We have an amazing sponsor this month, Wilma Payne of Fun Stamper’s Journey:
I mentioned that I had a revised business plan and some news to come in a future post … well, today is the future.
Although I am continuing with Candy Scraps, I am going to be helping another scrapbook vendor, Bayview Scrappers, with videos, samples and classes. It’s a perfect collaboration and I am excited about this new venture.
Bayview Scrappers is made up of Cheryl, Lori and Peter. They offer a full-service paper-crafting store on wheels … literally the largest I have seen. They offer paper, stickers, stamps, dies, stencils, ink, adhesive, albums and all of the usual stuff. If it’s new, on trend or unique, they carry it. But they also do photo printing and enlargements and album embossing all on site. Based in Traverse City, they travel around Michigan and also hold crops in the Traverse City area.
They have lots of plans and ideas to grow, but there is too much work for just the three of them, so they asked me to help out with the things I love to do. Since I’ve been sending customers to their booth quite a bit already (I hate for someone to have to wait for something when another vendor has it, so I often direct people to other booths), I was happy to help.
I’m going to start by working with stamps and Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens. Lori first introduced me to the pens and I totally fell in love with them. Now I’m completely engrossed in the research-and-development stage — watching videos, trying techniques, practicing blending and following through on the “I wonder what would happen if …” stuff.
I put together a quick video as a test … to see how my new tripod works and to see how the coloring would show up. So, it’s not perfect, but here it is … please let me know what you like/don’t like and what should be changed. I want to create the best possible videos for Bayview Scrappers!
For years, I have been looking for a special piece of artwork for my living room wall. I fell in love with a huge canvas photo in an art gallery and dreamed I would someday take a picture and have it mounted. So far, that hasn’t happened and I was anxious to get something on the wall. So, I decided to commission myself to make a piece of art.
I started with a large, 6-pane window I bought at Green Door Studio. I washed it up, but left the white paint just as it was.
I added metallic silver paint to the majority of the window.
Next I added a bit of blue paint here and there …
And then some brown. Then I went over the top of the entire window with a semi-gloss glaze mixed with brown paint. Then I was ready to decorate …
I used a Wendy Vecchi Studio 490 rubber stamp to add some text to two of the corners. Archival Ink works well — I heated it just to be sure.
Then I went over the top with Texture Paste on a stencil.
I added a bit of paint over the top …
I used the same techniques in the opposite corner, but I added Lake Superior rocks and a bit of birch bark to that corner.
In the center of the panes, I used a stencil to add a compass with Archival Ink.
Then I added the photos behind the glass. I used Mini Glue Dots because I wanted to be able to change them out. I don’t like that the dots show in some places, but I really wanted the photos behind the old glass.
I also added a few tags, some wood pieces and more rocks to various spots on the window.
At the bottom, I added a piece of driftwood from the beach, along with a few more rocks.
I also added a charm from Tim Holtz.
I love how my window came out. I hope I’ve inspired you to make art of your own!
One of the things I plan to offer regularly on my blog are product reviews and tutorials. With fewer independent stores, we are forced to purchase the majority of our products online. The problem is, no one shows us how to use the products and we cannot see and touch them ourselves. While I cannot let you see and touch things on my blog, either, I can try my best to critically review and share as much as possible about the products to make it easier for you to make a purchase decision. Some of the products I will feature I sell in my retail store. Others I do not, but I will provide you with links so you know where to get them.
The first product I want to start with is not new. It has been around for several years, but since I did not understand how it worked, I have not purchased it before. At the Great Lakes Mega Meet, I finally got up the courage to tell Wendy Vecchi, the genius who created this product, that I didn’t get it. She showed me the part I was missing and my head exploded!
This inventive product is called Stamp-It Stencil-It. It comes with a cling mounted rubber stamp and a matching stencil. You can use either piece on its own. But the magic happens when you use them together. The stencil actually acts as a mask for coloring in the flowers quickly and easily.
Since it is called, Stamp-It, Stencil-It, Wendy says you stamp it first. Then you line up the stencil and use it to mask off the leaves while you color the flower and then mask off the flower while you color the leaves. Notice in the photo above how, when lined up with the flower, the leaves are covered. This allows you to take an ink blending tool or makeup sponge and color the flower quickly and easily. Genius!! (just be careful not to go off the edge of the stencil).
The technique works so well that I was able to use the stencil to add Transparent Gloss Texture Paste over the middle flower to make it glossy and beautiful.
And here is the finished card … the flowers and leaves are colored with Wendy Vecchi’s Archival Inks. The background is colored with Distress ink.
You can order the inks and texture paste from me. The Stamp-It, Stencil-It sets are available from Stampers’ Anonymous. There are dozens of ink colors and even more stamp sets to pick from. I brought several home with me. And, yes, I wish every stamp came with one of these stencils!
This is Sydney. She is my cousin’s
daughter parrot. Becky, my cousin, has five parrots and each one is awesome, but Sydney is special. She is an amazing bird. She talks, she sings opera, she laughs at jokes. Sydney even senses emotions and responds accordingly.
I recently spent a few days with my cousin and while she at work, it was just me and the birds. While I was upstairs in Becky’s studio, Sydney, who was downstairs, called me repeatedly. We spent hours yelling through the house and mimicking each other. “Hi” “Hi” “Helllloooo” “Hellloooo” etc.
But, one day I was particularly sad (I suffer from chronic depression). That day, Sydney started calling me “Baby,” singing to me, and telling jokes — I couldn’t understand what she was saying, but I figured it out when she started laughing. After a few hours, I really did feel better. I figured the change in Sydney was because she was getting to know me better, but the next day we were right back to “Hi”.
Anyhow, Sydney likes to go up to the studio when Becky is creating. She has a special cage on Becky’s desk where she works on her own cards and creations with leftover cardstock and adding-machine tape. I “stole” some of Sydney’s adding-machine tape when I came home so I could turn her work of art into one that would forever hang on my wall.
I started with a blank canvas that I painted with Distress Paint. (Distress Paint is like acrylic paint, but while wet, it reacts with water. And I love the feel the paint has after it dries.)
Then I used stencils, Distress Paint, Ranger Archival Ink and Wendy Vecchi Studio 490 Embossing Paste to create a background.
Next came Sydney’s work … I sprayed the adding-machine tape with Glimmer Mists and crinkled it up. All of the tears and cuts along the edge are Sydney’s work. After it was dry, I sprayed it lightly with Ink Refresher to keep it soft and malleable while I was gluing it to the canvas.
Next, I stamped some quotes and sayings from Wendy Vecchi Studio 490 onto white cardstock. I cut them apart and used Distress Ink to color them.
I also made one for Becky to hang in her studio …
That’s what I did for some of the knobs on my tree.
Wooden knobs sell for less than $1 each and I used paper-crafting products I already had on hand, so these knobs were practically free, as well as being unique.
I coated the first two knobs with Globecraft & Piccolo Embossing Powder. I popped the top on the dabber adhesive and used a paintbrush to coat the wooden knobs with Globecraft & Piccolo Embossing Adhesive. Then I dumped the powder on them and then heated them.
This one I did in Mermaid Tears …
I found that my Ranger Heat Gun was taking forever to melt the powder, so I pulled out my traditional heat gun on these. I had a lot of bubbling as I heated them — caused by the amount of adhesive that was painted on and the intense heat of the gun. I just let them cool for a minute and then hit with heat again until I got a somewhat smooth finish. There are still some bubbles, but since this is such a rustic piece, I thought they fit right in.
This one is done in Vintage Silver.
Once dry, I added some of the new rub-ons designed by Tim Holtz to one of them (I was surprised at home easy these went on and how well they adhered!) Then I coated it with Glastique.
For the other one, I used Wendy Vecchi’s new Red Geranium Archival Ink and one of her stamps to create a background. I thought the red would match some of the red in the barn wood. Then I added a few more rub ons. Next, I coated the entire thing with Glastique and while it was still wet, I sprinkled clear Vintage Glass Glitter from Art Glitter over the top.
Finally, I had one black knob that I also got for practically nothing at Home Depot. I painted a bit of white paint across the top and then wiped off the very top with a towel and came up with this …