Tuesday, November 13, 2012

It's been a while...

Yikes, some kind of flu bug bit me.  It started with days of sleeping and a sore throat. It's ending (hopefully) with a bit of a cough and more sleeping :-) Actually, all the sleeping may be from a crazy week.  I was able to chaperone my son's 6th grade class on a field trip to COSI (a fun, hands-on science museum in Columbus, OH), then Friday was the always inspiring monthly Art Journal Class, and Saturday turned into a nearly all day (you ladies that were there know what I mean!) Pan Pastel Workshop:Holiday class.  Lots and lots of fun, however, all that fun culminated in a 3 1/2 hour nap on Sunday!
Here's our Holiday project: (One more class on Saturday,Novemember 17 & since it is nearly full, possibly a Friday daytime class will be added. Contact Marco's Paper, 937-433-7030 for class information.)

Speaking of Pan Pastels, I will be offering the first workshop in this series in early December.  Pan Pastel: Inspiration is a fun way to start the journey into Pan Pastels. We look at adding texture and layering color, plus a few other fun techniques. This project would also be a wonderful Christmas gift! Contact Marco's Paper, 937-433-7030 for class information.

Thanks for stopping by! Hope to have some fun ideas, tips and techniques coming soon!

Enjoy the Journey!
Debbie Cosenza

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Sometimes I think I'm weird

...but I just love looking at this!
This is what happens when white card stock meets Ripe Persimmon, Seedless Preserves and Gathered Twigs Distress Inks. This is the background for one of the cards in my next Tim's Techniques class at Marco's Paper in the series.  We revisit  Distress Inks (by Tim Holtz). And Distress Embossing powder, Dry Stickles glitter, Perfect Pearls and a fun background technique. Distress Inks have been around for awhile and should be a staple in every one's crafting stash (IMHO!).  Here are the cards:

Enjoy beautiful colors!


Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Under the weather...

...so to speak.  Not like the East coast, but just feeling poorly. Hope to be back up to speed soon with new class info.  Speaking of the ocean, I'll leave you with a former Grungy Monday challenge from L3 Studio.

This was a fun one! Three On The Edge Tim Holtz dies, one embossing folder, various colors of Paint Dabbers & Perfect Pearls, sand paper, Rock Candy Distress Stickles, and probably more things that I can't remember right now!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Fall pumpkin...

...Stephanie style!  As I was browsing Stephanie Ackerman's blog a few days ago, I came across a fun pumpkin project. I made a few minor changes. Here is my version:

The changes include using a fake pumpkin from Michael's (because I want to use if for more than one season :-)) and using newspaper (because I had a pile of it).  I did stamp various patterns with Distress Inks, Spiced Marmalade and Rusty Hinge, all over the paper.  And I did use PPA (Perfect Paper Adhesive) both to glue and to coat (once again, because it is what I had!). After the paper was glued to the pumpkin and then coated on top, a little Tarnished Brass Distress Stain was used to give a bit of shimmer.  It needed a little more depth, so I grab my Fired Brick and Spiced Marmalade Distress Stain, dabbed a bit on my craft mat & rubbed it into the crevices (ok, a confession - I did start on the underneath of the pumpkin because I didn't know what was going to happen, but the coating of glue let the stain smear and blend.  Except...where there was no covering of glue the newspaper sucked in glops of red - not quite what I was hoping for!)

The leaves are die cut from Tim Holtz Tattered Leaves die using newspaper, stained with Peeled Paint Distress Stain & sprayed with a little Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearl Mist.  A little green floral wire made a great vine.

Just another view, but mainly I included this photo because of Jonathan's (my son) drawing in the background!  Visit Stephanie's blog to view her creative take on pumpkins!

Happy Fall!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Preview of the next Tim's Techniques

Here's a quicky preview of November's Tim's Techniques class (Tim Holtz that is!).  It's all about Distress Inks! Well, not all, because there are many other things to enjoy also, but the class will focus on Distress Inks.  If you are not familiar with them they are a dye ink that is formulated to work well with water and still maintain their color.  We'll also dabble with Distress Embossing powder, Perfect Pearls and a few other goodies.  Hope to have all the details on the Marco's website by the end of the week!

Let's get inky!


Friday, October 19, 2012

Gettin' Grungy

Today's project is blast from the past.  In my previous blog life I participated in Grungy Monday by Studio L3.  Linda, who runs the blog, has created a wonderful community with whom it is delightful to explore the products of Tim Holtz. This card was in answer to a challenge involving Distress Inks.
This wonderfully easy technique enables you create a watercolor effect using Distress Inks, a stamp and a few sprays of water.  Begin by inking the stamp with various colors of Tim Holtz Distress Ink. I've used Tim's Stampers Anonymos stamp, Nature's Discovery #cms049, with Distress Inks Broken China, Spice Marmalade, Peeled Paint and Wild Honey. After the stamp is inked mist with water, just a couple of spritzes to activate the ink. Stamp the image onto the page.  For the background image, don't reink the stamp, just mist with water to reactivate the ink and stamp the image again. Voila, a lovely watercolor effect for your project!

Now, go stamp!!

Happy Weekend,

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

I'm Back...

...back in cyber space, that is.  I had a shared blog with a couple of designer friends, Crafty Chick Designs, but I accidently let the domain expire and now all the posts have disappeared. Somewhere in blog post heaven, I suppose.

I teach classes at Marco's Paper in Dayton, OH and am having a great time. One of my new passions is PanPastels. The next in my series is PanPastel Workshop: Holiday.  Lots of texture, lots of fun.  Visit Marco's website for additional class information.

Speaking of classes, I'm taking an online class from Stephanie Ackerman, Handmade Holidays 2012.  It has delightful Christmas projects and an introduction to needle felting.  It's fun, it's fuzzy, it's fabulous.  Check out Stephanie's class.

Thanks for stopping by!