Thursday, August 30, 2012

More Stencil Storage Ideas! Update :)

Yesterday a blog post by the incredible Ronda Palazzari on her stencil storage ideas was just the push I needed to finish what I had started.  I was originally influenced to share my idea by a post the talented Alissa Fast  had on how she stores her stencils…and the same goes for Ronda! Funny how great minds think alike….

I he{ART} stencils. I love using them and use them OFTEN, in fact I started a series on this blog but life somehow got in the way and I never finished it. My favorite stencils are from The Crafters Workshop, although I have others I find them to be the BEST!!!

Here is the original post where I shared a tutorial on making your own background papers.

Yesterday a blog post by the incredible Ronda Palazzari on her stencil storage ideas was just the push I needed to finish what I had started.  I was originally influenced to share my idea by a post the talented Alissa Fast  had on how she stores her stencils…and the same goes for Ronda! Funny how great minds think alike….

I took a 12x12 album that I wasn't using and decorated the cover with various stencils. 

I love how my 12x12 stencils fit perfectly in the 12x12 protectors.

I have been very pleased with this method but I was running into trouble of how I would store my 6x6 stencils and was using 8x10 protectors but that meant I had to go through several stencils before I might find the one I wanted to use. Thank your Ronda for the suggestion of using 6x6 sheet protectors…problem solved!

So now I'm off to find some 6x6 sheet protectors. How do you store your stencils? Thanks for stopping by. I found a great source at and I will show you how great they are in my next blog post ;)

Sunday, August 19, 2012

On the Road with Saint Motel...

Or my life as a kidding!

Thank you for joining our blog hop...I'm so excited to help promote the Indie band "Saint Motel" , a LA based band. This is a collaboration put together by Matt and Vicki Chrisman to help promote the bands new CD in a art/crafts sort of way, using the idea of the newest CD "Voyeur". Vicki, being the music lover she is, jumped at the opportunity and asked  several artists to create a project.


"With sophisticated savvy and singularity, the Los Angeles quartet Saint Motel has built a formidable reputation on the back of inventive indie pop and wildly fun live shows. Mixing blistering pep with unique flair and rousing rhythms, Saint Motel’s aural catharsis is pure bliss with a twist of cynical humor."....Review 8/3/2012 by Rudyard's British Pub

Find out more:

The idea for this project was to create a piece or craft design that reflects how the album translates to me, what it is to be a "voyeur". So without further ado here is my interpretation.

Materials Used:
12x16 Canvas Panel
Prima Paintable Paper
Claudine Hellmuth Multi-Medium Matte
Claudine Helmuth Studio Acrylic Paint ~ Charcoal Black, Smidge of Blue
Liquitex Acrylic Artist Color ~ Cobalt Blue
Tattered Angels Glimmer Glam ~ Night Sky, Steel
Inkssentials Manila Tags
Ranger Archival Black Ink
Dylusions Stamps: Curious Corrin, Dependable Dotti, Pondering Petunia, Traveling Travis
Tim Holtz Distress Ink ~ Barn Door, Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Mustard Seed Spiced Marmalade, Weathered Wood, Stormy Sky, Faded Jeans, Chipped Sapphire, Pumice Stone
Helmar Acid Free Glue
SU Cardstock ~ Wasabi Green
Ranger Distress Stickles ~ Crystal, Clear Rock Candy

Thank you for stopping by,I would love to hear what you think about this project. Make sure you hop through everyone's blog...if you have then head on over to Nathalie & Ronda's blog to see what they have created.

Blog Hop Participants

--------> Martha are here

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Altered Spoon Blog Hop with Susan Brown...Happy Blogiversary

Please join me in wishing a big HAPPY 5th BLOGIVERSARY to Susan M. Brown @ "SBARTIST: Painting in the Dark". I was thrilled when Susan asked me to play along and alter wooden was a 2-fold mission for me...stretch my creativity and celebrate my retirement as a High School Foods teacher. 

After a lot of creative thought I decided to do something that I could hang and remind me of how much I love the beach...the sun, the sand, the water, the happy place. So here are  2 projects that I created by altering wooden spoons.

I created a swag from materials & colors you would find on the beach. The spoons were misted and glammed with Tattered Angels products and embellished with sea glass, shells and beach symbols. A canvas flower embellished with sea glass and burlap rope finishes of the decoration.

Because I only used 3 of the 4 wooden spoons I decided to create a hanger for a beach sign and a seashell wind chime. This wooden spoon was painted and a heavy coat of Tattered Angels Glimmer Glam in Sandy Beach was applied, along with a small macrame hanger I created.

Materials used:
Helmar 450 Quick Dry Glue, Liquid Scrap Dorts
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist ~ Crushed Shells, Atlantic Beach
Tattered Angels Glimmer Glam ~ Chandelier, Pixie Dust, Sandcastle
Tattered Angels Chalkboard ~ Sandy Beach, Splash
Canvas Corp Burlap Flower & Rope

Make sure you hop on to the blogs DeeDee Catron, Roni Johnson, Barbara Rankin, Leslie-Rayhe Strickland and Becky Voth to see what they have created with wooden spoons.

Thanks for stopping by and helping me wish Susan a big, huge HAPPY BLOGIVERSARY!!!

Presenting the artistes de spoon...

Monday, August 13, 2012

The Whatevers Creative StoryTelling #2

Here is my Challenge #2 for the quirky & fun challenge created by the incredible talents of Catherine Scanlon, Nathalie Kalbach and Vicki Chrisman. All the detail can be found HERE. It's not to late join in!

Before further ado {and the #3 Challenge is being released this week}!

The story is: 

This is my Grandma Martha; I was named after her because I was the 1st grandchild. I love spending my summers with her. I act like I’m an only child even though I’m the oldest of six.

When I found the pictures in the attic I thought she would be mad but instead she said that I could turn them into a scrapbook and she would tell me my family history…whew! I thought I was going to be in BIG TROUBLE.

One of the first pictures that caught my eye was this one of Grandma when she was younger.  I was surprised by the look on her face as she usually was smiling and singing. When I asked her why she told me the story of the horrible storm that hit the beach one summer.

“The day started out like any other day. When you live on the beach the weather dictates what you do. Today was going to be the day my 3 younger sisters were coming for their summer visit.  My father sends them every summer from NYC so they can get some sun and fresh air. Even though I get upset with having them under feet I always look forward to their visit.”

“As I was hanging freshly washed clothes I turned to look to the horizon and was stunned by the dark clouds that were rolling in and the wind that was howling. I got an uneasy knot in my stomach because I knew the ferry was already on its way. It seemed like the clouds and wind came from nowhere.”

“I quickly ran down to the ferry landing station to wait its arrival only to find that it hadn’t arrived yet and there was no word. I sat & I sat, it seemed like forever. The longer I sat the more scared I became. On that ferry was Louise {Weezie}, Mary {Mamie} and Gertrude {Tootsie} along with Trix, the mangy mutt.”

“The rain was pouring down, the wind was gusting and it didn’t look like the end was in sight when all of a sudden I heard the ferry horn blasting away. That meant they were close to shore and would be pulling up to the dock in just moments. Everyone breathed a sigh of relief because this area is known as the Graveyard of the Atlantic with so many ships sinking on the shoals and reefs.”

“I was so relieved that they were safe I even was happy to see Tootsie’s dog Trix, that mangy mutt of hers!”

I hope you enjoyed it. It's time for me to get to work. I'm really excited because today a brand new sewing machine is being delivered to me ;)

Have a creative filled day.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

I he{ART} TCW Stencils & Tattered Angels Summer Releases

FYI: I listed 26 new stencils from The Crafter's Workshop last night...stancils from Balzer Designs, Dyan ReaveleyDina Speed Wakley & stencils perfect for PROJECT LIFE! 

Check them out my Etsy store:

Here are a few of my favs...ok they are all my fans but I won't post them!

Also here is a link to the Tattered Angels Summer 2012 Catalog for you perusal!

Have a great day...time for me to go and get INKY!!!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Julie Balzer's "The Weekend Five"...I'm playing along!

Don't you love brilliant ideas...this is one of those! Julie Fei-Fan Balzer is documenting life with THE WEEKEND FIVE and I'm playing along. You can find all the details here on Julie's blog and the only rule is that the post must contain a collection of five images.

I decided that I would share my favorite 5 Instagram photos from our trip to Dunedin, Fl. While there I took the opportunity to download several different Photography apps to use with my Instagram photos and these are the results.

Night Sky over the Gulf of Mexico

Palm Trees

Passion Flower

Sunset over Honeymoon Island

Sunset at Dunedin Marina

OK...I'm off to work on some super-secret projects with some incredible artists...they will be revealed on Aug. 18th and Aug. 19th. Have a great day...stay cool!

Friday, August 3, 2012

Hopping with Susan K. Weckesser, Unity Stamps & Helmar!

Often we create with products & designs from other artists and never get to meet them. This time I can say that I have met the fabulous Susan K. Weckesser, worked along side her and actually took a class with Susan at Summer CHA.  She is one of the sweetest person’s I’ve met…and it’s real! So I’m definitely excited to share a project with you today created with Susan’s recently released stamp line from the incredible UNITY Stamp Company.

The mini class that was offered at Helmar’s booth at CHA included a mini version of the stamp that I would choose to work with. Here is a photo of the finished class project that I created along with CatherineMatthews-Scanlon {somehow her banner got in my suitcase…wink…wink}.

 Here is my project created specifically for the Helmar~Unity Stamps~Susan K Weckesser blog hop.  It makes my heart sing with the colors, the stamps and final appearance.

I started the project by stamping 2 different house stamps and a tree on Susan’s new paper line from Want 2 Scrap. This became the basis for my background created on an 8”x10” canvas using several layers of paper, paint, rub-ons, background stamps, washi tape and Ranger stickles. 

 The stamped paper was adhered to the completed background using Helmar’s Professional Acid Free Glue. It was an experiment to see if the paper would adhere to a painted background since it’s considered paper-to-paper glue…I was so pleased to see that it worked exactly the same way.

Materials used:
Helmar ~ Professional ACID FREE Glue
Colorburst Paper Susan K. Weckesser ~ Want 2 Scrap
Unity Stamp Co. ~ Heartfelt Warmth, Le Mason, St Ground Level
Martha Stewart paints ~ Beach Glass, Pea Shot, Aquarium
Tattered Angels Pearl Glimmer Mist
Jenni Bowlin Dabbers ~ Malted Milk, Seed Packet
Ranger Dabbers ~ Snow Cap, Mountain Rose
Misc. ~ 8x10” canvas, washi tape, rub-ons

I can’t express to you how much I enjoyed working with Susan’s products and I encourage you to utilize the sale being conducted over at Unity Stamp Company to buy some for your stash…oops…I mean collection! There still is time to take advantage:

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

How can you RESIST Tattered Angels!

Hello-Hello! I've been somewhat missing in action but I'm back from Summer CHA in Chicago, Il. and a wonderful trip to Dunedin, Fl. It is now time to reclaim my artistic life and the start of a new chapter at the same time...being retired. I have so much planned and one is to re-do my blog and really get into blogging not just with what I make but how the world inspires me. So stay tuned!
For now I would like to share Part 2 showcasing projects displaying different RESIST TECHNIQUES and Tattered Angels. In my last post I shared a Canvas Corp Canvas mini-journal that I’m working on. I want to share another page in this fabric journal.
On this page I used a 2 part stamp to create the butterfly resist and also on the Canvas Corp pocket tag.  I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Gathered Twigs and embossed with Clear Embossing Powder to create my resist. The Julie Balzer Clear Stamp BUTTERFLIES Set is a collaboration with Impression Obsession Stamps along with a matching TCW Mini Layered Butterflies stencil.

Materials Used: The Crafters Workshop Balzer Stencil ~ Mini Layered Butterfly, Claudine Hellmuth Studio Matte Medium Matte, Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Canvas Corp Canvas Mini Journal and Pocket Tag, Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive, Tattered Angels Chalkboard Glimmer Mist~Sandy BeachGlimmer Mist ~ Post Card , Gilded Gold, Silk, Sun Sisters, Pumpkin Spice, Moss & Verdigris.
Here is  one of the 6×6 Canvas Corp canvases I created for CHA using another TCW starburst stencil on burlap. After using gesso to create the resist I applied Tattered Angels Glimmer Glam in Night Sky, black tulle and of course some bling to dress it up…Black Tie Night.
I hope you will stop back and see what I'm planning, creating, playing...being retired!!!