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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Scraps and Challenges

Hi!  I feel like I haven't had any creative time lately.  I have been busy with life, work and responsibilities and mostly the creative urge wasn't pushing me to create.  

I decided today to jumpstart that with a few leftover scraps and pieces created previously.  I also used the following challenges to get me going:  Mixed Media Place May challenge has a beautiful mood board which had the colors going for me.  Mixed Media World: May Challenge is Glam Grunge which I hope this qualifies as the glam is there and a bit of the grunge. Finally the Anything but Cute Challenge is celebrating your style.  I am a mixed bag of styles  but I do love my butterflies and flourishes.

 I started with this beautiful butterfly which I made awhile ago and set aside.  I also found a lovely scrap stamped with antique linen and it worked with the butterfly.  I then sprinkled the same lovely glimmer mist onto the stamped background.  Created a base to match and stamped more texture in a gold ink.

I heat embossed the black frame on the background using black embossing powder.  I edged the flower with gold ink and placed it in the center. I finished with the word shine to go with the theme on the moodboard.

Thanks for sticking with me during my absence. 

Mixed Media Place Moodboard:

 Anything But Cute:


Thursday, May 19, 2016

A Vintage Journey - Sew Special

I am so happy to be guest designing today at A Vintage Journey for their "Sew Special" Challenge!  The design team is extremely talented and the challenges are always my favorite to play along in.

The challenge was to use some type of fabric (Burlap, linen, etc) and be sewing inspired.  I used fabric and I even sewed my buttons on which was an effort for me!

I used a mix of stencils and distress stains to create my background fabrics strips. I layered them and added a few random stitches. If I knew how and had a sewing machine I would have added a few lines of stitches.

 I love the daisy button and how it reminded me of my clothes growing up. :)

The image is from the printers block found at a local flea market and it was fun stamping it on the fabric.

I died the tape measure to coordinate and cut some strips to accent.  The eye hooks seemed like a fun detail to add to my fabric.

Products:  Idea-Ology -  Tape Measure, Vintage Buttons, Linen, Ranger Distress Stain Sprays - Picked Raspberries, Fossilized Amber, Wild Honey, Ranger Archival Ink - Black, Idea-Ology - Chit Chat Stickers, Ranger Distress ink - Picked Rasberry, Wild Honey, Fossilized Amber, Mini Spools, Twine, Hanger clip, White Thread,  Tim Holtz Layering Stencil

Thanks for stopping by!


Shine Brightly

Hello!  I am back with a card featuring on of the new DarkRoom Door photo stamps that are just being released.

The lighthouse stamp was one of my favorites from the new release. I always love a beautiful lighthouse and the stories that go with them.  I created two different cards using this stamp.  The first card I used tissue tape on white cardstock to create a textured effect.  I stamped over it with black ink and then embossed with black embossing powder. 

I then sprayed the ends with black distress stain spray to create the dark frame around the tissue tape. It also added a little speckling over the edges which gave more light to the main image. 

After that I used watercolor pencil to add a hint of color to the image.  I was pleased it actually took the color and allowed me to smear it around a bit.  

For my second card a completely different take on the same stamp.
I stamped the image on white cardstock using black ink and then heat embossed it again. I created a mask of the stamped image so I could stencil the sun burst over the image.  The stamp comes with the lovely black frame around the image.  I inked up the image in the previous card  partially to avoid most of the frame.

Hope this brings a little ray of sunshine into your day. (ha ha)


Saturday, May 14, 2016

Mono Printing

I'm back with a few pages made using mono-printing on the Gelli Plate.  I was inspired by the PaperArtsy Topic #9

 I started with a mix of the beautiful Fresco paints over the background on my gelli plate.  I then laid the stencil over the mix of colors and painted on the rich burgundy color.

I then flipped over the stencil and used it on a piece of white cardstock. I loved the reverse side.  I used that for my finished page. I stamped the script inside the stencil outline and then added flowers to color and highlight.

Happy Saturday!


Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Shabby Chic

The Frilly and Funkie Design Team was challenged this week to create for the opposite style.  I love Shabby Chic and enjoy being able to channel my inner Frilly for the challenge. To play along, we're asking you to dig deep and create any kind of project you choose, as long as it is not done in your usual style and color palette.

The guidelines for entering are simple: create a new vintage or shabby chic project following the challenge theme, link it below to your post (not just your blog) and also include a link back to this challenge in your post. For this challenge, we'd also love to hear how you did something OPPOSITE of your normal style (and we'll be taking a peek at your regular projects to see your normal style).

I decided to go Shabby Chic and very romantic with the pinks, ivories, and gold tones and lots of pretty embellishments. 

I love to create in all styles but for the Frilly and Funkie challenges I am on the Funkie side with more edge so for the challenge this week I went Frilly! 

I started with this beautiful big jumbo tag and coated it with a layer of paint. I then stamped and stenciled over the background.  After that I heat dried the background to ensure the dampness form the dye inks were completely set before I stamped the pretty doily on the backround using Versamark.  Then I heat embossed with ivory embossing powder to have it pop.

You can see a bit of the stenciling and stamping on the background in this close up.

Then I looked around for all kinds of embellishments to accent my card.
 I used the Pink dye ink on my craft mat sprayed with the Antique Lined Distress Stain Mist to color my ribbon and my flowers and my string.   It gave a lovely soft pink with touches of aging to the colors.

The dragonfly started as chipboard and was painted and embossed and highlighted in gold.  This card is for my MIL who has a birthday right around Mother's Day so she got two tags on the card.  (She will get another card for one of them)

Don't forget to go check out my team-mates fabulous creations and join us in the challenge! 

Thanks for Stopping by!


Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Technique Remix

I have been playing with Tim's May 2016 Tag techniques.  I did a little remix of his techniques and blended a few for my tag.

 I started with covering white cardstock with tissue tape. I then cut a heart shaped piece of my tissue tape out.  I used the texture die to cut the flourishes into my heart shape. I attached that to another heart shape cut from white cardstock.  I then stamped across the background with test.  I added various pieces of tissue tape.

Here is my tag before my embellishments.
I added a layer of embossing paste with the flourish stencil over the tissue tape and stamped background.   After the embossing paste dried I sprayed with a mix of distress stain sprays (Pumice Stone, Antique Brass) and Heidi Swap Color shine (Cherry) to get the soft colors.

Thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, May 1, 2016

the silent night

I'm back with another White Space inspired project from PaperArtsy Challenge Topic #8 - White Space. 

The PaperArtsy DT has been choosing different concepts/topics for the challenges and they show a variety of art using the concept and they are very inspiring. I highly recommend looking through the posts and the challenges to see some inspiring art.  I kept playing with the white space / negative space concept this morning and I finished on of my projects and I had to hurry up and include it because the challenge is closing today.  I was inspired by several of the projects on the challenge post where they drew your eye to the focal point by the lack of anything on the project except one striking focal point.

 I hope I have achieved that with my card today.  I wanted to drip color down the right side of my project and then mix in complementary images with the sprays.

I started with the lovely patina sprayed along the right side and used a water bottle to spray water to encourage the dripping. I then poured the glimmer mist onto the craft mat and  used a paint brush to push the mist out of the brush and causing it to drip down.  After the patina had dried I then followed up with a yellow glimmer mist which blended into a green. I also splattered white paint over the top to lighten the blues.

I let that dry and then stamped the beautiful branch and sentiment using brown ink. I had to come back in with a micron pen to get the depth of color. I stamped the branches along the bottom. Again I touched it up with the pen.

I added one more subtle effect with the music in the top stamped with a gray ink to blend in and not be visible unless you looked closely. 

Products:  Tattered Angels - Glimmer Mists - Dragonfly, Summer Glow,  PaperArtsy -  Hot Pick 1000EZ, Eclectica - ESN18, Micron Pen - Brown, White Acrylic Paint, Mixed Media Paper, Ranger Archival Potting Soil, Memento - London Fog

I am really pleased with the end result and I almost made it to half the card being white space! :)  I had several other projects going which are really promising and pleased with my fun time this morning!  Have a blessed Sunday!