stuff I’m working on

Been trying to fit in at least an hour of craftiness at least once a week.  So I’ve been working on a few rough sketches for some ideas plus painting some bits and pieces.  Attached is a pic of what I’ve accomplished this week.  I’ll post more with pics as I continue with my progress. 

The chipboard pieces are from one of the Tim Holtz Grungeboard sets.  I think this is from the swirl pattern. I used Lumiere paints.  I brushed Distress Crackle paint in Rock Candy (clear color) on the blue wings and the pink heart. The Sacred Heart image is from a Bombshell Stamps set.  I colored it in with various Copic markers.  The large reactangular piece on the right is Clayboard by Ampersand.  I used Adironack ink pads in the bright colors released last summer.  I applied the stamp pad directly to the clayboard.  Then i had some Lumiere paint in Halo Violet left on a brush so I just swooshed the brush all over the clayboard.  You can’t tell from the pic, but it has a great golden & violet shimmer effect on it now.

ah, the memories……

Last year I took part in the Crafty Chica Cruise.  It was a trip of many firsts – first cruise, first art workshop, first trip to California, first time in Baja…..  It was an incredible trip and & I’ll treasure the memories forever.  I met so many incredible people and learned so much from all of them.  I was REALLY intimidated at first because here I was just a paper crafter and the rest of the group were “real” artists!  The ideas and craftiness just oozed from them so easily.  I was struggling just to slap some paint on stuff.  I had to stop overthinking and just let it flow.  My sister was with me on this trip and her advice was invaluable to me.  She really helped me get my confidence back after that first day.  After that, the days just flew by. 

Since then everytime I need a little inspiration, I think about the trip and remember all the great stuff I learned.  Everyone was super nice and I hope to continue to keep in touch with as many of the members of the group as possible.  They all taught me that art and being crafty is what I make it – it’s organic.  You can’t force it and if something isn’t working at that moment, try something else.  You might be surprised by the results and like it even better. 
Unfortunately I wasn’t able to take part in this year’s Crafty Chica Cruise, but I think I might be able to go next year.  Can’t wait!  In the meantime, here are a few pics of me and some of the stuff I made on the cruise last year……
This is the calavera I made.  I started out just painting the skull with swirls and flowers.  I ended up dressing him like a luchador.  I even put a bit of bling on his teeth!  He looked so cute.  Unfortunately he didn’t survive the trip home from Cali.  The girl at the UPS store didn’t realize how delicate he was and his body got mangled when she packed him with the other stuff I shipped home to Chicago.  Oh well!  One more opportunity to make another one!  :)
This is one of the “pages” from the canvas book I worked on. 
Below is the front cover.  The colorful strip of stuff at the top is a bracelet I made in one of the workshops. I think the only theme that ties the book all together is the fact that I made it.  I end up doing something different on every page.  It doesn’t have a common theme.  I have images of tattoo art, Day of the Dead and low rider chicano designs on the back cover.  I painted, stamped, stenciled the pages and added embellishments like shells, cut fabric, stickles, beads and charms.  I still need to finish off the edges of it so the stuffing doesn’t come out since I decided on having puffy pages.
And this is me with the work in progress.  Camera-shy me and the Crafty Chica herself, Kathy Cano-Murillo, decided to surprise me by taking my pic while I was hard at work.  :)

7 Gypsies Village

I keep forgetting to post a pic of this project I did last summer.  Cindy taught the class at Stampology.  We used the following supplies:

* 7 Gypsies chipboard village
* Adirondack dye based ink pads (brights colors)
* various Tim Holtz stamps
* black Staz-On ink pad
* white gel pen
* key rings

The class was a 2 day class since the ink on the chipboard village had to dry.  I recreated it at home and it took about 24 hours for the ink to dry thoroughly.  We applied the Adirondack ink pads directly to the chipboard.  Start with the light colors first and then you can apply the darker.  If you do it in reverse, you’ll end up with the darker ink staining the lighter color ink pads.  Let everything dry at least 24 hours.  Take a look at the color combos once dry and add more color if you want some deeper shades or additional layers of color.  Let dry another 24 hours.

Next up was stamping different images on the chipboard using various Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous stamps.  You can use any of your fave stamps.  We used Tim Holtz for the purpose of the class.  I used a heat gun on a low setting to dry the ink faster.  Once the ink was dry, I used a white gel pen to outline some of the stamped images.  At this point you can add additional embellishments if you like such as glitter, bling, etc.  You can even stamp each chipboard piece so that all of the houses make up a story or have a specific meaning.  Mine is just made up of random images and looks like a graffiti’d village.  :)  LOL!  You could even leave space to add pictures – just attach photo corners so you can put a pic in it.

Lastly, I punched holes on the sides of each chipboard piece with a Cropodile and hooked the houses together with key rings.  It lets me fold the houses according-style so it looks like a book.  You can also use book binding tape to achieve the same effect.  Using book binding tape also makes it studier so that you can permanently display it on a table, shelf or mantel.  This project is super easy & goes by really quickly.  Hope you like it!  :)