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Mother of 3 kids, 2 dogs and wife of a fabulous hubby who doesn't mind if I play with my inks and papers.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Our House

Happy Tuesday! I was inspired yesterday by the PaperArtsy Challenge #11 which focuses on the idea of houses created in all kinds of mediums.  I happily created little paper houses in a variety of styles.


I have been doing a little and I mean little bit of cleaning in my craft room. (I need a big clean again to keep it under control)  In doing so I went through my background scraps and tried to decrease the scraps pile.  I re-organized my recent scraps and die cuts and pulled them out to try to make an eclectic series of houses.  I tried to keep in the same color schemes for my backgrounds to coordinate the look and feel.


Beyond that the houses all began to take on a life of their own and changed the cohesiveness. As I worked through them I also began to use the inspiration of other challenges.  This particular house is based on the glam grunge challenge at Mixed Media World and the Butterflies and Blossoms Challenge at Mixed Media Monthly.
The next house started from a scrap and incorporated some beautiful gears that were sent to me as part of a purchase from the Funkie Junkie Boutique. There is always a lovely little gift included with each purchase and this time it was the gears.  I decided to let that be part of my focal point and the gent seemed like a perfect image to imbed behind the gears.  The gears and my previous house used a mix of inking up the gears with dye ink and while it was still moist sprinkling on Stampendous Aged Bronze embossing powder giving a nice chunky gold effect.
The next two came from two scraps left over from some project where I had the citron color sprinkled with touches of silver.  I didn't highlight the silver in this house as I used tissue tape instead along with a touch of black embossing paste and powder to create striking black texture and images.



For my final one I had this beautiful Memory Box Arch already cut and thought it would be pretty to do more of a church interpretation on my house.  I added the silver embossing around the edges and bottom of the house. I then embossed the arch in silver.  The rest were bits and pieces of leftover projects pulled together. 

I had fun but I think I am going to try play a little bit more with the houses but create a painted village.  I am loving the Paperartsy challenges as they have me thinking about different types of art mediums and how to use those ideas in papercrafting. 

The MMM Challenge 


Have a wonderful day! 

Suzz

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Oh The Places You will Go

Howdy.   It's Funkie time over at the Frilly and Funkie Challenge blog.  Zoe provided us this fun challenge "Oh the Places You will Go" .  For this one you will need to create a vintage or shabby chic project with travel as the central theme. Think planes, trains, auto-mobiles, ships, maps, globes.
 
The Design Team will choose their top four picks with the winner being invited to join us in a Guest DT spot at Frilly and Funkie and the next three will receive badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and follows the rules will be entered into the draw to have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.  The Boutique is having an awesome sale right now and some great deals!



I wanted to use the negative space from the globe die and decided to play around with sponging distress ink over the globe.
I created to travel inspired tags using a brown dye ink and the globe cut from a manilla tag.  I started using plain cardstock for my globe as a stencil. It worked okay but didn't hold it shape as well when I was sponging on the ink.  One of the tags was made using the paper globe and the other was sponged with a manilla tag globe which was sturdier.  :)  I am sure you can guess which is which based on how crisp the lines are.

I like working in parallel on two of a similar project sometimes as it gives you an opportunity to try out different ideas.  The fun is to see where you end up with the to different variations of the same project.

Don't forget to pop over to the Frilly and Funkie blog to see everyone's beautiful creations!  Thanks for stopping by!

Suzz



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:


Suzz


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!

Suzz







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)

Suzz

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!

Suzz

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!

Suzz