Saturday, July 4, 2015

one day S A L E!

to all my friends in the USA...

Happy 4th!
thanks so much 
to all our servicemen and service women 
for keeping us safe!


S A L E...
the good 4 letter word...

I wanted to share the scoop on a one day sale...
good today, 
July 4th only...

you'll get an 
extra $5.00 off a $20 purchase...

it's a great time to stock up on stencils...

white embossing paste to use with them!

or...
maybe some new inks...

or...

or maybe the new mat minis...

just enter this code at checkout...

JULY4

have a GREAT day & I hope you can
 take a few minutes to have fun and

make art!
wendy







Thursday, July 2, 2015

it's JULY?


seriously?
how did that happen?

June was VERY busy here...

we made LOTS of class kits...
LOTS...

I was in Texas for 10 days to teach at The Crafty Scrapper and then to demo in the Stampers Anonymous booth at the Great American Scrapbook convention in Arlington, Texas...
fun 10 days!

it wasn't all ink & art this trip...

I got to S H O P...

and S H O P we did!
soooo F U N!

if you follow me on Facebook or instagram, you may have seen the evidence...
I'm loving imstagram...
it's quick, easy & there are no limits on the number of words you can use...

after shopping,
I made new friends at UPS...
they packed & shipped for me...
everything arrived in perfect condition...

once I got home it was back to 
TOP SECRET assignments, 
designing NEW stuff (YIPPEE) and 
getting ready for our England trip...

supplies are arriving and kits are in the works
 for both the tour and 
the London class...
we're expecting to have a ROYAL time!

and this is super exciting...
I get to meet 40 of my UK internet art friends 
IN PERSON in the London class!

CAN  NOT  WAIT!

since it is a new month, 
Kim has given us a new challenge...

we are to use polka dots!

that's easy and it can be interpreted many ways...

will you use the spatter stamp to create dots for the faux graniteware technique?

like this...



I added dots to my card with 
I added dots to the tiny flower centers 
and I also added them to accent

remember...
you don't always need to use the whole background stamp...
I used just a portion of the plaid background to add borders at the top and bottom of this card...

the dimensional flowers are made with
 that has been covered with
trust me...
it's a fabulous product!

the flower pots are the new mat minis...
I included both black & white pots in the set...
I really like to use the black pots best for 
and the white pots are perfect for showing off beautiful distress and archival ink colors...

if you haven't tried the new mat minis...
the material is super lightweight, 
but quite strong...
they're perfect for cards, 
art journal pages and mixed media art!

the stenciled sentiment is from
lots of good words on that stencil to mix & match...

I changed up the hosta stamp...
now it looks like a little plant in the pot...
 I just chopped off the flower...


Linda from The Funky Junkie 
is our challenge sponsor this month...
THANKS LINDA!


BREAKING NEWS...

I just got an email from Linda & 
ALL 
STAMPERS ANONYMOUS STAMPS
are on S A L E!!!

in addition to the usual 20% off, 
 she is giving us
 an additional 15% off
thru Monday, July 6th!

so if it's rubber and it's made by Ted, 
it's on sale...

that's all my stamps...


all of dyan's stamps ...


bretts stamps too...


 rubber stamps are fun to use when you...

make art!
wendy




Wednesday, June 24, 2015

a fun card tutorial...

hey friends...

long time no blog...
but I'm making up for it today with 
a fun card tutorial

if you're wondering how
I'll show you how...

I'll show you how to use archival inks for stamping, stenciling and embossing...

and...

if you'd like to learn a fun way 
to use archival inks with rubbing alcohol 
to create simple gorgeous backgrounds...
I'll show you how...

if you'd like to learn how to use 
 to create custom embellishments
 for your projects...
I'll show you how...

wondering about my NEW newsprint paper?
I'll show you why I LOVE it...
and why GLUE N SEAL is
THE BEST paper adhesive...
E V E R...



have you played with clearly for art?
 I'll show you how it works...


I like to end my Ranger tutorials with some hints & tips, so don't miss that at the very end of the tutorial...

today we're sharing this card...
yes...I work in a mess...


you'll see the newest archival inks & embossing powders in action over on the Ranger blog...
I love love love the violet/buttercup combo...

it's all happening over at Ranger...
come visit!

have a GREAT Wednesday...
I hope YOU can take time to...

make art!
wendy







Monday, June 15, 2015

read all about it...

or maybe the title should be...

read all about me!

yikes...

I'm honored to be interviewed today,
 by Susan from 
irreversibly Moi...

I answered some fun questions and I also shared some of my MOST favorite art journal pages...

for this large 
specialty stamping paper 
art journal page,
 I used lots of my stencils and stamps...
and...
I used my white embossing paste 
to add texture with 
the add a stencil, in 3 areas...

did you know we released a LARGE jar of my white embossing paste?
it's a HUGE 8 ounce jar for just $14.95!
double the quantity to
 double your fun...

you asked...
we listened!

now we have enough white paste to use reinkers to create custom colors of embossing paste...
just mix a drop or 2 of your chosen reinker color into the paste, mix right in the jar & it's ready to go...

 the mix & store jars...
are AWESOME...

mix right in the jar...
no waste...
no cleanup...

these jars were chosen because they will keep the custom paste fresh & soft for at least a year!




ok...back to the interview...

you can read about my modern day
"fairytale"
 and how this 
wonderful "art adventure"
 all began for me...

I hope you have time to click the link &
thanks so much for the invite Susan! 

THANKS too, my friends, for stopping by!

as always...

I hope you can 
take some time and...

make art!
wendy






Wednesday, June 10, 2015

marbled embossing powder...

here's a brand new technique 
I've been playing with...

I'm calling it marbled embossing powder...

here's how it happened...

I die cut some black magic mat board shapes...
this time I'm using tim's new heartfelt die...

I LOVE this die, because it has so many hearts in LOTS of great sizes...
there's one for any project...

die cut flowers look A M A Z I N G
with this technique too...
coming soon to a blog near you...

I covered the black magic mat board heart with sky blue archival ink & then sprinkled it with 
then heated the powder to melt it...

it looked like this...
a beautiful enamel heart...


I LET THE MELTED POWDER COOL 
before proceeding...

YES...ALL CAPS...
this is V E R Y important!
if you don't, the hot embossing powder will stick to your archival pad...
NOT GOOD!
you won't like it!

next, I tapped the forget-me-not pad onto the COOLED embossing powder...


you can see the wet archival ink in the photo below...

next, I blasted it with the embossing gun to remelt the same powder...
no extra powder is needed...


when it melted, it looked like this...
see that extra color & first layer starting?
LET THIS COOL...


next I tapped on some tiger lily archival ink...
just using the pad...
I know...
not cute...but trust me!

now I blasted it again with the embossing gun to remelt the powder & move the tiger lily ink around...


it looked like this...

LET IT COOL...
then I tapped the forget-me-not pad onto the COOLED heart again and...


now it looks like this!

just one layer of embossing powder...
combined with several layers of colored archival inks...
give us this amazing faux texture 
and a sort of rusty/verdigris marbled effect, 
with this color combo...



that was fun, so I tried another color combo...

this time inked with tea rose archival ink and sprinkled with tea rose embossing powder...


after the powder was melted, it looked like this...
an enameled heart...

tea rose is a gorgeous color...

LOVE IT!

on with the technique...


I added orange blossom archival, by tapping the pad directly onto the COOLED embossing powder...


and after blasting it with the embossing gun again, it looked like this...


once that COOLED, I added another layer
 of tea rose ink...
 again I tapped the pad onto
 the COOLED powder...


after blasting it again with the embossing gun, it looked like this...


next, I added a little 


remelted it again & here's the final result...



and here's a quickie tag to show you how I used the marbled heart...


make a GREAT custom lightweight,
 but durable embellishment...

this technique is super simple 
to use with so many of
you probably already have...

they are
perfect for cards, scrapbook pages, mixed media or art journals...
and it's another way to use what you have...

some tips...
trust me...

1. let the hot embossing powder cool before adding more ink layers...

2. I found it easiest to add ink with the pad directly onto the surface...the blending tool didn't seem to add quite enough ink...

3. this totally transforms the embossing powders "normal" uses and gives us the option to create a great unique marbled effect...
LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!

4. I found the embossing gun was quicker/easier to melt the powder & move the layered inks around...
it's best when the powder is molten/more fluid, so the inks move easily...

5. use only one layer of embossing powder...
I tried 2...
didn't like it...
dripped over the edges...
ugly...

6. I liked this marbling technique best on the black magic mat board...
you can do it on the white mat board,
 but I like the black edges showing...

7. with 12 embossing powders and 18 archival ink colors, we have so many fun possibilities...

you could use all the same color family for a monochromatic result, like my tea rose heart or combine coordinating colors...
or...try the verdigris effect...

there's lots of fun to be had!

try it!

try other embossing powder/ink color combos & show us how YOU

make art!
wendy
ps...you can post them to
 since this month we are challenged to use embossing powders...
and you might WIN a gift from 
she's our sponsor this month!






Thursday, June 4, 2015

a new challenge and a guest artist spot...


Kim is challenging us this month on

to use...


use it any way you choose...
you can emboss a sentiment on your project...
you can use it for the faux graniteware technique or
you can make custom embossing powder embellishments like I did...

to create the circle frame for my large art journal page, I inked the bottom of a container with watering can archival ink & pressed it right onto the manila journal page...



here's my page...

I like the irregular inking on the frame...
I used the black Stabilo pencil to define the frame borders...

I like to combine older stamps 
with some more recently released ones...

lately I'm LOVING using red geranium archival ink with violet archival...

as you can see...
stencils are perfect for adding 
multiple layers to the background...
I used several...

just make sure to not use jet black in the background...
save jet black for your main image & sentiment...

I added 3 small areas of gold embossing paste, thru the old ledger stencil to add a tiny bit of texture & shine to the background...
3 is a good number & you'll see that they form a visual triangle...


I hope you'll join us & share some ideas and YOUR art!

for being our sponsor this month!

today, I'm honored to be a guest artist today at

irreversibly moi...

you'll find lots of interviews here & lots of inspiration...

the challenge is to use...

I sure do LOVE that!

you'll find the art journal page 
and the supply list I shared here...



THANKS so much Susan for the invite...

that's it for today!

it's time to pack class supplies & get them ready to ship to The Crafty Scrapper in Waxahachie, Texas...

and I'll be packing demo supplies for GASC...

so...no art for me today...
but...

I hope YOU have time to...

make art!
wendy









Friday, May 29, 2015

grab your embossing powders!

today I'm sharing some card inspiration from 
Jenny Marples!

she has a really fun technique using 
my Ranger embossing powders...

I stole this photo from her blog...
love it!


you'll find the tutorial on her blog...



and since my embossing powders are the featured product over at Frilly & Funkie...
they are an EXTRA 15% off!
yippee!

you'll find them at a special price...


THANKS Jenny for saving the day!

I'm working on my long TO*DO list & 
I didn't have a new project to share...

(shhh... I have a new idea for using my embossing powders & inks...
the idea is there, I tried it & it's SUPER COOL...
I just need time to get the tutorial done)

take a minute & pop over & visit Jenny...
 she is also sharing a second card, 
using the same technique...
make sure to leave her some love!

I think know you'll be inspired to grab your embossing powders and...

make art!
wendy
ps...
I hope you have a wonderful weekend!