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Revisiting my card making skills…

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Holy cow…..it’s been ages since I sat down and made a card!!  I’ve been so involved in my new love of Mixed Media that I haven’t given my cards a thought in some time.  I did get together with my Stampin’ Up! group this past month after taking the summer off and it felt good to create on these small canvas’ and get some cards back into my stash!  This card is for a challenge over on the Splitcoast Stampers (SCS) site that I also haven’t visited in some time.  I’ve been nudged a few times by my old SCS buddies to get my butt in gear and get posting to this particular challenge thread and then a couple of my Mixed Media friends also put up the challenge so I figured….why not!!  I used supplies from a lot of different companies on this one!

The challenge for this weeks Mixability was to use grid-lines of some sort in your project.  My grid-lines are on my background paper which is from Prima’s Sunrise sunset collection and looks like a ledger sheet.  I stamped my Stampin’ Up! Swallow Tail butterfly onto the card front and then again onto the same  ledger sheet paper in order to cut it out and pop dot it up for some dimension.  I inked the Butterfly with some of my Tim Holtz Distress inks in Vintage Photo, Dried Marigold, Peeled Paint, Broken China and Worn Lipstick.  I also took one of my homemade stencils I received in a swap I did with one of my Mixed Media friends from The Netherlands and used some of my homemade texture paste to give my background some dimension as well.  After the paste was dry I added layers of the Dried Marigold, Peeled Paint and Broken China to the lattice texture paste design to grunge it up a bit and then outlined each of the lattice squares with my charcoal pencil and smudged the lines to create the illusion of additional dimension.  I stamped the Thanks So Much sentiment using a stamp from my Stampin’ Up! Riveting set and pop dotted it up as well.  I outlined the edge of the card with my charcoal pencil as well and smudged it in.  I then took some of my Close To My Heart Create-A-Shade Pear paint and applied it to the wings of the butterfly to add some shimmer to it.  The shimmer doesn’t pick up in the camera at all, but I love the look of it! I also added some Close To My Heart Liquid Glass to the outside edges of the butterfly wings.  Here’s the card:

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Here’s a close up of the lattice texture stencil:

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So, there it is!!  A mixed media card!  Go figure.

Thanks so much for checking in. To my Canadian friends, have a fantastic Thanksgiving!

Huggss,

Yvonne

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Continuing to ‘Let It Go’

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My friend Tracy Weinzapfel Burgos has sent me and my creativity into a tailspin the past couple of months.  And I say that in a loving way as it’s kick-started me to head back into my ‘Therapy Room’ and create again.  Then she challenged me to “Let It Go’.  Little did she know what she was asking me to do!! Learning to love what you create and to just let it go and not try to be someone else is turning out to be more of a challenge than I’d originally thought.  Loving all the other artist’s work around me and thinking I had to create just like them in order to have a project turn out right.  Soooo  much pressure on myself to not make a mistake, to create something everyone else would love.  Really?!  I’ve been slowly learning that what I create isn’t for everyone else…..it’s for me.  And at the end of the day…..truly….the ONLY person who really has to LOVE it, is me.  Such a simple concept….but why so hard to carry through with?  It just keeps coming back to those three little, yet such powerful words….”Let It Go”.  I love to share what I do and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t looking for some sort of pat on the back for what I create.  I think that’s basic human nature to have that need to be recognized and supported in what you do.  What I am learning however, is the pats on the back and the recognition don’t define me.  They don’t make me a better person or a more creative person.  I’ve learned to really start appreciating what I create and for the most part, I’ve loved every page or canvas….almost.  And I’ve also learned that the ones I don’t so much care for are okay too as it usually led to me learning something in that process.

I’d never created a one picture, multi-layered, mixed media scrapbook layout before.  I’ve admired MANY others creations and was so overwhelmed with where to start and how to make it work, I just never even tried.  This past weekend I decided enough was enough and it was time.  I love the look of them and just needed to grab some paper and see what I could do.  This page, like so many other things I create, took me a couple of days to put together.  And that’s okay.  I took my very wise mothers advice and took some time to step away from time to time when things just weren’t sitting right for me or I felt something was missing.  And each time I’d come back I’d usually find that one thing to tweak to make me happy.  I was Skyping with another Mixed Media friend last night, Limor Webber, and asked her for her opinion a couple of times as we organized our craft spaces and I worked on the layout.  She does amazing layouts and gave me a couple of ideas when I was stuck on why something didn’t quite look right.  She never told me to change anything on the layout…..she gave me good advice on how to turn it into what I was seeing in  my head.  At the end of the evening, I had my first layout completed….and I love it!!

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I did a lot of fussy cutting, layers of paper, added some home-made texture paste, some sprays, ink…..yup, it’s done!  I love how the bricks turned out.  The stencil I made up myself on my Cricut and it worked perfect!  I used some of my new Lindy’s Stamp Gang sprays I just got….Limor’s Industrial Chic set which is sooooo amazing!  The colors are fantastic and I’m loving this set!  At first I’d left the bricks white and then took my Shabby Turbine Teal Starburst spray lid, and with just the tube from the spray bottle I traced around each brick to simulate the grout.  Although I loved the color I wasn’t so loving the look I ended up with.  So I thought, I need to darken up the bricks or something, so I grabbed the Steel Shimmer Glitz Spritz and gave the bricks a couple of shots/layers of that spray,  Although it did bring out the texture within the bricks, there was still something I didn’t like.  This is where Limor came in…..just take some Tim Holtz ink and grunge up the bricks….it’s the white that’s throwing you off.  Ding, ding, ding…..yup.  Out came the Vintage Photo ink pad (my go to stamp pad) and I grunged  up the bricks, the edges of the paper layers and the whole edge of the page.  What a difference it made!!  I still wasn’t loving the teal grout look, so I took the Steampunk Sepia tube and traced over the teal and love how the bricks turned out!!  The little bit of shimmer and shading on the bricks is still visible even after the ink was blended in and just adds to the depth of the bricks.  Check them out!!

 

So, with the help of two of my friends, I cranked out my first layered, mixed media layout and Let It Go.  You two ladies rock…..I continue to grow as an artist because of your influence and I can’t thank each of you enough.  You both come to the table each week and share your very different styles and challenge me to step out of my comfort zone and just create…..and purge my crafting stuff……..mercilessly.   Huggss to you both!  Mwahhh!  Click on the links to check out their pages!

 

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Facebook:  Mixed Media Monday’s with Tracy Weinzapfel

Limor1278 Mixed Media Art Group

Blogs:  Limor Webber Designs

Tracy Weinzapfel Studios

Once again, thank you to those who read through my ramblings sometimes. I do sooo appreciate each of you, truly I do.

Huggss,

Yvonne

Should have done a canvas!

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Having an idea and getting it onto a page are sometimes two totally different things!  This months challenge over on Limor‘s Facebook group, was to try a technique you’ve never tried before……and to use a sketch…..which I kinda forgot that part.  So, I’ll have to do another page for the actual challenge, but I had soooo much fun creating this page!!!  Once I got it all done, I looked at it and realized I should have done it on a canvas instead of in my Art Journal with all the layers I added to it.  Oh well…..now I’ll just have a thick and bulky Art Journal!  I used texture paste and a mesh bag that some fruit came in!  I was sitting at work the other day and all of a sudden this thought came to me for an Art Journal page.  I’ve been keeping most of my mesh bags from my fruit thinking there must be a good use for these in my Mixed Media Art……someday.  LOL.  First I started with a bunch of patterned paper that I just tore into strips and glued down with my ModPodge.  Then I attached a strip of the mesh bag to the page with ModPodge as well.  That wasn’t as easy as I’d pictured it to be in my head, but I did get it to work.  One word of caution thought if you choose to dry it with your heat gun….the mesh bag will melt!  Ooppsss.  Once it was dry I took my texture paste and my palette knife and just gobbed it on all over the page very randomly.  I made it very thick in some places trying to fill in the mesh bag and not so thick in others.  I also added it to spots all over the page over the paper I’d already adhered down.  This step took some time to dry as the texture paste was pretty thick in some places.  Then I grabbed some of my Lindy’s sprays and just went to town! The colors I used were Bluebeard Blue Violet, Incandescent Copper, My Mojito Green, Burnished Brass and a little bit of Rudolph’s Nose Red.  Then I grabbed my image and tore the edges and adhered her down with more ModPodge, dried it and took more texture paste and applied it randomly around the edges of that too and then dried it.  Added more sprays and then started layering some of my embellishments.  Once they were down I took a piece of water-color paper and sprayed it with some of my sprays so it would match my page and wrote out my quote.  I tore each work out, inked the edges with some Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Vintage Photo and adhered it down with more ModPodge.  There are soooo many layers on this puppy!!

Soooo…….check it out!

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There is so much texture on this page it’s crazy!!.  I’ve never done a page with so much texture and I’m loving it!  Here’s a close up so you get a better idea….

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So, now I have to do another project and follow one of the sketches for the challenge.  I still have some of my mesh fruit bag left so I’m good….lol.

Thanks for popping in to see what I’m up to.  I’m off to see what else I can create.

Huggss,

Yvonne

First Class Friendship

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Hello my little blog family!!  I have another card to share with you that I made for the alphabet challenge over on Splitcoaststampers.  Each week our lovely host picks a new letter from the alphabet and we have to come up with a card with something on it that starts with that letter.  It’s alot of fun and quite challenging some weeks!!  This is what I came up with for the letter F.

 

This card is really growing on me!  I just love this stamped image by Hero Arts.  It was stamped onto a piece of kraft cardstock that was torn and then inked with my Tim Holtz Vintage Photo and then just the very edge was inked with the Walnut Stain to give it an almost burned look to it.  I stamped a second bird and fussy cut him out and pop dotted him up to add some dimension.  I colored him in by sponging on some Tim Holtz Distress Ink in.  Scattered Straw and some Fired Brick and Dried Marigold mixed.  I added a couple of small feathers to him for wings and also added a real branch off of one of my fir trees in the back yard.  I love the look of it on the card!!  I used my Martha Stewart leaf stamp for the leaves and colored them in with my Fired Brick and Dried Marigold as well.  I added a I Am Roses cherry blossom that I inked the edges with by using more of my Tim Holtz Distress ink in the Fired Brick.  I added a few sentiments and it’s complete! 

 I added some Close To My Heart liquid glass to the First Class and Friendship sentiments to give them some added ‘pop’ off the page! And here’s my cute little bird…..

I really like how he turned out.

I’m off to go and do some more surfing……till next time!! 

Huggsss,

Yvonne  😉

 

Cards, cards and more cards!!

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Hey there my blogging family!  I was at our cabin for a few days last week and decided it was time to make some cards again…..I had a blast!!  One of these days I’ll figure out how to do the delayed blog post thingy so a new post comes up every day or so……but ya, that’s not going to happen today, so I’ll just put them all into one post…..lol.  The paper and most of the embellishments used on these cards were all purchased from Leanne’s store called Scrapn’ With Flair…..check it out….she has great prices!!

Have I mentioned how much I love my I Am Roses roses???  I really like how this card turned out and love the shabbiness of it (is that even a word??  lol).  I used papers from the BoBunny Country Garden line and the Weathered design.  I love this paper line and had such a hard time cutting into it!!!  It’s so crazy, but I feel like I have this hoarding vault full of all my favorite stuff and I never want to use it…..soooo silly!!.  I used a strip off both sides of the paper for this card and covered the seam with a piece of lace I found at our local Thrift Store…….I LOVE that store!!  I’ve got so much stuff from there for just a few dollars, it’s crazy!!.  I distressed the edges with my Tim Holtz distress tool and then inked the edges with my Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Weathered Wood…..one of my favorite inks.  I attached a butterfly from a package from Close To My Heart and then grabbed my Gesso and randomly applied some to give the card an old weathered look.  It doesn’t show in the picture, but I applied some of my Close To My Heart Liquid Glass to the two colored butterflies on the paper……I really love how that stuff just adds to the dimension on a card!

So…….how ’bout this one…..very mixed media…..I really like it.  It’s not for everyone, but  I’m really having fun with the whole mixed media world lately.  For this card I started with a Kraft cardstock base and then layered on paper from the BoBunny Timepiece line and the Country Garden line.  I tore the layers and then distressed the edges with my fingernail and inked them with my Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Vintage Photo…..another one of my go-to favorites!  I used my Stampin’ Up! Scallop Trim Border punch, some burlap pieces and some jute twine.  The butterfly is from the 12 x 12 Chipboard add-on to the BoBunny Country Garden line and it has a bunch of very cute elements to be used!  I took my texture paste and randomly smeared it over the card and burlap and then added a bit of white Gesso to the top of it to give it more of a white look.  Once I was all done with the card I grabbed my Tsukineko Goosebumps Clear Texture Spray and gave the whole front of the card a spritz with it……it leaves a very cool raised texture to the card front once dry.  Along the left side of the card there is also half a doily pasted on that’s been spritzed with some of my Lindy’s Stamp Gang Flat Fabios (sooooo love these spritz’s!!!) in Caribbean Blue, Luscious Lime and Mango Mania.

This is more of a traditional card I made for the Alphabet Challenge on SCS.  The letter for this week was C.  I used the BoBunny Timepiece paper and then took my stamps from a new set made by “darkroom door” called Tick Tock.  I stamped all three clocks onto cardstock using my Rich Cocoa Memento Ink, distressed the edges with my Tim Holtz distress tool and inking the edges with my Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Vintage Photo.  I also inked the entire edge of the card base with the Vintage Photo as well.  I added some of my Close To My Heart Liquid Glass to the edges of two of the clocks and to the swirls on the card front.  The sentiment is also from the same stamp set and the silver butterfly was from my stash as were the brown flat-back pearls. 

 

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The butterflies were stamped onto a piece of paper towel and then spritzed with my Lindy’s Stamp Gang Flat Fabios in Caribbean Blue, Luscious Lime and Mango Mania.  I also took the other half of the doily I’d already spritzed and used it on the side of this card.  I added some lace that I died using the spritz’s and a lace bow.  I took my texture past and smeared quite a bit of it on the front of the card and then spritzed it as well.  I added some stickles to the wings of the butterflies and then traced around them with my white pen to make them pop.  I distressed the edges of the card with my Distress Tool and then inked them with some Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Broken China.  I added three I Am Roses roses to the front.  These three roses were already inked with the black on the edges of the petals, so I took my spritz’s in the Caribbean Blue and the Mango Mania and gave them a couple of sprays to tie them into the card better.

That’s it for my very long post…….if you’ve stuck around this far, thank you!!!  As always I love to read your comments/feedback.  I’m off the see what else strikes my fancy……till next time!

Huggss,

Yvonne  😉

Graphic 45 A Ladies Diary altered notebook

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Hey my little blogging family…..two posts in one day??!!  Holy cow!  This was such a fun project I put together this evening.  I dug into my September kit from Scrapn’ With Flair and had me a great ole time….lol.  I love this kit so much I’m having a hard time cutting into the paper to use it!!!  I just want to hoard it and drool over it and touch it……man I hate it when I do that to the papers I love…..but man oh man it’s hard to use them! 

One of the girls I work with won a little 5×7 hardcover kraft notebook at a fun ladies golf night a couple of weeks ago.  It was a Horizon’s Fertilizer notebook and I took one look at its yummy kraft cover and instantly wanted to get my grubby little fingers on it!  Even the pen was covered in kraft paper.  It was seriously screaming at me to alter it!!!!!  I asked her if I could steal it from her and make it better…..well tonight I did just that!  I even covered the pen….lol.  Check this out ladies…….I just love it!

 

I used my Mod Podge to adhere all the elements to the front of the notebook.  I sanded the edges of the cover to even out the paper and make a seamless edge to the paper and the notebook cover.  I then inked the edges with my Tim Holtz Vintage Photo ink to blend in the white edges of the paper.  I attached the double layer lace from my stash to the edge of the cover.  The title was made using a piece of the paper and some of the alpha stickers included in the kit.  It was distressed using my Tim Holtz distress tool and then inked with the Vintage Photo ink again.  The wonderful Victorian woman image was cut from one of the 8×8 papers, matted onto one of the pieces of paper from the collection on foam pop dots.  All the edges were distressed using my distress tool and inked with my Vintage Photo ink.  Did you check out that pen??  Pretty cool, isn’t it?!!  I Mod Podged a piece of the patterned paper onto it…..I couldn’t leave it a boring kraft color!!!

 

 

 

 

The little trinkets were attached to a piece of chain with some jump rings.  I’ve had these charms in my stash for a while now and they just needed to be used and find a new home!  I thought they added a nice little addition to the feel of the notebook and the papers.

 

 

 

Before I started to work on this notebook I had full intentions on taking a picture of it so I could do the whole ‘before and after’ shots……..ya, totally forgot to do that.  Oh well, you’ll just have to use your imaginations!!  😉

As always I love to hear from you and what you think.  Thanks so much once again for stopping by and taking a peek at my latest project.  I do soooo appreciate it!  ❤  Until next time……

Huggss,

Yvonne  😉

Playing with some Plumeria!!!

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Having a blast with the July kit!!!

Hey there blog land friends!!  I’ve been having so much fun with the July Basic Grey kit with the Plumeria line from Scrapn’ With Flair on-line store.   LOVE the colors!!  I’ve been playing and made a few cards I want to show you.

 

 So, one thing you should know about me…..I have a really hard time with Clean & Simple cards.  I like the simplicity of this card…..and each time I look at it I want to just grab it and start adding stuff!!  I’m really loving the lace in this kit……but then again, I am a bit of a lace junkie.  :o   That butterfly is so stinkin’ cute and is one of the stickers in the kit.  I stuck it down onto a piece of cardstock so I could pop dot it up and bend the wings up a little to give it some dimension.  I soooo want to run some Distress Ink over the edges of this card!!!  Hmmmmm…..

 

This card was made using some scraps of the paper I used for my altered box from the same July kit.  I added a half a doily from my stash to the one edge and inked it in the Bundled Sage and Milled Lavendar Distress inks.  And take a look-see at that flower spray!!  Leanne has an amazing assortment of I Am Roses roses in the store and these things are my new favorite embellishment to use!  The scallopped frame and pearls were also from my own stash.  I love that little  sentiment stamp I picked up in the $1.00 bin at Michaels some time ago…..I use that one quite a bit.  I think my flower spray needs a nice seam binding double bow tied onto it with perhaps a button…….lol.  You know ladies, am I the only one that looks at her creations after we’re done them,  upload them on our computers and want to add or fix things???  lol.  I drive myself nuts doing that all the time…..geesh!!!

 

This is my favorite card so far.  I inked the front of the card with some Vintage Photo and Broken China Distress Ink and then stamped my new background stamp onto the front of it.  I love anything with birds and this stamp was on sale at Michael’s and is by Hero Arts – Musical Collage.  I stamped it out a second time and cut the bird out, inked it and pop-dotted it up off the page.  The teal and brown border is a strip of paper from the kit’s scraps that had, what looked like a real cool border, on it.  I attached a narrow piece of lace from my stash under it and really like the look.  I took my distressing tool to the edge of the border scrap and then inked the edges in Walnut Stain Distress Ink.  And there are more of those awesome little I Am Roses roses I had in my stash that I had to use.  The brighter orange one came that color and the other two I spritzed with some of my Lindy’s Stamp Gang sprays to get a slightly different color than what they were.  Have I told you just how much I love my Lindy’s products??  lol.  I used Bluebeard Blue Violet Moon Shadow Mist on the bigger one ( it was a sort of Taupe brown color before I spritzed it and the other smaller orange one was also orange…..until it met up with the same mister.  The sentiment is stamped on a die cut from Spellbinders Shapeabilities Fancy Tags set and inked with some Vintage Photo and pop-dotted on.  The chocolate brown half back pearls were also from my stash.

So, there you have my cards I put together.  I hope they give you some inspiration to grab some paper and get to creating something yourself!!  I’d love to see what you all make with the kit……we learn soooo much from each other when we share what we create.  If you haven’t purchased the July kit yet, there are still a few left so get on over to the store and buy it…..you truly won’t be dissappointed once you get your hands on it and can touch all the goodies and start playing!!!

Chao till next time!!  I have a couple of other projects in my head I want to work on next week……this weekend is to the lake to relax at the cabin!!

Yvonne  :o

My word…..

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Hello there my blogging friends.  Tonight I have another art journalling page I did for a challenge.  The challenge was to create a project using your word for the year…..a quote to go with that word and your favorite colors.  This was a fun page to do and I’m finding that I think far too much when I create.  Here is the finished product……check it out and see what you think!

So, here it is.  Almost all of the supplies I used I got from my favorite place – Scrapn’ With Flair .  I used a lot of my favorite sprays…..my Lindy’s Stamp Gang sprays and these sprays and spritz’s are soooo much fun to use!  And I love the shimmer they leave on anything you spray them on.  I also used some of my Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Broken China, Salty Ocean, Peeled Paint, Dried Marigold and some of my Distress Stains in Broken China and Peeled Paint for the paint splatters.  I used my Picket Fence Stain for the white droplets.  The flowers are also from Scrapn’ With Flair and I’m in love with these things!!  The orange one came that color and the two blue ones were white and I spritzed them with one of  my mini misters I got from the store with some water and Salty Ocean re-inker mixed in.  Loved the results!!  The string of flat-backed pearls and the green lace (which was white and colored with the Peeled Paint Distress Stain) and my title of “courage”, which are chip board letters that I spritzed,  are also from the July SWF kit(s) from the store…..check it out here…..it’s a FANTASTIC kit and well worth it!!  My Tim Holtz bird cage die cut is one of my fav’s and was also from the store.  (How can you tell I love that place!!  LOL).  I used my Broken  China and Black Soot Distress Markers on the page as well.   The more I use these things the more I’m liking them.  I just need to find me some water-color paper. 

 

 

 

So, here’s a close up of the bird cage……really like this die.  I cut it out in Kraft paper, inked the bird’s body in Broken China and the wing in Peeled Paint.  The cage was spritzed with my Lindy’s Stamp Gang in my Burnished Brass Moon Shadow Mist.  I love the shimmer it has!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check out these daisy’s!!  Aren’t they just soooo stinkin’ cute!!  And I love the Salty Ocean blue.  It’s one of the spring collection inks……in love!!

 

 

 

 

I’m off to upload this and then add the picture to the challenge thread on FB.  I have a blog post on the Scrapn’ With Flair blog section.  I’ll be debuing the August kit and ladies……you will NOT want to miss this!!  This kit is amazing and I’m sooooo looking forward to playing with it for the month of August!! 

I’m off…..will be back in a bit to post some cards I also made using the July kit……chao for now!

 

Huggss,

Yvonne

 

 

 

 

Art Journal page…….

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So I have a couple of ladies on my Scrap ‘n With Flair design team that are amazing as doing up Art Journalling pages with multi-mediums.  This little niche has intrigued me for some time now and I’ve been racking their brains and asking a hundred questions to find out what I’d need to try something like this myself.  I found out I already had a lot of the tools on hand already that are used in art journalling, so it was just a matter of purchasing a few bottles of Acrylic Paint and I was off to try my hand at a page.  When I was at the local Dollar Store picking up the paint, some art brushes, etc., they had these 8.5 x 11 pads of sheets of canvas paper.  I bought it and that’s what I used for my page today.  I’m still not sure about it but thought, what the heck.  This whole crafting and blogging is supposed to be a growth experience so, let me just step outside of my comfort zone for a few minutes and I’ll show you what I did.

There is lots of texture and layers on this page and I tried to get some pics of the main things to show you.  Here’s what the whole page looks like…

 

I started out with a 8.5 x 11 sheet of canvas I’d purchased in a pad from the local Dollar Store.  I attached random pages from an old book, a piece of music sheet DP that I crumpled before I attached it down onto the front of the canvas with my Claudia Hellmuth Multi-Medium Matte.  Once that was dry I put a coat of my Tim Holtz Distress Stain in Picket Fence all over the front of the canvas.  Once that was dry I added a second coat to give it a bit more coverage.   Then I started to attach my random pieces onto the front.  A few pieces from my favorite paper napkins, another scrap of music sheet paper, a couple of cut outs from making my Fab Scraps chipboard album, some chipboard hearts, a couple of pieces of lace and some flowers made out of paper towel I’d misted using my Lindy’s spray mists.  I took my Ultimate Grunge background stamp set from Tim Holtz and stamped random images onto the front with my Rusty Hinge, Dried Marigold, Walnut Stain and Black Soot Distress Inks.  I also took my Dried Marigold and added some strokes of ink directly from the stamp pad.  Added some paint strokes of red acrylic paint and then toned it down a bit with some of my Picked Fence Distress Stain.  Took my Lindy’s Spray Mist in the incandescent Copper and misted the front and then just gave it a couple of short little spritzed to add some bigger blobs of mist.  At the end I took my white acrylic paint and some paper towel and a piece of plastic and randomly dabbed some white onto the front as well. 

I know this craft form is not for everyone but as one of the Design Team said, it’s strangely freeing to just slap things onto a page and see what slowly starts to develope…..lol.  Here are some more random close up’s of some of the elements.  I have lots to learn and decided I may as well take you all along for the ride!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Not sure what my next project will be……I really need to go check in with my friends on SCS before they forget who I am and see what’s been happening on the two challenges I use to participate in…..I wonder if I’ll have to re-introduce myself??!!  :o)

Huggss,

Yvonne  😉

Live Inspired….Love You….Thank You….Happy Birthday….

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We were at the cabin a few weekends ago and I was in a more CAS mood.  I usually like to distress and mess up my cards…..I went with a more of a clean look and not allot on the cards.  I was on a roll and made a few of them (and I thought I’d save you some email space and post all four of them in one post…..lol):

 

How ’bout that little pop of orange??  I used one of my swirl stamps which is from a set that I believe was the Martha Stewart swirls set (but I honestly don’t remember for sure) and stamped onto the bottom of my card base with my versamark stamp pad.  (love that stamp pad!!)  I added the word paper strip which is from a Making Memories paper called Brun Antique Dictionary.  I found this 12 x 12 paper in a pack of 25 of the same two-sided sheets and just fell in love with it!!  This is going to be soooo versatile and I know I’ll use it allot (as you’ll see with these cards….lol).  The cute bird pair is from my Inkadinkado stamp set called You are a True Friend and was colored in with my Tim Holtz Peeled Paint Distress Ink.  I also added another swirl to the printed DP which was stamped in Tim Holtz Dried Marigold Distress ink.  The ‘Live Inspired’ was taken from a portion of a Close To My Heart stamp from the set with the same name and stamped and edged in Rich Cocoa Memento ink.

This card also uses that very cool Making Memories Brun Antique Dictionary paper.  The flowers were made from two different stamp sets – one using a stem and leaf stamps from a set I’ve had forever and don’t even know who it’s made by. The flower is from a new set I just got from Stampin’ Up! called ‘Faith in Nature’.  I LOVE this set and I know I’ll use it allot.  I sponged the flower portions with some Tim Holtz Dried Marigold and Antique Linen Distress ink and also inked the edges of the printed DP with the Dried Marigold and some Rich Cocoa Memento ink.  The sentiment is taken from a portion of a stamp from my Hot Off The Press stamp set called ‘Matching Borders & Focals’.  It was stamped and edged in the Memento Rich Cocoa ink.   The lace strip was attached under and was colored using my Tim Holtz blending tool and my Antique Linen Distress Ink.

 

This was a quick and fun card to put together.  That pear stamp is a new fave of mine from  my Stampin’ Up! Faith in Nature set.  I stamped it onto a plain piece of cream-colored cardstock and inked it with some Tim Holtz Peeled Paint and Dried Marigold Distress Ink and my sponge daubers.  I didn’t like the look of my plain cardstock so I grabbed one of my wooden skewers that I keep in my tool pouch and stamped it into the Memento Rich Cocoa ink and dotted it onto the paper using the flat end and the pointed end for some depth to the paper.  The sentiment is from the same stamp set and inked in the Memento Rich Cocoa.  It was matted a layered a couple of times and I punched a border in some rusty colored cardstock using my Stampin’ Up! Scallop Trim Border punch.  Added some liquid pearls and Taaa Daaa….lol

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Okay, so that’s it for a while.  I’m going to be heading to a trade show this afternoon with one of my DIL’s and then I’ll be back to play.  Have a most wonderful day!  Chao.

Huggss,

Yvonne  😉