Monday, August 22, 2016

Toby In Pot card

Hi Friends:  There is a new challenge today over at the Craft Your Passion Challenges blog, where the challenge is Always Anything Goes, and any handcrafted items are welcome.

Please visit our fabulous sponsor this week, Crafty Sentiments Designs, to see all of their wonderful products!

My creation for this week is a mixed media card using the Toby In Pot digital stamp.

I hope that you are inspired by my creation and will join us over at the CYP blog to see the creations of the other design team members and enter for your chance to win a great prize from our sponsor.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great CRAFTY day!

Full Card:

Detail Images:

   Close-up of Stencil/Embossed area with LSG Sprays:

   Close-up of Toby - I wanted him to look / feel more textured, so I used crazing medium:

    Close-up of flowers/butterfly/mushroom with the use of ultrafine glitter and Glossy Accents:

I printed the digital image onto PRISM white cardstock, and colored it with Copic Markers (see below).  I used colors to match the MME Stella & Rose papers that I selected for the background. I printed another image and colored the flowers & butterfly and fussy-cut them for accents.   I wanted more texture on the butterflies, mushroom and flowers, so I added Glossy Accents and ultra-fine glitter to them.  For Toby, I used colorless blender and a cloth to create some dimension, but decided that I wanted a bit more, so I painted the Distress Collage Crazing medium over him, then added Glossy Accents to his nose and eyes.  I used a die to cut the word "hi" into the panel, then backed it with black card-stock.  I machine stitched the image panel to the first patterned layer, then added the accent flowers and butterfly with foam dots.  I backed this layer with another patterned paper layer and distressed the edges with my Prima distress tool.  I have this Dylusions stencil that has flowers similar to the ones in the digital stamp, so I used the stencil and some modeling paste, colored with Rusty Hinge Distress Stain, to add some texture to the base layer of the card.  Then I sprayed the area with Lindy's Stamp Gang spray to add some additional color and shimmer, and distress the edges.  I used a Copic Marker to edge my card base, attached the embossed panel, then added the image panels with foam dots.  To finish, I colored a bit of Crinkle Ribbon with my Copic marker and attached it under the accent flowers.

Supplies Used:
Toby In Pot digital stamp by Crafty Sentiments Designs
PRISM white cardstock
Art-C modeling paste

   Flowers and butterflies:  BG13, BG15, BG18, BG45, BG49
   Grass / leaves:  G24, G94, YG03, YG63
   Ribbon:  BG49
   Toby:  E11, E31, E33, E34, E37, R20, R81
   Pot and mushroom:  YR02, YR04, YR07, YR69, Y38, R08, R14
   Shading:  N2, N3

Other items from my stash:  ultra-fine clear glitter, foam dots, black card-stock, white card base.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Friends Layout

Hi Friends:  Today's 2nd post is a mixed media layout of my daughter and her best friend, both then and now.  As I look through the layouts I've posted, I'll bet anyone can guess my favorite colors - I'll have to move out of my comfort zone and start using other colors.  LOL.  But I thought it was interesting how Jenny and Bethany are both wearing the same colors in the 2 different photos.  Please see below for photos, process, challenges, and supplies. Hope you had a great weekend!

I started with some MME papers that had circles in them and contained blue colors that were in the photos.  I tore the edges of the green, large circle paper, distressed the edges, and layered it over the blue background paper, then I stitched the edges of the circle with my sewing machine.  I prepped the green circle with clear gesso, dried it, then added embossed circles with a circle stencil and embossing paste that was colored with Chipped Sapphire Distress Stain.  I added some cheesecloth and lots of shimmery color to the background with several colors of Lindy's Stamp Gang sprays (see below), and let the colors drip and move around the embossed circles.  I added some interest with Jet Black archival ink and some circle and wire net stamps.  I cropped my photos and the mat paper with my nested circles Spellbinder's die, distressed the edges, and layered them over scrap cardboard to lift them up off the page.  I used the Courtyard frameworks to cut the circles from Grungeboard, then embossed them using Versamark ink and LSG embossing powders.  I cut the framework into individual circles and layered them around the pictures.  I colored some Prima flowers and crinkle ribbon with the same colors of LSG sprays.  Once dry, I layered the flowers and added brads to the centers and arranged them around the photos.  I added a charm to the ribbon and tucked it into the flowers.  For the title and accents, I found some "friends" metal words in my stash  and glued them to the page. I used some Chit Chat stickers for the words "then" and "now" and colored them with the LSG sprays.   I added some round metal charms, a round paperclip, and a flower to the bottom corner to finish off the page.  Finally, I used white gesso and some of the LSG sprays to splatter drips across the page.

Challenges Entered (Click on the Caption for the link):

Friends and Circles

Supplies Used:
Tim Holtz Sizzix COURTYARD Frameworks (SSS)
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Stain CHIPPED SAPPHIRE (SSS)
Archival Ink Pad JET BLACK (SSS)
Prima Flowers WIRE NET Finnabair Clear Stamp (SSS)
Lindy's Stamp Gang sprays (SSS):  Bells of Ireland Green, Bachelor Button Blue, Golden Doubloons, Afternoon Delight Denim, Lucky Shamrock Green
Lindy's Stamp Gang embossing powder (Amazon):  Hydrangea Blue Mauve
Little Yellow Bicycle clear stamp - circles
Prima white flowers
Liquitex white and clear gesso, matte medium
Charms, metal discs, brads, round paper clip

Travel Tag

Hi Friends:  Today's post is a summer fun travel tag.  It was fun to create, and I used some techniques and products that I've never used before.  Please see below for photos, process, challenges, and supplies.  Have a super day!

I started with a plain manila tag and used the Distress Stain Brayer technique to color the background.  Once dry, I distressed the edges with my Distress tool and used my Ink Blending tool and Black Soot Distress Ink to add color to the edges of the tag.  I splattered some water to create droplets on the tag.  I used my sewing machine to add some stitching randomly on the tag.  I used a stencil to add the words with Chipped Sapphire Distress Paint.  Once dried, I moved the stencil slightly so that the painted words created a bit of shadow and used black molding paste to add the words and shape of the US.  For the US, I used my palette knife to add texture in the "map" to simulate the mountains and texture of the land.  I used the Frameworks technique and cut the Chevron out of Grunge Paper and stained it with Chipped Sapphire stain.  I cut the frame into some smaller pieces to make it look more like arrows and added it to the bottom of the tag.  To help represent things about the states, I cut the inside pieces from blue jean material, corrugated paper, and wood paper, then glued them inside the framework.  I tried to add some burlap, but it didn't cut as well as I wanted, so I just used some frayed edges and added it as fringe on the bottom of the tag.  I added a metal arrow to the center of the US.  I wanted some shimmer (what, who me?), so I sprayed some Perfect Pearls Mists over the tag.  I like the way the shimmer settled in the texture of the states. I finished the tag with some crinkle ribbon stained with Chipped Sapphire and some blue and black fibers from my stash.

Challenges Entered (Click on the Caption for the link):

Tim Holtz - August Tag

MMMC #27  - Travel

Summer Fun

Supplies Used:
Tim Holtz Distress Paint CHIPPED SAPPHIRE (SSS)
Tim Holtz Idea-ology CRINKLE RIBBON (SSS)
Tim Holtz Sizzix CHEVRON Frameworks (SSS)
Tim Holtz Idea-ology ARROWS Adornments (SSS)
Tim Holtz Idea-ology 6 x 12 GRUNGEPAPER (SSS)
Distress Stain (SSS) in Chipped Shapphire, Faded Jeans and Stormy Sky
Black Soot Distress Ink (SSS)
EK tools Wood Punch Material Pack (Amazon)
DCWV Stateside Travel Stencils (Amazon)
Perfect Pearls Mists - Perfect Pearl
DCWV Corrugated paper pad
Art-C Molding paste - black
Liquitex Matte Medium
Manila tag, palette knife, fibers, sewing machine & thread

Owls Journal Page

Hi Friends:  There is a new challenge today over at the Crafting When We Can Challenges Blog, where the current theme is to Use Die Cuts.

Please visit our fabulous sponsor this week, Melonheadz, to see all of their wonderful products!

My creation for this week is an art journal page using the digital images from the O is for Owls Combo Pack.  I used Spellbinders nesting circle dies for my die-cut circles that are in the background of my journal page. Please see below for pictures, process, and supply list.

I hope that you are inspired by my creation and will join us over at the CWWC blog to see the creations of the other design team members and enter for your chance to win a great prize from our sponsor.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great CRAFTY day!

When I first saw this owl set, I just knew they'd make a great art journal page using this great quote from Dr. Suess.  I am sad that my photo doesn't capture the full color, sparkle and shine in the original.  I printed the images onto white cardstock, covered them with some clear gesso, fussy cut them, then colored them with Distress Crayons.  I added some sparkle to their beaks, clothes, and accessories using a Stardust glitter pen.  For the journal background, I first added some random washi tape for texture.  I cut the circles from scrap cardstock, and layered them on the page in random, overlapping order.  I printed the quote onto white cardstock, cut it into strips, and glued them to the page.  Then I started coloring the background with bright purple, blue, and pink Gelatos.  I used some Black Soot Distress Crayon to outline the circles and words.   Then I used some Lindy's Stamp Gang sprays to add a bit more color and shine. I used gel medium to add the owls, then I almost decided to completely scrap the page because I really wasn't happy with it.  But, I decided to continue to work on it by using some white gesso to highlight/color the circles, word strips, and the owls. Once that was done, I really liked the page.  So I used some Prima mini stamps with Archival Jet Black to add some interest, then added some splatters with gesso, Black Soot Distress Crayon, and some of the LSG sprays.  I wanted to make the owls shinier, so I added some Glaze medium to them.  Then I finished the page with more Black Soot crayon smudged around the edges.

Supplies Used:
Melonheadz O is for Owls Combo Pack digital images
Distress Crayons - Set 1 (SSS)
Distress Crayons - Set 3 (SSS)
Gelatos (SSS) in Blueberry, Grape, Lavender
Lindy's Stamp Gang sprays (SSS) in Azure Sea Asters, Sweet Violet Purple Teal, Prima Donna Purple, and Golden Doubloons
Prima Flowers MESSY Finnabair Clear Stamp (SSS)
Prima Flowers WIRE NET Finnabair Clear Stamp (SSS)
Faber-Castell GLAZE (SSS)
Liquitex gesso & matte medium
White cardstock

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Altered Trinket Box

Hi Friends:  Today's post is an altered trinket box that is about 2 3/4" square and originally was off-white with a gold edge on the sides of the box top.  It actually holds the grommets that I used on the box.  See below for my process, challenges entered, and products used.  Thanks for taking a look. Have a super day!

Image of the box top:

Image of the full box - I liked the gold edge on the top, so I left it alone & altered only the edges of the box bottom:

I started by applying gesso to the box top and the sides of the box bottom.  I also applied gesso to the wood pieces, charms, grommet, and flowers. Once dry, I covered the box with modeling paste and used my palette knife to create the texture.  I added the metal tag, charms, wood pieces, flowers, lace and grommet to the box top, then used the below colors of Lindy's Stamp Gang to color everything - a bit of spraying, a bit of painting, and loads of fun!  I wanted to add a bit more color, so I painted a bit of the FW red ink to areas of the box, the flowers and one of the charms - it comes out a bit more wine-colored because of the original blues that I used, but I really liked the additional color.  Once all the colors were dry, I rubbed some Inka Gold onto the metals, woods, and flowers, but it didn't get quite the effect I wanted, so I brushed on tiny dabs of the Viva Decor 3D stamp paint in gold.  I colored the Chit Chat sentiment with the same LSG blues, then added it to the top of the box - I liked the "play" theme because I got to play a lot with this creation and because I used the vacation grommet - it all coordinated with my favorite beachy blue colors.  I added the tiny gold marbles with matte gel medium, then added the dew drops to add a bit more of that wine color.  I brushed the flowers and some other areas with gesso highlights, then added some splatters with the gesso and FW ink.  I finished the project off with a stick pin and some beads from my stash.  I really enjoyed this project!

Challenges Entered (Click on the Caption for the link):

Try to Contain Yourself
Let's Go Wild

It's A Small, Small World

Supplies Used:
Lindy's Stamp Gang sprays (SSS):  Red Hot Poker Orange, Azure Sea Asters, Golden Doubloons, Time Travel Teal, Blue Hawaiian Blue
Tim Holtz Idea-ology SMALL TALK Stickers (SSS)
Art-C Modeling Paste - white
The Robin's Nest Dew Drops (Amazon)
Making Memories Slice Tag Maker Rims (Amazon)
Viva Decor Inka Gold - Gold (Amazon)
Viva Decor 3D Stamp Paint, Gold (Amazon)
FW Liquid Artists Acrylic Ink (Amazon) - Process Magenta
Travel Grommet Words by Making Memories (Amazon)
Momenta Wood Flourish
Momenta Wood Gears
Liquitex Gesso
Hacraft Tiny Glass Marbles - gold
Prima flowers - This was from an older Prima set and I separated the tiny flowers from the larger flower to get the sizing right.

Other items from my stash:  metal charms, lace, stick pin, beads, gel medium

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Floral Thanks

Hi Friends:  Today's post is a thank you card.  I really enjoyed making this card & hope you like it, too.  See below for instructions, challenges, etc.  Have a super day!

I started with a 4X5.5 panel of plain white card-stock and stamped my floral images using Archival Jet Black ink.  I also stamped 3 of the smaller images onto scrap white card-stock.  I colored all of the flowers with the below colors of LSG Magicals - I just love painting with this shimmery medium.  I fussy cut the smaller images for layering.  I covered the flowers with Distress Collage Medium, as a resist, so that I could color the background card-stock with Distress Weathered Wood ink.  I glued the panel to a card blank, then edged the card with Hickory Smoke ink, and sprinkled some water droplets and Hickory Smoke ink droplets on the card.  I layered the smaller flowers in the center of the larger flowers, using pop-dots. I used Glossy Accents in the center of the flowers, then sprinkled them with gold tiny glass beads.  I die cut the Swirly Vine die from black card-stock, cut it into 3 sections, and glued it between the flowers.  I added a Thank You sentiment that was stamped onto black card-stock with Versamark Ink, then heat embossed with white embossing powder.  I finished off with some faux stitching around the card, and dots around all the flowers & vines.

Challenges Entered (Click on the Caption for the link):

Fabulous Florals

Supplies Used:
Versamark Ink Pad (SSS)
Glossy Accents (SSS)
Uni-Ball Pen Signo Gel WHITE (SSS)
Distress Collage Medium - Crazing (SSS)
Distress Ink - Weathered Wood (SSS)
Distress Ink - Hickory Smoke (SSS)
Ranger Archival Ink Pad JET BLACK (SSS)
Lindy's Stamp Gang Magicals (SSS) - Violet Purple Teal, Hydrangea Blue, Ramblin' Rose Pink
Swirly Vine Die
Hero Arts Stamp sets:  Layered Flowers and Blossom Art
Gold Mini Glass Beads
Black Card-stock, White Card-stock
White embossing powder
Stampin' Up! Express Yourself stamp set

Monday, August 8, 2016

CYP - Charlie's Flower

Hi Friends:  There is a new challenge today over at the Craft Your Passion Challenges blog, where the challenge is Always Anything Goes, and any handcrafted items are welcome.

Please visit our fabulous sponsor this week, Lacy Sunshine Stamps, to see all of their wonderful products!

My creation for this week is a card using the Charlie's Flower image.  See images, design process, and supplies used, below.

I hope that you are inspired by my creation and will join us over at the CYP blog to see the creations of the other design team members and enter for your chance to win a great prize from our sponsor.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great CRAFTY day!

Full Card:

 Detail to show the shimmer and Glossy Accents / glitter:

I printed the digi image onto PRISM white cardstock and colored her with Prismacolor pencils and gamsol.  To add a bit of fairy dust, I added some shimmer to the flower, her hair, shoes, and dress using my clear Wink of Stella pen, then used Glossy Accents and glitter on her wings.  I added gemstones to the center of the flowers.  I cut the image out using a Nestabilities die, colored the edges with Distress Wild Honey, then backed her with fun foam.  I covered a 5 X 6.5 card base with MME - Tangerine papers - the top/bottom portions of paper were embossed with a floral embossing folder, then inked with Wild Honey to enhance the raised portions.  The edges were inked with Wild Honey.  I fussy cut a border for each side of the middle section and glued it to the card front, then added the image panel to the center.  I cut and distress the sunshine sentiment from the MME papers, then added them to the bottom of the card using foam dots.  I added a small layered butterfly to the bottom corner of the image.  To finish of the ethereal fairy effect, I added some feathers colored with Distress Ripe Persimmon ink, and some more of my favorite recycled dryer sheets.

Supplies Used:
Lacy Sunshine - Charlie's Flower digi stamp
PRISM white cardstock
Marcella Dimensional Stickers
MME The Sweetest Thing - Tangerine 6X6 paper pad

Other items from my stash:  feathers, gems, Sizzix floral embossing folder, dryer sheet

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Celebrate Journal Page

Hi Friends:  Today's post is a journal page.  I tried a new technique, and though I'm not crazy about the page, it's a learning experience, so I'm sharing it anyway. (I think I will try the technique/process with a different theme - I definitely can't draw, so maybe try with just circles / random shapes, instead).  Thanks for taking a look and have a great weekend!

Process:  I attempted the journal technique by DeeDee Catron that I watched on You Tube (link here), but with a celebration theme.  So, I started with a blank page in my journal and layered the blue, green, yellow, and red colors of the DR acrylic inks on my page, drying each color in between layers.  I used a pencil to sketch in my balloons, then used my Big Brush pen to outline them before applying white gesso around the entire page, leaving most of the balloons to show through.  Since I don't have all the supplies that she used, I used the DR black acrylic ink and a thin-line brush to paint around my balloons, add the strings, doodle around the edges, and journal the celebration words. I wanted a bit of shimmer on  my balloons, so I added some LSG Glitz Spritz to them.  I used a wash of the blue acrylic ink and gesso to color the alpha tiles to make them a closer match to the page.  Once dry, I added the rub-on letters to the tiles.  I finished off the page with a celebration cake charm and some ink splatters.

Challenges Entered:

Products Used:
Daler Rowney Liquid Artists Acrylic Ink (Amazon)
Faber-Castel PITT Artist Big Brush Pen, Black (Amazon)
Tim Holtz Idea-ology ALPHA TILES (SSS)
Lindy's Stamp Gang BRUSHED NICKEL Glitz Spritz (SSS)
Liquitex Gesso
Making Memories rub-on letters and charm