Wednesday, November 19, 2014

My Other Creations: Flight School ATB

Welcome to my contribution for the November Block Hop which is a creative collaboration between Artists on the Block and 100 Proof Press.  Here's my ATB creation, which I titled, "Madam Condor's School of Flight."

It's a crazy little whimsical place where any person or creature can learn to fly!  And hey- Eileen Hull's ATB Sizzix dies could not make this process any easier!  Once I had the box pieces cut, I cut out a door and a window in two of the boxes and then I covered my blocks with fabric scraps cause that's just how I roll.  

I added some "flight students" and used some Martha Stewart butterfly punches to make their wings.  I cut some triangular roof pieces and stamped them up.  I made my school sign with fabric, a toothpick pole and alphabet stamps.  I smeared on some Distress Ink for some bursts of color, assembled the boxes and and wah-la!

This project was so fun and these block shapes are so full of possibilities!  And of course, 100 Proof Press stamps are packed with potential, too.  Here are links to all of the stamps I used on my ATB:

For the flight students and their wings:
     The Three of Us
     Star Cloud
     Typing Keys

For the roof decor:
    Bullet Holes
Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out what the other crafty 100 Proof Press Design Team members have been up to with their blocks!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

My Other Creations: Travel Art Kit

This week's theme over at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog is "To the Moon..."  I figured that if I was going to the moon, I'd definitely want to have my art supplies with me.  And so I created this travel kit that will work (gravity permitting) to the moon and back:

I used one of Tim Holtz's configurations boxes to house my kit.  When you flip the cover open, here's a glimpse of the inside:

I was amazed at just how much crafty goodness I was able to fit inside my kit!  Here's everything all spread out:

I've included some of my very favorite go-to items in this kit.  Have you seen these adorable mini Distress Inks?  They are amazing space-savers!  Ditto with the mini blending tool.  I also included some cling stamps, stencils, Washi tape, adhesive, blank tags, fabric scraps, and of course, alphabet stamps and letters!

It gives me comfort to know that I can keep on crafting even if I leave the Earth's atmosphere.  Here's the whole list of supplies (available from Simon Says Stamp) that I used to make my kit and fill it:

I am so excited to see how the rest of you interpret this week's theme.  Be sure to upload your planetary masterpiece to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog for your chance to win a $50 voucher to the Simon Says Stamp Store!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

My Other Creations: Paper Ornaments

When I was but a poor 20-something living in Europe (saying "living in Europe" instantly kills the sympathy factor, huh-- it was AWESOME!) I didn't have a ton of extra moo-lah.  One Christmas, we ended up making paper ornaments because we couldn't buy a bunch of fancy ones.  And you know what?  I'd do it again in a heartbeat to be back in London for a day!

I decided to pay homage to those wonderful memories by making a paper ornament for this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, which is Ornaments. 

This one was easy to make by using three exclusive Simon Says Stamp dies ("Merry Christmas" frame and two snowflakes).

And what about that fabulous little bird in the tree?  It's cut out of some fabric designed and made for JoAnn's.  I use fabric scraps all the time in my projects because I don't have the brain capacity to actually follow a pattern (it seems too math-related for my non-mathematical brain to comprehend).  But I'll often cut out parts of patterned fabric to use along with paper.  So see?  If I've said it before, I'll say it again: for you other non-sewers out there like me, there are still plenty of reasons to get excited about fabric! 

Here are the items I used on my ornament that you can pick up at Simon Says Stamp:

It is shocking to think that Christmas is next month, but let's hit the ground running with some inspiring ornaments!  I can't see wait to see what you make for this week's challenge.  Upload your little masterpiece to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog and you will A) Greatly inspire us and B) Automatically enter yourself into the drawing for a $50 gift voucher to Simon Says Stamp!