Monday, April 28, 2008

Unmounted Solution

I appreciate the comments as well as the personal emails with advice for storing unmounteds. Here's what I've come up with and I think it's going to work for me. These containers are Walmart's Mainstays brand made for storing leftovers. They're a 3.25 cup capacity each and you get 12 for under $4.00. Each container holds anywhere from 1 cut sheet of rubber to 3 sheets depending on how big the sheets are. I took the index that came with the stamps and shrunk it waaay down so it would fit onto the lid. Each container is labeled on the front as well. Now they're cut, labeled, indexed and out on a table so I'll use them more. I'm still cutting sheets apart that I've had for a long time but just never got around to cutting them ...kind of ashamed to admit that but I bet some of you have done the same thing. It feels good to get this done!

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Door Prize

I was asked to donate a door prize to a ladies' event on Saturday. No problem! It gave me a chance to use my new Bind-it-All that's been sitting in the box for about a month now. I first tried the Bind-it-All at a stamp club retreat and somehow didn't get the holes lined up and got an F on my first attempt! But today was a new day and I figured I'd whip out a journal in no time. It's now after 9:00 PM and I'm finished...and the book is too. I love the gadget but I'm gadget challenged so I've been moving slowly, afraid of messing up and having no door prize to give. I did discover that I need some coils that are smaller than 1" and that I need more practice. The next journal I make like this will have coil all the way from the top to the bottom to make it more stable. Live and learn. The idea for tying fabric strips came from my friend Alice. The stamps are by Artistic Outpost.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Inchies by Clarissa

I am easily distracted... I can't even remember why I came upstairs to my room but when I did I remembered a promise to mail something out. I started getting the package ready which took me to a container from a previous stamp club meeting. As I'm digging around looking for the 'something to mail out' I see a plastic page holding several inchies. They look vaguely familiar...did I do these in my sleep? Where did they come from? And then I remember! These are the inchies that my fifteen year old did at stamp club. My TennGRITS friends have warmly welcomed Clarissa to be a part of the group and she loves every minute of it. She was only five or six when TennGRITS began and when I'd drive away for a meeting, she'd stand in the doorway screaming, "Don't leave me!" Talk about ripping my heart out! But anyway, here's the inchies she did when Alice Arterburn presented the project a couple of months ago.

Here's the five year old Clarissa and Clarissa today. Just had to throw those in even though I know I'm going to hear about it from her. Guess I'll find out if she's reading my blog!

Sunday, April 20, 2008

I Need A System!

I have piles and piles of unmounted stamps. I'd love some advice on the very best way to store them. It seems if I put them out of sight, they're out of mind. I need a system and would love some comments on the subject. Also, any links appreciated!!

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Saturday Inspiration

Just wanted to share a piece I just finished. The image is stamped and is from one of Claudine Hellmuth's sheets. Let me know what you think...

Friday, April 18, 2008

Too Much Fun!

Ever feel like you've been hit by a truck? I'm there! I stayed out much too late last night for a woman my age...especially since I still had to roll out of bed this morning and get my daughter to school. But it was so worth it! My best friend from high school, (OK, so we've been friends for well over 30 years), Susan, and I went to see Menopause The Musical in Nashville last night. Oh my goodness!! It's been so long since I cried so much...and I'm not talking the ugly cry. We laughed and cried and laughed and cried some more. If you get a chance to see this musical, by all means GO! The morning after is even worth it.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Spring Swap

I finished a swap today for spring moo cards. The base is (shock!) an alcohol ink background. How did I get stuck on this alcohol ink binge? Actually, I had these backgrounds in my stash and just pulled them out because of the color...totally coincidence and not a part of my alcohol binge...I'm moving on to another technique for a while!

It was fun working small and a great chance to use up some of the little bits of stuff laying around.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Party Invitation

I received a packet of die cuts last week from Debbie of and finally had a chance to play with one of them today. The die cut was cut from white matte cardstock. Since I already had my alcohol inks out, I wondered what I could do with them and the die cut. I decided to spray the die cut down with clear matte enamel and experiment with that surface and the inks. I ended up spraying the surface two times and letting it dry completely. I did help the drying a bit with the heat tool. The alcohol inks went on well with the first effort being a bit pale in color. So I added a second layer of ink using a bright pink ink and silver Krylon pen just hitting it here and there for effect. The black dots around the scallop is black cardstock punched out and glued in place.
On the back I used a french curve to make the lines and a few more black cardstock dots. The "You're Invited" stamp is by neato stuff and the candles are from Claudia Rose.

Monday, April 14, 2008

More Alcohol Ink

Here's a fun charm I made using a microscope slide and tria inks. The blue tria ink was tapped gently onto the glass slide and then a drop of denatured alcohol was used to create the small opening on the slide. A butterfly sticker was placed inside the window underneath the glass of the finished charm. I used decorative copper tape that was on clearance at Hobby Lobby and really like the scalloped effect when it is soldered.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Sunflower Box

It's been a busy week! I haven't had much art time until today and with this wooden box already sanded and ready to paint, I decided to finish it. The sunflower stamp is by Inkadinkado and the stamp under the ric-rac trim is by B Line Designs. The box is painted in a creamy yellow, stamped using black Staz-On and the design is colored with chalks. Once dry, I used a crackle product and rubbed it down with Raw Sienna. It's finished off with ric-rac, fabric sunflower and uphostery nail.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

A Touch of Whimsey

Today was stamp club Sunday! I always look forward to seeing the girls and doing a fun project. We also have quarterly swaps and today was swap day. The theme of our swap was animals and this was a difficult theme for me. So I decided to go a different route and make something that might be used in their stamp rooms. The template is from Tempting Template Challenge at I used zebra print paper and another animal print in different colors. My swap is a bit silly and whimsical but it was fun to make!

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Alcohol Ink Play

It's been a while since I pulled out my box of alcohol inks but today I couldn't resist. I recently became aware of a fairly new company that sells unmounted plates called Artistic Outpost. The butterfly design is on one of the plates I got. I love the stamp and also the way it stamped so clearly. The tile is stamped with black Staz-on and clear coated with matte enamel.