January 31, 2013

New Dylusions - Day 3 - White Linen Changes Everything...

Hello again!

I'm feeling a little better than yesterday.  Got a LOT of sleep last night and actually slept until almost 11:00 this morning - unheard of!  But clearly I needed it.  Not 100% yet, but making progress...

Thanks so much for all your awesome comments on Day 1 and Day 2 tags - it means so much to hear your thoughts - I can guarantee, for all of you out there who are looking forward to getting all the new Dylusions products - you will not be disappointed!  Here we go with Day 3's tag...

As soon as I saw the white linen ink spray, I knew that it would change the entire color palette of the existing line of colors, and I was right!  For today's tag, I started with another #12 tag, but this time I used a KRAFT tag.  I started by spraying white linen over the entire tag, and then dried it with a heat tool.  This sets the tone for the entire piece... look at the change in color palette - I used the same calypso teal and dirty martini sprays over the white as I used on Day 1 and Day 2 - hard to believe how different they look, right?

And for comparison - here's Day 1's tag...

The white linen spray absorbs the colors you spray on top, giving it a chalky tone - imagine the possibilities.

Next I stamped the coral border/background stamp across the bottom.  I stamped the images in olive archival ink, and then colored them in with the new cherry pie (red) ink spray.  Once again, it goes on bright but then fads to a chalky finish.  I outlined all the coral with some liquid pearls to give some definition from the background.

Next I stamped the large octopus and several of the "baby" octopi in black archival.  This reminds me of a momma duck and baby ducklings following along behind her.  I added some white accents to all of the legs (geeezzzz, there were a lot of those legs...)  Then stamped the heads again on white card stock, colored them in with calypso teal and a water brush, and adhered them with a pop dot over the images on the tag base for some dimension.

Stamped some additional fish in random places, and some air bubbles which I highlighted with a white pen, and then some white liquid pearls (which also picked up the ink color below, giving them a pearly green finish).

Added the sentiment using foam tape to match the dimension of the octopus heads, and voila! all finished!

You can also mix white linen ink with any of the other ink spray colors for coloring in images with a water brush - your finished result will have a more chalky , semi-opaque look, but it opens up a whole new world of color choices.  Can't wait to play more with it!

I'm back to the sofa... hopefully by this time tomorrow I'll be feeling much better again, and be back to normal.  Still have 4 more tags to share - hope you'll be back!

Stay healthy, take your vitamins, and wash your hands!  Trust me, you do *not* want this "ICK" of a sickness.  'Til tomorrow...

~ ellen.

January 30, 2013

New Dylusions - Day 2 - Mischievous Malcolm

Hello again!

Need to keep this brief... my seemingly innocent (by comparison) cough/cold has returned with a vengeance and a high fever, but I waned to share Tag #2 using the new Dylusions stamps and ink sprays.

As I mentioned yesterday, I used the extra ink from Tag #1 to mop up as background for this tag.  I do this quite often, and I call it "twin tags".  Here we go...

On this tag, I used the reverse images of all the stencils I used on day 1, so it is literally the opposite images.  Same colors, same stencils, just used differently.

I stamped the birds from the Bits and Bats set across the page and outlined with my trusted white gelly roll pen.

Then I stamped the body and wings from a prior stamp set, and added this head from the new Mischievous Malcolm set.  Added a hat and colored everything in with funky fuchsia, dirty martini, squeezed orange inks.

Wanted to give "Malcolm" something to stand on, so added a torn bit of a map, with some ants marching up the hill underneath.

Please forgive the brief descriptions today... this is all the energy I've got.... hoping whatever it is will leave as quickly as it came.  Hope you have a great day.  I'll do my best to be back tomorrow with Day 3's tag!  Take care.

~ ellen.

January 29, 2013

New Dylusions - Day 1 - Under The Sea


I am sooo excited!  Last week while I was home with the dreaded winter cough from "you-know-where," my new Dylusions inks, stamps and stencils arrived!  Woohoo!!! Dyan has really out-done herself with these new releases - you will love them! So I managed to get in some art-time between coughing fits (it's INK a cold... starve a fever, right? LOL)  and I've got a whole collection to share!  I'll be sharing one tag a day for the next WEEK!

My first tag was sooo much fun to make!  As soon as I saw the new sea creatures stamp set, I knew I had to try an "Under the Sea" tag, which was perfect since that's the name of the set!

I started with a #12 manila tag from Ranger and 3 of the new ink spray colors: After Midnight, Calypso Teal and Funky Fuchsia - gorgeous!  I mopped up the extra ink with another tag (tune in tomorrow for that one).

Then I added some more ink to the background with the alpha jumble and dotty flower stencils.  With the dots, I sprayed after midnight first in random areas, then I shifted the stencil down slightly from its original position and sprayed the *luscious* new white linen ink spray over top... HELLO!!!? Instant ghosty highlights! I'm in *LOVE* with the white spray... it's a semi-opaque spray which means it will pick up whatever color is behind it and leave a "ghost"... perfect!

Then I stamped the sea grasses stamp across the bottom and colored it in with the new Dirty Martini green ink using my water brush.  I sketched loosely around each leaf and added highlights with a white gelly roll pen.

Then it was time to add some sea creatures... I chose the large jellyfish as my main image, stamping it onto white card stock with jet black archival ink, and colored it in with funky fuchsia.  I stamped the whole jellyfish onto the tag first, and then added the cut out portion of the body and eyes over top so could get a really bright tone.  I added more white gelly roll pen to the tentacles, giving him black and white "legs".  The pictures don't show it well, but then I added a thin layer of glossy accents to the whole body so he is shiny.

The smaller fish were also stamped on white card stock with jet black archival ink, and colored in with squeezed orange ink, cut out and adhered to the tag.

The final touch before adding the sentiment was to stamp the air bubbles in random places all over the tag, accenting each bubble with white gelly roll pen first, and then glossy accents.  The glossy accents still picked up some of the ink color below, so they really look translucent, which I love!

Finally, added the sentiment from the new "Say It How It Is" stamp set (fabulous sassy phrases - I just love them!).  And ran a black paint dabber around the edges lightly to give it a frame.

Hope you liked today's tag... I'll be back tomorrow with tag #2!  Hope you pop by to see it.

~ ellen.

January 24, 2013

Hels 'N' Els Recipe Challenge - #10 Friends Tag


Another project Hels and I were able to do while she was here was an *IN PERSON* recipe challenge!  The best we've ever managed is a 'via skype' session, but this time was the best... sitting right in my studio together crafting away the hours = heaven...

Here's our recipe:

- #10 manila tag
- cut off 2 1/2 " from bottom
- scraped paint technique
- the word "friend"
- book text collage
- tissue stamping collage
- ink spray / stencils
- 3 embellishments of choice lined up in a row
- other decorations of choice

I started by tearing up some book text and collaging it in random places on my tag with Ranger's Glue 'N' Seal - my new favorite collage medium.  It's not too thick, it dries quickly, and papers never buckle.

Then I scraped 3 colors of paint all over my #10 tag.  I'm using a new paint I discovered through my friend Patti Parrish.  It's called Pebeo Studio Acrylic - it's available HERE.  I used 3 of their iridescent colors, which give the most luscious shimmer!  Makes it tough to photograph, but hey, the price for cool paint, right?

Added a quick spray with crushed grape Dylusions spray and the Dylusions alpha jumble stencil.  Just that touch of purple really made those other bright colors *pop*.

Next I chose some cool stamps (bumble bee and numbers by Studio 490, collage stamp segments in bottom section by Dina Wakley) and stamped them using black archival ink onto tissue paper. I also used glue 'n' seal to collage those images down to my tag.  Had to be careful going over the Dylusions spray, which is reactive with water.

Added some circles with white gesso and black paint dabber and the lid from one of my sprays.  For my embellishments, I chose 3 new washers I picked up at Michael's - aren't they cool?  I think they are part of the Industrial Chic line, which I absolutely adore!  I also added 3 wire-wrapped stars that I've had in my jewelry stash forever and finally used!  I used super glue to adhere them to the tag - worked like a "charm" (hahahaha).

Added some accents with my tiny attacher and a little bumble bee charm.  Highlighted the open parts of the bumble bee with a white gelly roll pen - that image was getting a little lost in the busy background, and the white pen helped it stand out.  Added some eyelets and attached the top and bottom sections with some black hemp.

Typed the sentiment on my vintage typewriter, cut it out in sections, glued down, and outlined with my Stabilo ALL pencil - I tell ya... I *love* that pencil!

Hope you liked our recipe challenge - hope you get a chance to check out Hels' tag - once again, with the same ingredients we've come up with something completely different!  Click HERE to see Hels' tag - gorgeous as always!

Thanks for stopping by!

~ ellen.

January 23, 2013

An Art (Parts) Adventure


While Hels was here visiting, we took an evening to delve into my Studio 490 stash! We're both great fans of Wendy Vecchi, and her art, and we were so lucky to be able to visit her several times a day when we were at CHA - what a treat! She really is one of the nicest people ever... :)

We didn't really set out any strict rules, other than we would use a large creative cover as the base and a bird.  Hels posted her project a few days ago for her Sunday Stamper Challenge - click HERE to see her project and join in her challenge... Here's mine...

I know it will come as a shock that I had to use some maps in my project (HA!).  I covered the art parts binder cover (base), as well as a small scalloped binder cover and the shelf with old maps.

Then I used the large bird from the Birds With Wings art parts set, and covered it with canvas printed with text (Prima - Donna Downey), going around the edges with some black soot distress ink for shading and dimension.  Then I started adding art parts to the bird to bring him to life.

I added the large and small wings, painted with traditional tan paint (Claudine Hellmuth), stamped with the new mini chevron background and added a blossom bucket flower.

Then came some layered flowers (Favorite Flowers set) just at the base of his tail, stamped with the lacy fabric background stamp, and added another blossom bucket flower, and a swirly flourish (Potpourri of Parts) as his actual tail, painted with traditional tan and stamped with another new background stamp.

My favorite addition has to be the water spigots (Steampunk Gears and More) as his feet! A quick swipe with a black paint dabber and they're ready to go.

For his "crown" I used a large blossom bucket flower embellishment.  I used my finger to apply some jet black archival ink to accent the lacy pattern.

I've always loved the umbrella art part, so had to add one behind the base.  I painted it black and then embossed the alpha stamp with white embossing powder.

I used a mini gear (Industrial Chic) for his eye, added the "Air Mail" BB embellie, a Tim Holtz word band, some dice, a domino on the shelf, and went around the entire frame with my black pearl pen (Viva).  The final addition was the sentiment to the bottom section...

Hope you liked my project - thanks for stopping by.

~ ellen.

January 22, 2013

My first trip to CHA


What a whirlwind ten days it has been!  I spent five days at Winter CHA and then another five days at home with Hels, and we never stopped!  Hels headed back across the pond last night and I'm just beginning to settle back into normal life, with the benefit of a nasty sore throat and wicked cough.  The price for such an amazing time.

I'll keep this to mostly photos with some captions...

On my flight to California I saw this view - the pilot didn't say anything but I think it had to be the Grand Canyon.  Who knows, but it was cool!

Ahhhh... blue skies and palm trees... California is truly so beautiful!

Hels and I ready to head over to the show on Day 1 - the classic elevator mirror shot.

But before we went to the show, we *had* to stop at Starbucks to meet up with the other girls.  This is a shot of the aptly named "Airport Girls" (Linda Ledbetter, Yvonne Blair, Hels Sheridan, Candy Colwell, and Cheryl Grigsby).  They all attended Ranger U together in May 2011, and with all the flight delays they experienced, they spent up to 12 hours waiting for everyone to arrive before heading to Ranger.  Such dedication and friendship!  This was their first reunion.

And, yes! We've arrived at the show!

Here's Candy, Hels and me, sitting outside waiting to go in the first morning.

Of course, one of our first stops had to be the Ranger booth to see the *gorgeous* Dyan Reaveley.

Yes! New Dylusions ink spray colors... funky fuschia (2nd from left) is my favorite, but the white spray?!?! Like ghosting in a bottle! Can't wait to get them all and start playing!

And here's the 6 new rubber stamp sets from Dylusions.  All gorgeous, wonderful "sassy" sayings, a complete alphabet set, and lots of new characters to mix and match together.

Hels and I had our caricatures done at the clear stamp booth - so funny! I'll try to take a close up shot so you can see them better, but it's hysterical.

Hee! Got to do some make and takes with Julie Fei-Fan Balzer at both Crafter's Workshop and Sakura booths.  I love Julie's art, her independent style, and her sassy attitude. Was a real treat to meet her.

One of my favorite releases of the show (other than the Dylusions and Ranger releases) were the new lines called Sunrise Sunset and Mechanicals by Anna Dabrowska (a.k.a. "Finnabair") for Prima.  This is a sample by Anna in the Prima booth - the picture doesn't nearly do it justice.  It is HUGE - like 24" x 36" HUGE and so many layers and embellishments - truly luscious.

Here's some close ups.

On the last day of the show, we went on a tour of Hollywood!  We got to see a lot of sights.  Here's me, Hels, Candy and Anita Houston standing on the steps of the Dolby Theatre (formerly the Kodak theatre) where the academy awards are held.

The famous Grauman's Chinese Theatre, home of the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

And a perfectly framed shot of the "Hollywood" sign.

 Here's a better shot.

And then a driving tour of some star homes.  Recognize this one?  It's the Spelling Mansion (Aaron Spelling the creator of Beverly Hills, 90210) we also got to see the Playboy Mansion, and the homes of Janet Jackson, Gene Simmons of KISS (formerly the home of Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson), the home Michael Jackson was renting when he died (creepy) and several others.  Pretty cool stuff.

After waiting patiently through L.A. traffic, we arrived at Santa Monica Pier.  It was windy and pretty cold, but it was still beautiful!

Hels found some mustache sunglasses so we had to take a pic for Kaz Hall... didn't we???

And the next day we headed home.  My hubby Jack drew this pic and held it out the sunroof window when he came to pick us up from the airport.... it's Chester! Of Cheesy 'Chester' Cheeto fame! How hysterical!!  We couldn't miss him!

Once we got home, we kept right on going with lots of shopping at Michael's, Queens Ink, A.C. Moore... dinner at Five Guys Burgers and lunch at Rams Head Tavern, and had an all-day play day with my local art chics... Patti, Terry and Connie.  It was after that day I started feeling sick....ughhh... so the last two days were pretty quiet.

We did manage to do some art-ing along the way, and I'll be sharing those projects later this week.  Hope life is treating you well and you've managed to avoid the flu.  I'm not sure if I have the full blown flu or just a really nasty cough/cold, but I don't recommend it...

Will be back later this week with more to share. Til then!

~ ellen.

January 12, 2013

Mixed Media Canvases


By the time you're reading this I'll be in sunny California enjoying the first day of CHA.  Wanted to share some pix of the mixed media canvases I made for some of my friends I'll be meeting up with at CHA.

The square canvases above measure 4" x 4". I started by stamping a script stamp (Paper Artsy) over the whole canvas with black archival ink.  Then I collaged some canvas strips, map strips, bark ribbon strips, and torn corrugated cardboard pieces onto the canvas.  Traced around each collage piece with a black Stabilo ALL pencil.

Then I applied some of Wendy Vecchi's new embossing paste around the edges and in some of the crevices.  I painted the corrugated cardboard and embossing paste black (should have thought to use the black embossing paste... duhhh), and then I went to town highlighting everything with a combination of different colors of Inka Gold.  I used bronze, gold, and lava green to give a nice patina.

The final step was to add various idea-ology pieces, UTEE molded pieces, beads and other trinkets to each canvas, and added some black pearl pen dots in some of the open space.

That's it for now.  I'll be at CHA, coming home Wednesday with HELS, who will be here through Monday the 21st.  Probably won't be blogging til I get home, but I'll be posting pix on Facebook from the show.

Til next time!

~ ellen.