Thursday, April 17, 2014

Guest Designing at Something Tattered Stamps

Good morning, everyone! I am so excited to be Guest Designing today for Something Tattered.  Many thanks to Beth for having me and for the fabulous GDT package. And of course, to my good friend Tracey for inviting me. 

I love doing mixed media canvas projects and creating personal works of art to hang in my craft room. As you can see here, I had great fun with this one! Because I've had a very full calendar the past 8 weeks or so, I was motivated by the saying you see below from Prima's Something Blue collection. 

First of all I prepared my canvas with a coat of white gesso. Next I created a rainbow of colors using a variety of mists and gelatos using water and a paper towel to get just the effect I wanted. Some added drops from the uptake nozzle were the finishing touch.  Because I wanted my stamping to be in specific places, I decided to do that next before moving on to adding my texture paste. 

Keep Calm and Plan On! The saying that inspired my project. Planning and keeping a detailed schedule helps keep my anxiety at bay.  

The upper left corner of the canvas seemed a fitting place for the C-est vous chandelier stamp. I've used Staz-on in black to stamp my image. Because I was dealing with a flexible surface and wanted a very crisp image (at least to start,) I used my stamp and a glass block. Then used a book under the canvas to ensure the best result. The remainder of my my stamping was "rolled" on without a block. Here you can see the C-est vous chandelier stamp, the  Powdered antique wall stamp and the French script poem stamp.  Stamps are such an effective way to build additional layers to any project. 

After I did my stamping, I tore strips of paper as well as corrugated cardboard and and adhered them mostly where my focal point was going to be but also in a few varied places. Then I added some molding paste using 2 different stencils.  I also added in some Creative Embellishments chipboard as additional layers. Before adding my florals and bling, I created some micro-bead drips using narrow strands of Glossy Accents. Additionally, I used a flat spray fixative and scattered micro-beads all over the canvas. 

Here is another view of the Powdered antique wall stamp and the French script poem stamp
Some yummy Prima and Petaloo and I called it done. At least after one more run around the edges with my gelatos!  Then it was done! 

Thanks again to Something Tattered for having me today! It was such a pleasure. 

Something Tattered supplies:
Powdered antique wall stamp
C-est vous chandelier stamp
French script poem stamp

Creative Embellishments chipboard:
Photo/page Corner
Flourish Set 5
Oval Frame

Other supplies:

Prima Something Blue paper collection
Prima Tatiana blooms, ocean
Prima Tatiana blooms, coral
Liquitex Gesso, white
Lindy's Stamp Gang, Kissin Kenicke Coral
Lindy's Stamp Gang, Steampunk Sepia
Heidi Swapp Color Shine, Charteuse
Heidi Swapp Color Shine, Teal
Faber-Castell gelatos:
metaillic mint
silver ice
Petaloo mixed textured blooms, Teal
Petaloo burlap blossoms, Ivory
Prima shabby chic resin butterfly
Prima Say it in Crystals pearl leaves
Prima Junkyard Findings, bulb
Recollections microbeads, Ocean
The Crafters Workshop tile textures stencil, 12x12 and 6x6
Golden molding paste
Stazon, black
Quick Quotes Powder Puff Chalk Ink, biscotti, baja blue, mango mai tai

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Sketchabilities Reveal # 113

Happy Tuesday, everyone! I hope you have your taxes done and that you are ready for a little creative time! It's Reveal Day over at Sketchabilities and we are unveiling sketch # 113 by the fabulous Karan Gerber! I think this is one of my fave sketches since my term began .. but indeed, I do love them all. 

Today's layout is extra special to me because I've used a photo of my mom and my aunt Fonsene from 1951. I consider myself so fortunate to have so many family photos from days gone by. My mom had a large photo album with so many wonderful photos in it. Of course, she had many others in photo sleeves. But I loved looking through that old album with it's black pages and little photo corners. Even after it began falling apart, it touched my heart in a special way .. telling me the importance of family and friends .. and even more that you need to document that as a blessing to your children.  Scrapping has become an art form for me but I need to remember how my pages can bless my children and grandchildren, reassuring them how important they are. Even my husband feels important when he sees that I've scrapped him! 

Here in the upper right corner you can see some of the stenciling (Prima) I did with molding paste and Lindy's Stamp Gang mist. I adore some of Prima's newer vines and used them here.  There is also some stenciling in the lower left corner. I've used a Creative Embellishments Grunge music note border stamp  in the upper left corner (see first photo.) And it just so happens that Creative Embellishments is sponsoring Sketchabilities for this Reveal. Hop on over there for all the details! 

If you look really hard, you can see my Prima stitching stamp under the vine. I followed along fairly closely to the sketch this time although I did use a notecard in place of a second photo.  A little punching and distressing were perfect for this sketch! There are so many ways you could go with this one though. 

Here is the sketch for this time! You will have until the 28th to get this one uploaded. Can't wait to see what you create! Don't forget that Creative Embellishments is sponsoring Sketchabilities for this Reveal. Hop on over there for all the details! 

Many thanks for coming by.
 I always love reading your sweet comments! 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Creative Embellishments "girly" card project

Happy Monday, everyone! Hope your week is off to a good start!
 And that there will be some creative time for you! 
Whether you are a scrapper, card maker or altered project lover, Creative Embellishments has a lot to offer all kinds of crafters. 

I don't make too many cards but when I get in the mood to do a little something, cards are a perfect choice! I can have fun playing with paper, flowers, paints … and chipboard! 

Since I was needing to send out a girly card, I grabbed some awesome pink Fabscraps Marie Antoinette papers that I'd been hoarding. Then I used some of my Spellbinders dies (Classic Oval and Floral Oval) for the center 2 pieces and a Verve stamp (Brighter Days) for my sentiment.  All the papers were inked with Rangers Distress Ink in Worn Lipstick and then sprinkled with some Lindy's Stamp Gang mist in Bougainvillea Fuchsia as well as just a touch of molding paste stamped on with some bubble wrap for texture. These were all layered along with a paper doily from my stash as well as some Zva bling that I've had for awhile. 

My Ivy Spray was cut in half and then altered. If you are anything like me, once you start altering you kind of loose yourself in your project and keep trying multiple things until you get exactly the look you're going for. Sound familiar? But basically I gessoed my Ivy and then used Lindy's Stamp Gang's Rusty Lantern Lime and highlighted with Ranger's Distress Ink in Peeled Paint. My veins were created with a bit of green Smooch and Tattered Angels Glimmer Glam in Dirty Martini. I finished off everything on the card with a touch of white gesso applied with my finger and the Ivy was no exception. I like the nice circle I got in a few random places. 

I then added my flowers which were a mix of Prima along with some Iamroses roses. The pinks and purples were used to pull the colors from the paper and look really nice together.  I tucked in a sweet bow using some feathered twine from my stash. 

Of course, I had to finish things off with a butterfly! I choose one from the Butterflies, 7 pieces set and altered  it very simply .. with some white gesso and Glossy Accents.  While the Glossy Accents was still wet, I dropped some purple micro-beads from Michaels onto the butterfly.  I planned to use a pearl in the center of the body but decided it looked fine as it was! My last step was randomly applying gesso to everything for a uniform look. 

Before I go, I thought I'd share a couple of close-ups for you:

That's it from me today! Thanks so much for coming by the Blog. Be sure and check out the Creative Embellishments Store and see what's new! 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Design Team Call!

Have you seen the Sketchabilities Design Team Call
Only one more day to get those applications in! Karan's sketch's are awesome and so is she, so why not give it try? 
Good luck! 

Monday, April 7, 2014

My Creative Scrapbook Reveal #2

Hello, there everyone! I'm back today with a few more creations using my April My Creative Scrapbook Limited Edition Kit.  Since it was a Spring kit, I decided to use it in a nontraditional but soft way, so a vintage-y Winter page seemed to be the ticket! 

I've chosen more of the neutrals and paler embellishments to complete this one. Just some cheesecloth and lots of wet mediums form my stash complete the look. This one will be part of a tutorial I'll be sharing later this month on the My Creative Scrapbook Blog but I went a little crazy with gesso, molding paste, crackle paint and Sno-Tex.  I found my little image in my Vintage folder on my computer but I think it was downloaded from Graphics Fairy originally. 



Next up, I have a fun card for you! 

Another great vintage photo find on my computer that I printed out to be the "focus" of the card. And I used the red polka dot vellum from the Kit along with some red card stock to create a fab flower using my Rose Creations die from Spellbinders.  Then I just started grabbing scraps and fun embellishments from he Kit. 

The stamen was pulled from one of the Kit flowers to help create my flower. 


I'm not as happy with this one but I made it for a sweet granddaughter who just turned 5. I thought the darling little plastic bows would be so perfect for her. I sewed a center "pocket" on the card with more of the red polka dot vellum and then dropped a bunch of the red sequins from Studio Calico inside. That fab doily was fussy cut from one of the Styleboard papers. And my report card from the granddaughter was an A+.  She is proudly displaying her card and showing it to her friends! You'll note that I've used the green floral paper more than a few times this Reveal. It is just the "bees knees!" 

  I think my May My Creative Scrapbook Kit is on it's way and I can't wait to get started!! 

Thanks for coming by again today!