Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Interpreting inspiration

How will you interpret these images in your creative projects?

Here's my take.
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Monday, January 19, 2015

A new year, a new journal

Hi everyone! It's a new year and a great time to start a new creative venture. I'm starting a sketch journal.

For this project, I used:
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Mini Journal Board
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accent: Gesso
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils: 108, 115 (YELLOW set); 156, 168 (GREEN set); 131, 176,187, 234, 276 (NEUTRAL set)
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Deluxe Waterbrush

The steps are really simple here. Let me walk you through.

I started with the Mini Journal Board.

Applied a coat of gesso to prime the board.

Inspired by a hexagon rug I had seen, I doodled random polygons and colored them in with Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils.

Using a Deluxe Waterbrush, I blended the colors a bit and wrote January at the base to mark the first month.
I'm sure you all are going to see more of this journal from me in coming months :)

Thursday, January 15, 2015

My canvas for Ranger Designer Challenge

LOVED using the stencils, paints, gesso, and stamps by Dina Wakley! Thanks Dina and Tim!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Monday, January 12, 2015

A share from CHA

Nope, I'm absolutely sitting at home... I'm not at CHA. I'm enjoying my new baby and checking my social media feeds to see fresh eye candy from CHA. But here is a layout I did for Tim Holtz for Sizzix for the show. Again, I love scrapbooking: mixing my love of family with my love of creating!

Friday, January 09, 2015

Lunch box Love note with Sizzix

Hi everyone! Hope your new year is off to a great start and so is your crafting! It's busy here with the baby and other household things. That makes me look forward to crafting time even more. Here's a lunch box love note I made recently using the Sizzix Sizzlits Decorative Strip Die Album, Bread.
To create this love note, I used:
Ranger Distress Ink pads: Tea Dye, Worn Lipstick
Ranger Ink blending tool
Calligraphy pen

Cut a strip of cardstock. Sandwich it between the two cutting pads and lay it on the extended multipurpose platform. Pass it through the Big Shot machine to diecut the bread album.

Color the end parts with Worn Lipstick Distress ink.

Color the album with Tea Dye Distress ink.

Splatter a little water on the pieces to activate the Distress inks.

Attach the two end pieces to the album with adhesive.

Write a love note or a love quote with a calligraphy pen in your best handwriting. Tuck it into a lunch box or snack pack to brighten a loved one's day :) 

Monday, January 05, 2015

Take the Challenge with Mou, January 2015 at Design Memory Craft Blog

Hi everyone, Mou here wishing you a very happy new year and welcoming you to the first Take The Challenge of 2015!

If you are new to this blog, let me fill you in about Take the Challenge. Every month, on the first Monday, I'll post a challenge and my take on it. You'll have 12 days to take this on. Leave a comment to the challenge post with a link to your creation based on that challenge. We will pick TWO winners from among the readers who participated in that month's challenge. And the winners will get a prize from Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft®.
January: the first month of the year! A time of making new resolutions, fresh starts, starting again. It's the time of new beginnings. Your challenge this month is to create anything to celebrate new beginnings. 
Here's my take:
Here's a list of supplies I used:
Here are the steps:
Apply a coat of gesso to the unfinished wooden frame.

Rub Gelatos colors on the frame and blend with Glaze.

Lay stencil on frame and apply Whipped Spackle with palette knife.
Color the frame insert with Chalkboard paint. When dry, write your message on the chalkboard and put it back in the frame.
Don't forget to share your challenge creations with us... just leave a comment to the challenge post with link to your project image(s) by Friday, 1/16 and we will pick TWO winners randomly to win these.
The prizes for this challenge are: One Chalkboard Paint tub & one Mini Journal Board.
Don't forget to check back on Monday, 1/19 to see if YOU won!
Good luck to all!