Friday, January 28, 2011

Wax Resist Technique

Here you go on the tutorial vid...hope you enjoy it.

Wanted to let you know that our family received some difficult news yesterday. My Dad (84 yrs old) has been diagnosed with AML (leukemia) and will begin chemo therapy on Monday. We have had great conversations as a family about this - and as my dad has been an athlete and very healthy all his life - we are all in agreement that he should take this course of treatment. He has a good prognosis - and while it will no doubt be VERY rough on him - we believe the outcome will be for him to eventually return to all the things that he loves doing - playing golf (he had played 14 holes of golf just prior to getting this news), hunting with his brother, and hanging out with family - particularly his grandkids.

We would appreciate your prayers. We know that God carries us through even our DARKEST hours - and makes the way clear. Royce and I can attest to His faithfulness in these kinds of moments from very personal and recent experience. Thank you friends for your love and are loved and appreciated, every one!


Tuesday, January 25, 2011

It's a "Texture" kind of day!

I went into my studio with the intention of making some Valentines...and well - I ended up playing around with some texture fades, paint and crayons! I had the best time...and wanted to share the results with you. I am going to do a video tutorial in the next day or so - but thought I could whet you appetite with a couple of pictures. I love how these turned out...and I just kept on playing (more "scraps" to go into the pile to be used for the Stash Diet Challenge)

The Valentine Card at the top of this post was created by adding some dictionary paper to a piece of thin chipboard (like a cereal box kind of thickness) with gel medium. Then I ran it through my die machine with the Houndstooth texture folder. The next step for all of these was to use a really CHEAP crayon to rub and add color to the raised portion of the embossed surface. The wax from the crayon will resist just about ANY paint or waterbased ink that you rub over it - so from there it was just "Katy Bar The Door" and "All Bets Are Off" kind of fun. I used paint dabbers, colorbox ink, distress ink and mists to stain the background...and just wiped off the excess medium from the waxy surface with a baby wipe. Here are some other examples of what I created using variations on this technique.

I promise I will get the video tutorial done in the next day or so -- but wanted to get you "thinkin about the possibilities!" I had a blast and hope you will too!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Stash Diet Challenge Intro

Hey Friends...Happy Sunday to you!

You can come be a part of our first round starting today and running through January 30th.

The first challenge is to use up PAPER scraps....I have a whole drawer full...and I think some of the paper is just GORGEOUS...but I need to USE it! I am planning to do a quick video to show you some of the ideas that I have come up with to use up my stash of paper pieces. Do you have some extra scraps that you want to try and use up -- AND get some projects done? Come join us on Your Paper Pantry. It will be fun.

Hope you will join us!


Friday, January 07, 2011

Stash Diet Challenge

Hey Everyone! the New Year probably saw each of us making resolutions (re: family, personal, spiritual, perhaps even losing weight or getting back in shape)! I set some crafty goals too! (See how I skipped right over the losing weight/getting in shape option!?!?!? LOL)

I have already done a studio clean up and purge...and am now ready to work on a couple of my other goals for this year....

1. Reduce the stash (let's not call it hoarding)

2. Complete more projects (including page layouts).

3. Think outside the box when using tools and materials I already have.

I always do a LOT better with my goals (still not talking about weight loss or working out) when it is FUN and I have friends to do it I talked to Roxy on Your Paper Pantry about doing what I am going to call the STASH DIET CHALLENGE (a little play on a "crash diet" - but am STILL not acknowledging the lose weight option of New Year's Resolutions *smile*)

The goal is going to be to use things we ALREADY have to COMPLETE a project in whatever format you are most interested in doing.

My goal as the moderator will be to put out some new ideas of ways to use older tools, papers, and products - and challenge each of us to complete one or more projects during the month.

Let me give you a "for instance" - the Stash Diet Challenge item might be vellum....or brads....or old pattern paper. I will post a video with some ideas of ways to use the item...and then set a challenge date. Anyone can play along....and become eligible for a drawing/give away, by posting their project here on YPP either as a photo or a video before the end date of the challenge. You pick the project - it could be a card, a mini, a mixed media piece or a layout...whatever helps YOU complete a project that you would like to get done...and as long as it contains the Stash Diet Challenge item - your name will go in for the drawing.

I will be posting the first Stash Diet Challenge on the 15th of this month on Your Paper Pantry: Stash Diet Challenge. I want to give people time to sign up and to give me some feedback on how often you would like to to this...perhaps even a couple times a month. Because it doesn't take a HUGE project to qualify -- we could do new items every couple of weeks if you are let me know what you think by signing up and leaving me a comment below.

Hope you all are ready for some FUN!