A gift from the heart…..

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A gift from the heart…..

I don’t think I’ve created anything that was quite this emotional to complete.  I have a friend who asked me to do the cover of a journal for her.  She has a friend who is sitting with her father who is dying and she wanted to give her a journal to write in and asked me to make it for her.  I never gave it much thought until I sat down to create it. I was flooded with emotions that quite honestly surprised me!  It brought back allot of memories of sitting with Dad that last week of his life and it hit me just how personal this was going to be to create for me.  She told me her friends father loved the outdoors and could I make the cover accordingly.  I had some birch bark at home and burlap.  I went outside on my deck….in the snow…. and collected some pine cones and branches from my lilac tree.

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Once I started to create, it just sort of flowed and I decided since I didn’t know her or her father, I would create something I would love to have to record my thoughts and emotions as I went through this very difficult time.  My father also loved the outdoors and so I hope I captured something she will connect with when she sees it.  As I went through each stage, each thing I attached had a special meaning.

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The birch bark is such an interesting medium.  The birch tree is constantly adding layers to it’s bark.  Each layer is like tissue paper and it has layer after layer.  It has such a soft feel to it and can be used to make a multitude of things.  If you love the outdoors and nature in Saskatchewan….this tree is one of your favorites.

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The twigs are from my lilac tree and it’s by far my favorite of the flowering trees in Saskatchewan.  The flowers are this beautiful pale purple color and have the most amazing fragrance I can smell as soon as I come up the back stairs on my deck.  They only last a couple of weeks, but are so worth it.  I chose to put the key with the wings and the clock on it as it signified the passing of time and the fact that her father will soon be joining the angels and earn his key to the Kingdom.  I put the burlap and the twigs onto the existing spine of the book with twine to signify wrapping our arms around what we love and holding it together tightly.

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The quote spoke to me as soon as I read it.  When I spend time outside in nature it just automatically calms me.  I truly believe nature has a soothing and healing capability and it often helps me to sort things out.  The pine cones are again a native tree to Saskatchewan and they have the most amazing smell to them.  There’s nothing quite like the smell of a pine tree.

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The heart with the two birds on it symbolize her and her father and the love she has for her father.

I hope she loves it.  I’ve never met her and I don’t even know if my friend told me her name but I feel this connection with her.  I hope she feels the love with which this was put together and my hope that she finds some healing within it’s covers as she journals in it.

Until next time my friends….

Huggss,

Yvonne

Through the eyes of a child

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Through the eyes of a child

Do you sometimes wish you still had the innocence of a child when you looked out at the beauty of the world?  At the things around you and to be able to express pure joy without the fear of being judged or laughed at?  It would be nice some days to be able to just let go and be childlike again.  I found this quote and built a page around it.  I decided to work in my Strathmore softcover Mixed Media 5.5″ x 8″ journal that I got from Limor Webber’s store Limor Webber Designs.  I’m really loving this journal.  It only has 90 lb paper in it but the pages are awesome to work on the and the cover is sooo soft!

I pulled out my trusty Lindy’s Stamp Gang Industrial Chic set….I haven’t used that set in a while and I love the look of these colors.  I also used my clear Gesso for this page and love how it allowed the true colors of them sprays come through and not be muted by a white Gesso.  A few layers…..some stamped images for some background texture and of course, some stencil and modeling paste had to find it’s way onto the page.

I started with the Steampunk Sepia and laid down a layer to start building up my background.  Then I took my Faber Castell PITT artist pen in Cold Grey III and one of my background stamps from my Stampers Anonymous Graph & Croc set and randomly stamped little portions of the stamp.  I really love the absolute subtle look the grey ink gives to the background.  I then took my Black PITT big brush pen and a small script stamp I have and again stamped it randomly onto the pages. I took the Rusty Lantern Lime spray and the Shabby Turbine Teal and sprayed then in just a few spots on the page.

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I had some burlap and tried to make a little banner with them.  They were pretty good before I tried to adhere them to the page with my Gel Medium, but they kind of kept fraying and I kept losing pieces and by the time they were down I sort of had blob triangles….lol.  I fussy cut and tore a few images from some scrapbook paper I had from a grab box I’d received from Limor, too my Faber Castell Whipped Spackle and a palette knife and randomly applied some on the areas i wanted my images on the page.  I took my brick stencil and also did some light random brick areas as well.  I colored the burlap, traced around them with my Stabilo All pencil and wet it down with a small amount of water on my brush.

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Took my charcoal pencil and did some shading around the bricks and my Grey PITT pen and did some shading with it around the three images and around the outside edges of the pages.

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I wrote out the quote, added  some black splatters and I was done!

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Off to go and see what else I can get some inspiration from.  I kinda feel like maybe playing with some water color or something….

Thanks again for checking in…..until next time.

Huggsss,

Yvonne

List of products used:

Strathmore Softcover Mixed Media art journal

Liquitex Clear Gesso

Lindy’s Stamp Gang – Industrial Chic

Stampers Anonymous Graphic & Croc background stamp – my stash

Script stamp – my stash

Burlap – my stash

Faber Castell Whipped Spackle

Faber Castell PITT artist big brush pen – Cold Grey III

Faber Castell PITT artist big brush pen – Black

Stabilo All pencil

Brick stencil – homemade on my Cricut

Liquitex Professional fluid Acrylic – Carbon Black (splatters)

Pilot Perma Ball journalling pen

Catalyst Shaper Tool “01”

Thank you to my GIRLFRIENDS…

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Thank you to my GIRLFRIENDS…

It’s challenge time over on the Mixing It Up Everyday Facebook group.  My friend Sandee is the creator of this page and we do have allot of fun.  I actually won the October challenge and won a gift certificate to Stampendous.  I was pretty excited about that!  This month’s challenge is to do a project around the theme of being thankful.  I decided to take a bit of a different twist to the thankful theme…..I have some napkins I’ve been wanting to try on a page for some time and this just seemed to be the time…..and the quote just sort of fit in to this month’s theme…..well, at least in my mind it did.  ;o)

I used my up cycled encyclopedia again for this double page journal page.  I’m seriously loving this book. I started out by putting a light wash over the pages using my Lindy’s Stamp Gang Flat Shot from the Under the Boardwalk collection called Pop Rock Purple.  I then put a light coat of the Faber Castell Design Memory Craft Gesso over as it’s a thinner Gesso and works very well for a wash look.  I took my Faber Castell PITT artist big brush pen in Cold Grey III and one of my Stampers Anonymous background stamps from the Graph & Croc set and randomly stamped on both pages.  I really like the subtle look the Cold Grey pen gives to the background stamps.  I then took my napkin and adhered it to the pages using my Faber Castell Gel Medium.

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Next I took my Faber Castell Whipped Spackle and my  homemade brick stencil and my Tim Holtz Dot Fade stencil and applied it randomly to the page.  I shaded the bricks in and around the napkin pieces with my Stabilo All pencil and blended it out.

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Added my quote using my Signo white gel pen, some Faber Castell Gelato in black around the edges of the pages and done!

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Thank you for the challenges Sandee and for keeping the group in order…..or trying to at least!

Thank you also for dropping in and I look forward to seeing you next time as well.  Please feel free to leave me any comments.  Enjoy your day!

Huggss,

Yvonne.

Products used:

Faber Castell Design Memory Craft Gesso

Lindy’s Stamp Gang Under The Boardwalk Flat Shot – Pop Rock Purple

Faber Castell Design Memory Craft Pitt artist big brush pen – Cold Grey III

Stamper’s Anonymous Graph & Croc background stamp – my stash

Faber Castell Design Memory Craft Whipped Spackle

Tim Holtz Stencil – Dot Fade

Homemade brick stencil

Stabilo All pencil

White Uni-Ball Signo  gel pen

Faber Castell Design Memory Craft Gelato – Black Licorice

Memories…

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Memories…

I had so much fun playing with the Vaseline technique Limor Webber taught us that I just had to try it one more time, but on a canvas this time. Here’s a link to her Ustream class where she taught us the technique if you’re interested.  Art Journaling With Limor Webber.  I wanted to do a quote type of canvas with this one and am a bit on the fence with it.  Not sure I should have put the faux screws on it….and if so, not sure I should have put paint on each one of them.  Oh well…..one more thing to tuck into the ‘things I’ve learned’ vault.  ;o)

I used my Liquitex Basics Acrylic paints for this and used the colors Burnt Umber, Bright Aqua Green, Unbleached Titanium and Titanium White.  I mixed a batch of the Titanium White with the Unbleached Titanium White to make a lighter shade for the last coat.  I hand-wrote out the quote using my Pilot PermaBall pen.  I attached some Prima Free Spirit Wood Embellishments and Prima Tiny Junkyard Findings screws.

Here are some close ups of the embellishments and the layers of paint:

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And here’s the final canvas.

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There is a local new store in town that is specializing in antiques and vintage looking merchandise.  She’s asked me to bring her some canvas’s and she’ll sell them.  We’ll see how well the last two canvas’s I made sell…..lol.  It would be the first time I’d ever sold anything but a card.  Not going to hold my breath.  ;o)

Thanks for coming by again…..until next time.  Please feel free to leave me comments, as I do appreciate them.  <3

Huggss,

Yvonne

Products used:

Liquitex Super Heavy Gesso

Liquitex Basics Acrylic paint

Faber Castell Design Memory Craft Gel Medium

Prima Free Spirit Wood Embellishments (from my stash)

Prima Tiny Junkyard Findings (from my stash)

Dream….

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Dream….

When it comes to my art I have allot of dreams. So many things I’d like to try.  I’m going to be one busy girl during my retirement!!

This evening I decided to try my hand at a canvas again.  I found a 12 x 12 canvas and had an idea…..well, sort of.  I knew I wanted to use my new Lindy’s Stamp Gang Under The Boardwalk sprays, I wanted to use the new Prima flowers I’d bought and I wanted to use my Prima Vintage Trinkets clock face.  Past that…..I didn’t have a clue!!!

I started by putting down some strips of drywall mesh tape and some strips of textured ribbon I’d received in one of my destash boxes from Limor.  I used my Gel Medium for this.  I knew I wanted to use my Prima Bubbles stencil as well so I didn’t want a lot of other texture.

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I put a coat of Gesso over the brown lace and added another strip of white lace and then sprayed the canvas with the Orange Creamsicle, Merry-Go-Round Green and Tile-A-Wheel Teal.  I gave it a couple of coats and let the colors blend just a little and heat set it.

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Then I added all my flowers and embellishments.  This was fun and just a bit intimidating at the same time.  Put them on….take them off…..add a little hear….remove a little there.  I’m not sure if I’ll ever get to a place where I’m confident in what I do….lol

So, here’s some close ups of the finished piece and some showing the texture of the canvas:

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I do like the texture and depth to the canvas.  Here’s what the finished piece looks like:

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Now I think I need another couple sets of those flowers….lol.  They’re just sooooo pretty!  I’ve got a list of products used at the end.  I always appreciate comments.

Huggss,

Yvonne

Products Used:

Faber Castell Design Memory Craft Gesso

Faber Castell Design Memory Craft Gel Medium

Faber Castell Design Memory Craft Whipped Spackle

Catalyst Shaper Tool “01 Mini”

Lindy’s Stamp Gang Under The Boardwalk Flat Fabio sprays

Prima Flowers (#577391)

Prima Flowers (#577384)

Prima Flower vine (#564506)

Prima Vintage Trinkets clock face (#960285)

Prima Resin Icons – white feather (#573355)

Prima Wood Icons – Birdcage, Bow, Pocket Watch and Deam (#576059)

Misc metal pieces from my stash and the flower and star chipboard (from my Pay It Forward package from Debbie Dunham)

Prima “Bubbles” Stencil Elements

A little Paris?

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A little Paris?

This is now the second time I’m doing this post from the start……ugh.  I had it all completed and closed it down and it didn’t save…..:::insert sad emoticon here:::  lol.  So, here we go again!!

I’ve been really enjoying working in my recycled encyclopedia art journal lately.  I don’t know if it’s the size of the pages or the fact that I LOVE the book, but it’s my go to journal lately.  I’d received my new set of Lindy’s Stamp Gang sprays yesterday and mixed them up at noon so I could come home and just start playing with them.  I received the Under The Boardwalk Flat Fabios that Limor Webber created…..and I have to say they’ve been added to my favorite sets….right along with her Tres Chic and Industrial Chic sets.  That woman knows how to create a pretty amazing color palette.

I started out on these pages by putting a light layer of Gesso over both pages.  Once that was dry I took my Orange Creamsicle, Merry-Go-Round Green and Tilt-A-Wheel Teal and sprayed them randomly on both pages and heat set them.  I then took a sort of ruler Stampin’ Up! background stamp I’ve had in my stash for a while and stamped it randomly on both pages using my Faber Castell Design Memory Craft Stampers PITT Big Brush Pen in Cold Grey III.  This is my new favorite big brush pen…..LOVE the oh so subtle image it leaves.

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I decided to cut out the two main images from my paper napkin and adhered the Eiffel Tower and the stone building to the pages using my Faber Castell Design Memory Craft Gel Medium and heat set it as well.  I then took my new Prima “Bubbles” Stencil  and my Faber Castell Design Memory Craft Whipped Spackle and applied it to random areas using my favorite tool, the Catalyst Shaper Tool “01 Mini”.  I gave that a heat set and then did some shading with my Stabillo All charcoal pencil around some of the bubbles.

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I also took the charcoal pencil to my two napkin images as I thought they were a little too subtle on the page and I really like the result I achieved!

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I took my Dina Wakley Media “Handwritten Quotes” stamp set and chose two quotes to stamp, one on each page.  I used my Faber Castell Design Memory Craft Stampers PITT Big Brush pen in black as my ink for the stamps.  I love the vivid black this India Ink pen gives you.  I then used the Cold Grey one again to distress the edges of both pages and I’m done!!  I’m really happy with the finished product and really like this double page spread.IMG_3795

I love the the soft colors and the depth the charcoal pencil adds to the page.  I’m thinking I’m going to take the page on the right a re-create it on a canvas.

A list of the products I used and links back to Limor’s store are at the end of this blog post.  Thanks for staying with me!

Huggsss,

Yvonne

Faber Castell Design Memory Craft Gesso

Lindy’s Stamp Gang Under The Boardwalk Flat Fabio spray set

Faber Castell Design Memory Craft Gel Medium

Prima “Bubbles” Stencil Elements

Faber Castell Design Memory Craft Whipped Spackle

Faber Castell Design Memory Craft Stampers PITT Big Brush Pen – Cold Greay III

Faber Castell Design Memory Craft Stampers PITT Big Brush Pen – Black

Stabillo All charcoal pencil

Dina Wakley Media “Handwritten Quote” stamp set

Less is more?

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Less is more?

Limor had some great techniques she shared with us this evening on her free Ustream class.  I’ve always struggled with leaving white space and Limor did this one double page where she only used ink, did no shading and there were lovely ink splatters made with a can of Dust Destroyer….lol.  I decided to use my Liquitex Extra Fluid acrylic’s for this. I used Yellow Medium AZO and Vivid Lime Green  I put drops of ink down, took my canned air and blew the ink around…..right off the page and all over my desk at one point….ooppsss.  It’s a pretty easy technique and looks very cool.  At one point I thought it would be cool to use some of my Izink’s in Citronella and found out very quickly it doesn’t ‘splatter’ out like the fluid acrylics.  It’s very thick and although has a beautiful shimmer, it just turned into a big ‘blog’ of ink that doesn’t move anywhere….lol.  I should have stopped adding ink dots and spraying them out before I did, but it was still fun!!  I also used one of my Dina Wakley stamp sets for the first time too called Scribbly Birds.  I love this set!

Here’s a close up of the ink splatters…

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Here’s what the finished page looks like.  I honestly had such a hard time resisting the urge to grab my background stamps, my Stabillo All pencil and add a bunch of shading and depth!.I took my bright yellow Gelato and went around the edges of the pages just to tie the whole thing together.IMG_3776

I really do love the vibrancy of these fluid acrylics.  They dry quite quickly and are water resistant once dry.

Thanks for coming by!

Huggsss,

Yvonne

Lindy’s Stamp Gang Color Challenge entry

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Lindy’s Stamp Gang Color Challenge entry

You know, every month I look at the Lindy’s color challenges and every month I say to myself I’m going to enter it…..and then never do.  Here’s a link to the color challenge here.  And here is what the challenge colors look like:

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Last night I sat down and created a double page in my art journal.  I picked up this little Strathmore Mixed Media Art Journal when I was visiting at Limor’s and I love the pages in it.  Here’s a link to her store so you can check it out too! Limor Webber Designs  They’re a nice weight and it’s small enough that you don’t feel overwhelmed and can slap down a completed page in no time!  I really have to start remembering to take process pictures as I go along to show you how I created it…..maybe next time I’ll remember.  ;o)  I started out with a layer of Prima Art Basics Heavy Gesso.  I then took my brick stencil (I made this one myself on my Cricut) and my Faber Castell Whipped Spackle (one of my FAVE products from the store) and randomly applied it to the page using my Catalyst Shaper Tool ’01 Mini’.  The colors of spray I chose to use were the Brushed Nickel Glitz Spritz around the entire frame of the double page.  I then took my Chateau Rose Flat Fabio and Mango Mania Flat Fabio and sprayed them both in the same places in order to mix them together to get a more salmon color.

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I had a napkin with these beautiful pink roses on it, so I fussy cut some of them out along with some of the extra leaves and the butterflies and adhered them to the page using my Golden Matte Medium.

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I’d also fussy cut out the vintage woman in the frame from the Prima Romantique Collection from the “Ha ‘Penny” sheet.

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I took a stamp from the Dina Wakley set called Collaged Hearts and stamped it onto some water color paper and cut it apart to adhere to the page as well.  I finished the page off with some drips of color from the Mango Mania spray bottle and the Merci Beaucoup Mint spray bottle and also took my Stabillo All pencil and did some shading around all the roses, leaves and bricks on the page to add some depth to it.

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Here’s my competed pages!  I love how they turned out.  :o)

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My inspiration for this page came from Marta Lapkowska.  She has amazing talent and you have to go check out her YouTube channel.  Maremi SmallArt

I’ll detail the list of products I used and link them back to Limor’s store or Lindy’s Stamo Gang store.

Thanks so much for staying with me!  Till next time…..

Huggss,

Yvonne

Products used:

Strathmore Softcover Mixed Media Art Journal

Prima Art Basics Heavy Gesso White

Faber Castell Whipped Spackle

Catalyst Shaper Tool ’01 Mini’

Dina Wakley Media Stamps

Lindy’s Stamp Gang Brushed Nickel Glitz Spritz

Lindy’s Stamp Gang Chateau Rose (from the Tres Chic collection)

Lindy’s Stamp Gang Merci Beaucoup Mint (from the Tres Chic collection)

Lindy’s Stamp Gang Mango Mania

Stabillo All Pencil

A new Art Journal journey….

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A new Art Journal journey….

Well, I’ve finally completed my first full art journal and have started a new one.  I’ll post the final pictures of the first one another day.  This new journal is being done in a beautiful old encyclopedia I picked up at our local Good Will store.  I absolutely LOVE the from cover and spine of this book……the texture and ‘sculpting’ on the front cover is amazing!!  The pages inside are relatively thick so I only need to glue two pages together to give me a good solid base to do my mixed media on.  This is what the front cover and spine look like….

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Isn’t it gorgeous??!!!!

When I was at Limor’s place a few weekends ago, I picked up some Prima Art Basics Heavy Gesso in black.  I’ve always wanted to play with and try black, and decided to make this the first page I completed in this new journal.  I started out with one idea while I was in Edmonton, but it just wasn’t working out the way I had it in my head and ended up coming home and just Gessoing over it….hence why I love Gesso!  Then I decided I wanted to try a sort of water color effect and put down a very light layer of white Gesso so I’d have an area to stamp my poppies onto.  I used two of my Lindy’s Stamp Gang Magicals and used them as water colors.  I used the a Flat Magical in Aloha Avacado and a shimmer Magical in Time Travel Teal.  I used a couple of my background stamps that I’d picked up from Limor’s store as well just to add a bit more depth to the pages.  All of the supplies I used on this double page can be purchased from Limor’s store, except for the poppy stamp which I’ve had for a while from Stampin’ Up! The link for her store is found here.  Other supplies I used were my Faber Castell PITT artist pen big brush in black, my Faber Castell PITT artist pen in white, and my Stabilo All pencil for some shading around the flowers, stems and quote.  Here’s what the finished product looks like:

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I really like how these pages turned out.  Will probably use this technique again!

Thanks for popping your head in…..until next time!  I’d love to hear what you think.  :)

Huggsss,

Yvonne

Supplies used:

Prima Art Basics Heavy Gesso Black

Faber Castell Design Memory Craft Gesso

Lindy’s Stamp Gang “Industrial Chic” Magicals by Limor Webber Designs – Time Travel Teal

Lindy’s Stamp Gang “Hawaiian Islands” Flat Magicals – Aloha Avacado  (Not available in Limor’s store at this time)

Deep Red Cling Stamp Water Droplets

Kaisercraft “Arty” Background Stamp

Faber Castell Stamper’s Big Brush PITT pen – Black

Faber Castell Stamper’s Big Brush PITT pen – White

Stabilo All charcoal pencil  (Not available in Limor’s store at this time)

Pleasabt Poppies stamp from Stampin’ Up!

52 playing card ATC workout!

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52 playing card ATC workout!

I AM DONE!!!!!  I finished up the last of the cards for my deck of 52 playing card ATC swap I’m in.  They don’t have to be done until November 30th, but they were burning a hole in my brain as I looked at the last of the stack and decided to just dig in and finish them and get them off my desk.  I’m so looking forward to the swap and can’t wait to get my completed deck of everyone else’s art returned.  Such fun!  I’m not going to go into details of how each card was completed….far too many words to type and wayyyy too long of a post….lol.  For these ones I used a few different mediums for the backgrounds like, Gelato’s, Lindy’s Stamp Gang sprays and acrylic inks.  I finished the tops of the cards with everything from book paper, stickers, Signo White Gel pen, my Faber Castell PITT artist pen big brush in black and white, more Gelato’s, stamps, images cut from Designer paper, some new Izinks I received in a “Pay It Forward” swap from Debbie D (LOVE them by the way ;)  ), irRESSISTible textured sprays in black and white and some Liquitex Acrylic fluid ink in Carbon Black.  There was probably more supplies, but don’t remember right now.  All of the supplies I purchased or are available at Limor Webber’s store which you can link to here.

Here’s a picture of all the cards spread out:

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And here’s some close ups of them:

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There you have them!!!  Had fun making them but can honestly say I don’t think I was to look at another deck of cards again for a while…..lol.

Thanks so much for dropping in.  I love reading comments, so please take some time to say hello and if you don’t already follow me, I’d love to add you to the family!  :)

Hugs,

Yvonne