Monday, September 24, 2012

Asian Domino Shadow Box

Art With No Boundaries     Anything Goes and Asian Inspired Part 2

I've created an Asian Shadow Box for the last week of September challenge at Art With No Boundaries. Chris has created the black and white bamboo background that you can make any color in your software. I happen to use Open Office to manipulate my digi stamps. She also let us play with traditional Geishas and Harajuku Girls dominos for this challenge. 
I haven't ever played around with altering dominoes so I thought this was the perfect opportunity to jump right in with both feet on a technique that I didn't know anything about. After I did some YouTube research I thought I can do that. I have to tell you it's not hard, but there is a lot of drying time involved with this project. The only thing I'm not real happy with is the very last step on these dominoes. I applied Glossy Accents and to my old eyes I had popped all the bubbles because you have to be very careful about causing bubbles, but after drying over night I still found some bubbles and then it was too late to do anything about them. That part of the project is going to take some practice, but I have found that is what art or anything you attempt in life that you really want to excel at takes. PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE !!
I used origami paper to create the little fans in the top corners and finished everything off with some great Asian embellies that I found on the clearance isle.
I hope you'll check out what the rest of team has created, they have really out done themselves this month with this Asian theme. I'd also like to see some more entrants, I do enjoy coming over and checking out your blogs with all your interesting art.
CS Designs is the place to go for some great art digis.

Happy Creating--
Beverly G ♥

Big Carnival ATC

Wicked Wednesday ATC Challenge Blog     WW#50-Circus Fun

We all love it when the circus comes to town. The elephants, the clowns, and the acrobats. Of course, the popcorn and the peanuts.
Hop over and check out the Design Teams creations and you've still got a little bit of time to enter in on the fun.
I used part of a 12 X 12 piece of designer paper and stamped the elephant and ticket. I colored the elephant with markers and a blender pen and the ticket with a yellow marker. I popped up the elephant and the ticket with dimensionals for some dimension and bordered the whole thing with a red Sharpie Paint marker.

Happy Creating--
Beverly G ♥

Monday, September 17, 2012

Hinata Sunflower Art Canvas

Art With No Boundaries     Anything Goes and Asian Inspired

Welcome to the second half of September challenges at Art With No Boundaries. The team has created some wonderful projects to inspire you this time around. I know a lot of you out there do Asian themed cards and projects. I personally don't do very many Asian projects. I don't really know why. My Dad was stationed in Japan when I was 2 years old and he brought back a lot of wonderful art from there. It hung on our homes walls most of my growing up years.
So with those memories and the Hinata/Sunflower digi image I chose to create this art canvas with red, gold, and black for a very dramatic piece, but some of my team mates have used cherry blossoms and a more spring like palette. 
Whatever you choose to create for our challenge in the next 2 weeks we look forward to checking out your blogs and be sure to enter BR after your name if your project is Asian Inspired so that you will be eligible for the prize. You know there is always a prize and who doesn't like to win something. 
I hope you click on the link above and check out the rest of the teams creations. My team mate Bonnie has started writing the descriptions for our projects and she has done a bang up job. She has a wonderful style all her own and it comes out in her writing skills as well.
I'm looking forward to seeing what the rest of you create. I'm sure I'll find some inspiration in the next 2 weeks. Don't forget if you need some great Asian digi images to create your project hop over to CS Designs and you'll find exactly what you need.

Happy Creating--
Beverly G ♥

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Connected 24-7 ATC

Wicked Wednesday ATC Challenge Blog     WW#49-Love To Learn/Geeks & Nerds

Here I am with my Saturday entry for Wicked Wednesday. I chose this Stamping bella stamp that an internet friend of mine from Germany traded with me last year for some of the Stamping bella's that I had. It's so cool that you can make friends from all over the world without having to pack and get on a plane, train, or in a car.
So, my ATC kind of goes along with that sentiment. Yes, I am addicted to my computer now and I must be connected 24-7 or I feel cut off from the world. My husband, sons, and a very good friend of mine have turned me into a Techno Geek. Not quite Frankensteins' monster, but almost ;-)
I used Copic markers, chalks, a label maker, a Tim Holtz stamp, and a couple of tiny flower brads.
There's still time to enter a little piece of ATC goodness, see you at Wicked Wednesday.
Happy Creating--
Beverly G ♥

Monday, September 10, 2012

Sheriff Joe Art Doll

Art With No Boundaries     Anything Goes & Such A Doll Part 2

Today we're entering into our second week of Anything Goes & Such A Doll at Art With No Boundaries.
We've already gotten a lot of cool entries and we're looking forward to seeing even more before this challenge is over.
My team mates have out done themselves this time around with lots of cool Old West interpretations of The Sheriff Doll template at CS Designs. Chris is known for her innovative designs and she hasn't disappointed us with the new releases she has brought out during this first part of September.
Sheriff Joe here is ready to go out and gather his posse together to lasso some bad hombres. I used a few brads on the Sheriff. Every cowboy worth his salt has a huge belt buckle and I created this one from an oval jewelery piece and some pattern paper. His hat is cut from felt, and his chaps are created out of some leathery self adhesive paper I found. I cut the fringe on the sides with some shredder scissors. The rest is pattern paper. 
These Art Doll templates are so much fun to work with and when you pop over to see what the rest of the team has created you will see some quite different uses we all came up with for our creations.
Come on over y'all for some fun as we finish up the first 2 weeks of September.

Happy Creating--
Beverly G ♥

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Mummy ATC

Wicked Wednesday ATC Challenge Blog     WW#48-Black, White, + One Color

There's been no clowning around here this week. We've had our youngest grandson with us so we've been back on the school run schedule. Boy has that brought back memories. His Daddy got married Friday afternoon. Daddy and new StepMom will be back Sunday evening. Taking care of an 87 year old and a 7 year old I feel like I need a trip to the masseuse maybe with a seaweed wrap :-)
Thank goodness for the Wicked Wednesday Challenge, at least I got to spend just a few minutes in my studio without interruption. 2 1/2 X 3 1/2 inches just takes a few minutes to create once you've got your idea.
Still time to enter in on the fun. The team had created a big variety of projects so I know you'll get lots of inspiration.
Happy Creating--
Beverly G ♥ 

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Snow Sprite

Art With No Boundaries     Anything Goes and Such A Doll

We're starting September off with a good challenge for all you artists out there who like to create a little outside your comfort zones. 
Of course, you can still join in on the challenge with Anything Goes and we welcome all comers, hence our challenge name Art With No Boundaries. However, don't you just every once in a while like to explore something new to you or something you haven't created for a long time.
The Bonus Round for our challenge this time around is Such A Doll, be sure to create a doll with moving parts and not just images of paper dolls and if you enter the Bonus Round put BR after you name. 
I for one have never made an Art Doll before the one you see above. I was totally exploring a new medium when I created this Snow Sprite.
Chris at CS Designs has some new kits and digi collections going up at the store this week. Art Dolls included. 
You can be so creative with these art dolls. I'd really like for you to click over and see what the rest of the team has come up with. You'll be very inspired.
I used the Funky Art Doll, and to frame her head with an icy snowflake I used the Solar Flare pattern from the Spirelli kit which I cut out of white glitter paper and wrapped with silver filament thread then cut one from silver card stock to off set behind that one but didn't wrap.
I used white card stock for the body, face, arms, and legs. I colored the face with Copic markers. The body I dry embossed and hit the highlights with silver metallic rub on. I heat embossed the arms and legs with silver snowflakes then colored with Copic markers. I cut a pair of boots out of silver ridged card stock and carefully laced them with silver cord, edged them with Black Sharpie marker, attached them to the leg and added the white pom poms. I attached a piece of the ridged silver card stock and some silver cord for the sash and silver cord at the wrists. To finish assembling the doll I attached the arms and legs with snowflake brads and added tiny rhinestones to the brads and randomly on the body.
After making this doll I have some more ideas so this won't be the last Art Doll you see here on my blog.  That means even after the one you will see next week for the second half of our challenge.
I'm hoping to see lots of my followers enter in on this challenge in the bonus round because I know there are a lot of you who like to stretch you wings and can come up with some really interesting dolls for our viewing pleasure.
We're welcoming a Guest Designer this month: Wendy from Wendy P's Little Corner of the World  she's created an art doll and added her to an art journal. 
Be sure to give Wendy and the rest of the team some great comments on their very clever projects.

Happy Creating--
Beverly G ♥

Monday, September 3, 2012

Report Card

Wicked Wednesday ATC Challenge Blog      WW#47-Back To School

I'm a last minute entrant in the Wicked Wednesday Back To School challenge this week. Even though I don't have any kiddos in school we've had lots of general living going on at our house the last few weeks.
I've got a simple one layer ATC for you this week. An Invoke stamp and then I used blue and red markers to write on the ATC. Here's wishing all the students a great school year. 

Happy Creating--
Beverly G ♥