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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Summery Blossoms

I have been playing with the new splatter texture stamp from Darkroom Door.  I used it on a panel that I was going to use as a background.
I started with a panel inked up with a mix of yellow and orange splatter.  I then decided to ink up the pretty flowers with a mix of the same inks and stamp them in the panel.  I decided to create some texture by cutting layers out of the panel and distressing the edges.

Products: Darkroom Door - Splatter Texture, Simple Sayings, Bold Blossoms, Ranger Distress Ink - Mustard Seed, Ripe Persimmons, Fired Brick

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

"J" is for....

J is for ?  The Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge this week is all about being inspired by the letter "J".   My tag became a  "Just in Time" project.

I was playing with a sherbert array of colors and painted them on my gelli plate to look like this:

I made about 3 backgrounds for this and then waited too long and my last sheet ended up sticking to my gelli plate.  I peeled it off and soaked my gelli plate to get it clean.  I decided I liked the torn texture on the background and used it as the base for my tag.

I laid the honeycomb stencil over the background and sponged on a layer of brown dye ink randomly over the surface.

I stamped the flower using black ink and colored with watercolor pencils.  I stamped the sentiment and ended up embossing it in black embossing powder.  I then stamped the flourishes around the edges along with pretty trim.  I highlighted everything with a touch of white gel pen. 

I stamped the butterflies on another scrap of the backround and colored them to coordinate.

Products: Wendy Vecchi - The BeautyTim Holtz Layering Stencil - Honeycomb,  Stampers Anonymous - Artful Artifacts, Ranger Archival Ink - Jet BlackStampers Anonymous - Butterflies & Moths , Memento Dye Ink - Black White Acrylic PaintSigno Uni-Ball White Gel Pen,
Black Embossing Powder, Ranger Distress Ink - Walnut Stain,  PearlsPaper Artsy Fresco Finish - JOFY PaperArtsy Fresco Finish - Eclectic, PaperArtsy Fresco Finish  Beach Hut,
Gelli Plate

For an opportunity to  win a   Simon Says Stamp $50 Gift Voucher all you need to do is share your midsummer inspiration.  

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Mixed Media Birthday

Blessed Sunday to you!  I had some time to play this morning and created a few different projects while playing with the new Darkroom Door release.  The new texture stamps are fabulous and perfect for a little mixed media touch.  I decided to join in on the Mixed Media Challenge around the house.  I used an old toothbrush to sprinkle on my white acrylic paint.

I am swimming in cards and other projects but when the girls are looking for a birthday card for their friends they say there aren't any to be found.  I decided today to try something a little more free form to see if this would suit a girl teenager.  Although when I finished I realized this would make a pretty anniversary or wedding card.

I started with spraying an area on white cardstock using Tattered Angel - Cornflower blue Glimmer Mist.  After that dried II  spritzed a layer of white acrylic paint mixed with water to add a touch of white inky sprinkles. Next I used the Hero Arts - White chalk ink with the new Weathered Stripes texture stamps  to stamp stripes across vertically.      I decided to turn the stamp and repeat the stamping to give a hash mark effect.

I took the new splatter stamp  stamped in Ranger Archival - Blue Violet   and added random bits of color along with a few hearts from the Fun & Games  set.   I added the birthday sentiment from the Simple Sayings. 

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Flutterby Birthday Wishes

Our youngest is becoming a teenager this week. (Although she has been acting like a teenager for awhile. :)

I was trying to create a cute card for her because she doesn't like the vintage look as she says. I have these adorable fairies from Penny Black drawn by Mo Manning and I haven't had a chance to color them in awhile. 

 I stamped her and colored her with my STAEDTLER Karat Aquarell watercolor pencil.  I layered the fairy onto multiple circles and backed it with Memory Box papers.  I just received a batch of sequins form Simon Says Stamp and I love them because they have a mix of sizes in a pretty translucent color.

Have a great Saturday!


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

It's a Jungle Out There

Darkroom Door has a new line of stamps called Line Art.  I inked up this lovely lady and created a jungle feel.

I started with a background made from a mix of paints on a gelli plate.  I blended them together and then inked up several pieces of cardstock.

To get my images and sentiment to transfer to the background I stamped them all on tissue paper which I decoupaged to the surface.  After it dried I used water color pencils (STAEDTLER - Karat Aquarell) to color the images and finished with a white gel pen highlighting my images.

I love how the background bleeds through to give it a soft undercoat of neutral colors.

Stamps: Darkroom Door - Line Art - Flower Lady, Darkroom Door - Beauty,   Ranger Archival Ink - Black, Ranger Archival Ink - Potting Soil

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Starry Starry Night

Mid-summer is a time of hot temperatures, long days, longing for more time spent by the water, and vacation. Whether your creative mind wants to take a vacation or be inspired by Shakespeare; play with a Farmer’s Market inspired paper line or stamp into a starry night frenzy  - the challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge is Mid-Summer.

I kept thinking of Shakespeare's Mid-Summer Dream with the starry nights and fairies.

I made a variety of projects based on a technique I was playing with to create my dancing fairies.
I created a variation of  the  salt with inky sprays technique.  I started with spraying a surface of white cardstock with yellow glimmer mist.  I sprinkled salt on the surface. I let that dry.  I repeated with Dylusions ink spray. I also created one more sheet with a darker yellow and orange mix.

 After the salt dried I scraped off the inky salt and sprinkled it onto another sheet of white cardstock:
 I then spritzed it with water to re-activate the ink but in small doses of color:
 After that dries I scrapped off the salt and this is what remained:

This gave me a nice variety of backgrounds to play with I created a midnight scene:

I stamped script over the background (definition of dreams) which seemed perfect for my Mid Summer Night Dream.  I then added the mix of flowers and grass along the bottom.  I then sponged black ink around the edges.  I took white acrylic paint and mixed it with water to make it very runny and then I took an old toothbrush (ran through the dishwasher first) and filled it with white paint.  I then used my finger to pull the bristles back and sprayed the white across the surface.

I finished my scene with butterflies stamped in white ink over the surface and hand drew little crowns and a body for my fairies.  I added the quote using black stickers.

My second project used the white background with the yellow fairies.

I sponged over a stencil to create the focal point with black dye ink and finished off the background with a mix of music, flowers and a bird on a branch.  I added the music sentiment and sponged the edges.

Products: Darkroom Door - Melody, Hero Arts - With Sympathy, Darkroom Door - Wildflowers, Memory Box Bird on a branch, Memento Dye Ink - BlackTattered Angels - Glimme Mist (Yellow) , Tattered Angels - Yellow Glimmer Mist , White Acrylic PaintMy Minds Eye - Black Stickers, Stampers Anonymous - Spring Sprung, Clear Embossing Powder, Ultra-Fine - Glitter, Ranger Distress Inks - Mustard Yellow, Ranger Archival Ink - Black Ink

For an opportunity to  win a   Simon Says Stamp $50 Gift Voucher all you need to do is share your midsummer inspiration.  

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Shabby Birds

Happy Saturday!  I am so pleased it is the weekend.  I am back today sharing a shabby chic wall hanging.  I started with some fun rub-ons and  pretty summery colors.

I started with placing some rub-ons onto a piece of leftover cardboard that was white.
I then used a mixed of orange, pink and yellow dye inks to sponge on a mix of colors over the background.

After I finished with the dye ink I used the Tim Holtz Stencil with embossing paste to add a honeycomb texture. After the paste dried I ripped a bit of the background and added a touch of white paint over the surface.

I finished my board with a stamped bird image (Stampers Anonymous and created a nest form white flower.

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