Thursday, March 17, 2011

#93 WOYWW Better late than never - Mieux vaut tard que jamais!

I'm late for WOYWWednesday, but I'm still here. Let's kick it off with a picture that is not my work desk, but my dining room wall. You might have seen this one on a very early blog post
All this is part of the home stash. You caught a glimpse of it last week during the paint-o-mania when the kitchen was temporarily ripped apart. Dave the Painter, another saint, finished his work on Friday at 4 pm and Saint Husband had bridge in there 3 hours later. Is Dave an awesome painter? oh yeah.

At the top is an old heater register (see the diagonal keyhole that opened and closed the damper?) At left is a post office box door, a bunch of face plates for door knobs, assorted keys, etc. Bottom right is a sterling silver curvy pendant I made during my silver smithing days in college. Above it and to the right are face plates and keys from French châteaux, early 1800s. 

I did very little in the studio, but that's ok. Am getting in touch with my French side. My tags are in a coffee can I got in Paris, the photos make me want to be in Paris and my project is dreaming of being in Paris. I'm "homesick" for April in Paris and it's only March. 

 So I found an old skinny cigar box and am doing the outside in distress stain (dusty concord/peeled painted) and perfect pearls. It is a WIP work in progress.
The inside has a Paris theme in alcohol inks an' some other stuff I haven't figured out yet, so that's why you aren't seeing it here yet.
 I'd forgotten how beautiful simple could be. The husband needed a sympathy card, so I used a Wendy Vecchi stamp from Botanical Art with some cobalt (I think. I'm not going down to the studio to check 'cuz I'm too lzay,lozy, lazy to get up) perfect pearl powder. VoilĂ . C'est tout for today. Hugs.

PS tomorrow I'll show you the cool tags my friend Lori sent me that made me *smile*. 

PPS Go see other desks at Julia's Stamping Ground

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

WOYWW #92 (Dis)Organized

Well, I knew this day was coming - Dave the Painter is here to work on the kitchen and the husband's (St. Donald) half-bath. In order for me to have a mess in one part of the house, another location has to be *well* organized.
Here's the mess of all things kitchen in the dining room. I won't even dare to show you what's in the living room ;-)
 So this means that the room of stash got a good straightening over the weekend, something that had been piling up since the holidays. Because I have some many different interests, organization is key to playing. Please don't think I'm sick, sick, sick because of my manic desire to label everything. I think it's just a carry-over of 30 years of filing habits as a teacher!

Mr. Tim's alcohol inks divided into lights, brights and earthtones, plus some stickles.
 More Mr. Tim toys: blending tools, distress embossing powders and lots of glitter.
More Tim Holtz goodies: Distress stains (DS). Most stash items are out in the open so I can remember to play with them. I'm one of those out of sight, out of mind people, so I *love* to see stash. There is no doubt that I am addicted to color. If you don't have the DS yet, splurge and get them all at once. That way you won't have to keep going back for one or two. Play will start immediately when they are on your desk. (I punched 1 inch circles, glued them to the to of the bottles and then dabbed them with the DS color, nifty, n'est-ce pas?

I plan to spend time in the studio today making backgrounds for cards that I'll create tomorrow and mail on Friday. Organization and planning make me comfortable, whereas chaos gives me a case of the crazies.

Speaking of organized, pop on over to Miss Julia's Stamping Ground to see what's going on around the world. Her blog friends always brings a smile to my face. Make something good this week - and make a good hearty laugh to go along with it.  Hugs,

 PS, If you are a fan of Stampotique, go visit  Gini at "A little bit of shiny." She is their guest artist this month and does tons of fab things with their stamps. Would that I could have a Stampotique collection like hers and the talent to use it. This is something to which I can aspire. (don't ya love the grammar!) Thanks for visiting this week.

  PSS Did I remember to show you the basket in which I keep my TH Sizzix dies? I'm running out of space and must stop buying stash. *Someone* needs an intervention. rofl

 Th-th-th-that's all folks!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

#91 WOYWW Back in the swing of things

Yippee it's time for a trip around the world over at Julia's Stamping Ground. I can't tell you how much this has changed my life, I mean where else can you go to visit, greet and meet so many great artists. Yes, artists. I am of the opinion that anyone who is creative is an artiste because they share their work in a public forum, i.e., chez Julia.

Since the husband's return from golfing in South Carolina, I'm more inclined to head down to the studio, room of stash, furnace room, etc.  Last weekend I made a reallllly long banner for my niece's birthday. Well I had to, there was a lot to say: Angela*16*Mar.19* It is probably 4 ft long. Here it is

 I think she'll like it, and especially the little bit of cash I tucked inside, too.

Also played with some alcohol inks. They sure are easy to use and make some uber cool backgrounds for stamping.

 Here's a card I made. Love those colors for spring. You may be wondering why there is a dental tool in front of the card. Well, it makes it easier for me to take the plastic redline tape off the adhesive than if I used my fingernails! 

I've had the tool for eons and can only suggest that you ask your dentist for old or broken ones. I wonder if a local medical supply store might have one? Another tool I love to use is a hemostat for gripping tiny eye screws when using Tim Holtz's Configurations. My fingers don't fit in those small spaces. I simply (haha) make a hole with the dental tool, grasp the eye screw with the hemostat and turn. Maybe this little tip will be of help to some of you who are equally as challenged as I am! Now I'm off to the post office to mail the banner.
Hope you have time to make something creative and fun that will make you smile and laugh. Hugs. 

Thursday, February 24, 2011

WOYWW #90 - I'm glad to be back!

I can't believe that it is Wednesday again. And I'm finally back again after a month long drought in the studio. I've been poking about here and there, but with no real direction or inspiration. Kinda strange with all that stash ready to be put to paper and such.  I have been hibernating more or less with snow and gray skies - but mostly playing with the silly cat who demands lots of attention. 

I have made a few little goodies for Valentine's day, but nothing like the frenzy of a year ago. Here is a little banner for my sis and her daughters - it's their last name deLuca, but I'll give you a close up for the de-tails. As you can tell, I used Tim Holtz's Baroque die for the background and his rosettes for the center. Lots of color that I made myself with Adirondack wild plum reinker and perfect pearls. I like the way it looks with the dusty concord distress ink and purple stickles. It's more of a spring banner than a valentine theme.
 I also did a small piece for my nephew's 17th birthday. It is grungeboard with paint dabber, crackle paint, distress ink and various do-dads with alcohol ink, perfect pearls and more. Thank goodness he liked it - you never know with teenage boys. Maybe it was the cash I put in with the plaque?!!!
 I also did a class on brayered background at the local stamp store - Buffalo Stamps and Stuff. That's the card you see on the right. Talk about a technique! I love the effects you get with it and I'll get around to practicing it more one of these days.

Perhaps my creative blockage is from having too many choices of stash to play with - more likely it has to do with mental blockage!  I guess I have accomplished a few things in the atelier, and promise to do better in the coming weeks.

To joing the world-wide blog hop pop over to Julia's and enjoy the fun.

Hope you have time to creative something fun - even smiles and laughter count! 

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Here's what's on my mantel WOYWW #86

Not much going on here in work desk-land. Ophelia has discovered that it is a fun place to bat pens and pencils and sniff Distress Ink pads. No creativity to see at the desk.

So I will post what I made in Banner Class. Lovely Mona of Buffalo Stamps and Stuff (BSS, our local stamp store) designed and prepped all the materials for this fab Valentine banner. 
Isn't it grand? It was labor intensive, distressing (victorian velvet), folding and gluing, stickling and hole punching, so much fun for those of us in the class. Thanks, Mona.

Here's a close up of some panels. Aren't they luscious?
I plan to leave it up until I make one for another season or holiday. Hint, hint Mona. lol

On Friday our little tag club will meet at BSS and I have to get busy on our challenges from Tim's Compendium of Curiosities, 5 techniques from p. 41-45. I've been putting off doing the tags for quite some time now. I think I will work best under pressure...yeah, right. Seriously, instead of doing one tag for each technique, I'd like to incorporate them into one or two tags. Guess you'll have to come back next week to see what I did.

In the meantime, enjoy the snoop at other desks at Miss Julia's place. Take a look at what they've created, not just the WOYWW posting. Enjoy reflecting on the creativity. (yes, this picture was taken in one of my guest rooms)

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Okay, Okay, this is the real WOYWW post

Just a quick peek today at what is good about the stash room/studio/furnace room! You can read my last post for more of what I've been up to (lost mojo, reward offered.)

Remember to stop over to Julia's to see what is on creative desks everywhere for WOYWW. I wouldn't miss it for the world. 

I wanted to focus on the few corners of the room that are organized, since I haven't been creating anything. First are my bins with Tim's Alterations and On the Edge dies. I like how the metal mesh bins stack. Plus there are handles so they can easily be picked up should I ever decide to vacuum / Hoover the floor. 
 Next are my stamp bins arranged by season/holiday topped with my Copics and Prismacolor collection.

Finally  a drawer containing my alcohol inks, reinkers and stickles. I put the bottles in cookie tins and greeting card boxes from days of yore. On top of each AI I have glued a circle left over from a paper punch and put a drop of AI on the paper so I have a general idea of what colors are where. Not sure where I picked up this technique, but I like it and I'm not always knocking those tiny bottle over like dominoes. lol

That's it for today, hope you have time to make something fun.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Where has my mojo gone? Maybe this is my WOYWW entry

It's been almost a week since I've shared with you. In the meantime, JoZart has honored me with a couple of awards - Stylish Blogger Award, and My Blog Has Attitude. Many thanks to Jo for her kindness.

Needless to say, I've been trying like a madwoman to get the graphics installed on the sidebar gadgets with no luck. So I guess I'll just have to brag about them here. lol

Now I have to tell you some things about myself that you might not already know - 8 things. Here goes:
1.  I have ...danced the samba in the streets of Rio de Janeiro with about 10,000 other people (1998 World Cup Soccer); have been an extra in an Italian film; lived in Italy for a year long, long ago. (no, not during the Renaissance!)
2.  I love...listening to the blues, or real rock n roll, none of this "new" rock for me! Classics only, please.
3.  Favorite thing to eat...penne bolognese with carrot cake for dessert.
4.  Colors...shades of yellow and orange sunsets.
5.  I laugh everyday.
6.  My biggest be close to all my loved ones, to see them often and for health and happiness to follow them always.
7.  I fear...being alone, all alone, lonely. But I won't let that happen.
8.  Amongst the jobs I've had...working in a printer's shop and unloading a truck filled with boxes of paper! I'm not put off by hard work. 

Now I'd like to pass this along to 4 of my favorite bloggers

First, to Lori H. whose artistic ability always amazes me - not to mention we share the same quirky sense of humor.
Next to Nancy C. who is so busy and yet finds time to make a beautiful array of art.
Also, to Jude whose heart is in the right place all the time.
Finally, Helen, who shares my love of Stampotique designs.
These women probably don't know the impact their blogs and creativity have had on me, but they have kept me company many a late night and their ideas have inspired me to make something fun.

 Thanks for your inspiration, your personal style and for sharing your attitude.

I did make something fun over the weekend - a Tim Holtz configuration box for Halloween. I know, it's a bit early, but it's a perfect time of year to put something together to have it ready to go. Sharon, owner of my LSS Buffalo Stamps and Stuff, offered the class on Saturday. We all had such a good time tissue taping, inking, gluing and adding our frightening goodies to the sweet little cubbies. The skull on the right side has a hole in its neck and sits upon a battery operated tea light so the head flickers. The bottle of blood/poison is really cool, too. Just love Tim's papers and all the little details that go into this config. 

Finally I leave you today with a picture of Ophelia dressed to kill. She is such a diva in her 4 foot long red feather boa and loves to carry it around the house in her mouth: down to the basement then back upstairs through the living room then under the bed.

It turns out that she is a mouser. Last night she brought my husband a mouse trap, complete with trapped mouse (deceased, thank goodness), up from the basement! She was highly praised for her bravery and success. Not a bad day in the life of a spoiled only child! What a puss.

Hope you make something fun today, even if it is "just" a laugh or a smile.  To be continued...