Thursday, May 13, 2010

Just little a taste

Sorry I was away for a few days, I want to say I was busy but I really don't know what I have been doing. I have been working but I am always working somewhere so that is nothing new. I sure as hell was not cleaning (I hate to clean and avoid it at all cost. Until I know someone is coming and then I am like the Tasmanian Devil trying to get everything tidy or at least to appear that way.) Aidan has been away so it is not like I am spending quality time with him. I still have not hit my workout grove that I keep saying I am going to get into yet. So I really don't know what I have been doing with my time. I thought while Aidan was away I was going to get all kinds of scrapbooking done and I did next to nothing. Oh well what are you going to do.

I decided today was a great time to work on some things for a new class. I am planning on doing a "Tag, Distress is it!" class. I think its a cute play on words seeing how I plan on doing a tag making class and showing people how to use the Tim Holtz Distress Inks. Anyway I started playing around with the tags and inks today and this is what I came up with so far. I have not decided what ones I am going to to for class, and I am not finished playing around with them yet so I know I will be adding more. Just thought I would show you what I have so far.
 To start off with the two I am not so happy with, again I post them cause I did make them and we learn from our mistakes. I learn some cool things with these that I hope to include in other tags later on. So it was not a complete waste. 

I really like how this one turned out it has a really nice washout out look in parts and some very solid  looking pieces in others. Together I think it is really funky and give a cool finish.

I really loved how elegant this one turned out. Once again I have washout images along with crisp images but the stamps and colors used in this tag make it "flow" together very easily and the inking around the edges offer a complete look to the tag.

This tag is similar to the previous tag but I left it with just the washout image and gave it some inked edges. The result is very soft and I think it would look great done as a whole background page.
This time I gave the tag a all over washout look. I like it, but I think I smudge a couple of the flowers stamping them on and it made the tag look a little more messy then I wanted it to look. I want to try this technique again because I think it can look really nice if done right. So when I try it again I will post them together to see what you think.                                                                        

This is two techniques put together. I think it will look even better if I do different colors. We will see. 

So as you can see I still have a lot to learn but I don`t think it was too bad just starting out. What to find out when I will be hosting this class? Check out our facebook site and keep posted on when we will be hosting classes. 

Oh and I also started looking at the layout I did this weekend. And I was not fully satisfied with it so after playing with the inks today I decided to add a little bit more.  Check it out

Sunday, May 9, 2010

All day craft day

I worked yesterday but it was really, really dead so I practiced doing the paper designing that I will be teaching on Tues. I still don't feel overly confident doing this technique, but I am getting better. I am not going to walk you through all the steps here as I do want people to attend my class, but I will show you some of what I did.  
This is one I did but I didn't like how it came out so blotchy. I think I made a mistake with the iron but mostly I didn't like how the smooch spritz made such big blobs all over the sheet. I know a lot of people like the smooch but I just can't seem to get it to come out in even sprays. I can't tell what I am doing wrong with it. I did practice it a bunch more times and founds ways around it but it still not consistent and I hate the idea of wasting product, time and something you likes at 1st because a product sprayed a big blob onto your work. I know I don't have to use it but I really like the look of the lighter mist on it. Hey I wonder if I could take it out of their bottle and put it into my mini mister by Ranger would that work better I wonder? But how will I get it out of their bottle hummmmmmmmmm something to think about.
Anyway here is some more sheets I made

See they are a little better with the spritz, not my fav but not bad. 

These are the two that I really like. 

I had a lot of fun doing them and once I got the hang of it it didn't even take long to do them. However it was not nearly as much fun as I had last night . 

After I got off work yesterday race home to go onto Skype where I had arranged to met a friend. We are both into art (although she is way more talented and is a professional I loved work with her last night. So much fun.  Go check out her site Visit Lori's Art Blog) We were missing each other and working with others so this was our solution. We sat with our laptops on our craft tables pointing at our work and sat and crafted the evening away. It was so nice, it was like having her sitting in the room right next to me, only I didn't have to clean the room and try to make room for her and her stuff in such a small room. When my mom called she thought Lori was visiting me, she was coming in so clear on the phone.We talked, shared ideas, showed each other our work that we have been doing the last little while, asked each other for tips and help, and just enjoyed each others company. It was awesome! I can't wait until our next craft night.  I can't show all I did last night cause it for a gift but here is the main project I worked on. 

Floor is finally finished!


Yes folks the floor is finally finished! Aidan did the last bit of coating (sorry can't think of the right word right now, lack of sleep) And it looks fantastic!

1st coat
2nd coat
And finally the last coat. And here is a few more angles now that I can walk on the floor

Isn't she pretty? I know you can still see a few dents in the floor but I have know idea how to get them out as they were in so deep. Dents and all I still think she looks wonderful. Now to prime the walls. Am I brave enough to tackle that task alone? The way this week is shaping up I don't think it is going to be about braveness, but about how tried I am going to be.