Friday, October 17, 2014

Freaky Friday/Design Team Swapping with Valerie O'Neall

Hi everyone!  Today, I am up on the My Mind's Eye blog with our Freaky Friday feature.  I love participating in Freaky Friday and I love the challenge of sharing inspiration from a fellow Design Team member.   

Today, I am inspired by the wonderfully talented Valerie O'Neall.  I have always been a fan of Valerie's style and I am super excited to share my layout with you today.

The first thing I do, is to look at several of my Freaky Friday partner's layouts.  I try to find similarities and design trademarks.  Valerie has a great style and here's what I spied as her design style. 

1. White Cardstock
2. Large, digitally cut titles
3. Small pops of color and pattern
4. Multiple photos

Using these as my starting point, I created this layout.

I love using white cardstock as a base for layouts, so this was an easy task.  I die cut a large title, backing it with a solid patterned paper.  

Using our fabulous enamel dots and mixed bag die cuts, I added pops of color and  pattern.  I generally scrap with 1 photo, but using her multiple photo style, I printed the same photo and repeated it throughout my layout.  Love this look!

I really enjoyed scrapping in this Clean and Simple manner.  It is a complete opposite to my mixed media and artsy style. 

Thank you Valerie for your amazing inspiration!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

2nd October Guest Designer Project for 100 Proof Press stamps - Mixed Media Layout

Hello and Happy Thursday!  Earlier this week, I shared another Guest Designer project for 100 Proof Press Stamps.    Today, I would like to share with you that project, mixed media layout, using stamps to create subtle background texture.

To prep my chipboard background, I painted a coat of black gesso, allowing 'brush' strokes to be visible.  I then added several Shimmerz Spray Mists and Inklingz to add some color to the stark black.

Now for the texture:  I began by heat embossing the top and bottom corners, using 5817X.  This is a great stamp for background texture making!

I then added more texture with 6488Y, 5497V, and 5483P.  These are also great background and mixed media stamps.  Using contrasting ink, the stamp images really pop.

To finish it off, I added several metal embellishments and my title.  Super quick, yet one-of-a-kind! 

100 Proof Press Stamps Used

What is your favorite use for background stamps?  

Thank you for stopping by!  Have a great day!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Who says you can't use Rhino's and Hippo's for Halloween projects??

Hello and Happy Tuesday!

Last week, I shared a new project for UmWowStudio.

Halloween is my favorite holiday and I ALWAYS love creating projects for it!  I love the colors, the themes, and fall in general.  I had been racking my brain for a way to use the adorable animal chipboard pieces, when it hit me!  Why not create a whimsical Halloween project, embellishing them for the season.

To begin, I built texture on a wood panel, using the Hexagon Confetti mask and embossing paste.  I added several shades of Shimmerz sprays, letting them pool around the embossed areas.

To create my fun little animal chipboards, I added several shades of Distress paints and Shimmerz paints for color.  Once they were dry, I added a layer of crackle paint.  To add more vintage goodness, I added Distress stain to each piece, letting the stain seep into the cracks.

Animal Chips used:

I added more chipboard pieces and paper embellishments to each panel to complete my mini Halloween scene.

Chips used:
Grid Border
Layered Pumpkins

I would LOVE to see what you create with the fun and whimsical animal chipboard pieces!  Please share them with me!

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Dresser Up-Cycled with Hazel & Ruby

Hello and Happy Monday!  Today, I am up on the Hazel & Ruby blog with a fantastic project!  I am so excited to be able to share this with you today!

My friend Lisa, had an old dresser she found a local yard sale for only $10.  When I saw it, I knew it needed a major makeover, Hazel & Ruby style!  This was such an easy project to finish and I am completely in love with the results.

I didn't prep my surface at all.  I wanted to retain the old, vintage feel and look.  Lisa has 2 gallons of left over interior house paint, so we used it to paint our dresser.

The first step was to cover the entire dresser with the lighter color..a light grey.  I got so excited to start this project, I completely forgot to take a picture of the dresser, with drawers this is the first picture capturing this step.

Dresser with base coat of paper applied.

Lisa decided on the quote she wanted to use, so we played around with the placement and font size till we were happy with the result.

Tip:  Since the stencil-masks are re-positionable, no need to put them in the 'perfect' spot until you have decided on the final placement.  Also, for placement, you can use place-holder letters if you run out.  You can see this in the words 'IN LIFE' and 'REALIZE THEY'.  

I wanted a distressed look, and I had been dying to try distressing with this was the perfect time to try it out.

Before painting the top coat, apply Vaseline on the areas where the piece would naturally be worn and aged.  (corners and edges)

Apply your top coat.  We used a bluish/grey.

When painting the drawers, I removed the stencil-mask (after painting) before moving on to the next drawer.  To clean up my stencils, I put them in the sink in a shallow amount of soapy water.  The paint cleaned up with ease.

Once the top coat is completely dry, 'sand' over the areas where you applied Vaseline with steel-wool.  The Vaseline acts as a resist and the paint is removed very easiely.

Hazel & Ruby Stencil-Masks used:
Central Park

We added new glass knobs to finish off the make-over.  LOVE THIS!

I cannot wait to find some more furniture to up-cycle and re-do.   I am hooked!

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Happy Halloween Board, created with 100 Proof Press Stamps

Hello and Happy Friday!  Earlier this week, I shared my first of my October Guest Designer projects for 100 Proof Press Stamps.

Since Halloween is my favorite Holiday, I thought I'd create a Halloween Mixed Media canvasboard, using several of my favorite 100 Proof Press stamps.

I needed to create a ghoulish background, so I added strips of vintage dictionary paper, distress paint, and modeling paste to a sheet of canvasboard.

Once all of that wonderful texture was dry, I stamped 3265V 3 times on a sheet of Specialty Stamping Paper (by Ranger).  The trees were too plain for my theme, so I added some Shimmerz Inklingz to them, allowing the paint to pool randomly.

I then stamped 6289X on the same paper.  The ink didn't completely fill in the image, so I painted the image with black paint.  I also added some Shimmerz Inklingz to the image and fussy cut all stamped images.

I layered the stamped images on my canvasboard, added a few whimsical embellishments and my Mini Halloween scene was complete!

Creating a mixed media project doesn't have to be hard or complex.  Stamps make it super easy (and fun) to create!

I will have a couple more projects to share this month.  Please stop by!
Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day!

100 Proof Press Stamps Used

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Halloween Assemblage 3-D Dimensional Project for Shimmerz

Hello and Happy Thursday!  Today, I am sharing a Halloween Assemblage project on the Shimmerz Blog!

Halloween is my favorite holiday of the year, and I can't wait till October arrives so I can pull out my fall inspired color palette and Halloween themed embellishments.

For my project today, I used the following Shimmerz products:

Inklingz: Gosh Garnet, Tarnished Treasure
Dazzelerz: Creamcicle
Texturez: Tidy Widy
Coloringz: No Yoking, Mandarian Mai Tai, My Bleeding Heart
Shimmeringz: Heavy Metal
Vibez: Sunset Strip, Before Dawn

Shimmerz: Orange Sherbet
Blingz: Hi Ho Silver
Spritz: Chick-a-dee

Before we get to my video tutorial, here's several close-ups of the wonderful Halloween color palette and texture.

And now my video tutorial!

I hope you enjoyed my Halloween Assemblage project!

Remember, if you purchase Shimmerz product on our on-line store, and were inspired by my project, please mention my name (Tina Walker) in the 'Instructions to Merchant' section and you will receive a Full size bottle of Dimensionz or Shimmerz OR a sample size jar of Texturez or Dazzlerz FREE!  Totally awesome!

Thank you again for stopping by!  Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Spooky Halloween House - Create texture with stamps and embossing powder

Hello and Happy Wednesday!  Today I am up on the Viva Las Vegas Stamps blog with a Spooky Halloween house, full of mystery, ghoulishness, and of course texture!

Halloween is my favorite season of the year and I can't wait till this time rolls around to create fall and Halloween projects.  Today, I will share with you how I created this Halloween product, using stamps and embossing powder to create texture.

I have fallen in love with embossing powder all over again.  I love the instant texture, dimension and color you get with one simple step.

To prep my wood structure, I primed each piece with a coat of black gesso.

Once each piece was dry, I heat embossed each section (before assembling).  I used a dark blue on the main house pieces instead of black to create a bit of contrast.  I used red on the roof and brown on the tombstones.

For more dimension and color, I sprayed each piece with several shades of Shimmerz sprays.  Once the pieces were done, I glued the entire house together.

I assembled all of the internal pieces and glued them in place.

Special Note:  My moon is a bottle cap covered with Shimmerz Texturez and Shimmerz sprays.  Doesn't it look great?

VLVS Stamps Used:
Bubble Background
Lacy Lines
Dictionary Page

Thank you for stopping by today!  Have a great week!


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