Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Monday, October 29, 2007
Monoprint Background with Adirondack(r) Alcohol Inks: I have so much fun with this technique because you never know what you're going to get. No surprise, this is a Tim Holtz technique, but "Robin-ized". I tend to like the bolder colors and use less Blending Solution. On the infamous Non-Stick Craft Sheet, squiggle or shake out various colors (don't go crazy with the shaking, it can be permanent on your clothes if you don't get it after with the Blending Solution!). Add JUST a dot of Metallic Mixatives-this is the step that people many times do overkill on. This is a very, very (did I say very!?) concentrated pigmented alcohol ink and a little goes a lonnnnnng way! Then do the squiggle of Blending Solution, which will help to blend and even lighten colors to get different gradations of color. Take Gloss Paper and with Gloss side down, place onto your "mixture" and spin or swipe and lift. It's okay if every area of the paper doesn't get covered...This sample was done on a postcard size piece of paper (1/4 of 8-1/2" x 11" piece of paper, or 4-1/4" x 5-1/2"), so I used the part that had the most ink coverage. Then just stamp with Archival(tm) Jet Black Ink Stamp Pad. Let air dry or speed drying with Craft Tool. you get the best backgrounds and can create wonderfully easy backgrounds for cards, scrapbook embellishments (great for die cuts).
Okay, a small aside....using a waterproof dye ink pad versus a solvent-based ink pad, such as Staz-on or even Ranger's Decor-it ink. The latter is overkill, and remember that solvent can remove solvent, so your stamped solvent based image may become blurry or "bleed" slightly because it is reacting with the solvent in the Alcohol Inks. Use the solvent-based inks for your non-porous surfaces where you need the permanency. and are not mixing it with another solvent based ink. Archival Ink or a competitor's waterproof dye ink is great for Gloss Paper!
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Jen is great because she's a definite scrapbooker; I'm a definite stamper, so we look to the other as to my "scrapbooking by fire" that I do and her (so she thinks) lacking stamping skills...Jen-get over it, you're a scrapbooker that can stamp! Anyway, it was fun, and after I go pick up my new glasses today I'm headed back home to finish Bandanna-ing my zillion Wrinkle Free Distress postcards and then solder, solder, solder!
I've also been really trying to work on my Photoshop Elements skills, so Jen, don't kill me, but consider these examples of a learning experience.
Without further adieu, check out this week's wonderful links from the Beadblogger gals!
Art Bead Scene Virginia Miska shows a step by step, easy and inexpensive way to remove tarnish from your silver beads and components, with common materials found right in your kitchen!
Bead Arts There are lots of great lampwork and hot glass forums out there! Can you think of any to add to Cyndi's list?
Jewelry and Beading Blog Tammy at the Jewelry and Beading Blog has spotted some adorable wire pumpkins from Wig Jig.
Katie's Beading Blog Beading Daily spotlighted Katie's book, Hip to Bead, this week. Read her post for links to a fun Q&A and free project download and a sneak peek into Katie's crafty organic farming lifestyle.
Naughty Secretary Club Have you taken the Handmade Pledge? Jen chats about how her girl gang the Austin Craft Mafia joined forces with the likes of Etsy, The American Craft Council, Interweave Press, Design Sponge and more to bring you Buy Handmade!
PearlEsq. Are you a Perfectionist? Robin's got a quiz for you and some thoughts on not sweating the small stuff and to embrace imperfection in your art!
Snap out of it, Jean! There's beading to be done! A stunning Geisha polymer focal bead by Janet Farris was dressed up using lustrous coin pearls and tiny multi hued spinels to express classic Japanese beauty. Take a look at Jean's latest offering in Beadwork Magazine!
The Impatient Blogger Are you tired of playing by the rules and itching to break free? Guess what, you can! Check out this inspired post by Margot Potter that gives you the kick in the pants you need to follow your bliss.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
2. Share 7 random and/or weird facts about yourself (on your blog, we all want to know them).
2. I've got 20 Webkinz(r) (yes, it's true; as my friend Diana Kovacs says, "they're like crack"!
5. I go crazy if anyone puts anything on my car dashboard (the reflection...yikes!).
There is a kind of beauty in imperfection.
|You Are 59% Perfectionist|
No one would call you a perfectionist, but you definitely have a side of you that strives to be perfect.
Try to see your mistakes as learning experiences, and don't be so hard on yourself when you screw up!
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Monday, October 22, 2007
Friday, October 19, 2007
Art Bead Scene Several of the editors at Art Bead Scene have been collaborating on exciting challenges with other artists. Check out what happens when three sets of art beads artists are given to three different artists.
Bead Arts Cyndi explores how to use wire crochet to give new life to some moonstone nuggets.
Jewelry and Beading Even more fun than growing your pumpkin, you can make your own pumpkin beads with a little know-how from the Jewelry and Beading Blog.
Katie's Beading Blog Have you heard about the public television show Beads, Baubles & Jewels? Now you can watch Katie's segments on your computer anytime.
Naughty Secretary Club Look for a bracelet by Jen in a new series of Holiday Ads by Michaels. Can’t wait until then? Check out the Naughty Secretary Club blog to get a sneak peak at the Twinkle Charm Bracelet and how-to instructions.
PearlEsq. Robin talks about what it is to work with Tim Holtz in prepping for Ranger U and she provides his fun link for Grungeboard(tm).
Snap out of it Jean! There's beading to be done! Jean's third shot at spiral seed beading is fun!, with its butterfly clasp and its colorful Swarovski bicones sparkling like crazy on a deep background of emerald and sapphire!
The Impatient Blogger Sometimes we make wonderful things and sometimes we make a whole lot of crap. Fret not! Join Margot as she shares her crafty mishaps and encourages you to make glorious mistakes! (Warning: This post is rated P for Potty Mouth Syndrome!)
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
There's just some people in the world that you can laugh, cry, bitch and laugh with some more. And to be able to say they are a friend and co-worker? That makes it even better. While everyone always seems to say not to make your life your job, how can you not help it when you spend the majority of your time in the office? I know I can't. It's just reality.
It's important to have someone in your life that you can rely on. Brian is that person in my everyday life, but it's Tim that's my rock when it comes to the projects that we work on together on with Ranger. We all handle different aspects of Ranger U, Ranger on the Road, Education for trade shows, etc.-most of it over the phone and via emails! He's definitely much, much, much more organized than I am in most things, but when it comes to instructions and curriculum, I'm a crazy, nitpicky person. It all evens out one way or the other.
I'm so glad that as I'm here tonight, ready to crash with 100% of set up of Ranger U curriculum done! Tomorrow morning I do the running around to get the last minute food and odds and ends together, and Tim will finish up the physical set up.
"Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results." Andrew Carnegie
Also, check out Tim's new video on his website on Grungeboard(tm). Enjoy!
Inky Hugs to all, Robin
Monday, October 15, 2007
Sunday, October 14, 2007
When I get home tonight Minnie and Oliver are going to be sniffing everything, wanting to know what I was doing with my puppy friend again...thinking, "Traitor!", but 2 seconds later, "OOOH, Food! What Dog?" Ahhh, to have that kind of thought process in life would make things so less complicated, huh!?
Well, tonight or tomorrow I will announce the winner of the contest! Thanks to everyone who participated and there will be more, because I've got LOTS of stuff!!!!!
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Here's the frame I created last weekend when I was at Rubberbuggy last weekend. I demonstrated the Tim Holtz(tm) Distress Crackle Paint(tm) using Maya Road's Chipboard. Who'd a thunk that her store's name would fit perfectly with the addition of the #5 for her store's anniversary?! As you can tell, I love teaching the Bandanna technique!
Everyone have a great weekend. I'm off to NY...keep on posting your comments and I'll let ya know the winner of the stamps by Monday!
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Before you scroll down to the list, I just wanted to remind you that Saturday is the last day to check out my blog and post who sent ya! Sunday, the latest Monday I'll have them tallied and the stamps awarded! Craft on! I've so enjoyed hearing from people I've not had contact with in a while-I'm so glad you enjoying the blog! I'm having a blast!
- The Impatient Beader: The Big Apple is a veritable beader's paradise! Margot went to judge the Create Your Style Swarovski competition and scored some fantastic new beads and bits. Go see!
- Snap out of it, Jean! There's beading to be done! Jean shows a bracelet with lots and lots of cheery Earthenwood Studio pumpkins. She entered it in the Art Bead Scene challenge for October. Pumpkins surely can be Boo-tiful!
- Savvy Crafter Beads, beads, beads! They’re everywhere. Candie pokes around her apartment taking pictures of all things lovely and beadafied.
- PearlEsq. Robin provides some fun ideas for how to create "under pressure!" She shows how to have some fun with techniques on your down time, so when in a rush, you're ready to go! Also check in on her fun Stamp Giveaway Contest!
- Katie's Beading Blog Get a sneak peek at one of Katie's projects in the new issue of Easy Wire magazine. Subtle fall colors and lots of texture combine for a fresh, organic look.
- Jewelry and Beading Blog How about some low-cal candy corn this Halloween? How about zero calories in fact? That's what you'll get with this eye-candy elastic bead bracelet at the Jewelry and Beading Blog.
- Bead Arts Here is Cyndi's list of the best metal bead suppliers. Do you have any you'd like to nominate?
- Art Bead Scene Stop by and see the variety of art beads we found recently, all based on the idea of "spooky trees", and inspired by the current change of season and upcoming holiday.
I also wanted to tell you to check out Suze Weinberg's site and her videos! She and her husband, Lenny, work together to prep, film and edit some great techniques with the Melting Pot and other great products!
Everyone have a wonderful weekend...next week's going to be busy work week. Catching up with Tim to prepare for next year and to finalize prep for next weekend's Ranger U!
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
When I'm not in the mood to make "something", I'll just work on a bunch of one technique. For example, the Bandanna Technique with Tim Holtz(tm)' Wrinkle Free Distress Technique. I've shown this previously, but then just stamped over it. In this case, the next step is to stamp images (flourishes are great for this!) with the Pitch Black Adirondack(r) Acrylic Paint Dabbers. the key with the dabbers is to dab the paint on, but then swipe the dabber across the stamp so that it is evenly across the stamp. Then, at my leisure, while relaxing or watching TV, I doodle...by highlighting with a white, opaque pen.
Finally, when I "need" to make something or "want" to make something, I can then add on the additional embellishments or stamps and voila! Here's a name plaque I just finished for Brian's cousin's baby Lily Rose for her first birthday. I've made a bunch of these. If any one's interested, email me and I can talk about making custom for presents!
Monday, October 8, 2007
Here's another one. Again with the Crackle Bandanna Technique, but I used the wavy tape. I love the Distress Faded Jeans color...just like jeans, it goes with just about anything! I soldered these on a diagonal with two chains...these won't "spin"!
Sunday, October 7, 2007
1. Contest starts today, and ends next Saturday, October 13, 2007.
2. Tell those that may be interested to take a look at my site (take a shot at those that may not even be interested...who knows!?)
3. Have them post to my blog and say who referred you. I will be sure to post EVERY DAY this coming week, so if they come back each day and post, that will be a point each day for you!
4. If the person you referred wants to get in on the action, go for it!
5. I will then post the winner on Sunday (Monday the latest) and they will get this lovely assortment of fun (and in some cases from companies no longer around!) stamps:
Some of these stamps are from: Rubber Stamps of America, The Great American Stamp Store, Ducks in a Row, Silver Fox Stamps, Emerald City Stamps (the Posterior Post), 100 Proof Press (Book, "True Confessions of a Celery Stalker"), Stampinks, and much more! 18 stamps in all. Note: The one of the person with the boobs is NOT a man...to tell you the truth, I think it's of Julie Andrews from Victor Victoria!
I hope this will be a fun contest and your friends will enjoy the blog!
Stampingly yours, Robin
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Thursday, October 4, 2007
This next page is really one of my favorites, as it shows how great the paint dabbers are with any type of stamps, whether clear, foam or rubber! I worked with Stream as the background, highlighted with
Brights Pool and edged with Lights Aqua...can't beat it. The "window" is created with Maya Road's Foundations chipboard and the flowers from Technique Tuesday. When working with a detailed stamp, dab on the paint, then just lightly swipe to evenly distribute the paint on the stamp so it's not blobby...some images have been loaded with one color and edged with darker tones...it all works!
Last, but not least for the evening are the cats...the best! These are FUN stamps from Movable Parts...there's a head, body, tail, legs...you use them in different ways and can have the front or back of a cat in unlimited numbers of positions. I loaded the "Minnie" cat with White, then created her moo-ey splotches in Pitch Black. Don't worry about messing up the dabber...it's okay! You can just dab or wipe it off. For the "Oliver" cat, I used Pebble, then swiped with the matching tones of Mushroom and Lake Mist. I love this one so much because not a picture was used, but it's still a "picture" of two of the cats!
This weekend is going to be busy. I'm have fun with my friend Kris Hoffer at her store Rubberbuggy and help her with demos to celebrate the 5th Anniversary of her store. She's also going to have the wonderfully talented MaryJo McGraw there! I also have a bunch of stained glass frames to do! So much to do, not enough time, but still aways fun!
Have a wonderful Friday! Robin