Thursday, June 27, 2013

Tried Crackle paint

and it is fun!

here are a few tags for the RWB partner swap over on the Cricut messageboard.  They look tons better IRL.

This is the simpler of the two tags, embellishment wise, but anything else I tried didn't add to the tag.  The crackle gold paint was fun.  This tag is really layered.  First - red metallic paint, then some red distress stain, then the thick layer of gold paint.  Drying time was overnight in between each layer.  Only one that changes - the gold paint doesn't let the tag return to flat after drying, it I had to put some heavy objects on the tag before embellishing.  Not a problem with the cracks as it is a crackle paint and that was my goal :).

A few more embellishments here, but again, several layers on the tag (paint, mist, stain) to get the right look (which seems silly now as most is covered LOL).  But, I had to do the entire tag since I wasn't sure where I was going with it.

that stars and stripes piece in the back - a Mrs. Grossmans sticker with stazon inked to make it look a bit more aged.  The grungeboard has distress stain and some mist, then lots of bits and pieces.

Lost my coffee this am.  First the sheep were out, so went to help get them in and repair fencing.  Forgot my coffee on the truck, but Miss Mighty puppy found it.  She likes it - medium with three cream LOL.  She won't touch my daughters.  DD gets hers with sugar and the dog doesn't like sweet coffee. 
Great Pyrenees puppy - she is 11 months old and weighs about 105 pounds.  One of our two sheep guardians.  She is highly intelligent, though has a weakness for coffee - usually mine - she just sniffs at others (one person here likes black and daughter adds sugar).  After sniffing - always chooses mine.  However, she does her other guard duties so well that loosing a cup of coffee because I wasn't paying attention isn't a reason to get rid of her.  She isn't even a year old and definitely understands her duties.  She performs them extremely well so has earned her occasional cup of coffee.  

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Playing with tags again.  Remember all those neon tags I rescued from a trash bin (aka friend tossing so I took them) -- well, they are the same size as the TH tags everyone uses, so I have been playing with a lot of inking techniques.  So, start with a single, yellow neon tag.
 Add blue paint (yep, trying paint too), some Distress stain, water, Ranger mist, some 7 Gypsies Glimmer mist and you get this!  Photo doesn't show how sparkly it really is.
 Not thrilled with distress stains until I finally used them with grungeboard - love the results!  Add some mist and they are turning out the way I want.  Wish I had tried this sooner.
Maya Road's warehouse sale is going on now.  I was thinking of purchasing until I did a bit of cleaning.  Now embellishments can be seen rather than forgotten:

A piece of chain some snaps and zip ties.  It isn't perfect, but now I can see what I have take items out to use and hang things back up.  Cats can't bother things here and hopefully I will use the items collected rather than just growing a collection.

Monday, June 24, 2013

If you are stopping here from Kelly's blog, be sure to join.  I will have some scrappy posts later this month.  Last scrappy posts (with words and not just photos) was on May 19th of this year.  Another tutorial coming soon - just need to finish up cricut board and swaps before posting!

If you want to join in a scrappy auction - it is for the end of July over on  Just be sure to drop me an email when you register ( and let me know you are signing up.  I will get you approved ASAP to start earning  auction bucks!


Tuesday, June 4, 2013

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