Tuesday, February 28, 2012

New Business Logo, and What I'm Working on This Week

I have a shiny new logo now!
It's so stinking adorable!
I LOVE it!

If you're in need of some graphic design, check out

Her prices are low, she's fast, and very nice to work with.

I've been working on samples the last 2 weeks.
Here's one!

I'm also working on a class sample- a little mixed media book
using Ranger and Tim goodies.
I'll be teaching this at an event in Indiana in May.
If you're interested in it, let me know.
I thought about doing kits and a live stream class!

And of course, here's your wieners!
Daisy Dog and Sammy chilling with momma last week when she had the flu!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Woohoo Disney World Here I Come!

Just got done booking our August Disney trip.
Just me and hubby this time!!
Our very first vacation without the kids!


Saturday, February 25, 2012

Here's a Funny Tag for Ya!

Hello my fine feathered friends!

How are you this fine Friday?
Me, I'm in bed trying to get over a lovely combination of the flue and strep.
Oh boy!

The tag I whipped up for you today makes me laugh.
For some reason this lady reminds me of Mrs Garret- remember, from The Facts of Life in the 80's??

This tag uses a few of my favorite Ranger goodies,
 and a stamp that is the PERFECT sentiment for us stamp-a-holics!


On with the show!!

scrap of patterned paper
scrap of manilla paper
black ink (I used Archival)
watercolor pencils
Miracle tape
heat gun
Distress Re-inker (Mustard Seed)
Perfect Pearls (Sunflower Sparkle)
mister bottle (I use Mini Misters)

In a mister bottle, combine one dropper full of Distress Ink, some Perfect Pearls, and water.
Shake well, and spray all over the tag.
Dry with heat tool.
Now, spray some water in your hand, and flick the water onto the tag.
The water will react with the ink and leave drops.

Stamp a little bit of a bad ground stamp if desired.
Add a strip of patterned paper using Miracle Tape.

 Stamp Lady Pointing on scrap of paper.

Color with watercolor pencils and cut out.

Stamp sentiment with black ink at an angle.

Add woman to tag using Miracle Tape. 

 Here's your wiener!
Daisy Dog channeling her inner Jedi .

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Randomness to make you Smile!

I LOVE this guy!!

 Super awesome big pink tool box that now resides in my studio!

 Ranger technique class....wanna come take it?


 Oh to be as happy as a wiener in a swing...

 Ring made with Amazing Casting Resin with a little Perfect Pearls mixed in,
 and Silver Metallic Mixative rubbed on top.


 This was at the AMP booth at CHA.
When I get it back, it's going to hang in my living room.

 Couple that got engaged right in front of us at Disney World!

 Pretty little wiener !

 Cannot WAIT to go back!

Pete and I at Disney World.
Looking forward to going back this summer!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Juggling- and admitting defeat

Do you ever feel like you've got too much going on?
Like you can't breathe?
Like, while your life may be good, it's too much?
Me, too!!

I'm a busy chick!
3 teenagers, 3 dogs, one husband, home to run, errands to run, people & pets to care for, a business to run, art to make, ideas to conceive, networking to do, on, and on, and , well, you get the point.

We're all so busy.

But sometimes you reach the point where it's TOO MUCH, and you can't focus.
That's where I am now.

I haven't painted in a year.
I haven't picked up the charcoal in at least 4 months.
It makes me sad.

My house is a DISASTER! 
It drives me batty.

I handle a billion and one things every day, but do none of them WELL.
And Im over tired, cranky, and SNIPPY.
I don't have time to play with my kids.
Or my wieners.

So this past week, I've been looking at things, trying to figure out how to fix this, 
because I am going bonkers over here.
 My dogs are ill-behaved, my teenagers are insane, and my ADD self is having a lot of trouble 
focusing on anything for more than 10 seconds at a time.
So, I start listing the things I've got going on, and the things I WANT to have going on.
Thoughts about my family.
Reminding myself that I NEED to work on my art.
That I want to spend time at the Humane Society.
Asking, what can I change, what can I cut out, what can I shuffle around?

I decided, I'm quitting school.
See, I started out going for a business degree, because I thought I needed it to be able to 
run a business and not bankrupt myself and my family.
Then I switched to art school because, well, I WANTED to.
I left art school due to some shady things going on there.
I don't like shady things!
Went back to business school.
But, really, do I NEED a business degree?
Probably not.
Being part of CHA, I get a lot of free business help and advice.
Etsy also sends tons of business advice.
I've NO desire to get a corporate job.
So, no, I don't need a business degree.

I'm finishing the class I'm in, and then I'm done.
Yeah, it's going to suck to start paying those student loans back in a few months.
But that's OK, we'll survive.

While on one hand, I feel as if I'm admitting defeat, on the other hand,
 it's a big relief to know that in 3 weeks, I will have about 25 hours of stuff I
 to do removed from my schedule. 
Ah, what a relief!

I am so excited to have more time to work on my art.
I have big plans for the blog, and will finally have time to implement them.
I have big plans for my posts at Things Crafty.
Now I'll have time to do them.


Thursday, February 9, 2012

I Love Letters- Amazing Craft Products!

Hello again!

We recently rearranged our very small living room because we bought a new sofa.
I also converted a baby changing table into an entertainment stand (our tv hangs on the wall) 
for the video games and what not. It's looking pretty cool, I have to say.

I have this dilemma, however- what to do with the wall around the tv?
I was going to put photos there, but thought that would be too distracting.
I was going to hang a few pieces of my art there, but thought it would be too distracting.
What to do?

While wandering around a certain large chain craft store one day, I spied this little cutie in the clearance corner, and yes, she came home with me!

So I thought, Heck I can mold this!
And make more!
In other colors!

So, Amazing Mold Putty & Resin's gonna help me solve my dilemma!
Yay cloud!

We've decided to hang a small ledge shelf below the tv (between the tv and the baby changing table) to hold the Kinnect unit for the Xbox (if you don't have this YOU MUST GET IT!- so much fun!).

And put a few other ledges around the tv.

And fill the wall with F's.

F for Family...F for Fleck

Pretty cool, eh?

So, on with the show!
Get your letter, Amazing Mold Putty, Clear Cast Resin, Quick Cast Resin, mixing utensils, GLITTER, dyes (I used the Black dye rom Alumilite), beads, etc...All the stuff you wanna include in your letters.

Also, Alcohol Ink Mixatives from Ranger,  something to sand edges with if needed, and a paint brush.

Mix the A & B parts of Mold Putty according to the directions.
Flatten out your ball of putty, and put your letter face down onto the putty.
Gently form the putty up around the sides of the letter.
Set aside and allow to cure.
 Once cured, pop the letter out of the mold.
The "F" is a little tricky, but I got it!
 Mix up some Quick Cast (white) resin.
Add 1 drop of black dye to the resin, and work quirky to stir it in.
Dust mold with Copper pigment powder, and drop some beads in there. 
(I used tiny, clear, hole less beads)
Pour your resin & let it cure.
 When it's ready, pop your cured piece out of the mold.
Ohhh, pretty!

 Now, you'll find that, because the mold does not have a shiny finish inside, your letter will have a matte finish. Mix up a tiny bit of clear cast resin, and once you've sanded any rough edges, paint the clear resin onto the letter. It will be nice and shiny!

 I made a second "F" using Clear Cast that I dumped a TON of red glitter into,
 along withthe hole less beads.
 I LOVE LOVE LOVE this one!!!!!! 
Again, sand any edges that need it, and paint with a little clear resin. 
These are going to look so awesome on the wall!