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Did you miss me yesterday? Sorry about that, its been one of those…well..years really.

I have now finished the project for Stampbord, they have all the details. Keep an eye on this blog and over on Stampbord for the project I made for them for September/October. It’s due to be published 1st September. I’ll post a link here, when I have it. I’m pleased with how it turned out, so be sure to have a go :)

I’m in the wars again! (An old phrase, used to mean I’m injured again). Recovering slowly from another stumble, still NOT fueled by alcohol as I don’t drink. Managed to give myself whiplash at walking pace???!!!! I didn’t see another step (DOH) kept walking and stumbled. Stayed on my feet but landed heavily on bad foot. Have taken everything to the osteopath and she is re-assembling me, in the right order. Good job she knows where it’s all meant to go, I lost the map a long time ago!

In the process of planning designs for projects that will be great for Christmas/Holiday gifts. Writing reviews and making Christmas pressies. It’s all go!!! Have got a bit sidetracked with Textiles and yarn of late, having had a sewing machine for my birthday. I’m a bit of a bumble bee crafter and like to try all kinds of things creative. My late mother would approve as she was a really good seamstress. Just wish I’d learnt more from here when I could.

Budgies are looking like pin cushions, having finished most of their body moulting they are re-doing their head feathers, they look like punks! All spiky heads, bless. Won’t embarrass them posting a pic, they look most embarrassed if I get near them with a camera.

Hoping to get more paper crafting back on here, don’t want you all to think I’ve lost the plot entirely! When I can sit at a table to stamp and play I’ll be well away and share the results.

Thanks for sticking with me

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie

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In today’s post I would like to introduce our Featured Artist, for June 2010.

Sherry Cheever

Sherry Cheever

I discovered her work thanks to a Spellbinders Blog Hop but for those of you who haven’t yet found Sherry Cheever, here is a little more about her and her work.

Who you are: 

SC: Sherry Cheever a/k/a BadSherry on Splitcoaststampers a/k/a Her Royal Badness

Where you are (which country you are based in)?

SC:  I live in Jeffersonville, Indiana, USA

What you do:

SC: I am a freelance paper arts designer and currently design for Spellbinders Blog Team, Just For Fun Rubber Stamps, Stamp Simply Ribbon Store

What got you started in your creative journey?

SC: I have always been a crafter.  I began at a very early age painting, knitting, etc. and in High School, Art was one of my favorite classes.  I went away to college majoring in Physical Education with a minor in art.  At the end of my sophomore year I wanted to switch to an art major and when I couldn’t get the classes I wanted, I threw my hands up and got married instead.  During the summers of my college years I painted watercolor pictures of the race cars at the dad’s race track and sold them.    I began rubber stamping in 1990 but with children on the run, I set it aside for some years. 

Around 2004 I started cross-stitching shadow boxes for friends and decided that stamping them would be more colorful and quicker.   It wasn’t long that I was full-fledged into making cards and totally addicted to the art.  I haven’t stopped since!

What inspires you: 

SC: This is a hard one to answer as my mind runs constantly and I can see inspiration in anything I pick up.  I simply see something, like an old wood box, and I know immediately what I can and want to make with it.  It’s just finding the time to make it happen!

If money,time and obligations were no object, what you would most like to do?

SC: What I’m doing now!  The only thing I would change would be having a separate house/cabin that I could use as a studio where I would have plenty of room for classes, work space and storage.  I find it amazing that I’m 51 years old and I’m finally doing what I have been meant to do my entire life  . . . make art!  It was a long time to get here, full-time jobs, raising children, part-time jobs, etc., but I’m here.  My secret desire is to have a private island, with all my crafty friends living on the island as well, and we would have cabana boys to see to our every whim.  Of course, this would mean winning the lottery, but one would have to buy tickets for that, and I can’t see wasting money on lottery tickets.

What do you enjoy most about your creative work/life?

SC: Working on my own time and not having to get dressed and leave the house every day.  If I want to sit in my pajamas and work, I can!  I can also work when the idea strikes whether it’s early morning or late at night!

Links

To find out more about Sherry Cheever and her work, please visit her blog details below. Her papercraft designs are awesome.

Sherry’s Blog

Sherry’s Favourite Links:

SC: My Favorite Shopping:

Eclectic Paperie

Stamp Simply Ribbon Store

Thanks to Sherry for being our Featured Artist of the Month for June 2010.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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The theme for The Virtual Crafting Challenge this month, is ‘D’. For those of you looking to get started in Distressing techniques with paper, this series is all about my favorite tools for creating Distressed looks. In today’s post; 

Acrylic Dabbers

Acrylic Dabbers are made by a company called Ranger, the colour pallet matches their Adirondack set of colours. I love these Dabbers, they are little bottles of Acrylic paint in a bottle with a special dabber in the top. The top looks a lot like the fluffy side of velcro and it has a valve inside, to regulate how much paint comes through. 

Acrylic Dabbers

Ranger Acylic Dabbers.

 

The dabbers can be a little tempremental at times. If you have left the paint to dry on the dabber top, you will need to dampen the sponge top, to get the paint flowing again. I tend to spray a little water onto a craft sheet and then swish the dabber top in that. After a bit of a press, the paint flows again. Personally, I quite like the hit n miss effect, that comes when there is some dried on paint in the dabber’s top. 

These paints work great on card and paper and also on metal and plastic too. Try them on Grungebord/paper as well. I love the versatility that these paints give. You can paint without getting extra equipment out, they also give a wonderful texture to projects as well. 

Here is a project that was coloured with Acrylic Dabbers. 

Distressed Box

Although this looks like an ancient metal box, it is in fact made from cardboard.

 

 

Links

Ranger Manufacturers of Acrylic Dabbers 

Acrylic Dabbers Link to a color chart of Dabbers from Ranger. 

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon 

Billie :)

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Welcome Back 

The theme for The Virtual Crafting Challenge this month, is ‘D’. For those of you looking to get started in Distressing techniques with paper, this series is all about my favorite tools for creating Distressed looks. 

Sanding Block

Sanding Block

The humble sanding block, is one of those tools that isn’t impressive to look at but creates some wonderful results. Come back on Friday for some help on how to use a sanding block. 

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon 

Billie :)

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Be Kind to Yourself

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They say the best laid plans etc, well having fallen down the stairs and sprained my ankle that sure did apply to me. I had big plans for all the projects I was going to create this month, but after my accident I was forced to abandon them and rest. Rest hmmm I don’t really do that, imagine a bee stuck in a jam jar….well thats me. Between weeks of enforced rest when I hurt my back before Christmas and now this I was done with resting….but pain meant doing much else wasn’t an option.

So rather than spend any more time being  bored or feeling sorry for myself, I got out some creative books and magazines and began to read. I visited some websites and decided that if I stuck to dry media, that this was a good time to get more into art journaling. I’ve wanted to art journal for ages but although I dabbled a little last year, I still hadn’t REALLY got into it. I write a personal journal everyday, but was still struggling with the art journal on the ‘I’m not good enough’ front.

Having read some more of my Art Journalling magazine from Stampington I rediscoverd the theory that there were so many different styles out there, which means there really isn’t a ‘right’ way to journal. So I got out crayons, pencils and my journal and had a go. My creative side was somewhat lacking so I surfed a few blogs and did some pages ‘in the style’ of some of the artists I liked. Now I am much more relaxed about my art journal, I figure it is for me, so I can put in there what ever I like and no one has to see it.

Suzi Blu was the first person who got me into Art Journaling and her whole philosophy is about learning to accept yourself for who and what you are an just go with it. I had to Be Kind to myself, look after my injured foot until it heals. Take the time, while I have to rest, to explore other things, that I don’t always find the time to do. Who knows, they always say ‘Things happen for a reason’ maybe this accident gave me the time to stop still and re-asses what I’d like to do creatively.

Fingers crossed there will be some more creative posts along soon :)

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Today I would like to share a picture of the stampbord necklace that I made just before Christmas. It features a Holly theme. 

Stampbord Necklace featuring Holly design

Stamps Used: Creative Expressions; Holly 

Golden Fluid Acrylic Paint, Quinacridone Nickle Azo Gold, Irredescent Gold Fine 

Ink Used; Tsukeneko Versafine in Onyx Black. 

Stampbord in Domino sized Pieces. 

These necklaces are such fun to make, the acrylic paints work beautifully on the surface and dry fast too. The Versafine ink dries perfectly over the Fluid Acrylic paint. I use a Crop A Dile to make the hole for the cord. The cord I’m using is 2mm cotton cord, it is made by Impex. 

Adding a few layers of UTEE (Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel) in clear, over the top of the paint, has given a superb sheen and really made the colours pop. 

If you haven’t tried stampbord yet, do give it a try. It is one of those things that people are afraid of trying, but it is super easy to use. I highly recommend using the Versafine ink with it, as it is a really black, black ;) and dries superbly. 

My top tip is to ink your stamp then lay the stamp on the desk, and take your piece of stampboard to the stamp. Really go for it, be brave, pounce and then press firmly to ensure the stampboard has full contact with the stamp. Hold the stamp down with one hand, grip the edges of the stampboard with your other hand and pull straight up. This avoids the chance of skidding your stampboard across the stamp and blurring your image. 

You can colour stampboard with inks, pens, pencils as well as paints. Adding UTEE as a final layer will help seal in your work to protect it from scratching, but is an optional extra. If you haven’t got a heat tool and UTEE, try just stamping onto it. It’s great fun and a superb surface to ‘play’ on. 

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon 

Billie :)

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A little while ago I joined Julie Prichard’s Layer Love Class I would so reccomend anyone who likes this style of painting, to do this class. Julie’s videos are excellent and her support of students in the Ning network, where the class is hosted, is amazing.

 

Here is my first painting, for Lesson 1 of the class;

 

My first layer love painting. Lesson 1

My first layer love painting. Lesson 1

 

I was pleased with how this painting turned out. I can see me trying to make journal pages in this kind of style, once I’ve had more practise with the technique. I’m loving these Golden products, they work so well. These Fluid Acrylics are fantastic.

 

My new Golden stash...isn't it lovely!!

My new Golden stash...isn't it lovely!!

Links

If you like this painting and would like to find out more about Julie’s class. Please visit her website, details of the classes are on the Workshop tab at the top. The class I am currently doing is the Layer Love.

In September, Julie Prichard is also offering Art Journaling classes on-line too. More details on those classes are also available on her website

Thanks to Julie for her excellent tuition, and encouragement.

 

Many thanks to Julie for the help and encouragement on this class

 

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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