Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Gothic Arches

This week's challenge over at the Paper Imagery Design yahoo group ( http://groups.yahoo.com/group/paperimagerydesign/) is Gothic Arches. I usually do ATCs, but this time I decided to try a skinny (3x5"). I created the background by inking up the inside of a Cuttlebug embossing folder before inserting the paper. After running the folder through my Big Kick I had a 3x5 that was not only embossed, but had an interesting distressed green color as well. A few sprays of Olive Vine Glimmer Mist finished it off. I stamped an architectural Beeswax Stamp image next, into which a PID arch transparency fit perfectly. Some musical notes and the large crow stamp are from Quiet Fire, and the small birds on top are from A Muse Stamps. I'm not exactly sure where the quote stamp came from.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Things With Wings

Seems like great minds do think alike. I had two challenges this week. Heidi, team leader of Gotham City Stampers, my group of crafty friends, posted a "birds" challenge, and this week's PID challenge is called "Winged Things." For Heidi's challenge I first made an ATC using background paper from PID and stamped images from Quietfire Designs, and then ,matted it and used it to decorate a notecard. For the PID challenge, my ATC uses their "pretty lady" and "houses" images, plus wing stamps from Beeswax stamps and Invoke Arts. I chalked everything in sepia tones and then gave the whole piece a few good spritzes of latte colored Glimmer Mist. Oh, the Glimmer Mist is on the first piece as well. Gotta love that shimmer.

Friday, July 4, 2008

More From Paper Imagery Designs

I just don't have the time to visit all the blogs, message boards, yahoo groups that I love, so I've narrowed it down to one that I go to daily. OK, several times a day, and that is the Paper Imagery Designs yahoo group. I love the atmosphere there, the great art work that is posted, and the weekly challenges. They are specific enough to give me a focus, but broad enough to allow for creativity. The one and only rule is that at least one PID image is used on each piece. Not a problem for me; I love their collage sheets and was a big fan of their creations way before I joined the group. This week's challenge is black & white, and July's ATC Jackpot is, appropriately enough, red white and blue. Happy 4th everyone!