Wednesday, October 15, 2014

LLLC - "Love" Tag...

Happy Wednesday, everyone! Today I'm sharing a project made for La-La Land Crafts. Our inspiration challenge this week is "All Shapes and Sizes."

I started with a 3-1/4" x 6-1/4" premade manila tag, and layered, and layered, and layered...

I started by covering the tag with a pretty text paper...the text is gold-embossed - hard to see in the pics, but just the right touch of shine.  

At the top, I cut the LLLC Flag Banner Die, once from cream, and then from black to place underneath as a "shadow die"...

Along the far left, I attached the frilly Scallop Border Die to the back side of the tag. Next to it on the front of the tag, I cut two pieces of the Eiffel Tower Die, and used black foam tape to separate the layers before adhering them to the tag front with more black foam tape...

I placed the cut Heart Doily Die at an angle, and on top of it, two smaller manila tags, along with a piece from the Booktabs and Labels Die Set, and lots of pretty cherry blossoms cut using the Cherry Blossom Flowers Dies...

LLLC Dies:   Eiffel Tower,  Heart Doily,  Flag Banner,  Scallop Border,  Book Tabs & Labels,  Cherry Blossom Flowers
Patterned paper:   Kaisercraft Merry & Bright collection
Roses:   Wild Orchid Crafts            Pearls:   Recollections            Pearl Spray:   local craft store
Other dies:   My Favorite Things Royal Leaves
Miscellaneous:   Tea Dye and Vintage Photo Distress Inks,   hemp cording,   manila tags

I hope you'll take a moment to check out my teammates' fabulous projects for this week's challenge over on the La-La Land Crafts blog.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Friday, October 10, 2014

LOTV - Good Friends...

TGIF! Another autumn weeks nears the if only the temps would remember what season it is and lower a bit, and the rains come back to put out the forest fires around here, life would be a dream!

Today I'm sharing a slightly-shabby, mildly-mixed-media card featuring Lili of the Valley products. I've seen variations of this layout design used a lot for 12 x 12 scrapbook layouts and mixed media canvases, and I thought it would make a fun design on a smaller square card, also. I blended strips of paper from three different LOTV paper pads - Heartfelt,  Always & Forever, and Always & Forever - Solids ...

The background is made by using gesso and tulle on 140-lb. mixed media paper, and once they dried, spritzing with watercolor sprays...

I cut two of the leafy branch dies, one darker to become the "shadow" of the lighter, brighter green branch...

The premade roses are accented with handmade die-cut cherry blossom flowers...

The sentiment stamp is one I've used several times before, from Set 62, Quotables/Friendship. This time, I stamped one of the corners from Set 21, Grunge Corners as an accent...

And to accent the lower corner of the card, another corner stamp - this time from Set 68, Corners ...

LOTV Patterned Papers:   Heartfelt, Always & Forever, and Always & Forever-Solids collections
LOTV Stamps:   Set 62 Quotables/Friendship;   Set 68 Corners;   Set 21, Grunge Corners
Dies:   La-La Land Crafts Cherry Blossom Florals;   Poppy Stamps Massa Leaf Background
Roses:   Wild Orchid Crafts            Pearls:   Recollections
Color Mediums:   Lindy's Stamp Gang Flat Fabios - Pink Ladies Pink,  Greased Lightnin' Green
Miscellaneous:   mixed media paper,  gesso,  tulle,  cheesecloth

There's some great products up on the LOTV site these days...Inktense pencil sets and papers, XL art pads, and a whole section devoted to soon-to-be-retired rubber stamps. And if that's not enough, check out the great pricing on all stamps on the site until Christmas! 

Thanks for stopping by to visit today...have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

LLLC - A Dream is a Wish...

Good Morning, all! I took a few days for a break, but I'm back today with another La-La Land Crafts  Diecut Wednesday card to share with you.

Our challenge inspiration this week is "Hidden Extra"...and that led to all sorts of ideas spinning in my head. In the end, I decided on a softly-colored shabby chic card in rose and pale taupe, with a hidden extra message...

The "hidden extra" message is on a tag attached to the Lattice Border die cut at the top of the card. I used foam tape to adhere the patterned papers to the front of the card base, allowing lots of room for the hidden sentiment "tag" to slide in behind them...

The inspirational quote on the tag is from LLLC's Beautiful Day Sentiments stamp set...

The deep burgundy roses are surrounded by cherry blossoms made using LLLC's Cherry Blossom Flowers die set - they're sitting on a "bed" of leaves made using LLLC's Berry Flourish  die...

This cute little tag die is from the Stitched Elements die set. I stamped it with a little dotted heart and a tiny little word in the center, pressing a bit harder on the right side of the heart stamp to give the image an "ombre" look...

The front sentiment, again from LLLC's Beautiful Day Sentiments, is stamped onto another die cut shape from LLLC's Stitched Elements set. Down in the corner beneath it, you can see the Filigree Corner Die ...

I love the beautiful lines on the Fancy Butterfly Die. I left it in the taupe cardstock without further coloring, and added some cream colored pearls for just a touch of embellishment...

LLLC Dies:   Cherry Blossom Flowers,  Lattice Border,  Filigree Corner,  Fancy Butterfly, 
 Berry Flourish,  Stitched Elements
LLLC Stamps:   Beautiful Day Sentiments
Patterned papers:   Maja Design Vintage Autumn Basics
Other Dies:   Papertrey Ink Heart Prints
Other stamps:   Unity Stamps "empowered words" ("trust your heart");   Papertrey Ink Tiny Tags
Roses:   Wild Orchid Crafts         Pearls:   Recollections
Miscellaneous:   cheesecloth,  hemp cording 

You can see the rest of the team's beautiful projects on the La-La Land Crafts blog.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit today!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Happy Birthday - Masculine Mixed Media Card

TGIF...Hurray for Fridays!

Early last week, I shared a fun mixed media canvas with lots of deep colors and feminine accents and embellishments. As I was making that canvas a few weeks ago, I was thinking how the colors might be the perfect combo for a masculine birthday card I needed at the end of September.

So once I finished the lacy, flowery canvas, my mind started turning in a less "frilly" direction, and for the first time in a long time, a masculine card came together quickly!

This time, I used some patterned papers over the painted background, accenting them with a piece of white burlap, one of my favorite wire dies, a torn piece of ticket, a metal bookplate, and some die cut leafy accents. There's another resin bird-on-a-branch, again colored with medium and dark blue, but this time accented with a dark sepia spray...

I used a combination of stamped words and a large die cut word for the sentiment...

Here's how the base piece looked before adding the papers and embellishments. This time, I used a light tan spray, added the medium green, then medium and deep orange in the background this time...

Patterned papers:   Authentique Enchanted collection
Sentiment stamp:  Winnie & Walter "The Big, The Bold, and The Happy"
Color mediums:   Lindy's Stamp Gang Flat Fabios (Danny Zuko's Denim,  Ocean Breeze Blue,  Merry Go Round Green,  South Shore Sand,  Sandra Dee Sepia)
Dies:   Simon Says Stamp "Happy Birthday";   La-LaLand Crafts "Diamond Wire" and "Berry Flourish" ;  
My Favorite Things "Four Corners Dienamics"
Resin Bird/Branch:   Prima            White burlap:
Miscellaneous:   Tim Holtz Ticket and Ornate Bookplate;  Liquitex Ink!-Carbon Black;  Cinnamon stickles

Thanks for visiting today...have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

LLLC - Oodles of Doodles...

It's La-La Land Crafts Wednesday, and I'm posting a project today in a style I haven't made in a long, long time!

Our inspiration challenge this week is "Oodles of Doodles."  I used to doodle a lot when I made scrapbook pages, but the last time I put my doodling skills to the test was almost 8 years ago. And our Wednesday team is the die cut-focused team, so I wanted to find a fun way to incorporate the die cuts into my "doodle" project - something that was out of the ordinary.

After a couple experiments with different techniques, I hit on this idea...and I hope you find it as much fun as I did. I channeled my inner "flower child" and she came out swinging!

This is a 4 x 10 inch "canvas"...a piece of mixed media paper firmly glued to a couple pieces of sturdy matboard to form a working canvas. (Your eyes are not deceiving you...I did photograph the piece at a slight angle to adjust for the sparkle in the centers of the flowers)...

For the doodled scalloped borders at the top and bottom, I die cut a couple pieces of stencil plastic using the Scallop Border Die  (you could also do this with any thin plastic, like the clamshell packaging that many items come in these days - or even with cardstock), and traced the scalloped edge outline and small holes directly onto the canvas using a Pitt India ink pen. Another bonus of using the die this way is that I now have a stencil I can use again - I'm planning to try using it with modeling paste in the near future.

For the flowers, I cut 6 pieces of the Open Leaf Flourish die from white cardstock, and cut the leafy stems apart to use the individual leaves to form flower petals. I glued the cardstock petals to the canvas using matte medium, forming each of the flowers - they add a fun textural element!

Before painting the piece, I outlined the cardstock flowers and leaves with a thicker India ink pen, doodled designs around the outside edges of the flowers, and hand drew the stems and inside details.

Next was to add some light texture to the background, between the scalloped borders, with heavy gesso and a palette knife. I wanted it to look a bit like a skip trowel wall texture so it would absorb the background colors differently, and I think I got that! And finally, I stamped in a few random areas with a small script stamp, and a cross-stitch stamp, and now it was ready for color.

I used a variety of mediums for colors, building and blending as I went along, and adding touches with a white paint pen and a shading pencil when the paints were dry.

Finally, I found some fun aqua clear plastic flower gems in my stash...the perfect size for the centers of the larger painted flowers, and added a touch of orange Stickles. Here are some closeups of the flower details...

The leaves are also smaller pieces of the Open Leaf Flourish die cut leaves...I cut each one into a different shape, but painted them all the same colors...

Dies:   La-La Land Crafts Scallop Border and Open Leaf Flourish
Text stamp:   Prima Printery-Script           Stitch stamp:   Technique Tuesday - Hanging By a Thread
Color Mediums:   Lindy's Stamp Gang  Flat Magicals (Hibiscus Rose, Pineapple Paradise, Mango Mania, Caribbean Blue);
Magicals  (Merry Go Round Green,  Pop Rock Purple,  Raspberry Lemonade);
Flat Fabios  (T-Bird Turquoise, Summer Lovin' Sun)
Miscellaneous Mixed Media Supplies:   Heavy gesso,   matte medium,   Faber Castell Pitt pens,   Uni Posca white paint pen,   flower gems,   Orange Peel Stickles

You can see the rest of the team's fun projects for this challenge over at the  La-La Land Crafts blog

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Watercolor - Clean and Simple...

Happy Monday, everyone!

Lately I've been working on some projects that are detailed, and filled with techniques and embellishments. My mojo needed a bit of a was tired. So I pulled out one of my floral stamps, and the watercolors, and made a card, start to finish, in 2 hours.

I can hear you now, saying to yourself, "that's fast?" Yes, for me, that's fast. I tend to start in one direction, then change to another..for me to design in my head, paint, and assemble in 2 hours is a major accomplishment!  :)

I did add a bit of "shabby" to the card with distressed edges, including, this time, the edges of the card base itself. But I kept the embellishments to a minimum, with a twine bow, a few purple sequins, and a couple lacy die cut corners...

Stamps:   Unity Stamp Co., "Imperfection is Beauty";   Simon Says Stamp "Summer Garden"
Die:   Spellbinders Lace Hearts           Watercolors:   Sakura Koi
Miscellaneous:   black hemp twine,  sequins,   Uni Posca white paint pen

Thanks so much for visiting today. I'll be back Wednesday with another project that's pretty much a total departure from my usual style.

Until then, I hope your week is starting with a smile!

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