Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Art-full Horizons

I so want to attend this! I love Donna. 

Hellooooo Scrapbookers!!!!

Registration for Art-Full Horizons is now OPEN to the public!!!

We are so excited to offer this event to you – there will be 6 fabulously talented instructors presenting cutting edge classes, deminars from your favorite manufacturers, fun, friendship, gourmet food, resort hotel accommodations and more!
To register, go to:http://art-fullhorizons.blogspot.com/p/register.html

Here’s the details:

Date: May 27-29, 2011 in Palm Springs, CA
Location:  Renaissance Resort Palm Springs
Included: Hotel Accommodations, Food, Drinks, Prizes, Exclusive Tammy I Tote Bag filled with Goodies and much more!

Triple - $469
Double - $549
Single - $769

Sign up today! Space is limited!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Create, Play Laugh, Love, Dream Layout

Here is a layout of my daughter and my sister in 1998. We were visiting my sister Mindy  in Seattle and Tysa was playing dress-up. Aunt Mindy is pretending to be her hand maid and fanning the Red Queen. Tysa spent a great deal of her childhood playing dress up, probably about 80% of her childhood was spent as one character or another - almost always a beautiful princess or queen. I think this explains her love of "the process" of getting ready for school dances - which is also playing dress up. I will be sharing a layout of this kind of dress up - hopefully next week.

I apologize for the picture quality, just could not get a good one today. The paper is a Prima Paintable - I love , love these papers, so much fun!! I used Twinkling H2O's for the lettering,, except PLAY with is gold Stickles. the roses are Tattered Angels Candy Apple Red and the Red Mahogany Distress Reinker, water and Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearls. The Love is cut form the Lost and Found collection by My Minds Eye. 
I clipped through the Prima Paper so the picture would set behind the flower and leaves, it just did not look right sitting on top of the flowers.  I still feel this layout needs something, I am not super happy with it, but not sure what else to do so I will leave it. 

Thanks for looking..so far I have been keeping  up with my one layout a week, we will see if it continues.....lol.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Whats on Your Workdesk Wednesday, Spring Canvas and Fleece Socks

I have been itching to do something with fabric and something on these 11 x 14 thin canvas boards I have had FOREVER. I was browsing the Tattered Angels blog and saw a piece that inspired me. So I have spent the last week working on this fabric project. I took a piece of canvas fabric and ripped it into maybe 1 and 2 in wide strips. I sprayed it with Tattered Angels, then decided that was not vibrant enough so I painted the strips with Twinkling H20's -  the colors popped much better.I then used Claudine Hellmuth's Matte medium to glue down the strips for the sky and the grass. I rolled up the strips for the sun, flowers, leaves and stems and used Fabri-Tac to glue them down. I cut a piece of Claudine's stickey back Canvas in neutral and      sprayed it with Spiced Marmalade reinker and water, then used my cropadile to punch out little tiny dots of canvas painted pink with Twinkling H2O's and stuck them to the kite. The kite ribbons are leftovers form the kite and dots. The string is a white fiber from Close to My Heart. I am fairly happy with it, my gluing could have been neater, there are a few spots where you can see the adhesive through the canvas. My biggest dislike is the grass - the color, I wish I had a more vibrant green for the grass but I did not want the grass and the flower stems and leaves to be the same color and that was the best green I have. I used about 4 different green products on the grass trying to get it right, to no avail. Also, I wish I would have used thinner strips of fabric for the grass and the flower petals and finally - I should have added some white puffy clouds...which I still may, or I might make a new version - fixing all my I wish I hads. Let me know if you have any questions about this project, I will be happy to answer them.

I have been coloring with my markers. I have a few Copics,  in basic colors as little as I use them these work just fine for me. I often pair them with my Bic Mark-its, they blend together quite nicely. IF there were more images I liked for Copic coloring, I would do it more. I just am not a cutesy kinda girl..Magnolia's are not for me. The Pure Innocence are Ok and some of the Greeting Farm images are ok, but that is as cute as I get. I do have some monsters and some robots and I love the Daniel Torrente stamps from Stampotique, and I really like these digitals from The Octopode Factory on etsy(which she said she is hoping to have more sets made into rubber this year! She does not have allow for an Angel Policy for her digital stamps and I sell on Etsy so I am holding out for her rubber). I wish there were more rubber or clear stamps along these lines.
I have found some digitals that are ok, but I really really like to ink it up and press it down and hold it in my hand - you know something tangible. I am still searching, so if you know of any funky offbeat stamps that would be good for Copic coloring please let me know. 
Fleece socks are the greatest thing ever. An Iowa winter is cold (7 inches of snow last night -yuck!). These keep my toes wonderfully warm and cozy. 
Thanks for reading my blog and have a great weekend!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

WOYWW and some Layouts

I decided I needed to start scrapbooking, I am so far behind - the images I scrapped this week are from 1998!!!
My goal is at least 1 layout a week, I am pretty sure I can do that. My scrapbooking style is more fun, funky, with bright colors. This style just works, since most of the pictures I scrap are of my daughter. They only time I have done a vintage looking layout is when I have scrapped pictures from when my grandparents were young. I am not sure if its unusual or not, but my scrapbooking style is one way, I am all over the style board when it comes to cards - but mainly I like what I call a whimsical retro feel card, but I also like to make pretty florals, watercolor, clean and simple, some cutsie - mainly Pure Innocence(I do not care for Magnolia's 0 just too much) and of course I do some grunge and vintage cards. My altered art is pretty strictly grunge, vintage. Tim Holtz or Wendy Vecchi style. I just love everything I guess!

Here is a picture of my desk and a couple of layouts I did this week.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

I'm Back.....

with a vengeance...lol. I can not believe it has been so long since I posted...way too long. I (an everyone) get so busy during the holidays that it seems like it takes the whole month of January to get back to some kind of normalcy.
New Years resolutions....I do not make them becsuse I always fail to keep them. I do however set some goal for myself at the beginning of every year - last year it was to start a blog and an Etsy store - DONE!  I achieved both of those goals, though not quite at the level I had wanted. Which brings me to this years goals...
1. Keep Shrimpy Sue Designs blog updated every week, if not more. I am setting Wednesday as a regular post day. That way I can do the Whats On Your Work Desk Wednesday and post the crafty projects I created over the past week. This gives me Monday and Tuesday to photograph the projects and get them edited and uploaded.
2. Keep the store Shrimpy Sue Designs up to date with new and different projects - besides cards I would also like to sell a few jewelry pieces, headbands and some home decor.
3. Join Weight Watchers. My daughter and I are going to join Weight Watchers and do some water aerobics. I am not setting a goal for a certain # of pounds, just to be more active and eat healthy. Hoping the weight loss should follow suit. My daughter is not 100 pounds overweight like I am, but we don;t want her to be either, so I think WW can help her to learn how to eat healthy and help us both be accountable for what we eat.

So those are my goals for the year - I can do it!!!

Now on to crafty things:
So many wonderful CHA sneak peeks going on. Tim Holtz is taking my breath away - every single day -Charlottes!!!. Wendy Vecchi isn't far behind. I am loving all the good stuff at Maya Road - including an awesome giveaway. I have been getting into using labels and such alot and Spellbinders is releasing some fantastic new dies - cannot wait to get my hands on the Banner Basics 1 set.  I can't wait to get my hands on some of this stuff, wish I would win the lottery.

I will be posting my WOYWW later this evening along with some pictures of some new cards I will selling on Etsy.

Thanks for reading!