Monday, April 13, 2015

Sweet & Silly You

I really liked Sassy Scrappers' March Moodboard and though I did not get a chance to play along with their challenge last month, I still wanted to create a layout based on it. When I saw the images that Anita Bownds had put together, it brought to mind a collection of several products from my stash.

Supplies: patterned papers (Pink Paislee and Studio Calico), clear gesso (Liquitex), poppies stamp (Magenta), gelatos and Stamper's Big Brushes (Faber-Castell), Studio G glitter glue (Hampton Arts), tissue paper (Dollarama), Amy Tangerine Foam letter stickers (American Crafts), vellum die cut (Studio Calico), wood frame and Ormulo Cut Aparts (Scraptastic Kit Club), marker (Sharpie)

The poppies reminded me of the beautiful Magenta Poppies stamp which I used to stamp the background and coloured them in with gelatos.  The tissue paper was leftovers from when I experimented with colouring it for this and this layouts. 

The patterned papers (Studio Calico Print Shop and Pink Paislee Color Wash) are from Scraptastic's January 2014 Tongue Tied kit.  I used several other items from that kit, like the Studio Calico Printshop die cuts, the exclusive "smile" wood veneer frame and the exclusive Ormolu Cut Aparts.

Here is the inspirational Moodboard:

Check out this month's April challenge here. It is another great inspirational collection of colours and images. 

The subject of my layout is my beautiful niece who is the quintessential middle child and given that she is such, I am playing along with Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog for In the Middle.


Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Background Bonanza - Journal Journey

I have some catch up to do with sharing some recently made creations. With my academic course over and after such a creative time lull , I am feeling the need to create. Over the last week, I went on a bit of a creative binge (with a little help from Easter holiday time).  I did a bunch of DT work, made some layouts, journal pages, a few cards, just played and enjoyed. Now I have to get caught up with photographing and posting. LOL!

Today, I am sharing a journal page that I made for Journal Journey 2015 February's prompt for backgrounds.

Supplies: mixed media paper (Strathmore), FW Acrylic inks (Daler-Rowney), acrylic paints (DecoArt and Plaid), Dina Wakely Scribbly Birds stamp set, Tim Holtz black Distress Paint and Archival ink (Ranger), stencil (The Crafter's Workshop), Music Score stamp (Impression Obsession), Studio G white pigment ink (Hampton Arts), gesso (Golden), Uniball pen

I had a great time trying the different background techniques that Jodi shared. I started with my new FW Acrylic inks as the base on Strathmore Mixed Media paper as I wanted to see how they flowed, mixed, reacted, etc. Then I layered on colour with acrylic paints and stenciled and stamped. LOVE the results! I will definitely use that approach in the future.

Stamping the Dina Wakely bird, from her Scribbly Birds stamp set, on watercolour paper, I then coloured it using watercolour pencil crayons. Once dry, I fussy cut it, doodled the "nest", and then glued the bird in place. To finish it off, I stamped the quote and the tweets.

Looking forward to sharing more over the coming week.


Thursday, March 26, 2015

Get Messy Art Journal Blog Hop - Season of Love

A little hop time for Get Messy Art Journaling. I am sharing a few art journal pages created from the Season of Love prompts. The first two are new and last one is one of my favs to date.

First up, I played with my new FW Acrylic Inks by Daler-Rowney on this page that was inspired by Set 3 - numbers 1 and 2.

Supplies: 6x9 watercolour book (Strathmore), FW Acrylic Inks (Daler-Rowney), stencil (The Crafter's Workshop), Texture paste (Ranger), Tim Holtz stamp (Stamper's Anonymous), Stamper's Big Brush (Faber-Castell)

A detail close up...

Next up, is this simpler and toned down page inspired by Set 4 - number 4 and Set 5 - number 3. This page is dedicated to my grandmother who taught me that love should be unconditional.

Supplies: mixed media paper (Strathmore), doily (Kitchen Aid), Scotch Brand washi tape (3M), gesso (Golden), Tim Holtz stamp (Stamper's Anonymous), Ink (Ranger), pen (Sharpie), book page (Misc.)

Style wise my art journal pages are like my scrapbooking, I do not have one set style. I like variety... a little freestyle eclectic, a little clean and simple, a little shabby romantic. So while the above two pages fall into the later categories, this next page that I have previously shared, falls into the bold classic romantic realm. I just adore it.

Supplies: 400 Series Watercolor Hardbound 11" Art Journal  (Strathmore), Tim Holtz tissue paper and stencil, Archival, glue n' seal (Ranger), stamps (CTMH), gelatos and Stamper's Big Brush (Faber-Castell), gesso (Golden), word strip stickers (Cosmo Cricket), beige tissue paper (misc.)

The inspiration for this page was set 2 - number 1.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Be sure to hop over to one of my smaller group fellow hop participants. You are sure to find some beautiful inspirational pages. Enjoy!

Group 002
  1. Elizabeth
  2. Sara
  3. Cait
  4. Julia
  5. Cassandra - me - You Are Here :)
  6. Kristin
  7. Delaney
  8. Anna


Friday, March 20, 2015

Happy Spring!

Yeah, the calendar says it is spring in the northern hemisphere so it must be true! Hopefully the weather in my little corner of the world will start to believe it is true and get a tad warmer and less icy. In the mean time, what better way to celebrate the vernal equinox than with some spring splendor in card form and a brilliant Robin William's quote.

Today, I am sharing a card that is based on Cardabilities sketch #119 and inspired by the beautiful seasonal mood board this week over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge blog and Spring Blooms challenge at Inspiration Emporium.

Supplies: floral mask, butterfly and quote stamps, flower chipboard, and patterned papers (Magenta), card base (Studio G by Hampton Arts), Teal Zeal Momento ink (Tsukineko), Lilac Posies Fireworks spray and Wedding White irRESISTible (Imagine Crafts), Black Archival ink, Lime Stickles and Shabby Shutters Tim Holtz Distress ink (Ranger), leaves branch punch (Stampin' Up), Bubblegum and Coconut gelatos (Faber-Castell), light green watercolour pencil (Reeves), Stardust Gelly Roll pen (Sakura), jewels (misc.)

I used the Magenta bossoms mask with Wedding White irRESISTible spray. Once it had dried, I spritzed the masked area with Lilac Posies Fireworks spray and embellished the flower centres of the background with Lime Green Stickles. I stamped my favourite Magenta Butterfly with Teal Zeal Momento Ink, outlined it with a Gelly Roll Stardust pen, and then fussy cut it out.

The chipboard flower was scored and shaped prior to colouring it with the Fireworks spray. I added shading and details with Bubblegum and Coconut Gelatos and a light green watercolour pencil crayon in the centre area. For the leaves, I punched them from the patterned paper and added depth by shading with Shabby Shutters Tim Holtz Distress ink.

This photo shows the dimensional details of the card.

Hope your first day of spring is a cheery one. For some added cheer, check out the sites for some beautiful springy eye-candy!


Thursday, March 19, 2015

Creative Ideas Journal Cover

Do you have a place that you store all your crafty ideas? I do it the old fashioned way in a notebook. It has sketches of my creations, materials used or that I wish to use, journaling, dates that I have completed projects, etc. I both record as ideas and inspiration strike as well as while in the process of creating. This book is always at hand's reach when I create.

I started this newest journal edition awhile ago but I had yet to make a cover for it. Well, today was the day.

Supplies: patterned paper (Simple Stories), doily (Michaels), embossed butterfly chipboard (Studio 18), Tim Holtz Distress ink (Ranger), label stamp (Fontwerks), StazOn ink (Tsukineko), alphabet wood veneers (Studio Calico), Glimmer Mists (Tattered Angels), pen (Sharpie), jean material, mother of pearl buttons, thread (miscellaneous)

I used up some old stash, as well as upcycled items.  The dyed mother of pearl buttons are antiques that I had in a button box that I got years ago at auction. The jean remnant, leftover from an old well-worn pair of mine. The partial crochet doily is the leftover from this beloved layout. With all the fabrics and notions, I thought it would be perfect to stitch the edge on the cover.

The element that was interesting to fashion was the label. I adhered the aluminum foil shiny side down onto an 140lb piece of cardstock to give it a more galvanized/brushed nickel look. After stamping the Fontwerks label image onto it using StazOn, I fussy cut around the outer edge leaving a border. Then I got out an old embossing stylus and embossed the in-between frames part and the border edge. This gave it some dimension and character and then it was ready for the Glimmer Misted Studio Calico wood veneer letters to be adhered to it. 

I am digging the shabby chic colours on this and the sentiment (which is similar to one currently on a Magenta stamp) that I thought was perfect for my journal purposes.


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

I {Heart} this Page!

The art journal page that I am sharing today is a little different than my usual pages in that it is really bold and bright. I LOVE it and I am thrilled that what I had envisioned in my head translated so well onto the page.

Supplies: 400 Series Watercolor Hardbound 11" Art Journal  (Strathmore), Tim Holtz tissue paper and stencil, Archival, glue n' seal (Ranger), stamps (CTMH), gelatos and Stamper's Big Brush (Faber-Castell), gesso (Golden), word strip stickers (Cosmo Cricket), beige tissue paper (misc.)

The inspiration for this page was Get Messy Art Journal Love prompt set 2 number 1 - I Love Things.  For me, that means happiness and how to achieve it by doing things that you love.


Monday, March 16, 2015

This Little Light of Mine

Today I am sharing a journal page that I finished up at Crop and Create Markham.

I made this one with washi tape inspired by a Get Messy Art Journaling prompt set 1 - #5 and Ann-Mari Reigstad's use of filling a page with washi bits. I also added in lyrics from a previous pre-class prompt.

A few close ups... here I hand drew the star and lettering.

I was able to use eleven different washi tapes in three different widths.

Supplies: 12x9 mixed media journal (Strathmore), washi tapes (MME, Webster's Pages, Stampin' Up, Freckled Fawn), paint (Plaid), glue n' seal and Tim Holtz distress Paint (Ranger), marker (Sharpie), glitter (Doodlebug Designs)


Sunday, March 15, 2015

Tags Galore

With March Break upon me, I am finally getting around to posting some items from my Crop and Create Markham weekend from earlier this month.

First up, I am sharing some mixed media tags designed by Vicki Boutin using oodles of Tim Holtz products.

I really like Vicki's designs but I changed up the colouring on all but one of the tags (the top left one) but even on that one I did not go as dark. I like a cleaner lighter look; which is sort of funny because Vicki comments on not being able to get as dark and grungy as Tim Holtz yet I can't get as dark and colour comboed as Vicki does. All personal preference.

I added some Tim Holtz paper twine that I won in a class draw to the moments tag and black splatters to it and two others. Switched up and added a few other things to a couple of the others tags to make them work for my liking. All in all, I was pleased with the results. 

It was great fun getting inky and trying out some of the Ranger products that I haven't tried yet like the Texture Paste and Tim Holtz Distress Rock Candy Crackle Paint. There was never a dull moment in Vicki's class, as besides being very charismatic, she is full of stories and little anecdotes that you can't help but laugh a lot during her class. Already looking forward to next year's edition.


Monday, February 16, 2015

Bees Do Matter

I had a go at the blackout newspaper/magazine prompt from Get Messy Art Journaling.

Supplies: patterned paper (MME), newspaper article (Toronto Star), gesso (Golden), Tim Holtz Distress Paint and Glue n' seal (Ranger), Hexagon stencil (The Crafter's Workshop), foliage stencil (Magenta), B6 pencil (Faber-Castell), stamp (CTMH), ink (Tsukineko), Inktense watercolour pencil crayons (Derwent)

Some close ups...

My take is not so simplified but I am really pleased with how it turned out. It conveys how I feel about the current bee debate. If you are interested in reading the full article, it is "What's the real story behind bee deaths?" by Catherine Porter.


Sunday, February 15, 2015

Love You Valentine's Card

A little mixed media gem for a special Valentine.

Supplies: cardstock (The Paper Company), gesso (Golden), heart background stencil (Silhouette), gelato and glass bead glitter gel (Faber-Castell), sentiment stamp (Winnie and Walter), archival ink (Ranger), chipboard letters and small heart punch (Recollections), med heart punch (Marvy- Uchida), pen (Sharpie)

I created the background with gesso and a Silhouette cut heart background stencil.  The hearts are made from a mix of Bubblegum gelato and glass bead glitter gel which was mixed and left to dry on my craft mat. Then I peeled up the blop and used different sizes of heart punches to create the hearts. Cute floral chipboard letters, a little stamping, doodling, and it was done.