Monday, July 25, 2011

planes, door knobs & the giveaway starts!

life is NEVER dull here @ Green Acres...

if you have followed previous posts, we've had skunks, raccoons, and a GIANT bee hive thingy...

today we were having coffee on the deck & saw this...
a low flying airplane...

really low...


and headed right for our house!
YIKES...

he was spraying the crops & he was so low we could wave to him...

SCARRY!

now on to business...

I had a few questions about how I got the words into tim's new birdcage, so I thought I'd show you how simple it is...

just open the jump ring...I use the hemostat...
and pop the pieces apart...

you now have a nice flat back that can easily be papered or stamped...
or both...
you'll see that there are tabs on the solid back piece...


and those tabs fit right into the slots on the base of the rounded part...

this holds it nice secure, after you put the jump ring back in...


I also had some questions about how Mr door knob was put together...

here he is from the front...


and the back looks like this...
a craft stick fit perfectly into the hole in the door knob...

when all the parts were assembled, I used hot glue to partially fill the knob, then pushed the craft stick in place...
& held it straight for a few seconds...

since he will be traveling to all my teaching events & will be packed & shipped...
I wanted to make sure it's nice & sturdy...
it is!


this was fun...

my new art parts fish...
stamped with jet black archival & the coordinating fish stamp...
then inked with broken china distress stain...
I added some shading with the blending tool & brushed corduroy...

you'll see, I hope... that I didn't mist the entire fish with the Perfect Pearls Mist...

but instead, I misted the new BRONZE PP Mist onto my craft sheet & stamped the fish into the Perfect Pearls...
then restamped the fish...
this places the Perfect Pearls right over the jet black...
for a fun effect...

the sand was made by randomly taping matte Multi Medium along the bottom of the ATC (using my finger) and then I sprinkled distress embossing powder over it & let it air dry...
it creates a nice textured effect...

Glossy Accents makes cool bubbles...


now about that GIVEAWAY...

here's the first of the 6 new stamp sets that will be given away here on the blog...

it's called ART FOR MEN...
and it has the fish I showed above...



the other 6 sets will be given away next week...
one a day...over on the group...

if you would like to have a chance to win
ART FOR MEN...
and promise to give it good home & USE it...
you just need to leave a comment...
it's very SIMPLE!

we'll have a random drawing @ 7am Chicago time,
tomorrow Tuesday July 26th...
to give this set away...

HUGE THANKS to TED & MICHELLE...
for the blog prizes...

ok...even though it's 99 degrees here...
I'm spring cleaning in the studio...

more on that redo later...

gotta make room for new art parts & cool STUFF...
and I need it nice & neat so that I can relax &...

make art!
wendy
ps...see you tomorrow with another new stamp set giveaway!

97 comments:

Lesabe said...

YAY for the chance to win some of the new goodies. Thank you =) So many possibilities with opening the birdcage !!!

Cafe Crop said...

Great ideas - especially for men!

Carol said...

thanks for the closer look into your project. Also thank you for the chance to win! Love your work.

Nanette said...

Can't wait to see all your new art. Thanks as always for sharing. P.S. love the fish. Nanette

Nannie of 3 said...

Art for Men, perfect for me...with 2 big & 4 little fisher peeps in the house it will certainly get used. As for the 2 gents on the sheet, yep, I've got a layout finished and waiting for them. They are exactly that "thing" I was looking for as the finishing touch.

Debby said...

I'm enjoying your door knob art. Very cool. Thank you and Michelle and Ted for the giveaway.

Hels Sheridan said...

Guess what? I have been collecting fancy door knobs for years now... and there they are, sitting all bored and lonely on a shelf... now I have an idea what to do with them!!! THANK YOU again Wendy for the amazing inspiration you bring with each piece of art you make. So... you wanted a simple comment... here is a comment from .. .someone simples rofl I would LOVE to win those stamps... the moustache... I have a grand idea what to do with that.... mmmmmmm!!! We have airplanes whizzing overhead regularly because we are right near an airfield and the chaps who do the acrobatics practice over the Grange...oooh, wish they would not do that stoppy engine thing that freaks me out!!! Hope you got the cleaning done! too hot to be doing anything other than.... making art! xx

Barbara said...

Would love to have this set! I'm always on the lookout for new ideas for cards for men. I've used the sets I have so much and need something new! Thanks for a chance to win and I promise it would be well used!!!

Crabtree-Creations said...

Love this stamp set! True to your unique style, and perfect for "manly" projects. It has so many possibilities, and I would be thrilled to win it!
LOVE LOVE LOVE Mr. Doorknob by the way! Very cool!

ReNae in KS

Susan Leslie said...

Oh Wendy, I love love your ART and this stamp set "Art for men". You can be sure that I will love and use this stamp set quite often with all of the men in my life. Thank you for showing us how to open the bird cage that is adorable. I still haven't been able to open the watch case yet. Well, I am off to make ART too.

Gail Bales said...

Wendy, thanks for the details on the door knob, I am in love with it. Thanks also for the chance to win the great masculine set, can never find enough of those.
Gail in Oklahoma

betjunroe said...

Wendy, I love your new stamp set "Art For Men." I have several men in my family and a few men friends too. It is so hard to find different stamps that appeal to them. Thanks for the inspiration!

Debby said...

Thanks for sharing how to create those door knob people. They are really unique! Thanks so much for the chance to win some new stamps. Thanks to Stampers Anonymous too! Love their products.

Sandra said...

WOW! Thanks Ted and Michelle - and Wendy - fun set - the fish are great and the mustache and men ans flourish - it would go to good use here!
Sandra ltb

Anonymous said...

There's not so much for men out there--I promise to give it a good home.

Colleen C. Mich said...

Hi Wendy, Colleen from Michigan here, first time posting to the blog. I just love those fish stamps. Between them and the ruler stamps I can't decide which to buy first! Have a great day.

Gillian .... said...

The door knob projects is just awesome, I would love to be included in your blog candy giveaway Wendy, this is such a cool stamp set (they all are) so I may repeat myself in future posts lol, not that I am addicted to anything Studio 490. Thanks to Ted & Michelle for supplying the giveaway's. x

Helen said...

I love the door knob project, and as for the MEN stamps - oh, gotta have them, so I hope I get lucky. You are one lovely lady and so are Ted and Michelle (well, obviously Ted's not a lady, but you get the idea!) LOL.
Hope you make some lovely art in your spring cleaned studio.

Carol said...

I check your blog daily and get alot of inspiration from it. Love your style.

Wanda H said...

That is low flying... they can be fun to watch though!!! I'd LOVE to own this set!!! My brother and both sisters love to fish and I've made them all fish related cards in the past... this would give me something new to do!!!! Love the atc (?)!! Cool idea with the unheated embossing powder!!!

SusanK said...

Were the pilot's eyes blue? Or brown after he nearly hit your house? LOL Seriously, would LOVE to win ANY of your new stamp sets!!! And you can head south with your room cleaning when you're done. ha ha Maybe I'll find a doorknob or 2 in mine once it's been cleaned...one can dream.

Melody (lacyquilter) said...

Haha Daredevil pilots. Love that little bird cage. Would love to win your stamps.

Kaz said...

Oh My that doorknob is soooo coooL!! fabulous idea! I would love to win a set of your fab stamps, they are so gorgeous! Off to unscrew some doorknobs, hope they dont notice lol xx
thanks Wendy for the chance xx
kazx
Oh and what a gorgeous view you have x

Bonnie said...

I would give the new stamps a very good home. I always pause when I need a man's card as I don't seem to have the right supplies so these would help! Coincidentally,tomorrow is mine and my Dad's birthdays!

Cathy L. said...

My husband is fishing in Canada as I write. This is a good home. My two daughters and I will see you in august at Cafe Crop, can't wait. Thanks for the contest.

Kristy Hansen said...

I love the fish atc. You are right that glossy accents make terrific bubbles. Thank you for sharing the new stamp set-and my craft space would love to have it live here. :)
ksh

MrsETaylor said...

Loving this stamp set. So versatile and so WONDERFUL!!!

Wendy Jo said...

Loved the door knob conversation we had at CHA. I'm glad you shared this with your blog followers.

Lori said...

Ooo, OOooo, this is one of my most fave sets of the new ones! I LOVE it! And, love all the tips on how you made that door knob project, very cool!

mamakat said...

I need, need, need that set! My much neglected in the cool art stuff giving department, is a super fisherman. I can see ssooooo, soooo, many possibilities just for him in this one.

Theresa said...

I am wild for that fish "sign"!! It is too fabulous for words!!! How great you are to share all of your lovely creations with us!!

Dawn said...

Wendy I love your art stamps - (I have art parts comming from Simon says also - thanks for the help).
I promise to give this stamp set a good home and use it a lot - 2 boys that fish and well - the men and boys on this stamp are priceless as well.
thanks for the chance to win!

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

I need to clean my creative space too, I need more space for all the new goodies and I have already started so I could give this stamp set a new clean home ready for making art once again. Great pieces of art, love the art parts. Tracy x

Anonymous said...

Love the new Art For Men stamps. I would use these and give them a good home!
debbi g

Karen G. said...

It's always harder to come up with good man card ideas, these stamps are perfect.

Vic said...

Love the fish stamps! Thanks to you all for a chance to win.

woodandfabric said...

Great Stamps!I would give them a good home and use them for sure! Thanks for the chance to win these!
Michelle *Ü*

Mo said...

What a great stamp set to start with - I have lots of fishermen in my family. It's awesome to have stamps that are right up their alley. Love the door knob and the fish. Really appreciate you showing how you secured the man to the knob.
Thanks,
Marjan

moonbeam said...

this set will be perfect for my grandsons nursery, i am determined to art up his surroundings with somethings more vintage like than teddies and monkeys.

Tona said...

I would so love to win this stamp set. I belong to a family of fisherman so I would use it a lot. (I fish too ;) Thanks for the chance.

Lesley said...

Still loving the door knob man.....he looks better every time i look at him!!! Thank you for chance to win one of your amazing sets....and what a mighty fine set it is to!!

Cardgenie said...

Loving the fish!! Thanks for the chance to win one of your stamp sets. Jean..xx

Patti said...

lOVE, lOVE, lOVE YOUR new art parts....especially the Art for Men since I mostly scrap men and boys. Thank you for the opportunity and the inspiration.

Rebecca said...

Pop yes please include me! It's really sad, my crafty buddy is on holiday so i'm having 2 try & talk to my OH bout stuff...it's just not the same!
Happy craftin
Rebecca

rhonda said...

Wendy I always love how you take the time to show us how to do these projects! Have a great day!

Kate said...

I would love to win one of your amazing stamp sets!!! This one would be perfect for all the men inmy house.

redmom said...

I am loving all your new stamp sets, especially the masculine theme to them! After I saw your door knob project I started looking at the knobs on my old falling over garage in a whole new way! I think I’ll have to confiscate a couple of them before my DH notices.

StampDancer said...

OMG! This is an awesome give away. I absolutely love that boy running and the fish. I can't wait to have this set in the near or far future. Smiles!
Deb M

Leslie said...

Love your new stamps and the door knob idea!!! So looking forward to playing the august and september with lots of new goodies!

Eileen said...

It's a downright balmy 77 here...which after several 100+ days feels like a cold wave, and I can actually make art with the windows opened.
Thanks for the directions on the doorknob piece; I have several lying around waiting to be put to good use.
I sure would love that stamp set. Hint, hint, beg, plead. :)

Kathy Eddy said...

Great stuff again and super thanks to Ted and Michelle for allowing you to give them away to us! Fingers crossed that I am one of the lucky ones.

Bethan said...

love this set, hook line and sinker!
Fab creations as per usual! love the 'rope' work on the atc!

2amscrapper said...

I just wrote some notes -- how you made the sand and using glossy accents for bubbles. Tips just in time for my beach projects. shhhhh... don't tell Tim cuz I own the umbrella man in every thing it was made into--but I really want that man with the cane in your new stamp set.

kimhenrich said...

I don't know how you come up with all your ideas but wow. I have some fishermen in my house so definitly could use the stamp set

Gabrielle said...

Well. How could I not give such a wonderful set a home? However my blummin dog just ate this (http://bit.ly/n679Xs) so whilst I promise to look after it, use it and cherish it I can't say the same about my dog!

Shirley said...

Your release is FABULOUS Wendy, everything is wonderful. This set is so perfect for my husband. Thank you so much for a chance to win.

Lillian Child said...

Do I want it??? Is that a trick question?? Yes, please!

Priscilla said...

I hate when I have to make a masculine greeting card since I feel all the stamps I have are too girly. This set would work perfectly for me...as a matter of fact, I'm sure you designed it with me in mind ;)

Mary Luxa said...

Know what you mean about cleaning, Wendy . . . it's like the Art Muse goes away when things get too messy and unorganized. Love, love this set!! thanks for designing it.

martha Coursin said...

LOVE the fish ! And so will my guys. There's never enough ART for them . Thanks Wendy.

Donna said...

Love, love, love the doorknob idea! I can see coloring that fish to look like a rainbow trout! Distressing here I come!

SannaS said...

fabulous project!! =)
thanks for the chance to win!!
hugs, SannaS

Rhonda said...

Love all of your new "man" art...my husband and sons will love the art that will be made from these stamps and art parts. Thanks for the chance to win!

Nancy D. said...

Graet stamp set would love to win it!...& I promise to use it!

TheLastOfNine said...

Hope you didn't get spayed, unless it was ink of course. Man Art stamp is soo manly and cute too. Like how yiur fish turned out.
Gloria H

Shannon said...

When I lived in West Virgina we had an air strip on our property for those guys who spray the crops amd you're right, they really fly low, it freaks you out when you watch them.

I'm always looking for products (i.e. stamps) that will make good artwork for the men in my life, you know because I have so many, ha-ha (big joke). Mostly for my Father and Step-Father.

Love all the new products Wendy, you are developing quite a line of products, they are all so spectacular. Thanks for the opportunity to win something.

Cher said...

aww..sweet giveaway Wendy, ty for a chance. Anyone will be happy to ownt this one (luv that fish!) ..and adore the door knob use lol...fun fun!!!!! and I need stuff for making more MEN goodies! so u once again are onto something! xo

Gill said...

What a fabulous fish. Thank you for showing us how you opened up the birdcage & for the opportunity to win the stamp set.

jackib said...

Wow. You and Tim have the most creative, amazing, tireless minds coming up with the coolest art stuff!!! Love both of you and your art. Thanks for sharing a pART of you with us. : )

Anonymous said...

Thanks for a chance to win this neat stamp set!!! Ideas are spinning in my head with all the combos for my "Man cards"!!!! My men love to fish and these would make awesome cards/tags!!!

Karen S. Ohio

inkyfingers100 said...

I love Mr. Doorknob. Thanks for showing us his backbone! This stamp set is awesome. The gentleman walking away is my fave.

michelle said...

I think I might be in trouble here because my homes doorknobs are old like the 50's and I am thinking they would be so cute done up but how to I break the news to my DH?

Thanks for the chance to win!

marion said...

I love the way you made the fish ATC! and even shared it with us! I would love to receive this set. it is one that I have marked as "gotta have"

Jackie said...

Love what you did with the fish! :>)

Kat said...

I'd be delighted to adopt these lovely stamps, just send them my way I have a room just for them.... :)

Elaine A said...

Ok Wendy -

So when you and Rick saw the plane heading toward your house did you move away from the house? Nope, you ran and got the camera - LOL! Crazy woman! I love Mr. Door Knob, he really does look like he is listening to that blackbird. And that stamp set is just awesome. Its so nice to have some stamps to add a masculine touch.

Elaine Allen

Noreen said...

Thanks for the bird cage tip, and the chance to win some neat stuff!

Lynne said...

Thanks Wendy for the chance to win! Love the art for men - the fish are super as we live in northern Wisconsin - great for a manly card.

Nancy said...

The birdcage back is flat? Cool!
Love that fish ... and that doorknob! Now what did I do with the one we just replaced?? Hmmm...wonder if I could AI it .....
Anyway, thank you, Wendy - for the tips & the chance to win a new stamp set!

Dawn said...

Love the door knob project. The stamp collection give away is also awesome. This stamp set just speaks to me. There's just something about a gentleman with a walking stick!

dyanne said...

Really loving all the new stuff for males - will be great fun!

kathy sheely said...

Always look forward to new stamps...they are so much FUN!! Looks like alot of new items coming our way.

Roxanne said...

Great opportunity to win new art toys! Thanks for the chance. Love the "Men" theme items.

Julie said...

Love the fish and it's bubbles and the piece of fishing net. I have fond memories of fishing with my dad when I was a little girl.

Susan said...

The fish is stunning - great techniques!

Linda M. Walsh said...

Fish and art parts to match make my day. My children at a very young age began fishing and we have wonderful memories. In fact, I have a picture of them coming home with their catch - they were so proud. Your stamp set would find its home surrounded by my children's picture - it would be very happy, I promise.

Nan said...

WENDY, YOU ARE AMAZING! I love the juxtaposition of images on the new For Men stamp set--lots of fun! And your doorknob man is truly wonderful! Your products are easy to use, and that's a plus!

Nan

steph martin said...

Loving the men stamp set - the possiblities are endless. The fish project is just too cute

Therese said...

Doorknobs, papers, pads, stains, metal embellishments, art parts ------- now all I need is art for men stamp set....

Annette Goodey said...

Great stamp set - a must have for all those 'men' cards that I find quite difficult to make. Thanks for the chance to win.

Dorothy said...

Love this stamp set and would love to win!
Good luck to all and thanks Wendy!!

Melanie said...

Love the new birdcage! And the Art for Men set with the fish stamp!

Larajc said...

I love the stamps! I have the bird cage on my list!

Sharon Secor said...

I have room in my Studio 490 stamp books for more of your stamps so please pick me.

Double Glazing Worcester said...

For me, that is a good start in showing goodness to every people. Thank you guys for sharing this good news to us. May you keep giving some more!

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LuigiPepperoni said...

oooh lovely!!!! i love giveaways, once I was in this giveaway event called 4rx and I got so many good things for free!