Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Top 10 Layouts of 2014

As is my blogging tradition, here is my annual look back at my favourite 10 layouts that I made this past year.  I have definitely embraced mix media and this is evident by this year's selection. Experimenting with materials and techniques has lead to my making more cards, ATCs, as well as venturing into art journaling as I try a variety of new things.

In no particular order...

















































Thanks for sharing in my creative journey in 2014.  Wishing you much happiness and creativeness in 2015.

Happy New Year!

TTFN,


Tuesday, December 30, 2014

A Little Christmas Joy

Yeah for scrapping time!  I had a chance to scrap a layout today of a dear friend's adorable little daughter.  I used this month's Sassy Scrappers' December Mood Board as inspiration and then got all mixed media'd up...










Supplies: cardstock (wht - Canadian Scrapbooker Super Stock, blk - CTMH), patterned papers (Simple Stories), stencil (Tim Holtz), Distress paint (Tim Holtz by Ranger), post script stamp (Magenta), ink (Stamper's Big Brush by Faber-Castell), Silhouette Cameo digital cutter, glitter glue (Hampton Arts), glass filler (Ashland by Michaels), Star Dust Jelly Roll pen (Sakura), black pen (CTMH), marker (Sharpie), vellum (The Paper Company), aluminum foil (misc.), photos by A. Gore

stamping, stenciling, Silhouette cuts, hand doodling, fussy cutting and Simple Stories December Documented patterned papers.







I tried out some new things with this one.  The stars are made from aluminum foil, crinkled and glued onto cover stock, and then Silhouette Cameo cut.









The green glass accents are from Michaels. They were actually from their spring vase fillers collection from this year. I thought they would look cool on projects and they did not disappoint. I adhered them with gel medium. 






The centre photo is printed on vellum to soften it to use as the background to part of the title.

Here is the gorgeous Mood Board that inspired my project.



December Moodboard Challenge


TTFN,


Sunday, December 28, 2014

Slowly but Surely

It has taken a while to finally get this art journal page finished. I started it at the end of the summer and then life got in the way. Just happy to be starting to get back to normal. Can't wait to be fully healed and have my energy back. Turns out this growth mindset quote was just what I needed at the time that I was initially making it.;






Supplies: 400 Series Watercolor Hardbound 11" Art Journal  (Strathmore), Peacock, Mowed lawn and Shaded Lilac Distress Inks, and Archival Ink (Ranger), Stamper's Big Brush (Faber-Castell), StazOn (Tsukineko), stitch stamp (CTMH), letter jumble stencil (Dylusions by Ranger), Distressed Quatre Foil stencil (The Crafter's Workshop), paint (Art Deco), gesso (Liquitex), letter stickers (Creative Memories), foam numbers used as stamps, lined paper pad page, and letter rub-ons (Dollarama)


In creating the background, I was solely in the mood to play with circles and watercolours and see where they took me. I then added in the stencils and splatters. I knew I wanted lots of layers but without bulk. I even used up some really old rub ons and stickers too which was a bonus. The quote was inspired by a quote in Flow Magazine's International number 5. It really suits my personality... I am very persistent and try, try, try again until I get it. That and the whole alphabet thing speaks to the kindergarten teacher in me. I tailored the quote down to fit the letters that I had and even then I had to hand draw a few using the sticker backing as a template.

This art journal page makes me feel good and brings a smile to my face. Love when that happens.

TTFN,


Thursday, December 25, 2014

A Very Merry Christmas





Supplies: Bird Tree stamp, Merry Christmas stamp, and Snowflakes mask (Magenta), ink (Tsukineko, Ranger), Glimmer Mist (Tattered Angels), cardstock (Bazzill), jewels (Dollarama)

Sending out much joy and happiness to all this holiday season!

Cheers,


Monday, December 1, 2014

Magenta December Challenge

Can you believe it is the last month of the year? With a new month comes a new Magenta challenge. My DT creation for this month's Noel themed challenge is a card featuring stamping, stencilling, watercolouring, and sparkles with glitter glue, bling, and glimmer mist.







Supplies: Bird Tree stamp, Multilingual Merry Christmas stamp, Script Post stamp,Ssnowflakes stencil (Magenta), cardstock (CTMH), watercolour paper (Carson), ink (Ranger), glimmer mist (Tattered Angels), glitter glue (Hampton Arts), wood veneer polaroid frame (Recollections), jewels (Dollarama)

Magenta Products used:

MC05 - Snowflakes
 Snowflakes stencil        


 Bird Tree - Christmas Tree
  Bird Tree- Christmas Tree stamp


   Merry Christmas - Multilingual
Multilingual Merry Christmas stamp     


 Script and Postmark
 Script Post stamp


Check out the Magenta Blog to see my fellow DT members' inspirational creations.  Then use any one Magenta product that you have on your Noel themed project and join in the challenge!


TTFN,


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Magenta Blog Hop Day 3




Welcome to a week of inspiration and creativity with the Magenta Design Team! We are excited to share with you our latest collection and of course our artists are here to share their techniques with you, just hop to their blogs to learn more about their creations!

Vous êtes invités à une semaine d’inspiration et de créativité avec la Design Team Magenta! Nous sommes heureux de partager avec vous notre dernière collection et bien entendu nos artistes sont là pour partager avec vous leurs techniques, suivez les liens vers leurs blogues pour en apprendre plus sur leurs créations.







To make the card, begin by cutting a card sized piece of patterned paper. Then use the woodgrain stamp with Vintage Photo Distress Ink to  stamp on the patterned paper creating the background. Adhere the stamped paper to your card base and distress edges.  Stamp the leaf on a piece of tissue paper and fussy cut it. Gently glue the centre of the leaf down on the background. Lastly, stamp and heat emboss the Imagine sentiment stamp.

A closer detail photo:





  Here are the prizes you could win:
Voici les prix que vous pourriez gagner:






Each day we will feature projects created by our design team – simply visit their blogs and leave a comment on each post by midnight EST (GMT-5) November 9th.  We will randomly select two different blogs from the five days, then randomly draw one commenter from each blog as the winner.

Chaque jour nous présenterons des projets créés par notre Design Team - visitez leurs blogues et laissez un commentaire sur chacun avant minuit le 9 novembre, heure de l’est (GMT-5). Nous choisirons au hasard deux blogues Durant les cinq jours et tirerons un commentaire de chacun des blogues pour déterminer les gagnant(e)s.


Here’s today’s other featured projects from the Design Team:
Voici les projets sélectionnés aujourd’hui de notre Design Team:




TTFN,



Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Magenta Blog Hop Day 2


Welcome to a week of inspiration and creativity with the Magenta Design Team! We are excited to share with you our latest collection and of course our artists are here to share their techniques with you, just hop to their blogs to learn more about their creations!

Vous êtes invités à une semaine d’inspiration et de créativité avec la Design Team Magenta! Nous sommes heureux de partager avec vous notre dernière collection et bien entendu nos artistes sont là pour partager avec vous leurs techniques, suivez les liens vers leurs blogues pour en apprendre plus sur leurs créations.




Magenta products used:


Randomly stamp the scalloped edge flap with the script font stamp. Once dry, stencil the feathers and background stencil using Distress Paint. After the Distress Paint stenciled background has dried, apply VersaMark to the Branch stencil and then Heat n' stick powder. Activate with a heat gun and then adhere the glitter to the shape. Using the bird stencil, apply Whipped Spackle and then blue glitter. Stamp and heat emboss the sentiment.  Once everything is dry, edge the whole card with brown ink, add Baker's twine and a brad. Lastly, add some glitter glue to the stenciled feathers.

A little close up that shows the dimensional texture details:




  Here are the prizes you could win:
Voici les prix que vous pourriez gagner:





Each day we will feature projects created by our design team – simply visit their blogs and leave a comment on each post by midnight EST (GMT-5) November 9th.  We will randomly select two different blogs from the five days, then randomly draw one commenter from each blog as the winner.

Chaque jour nous présenterons des projets créés par notre Design Team - visitez leurs blogues et laissez un commentaire sur chacun avant minuit le 9 novembre, heure de l’est (GMT-5). Nous choisirons au hasard deux blogues Durant les cinq jours et tirerons un commentaire de chacun des blogues pour déterminer les gagnant(e)s.


Here’s today’s featured projects from the Design Team:
Voici les projets sélectionnés aujourd’hui de notre Design Team:




TTFN,