15 Aug 2009

It's the 15th ...YAY!!

Before I start my post I just want to tell you that Hope Stamps Eternal has the new 6 x 6 pads of Cosmo Cricket in........just so you better run......

It is the 15th of the month and that means that 2 new Dirty Girls are being revealed over at Splitcoaststampers!!

They are both awesome choices and if you would like to know ...........I can't tell you...... sorry!!

But if you join the Fan Club you would be able to find out!! What are you waiting for? It is a host of inspiration and fun challenges that you get to take part in - LOTS of fun!!

I can finally start to show you some of my projects from the Dirty gallery! I remember making these projects and my stomach in double sailor knots just thinking that they weren't "dirty" enough!

Our April gallery was called "Going Green" and you could take it either ecologically or figuratively.

For this project I decided to go figuratively and make a frame with my grandson Jake front and center, playing with his John Deere tractors in the window of his home. I left you a link in case you have (unbelieveably) never heard of John Deere.

My two year old grandson is obsessed with anything John Deere so the day he had on his John Deere sweater and his John Deere hat, AND he was playing with his John Deere tractors in the window, his mother had to grab a photo!

I sanded and painted the frame with Light Antique White acrylic paint, resanded and painted again.

Then I just added my three colours of paint onto the frame in blobs (technical term) cream, tan, and burnt umber.....and swiped away with a sponge brush. I didn't blend the colours together too much, since I wanted it to look like dirt. While it was still damp I sprinkled some Rangers distress embossing powder over top and heat set it with my heat gun.

For the clouds I hand drew a cloud from cardboard and used both the cloud and the negative space from the cut out cloud to create my sky. I just sponged two different ink colours around my cloud templates and voila!! instant sky!!

To create the tree "leaves" I dampened the cardstock circles cut with Nestabilities, to soften it and then crumpled it up into a ball. When I opened it I brushed my Brilliance inkpad over the top and it only hit the folds, creating the darker colour. Then I sprinkled clear embossing powder over top and heat set it.

I sprayed my Tattered Angels glimmer mist over top of that and then, because I am impatient, I heat set it again.

The cardstock was still somewhat folded so I ironed it out to flatten it - but not too much because the embossing powder will melt!!

I added some yellow Stickles Glitter Glue to the dark ink and then attached it to the dark green circle which was embossed with the Cuttlebug Leafy Branch folder.

The Maya Road tree trunk was painted in the same fashion as the frame, just blobbing on paint and NOT blending it together, to create bark.

I adhered the whole tree to the frame with Tombow monoglue.

I assembled the Quickutz Tractor (John Deere of course!) and added the twine so that it looks like it is pulling the sign.

"There is only one perfect grandchild, and every grandparent has it."

Stamps: Little Paper Shop Paper: Papertrey Ink Cardstock Ink: Stamping Up Ballet Blue, Adirondack Lights Aqua, Brilliance Pearlescence Thyme, Memento Tuxedo Black Accessories: Ranger Distress powder, Nestibilities Scallop and Plain Circles, Spellbinders Tags 5, Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist, Decor Art crafters acrylic paint, Quickutz tractor die, Maya Road fresh chipboard cherry blossoms & birds, May Arts Ribbon, wooden frame


  1. ACK, cute pic and Adorable frame!

  2. Very cute. Your grandson is a cutie too. thanks for taking the time to stop by my blog as well.

  3. Don't also "flipped" the picture so that it would look proper in the frame...didn't know you could do that, but you showed me how!!!

  4. Not dirty enough!?? This even has the coolest dirt I've even seen. You are SOOOOoooooh inspiring! Love it madly. :o)

  5. Awesome this idea for a boy pic (may have to do something like that too!).

  6. This is so stinkin' cute!!!! My boys love John Deere too! I love your frame and that awesome quote! What a great gift idea!


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