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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.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

An Open Book

Is anyone or anything really an open book?  I decided to add a zipper into my book with the hidden message that not everyone would see unless they looked for the zipper to open up and delve into the details.   The Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is an "x,y,z" challenge and asks you to be inspired by any of these letters.  Obviously the "Z" caught my attention and inspired me to pull out a zipper.

Here is my book with the zipper built into it.

I started with a zipper that already was shorter in length and fit the book page size.  I measured how long it was and started cutting a slit using my exacto knife down the front. 
I repeated it until I had worked my way through many, many many pages.  :)  I am a book lover but don't worry I used an old cook book which already was damaged and not usable.

After I had my pages cut I then laid down the stencils both on the front pages and the inside pages.  I used my embossing paste to hold up my top pages from the bottom while they dried.

After everything dried I went at the pages with yellow, orange and abandoned coral sprays. I did this multiple times and on my folded pages many different angles to get color in the folded pages.
I then stamped the words on tissue paper and decopuaged them into the page.

I sprayed multiple other scraps of white cardstock to cut out my flowers and butterflies.

I played around with the Tattered Florals die cuts and spritzed and scrunched them to form my flowers.
Products: Sizzix Tattered Floral Die, Ranger Distress Stain Spray - Mustard Seed, Barn Door, Abandoned Coral, Stampers Anonymous - Butterfly Watercolor , Stampers Anonymous - Butterfly Watercolor Stamp, Stampers Anonymous - Live Your Dream With Passion, Stampers Anonymous - Possibility, Zipper, Signo Uni-ball White Gel Pen, Memory Box Lanthenay stencilWendy Vecchi White Embossing Paste,   Ranger Archival Ink - Jet Black

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Saturday, May 16, 2015

Continuing the Journal Journey

I am back with some more photos on my art journal and I am ready to enter it in the Frilly and Funkie Snap Crackle Crackle challenge. 

 See all that crackle.... I added the tissue paper tape around the edges.  I then found this gold chain in my metal stash.  I dug out some additional charms and the hearts. I embossed the charms with Queens Gold Embossing powder. 

Here is the front cover:
 I stamped the Mona Lisa image on tissue paper and decoupaged her to the front.  I then found some plastic scrabble tiles which I spelled Art with.  I stamped a Memory Box stamp over the surface with StazOn ink.  I edges the tiles with the same ink.  I painted the tiles with a touch of watered down white acrylic paint mixed with the Ranger Distress Stain - Picked Raspberries. I used the same paint mixture to add to the edges.  I added a few rub ons onto the heart charm.

Next up I dug out all my extra backgrounds waiting for a chance to be used:
 different angle:
 I am going to go through them and cut them into different shapes and sizes and use them for the pages in my little art journal.  This will hopefully inspire me to finish some of these different backgrounds. :)

Hope you enjoyed the next step in my journal.


Thursday, May 14, 2015

Encourage Hope

The extremely talented Astrid has challenged us over at A Vintage Journey blog to be inspired by Spring Colors. I am happy to be sharing my art today on the Vintage Journey blog as a Pinworthy guest.

I was inspired by the first colors we see when the weather starts to change... Greens and Blue.  I mixed up a bit of everything in my journal page using the Tim Holtz layering stencil in the background as the base for my page.

I started with the stencil and some embossing paste on a sheet from my journal.

After applying several rows of the stencil with white embossing paste I let that dry.  Then I applied a layer of antique linen distress stain spray to soften the background.  After that I used up some green and blue glimmer mist and dripped it down the page and picked up the paper and turned it different ways to cause it to move across the page.   After that dried I pulled out some remnants which I had unfortunately placed on the outside of the plastic envelope which meant they were stuck in various places.  I pulled it up and used the bits and pieces that weren't left on the plastic to apply to my page.

I then stamped my sentiment on tissue paper and used decoupage to add it to my background.

Then I dug through my odds and ends and gave a nice shiny coat of gold to some of them and layered them onto my background.
I also used the weathered clock die to frame out an image from the Tim Holtz Idea-Ology Found Relatives.  I spritzed and stained a zipper to match. It is fun to see what can be assembled in a  journal page from a few leftover bits and pieces.

Come join in on the fun at  A Vintage Journey


Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Work in Progress

 I take so long between posts lately that I decided to share with you something that is in progress as I work on it.
 I had an idea based on a journal I saw somewhere to create my own mini journal.  I started with this two ring binder and a leftover backing to a pad of mixed media paper.
 I measured the length of the binder (don't even remember what it was because I laid it on my backing and eye-balled how much space on either side I wanted in my height.  So my album became a 6" x 6" in size.  I then put about a 1/4 to 1/8 of an inch on either side of the binder and made it a 1 1/4" in width on the binding.  See how scientific I am in my process...   

I cut out my pieces which took several times on my rotary cutting board.  I then decided I was going to cut paper to line my surfaces so I could use the clear packing tape to attach my pieces together.
 Next up was drawing where to punch my holes on the binder. 
 This is one step I need to do up front as the board is so thick I know I won't be able to punch through all the layers when I am done. 
 Then I cut my papers and marked my holes on my paper which then got its own holes punched in.
 I cut all my paper pieces and then the fun got started. 

 I painted them with gesso and added a layer of rock candy crackle.  This gave me a beautiful variegated surface waiting for my inks.
 Spray a little mist and pour some gold spray which was the end of the bottle so I had lots of gold settling on the surface.
 See how the papers look on the book.  I have to finish my edges next and add the next layer of goodies.

Hopefully I will have an update in a day or so with some more finished pieces.


Sunday, May 10, 2015

Oh, Oh, Oh!

Be glad I didn't put it on the post title but here it is anways... "Let's go Fly a Kite"... I have been singing this for weeks.  My DH and myself just watched "Saving Mr. Banks" and the music from Mary Poppins is fantastic and had me singing bits and pieces.

Why am I singing that?  The challenge this week at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is to use the Simon Says Stamp Exclusives products.  I have the sweetest set with kite stamps and dies.  I decided to create a layout of my youngest with Mary Poppins at Disney.

I love these sweet kites from Simon Says Stamp and they fit the theme of my layout perfectly.

I splattered Abandoned Coral and Cracked Pistachio in the background to create my soft pallette which mirrors the colors in he photo.

I used the scrap form my dies to create some nice puffy clouds with embossing paste.  I heated them up to dry which acutlaly adds a puffiness to the embossing paste.

Products: Simon Says Stamp - Let's Go Fly a Kite Die & Stamp, Ranger Distress Stain Spray -  Cracked Pistachio, Simon Says Stamp - Rain Rain Go Away, Ranger Distress Dye Ink - Cracked Pistachio, Abandoned Coral,  Watercolor Pencils,  Ranger Distress Stain Spray (Abandoned Coral ),  Wendy Vecchi White Embossing Paste,   Ranger Archival Ink - Jet Black, Simon Says Stamp - Love Note

Simon Says Stamp is offering a gift voucher to a randomly selected participant in the challenge, come play along!
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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

To the Moon

Happy Tuesday!  I have my take on Tim's May Tag. His tags always inspire me and a great way to kick off the month.
I dug into my ephemera drawer and found a series of ephemera from an October Afternoon set related to the moon and rockets.  I decided to use that as the base for my theme. 

I pulled out my photobooth images from DarkRoom Door.  The background is made up of a piece of burlap attached to the tag.  Layered in the ephemera and then stenciled on a patch of stars.

I finished off with a smattering of rub-ons and the stamped sentiment cut up and arranged along the side.

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Sunday, May 3, 2015

Flourish with Love

This week at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is Don’t abandon the coral! Abandoned Coral is the second new distress color of 2015, and the inspiration for this challenge. Use any coral paper, ink, paint, or other product.
I have been busy playing with the abandoned coral and the sizzix Layering Butterfly Die.  I die cut a variety of butterflies for other projects and had the outlines left over which inspired two different cards.

I sprayed my background with the coral spray and let it dry. I also sprayed a white cardbase to coordinate with the background.
I then laid my stencil over the cut out and on top of my sprayed background. 
I took my embossing paste and smeared it over the top of the background and pulled it up when I was done.  You may wonder why my stencil looks like it does.  I saw how Julie Fei-Fan Balzer framed her stencils on her blog.  I loved the idea of making a frame around the stencil to help people like me who end up spreading paste over the edges of the stencil.

After I applied the embossing paste to the background the rest was a simple sprinkle of gold spray and added he word love to the background.

I took the frame that I used to paste the butterfly and continued with the stenciled background to complete the frame. After it dried a coat of white paint was applied. I let it dry and sprayed the background with the coral spray.

I sprayed another piece of white cardstock and stamped the sentiment and flourishes around the edges to put underneath the die cut opening.

Product:  Ranger Distress Stain Spray (Abandoned Coral ),  Wendy Vecchi White Embossing Paste, Memory Box - Lathenay Designer StencilSimon Says Stamp - Sequins, White Gesso Impression Obsession - Happiness Is, Black Cardstock, Ranger Archival Ink - Jet Black, Black Marker, Sizzix Layered Butterfly Die, Stampers Anoymous - Floral Swirl Flower, Prima Flower, Simon Says Stamp - Love Note, Ranger Distress Tool, Heidi Swapp Gold Lame Spray, Pearls

The ever generous Simon Says Stamp is offering a gift voucher to a randomly selected participant in the challenge. Come share your art!

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