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!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

LOTV - We Wish You a Merry Christmas...

TGIF...happy Friday! Today I have another shabby chic card to share with you, only this time it's as Christmas-y as it can get, and it's once again made with lots of pretty papers from Lili of the Valley

The "Pretty Papers" monthly challenge is still going on over at the LOTV Ideas to Inspire blog - you still have a few days to enter and be eligible for one of the three prizes up for grabs this month!

Today, I've used papers from the new 'Twas the Night paper pad, and lots of glittery die cuts, for this fun card...

I simulated the look of snow on the die cut pine branch by mixing coarse clear glitter with Polar White Flower Soft...


More coarse clear glitter was used on the die cut poinsettia, with tiny gold bells in the center to simulate yellow stamens...

Although the name of this particular doily die has nothing to do with Christmas, it makes me think of a snowflake when I tuck it behind other papers, so it was used to brighten up the corner of the card. (And, of course, the edges of the die cut doily had to be glittered, too!)...

This fun shaped sentiment is from LOTV's latest Christmas release - it's in the Set 75, Christmas Wishes  sentiment stamp set...

Patterned papers:   LOTV 'Twas the Night 
Sentiment stamp:   LOTV Set 75, Christmas Wishes
Dies:   Spellbinders Fleur de Lis Squares,  Classic Squares Large,  Classic Squares Small,  Layered Poinsettia,  Gold Elements One;      
Memory Box Star of Wonder;      Impression Obsession Pine Branch;
Prima Doily #2 Pineapple;      La-La Land Crafts Christmas Tree Hill
Embossing folder:   Cuttlebug Geometric Rings            
Miscellaneous:   Martha Stewart Clear Coarse Glitter;   Polar White Flower Soft;   mini bells; cheesecloth;  white craft paint

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

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

LLLC - "Show Your Style" All Occasion Card...

Happy's La-La Land Crafts Wednesday, and our inspiration challenge this week is "Show Your Style."

I seem to have quite a few "styles" these days, since I started playing around with watercolors and mixed media. But I went back to my roots...shabby chic...and used the elements that are most common to my "fully loaded" cards - lots of layers, distressing, flowers, pearls, and lacy accents.

I used the Scallop Bracket Die Set to create the layers on the front of the card, choosing to place my layers going up toward the top of the card rather than my usual top-to-bottom arrangement. Each scalloped layer, and the Heart Doily on the side, were outlined with dry-brushed white craft paint to accent the edges...

The die cut Berry Flourish was also dry-brushed with white paint, and it, and the flowers, were all accented with clear gel to look like dew drops...

To complement the pearl accents scattered around the front, I embellished a Maya Road heart stick pin with a couple spacers and pearl beads...

LLLC Dies:   Scallop Bracket Set of 4;  Heart Doily;  Berry Flourish
Patterned papers:   Prima Sunrise Sunset (6x6)
Scalloped lace:          Flowers & stamens:   Wild Orchid Crafts
Pearls:   Recollections
Miscellaneous:   Viva Glass Effects clear gel;  Hug Snug seam binding;  Maya Road heart stick pin;  cheesecloth

You can see more team members' projects over on the La-La Land Crafts blog and over on the LLLC Facebook page.

Thanks for stopping by to visit today!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Make Time...a Mini Mixed Media Canvas...

It's the start of another new week...Happy Monday, everyone!

There's a fun September color challenge posted over at  Lindy's Stamp Gang, and I wanted to give this a try - I was intrigued with the bold, deep colors and ready to work with the darker tones for a change.

I started playing around with some ideas and materials, on a small 6 x 6 canvas, and when I was finished, I liked what to do with it? :)

I started digging through my stash of embellishments and "fun stuff"...continued spraying, and custom-coloring, layering pieces on the canvas - my mojo was on a roll. I had a quote in my little notebook of "quotes I'll use some day" that was perfect - about making time for the have-to-do's and taking time for the love-to-do's (the words are different, and I may use the whole quote one day). But this time, the piece is only 6 x 6...the whole quote would almost fill the square! So I shortened it...and this is how it turned out in the end...

This is how the canvas looked after I finished playing with color and art mediums, and decided I might be able to turn this into something fun - the shading around the stenciled clock and strips of tissue tape hadn't been added yet. (There's a linked list of the specific background color mediums I used at the end of this post)...

I layered a metal clock embellishment, that I tinted with turquoise and terra cotta alcohol inks, over the stenciled clock in the upper left corner...

The only pre-made flower in the bunch is the golden tinted rose in the center. I assembled all the others using flat flowers, spraying and layering and shaping to make a few roses and mums, and a large layered multicolored flower...

The metal leaves started out a beautiful vintage bronze color, but they needed to be brightened and colored to stand out just a bit more. I added green and terra cotta alcohol inks to them...

I found an adorable white resin bird on a branch in my stash...perfect once I sprayed and brushed it with a few colors of Flat Fabios...

This little gold clock charm was treated to a coat of terra cotta alcohol ink, and now it was a little touch of copper on that side...

Color Mediums:   Lindy's Stamp Gang Flat Fabios (Danny Zuko's Denim,  Kissin' Kenickie Coral,  Ocean Breeze Blue,  South Shore Sand);    Lindy's Stamp Gang Flat Magicals (Tres Chic Collection - Cafe au Lait  and  Bonjour Butter);   
Adirondack Alcohol Inks (Stream, Terra Cotta, Meadow)
Art Mediums:   Golden Modeling Paste,  Golden Crackle Paste
Stencils:  The Crafters Workshop Chickenwire Reversed, and Mini Time Travel;   Heidi Swapp Chevron
Dies:   My Favorite Things Royal Leaves            Flowers:   Prima
Stamens:   Wild Orchid Crafts              Resin bird/branch,  metal clock:   Prima
Lace, white burlap, metal leaves:
Miscellaneous:   Tim Holtz Tissue Tape ;   Uni Posca white paint pen;   Stabilo All pencil
Miscellaneous craft store supplies:   cheesecloth,  wooden scroll

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

Friday, September 19, 2014

LOTV - Treasured Friend...

Happy Friday, everyone! Today's card for LOTV's Pretty Papers Challenge is another showcasing several paper lines, and definitely fall-themed!

This time, I used patterned papers from Enchantment (brown stripe, small leaves, large leaves), Father Knows Best (gold solid, text), and Snow Princess Solids (dark purple) paper pads to create a card that mixes rustic and elegant together on a shabby-chic card...

Foam tape was used beneath each layer to give the sentiment block more dimension in the center of the card. The sentiment is from Set 29, Vintage Sentiments-Just to Say ...

In opposite corners, there's a small floral cluster centered with a rose made using Spellbinders Rose Creations dies...

Patterned papers:   LOTV Enchantment, Father Knows Best, Snow Princess Solids
Stamp:   LOTV Set 29,  Vintage Sentiments-Just to Say
Dies:   Spellbinders Labels 18, and Rose Creations;   My Favorite Things Royal Leaves
Burlap paper:   DCWV            Purple roses:   Wild Orchid Crafts             Pearls:   Recollections
Miscellaneous:   Maya Road leaf stick pin,  hemp cording

Tomorrow's the next open day at LOTV's shop...hopefully, if you're nearby, you can stop by the shop and join in the fun!

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

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

LLLC - Thank You...

Hello, all! It's Wednesday, and that means it's time for the Wednesday team for La-La Land Crafts to show you some more fun creations using their wonderful dies!

This week, our inspiration challenge is washi tape. I don't have a lot of rolls of washi tape in my stash, but I have a few that I really like, so this was a fun challenge to get me to actually USE these in a fun way...

I covered a piece of cardstock with the same washi tapes that I had adhered along the side of the front left of the card, and die cut that piece using the Honeycomb die. I chose a few of the interior pieces, and popped them up with foam tape inside a random few of the open honeycomb spots. (Before I adhered the honeycomb piece to the card front, I embossed the die into the white background. This makes the diecut lie flush with the front of the card when it's adhered, and allows the dimension of the "popped up" inside pieces to show.)

The die cut arrows and sentiment block were cut from the new Stitched Elements die set. I chose to use the arrows as pointers to add focus to the sentiment block below them, and "shabbied up" the arrows and sentiment block with ink and a white paint pen to accent the stitching holes...

Next to the floral cluster, and the sentiment block, are die cut leaves using the Open Leaf Flourish die, which was also shabbied up a bit with ink around the edges...

LLLC Dies:   Open Leaf Flourish,  Stitched Elements,  Honeycomb
Sentiment stamp:   Simon Says Stamp "Friendship Messages"
Flowers and stamens:  Wild Orchid Crafts
Pearls:   Recollections            Miscellaneous:  white hemp twine

You can see the rest of the team's wonderful creations over on the La-La Land Crafts blog, and on the LLLC Facebook page.

Thanks for visiting today!

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