Saturday, June 30, 2012

Steampunk Time

Wow!  Thanks so much for all the wonderful comments you have all left in regards to the retirement of the 
E-Team.  Knowing that you all found inspiration in what we all shared is humbling and inspiring to keep on creating!  There is still time to leave a comment and be considered for the chance to win the generous blog prize of some yummy Ten Second Studio metal and molds!  Comments can be left here until Sunday!

While I won't be a design team member anymore, I'm not going anywhere! I'll still be around sharing bits and pieces of what grabs my creative fancy!  

Today, that fancy would be a card.  I was asked by the front office gals to make the office birthday card for one of the assistant therapists.  *L has a bit of an eclectic side to her, so I went with Graphic45 and a Steampunk theme. 

Because one can never go wrong with Steampunk when thinking eclectic, in my humble opinion.  

Card details:  Base is Gina K's Pure Luxury Ivory in 5 1/2" square.  Graphic45's Steampunk Debutante Collection for all the design paper elements.  I used Tim Holtz's Idea-ology Timeworks mask with Distress Ink in Antique Linen to sponge the large clock on the background.  I adhered scrap portions of the butterfly border to Wendy Vecchi's Blackout modeling film, cut them out and heated to shape.  The body's of the butterflies were then attached to the border using some Glossy Accents. Sponging with Distress Vintage Photo ink was done along the edges of butterfly border and the background border.  The butterfly border was then adhered with dimensionals to give more of a "framed" look.

I stamped Unity's Itty Bitty Time Flies onto a scrap piece of the Graphic45 paper and covered with Glossy Accents.  Due to an impatient glitch on my part, I had to apply another layer of the glossy accents to try and smooth out my "oops".  It's not perfect, but I did not have time to do it over, so it is what it is!!  

The wings were die cut from TenSecond Studios Rock Star Black metal using Tim Holtz's Alterations die Heart Wings.  I then embossed the wings with an embossing folder (sorry, I don't have the name on the is a Cuttlebug folder) and sanded off the raised portion, exposing the aluminum.  The Time was adhered using a double layer of dimensionals.  

Lousy picture, but it does show the dimension of the butterflies!  I like the fact that these butterflies will NOT get smooshed!!

I hope you are enjoying your weekend!  I got to take a nice long walk/hike (we did a bit off trail!) this morning with friends and now I need to the disaster zone that was once my kitchen!!  

'Till then....enjoy some creativity!


Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Saying Good-bye

Today is the final blog hop for the E-Team (sniff, sniff).  Like all fun rides, the E-Team has come to an end (more details on that below).

BUT!  Daisy has decided that the closing show is gonna be the BEST!

Visit each blog and leave a comment, between today,Wed, June 27, and Sunday, July 1, for a chance to win  a special blog prize that will be given away on each Team member's blogs!

While being on the E-Team, my love for working with metal from TenSecond Studios grew.  Daisy thought it would be appropriate that my special blog prize share some of that love with you!

Can I just say that I'm giddy about this prize?!!  Seriously, everything you need to get started using metal in your own projects!!

P.S.  Cheryl and Megan have some great videos on using their metal on their site.  PLUS:  I have a few tutorials here.  And, of course, I am more than willing to share what I've learned about this medium with you!!  I hope you leave a comment for the chance to win the opportunity to explore creating with one of my personal favorite mediums!!

Here are the links to the other Team Member Blogs.  You do NOT want to miss out on their projects!


Winner's will be announced on the eP blog Tuesday, July 3.


I don't know about you, but I hate good-byes.  Especially, when I am saying good-bye to people I love to hang out with or if it is something I love doing.

Today, I have to say good-bye to both.

Almost two years ago, I got asked to join E-Team.  Me.  

Now, mind you, I am not "known" in the paper craft community.  I had (and have) been involved in the SCS forums for several years, but really, I am not one of those people who everyone knows their name, oo's and ahh's over each project, companies ask them to be on their design teams, followers ask to take pictures with.

I'm in my own little corner of the crafting world, sharing what I enjoy doing.

Lucky for me, Sherry saw something in my work that she felt could grow with a little push.

Okay.  More like a shove.

And she convinced Daisy of the same.

Oh. My. Goodness.

I was now on the same design team with my "idols":  Sherry, Broni, Linda D.  Then added to the mix were other well known designers.  Linda L, Micki, Latrice.

No pressure here, LOL!

 You know what?!  Grabbing the E-Ticket was one of the most fun, thrilling, enjoyable creative rides I have been on!!  There was moments of panic, laughter, g-force grins and dips in the track (ie, saying good-bye to Latrice and Linda D.).  Most of all, good times with gals who became good friends.

But, like all the good rides, this one has come to an end too soon.  Daisy has decided that it is time she moves in a different direction from eclecticPaperie.

I am sooo happy that Daisy knows which path she wants to explore now.

I am sooo sad that the eP park is closing.

I'm on an emotional roller coast ride now!!

Today, the E-Team is saying good-bye with projects that are inspired by favorite Disney quotes. I decided that sometimes, the classics are the best. And that "silly old bear" summed everything up perfectly.  I drew a pen and pastel drawing with much acknowledgement and inspiration from the original drawing of Ernest H. Shepard for Winnie the Pooh. (page 158 in my book).

"How lucky I am to have something that makes saying Good-bye so hard"
-Winnie the Pooh (A.A Milne)

To the E-Team.   I love you all!!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Over the Hill

It is nearly the end of June.

Seriously?  School just got out.  How in the world can it be the end of June?!  The phrase "Time Flies" needs to be tattooed across my forehead.

Ok.  Not my forehead.  That would call attention to the wrinkles that are there.  Maybe I just need to put it on a sign and hang it on the door. Of course, that would require me to clean off my desk area so I could make the sign.  And the rate time is flying, that is not likely to happen before July.


This morning I had to "whip" out a card that was needed for a family friend's 60th birthday roast.  As per my usual MO, I was running around chasing Time and barely got the card cranked out before I had to try and  make myself look somewhat presentable for the party.  Since this was to be a roast, a somewhat snarky card was needed.

Bugaboo Digital stamps to the rescue.

Inside:  I just can't get up it!!

Since my mojo tends to take off running when I have a very limited time to come up with a card, I used the CPS 269 sketch for inspiration.  

Basic card details:  Base is SU's Kraft, top fold, 5 1/2" x 4 1/4".  Decorative paper is from an old pad of Making Memories Just Chillin'.  The image was printed out on Georgia Pacific #110, since my printer hates my preferred Pure Luxury.  I die cut the image using Spellbinder's Classic Rectangles.  While the paper was still in the die, I did some light sponging with Distress Ink in Peeled Paint and Tumbled Glass.  Faded Jeans ink was used around the edges of all the layers.

A mish mash of over 21 Copic markers was used on the image.  Glossy Accents was applied on the glasses and the card was deemed done, thrown in an envelope and out the door we went!

That's about it for me today.  Stay tuned as the E-Team has another Inspired by Words blog hop in the works for later this coming week.  

'Till then................

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Learning Experience

I know that it has been awhile since I posted last, but I will give no excuses or apologies!  The summer is flying by with practices, games, social events, attempts at resuming a regular exercise program, yard work,, some very basic house work and that paying job occasionally!  I have decided that the posting to the blog is just not high on the list right now. Sorry!  Oops! An apology snuck in there!! In all honesty, while I try to do it all, I can't.

Wait.  Did I just say that?!

It's true.  I don't have the energy, enough hours or the desire to try to cram it all in.  Soooo.  The blog is going to suffer from even more infrequent posts for a while.

With that being said, I have continued to try to work on my mixed media canvas here and there.

I'm chalking this one up to a learning experience.

It started with an idea to add color to the background.

It didn't work.  So I tried to fix it.  That didn't work either.  So, now I have a background that is WAAAY too dark.

Believe it or not, I'm still contemplating on trying to fix it.  The problem is, I'm not sure HOW.  

But despite the mess I've made of the background, I'm having a bit more fun playing with some pastels. I haven't touched pastels since I was a freshman in college.

I'm afraid to say this.....but that was a loooong time ago.

So far, the girl looks NOTHING like my picture reference!  LOL! And, I'm ok with that since I don't think she is turning out badly.  And, since she looks nothing like the reference, I can have another go at it and  NO ONE will be the wiser that I used the same picture!! BWHAHAHAAA!!

Actually, there is a slight resemblance. Like those age progression pictures.  Maybe once I figure out the shading technique with the pastels, I'll do the second attempt....showing the "younger" girl next!! And if I'm REALLY adventurous, I could try to "age" her some more, as she might look even later in life.


Yeah.  I need to just get this one done first!! LOL!!

Any suggestions on how to fix the background is welcomed.  I'm going to walk away from this for a day or so and focus on the never ending laundry!

'Till might not be what was expected, but lessons and fun can still be had with it!! 

Sunday, June 10, 2012


Hey there People!!

Seems like it has been longer than a week since I've posted last! Ok.  Technically, it has been longer than a week.  But, I rounded off a couple of days.  I hate straggling days!!  In that time, the Kiddo's have started their summer vacation, which so far, seems to be just as busy as if they were in school.  The Oldest Kiddo has spent a few morning's working as a TA for the science teacher.  Which means he spent his days cleaning out the lab and getting things somewhat ready for the next school year.  Then there are the daily practices for the kickoff of summer league basketball.  Add in a couple of days of work for me and the week is gone!! It would appear that the lazy days of summer that I remember in my youth are no more!!

Today, I FINALLY took the leap off the cliff and started a project that I signed up for several weeks ago.  It is a mixed media canvas class taught by Louise Williams of  I don't know why it has taken me so long to get started.  I think I'm afraid that I won't like the outcome.

Or worse.  Find out that I rather stink at this type of art.

And so what if I don't like the outcome?  Or find out that this type of art form is not in my area of talent?!  This is suppose to get my creativity flowing in a different way.  There is no rule that says I have to show the final product!  Who knows?!  I may end up doing several canvases before I finally like one!!  Or I may just chuck the whole process, take bits and pieces of what I learn and apply it elsewhere.

Ahhhh. I REALLY hope that my fragile ego can accept those words when it comes down to the final dab of paint!!  I will need to remind myself that I have not done anything like this type of art for close to 30 years  since my first year in college.  Has it really been close to 30 years?!  How can that be?!  I haven't gotten that much older!!

Anyhoos!!  Here is a peek at what I did today.  Enjoy it!  It might be the last you see of this project, LOL!!

I'm already wishing I had put more Gesso on the papers....LOL!  It will be interesting to see what the final outcome of this turns out to be!!

'Till next time................try something new in your creating.  Even if it is something that you keep to yourself. Just be sure to take one lesson learned from the trial and apply it to something else!!