Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Bright and Sunny Shabby...

It's been sunny and hot-hot-hot here lately, so I guess that's what put me in the mood for a bright shabby chic card...and that's what I ended up making to share with you today. :)




I made this flower stem a while back, using Prima leaves, a couple stamen clusters, die cut flowers using the LLLC Cherry Blossom Flowers die, and some bright yellow premade sweetheart blossoms to fill in the small spaces. Against the taupe woodgrain paper, it was a nice contrast, so it became the center of attention for this card.

A couple Maya Road grey pearl stick pins were the perfect addition to the top of the stem...




and white pearls were added after the stem was glued down to give a little luster to the niches between the flowers...




The loopy white diecut doily made a fun base for the stem, and twine dyed with Distress Ink added some colorful loopy accents to go along with the diecut...


Supplies:
Patterned paper:  Maja Design "Vintage Summer Basics" collection
Dies:   Memory Box "Whimsy Circle";   LaLa Land Crafts "Cherry Blossom Flowers"
Punch:   Martha Stewart "Vintage Doily PATP"
Stamens:   ChocolateLetters on Etsy            Sweetheart blossoms:   Wild Orchid Crafts
Leaves:   Prima            Ribbon:   local craft store             Pearls:   Recollections
Pearl stick pins:   Maya Road             Miscellaneous:   twine, cheesecloth, "Mustard Seed" Distress Ink


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

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Mixed Media Steampunk Card...

Hello, again! I mentioned on Monday that I'd be sharing a card using another of the "smoosh" papers in the photo...and here I am to share a mixed media Father's Day card with a definite steampunk influence - something you don't see me make very often. (This is the gold, copper, and silver metallic piece in the very front of the photo from Monday's post.)

Although I'm showing this late for this year's holiday (had to be sure it was well in hand first), it could easily be adapted for any occasion requiring a masculine card by switching out the sentiment square I used here.

I've had this Father's Day sentiment stamp for quite a while now, but hadn't ever used it. It's perfect for this card, so I stamped it onto kraft cardstock and embossed it with black powder.

The fun part about this card is that, although it looks like it has a lot of metal embellishments, the only real metal pieces are the small findings in the centers of the cogs, and the paper clip - all the rest are chipboard, painted to give the impression of metal...



The chevron piece was cut from medium weight chipboard, treated with Dusty Attic Rusting Powder, then dry brushed with Lumiere Olive Green paint to add a green patina. 

The cogs were die cut from lightweight chipboard (I cut two layers for each so they wouldn't warp from the paints) and painted with both a blue and green metallic paint after first coating with black gesso. 

The Tim Holtz Grungeboard crown, arrow, and numbers, and the Dusty Attic chipboard chain at the bottom, are all painted the same as the cogs. Here are a few detail shots...











I had more fun over in the upper right corner. First I mixed some modeling paste with Cattail Copper Brown Lindy's Stamp Gang Magical powder, then mixed in some gold micro beads, and applied it through a distressed harlequin stencil, leaving some areas of some of the shapes uncovered.

Once the brown was dry, I added black heavy gesso through the areas left uncovered by the copper paste, sprinkled gold micro beads onto the black gesso, and removed the stencil. 

(And now comes the part where I breathed a sign of relief that my experiment worked, because, in my push to do this, I realized I hadn't experimented first to be sure this *would* work the way it did in my brain.)

Once the harlequin shapes were completely dry and stable, I went over the bright gold micro beads in the gessoed sections with an aqua (BT5) Spectrum Noir solvent marker. Thankfully, it looked just as I had hoped it would...the aqua shade was the perfect blend with the metallic paints used on the left side of the card...phew! 

After mixing up some Cowabunga Copper Lindy's Stamp Gang Magical to add some "distressed shading" to the right of the uneven harlequin shapes, I used the little bit of paint left to add some splatter to the right side of the card.

Supplies:
Dies:   Tim Holtz Sizzix "Chevron";   Memory Box "Antique Gear Set"
Sentiment stamp:   Inkadinkado
Color mediums:   Lindy's Stamp Gang Magicals and sprays;   Lumiere 'Met Olive Green" paint;   Viva Precious Metal Effect Paint "turquoise";   Dusty Attic Rusting Powder;   Spectrum Noir marker BT5
Stencil:   The Crafters Workshop "Mini Harlequin"            Chipboard chain:   Dusty Attic "Mini Chains"
Crown,  arrow,  numbers:   Tim Holtz Grungeboard 
Miscellaneous:   brads,   Prima mini findings,   paper clip,   Golden modeling paste,   gold micro beads,   heavy black gesso,   black embossing powder



Thanks so much for stopping in for a visit today!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Mixed Media Canvas - Where There is Love...

Happy summer Monday...it's now official...there's a reason for the hot, and very dry, weather we're having! LOL

Today I have another photo-heavy Mixed Media Monday share for you...an 8x10 canvas board with a fun and *very* colorful background...





Do you remember this photo from a while back?



This is a pic of some of my "smoosh" papers - pieces of mixed media and watercolor paper colored by "smooshing" them into the leftover paints from previous projects and/or my handmade color charts of Lindy's Stamp Gang sprays and Magicals. (On Thursday, I'll be back to show you a card made with the bronze/gold/grey piece in the front...but today's piece features a bit of three of the papers in this stack, along with a few others not pictured here.)  

I wanted to make a brightly colored background for a canvas, and that's when I remembered my smoosh papers...and realized I already had the background in my basket all along! So I pulled out an 8x10 canvas board as a base, and started laying out and rearranging and re-sizing pieces. I stamped the final-choice pieces with a few fun mixed media stamps using grey Archival Ink to add some muted background images, then began gluing the pieces to the canvas with matte medium. I wound up with a starting canvas looking like this...




Then I took some smaller pieces, punched and played with the edges and ends, added stitching to a few, and glued them down with matte medium on top of the base pieces to add texture and more color variety ...






The next step was to pull out a couple coordinating stencils and add crackle texture paste...




Next up, splatter some white acrylic ink over the background, just for fun. Then I added some more LSG Magicals to color and shadow the crackle paste areas once they were completely dry.

Before adding embellishments, I needed to add an "anchor" for the large floral cluster and little pieces that would fill the center of the canvas.  I die cut two of the "Sketchy Rings" dies and glued them together in the center to form one long piece of distressed circles. 

The clear frame in the center is a Making Memories frame that's been in my stash forever...I knew I'd find the perfect use for it one day! 

And finally, black Archival Ink was brushed around the outside edges. I think the dark contrasting edges keep the eye from drifting off the edges of the canvas, and bring it back to all the fun embellishments and sentiments that will be in the center...




And now on to some closeups of the finished piece. There were quite a few "happy accidents" as I was pulling embellishments for the canvas, and I love how so many long-stashed pieces, in addition to the clear acrylic frame in the center, finally found the perfect use.

The "love" key was a recent purchase, but it was gold and didn't have enough contrast with the background, so I covered it first with black gesso, then accented with a couple different colors of Lumiere paints - and now it's perfect...




And then I found this in my metal charms drawer, and how perfect a fit is it? It's an old Making Memories plaque with the perfect quote to go with the "love" key. I accented the lettering with pink acrylic craft paint, then added more Lumiere paint around the edges, popped some foam adhesive on the back, and nestled it into the sides of the flowers...




There's still a bit of the black diecut circles peeking through at the top...I didn't cover them completely...LOL. ..




The metal butterfly was originally a dark bronze color. I had added Alcohol Inks in magenta and copper to it for another project, but didn't use it then. I pulled it out again for this canvas, dry-brushed black gesso around the outer edge for contrast, then added some Lumiere paints to the inside to bring all the colors of the canvas onto the butterfly...




I discovered that one of the Tim Holtz Idea-ology clock faces fit inside one of the diecut circles perfectly...the color was just not right. Dry brushing a little more black gesso and Lumiere paints took care of that, and a couple small black watch hands in another tiny stash drawer add the perfect finishing touches. 

Below that, another happy find...a long-held Making Memories word charm, this time the word "life," the second half of the quote in the larger sentiment charm...perfect! :)


Supplies:
Color mediums:  Lindy's Stamp Gang assorted Sprays and Magicals;  Lumiere paints "Halo Blue Gold" and "Halo Violet Gold"
Stamps:   Unity Stamp Co. "graffiti art";   LOTV "Set 66-Grunge Elements"
Stencils:   The Crafters Workshop "Mini Chicken Wire" and "Mini Chicken Wire Reversed"
Art Mediums:   Studio 490 Crackle Texture Paste;  Art Basics Heavy Black Gesso;  Liquitex Ink!-Titanium White
Dies:   Memory Box "Sketchy Rings"             "Love" key,  metal butterfly,  lace:   TheFunkieJunkie.com
Metal clock face:   Tim Holtz             Fleur de lis charm:   Prima             Chipboard chain:   Dusty Attic "mini chains"
Clear acrylic dotted frame,  metal word charms:   Making Memories             Pearls:   Recollections
Flowers:   Prima,  Wild Orchid Crafts,   local craft store            Pink stamen clusters:   ChocolateLetters on Etsy
Miscellaneous:   watch hands,   acrylic craft paint



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

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Shabby All Occasion - Cardabilities #125...

Twice in recent weeks, a peek at the current Cardabilities sketch has been just what I needed to get my mojo working. Today's card is a bright, but shabby, all occasion card based on the current sketch - with one change - I turned the sketch upside down for fun!

Here's the finished card...





and here's the right-side-up current sketch that it's based on :) ...




The flowers in the cluster are all handmade using Spellbinders' Rose Creation dies - only this time, I didn't make them into roses. I used the three smallest dies in the set to color and form "generic" flowers, and used clusters of little pearl stamens in the centers. 

I added white cheesecloth, and cheesecloth dyed to match the orchid purple flowers, to add texture under the flower cluster...







In this detail shot, you can see the teal embossing powder that I scattered along the edge of the doily diecut  - I used the same powder in the left corners of the background paper...




I love embellishing stick pins with pearls and spacers. In this case, a Maya Road leaf pin with my last pink jeweled spacer (now on a hunt to find more of these at a bead store somewhere!) and a couple pearls...


Supplies:
Patterned papers:   Prima "Zephyr" collection;   Authentique "Cherish" collection
Dies:   Prima "Pineapple Doily";  Spellbinders "Rose Creations";  My Favorite Things "Royal Leaves"
Sweetheart blossoms:   Wild Orchid Crafts             Lace:   TheFunkieJunkie.com
Leaf stick pin:   Maya Road             Stamens:   ChocolateLetters on Etsy
Embossing powder:   Lindy's Stamp Gang "Tilt a Wheel Teal"           
Miscellaneous:   ""Broken China" and "Seedless Preserves" Distress Inks,  cheesecloth



Thanks so much for visiting today!

Monday, June 15, 2015

All Occasion Card - a Style Potpourri...

Happy Monday, everyone! Today's share is a fun mix of styles - a bit freestyle collage, shabby chic, and mixed media - all in one little card.

The freestyle collage comes in with the lighthearted layering of mixed patterned papers and elements...the shabby chic with the distressed edges and subtle, vintage color mix...and the mixed media with a couple of coloring techniques on the background and the flower cluster...





The floral cluster starts with a couple large flat flowers that have been in my stash for a loooooong time. :)  I stacked them, then added a crocheted lace piece and more paper roses. All the roses were lightly coated with a dry-brushed layer of gesso to soften the colors and blend them together in a shabby-chic way...





This center rose started out ecru in color, the same as the crocheted piece beneath it. I used Lindy's Stamp Gang C'est la Vie Cerise Magical to tint the rose to match the highlights of this Magical paint that I had used around the edges of the background patterend papers...






Tiny gold microbeads were glued all around the floral cluster...just for fun...





Supplies:
Patterned papers:   Prima "Almanac" "Nature Garden" "Botanical" and "Zephyr" collections
Color medium:   Lindy's Stamp Gang Magical - C'est la Vie Cerise
Large flowers:   Prima, Petaloo             Small roses:   Wild Orchid Crafts
Crochet doily & rose, bordered velvet ribbon:   Prima
Pearls:   Recollections             Lace:   TheFunkieJunkie.com            Stamen cluster:   local craft store
Miscellaneous:   gold micro beads,  twine,  thread,  gel medium


Thanks for coming by for a visit today - I hope your week is starting with a smile!


Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Grateful - Cardabilities #124

Hello, again! I was feeling in the mood to make a layered, softly-colored, shabby-chic card, and when I ran across the current sketch at Cardabilities, I knew it was a perfect inspiration that would be so much fun to play with.

Here's the finished card...


(and here's the inspiration sketch...)



This time, for a floral cluster, I used a couple mini gardenias, next to a small lily, and just a couple mini roses, all sitting inside a twine wreath (inspired by all those threads inside the circle on the sketch)...




and atop a chipboard heart and heart circle frame that are inked and coated with clear German glass glitter for a slightly sparkly, sugared look...




The sentiment, perfect for either a thank you card or friendship card, (because I like to leave my options open when I'm not making a card for a specific use at the time) is a Tim Holtz "Big Chat" sticker backed with chipboard for stability...



Supplies:
Patterned papers:   My Minds Eye Lost & Found "Heirloom"
Chipboard heart and frame:   Maya Road            Dies:   Sizzix "Flowers Branches & Leaves"
Flowers:   Wild Orchid Crafts              Pearls:   Recollections              Sentiment:   Tim Holtz "Big Chat"
Lace and pearl stem:   local craft store
Miscellaneous:   clear medium German glass glitter,  twine,  Liquitex Ink! acrylic inks - Carbon Black & Titanium White



Thanks for visiting today!
          


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