Blog challenge.  You can find this challenge HERE
Thanks for stopping by.....................Paulette


Thursday, August 22, 2013

Yoga ATC

I made this card for a Pick a Theme swap. The theme is "Yoga." Image and letters are from the internet. The lotus patterned background is a wallpaper sample. The microbeads are 2 different mixtures of colors I picked up at a garage sale. The gold paisley-shaped embellies were cut from a plastic garland.  I posted this card on Splitcoaststampers for today's Way to Use It challenge:  Just Bead It.


Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Freshly Picked

I won a FB drawing sponsored by DCWV several weeks ago. The prize included new paper packs that debuted at CHA. My card features a pack called "Freshly Picked." I cut out the logo from the front cover of the pack to use as my focal point. I used a pumpkin colored paper from DCWV's Creamy pack as a background and cut the step card out using a die from The Stamp Doctor. The panels were cut from one of the papers in the Fresh Picked pack. I think the colors are quite close to those described in this Tuesday's color challenge. A die cut branch (Sizzix) and some flowers from Michaels $1.50 bin and a silk butterfly from a yellow ribbon complete the design. I made this card to send to DCWV as a thank you. Inside it says "Thanks for picking me."

Thanks for stopping by...............Paulette

Entered in the following challenges:

Sweet Stamps #131---Anything Goes
Craft-Room Challenge---Something New

Monday, August 19, 2013

I Dream of Italy

This card was made for today's Splitcoaststampers challenge Try a New Technique. The technique is called "Freestyle Design." It felt so good to use up all the lovely scraps hanging out on my craft table. The technique involves taking random scraps, embellies, stickers, etc. and arranging them, usually in an asymmetrical design. I think of it as Serendipitous Collage.

The "Dream" stamp is part of a set of Stamp N Plus stamps with a very beautiful font.  The set is not up on the website yet but can be ordered by calling LuAnn at 715-271-1873.  Here's the entire set:  
Thanks for stopping by, hope you'll try this fun technique.                             Paulette

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Cupcakes Are a Food Group

This stamp is from Stamp N Plus Scrap N's Sarah's Scribbles.  It was designed by LuAnn's talented daughter, Sarah.  I made this card for a challenge on the Chalk-Ah-Lot Cafe blog.  This is Challenge #42 and requires using a food theme with chalk.  Not sure if the food pyramid is still a valid guide to nutrition but I absolutely believe that cupcakes are an essential food group.  The chalks I used were:  Blush, Peach,Foggy, Frisky, Dandy, Mulberry, Passion and Jade.  You can purchase the chalks HERE.  The base of the card is from the DCWV Creamy stack and was cut into a step-card with a die by The Stamp Doctor.  Green layer is also DCWV paper.  The cupcake designer paper comes from the Lime Twist pack by My Mind's Eye.  Some green rhinestones and a green felt flower complete my design.

I think I'll go bake some cupcakes now...........Paulette

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Poppin' Poppies

This card is for 2 challenges on Splitcoaststampers: "Fun with Dots" in the Friday Free for All Challenge and the Saturday Inspiration Challenge using the Winter Water Factory catalog. I used this jumper as my inspiration:

The label and the poppies were cut with Spellbinders dies.

Thanks for stopping by................Paulette

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Sunny Day on Flamingo Beach

Today's challenge on Splitcoaststampers is to use SUN RAYS on your card or project. The sun is a chipboard daisy overlaid with a yellow button and some fibers. The palm tree was dry embossed with a Darice folder. I colored it with Prismacolor pencils and added some brown Stickles to the coconuts. The flamingo is paper pieced. The flowers were made with a Punch Bunch flower punch. The background is part of a piece of DCWV paper. The paper was a beach scene so that embossed, sparkly sand was already done for me. Sentiment is CTMH.

Hope you are out enjoying this warm, sunny August day.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

I've Been Published!

Extra!  Extra!  Read all about it...I've been published in Just Steampunk!, Volume 3!!!  I have a whole page with 5 cards (p. 84) in the Paper Arts section and a framed doll (p. 62) in the Home Decor section.
So exciting to see my name and artwork in a magazine!

Here are my cards.  They were all done with stamps from the Graphic 45 collection by Hampton Art Stamps.  Papers are from DCWV and Scrap Club.

Here's "Betty Blue."

I call this one "Time Flies."

                                                            " Clockworks in Blue"

                                                                   "Elegant Lady"

                                                                   "Myopic Bird"

My framed doll, I called "Miss Steampunk Stella."  She is featured on p. 62 of the Home Decor section.  She was made from jewelry from St. Vinney's.  Her hands are an old, clip-on sweater guard that was popular in the '50s.  Her dress is a brooch I bought for 50 cents and her legs are earring parts.  The face was a left-over from my Michaels cruise.  The wooden frame was $1 at Michaels.  I painted it with some metallic acrylic paints and added some drywall tape patches that I colored black with gesso.  I also did some stenciling through punchinella.

Thanks for stopping by ....Paulette

Meet the Prima Twins

There's a swap on Splitcoaststampers using the Julie Nutting Prima Doll Stamps. Susan is hosting a challenge this week to use fabric as part of the design using the doll stamps. I've had this self-adhesive fabric Contact paper for years. It's called Fabri-Craft and is a Peel 'N Stick fabric made by Rubbermaid. I got it at a garage sale for 25 cents and am not sure it's even available anymore. It has a copyright date of 1993.

I covered my cardboard tag with the Fabri-Craft. The twins dresses are made with paper from Melody Ross (B&W) and Authentique's Lovely (polka dot). Embellies include pre-made bows, rhinestones, ribbon roses and various ribbons.  The dolls' hair was colored with Prismacolor pencils and the face, arms and legs were highlighted with Chalk-Ah-Lot's "Blush" powdered chalk that is perfect to add blush tones to the doll's body.

Thanks for stopping by...comments are appreciated.
Have a great day...........Paulette

Monday, August 12, 2013

Zebra Love

This week I'm featuring a Stamp N Plus stamp that can be found HERE.  The Inspirational Challenge  on Splitcoaststampers was to choose a photo from the National Geographic Art Store to inspire your card. As soon as I saw the zebra photos, I knew I had to make a card with this stamp. It's a Stamp N Plus Scrap N stamp from Dexter Griffin's Heritage Collection.  The NG photo I used for inspiration can be found HERE.

Have a great Monday!..........Paulette

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Anthropomorphic Kitties

This week's SCS Inspiration Challenge is inspired by the the fabulous designs from the NYC Store of Michele Varian. I needed an ATC for a Pick a Theme swap with a "Cat" theme. I love the collection of wall art featured in Michele's catalog depicting anthropomorphic animals. I used a piece of gift wrap that depicted a vintage scene of three children in a carriage. I collaged the kitten heads from the design on the back of a deck of playing cards onto the spot where the children's heads should be. My inspiration can be found here:

Have a great weekend---------Paulette

Monday, August 5, 2013

Play Games

My friend, Bonnie, is hosting a "Game On--Get Altered Challenge" over on the eclectic Paperie Blog.  I love this jointed doll stamp from Stampers Anonymous.  Her name is Lady Luck.  She was stamped on cream cardstock and colored with a red Prismacolor pencil.  The altered part of my collage is a portion of a Scrabble game box bottom.  I covered parts of the box with black gesso. Then I used Liquitex Soft Body Iridescent Rich Gold and Bright Gold paints and sponged them through punchinella and drywall tape as stenciling (I also smeared some of the gold paints with a sponge).  A bit of sparkle was added with Glamour Dust Ultra Fine Glitter Paint.  Lemon Drop was the name of the glitter paint.  I raided my embellishment stash for the Scrabble tiles, the hand charm, the mini cards, the crown charm, the tiny dice beads, the Asian game pieces and the casino chip and roulette sign.  The random glitter tape pieces were added to brighten things up a bit.

Thanks, Bonnie for a fun challenge!    Paulette

A Great Catch!

 I made this card for a card contest at the MN Rubber Stamp Event. The theme was "A Great Catch." I used this card by Sweet Irene as inspiration: By visiting her blog I was able to download the template for the fish. I used a bubble embossing folder for the background and another one for the fish to resemble scales. "Believe" is a Stamp N Plus Stamp.  The stamp is not on the Stamp N Plus website but can be ordered by calling LuAnn at 715-271-1873.  "Imagine" and "Hope" and even "Dream"  could also be used as a sentiment. The other words are computer generated. The small fish and the lure are embellishments made for decorating crocs. The arrows are brads.

Thanks for stopping by.     Paulette

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Tiger Lily ATC

I made this ATC for a Pick a Theme swap. My swap mate chose the colors lime, turquoise and tangerine. It also works for this Inspiration Challenge. My inspiration for this card comes from this photo from the National Geographic Art Store
The stamp is from Penny Black and the image is colored with Prismacolor pencils.

Have a great day!  Paulette

Hawaiian Flamingo

My inspiration for this card comes from this photo from the National Geographic Art Store: http://national-geographic.cafepress...e=Wall%20Decal The Honolulu Zoo has a large flamingo population. Kaleo, with his lei, is a Hawaiian flamingo . I actually colored this guy with some hot pink Prismacolor pencils but against the yellow background, he looks rather orange like the one in the inspiration photo. The lei flowers were made with a set of Nellie Snellen 3-D flower punches---one punches & the other one embosses the flower to give it dimension.  The stamp is by Whipper Snapper Designs.

It's a sunny, flamingo kind of day...get out and enjoy it.   Paulette