Monday, November 24, 2014

Viva Las VegaStamps and Die-Namites Blog Hop!


Hello and Happy Monday!  This week, Viva LasVegaStamps and Die-Namites are joining forces to bring you a week-long celebration of the Holidays!


Today is my day and I created a holiday decoration project that can be displayed during the Christmas season or all year round.


My piece isn't framed in the above image, but I intend to frame it in a large frame, so it highlights the project in the center.

I used a vintage Bingo Card as my backdrop, and added sprays, embossing powder, and stamping to continue the handmade feel.


VLVS Stamp used: Writing Background

This is a great stamp for any mixed media project!  It adds the perfect little touch.

Using 2 Die-Namites die-cut shapes (cut from a cereal box), I sprayed/painted them Shimmerz Paints. I love the beautiful shimmer and glitz from the paints!  It was a great compliment to the embossed background.

Die's Used: Cardinals & Holly and Winter Fir.



I added some handmade embellishments from my stash, painted in cooresponding colors, and glued them in place.  I love the tone on tone look!  It has a timeless feel.



I hope you enjoyed my holiday inspired project today!  Be sure and stop by the VLVS and Die-Namites blogs for more inspiration from the Design Team(s).

Have a wonderful day!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

November Challenge, VivaLasVegaStamps! Art Journal Inspiration

Hello and Happy Thursday!  Today, I am up on the VivaLasVegaStamps Blog with my take on the November challenge.

If you haven't seen the challenge yet, here's a peek!  When I saw it, I just knew I had to play along.


I'm not sure if the it was the color palette, elements, or overall fun that inspired me most, but here's what I was inspired to create!


As you can see, my Art Journal page is almost a literal interpretation of the challenge, but with elements of my own.

I began my page by building color with PanPastels.  I LOVE the blendability and intense colors with PanPastels.  They are great for all types of Mixed Media projects, especially Art Journal pages.

I set the PanPastels with a quick layer of water.  Once the page was dry, I randomly stamped the background with background stamps and a bit of stenciling.



I really love the number theme of the challenge, so I added stenciled numbers, that I doodled with a black and white pen.

I also added another stamp to the bottom of my page that was colored with Shimmerz paints.



I hand drew my sentiment and done! 


VLVS Stamps Used:
Periodic Table
Directional Circle
Dictionary Page
Design Crosses

Will you be playing along with us this month?  A great prize package is up for grabs for playing along!

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Going Pink with FabuLeash!

Hello and Happy Wednesday! 

I have a totally different post for you today and given my love for all pets and especially dogs, this one is a special one.

A few weeks back, I received an email from the lovely folks at FabuLeash!  They had come across my blog and asked if I would be interested in testing one of their Beaded Leashes.  I was a bit hesitant at first, given that my two Frenchie's are not typically the beaded, gentle type.  They are pretty rough and tough, and even though they are small, they are not lightweight nor fragile, so I was a bit concerned that the leash would not be 'enough' to handle my bullies.  But, I thought 'what the hey'.  Let's check them out.

Here's what they sent.  Of course, I don't think Moose would have been too happy to be walking around with a pink, beaded leash, so Miss Flikka was my willing subject.


I was impressed with the quality and strength of the leash.  Even though it looked fragile and that it could only handle small, lightweight dogs, it is substantial enough to handle all 23 lbs of Flikka.  (I think it would have been okay with Moose too, at 30 lbs).  Their site says the leash can handle up to 100 lbs, so these are not only pretty, but strong.

Here's our model, not looking too thrilled with her modeling debut!  I guess this is her 'you know you love me' look!  ;)

I think she more upset that I was walking her 'on a leash' in a fenced backyard.  She was probably thinking 'this chick doesn't know what she's doing'. 





The Beaded leashes retail for $12.95, so not too bad.  With my recent move to PA, I will need to brave the winter cold to walk the dogs outside, (instead of a fenced in yard), so we will be rockin' the fanciest leash on the block!

Thank you FabuLeash for letting me test and share in the awesomeness!  I really love the leash, and even though Flikka doesn't look too enthusiastic, she loves it too!

Friday, November 14, 2014

A Mixed Media Canvas, simplified

Hello and Happy Friday!  Earlier this week I shared a Mixed Media canvas, using a favorite quote, on the UmWowStudio blog.

Creating mixed media projects shouldn't be difficult or require complicated techniques.  The canvas I would like to share with you today uses basic techniques, yet creates a unique and personalized project.


Texture is the key to mixed media.  Texture can be created by multiple mediums: paint, ink, paste, gels, paper, stamps, stencils and 3D items.  The background of my canvas was created using paste, stencil, ad watercolor paints.

Using the Checkerboard mask,  apply modeling paste to your pre-gesso'd canvas.  Once the paste is dry, randomly apply Shimmerz Inklingz to the canvas.  Let the colors mix and blend creating a beautiful, shimmery background.


Randomly stamp the background for contrast.

Prep your chipboard embellishments with gesso and let dry.

Chipboard used:
Alpha One
Water Faucet
Heart Confetti

Paint with your favorite product.  I used Shimmerz Inklingz and paints.



For more glitz, I added glitter to the inside section of each heart chip.

Finish off the edge of your canvas with washi tape and several strings of twine.



And this is it.  Done just like that.  Not complicated, but unique and personalized.

I hope you enjoyed by quote canvas today!  Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Holiday Inspired Glitter Jar and Gift Card Envelopes

Hello and Happy Thursday! This week, Hazel & Ruby is teaming up with Fancy Pants Designs to bring you creative Inspiration and Holiday inspired projects. Each day this week, the Hazel & Ruby Makery team has been sharing a new projects on the blog.  Today, is my day to share.  :)   \
I created a couple of projects that will hopefully get you in the Holiday spirit! My first project is a Christmas Home Decor project, using a glass jar, a Hazel & Ruby stencil-mask, and some cute embellishments from Fancy Pants Designs.


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I placed this adorable deer head stencil-mask on my glass jar and applied paint. The stencil-masks working GREAT on glass by the way! (Usually I remove the stencil-mask right after I apply paint, etc. but for this, I left the stencil-mask on the jar because I knew I was going to add some sprays to the jar and I didn't want the paint to drip.)
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I outlined the stencil-mask image with a glue pen and added glitter! So easy and so fun! I embellished the rest of the jar with Fancy Pants Designs chipboard and tree embellishments.
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For my 2nd holiday inspired project, I created a couple of gift card envelopes! Who wants those plain, impesonable store bought envelopes?? Not me! IMG_0791a
I used the Mixed Number stencil-masks to add '25' to a couple of Fancy Pants Designs sticker labels. The numbers are one of my favorite stencil-masks. So many possibilities!
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To finish my Christmas envelopes, I layered several die-cuts, smaller envelopes, flair and sequins. Now the gift cards are ready for giving! Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed my projects today!

 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

2014 Christmas Advent Tag Calendar



Hi!  Today, I am up on the My Mind's Eye Blog today with my 2014 version of an Advent Calendar. 

 Even though my children are grown and the excitement of the daily opening of an Advent Calendar is not what it was when they were little, I still enjoy creating a calendar each year, using a slightly different idea. 

For my 2014 Christmas Advent Calendar, I created a simple Tag Calendar, using a simple die-cut tag shape.  

For each day, I adhered a glassine envelope to the die-cut tag, then adhered the number tag on top of the envelope.  



I embellished each number tag with Joyous Gems and aged the envelope with Distress Ink.  I printed the daily activity on a strip of paper and 'hid' them in the glassine envelope.






The entire calendar was held together with a large Binder ring.  After each day's activity is complete, the tag can be flipped to the back, revealing the next day.  How fun?




I am already looking for new ideas for my 2015 Advent Calendar.  If you have any great ideas, I'd love to hear them! 
Thank you for stopping by!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Create a Mixed Media canvas with Shimmerz and Doodling


Hello and Happy Monday!  Today, I am up on the Shimmerz blog with a new project for Shimmerz, a Mixed Media canvas!

I love layering colors and creating texture.  Today, I am creating a mixed media canvas that includes both of these.

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


Inklingz: Good As Gold, Emerald City, Imperial Amethyst, Chocolate Diamondz, Steely Blue Eyes, Ruby Lost Her Slippers
Dazzelerz: Silver Foil
Vibez:  Before Dawn
Shimmerz: Coffee, Royal Purple, Candlelight, Green Olive, Sugar Plum
Blingz: Hi Ho Silver




Before we get to the video tutorial, here's a couple of project close-ups.







And now my video tutorial!


I hope you enjoyed my Mixed Media canvas!

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!

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