Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Journey to your Soul - Art Doll for VLVS

Hello and Happy Tuesday! Yesterday, I shared an off the page, mixed media project, over on the Viva Las Vegas Stamps blog.


My creative style and design evolve and change over time.  To be honest, I get bored with myself when I create the same project type design frequently.  I believe that change keeps my creativity flowing and I embrace the change instead of fight it.

One of my current creative obsessions are Art Dolls.  I love the free form, whimsy appeal and love the serene, deep feelings that are often evoked from my dolls.

Using products from some of my favorite companies, including VLVS of course, I created my next Art Doll.

My Art Doll base is actually a failed mixed media project.  I had been playing with several Stencil Girl stencils and Shimmerz paints with the hopes of creating a mixed media canvas for VLVS.  I'm not sure if the color palette or design wasn't working, so I started over.
(the original color palette on my base was blue and purple, and had text texture all over the piece).


I covered the blue/purple wood canvas with a coat of gesso and began again.

Once the gesso was dry, I used the Fractured Glass Stencil  from Stencil Girl, with Shimmerz Texturez to create my new background.  I added several shades of Shimmerz sprays to build my color.

I also applied the same technique to a blank wood piece that would 'hold' my Art Doll in place.


Now it was just a matter of building the individual pieces of my Art Doll, with paint, embossing powder, spray mists and stamping.

The 'throne' that my Art Doll rested on, was created using the Dictionary Page stamp, (a must for any mixed media artists) over a piece of vellum.  I love how you can subtly see the background through the stamped image and vellum.


Stamping does not have to be 'in your face' to get the impact you are looking for.  For my Art Doll wings, I stamped embossed the wings with Filigree Heart.  I LOVE how this looks on the wings.  The embossed stamped image adds to the whimsy feel I was looking for.  I also added a bit of the same technique on her halo.


I completed my Art Doll, using bits and bobs from my stash.




Oh yeah...I forgot to show the sides of my wood canvas.  I also stamped embossed the sides of my canvas using Lacy Lines.  This stamp is a perfect compliment to the stencil used previously.  Perfect!


What do you do to keep your creative MOJO flowing?  I'd love to know any tips or hints you have to share!

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Go Large with Chipboard! Be Bold!

Hello and Happy Monday!

Last week, I shared this layout over on the UmWOWStudio blog about living LARGE!

The Ray Background Chip is one of my UWS favorites!  I have used it on several layouts and you just might see it again in the future.  It's one of those chips that is extremely versatile and is just the perfect touch for any project.

For this layout, I wanted the Chip to be the main embellishment on the page, so the balance of my layout is basically patterned paper and stickers.


I painted the Ray Background chip with a quick coat of gesso, then embossed the entire piece with chucking embossing powder.  It looks simply divine!



Sometimes the simplest technique is the most effective.

I adhered a few of my glittered Butterfly Confetti pieces left over from a previous project for a pop of color and glitz!



So next time you want a BOLD statement on a layout, go LARGE!  :)

Thank you for stopping by!  Have a wonderful week!

Monday, July 21, 2014

UmWOWStudio and Susan K. Weckesser Team Up!



Hello and Happy Monday!

Welcome to the SUMMER BLOG HOP between UmWowStudio and Susan K. Weckesser Inc. We'll be sharing gorgeous bright and shining inspiration with you from both teams all week long. Be sure to keep visiting, hopping and commenting to enter to win one of TWO prize packages. Each day is chock full of goodness and we don't want you to miss a thing." 

Today, I am sharing two projects, incorporating product from both companies.

My first project is a mixed media canvas that SCREAMS summer! I am so in love with the color palette on this project and the texture is so delicious.


To create the background on my canvas, I applied modeling paste to the UWS LIGHTBULB MASK, creating ‘sun-rays’.  I focused on the lightbulb rays and top of the light bulb portion only.  You can never tell this is from a Lightbulb mask.  ;) To create the ocean waves, I used the wave pattern from a SKW Stencil.


Once the paste was dry, I adding color to my canvas with several shades of Shimmerz Sprays.  I wanted a bit more texture, so I also added several coordinating shades of Shimmerz Paints.  The paints are a chunky glitter type consistency which creates amazing texture.



To create my canvas scene, I stamped the sailboat from the Sail Away Stamp set, from Susan K Weckesser.  I colored the image with Inklingz – a watercolor paint.  Once it was dry, I doodled on the stamped image with a black and white pen.  I adhered it to my canvas with foam tape.


I added two UWS Layered Star chipboard embellishments, and created my sentiment, using Alpha One chip.  


I am so happy with how this turned out.  This color palette is one of my faves!  

My second project is a simply designed layout.  


Using strips from Live In Color paper collection, by Susan K Weckesser, I stitched them to my cardstock, alternating straight and zig-zag stitches.  It’s amazing how much a simple stitch adds to a layout.


My embellishment choice is also simple, keeping with the theme.  I layered both pieces of the Doily Chip set, keeping them in their raw state.  I love the look of raw chipboard.  Do you?  I added a piece of flair from the Moonshine Flair set to finish it off.  


Done!
Be sure and hop on over to the UWS blog all week long for more amazing inspiration and how-to’s.


Friday, July 18, 2014

Bird of Flight....

Hello and Happy Friday  

Today, I am up on the VLVS Blog with a quick, but super FUN project, ‘Bird of Flight’ ATC card.


ATC cards are the perfect little size.  When I want to create a super quick project, or when I want to experiment with a new stamp, paint, or ink, I pull out my ATCs.  There is something about the little, compact size that does not overwhelm the creator and when you only have a short period of creating time, you can finish a project.


Before stamping my 'Bird Head' image, I created a wash of color using Spray mists as my paint.  I also inked the edges of my ATC with Distress Ink and spritzed water to create little drops of goodness.



Knowing that I wanted to use the 'Bird Head' stamp as the head to my creature, I stamped the upper portion of my card, then added the bottom portion and wings.  Just like that, it was done.  My mythical Bird of Flight has been given wings!

Thank you for stopping by today.  

Have a great day!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Mini Canvases Easy Peasy with Hazel & Ruby

Hello and Happy Tuesday!  Last week, I shared two mini canvases, over on the Hazel & Ruby blog.
They are full of personality and color, but in a compact size!

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I love creating canvases.  Canvases of all sizes.  But small ones are some of my favorite types to create.  There is something about creating a little canvas that lets you focus in on what you want to create, while not be overwhelmed with so much space.  The canvases I am sharing with y’all today are only 4x4, but full of WOW!

Hearts are a great design element and can really express how you feel.  For my little canvas, I used one of the heart masks from the Everyday Words stencil-masks to express my Free Spirit.

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My canvas starts with a piece of gorgeous Wrap it Up paper, adhered to the canvas with a coat of Matte Medium.  (Mod Podge works as well).  Be sure and apply the matte medium to both sides of your paper for complete adhesion. This allows for the mask to be removed easily.

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Place the mask in the center of the canvas and apply paint.  I use Distress Paint (which is semi-transparent), so that some of the patterned paper will peek through.  Then add more depth and layers of color by adding several hues of Faber Castell Big Brush Pens, shading around the heart.  This really makes the heart POP off of the canvas.

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Once you are happy with your shading, outline the heart with a Stabilo pencil, wetting the line to diffuse it.  I also added several lines using black and white doodle pens.
For more interest and texture, add rub-ons, stamping, and pen work around the canvas.

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Don’t forget the sides and edges of your canvas.  Apply tissue paper to the sides and wrapped it up with pretty ribbon, color customized with Distress Stain and water.

This little canvas is displayed in my office as a reminder to keep my mind open and not worry about the little stuff.

My 2nd Mini Canvas was created using a similar process.  Once you have a process down, you can create endless projects!

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Don't forget that you can find Hazel & Ruby Stencil-Masks and Pretty Paper Rolls nationwide at your local Michaels-Arts & Crafts store.  You can also find these Mini Canvases there.  What a great way to use your 40% off coupon!  :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Hazel & Ruby Makery Team Announcement!

Hello and Happy Monday!

I have a special announcement for y'all today!  Awhile back, I announced that I am a proud member of the Hazel & Ruby Makery team!  We are growing and today, we are announcing the entire team!


Not only am I a Makery Team member, I will also be acting as their Makery-Creative Team and Blog Coordinator!  I am so excited for this opportunity!

Over on the blog, we are sharing some fun facts about everyone, so be sure and hop on over and say Hi!

For those who do not know me well, here's a bit more about me....




I dabbled in scrapbooking approximately 15 years ago and would create in bursts of artistic energy, but it wasn't until 4 years ago when I really started to be 'obsessed' with Scrapbooking.  I have been blessed to have been published in Somerset Memories, Artful Blogging, Scrapbook Trends, and Creating Keepsakes.

I am a working mom, working outside the home.  My children are grown, so much of my inspiration comes from my two French bulldogs, Moose & Flikka.  They have quite the reputation in the scrapbook world.  I currently live in Salt Lake City, Utah, but am a Mid West girl by heart.   (Go Buckeyes!) 

We were also asked to share one of our favorite Hazel & Ruby projects.

This is a Subway inspired canvas I created for my niece when I was home visiting in May.  I LOVE how it turned out and I think she likes it too.  (*bonus*)






I am hoping to make another one, (this one for me), with some of my favorite sayings and quotes!  Hazel & Ruby Stencil-Masks make creating these SUPER EASY!

Please take some time and visit the other Makery Team blogs!  The amount of talent is oozing from this team!


Abbey DeHart: http://thecardswedrew.com/
Heather Gleim: http://veryheatherly.blogspot.com/
Katie Smith: http://www.punkprojects.com/
Lindsay Fekitoa: http://frenchiewraps.com/
Margie Romney-Aslett: http://www.margieromney-aslett.typepad.com/
Michelle Hill: http://www.polkadotwhimsy.com/
Michelle Philippi: http://michellephilippi.com/
Natalie Wagstaff: http://www.thewoodconnectionblog.com/
Tammy Tutterow: http://tammytutterow.com/blog/
Tausha Hoyt: http://www.sassystyleredesign.com/
Thuy Bui: http://www.mypaperpinwheel.com/
Tina Walker: http://adogslife-thirteen.blogspot.com/ 

Thank you for taking the time to stop by!  Have a wonderful week!


Friday, July 11, 2014

New My Mind's Eye collections - Jubilee!



Hello and Happy Friday!  

This week, My Mind’s Eye revealed their July 2014 collections and I am in LOVE!  I know I sound like a broken record during each reveal, but this one is no exception.  I simply adore each one of the new collections.  They are HIP, Colorful, and full of fresh and fun designs!  I was lucky enough to create several projects (using Jubiliee) for MME for their launch and for display in their digital catalogs and online.  Here’s a peek at some of those projects.  ;)

Using Jubilee – Wild Berry colorway






Using Jubilee – Mint Julep colorway







Using Jubilee – Tangerine colorway






Using Jubilee – Sherbet colorway







Aren’t these new collections FABBO?  I’ve created several additional projects using Jubilee, but you will just have to wait until they are revealed on the My Mind’s Eye blog.  ;)

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great weekend!


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