Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Tag Tuesday - Time

For today's Tag Tuesday - stamp of girls is from Artistic Outpost. Background was made using the Metallic Pop technique from the latest issue of the Technique Junkie newsletter. The watchmaker label came from a pad of scrapbook paper that I won from Louise a few weeks ago - thanks Louise! :-)

Monday, January 25, 2010

Technique Junkies + Artistic Outpost

For this card I've combined everything I love - vintage Parisian stamps from Artistic Outpost's new Paris Exposition collection, the fantastic Antiqued Glimmers technique from the latest Technique Junkie newsletter, vintage paper, old buttons, and lots of Brushed Corduroy Distress ink. I wish the scan could capture the background better - it is so rich and shimmery in real life!

Friday, January 22, 2010

4x4 Friday - A Boy and a Bird

I am so out of the loop - I didn't realize until today that Kersten had started a new challenge blog. I love doing 4x4's so it's a fun challenge for me!

I have been having such a good time reading Ruth Rae's book. If you enjoy incorporating sewing into your mixed media/cards/ATC, etc., you really should get this book. She is an incredible artist. The piece that inspired me today was one where she layered and burned different fabrics and materials. Since I definitely enjoy wielding a heat gun, this was a very fun project!

The stamps I used are from the new Paris Exposition and Bluebird collections from Artistic Outpost.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

New Stamps from Artistic Outpost!

Artistic Outpost just released two new stamp collections today and they are absolutely GORGEOUS! Honestly, these are stamps you need! I did anyway, lol! I am very lucky to call Robyn (one of the owners of AO) a 'real life' friend. We were stamping buddies before she started her company and it has been a thrill to watch her grow and find her niche in the stamping world. These two collections are perfect examples of what a talented artist she is!


This hanging was inspired by a similar piece in Ruth Rae's book - Layered, Tattered and Stitched. I recently bought this book and it is full of amazing projects. Another definite 'must have'! For the background I used the Antiqued Glimmers technique from the Dec/Jan issue of the Technique Junkie newsletter. I made up a bunch of these a few weeks ago and kept them on my worktable, knowing the perfect project would come along for me to use them. This color combination just seemed so perfect with the new stamps.

I stitched the stamped background to a piece of vintage French text, green cardstock, and then to a piece of vintage lace that I stiffened using a fabric stiffener. The corners were sewn to the wire frame using embroidery floss. Whew! And, amazingly, I didn't poke out an eye or lose a finger while making the frame. I definitely need some better wire tools if I'm going to do more work like this in the future though!

Be sure and click on the pictures to see full-size images - it's so hard to show all the little details in the smaller pictures.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Tag Tuesday - Happy Birthday Louise!

Today it's Louise's birthday so the theme over at Tag Tuesday is Happy Birthday! I don't have a lot of occasion-specific stamps, but I think this little fairy is just perfect for a birthday theme. She is from the Oxford Impressions Fairy Sweets plate and I think she is so adorable! I wish the glitter showed up better - once I started, I couldn't stop. I glittered everything!

Make sure you stop by and wish Louise a very Happy Birthday!