Thursday, August 1, 2013

Asian Jar Toy Summer Art Tag

Asian Art Tag

Just a little love in a Jar:
 The summer has just been whizzing by and with all the things happening around my home, I'm sorry to say, I haven't had alot of art to share with all of you lately. Although things are not quite there yet, things are at least a little better and settling down a bit and hopefully I can start spending a bit more time in my art room and also updating this blog regularly which has been greatly neglected these past few months. 

Although I haven't been producing much in the way of Paper Art projects, I have used the occasional quite time to draw, which I enjoy, and the little Asian Jar Toy used as the main focal point in this Art Tag is one in a new Asian Doll Toys series I will continue to add to as time allows. The main focal point on this tag has been colored with Prismacolor pencils and blended with odorless turpentine using paper stumps. The pink background was created with my "How do I love the digital stamp background design. For extra embellishments I used various colors of Embroidery floss, Gold Thread, Green Satin Ribbon, Tiny Rhinestones and 3 Red Wooden Beads.

Asian Digital Stamp Tag ArtI created this Art Tag for the August challenge at the The Craft Garden. This will be the last challenge on the Craft Garden for a while as Kerry has decided to take a bit of a break, (not sure for how long) but I'm looking forward to it's return. I have really enjoyed being part of Kerry's DT and thank her for not only the opportunity but for the fun, motivation and inspiration her challenges have brought me.

This month's challenge has a color theme with a wonderful array of summer colors inspired by strawberries which you can see on the right.

Since this is the last challenge for awhile, it is extra special and promises to be lots of fun so hope you will come bye and have a look at the rest of the team's wonderful creations and share your own art with us. You have an entire month to join us for this challenge and I look forward to seeing your fabulous creations.
Asian art tag digital stamp project

Materials Used:
Various colors of cardstock
Green Satin Ribbon
Red wooden beads and tiny Rhinestones
Red and Pink Embroidery Floss
Thin gold tread and brass eyelet

New in the CS Designs Store for August ... 
CS Designs Japanese Asian art tag
Asian Toys, Dolls & Accessories Digital Stamp Series  ... Check it Out!!!
 
My little Asian Jar Toy ... Summer Art Tag is playing in the following challenges:
Eclectic Ellapu ... Anything Goes
Craftin' Boutique ... #1 Anything Goes
City Crafters ... Summer (Summer Colors inspired by Strawberries)
Cute Card Thursday ... 280 Anything Goes
4 Crafty Chicks ... # 153 Bling ( 3 Amber Rhinestones)
Crafting by Designs ... Anything Goes
Creative Moments ... Anything but a Card
Inky Chicks ... #9 Summer Colors (Inspired by Strawberries)
Party Time Tuesdays ... #131 Anything Goes
Make it Monday ... #151 Link Party Always Anything Goes
Tammy's Scrapin Corner ... #73 Use a Digi
Creative Inspirations ... Anything Goes
The Crafters Cafe ... #22 Anything Goes
 613 Avenue ... Anything Goes
Just for Fun ... Anything Goes


Challenge Update!!! ...  I am so thrilled... I just heard that my Asian Jar Toy Summer Art Tag made the Top 3 on 613 Avenue Create. You will find the badge and a link to their blog on my right hand side bar. Thank you Chana, Kathi and the DT, you have made me very happy. :)
 
Thank you for visiting ... I always love reading your comments :) Chris

Monday, July 1, 2013

Central Pacific Railroad Steampunk ATC

It's time for a brand new challenge at The Craft Garden and this time our challenge is to either incorporate a Train theme or a Mallard Duck in your project.

Our challenge is inspired by the A4 class locomotive Mallard which on 3 July 1938,  raced down Stoke Bank at 126 mph to set a new steam locomotive world speed record. That record still stands.

Since I didn't have any Train or Mallard designs in my collection I did a little improvising and drew a couple of new designs and created a Steampunk ATC with a Railroad and Journey theme.

The foundation for this ATC is a piece of mat board which has been covered with a page from an old second hand book. I painted the background with washes of several colors of watercolor and did a little dripping and spattering for extra interest.

The three main focal points of the ATC are some of my original digital stamp designs: Steampunk Monocle, Life is a Journey Sentiment and Central Pacific Railroad Ticket. The Ticket and Monocle were both printed on script patterned paper and dabbed with pigment ink. I applied a bit of Prismacolor pencil on the eyes to coordinate better with the background and added a couple of metal cogs for a Steampunk look. The cog over the Eye Monocle at the bottom has been glued over the Monocle in the design with Crystal Accents.

Materials Used:
All digital designs by Chris / CS Designs
Steampunk Monocle
It's a Journey Sentiment
Central Pacific Railroad Ticket
Matboard, printed book page, and colored cardstock
Watercolor, Pigment ink, Prismacolor Pencils
Metal Cogs and red brad.
General adhesive and double sided tape
Crystal Accents.

Railroad Steampunk is participating in the following challenges:
Make it Monday #147 ... Anything Goes Link Party
Artistic Inspirations #48 ... Anything Goes
Sweet Stampin' ... Not Cute
Come and Get it ... Masculine 


Saturday, June 15, 2013

Buried Treasure 2013 A Collaborative Art Project


I am a great believer that life is an ever changing journey that allows us to learn and grow as we find our way and while it may not always be easy, it is always full of endless possibilities for something wonderful

Since the closing of my Art With No Boundaries monthly magazine earlier this month due to a serious illness in my family, I have found it difficult to be motivated or inspired by anything which includes my art. This in itself is a new experience for me because my art has always been an integral part of who I am and that which sustains me no matter what else may be happening in my life at any given moment.

They say when one door closes another will open and recently a new door opened for me by way of an artist named Seth Apter. I don’t remember how I found his blog but it came at just the right time and was just the inspiration and motivation I have been needing. Every year Seth hosts a collaborative project where he encourages artists to dig deep into their blogs, find the buried treasure there, write a post about it and share the link on his blog. After spending some time looking around his bog, as well as some of the artists participating, I found myself getting both excited and once again inspired and knew this was something I wanted to be a part of. Although I am very serious and passionate about my art, I am not a very prolific blogger so it was hard for me to choose pieces I previously posted which I thought might still be inspiring to my readers the second time around. Since I wanted to go for at least a bit of a theme here I have chosen to show you some of my favorite Steampunk pieces with a few other thigs thrown in.

Note:  All the links in this post will open up in a new window or tab so you can continue to read this post while still being able to view my original projects with the rest of the information and photos they include.

For my First Buried Treasure:
I have chosen my Handmade Steampunk Shadowbox which uses some of my own mouse drawn high resolution digital designs as well as 16 recycled items which includes the cereal box I made the shadow box from. Because this would be a small novel if I were to post everything I used in my project, you can see the complete list of recycled items and how I created my piece in my original post. ... Here ... I will add a bit of a spoiler and mention pie plates and roofing material.

I live in a very small town in a rural community of British Columbia, Canada with no art stores or creative amenities so I have always found it necessary to create much of what I use in my altered art from scratch or from things I find and reinvent from the Salvation Army or second hand store that are about an hour from where we live. The closest Michales is about 3 hours away so needless to say recycled items not only fuel my creative addiction but helps me see everything in a whole different light.

For my Second Buried Treasure:
I have chosen my Steampunk Altered Sardine Can. As with my Shadowbox, all the paper elements in this piece are my own designs. The wire elements are made from brass 22 gauge wire and the wheels are antique metal buttons hot glued over the end of shotgun shells. More about this project can be found in my original post ... Here ...

For my Third Buried Treasure:
There is something quite fascinating and delightful about the mixture of Vintage Nostalgia and Modern Edgy, that I find difficult to resist and for my Third Buried Treasure I have chosen a squashed Steampunkk Canning Jar Lid / Mini Wall Hanging. I can’t tell you how much fun it was to smash something into oblivion without feeling that I was really destroying something. A big hammer and a bit of metal can be such a great way to relieve stress and I think I should do more of these types of projects. My art is multi-faceted and I am also a digital stamp artist and all the paper elements in this piece like all my work on my blog are my own designs which have been colored with Prismacolor pencils and blended with odorless turpentine. The  brass circles on each side imprinted with the word Clever which the wire is attached to are the brass bottoms of  12 gauge shotgun shells. My Hubby shoots Trap (Clay Birds) as a hobby and I'm quite thrilled with the fact that he lets me scrounge from his stuff too. More about this project can be found ... Here ...

My Fourth Buried Treasure .. One of my Paper Dolls

Chris Stern CS Designs Deka Lake bc Oil PaintingI was just going to show you my Steampunk because they are among my favorite pieces but I also have a passion for silly yet trendy and doodled paper dolls. I have fond memories of playing with paper dolls as a child and the novelty hasn’t worn off now that I'm an adult, only now instead of pre-printed and store bought paper dolls, I enjoy creating my own which are all one of a kind.

 I created the Paper Art Doll above in May of last year and the sentiment she holds is always and forever, so very true.

 All the projects I have chosen to post above have a place in my heart and a permanent home on one of the shelves that line my art room. They are always within view and are a constant reminder of how much enjoyment I get from my art.

I have never really been much of a a card maker because although they can be very pretty and are popular on many blogs and challenges, they never seem to have the same effect on my imagination and passion when creating as pieces that are altered, recycled, spindled, folded, mutilated or have a spattering of paint about them. I have always loved and preferred things that are outside the box, have an original presence and personality all their own.

I have a friend who often asks me what I am going to do with a particular piece as she sees no real purpose for creativity in anything other than cards which can be given and sent to others. I sell alot of my art both online and off and also give it away as gifts, but the simple truth is that I create becasue I love it, it's part of who I am, often serves as emotional therapy and just for Arts's sake.

My Oil Paintings: Because this post is meant to share my work with other Artists that may never have seen my art before, I have included some of my favorite buried treasures from some of my other blogs as well. A glimps of my art would not be complete without my oils, so I have included two of my paintings above for your viewing pleasure as well. Both of these paintings shown above are real places close to where I live. I am surrounded by lots of trees, wild flowers, wild birds,Moose, Deer and oodles of beautiful lakes. You can seem a few more of my oils on my About the Artist Page.

And Now for the Real Thing: The picture below is from the very first post I posted to this blog back in  January 2011.
It is a view from my living room window and my original post was simply entitled Inspiration. Our lake is 12 miles long and while I do live in the toolies, it is very beautiful here and we also have the most amazing, vibrant and colorful sunsets imaginable. Sometimes when I look at our view which I tend to do alot, I  feel it is as close to heaven as one can get here on earth and it has a very calming effect on me and often does wonders for my imigination.

For my Final Hidden Gem, I have included the cover from the last and final issue from my Art With No Boundaries online Ezine/Magazine.


This one is not housed on my Doodle Pieces blog but on my Art With No Boundaries blog. I though of submitting that blog to Seth's Buried Treasure collaborative project as well but in reality I view the entire thing as a treasure which allowed me to share so much of my self and my love of art with others. It would have been too difficult to choose just one or two projects from the whole. Besides what you see on the cover of this last issue, there are still lots of projects and tutorials from past issues which you can still go and read. Just some of the features I wrote about in the Ezine were, an in dept chalk marbling, altered slide mounts, altered children's board books, oil pastel background, handmade wire elements and bejeweled and wire bookmarks and let me not forget lots of Art Tags (arty book marks). I seem to have a real addiction to these, perhaps because I also love old, vintage and illustrated books with the work of other artists and these make great companions for them.

If this is your first visit to one of my blogs and would like to see more of my art, please check out the rest of this blog and my Art With No Boundaries Ezine. You can find a link to the magazine and every past issue through the top button navigation menu at the top of every one of my blogs or through the following link:

... Art With No Boundaries ...  
An Expressive and Innovative Mixed Media Art Ezine for Paper Crafters, Collage and Assemblage Artists
 
Although this is a very lengthy post, I hope you have enjoyed a glimps into my world, my art, my blogs and the Buried Treasure there. I hope you will also enjoy seeing the rest of my work. Thank you Seth for giving me the opportunity to meet other Artists and Explore their Buried Treasures as well. I can see this is going to be an exciting journey with lots of inspiration along the way. :)

If you have not yet visited Seth’s blog The Altered Page and the rest of those participating, I encourage you to do so. It is an experience that you will not want to miss. Seth will continue to add new participating blogs until July 16th so there is still lots of time if you want to participate and I look forward to seeing some of your art as well..

You can find a list of other participating artists and their blogs for Seth's Buried Treasure through the following link: ..  Buried Treasure 2013

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Journey Paper Art Doll Brooch


It’s time for another fun challenge at The Craft Garden and this month we are having a picture color challenge. I wanted to create something quite different this time around and decided on wearable art in the form of an Art Doll Brooch with the possibility of a magnet. I couldn't really decide which I wanted it to be so I purposely left off the back pin or magnet for now so I could think about it for a while. I designed all the paper elements as well as the template myself so this brooch is really one of a kind.

The face is from my Little Charmers Faces digital stamp collection and the blue petal frame around the face is the Striped Circular Petal Frame from my Frames digital stamp collection.

The face has been colored with Prismacolor  blended with odorless turpentine and  nestled inside a squashed bottle cap. For some extra shading, I used the direct to paper technique around all paper edges. To give the piece more of a jewellery feel, I poked 3 holes on the bottom of my piece, strung beads onto 22 gauge gardening wire and attached them with handmade jump rings. The silver beads are recycled and were a surprise find from a recent purchase at my local Salvation Army. While my purchase was a heavy plastic compartmental caring case which I purchased with the idea of storing some of my art items in, it was a really nice surprise to find a small zip lock bag of goodies tucked away inside one of the fold out sections. 

After looking a this brooch for a while, I though she needed she need a little something more so I gave her, her own heart which she wears on her sleeve. I attached the heart charm with a silver brad.

Materials List:
Digital Stamps from CS Designs
Little Charmers (face)
Round Petal Frame
Text Background on Body … Digital Engravings Background collection
Card stock, and pigment ink for direct to paper technique.
22 gauge wire, beads, charm and brad
General adhesives, cutting tools
Brooch faster for the back.
Crystal Accents for gluing the face onto the bottle cap


Journey Paper Art Doll Brooch is playing in the following Challenges:
Happy Campers ... #17 Metal
Inspire Me Fridays ... #105 Anything Goes
Stamping for the Weekend ... Monochrome
4 Crafty Chicks ... #144 Recycled  ..Silver Beads (2nd hand surprise find) and left over garden wire
Creative Moments ... Lots of Layers (the head piece has layers and all the paper elements were reinforced with additional layers of card stock for sturdiness.
Hobby House Challenge:  #1 Anything Goes
Totally Paper Crafts ... 169 Anything Goes
Crafting by Design ... Anything Goes

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Geisha Mat Board Book


 

I created this little book for the May challenge on The Craft Garden Challenge. After having design teams and challenges of my own, I though it might be nice to see how the other half lives and try it from the other side. I am really enjoying the time and playing freedom my Art With No Boundaries magazine is giving me these days and though it would be fun to design for someone else for a change. This is my very first project as a member of The Crafty Garden Challenge Design Team and I am so excite about it.



The main focal point for my book is my Framed Geisha Montage 2 digital stamp. It has been colored with Pismacolored pencils and blended with oderless turpentine suing paper stumps.

On the Front
The black layer directly underneath my Geisha has been cut with a postage stamp die cut from Provo Craft and then gold pen has been used on the edges.

Distressed and painted Text Background. For the layer directly underneath my Geisha and the die I used part of a page from an old second hand book on the left and a piece of torn patterned paper on the right . The text paper has been distressed and painted with India Ink, white ink, a bit of glitter and tiny smidgens of  red and pink acrylic paint. The black circles on the text  background were created with the bottom of the ink bottle.



The Cover:
The covers for the book are made from left over mat board which I use for framing. The mat board was covered with the same patterned paper used for the Text background layer. I cut two pieces about 3/4 inces larger than the mat board. I then glued the mat board on one side and trimmed the corners. I folded the corners as shown in the photo above and then then glued them down. I continued to glue down all 4 sides. I then another piece of patterned paper slightly smaller than the piece of mat and glued this over to hide the sides I had glued down. I repeated this for the back cover.



Accents:
Before gluing all the separate pieces for the cover together, I wrapped gold cording around the text layer three times and adhered the ends to the back with tape. I then glued all the pieces together leaving a bit of room at the top of the Geisha to insert some coiled brass as an accent. I finished it off by cutting off the back of a vintage metal button and glued it to one side of the brass coil. All the layers have been outlined with gold pen.

Yes that's a really old bottle of Speedball ink above, I have had it for so many years, it is probably vintage by now. :)

Materials List:
Framed Geisha Montage 2 by CD Designs
Prismacolor pencils, odorless turpentine and paper stumps
India ink, glitter and red and pink acrylic paint
Page from a second hand book
Patterned paper, black cardstock,
Gold Pen (Pilot)
Gold cording, Vintage brass button
Long strip of white cardstock for book pages
General Adhesiveness and cutting tools

The theme for this months challenge on The Craft garden is to use any 4 of the following: Flowers, buttons, ribbon, pattern paper, paint/mist, yarn, the color pink, white background. I used Flowers on my patterned paper, paint, the color pink and white (for my pages) Hope you enjoyed the book as much as I did creating it, for more great projects from The Craft Garden challenge team and play in this month's challenge, visit the blog. The Craft Garden

The theme for this

My Geish Board Book has entered the following challenges:
Make my Monday ... Anything but a Card
Love to Create ... Die cut ... (I used the Postage stamp die cut from Provo Craft
That Craft Place ... Altered
Paper Time Tuesday ... 118 Anything Goes
Eclectic Ellapu ... Anything Goes

Monday, April 29, 2013

Sorrow's Rainbow


I have had a lot of problems with my internet for the past couple of months and it has really put a crimp in my blogging and being able to share new things. After much complaining from my end, my internet service provider finally gave me some new equipment and things are much improved. :)

 After so long since my last post, I am very pleased to share a new piece with you. I made this art especially for the Rainbow challenge at The Craft Garden.

The main focal point for this piece is my new Sorrow digital stamp. I drew this design some years  ago but just recently turned it into a digital stamp. Sorrow has been colored with Prismacolor pencils and blended odorless turpentine using paper stumps. I did the various color shading in her hair to signify a rainbow. I have also added a bit of direct to paper technique around the outer edges.

The Soul would have no Rainbow sentiment is also a new digital stamp and also has a bit of direct to paper on it to help soften the white and make it coordinate better with the overall design.

The colorful background underneath the main layer is a sheet from a small background package I bought at the dollar store.  I though the range of colors were just perfect for a Rainbow theme. Since the background was text weight paper, I reinforced it by gluing it to a sheet of white cardstock. For the tassels I used various colorful fibers and a mix of glass and wooden beads.

Materials List:
Sorrow and Rainbow Sentiment by CS Designs
Prismacolor pencils, odorless turpentine and paper stumps
cardstock, colorful backgrund paper
Brass eyelet, fibers and wood and glass beads

Sorrow's Rainbow is playing in the following challenges

The Craft Garden ... Rainbows ... April Monthly Challenge ... I'm lucky  # 13. Starting in May, I will be designing for this challenge blog... Thank you Kerry for giving me the opportunity to play on your team. :)

Make it Monday ... Link Party ... I'm number 62

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Edgar Allan Poe Recycled Slide Mount



 

I created this Recycled and Altered Slide Mount for my April Issue of the Art With No Boundaries Ezine which just went on line today. The main focal point of this piece is my Edgar Allan Poe Montage digital stamp. I have not used any colors on either Edgar Allan Poe or his name below him and I  like the clean look next the grunge ad metal look.

The Slide Mount has been covered with a piece of cardstock which has been covered with Aluminium Foil Tape and then embossed with a Cuttlebug folder.I added extra scoring (striations) using a short double ended knitting needle to give it a little different look. I then applied a layer of black acrylic paint and allowed it to set for a bit before rubbing some of it off and was lucky to have some of it stay behind in some of the crevices. I also applied a bit of red acrylic paint to random spots.

The red acrylic paint looked faint so I used a bit a red Sharpie marker here and there as well. For an accent I used a small metal cog attached with a red brad. The name of Edgar Allan Poe has been mounted over black linen cardstock which has also received a bit of red acrylic paint.

Materials List:
Edgar Allan Poe Montage Digital Stamp
Recycled Slide Mount
Aluminium Foil Tape
Black/Red Acrylic Paint
Red Sharpie Marker
Embossing Folder / Cuttlebug
Metal Cog and Red Brad.
Black Cardstock
Tool for scoring Aluminium Foil Tape
General Adhesives and Cutting Tools

Edgar is playing in the following Challenges:
Quote the Raven Challenge... 
Quest 19 / Anything Poes


 Special Note:  ...............................................


For a complete tutorial on how to Alter Recycled Slide Mounts or Create Your Own from Scratch visit the  ..........    April Issue of Art With No Boundaries.


Thursday, March 14, 2013

Edgar Allan Poe Grunge Board Book



This Mini Grunge Book is being featured in the March issue of the Art With No Boundaries Online Magazine. Creating this book was major fun for me from beginning to end because I got to recycle, re-purpose, re-invent, cut, sand,  tear up, collage stuff and get paint all over my fingers.

The foundation for this mini work of art was a Child's Board book and the main focal point is my Edgar Allan Poe Montage digital stamp design. This little book is a little bit different from my other books becasue it has a see through window on the front cover which shows Edgar on another page underneath.  Another thing I like about this book is that I got to use some of the new metal cogs elements, I purchased quite awhile ago and have been saving for something special. What could be more special than something a little grungy, dark and perhaps even slightly steampunk.



Although there are several pictures of this book in the magazine, I have included only a couple here with only a very small glimpse of the cogs and other elements that lie inside. To read more about how I created this book as well as what really lies inside I would like to invite you to go visit the latest issue of Art With No Boundaries magazine where you will find a more in-depth version of this project.  The magazine is free to read, and created as a resource for paper crafter, Collage, Assemblage and Mixed Media Artists.

You can also read past issues of the magazine through the Table of Contents on the main page. There is a lot of great content in all the issues so be sure to check them out. Just to give you a bit of an idea of what is in the current issue, I have added a mini version of the March Cover directly below. Although the cover is also in the post below, I included it here again because when I join challenges they like you to link to only the one post so some people miss the previous content.

Art With No Boundaries Online Magazine Ezin by Chris CS Designs



Edgar is participating in the following challenges:
Quoth the Raven ... Quest 19 Anything Poes
Three Muses ... Steampunk
Little Red Wagon ... # 176 ... Windowed

Gorgeous Clara Bow Handmade Fan Fold Book

Clara Bow Digital Stamp design by Chris / CS Designs 

Today is a happy day as the March issue of the Art With No Boundaries Ezine (Online Magazine) is finally on line. It was a bit late due to illness but it's up now and full of all kinds of wonderful projects and tutorials. The theme for the March issue is all about books and I am showing off alot of my own handmade ones as well as some of my wire and bejeweled bookmarks.

The Handmade Fan fold book in this post is being featured in the current issue of the Ezine and the main focal point on the front cover is my Sassy Clara Bow digital stamp design. Clara has been colored with Prismacolor pencils and blended with odorless turpentine using paper stumps. The pink pages inside the book are actually made from one long continuous strip which has been folded and glued to give the impression of individual pages.

Clara Bow Digital Stamp design by Chris CS Designs


For additional photos and more information about this book, and other cool projects, visit the Art With No Boundaries Ezine

The magazine is free to read, and created as a resource for paper crafter, Collage, Assemblage and Mixed Media Artists, and you can also find past issues of the magazine through the current table of contents.  In February the main feature was an in depth tutorial on chalk marbling and in January the main tutorial was backgrounds from oil pastels and wire embellishments. There is lots of great content in all the issues so be sure to check them out and just to give you a bit of an idea of what kind of things you will find in the magazine, I have added a mini version of the March issue directly below.

Art With No Boundaries Online Magazine Ezin by Chris CS Designs


I love finding new inspiration on the web and playing in challenges and
The Sassy and Vivacious Clara is participating in the following challenges
Divas by Design  ... Put on Some Pink ... My book is |Mostly All Pink
Creative Card Crew ... # 31 Ribbon ... Book Ties
No Matter What Challenges...  #7  Anything Goes

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Giz The Cat All My Love ATC

Giz the Cat is all decked out in his Valentine Best and spreading a little love. I made this ATC for the new February issue of the Art With No Boundaries Ezine. For the main focal point I have used one of my new digital stamps the Giz Hearts & Whrily Hat.

Giz has been colored with Prismacolor pencils and blended with odorless turpentine using paper stumps. The background is called How do I love Thee script and it is from my Digital Engravings background collection. The sentimet is a mini quote from my Valentine's Mini Phrase collection. The glittery heart is a Valentine table sprinkle which was just perfect for this ATC.

To read more about this ATC visit the Februrary issue of the Art With No Boundaries Ezine, it is packed with all kinds of wonderful projects and tutorials to inspire you. 


Giz the Cat Digital Stamp 



Giz is playing in the following challenges:
Craft Your Passion #148 ... Pastels
Simply Create Too... #30 Valentine's Day or Hearts.. Entry #2
Anything but a Card ... #12 Heart Related ... Love sentiment and Glittery Heart
Digital Tuesday ... #196 ... Hearts
Crazy Amigo ... Harten / Hearts

Thanks Ike, for letting me know I forgot to post the link for Giz, :)

Expressive Dreamer & Asian Faux Metal ATCs

 


I made the Valentine Art Trading Card above for the new February issue of the Art With No Boundaries Ezine which just came out yesterday. 

Both the ATC and the magazine are packed with all kinds of wonderful things to inspire creativity. The main focal point for this ATC is the dramatic Arty Expression 1 digital stamp by CS Designs which has been colored with Prismacolor pencils and blended with odoerless turpentine using paper stumps. 

Almost everything on this ATC except the heart charm and wire mesh was made by me. The text background on the left is my How Do I Love Thee digital stamp background and the piece on the right is some of my hand marbled chalk paper  and there is a 4 page in dept tutorial in the magazine on how to do this. The wire element on the top is a coil I made from garden wire, and there is a tutiroal on this in the January issue of the Ezine. The faux metal corner mounts on each of the four corners were made with card-stock and Aluminum Foil Tape.

Above is another ATC which I created Aluminum Foil Corner Mounts and it is also being feature in the February issue of the The Art With No Boundaries Ezine. The red background on the right is also a piece of Chalk Marbling from the tutorial in the magazine.The Text Background on the left bottom corner is from my Digital Engraving background series.


To visit the new issue of the Art With No Boundaries Ezine as well as read past issue, please click on the link directly below. There are some great projects, tutorials and some wonderful Visiting Guest Artists.


Don't forget to submit your own art projects to the Show off Your Art - Interactive Section of the Art With No Boundaries for a chance to win one of my sentiments

Show Off Your Art ... Interactive Zone of the Art With No Boundaries Ezine


I have submitted my Expressive Dreamer ATC to the following challenge:
Craftroom Challenge - Handmade Embellishments
Craft Your Passion ... Pastels ... Pink and Silver Dream ATC wint pink chalk marbling
Make it Monday #126 Anything Goes Link Party
Chalk n Stock Feb 2013 ... Chalk Marbling on Background on Dreamer ATC
Tuesday Alchemy #49 Anything Goes ... Dreamer ATC
Simply Create Too... #30 Valentine's Day or Hearts.. Dreamer ATC with Heart Charm Entry #2
Anything but a Card ... #12 Heart Related ... Pink Dream ATC / Heart Charm
Pause, Dream, Enjoy ... Mainly Red ... Asian Passion ATC
Fab 'n Funky ... # 157 Hearts ... Dreamer ATC, metal heart charm

Chalk-Ah-Lot_Cafe ...  Valentine's with Chalk - Valentine ATC with chalk marbling

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Pirouette Valentine Art Tags

Pirouette Dancer Valentine digital stamp art tagWith Valentine's Day just around the corner, I wanted to get an early start and created the two Art Tags in this post. Both tags use the quirky Pirouette who is one of  4 Expressive Dancers from my Express Yourself  Digital Stamp Series. 

The main focal point on the tag on the left is simply named Pirouette and she has been colored with  Sharpie markers.

The Collage text background directly below the Pirouette layer is from my new digital background series called Digital Engravings and it has been printed on grey card stock

The 2nd Art Tag also uses a Pirouette design but this time it is a postage stamp styple design. The main focal point for this Art Tag has also been colored with Sharpie Markers and with an appropriate mini sentiment to fit her personality. Direct to paper has bee applied to the edges and the text background is also a new design called How do I Love Thee? and it is from my Digital Engravings digital stamp series.

Both these Art Tags are being featured in the new issue of the Art With No Boundaries Ezine, and you can find more information on how I created both tags in the Ezine.

Pirouette Valentine digital stamp Tag AtyThe Art with No Boundaries is an online monthly Ezine for Papercrafters, Collage, Mixed Media and Assemblage Artists and the new issue has lots of great art projects, tutorials and some fantastic Visiting Guest Artists to inspire you. There is also an Interactive Zone where you can share your own art with our readers and maybe even win some Blog Candy and prizes so be sure to check it out.

We are also accepting Guest Artist Applications for upcoming issues so if you wold like to be Featured in the Art With No Boundaries Ezine please go check it out, leave us some comments and be sure to send me your application.

You can find the New Amazing Issue through the link below

or by clicking on the Cover of the current issue below.



Challenges: I have entered these tags, in the following challenges:
Artistic Inspirations ... Challenge 22 A bit of silver/metallic sparkle on my fibers
Make it Monday ... 122 Anything Goes
Tuesday Throwdown ... 129 Something New ... New Designs and backgrounds
Lady Anne's Challenges ...  Going Through 2013
DL. Art  ... Thankful Thursday Link Party
Divas by Design ... Anything Goes
Craft Us Crazy ... 34 Something New ... New Digital Engraving Backgrounds ... 2 Art Tags
Penny's Papercraft Challenge ... 109 Anything Goes
Simply Create ... 17 Link Party ... Anything Goes



Please be sure to leave me a comment so I know you came to visit. :)

Edgar Allan Poe Dream Only By Night

Edgar Allan Poe Montage Digital Stamp Art Tag
I've been wanting to create a digital stamp design with Edgar Allan Poe for some time now and just finished this new Edgar Allan Poe Dream Only by Night Montage Digital Stamp for my Goth Collection with him framed as the  main focal point and one of his popular sentiments underneath.

This Art Tag is being featured in the new issue of the Art With No Boundaries Ezine. The text background is also a new design and it is from my Digital Engravings Collection. Both the main design and the blttom layer have been colored using Oil Pastels. For both a mini tutorial on how I made the Art Tag and a tutorial on the Oil Pastel background Be sure to check out the new Art With No Boundaries Ezine. There is lots of great art to inspire you, some fantastic Guest Artists and all kind so fun thing in the Interactive Zone where you can share your own art with our readers and maybe even win some fabulous prizes.

My Edgar Allan Poe Dream Only by Night Art Tag is bing entered in the following challenges:
Haunted Design House ... Macabre Monday #158 Freaker's Free for All -Tribute to a Gothic Writer.
Quote the Raven Never More ... Quest 17 Anything Goes ... Just found this cool challenge totally devoted to Edgar Allan Poe. Thanks to Creepy Glowbugg for letting me know about this one.
Divas by Design ... Anything Goes
Craft Us Crazy ... 34 Something New ... All New Digital Stamp Designs

Giz, Hearts and Whirly Hat ATC

Giz Cat Digital Stamp Art Tag

I created this ATC for the new issue of the Art With No Boundaries Ezine. The main focal point is Giz, Hearts and Whirly Hat and he is based on my Daughter's big and silly Orange cat with unique personality of his own. This is one of the new designs from the The World of Giz digital stamp series.

The little Giz design has been colored with  Prismacolor pencils and blended with orderless turpentine using paper stumps. 

For more information on how I created this card and what I used, go have a look at the new Issue of Art With No Boundaries. It is packed with lots of wonderful projects, tutorials and we have some fantastic Guest Artists.

While your there be sure to check out the Interactive Zone where you can share your own art with our readers and even be eligable to win some prizes.
Giz Cat Digital Stamp
Giz Cat Wizard Ditital Stamp
Art With No Boundaries Ezine January 2013 Cover
 The Art with No Boundaries is an online monthly Ezine for Papercrafters, Collage, Mixed Media and Assemblage Artists and the new issue has lots of great art projects, tutorials and some fantastic Visiting Guest Artists to inspire you. There is also an Interactive Zone where you can share your own art with our readers and maybe even win some Blog Candy and prizes so be sure to check it out.


Challenges: Giz, Hearts & Whirly Hat is playing in the following challenges:
Fairy Tale Challenge ... Challenge #58, Tiere, Animals+Pets 
Penny's Papercraft Challenge ... 109 Anything Goes
Quirky Craft Challenge ... Something New w// Pink  ... New Giz design w/ pink