Sunday, June 24, 2007

Another Link to help you pass the time

Stay tuned till the end and all will be revealed. Pretty amazing!

Step-by-step makeover

I've been making a serious effort to get my studio better organized during my semester break and have been tackling lots of roundtuit know, those jobs you say you'll do when you get around to it. I've accumulated quite a pile of instruction sheets, how-to's, tear sheets, class handouts, etc. that are much too dear to throw away but that I only use occasionally. I had a couple of nice binders from a previous business venture so I decided to overhaul them to hold all these assorted papers.

First I applied a medium coat of gesso and let dry well.

Once it was painted but before it was completely dry, I grabbed a couple of my favorite stamps. Using black StazOn, I stamped lightly in a random manner.

Then I reinked and stamped quite hard in other spots. The solvents in the ink pull up the tacky paint and leave a sort of ghost or negative image, such as the one in the upper right corner or the text image in the upper center.

Now for something dimensional...hmmmm. Oh! Last month, much to my amazement and delight, I won a drawing for some of Julie van Oosten's brand new line of chipboard products called Collections Elements. This seemed like the perfect opportunity to check them out.

The printed flashcards fit perfectly on the chipboard tags and I was impressed by the smooth and clean edges of the diecut shapes. Also popped out a couple of spiral flourishes and a frame, then went over everything with a quick coat of ivory paint.

Pretty eye-popping but I've always been a "More is mo' better" girl so I finished off by ironing on just a bit of silver transfer foil.

And here it is, all done and ready to hold a bunch of loose copies.

I really like Julie's products and showed them to my friends at The Stamping Grounds who hope to soon carry them in the shop. Here's a link to Julie's site:

If YOU decide to alter a binder, please send me a link. I'd love to have more ideas since I'm always repurposing them to house my collections of ATCs and other precious treasures.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

A total waste of time...

...but what a blast! Dare you to leave in less than 5 minutes. Go here: