Sunday, October 24, 2010

Check out the absolutely amazing giveaway on this blog:

She's giving away all kinds of Tim Holtz products. Plus when you find her blog, you'll find some great inspiration there as well.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

These are a few other projects I did for the AlphaStamps Design Team. Let me just quickly say that you know how when you go into a scrapbooking store or a Michaels or just a store where they carry too much of what you love. I swear Leslie over at AlphaStamps has a unique knack for selecting and selling the very best of the best products that come out every new season or every new CHA show.
She always has the best goodies on her site. You should definitely check it out when you get the chance.

Okay, so back to my other DT AlphaStamp samples. Leslie is going to be selling these awesome little gold frames (I think they will be on her site by this Friday). You can make ornaments for your house or for your Christmas trees with these, there are endless projects you can make with these little frames. I used some more angel images from AlphaStamps collage sheets and then decorated the frames with some German Scrap/Dresden, a little glitter glue and some metal/brass embellishments. When I made these frames I was thinking of ornaments for the tree. They turned out pretty darn cute don't you think?

The last two (although they actually show on this post as being first)are just a couple of ATCs I made, again with some of the AlphaStamps angel collage sheets as well. The backgrounds on the ATCs are obviously my design using metallic paints. The text is embossed and is on pop dots and it is from the AlphaStamps stamp set called "Angels We Have Heard on High". I also used German Scrap/Dresden for around the border of each ATC and also the Dresden Halo for behind each of the angels heads.

These were fun little projects for the up and coming holidays, they would also make great gifts or even great additions to a wrapped package. The holidays will be here before we know it. If you are looking for the right know where to go.......AlphaStamps!!

This is a holiday slide mailer I made for the AlphaStamps Design Team. The Yahoo group is also doing an Angel Swap using some of these same materials.

Since I make slide mailers quite a bit I'm always looking for new ways to make their appearance look a bit different than the last one I made. This time I covered the whole front & back with modeling paste (the only part that wasn't covered was the double microscope slide indention on the inside). Once the modeling paste was dry on all sides I then took out some Rub-n-Buff in Antique Gold. (Sometimes I think that there are so many products out on the market these days, that you forget about certain ones that are really great to use.) I had not used the Rub-n-Buff for quite awhile and I was really happy with the outcome on this slide mailer. On the indention on the inside I cut the middle part out which separated it into two sections in order to make it one whole opening. I used the very beautiful stamp set by AlphaStamps called "Angels We Have Heard On High" for the background and then I cut out images from AlphaStamps collage sheets to put over that background. Added some German Scrap/Dresden, pearls and tinsel glitter by Martha Stewart to the inside. I then punched a couple holes in the slide mailer, added some eyelets and small binder rings, decorated the front panel and finally added some ribbon and brass embellishments and viola, I had a little slide mailer booklet.

Friday, October 15, 2010

These are a few "Halloween Candy Holders" that I made for Stampotique. The Stampotique Design Team has been gracious enough to ask me to be their very first Guest Designer. What a wonderful honor from an incredible group of talented women. Thank you so much to each one of you.

I used a small sized "Chinese take-out" box for the first candy holder, and for the second I just altered a white small gift bag.

For the take-out box I added beads to the handle and then I have images on both sides of the box. Pretty simple.

For the gift bag, I first sprayed it with Glimmer Mist in green, orange and a dark purple. Then I stamped my images on a separate sheet of cardstock and added them to the bag. Mostly what I did for the gift bag was to decorate it with doodles. In the past I've been a small time doodler, but most recently I've been watching some amazing artist's videos on YouTube and it really is quite intriguing how much doodles can decorate a piece of artwork. I mean you can keep going and going and going with your doodles and before you know it, those doodles have made a big difference on your piece of artwork. So I've been dabbling in that recently to see if I have any talent for the doodle?

YouTube is so amazing. Even just simply for the art videos you can watch on there to learn new techniques and tricks. As many of you know, I haven't had high speed Internet for all that long, so in the past I wasn't able to access YouTube, but OMG, it is so amazing all the art tutorial's you can watch on there. And people are so very generous with showing other artists how to do the different techniques and what not for artwork pieces. My gosh you could watch art videos all day long and learn so much. It's really wonderful!!

If you're not typically a doodler, I really urge you to give it a try. It really can make a difference. And of course I would suggest black felt pen and white paint pen, those are the best in my opinion for doodling.