Friday, July 1, 2016

Crazy Patriotic Panels Tutorial Over At Ranger!

Hello again this week! Hope you are all doing swell! Today, I have a tutorial over on the Ranger Ink Blog to make these whimsical patriotic panels to display around the house during of course, patriotic the one coming up...using lots and lots of Ranger Dye Inks and coordinating Paint Dabbers.  I hope you take a look, and here are several more shots of the panels.
Panel 1: Proud to be an Abirdican! Corny but cute, you have to admit!
Panel 2: Proud to be an Americat!!!

Thanks for having me Ranger! And Happy Independence Day everyone! I hope you get to see some fireworks!

I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!

Crushing On Me!!!

Hello and happy July everyone! Today, I am super excited to be Cheryl Boglioli's Artist Crush! She has asked me a bunch of questions, so hop on over to her website to see what I have to say. Also, since she asked me a bunch of questions about my studio...or the Crafty Cave as I call it, I thought I would take some photos of ALL of it, and here they are. Don't judge!!! I am an artwork and craft supply hoarder! Mediums make the I have to have them all!!!! BAHAHAHAHAHA!!! It's super organized though, but all in a very compact space! Hey...whatever it takes! It makes me happy! A big thanks to Cheryl for having me!!!
I have about a 10x10 foot space to work in, but I also have a storage room about the same size to house class materials in. Yes, this is crazy tight, but I love it. You will see lots of red things here.
My husband bought me this awesome industrial working cannot be destroyed! Look at all that Washi Tape! I love those old jars...more on those below. The old sugar jar with red lid holds mints in case of bad breath...from the!!!
My work space is small but mighty. Look at that chocolate waiting for me to create my next project! That's rare! Behind those test tubes of red roses and white daisies, is a large wooden red box that houses all of my Ranger tags, and ATC's ready to be created. I love those old large glass jars with red lids. They hold some of the ribbons that I use most. Then I have sever hatboxes filled with more ribbon...yikes. They are hidden in my house, but disguised as decor! ;0) I house my Tim tag of the month on the metal hanger...great for inspiration. Then, there are berry baskets of Color Burst.
This shelf holds all my tools, Distress Inks that stay home, Stencils from Tim and Wendy, pens, markers, color pencils, charcoals, chalks, crayons, Gelatos, plus a lot of art. I have lots of red pins to store them all in.
Art fills every inch of space! I LOVE that! More on that below. I have tons of beads and knobs in the wooden drawers, and the black cabinet houses all of my Tim paper, and vintage ephemera...I have A LOT of that!
This shelf holds all my Tim stamps, and of course more art up top, and books published by my friends that I love to peruse.
This shelf holds all my wooden stamps, tissues, Dremel, irons, glue guns, and all things fav...and oil paints and sticks. On top are several things I've made and gifts from friends too.
The bottom industrial cabinet matches the desk...also a gift from hubby. The top has all my Sizzix Machines, and the inside all of my dies and embossing folders, and all the special papers that I use to die cut with sometimes.
It looks messy, but all the dies are alphabetical by theme. The cabinet is huge and you can't see all the red baskets behind, but honestly, I could use another...yikes!
The Idea-ology Cart houses all of my other Ranger Mediums from Tim, Dina, and Dyan. The two Ikea Carts house all my Wendy stamps, in order by number, and the other more stamps from Yvonne Blair and supplies, plus all of my art journals. You can't see it, but there is a cart next to these that holds all of my stencils from TCW. The red metal suitcase houses a project or two that I am about to take on's the traveling project suitcase!
The three tiered automotive lazy susan, holds all of my Deco Art Media, Faber Castell, and Tsukineko goods. The red metal box of drawers hold all of my metal...the Idea-ology goodies and metal pieces picked up while traveling! Then I have several glass jars filled with all sorts of objects...I LOVE sorting out all the things that are in well as collecting more for classes. Then there are mounds of buttons.
Underneath all of that are bins filled with supplies...embossing powders, Stickles, Alcohol Inks, tapes, glues, ephemera, you name it.  And, all of my Wendy mediums are in there.
This wall used to have all of my 12 Tags from Tim, but now I have too many to put up there. You can barely see the pics of my kids peeking through. Then I have a spinner of ATC's and tags all given to me by friends and people on crafty trips. Maybe you can see one you've given me.
Then  I have a shoe houses more Tim tags, and technique cards. It covers up my beautiful French Doors...oh well! Then of course there is more art, and a piece with my bestie in it!
This is my favorite little space of art goodies. This space speaks to me more than any other...I LOVE all of it!
This old lamp, given to me by my hub's Grandparents is all metal, so it holds goodies and lots of magnet stuff. Those are two of my favs hanging from it, and a leather crown top it all.
The red cloth bins house all my paper that I couldn't part with yet, and all my Ranger substrates.On top of those are my bins filled with Dina and Dyan stencils and stamps. I found this old mini trash can at an antique store. I LOVE it!!! Not pictured to the left of this, is an antique basket cart filled with art magazines that I have saved for particular reasons, and tons of Canvas Corp Textiles and mediums. Also not shown is my demo kit, housed in a very large wooden tool chest...yikes, don't get me started on it!
Well, now you've gotten a glimpse into my crazy art world and my crazy mind! Do you want to come over and play, because I have space...somewhere?!! Thanks for all the comments everyone, and thanks for visiting my Crafty Cave! And again, no judging! I'll be back soon!
I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon! -Anita

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

12 Tags of 2016 Remix - June

Hello everyone! It's been a month since I've last blogged. I am so sorry. Sounds like a confession...yikes! But alas, when personal issues arise in my life, I nest...and that means clean, clean, clean, and organize. It helps me to think, plan, and analyze. So the good thing is my house is perfectly tidy! I have been creating though...a lot. It's my therapy, but there has been no blogging about it, and no social media. I just hermit up. Anyway, I'm glad to be back, and hope to really start visiting blogs again soon. I've missed you all, and am really sorry I've been MIA.
So here is my Tim remix tag for 12 Tags of 2016. I originally wanted to do Umbrella Man, but that was at the beginning of the month, and since it's so late now, I've went ahead and created a patriotic take, since the 4th is just around the corner. I totally loved the whole process, and working with the new substrates, which I haven't touch yet. Mixing the Tissue Wrap Collage (my January, 2015, tag here), which is a technique I've used a lot, with the Stencil Plaid technique (my June, 2015, tag here), a technique I haven't touched since, was WONDERFUL! It really is great to mix it up, revisit, and fall in love again with a process. It's pure pleasure!
Since I make #10 sized tags, Tim's Substrate Sheets are a little small, so that is why mine has the border. I stamped the patriotic words lightly by just rubbing the ink on, rather than tapping it on. It's a great and subtle effect. I also stamped the new Halftone Background stamp, both stamped with Wendy's Archival Ink from Ranger.
These Festive Scribbles Stars are not just for Christmas. I thought they'd be great on this. I love the artsy feel of them.
I used the Denim Substrate on my border tag...LOVE LOVE LOVE this stuff! It tattered so well too. I wish I would have made my plaid a little darker, but it was so cool to do this on the linen. Great stuff I tell you!
I'll be back again in a few days...I promise. Until then, thank you truly for all the kind words and encouragement!


I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon! -Anita