Monday, January 29, 2018

Small sea life

  The start of another Monday....I never used to think about Monday as the beginning of a long work week, most of my Nursing Career I have worked 12 hr shifts and every other weekend, and either 3 shifts a week or 3 one week and 4 the next so I was often off on Mondays. The last 2 years
    or so I have work 8 hr shifts weekdays and every weekend off, which is nice but lately I am
     beginning to not like Mondays very much :)
          I have another pair of small pieces for you today, and again a bit cluttered but going to leave it
     alone. I may end up framing these in so I may add that pic in later....
         Well I guess its time to get off to work...
        Have a great week!!!

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Small ocean

   I have a couple small encaustic wax pieces for you today - 8 by 8 inches. I did them using the same style as the bigger one that I posted last.
   Working small is just as hard sometimes as working BIG...I think these 2 are just a bit cluttered but it would be hard to cut something out at this point without just starting over, so I am going to leave it be.
   There is a small themed show coming up at Artel in Pensacola and these might be the ones I enter....will have to see if I can get anything else done before then.
   All for this rainy morning - time to putter in the craft room a bit and then decide whether to keep puttering or go to the studio and play with wax.
   Take Care

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Wedding samples - third set...

  Well here is the last batch of samples I made for my daughter to chose from for her wedding invitations - this is the style she ended up choosing but I wont show you hers until the invitations have been sent.
   Her colors are teal and copper and I used  some yummy papers from Paper Temptress.
   The light teal (lagoon), copper and the white (pearl?or crystal) are all from PT Mica mettalics line and are beautifully sparkly/shimmery. The darker teal is from the basics line.
  I used 2 Spellbinders dies and embossing powder in copper and 2 shades of teal.
  All for this morning - I have 2 pups to brush, a house to clean, bottles to spray paint and wedding invitations to make.....
   Take Care

Friday, January 26, 2018

Set 2 - wedding Invitation samples

  Just a quick post this evening with another batch of wedding card samples. I cant remember who made the stamp but I have used it a lot over the years.
   I used some really wonderful papers from Paper Temptress. The copper, pearl and lagoon(light teal) are from the 'mica mettalics' line and are a nice heavy base cardstock with a wonderful sparkle to them - BONUS this line is even on sale right now, so if you NEED some I have a link to Paper Temptress is my sidebar. I also used a darker teal from the basics line which is a really rich teal - love it.
  I used a Spellbinders die and embossing powders in copper and 2 shades of teal (the darker teal embossing powder just by luck perfectly matches the teal paper!!! - ah the simple joys in life :)
   All for now - need to get some dinner on the stove I guess.
    Take Care

Invitations - wedding set 1

  Short post on my way out the door for work today. My daughter is getting married and I volunteered to do the wedding invitations (and the tables d├ęcor, and the bouquets, and...)
  So I did several batches of samples and this one is the first.
  The paper is all from 'Paper Temptress' and is so yummy!!! Coper and pearl from the mica metallics line and teal from the basics line.
  The stamps is from Flourishes, and the die cuts are Spellbinders.
   Off I go
   Take Care

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Sea Dreams

  Lots of pictures today - this is an encaustic wax painting, 36 inches w X 24 inches tall.
 The first picture shows the first 3/4 layers - several of plain wax to prime the board and then splatters in different colors  and the start of covering the board with a bit of oil stick rubbed all over the board.

The second picture shows several more layers of plain wax to start creating some texture.
The third picture I rubbed more oils stick mostly just on top of the texture with dark and turquoise blues
    The next few pics show work with an eye dropper to create the white coral, green seaweed and the some coral colored coral.
    The next to last pictures shows the addition of the bubbles - blues, turquoise, and gold - but as I looked at it a bit I think I overdid it with those so I ended up toning them down a bit and adding some white coral back in....and I am calling it done.
   All for today - Take Care

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Bottles in turquoise

   Well its official, my Daughter is engaged!!!! They are planning on a july wedding and so far it looks like I am making the table decorations, the invitations and probably the bouquets also - I am so excited!!!
   I started a few bottle samples for her to look at for the tables - these 2 weren't picked but I will have more to show you later this week.
  Their colors are teal(dark turquoise really) and copper.
  The first one was a tall round vase and the next is a wine bottle, both spray painted. I added a row of burlap ribbon, then shiny copper sticky backed paper and another teal sparkly ribbon and a sand dollar (made from clay and a mold).
  I then added some rhinestones for a bit of extra pop.
   All for today - off to work....
     Take Care

Monday, January 15, 2018

Steampunk Valentine's

    Just a short one today as it is about time to get some dinner on the table....
   I had this image colored up for awhile now and decided it needed to be a Valentine's Day card.
   The image is a digital from Rick St.Dennis and it is colored onto 'cryogen white' paper with prismacolor pencils.
  All the paper in this card is from Paper Temptress - the cryogen white is one I use for almost all my coloring, whether pencil or markers.
The red layer is from the 'incandescent line' and is called 'russo' and the base cardstock is another of my very favorites from the 'mica metallic line' - gold. It is very sparkly, smooth and has a really nice weight.
  I added a few little clay roses that I did from a mold.
   All for today - Take Care

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Christmas 3D card

  Well if I keep at it maybe I will get enough cards made to send out for Christmas 2018 instead of having to buy store bought like I did in 2017.
   This card base is a die from Accu Cut that was designed by my friend Vicki Chrisman. It includes the base and the little frames and squares and a tab to hold it closed with.
  The scenes in the middle and front of card are  from  Christmas cards from 2016. I cut  them out to fit, and the Merry Christmas is a die from Top Dog dies. I added a few stickers, blue doo dads and a chipboard snowflake painted blue to decorate and lastly a bit of Velcro added to the card back and the closure tab to hold it closed.
   All the die cut make for a quick and easy card but really cute too.
   I am planning on working on some Valentines Day cards too and cant wait - it has been a long time since I really have made many cards!!! I have spent a lot of hours this weekend cleaning, sorting and rearranging my craft spaces and it is so nice to have them clean and usable again!!!
     Sometime this week I do have to get my Christmas tree down and clean house also, but then more cards!!!
   Take Care

Monday, January 1, 2018

Pom pom rugs and a bit of Life...

  Well it is a new year and I am thankful for 2017 and all it brought us - good and bad. It was a bit of a hard weekend for us though as the 30th was my Sister-in laws Birthday and it was hard not having her in the world with us anymore, and it was exactly 6 months since the car wreck that took her hubby and eventually her, away from us. Our Niece and Nephew decided to have a Birthday party for Mom anyhow and friends and neighbors (who have been awesomely supportive during this time) all came and helped them celebrate her life, which was awesome!!! The kids might be young but the arm strong!
   My daughter graduated college in May and was commissioned into the Army as a 1st Lt. and we had tons of family gathered in Nebraska for the celebration, including Jill and the kids. Paula then went to her Military training for her job for 6 weeks starting the end of August and after a quick trip home for Thanksgiving she was off to her first post in Germany. It is weird not having her home for Christmas but have talked a lot and video chatted several times so its not too bad!
  Showing you a couple rugs I have made over the last couple months - made with yarn pom poms. I had to redo the first one as I had the pom poms too close together but they are very soft to walk on and pretty. I don't think they are going to be good for the long run though - NOT machine washable, the pom poms will fall apart, and I am not sure about hand washing so we will see.
  I do have a bunch more yarn to use up so probably will end up with at least 3 more of these - may have to give some to the nieces(and nephews if they want one??)
  They are fun to make and will use up all the old yarn I have stashed around here.
   All for today - Happy New Year!!!