Monday, March 19, 2012

My Swinging Wiener (DOG)

Yeah, you know you went there!

HA!

Our first family park outing this year. 
We took the wieners, and met a friend there with her kids and puppy.
Sammy LOVES the baby swing.

Here's the boys putting him into it.
He's so big it's a 2-man job nowadays!


Just look at that face!



 Such a goofy dog!

 And this is the result of a hard afternoon of play time at the park!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Signs of Spring at Casa de Fleck

 Daisy sitting in the sun.

 My doggies at play in the back yard.

 BIG wiener!

 Plant under the tree.

 Got this bed cleaned out today. 
Now I need to move the rocks back in place- they tend to move over the winter.


 Purple!


 One of my favorite outdoor decorations.

 Frog prince :)

 These are special.

Frog from my grandma.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

I bought this cute little set at Blick's last weekend, with the intention of taking the cakes out and putting in some Winsor & Newton colors. But after playing with them tonight, I think I'm gonna use them! I RELLY like the darker pink.
Not bad for just playing around! I carry a small 3x5-ish Moleskine water color book, a couple of Pitt pens, a pencil, eraser, and glue stick in my purse. I carry a watercolor set, too, but have been looking for something smaller. This totally fit the bill! Throw in a water brush, and viola!

Pan Pastels....my new addiction

Me and the hubby and our BFFs went to Columbus on Sunday for an impromptu shopping trip, 
which we NEVER do.

The guys went to Micro Center for computer stuff.

Us girls went to Blick.

Yeah, I could've spent soooo much there. I adore that store. 
And the people there actually know about art supplies...
And if you ask a question someone can't answer, they will find the person who CAN answer it.
Yes, I love it there.

But, being on a budget, I was a good girl.

I've been wanting to try Pan Pastels since so many of the artsy crafters I follow love them.
I bought three colors, and some spongey things to blend with.

I like soft pastels but hate the dust.
I don't enjoy oil pastels because they never dry...Just not an oil fan.

 The texture of the Pan Pastels to me are between a soft pastel and an oil pastel.
Really, really soft and creamy, and no dust.
Did you hear me?
NO DUST!!


 So, while watching The River on Tuesday night, I sat on the couch in my crafty studio, 
and played with the Pan Pastels a little bit.

YES, I want more!
I want them all!! 
 This is an art journal page.
I sponged on the sky and ground, and sprayed lightly with Krylon sealer.
Sponged on the red spots. Sealed again.
Then I sprayed a little spray gesso. Dried it with heat gun.

 I drew in the stems and flower outlines with a Sharpie.
Added some Crystal Stickles in the flowers.
Stamped the border along the bottom (Dylusions stamps).
Stamped the words above the flowers (Tim Holtz stamp).
The purple circles are left over from another project-
 Dylusions stamp on watercolor paper, watercolored with purple paint, cut out, 
glued on the page with Miracle Tape.

I REALLY love his this page looks.
And I liked journalling this way...
It was pretty quick and not nearly as messy as what I usually do.

Here's your wiener!
Daisy dog enjoying the sunshine.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Two Tags & a Tutorial

Hello, all!

It's almost spring! YAHOO!!!

I've got two tags for you today- 
one is a Birthday tag, one is an artsy fartsy tag.
I hope you enjoy them!!


Let's do the birthday tag first!

On with the show....

Supplies:
Manilla tag
Distress Inks (I used Mustard Seed, Broken China, Iced Spruce)
Handle with blending foam
Black ink (I used Memories ink from Steward Superior)
Feathers
Flowers
Bling
Crystal Lacquer
Terri Sproul Mixer
Itty bitty paint brush
Cup to mix in 
Heat gun
Scissors
Ribbons
Memories Mist from Stewart Superior (Iridescent)
Mini mister with water
Bling
Dangly beaded tim
Scrap of patterned paper
Mini Xyron

So, what do ya think?
I love the way this turned out!!

 Ok, first things first....Create a background using the Distress inks and handle with foam.
Start with the Mustard Seed, then add Iced Spruce. 
Add a little more Mustard Seed if ya want.

Next, swipe the Broken China and Iced Spruce over your craft sheet.
Spritz ink with memories Mist, and continue on using the 
Wrinkle Free Distress technique.
Be sure to dry well with your heat gun!
 Once your back ground is done and dry,
stamp paisley bunch  along top and bottom of tag using Iced Spruce Distress Ink.
Stamp Happy Birthday down the left side in black ink.
Stamp funky birdy in black ink.
 Stamp the funky birdy in black ink on patterned paper.
Color and cut out the body/neck/head.
 Run the cut out birdy through the Xyron, and adhere over birdy stamped on tag.
 Stamp birdy in black on pattern paper again.
Color just the body portion, and cut out.

 Flip the cut out body over and put Miracle Tape on the back.
Add a cupel of feathers over the Miracle Tape, pressing the feathers onto the tape.
 Add a pop dot, and place body over birdy on tag.
 Squirt a little Crystal Lacquer into a cup.
Mix in a little Terri Sproul Mixer.
Paint this concoction onto the birdy's beak and shoes, and the dots on his body.
 Ink the ribbon of the beaded trim using Distress Inks and handle.
Dry with heat gun.

 Adhere trim to bottom edge of tag using Miracle Tape.
Trim ends.
 Add ribbons through the hole in the tag.
 Add feathers along the bottom of the tag using Crystal Lacquer.
Add flowers and bling using Crystal Lacquer.





And, here's your second tag, 
complete with a tutorial how to make this back ground.
It's SUPER EASY, and makes stunning results!

Supplies:
Manilla tag
Tissue Tapes (Tim Holtz) and/or Washi tapes
Heavy twine
Tim Holtz trinkets
White cord
Distress Stains
Crystal Lacquer
Miracle Tape
Espresso alcohol ink
Mixing cup
Paint brush
Permanent black ink pad (I used Memories by Stewart Superior)
Grungeboard letters
Grungeboard bird
Memories Mist, Iridescent
Mini Mister of water
Heat gun
Scissors



 Create your back ground with tapes and Distress Stains (tutorial at the end).
Dry well with heat gun.
Stamp Bird on a Wire twice across the tag using permanent black ink.
Dry well with heat gun.
Add two strands of twine above and below the birds by running a bead of
Crystal Lacquer across the tag and pressing the twine into it.
Let sit for a minute and trim off the ends.

Press your Distress Ink pad directly onto the Grunge letters, use a couple of different colors.
Spritz with Memories Mist, and dry with heat gun.
Press black ink pad to letters, dry with heat gun.

 Adhere letters to bottom of tag using Crystal Lacquer.
 Flip the Grunge bird over, to work on the BACK side.
Press Mustard Seed ink pad onto the bird. Dry with heat gun.
Press ink pad to bird again, and spritz with Memories Mist.
Dry with heat gun.
 Rub black ink pad onto bird.
 Adhere bird to center of tag using Miracle Tape.
Put some Crystal Lacquer into a cup, and add a couple drops of
Espresso Alcohol Ink.
Paint onto bird, allowing it to pool on the bird's belly.
Give him an eye with some bling.
 Rub Distress ink pad on cord. Dry with heat gun.
Add dyed cord and twine to hole in tag.
Place trinkets on a Trinket Pin, and put pin through the knot.
Add a gear to the right of the bird.






BACKGROUND 
TECHNIQUE 
TUTORIAL
Are you ready?

You need:
Paper
Tissue tapes/Washi tapes
Distress Stains and/or ink pads
Mini Mister with water
Memories Mist/Glimmer Mist/Home made mist
Scissors
Paper towel or cloth for blotting

Step 1:
Get your paper/tag/whatever, and cover with strips of tape.


Step 2:
Apply Distress Stains and/or Distress Inks directly to the tape.
Yes, it will pool up, but that's OK!
In this photo: Fired Brick, Spun Sugar, Faded Jeans, Mustard Seed, Vintage Photo


 Step 3:
Dry partially with heat gun, then blot with towel.


Step 4:
Spritz with the glimmer mist, and Dry with heat gun.


Step 5:
Trim edges if needed, and make something cool with your back ground paper!!


Here's another one, done on a tag.
In this photo: Faded Jeans, Broken China, Vintage Photo



Here's your wiener!
Cooper taking a little snooze.
He's sooo cute, and goes back home tomorrow.