Monday, January 3, 2011

normally I type with two fingers...

but this critter will not allow that...

today he insists on me holding him...
if I don't he'll nip...

so I'm down to one...
and yes...I'm serious...
I only know how to use 2 fingers...
never learned real typing...
but I'm FAST!

it took me all day to find a photo I could use for a blog post...

everything I considered had a new something or other...
so that wouldn't work...

I've been working away & accomplished lots on the TO*DO list...but none of it is SHARABLE yet...

so...
if you are a blog reader, you know about a technique I use with Snow Cap white pigment ink...

for a quick review...

I tap the pad right on to whatever I want to cover...
for the sample below I used junk chipboard...
God forbid I WASTE an art part!

dry the ink with the heat-it craft tool, then apply any distress ink color over the snow cap, using a blending tool...

the white changes the distress ink color to a pastel...

so, when I got tim's new color washes, I HAD to see if the same technique would work...

it does...

the chipboard square on the left was misted with just one coat of red pepper color wash & dried...
it was just a sample for the color....

for the circle, I covered it with the snow cap...
dried it & then misted with the same red pepper color wash...

it makes a lovely chalky pinkish color...

so now we have even more options for the color washes by just adding the snow cap first...

meadow over white is awesome...
denim & sailboat blue look great too...



so, what was checked off the TO*DO list?

all 12 book projects are completed...YIPPEE!!!!!!
all instructions & step out photos were sent...
the art is in Cleveland to be photographed by Matt, a professional...

the intro is done & the tips/hints section has been completely redone & updated...

the book projects are...
a really teeny mini book...
a box...

I love these mini thin magnets...I've used them for the box closure & they are PERFECT. you just might want to be prepared...
just sayin'...

and I *think * I forgot the other 10 projects...
but at least you got 2...

my Ranger designer challenge project is done & gone...

I'm working on more booth samples...
yesterday I made THE MOST FUN art parts project ever...
I LOVE it...
it's makes me happy...

a configurations is "in the works"...bit & pieces are done & it's close to being assembled...

I'm working on dividing the ART PARTS into the proper packages...and deciding on the photos for the packaging...
right now it's looking like more than 10 sets! maybe 12?

Believe me...
I am DYING to show them to you...
I've been excited before every CHA for the last 5...
but this one has me over the top...
can barely sleep...
REALLY REALLY REALLY excited...
and it's still 3 more weeks... YIKES!

I LOVE the new stamps, but ART PARTS have totally exceeded my expectations...

Did I tell you that Arnold is the official art parts cutter and that Ron (Michelle's dad) is the official art parts packager? they are my new bff's...

I've been using my new stamps...
LOTS...
LOVE LOVE LOVE them...
all 14 sets...

so there you have it...
that's all the info I can share today...
but there are quite a few HINTS, if you read the fine print...

I'm headed back to the studio...
time to...

make art!
wendy


58 comments:

Donna said...

Looking forward to you being able to share in a more visual way real soon! I'm a two handed typist but my doggy honey is on my lap as
I type so I'm reduced to a balancing act with one hand and two fingers with the other! She is happy, snoring away!

candyspiegel said...

Wow ... 14 sets and 10/12 sets. I can hardly contain my own excitement and can't wait to see what is to come.

Hels Sheridan said...

Oh just look at him! Isn't he just the cutest boy, bless him... he sounds like AlfieCat who insists on sitting on my keyboard when I am trying to type so I end up with goobledegook LOL I can imagine how excited you are about CHA - I am over the top excited for you and with you :O))

...

SORRY, that was AlfieCat on the keyboard again *wanders off to get into padded cell for the evening* Have a good one hun x

Marijane said...

I can't wait to get all the "sneak-peeks" before CHA! SWEET ANTICIPATION!

Elisabeth said...

OMGosh, just three weeks till CHA....can't wait for the sneaks to begin!

Heidi said...

You are so excited...and it is contagious!! The anticipation is almost unbearable!! (but you keep sending out just enough hints to get me tru!)

Looking forward to upcoming posts...

ellen said...

My cat would "nip" me if I tried to hold her in my lap! She's affectionately knows as *psycho-kitty* .... yours looks so sweet and loving! I did read all the fine print and I can't wait to see the 14 stamp sets and 10/12 art parts sets! 3 weeks seems so far away! But it gives me more time to save! I fear I may need LOTS of pennies after this year's CHA... have fun with the remaining prep!

Ellen xx

Wanda H said...

Wow!!! 14 sets of stamps!!!! 10-12 of art parts!!! Color wash over snow cap!!!! I'm overwhelmed!!! A good overwhelmed, lol.

Marilyn L. said...

Can't wait to try the snow cap + distress inks idea! Thanks for the tip.

Dawn said...

Wendy you and your blog CRACK me UP! You have the best personality- I really hope to meet you one day. I cant wait for the new sets, the excitment it killing us! Hugs from the beach!
Dawn in SC

Julie said...

Those mini thin magnets are so cute! Do you have an example of how you use those cute magnets?

Jen said...

Wow - can't wait to SEE them!!! Am hoping I get to come to CHA and meet you in person and see them in living color!!!!

Sandra said...

man Wendy - you are living the dream!

Enjoy!
Sandra ltb

Kathy Eddy said...

Tease,tease,tease... I am so anxious to see what awaits us!

Dianal said...

Wow Wendy ... only 3 more weeks to CHA ... can't wait to see your projects.

Shirley said...

First off your cat is beautiful! Second 10 or 12 new sets of art parts! AND 14 sets of new stamps AND a new book...whew you go girl! I cannot wait to see them all and buy a few.

Linda R said...

The thing that drives me most crazy to see is new background stamps - oh and the book - and I can't even begin to "imagine" what these art parts might be - 3 weeks? can't stand it!

Linda Kay said...

It's amazing what we do to accommodate our furry kids!
I'm glad he left you that 1 finger to peck out all your hints teases....can't wait to see the new stuff!

scrappin-scrappin said...

So Exciting!!! Looking forward to seeing all of it!!

Nancy said...

FunFunFUN!! You are SO my entertainment during January! Thank you for sharing all of this with us - your posts are always such fun!

Lori said...

LOL! He looks comfy! Can't wait to see the new stuff!

Anonymous said...

aha! you used my name... CHERABLE...right? lol... so dying to see itsy bitsy stuff... and get all the color washes..cuz I like you think they are total fun, but..I don't gots any yet! love that cat...so allergic here..sneezed looking at the pic! but..I will just wait..and wait...and put the damn chocolate away..it isnt fixing my itch lol
xo cher

TheLastOfNine said...

Can't you give a sneaky peeky on maybe the corner of a new stamp or art part, come on! I won't say a word, promise.
Gloria H

Shirley said...

This is all getting pretty exciting, Wendy!

Vic said...

I'll be holding my breath until I turn Sailboat Blue!! I'm excited to see all the new things.

octlove said...

I am a look down at the keyboard to find the letters typist...I also have to do the balancing act with my pup on my lap:)

Looking forward to seeing some sneak-peeks of the new stamps & stuff...& I'm not talking blurry photos or the backside of rubber...lol!!

sweet craf-tea chick said...

sounds so exciting, wendy! can't wait to see everything. happy new year! *hugs* steph :)

michelle said...

Oh such a tease . . . a tiny mini . . .I love tiny!

I am so happy for you. .. waht a fun time to create and make Art!

Anita said...

Can't wait to see your amazing projects!

Tara C said...

I'm not really sure how to express my excitement. Its like a pure adrenaline rush--14 new stamp sets and art parts too!!! I can hardly contain myself!!!

jill said...

As a new fan, I am sooooo excited for all the new goodies awaiting us to MAKE ART! Oh, and also, your kitty is precious!!

Eileen said...

Like everyone else, I'm excited to see all the new stuff. I especially want to add to my art parts collection. Aw, who am I kidding? I'll want all that, the new stamps, the new book....
Looks like it's bank robbing time again, LOL.
Eileen in NYC

Gerrie Johnnic said...

Wendy, you are driving me insane...common GF, cough up a set or 2 for us loyal fans! Hurry, go finish your art and share!

lois Skiathitis said...

One of my New Year resolutions was to try and not be so shy. I've been coming here for quite sometime and I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your work. I'm excited to see the new stamps and the release of your new book. Now I must add that wasn't so bad I got thru my first posting here and I will post again. TFS!!! Wendy. :-D

Larajc said...

My Sadie loves to perch on my lap while I am scrapping too! She makes it kind of hard, but loves to be there, and she keeps my lap warm!

Betty said...

I'm really looking forward to the revelations! It's like a whole new gift giving season. I really like the anticipation.

SusanK said...

Hey, my cat can teach yours how to use the scanner. Then when any art is shared, it's not by you but the felines! :) Mine also sends emails...grrr. Good thing it's not long distance! Oh, you are such a tease but the new stuff sounds just over-the-top wonderful! 14 new stamps sets? 10-12 new art parts? Be still, my beating heart...gotta save some beats to go get more $!!!!

Etta said...

Ranger is such a handsome cat!!! He just wants a little "lap" time with his mommy...can't blame him. Thanks for the update and hints. Time is passing quickly, but not as fast as your friends would like. We anxiously await a little more "reveal!"

sue said...

You are such a tease. Glad you all caught up.

Mall Rat said...

I can't wait to see all the new art parts and the new book sounds better than all the past ones !! I'm ready for some shopping .. I think I'll get some color wash, that is too cool. Your kitty is soooo A-Dor-Rable ! Have a great day Wendy .. thanks for the hints :)

Larissa Heskett said...

YIPPEE!! Even though its 3 weeks away, I still can't wait and I know that 3 weeks will fly by!! =) I am so EXCITED about all of your NEW releases and I can't wait to see what you have come up with for us!! So heres to some AWESOME fun and a WHOLE lot of product to prepare to buy!! =) LOL!! HAVE A FABULOUS DAY!! =)

Stacie (craft-princess) said...

Cute kitty! Can't wait to see all the new stuff and thanks for the tip on using snow white and color washes or distress inks! :)

Missusg said...

it must be so very exciting living in your head!!!!

Kristy Hansenwi said...

How exciting--can't wait for you to get things up for us to see. Love the snow cap idea--going to give that a try.....thank you -ksh

buglady said...

when is it going to be sneak peek time? Can't wait to see the new stamp sets!

Tona said...

I can't wait to see what you've been working on.
I type with 2 fingers too by the way. People are surprised how fast I am. Of course I don't let them see how many mistakes I make lol.

Stephanie Rodgers said...

Boy, even when you can't share with us, you still find something to share! Thanks for the tip.

jan said...

I'm glad you're happy, because when you're happy, I am going to be happy!! :)

Debby said...

Can't wait to see what you have come up with. Now I have to save up some $$$$ for the new stamps and art parts. Don't you just love when a cat has to sit in your lap? Thanks for sharing what you can!

Dawn said...

He must have sensed all your hard work and just wanted to be a part of the efforts!! I love cats when they want to cuddle!

I have just come accross your blog and the enthusiasm is so contagious - I want to see what all you are excited about!!!

julie m said...

let me see now... you have 12 book projects and you have 10. or maybe 12, arts parts sets and you have 14 stamp sets. you type with 2 fingers unless you are holding a cute kitty and then you use one.
so you have given us all these numbers and enticing verbiage, and all you show us is a plain, unadorned circle and square. i think this is 4 the birds.
but seriously, we need photos... even out of focus pics of corners of projects. we need visual stimulation. we too must prepare for CHA by having exercises for our brain, lest we become overwhelmed by the sudden deluge of inspiration and excitement that comes to the internet during CHA. please help us.

Deb Smith said...

Looking so forward to your new book and new art parts. You know how I am with my shopping!! See you in a few weeks in nice warm (hopefully) LA. Hugs

Deb

Meme said...

Okay we get it you can't share! But we will be here when your ready, I'm sure of that.

Dorothy said...

I am so looking forward to all the new things!!!
Thank you!!

Dylan said...

Hold on to your hat Girlie, I is a coming..xxx

email: Steph@SimonSaysStamp.com said...

Super Duper crazy exciting Miss Wendy! Love that CHA will bring so many fun surprises and creative goodness. Can't wait to see what you've been working on and admire ;) BIG CONGRATS!

karen said...

I have yet to find some art parts...your art parts projects are so ingenious. I can hardly wait to see what new and wonderful gems you have designed for the CHA. Thanks for the hints. You rock girl!

Diane said...

You are making this very exciting! I can't wait to see your new stamps and art parts!