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...

Saturday, April 21, 2018

In the Garden

There is not a time for gardening yet,
we still have lots of snow ... but I can 
always dream of pretty poppies...

I made couple of ATC for the
the Blank Page Muse and 
Aurora Wings challenges:
Black and White and one color



More details you can read HERE and HERE

and to let us see your art, please link

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Spring forward

March Challenge winner is...


We all loved your mixed media Spook triptych!

This is Asylum Anne's second month as a Stencil Girl Voice.  That meant she got the April Club stencils in January to create something in time to celebrate their release.
So... the draft test piece: some very white kiwiana 12x12 paper, the stencils, Carabelle's very long quelques notes de music and just for fun, LeighSB Design's Bizarre Beasties (digi stamp) in the corner.
It is Spring, and a rather bedraggled bird - stenciled onto a ripped up & dyed Egyptian Cotton sheet (tmi?) - suddenly realises he needs to refurbish his wardrobe in order to attract a mate?

Beautiful gaudy (diecut) glittery wings are order of the day. The top one painted with a Resene house paint test pot of glitter blue, then over it, heat embossed part of the stencil using Emerald Creek's Mardi Gras.  The other 2 were covers generously in pva glue, then glitter(red) and glass glitter (green) poured over.
Before working the new stencils, the first layer was bare tree trunks of September 2017 Club, using Lindy's Gang Steel shimmer Magicals mixed with pouring medium.  The second layer was Black birds in trees stencil using Michael deMeng's Warm Usszh recipe (quinacridone gold and a bit of van dyke brown paint)  After that the hearts and flowers of this month's stencil release were superimposed, one of the birds heat-embossed.  Those are real feathers sprouting from the tailor text.

And the animal/birds?  They're probably thinking back to the tale of Little Black Sambo, "Now who's the smartest tiger bird in the jungle"

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