Jul 19, 2014

Burlap Anakin Memorial

 Hello bloggers, I've been wanting to create this canvas for my loyal friend... Anakin.  I lost him in late February, a week later I lost my dad.  I've yet to mourn either.. and so it begins...
I began with a TH Burlap Canvas.  I used alot of Tim items as I usually do. 
I was inspired by the Linda Ledbetter's Studio L3 Blog.  You will need to purchase Tim's latest book, Compendium of Curiosities III.  Order from him directly and you can get it autographed!   I was going to join in on the fun but I just couldn't get it going for a while.  Good luck to all the participants on this challenge. 
I am a huge Star Wars fan for those of you who don't already know.  My Anakin was a Black Lab as you can see.  I also have a Princess Leia who is a white German Shepherd.  I also have a Maltese/Shih-tzu named Chase, he was a rescue and he's cute as heck but doesn't like children.  I need Cesar Millan!

I can't get enough of Tim's toys!

He answered to Big Boy and Ani.  He was such a good dog and almost made it to 15 1/2 which is rare for a large size dog.  He was covered with tumors all over his body.

It got to the point where I had to help him up and down with a sling, it kept throwing out my back.  Yes, .the family helped, but he always came to me since my studio leads to the backyard.  It was hard during the winter snow days.  I was there for him all the way..

He stared at me one day as I sat on the couch opposite of where he was and I tell you, he looked mad...  I knew it was time... he barely got up on his own.  That night I slept on the floor with him and cried most of the night.  I cooked him some chicken and rice and he ate it all up... I made alot too.  I took a Star Wars throw I had with me the next morning to see the vet.  I also took Leia, Chase would have been to much.  I sat on the floor with the blanket underneath me and layed him across my legs and said my final goodbye. 
It is never easy... 
Sorry for the downer... I have to move on...
I know... the Force is with him... Always.
Love you Ani...  My true loyal friend...





Jul 16, 2014

Really? What Now? Stampotique Challenge #154

Hello and welcome!  I have been wanting to join in on some challenges and play with some ideas that I've had swimming around my brain lately.  I enjoy viewing the artwork that the designers come up with over at Stampotique.  I decided to go with a stamp named, Winter #6053 by artist Daniel Torrente.  I will be submitting this for the SDC 154 Travel/Vacation
I began with a manilla tag and splashed some TH Distress Inks: Crushed Olive, Mowed Lawn, Salty Ocean & Black Soot.  I also used a TH Stencil, Shatter #THS014

My choice of Copic Pens were:  E00, BG10, BG75, C3.  Multi-liner 3.0 for the words, "baggage, Really, What and Now" on the luggage.

I wrapped a sheet of red metal around a mini plant pot, stuffed it with a bit of moss and a TH Word key with the word, "Life".
I used Ranger's Claudine Hellmuth's Teal, Studio Semi-Gloss Acrylic Paint on Winter's shorts.  I stamped an image of small wings on vellum paper, cut it out and twirled it around a pen to make it dimensional.  A package of Colorbox Metal Drops I had purchased at Michaels came in handy, as well as a white airplane brad and a heart shaped rhinestone. 
I snipped off a piece of a chain I had gotten from a yard sale and placed it on Winter's feet and placed it over the plant pot.
  One of the last things I did was to add a piece of white colored dry wheat from Michaels and a generous amount of Glossy Accent on the foreground on each of the blue metallic drops (to give it a realistic droplet effect) and on the words I popped and the luggage bag.  A Teal metallic ribbon added for the finishing touch.
Hope you guys enjoyed my tag and moreso, I hope you were inspired.

Jul 10, 2014

Fitztown's Holiday Challenge #43

Here is my addition to the Holiday Challenge #43
 I used Fitztown's Cutie 12 image and enjoyed embellishing it and putting it onto a Sizzix's Pop 'n Cut, Multi-Tier, 3D Die. 

I used black cardstock, spritz the background with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist.  The chimney was created by cutting up a plastic piece of doll house bricks and I hand drew the chimney lip with Distressed Inks, Vintage Photo.  A piece of white cardstock for the moon and hand drew the sihlouette of Santa and reindeers with Copic Mult-liner.  A red piece of burlap on the 1st tier with some Tim Holtz Sprocket Gears that I pained with white acrylic paint and placed some xmas embellishments on the lower tier with a piece of screen that I also painted with white acrylic paint.  A Jolee's Santa hat sticker topped the Cutie's head.  Copic pens used to color the Cutie and a red piece of ribbon below the space I left open for journaling.  
Please visit the Fitztownchallengeblog.blogspot.com for some more inspiration, and don't forget the Fitztown store for purchasing their beautiful images and remember, comments are always welcomed.
Hope you were inspired!

Jun 23, 2014

4th of July Fitztown Diver

Here's another canvas I created with one of Fitztown's images.  I absolutely love the 4th of July holiday and those red, white and blues. 
 This piece began with a 6X5 canvas that was covered with blue tissue paper and adhered with Mod Podge and allowed it a few minutes to air dry. 
I used the following Copic Pens on the diver:  R00, R05, R20, R24, R29, R46, B00, B02, B04, B24, E00, E02, C0, C1, C3, C6, 110.    Tim Holtz's stencil, Stars was used with some Brilliance Ink, Moonlight White.
Almost forgot to mention that the diver was smothered with Glossy Accent before adhering him to the canvas.
I used black wire to take the place of all the hoses he had on him which gave it dimension.  A bead chain was cut up into small strands to represent the bubbles being released from the diver.
 I also added a square metal box charm to hold which was from Michaels Industrial Chic.  Set him in place with Glossy Accent.  I painted some gears with red, white and blue acrylic paint and sealed them with Mod Podge.  After they were dried, I cut some metallic wire, red, silver and blue to bring the gears together on the lower left.
I have this bright red dry flower (not sure what its called) it looks like wheat.  I've had it for some time now and placed it on the lower right.  I curled some wire, red, white and blue and placed it in front of the flower with a white star embellishment from Melissa Frances's collection, it just belonged there. 
Three glass like stars across the top from Recollections, which is exclusive to Michaels.  
Visit Fitztown's Challenge Blog and visit the Fitztown store for a variety of beautiful digi stamps created by Morgan!
Don't forget to join my blog Escaping Understanding and/or leave a comment.  I hope I splashed  you with some 4th of July inspiration!  Thank you for stopping by.

May 26, 2014

FITZTOWN - Celebration Blog Hop & Fish Tag

 Hello and Welcome! 
Hope you can join in on Fitztown's Blog Hop.   Read the details at Fitztown's Challenge Blog.

If you're here playing along on this Blog Hop you should be arriving here from Hazel's Blog.

(Please read carefully - we do not want you to miss out!)

- Be/become a follower of Fitztown Challenge Blog or Crafting with Fitztown on Facebook
- Leave a comment on Fitztown's original Challenge #37 and Celebration Blog Hop post between now and Saturday, May 31st, midnight, USA EST

To win the FREEBIE, Fitztown will randomly draw a name from all comments left on the DT's and GD's personal blogs. Do make your way to each blog and leave a comment before Saturday, May 31st, midnight, USA EST! You can see the freebie on the Fitztown Challenge Blog. We will announce the winners for the blog hop on Sunday, June 1st at 6:00 PM USA EST.

Here is the Fitztown Celebration Blog Hop list: 

Fitztown Challenge Blog (BEGIN HERE)
  GD Diane
DT Ema
   GD Hazel
                                GD Ivette (YOU ARE HERE)
                                     DT Judy  (YOUR NEXT STOP)
 GD Julie
 DT Kate
  DT Lynn
    DT Tracey


I used Fitztown's Fish image.  I began by using my Distress Inks, Aged Mahogany and Tattered Rose on a Tag.  Then I misted my tag with water to create tiny droplets that react with the distress inks, used the heat gun to quickly dry it up.

A piece of netting was cut and taped to the back to hold it in place.  I then cut a piece of chipboard and glued it to the back of the tag for firmness.

The following Copic Pens were used on this fish image:
R00, R02, R05, R08, R20, R24, R29, R32, R39, C2, C4 and 100. 
Spica Pen, red 03 was used on the fins on the fish.  A bit hard to see in these photos.  A small piece of chipboard was also cut for the backing of the fish.  I then covered the fish in Glossy Accent and set him aside to dry.

The beautiful underwater sea plants were created with the following Liquid Pearls Dimensional Pearlescent Paints:
Rouge, Peacock, Key Lime and Buttercup.   Distress Stickles, Barn Door was used on the bottom of the tag.  I allowed it all to dry for a few minutes.  The Distress Stickles takes longer to dry especially since I put it on thick (distress stickles is the only kind of stickles that the you can apply the heating tool on) then I glued some Rain Dots by Cloud9 that have a red tint which made it perfecto!  Rain Dots were placed throughout the tag.   

Don't forget to leave your comments and visit all the designer's personal blog to win the freebie! Have fun and good luck!!