April AJ Page-Does Anybody Know Time It Is?

Hello friends!  I feel like I’ve been so busy, but it sure doesn’t seem that way on my blog here!  Hopefully, I’ll be able to show more things later…however, I think it’s about time for this month’s Art Journal page…don’t you?!

Today I’m sharing my monthly Art Journal page and collaborating with my blog friend Carol as we both try and get creative by using up our never-ending stash piles!  So please hop over to her blog to see some more Art Journal inspiration with our “SMASH YOUR STASH” April prompt of: “recycled items/thrifted items to upcycle/pieces of magazine, gift wrap, etc.“!  So here’s what I’ve come up with:

I absolutely LOVE The Peanuts Gang characters!  I have a desk calendar that I use every year next to my computer and it has the Peanuts Gang on it.  I was thinking this would be a perfect way for me to recycle it by fussy cutting out some of the characters on it and incorporating them on my AJ page this month!

So I’ve started out by creating my regular 9″x6″ sized page with thick watercolor paper and pre-cutting the holes at the top for my book.  This time I’ve turned it in the landscape direction to work on the design. I took out a musical notes style stencil and added paste for texture to the background, but it turned out to look more like bricks instead..but I let it dry and used it anyway.  I decided to pull out my Brushos that just sit on my shelf and never get used.  I’m always amazed at the results with them just by sprinkling them and adding water. 

I also took some printed vellum and attached ripped pieces over the background with collage medium.  This is where I’ve also added a clock image that I cut from a magazine to recycle as well as the background Peanuts Gang characters (Snoopy & Sally).  I then stamped a few musical notes and scribble stamps in the background using Archival ink.  Lastly, it was also splattered with gold paint and set aside to dry. (Snoopy & Sally were covered for the splattering.)

The next portion was to create the piano going across the bottom for Lucy and Schroder to be on top.  I took some black metallic cardstock that has been in my stash for years and free-handed the slope cut.  The piano keys were simple with a white cardstock strip that I scored every 1/2″ and then I used a Word Window Punch (Also had for years from Stampin’ Up!) and punched out the black keys to add to the white scored piano keys over top.  Attached this strip to the bottom of the page and then used foam tape to attach the black slope over top.  At this point I had to punch the holes again at the top of the page for my AJ page book construction.  This is where I glued and foam taped Schroder and Lucy over the black section of the piano between Snoopy and Sally.

The wording is something else that goes with the theme of my page.  I had actually saw a video on You Tube with the Peanuts Gang singing the song by ChicagoDoes Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?” and that’s where the musical theme came to my mind when cutting out the characters from my desk calendar.  LOL  Thought I’d share it if you’re interested in singing too:

For the wording on my AJ page, I just used my label maker and cut out the words to arrange on my page and then outlined each word with a black waterproof marker.  I also took the same black metallic cardstock and cut out the letters to emphasize the word “TIME…” and glued it over the textured stencil.

But before I glued the black lettering over the brick texture, I took some metallic brass wax and rubbed over it to bring out the textured areas.  I also used it around the edges of the page.

I thought the large black slope of the piano looked a little plain, so I made a flower using a scallop circle punch and cutting each scallop edge with my scissors to make “petals” from a musical sheet paper that I also sponged with black ink and splattered with gold paint.  I also took more of the wax around the edges.  Punched another circle with gold metallic cardstock for the center and topped the center with a black enamel dot.

I think it’s so fun to be able to incorporate just about anything into your art journaling and I’m glad to be able to pull out some of my neglected stash as well as find something to recycle rather than just throw away.  It makes it so fun to be able to incorporate something different to suit your own ideas/thoughts/style too!

I hope you’re also enjoying the AJ pages too!  Maybe you’ve been inspired to see something in your everyday life that you can turn into something creative…or maybe you can sing your own tune while you create!🎹

Thanks so much for stopping in today friends!  So happy to share with you!

Tomorrow is inspiration from a new challenge for the month to try…see you then!

Challenges for today’s AJ page:

  1.  Art Journal Journey – “Play it Again Sam” (based on movie or song)
  2. Try It On Tuesday – “I Can Hear the Music”
  3. River of Creativity – Anything Goes (not cards) optional: Spring
  4. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge – Anything Goes

Sing Spring AJ Page

Hello friends and a happy weekend!  I really can’t believe that we’re already on the last Saturday of March right now!  This month flew by, but I’m so happy to get even further into the Spring months, how about you?  The chirping birds seem more intense as Spring gets into her song!

Today I’m sharing my monthly Art Journal page and collaborating with my blog friend Carol as we both try and get creative with journaling by using up our never-ending stash piles!  So please pop on over to her blog to see some more inspiration with our “SMASH YOUR STASH” prompt of: “Die cuts/punched out pieces/tags(unfinished to decorate)“!  Let’s get to creating!

Well, I don’t know about you, but I sure do have TONS of those punches that I hardly ever use any more.  I also keep piling up tons of die cuts too!  So this was my focus on my page today by pulling out lots of those to come up with a Spring theme in mind…

I started out with my usual 6×9 thick watercolor paper with the binder holes at the top.  My first thought was to create a blue “watery” background by using my Zig Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors to paint an ombre blue.  It was nice to pull these out to play with as I haven’t used them in quite a while.  While it was still wet, I covered the panel with some Sea Salt crystals and let it dry.  After it dried, I scrapped off the salt.  If you’ve never tried it, it makes for a really unique look.  I then took a raindrop stencil and went over it with some blue Chroma Glaze.  I really like how the glaze makes it look shinny.  I mixed some blue and yellow Deco Media Fluid Acrylics to make the green color and sponged it over the bottom to create my grass scene.  I also had a tall grass stamp that I stamped over it with green ink.  Lastly, I used white paint to splatter over the background.

So this is where I moved onto the rest of my separate pieces to create my scene.  I pulled out circle, square, heart, scallop border, birds, leaves, flowers, branch, grass borders, etc and began cutting out all of my pieces!  The yellow bird at the top was stamped and then punched out.  The birdhouse on the right is all punches and the daisy flowers at the bottom are all punches.  The larger birdhouse with the bird and flower vines is a die set by Lawn Fawn, the branch and leaves at the top right is a die set from My Favorite Things and I’ve also used a couple of different grass die cut borders at the bottom from My Favorite Things.  This is my very first time using that birdhouse die set and I’ve had those grassy border dies forever but use quite often.

I was also quite happy that I was able to pull out several pieces of scrap papers from my stash to punch and die cut all of them too!  That’s a good way to use up more of your stash when you’re using punches and dies!

Trying to zoom in a bit so you can see the background and how it looks with the watercolor salt technique as well as the shine from the raindrops.  For the birdhouse posts, those are just strips of woodgrain looking pattern paper that I’ve cut into strips and then ran through an embossing folder.  I used a sander to bring out the texture.

I stamped the music notes next to the birds and also stamped the “sing” letters in the center of the birdhouse.  I’ve got both of the birds popped up with foam tape.  I’ve glued the birdhouse posts to the page, but popped up the large birdhouse with foam tape as well.  You can also see where I’ve went all the way around the edges and I sponged brown ink around everything.  I also stamped a random image around the edges with brown ink too. 

At the bottom of the page, you can see that I’ve taken a brown marker to write “Birds can sing on the darkest of days because they believe in” and then I stamped “SPRING” over a strip of pattern paper and attached at the bottom and used the brown marker to create the dash lines.  Also did this on my made up punched birdhouse.

Both the last grassy border and the leaves above on the branch were die cut from green cardstock, but I’ve also used some green mica spray and sprayed over top of them which gives a pretty shimmer to them.  Before popping up the yellow bird at the top, he was also sprayed with a yellow mica spray.

To finish it off I’ve added all of the white gel pen details and along the edges of the page. Lastly, I used some yellow Stickles to center each of the daisy flowers as well as the flowers on the birdhouse.  I used black Stickles to the bird’s eyeballs.

Really enjoyed putting this one together and playing around with more stash items!  Hope that you’ve enjoyed as well and have been inspired in some way!  I thank you so much for stopping in!  Have a great weekend!

Challenges:

  1. Art Journal Journey – Spring
  2. River of Creativity – Anything Goes but NO CARDS
  3. A Bit More Time to Craft – Anything Goes
  4. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends – Anything Goes
  5. Pammie’s Inky Pinkies – Anything Goes
  6. Simon Says Stamp Monday – Bright and Cheerful
  7. Everybody Art – Spring

Try It On Tuesday GDT-Say It With Flowers

Hello friends and happy Tuesday!  Hope you’re having a great start to your week. Now that Spring has officially began, we can start seeing signs of Spring everywhere and look forward to warmer temperatures here!  Yay! 

new tiot banner for blogsTioT guest designer 2022I’m excited to share my project for the new challenge over at the “Try It On Tuesday” Challenge Blog as their guest designer this time! An AJ page I entered in a previous challenge earned me a spot as a future guest, so I’m thrilled to be joining with them for a new challenge!  Their theme for this challenge is to “Say It With Flowers“, so please be sure to stop in and have a look at the amazing inspiration from the team!  Here’s what I’ve made for the challenge:

Since I usually add a sentiment to my makes, I decided to say what I wanted to convey without any words which is how I took the challenge.  So my thoughts were about Spring coming out in color with the dull drab of winter in the browns and blacks in the background.  The dead is coming alive again in color!  That was my thought process anyway. LOL

I love the flowers in the Tim Holtz Mini Bouquet stamp set.  I’ve used watercolor paper to stamp them and then used the Distress ink pads smooshed on a mat to watercolor them in including the new Salt Water Taffy color that I’ve been wanting to try out.  I used the coordinating dies to cut them with and then also die cut some stems in green and brown cardstock to attach onto the flowers.  I rubbed a bit of gold paint with my finger over the edges of them.  They were popped up with foam tape over a prepared oval die cut panel stamped with various TH stamps with some gold glitter added around the edges.  I die cut an oval ornate piece behind it with some glossy black cardstock.

For the background, I’ve done various things to it including using Distress Oxide sprays for the background, adding some black heat embossed silhouette florals to the bottom as well as modeling paste through a TH floral stencil.  To bring out the texture of the stenciled background, I used some more gold paint to rub over it with my finger.  I also added some splatter with the gold paint over the entire background along with another splatter layer of white paint.

I distressed the edges and layered it over a piece of black glossy cardstock sized 5″x7″.  I found some TH ephemera black and white florals that I cut in half to pop up over the bottom two corners and then used some metal corner pieces for the top.  I sprayed a wooden butterfly with black spray stain and some Distress Mica Spray Stain in Crooked Broomstick as this gave it that “black/brown” combo I was going for.

Lastly, I took a piece of tan seam binding and sprayed it with some more Distress sprays, crinkled it up and wrapped some around the front layer and then added a bow over top of the stems of the bouquet.  The oval panel was popped up over the center with foam tape.

There is actually lots of dimension on this as you can get a better look of it with a close up here.  There are different layers in the flowers as well as all of the layers of panels underneath it.  I like how it turned out and had lots of fun playing around and using up some more of my never ending stash too!  ( I think I’m becoming a spray-a-holic lately! LOL)

So please be sure to hop on over to the “Try It On Tuesday” Challenge Blog to see the rest of the inspiration for the challenge.  I hope you will take the time to join in the challenge with us too!  Would love to see what you come up with!  

Hope that you’ve enjoyed my make today!  Thanks for dropping by and I’ll see you soon!

Challenges:

  1. Mixed Media Lovers – Anything Goes mixed media
  2. Creative Artiste – Anything Goes mixed media
  3. The Funkie Junkie Boutique – “Rather Blustery Day” – Struggle with NOT adding words/sentiments…I ALWAYS want to do that and so it’s a huge challenge NOT to want to add that somewhere! Plus, omitting color in some way.
  4. The Four Seasons – Anything Goes Spring
  5. Shopping Our Stash – Spread Your Wings (Wooden butterfly from stash! Yay!)
  6. Crafty Friends – Flowers
  7. Creative Inspirations – Spring Flowers

February AJ Page-Explore

Hello friends!  Hope that you are doing well and staying warm and safe out there.  It’s been a few minutes since my last post, but that’s because I’ve been working very hard making wedding invites!  They’re coming together and almost done!  At some point I will share those, but today I have an AJ page to share with you!  It was nice to be able to take a break from creating invites to turning my mind on making a page.

**My crafty friend Carol is joining along with me each month to help inspire us both as well as others and I’m so thrilled to be doing this with her, so please click on her name and check out her page too!  We’re coming together as I think we both have an issue with “too much stash”…who doesn’t?!🙄  So I’ve come up with some ‘AJ prompts’ to help us both “Smash Our Stash” to start using it up for our own creative outlets and have some FUN!  The month of February gives us the prompt: ribbon/fibers/twine/thread

If you do any Art Journaling, then you know that sometimes when you have something in mind to do, it doesn’t always turn out like you think it will in your head!  This is the case with this one!  I like how it turned out and really enjoyed the process of it along with feeling good about using up some ribbon and twine overflowing in my stash!

I’m continuing on with making my own AJ book, so I’ve got the holes ready at the top of my 6″ x 9″ 140# watercolor page.  I like to use something really thick as I think it helps to hold all of the wet media/paint without it warping too badly.  

I’ve started by using a Tonic Studios “Falling Diamonds” stencil with embossing paste towards the bottom and not going all the way up to the top of the page.  I then used Salvaged Patina and Mermaid Lagoon Distress Oxide Sprays over top letting colors mix and run.  Once dried, I added some sponged white paint over a Tim Holtz stencil.  I then took some Ranger Ground Espresso paint and added some paint splatters over it, set aside to dry.  Then came my first introduction of the prompt onto my page.  I took some left over pieces of lace (in fact this was the last of this piece from my stash…why I kept it?  Who knows!!!) and glued it randomly onto the background.  Once dried, I added some water-downed Ground Espresso paint over those areas, sprayed with water and let run.  I also took the same paint and sponged around the edges to darken them up.  After it dried, I took some Art Alchemy “Old Silver” wax and rubbed over the raised areas of the paste and lace with my fingers until it showed up as I wanted it to.

I decided at this point, that I wasn’t going to do what I had planned in my head as I thought the background was going to turn out much lighter and brighter.  It turned out more antique/grunge, but I was still happy with it and just changed the plan a bit.  I don’t know what these are called, but I named them “Twine Twirls“.  I took a double-sided adhesive sheet and covered a piece of cardstock with one side, die cut a couple of different sized circles, took the backing off the other side of the adhesive and used some twine in my stash to continue to swirl around the center of the adhesive circle until reaching the edges.  (Do you ever get twine wrapped around one of your craft orders and save it?  That’s what all of this twine is from…can you believe I saved them and got plenty more to use?!!)  I then took a piece of VERY old ribbon from my stash and attached to the back of each “Twine Twirl”.  I laid these over the page where I wanted it and added an adhesive strip at the top of the page right below the holes to secure them as well as glued the back of the circles.  You can also see that I’ve attached some bows above 3 of the “Twine Twirls” too.  I used some Stickles glitter glue and brushed over top of each “Twine Twirl” and set aside to dry.

I also fussy cut out one of the Tim Holtz paper dolls to glue over one of the “Twine Twirls” and then used some foam tape to pop him up over the page as needed once the glitter had dried.

For the top of the page where I’ve added the “Twine Twirl” ribbons, I took another piece of lace that matched that ribbon and covered it over top of the ends.  Since it’s lace, you can see through it, so I layered on another piece of brown taupe ribbon in the center of that. (I’ve used scissors to cut the ends off the page.)

For the lettering, I used some of the items I used for the background page onto a piece of blank cardstock and then cut the letters out using the Taylored Expressions Cap It Off Alpha taking off the frame around the letters.  I glued the letters over top of the ribbon and then covered each letter with glossy accents.

The phrases come from a Tim Holtz “Clippings” sticker book and then I took a brown pen to outline around it.  I finished the page by adding some of the Tim Holtz stars adornments in random areas.

I really hope you’ve enjoyed our AJ pages today or have been inspired in some way!  Be sure to join us next month too!  Thank you so much for dropping in and I’ll see you soon!

Challenges:

  1. Art Journal Journey – What’s Your Style? (I love using stencils most of the time, but enjoy “exploring” different medias too!  Not sure about a specific style…I like them ALL!)
  2. Simon Says Stamp Monday – Art Journal
  3. Try It On Tuesday – Add Some Texture
  4. Creative Artiste – #79 Anything Mixed Media Goes
  5. Mixed Media Lovers – #10 Anything Mixed Media
  6. Arty Divas – Anything Goes
  7. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – Anything Goes

Facing Fear With Art Journaling

Happy weekend!  Hope you’re weekend is going great!  I’ve been wanting to start doing some art journaling again because I used to do lots of it years ago on a previous blog I had before this one.  The only one I had recently done was in 2020 on THIS POST.  For me, creating AJ pages gives the freedom to “explore” different media, use more of my stash or even TRY things that I would never do otherwise.  I’m always inspired with other people’s AJ pages, but just need to start doing it again!  It’s nothing that I would ever give away, it’s just something for me personally to create.  I find it’s a HUGE stress reliever too!

I’ve decided to play along with a couple of challenges.  (shown below post)  *One was about “adding a face” to your AJ page and something that I decided to do was to actually trace half of a face over some vellum paper. (I used a micro pen for tracing)  I don’t draw anything at all…which is why I love stamps!  So I had a go at “facing fear” to start this year with an AJ page!

As you can see, I’m making my own AJ book and there are actually 7 other finished pages underneath this one. These are the pages I had previously done and hadn’t kept up on my book.  The size is 6″ x 9″ and I always punch the holes at the top before I get started putting anything on it. (I’ve used heavy weight watercolor paper)  I wanted the face tracing to “show through” what was underneath, so I took ripped up strips from left over collage pieces I had previously made, I also added some text print and acrylic paint colors over it.  I’ve used DecoArt media fluid acrylics to blend colors and DecoArt media shimmer mister for some splatters.  I’ve also taken a stencil with some Taylored Expressions purple glitter Happy Medium gel paste in certain areas.  Once I’ve gotten the background build up a bit, I layered over the face tracing.  I wasn’t real happy with the crackling of the vellum, but it added some fun texture.

I also took one of those ripped collage pieces and stamped the quote from Eleanor Roosevelt with Archival Black ink and layered next to the vellum face with matte medium.  And since I’ve used matte medium to attach all of my elements, I took out my Faber-Castell Pitt big brush markers to add some color to the vellum tracing, around the edges of it and around the edges of the ripped stamped sentiment.  I took some foiled cardstock and die cut the “face fear” letters from an Altenew die set I had in my stash.  I also added some shading with my markers under the letters too.

In the close-up photo, you can see the bits of sparkle and shimmer on it a bit more!

Some of the words in the quote were doodled around using a micro pen.  I had a rub-on clock face in my stash, so I rubbed half of it on one place, moved it and rubbed the other half in another spot so as not to waste it.  I thought I needed to add a bit more shimmer, so I took some Art Alchemy Sparks acrylic paint and brushed it on randomly in places.  I love the pretty shimmer of this paint!  (You can really see it around the edges in the top photo)

Something a bit different from me today, but hope you’ve enjoyed it or been inspired in some way!  I’m hoping to try to create a page each month.  Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great rest of your weekend!

Challenges:

  1. *Art Journal Journey – Let’s Face It!
  2. Country View – A Year to Sparkle & Shine
  3. Mixed Media Lovers – Anything Goes Mixed Media
  4. Try it On Tuesday – Add a Quote

It’s the Handmade For Holidays Release at Taylored Expressions🎄

Hello friends!  I’m so excited to share the “Handmade for the Holidays” release at Taylored Expressions today!  You can go check out all the things right now in the store!  I’m extra excited that I get to be apart of this special release with them as a guest designer too!  (This was for my win during the TE 13th birthday celebration challenges I had entered from last month!🎉 Yay!)  There will also be a huge post about it on the Taylored Expressions Blog too!  I really hope that you enjoy the projects I’ve made to share with you and if you stop by the store, please let Taylor know that I sent you! 

For my first set of projects, I’ve made a fun Christmas décor item that you can gift for the Holidays, use as a center piece for your table setting, etc.  I’ve taken the Taylored Expressions (new) Accordion Tree die and used it to make a trio of trees with the “poinsettia style” attached to the accompanying TE Tree Stumps (sold separately) to go with this die and another two trees without the stumps.  For the trio of trees, I’ve used the  Merry Blooms Stamps, Stencil & Clear Combo set to create a background over a Toffee cardstock base inking and blending with Sweet Basil, Cherry Pop and Mulled Wine inks.  I’ve also used the same products to make the tag as well.  I’ve gold heat embossed the centers for the poinsettias in the background.  I’ve also taken the TE (new) Itty Bitty Sentiments Holiday stamp set and used the tiny images from the set to create backgrounds for the other two trees.  I’ve splattered the tree backgrounds as well as the tag background with acrylic white and gold paints. These die cut trees were glued back to back with the score line in the center as a guide which makes them 3D looking.  I’ll explain each item below:

This was such a fun 3D project to create!  I wanted all the trees together in one piece, so I thought it would be fun to grab one of these wood slices I’ve been hoarding forever and glue the trees to this base.  There is an accordion star that comes with the accordion tree die, but I thought it would be fun to take the TE Perfect Poinsettia die and cut out several of the smallest bloom to make that the “star topper” for the poinsettia tree.  I’ve used the coordinating stamps to stamp the “veins” and gold heat embossed the centers for them.  I folded them in half and glued it to the top of the tree.  I also attached some TE Gold Drip Drops for the “ornaments” over the tree (TE Drip Drops make perfect “ornaments” for these trees!) and added some gold twine bows front and back.  I’ve ink blended the edges of the poinsettia tree with Toffee ink and gold paint sponged on the poinsettia topper.

This is what the other side (back) of this piece looks like…so it’s visible from all angles.  Here you can better see the other two trees and how the backgrounds were made.  I’ve also added some thick white paint to the edges of them to make it look more like “snowed over” trees especially since they were splattered with white paint.  For the wood slice that the trees are attached to, I’ve used some Ranger Mica Flakes for a bit of sparkle attaching it with Multi-Medium Matte glue.

For the tag, I’ve die cut the background explained above with the TE Stacklets 2 die and wrapped some gold twine around it with the TE (new) Itty Bitty Sentiments & Tags Holiday set for the little tree with the gold heat embossed sentiment over it.  I’ve also gold heat embossed the large sentiment from the Joyful Season stamp set & dies that I’ve popped with my favorite product TE Sticky Strips.  I’ve cut out another layering piece behind the tag with Sweet Basil cardstock, punched a hole and added more gold twine.

And how stinkin’ CUTE are these guys?!  This is my second set of projects for this release using the NEW TE Snow Squad Dies & Clear Stamp Combo set.  As you can see, the cute die cut critters are made to perfectly fit the Tag Stacklet dies!  I’ve the Tag Stacklet 2 die set for my sweet penguin!  The critters are so easy to cut out and decorate them as you like!  I like that the clear stamp set comes with it to stamp in the eyes as those tiny dots can be so hard to deal with and loose!  You get a penguin, a polar bear and a snowman with this die set!

Again, I thought it would be fun to create a background for my card and tag set, so this time, I’ve taken the TE Let It Snow Layering Stencil set for a snowy background.  I’ve started with a Mint Julep cardstock base, blended the same color ink for the first layer, Sugar Cube ink for the second layer and for the third layer, I’ve used some TE Glitter Grab and immediately covered it with some TE Silver Glitter.  Love how it turned out with the subtle color! 

Starting with my card details, I’ve decided to give the snow squad critters soft colors with their scarves.  The clear stamp set with the dies also come with a two line image for adding details to the scarf, so I silver heat embossed those and then added some matching TE Tiny Diamonds Pastel in between those lines.  They matched up perfectly!  I inked around the edges of each die cut piece for the critters and stamped the face images including the cheeks which I off-stamped first to keep them light.  I used a white gel pen for highlight details.

I thought it would be fun to have these Snow Squad critters pop out from a snow drift, so I took some TE Sugar Cube Glitter Cardstock and cut out a “snow drift” with a piece of the their scarves over it and popped them up over the snowy background I’ve created using a TE Diagonal Stitch Rectangle Stacklets for the stitching details behind them which was layered over an A2 sized Sugar Cube top folding card base.  For the sentiment, I silver heat embossed it from the TE Winter Wishes clear stamp set over a Mint Julep cardstock that was cut out using the TE Stitched Banner Stacklets die

And of course I had to use the penguin again for my coordinating tag!  I’ve used part of the same background I’ve made for the card and cut it out using the TE Tag Stacklets 2 die set with another Sugar Cube cut out for the layering base.

I did the same thing for this tag that I did for the card above with the snow drift, but I also added a tiny tag that he’s holding with some Doodlebug Gray Twine.  The tag was created with the same TE (new) Itty Bitty Sentiments & Tag Holiday sets.  I’ve stamped the row of tiny trees from the set with the Mint Julep ink and then silver heat embossed the sentiment above it.  I’ve also used more of the TE Tiny Diamonds Pastel for the center of the bow on the present along with the penguin’s scarf.  I’ve punched a hole at the top and added more of the same twine at the top.

So how about you?!  Are you ready for the up-coming Holiday Season?  I sure hope that I was able to bring you some inspiration with your handmade projects for the Holidays!  Again, you can check out all of the brand new Taylored Expressions products in the store as it’s now been released!  Be sure to check out all of the wonderful inspiration on her blog HERE too!

Thanks so much for stopping in today!  I appreciate all of your kind support friends!  Have a great day!

Challenges:

  1. Happy Little Stampers – OCT Anything Goes with Dies (all projects are using dies!)
  2. Simon Says Stamps Wednesday – NOT a card
  3. Penny’s Paper-Crafty – Anything Goes using paper
  4. Krafty Chicks – Christmas
  5. Creative Knockouts – Embossing (I used heat embossing)
  6. The Crafter’s Cafe – Use a Stencil (used on all projects)
  7. Creative Fingers – #217 Anything Goes
  8. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends – Anything Goes

Bright Floral AJ Fun🌸

Hello friends! We’re now on Friday and the last one of the month at that! Summer is now coming at us! I always look forward to being outdoors and spending time in the sun and enjoying the flowers…how about you?

Speaking of flowers, I wanted to share an Art Journal page that I had completed from a class that I took in March. It was really fun as I haven’t done any AJ pages at all since the previous blog platform that I was on! I remember that I had made several of them and was going to put them all together to make my own book. This process really made me remember how much I’ve missed doing it:

Doodling is not something that I’ve ever felt really comfortable with, so when the class offered up a way to trace a basic flower pattern, I did that. However, with all of the “lines” you can see within those flowers and me extending the petals and such, you can see that I really got into the doodling process once I got going that is! LOL!

First, I wanted to make sure that this AJ page had the binder holes punched in them to add to my book, so I did that with a 9″ x 6″ piece of watercolor paper (I cut one of the 9″ x 12″ pieces in half to get two AJ pages) and then I took my Zig Kurtake Tambi watercolor set and a big brush to watercolor over the paper.

This is where I traced the basic flower pattern (from class) over the dried piece. From there, I took some black gesso and painted the background around the flowers. This REALLY made the colors pop! This is where I took my Micron pens and white gel pen to really doodle around the flowers.

I even took a few sentiment stamps from the Impression Obsession Words For Art and stamped on a couple of the petals with Archival Jet Black ink.

I think it’s just one of those things you start doing and then don’t know when to stop the doodling! It was just tons of fun and glad that I was brave enough to try it AND get going on some AJ pages!

I hope you’ve enjoyed it too and I hope to do more! Lots of fun things coming, so I will be seeing you soon my friends!!😉 Thanks for dropping in!

Challenges:

  1. Art Journal Journey – Flowers
  2. Creativ Fusions Arts & Crafts – #17 Anything Goes
  3. Creative Artiste – #60 Anything Mixed Media
  4. The Artistic Stamper – Journaling + stamping

‘Create’ Steampunk Mixed Media Canvas

Hello friends!  Happy Saturday!

Oh I had so much FUN playing around with all of the really cool “Steampunk” products!  Today, I’m sharing this mixed media canvas project that I made:

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This was so much fun to just get “messy” and enjoy a different creative process other than making a card!  If you’ve been around my blog for a while, then you’ve probably seen me share a different project from time to time.  Sometimes I just like to ‘change gears’!  Hahaha!

So I had this old 8″ x 10″ canvas laying around and thought it would be cool to take several chipboard pieces I had and make something.  I started off by taking some wooden letters from my stash and gluing those on.  I then took a stencil (gears) and randomly added embossing paste through it over the canvas.  Once dried, I then painted over everything with some black gesso.

I’ve used several metallic paints from my stash and using my “finger tool” I went over all of the textured areas of the canvas and along the edges.  I also used the paints to paint over the Chipboard Gear Background which was randomly cut out with my scissors and glued randomly over the canvas.  At first I was thinking it was weird to mix the different color metallic together, but then thought that steampunk can sort of be like that anyway.

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What’s hard to capture in a photo is that Gilded Sparkle embossing powder over the wings!  It’s stunning IRL!  I’ve heat embossed the Chipboard Wings with it and then I heat embossed the Chipboard Key with the EP.  I went around the edges of it with some silver metallic paint so that it showed up better against the black background.

For the image, I stamped the hat with black Ink onto an already cut out white Cardstock from the Steampunk Cut file.  I colored it up with several different Aqua Pigments and sponged around the edges of it with some brown ink.  I also took some Copper metallic paint and went around the edges too.  I took the heat embossed wings along with that hat image and splattered them with some black paint as well.

The wings were attached onto the canvas with some black foam tape and then I curled the ends of them that are hanging off the edges.  I attached the heat embossed key in the center of the wings and then added the colored image over top.

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For a little bit more texture on the canvas, I decided to take the EP to randomly heat emboss areas that were sprayed with water.  The water was just so that the powder had something to stick to and then once heat set, I added more until I was happy with it.  I like the look of the embossing where the spray marks are.

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Lastly, to finish it off, I’ve used the metal gears, ribbon (tied in bow over top of the key), gold pearls (painted in copper metallic paint), and sequins – as well as another gear (attached in the center of the ribbon bow) and a clock button (painted with black and metallic paints) from my stash that was all glued on.  I also added some silver glitter to the center of each sequins.

Hope you’ve enjoyed my “Steampunk Mixed Media Canvas” today and were inspired in some way.

Thanks for dropping by!  I’ll see you soon!

Challenges:

  1.  Crafty Gals Corner – Emboss It
  2. Creative Moments – Anything Goes
  3. A Inky Mess – Anything Goes Mixed Media
  4. More Mixed Media – Anything Goes (optional bright colors)
  5. A Bit More Time to Craft – Anything Goes

Crafty Retreat Results

Hello friends!  I finally found the time to make a post and gather all of my photos together so that I can share a post with you from last week’s “Crafty Retreat” that I went to at my friend’s house.  I’ve pretty much known the “host lady” and her family since I was a little child, so they’re pretty much friends of the family with me. 🙂

I actually had forgotten to take my own photos except for a few on the second day during the day I taught a class, but I was able to get a few photos from others to share.  (You know how it goes when everyone is moving about or you’re working on something or teaching and forget to take photos!  LOL)

So the “theme” for the crafty retreat was called “Hats off to Painting!”  The majority of the group likes to tole paint, but we all (including myself) like to try our hands at many other crafting avenues to try different products that we may not be familiar with…so there are some “mixed” projects today I’m sharing!  I had such fun during the entire 3 days!

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Here we are with our decorated hats on for a group photo!  Even little ‘Gizmo’ had his hat on, but not sure he was feeling the fun like the rest of us! LOL! (Unfortunately the host was taking the photo!)  We all had our Dick Blick aprons and shirts on which was very kindly donated for our “Painting Divas” group…they were VERY generous with the bag of goodies they gave us!  We had all 3 days worth of fun, classes and prizes!

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So, the reason for all of the fun crafty hats is that we were to take a hat and decorate it for a challenge.  Here is a photo of all of our hats.  There were some really fun and creative ideas as you can see!  One of the girls was quite tired from all of the crafting and decided to take a little siesta during the festivities!  LOL!  It was very cool that I was the winner voted for my created hat design.  (You can see on the table above and here’s a closer look below):

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I guess it’s a bit hard to see in the photo above of me wearing it, but I had hubby bring home one of his hard hats from work along with a pair of goggles and then I went to decorating it in “steampunk” style!  I had fun with it and enjoyed the process!

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Here is the altered “Potions and Spells” book that I taught for the class!  Last year at the “Crafty Retreat” they saw my “altered book” that I had previously made during my time as a Splitcoaststampers.com “Dirty Dozen” DT member and asked if I could teach how to make one for this year’s class.  So instead of the “altered book” idea, I had them all use a Tim Holtz Configuation Book.

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Here are some of the book covers all lined up that we were waiting on to dry before we were able to start painting them.  A couple of the book covers were left at the work table, but while those were drying, we worked on the inside of the book.

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Here’s another photo of me standing there holding one of the books and everyone was finished with their books looking at them at the end of class.  They seemed to really enjoy this messy project!  I just loved teaching these fun ladies too!

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This is from my mom’s class where she taught us this cute Santa ornament that we painted on a gourd!  He makes me giggle!   I love it!

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The host lady is the one that taught this cute penguin class!  I adore penguins and I’m so happy that I took the time to finish this up when I got home!  (More details and a 3D look at these projects are in the video above.)

I really hope that you’ve enjoyed all of these projects as much as I enjoyed creating them!  I also had another set of calendars that I finished, but I’ll share on another post on another day as this one is pretty full!!  LOL!

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One more thing to share is that we have a robin’s nest with one little blue egg inside.  We have a a Prairie Fire Crab Apple tree in our backyard full of pretty blooms and I guess the robin thought it was a nice place to make a nest…so we’ll wait and see if there is a baby bird coming soon!

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY to all of you moms out there!  Hope you have a wonderful weekend!!  Thanks so much for stopping by and I’ll see you soon!!

Mixed Media Wall Hanging for Sparkle N Sprinkle

Hello friends!  I’m back again to share a mixed media wall plaque that I’ve made with several Sparkle N Sprinkle products:

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It’s been a while since I’ve made any mixed media projects, so it was nice to be able to “get messy” and use some media products that I don’t pull out often enough!  (Please check the end of this post and/or for a full detailed tutorial on how I’ve made this project, please visit me over on the Sparkle N Sprinkle blog post here! – Thank you for your kind support!)

So I started out the image panel thinking I was going to make a card with it, but then it felt like it was too large, so I decided I was going to make a Vintage style wall plaque with it instead!  I had this plaque hanging around my room for about a year knowing that at some point I wanted to do something with it, so this felt like the opportunity I needed to get a project going.

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I’ve used a January release stamp set from Sparkle N Sprinkle called Vase of Flowers stamp set.  I colored it with Copic markers except for the pink flowers and buterflies.  I covered the flowers with the Pink Fizz glitter and the butterflies with the Canary flocking.  I cut out the image panel with the Tonic Loopy Lace Oval Die and added it to a piece of cardstock that was covered with the Super Adhesive Sheets.  I then covered the entire panel with the same Pink Fizz glitter and burnished into the background.

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Shown at a different angle, you can see allof the dimension and detail of the design.

I have also covered the flowers using some SNS Brushable Glue and brushing it over top in certain areas over the flowers and then I sprinkled some Diamond Dust glitter over top of them.

Again, if you want to see how I’ve completed the background of this plaque, visit me over on the SNS blog by CLICKING HERE.  Be sure to subscribe for updates on projects daily from the rest of the design team too!

I hope that you were inspired by my mixed media project today and I thank you so much for stopping in as I’m always happy to hear what you think!

Here’s the SNS products used on my creation today:

Stamps:

Glitters:

Flocking:

Adhesives:

Tools/Dies:

Other Products:

  • Nuvo Embellishment Mousse Aquamarine [807N] and Cornflower [806N]
  • Mixed Media tissue, paints, crackle paste, matte medium, doily, antiquing cream & other mediums + accents
  • surface is a 11″ x 7 1/4″ laser cut tombstone plaque

If you go shopping, be sure to use my code below for a discount:

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Challenges I’d like to enter this project in:

  1.  Not Just Cards – Anything Goes
  2. Crafty Gals Corner – Make it Sparkle
  3. Stamping Sensations – Fabulously Feminine (Stamped Vase of Flowers rubber stamp and colored it in.)
  4. Creative Moments – Anything Goes
  5. Crafty Calendar – Make it Flowery