Thursday, April 28, 2011

image transfer with paste...

Hey everyone!

I don't have a completed project to share right now, but I wanted to share the latest mixed media technique I have been learning... 
This started out as a photograph of a sweet little girl that LOVES my camera. =)   I then converted it into a black and white line drawing in photoshop.  From there I printed it out on a laser printer (yes, that is important!).  I then transferred the image using modeling paste (I recently learned that modeling paste can be used as a transfer medium, and I HAD to try it. lol!). Once dry, it was a fabulous surface to watercolor on!  I admit, I'm no professional watercolor artist, but the point was to have fun, not be photo realistic, so I'm happy with the attempt. I used watercolors (from the tubes, not the cakes), watercolor pencils, and Creative Inspirations Paint. (I would have used watercolor crayons too, but I don't have any right now.. it's on my list of things to get. *grin*)

And, I am super excited... Yesterday was my birthday, and after a fabulous rib dinner and yummy ice cream cake (Baskin Robbins I *heart* you!) I got an amazing gift... a new CAMERA (Nikon D3s for those who know their nikons)!  Can I just say how much I LOVE my family? Cameras are just like computers, the second you buy one, it is out dated by fabulous new technology,  so I'm not saying that my other camera bodies aren't good, cuz they great, but this one is AWESOME!  So much control... larger range of ISOs with good noise reduction... dual card slots... Yeah, I'm drooling a bit while I do my happy dance of ecstasy . =)  
Thank you family!!!

Have a fabulous day, I'm off to play with more paint!

Monday, April 25, 2011

bling grows on trees...

Well, I suppose the sunshine and good weather had to come to an end at some point... after all, as my niece reminded me, I live near a rain forest now. Yup, the rains have returned and the forecast says it will be here for a while.  Oh well, it is good crafting weather. =)

Onto today's project...
 Paper: Copic Stamping Paper, white cardstock
Stamps: Artful Inkables "Family Tree", Glitz "Distressing", Hampton Arts "Artsy Edges"
Ink: Colorbox Archival (Khaki Green), Colorbox Chalk Ink (Prussian Blue, Chestnut Roan)
Other: Spellbinder "Label 6", Gesso, rhinestones

 The background was stamped using light colors, but I felt it was too busy and the focal image and saying kinda got lost. Instead of junking it and starting over, I brushed a thin layer of Gesso over the background.  It still was too busy for the saying, so I added a couple more layers in just that area. It worked out well... The background was toned down enough that it wasn't distracting, yet it still had visual interest.

What can I say about the tree... I really felt like bling when I was making this.. LOL! 

Anyway, I hope you have a wonderful day!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

little treat...

 Happy Saturday everyone!

Before I go outside to enjoy the sunshine, I wanted to share a quick gift I shared on the Creative Inspirations blog today.
This jar is full of chocolate dipped marshmallows... you will find the the how-to on making these fabulous treats  here

The tag was made with:
Paper: My Mind's Eye, watercolor paper, white cardstock
Ink: VersaMark, Powder Puff (Mocha Mama)
Stamps: Penny Black "Garden Friends"
Dies: Quickutz "Nesting Ovals", "Nesting Scallop Ovals"
Creative Inspirations Paint: Sky Blue, Mellow Yellow, Tutu Pink, Light Purple, Mango, Fuchsia, Green Olive
Other: embossing powder, eyelet

The flower on the bow was made using:
Paper: white cardstock
Cricut: "Create a Critter", "Preserves"
Ink:Tsukineko All Purpose Ink (Rose Pink, Sand, Champagne Mist)

Have a wonderful Easter weekend everyone!

Friday, April 22, 2011

project for the kids...

Hey everyone! 

A couple of days ago, I put together a kid's craft tutorial for my family's blog.. since I can't link you directly to it (we are keeping it invite only so it is safe for the kiddo photos), I thought I would post it here too.. This is such a fun and inexpensive project to do with the kids, and a great way to keep the kids entertained.
*keep in mind it was written with children learning to read in mind, so if it seems kinda basic, it is. LOL! =)

Sidewalk Paint!

Here is what you need to start:
Corn starch
1/4 cup measuring cup
food coloring 
toothpicks (optional for colors)
containers for paint (I use dixie cups)
paint brushes (the cheap kind!)

lets get started!
Step 1: find your 1/4 cup measuring cup.

 Step 2: fill up your measuring cup with corn starch and dump it in your bowl.

 Step 3: take that same measuring cup and fill it up with cold water.

 Step 4: pour the water into your bowl with the corn starch.

 Step 5: stir. This will be a little hard at first and you will have lots of clumps.

 Keep stirring until it looks and feels like you are stirring milk.

 Step 6: carefully pour your mix into your smaller containers.

 Step 7: add food coloring and stir. I like to use toothpicks for this just so I don't have to wash as many spoons later, but for young children, spoon or straws are a safer option.

 Make as many colors as you want! Try mixing food coloring together for new colors!

Step 7: take your paints and paint brushes outside and make art!  Don't forget to bring out an extra cup of water to wash your brush out between colors.

*note for parents: these are similar to sidewalk chalks and rinse off with water, however, because of the food coloring, I don't know how well they come out of clothes.. you may want to keep that in mind when doing this project.* 

Hope you enjoy!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

it's all in the journey...

I was RAKed a chipboard mini album a while ago... I never got around to doing anything with it because I didn't know what to do... I decided it was high time I did SOMETHING with it. LOL!  So here is the cover to my mini album.. I don't have any  particular plans with this book, I am just letting myself have fun and do whatever feels right for each page. I guess you could say that this is a journey, and I'm not sure where I'll end up... but I'm going to enjoy it anyway!

Here is the cover:
Mini Album page: Colorbok
Stamps: Hero Arts "Antique Engravings"; Fancy Pants "Doodles and Things", "Pollen Dust"
Ink: Stazon (Jet Black), Memento (Tuxedo Black), VersaMark
Creative Inspirations Paint: Light Purple, Royal Purple, Tickled Pink, Turquoise, Sky Blue
Other: Gesso, modeling paste, acetate, glitter, UTEE, brads, feathers, rhinestones, Viva Decor pearl pen, canvas

The back ground was done by applying a thin layer of modeling paste to the chipboard. while it was still wet, I stamped it, and pressed a few random "found" objects into it for texture. After it dried I painted the whole thing with Light Purple CI paint. I then highlighted the texture by applying a little bit of Royal Purple CI ink using my finger.

The butterflies were stamped onto acetate with Stazon ink. I then cut them out. I stacked two on top of each other adding glue only on the body. This allows the wings to move and adds a great dimension to the piece. Some glitter and rhinestones finish them.

"dream" was stamped using CI paint directly onto canvas. I love the extra texture this gives.  The color and shimmer of the paint show up fabulously on the canvas!

The flowers were done using the faux plastic technique shown here.  Tucked in behind are some floofy feathers.  I love the added movement and softness they add. What can I say.... I like feathers. =)

I'm still working on the rest of the pages, so stay tuned!

Have a wonderful day!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

buzzin' by...

Today has been a beautiful spring day!  I spent several hours outside with my dogs just enjoying the sunshine.. fabulous!

This card fits my mood perfectly... simple and bright!
Paper: Coredinations, white cardstock
Stamps: Fiskars "Outdoor fun"  *totally adore this stamp set!*
Ink: Archival Ink (Jet Black), Aquamarkers (Bamboo, Straw Yellow, Sepia)
Creative Inspirations Paint: Fairy Dust
Other: ribbon, wire, foam squares

 I stamped the flower a total of 6 times. I colored all 6, then cut the leaves and flowers out of 3. Using foam squares for dimension, I layered the cut out leaves and flowers over the whole images.

For a little extra fun, I stamped the bee, colored, and cut it out. I then made a spring out of a piece of thin wire and attached the bee to the wire, and the wire to the card.. I love how the wire allows the be to wiggle and "fly"! So much fun!

Have a fabulous weekend!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

shiny flowers...

Hey everyone!

In honor of spring, I thought I would share with you a tutorial I put together for the Creative Inspirations Paint blog... It involves a technique that I really enjoy using to alter flowers.

Step 1: Color your paper flower using desired method.  I'm using a white Prima flower and some Creative Inspirations paint, but you can use inks, sprays, or other paints.

Step 2: Dry your flower completely.  This is important to avoid problems later on.

Step 3: Press the top of your flower into a clear embossing ink.

Step 4: Cover your flower with UTEE (ultra thick embossing enamel). You can use regular clear embossing powder, it just takes longer to build up layers.

Step 5: Carefully heat the UTEE.  Start with your heat gun a ways away, and move it slowly towards your flower as the powders start to melt. This will help keep the powders in place while they melt instead of flying all over.

This gets very hot! I suggest using tweezers to hold your flower.

Step 6: While UTEE is still hot, cover with more UTEE.

 Repeat until the desired enamel is built up. I usually do between 3-5 layers.

Step 7: While the last layer of UTEE is still hot, you can sprinkle on some glitter.

Step 8: Gently reheat the flower to allow the glitter to adhere to the UTEE. Your glitter will stay in place.. no flacking off all over your projects...I love that!

I used this technique for this simple card... 
Paper: Coredinations, white cardstock
Stamps: Glitz "Distressing", 3 Bugs in a Rug "Flower Patch", VersaMark
Ink: Archival Ink (Jet Black), Distress Ink (Milled Lavender)
Creative Inspirations paint: Amethyst, Silver Frost
Other: Prima flowers, brad, trim, UTEE, Glitter

There is so much shine in these flowers! The paint is shimmery, the glitter is sparkly, and the UTEE is glossy.. WOW!

Well, I hope you enjoyed this!  I'll be back soon with more projects to share. =)

Saturday, April 9, 2011

snail mail...

Hey everyone! Sorry  I've been gone so long.. I've had to deal with some major personal and family stresses that have left me little quality time in my studio... However, things are looking up in all areas, so I'm planning on spending a lot of time creating!

Here is a fun little card to celebrate spring and getting back into my studio!

Paper: Die Cuts With a View, white cardstock, crepe paper
Stamps: Fancy Pants "On a Whimsey", Clear Dollar Stamps "Thumbkin"
Ink: Colorbox Chalk (Yellow Citrus), Archival Ink (Jet Black), Mark-it
Creative Inspirations Paint: Citrus, Sunshine, Turquoise, Sapphire, Blush
Dies: Quickutz "Nesting Circles"
Other: Modeling Paste, Enamel Accents (Ranger), Pearl Pen (Viva Decor), unknown stencil

The snail was made by using modeling paste with a stencil I've had for years. When it was dry, I painted it with the CI paints. They work fabulously hon the modeling paste, and add so much shimmer to the texture! To help define the snail a little more, I went around the edges with a black marker.  For even more dimension, I used Ranger's Enamel Accents in black for the eye, and Viva Decor Pearl Pen to add polka dots on the shell... 

The Pearl Pen is a new addition to my studio. I'm not really sure how I feel about it yet... I'm not getting the results I had envisioned with it, but I fully admit that it may be due to user error. I'm going to keep playing with it, and get back to you with my results.

The ruffle is another crepe paper ruffle... I am enjoying these right now. =)
I painted the crepe paper with Turquoise CI paint to match the snail. I then decided that I wanted a thinner ruffle, so I cut the crepe paper in half length wise. I then ran it through my sewing machine on a basting stitch, and gathered it up...I love the added dimension, and that it still fits well in an envelope. 

Have a wonderful spring weekend!