Monday, February 2, 2015


Hello, Crafty Peeps!

It's ANYTHING GOES week at the Outlawz Monday Greetings Challenge.  So, any project you create that incorporates the use of TWINE is eligible for submission.  The only other requirement is that the project must have a sentiment.

Remember The Outlawz has Seven Weekly Challenges plus a Progressive Challenge. 

 Trendy Twine's "Charcoal"
Papers used: Neenah Black Linen CS; 
Cards and Pockets Butterscotch CS; Tim Holtz Paper Stash - Kraft Resist.
Inks: Versa Mark
Embossing Powder: Tim Holtz Spiced Marmalade Distress Powder
Sentiment Stamp:  Technique Tuesday "Simply You"

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I look forward to seeing you in our challenge!

You might be a regular visitor to The Outlawz Challenges or perhaps you're a new member. Either way, we want you to know what you could possibly win by playing here at The Outlawz Challenges each month.   Remember there is a brand new challenge that starts every single day.

There are several ways you can win one or more of our fabulous prizes.   Enter your creations into the Inlinkz and win a monthly sponsor's gift. Or you can enter one of the 8 individual challenges and win one of the challenges' prizes of the week or month.  The sponsors for the individual challenges change each month and we will keep you posted on the changes.    So come on and join the fun!


 Site Wide Prizes:

 Oozak Online Craft Store:           

          (3) $15.00 gift certificates.

 7 Kids College Fund Online Craft Store:

          $15.00 gift certificate.

Paper Temptress Online Paper Store;

          40 (half) sheets of Cryogen White Card Stock.

Squigglefly Digital Images:

          3 Digital images of your choice.

Rick St. Dennis:

          3 Prizes – each with 3 digital images of your choice.

Touched By A Butterfly

          $10.00 gift certificate.

Challenge Prizes

Sunday – CAS Challenge:

One year subscription to “Through the Craft Room Door Magazine.”

Monday – Greetings Challenge

          Beansie's Doodles:  5 digital images of your choice.

          Dee Dee's Digi Stamps: $15.00 voucher

          Dee Dee's Digi Stamps: $15.00 voucher

          Robyn's Fetish: 3 digital images of your choice.

Tuesday – Color Challenge

          The Paper Nest:  3 digital images of your choice.

Wednesday – Sketch Challenge

          Stamping Boutique – 2 digital images of your choice

          If you use a Stamping Boutique image on your project you will receive 3           digital images of your choice.

          Bonus: If 40 entries are made in the month of February – a $5.00 gift             voucher to a random winner.

Thursday: Thursday Twist Challenge: 

          Stitchy Bear Stamps: 5 digital images of your choice.

Friday – Coloring Challenge

Sweet Pea Stamps: 4 digital images of your choice.

Saturday PAM:

          Scrapbook Stamp Society: 3 digital images of your choice.

          Sweet pea stamps:  4 digital images of your choice.

          Bugaboo Stamps:   $21.00 store gift certificate

          Rick ST Dennis:  2 digital images of your choice.

          Sassy Stamps:  2 digital images of your choice.

February Progressive Freebie Challenge:

          Sandi Samples Digital Stamps:  3 digital images of your choice. 

Chana Malkah

Challenges Entered:

ALTERED CIGAR BOX - NOTE CARD STORAGE - ColourArte Design Team Audition

Hello, Crafty Peeples!

As some of  you may have noticed, my new passion is Mixed Media.  I have joined a few FB groups, signed up for several classes and purchased a couple of books from Amazon, but, when I saw the DT Call for ColourArte, I thought, what better way to improve my technique and knowledge base than a challenge driven environment.  Add to that, the fact that I am a Silks Acrylic Glaze and Twinkling H2O devotee', there was no way I could NOT apply for this team.

 I am almost ashamed to admit that I am the world's worst when it comes to actually sending notes and greeting cards to family and friends.  I do okay on birthdays and other special occasions, but quick thank you notes and even get well cards are often a big fail for me.   So, I decided I would alter one of my cigar boxes to hold all occasion cards to be kept on the desk in the master bedroom.  If I can see a task, I will normally perform the task! 



THE box was lightly sanded to remove curled paper edges.  If you can, remove as much as possible of the original paper embellishments.  After sanding, the box was wiped down with a soft cloth to remove sanding dust.   My box had an embossed logo on top and I had to sand that down as well.  Ultimately, what you do to your box will depend on your design plans.   

I applied a few coats of Gesso, not really concerned about brush strokes, since I planned to covr most of the surface areas with paper and acrylic paint.  After the Gesso dried, I applied Drywall tape to the tops and sides of the box.  The tape is self adhesive, but I reinforced that with with Mod Podge.  The strips on the top were torn and  applied as design elements.

Next, I applied the torn strips of printed paper around the dry wall tape.  This formed the first layer of design elements.  
Once satified with  the composition, I used my finger to apply swipes of Silks Acrylic Glaze and Twinkling H2O to both the papers and the box.  I found through trial and error that I can get the look I want using finger instead of paint brushes, especially with Twinkling H2O's and Primary Elements.  I still find that using a brush gets the best results with the Silks Glazes

Color was also applied to the sides using brushes and finger painting. It is important to note that when using the Silks, it takes 48 hours for the color to cure, however, if you are using it with the TH2O as I was, the Silks dry to the touch very quickly and will not give you that "muddy" look.  I allowed the box to sit for 48 hours after all the sides were done.

This is always the most difficult part for me to share in a step by step.  I go through multiple scenarios when placing design elements on a projects.  Since this project is about "writing," I wanted to use embellishments that spoke to that.  So lots of script stamps and clocks and gears were used.

Here I used The Crafter's Companion " Art Is" stencil
applied with homemade texture paste.
Before working on the composition, I sprayed the top with homemade glimmer mist made using TH Squeezed Lemon Distress Ink and Perfect Pearls.  I allowed it to dry and then sponged the edges of the torn papers with TH Vintage Photo Distress Ink.   I also used my finger to apply additional Silks and H2O to darken the colors some areas.  Finally, I dry brushed Gesso over the entire top to calm the colors.
I  gathered all the elements I thought I wanted to use on my project and piled them on top. 
I can see what colors and shapes will not work almost immediately 
 Now I can begin to select the ones that best communicate my design point of view.
I began to work on treatment of the individual embellishments.  I do not work from a plan and most of my designs take shape as I work.  I always want the design to remain cohesive, so each treatment and each embellishment must have the same voice.  
The ink well, feather and pen nib, were painted first with Silks which was then overlayed with Viva Inka Gold(Old Gold.)  The edges were swiped with Rub'n Buff Patina
A similiar painting technique was used on the clock.  I realized that I could get the look I wanted if I simply did not "buff" the Rub'n Buff products. 

 Here is the box in its new home sitting on the desk in my bedroom!

With a few cards inside
Whether I make the team or not, I am so pleased with the outcome of my box.  It works well in the bedroom and I already have two thank you cards and one "just touching base" card written, signed and ready for the postman.

Thanks for stopping by!  

If you have not used the Silks Acrylic Glazes or Twinkling H2O you really owe it to yourself to try them. 

Thanks ColourArte for the opportunity to apply!


Challenges Entered:  
Recycle, Re-Purpose 7 Re-Invent
Crafting From The Heart - Always Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion - Anything Goes
My Craft Creations - Anythings Goes
Not Just Cards - Anything Goes