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Saturday, December 28, 2013

PaperArtsy Mixed Media Picture

I hope you receive emails from PaperArtsy.  This week they are having 2013 Christmas Crackers.
Leandra used grunge paste to create a background that has texture and multiple colors.
 
I have been wondering what to do with some frames I had picked up at a yardsale this summer.
They conveniently have these nice wooden panels that come out.
 In place of grunge paste-I used modeling paste. Not sure what the difference is, but it's all I had.
I mixed four different colors by adding 3 drops of colorwash inks. Purple, yellow, green and red (ended up pink adding it to the white paste)
 I applied it on the board with a palette knife in various spots.  To add texture-before it dried, I used a piece of carpet on some of the spots. I also pressed a large flower from the Garden of Dreams PaperArtsy stamps.  I drew the word LOVE in one area.
 I dried it really well and then applied a wash of dark primer.  It really grunged it up!
 I wanted more definition to the flowers, so after it dried, I restamped the flower using pigment ink. I also stamped some leaves and another flower from the Garden of Dreams stamp set.
 After it dried, I applied glitter glaze.  Here's a close up. Really made it POP!
 Here are a couple of pictures of my finished piece.  I stamped a couple of the flowers on designer paper and fussy cut them out. After shaping the petals with my stylus, I  Layered them to the edges and put rhinestones in the centers.

The frame: I rubbed some picket fence distress paint on top and then stamped the vine stamp from the Garden of Dreams stamp set.

I hope you'll go over to PaperArtsy to  see Leandra's technique.  I didn't have the same products and had to improvise, but hers was beautiful!

Thanks for stopping by today!



 

Design Memory Craft Design Team call

I'm applying for the Design Memory Craft Guest Designer.
The last couple of years my style of crafting has changed so much!
There are so many products available and I love trying new ones and learning new techniques.
 
Faber Castel Gelatos have become one of my favorites!  There are many ways to use them.
Creating mixed media has endless possibilities. I've used canvas for this project.
I started by applying gesso to a 9x12 flat canvas.
I mixed some Tim Holtz stain to modeling paste and applied to my canvas using a brick stencil.
It needs to thoroughly dry before continuing.
 I used the 3 colors of gelatos and roughly colored in the "unstenciled" areas.  (I realize that's not a real word-but blank area sounds so plain!)
 Using an old paint brush and a little water, I started moving the colors around.  It looks like a hot mess below-but wait for it!!
 I sprayed water on it.  This step is entirely up to each individual-how much water you want to use, how much drippage you'll achieve. (spell check is again telling me-drippage is not a word! I think it aptly describes what I'm doing!!) 
 I started drying the runs with my heat gun. I also love the look of dabbing off with a paper towel. Don't be heavy handed or you'll remove too much of your color.
 To bring accents to my bricks, I did a couple of things.  Rub the gelato on your craft mat and use a paint brush to bring in color around the edges.  I also used the Faber Castel White Pitt Pen to add highlights to the corners.  Lightly dab with the paint brush to smooth and combine the colors.  Your canvas needs to be dry, so keep using your heat tool.
Using a clock stencil, I stippled Picket Fence distress paint in several areas.  I had a tiny amount of this brown smooch spritz and I held it back and sprayed a couple of times.
 I'm embellishing the canvas with MME designer paper and chipboard accents, die cuts from Memory Box, a lace doily from Wild Orchid flowers and printed my Baby Info on my computer.
 I punched holes at the top corners of the canvas and attached some blue and white cord I had in my stash.  Made it a little long-my daughter in law can adjust it when she hangs it in the baby's room.
 Below is an extra photo showing off my new grandson!! Isn't he precious?  Brianna hugs and kisses him.  I'm sure that will change as they get older!
 I love how it turned out and will make a beautiful gift for her!  Showcases my two favorite grand children!! (my only grand children-ha!)

Keep your fingers crossed-hopefully my style and creativeness will catch their eye and I'll be asked to join their team!  Thanks for stopping by and I hope you'll be inspired to make your own mixed media project.
If you have any questions, please let me know-I'll be glad to help you.



 

Friday, December 27, 2013

Memory Box Dies with Gelatos


I hope you and your family had a great Christmas!
 
1 wanted to share some Memory Box die cuts today.
Here's a few that I have.  They are so intricate.  They turn out so well!
 Here's a gift bag project I did.  Started by mixing some blue ink with some medium modeling paste.
Smeared over top of a brick wall stencil and allowed to dry overnight.
 Using Faber Castel gelatos, I colored in between the brick with a paintbrush.
 I dabbed some yellow and gold gelatos on most of the flower frame die cut.  Blended with my paintbrush.
 I printed a FREE digital print from Graphic Fairy.
 To adhere my pieces, I used Scrap Dots under the digital image after I fussy cut it.  I used Scotch quick dry glue on the other pieces.
 You can see the dimension of the scrap dots on this side shot.  I love how it raises it as high as you like. 
 I used the gelatos to make my letters. I rubbed the gelatos directly on the foam letters and then dabbed it lightly onto a damp paper towel.  The water helps activate the colors.  I stamped it directly onto the bag.
Here's my finished bag.  I tied some lace and ribbon onto the handle to finish it off.
I hope you like it.  I LOVE how it turned out!

Thanks for stopping by today!! Have a blessed Friday!

Sunday, December 22, 2013

"Wonder" of December for Once Upon a Sketch

This is one of my all time favorite pictures of my granddaughter. At 11 months old, toys weren't important that year.  She was all about climbing into the window sill from the back of the couch!
 
The look on her face with the light shining thru the curtains is "Wonder". So that's what I named my layout. I adore how it turned out!
 
I used the sketch from Once Upon a Sketch. The challenge: Our favorite month. How can you not pick December?  Fun-family-friends!!
 I used my G45 Christmas paper and a few chipboard pieces.
 I journaled on one of the cards from the collection.  I used picket fence distress paint on all the layers to tone them down.

Here's a closeup of the texture medium on my faux brick.  I had the letters in my stash forever.  I doubled two colors so it would show up.

Thanks for stopping!!




 

Baby Boy!! MME supplies

I have a new Grand baby Boy!!!
This is the first picture I have of him.  Don't worry-I'll get lots more when I visit them Christmas Day!!
 
I'm using the sketch at MME.  Find it here.
I was so inspired by Jules you tube video I did a partial casing of it (with her permission of course)
See hers HERE
 I started by mixing Salty Ocean distress stain with some Liquitex modeling paste. Used by Brick wall stencil.
Below I took some acrylic paint and splattered some (watered down), then used a tooth brush and flicked tiny spots.

 

 This is my name plate-I loved the way Jules did hers and had some cheesecloth myself, so I printed the details out on my computer and viola! Really cute detail.  The designer paper and chipboard embellishments are from MME "The Sweetest Thing".  Really perfect for this first picture of my new grandson!!
 Heres a closeup of the layered papers.
 Here's the finished layout! I LOVE IT!!!
 
Thanks Jules for the inspiration.  Thanks MME for the sketch!
I hope you are inspired to make yours!

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Paper Artsy Challenge with Liz Borer

 I tried to follow the biggest part of her steps on my tags.  Since I don't have any of their paints, I embossed a lot of the stamping.  The hearts, outline of the boxes and sentiment were in black.  You can't see it in the pictures, but I also stamped the vine with hearts and then embossed it with clear. 
 Paper Artsy stamp set used EDY01 Eclectica by Darcy.  I loved it the minute I saw it!  I look forward to making even more projects with it.
 I did both tags side by side-just proof that you end up with different results!!  I knew I needed a baby tag-so I added some yellow with the barn door red.


Products used:
Prima flowers
Paper Artsy Stamp sets: Follow Your Heart & Garden of Dreams
Crafty Individuals stamp set CI-292
Unity Stamp artistic brick
Tim Holtz distress paint: mustard seed and barn door and picket fence
Wild Orchid doily
stazon black
Apple Barrel Antique White
Momento London Fog
Tim Holtz distress marker: vintage photo, worn lipstick and wild honey
Stampin Up dimensionals
Seam binding
Stampin up yellow ribbon
Black sharpie
Walnut distress ink

Friday, December 20, 2013

Friends With Flair Challenge

Friday is Friends with Flair time at Unity Stamp Company
 
I've been playing with my new shipment of Unity stamps all week.  I was so ready to show off one of my finished projects.
 I stamped with pigment ink and then embossed with clear embossing powder.
 Colored it in with gelatos and water. Used baby wipes and my finger to swear and rub. (so much fun!)
 Used some Really Reasonable Ribbon, Wild Orchid flower and some lace from my stash to dress it up. 

Here's a close up.  Very lady like don't you think?




 

Christmas Gag Gift.-Bathroom Plunger remodeled!!

Every year our family plays a dirty Santa game.  We have to spend $10.  This year my husband had this great idea when he ran across a plunger at the Dollar Tree store.
He asked if I could decorate it and we'd tape $10 underneath it.
 
I had picked up some pine cones in the yard several weeks ago and put them in the oven to kill the bugs.  The sap was still running and very sticky!
I knew what I wanted to try.
 
I had Donnie cut some of the handle down.  He rounded the top edge.
 
I had cut a whole page of diamonds with my cricut cartridge. I used the background on another project.  I had 120 triangles left over!
 I spritzed them with these liquid pearls.  They were really light, but gives a definite glimmer and shine.

 I spray painted the bottom of the plunger in gold.  I painted the handle with Tim Holtz vintage photo distress paint.
I hot glued the diamonds with a small piece of vintage lace-each one all over each pine cone.  Was a little time consuming, but so worth it!  I used hot glue to glue them to the pine cone petals.
 I wrapped some gold wire (I had gotten it from dollar store a long time ago) The little mouse was in my stash as well as the gold wire ribbon.  I made me a bow easy with stiff cardboard so I could make a bigger bow and spread the layers.
 Here's a shot of the rear.  I had this greenery that I went around it with  I think it turned out pretty cute!  I put the money in a small envelope and taped it under the plunger!! LOL  Pretty cute gag gift huh?

Sparkle and Shine Girls Decor

I have been creating some decor for a young lady's room. I have used my Deco Art supplies and lots of rhinestones!! This 12x12 can...