Experimenting with Mixed Media

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Every Friday, Splitcoaststampers has a Mixed Media challenge. I love the work I see displayed there, but I have yet to try my hand at it. Until this weekend. The current challenge is to incorporate signs of fall. Well, I’m a sucker for pumpkins and I’ve seen some really cute pumpkin canvas ideas on Pinterest, so I thought I would give it a try.

The definition of mixed media is the use of two or more artistic media, such as ink and pastel or paint and collage combined into a single composition. Well I started to play and ended up pulling out just about everything but the kitchen sink. I used ink and stamps, gelatos, designer paper, filter paper, stencils, embossing folders, charcoal and something that may have been twinkling H2Os, but it had no label so I’m not really sure. I used it like water colors, but it had a metallic shine to the colors.

Iguanastamp! Mixed Media Pumpkin

 

I’m really happy with the way it turned out and had so much fun making it that I will definitely be doing more of these!

 

 

I Love It When A Plan Comes Together!

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This card has been in my head for quite some time, but I have been lacking the Fall Fest stamp set for the pumpkins. I thought it would be so cute to have a cat peeking out of a pumpkin, and I love the cats from the You Little Furball set. But there were so many things on my wish list from the holiday catalog, that I didn’t put Fall Fest on the first order or even the second. And then when I did order it, it was so popular that it was on backorder! In the meantime, I really wanted to do this card, but wasn’t even sure the pumpkin would be the right size.

Actually the set was only backordered a couple of days, but I am not the most patient of persons. So when I finally got it this week, I immediately sat down to create this card. And sure enough, the largest size pumpkin was the perfect fit. I forgot to leave room for a sentiment so next time I’ll stamp that first. What do you think?

Iguanastamp! Stampin' Up Fall Fest and You Little Furball

Flamingo Lingo

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Well, I managed to get one thing done this weekend. I made a card! Ever have one of those weekends where you have a long to-do list, but you just can’t make any headway? That was this weekend for me. Seems like lately, all my weekends have a long to-do list. But I definitely need, and want, to make more time for stamping.

When I saw the Ronald McDonald set in this year’s catalog, I knew I wanted it. But I had to prioritize my purchases. (Wouldn’t you love to be able to get all you wanted in one giant order?) So this one had to wait. But I was flipping through the catalog a while back and I remembered that I still hadn’t gotten this set. So I put it on my last order and finally got a chance to play.

Iguanastamp! Stampin' Up Flamingo Lingo
This special set is a fund raiser Stampin’ Up does for the Ronald McDonald House. A portion of every purchase goes to this great charity. Last year when I attended Convention, Ronald himself was there. Really – this guy has been the official representative for McDonalds for like the last 20 years, and part of his job is visiting the different houses. His stories were very touching and I don’t think there was a dry eye in the house after he finished. It’s a wonderful organization and I’m glad to help out in a small way by buying the stamp set.
 
But look at it – you gotta love the flamingo. Living in Florida, how could I not own this set? I can’t wait to make even more adorable cards with it. This card is my take on one of the ones in the catalog, changed up a bit. What do you think?

Stamp Review Crew – Mosaic Madness

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Welcome to another edition of the Stamp Review Crew, a group of Stampin’ Up demonstrators who blog on the first and third Monday of every month, highlighting a specific Stampin’ Up stamp set. If you’re hopping in order, you just came from Kelly’s blog.

This week we’re featuring Mosaic Madness. This set reminds me of a Moroccan motif. To come up with a color combo, I searched my favorite website – Pinterest – for “Moroccan color combinations.” I settled on this pretty picture. I think it’s from a clothing site, but the link was broken. Hello Honey and Cajun Craze – right?

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Here’s my interpretation:

Iguanastamp! Stampin' Up Mosaic Madness
I decided I liked the color combination, but the card wasn’t really doing it for me, so I tried a redesign. I think I like this one better – what do you think?
Iguanastamp! Stampin' Up Mosai Madness
Ok, I’m back with one more. My Pinterest search for Moroccan colors also turned up a mix of blues and silvers.  Using these colors and this rug as an inspiration,
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I came up with this:
Iguanastamp! Stampin' Up Mosaic Madness

I even added sequins. I really am trying to incorporate more bling in my cards and this one has not one, but SEVEN sequins. What do you think?

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My Other Hobby

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First, I have to apologize for not posting too much lately. There are two main reasons for that. The first is that my son dropped my laptop and the screen cracked. It’s taken almost a month to get a new screen and get it installed. Now I can’t really completely blame him. That poor laptop has fallen off the coffee table more times than I can count (usually my fault). He was just lucky enough to be the one who dropped it when it broke.

The other reason is that I have been working hard on another hobby of mine – furniture refinishing. I don’t do it often because it requires a prolonged amount of time, for me anyway, to commit and I don’t often have that luxury. If you’ve been to my house, you’ve seen various projects in the works. I used to put them in the garage when I wasn’t able to get to them, but out of sight, out of mind. Now I leave them out in the open and sooner or later they shame me into taking them on. Or my very handy furniture-building friend comes over and says – “What the hell is that supposed to be?”

So back in July I took a trip to the Habitat ReStore in Delray Beach and found this coffee table for $25. It wasn’t a great table, but I liked the shape of it. And my living room really needs a table so I decided to give it a go. Here it is when I first brought it home. It looks better in the picture than it actually was.

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The two chairs you see in the background are my next projects. They’ll probably look like this for a little while. :-)

I love the look of country French with the wood top and cream base with glaze applied to give an aged appearance, and I thought this little table would look nice done up like that. The base came out pretty close to how I pictured it, but the top was a different story. There was a spot where the veneer was worn all the way through, and even though I used the stainable wood filler, it never took the stain like the rest of the table and was just glaringly awful. I stripped it down and started over twice, but I just could not get it to look good. We  joked about putting a vase over it, but it would have really bugged me knowing it was there.

So I did the next best thing – a faux finish.  Here is the table in its finshed state. It needs to cure a little before I put a coat of poly on it for protection.

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Now no one’s ever going to mistake it for stained wood, but I think it looks pretty good.  Here’s a closeup of the top:
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I do want to get a rug to put underneath so the table legs don’t blend into the tile. As a side note, I was happy that the living room photographed pretty well. And then I looked closer at the sofa and realized I had failed to move a motherboard from an old computer that my son stuck on one of the pillows. O well, that’s life at our house – we are always tearing apart old things and creating something new out of them.

Now that my laptop is working again, I’ll be back soon with more stamping. Thanks for indulging me. :-)