Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Grandma Katerina

I submitted this picture of Lyles grandma for my local groups weekly challenge. I had to participate since it was my submission. So I colored her with Pearlescent Chalks. I think she looks beautiful. I may have to do another when I get those new German stamps from Fire Cracker Designs by Pamela. I am sure one of them will work great with this pic.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Winter Sidewalks

When the girls were little I would cut up paper grocery bags for us to chalk on when the weather was too icky. I had this roll of paper left from when I painted last spring. It has been deadly cold and we have a ton of snow. So I pulled this out for us yesterday. Dylan chalked most of the day. He had so much fun!

Friday, January 18, 2008

FRA-GEE-LY That must be Italian.

I was contacted by the owners of Side Show Stamps today. They came across my earrings I made with their leg lamp stamp which I posted in my gallery on SCS. They wanted my permission to post them on their website. What an honor! Of course I said "yes".

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Want to come to a party?

I'm sure there will be several of them in Green Bay this week! There was a Pep Rally in front of city hall last Friday. Now that we have another home game to look forward to this city is going to be a hoppin happy place this week. If I get a chance to get to any of the festivities I will definitely post some pics.

Now for the actual tech!

Ok, so I am still learning the process of posting on blogs! I will just repeat what I put in the last post. This technique -Frog in a Blender- was created and named by my talented artist friend Rockin Robin Caldwell. She shared it with the art world in the October 2006 issue of the Technique Junkies newsletter. She is now allowing me to share it with you here. This is her baby! All the credit for this tech should always go to her. She is able to do full size sheets without leaving white corners anywhere, which as you can tell from the pics below, I am not that good at it yet:)

Supplies needed:
Future Floor Finish, Cardstock, reinkers or color wash sprays (I am using Alcohol reinkers for this), a container big enough for your cardstock to lay flat in, and a stir stick. In these pics I am showing making full size and quarter size sheets in containers of different sizes.
Start by putting a thin layer of floor finish in the container, add some of the colorings you chose and stir slightly to make the colors run through each other, not to mix them into new colors.

Lay your cardstock on top of the color floor finish mixture press down slightly and lift straight up. Try not to let the colors run together as you flip the cardstock over.

Lay your pieces aside to dry. You will have a very different look on each sheet even if you use the same colors each time. I was lucky enough to recieve a full size sheet from Robin not to long ago. She had done both sides of the sheet and it was GORGEOUS! I would share it with you here, but I have already used it on different projects. Robin also said she irons her sheets when they have dried. If you get any wrinkling give that a try. The first time I did this tech I used way too much floor finish and had a thick layer of it on my cardstock which cracked and did not look good. If this happens for you just remember to use less floor finish.

Frog in a Blender anyone?

My very talented artist friend Rockin Robin Caldwell created and named this technique. She originally shared it with the art world in the October 2006 issue of The Technique Junkies newsletter. And now she is allowing me to share it here with you. If you decided to share also please give credit where credit is due. How would we all feel if we someday found out that Michealangelo has been given credit for someone elses work. We are all artists and deserve to be recognized for our own creations! Thank you Robin for allowing me to share. You ROCK!!!

Saturday, January 12, 2008

De Ja Vu perhaps?

The last time we had some of these ice sculptures in town it was 1997 and the Packers went to the Super Bowl and beat... who was it... oh yeah The Patriots!!!
There were several of them in town, including downtown by city hall and the court house. We have pictures of 1 year old Shelby sitting by them. Back then we could get close enough and touch them. Not anymore. Lyle and the girls actually had to sneak in to Lambeau this morning to get these pics.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Look at those eyes!

I love these little mail boxes from Target! Last year I picked some up but never did anything with them. Actually by the time I got over there, all the pink ones were gone and I really wanted some pink ones. So this year I picked up several more and ordered this stamp set just so I could put this little guy in a mail box! It is almost like Pamela created him just to let him hide in a mail box. When she first released him I didn't think I would want him, but I really love him now. I am going to make valentine cards for Taylors class with him!

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Spring time!

Sure will be nice when that gets here won't it!

I have had these cards in my head for a couple of weeks. I was so glad when my new stamps finally came on Monday. I started these last night but wasn't happy with them and had to redo them. Pretty pleased with them now!

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Moon ATC

From my Risque postcard collection. This is for a lottery on one of my groups.

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Risque Postcard ATC

This is my first try at an ATC with a person on it. Lisa G. uses them all the time and I was going to send a sheet of these to her, but I decided to "challenge" myself as she is always telling us to do. So this is what I came up with.