Friday, August 28, 2015

the countdown begins!

happy weekend my friends!

just a quick post to let you know that my new stamps, SiSis and _______
will be announced 
next Friday, September 4th!

I've been having so much fun making samples with these new goodies...

I'm currently working on kits 
for my class at the Collins event...
I've got 40 to get done...
and
50 make & take kits to make too...

I've been sharing tiny peeks of samples over at Instagram, if you'd like to follow me there...

just search my name...

I'm liking Instagram a lot...
it's quick & easy to post,
with no limit on the number of words allowed...

try it out!

search Instagram on Google...
or download the app from the App store...

here's the direct link to me...

https://instagram.com/wendyvecchi/


blogger is giving me fits about posting photos...
A G A I N...

so I'll post my peek over there...

have a GREAT weekend & take time to...

make art!
wendy



Thursday, August 20, 2015

looks like I ran out of time...

so no tutorial is ready...

I'm headed to California for the weekend & I spent several frantic days making samples for the new flyer & package insert using my new stamps, SiSi's and new mat minis...

I'm expecting these guys to be ready to ship in September, but I don't have an exact date...
stay tuned...
just as soon as Ted gives me the date, I'll post it here & show you everything...

there are 3 new stamp sets, 
3 new Stamp-it Stencil-its,
2 background stamps
and 2 mat minis...

what makes me super excited is that they all mix & match to make LOTS of cool combinations...

until then...
here's a few tiny peeks...





yes...I DO love flowers and I also LOVE to...

make art!
wendy

Monday, August 17, 2015

postponed...

UGGGGGGG...

my project is done...
photos are edited...

BUT...

Blogger is not allowing me to add photos to my blog post AGAIN...

I've rebooted several times over the last hour...and deleted the history, which has worked with this issue in the past...

SORRY for the delay...
it's A N N O Y I N G!

I'll be back when Blogger cooperates...

on a good note...

"OUT FOR DELIVERY" means that NEW stamps are arriving T O D A Y!!! 

it's a GREAT way to start the week!

I LOVE NEW stamps to...

make art!
wendy
ps...you'll find me sitting on the drive waiting for my fav UPS guy to arrive with the box of FRESH rubber!

Friday, August 14, 2015

in LOVE with...DIY archival pads...

I like products with multiple uses...

if you have archival reinkers...
you know they are for reinking your pads...
that's pretty obvious...

use #2...
use them with rubbing alcohol for awesome arty backgrounds...
I've done many posts about this technique...
it's a fun one with really great results...

if you need a technique refresher, 
compliments of Scrap-Time...

use #3...

reinkers are really good for 
tinting embossing paste
to create custom colors...
reinkers add very little fluid volume, 
so they don't change the consistency of the pastes...

now we have use #4...

custom archival ink pads...
oh yes! 
seriously...

IN LOVE...

here's the first custom pad I made...

you'll see a small stripe of 
toward the far left...
then some tree branch reinker...
the next is the fern green reinker... 
and on the far right 
is the lighter/brighter


I had this tree stamp in mind to use 
& it's so easy & adorable...

here's my scrap piece, that I used for the test...
I LOVE the progressive variation in the colors...
blending from one to the next...


I'm sure I'll be using this pad a lot, 
since I use lots of leaves in my projects...

using this pad will be an easy way to add shading/variation to leaves & stamped images...






here's the second pad I made...
I used only 2 colors of reinkers on this one...
to the left is watering can...
and the other half is tree branch...
it's a gorgeous combo!


I also used a third pad & 
added plain old rubbing alcohol...
it may evaporate rather quickly, 
but it's a cheap & easy fix 
to add more alcohol, 
to reactivate it...
I'm anxious to see how long it lasts...

do you want to see how I used that alcohol pad?
I guess you'll have to come back on Monday...

I'll have a tutorial then, 
showing a fun background technique...
have some 
ready to go...
it works very well......

hmmm...
what other color combos should I try?


some blues?
with violet?




so many color possibilities!...
thinking...
thinking...
thinking...

I'll see you on Monday 
with a new technique to use 
when YOU...

make art!
wendy

WAIT...

here's a sale code to use at Funkie Junkie...

when you checkout, just enter 

gettoknowus

for an extra 10% off the prices!
it's good 'til August 31...

congrats to Linda on acquiring eclecticPaperie!
Kim...enjoy your free time!






Wednesday, August 5, 2015

we fell in LOVE...

with England!

we had an amazing trip with 25 art friends (plus Rick, Jim & myself) on our tour...

THANKS to JIM WEST for a wonderful time!



Jim arranged for lovely very comfy hotel rooms for our workshops...
for this one, we created an 8 inch square canvas using fragments, correspondence papersremnant rubs, custom flair buttons, & found treasures, that they collected...

here's the sample I made before we went, to give them a starting point & to share my idea...



comfy beautiful classroom...



in this class we created an art parts etched journal to remember our trip...
each guest got a 2 part custom Union Jack stencil to use on their covers...
and another custom stencil with the places we visited & some words that fit our trip...

we used both archival and mini distress inks...
and each customized & personalized their covers...
this is mine...



here's some classroom photos, that Rick took...







this was one of my fav pages...


perfect for a visit to England...


the flowers were abundant & so beautiful...

around every corner there were more to see...



apparently, THE QUEEN loves red geraniums too!
she didn't invite us in for tea...
oh well...her loss! haha!



favorite places?
Rick & I both agree we fell in love with Bath & Burton on the Water...
I'd buy a home in either place in a heartbeat!

fabulous scenery...
both are cute quaint towns...

I'll swipe some photos from him & show them another day...

our London class was another highlight of the trip...
I got to meet 40 arty UK friends & spend the day with them...
SO FUN!

I need to find some photos from that class, but I found some links that I think you might like that share the day and our project...

check out...

Brenda Brown's blog post...
I think you'll recognize some faces...

and...

this is Jane's blog post...

Jane too has lots of photos of folks I bet you know!

***EDIT***
 I just got this link from Sarah and Sue...
here's their blog post...
it has more photos...

I find it amazing that art can change 
complete strangers into friends!

ok...

gotta run...
got a long list to accomplish...

the next trip will involve kleenex...
LOTS of kleenex...

we're headed to Iowa to my niece's wedding...
which explains the dress shopping a few weeks ago...

what an adorable couple!



so that's it...

we went to England to...

make art!
wendy
ps...I missed YOU!


Friday, July 17, 2015

archival ink painting...


I wanted to share the original post about 


and this is the card that I made for that post...



yesterday I had an idea...
but...not much time to play...
 it was one of those ideas that wouldn't leave my brain until I tried it...

I had very low expectations, 
I figured that most likely it wouldn't work...
and I'd toss it...

but...
 I had to give it a go...

 I discovered that
AWESOME for painting with archival inks...seriously cool!

I originally wanted the white magic mat board 
to die cut
then ink with distress or archival inks or use with embossing folders...

so this was totally unexpected...

I made this quickie art to test drive the idea...
the background is my archival inks mixed with rubbing alcohol...

the coneflower is painted with archival inks, diluted with rubbing alcohol...

this time I just dipped the brush into alcohol,
 that I put on my craft sheet, 
instead of filling 
the water brush with alcohol, 
like I did in the original tutorial...

I was very surprised to see that the surface didn't bubble or pill...

so now I LOVE the magic mat board even more, because it has 2 distinct uses...
die cutting and as a solid surface...

this makes a framable art & it's a great card surface too...
the material is extremely light weight, 
but very strong...

and you'll LOVE the price...

here's my sample...



and below is a better look at the flower & leaves...
I'm not the best color-er (if that's a word)
and I know I need more practice, but this was a blast!


sorry this is a quickie post...
I need to go & buy a dress today...
Y U C K...

NOT an easy task...
I LOVE jeans & 
wear them 99.999% of the time...

here's the supplies you'll need & hopefully I can get a better post done before we leave...

cheapo rubbing alcohol (whatever % you find is OK)
SiSi
I mixed mine 50-50 
to create a matte finish powder...
I like this best with this technique...
and...

that's the basics...
not much is needed...

to get you going...

OK...

wish me luck on buying a dress...

I'd MUCH rather...

make art!
wendy


Wednesday, July 15, 2015

more Q & A's...

hello friends!

I have gotten a few questions recently & I thought I'd answer them here today before I move on to a little art...

#1...I took your advice & bought the jet black archival pad. I'm very impressed with how it stamps & now I'm ready to get your colors. Before I start collecting, I'm wondering if your colors come in the larger pad, like the black I bought? Any plans to add larger pads, if they are not currently available, I didn't see any? I think I'd like my pads to be all the same size.

we have no plans to change...
I like that this size ink pad 
fits my hands very well...
I like the size because I like to lay my stamp flat on my table & tap the ink pad onto the stamp, as opposed to tapping the stamp onto the ink pad...
so...short answer...
no plans for a larger size pad in my colors...

#2...When can we expect to see 
your new stamps and stencils? 
I'm so loving and enjoying using your SiSis so much...talk about a quick make.

THANKS! I do love them too!

I don't have an exact release date...
but probably late August...
I'm expecting them to be here mid August & I'll need some time to make some samples...
but...shhh...
you just might see...
3 new stamp sets...
possibly with flowers...
3 new A D O R A B L E SiSis...
I'm dying to get them...
2 new large background stamps
always useful...
2 new mat minis...
oh boy...they are super cute & so fun for cards...
I have samples done with them...F U N!

#3...If you take requests for stamp ideas, I'd love you to consider a paisley background with a small repeating pattern.

sorry...not happening...
I never connected with that pattern...
probably because they remind me of sperm...lol...
sorry...you asked!

#4...Do you ever travel to the west coast to teach?
I can travel 4 to 5 hours, but all the way to the east coast just isn't in the budget...

my schedule is always updated on the right sidebar...
you'll also find the Ranger designers schedule on the Ranger site...

thanks for asking!
I am teaching for the FIRST TIME
 in Los Gatos, California in August...
I'm super excited to be invited to 
The Creative Escape!
Laurie has moved her store 
to a new location & rumor is...
it's FABULOUS!...
I CAN NOT WAIT!

here's the scoop on 

and here's 

hope to see you in sunny California!
come & we'll MAKE ART!

#4...PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE make potting soil embossing powder.

yes...I agree...
potting soil would be A W E S O M E!
the end...

#5... I need clarification of the ink types. 
Can you point me to a source?
Can dye inks be used for embossing or is it only pigments? I guess that's really my main question.

I did a whole post about inks awhile back, 
because this is a recurring question...
it seems that I get pretty much the same question about inks every week or so...
I'm not sure exactly where 
the confusing info is originating,
so, please feel free
 to pass this info on to your arty friends...

which explains the ink basics and 
more about my favorite inks...
the post talks about
what they do...
what they don't do...
what to use WITH them...
how & why they work so well together...
why you can't give one answer
 that pertains to ALL dye inks...

and you'll quickly see
 that not all dye inks are the same...
distress & archival are both DYE inks, 
but what makes them different & unique is their BASE...
check out that post for the full scoop...

#6...Happy Forth of July! Love your centerpiece on the table. Is that all faux graniteware? You were busy if it is. 

she was referring to this photo I had on instagram...



lol...NO way!
it's what I like to collect...
I love the authentic old blue stuff...

and...
 that's what inspired me to figure out

give it a go...
it's addicting & so E A S Y & to upcycle things you might otherwise toss in the trash...

#7...I found you on Periscope after I checked it out via Tim. I'm waiting to see you...

lol...yes...I signed up...
then I realized that there are no re-dos & I think I sound like a chipmunk sometimes...
yikes!
but I'll have a mojito...
get my brave on & do one soon!
or...soon-ish...

I guess the GOOD thing is 
that if it's really goofy,
the video is gone after 24 hours...
lol...

if you have more questions, ask away & I'll do my best to answer them...
to understand inks, please check out the post I talked about above...

here's a peek at some fun play...
it's a page for my flip frame, using the rose SiSi and the mat mini vase...

the rose is actually completely flat...
the iced spruce distress marker
 adds great shading & makes it look dimensional......

I was trying to achieve a watercolor effect with the rose...

the flower was colored with red geranium archival ink (swiped onto the craft sheet) & rubbing alcohol, (from the craft sheet) using the detailer water brush...dried, then I added the tattered rose distress marker over the dried archival ink...
YES...that works!
I'll be doing this again & next time I will take step out photos, to explain how it worked...


love the sentiment...
I REALLY love the lace border used 2 ways...
I used it partially at the top, 
then turned the stamp upside down & 
I used a small portion 
to create a border at the bottom...
it's stamped with watering can...

the old ledger stencil is a great way to add a little more interest to the background...
watering can keeps it in the background...
save the jet black for your main images or sentiment...

keep in mind that this page 
could easily be changed into a card...

ok...
that's it for now...

back to kit making central!

we need kits to...

make art!
wendy