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Lovin’ Lindy’s Stamp Gang

Here’s a little notebook I decorated and personalized a couple of weeks ago.

I cut two covers from a thick cardstock. I used black modeling paste and the Composition Book stencil from Prima to create the texture on the covers. Using Lindy’s Stamp Gang sprays (pirate’s plunder moon shadow mist, screamin’ banshee blackscintillating silver and sweet violet purple teal), I gave the covers some color and a little shimmer.

Using sprays allows you to create your own color palette and use that palette to color your embellishments using the same sprays.

To decorate the premade tag, I used the Evidence Label rubber stamp from Viva Las Vegas Stamp company and the Shenanigans stamp comes from Stampotique Originals. I stamped the heart using the Evidence Label and Twilight Blue Slate embossing powder, also from Lindy’s.  The metal closure came from my jar of vintage buttons.

I’m entering this decorated notebook in the Lindy’s Stamp Gang monthly challenge. Wish me luck please.

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December Color Challenge

Concentrated on using the colors from the December Color Challenge for Lindy’s Stamp Gang. The stamped images are from Viva Las Vegas Stamps

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This is a two-page mixed media journal spread. Lindy’s Stamp Gang sprays make creating backgrounds so easy. I used Rudolf’s Red Nose and Golden Sleigh Bells as the two primary color sprays. Supporting colors were Ponderosa Pine Olive, Mystic Malachite, and Twinkling Tinsel.

The image of the cat and bunny are from Viva Las Vegas Stamps. After coloring them using watercolor pencils, I cut them out. The cat image got a little extra treatment. He was a small piece to color, but surprisingly, I was able to create several different patterns. It was way more fun than I thought it would be, large enough for variety, but small enough that I didn’t lose interest and patience.

The absLindy's Color Challengetract squares stamp from VLVS really popped when embossed with Lindy’s Stamp Gang Bougainvillea Red Teal, Scotch Broom yellow, and Fiddlehead Fern Green.  The Stencil Girl Products hand stencil was a great way to add extra interest and texture.

Enjoy the end of the year and hope to see you here again soon.

I’m entering the Lindy’s Stamp Gang December color challenge! Wish me luck.

 

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Cowgirl at the Kudzu Cafe

Can’t help but love the Artistic Outpost line of stamps from Our Daily Bread Designs. To make this card, I used a stencil to create the textured background along with some Lindy’s Stamp Gang sprays for the color. I stamped the cowgirl from the Cowgirl Strength set, then cut her out so she could be popped up to make her stand out. The little girl and the depression era woman are from the Kudzu Cafe set.

I’m so glad I have an opportunity to show Artistic Outpost my creations.

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I’m entering this card in the July Challenge. Wish me luck.

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Baby You’re a Star

The Picture Star stamp set from Artistic Outpost continues to inspire me. This time, I took that gorgeous baby and stamped him on a rolodex card. Colored him using watercolor pencils and of course, he had to have a red beret. I used two dots of glossy gel to make his sunglasses pop. The ever handsome, Fred Astaire, needed a little pop, so I gave him a small black bow. I stamped other images from the set as background and added a couple of stars cut from mirror and silver papers. I just can’t get enough of this set and I’m already planning one more project that focuses on the movie starlet from the set. I’m thinking she’s going to have to have some sort of a boa!! Check out the set from Artistic Outpost which also owns Our Daily Bread designs.

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I just can’t get enough of this set and I’m already planning one more project that focuses on the movie starlet from the set. I’m thinking she’s going to have to have some sort of a boa!! Check out the set from Artistic Outpost which also owns Our Daily Bread designs.

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Art from Recycled Objects

Earth Day is coming up soon. Earth Day encourages us to stop and think about how pollution, litter, waste, and overuse affects our planet. This is not a political day nor should it be. This day is about the little things we learned in kindergarten, don’t litter, don’t dump your trash in creeks and rivers and don’t be wasteful with natural resources.

The words reduce, reuse, recycle can be applied to art. For some of us, our art is completely based on reusing and upcycling. Here is my nod to reusing and upcycling an old metal tray. The ferns were taken from an old flower arrangement. The seashells were gathering dust in our bookcase. The light blue glass came from the burnt out ruins of an old house. The gears and sprockets were salvaged from old watches. The chain on the diving helmet came from an old ceiling fan and I used some sort of metal washer to make the faceplate on the diving helmet stand out. upcyclemermaid

Thanks for looking and as always, comments are welcome.

I’ve entered this piece in a contest over on the Frilly and Funkie blog.

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New Beginning

I’m transitioning to a new hosting website. Please be patient as I learn to customize and create new posts. My plan to is branch out a little and create some tutorials and product reviews to explain my journey as a wannabee artist.

Thanks so much for your patience. Here is an altered Altoid tin for all the fairy lovers out there. I used a fairy and small mulberry paper flowers from Prima Marketing.

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Hope you like her. She was a lot of fun to create.

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March Madness – Art Journal Page

I am a University of Kentucky basketball fan. I graduated from the University of Kentucky. I bleed blue. So, how in the world did I end up using LSU (Louisiana State University) colors in my art journal? 
I spent the day trying to come up with colors for my art journal. I had an idea of a couple of elements I wanted to use, a window frame die cut, some sand texture paste, and a picture of the desert. I was listening to the pre-game show on the radio as I pondered. Kentucky’s opponent – LSU. LSU colors, purple, gold white. Painted desert. The LSU colors fit perfectly. 

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I used my Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist (Blackberry Cordial and Fully Purple), Chalkboard (Bittersweet and Pot o’ Gold), and Plain Jane Baseboard (Gravel) sprays to create the background. I mixed a little of the Plain Jane Baseboard Gravel in to the modeling paste and used a stencil to create more texture to the pages. I used the Bittersweet and Pot o’ Gold to dye the crinkle ribbon and hand stitched the ribbon on to a piece of burlap scrap. 

The doodling in the right corner is original, something I started as a part of the Wanderlust classes I’m taking. The other images sprinkled around are a rubber stamp from my collection. 
I covered the window die cut in sand texture paste. After the texture paste dried, I added a little color to the sand with the Gravel spray. Glued the window to my picture. 

It felt disloyal to use an opposing team’s colors, but on this night, UK beat LSU to clinch the second seed in the SEC tournament. Go Big Blue! And LSU, thanks for inspiring me to use your school colors. 

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March, Oh How You Challenge Me

I’ve started March off with some extra focus on my art. In some ways, the yucky weather helps me be creative. I know that I don’t want to be outside and the house is a little dark so I don’t see the dirt and dust. If I can see the dirt and dust, then I think I have to do something about it! If I can’t see the dust and dirt, then it’s not there, right? Hmm, writing that out absolutely makes me like gloomy, cold, rainy days are made for creating. Today is a gloomy, cold, day, that makes today a good day for creating, right. So, before I head off to enjoy a guilt-free day in my workshop, here’s something I created using Artistic Outpost stamps for a friend that enjoys memories of the good old days. 

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A Gift to Be Simple – Steam The stamps I used are from two different Artistic Outpost sets.The gentleman, train station and train are from the Steampunk set. The Kudzu Boy and the words are from Kudzu Kafe.

Hope you enjoy this creation. Please leave a comment below, especially if you like this card. If you have any questions about techniques or where to get Artistic Outpost stamps, leave your question in the comments and I’ll get back to you! 
I entered this card in the Frilly and Funkie Boy oh Boy! challenge. Wish me luck.
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New Year, New Attitude

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I don’t make New Year Resolutions. I have made resolutions in the past, but it was more of a nod to peer pressure, an answer to “What are your New Year Resolutions?” So I made a few frivolous resolutions that even though weren’t really serious, I still felt like a failure when I didn’t follow through. 

This year is different. No, I’m not making New Year Resolutions but I am copping a new attitude. 
 
I’ve been in a pretty low place most of 2015 and especially since early November. I’ve let things get under my skin. I’ve let negativity invade my life. I’ve been angry about things that were out of my control. 

Some things I won’t be able to change. I’ve been a paraplegic for 39 years. Aching shoulders and lower back pain make using my wheelchair more difficult. Things don’t come as easy for me as they did 15 years ago. Simply picking something up off the floor is a three-step-process. Getting a shower and dressing take about 30 minutes longer than it did 3 or 4 years ago. The thing that bothers me the most, I’M NOT THAT OLD. I can’t de-age and I can’t stand the thought of any more surgeries. 

2016 is a time for me take control of my thoughts. Time to find the courage I seem to have misplaced. To find the positive attitude that evaded me for most of 2015. It is a time for a new attitude.  
 
Goodbye 2015, hello 2016. And to myself, “Welcome back Judy! You may have momentary setbacks or even days of lapsing in to frustration, but you will find your way.”  

I created this tag using a combination of Artistic Outpost stamps (Picture Star set), Prima flowers, and Tim Holtz die cuts and embossing folders. 

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Small but Mighty

This is a small (5 x 7 inch) canvas I’ve named Queen Bee. The base layer is crumpled tissue paper. I used Lindy’s Stamp Gang sprays to color the tissue paper after the tissue paper was applied to the canvas. From there, I added bits and baubles and a few flowers I tinted using more Lindy’s Stamp Gang sprays. Look closely and you will see some repurposed items from my junk drawer. 

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