Creating for the soul….

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Creating for the soul….

Creating in my art journal is one of those things that is so calming for the soul.  I’m not sure exactly what it is, but it just has a way of making my heart smile.  I’m loving my new Faber Castell Steampunk Gelato set.  The colors blend and meld together so beautifully.  Another page created with supplies from Limor Webber Designs on-line store.  I started out with using all the bits and pieces of paper I had on my desk.  I even found a narrow strip of canvas I stuck on too. I then took my Prima “Bubbles” stencil and some Faber Castell Whipped Spackle (one of my absolute favorite products) and my Catalyst Shaper Tool (my favorite tool from the store…. ;)  ) I adhered my Tim Holtz gears, the key and the quote tile.  Next a layer of gesso to tone down some of the colors of my scrap papers I used.  Then the layers of Gelato’s.  Gelato then water, more Gelato, more spritz’s of water.  A bunch of splatters.  Used some of my Lindy’s Stamp Gang Dark Chocolate Truffle starburst spray through an alpha stencil and splattered some of that on the page and let it drip too.  I used my Faber Castell Big Brush pen in black and white to highlight some of the circles (love those pens too…..lol) and finally used some of my Tim Holtz rub on’s and just put them on randomly on the page. I toned down the darkness of the rub on’s with a little gesso just so they weren’t so start black.  Finished off the page with some black Gelato around the edges and along some of the paper strips I’d started out with to add some additional texture to the page and I was done!

Here’s what the finished page looks like!

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Here’s a few close ups of some of the elements.

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Got my inspiration for this page from a video Limor did recently…..loved her dots with the white highlights!

Thanks for poking your head in….till next time!

Huggss,

Yvonne

 

All Decked Out ATC 52 card swap

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All Decked Out ATC 52 card swap

The next set of 10 cards is done!!  I’m in a group swap where we’re each doing an entire deck of 52 cards for an ATC swap.  When we’re all done, we will receive a whole deck in return with ATC from different people who are part of the swap.  It’s going to be an awesome once it’s all swapped out!  So far I’ve done my first two sets in a sort of theme.  This set I did by collaging on bits of book text and then covered them with a layer of my Liquitex Blended Fibers Gel with a palette knife to create some texture.  Once that was all dried I used three colors of my Faber Castell Gelatos.  Some cards I only used two of the colors and others I used all three.  I had a yellow, orange and a red.  I’m not sure which colors they were as these three aren’t labelled.  I also used my Dina Wakley stamp set called Collaged Hearts.  All of the supplies I used I got from Limor Webbers on-line store called Limor Webber Designs, found here.  I love her store and she carries the most awesome supplies!!!!  

Here’s how this set of cards turned out:

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On the hearts I stamped onto book paper first and then adhered to the card, I outlined those hearts with my Faber Castell Pitt Big Brush Pen.  LOVE that pen and use it soooo much!!  I also used my black Gelato around the outside edge of each of the cards.

So, that’s it for this set.  Next set due towards the end of Sept.  

Thanks once again for coming to visit my page.  I do appreciate it!

Huggss,

Yvonne

2nd Canvas……

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2nd Canvas……

Venturing into the land of creating a canvas is freaking scary!!!   This took me 4 days to complete and I doubted myself every step of the way.  Creating an Art Journal page is one thing…..but a canvas…..that I was hoping to be able to hang up once I had it completed.  YIKES!!!  I used a bunch of supplies from Limor Webber’s Store, with my newest favorite supply being the Liquitex White Opaque Flakes Texture Gel……I’m really loving this stuff!!  There’s a few layers to this piece and I  love the texture I ended up with!!

Here’s the completed canvas…..

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I wish the camera would pick up the texture better.  I also inked the edges of the word “LOVE” in the bottom corner so it would stand out a bit more.  I used allot of Prima flowers & embellishments, some Fab Scraps. I Am Roses flowers, other misc embellishments from my stash and from the grab boxes I ordered from Limor’s store a while ago, random strips of paper along with some Tim Holtz Tissue Paperand of course my trusted Lindy’s Stamp Gang sprays in Cotton Candy Pink, Toto’s Tornado Black and Golden Doublooms.

Here’s a few close ups:

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So, there it is.  Going to sleep on it and decide in the morning if it’s going on a wall or not….lol.

Thanks so much for dropping in…..I very much appreciate it.

Huggsss,

Yvonne

 

 

Playing with a new product.

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I’d received some new products from Limor Webber’s on-line store – Limor Webber Designs.  I Gesso’d the page and then took some pieces of a junk mail envelope that I turned inside out in order to use the cool designs on the inside of the envelope.  I cut it into strips and I adhered them to my page using some Gel Medium along with some random pieces of some Tim Hotlz Tissue paper I had on my desk.  I then took some of my Liquitex White Opaque Flakes Texture Gel and my palette knife and just roughly spread some onto the page and dried it with my heat gun.  It creates a very cool texture on the page:

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I them used some of my Lindy’s Stamp Gang sprays in Golden Doublooms, Cotton Candy Pink and Tot’s Tornado Black.  I alternated between the three and also added some splatters of each of the colors.  The Tornato Black I blotted off right after I sprayed it so as to create a more subtle effect:

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The flakes grab hold of the colors sprayed onto them to create a beautiful texture and depth of color.  I also took some of my background stamps and StazOn ink and randomly stamped them onto the page.  I dug out a sheet of stickers I received in one of Limor’s destash boxes she was selling a while ago.  I found a lonely Prima flower that was screaming to be attached, and a tag that I altered to match the page.  The heart is from my stash.  I took my charcoal pencil and outlined everything on the page and smudged it.  I also took some Liquid Pearls and added some random dots of color.  Here is my finshed page:

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Here are some close ups of the page to show you the texture and amazing colors!

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I had fun with this page and am loving my new texture Gel!  Take some time to browse through Limor’s store…..there are allot of unique supplies that I think you’ll love as well!!

Thanks for stopping by……I love the company!  :)

Huggss,

Yvonne

Lindy’s Stamp Gang color challenge

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This is a post I’m doing for this months Lindy’s Stamp Gang color challenge.  I had fun with this page and used my new Limor Webber Tres Chic set and I LOVE it!!!  I used the following colors which are all part of the Flat Fabio set:  Banjour Butter, Chateau Rose, Merci Beaucoup Mint and C’est la vie Cerise.  And I also used those same colors in the Tres Chic Embossing Powders.

Here’s the page I created:

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I was inspired by a YouTube video on the Maremi SmallArt channel.  I loved her tutorial and just had to try my hand at it.  I love how it turned out.  :)

Here are a few close-ups of the page:

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Thank you for popping in to see my latest creation.  I do so appreciate it.  :)

Yvonne

55th birthday ‘year’ party and getting back to an Art Journal page…

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55th birthday ‘year’ party and getting back to an Art Journal page…

Soooo…….what do you do when you’re put in a situation where you have an opportunity to spend the weekend with people you never hung around with in high school to celebrate your 55th birthday ‘year’ at a weekend party?? You make your husband decide if we’re going or not of course….lol!!   Then when he decides you’re going, what do you do??  You put a smile on your face and agree to go of course!   To say I was excited to be going would be a lie.  To say I was a little nervous and apprehensive about going would be an understatement. I wouldn’t re-live my high school years for a million dollars.  I’d survived the party we’d gone to 5 years before for the 50th birthday ‘year’ party without any scars…..lol.  Sooo, we went.  I can say with complete honestly I actually had a good time.  I got to know these people a little bit more.  It’s funny how your outlook on how you perceive people to still be after 35 years can change.  I only wanted to run away once and that’s when they were reading through the year book and got to my name…..lol.  But I made it through that as well and am now looking forward to our next milestone.  Here’s to another 5 years and our 60th in Palm Springs!!

Okay, so enough about high school…….it seems like it’s been so long since I pulled out one of my Art Journals.  I have to say it felt so good to pull out those supplies and just sit and let it flow.  I’ve been making allot of ATC’s lately, which have been fun, but my bigger pages is where I get my best feelings of just doing what I love to do. So, here’s what I created the other day with supplies from Limor Webber’s on-line store called Limor Webber Desings.    I used one of her new Lindy’s Stamp Gang sets called Tres Chic and used the sprays and a few of the embossing powders over Gesso.  Love, love, LOVE this set!  Here’s the page I created which I’m going to enter into the Lindy’s Stamp Gang monthly color challenge:

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My inspiration for the page came from a YouTube video I watch by Maremi SmallArt located here.

Supplies used were:  Faber Castell Whipped Spackle, Prima stencil called Bubbles by Finnabair (no longer in stock), a couple of her background stamps from both the Dina Wakely Textures set and one of the Big Red stamps called Quantum Background.  All of these supplies are also available in her store and I added direct links to each product at the end of the blog post.  The black drips were done with some Liquitex ink! in Carbon Black that is also in the store.  The Prima bling I used I received from her in one of her destash grab boxes she sold along with the Prima flowers  and the Scrap FX and Fab Scraps chipboard used.  Here’s a few close up’s of the page:

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Thank you for stopping by.  It feels good to be creating again.  ;)

Huggss,

Yvonne

 

Links to products used:

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Lindy’s Stamp Gang Tres Chic Flat Fabio sprays.

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Lindy’s Stamp Gang Tres Chic Embossing Powders

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Faber Castell Design Memory Craft Whipped Spackle

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Catalyst Shaper Tool “01 Mini”

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Big Red Cling Stamps – Quantum Background

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Dina Wakley Media Textures stamp set

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Liquitex Professional Acrylic ink! in Carbon Black

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Gelatos Double Scoop in Black Licorice

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Mini pieces of art…

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Mini pieces of art…

I haven’t had the desire to work on my bigger Art Journal books the past few weeks so I’ve been spending my time doing Artist Trading Cards (ATC’S).  I’ve been trading some of them all over the US and overseas.  I’ve had fun doing them and they provide an avenue to express myself no matter how small.  I had Kyle’s two little one’s here last night and today so I brought out Owen’s ‘crafting stuff’ and while he ‘cwafted’ I worked on a few atc’s.

I played with my new water-color tubes of paint to see how they worked.  I like them much better than the cake ones I have right now.  For one of the atc’s I used the heart printed tissue paper one of the ladies I’d swapped with had my atc’s she’d made for me wrapped up in.  On another, one of the the ladies I received the atc’s from, made her own envelope out of a brown paper grocery bag, so I used a portion of that as my background for a different atc.

Here’s what I came up with:

This is the one I used my new Pentel Arts watercolor tubes and quite like it.  I also took a couple of my Prima small stamps, some rub on’s that I’ve had forever and made a Spring card.  Seeing how we’re not getting our Spring as far as the weather goes (another 5 inches of heavy wet snow yesterday and last evening), I’m going to enjoy it through my art….lol

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These next two are the ones I made using the supplies from other atc’s I’ve received in the mail.  :)

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And then there’s the last one.  I love the look of the corrugated cardboard as a base and decided to finally give it a try.  I applied some bright green and blue acrylic paint in random spots and then took some bright green fiber paper and tore pieces to adhere randomly to the card.  I also have this sheet of quotes, which are awesome, that I received from a blog post I was reading.  I’ve use a few of them already and today I added two more to the list of ones used.  They are some of my favorite quotes!

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So there you have it.  A few more mini canvas pieces completed

I’m off to do some more work on my travel atc making kit I’m putting together.

Huggss,

Yvonne

Found some canvas scrapbooking sheets…..yup, more atc’s!

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I’ve had these three sheets of canvas scrapbook paper for a long time, and while I was watching the recording of Limor Webber on her Live With Prima Ustream class ‘Mixed Media ATC Cards’, I was on a mission to find those sheets so I could try my hand at some beautiful little canvas ATC cards.  Learned one very important lesson while working on the very first canvas atc…..make it bigger than what you need if you’re going to be using a wet medium on it as it shrinks when it dries…..ooppsss.  Nothing adding a narrow strip of canvas didn’t fix….lol.

For this one I spritzed the canvas with some water first, put some Lindy’s Stamp Gang spray onto my glass tray and painted on the colors to create the background.  I placed the canvas butterfly down on the atc and traced around it with one of my charcoal pencils.  I then added a little water to it to blend it out a bit in order to frame the butterfly.  I stamped the sentiment onto it with an alpha set I’ve had forever and then added the tip of the butterfly wing I’d cut off the one side, on the top corner of the atc.

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For this atc, I didn’t want a repeat of the shrunk canvas, so I decided to stamp an image onto it along with a quote.  The quote ended up pretty pale so I took my XS Faber Castell Pitt pen and carefully wrote over top the letters to make them stand out more.  I then lightly spritzed the front with some Lindy’s sprays.

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And for this one, we had a lady post a pic of a water color piece she did in our Limor 1278 Mixed Media Art Group,with what looked like random blotches of watercolor paint that were then traced around to make look like flowers.  As I didn’t want to do a water color on it so it wouldn’t shrink, I decided to try it with my Alcohol Inks.  I think it turned out pretty good!

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That’s it for today!!  Thanks for checking in.  :)

Huggsss,

Yvonne

…..more atc’s

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Hello, my name is Yvonne and I’m an ATC addict.  Holy cow….I’m having a blast making these little pieces of art!!!  I REALLY should be in bed and here I am playing with 2.5″ x 3.5″ pieces of cardstock….LOL.  These ones were made using a background I’d created for one of my pages for the Facebook group called Journal 52 and I had an extra one…..sooooo, it ONLY made sense to cut it up into little rectangles…..right?!  These 4 were so quick and easy to put together.  I got my inspiration from one of my pins and a tutorial Nicole had on her blog……check it out here.  I took some dictionary pages and spritzed them with a couple of my Lindy’s Stamp Gang sprays and then loosely drew out the 4 hearts.  I cut them out and went to town playing with them.  Nicole also had a sheet of quotes she had available to download, so I did that and picked out 4 I liked and cut them out of the sheet to adhere to my atc’s.  These were fun and quick to put together.

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I love the look of the sort of water color effect of the backgrounds.  The quotes are some of my favorites.  Here’s some individual pictures of each of the cards….

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Okay, now I’m going to bed.  I may sleep till noon tomorrow….lol.

Thanks for sticking with me on this atc marathon I dragged you along on…..have a great day!

Huggss,

Yvonne

Vintage ATC frenzy!!!

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Can you say obsessed with ATC’s??!!!!  I’m having so freakin much fun making these.  I had a set of 5 vintage Chatelaine images on my desk that have been starring at me for a while now.  I was going to try and incorporate them into a card…..but ATC’s they became!!!  I pulled out all my vintagey type ephemera and lace I had and went to town this evening.  5 ATC’s later I have them all used up.

Here they are!

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Maybe I should have started on ATC’s to get me comfortable with these mini pieces of art and then dive into the bigger mixed media….lol.  Here’s some closer pics of each one…

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Well, now you know my new obsession…..perhaps an addiction…..having allot of fun with the anyway.  Thanks for stopping by.  I love to read your comments.

Huggss,

Yvonne