Friday, October 14, 2016

Pick A Stick Challenge Update

Happy Friday Everyone!

It's been a few months since I blogged about our Pick A Stick Challenge over on Facebook, so I thought I would recap my last few projects to get you up to date.

As you may remember, this monthly mixed media challenge gives us ten random steps that must be followed in order.  That's the only rule!  You can do anything you want before, after, in's totally up to you.  But that darned "in order" part always gives me fits!

In July, our first step was to collage with napkins.  I picked a gorgeous poppy napkin I had in my stash.

I loved how the bottom half of my page turned out, but hated the top half!  I finally reworked it and came to terms with it, instead of cutting it in half and burning that top part!

August turned out to be one of my favorite months we've done so far.  Part of the challenge was to add a dog image as well as adding wings.  I decided to do a tribute page to my sweet pug, Jake, who passed unexpectedly several years ago.  It was an emotional project for me.

September was another fun challenge.  The step that dictated most of my project was to use something from the opposite season.  Since I live in south Texas, it seems like summer year round to me, so my "opposite season" was to add some snowflakes!

In July, we also added an ATC component to the challenge.  Of the ten steps, three are chosen and must be incorporated (in order!) on an ATC card.  The four of us who spearhead the group create four ATC cards, and winners are drawn at the end of the month to receive our cards.  One special winner who created and posted both a ten-step project and an ATC card will also receive some extra goodies as well!

If you'd like to see my videos of these projects, check out my play list on You Tube.

Thanks for looking at my blog. I appreciate all the wonderful comments everyone leaves. Happy Crafting!

Friday, October 7, 2016

Tag It Tuesday Oct 2016 - Part 2

Hi Everyone!

I'm back today to share the second tag I created for the October Tag It Tuesday altered tag challenge I host over on Facebook.  I hope you'll come over there and join in the fun!

Our theme this month was to use the Pantone colors of Peach Echo and Iced Coffee.

My second tag started out as an ugly, orange mop up tag.  I thought I could just add some Folk Art metallic paint to tone it down, but it actually took a few coats of gesso to make it usable.  Then, working with Lindy's Stamp Gang sprays and Magicals, I create a beautiful, shimmery background.

The word "create" was added from the DecoArts Inspiration stencil, using Archival Ink in Potting Soil.  I also used the DecoArts Pixelated stencil to add some fun dots.

The focal metal pieces came from my stash of filigree pieces and from the Prima Marketing Mechanicals set of plates and labels.

 For a more in depth look at how this tag was created, here is my video.

Be sure to pop over to our Facebook group and see the other beautiful creations and add one of your own!

Thanks for looking at my blog. I appreciate all the wonderful comments everyone leaves. Happy Crafting!

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Tag It Tuesday Oct 2016 Theme

Hi everyone!

I've been a bit negligent about posting the monthly altered tag themes.  So let's play like I haven't and roll right in to October!! :)

This month, we're going to play with two of the Pantone colors we've been featuring throughout the year.  Our colors are Peach Echo and Iced Coffee.

Such pretty colors!

I ended up making two tags for this challenge, and today I'll share the first one with you.

I started with my standard number five shipping tag, and this time it already had a shimmery spray background started.  Of course, I had to add MORE shimmer with sprays and stencils!  Is there ever a time that there is too much shimmer?!?

My jumping off inspiration point with this Eiffel tower chipboard tag I found in my stash.

After adding some layers of Lindy's Stamp Gang sprays, I also decided to color some paper flowers and add some pearls for an elegant finish.

I love the way this tag turned out!  To finish it off, I simply matted it on some peach cardstock and added some ribbons.

For a more in depth look at the steps used to create this tag, check out my video.

Check back tomorrow to see my second tag.  And don't forget to pop over to our Tag It Tuesday Facebook group, see the other creations, and add one of your own!

Thanks for looking at my blog. I appreciate all the wonderful comments everyone leaves. Happy Crafting!