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Friday, December 2, 2016

archival stenciling on fabric...

it's THE most wonderful time of the year!

once December 1st arrives,
I'm ready to kick it in high gear 
with decorating & creating little gifts...

join me over on the Ranger blog & I'll show you how simple it is to create
 custom stenciled holiday towels...

remember...
archival inks are permanent on fabric when they are dry...
another reason I LOVE my archival inks!

in addition to the samples on the Ranger blog,
I made some others that I'll be sharing on 

these really take no more than 10 minutes, from start to finish...
seriously S I M P L E!

I picked up these towels at Home Goods,
 TJ Maxx & Marshall's...
nice quality...
great prices...


Hobby Lobby also has a really nice
 set of 3 towels...
they're located in the embroidery section & they are just perfect too...
the sets come in black, red & blue...



these make nice hostess gifts & I'm sending them this year instead of cards...

here's the list of supplies I used...

archival inks...

look great too...
you'll see that combo over at Ranger...

I like that color combo 
for an untraditional holiday palette...
and it's especially fun for 
those lucky friends
who live in warm climates...

ok...

I'll meet you over at Ranger...

then we'll...

make art!
wendy











Friday, November 11, 2016

use what you have...

to create something different...

for this sample, 
I used 3 different flowers to create 
a totally new layered flower...

this is the largest bottom layer...
the center is just the center of this...

they were stamped with jet black &
 inked with violet archival...
you'll see violet text lightly stamped over the largest layer and polka dots stenciled on the middle sized layer...

they are combined with 
they work with so many flowers...

this is the result...

oh...
CHEERS is here...
and this is on a white magic mat board base...
and it's mounted on a slightly larger


if you look closely, do you see the subtle pattern on the mat mini butterfly?

here's how that works...

using the garden fresh stamp, ink the large flower center with jet black, then press a 
mat mini butterfly on the inked area...
ink again & press a scrap over the "clover" flower area...
cut out to create the flower center I used above...



LOTS of detail on that tiny butterfly...
look how cool...


if you are SHOPPING this weekend...

here's a code for Funkie Junkie...

10% off everything 
except preorders & new arrivals...

enter this code at checkout...

Veterans16

it's a great time to stock up 
on already great prices!







have a wonderful weekend!

A HUGE THANK YOU 
to all our service men & women for keeping us safe...
and many THANKS to those who
have served in the past...


I think I'll go shop...
then I'll

make art!
wendy
ps...if you're in the Carson, California area...
lucky you!
pop into the Carson convention & I'm sure you'll be entertained by Tim & Ted...
there's GREAT shopping there too!














Thursday, October 20, 2016

custom onesie...

THANK YOU 
CRAFT FANCY...
that's Brian & Carol...

and...
EVERYONE 
who came to the workshops...

what a fun time we had!

I was busy & it never enters my mind to take photos, so I swiped these from Carol!

the store has a great classroom and...

we got to use the new video system...
it got rave reviews!

THANKS Brian!


this is a great group of ladies & we love Dirk!

this group was awesome & inspiring!
let's do it again, next year!


today I'm over at the Ranger blog, with a tutorial for stenciling custom onesies...

you'll need archival ink,
 because it's permanent & waterproof when dry...
your choice of colors...



you'll need the new select a stencil...



and here's the lower case...



here's a peek at the tiny onesie...


and a boy version...


these are quick & easy & 
they make an awesome unique keepsake...

I'll see you over at Ranger...

the full tutorial and supply list is there...

make (onesie) art!
wendy

Friday, September 16, 2016

second Dina face...studio 490 style

happy weekend friends!

first of all...

THANK YOU 
to everyone who attended my class and make & take at the Collin's event in Orlando last weekend...

it was FUN to catch up with
 store owner friends again & talk about inks, stamps & stencils!

I'm off to teach this weekend at 
Memory Bound, in Ankeny, Iowa...
I'm expecting a full house & lots of fun...

before I go,
I wanted to share another Dina face
done studio 490 style...


this sample is on a specialty stamping paper 

I sprayed it with violet & leaf green archival sprays...
here's the scoop on making them...

I used the new cable knit stencil & with a blending tool that was moistened with rubbing alcohol, I rubbed thru the stencil
 to lighten the color...

I stamped the face with black soot archival, 
then embossed it with clear powder...

the leaves were stenciled with leaf green...
I added a bit of tea rose to accent her cheek...
and red geranium to add color to her lips...

in the background you'll see "cracks" from the new all cracked up background...
I used violet for them...

the flower and bow created her hat...

was inked with red geranium & pressed onto the 
the "roses" fit well on the heart...
it's a great (new fav) text background!

"forever" was stenciled with my new 
FAVORITE

and here's the coordinating partner...

I added red geranium
and white pen dots to add highlights...

just a little pen stitching detail...

20 minutes of pure FUN...

here she is...
very simple...
but I really enjoyed this playtime...



and here's a side shot...
I like the shiny embossed image...
you can see the cracks & the cable knit stencil in the background...


sometimes it's fun to have no agenda...
just the desire to test drive a new stamp and...

make art!
wendy

Friday, September 9, 2016

studio 490 style...

I thought I'd use one of her stamps...
studio 490 style...

here's what I did...



I hadn't created a page for my 
so I started with a page...

I misted the page with my archival spray inks...

(make them with archival reinkers in a mister with rubbing alcohol)...
you'll find the original post about them here...

I used sky blue and a tiny bit 

I stenciled the 
with sky blue on the left side...

(use the reinker with the DIY pad 
to create the pad...)

and embellished HER with 

the flower colors are

the mat mini flowers  
were pressed onto this inked stamp...
using just the center,
it totally changes the look of the mat minis...

the mat mini leaves got stamped with 

the new ferns were stenciled with fern green...
the red berries are from this stencil...
always use old with new!

the white dots on the berries & on her eye

with red geranium along the right side...

her face and lips were tinted with 
the sentiment fit perfectly on the side...

there's a bit of text on her cheek from 

I stamped the tiny butterfly with 
(it's GREAT for all the tiny mat minis)
for some reason I decided to keep it white-ish...
hmmm???

I painted the tiny star with buttercup mica spray, using the detailer water brush...
GORGEOUS bling!

those circles on the left were made with the tip I removed from an empty 

I tapped it into dina's white paint & then after it dried, again onto the watering can pad...

and her she is again...
with a little scribbling on the frame...




and a closer look...





this was 
30 minutes of pure fun for me...
I had no plan...
no plans for a blog post...
so no step out photos...

just a play time for me...
I really love the art process...

I hope you can PLAY and

make art!
wendy


Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Ranger blog tutorial...

happy Tuesday!

today I'm over on the Ranger blog 
with a card tutorial...

it focuses on using "things" in other ways...
things like


for a non-holiday card...



I also share a technique with
one of my most fav Ranger products...



you'll see how I used it to transform the normally translucent archival inks to a chalky pastel...



you'll also find some tips 
at the end of the tutorial...


I'm in LOVE with 
and

I've used them for this card & 
on lots of projects...
they are the perfect sizes & they are a great way to use up scraps...


I hope you'll
 pop over & check out the tutorial

then...

make art!
wendy

Thursday, September 1, 2016

stencil weaving...EDITED...



EDITED...
I just got this coupon code for a
 special labor day discount...



the code to enter at checkout is LD2016

and...

it IS already available...

for those who have asked about getting the lace border stamp as a single wood mounted stamp,
you'll find it here...




first of all...
don't look at my dirty, well loved stencils...
DEAL?
I was hurrying to get this post going & off the TO+DO list & didn't take time to clean them...

here's the card I made that sparked 
the "stencil weaving" idea...

I used this
used to create a sympathy card...

I chose this sentiment, because I think it works for people & pets too...

anyway...
here's what I discovered...

see the vertical thin tree branch archival
stripes in the background?
an oldie, but a goodie...
I use it frequently...

obviously the stripes can be vertical on the surface or horizontal...
or we can combine them to make a plaid...

oh...and I've had several ask where to find 
it's on the left side of the set...

vertically on the left...

this is the direct link...
to the wood mount lacy border stamp...






and here's my card...
using the "yikes...stripes" stencil...



I discovered that
if you weave the cardstock thru the stencil...
we can now stencil wide stripes!


they can be horizontal...
good for journaling...
or just a basic background...
or vertical...


this is 
exactly what I LOVE...
more than one way to use a product!
I have more ideas brewing...stay tuned...



that got me to looking for what other stencils we have that might be changeable...

another oldie...
it too can be used 
to create borders with thicker stripes...

I used the stencil with watering can archival for the sample to create the thin stripes borders at the top & bottom of the sympathy card...
but it's easy to weave the cardstock thru to create wide stenciled stripes...
and it's a good way to use up some scraps...




now we have MORE WAYS to use 2 of the stencils we already have,
 in another unique way to...

make art!
wendy
ps...
try it & show me!