Thursday, August 28, 2014

Pretty Little Studio tags using Shimmerz Paints

Hello and Happy Thursday!  I hope things are well in your next of the woods.  My life has been a bit crazy these past several months, but I remain hopeful that there will positive changes coming for me and I will end up on the path where my soul belongs.

Today, I thought I'd share a couple of tags I created several months ago for Shimmerz Paints.  They were created before I became a member of their Education Team but have never shared them publicly.

No step out or tutorial accompanies these, just pictures.  :)  Enjoy!

Thank you for stopping by!  Have a wonderful weekend.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

My love for Decorative Tapes has returned.

Hi and Happy Wednesday!  Yesterday, I shared a new layout on the My Mind's Eye blog that shows a great way to use decorative tape to create a frame on a scrapbook layout.

I have a confession.  My love for decorate tape was starting to wane.  I have loved decorative tape for so long and have been inspired by the amazing patterns, colors, and sizes, but had felt the time had come to de-stash myself of my decorative tape collection.  I felt that feeling of defeat up until the new decorative tape appeared in the Market Street and Essentials collections.  The decorative tape in these 2 collections made me fall in love with washi all over again, and I am again obsessed with adding tape to every project.

Instead of using decorative tape for hints of color, layers, and pattern, why not make the decorative tape the star attraction?

I created a frame around my cardstock with 2 tapes.  I trimmed the corners to mimic the look of a wood frame.

Using some of my favorite chipboard, sticker, and die-cut embellishments, I layered more goodness across my page.  I even used a journal card for fun.

Tie it up with a bow!

Do you still love decorative tape?  What is your favorite use for tape?  I’d love to know.

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Viva Las Vegas Stamps and StencilGirl Team Up!

Hello and Happy Tuesday!!

This week, Viva Las Vegas Stamps and StencilGirl are teaming up to share some incredible inspiration!

Today, I am sharing my project, so let's take a peek!

Stamps and Stencils are a perfect combination!  You can create endless projects with just these 2 items!

To create my mini canvases, I began by apply a coat of gesso to 3 ATC cards.  Once the gesso was dry, I stamped each card with the Dictionary Page stamp.

Using Shimmerz Dazzelerz and the Journal Prompt Face Stencil from StencilGirl, I added texture to each ATC card.

I colored each face with Shimmerz Inklingz, and added a few bits and bobs to each card to create my whimsical face theme.

To create the base of each ATC canvas, I used some drawer knobs from a recent home remodel project.  So perfect!

I'm curious - do you prefer creating with stamps or stencils or BOTH?  I'd love to know.

Now how about some prizes for hopping along with us?

Stencil Girl Talk
Janet Joehlin
Julia Kellogg
Tina Walker
Natasha Serova
Viva Las VegaStamps!

Here's what you have a chance to win -

Grand Prize will go to 2 lucky people. They will win what is pictured below from StencilGirl and VivaLasVegaStamps. ALL comments on ALL blogs are eligible to be entered for the entire week.One comment per blog please. Giveaway will close Sunday, August 31st @ 11:59PM Central. Winners will be announced on Tuesday, September 2nd.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to stop by the Viva Las Vegas Stamps and StencilGirl blogs for more inspiration!


Friday, August 22, 2014

Using Chipboard to create a Mini Canvas

Hello and Happy Friday! Yesterday, I shared a new project for UmWowStudio, a mixed media canvas!

Gears are a great design element, and the Gear Mash collection from UmWowStudio is the perfect set to create a gear project!

My mixed media canvas was a fairly simple and quick project.  You can create immediate dimension to any canvas project by stacking canvases. 

To create the background canvas, I added modeling paste directly to the burlap canvas.  Once it was dry, I sprayed the canvas with Gold Spray Paint.  I wanted a bold color statement, so I added 3 strips of May Arts ribbon.  I really love how the ribbon added quick texture and interest.

To build my focal canvas, I added modeling paste and gold spray paint as with the large canvas.  I then pre-prepared the gear chipboard with a coat of gesso and several colors of sprays and paints. 

I adhered the gear chipboard to my smaller canvas, layering them for dimension.  Once I was happy with the gear chip placement, I added more sprays and paints, pulling the entire canvas together.

I used word stickers for my sentiment (super easy and quick) and some twine to finish it off.

Creating mixed media projects does not need to be time consuming or difficult.  Using basic supplies and customizable UmWowStudio chipboard makes it fun!

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Afterthought Mini Album

Hello and Happy Wednesday!  Today I am sharing a Mini album project over on the VLVS Blog.  It's a project that I hope will make you smile and say, 'yes', I've done that too.

I am a messy crafter, at least while a project is 'in the works'.  I don't throw anything away until I am POSITIVE that I won't need even the smallest piece.  Every scrap, every extra piece, every 'trial run mistake'.

I had just finished my VLVS projects for the month, (or at least I thought I had), and I was cleaning up my crafty disaster area, when I spied one of my trial run mistakes laying on top of my ink scrap.  And I thought, 'Hey, I like how that looks'.  Well one thing led to another, and BAM!  I created a Mini Album.  From clean-up to completed project in an hour.

Using all of the left over bits & pieces on my desk, I pieced together a fun little mini that will be used to keep memories of 'everyday' life.

Nothing was 're-created' for my pages.  Every page was created using scraps, mistakes, or ink off bits.  The only added embellishment was a strip of washi tape or two.  :)

(Note:  The base of some pages were included to 'hold' a picture or embellishment)

I am SO happy I didn't throw anything away.  I love the random-ness, and eclectic feel the album has.  It is a great compliment to the 'everyday life'. 

Have you ever created a project using the scraps on your desk?  Did you like how your project turned out?  Please share your projects...I'd love to see them.

VLVS Stamps used:
Whimsical Elephant
Banksy Rain Under Umbrella Girl
Dictionary Page
Directional Circle

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Pretty Little Studio & The Twinery Blog Hop

Hi and Welcome to the Pretty Little Studio & The Twinery Blog Hop!

This week, Design Team members and Guests from both companies are teaming up to provide several days of project inspiration!

Yesterday, these amazing creatives shared projects, highlighting both Pretty Little Studio and The Twinery products.

Monday, August 11:
The Twinery -
Pretty Little Studio -
Aimee Maddern -
Julie Ranae -
Tami Brundage -
Amy Crockett -
Becky Litz -
Stacey Schafer -
Sindi Jeffers -

Today, I am part of the team sharing project inspiration.

Tuesday, August 12:
Pretty Little Studio -
The Twinery -
Tifany DeGough -
Lisa Spiegel -
Jaclyn Miller -
Tina Walker -
Denise Hahn -
Keri Babbitt -
Jeanne Jachna -

Be sure to check out these creatives blogs for even more inspiration tomorrow.

Wednesday, August 13:
The Twinery -
Pretty Little Studio -
Monique Liedtke -
Monika Wright -
Penny Smith -
Melyssa Connolly -
Maryanne Jenkins -
Jennifer Cuthbertson -
Rhonda Van Ginkel -

Pretty Little Studio has long been a favorite manufacturer of mine.  I was on the Design Team awhile back and thoroughly enjoyed creating with PLS product.  I love the whimsical, vintage feel that is evident in each collection.  Today, I am sharing a project using one of the newest collections, 'Marigold'.

The color palette and design elements in Marigold are on trend and colorful.  And who doesn't love butterflies!

I layered a sheet of Marigold vellum over a sheet of white cardstock for a subtle pattern.  I kept my embellishments minimal so that the layout felt light and airy.

Another favorite technique is using Twine for a pop of color and texture.  I love how this reddish/orange solid twine adds the perfect amount of color.  And as an added bonus, it matches the color palette in Marigold wonderfully.

I was so inspired by both product collections, I created a second project - a mixed media canvas, using several Marigold die-cuts and twine to create my project.

What is a Blog Hop without prizes???

Be sure and hop with us for these 3 days, visiting the Design Team blogs for an incredible amount of inspiration.  Here's what you have a chance of winning.

A $50 Gift Certificate from Pretty Little Studio

and a Striped Twine Sampler from The Twinery, valued at $65

Also, Pretty Little Studio is offering 20% on orders during the Hop!  Love this!

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a wonderful day!


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