Sunday, June 26, 2011

My First Piece of Art in About 20 Years!

A year ago, when I started crafting again, it never crossed my mind that it could lead me back to my art roots. So, I was pleasantly surprised when this painting found it's way out of my head and onto my canvas. I can't describe to you my emotions as this started coming together. I LOVE THE RESULTS.

I drew the image on an 8x8 stretched canvas. I painted it with acrylic paint.

I added some black glossy cord as the foreground hair and added the crystal scrolls.

To get the eyeshadow shimmer, I added Ranger's Perfect Pearls over the top of my slightly damp paint. I used a black Sharpie to add the eyeliner and eyelashes.

I strung a strand of black glass beads and using my hot glue gun, I attached it to the top of the corset. I added a bit of crocheted lace as a finishing touch.

I have a project in mind using fortune cookie fortunes as the inspiration. I've had friends and family collecting them for almost a year, so it's time I do something with them.

Until then, thanks for stopping by,


Saturday, June 25, 2011

Throwback Thursday "Cricutless" Challenge Submission

Two posts in one night!!! What?!? I have been so busy crafting this weekend there's no way I can post it all. However, I want to make sure I post my Throwback Thursday card. The details of the challenge can be found at

I used the DCWV Lemon Flower stack for this card as well. I love the stark contrast of the yellow and black. I used Martha Stewart's Punch Around the Page punch set and Butterfly Trio.

Paper: DCWV Lemon Flower, Stampin' Up, Papertrey Ink
Tools: Martha Stewart Punch Around the Page, Butterfly Trio, Stampin' Up punches
Ribbon, Brad, Flowers: The Paper Studio
Stamp and Pearls: Stampin' Up

Challenge #3 for the week

This challenge submission is for Peachy Keen Stamps Sketch Challenge #54. You can find the details of the challenge here.

I used my Gypsy and Cricut to cut the teacup image from Kate's ABCs.


Paper: DCWV Lemon Flower stack
Stamp: Stampin' Up Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black
Ribbon: Ellen Hutson
Tools: Gypsy, Cricut, Stampin' Up Punches, Cuttlebug, Cuttlebug folder Swiss Dots
Cartridges: Kate's ABCs, Gypsy Wandering 

Thanks for stopping by,

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Peachy Keen Stamp's and Whimsical Wednesday's Patriotic Project

I created this card for this week's Peachy Keen Stamps LFIF Challenge and Whimsical Wednesday Challenge #12.

 I used my Gypsy to plan and cut this project. Using the Doodlecharms cartridge, I cut  the United States base shape out of a piece of parchment paper from my stash. The shadow was cut using Papertrey Ink cardstock. I clear embossed stars on the parchment layer. Then using my heat tool, I lightly burned the edges.

The word "Happy" was cut from Kate's ABCs. The remainder of the card was cut from the Graphically Speaking Cartridge. I used DCWV glitter paper to cut the word "JULY" but I wanted a different texture for the number "4." So I cut it out of Papertrey Ink cardstock. Then used Dazzle Versamark to emboss the entire piece with clear embossing powder.

I used the Distressed Stripes cuttlebug folder on a piece of white cardstock. I stitched this to an A2 size card base, and attached everything to the card, using pop dots for the number 4.

Then I cut a star and stamped a face using my Peach Keen Face Assortment. I embossed the edges of the star gold and attached it to the front of the card. I added the gems and called it done.

Thanks for stopping by,

Sunday, June 12, 2011

I'm Back with a challenge submission.

It's been a while. This is the first weekend I've been in my craftroom in little over a month. I never realize how much I get out of crafting until I'm away from it a lot.

My first project is a color challenge from The challenge is to make a project using the colors orange, turquoise, and green.

I used Kate's ABCs and my Gypsy to cut this cute image. I used Stampin' Up cardstock and Basic Grey, Sweet Threads patterened paper.

I have lots more projects I've been working on. I plan to post them tonight.

Have a great Sunday,

Dana Desmond