Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Are you on the map??

What a wonderful, awesome, brilliant
happy mail I got from over seas..
Just HAD to get inking right away.

These ATCoins backs are absolutely perfect,
and these guys are very cool indeed (and they came
in two sizes).

so stamps are available at Blank Page Muse
and the background paper and sentiments 
are from Gecko Galz.

Wanna have these great red rubber stamps from Blank Page Muse
There's a change to WIN, 
and the way is link your art HERE

Sunday, July 1, 2018

July 1 or Where did June go!!

Welcome to the latest New Month.  Congratulations to Granne for holding the fort while Kim tosses scorpions out of her suitcases, and Asylum Anne  ... sought asylum in work, and *shock* *horror!* OTHER crafts!!!

Well, Anne is back, and taking liberties yet again with a stamp company's blog challenge theme, "Let's Go To The Beach" over at Blank Page Muse.  Since it's midwinter for her, the idea of a beach might be a darn sight safer than trying to sail off the beach.  Don't Emerald Creek/Seth Apter's Baked Textures do Cthulhu proud! No wonder Anne is scrambling for a beach, any beach. He has her vessel firmly in his grip, and is dragging it down under the waves.

Already people have fallen and been trapped by seaweed and tentacles

The highly-textured flotsam is tyvek painted, pleated and heated.
All stamps from Blank Page Muse (formerly Sin City Stamps).
Steampunk Octopus frame from Creative Embellishments.
Tiny people from Silver Crow Creations.

Well thank you Anne for your kind words and WOW what a
fabulous beach piece you have created for our inspiration.

I felt like coloring and grabbed a big stamp
for that, and Inktense pens.

Bold sentiment is from Katzelkraft, stamped on vellum.


I am still cleaning up those scorpions...Asylum Anne denies anything to do with that... the dynamic duo above has certainly raised the bar super high! So (again) I am ducking out and hope to be back later with a treat to share...I try I really do!

But for this month how about some stamps for a treat for you??
Well you gotta play along to be in it to win it!

Link up whatever suits you this month you have a short 30-ish days to get your arty groove going, let's go! We do ask, please minimize the cute, however, a teeny bit o' pink may be tolerated in special circumstances!!

The prize this month to one fabulous arty soul...

A set of our newest at Blank Page Muse, stamps for the backside of your art coins!

A crazy hybrid Bird-Man

A gentle-winged-man

The only catch is you have to link up a new arty project below...

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Steampunk ladies

Hi there, first week of the June has gone
... time does fly by ...

one can only hope to be able to do as much as 
one wants ... 

I made these ATC's using Gecko Galz ATC papers and
images and added little pits and pops ... and
embossed steampunk definition is made with
Blank Page Muse Stamp

Thank you all who entered last months challenge.
There were just a few, but we loved to come and see
your art, so thank you for the inspiration and
for playing with us, :)

Friday, June 1, 2018

June 1...The Road Most Travelled...

Meantime, Asylum Anne ponders the Road Most Travelled as she plays with her die collection. 
 Dies as stencils, dies as diecuts, dies as in not yet dead!

The collage element is from a packet of Codral 
- the Day & Night formula packet.  
Both domestic husband and "work husband" are soldiering on, 
but only Asylum Anne has the wit to use a pharmaceutical walking stick!  
Unlike the drugs, all the dies are "unbranded".

Wau! What a spread Anne created - born to live and die ....
While still living, I've kept seeing these ATC coins
all over crafting world; of course I had to try this "boom"

This is the result. My very first ATC coins using mostly Stampotique stamps 
and H2O colors. Kinda like like ...

So inspired by Granne's Artist Trading Coins...I had to join in!

No matter what the road most travelled, along the way the same company is kept most times.
Stamps, Blank Page Muse
Embossing Powders, Baked Textures

~alium diem~

Come back and play show us what inspires you!

Link up below

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Ten twinchies

I saw that Gecko Galz has a "twinchies" challenge
at their FB page - don't remember ever doing ones,
so of course I took the challenge and this is the result.

Not one but ten twinchies

Using Gecko Galz "Wonderful Watercolors" ATC collection.

Dark Handsome Stranger from LeighSBDesigns.

And Tim Holtz "Small talk" stickers.

... hmmmm I think these twinchies are going to be cards ...

Let us see your spring art, please link HERE

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Sympathy card??? ....and we have a Winner, from the April Challenge!

Not much one for cards, let alone the "clean and simple" style.  As for doing it in "Eclipse" style...  actually I rather like the subtlety of it.  And when a friend is filled with darkness, and Peace is hard to find...

The dies are Cheery Lynn, cut from a second piece of the background paper, glued to a couple of cereal box layers before glueing to the identical spot on the background paper.  The girl is Crafty Individuals with white embossing powder over black card.

And at last...but not least...The Winner from our April 2018 Challenge, our votes go to...
oh FFS bring it...

Congratz and thanks for playing!

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

May is the Word

Well, well, spring has finally arrived at the northern part of globe...
Less snow, much more light, temperature rising ...
and that seems to get elf's cranky

I got this senselessly cool stamp set from happy mail (hugs Anne),
and totally wanted to create with it. So I got some watercolor paper,
my H2O colors and start coloring - enjoyed truly making these.

So beware of Elf's this time of year - Hope they go to sleep or
in these cases: someone will but them to sleep ....

Pick a Word
Asylum Anne's main "social media" contact is facebook.  There, quite a few people are not so much making a New Year Resolution, as picking a word for the year's focus. If you did, how are you getting on with it?   OK, so this piece says "create", and appears to be giving the lie, but my "word" for this year, if I must have one, is "use up"  This is NOT the same as "do not buy anything new this year" (*wink*)
But there are various things I've bought in the past that haven't grabbed me perhaps.  Or people have given me bits & pieces that are still on my desk needing to be released from that bondage, by imagination.  And there are things I've bought for my retirement when I expect to have a lot less "discretionary income".  But why wait until then?  Especially when I've discovered the odd thing that doesn't keep too well... like the TH Distress crackle paint - in one, the brush has hardened to the paint, so much so that when I opened the near-full jar, the brush stayed in the paint!

This is how I feel about stash that behaves like that:

Kaisercraft chipboard/mdf off-the-page thingies will always keep, but I've used a plaque to act as a supporting background to the bulk of the additions and "create" which is probably also Kaisercraft, but I'm not swearing to that (don't like the taste of soap in my mouth).  The TH distress crackle paints were clumped & smoothed onto the word.  The plaque was first covered in black gesso, then several layers of Stencil Girl stencils - the Sea urchin used several times.
This angel, and a tree elsewhere were sent me by Teamie Granne/Sari.  They (and a 3-layer  diecut cog) got heat embossed three times to build up a thicker layer of glossy goodness.  The angel was then stamped into whilst molten with a Seth Apter alphabetic stamp (stamp it into an embossing pad first so it will release cleanly after the embossing powder has cooled)
I've been playing for a while with making my own colour mixes of embossing powder, or using multiple colours on one item.  The cog had layers of oil rubbed bronze, then part-damped for Lindy's Gang Terra cotta rust, and Byzantine bronze.

There are diecuts, bits of wire also cluttering my desk, so here goes:
And everything comes together, to remind me of so many stash themes and techniques to be re-used, as:
Doesn't that skull (a spectacle lens) look different from this angle. I've got another one to use up too...

How's your year starting up?  Done anything dark, gruesome, or off-beat to share?  here, would be a great place...