Thursday, January 28, 2010

Vintage HORSEY magic... and wonderful news!



It's today, its' today, it's TODAY!

Howdy, FRIENDS! I am so beyond honored to share some fabulous news with y'all...





Just this week, the sweet and talented Dawn Woleslagle, announced that she will be creating and marketing her very own line of stamps!!! I am tickled for her, because I have long been a fan of her hugely elegant and crisp design style... and at further inspection, discovered that she is actually a professional graphic artist! Her eye for composition and color is flawless ~ in my lil' opinion... So, when I learned of this new endeavor, I was so excited for her! But THEN, I was excited for ME!!!!!! Why? You might ask....

She invited me to be on her design team, alongside some VERY impressive paper crafters, starting with Maile Belles, whom she introduced yesterday...! There are a few MORE crazy-talented gals, who, Dawn will introduce in the coming days! So, keep an eye out for that!

I'm always impressed with Dawn's graphics that she creates for her blog, so I can only imagine what she does professionally! In the meantime, we get to look forward to her new STAMPS! Her blog features a subscription button, and I hope you'll consider showing her some support with her new line. I've had a sneak peak and I can tell you that designing with her stamps is... going...to..be... such....... hard WORK! N-O-T! Hee Hee {They're AWESOME!}

So, there's THAT excitement! Wahooooo!

In the meantime....



I'm pretty excited about THIS, too! A lil' decorative project that's been a long-time brewing in my chaotic little brain! Come a little closer and let me tell you how I REALLY feel... {cue the band!}



If this was a musical, I'd launch into a little ditty about how long I've cared for this unfinished piece of FABULOUS POSSIBILITY... How I've loved it, protected it and dreamed for its future! Would I distress it? Would I faux finish, mural, EMBELLISH? What would become of this fantastic piece of wood that I purchased at a local craft store from THE CLEARANCE BIN!?! Do, do, do, do, do, do, dooooooooo......



Then BLUE happened! Baja Breeze, to be specific! THIS was the color that I created with multiple colors of left-over house paint that I have also cared for ... for far too long! I was endeavoring to compliment the "orange! aka, SADDLE color" of New Scrapland... and somehow, I wound up with Baja Breeze! Talk about CRAZY! But, OH, my goodness - it works!




So, THEN, there was a 10 year old jug of CRACKLE medium! Oh, BABY! Why on EARTH did I wait so long to play with this stuff! IT'S SOOOOOOOOOOO FUN! Just lookee! I mean, c'mon, I've been crackling on paper since 2003! What on earth took me so long to do it for home dec? {Shhhhh, don't answer that! ~ I'm finally realizing that the reason I've had so many home dec materials on hold for....nearly 10 years... is my nearly 9 year old DAUGHTER! HELLOOOO!}




Anywhooo, I wasn't a huge fan of the seams in the wood, so I decided to play with the magic of the crackle medium to create a faux mitered corner! Oh, just LOOK at the crackle! {So purdy!}

The masking was EASY-PEASY!



There was some naughty temptation to leave it like this:



But I'm ruled by a symmetrical gene... or something... So, I did the whole thing. {Quite frankly, I'm not DANGEROUS enough... at least not with home dec! hee hee}


This darling horse print used to hang in my brothers' rooms back when they were LITTLE! {And dinosaurs roamed....} There were actually a bunch of them, but I have a dim memory of my oldest brother, ALTERING them... {If only he know how relevant he could become in the paper crafting game all these years later... hee hee} Anyway, my mother was kind enough to save this for me! {Or, frankly, whichever kid would take it off her hands! - YUP! Me!} And I've been dreaming of the proper home for it for a few years...




Little did I know that NEW Scrapland would be just the place! I can't wait to share MORE...

I hope you'll stop by, again, {sometime!} on Friday - for the BIG reveal! No bus to move, but maybe I'll think of something... hee hee

Thanks, again, for letting me share all the fun with you!!! Just returning the favor for all that YOU guys do for ME!

xoxo-

E.

14 comments:

~amy~ said...

Oh Sista...I always love visiting your bloggie!!! Woot Woot on the new DT...can't wait to see what you have in store for us!

Good grief you are dangerous with the crackle paint...LOL...love what you've done...a fabbie project for your new Scrapland!

Courtney Baker said...

Congratulations on your new design team! You will be fantastic!

Rosemary said...

WOWEEEEEE!!! You on a design team?? That is just fabulous!! SOOOO EXCITED, girl!!! It is going to be so much fun watching YOU perform your DT tasks!!! Okay, now for your home dec scrapland project!! How wonderful it is?? Super wonderful!! If and when I get a scrapland of my own (big sigh, probably NEVER!!) I will have you come help me decorate!!

Karen said...

Givin' you the big shout out for your DT position! :> And of course a yahooooooo, just for you! You will ROCK her stamps, I'm SURE!! :>

Luuuuuuv your faux mitered corners!!!!! OH! You know what else I LOVE???!! That you hold on to treasured crafty goodies for sooo long, just for their fabulous possibilities.....you give me hope and remind me of why I do that too! Now if I could just convince Hubby of the same thing! lol :>

Andi (RrlScrapGal) said...

Congratulations!!!!!!!!! So so so excited for you! I'm going to run over there now, subscribe and see all the goods and get the lowdown...

Love the crackle! Very purdy and so are the shiny gorgeous vintage mama and her filly!

Elise said...

That's one of the things I love about you, Kare! Hee Hee And, FYI, my husband has not been THRILLED about my large inventory of "future" art projects... But, I'll tell ya something ~ he's pretty proud RIGHT ABOUT NOW! He did marvel that I have not bought ANYTHING new for New Scrapland! So that's progress, and I've actually emptied the garage of quite a few storage units and items that have been sitting, idle, for a LONG time! Thanks for "getting" me! :o)

Rose said...

congrats on the DT!!! and this photo takes me back to my youth :)

LeAnne said...

AWESOME vintage project...I just love it! And a big big big wahoo! congrats on your DT gig! It looks as if it is a perfect fit!

Savitri said...

Congrats, Elise. This is so so exciting!!! I hopped on here from Dawn's site. Love your style and your fun posts. The crackling project looks fab. It actually looks old. I tried crackling once and it just looked like my dog peed on it. Wet, curly, and yeah, I guess if you look really hard you'd see the cracks. I have no idea what happened there. I could have sworn I read the dang instructions. But, this is probably why I can't bake either, you got to follow it to a tee unless you know what the heck you're doing and know what baking soda does to a cake. Then I kind of felt retarded because I 5-yr-old tried to crackle and hers came out nice. Almost perfect. I got beat by a kid -- who couldn't read. Oh well, life does that to you sometimes :)

Ok, congrats and looking forward to your work. Dawn's graphics looks amazing and clean. It'll be fun to see what she comes up with!!!

Our Little Inspirations said...

A huge congratulations on your new DT position!! And this picture frame is to DIE for with that crackle look! I love ANYTHING with horses and this picture is just priceless! I was a HUGE fan of Roy Rogers and Trigger when I was a kid, and I love that creation in your previous post with all those retro photos!! I cannot wait to see Scrapland when it's all completed! You go girl, you earned this fantastic honor and I look forward to seeing your beautiful creations!

Ann said...

Well, giddy-up and yeehaw!!! Congrats on the DT! And your framed pic is oh-so-fantastic!

stampmonkey said...

Congrats, Elise!! It's no wonder she offered you a position on her DT --you do such fantastic work and have a great eye for color...and you're sure to be the life of any party {virtual or otherwise} they have! ;)

Love your crackling over the blue, and your faux mitered corners rock! Nice of your mom to 'save' that prehistoric pic for ya. lol

Dana Gustafson said...

Well now where did my post go???! Let's just see if I can reconstruct things a little....I think it went something like....
Go ON with your bad design team SELF! I am SO excited for you just blazing you creative trail alongside Dawn's wonderful new adventure. You two will be nothing short of magc together :) YeeHAW little lady! So proud of my friend!

And tht vintage piece of horsey goodness is so lovely with your amazing crackled frame. You rock my world!

Kelley Eubanks said...

So happy for you Elise!! Congratulations! I love your frame... awesome!