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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

The Art of Crystal Newton

  Good Morning Friends :)  I am doing something a little different today.  I love to color and rubber stamp.  I love the blank pictures that  stamping offers ~ the absolute unlimited possibilities of colors and combinations.

I also am a cheerleader for the small business person ~ I love to support individuals or families who have the gumption to compete with corporate giants! 

So today I am excited to share the art of Crystal Newton.   We live in the same little cow town and until recently I never knew that she was such a great artist! 

Let Your Light Shine  ~ Wow!  How many of us are brushing shoulders with artistic talent like this and never know it? !!   I wanted to be sure lots of you could appreciate her art, so thank you for looking and thank you for sharing with your friends!!

Swallowtail on Lavender

The White Team  When I saw this one on the screen I just fell in love!
Crystal has originals & prints for sale.  I especially love her horses although she has a great variety including still life, wildlife & inspirational. Go check it all out!!!
Links appear in a different color ~ just click for a direct connection !

Sunday, July 9, 2017

PIP Challenge # 1728 ~ Enter to Win!!

Hello Loyal PIP Challenge Fans and Newbies alike!!! Welcome to DT inspiration card for the ANYTHING GOES Challenge #1728 sponsored by
 Follow the link and enter your card for a chance to win a great prize from Fabrika Fantasy who generously provided the digital Fantasy Pet that I used on this fun card.

What a great image! So rich with personality and detail.  I think next time I use it I will make it larger because it was a little difficult coloring the tiny details in.

It's a perfect stamp for a thank you card, with all of that pampering going on!! I used a sentiment from Hot off the Press,  "ThankYou!" I thought this card would make a great party invitation for a little girl too!! 

Simple & straight forward, I just printed, cut & colored, but here are a couple of highlights.  Her stylish shell hat was shimmered up with Iridescent Smooch, Stampin' Dazzle was used for gold accents and I mostly used colored pencils with blender pen for coloring.  Since this image was sprayed with workable fixative, the blender pen performed poorly (I thought) so be aware that there is a difference!! I also used NUVO Crystal Drops for accents like the necklaces, jewels and drawer pulls.

For whatever reason I could not get a great
picture of this card!!!  Her skin and hair always looked washed out!!! I thought the shell turned out really pretty though :)

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Jar Labels

Recently I've decided to start keeping all of my bulk kitchen items in glass jars, Mostly Ball Jars, but I also keep my eyes out for interesting glass jars, I tend to lean towards the tall skinny types.  I just think that they look neat!!!

I decided to make my own labels for the jars after I got 2 similar spices mixed up!!!  Plus it was just plain fun for me to get out my dies and inks ;) My dear friend, who I can attribute my appreciation for all things rustic, saw them and wanted a set for herself.  I made them to match the colors in her 1950's kitchen.  

I thought it would be fun to share what I did with you and I would love to hear if you have ideas or have done something similar and how you did it :)

   I started with 2 die cut shapes that I liked when layered and stamped them with herbal/classic images that I thought went well in a rustic or traditional flavor!  To further the antique look I used tea stain ink from Stampin' Up! and gently rubbed the edges. 

Extra points if you can figure
what spice will go behind this label!
   Once again, after choosing a font to die cut I aged the letters with the tea stain ink.

   It is important to gently bend and curve the labels to conform to the shape of your jars.  If they dry flat after being glued together it is really difficult to make them stick to a glass or plastic jar - they resist the flexing & want to pop off.

Cris sent me photos of how they looked on her awesome jar collection.  I knew you'd want me to share them with you!!

                                         My kitchen is more browns, burgundy and green. After making Cris hers, I'm thinking I like the beautiful brightness of the turquoise and red. . . .hmmm, maybe I'll be blogging a kitchen color overhaul next!

Products used: Tim Holtz Upon a Time letter die, Framelits dies from Apothecary Accents, Stampin' Up! stamps~ Flora & Fauna, Rue Des Fleurs, Notably Ornate