Saturday, August 27, 2011

spider venom...

Along with the Halloween cards I've been making, I've decided to make a Halloween mini album. I have no idea why.... the urge just hit, and I decided to go with it. =)

Last October I was RAKed by a sweet lady, a bunch of Halloween type embellies, so I decided to let that be my starting off point. 

I started by designing the basic shapes of all the pages on my Gypsy and cutting them out of black chipboard. From there, I'll work each page as the inspiration hits.  I'm really excited about this!

Anyway, here is the cover (as that is the only part I have finished yet.)

Paper: chipboard, acetate
Stamps: Fancy Pants "Delight" & "In My Words", Sassafrass "Collage Trim"
Ink: StazOn (Jet Black), Alcohol Ink (Cranberry), All Purpose Ink (Poppy Red), ColorBox (Cream White, Antique Pewter), Distress Ink (Soot)
Creative Inspirations Paint: Antique Gold
Cricut: Plantin Schoolbook
Other: Prima flowers, Making Memories brads, Morbid Industries "Spooky Bottle Labels", brads, clear embossing powder, Pirate Gold embossing powder, Enamel Accents, Crackle Accents

 For the edge, I built up multiple layers of clear embossing powder and Poppy All Purpose ink. I then randomly sprinkled on some Pirate Gold embossing powder with my fingers. While the embossing powder was still hot, I pressed a stamp into it, leaving a fabulous textured impression.  Rubbing StazOn over the top really helps pick up the edges and accentuate the design. 

 The butterflies were stamped with StazOn ink onto acetate. I then inked them with Alcohol ink and cut them out. Using a heat gun, I gently overheated the acetate to make it warp.  It really adds dimension!

The main image is actually a label meant to be put on a wine bottle for a fun Halloween treat. But since I will never use it as that, I decided it would be perfect for this mini album. I tore up the sides a little and randomly smeared a layer of Crackle Accents over part it. Once it was dry I used a foam ink blending tool to work black ink into all the little cracks. The enamel will resist the ink, but the ink that goes down in the little cracks stays and really brings them out. 

Anyway, I had tons of fun with this! Now... how to do the next page... 


Friday, August 26, 2011

doodlebug bright...

As promised, I've got another project using my current favorite Halloween stamp set by Inkadinkado... I wanted to use the same set in a totally different style... so I went Doodlebug bright! =)

Paper: Doodlebug Designs,  Coredinations, watercolor paper, acetate
Ink: Archival Ink (Jet Black), Inksenssial white pen, All Purpose Ink (Tangerine), Mark-it (Polynesian Purple), StazOn (Cotton White
Stamps: Inkadinkado "Cat and Friends", Fancy Pants "In My Words", Studio G "spider"
Dies: Quickutz "Nesting Circles"
Other: Doodlebug glitter, Enamel Accents, rhinestones, watercolor crayons

 After I cut the circles  from the patterned paper and the base of my card, I sandwiched a piece of acetate in between them. This gave me a clear window while still leaving a surface for me to stamp on. It also adds a lot of visual dimension since the swirls are "floating" above the stamped cat.
I'm not very good at free handing doodles with a bottle of glue, so I like give myself a template... I stamp my swirls, then go over them with glue and sprinkle on the glitter. It takes time, but I love how it looks in the end. I know there are glue pads that you can stamp directly with, but I don't feel they hold the glitter as well as a nice line of strong liquid glue.

 The image was colored using watercolor crayons.  For me, watercoloring images is so much easier than getting it to look good using markers. I know there are some amazingly talented people who make magic with markers, but I'm not one of them. I'll stick to my paints. =)


Saturday, August 20, 2011

beach baby...

Not too long ago, I met this adorable baby, and I was blessed with the chance to take lots of photos of him. His mom also agreed to let me do some scrapbook pages with those photos! He is such a cutie, and I adored spending time with him!

 Paper: Me and My Big Ideas, Coredinations, White cardstock, chipboard
Stamps: Inkadinkado "Sketchy Flourishes"
Ink: StazOn (Jet Black, Timber Brown), VersaMark, Distress Ink (Weathered Wood)
Creative Inspirations Paint: Silver Frost, Mocha Latte, Carmel, Tanzanite, Denium
Cricut: Alphalicious, Wall Decor
Other: Gesso, embroidery floss, Distress embossing powder, nail heads, clay, fishnet tights, raphia
For the stitching, I poked 1 hole in each of the inner scallops, then 3 holes on the outside of the scallops. By going across from the inside hole of one scallop to the outside holes on the next scallop over, a beautiful weaved look is achieved. I love it! (although I'll admit, it takes some time to do!)

 Using my Cricut, I cut out a large flourish out of acetate. I used the negative shape to form a stencil for gesso and CI paints. I then put the positive flourish underneath the paper at a slightly different angle and sanded. Because the green paper is Coredinations, it has a beautifully coordinated core that shows up when you sand it. The shape underneath is slightly raised from the table, so you get a kind of ghost image, and lots of distressing!

 The title was cut out of chipboard. I then tapped the letters into VersaMark and embossed with Distress Embossing Powder. It has a fabulous texture that looks and feels like sand. Perfect for this LO!

For even more texture, I cut up some old fishnet tights to look like old fishing nets. 
I made a mold of a real shell, then made a bunch of clay shells to use as accents.  
You can learn how I painted the shells by clicking here.

Well, that's all for me right now... guess I should go feed my dog... 


Thursday, August 18, 2011

falling for the bear...

Hey everyone! 

Sorry I haven't posted more... I've been feeling like my week goes from Monday straight to Friday, and I'm not sure where the time went! =)

Anyway, I've been thinking that I need to start working on fall things... After all, if I don't start now, they will probably never get done. lol!

When I was out shopping yesterday, I came across a fun stamp set by Inkadinkado that really got me in the mood for fall!

 Honestly, isn't that bear SO SWEET! And that is only one of the stamps in the set! (yes, I'm very excited over this stamp set!)

The leaves are made by Petaloo. They started out as white velvet, but I mixed up some Distress Ink sprays and went to town. =)

I wanted a little more dimension to the card, so I made a wreath of twisted wires. I wrapped wire around a jar several times for the base and wrapped a couple short pieces of wire in random places to hold it in place. I then wrapped a long wire around a dowel to curl it, then randomly wrapped that around the other wires. It turned out quite fun.

The bear is stamped onto watercolor paper with Archival Ink. I love this ink when I'm planning on watercoloring because it won't smear!
Most of the bear was watercolored using Distress Inks. Because they work so well with water, you can rub the pad on a non-porous surface, then use that ink as paint. Tons of fun!

All the sparkly parts are done with Creative Inspirations Paint. I added Glossy Accents over the honey to give it a wet shiny look. 

I had so much fun with this card! I'm thinking more halloween projects will be coming...


Paper: Rusty Pickle, Bazzill, Watercolor paper, White cardstock
Ink: Distress Ink (Rusty Hinge, Dusty Concord, Peeled Paint, Vintage Photo, Tea Dye, Tattered Rose, Victorian Velvet, Frayed Burlap, Antique Linen, Pumice Stone, Aged Mahogany, Mustard Seed), Archival Ink (Jet Black), Mark-it (Tuxedo Black)
Stamps: Inkadinkado "Cat & Friends"
Creative Inspirations Paint: Gold, Raw Sienna, Citrus
Dies: Quickutz "Nesting Circles"
Other: Glossy Accents, rhinestones, wire, Petaloo Leaves, 

Saturday, August 13, 2011

pencils and paper...

Happy Saturday everyone!

I was looking around in some of my stuff today, and ran across this drawing I did a while ago and thought I'd share...

It is based off a photograph, and all done in pencil. Anyway, I know this isn't my usual crafty project, but it is something I enjoy doing!


Wednesday, August 10, 2011

simply sweet...

 Hey everyone! I finally got a LO done again!  I once again have pictures of some of my favorite kiddos in the world, so I'm excited to get busy!
Paper: Scribble Scrabble, Basic Grey, acetate
Stamps: Fancy Pants "From the Garden"
Ink: StazOn (Jet Black), Memento (Tuxedo Black)
Creative Inspirations Paint: Silver Frost, Rose Quartz
Dies: Cricut "Graphically Speaking", Home Decor
Other: Acrylic paint, Viva Decor Pearl Pen, nail heads, lace, pearl trim

*journaling added after these photos*

 I love using acetate! It is such a fun way to add color, shape, and weight while leaving you in complete control! I die cut the scalloped circle behind the photo, then distressed it by dry brushing some acrylic paint lightly over the back.  I also brushed on a tiny bit of Silver Frost CI paint for a very subtle shine. I stamped the edges with StazOn ink because it is formulated to work on non-porous surfaces. I added some silver nail heads to the center of each stamped flower as well as some lines of dots using a Viva Decor Pearl Pen which makes little half pearls. Beautiful!

I needing some visual weight in the upper left of the LO, so I die cut  several swirls... I played around with color and weight, but I found it all so distracting. I finally settled on acetate again and dry brushing white on the back. It adds the visual weight without pulling focus from the photo.

I love this lace! I found it at a little fabric shop one time... It looks like the old fashioned hand crocheted lace. I really like the texture it added since everything up to this point was so smooth. However, it is very much off white. Because of the starkness of the whites in the photo, the lace looked really bad!  Quick fix was to add some color to it with CI paints. Perfect! 

Wrapping some pearl trim loosely around the lace helped give it a softer edge. 

I love the way this turned out. I was trying to figure out a way to get some frilly flowers and other embellishments on it, but when I stepped back, I found that I like it the way it was, and anything more seemed like too much. I guess some LOs are just meant to be more simplistic.... 

Well, I'm off to enjoy the beautiful weather! 


Friday, August 5, 2011

a little art therapy...

Happy Friday everyone!

Today I have a couple projects to show you...

The first one is a watercolor card.  I have recently fallen in love with watercolor crayons... I find painting  to be very relaxing, so when I need a break from everyday life, I sit down in a quite place and lose myself in color. Bliss!

I decided to use one of my "paintings" on a card. I  kept the card simple to keep the focus on the painting.
 Paper: Watercolor paper, SEI, white cardstock
Ink: Archival Ink (Coffee), Sakura (Clearstar)
Stamps: Clear Dollar Stamps "Watermill", Fancy Pants "In My Words"
Other: Watercolor crayons 

Here you can see a closeup of the stamped painting. You may also notice that the swirls are shimmery... I stamped them with Coffee Archival ink, then I went over them with my Sakura Clearstar pen. It is a clear shimmery ink in a ball point pen.... Perfect for adding a little detail, or highlighting areas without overdoing the sparkle. 

My second project for today is an art journal square. I haven't shared one of these in a while.... For those who don't know what my art journal squares are, I cut up a bunch of moving boxes into squares, and I use them to just play with art. Anything goes with these... Basically I'm trying giving myself a creative outlet that I don't have to worry about if anyone else thinks it is good. They are just for me, and I only share the ones I want.  I find it very freeing to work on these knowing there is no pressure to please, no deadlines to meet, and no limitations. 
On this one, I did a base coat with gesso to give me a nice bright surface that wouldn't just absorb the ink. I made two stencil  using the  Cricut "Serenade" cart. One of the bottom layer, and one of the top layer of the image. I used Spiced Marmalade Distress ink on the bottom layer to give a bright solid silhouette of the butterfly. I then used the top layer stencil to add modeling paste to the wings. Because of  how distress inks react to moisture, the wet modeling paste wicked up some of the orange from underneath changing it from white to a soft tint of the color behind it. Matching colors and lots of texture... 

I used an ink blending tool to randomly apply Spiced Marmalade around the butterfly, then used a sponge dauber to apply a light layer of both Mango and Coal Creative Inspirations Paint. Lots of fun.

So go have some fun making art today! I plan to. =)


Wednesday, August 3, 2011

canvas journal...

I came across these cute canvas covered notebooks while browsing a store a little while ago. I fell in love with the style! So I picked up a cheap notebook (the kind that just has a glue binding) and set about altering it. 

(and yes, I do use and love my old fashion dip pen!)

I made a cover with chipboard, and coved one side in a piece of canvas for the inside covers. Since my notebook did not have any holes punched in it, I was free to decide where I wanted my holes. I had to do small sections of the notebook at a time with my crop-a-dile, however, I was able to keep the glue binding in tact. 

After the holes were punched, I stacked my back cover, notebook, and top cover together. I wrapped a large piece of canvas around them, and marked where the front and back holes hit.  I then punched them out with my crop-a-dile (this tool is a MUST! it punches through everything!!!). I also reinforced the canvas holes with eyelets. This will keep them from tearing or unraveling. 

A little mod podge on the front and back cover (not the spine) attaches the canvas to the outside. I wanted to use twine to thread through the holes, but I didn't have any on hand, so I used raphia.

After the basic book is put together, it is time to decorate!  I used an ink blending tool to add some Distress Ink directly to the canvas. I then stamped my image on a small square of canvas. I frayed the edges to keep them nice and soft. (canvas is wonderful for fraying!!!)  I used the ink blending tool to color in the bear... this gives a kind of blended messy look that works well with the canvas.  To give the bear a little more highlight and visual texture, I painted a layer of Carmel CI paint over the bear and added a tiny bit of Blush in the ears. 

The rhinestone and nail head design was done using this techinique

The flower was made using a design I came up with quite a while ago with my gypsy. I cut 12 separate petals out of white cardstock (6 large, 6 small), and 3 small paper flowers. I then ink and stamp both sides of each petal. Scrunching up each petal gives a lot of texture and dimension to the flower. The petals are then layered. I then stack the 3 small flowers (leaving the top one all scrunched up) and glue it to the middle of the flower to give it a nice full center.

These are so much fun, and so easy to personalize!  I plan on making more soon!


 Paper: Chipboard, white cardstock, notebook
Ink: Distrees Ink (Chipped Sapphire, Stormy Sky, Weathered Wood, Victorian Velvet, Wild Honey, Frayed Burlap), Staz-on (Jet Black), Memento (Tuxedo Black), India Ink 
Stamps: Yvonne Albriton Designs, Inkadinkado "Lettter", Fancy Pants "From the Garden"
Creative Inspirations Paint: Carmel, Blush
Dies: Cricut "Cindy Loo", "Preserves"
Other: Enamel Accents, canvas, raphia, rhinestones, nail heads, eyelets