Thursday, May 21, 2015

Just Happy...

Summer temperatures have me in the mood for lighter, softer colors mixed with bright white.

For today's card, I played again with what I call "altered edges." I used a die designed, I think, for straight edges, but I put them on a diagonal slant to add some fun layering to the front of the card...




At the top, a flower cluster of cream and white lilies, and aqua and white mini roses, sitting atop a loopy diecut doily, accented with lots of loopy twine bows and pearls...






Over on the side, another smaller version, with just a few aqua flowers...




And a sentiment that will work for a variety of occasions, as the need arises...

Supplies:
Dies:   Spellbinders A2 Scalloped Borders Two;   LaLa Land Crafts Filigree Corner;   Memory Box Quinn Flourish;   Sizzix Flowers Branches & Leaves
Lace:   TheFunkieJunkie.com            Flowers:   Wild Orchid Crafts            Pearls:   Recollections
Sentiment stamp:   Simon Says Stamp "Handwritten Greetings"
Miscellaneous:   white twine 




Thanks for visiting today!


Monday, May 18, 2015

Mixed Media - With Brave Wings Color Challenge...

Hello, again! I know I've been gone more than a week, but I've got a fun Mixed Media Monday canvas to share today with LOTS of photos, so I hope that makes up a bit for my unscheduled absence. :)

At the start of the month I made note of this month's color challenge over at Lindy's Stamp Gang. But then I got distracted by life, and this became a project completed in small bits of time, with many starts and stops, and I lost track of the fact I was following a color board inspiration! Thankfully, when I finished, I realized I still had the ingredients of the color challenge board front and center.

Here's the finished 12 x 12 canvas...there's lot of glittery bling on this one, so I tilted the camera down a bit to capture more of the details and less of the reflection...



And here's the LSG color board with this month's challenge colors - I picked the minty-aqua, fuchsia pink, and golden tan as the three colors I would play with:




You might be able to see by the edges that I started with a piece of vellum with torn edges as the base of everything - gluing the vellum unevenly gave me the horizontal texture lines that I wanted to build into the background - you know I'm a big fan of texture! So it started like this...



A little hint: to "iron" down the vellum creases to make them flat, I turned the canvas over and used my brayer on the back side...



The next step was to apply a coat of white gesso over the vellum and canvas - now you can really see the horizontal creasing...




Then I added crackle paste through a Prima Netting stencil, and more in the upper right corner using the Tim Holtz Speckles stencil (as always, you can click on any of these photo to see it larger and, in this case, see the crackle detailing better)...




And finally to the step where it all comes together - COLOR! :)  The background colors are Lindy's Stamp Gang Magicals - Autumn Maple CrimsonMerci Beaucoup Mint, Bonjour Butter darkened with Cafe au Lait and for shading and darkening, Sandra Dee Sepia ...




Once I placed all my larger elements on the canvas and had an idea how the layout was going to look, I stamped a criss-cross stamp with brown ink randomly around the open areas...




Then it was time to start gluing down elements and bling to get to the final finished product. Here are some closeup shots around the canvas, starting with the beautiful fabric and bead Prima butterfly in the upper left corner...




I painted the brick chipboard piece with both the Red Hot Poker Orange and the Autumn Maple Crimson colors so it had a beautiful soft iridescent glow beneath all the beads and flowers and buttons and pearls...




The metal lock piece was gessoed and painted and stained to look old and rustic, so it would blend with the painted chipboard chain...




Under the mulberry rose and metal leaf is a double-layer diecut heart from one of the newer Tim Holtz mixed media dies...




To make the chipboard words stand out from the rest of the embellishments, I first coated the piece with black gesso, then painted it with Aqua Stickles. When that dried, I accented some of the letters with a white Uni Posca paint pen. The final coat was with some of the Merci Beaucoup Mint Magical, to blend it all together and tone down the glitter just a bit...




Love this "hope" charm! I didn't have a chipboard piece that worked beneath the circles...a flourish just didn't look right, but I felt it needed something beneath the embellishments and beads. So I handcut a few strips of chipboard and painted them with the Red Hot Poker Orange Magical. I wanted to mimic the look of the thinner pieces of the circle above it, and the strips were the perfect balance for the embellishments beneath the circles...




And last but not least, the little group of goodies in the lower right corner...painted wooden angel wings, a painted wooden birdcage, a painted urn button, another word stone, and lots of bling and flowers with another little snippet of lace...



Supplies:
Color mediums:   Lindy's Stamp Gang Magicals - Cafe au Lait + Bonjour Butter,  Autumn Maple Crimson, Merci Beaucoup Mint, Sandra Dee Sepia
Art mediums:   Liquitex white gesso;  Darice Studio 71 black gesso;  Golden crackle paste;  Aqua Stickles;  Coffee Archival Ink,  Viva Inka Gold metallic paints (rose quartz, hematite, and violet)
Chipboard:  Dusty Attic "Mini Chains";   ScrapFX Wordlets ("with brave wings...");   Blue Fern Studios "Shabby Brick Bits" and "Graduated Circles"
Wood Accents:   Kaisercraft "Wooden Flourishes/Wings";   local craft store (birdcage with bird)
Stencils:   Prima "netting";   Tim Holtz "speckles"            Dies:   Tim Holtz "Scribbles & Splat" (heart)
"Hope" charm, metal door lock, fabric butterfly:   Prima            Metal leaves & corner scrolls:   TheFunkieJunkie.com
Stamps:   Unity Stamp Co. "she remained true" and "distressed criss-cross"
Pearls:   Recollections                     Flowers:   Wild Orchid Crafts          
Background vellum:  Tim Holtz "Wallflower" collection
Miscellaneous:   word stones,  seed beads, urn button, spiral clip, cheesecloth, lace pieces


Thanks very much for stopping by for a visit...I hope your week is starting with a smile!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

All Occasion Card - From a Different Angle...

The design of today's card happened by sheer happy accident. While I was choosing papers to use, I decided to use the rest of some coral and ecru patterns I had used before.

I had cut strips of these papers for a previous project and what was left of the original 6"x 6" squares were pieces that were approximately 5" x 4" each. As I laid them out on my worksurface while making the final choice, a couple of them sat at an angle to the others, and that's when I saw the pattern I'd use...I think you'll see what I mean...



See how those paper corners were laid out? Easiest design I've ever made! LOL  I distressed and inked the edges, and laid some scalloped lace under each one, then adhered them all down to a piece of dark brown cardstock before adding just a bit of topstitching on the right side. The right side still needed "something," so I stenciled on some modeling paste in a small tile pattern. Once it was all adhered to the coral cardstock base, I added the rest of the embellishments.

The large coral flower has been in my stash forever...I think it's an older Prima flower. The edges were already accented with dark brown, but I did add a little bit of lighter brown ink over the top to add a bit more shabbiness to it before gluing it down and adding a couple leaves and an embellished pearl stick pin...




Loopy twine double bows were the finishing touch around the large flower. A reader recently emailed me to ask how I make the double or triple bows. I don't have video capabilities, but there are many videos already out there to help you with different ways to make them. I hesitate to recommend any one over another, because they all work to make great bows. 

That said, I wrap the twine/ribbon around my fingers to make mine, and I finally found a video that shows the technique I've used for as long as I can remember. Here's the link to it:  making a double bow using your fingers ...




The finishing touches were to add mini white roses, small pearls and pearl clusters along the lace edges. I didn't have any dark brown pearls in my stash, so I took some white ones and colored them using a Spectrum Noir EB7 pen until they were the deep brown I was looking for...




Supplies:
Patterned papers:   Pink Paislee "Cottage Farms"
Lace:   TheFunkieJunkie.com            Mini roses:   Wild Orchid Crafts
Pearls:   Recollections             Stencil:   The Crafters Workshop "Mini Tile Texture"
Miscellaneous:   fabric flower & leaves,   embellished stick pin,   Golden modeling paste,  
twine,   Spectrum Noir EB7 pen



Thanks for stopping in for a visit today!

Monday, May 4, 2015

Mixed Media - Believe Canvas...

For this week's Mixed Media Monday I'm sharing a 4" x 12" canvas for my craft room that took me a while to get from start to finish. I knew what colors I would be using, and I had a big collection of "findings"  and bits and pieces that I was going to use to embellish the piece, but it just wasn't coming together at first.

Here's the finished canvas...


Here are a couple side views of the beginning of the process. I started with a few techniques I'd used on some of my art journal pages...tissue paper (I used aqua tissue paper, because I knew that would be one of the background colors) crumpled and glued to the canvas front and sides with gel medium, followed up with torn pieces of printed tissue paper glued on, and finally several different stencils used to add modeling paste to the front and sides (I think that doily stencil is going to be my new favorite). I started placing laces and doo-dads here and there to get a feel for where it would end up, but it wasn't working out...so I put all the embellishment pieces in a big baggie and set it aside with the canvas for another day...




And then I saw this canvas by Gabrielle Pollacco, and I copied many of her ideas...the chipboard chain across the top, the use of the wide lace, doubling up on the flourishes (I had started with the deep flourish at the top but was having trouble getting the bottom of the canvas to feel balanced until I looked at Gabrielle's canvas again), and the brown accents around the edges. 

They became the finishing touches to the embellishment layout I had started with, but put to the side when I couldn't arrange the combination to my liking.

  


Here are some detail photos of the embellishments and paint layers. I used both a teal and violet background paint - when the violet mixed with the teal, it made the deeper purple tone that you see. Once I had glued the embellishments to the canvas and gessoed them, along with a coating over the entire canvas area, I covered all the embellishments and the background with those two colors. You can see the unmixed violet on the side in this photo, before it mixed with the teal to make the purple on the front...




The next step was to dry brush a subtle metallic accent over all the pieces using Lumiere Halo Violet Gold paint...it gave a beautiful warm glow to all the purples. The final color was a turquoise craft paint...again dry brushed over some of the pieces to give the look of aged metal. To get just the right warm brown edge color I was looking for, I mixed a couple different LSG Magicals together - equal parts Sandra Dee Sepia and Cowabunga Copper - and the result was a beautiful brown with just a touch of irridescence...





The quote is a mixture of word stickers, outlined with Prismacolor pencils to accent and shade the individual words...




And finally, a couple closeups of the bottom of the canvas...



Supplies:
Color Mediums:   Lindy's Stamp Gang Magicals - Tibetan Poppy Teal,  Sweet Violet Purple Teal,  
Cowabunga Copper,  Sandra Dee Sepia
Lumiere "Halo Violet Gold" paint;   turquoise acrylic craft paint,   Prismacolor pencils
Stencils:   Prima "Flourish";   The Crafters Workshop "Mini Deco Doily" "Art Is" and "Mini Specimens"
Embellishments:   Maya Road chipboard flourishes and flowers;   Blue Fern Studios "Turkish Bits";   Dusty Attic "zippers" and "mini chains";   
Tim Holtz grungeboard letters, numbers, and hearts
Metal floral corners:   TheFunkieJunkie.com             Mini roses:   Wild Orchid Crafts
Word Stickers:   Paper House Fabric Stickers;   Tim Holtz "Chit Chat Stickers"
Gems:   Creative Imaginations and Kaisercraft          Miscellaneous findings:   buttons, photo turns, spiral clips



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




Thursday, April 30, 2015

A Mini Pair...and a Spare...

Hello, again! With all the "fully loaded" cards I've made lately, I felt it was time to get back to some clean and simple (or my version of it, anyway) cards. I wanted a reasonably "flat" note card to send off, and decided to pull out one of my newer stamps and my watercolors and have a go.

When it was done, I realized the design would be fun on a "mini pair" - the 3-1/2" x 5" size note cards, so I made a pair of those, too!

It all started with this A2 size card...



I added several layers of color to these flowers, and although I wanted the layers to show imperfectly, they did turn out a bit more "splotchy" than I had hoped - because I didn't wait long enough for the layers to dry between applications...ah, well...lesson learned...I still like them!...




I couldn't resist adding a bit of sparkle with Crystal Stickles...




I was determined to find a way to add the gold spiral clip to the center of the twine bows. I ended up simply gluing it using Tombow Mono Aqua clear glue - it's solid as a rock...


Supplies:
Stamps:  Penny Black "demure";   Simon Says Stamp "Friendship Messages"
Color Medium:   Sakura Koi watercolors
Miscellaneous:   colored crystals, "Crystal" Stickles,  twine,  spiral clip



And here's the mini pair inspired by the A2 card. I started first by using the same stamp, but off the side a bit on the smaller size...


 

Once again, I used some of the Crystal Stickles for fun...




And I was a bit more patient this time and let the layers of watercolor dry before adding more  :) ...


Supplies:
Stamps:   Penny Black "demure";   Simon Says Stamp "Friendship Messages"
Color Medium:   Sakura Koi watercolors
Miscellaneous:   colored crystals,  "Crystal" Stickles


And for the second in the pair, a different poppy stamp...



And a much simpler background of just a light shadow effect...


Supplies:
Stamps:   Penny Black "divine";   Simon Says Stamp "Friendship Messages"
Color Medium:   Sakura koi watercolors
Miscellaneous:   colored crystals




Thank you for stopping by for a visit today!


Monday, April 27, 2015

Art Journal - Poppies...

Welcome to another Mixed Media Monday here in the Korner!

This layout began as a "catch-all" page in my small Dylusions art journal. I was playing with a few different stencils and color mediums, but as I went along, I got more ideas, and somehow found a way to blend them all together...




I began by adding my background colors first, using Lindy's Stamp Gang sprays, a speckle stencil and modeling paste, and stamping around the outside edges.

The butterflies and corner elements were made with modeling paste through the "Mini Specimens" stencil by The Crafters Workshop. I shadowed and traced the butterflies with Crystal Stickles and added some tiny pearls through the centers...






I used the Penny Black "Sun Catcher" stencil to gesso onto the pages, and copied the details from the matching "Poppy Time" stamp to hand draw in the details, then colored with watercolor pencils and acrylic craft paints. I decided I wanted some dimension to the poppies, so I stamped the matching stamp onto mixed media paper, colored it in, then cut out the center pieces of the stamped flowers and attached them to the center of the poppies on the pages using foam tape...




The final step was adding some of my favorite Unity Stamp quotes here and there...


Supplies:
Color Mediums:   Lindys Stamp Gang - Alpine Ice Rose,  Aloha Avocado,  Cowabunga Copper,  Hydrangea Blue
Stencils:   The Crafters Workshop "Mini Specimens";   Tim Holtz "Speckles";  Penny Black "Sun Catcher"
Stamps:   Penny Black "Poppy Time";   Unity Stamp Co. "empowered words";   
Fiskars/Teresa Collins "Music";   Stampin' Up! "Gorgeous Grunge"
Art Mediums:   Golden white gesso and modeling paste;   Plaid Folk Art acrylic paints
Miscellaneous:   Stabilo All Pencils (black and brown),  "Crystal" Stickles,  Black Archival ink, 
 Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pens (black),  Kaisercraft mini pearls


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

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