Saturday, February 6, 2016

Fly Shaker Card

Hi friends and happy Saturday, again! I made another card for the TCP January Blog Hop and this time, I'm shaking things up! This Stitched Fly Cut-Ups Die by TCP is so awesome! It makes for super cool shaker cards and so much more! I really love it and couldn't wait another day to share! :)
This die comes with the framed fly as well as the 2 clouds, which I think add the perfect element.  I tried using a sentiment on the front, but it looked much better without one so I just let this simple stitched die be the star of the show and she did a fine job! I love that about shaker cards--you don't need to fuss a lot with them because they are just so fun and cool without a lot of added embellies. I added only a layered button with a single strand of natural hemp tied into a bow in the corner. Oh! And it was the perfect opportunity to use this yummy sequin mix from Taylored Expressions called For Peeps Sake. Not only are they great for Easter themed projects, but much more too! Me lovesequins, yes....
And thanks so much for visiting me again today! Have a great one!

Born To Fly

Hey friends! Happy Saturday! Today I made a fun mixed media card using some delightful stamps from The Cat's Pajamas for the current TCP January Blog Hop--if you have any TCP, you should join in too! There's a big prize for 1 lucky participant! Check out the details HERE!

I played with the Take Flight stamp set and coordinating Birdhouses cut-up die set. I like the embossed gold effect with these super cute stamps! And the background was done on a piece of Tim Holtz cardstock paper with gold and pink Gelatos and water. I also used my MFT stencil Small Chevron Stripes with a Whipped Spackle/Glass Bead Glitter Gel combo. Hope you like!
I also added a bit of SU! gold washi tape, white cheesecloth and a few wooden sequin...oh, how I love texture....
Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful and blessed weekend! :)

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Light In The Heart

Hi friends! Hope you're having a great day! I made a little mixed media number today and really loved the process on this one! I was watching this super talented gal on YouTube named Nika in Wonderland and her process videos rock! She has done several different pieces using the same fabulous heart stencil and it was that stencil that first made me want to mimic her creations. Instead of jumping online to try and find the same one to buy, however, I just made my very own heart stencil with my handy dandy Cricut cutting machine and some heavy clear plastic that my brand new Heidi Swapp planner came in--veering off track for just a moment, I'm in LOVE with my new planner and I plan on making a blog post all about it asap! I will be doing weekly and daily planning all year in this planner and since it's on trend in the industry right now, I figured I'd share my entries along the way. Maybe once a week or every other week. So if you have a planner too, let's go on this journey together! I'd love to see your planner stuff too! Now, back to the post! So, suffice it to say that I'm a huge fan of this artist, Nika and her clever mixed media ways. This 8x10" canvas board piece is in honor of her fabulous style and inspiration!  I hope you like it!
I really like how it turned out. I followed several of Nika's tips along the way and took several photos of the process. Fair warning now, this is a photo-heavy post so stop now if you want to. And iff you're interested, here goes....after I cover the bare canvas with a layer of Gesso and letting it dry, I colored on these 5 shades of Gelatos and rubbed them with my finger and water to create this effect.
After this dried, I added pops of metallic purple Gelatos here and there the same as above.
I then stamped swirls, circles and dots with different Unity stamps in Jet Black Staz-On ink. I often randomly stamp in mixed media, but this was a bit different. I kept in mind how the designs would look after the heart stencil process, so I had to visualize a little more than normal for me.  Next, I laid down my heart stencil where I want it to be and sponged around the entire stencil with ColorBox chalk ink in Dark Cherry.
This is how it looked after I removed the stencil....
Next, I took a Black Gelato and traced around the heart, then used a tiny bit of water on my finger to blend it in. After it dried, I traced around the outer side of the black line with a White Gelato and rubbed it with just my finger, no water at all. (dry blend technique)
Now, time for more stenciling! Here I used a variety of stencils (I can't reference the stencils, sorry) with black, white and gold inks. I also added interest to the canvas with a bit more stamping.
Nearing the end of the process, I needed another stencil (or stamp) that I don't have--it's that one that looks like circle stains from the bottom of a coffee cup? Anyhoo, I decided to try and be resourceful, lol. I took the top of a SU! button container and brushed white Gesso around it, then used it for a stamp. I did it on the top of the heart on one side, then the bottom of the heart on the opposite side.
It didn't turn out half bad and it was free (my favorite price) ;)
Finally I chose THIS really good sentiment from Unity Stamp Co. and cut it in half, layered it on black cardstock, then glued it to opposite sides of the heart, much the same way I did the big white circles.
 I added little splashes of watered down gesso with a paint brush all over the canvas til I was satisfied with the overall look. 
Thanks so much for hanging in there with me! And thank you for visiting me today! It is happiness to see your lovely comments and feel your friendship across the miles. Wishing you a most creative and blessed day!

Monday, February 1, 2016

I Love You Every Day

Hi friends and happy Monday and happy February! Here's to the beginning of what I hope will be a great week and an even better month for everyone! Today I played around with stencils, pastes and sprays to create my first Valentine card of the season. I really enjoyed making this one today. I think I needed the messy therapy! And looky--it just so happened to be perfect for this month's Mixed Media Card Challenge #20- RED (with optional hearts). What fun! Why not get your Valentine mixed media mojo on and come play along too? I love encouraging people to join in like I did! :)
 The base panel is a very study piece of watercolor cardstock by Tim Holtz. I used one of my favorites, this Sa Crafters 6x6" stencil-heart strips with a mixture of Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Whipped Spackle and Glass Bead Glitter Gel. The hearts were layered over Finnabair Antique Silver Crackle Paste, which was layered atop Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist Spray in Vintage Pink and Pearl and also Baseboard Mist Paint in Fire. I stamped here and there with a chicken wire stamp and a French script stamp in Jet Black Versamark Ink. And my love for the new Simple Stories-Life In Color collection continues as I added some of the little do-dads and sentiment stickers as well as a couple pieces of chipboard, which I colored with 2 different mediums. I rubbed DecoArt Metallic Lustre wax in Black Shimmer into the chipboard piece and it turned out so cool! I shot the heart with a spritz of Baseboad Mist Paint in Fire. A few sequins and a spare piece of white mini pompom trim to finish. Look at all that yummy texture, mmm.....
Thanks so much for visiting me! I love it when you do! As always, I wish you a most creative and blessed day!

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Life In Color Altered Shaker Clock

Hey friends and happy weekend! I hope you are having a great one so far! I was recently blessed with winning one of the brand new, yet to be released paper collections from Simple Stories called Life In Color and when it arrived this week, I simply could not keep my hands off it! It's SO fabulous--bright, bold and beautiful! I wanted to make something with it right away and also share my gratitude to companies like Simple Stories for being so generous and having awesome giveaways like this! I used some of this smashing new collection, like the paper from the 12x12 collection kit and also some of the wood veneer that they sent me and it was SO much fun! I've had an crystal clock for years that I've never really cared for so instead of throwing it away, I decided to give it a new life--a life in color!
I'm adding my clock to this month's Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #20- Time Flies. Although it's definitely not as mixed-media-y as I usually get, I think that it still fits the bill since I altered the clock with paint and added a variety of different elements like glittered chipboard and sequins. If for some reason it doesn't qualify, I totally understand. I was sort of on the fence about whether or not it's truly mixed media. :)
I could kick myself for not taking before photos of the clock! Ugh. It's always cooler to see the transformation of an altered piece and I'm so sorry that I forgot. Suffice it to say, my little clock is very happy with her makeover! This project was so much fun! First thing I did was paint the outside of the clock...light pink....then metallic grey...finally, it ended up being this sky blue spray paint from Krylon. the circle frame, chipboard paper clip and metal base of the light bulb were painted in gold with Viva 3D Stamp Paint. If you happened to notice, the inside of the clock face has been turned into a shaker with yummy sequins from Verve and Doodlebug that coordinate great with this So Much Happiness 12x12 patterned paper--so I guess that makes this a shaker clock--see, told ya it was fun, hehe!
The Life In Color Fundamentals Cardstock Stickers from Simple Stories are nice and sturdy, so they make for really great embellishments.  I played around with arranging everything and inked all edges in chalky white ink, then popped some of the stickers with 3D dots. Along with the stickers, I added a wee bit of cheesecloth, the gold arrow, domino and glass light bulb from my own stash to the front of the clock in a sort of messy layers until I was satisfied.
Thanks so much for coming by today! I hope your day is filled with only good stuff!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Winter Wonderland Mixed Media Canvas

Hey friends, happy Thursday! The weekend is almost here, yay! I hope you are not one of the unfortunate ones who still seem to be buried under 2 tons of snow, ugh. If so, my heart and prayers go out to you. If you've been stopping by my blog, you may have noticed that my last few projects have all been winter themed with white, blues and hues of purple--but they actually all look very different at the same time. And even though today's project is still all about snow, I'm sort of hoping that we've seen all of the white stuff we're going to this season. Frankly, I'm already anticipating Spring...but for the moment, I will try to be happy and thankful for today, no matter what the weather. And so, I have what I think will be my final wintery project for a while. It's my last entry for the DecoArt Media Winter Wonderland Challenge.  It's a mixed media canvas and I enjoyed making it so very much! There's still about 16 hours left in the challenge so why not grab a few of fav DecoArt supplies and join in the fun? Look at what's up for grabs for the winner! I like it....I like it. A lot. :)
And here's my winter wonderland mixed media canvas...
I had the best time finding all sorts of fun things to stick on this 6x12" canvas! It's a really great way to clear out your embellishment and fabric stash too. Some of these doo-dads I've had for several years and it's so cool to find a use for them! I used DecoArt Snow TexDecoArt Dazzling Metallics Paint in Ice Blue, DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paint in Snow White and DecoArt Glamour Dust Paint in Ice Crystal, along with some other favorite mixed media supplies. Mmm, dreamy.....
Here's a few close-ups with more detail. Lots of snowflakes.....
A balcony, a filmstrip and even a ballerina are all part of my winter wonderland 2016....
DecoArt Snow Tex is new to me and it has now replaced the stuff I used to swear by.  This is the real deal and I absolutely love it! I will use Snow Tex from here on out for all my snowy-effect projects for sure!
Well, that's all for me today! Thanks so much for stopping by and letting me share with you! Here's wishing you a most creative and blessed day!

Monday, January 25, 2016

She Will Not Fail

Hello my friends and happy Monday! I hope your week is off to a great start! Today I made another mixed media project--an 8x10 canvas board that will sent to a very special friend of mine. She is a wonderful woman, a daughter of God and a beautiful example of who I aspire to be more like every day. She also happens to be a fellow artist and is always super supportive of me and my artistic endeavors. I love her very much and feel so blessed that our paths have crossed. I've also designed it with the DecoArt Media Winter Wonderland Challenge in mind.  I hope you'll grab some of your favorite DecoArt Media products and join in the challenge too!
I first adhered some aqua tissue paper to the canvas board with Mod Podge, then, with a paintbrush, I laid Snow Tex down all over the canvas allowing bits of blue to show through still.
It dried overnight then I began layering 6x6 squares of frosty blue floral patterned paper and gold infused vellum papers, along with lots of various flowers, some painted with DecoArt Dazzling Metallics Acrylic Paint in White Pearl.
I had a cool little resin bird that I wanted to use on the canvas, but the flowers were a peach color, so I used a bit of DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paint in Snow White to paint the flowers and they turned out a nice, chalky white that looks great with the shabby-chic theme.
Finally, I smeared DecoArt Metallic Lustre in Black Shimmer around the edges of the canvas and added this lovely Jamie Dougherty rub-on sentiment from her Creating in Faith collection. 
And a few close-ups of all the yummy textures.....
layers of cheesecloth, flowers and all the trimmings....
Love finding old treasures from my stash to use on a project, like this whitewashed metal heart...
And the added yumminess of a Petaloo flower with the chunky glitter ice, natural twine and more cheesecloth, mmm....
Thanks so much for visiting me today! Keeping all my beautiful sisters (and brothers) in my thoughts and prayers! Have a creative and blessed day!