Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Craft Wars

Its been while since I've seen any crafting shows on 
TV anymore (why is that?).  So I'm pretty excited 
about the new show Craft Wars that premieres 
tonight on TLC!  I'm hoping that I'm not disappointed 
in it.  Read Kathy "Crafty Chica" Cano-Murillo's 
review HERE ,and another Crafting Queen 
Margot Potters 411 on the show and how 
she finally spills the beans about being on 
Craft Wars HERE.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Crafty Blogger Blurbs

Carmi's Art/Life World 
Is it too early to say Christmas? Carmi has a huge Christmas themed Jewelry post! 

Cherie Burbach 
Cherie's art reflects her busy schedule this week. 

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at our crafty world 
This week at Craftside there are tutorials on the embroidered turkey stitch and using the parts of type as a prompt for hand lettering a quote along with knitted balloons and sugar substitute info.

Crafty Princess Diaries 
The Crafty Princess talks about some jewelry designing she has in the works. 

Eileen - The Artful Crafter 
Do you craft for profit? If yes, be sure you track your costs and your customers to assure profitability and good customer relations.

Mixed Media Artist 
What does Hawai'ian lava have to do with making a quilt?

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Tin, Tin, Tins!

Hit the jackpot today garage sale hunting! Found all 
these vintage tart tins, molds and wee bottles!   
I love using tins in my art! Check out my 
Altered Tin Pinterest Board
HERE to get inspired!

Speaking of Tins...

is having a Camel Snuff 
Tin Special 

Friday, June 22, 2012

Pool Time!

I can't believe what a big boy Mr Kevin is getting
to be!  He sure loves playing in the water 
and his pool!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

A trip down to So Cal

I recently returned from a trip down to Newport Beach
reconnecting with family and had a wonderful time.
Brought back many fun memories of spending 
part of our summer vacations down there with
friends and family as kids.
Here's a house after my own heart!
I couldn't resist snapping a picture of this
house on Balboa Island.  

One thing I didn't remember seeing as 
a kid was one of my favorite trees, the
Jacaranda Tree growing all over down 
there. I've only seen one here in Modesto 
growing.  I'd love to plant one in my yard!

We arrived just in time to go aboard my cousin's 
ultra 125' Cheyenne Catamaran which carries
the Virgin Oceanic a one-man submarine.
My cousin Chris Welsh along with his business
partner Sir Richard Branson (Virgin Mobile) 
plan to go down in the sub to the deepest 
point in each of the five world oceans.

Click HERE to read more about the 
Virgin Oceanic
Close up of the sub.

This hopefully gives you a good perspective of just 
how big this catamaran is. The mast height above
water measures 160'!  

Last year the mast was up in SF and needed to be 
moved down the road to another building which would 
have been very costly to have it moved. Instead they 
opted to move it themselves with a little ingenuity

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Crafty Blogger Blurbs

About Family Crafts 
Not only can you check out an assortment of shrink plastic crafts, you can also participate in a new craft challenge all about the beach! 

Carmi's Art/Life World 
A "Frida in felt" purchase renews Carmi's faith in Etsy!

Cherie Burbach 
Cherie has new paintings that use lines of her poetry.

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at a crafty world 
This week at Craftside this is a type/portrait combo idea, View-Masters as a way to commemorate special events, a tutorial on how to draw cupcakes and info on sugar substitutes.

Crafty Princess Diaries 
Tammy has a new and dangerous love - baby alpaca yarn. 

Eileen - The Artful Crafter 
Yay! We have our first Card Party submissions. Come see and join the fun.

Mixed Media Artist 
Cyndi and her readers received some very wise advice about being a full-time mixed media artist.

Stefanie Girard's Sweater Surgery 
Using numbers as a collage topic in an altered book. 

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Background 5: Textured Galaxy

We Are The World
Here's a new art journal spread 
from my Junque Journal

Click HERE to view my
Textured Galaxy Background

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Honesty and Human Kindness!

Honesty and Human Kindness Does Exist! 

This past weekend I was given renewed faith in human kindness.  I discovered on Friday evening that I could not find my credit card. Thinking it had fallen out of my newly cleaned wallet, because it was now roomy, into my purse I made a mental note to look for it when I got home from our evening out.  Saturday morning I looked through my  purse and wallet at least 5 times...nada!  I got on the computer and proceeded to  look up the credit card company and was just about to call them when that little voice in my head literally said WAIT go check the answering machine...I reluctantly did and discovered there was indeed  a message from my CC company telling me that a gentleman had found my card and left his name and number. Nervous and excited both I called the company and got the info he left.  I proceeded to call
him and found out that he had found my card on the ground in the drive-thru at the pharmacy and he didn't trust just turning it in and said he'd felt more comfortable handing it over himself.  I am so appreciate of the following:

A. That he found it and was an honest person.   
B. That he took the time to call and leave his information.  
C. That he chose to make sure to handle it himself.  
D.  That I listened to that voice in my head
E. That I did not have to go through the hassle of cancelling my card

This has definitely renewed my 
faith and hope in people :-) 

Monday, June 11, 2012

Junque Journal Backgrounds: 3 and 4

Take A Sip Out of Life!

Here's a new spread in my junque journal I created.
(Click HERE to see my Junque Journal How-To).

Background 3: Oil Pastels

The face spread did not start out like this...
I had first painted the page with gesso 
like shown above BUT I originally
had something else in mind where
I had drawn the eyes and then had
a favorite quote with it,but things
didn't turn out the way I had 
envisioned...don't give up when
this happens because often times
a "happy accident" happens where
your idea takes a whole different
turn, but ends up working out!

Since my idea did'nt turn out I decided
to create a face around my original eyes.
I used one of my favorite products
Portfolio water soluble oil pastels
because I can draw with them, and
(wipe off and restart if necessary)
use my fingers to smear and blend 
the colors together so easily. After 
I will seal them with PYMII then 
outline areas with a fine sharpie.

If your not comfortable drawing faces
try drawing abstract designs blending
and smearing the colors so you get 

Background 4: Layered Acrylics

For Background 4 I started out 
by swiping plain acrylic craft paint
across the page just to give it a basic
background. I didn't mind that it wasn't
fully covering the words because I was
adding several layers of acrylic paint.

Supplies Used

Acrylic Paint
Punchinella (aka sequin waste)
Make-up Sponges
Foam Stamps
Here I began layering my page using various pieces of 
sequin waste, stencils and acrylic paint. I have found that 
using a make up sponge works the best for me when 
I'm pouncing the paint over the punchinella and stencils.
 The idea is to keep adding layers on top of layers, 
but make sure that you first dry each layer.

You can see how each layer adds more depth.  At this point I 
used a foam stamp and some white acrylic paint and stamped a 
larger design.  I then went back again lightly with the punchinella
to help blend the layers and give even more depth.

Now that I finished my layering 
I wanted to add a bold image 
which I found by way of some 
junk mail from Barnes and Noble.
I created the straw from some 
twisted paper and then wrapped 
it with craft tape.  Once I adhered 
it to the page I outlined the tea glass 
with a dark oil pastel and blended 
it in to give the image some 
added depth.

Next I sealed the page using PYM II
so that I could then go back in with
my pens to write my message.  I've
found sealing the pages helps not clog
up my pens. Otherwise the paint has
a tendency to get into the nib and then
they don't want to write.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Crafty Blogger Blurbs

Cherie Burbach 
Cherie creates a glass garden sculpture with solar lights. 

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at our crafty world 
This week at Craftside there is a chance to win a copy of the new book Cultivating Your Creative Life by Alena Hennessy, a tutorial on how to make a die cut window card, and a recipe for Frito Pie

Crafty Princess Diaries 
The princess takes a look at Peter Pan, that is Peter Pan yarns. 

Eileen - The Artful Crafter 
We're having a card party at The Artful Crafter! All are welcome. Link up and share your creations at Card Party Central.

Mixed Media Artist 
Cyndi gets to visit the famous Kimura Fabrics...on the big island of Hawai'i! 

Stefanie Girard's Sweater Surgery 
How to transform a plain tank top for 4th of July with Simply Spray fabric paint  

Friday, June 08, 2012

Junque Journal: Background 2

Click HERE to see 
my Junque Journal

In my previous post HERE 
I showed you my scraped 
paint technique next step 
is to further embellish it.


Supplies Used:
White Gesso
Foam Stamps (with a larger design)
Foam Brush
Paint Pens
Wax Paper
Heat Gun

Step 1:  Using your foam brush load your foam 
stamp with white gesso.

Step 2:  Looking at your background decide how you
want to stamp your design (randomly or in a pattern?)
then begin stamping and reload your stamp with
the white gesso as needed.  **The reason I prefer
white gesso instead of white acrylic paint is that I 
want my stamped design to have some tooth to 
accept my Color Mists.

Step 3: Since I chose to stamp a pattern I also wanted 
to add another stamp some what smaller in design 
between my larger stamp pattern.

Step 4: At this point you can leave your background 
to dry naturally or use a heat gun but remember to 
keep it moving so you don't over heat the paint 
and bubble it up.

Step 5:  In this step I'm misting my gesso stamped 
areas with  Color Mists (sprayable watercolors).  
This step will  add another layer to help marry 
my two backgrounds together. 

Step 6:  Because the Color Mists are watercolors 
I like to use my heat gun to dry them (again 
to keep your heat gun moving).

Step 6:  Once your Color Mists are completely dry 
You'll need to seal them since they are water
soluble.  My favorite to use is PYM II .


Step 7: To further embellish your background
you can use paint pens to enhance your designs.

 Step 8:  I loved how bold this background turned 
out, so I decided turn it into my cover of my 
junque journal.  Just to help strengthen the 
spine I've added some craft tape along 
the seam down the middle.

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Junque Journal: Background 1

As promised here's the next phase of 
my junque journal.  This scraped paint
background technique is a simple 
technique, yet very rich looking! 
It can be used as is or as you 
will see it can be enhanced.

Click HERE to view Phase 1 
of  my Junque Journal How-To

Scraped Paint Background

Heavy Bodied Acrylics
Old Credit Card or stiff cardboard
Wax paper

I prefer to use heavy bodies acrylics they glide and mix
well compared to thin craft paint. I'm using Golden
brand which is my favorite, but there are other 
brands as well such as Liquitex.

Step 1:  Place your wax paper under neath your page 
over hanging the edges so you don't get paint on the 
pages beneath.

Step 1b:  Squeeze a dime or nickle size amount of paint
out on your journal pages.  starting at the time use
lighter to darker hues.

Step 2:  Using your credit card (I save the sample 
credit cards that come in the mail for this) start at the
top and scrap your card across the paint mixing as you
go down the page.  Wipe your credit card off on some  
wax paper and begin again. Be careful you don't 
over mix your colors and muddy them.

Step 3: Continue until you have covered the entire page
completely and allow to dry.

Here's the finished look.  At this point
you can stop and use this as a journal page
or continue to the next step to enhance it more.

Stay tuned for my 
Stamped Gesso Background 

Download these 2 backgrounds for 
your own art use.

Monday, June 04, 2012

How-To Turn Junk Mail into a Journal

See how to turn 
THIS into

into THIS

Check out my Junque Journal 

How-To using a Trader Joe's 

sale Flyer


Sunday, June 03, 2012

Crafty Blogger Blurbs

Carmi's Art/Life World 
Making fiber flowers has never been easier if you have a Martha Stewart Loom! 

Cherie Burbach 
Cherie makes homemade coasters out of cheap tiles

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at a crafty world 
Over at Craftside there is a fun idea for serving individual salads at a party, an inside peek into the new book 1000 Artists' Books and a tutorial on how to incorporate sea shells in stained glass. 

Crafty Princess Diaries 
The Crafty Princess takes a look at spinning, which for whatever reasons is super hot right now in the fiber world. 

Eileen - The Artful Crafter 
Design gift boxes to match your card or gift.

Mixed Media Artist 
Cyndi has been dreaming of hedgehogs! 

Stefanie Girard's Sweater Surgery 
How to make a 4th of July decoupaged wreath