Thursday, May 29, 2014

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Dies + Stamps = FUN

When you get stamps with matching dies, creating becomes a lot of fun! 
I'm talking about the Paper Smooches May-June stamp set Kitschy Kitchen and accompanying die sets, Kitchen Icons and Apron

And here's a close-up

Along with the stamps and dies, I used DCWV Ledger Stack of patterned papers, Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft PITT Artist pens and Big Brush pens, and October Afternoon Daily Flash alphabet stickers.
It was FUN :)

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Decorated cubes with Sizzix

I have been playing with this 3D cube die by Eileen Hull for Sizzix and I can't stop playing! I ended up making quite a few cubes or blocks with this die with completely different finished looks. This die is versatile just like a blank canvas!. 
I used:
Others: Chipboard, Cardstock, Gel Medium, Gesso, Gelatos, Watercolor pencils, Pen, Acrylic paint, Paint brush, Whipped Spackle, Patette Knife

Let me show you the steps:

Diecut chipboard using Big Shot machine and the Scoreboards XL die. This die not only cuts the scoreboard or chipboard but also scores it for you for easy folding. To make one cube, you'll need to diecut two of these pieces. They'll fit together like a charm to make one cube.

Knowing that I was going to use various wet mediums on the cubes, I used some Gel Medium on the end folds to keep the cubes securely closed. You could use other strong adhesives of your choice.

Once the Gel medium dried, I coated each surface of the cubes with Gesso to prime the bare chipboard. If you are not into mixed media, you could cover your chipboard with patterned papers. It will be better to cover the chipboard with paper first and then diecut the pieces.

Color the cubes with Gelatos or another kind of paint.

Diecut some cardstock with the Overall Pattern Honeycomb and Love Hearts dies and use them as stencil along with any texture paste you have. Let the paste dry thoroughly.

At this point, you can get as creative as you wish. I used watercolor pencils, paints, pens, etc. to draw some faces, write some messages, add more colors, etc. My girls were inspired by the beautiful girls by Kelly Rae Roberts. You could add other diecuts to embellish your cubes. You could add photos, stickers, ephemera or anything else you wish. If you plan to use stamps, however, you might want to do that before assembling your cubes as it's much easier to stamp on a flat surface than on something dimensional. But if you do stamp, be sure to check that the stamped surfaces face the same direction all the way around.

My cubes are 3" x 3" x 3". You can make smaller cubes with this die. For more ideas with cubes by other designers, visit the Sizzix blog.

Have fun with blocks :)

Friday, May 23, 2014

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Another October Afternoon layout

This one's based on a sketch by Jill Sprott. Check out the OA blog for Jill's take and more inspiration.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Shaped journaling

Here's a challenge I did at the October Afternoon blog with Shaped journaling or sentiment. A fab example of shaped message is this one

And here's my take on the challenge

In keeping with my layout theme, I sketched a sail boat shape on cardstock and cut it out with scissors. You could use diecuts if you like. I created a background by applying some white gesso with palette knife to tone down the Me First 12 x 12 paper from Daily Flash All Boy collection. I also used bits and pieces from Postcard 12 x 12 paper and Journal Cards from Travel Girl Collection along with Daily Flash Days of Week washi tape and Daily Flash Travel phrase stamp.
Here are a couple of close up shots

Journaling within a shape can be fun! I hope you'll try it :)

Monday, May 19, 2014

A Magnolia

Magnolias are in full bloom all around here... the big white flowers and their intoxicating fragrance fill the nights when we sometimes hang out by the pool in the back porch. They inspired me to create a little collage.

To create this collage, I used:
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Aquarelle Art Grip Pencils: 144, 153 (BLUE set); 151 (GREEN set); 119, 126, 136 (RED set)
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Stamper's Big Brush pens: Light Cobalt Turquoise 154, Skyblue 146, Cobalt Turquoise 153, Manganese Violet 160, Magenta 133, May Green 170, Permanent Green Olive 167

Let me walk you through the steps.

Prep your page with Gesso.

Sketch your inspiration with pencil.

Color around the sketch with watercolor pencils.

Blend the colors with waterbrush.

Add colors and details to the sketch with Stamper's Big Brush pens.

Attach bits and pieces of tissues and book paper with Gel Medium around the flower.

Tone down the prints and areas of intense colors with a bit of Gesso to finish.
Here's a close up

Fun, isn't it? What would you create with inspiration that's surrounds you?

Friday, May 16, 2014

Blog Hop with ICE Resin & Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft

This week we have a blog hop with Ice Resin!  Leave a comment at each of our blogs on the designated day for a chance to win one of our prizes! We'll be posting new projects every day so don't forget to stop by our blogs!  
Monday May 12
Faber Castell: Jill Foster:  
Tuesday May 13
Faber Castell: Jen Matott:  
Wednesday May 14
Faber Castell: Rita Barakat  
Thursday May 15
Faber Castell: Tiffany Johnson
Friday May 16
ICE Resin: John Creighton Petersen
The blog hop projects will end on Friday but you have until midnight Eastern time on Sunday, May 18 to post a comment. Winners will be announced Monday, May 19.  Two winners will win a Designing with Gelatos kit OR a  prize pack from Ice Resin (a Resin Plunger, a Bezel, Medium and a Relique). 

And here's my project:

I like my jewelry simple. And it was easy to do with the right materials.
For my project, I used:
Others: Patterned tissue, wood veneer heart, scissors, paint brush, packing tape, bone folder, pin, tray, a chain

I lay some patterned tissue on the bezel and marked the area I wanted to cut with a pencil. The tissue being semi-transparent, made it easy to do that.

Now, the tissue oval was very delicate, so I added some body to it by drybrushing a couple of coats gesso to the back of it.

I also painted the base of the bezel with some gesso to make sure that if my tissue oval turns out to be smaller than a snug fit inside the frame, it won't look too bad.

Being my first time using ICE Resin, I did some research and understood that it might be a good idea to seal the tissue oval, or any art piece for that matter, with some packing tape. I cut a big enough piece of tape that could fold over to seal my tissue oval from both top and bottom. I used a bone folder to smooth out air bubbles.

I cut the oval out with scissors leaving a slight sealed edge all around. I used Gel Medium to hold it in place inside the bezel.

I colored a wood veneer heart with Stamper's Big Brush pen and sealed the top with Gel Medium.

Next, I attached the heart to the bezel with Gel Medium and let it dry thoroughly.

Following package instructions, I used the syringe to let out the resin in the cup and stirred it with craft stick.

I placed by decorated bezel on a tray (just a gift box in this case) and slowly poured just enough ICE Resin into the frame. The tray is because I wanted to be able to get that bezel safely out of my work surface to let it sit without interruption. I used a pin to work out most air bubbles. 
Here's a close up

Three days later, I have a simple piece of everyday jewelry :) Have to admit, this is addictive! Looking forward to many more adventures with ICE-Resin.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Happy Mother's Day

to my mom and all moms. 

Here's a card I made with a lot of Tim Holtz products for Ideaology, Ranger and Sizzix. Here's a list:

Tim Holtz® Distress Ink Pads: Dusty Concord, Vintage Photo, Worn Lipstick

Tim Holtz® Idea-ology Index Labels

Tim Holtz® Idea-ology Tissue Wrap Melange

Other: paintbrush

And now let me walk you through the steps.:

Fold cardstock to make 5.5" x 4.25" card. Lay Lattice stencil over and apply Worn Lipstick and Dusty Concord Distress inks with mini Ink Blending Tool.

Die cut a trophy using Sizzix Big Shot Machine and Movers & Shapers die mini trophy out of Grungeboard. Paint the diecut trophy with Adirondack Acrylic Paint Gold. Let it dry.

Trim some Melange tissue wrap to fit on the card front and attach it with Collage Glue Stick.

Attach the painted mini trophy die cut near the butterfly.

At this point the butterfly looked a bit dull, so I took a paint brush and Barn Door and Mustard Seed Distress paints and painted the butterfly a bit. I also added some visual dimension to the trophy with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. Both of these would be much easier to do before you attach the die cut to the card. 
Add a label sticker pointing to the trophy and add label letters to spell out the sentiment.

Use a paint brush to splatter some diluted gold paint over the card. Once that dries, dab some picket fence paint all over to mute the background patterns a bit so the trophy and sentiment would stand out more prominently.
And here's a close-up of the card...

Happy Mother's Day and have fun :)