Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Tea Bag Canvas

In the online course I am taking, "The Art of Wild Abandonment", there was a prompt involving a vase of flowers, this is my take on that prompt:
One of the girls used a pretty kraft colored Tazo outer tea bag packet as a vase. Well, it just so happens that I've been collecting the outer tea bag packets of the teas I drink made by Stash because the colors are so vibrant and pretty. I used mine to make the flowers!
 The blue background is Tim Holtz "faded jeans" Distress Stain mixed with Mod Podge, after painting it on, while it was still wet, I pulled some of the paint off with bubble wrap leaving little circles of white. The darker blue element on the bottom left is the same Distress Stain only mixed with Liquitex Modeling Paste. I applied it to a plastic doily by Tupperware and "stamped" it on to the canvas. The herringbone is done with "picket fence" Distress Stain dabbed through a Balzer Designs for Crafter's Workshop mini Herringbone stencil. 
The lace is new but aged with TH Distress Stains. The flowers are shaded with india ink using Faber Castell Pitt Pens. The little bird cage is from an Etsy shop which no longer carries them.  
The paper I used to make the vase is by Making Memories from their Vintage Findings collection and the metal filligrie embellishment on the vase is from "The Funkie Junkie Boutique". I colored the metal in a random fashion with a blue Copic marker #B29. Linda, aka "The Funkie Junkie" has loads of awesome vintage inspired items and also great products to use on your mixed media projects - so check out her store! She also runs a challenge blog called "Frilly and Funkie" which is lots of fun to play along with. I am entering this canvas in her Sunday Share linky party.
 This is how the back of the piece is finished:

This canvas is for sale for $35 plus $10 shipping, please e-mail me if you'd like to purchase it!
tgfenster (@) 
Thanks for stopping by my blog!
I'd love to hear what you think!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

another Art Journal Page

This week at Frilly and Funkie they have a photo inspiration seen here:
The colors reminded me of a die cut that's been in my stash waiting to be used. I added some color and shading to the die cut with Tim Holtz Distress pens and Faber Castell Pitt pens.  I colored a manilla tag with a few colors of TH Distress stains then laid a pattern on it using Balzar Designs stencils and TH Distress inks. After I pushed the ink through the chicken wire stencil, there was a lot of ink left on the stencil so I quick opened my art journal to a blank page and pressed the excess ink on to the page. WhhEEEEEE! LOVE! oh happy day - that came out cool! So I did the same thing with the herringbone stencil! I did some stamping with a Studio G stamp and black StazOn ink and laid down some KandCo rub-ons. A TH reinforcer, Kaiser craft pearl, and some ribbon from the stash and now, what was going to be a diecut on a tag, is a pretty journal page! I'll probably add some words to it when the right ones come along but for now I'm very happy with it!
If the photo or my project inspire a project for you - go create! Then link it up at Frilly and Funkie!
Thanks for stopping by my blog today
I'd love to hear what you think!

Friday, June 22, 2012

Fabulous Friday at Frosted Designs

This week's Fabulous Friday challenge at Frosted Designs is to make your own embellishments!

Using a technique taught by Christy Tomlinson in her  
"Your Living Canvas" workshop, I made these hearts:

I mixed burgandy and red paint together with modeling paste and spread it through a stencil onto a non stick mat. After the hearts were dry, I mixed green paint into some modeling paste and pushed it through the Leaf Grid stencil by Crafter's Workshop directly on to the heart. I then added the pearl embellishment by Making Memories. This was a fun, easy technique that I will be using again!

Here they are on my layout. In the upper left corner of the layout are more leaves done directly on the paper using the same technique. 
The portrait is of my gorgeous daughter Robin and her awesome husband Bryan taken on a cruise they went on to celebrate their 5th anniversary.
This layout is the scrapbook side of my June 366 Art Journal/Calendar project. If you are unfamiliar with this project, see the original post here. This project has taken on a decidedly scrapbooking quality and I must endeavor to make July's spread more art journally!

Here is the Calendar side:
You can check out other artists ideas on this project at The Kathryn Wheel.
and the full spread:

Be sure to hop over to Frosted Designs and check out what the rest of the team members have created to inspire you! Make your own embellishment and link it up to be in the drawing for a great prize!

Monday, June 18, 2012

FD Blog Hop final

WOW! Thanks so much to all of you for the lovely comments! I'm glad you love my space - I do too!
So - no random number generator thingy for me - nope -  I did the good old cut the names out and stir them in the colander thingy!         And the winner is Sandee!
 Blogger sandee said...
I love all the space you have, and your organization, my favorite though is that dress form, loving it! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina :)
June 16, 2012 12:26 AM 

Sandee - e-mail me and let me know if you'd like the Brights Prize or the Browns Prize - tgfenster (@)
But Wait! I am so thrilled with the response and thankful for the ladies who purchased Vintage Paper Packs from me that I am awarding a second prize! Those who purchased paper packs were entered in a second drawing and that winner is Lori Williams! 
After Sandee lets me know whether she wants the Brights Prize or the Browns Prize, I will send the other out to Lori W!

Thanks again! I appreciate all of you so much, I will try to visit each of you and hope you'll visit me again soon!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Frosted Design DT Crafting Space Blog Hop!

How fun is this! The design team from Frosted Designs is having a blog hop of our crafting spaces! 
If you came from Ann's blog then you are in the right place! If not, you'll want to start at the beginning of the hop at the Frosted Designs blog. Be sure to stop by each of the designer's blogs on the hop and leave a comment, then leave a final comment on the Frosted Designs blog. Some of the designers (including me!) are giving prizes and there will be one from Frosted Designs too! Be sure to check each blog again on Monday the 18th to see if you've won!
Be prepared for a photo heavy post - 
I've a gorgeous studio to share with you! 
After my girls married and moved out, my husband and I moved our bedroom upstairs and turned the master bedroom on the main floor of our home in to my studio. It is an awesome space and gets a LOT of use! All of the furniture is from Ikea, the window treatments are from JC Penney. I purchased a bedspread that matches the curtains and used it to make the chair covers and the cover for my rolling paper cart. The track lighting is from Home Depot. Everything on the walls was made by my husband and I.

Come on in~

take a tour of the perimeter first~

My big punches are in a shoe holder in the left of the picture above. It is the kind that hangs on the back of a door but it got so heavy it pulled the door off the hinges (OOPS!!) So my husband put a piece of molding up and attached it to the wall.

Here are some close-ups:

I like to have as many of my supplies behind glass as possible
 (less dusting!)

This cabinet has all of my cutting supplies in it as well as my Xyron machines and the black binders with my rub-ons and letter stickers. I try to keep the top clear so I can get what I need, use it, and put it right back!

This is the bulk of my paper, I keep it behind closed doors so it doesn't get faded.

"There's always time to create"!

This is the shelf I use for taking pictures of my projects, there is a lamp on a swing arm (in the upper left corner) that I can pull down to get direct lighting. It is at the perfect height for me to get a straight on shot. The antique cabinet came from my husband's grandmother's house and I believe it was originally in a post office.

I love having my table "floating" in the room, the windows let in tons of light and all of my "stuff" is within easy reach. (That's my adorable grandson Jacob playing nicely while MomMom was taking pictures!)

"vintagy" stuff

Jakey got tired of this whole process and took a rest!

You are probably tired of pictures too so . . . .

Now - on to the prizes! Leave a comment on this post for me, I will do a random draw on Monday afternoon of all the entries and the winner will have a choice of either the "Brights" prize or the "Browns" prize pictured below!
Extra Entries !!! :
Anyone purchasing a Vintage Paper Pack from me during the hop will get THREE extra entries in the drawing! You can see and purchase the Paper Pack on this post. (Leave another comment stating you bought a pack, please!)



I will post the winning name Monday evening!

Thanks for stopping by and visiting my space, be sure to comment and then head on over to Anita's blog - have fun!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Spring art journal page

I am taking an online course called The Art of Wild Abandonment with Christy Tomlinson and Junelle Jacobsen. One of the prompts involved making a tree limb with leaves and this is my take on that prompt.
 At the Frilly and Funky Blog they are having a challenge to use Kraft and Twine on your project so I am linking up with them there.

My blog friend Becky Shander sent me a beautiful Scrabble tile pendant which was wrapped in a little bag she made out of batting and interfacing. I cut the little bag apart, made my bird out of the batting and wove the interfacing in with the kraft lunch bag paper, vintage book paper, twine, and dress pattern paper I used to make the nest.

The chicken wire stencil is by Balzer Designs for Crafter's Workshop applied with Staz On ink in three different colors. The tree limb is Neocolor II crayons, the leaves are paper scraps. The flowers are acrylic paint by Making Memories applied with punchenella and bubble wrap. Highlighting is done with Faber Castell Pitt artist pens. The word Spring is a rub on by Making Memories. The base is a hardcover book with Golden white gesso over the pages. I used ModPodge to apply all of the elements and to seal the page.

If you think you'd like to try using vintage book paper on your projects see my post here to buy an awesome variety pack to get you started! 

Thanks for stopping by today!
I appreciate your comments!

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Buy Vintage Book Paper Here!

I've put together a wonderful bundle of vintage book paper for you! It contains more than 50 sheets in a wide variety of papers to keep you creating for quite a while!
(click on photos to enlarge)

What comes in this bundle:
6 sheets of music
15 sheets of 3 column dictionary paper
7 sheets of 2 column dictionary paper
3 sheets of color illustrated children's dictionary paper
22 sheets of book paper from 8 different sources~
       (1 in German and 1 in French!)
I've added in some bonus pieces just for fun!:
1 piece of dressmaker's tissue paper
1 illustrated children's book page
1 section of an aeronautical chart (click here to see what an awesome background this makes!)

all this for only $10 !
free shipping 
via USPS Priority Mail flat rate envelope
shipping in the USA only

Close-up of a sample of the Music Sheets:
 (largest is 9"x12"/ 6 sheets total)

Close-up of a sample of the Dictionary Sheets: 
(largest is 8" x 10 3/4"/25 sheets total) 
There are 15 sheets of the large 3 column included!

Close-up of the Book Paper: 
(largest is 6" x 9"/ 22 sheets total)

I have carefully taken each book apart at the binding to insure that you receive the full page.
With the exception of the aeronautical chart, the papers are mostly from the '30s, 40's, and 50's, some are even older!
If you have any questions please e-mail me! 
tgfenster (@)

Friday, June 1, 2012

Frosted Designs Challenge - Punches!

This Fabulous Friday at Frosted Designs we are challenging you to use your punches on your project!
I used a heart punch by Martha Stewart to make the flowers on this framed piece:

The background paper is "Jacobean Black" by Autumn Leaves and is mounted on the backerboard that came with the frame. The mini canvases are by Daler Rowney Ltd and are covered with vintage book paper. The flowers are made with papers from the "Victoria Garden" line by Echo Park with center brads by Bo Bunny. Of course, everything has Distress Ink on it by Tim Holtz for Ranger in various colors. The frame is by Pinnacle.

The challenge this week at The Paper Variety is anything other than a card or layout and I am entering this piece in their challenge.

If you think you'd like to try using vintage book paper on your projects see my post here to buy an awesome variety pack to get you started! 

This week's prize for one random winner at Frosted designs is an adorable mini album kit by Artsy Albums. So get out your punches, make a layout, card, or off the page project and link it up at Frosted Designs!

Thanks for stopping by! 
I appreciate your comments!