Sunday, March 29, 2015

Art Journal Sunday

This is a "left overs" page. I had a stencil out, already covered in modeling paste, and I decided to use up some of the excess on a blank page. The image was smudged, but added some interesting texture, so I went ahead and added some vibrant colors, and a random word written out with a fine-line applicator and black paint. After a few days I came back and added the white doodles for some extra interest.





Wednesday, March 25, 2015

So Cold

New York City had its coldest February in eighty-five years.  Needless to say, I did not spend a lot of time outside. But my office provided a nice vantage of the ice flows in the harbor.


Supplies: Hip Kit Club March 2015 main kit (Paper and Chipboard: Crate (Craft Market); Alphas: American Crafts Thickers (Marque)); Other: Simon Says Stamp stencil; Sizzix die; Tim Holtz Distress Ink (broken china); Versamark ink; Mister Huey's spray ink (shine); Bo Bunny paint (blush); We R Memory Keepers washi; Technique Tuesday journaling stamp; Recollections embossing powder; miscellaneous buttons and ribbon

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Monday, March 23, 2015

This is Love

Playing with the March 2015 Hip Kit Club main kit for this layout. My husband and I went out to a play one evening and the only photograph I got was a very dark, grainy selfie. I decided to keep it small, and repeat it across the page in a band.  Then I had fun layering embellishments from the kit and my stash. (I accidentally messed up and crossed my diagonal stripes. Oops).


Supplies: Hip Kit Club March 2015 main kit (Paper: We R Memory Keepers (Love Notes), Crate (Craft Market); Chipboard and Puffy Stickers: Crate (Craft Market); Cork: Lawn Fawn; Fair and Die Cuts: Hip Kit by Evalicious); Other: Crate (Maggie Holmes) chipboard; Simon Says Stamp (hearts), Ellison (square top note), and Spellbinders (rectangle top note) dies; Tim Holtz Distress Ink (black soot, pumice stone); Mister Huey's (pretty pink) spray ink; Dr. PhMartin's India Ink (teal); the Crafter's Workshop (swiss dot) stencil; modeling paste, clear gesso

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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Art Journal Sunday

Another art journal page inspired by Donna Downey's Inspiration Wednesday. I'm very glad I've taken this year-long class. It's providing me with lots of new ideas and ways to get my fingers dirty.


The base of this page is labels that were stenciled with TCW Art Is and Cursive Alphabet stencils and an unknown honeycomb stencil and black paint. The labels were layered onto the page, their strings giving the page added texture. I then used the Art Is stencil again and modeling paste and added an additional layer of texture to the background. Once everything was dry, I doodled the circles with black paint and a fine-line applicator, then painted in the bold colors.





Friday, March 20, 2015

This Friday is Card Day

Spring is coming and that means, at least for me, lots of card giving occasions.


This simple greeting was made using the Crafter's Workshop Swiss Dot stencil and three shades of distress ink, applied in a gradient with a foam applicator.  I applied the same inks to two tags that I made using a Die-namics die set. I stamped the smaller tag with a greeting from Stampin' Up! For the larger tag, I used the same stencil and a wet wipe to remove some of the ink, leaving behind a faint echo of the dot pattern.



The second card I made this week was compiled from bits and pieces I had accumulated in my work area.


The tag (also a Die-namics die cut) was splashed with several shades of india ink.  I then stamped a greeting (unknown) and tied it off with several colors of embroidery floss. I layered the tag over vellum leaves (a Simon Says Stamp die), white paper, and a sheet of pattern paper (from Amy Tan's Plus One collection). To finish it off, I added some Studio Calico sequins.




Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Memphis Moments

The design for this layout is based on Scrapbook Coach 12 "In the Band," which is available to members of Get It Scrapped.  I used the template for a layered band.


Supplies: Hip Kit Club January/February 2015 main kits (Paper: We R Memory Keepers (Love Notes), Amy Tangerine (Stitched), Dear Lizzy (Serendipity); Alphas: Amy Tangerine (Other Half); Die Cuts: Heidi Swapp, My Mind's Eye (Jubilee)); Other: Maggie Holmes (Love Notes) die cuts, Doodlebug enamel dots, Tim Holtz Distress Ink (chipped sapphire, picked raspberry), Tim Holtz die (tag), Bella Boulevard washi

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Monday, March 16, 2015

Dining in Memphis

Another layout from our New Year's trip to Memphis ... featuring yet more food.  I'll get around to the sites eventually.


Supplies: Hip Kit Club January/February 2015 main kits (Paper: Heidi Swapp; Alphas: Heidi Swapp; Die Cuts: Heidi Swapp, My Mind's Eye (Jubilee); Stickers: Evalicious (Field Notes); Cork: Elle's Studio);Paper: Studio Calico; Punch: EK Success (notebook); Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (black soot), Dr. PhMartin's India Ink

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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Art Journal Sunday

I recently obtained the Crafter's Workshop Love Birds stencil and had a vague idea of how I wanted to use this stencil on an art journal page.  Achieving a final result was a bit trickier than I originally anticipated, but I kept at it, adding layers until I reached this point.


After placing a bird and several branches on a gessoed page with modeling paste, I added several layers of paint mixed with glaze.  While this technique highlighted the stenciled image nicely, it did not give me the saturation of color that I wanted. I then tried spray ink. This only served to muddy everything. Finally I settled on blue and teal india ink. This gave me the wonderfully saturated color I wanted for the background, but by this point, my original stencil work was completely obscured.

I walked away and let everything dry.  I came back the next day with the stencil and white paint. I re-did  most of the original work, and added a few new branches.  I then added more texture by gluing thin pieces of wood to the page in something like a brick wall formation.  I painted this white, then stenciled some words over top with the Crafter's Workshop Art Is stencil and black spray paint. I continued to add black paint to the page.  For the final steps, I highlighted the bird and leaves with orange paint, and stenciled some distressed circles using the Crafter's Workshop Well Rounded stencil and white paint.




Thursday, March 12, 2015

Love Us

I love our differences and how wonderfully my husband and I compliment each other. I love that he encourages my mad schemes and endless search for something new. This time, I've decided that we needed a guitar in the house. His patience will be tested, teaching me how to play.

This layout was featured in an article at Get it Scrapped, "Ideas for Scrapbook Page Embellishment with Clusters."


Supplies: Papers: Webester's Pages (Nest); Alphas: Amy Tangerine (Lucky); Wood Veneers: Kaiser Craft (large florals), Freckled Fawn (small florals), Studio Calico (hearts); Stencil: The Crafter's Workshop; Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (pumice stone); Spray Ink: Heidi Swapp Color Shine (gold); Paint: Liquitex (gold); Enamel Dots: Doodlebug; Doilies: Bo Bunny; Other: modeling paste

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Monday, March 9, 2015

Friendship

A playful layout featuring a selfie of my best friend and me, out and about on a crafty adventure on my birthday. Definitely a "life is good" kinda day.


Supplies: Paper: Kaisercraft (Blue Bay), We R Memory Keepers (Indian Summer); Alphas: American Crafts Thickers; Leaves and Flowers: Prima, Petaloo; Buttons: Papertrey Ink; Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (chipped sapphire); Spray Ink: Heidi Swapp Color Shine (gold); Other: Dr. PhMartin's India Ink (teal)

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