Thursday, March 5, 2015

A Little of This, A Little of That...

Hello, again! Today I'm sharing a card that combines my latest fixation with mixed media supplies and my long-time "fully-loaded shabby chic" card style.

I was playing with some of my sprays one day, and noticed that the rose, dark tan, and silver looked pretty fun sitting there together on my craft sheet. But instead of creating one of my "smoosh papers" I decided to tape off a card-sized piece of mixed media paper and spray and spritz the three colors where I wanted them...and it ended up looking just the way I had hoped it would...




The fun part is that the rose and the gray sprays both have a bit of iridescence to them, while the tan color is a flat paint...here you can see the glisten in the rose and grey that I mixed a bit in the corner...




Yet when you hold the card at a different angle, you can really see the depths of the individual colors...




Here are a few detail shots, starting at the upper left corner working around the card...




The largest pink rose in the left corner is made using Spellbinders' Rose Creations dies...it started as a white rose, and was colored with Victorian Velvet Distress Ink and a few spritzes of water...




You know how I love to nestle pearls inside flower clusters...I'm not sure I'll ever be able to break that habit :) ...




In the center is a fun loopy die cut using one of Tim Holtz' new mixed media dies. I cut it once from deep rose cardstock and a second time from a lighter rose color...offset them a little bit before attaching them to the card...then decided they needed a light dusting of white craft paint to distress them just a tad...


Supplies:
Color Mediums:  Lindy's Stamp Gang Sprays:  Alpine Ice Rose,  South Shore Sand,  Gag Me With a Spoon Gray;
Liquitex Ink! Titanium White
Stencil:   The Crafters Workshop "Mini Art Is"
Art Mediums:   Golden Modeling Paste
Dies:   Sizzix Flowers Branches & Leaves;   Sizzix/Tim Holtz Scribbles & Splats;   Spellbinders Rose Creations
Small paper roses:   Wild Orchid Crafts            Pearls:   Recollections
Miscellaneous:   lace pieces,   twine,   pink crystal stems,   white craft paint


Thanks so much for visiting today...have a great weekend! (And U.S. friends, don't forget to "spring forward" for the switch to Daylight Savings Time this weekend.)




Monday, March 2, 2015

Mixed Media - Simplify...

Hi, everyone...it's another mixed media Monday here in the Korner. :)

Today, I'm continuing on with last Friday's clean-and-simple theme with a CAS 6x8 canvas...




It all started with the watercolor piece in the center. I stamped the image and sentiment onto a heavily-textured 5x7 piece of Shizen watercolor paper before distressing the edges and adhering the paper onto a 6x8 canvas, where I had already watercolored the same turquoise color around the edges. 

I wanted an opaque white texture around the edges, so I used whipped spackle through a couple different stencils for the clock and dotted edge designs...and it was done! Clean and simple and quick and fun!





Supplies:
Stamp:   Unity Stamp Co. "Bloom & Simplify"
Watercolor paper:   Shizen            Watercolors:   Sakura Koi
Stencils:   The Crafters Workshop "Mini Time Travel" and "Mini Halftone Borders"
Art Mediums:   Golden matte gel medium,  Faber Castell whipped spackle
Miscellaneous:   Faber Castell Pitt Artist pen (black medium);   Uni Posca white paint pen


Thanks for visiting today...I hope your week is starting with a smile!



Friday, February 27, 2015

Sending You Joy...

TGIF, all! I thought a bit of a switch-up in colorways was in order...it seems that I'm favoring a lot of aqua and purple these days. :)

I'm ending the week by sharing a bright, sunshiny, clean and simple watercolor card with you today...




The sentiment is a mix of stamping and die-cutting...




A couple more detail shots...



Supplies:
Stamps:   Hero Arts "Things We Love" (flowers);   Simon Says Stamp "Sending & Wishing" ("you joy")
"Sending" Die:   Simon Says Stamp            Twine:   The Twinery
Miscellaneous:   Sakura Koi watercolors,   Uniball Signo white pen,   Pitt Artist black pen,   clear sequins,  orange gems



Thanks for popping in for a visit today...have a wonderful weekend!





Wednesday, February 25, 2015

LLLC - Sketch Challenge...

Good day to you all! This week at La-La Land Crafts, the design team is working with a sketch challenge.

My term as a member of this wonderful design team is coming to an end with this post, but rest assured you'll still see lots of wonderful LLLC products on my cards in the future. This has been such a fun 6 months working with a most wonderful group of talented and fun and funny teammates!

But now, on to the fun stuff. :) This card...



is based on this sketch...



It all started with that small watercolored piece beneath the flowers and lacy strips. I was playing with some new heavily-textured watercolor paper, and liked the play-piece so much I decided to find a way to use it on a card...so happy that the sketch lends itself to using it now, and that I had a beautiful piece of patterned paper that was a perfect match for a background for it!

I cut a few strips using the Small Lacy Border Die, added narrow satin ribbon across the top of each, and placed the top two strips behind the watercolor piece, and the bottom one across the top of the piece...



Cherry Blossom Flowers and leaves from the Open Leaf Flourish Die form the floral cluster, accented with twine bows and small pearl clusters...




I couldn't find a cardstock in the color I pictured in my mind, so I die cut a Filigree Corner from white cardstock, and shaded it with a couple Distress Inks to make it just the right color...


Supplies:
LLLC Dies:  Small Lacy Border,  Cherry Blossom Flowers,  Open Leaf  Flourish,  Filigree Corner
Patterned paper:  Lili of the Valley "Baskets & Bunnies" paper pad
Pearls:   Recollections            Pearl stamens:   Wild Orchid Crafts
Miscellaneous supplies:   natural twine,   Sakura Koi watercolors,   Shizen watercolor paper,   Picked Raspberry & Seedless Preserves Distress Inks


Thanks so much for visiting today. I hope you'll take a few moments and head over to the La-La Land Crafts Inspiration Blog to check out what my teammates have made up with this week's sketch inspiration!







Monday, February 23, 2015

Art Journal - Make a Wish...

Happy Mixed Media Monday, everyone! :)

I have another art journal spread to share with you today...



This layout began with a couple of what I call my "smoosh papers." When I purchase new watercolors, or sprays, or powders, I add them to my handmade color charts for those materials. Instead of using a palette, I put small amounts of the colors on my craft mat. Since I hate wasting color supplies, I found a way to use up the leftovers on my sheet by adding more water and "smooshing" pieces of mixed media and/or watercolor papers onto the mat filled with liquid colors.

I have lots of pieces still left to use on cards, canvases, and more journal pages, so you can expect to see these on upcoming projects...



I cut a couple of the "smoosh papers" down to 5" x 8-1/2" to fit, adhered them with liquid adhesive to the pages of my journal, and outlined them with a black Pitt pen and white Sakura Gelly Roll pen...


The next step was to adhere a piece of Tim Holtz Melange tissue paper along the two outside edges using gel medium. Then I used a bubble stencil to add Studio 490 crackle texture paste (this is one crackle medium that will crackle just as effectively with a heat gun as with letting it air dry). Once the crackle medium was dry, I applied a coat of clear gesso over the pages (to prevent the base colors from changing as I added further color mediums).




Next, I used more Lindy's Stamp Gang sprays to deepen and accent some of the color areas - even though I couldn't remember what I originally used to color the pages, I could find sprays that were close, if not the same.

The next step was to stamp and emboss the sentiment and dandelions using embossing ink and white embossing powder...


Why is it when you want your embossing to come out clean and precise, it won't, but when you want a shabby, distressed look, it turns out perfectly precise? LOL  So I went to work with my black Stabilo All pencil, shading around the dandelions and stamped words, smearing the penciling with my finger to make the embossed areas a bit more shabby and distressed. Then I shaded with the pencil around the crackled bubbles, and decided that now the butterflies didn't stand out enough, so I outlined them with a white Uni Posca pen...



I thought the two upper inside corners looked too "flat," so I die cut a couple spiderweb corners from white cardstock, and sprayed them with a couple sprays to blend in with their background colors. And finally, I added small lace pieces, tears of washi tape, and black and silver sequins for fun accents and different textures...





Supplies:
Color Mediums:   Lindy's Stamp Gang Sprays - Hydrangea Blue,  Golden Doubloons,  Alpine Ice Rose,
C'est La Vie Cerise,  Bodacious Blush,  Tibetan Poppy Teal
            Stamps:   Unity Stamp Co. "Wish With Your Heart";   Hampton Art "Cling Dandelions"
Stencil:  Prima "Bubbles"            Dies:   La-La-Land Crafts 'Spiderweb Corner"
Printed Tissue Paper:   Tim Holtz "Melange"     
Art Mediums:   Golden matte gel medium,  Liquitex clear gesso,  Studio 490 crackle texture paste
Miscellaneous:   white ultra-fine embossing powder,  Stabilo All pencil,  Sakura Gelly Roll pen, Uni Posca paint pen,  lace, washi tapes, sequins


Thanks so much for visiting today...I hope your week is starting with a smile!



Wednesday, February 18, 2015

LLLC - Ready for Spring...

Happy Wednesday to you all! This week the La-La Land Crafts team is working with the inspiration challenge "Ready for Spring."

Today's card is one that I created for display at the CHA trade show last month, and I knew it would fit perfectly for what was an upcoming challenge at the time - so if you visited the La-La Land Crafts booth at the show, and this card looks familiar, that might be why. :)

I used the pretty Maja Designs patterned paper as my inspiration for the colorway of the card...orchid purple, green, and taupe.  At the top, I used the new Masquerade Mask Die and tucked half of it behind the patterned paper background to look like a flourish over the top of the card. In the upper left and lower right corners, more delicate accents with the use of the Filigree Corner Die...




The Cherry Blossom Flowers are made from watercolor paper that was first stamped with a text stamp, then colored with Distress Ink (Victorian Velvet).  They sit on top of a couple pieces of the Berry Flourish...



And taking center stage, the new Chandelier Die, cut in orchid with a grey shadow layer, and accented with lots of white pearls...


Supplies:
LLLC Dies:  Masquerade Mask,  Filigree Corner,  Cherry Blossom Flowers,  Berry Flourish,  Chandelier
Patterned paper:   Maja Designs "Vintage Autumn Basics" collection
Pearls:  Recollections



Thanks for stopping by for a visit today. I hope you'll take some time and visit the La-La Land Crafts Inspiration blog to admire the projects my teammates have made for this week's challenge.


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