Saturday, August 27

Creative Carte Blanche Challenge: Sun, Moon, Stars

I love Sun and Moon designs and knew I had to find time before the end of August to create something for the Creative Carte Blanche challenge

I pulled out my pencils, brushes and watercolors and made these quick sketches in my art journal. I started with pencil, added some masking, then got into the colors with my White Nights - love these rich colors!

Added a lot of scribbly lines and words around the Moon and Sun to finish up my pages, as well as some shading with my Stabile pencil.

Moon and Star


Years ago I remember sketching similar designs, so I think these must be imprinted in my brain.

These Things Make Me Happy!

There is nothing like the thrill of seeing someone you admire share your work! I was so happy to get an email from Seth Apter telling me he was sharing some of my artwork - Seth, you made my day!! Here is the link to his post. I love his products and have so much fun imagining ways I can use them.
Thanks so much Seth!

This week, I got a wonderful little package in the mail full of STAMPtember goodies from Simon Says Stamp to play with! Thanks Simon!! 
First up is this darling plush elephant, so I dug out some felt and embroidery floss and got to work stitching up this little cutie. I even remembered some of my embroidery stitches to use :)

I do love Simon's thin dies! They are so well made and work beautifully for me, How about this great big YOU? Can't you think of lots of ideas on ways to use this?

I played outside of my color zone in bright pinks and oranges to make this card using my STAMPtember goodies! Get ready, the new release comes out September 1 and it is chock full of amazing products! I know I already have a bunch on my wishlist!

Have a great crafting weekend!!

Tuesday, August 23

Celebrate Fall Jewel with 28 Lilac Lane!

I am so excited to share a very special limited edition mix from May Flaum's 28 Lilac Lane line with Buttons Galore: Fall Jewel!

Available exclusively from Buttons Galore this week here is a linkYou can enter code LL400 when checking out between now and 11:59p eastern time on Friday (26th) and you’ll get $1 off making it just $5.99. What could be cooler? Within USA spend $30 or more at the Buttons Galore online shop and shipping is free! They do have the entire 28 Lilac Lane line – as well as dozens (hundreds?!) of their own button mixes as well.

I have had a lot of fun creating these three projects with the Fall Jewel mix and I'd like to share my inspiration with you. Enjoy!

Isn't the mix gorgeous! I know I am going to have a hard time using that beautiful wood button, because I just want to keep it, like a treasure!

I went a little crazy with the embellishments on my card, likely because I was in a Crazy Dogs mood! It was a lot of fun to dress up this fella with some glitz using the sequins and beads and making his kibble with more beads. Perfect for a birthday, graduation or note of encouragement. 
(watercolors and ink, stamps - Tim Holtz)

Moving on to fall, I started my tag by watercoloring my blueprint leaves with Distress crayons.

And, here is the tag! This reminds me of fall camping or even Thanksgiving. After I made the tag base and colored the lantern and leaves, I figured out my placement and where I would tuck in the 28 Lilac Lane pieces. It was a lot of fun creating the cluster with buttons, sequins and beads, and the little metal leaf from the collection is the perfect touch!
 (stamps - Tim Holtz; Distress inks)

Closeup of the grouping...

For my third project, I made a Halloween card, and added sequins and beads. If you look carefully at the umbrella, you will see the little hanging beads. 
(stamps - Tim Holtz; background created with Color Bursts)

Closeup of the web...I was trying to recreate the dew drops on the webbing with the beads.

So, three different projects using the Limited Edition Fall Jewel set from 28 Lilac Lane, and as you can see, I still haven't used that wonderful wood button, but I will find the perfect project for it one of these days!  I hope you have enjoyed my inspiration for this lovely mix from May Flaum. 

Be sure to head over to her website to see a beautiful card and frame she created with the Fall Jewel mix!

Monday, August 22

Prehistoric Dream Time

Hello Monday, my friends! Our challenge this week is "Go Fish." I can see many ways to interpret this challenge, but I took a trip back in history, well actually, prehistory with this one. I think my idea evolved out of my many years of teaching Earth Science, but my mind went to sharks and trilobites when I saw the theme for this week.

Just a reminder about our kid's challenge - if you have creative kids, grands, nieces/nephews be sure to let them know about this!

Ok, time to pull out one of my art journals and get to work! I started with gessoed pages and then worked in a couple of layers of paint and some texture.

Next, I used my trilobite stencil and Dylusions paint and a mini round blender and placed my trilobites into my ocean.

I die cut a number of pieces to work with in my layout, and used sprays on them.

I used both the die cut and then cut out what was left from my Seth Apter Drip Drop die to create some ocean plants.

I was thinking of the prehistoric ocean where trilobites and sharks might have lived side by side (that's my 'go fish' part of this), and tried to imagine what the ocean might have looked like. I am also fascinated with the idea of dream time and the style of Indigenous Australian art and the wonderful texture of dots, so I worked this in using Ranger's Enamel Accents. This was my first time trying out the enamel accents, and I love how precise I can be with the tiny tip. 

A bit of detail...

I added a sandy ocean bottom by using Tim Holtz's Grit Paste and Distress Crayons.

I hope you have enjoyed my little journey into prehistory, and please do join us this week and show us your interpretation of our theme "go fish!" I am looking forward to your creation. 

Simon Says Stamp generously gives a $50 voucher each week!



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Be sure to head on over to the challenge blog to see the creative interpretations of our theme by the DT!

Thursday, August 18

Wanderlust 2016: Rockin' the Art Journal, Mistakes and All!

I found some time today to work on catching up a bit more with my Wanderlust class. I have found this year long class to be one of the best investments of my money and time, and now that I know Kasia and Jamie are working on Wanderlust 2017, I need to start saving up, because I definitely want to take it again! 

So, let's start with my mistake first. I was all set to make the two page art journal spread with a pocket, like Rachel Greig from Darkroom Door did, but I cut the wrong page. That meant I either had to use up more pages in my book (and I am starting to worry I will run out of pages before class ends), or go with a one page spread. I chose to make it a one page spread. I really should have heeded that old adage about measuring twice and cutting once, and I might have realized my mistake. 

Lots of distress inks to build up the base...

Stamping with Dylusions white spray - doesn't that make a cool effect, almost ghost-like.

Next, more stamping... I am using the few stamps I have from Darkroom Door, but I really love so many of theirs, I need to start adding some more to my collection!

Now to add the top layer...

And a bit of shine...

Here, I've tucked in a tag to show the pocket. I am not sure yet what I want to add into the pocket, but I like this so far!

My second page I worked on focuses on the art journal prompt about what I like about me... 
I am a positive and optimistic person - my glass is always half full, or more. I do love color, and somehow when I think about what I like about me, it is the optimistic person that I am, and my love for color, so I tried combining them here. 

I stamped my design first using stamps from Snapping Monsters and Paper Artsy, then I hand lettered my saying. Since this was about color, I grabbed the chance to use my new White Nights watercolors from Russia (I really love the richness of color they give). In my first thoughts of my page, I was planning to leave a lot of it open and white, but somehow the stamps just led me astray! 

Optimism lives a colorful life - and I like that about me.

I really am inspired by my Wanderlust class, and I hope this may have jumpstarted a bit of your creativity too. Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, August 15

Summer Fun!

Hello Monday! We have a new challenge at Simon Says Stamp for our Monday challenge - Summer Fun! I hope each and every one of you has been having as much fun this summer as I have. It really has been a glorious summer with a few really hot days and rainy days thrown in here and there. My garden is thriving, thanks to my son Dan, and my family is happy and healthy, enjoying hikes, biking, music, storytelling, crafting...and so much more! 

Be sure to have your kids check out this summer fun challenge just for them!

Some of my fun this summer came from participating in Tim Holtz's Summer of Creative Chemistry. Today's project is inspired by a technique I learned in CC103. I thoroughly have enjoyed working my "creative muscle" this summer! This image reminds me of biking, going to the circus and fairs...all good summer fun!

I started off creating my background with alcohol inks on Yupo.

Closeup of the texture, including threads from the applicator felt, which I like. It's almost like looking into a colorful ocean.

I decided to do a bit of sewing around the tag, and I really like the extra that adds. I also stamped some balloons from my Crazy accessories stamps and used alcohol ink with those. The strings are from tags and i just dyed them with the ink also. Love how the image looks!

The word band seemed to capture the energy and excitement of summer, and I used the alcohol ink and some Black Soot paint on this, then tied it on with some hand dyed ribbon I had made a while back.

I really hope you have been enjoying a wonderful summer full of fun. Please join us in the challenge and share some of your summer fun with us! As always, Simon offers a generous $50 voucher to one participant in the challenge, and winning this would certainly add to your summer fun! 



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Hmm, I wonder what summer fun the rest of the design team is up to with our challenge? Be sure to head on over to check out their awesome creativity!!


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