here's how I got started...

here's how I got started...
a 20 minute podcast by Crazy BeYOUtiful

Thursday, May 26, 2016

hello...still there? *EDITED!*



(I added a special SALE CODE at the end of the post!)

wow...
LONG time no blog...
Y I K E S!!

so what's been happening here?

I spent time designing new stamps, new stencils, new SiSi's & new mat minis that will release in a few months...
FUN STUFF!

I spent time designing new classes, 
focusing on using new products...
and my fav...
new techniques...

here's a little peek at a
"box full of art" class that's happening this year...
we'll alter the kraft box...
it has awesome metal corners on the lid & on the base...
making it quite sturdy & very fun to alter...




after the box is all changed up...
 we'll play with techniques & 
fill this box with art...

you can check the right sidebar to see my teaching/demo schedule & hopefully 
I'll see
 YOU
 later this year!

after the classes get designed, it's time to make kits...

lots of pre-stamping & die cutting goes on behind the scenes...
then kitting, packing & shipping to the stores...

and then...

we did the Great Lakes Mega Meet earlier this month...
we had a FABULOUS time & were super busy...
I got to see friends who come every year & I got to "hook" some newbies...
we had some gals,
 who had never used stamps or inks before...
they were really fun because they were so excited...
they were shocked it how easy it is...
I LOVE MY JOB!

hmmm...what else?

spring always makes me want to change up the decor inside...
freshen things up...
clean closets...etc...
every year the urge hits me like a ton of bricks...

 we enjoyed 3 road trips to find more treasures...
then it's time to rearrange everything inside the house & make room for the new stuff...
that for me, 
is almost as much fun as 
making art!


then I decided to take some time
 to enjoy getting the outside ready for summer...

we planted L O T S of flowers...

our entry looks like this...




lovely art from Mother nature...


 that's just the entry...
we have decks across the back of the house & several other spots loaded with flowers...

when shopping for flowers,
I have Z E R O willpower...
N O N E...
it's worse than sandals...

when I was little, my "reward" for eating dinner was going to look at the flowers with my grandfather, then picking a little special bouquet for my grandmother...
fond memories...

 before I go,
I wanted to let you know about
 a SUPER SALE
over at funkie junkie...


the prices are already reduced...

this link will take you there...


EDIT...

Here's the code for an additional 10% off!!!
just add

MEMDAY

at checkout!


if you go back thru the latest posts, you'll see lots of examples using the newest products...

I hope you have a fun Memorial Day weekend...

and...
can take some time to...

make art!
wendy








Friday, April 8, 2016

NEW embossing powder recipe...

ok...
it's a fact...
I don't cook anymore...
BUT,
I love to discover new recipes 
using embossing powders...

vintage, rusty, verdigris colored metal tools 
that we spotted in an antique store,
 inspired me to see if I could figure out a recipe that would look like rust...

I wanted to combine products that I had, 
to make something new...

 to make the custom rust...
(which later magically transforms into 
verdigris powder)
hold on to your blending tools!

grab some measuring spoons

and

 you'll need...
&



and 


here's the recipe for 
the custom mix I made up...

⅛ teaspoon or less of the gold powder
TRUST ME ON THIS...
I used WAY too much in the first batch...
a little goes a long way on the gold...

add 

add
¾ teaspoon watering can embossing powder

add

shake...stir...
MIX WELL...
that's it!

fear not...
at this point it's not cute...
the magic happens when it's melted...

that work well to store 
custom embossing powder mixes...
they are also great for organizing embellishments...

I like that the clear lids allow me to see what I have in them & 
I label them on the bottom...
just use a circle punch to write your recipe...
they're a good price & super convenient!

I originally wanted an orangish rusty color...
so I swiped the orange blossom pad over the manila scrap, sprinkled on the custom mix and used the embossing gun to melt the powder...
this is the result...

very textured, & rusty...
exactly what I wanted...

and this shows that archival inks ARE
embossable...


this is interesting...

because there is a large portion of 
frosted crystal in the mix, 
that allows the surface color to show thru...
this is amazing, because it gives us multiple different color options, 
with only one embossing powder mix...
it's M A G I C!
you'll see...

this next sample has watering can archival ink added to the manila scrap,
it's sprinkled with the same custom embossing powder mix...
and this is the result...

darkens the embossing powder...
I applied the watering can quite heavily, by swiping the pad directly on the manila...
a lighter application would result
 in a lighter grey color...
I'll try that next time & use a blending tool
 to add the ink color...
that's another option!


that was fun, so I kept going...
next, I swiped the tree branch archival pad on the manila scrap & used the same embossing powder mix again...
this creates another great color!



oh yes, there's more...
I'm on a roll...

was swiped onto the manila scrap...
same powder & look at this...
L O V E  it!



and this next one is so flipping' cool...

it results in even more of a verdigris color...
it's still the exact same custom powder mix,
 but added over
seriously...can you believe how pretty it is?
PERFECT for garden themed art...
ideas are brewing...
changing up metal pieces...
and...
and...
and...



 I made these 5 samples using the same custom embossing powder mix...
just by changing the base ink color, one custom mix gives you all these really cool options...

here's a comparison to show 
the huge color differences that are possible...
each is gorgeous & each can be used 
so many ways...
below are the archival ink base colors again,
all used with the same 
custom embossing powder mix...

#4 is watering can
that started this scientific experiment...




be watching Facebook & Instagram...
I'll post a little video there to show these samples a little better & how they reflect the light...
for some reason I couldn't load it here...

here's a tip...

any of these can be further tinted 
(after they're melted) 
by adding any archival ink color over the top...

so, if I wanted to darken the edges on these, I'd use potting soil archival ink with a blending tool to add shading...
potting soil works with everything...

as I'm typing
I'm thinking...

I'm dying to get back to the studio to try this powder mix over red geranium archival ink...
I'm betting that will be a good color combo too...
and think about potting soil as the base color, to create a nice brownish rust...

one last reminder...
a little is all you need...
seriously...
it overtakes the colors if you use too much...
you get major bling that doesn't look rusty...

remember...
you can always add more gold, 
but you can't remove it from the mix...

lecture done...

think about using this mix 
to customize die cuts...
or
you can make embossed scraps 
like I did today, 
then use punches...
or cut borders from them...

the powder can be added over ink that's applied thru stencils, for card accents, 
art journal pages or mixed media art...

I'll be using them over my mat mini flower pots
buttons  & hearts to customize them to coordinate with whatever I'm working on...
and for sure on flowers!

do you have ideas brewing?
how will you use this custom mix?

 when you...

make art!
wendy
ps...
I just got an email with a code to use
use the code

RANGER20

it's good thru Sunday...

and one more thing...
be quick & pop over to 
for a last chance to win a great prize for you
 & a friend you tag...
the winner gets chosen today!
GOOD LUCK!



Friday, April 1, 2016

the challenge is...dimension...

today I'm the guest designer over at

thanks so much for the invite ladies!

here's my submission for the challenge, 
which is "dimension"...

"dimension" grabs your interest & invites you to  inspect the art to see the details...

the "dimension" can be thick layers, 
like my "hosta leaves",  flowers & 


or more subtle, 
like the stenciled leaves & dots...

even though they are flat, the stenciled images add another layer to the background...

another subtle way to add dimension is with embossing powder...
on this card I used
with my lace border stamp to add "dimension"...





you'll find the details for entering the challenge at


by entering, you have the chance to win one of 2 prizes donated by Ted...
THANKS TED!



here are the prizes!
the right shows the "hosta leaves" 
that I used today...
I use them combined with so many of my flower stamps...

and the set on the left has the adorable 

each prize also includes a stencil!


thanks so much to Donna,
 for inviting me to play along...

when you visit the site you'll be treated to LOTS more inspiration and ideas
 for adding "dimension" to your projects...

trust me...

LOTS more ideas!
I hope you'll play along and

make art!
wendy


Wednesday, March 30, 2016

never ever give up...

today I'm sharing a quick little card...

I cut a piece of my white magic mat board to 
3 x 4 ½ inches...
then gave it a quick coat of the collage medium, using the collage brush...
I don't cover the whole surface, 
but you sure could...
I like that the edges will absorb more color for instant shading...

you can see the cool brush strokes & how they add another layer to the background,
 with no effort at all...
just apply the medium vertically & horizontally...

being impatient...
yep...that's ME...
I like that this dries super quick & can also be blasted with the heat tool to speed it up, if needed...

next I scribbled the 
chipped sapphire & peeled paint distress crayons over the surface & blended them with the digital blending tool...
(aka...finger)...
and then slightly moist paper towel...

I used jet black to stamp the lace border toward the bottom...



what I REALLY like about the crayons is that they can be removed with stencils...
I got a batch of really over saturated wet wipes from Costco, 
so that made me think about other methods for using water to remove color...
a moist paper towel works...
but...

I'm really liking using a moist 
it gets in all the tiny stencil areas very easily...

I mist a bit of water onto the craft sheet, pick it up with the blending tool & then rub it over the stencil...
I used the alphabets stencil on the top & 
the lots of dots stencil on the bottom...

as a side note, the foam does pick up the removed color, but it doesn't transfer it later...
so, even though the foam looks ugly
I just keep using one foam for this technique...

so far it looks like this after using
 to edge the base......



I inked the old wood floor background stamp with cornflower blue & stamped it over the base, above the dots...
the more layers the better...
subtle...
I like  LOVE this stamp LOTS...


and here's the finished card...
the hydrangea & bow were stamped with jet black onto newsprint paper that is adhered to clearly for art...

and just a tiny hint of violet...
I used leaf green & fern green for the leaves...
the hydrangea is
popped up with foam adhesive...
it's a really great adhesive for clearly for art...

black glaze pen dots accent each individual bloom...

the sentiment is from 



all the little details matter...

after cutting out the little bow & inking it 
I stamped over it with 
the ticking background, using jet black...

I added a remnant rub to the nailhead &
 another to the left of the flower...
you can see that in the photo above...

I always need to add a little pen stitching around the edges...
obsessed...

it's mounted on black cardstock, 
this is a nice neutral color...



if you haven't tried the crayons yet, 
this is a quickie project
and a fun way 
to test drive them & experiment...

I hope you can
take a little time 
for YOU and

make art!
wendy

Monday, March 28, 2016

a large art journal page...

it started like this...

I cut a large page 
 from
and sized it to fit the 
about 8 ½ x 6 inches...

I misted on some leaf green archival spray & some sky blue archival spray & dried the page...
(archival reinkers mixed with 
rubbing alcohol into misters)

I stamped the violet bouquet with 

to "watercolor" with archival inks...
swipe the pad onto the craft sheet,
adding just a small amount of ink 
it takes very little ink...

add a few drops of rubbing alcohol off to the side...
this will dilute the color as needed & allow it to be painted in layers...

I use it empty & just moisten it in the alcohol...

now just paint away & dry between layers...

the embossing helps control the ink, making it easy to paint...

once I had the bouquet painted, I touched the water moistened detailer water brush into water & then touched it to the tip of
this made a good shadow color...
the embossing makes it super easy to go along the outline...

since the page base is archival ink (waterproof) & 
the crayons are water reactive distress, 
they work very well together...
the archival doesn't smear & the distress crayon color stays true...

 I got this far & ran out of time & ideas...



initially,
I had no clue where this was going...
sometimes you just have to START...

but sometimes an image guides the process...


 here's the finished page...



I started with the borders stencil...
did you see that I used all 3 stencil sections?
it's a good versatile stencil...

the diamonds are stenciled vertical...
the scallop was made thinner by masking part of it off with painters tape...
and...
the sky blue diagonal border
is a little technique twist...
stencil it once, then flip it over & stencil again to create a lattice pattern...
I used sky blue for both, but you could use 2 coordinating colors...

the cut out sentiments are all from 
there are 21 sentiments on this guy!


I customized a mat mini button 
it's lightly inked, then over stamped with 
stamp once...
reink...
turn the stamp 90 degrees & 
stamp again to create the cute mini plaid...

I stamped random vintage text in the background, using watering can archival...
I like to use stamps unmounted,
 to add in text wherever it is needed...
this makes it easier to control & add just small sections...

a few stenciled dots, using sky blue...


I rounded the 2 right corners...
why 2? not all 4? 
 no clue...
I opened the drawer & saw the corner rounder...
I like it...
I think I'll do that more often!

LOVE the black mat mini heart to tie in with the jet black stenciled scallop border...

the violet, leaf green & sky blue inks look fresh & spring-ish...
like sandal weather...

and the sentiments are good reminders...

HAPPY MONDAY!

I hope you can

make art!
wendy
ps...just a reminder...
when using specialty stamping paper, make sure to dry it between each addition of ink...
the magic coating slows down the drying time & EVERYTHING need to be dried, 
specialty stamping paper is
 GREAT STUFF &
 it helps to make awesome pages!
best of all...
nothing seeps thru to the back,
 so the back page can have a fresh start!



Thursday, March 24, 2016

doilies, dots and...


meet my newest addiction...
cheapo paper doilies...

this started as a #8 tag that I cut down 
to 5 ½ inches tall...
if you haven't tried cutting off ¾ of an inch, 
you'll be surprised at how it changes
 the proportions of the tag...

I used watering can & sunflower archival sprays to add the first layer to the background...
(archival reinkers mixed into rubbing alcohol in a mister)...

I added the paper doily with 
then decided to add the crazing medium to several spots...
I tried making it a little thicker, to add a bit of texture...
I'll show close ups below...

to alter the stark white doily, 
I scribbled over it with 
pressing the color into the doily recesses, where you would expect some darker color...
then with a moist paper towel, I lightly wiped over the top of doily to lighten the color...

my sentiment was stamped with
the leaves were stenciled with

the white mat mini heart was inked with
then stamped with this stripes stamp,
 using jet black...

has a sheet of white hearts & a sheet of black hearts for a total of 42 hearts...
they come in lots of shapes & sizes to fit any project...
the white hearts allow ink to be used & I LOVE the black used plain or with embossing powder or embossing paste...

the bow was stamped on a scrap of
cut out, 
inked with red geranium &
 stamped with the polka dot background stamp, using jet black...
it's attached with

to define the doily border & 
add some shading, I used 
wiped away the excess from the background with a moist paper towel, leaving the color close to the doily edge...

look closely & you'll see random vintage text stamped, using watering can archival...

the lace border is stamped at the top 

vertically along the left side 
of the storage sheet...

you'll see I used the old ledger stencil
on the left side, with watering can archival...

on the right I used new the lots of dots stencil
once that was dry, 
I added tiny white dots over the red geranium, using Dy's new white paint pen...
it works very well!

those white dots made a big impact on the red dots...
now we have...

double dots!

I used the tarnished brass paint dabber to edge the whole tag...
it's an easy, but effective finishing touch...

along the center of the doily &
 that's it!



this shows that using the collage brush adds another texture to the background...
vary the direction of the brush strokes for more detail...
I like that you can create a linen-ish background...

actually makes the doily look 
embedded into the tag...
it's almost an encaustic effect...


this one shows the thick drop of
and accented with 
COOL STUFF!


and there's the smaller crazing medium 
spot I added...
loving the crazing effect...
and that it does NOT chip off
 if the tag is flexed...

this photo shows the "double dots" 

you'll be seeing lots more double dots...
I like them!



the background is flat...
but it has lots of stamped/stenciled layers 
to make it interesting...

there's LOTS on the TO-DO list today...


BUT...

I'd rather...

 make art!
wendy
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