Monday, July 21, 2014

You are Awesome - Hers and His Cards of Appreciation

Sometimes people just need a reminder that their efforts do not go unnoticed and they need a little boost of support and encouragement to keep doing what they do.  Teaching is becoming a more and more challenging profession and many a times those involved in the profession find themselves more often in no-win-situations.

I made these cards for two colleagues as thank yous and encouragement for this past year as well as encouragement for the one to come. 

Trying out some more techniques from the Watercolor for Card Makers class, I created this cheery card.

Supplies: watercolour paper (Canson), floral stamp (Magenta), sentiment stamps (Winnie and Walter), fence die cut (Sizzix), markers (Fibracolor), Tim Holtz Distress ink and blk ink (Ranger), watercolour paints (Artist's Loft), burlap (DCWV), wood veneer butterfly (CTMH)

I diecut embossed the fence, masked it off and then multi stamped the cute new little Lily of the Valley Magenta stamp.  Then I quickly used a water brush to fill in the image colour. I watercoloured the background and then stamped the sentiment using the lovely Winnie & Walter The Big, the Bold and You stamps. A little CTMH wood veneer butterfly and We R memory Keepers coloured burlap were just the right finishing touches.

Next, if you saw my Magenta Father's Day Card, you will recognize my background design on this next card.

Supplies: stencil, stamp, metal embossed sticker (Magenta), gelatos and whipped spackle (Faber-Castell), Tim Holtz Distress paint and blk ink (Ranger), liquid glass and pen (CTMH)

Often when I am trying out techniques for the first time, I double up as to be able to choose the best one to take to the end of a project.  This design fits a masculine card so well.  I changed it up by turning it sideways which incidentally fit the Magenta Gentleman Metal Sticker's rectangular size better and as to not cover up my tile like grid background.  I like the way this one turned out even more than the Dad card.

I really made this one look even more like tiles by darkening up the colours with metallic gelatos and adding in the pop of blue.  I gave them a glazed finish with liquid glass and increased their definition and dimension by adding black shadowing on two sides.

I masked off the second part of the Magenta stamp sentiment to fit my design, distress painted the embossed metal sticker and used pop squares to add another layer.

Very pleased with the way both of these cards turned out.  I find I tend to love the results when I craft cards specifically with people in mind. They hold that special little something that comes from my heart.


Friday, July 18, 2014

Rare for Certain

I create art not only to memory keep and as an artistic expression but partly as a stress reliever thus you will rarely see me make a scrapbook page or create other projects that have to do with the negative sides of life. This project had me venture there. I wanted to join into the Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft's Take the Challenge with Mou which was to create something you don't usually create. I took the prompt from July's Emotional challenge over at the Mixed Media Place.  This is their last in the Emotional Challenges and it was a dewsy... STRESS.

Supplies: Gelatos [Coconut, Earl Grey, Squid Ink, and Black Licorice], Stamper's Big Brushes [Black, Warm Grey IV], whipped spackle, stipple brush (Faber-Castell), gesso (Liquitex), alpha stamp [Dyan Reaveley - Dylusions] and gel medium (Ranger), arrow stamps (Kelly Panacci - SandyLion), lrg arrow stencil (Heidi Swapp), clocks stencil (Prima), bricks stencil (The Crafter's Workshop), acrylic paint (blk- Artist's Loft and wine- Plaid), light canvas fabric (misc.), stencil font stencil (Silhouette Cameo), female image ( wallpapers)

Yep, sort of all over the place chaos in this art journal page.  I really think I captured how it makes me feel when I am overwhelmed by stress.  I do not mind stress in a controlled manner.  In fact, it makes me very productive and my day to day job is stressful for the most part on a regular basis.  The problem comes when there is too much and for too long without a reprieve or an end in sight... when the balls start to drop as the number of stressors gets out of hand... my mind starts to reel, my body starts to feel it and I start to shut down from the weight of it all.

I used all kinds of different symbols: letters for all the words whether conversations or readings going through my brain, arrows of different types... pulling and pushing me in different directions, clocks... time passing... not enough in a day and continual deadlines and demands on my time, greys/blacks/whites... very little colour when overwhelmed, spiral drawings... spiraling down or out of my control,  dibbles/scribbles of a overloaded brain that finds it difficult to focus, organize and think clearly, a brick wall as I start to feel like my back is up against a wall with no where to go, and then the figure... feeling low... energy... worth... head down hiding from it all.

Wow... see... too heavy. I would much rather create the brighter side and bring a smile and beauty into my life.  Oh well, it was a challenging endeavour that took me out of my comfort zone, I tried some new techniques, and I have an interesting art journal page to show for it. Not too shabby.


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Card Catch Up

Today, I am sharing a few cards that I made in the spring but just had not gotten to posting.  Hope you enjoy them.

Using Simple Stories Daily Grind Collection from a My Creative Scrapbook kit, I made this masculine birthday card.

Supplies: patterned papers, die cuts, stickers (Simple Stories), celebrate stamp (American Crafts), today stamp (CTMH), inks (Tsukineko), wood veneer stars (Studio Calico)

I had a good time giving it some dimension and playing with the stickers for reading flow.

I was so stoked that Simple Stories reposted it when I put it up on my Instagram account.

I dug into it my stash and made a card for a friend's birthday.  I used an old Kate collection from Making Memories to create this card.

Supplies: patterned paper (Making Memories), cardstock (Paper Reflections), digi stamp bird (Bugaboo Digi Stamps), sentiment stamp (Imaginisce), border punch (Fiskars), gelatos (Faber-Castell), ink and multi medium (Ranger Ink), funky purple trim (Dollarama), stardust glitter pen (Gelly Roll by Sakura), pen (CTMH), silver packaging ribbon (Misc.)

I used Bugaboo Digi Stamps' bird that I coloured with gelatos and tucked it into a neat nest made from some funky dollar store ribbon. I also used their Stella Says Sketch #208 for inspiration.

Yeah for using my stash!

Lastly, a quick and simple card that I made for my Magenta ATC swap partner to tuck them in on their travels when I sent them off to the Netherlands. Love the big script font in the Winnie & Walter Hello stamp.

Supplies: pre-printed floral card base(Laura Ashley), ribbon and wood veneer flowers(CTMH), "Hello" stamp(Winnie & Walter), ink(Tsukineko), glitter glue (Studio G-Hampton Arts), jewels and fabric flower(Dollarama)

Until next time.


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Creative Freedom - Art Journaling

I am really enjoying the freedom of playing in my art journal.  I am starting to jot down ideas and techniques that I would like to try plus getting inspiration from challenges.

It was two challenges that inspired my most recent page.  First, by the MME July Challenge topic "Let Freedom Ring".  That determined the use of products from MME and boy, do I have a stash of their wonderful products to choose from. It is safe to say that I have loved their collections since I first discovered scrapbooking many moons ago. Secondly, I used the July colour board from Off the Rails Scrapbooking which fit so well with the MME topic.

Here's what I came up with...

Supplies: 400 Series Watercolor Hardbound 11" Art Journal (Strathmore), patterned papers, letter stickers and stamp (My Mind's Eye), gesso (Golden), gel medium, crackle accents medium, and Tim Holtz Distress ink (Ranger), gelatos and Stamper's Big Brushes (Faber-Castell), white paint (DecoArt), marker (Sharpie)

The textures on this in real life are awesome.  This was the first time that I have freely torn up paper and covered it with only parts showing.  I have to be honest... it was really hard tearing into it at first but once I started layering it, it got easier as my idea took shape.

I used pieces from The Sweetest Thing: Honey - One of a Kind, Bella Bella -Bellezo, and Frosted Signature Christmas collections for the base background.

Then after gessoing, I added turquoise and aqua blue colours with Faber-Castell gelatos (Snow Cone, Metallic Mint, Aqua Dolce, and Cotton Candy).  After sealing it in with gel medium, I hand drew and cut out the wings from a scrap section of script printed Lost and Found: Portobello Road- Family Collection paper and added crackle finish to them.  While they dried, I wove the heart from So Sophie Collection patterned papers (Savvy: In Love - petite red floral and Clever: Pretty Girls - heavenly houndstooth b-side) and adhered it to a hand drawn heart shape base. While the heart was drying, I went back to the wings and rubbed in distress ink into the cracks. 

I also stamped with a doubled up polka-dot MME border stamp from the Miss Caroline -Adventures stamp set with white acrylic paint. After all the sections were ready, I gel mediumed them onto the page, along with pre-distress inked and Sharpie colour-altered Lost and Found: Market Street - Happy Birthday glittered letter stickers, sealing them all.  Once the page was dry, I used Faber-Castell Stamper's Big Brushes (Deep Scarlett Red, Warm Grey 4, and Black) to add colour, shading and definition.  Lastly, I freehand drew my font quote to finish it off.

Some close up photos:

Here is the gorgeous mood palette from Off the Rails Scrapbooking:

Are those shoes outstanding or what?!?


Sunday, July 13, 2014

Grace x 2

You know you are addicted to scrapping when you go to drive 17 km in search of a wifi connection to post for a challenge. Yes, sad but true.  The worst part... said wifi I drove in search of was actually not working this weekend, so all was in vain (I missed the KK Colour Challenge 26 deadline... sigh). I am now posting that I am home from vacation.

This selfie photo layout was inspired by the Colour Challenge 26 at Kreative Koncepts and the July sketch challenge over at Once Upon a Sketch.  I really played with this one, using oodles of techniques and media.

Supplies: cardstock (Canadian Scrapbooker Super Stock), Gesso (Golden), Glimmer Mists (Tattered Angels), Tim Holtz Distress ink, stickles, & Archival ink (Ranger), whipped spackle, gelatos, and PITT Artist Stamper's Big Brush, stencils (Tim Holtz and Prima), stamps (KaiserCraft and MME), patterned paper (Crate Paper), flowers (Prima, Petaloo, Recollections, and Michaels), letter stickers (Recollections and Prima), pen (CTMH), trim (Webster's Pages), vellum and sequins (miscellaneous)

Cluster detail photos:

The wonderful selfie photo was taken using an ipad with stunning results and resolution. With it's touches of green and the flowers in the grass that she is laying down upon, it was an ideal fit photo for the colour challenge.  The sketch and theme worked beautifully to show it off.

Journal Theme: Numbers

On the upside of being away... lots of creative time!  I made several projects which I will share over the next weeks.

Have you ever found yourself going out of your way or doing something nutty for "scrap" sake? Please share your stories, I would love to know that I am not alone.:)


Monday, July 7, 2014

Winnie and Walter Share the Love Day 2 - Ombre

Day 2's Winnie & Walter Share the Love with Tim Holtz Distress inks challenge sees participants using an ombre technique and distress inks.  Again, I learned this distress ink stamping technique during Watercolour for Card Makers Class.  My first try during the class in May had some bleeding drips of colour as I had added too much water.  This time I got it working better and am quite pleased with the results.

Supplies: happy word cut file (Winnie and Walter), watercolour cardstock (Canson), Tim Holtz distress inks (Ranger), cardstock (Bazzill), pen (CTMH), sequins (Winnie and Walter purchase thanks pack)

I played with the W&W cut files that I got received when I purchased The Big, the Bold, and the Happy set.  I created a three tier happy with the one happy word.

On this one, I cropped the end tail to better fit the card.

Supplies: happy word cut file (Winnie and Walter), watercolour cardstock (Canson), Tim Holtz distress inks (Ranger), cardstock (Bazzill), pen (CTMH)

These are such bright and cheery backgrounds for the wonderful Happy sentiment. Thanks W&W for providing the impetus to try the technique again.


Winnie & Walter Share the Love Day #1 - Watercolour

This past week, over on the Winnie & Walter blog, they are featuring a week of Share the Love for Tim Holtz Distress Inks by Rangers.  The first day's challenge was to create a project using watercolour. 

Supplies: stamps (Winnie and Walter), Tim Holtz watercolour cardstock and distress inks, and Archival ink (Ranger), glitter glue (Hampton Arts)

For my card, I used a watercolour stamp technique that I learned during the Watercolour for Card Makers Class and gave it a go with the W&W's Scenery Big Bang Confetti stamp. Love the outline and colour that it gets on the watercolour cardstock.


Sunday, July 6, 2014

Wonderfully White with Simon Says Stamp

I am loving my summer break and have been creating up a storm the last two days.  Today, I was tidying up when I had to decide what to do with a trial gesso stamped Magenta silhouette Bird & Branch from a previous Magenta project. I considered just putting it into my paper recycling bin when I put it against my craft mat and a card idea formed based on the colour combo that would fit wonderfully for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Blog Challenge for this week's challenge of using white.

Supplies: cardstock (Canadian Scrapbooker Super Stock), Bird and Branch stamp (Magenta), gesso (Golden), distress ink and gel medium (Ranger), flowers (Prima, Michaels), hello wood veneer (Studio Calico), flower wood veneers and mini pearls (CTMH), Silhouette cut quatrefoil stencil (Silhouette America), whipped spackle (Faber-Castell), tissue paper, cheesecloth, vellum, burlap (miscellaneous)

This card just flowed and it came together quickly. Love when that happens.

I used up some other scraps too. The background mat has white wrapping tissue added with gel medium for texture.  The top left flower is actually a distress inked piece of circular cut vellum from an experiment.  I scrunched it up, shaped it into a flower shape and adhered it. Then I used wood veneer flowers with super mini pearls as centres.  The burlap ribbon was part of a small scrap piece left from a previous cut and of course the cardboard was destined for recycling.  I reclaimed it from the bin just for this card.

This is what it looked like when I photographed it and decided I wanted to add to it.

I ended up topping the whole thing off with touches of gesso to bring it together.  Check out the other wonderful white concoctions others created on the blog here.


Saturday, July 5, 2014

Crop & Create Vicki Boutin Shadow Box Class

A while back I shared some cards in this post here that I had made with the leftovers from Vicki Boutin's Technique Shadow Box Class at Crop & Create Markham.  I couldn't share the actual shadow box that I had made at that time, because it was a gift for my sister-in-law. Well her birthday has passed and I am free to let the cat out of the bag.

Loaded with Heidi SwappPink Paislee, and Maya Road products, this was the result:

When I saw the class sneak peek photos, I  knew it was perfect for my sister-in-law.  Lucky for me, there was still space the day before the event and I was able to get in the class. 

It was a small class (about 10 of us) which made it all the more fun to sit around tables, craft, laugh, talk shop and get to know the other scrappers.  If you haven't had a chance to attend a class taught by Vicki, they are so fun.  I highly recommend it. Fast paced, fab product and you learn tons with beautiful results.

Here is the project photo as provided in the class instructions by Vicki.

As you can see, I gave it my own little twist.  I pulled apart the layers on the cardstock layered sticker piece and inking them all as well as outlining the "sweet" lettering in black. I also added a multi font title to go with the sepia photos of my darling nieces and nephew that I had taken this year and overall, I played down and did not include as much yellow.

As we were working away on the frames in the class, I had mentioned that I thought it would look really cool framed in black. Well, I did just that.  I got an inexpensive canvas from the dollar store, painted it matte black and hot glue mounted the finished shadow box to it.  Love the way it pops against that black!

It was fun getting to make something that was not my usual style and totally with someone else's taste in mind. I am thinking that my sister-in-law must have loved it because she has it proudly on display in her living room.  Thanks Vicki for your wonderful talent!


Friday, July 4, 2014

Magenta Giveaway

Instead of a challenge this month, Magenta has an appreciation giveaway.

Magenta wants to say Thank You to all of its faithful followers
and at the same time give you a sneak peak
of the upcoming Collection which will be available soon!

You could win the prize shown above!
Simply follow Magenta on our Blog or Facebook and use the widget on the Give Away blog post by July 30th to enter!