Friday, February 28, 2014

God Bless You Tag

Happy Friday!!
I wanted to share this background technique I did.
I started with a 3 1/2 x 6 piece thin chipboard. I did a thin coat of gesso.
Allow to dry good.
Then using Tim Holtz distress stains I plopped it down in several areas so that it made
 then I lightly spritzed some water on it and let it mix around a little
 fold a paper towel in half and gently blot the darkest off. Allow to dry and then splat the bronzed pewter. I tapped the paper towel a little over it.  The pewter left a beautiful shiny finish which I adore!
 Then using a stencil and some cocoa ink and stenciled Hope for a cure.  I LOVE this stencil!!
I am a little biased because a good friend of mine designed the stencil. 
Hope for a cure Stencil #1070 @ Royal Inspirations by Retta
 Then I embellished my tag  with a piece of ripped cardboard (I spritzed with Lindy's Stamp Gang -which we now carry in the store!!)  I colored my cute bear image with Prisma colored pencils.  The little cut designer paper is from Graphic 45. Then I added an eyelet for a ribbon. 
 My finished tag below!
You can find almost all the products used here in Robyn's store:  Outlaw Women Scrapbook

I hope you have a fabulous Friday! Come back tomorrow for another project using Royal Inspirations by Retta!

Karen Conner

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Prima Tag

Sharing another tag this week using another Julie Nutting mixed media doll stamp by Prima and a long border stamp by Dylusions. My Phoebe doll stamp was stamped on 140 lb. Strathmore watercolor paper, added color with watercolor crayons and water brush, cut out and then dressed with coordinating dress, shoes and scarf. I put a tiny pearl bead in her hair.
The hearts border stamped image was inked with archival black. Welcome to Paris is a Prima image. Oh so French stamp image was inked and added to the tag by Prima. Use distress inks on tag to give a distress look.
The strings added on this tag were from a piece of fabric that was unraveling in my stash, I cut off some and added to my tag to finish.

Here is a link to get you started on good deals for all of you're stamping supplies:

Monday, February 24, 2014

What I worked on this muse is alive and well!

I've been busy this week designing for classes and a Mixed Media packet soon to be released on the same site as my Brickyard Poppies Mixed Media
So a short video today introducing you to the projects that have come forth from my active muse this week! As always you can find most of the products I use at Outlaw Women Scrapbook Emporium. Check out Art Apprentice Online for lots of painting and mixed media classes. Art Apprentice will have a new catagory of mixed media soon so check back there frequently for my classes and others as well!

The Putnam County Happy Scrappers event is called Crop Out Cancer and it held at the Putnam County Fairgrounds in Greencastle Indiana on April 4th and 5th 2014.
Find out more information by contacting Jane Stephenson at by the deadline of March 10, 2014.

an ATC I had fun with this week as well!

This is made with very old book pages, the Tim Holtz Pinecone die, the Tattered Leaves die, and new Tim Holtz industrial stickers. The photos are actually cut from a page in the Tim Holtz Laboratorie paper stack and inked with Distress Ink.

Be sure to shop at Outlaw Women Scrapbook Emporium for all your supplies at a greatly discounted price!

Friday, February 21, 2014

Stenciled fun!

Happy Friday!
I wanted to share a new card I did.
I started with several Alcohol ink refills. I put some alcohol on my mat & then dropped some drops on top.  Using watercolor paper, I dragged it into the ink.
Sprinkle some salt on top and dry with dryer.
I spritzed with some water and dried really good with heat gun.
 Then I used a stencil that my super talented friend Retta designed.  I laid it over top of my colored paper and drew in the design with a white gel pen.
 Still using the white gel pen and other Faber Castell markers, I did loads of doodling.
 When I finished all the doodling, I matted it on black cardstock for my card front.  All I have to do now is add a sentiment and it'll be ready to be mailed to that special someone!

I hope you'll try this fun technique.
If you need supplies:  check out Robyn's store
The prices are ALWAYS 20-25% less than retail.
Thanks for stopping by today!
Karen Conner

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Always Fun Tag

I always have fun when I get out my Dylusions stamps and sprays by Dyan Reaveley! Here is a fun tag using those supplies!
The little chicken was stamped on newsprint, cut out and added to tag. The girl image was inked on watercolor paper, colored with watercolors, cut out and added to tag. 
Finished tag: 4" x 8"

You'll find all of these stamps and sprays in the Emporium with an everyday saving of 20-25% off:

Monday, February 17, 2014

Women of Color Art Journal Spread

On a snowy sleety February day in Indiana, I added some color to my world!

The Stamps I used in the video are from Stampland, not Stamp Away. Also I stamped my images on cream colored cardstock after the video, tore them out and inked over them with the same colors of Archival inks that I used in the video. Then I glued them to the pages. I like this better because I can see the images more clearly.

You can buy the Dylusions spray inks, the Wendy Vecchi Archival inks, and some of the background stamps at Outlaw Women Scrapbook Emporium. The DecoArt Metallic Lustre can be found in retail stores or from me directly. The sentiment stamp I used, pictured below can also be purchased at Outlaw Women Scrapbook Emporium.

 I inked and then stamped parts of this stamp on both pages.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

From the Nest - Pitt Big Brush Set

This week I'm reviewing the Pitt Big Brush Pens.. Why? Because I got some for Valentine's Day and I love them!! They not only have a great brush tip that's a nice size but you can shade with them..

How do you do that you say? well over Gesso or Acrylics use your marker, take a little bit of water and shade.. You have a small window to work with where they are not dry.. 

I have the Set of 12. and I can't wait to get into all the colors!  The Brush tip is so nice you can make wide or small brush strokes with it.. The colors seem to be very vibrant also.

They retail for $72.50 but our price is 20% off at $54.38.. check them out here..

Now that's a Gonga and a great Product!!



Friday, February 14, 2014

Special Valentines

Happy Valentine's Day!
I hope you have a sweetheart or someone special to love on today!
I made this cute valentine to give to my secret OWSE gal.
 I cut several layers of hearts with designer papers.  You can cut a heart die or cricut.  Mine are about 4 inches tall.  You want 6 all together.  Make 2 sets by gluing them together and folding them in the middle.  Glue one half on each side of a flat heart and glue the remaining heart on top.  It makes the sides really strong and stand out.
Then I decorated the top with a paper doily, laces, rose petals, flowers and this sweet little girl image.

used mostly Scotch quick dry glue. A ribbon glued in between layers will enable the heart to be hung somewhere.
 I sponged the edges of the heart with Tim Holtz pink distress ink.
I hope you and yours have a special day today!!  Next time he needs a great gift idea for you-tell him about Outlaw Women Scrapbook Emporium-he can get you a gift certificate! 

Thanks for stopping by!
Karen Conner

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

A Special For A Friend

I worked on this journal page more two weeks trying to decide what to do next. It all started when I taped the heart stencil down on journal page and then added some of the pink distress inks. I love the softness of the colors used on this page.
Two pieces of designer paper were applied to journal page. My cute Phoebe by Julie Nutting was stamped with Archival black ink on 140 lb watercolor paper, cut out. Watercolor crayons were used to color hair, hair ribbon, shoes and flesh tone. She was then dressed with stamped dress from designer paper and cut out. Before placing the dress on the paper doll, I applied a little distress ink over the dress to give it a muted look. 
The quote by Dyan Reaveley was inked with black archival ink on white card stock, cut out and added to journal page. Flowers were made and highlighted with my Viva Glitter Liner pen. The Viva Glitter Liner pen was also used on mixed media dolls head scarf and shoes.
A portion of bead bling by Prima was added to tag.

I'm sorry for the poor coloring showing on this journal, it's more vibrant in person.  

My Zutter bind it all tool was used to make my journal book. 

Close-up with Prima bling 

Stamping supplies can be purchased with a discount of 20 to 25% off everyday in the Emporium: 

Monday, February 10, 2014

Valentine Gift Bag

The perfect thing to finish off your Valentine gift giving!

Happy Valentine's Day!!!!!

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Reviews from the Nest

Hi everyone, Robyn here... It's Sunday and we will be doing Product Reviews on Sundays to bring to you the truth about different products for Scrapbooking, Stamping, Altered Art and just Art in General..

The first review I want to bring to you is these wonderful Watercolor Pencils I found at our Distributor.. They are called Mondeluz Aquarelle Coloured Pencils.. Imported from the Czech Republic. I compared them to my Inktense Pencils and they are very comparable  to them.. Though the pigment is not as strong they blend wonderfully and do have a high pigment content...

They have a soft feel to them and when I tried to sharpen the one I had used it wasn't an easy job. I finally took a knife and sharpened that way and managed to get my point back.. Being that they are soft pencils blending is very easy and you can get rid of those harsh lines that sometimes come when using watercolor pencils.. I bought the set of 24.. They come 12, 24 and 36. I wish I had bought the 36 now that I have worked with them are they are not pricey like the Inktense watercolor pencils..

These pencils are wonderful for Art Journaling and creating those fabulous background we all love to create.. They also would be a great help when using your tube watercolors or pans. I think they also would make a great addition for those of you that work with PanPastels .. I use Panpastels when I'm creating my gals and in addition I add these pencils to my piece  and also watercolor crayons.

So in review I would highly recommend these Mondeluz Watercolor Crayons. We are having a special on them for the month of February .. Get an additional 10% of the set of 24.. Now that's a Gonga!  You can see them by clicking HERE

See you next week for another Product Reveiw



Friday, February 7, 2014

Valentine Easel Card & Envelope

I wanted to share with you this Valentine's Day easel card.
They are fun to make and very impressive to give!
 The supplies for this card can be found at Robyn's online store Outlaw Women Scrapbook Emporium.
 Here's it's laid flat so you can see the inside of the card.
 Here's the side-showing the easel part.  You will find a tutorial for making this style of card at Splitcoaststampers
Here's the envelope-more designer paper and the Valentine stamp. Cute!!

I hope you have a great Friday! Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Julie Nutting Swing Dress

Swing Dress stamp by Julie Nutting

It looks like my Julie Nutting doll is going to Paris this week. I used Prima mixed media doll stamp, Tim Holtz Eiffel Tower die with his Eiffel Tower embossing folder, prima scrapbook paper and other supplies from my stash. 
I discovered I could make my own dots using Viva Paper Pen. (those are the ones next to Eiffel Tower)

Look in club for discount prices everyday for your stamping supplies:

Monday, February 3, 2014

Valentine Gifts and Cards from Last Week's Die Cuts!

Hi, Everyone! Here are the cards I made with last week's die cuts! And a quick and inexpensive gift for your Valentine...or yourself!

Here are two cards I didn't get into the video. The first one worked well as a sympathy card that I needed this week and the second is a good start on a birthday card, perhaps? Both using the die cuts from last weeks video.