Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Tie Dye Tuesday!

Tomorrow is Groovy Day at Clarissa's school. She came up with the idea to tie dye a T-shirt and decorate an old pair of jeans. Can you believe I had never tie dyed before? Here's a shot of the white T-shirt with the sections banded off. Following directions, Clarissa wore the plastic gloves that came with the kit.

She worked away until there was very little white remaining. I did get to help some but this was definitely her project.

Isn't this neat? This is the finished product. I think she'll definitely look groovy!

The other idea she had was to alter some old jeans and make them look cool. The first thing we did was to print some images using transfer paper and the inkjet. The image pictured is a peace sign that she jeweled up.
Here's how the finished outfit turned out. If time permits, I'll snap her photo tomorrow after she's dressed.
Guess who didn't use gloves. Any ideas on removing permanent dye before sometime next week? LOL!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Planning Ahead

October is approaching and even though we have a while before Christmas season begins, it's not too early to begin planning. This box ornament is made using a diecut from Debbie's Die Cuts. The size of the box is 3.5" x 2". It is very versatile and can be used for everything from an ornament, a drawer or for a box for gift giving. Check out Debbie's site for more possibilities.

The shiny metal tape and vintage-style tinsel came from Rock Candy Studios. The stamp is by Delafield and the rest came from my stash. It's beginning to feel a lot like autumn but it's not too soon to plan for Christmas!

Friday, September 19, 2008

Patriotic Beewax

I haven't used beeswax in a while and it seemed right for this piece. The canvas is 6"x8" and was painted with blue acrylics in several shades. Strips of fabric were layered on the left side. The red and gold embellishments as well as the buttons are from Rock Candy. The stamped images are by Artistic Outpost. A bit of blue and red crayon was blended in with the beeswax to add a bit of color. Gold rubons (also sold by RockCandy) were used around the edges of the piece.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Serenity House * Tag

Serenity House began as a paper mache piece. It is painted in several shades of blue acrylic paint. The front features a transparency from Rock Candy Studios as well as letters cut from an Artistic Outpost stamped image.

The roof is covered in sticky back metal tape that was run through the mosaic cuttlebug folder and painted and sanded lightly. Love the metal tape which I also punched the small hearts from. The metal tape is also from Rock Candy as well as the black trim along the bottom of the house.

The back view features more of the same. Other products used from my stash include the compass and beads for the roof.

The tag was pre-dyed and just beautiful without doing a thing to it but it was the perfect canvas for the larger version of the litte girl transparency used on the Serenity House. I used a CB folder on each end of the tag before sewing on the transparency, and adding the quote. I'm not sure the quote is going to show up well here; it is by Helen Keller: "Keep your eyes to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadows". After stitching around the tag and using rubons to accent the diamond impressions, a button and some ribbon was added to complete the tag. All products are available from Rock Candy.
Don't ya love Saturdays?

Friday Night Art

I finally had time last night to enjoy some art time. This altered board book was covered in scrapbook paper and was painted by scraping acrylic on with a credit card. It was muted a bit with a light sanding. The Serenity stamp is by Artistic Outpost. The orange trim (rubbed with Distress Ink), gold foil trim, buttons, watch glass and ribbons are all from Rock Candy Studios. The edges were rubbed with Distress ink also. Can you tell I'm ready for fall?

This piece is a 5 x 5 book page. The heavy cardstock was painted with metallic blue acrylic and a piece of scrapbook paper was added. The rubberstamp image and sentiment are from Oxford Impressions. Black trim, window, foil bird and crown are all from Rock Candy Studios. I really like symbolism and words so I hope some of my thoughts come through here. Ever hear the saying..."When God closes a door, he opens a window". This came to mind with this piece. Note the small foot stepping out the window. Have you ever been at that place where it takes all the courage you have to take one tiny step?

Sunday, September 7, 2008


This piece was so much fun to make. I love vintage photos and like to put words with the picture. The bingo card is a favorite piece with the teal blue lettering so I knew I had to put use the photo with the bingo card. The vintage bingo card, photo transparency, foil trim and watch face are all available from Rock Candy Studios. The flourish stamp which is one of my favorites is by Artistic Outpost. The sentiment was typed on my old Royal typewriter.

Stamp Club Sunday!

Today was stamp club and my friend Allison led us in altering dominoes. The golden butterfly domino is mine and the rest are Clarissa's. I liked the butterfly image that she used so I used it too. I think the dominoes Clarissa drew leaves on using Sharpies are pretty cool too. I'd never have thought of that. The golden color one was made using chalk inks and Clarissa's hot pink one was colored with alcohol inks. We have others that are colored but not stamped.....it was a very good day!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Cleaning House

I've decided to start another blog for the purpose of selling some things to help declutter my space. It's hard to let things go; I don't do that well. There's a link in the side bar to Dianne's Studio Sales so please visit from time to time. I'm beginning slowly with some DOTS and Close To My Heart sets that I've decided to part with. I'll be adding more stuff along the way.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Welcome To My Space

I've been doing a bit of cleaning up this afternoon and decided to share a few photos. There's still lots of organizing to do. I'd love to see some of your art rooms so please leave a comment and invite me over!
These are two of several organizers for the small stuff. I'm not totally pleased with this system but it works OK for now.

This is how I store my acrylic craft paint. In its previous life, this stand held videos. It is perfect for these inexpensive baskets that I picked up at the Dollar Store. I try to group color families in each basket.

This was a discarded Little Debbie rack that was put out for trash (there's not a scratch on it!) My son was still in high school and I had taken him along with some of the baseball players to Kentucky for a game and saw it sitting at a little country store. We stopped for cold drinks and I mustered up my courage and 'inquired' about the shelf. They were more than happy to get rid of it and I was happy to haul it back to Tennessee! Luckily, there was a pickup truck in our caravan so I was able to get it home. Spray paint, adhesives, and varnishes are a few things that are stored here.

This space needs work! Buttons of every shape and size are in jars. There are a few jars of stray ribbon here too. Any ideas?

This is another one of my trouble areas. I've been finding some great bargains at places like Big Lots and I've accumulated faster than I can use it. I'd love to see how you store all this STUFF!! I honestly can't even remember what I have because I forget I have it. Please link me up with your space and give me some ideas or just leave a comment and share how you store your stuff. I'll share more pics in the future...