I joined a free Art Journal Workshop Facebook group with some friends last week. The idea is she’ll give us a journal prompt at the beginning of each week that we use to create that weeks art journal page. She’s also planning on doing some YouTube video’s with different techniques, etc throughout the year. It’s called Journal52 and it’s a pretty incredible group of women with literally all levels of experience in the art of Art Journalling. I decided to use a binder I found at our local Thrift Store a while back. It was an old recipe binder that was empty when I bought it so a few coats of Gesso covered this rather busy cover to make it ready to alter and use as my Journal for the year for this workshop. Good deal!! $0.25!!!
I decided to go with a Steampunk theme and use my Lindy’s Stamp Gang set called Industrial Chic. This set is available at the Frosted Designs on-line store. It’s probably my favorite of all the sets! I used a homemade brick stencil and some wall repair compound gave the page some texture. Then I layers a BUNCH of misc things to the front to give it a bit of an Industrial Chic feel to the cover. I used some old stuff I’ve had in my stash for years, a few chipboard pieces, one of which I cut in half and made into the wings on either side of the compass, a Tim Holtz knob and some nuts and washers to spell out the 52. I painted all the pieces with a coat of Gesso so the sprays would adhere to them and started to spray……..and spray……and spray some more. Then I did some painting with the sprays…..and then sprayed some more. There are sooooo many layers of spray on this! I finished it off with a few light touches of Rub ‘n Buff and it’s done!!
I kinda feel like maybe I should have put more things on it….but oh well. Next time. 😉 Here are some close-ups of some of the elements…
So, that’s it! I’ll do another post with my first page one it…..I didn’t want to make this one too long….I’ve probably already lost Sandee after the first paragraph. Good thing she likes pictures!! Luv ya girl. 😉
Thanks to all of you for taking the time to step into my therapy room for a few minutes….I love the company!!
Hello to my blogging friends! I have a couple of cards to show you using a technique that may or may not actually be a technique…..lol. A few months ago we had the fabulous Leanne from Scrap ‘n With Flair in Humboldt for a one day, 12 hour Scrap and Yap day. I wasn’t able to make it to the Scrap and Yap, but I knew that Leanne would be there with her products from her on-line store and I just had to go and play for just a little while and do some shopping!!! This is where I first saw the Lindy’s Stamp Gang products and they are fantastic!! If you don’t know what they are you have to check them out in Leanne’s store. You’ll see some of them in future projects I’ll be posting…..the colors are incredible!! This is also where I first saw “I Am Roses” flowers and went home with a nice little bundle of those too……you’ll see these little gems on my card today. One of the other products I purchased was some Claudine Hellmuth Studio multi-medium matte. I love the look of the mixed media projects out there and I really want to try to do some of it myself one of these days……just have to get the nerve up to actually try it!! I did however use my multi-medium matte on these two cards I made using this!
So this is a paper napkin I found while shopping and fell in love with the colors!! When I brought them home I thought……Oooooo……what nice cards they’d make!! So yup! I peeled them apart and started to tear and glue to make some cards!
For this card I tore out just the coffee mug and adheared it to a kraft card front. What I used to attach it was my Studio multi-medium matte. It’s really a cool product. I just took a brush and ‘painted’ some of the matte onto the card from and placed my torn piece of the paper napkin on top and then painted over top of the napkin with the matte as well. I took my heat tool and used it to dry the medium (as I’m WAY too impatient to wait till it dries overnight). I took some narrow cream-colored lace and sprayed it with my Lindy’s Stamp Gang Moon Shadow Mist in Burnished Brass and also gave my card from a bit of a spritz as well. I dried my lace with my heat tool and attached it to the side of the card. I then took my Ranger Distress Ink in Black Soot and Rusty Hinge and stamped some random background stamps onto the card from using my Tim Holtz Ultimate Grunge background stamp set. I used the dots and the grid pattern stamps on this card. This is such a fun set and has funky stamps with a dots pattern, a grid pattern, a crackled glass pattern, random date stamps pattern a checkerboard pattern, bricks pattern and a numbers pattern. All of these stamps are a sort of distressed, grungy type of pattern and I love them!! Notice the fabulous pop of color from the three little roses on the corner of the card……I love these little flowers!! They’re from the I Am Roses line and are just so stinkin’ cute!! I distressed the edges of the card, added some bling and it’s done!
I took a look at the napkin again and wanted to incorporate more of the pattern from it and decided to cover the entire front of my next card with it. Check it out!
I really like how this card turned out. I used my multi-medium matte on it again and this time I painted it on quite thick and chunky to add some additional dimension to the card. I spritzed the front of the card and my white paper doily with my same Lindy’s Moon Shadow Mist in the Burnished Brass. I attached the doily to the corner of the card and then grabbed my Tim Holtz Ultimate Grunge background stamps again with my Distress Black Soot ink and stamped randomly with the dots pattern and the multi date stamp pattern. I had some paper butterflies from Close To My Heart that I also spritzed with my Moon Shadow Mist and then added some stickles to the edges of the wings and some bling down the body. I took a piece of rusty-brown cardstock and stamped my sentiment onto it, tore the edges and then inked them with my Black Soot. I attached it to the card using my multi-medium matte to give it the same texture and dimension as the rest of the card. I attached a dangly bling piece from my stash, distressed the edges of the card and tore away at a couple of the corners and it was done!!
So, this was the result of playing with my new product and a paper napkin……let me know what you think!! You know I love to hear from you!!
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.
Hello Blog pals…..here I am again!! I have a group of girls I work with that purchase my cards on an ongoing basis. I have this little box at work where Ijust put a bunch of cards in with an envelope for them to pay me on the honor system for any cards they take. I decided I’d better start getting some Father’s Day cards in that box soon, so here’s a card I made up when I got some inspiration from one of my card making magazines.
I really like the masculine feel of this card. Another layout I saw in one of my cardmaking magazines…..lol. I love the layers on this card and I even pulled my sewing machine out for this card. I made a little brown paper bag (out of a big brown paper bag….original, huh….lol) to hold a tag that has a cute little sentiment on it. The piece of ruled paper I tore out of a journal book I have. It didn’t have the red margin lines on it so I added those. I also didn’t like the stark look of the white paper so I used my Tim Holtz blending tool and Distress Ink in Antique Linen to soften it a bit.
Here’s a peek at the tag I put into my paper bag. It says “You are some kind of wonderful”. Kind of fitting for Father’s Day I thought!! lol The measuring tape is from my Stampin’ Up! Totally Tools set and that stamp actually has the words ‘love beyond measure’ under the tape measure. For this card I only wanted the tape measure so just didn’t ink up that part of the stamp. The Happy Father’s Day is from one of my Close To My Heart sentiment sets called ‘A Little of Everything’. It’s a very versatile and I use it quite often.
Check it out in full size. I kinda like this one. Check out my ‘screw’ brads…..cute…..oopps…..I mean, manly, aren’t they!
Thanks so much for coming on by. I hope I stirred your imagination just a little to go and get creating in your craft space!!
Hello my blog friends…..I have NOT fallen off the face of the earth….really!! I figured I’d better come on and post a few cards before you all thought I’d forgotten about my blog. I haven’t!! Life has just been crazy busy lately.
Soooo, I was sitting at my computer last night and thinking about the new Grand Madison Window die from Memory Box my mom got. I had spent some time cutting out a bunch of die cuts for her this weekend in a few different colors……I think she’ll have enough window die cuts to last her for a while now. lol!! I was trying to think of an idea to make a card using one of the window dies and thought, I want to try to make one from the perspective of being on the inside looking out. My little brain went into overdrive and I was off!! I think it turned out pretty darn good!! Check this out!!
Isn’t this cool?! I took a piece of white cardstock and cut it down so it would fit into the inside of the window die. I stamped it with one of the stamps in my Stampin’ Up! Lovely As A Tree set. (I love that stamp set by the way…..lol) Then I took my Tim Holtz Forest Moss Distress ink pad and a Q-Tip and ‘dotted’ on my leaves for the trees using the tip of the Q-Tip. I also highlighted the stamped areas of the grass and then took the flat side of the Q-Tip and lightly ‘colored’ in the grass with my Tim Holtz Peeled Paint Distress ink pad. I tore a piece of paper into a rough oval shape and then used my Tim Holtz Broken China Distress ink pad and a sponge to ‘color’ in my sky. I used the torn piece of paper as a mask and created a couple of clouds…..which you can’t see now because I decided my window needed curtains…..sigh. Oh well….you’ll have to just trust me that there are a couple of really cute clouds in behind those lace curtains!!! The flowers that are in the ‘window box’ on the outside of the window were made using my Memory Box Catalina Border die cut. I had a yellow die cut sitting on my table, so I cut it up and inked the flowers and leaves using a Q-Tip and my Tim Holtz Distress inks. I pop dotted the window die onto the front and taa daa!!!
I tried to pick out a patterned paper that would look like wall paper and covered the front of my card with that and then just built my card on the front of it. The “Be You” sentiment is stamped from my ‘Chairs To You’ set from Close To My Heart.
This card took me forever to put together it seemed. I put it together while I was Skyping with my dear friend from Alberta. Ya gotta love being able to sit and create while spending time with a good friend as well…..it doesn’t get much better than that!!!
I’m off for the night now…..I have sooo many cards to catch up on and get posted it isn’t funny….really…..it isn’t!!! Maybe this weekend?? lol. Thanks so much for dropping in to take a peek. I do appreciate it and love it when you leave comments!!
Hi blog friends. I always have a time making a masculine card! This is one that I think turned out pretty good and could work for a masculine card I think.
This card was made using two pieces of a sheet of embossed cardstock with what I believe is the Tim Holtz Postcard embossed image. I cute two rectangles slightly larger than 1 3/4 ” x 4″. I used my Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Dried Marigold, Vintage Photo and Black Soot, my foam blending tool and distressed both pieces to give them an aged look, staggered them and attached them to the card front.
For my image, I started out by stamping my watch face with my BoBunny stamp set (and I have no idea what it’s called cause I didn’t keep that part of the packaging!!) in Tim Holtz Black Soot onto a piece of cream cardstock. I fancy cut around the face of the clock and then too my script background stamp from my Hot Off The Press ‘Delicate Patterns’ set and stamped in onto the front of the clock face in Tim Holtz Vintage Photo distress ink. Next, I took a piece of Kraft cardstock and stamped the BoBunny watch onto it in Tim Holtz Black Soot. I fancy cut around the outside of the image, and then glued the cream-colored clock face into the centre of it and attached a gear from my Tim Holtz idea-ology ‘Sprocket Gears’ set with a brass brad. I then took some Kraft cardstock again and stamped the wings from my Hot Off The Press ‘Flights of Fancy’ set in Black Soot as well and fancy cut around each one. I attached them to the back of the watch image and pop dotted it onto the front of the embossed panels.
So, there you have it. The finished card…..could work quite well for a masculine card I think. Thanks for peeking in….I’m off to post yet another card….
I love trying new techniques and this one grabbed my attention as soon as I saw it. I have this nice little collection of Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks. I lucked out with this bundle from a girl who was getting out of scrapbooking (I know!! Who get OUT of scrapbooking??!!) and was selling all her stuff. She had this bundle of 10 bottles of the alcohol inks, three different mixatives, the blending solution, a full package of the felt applicators and an applicator tool……for $20!!! Cha Ching!! Sold!! Anyway, where was I……(sooo easily distracted …… squirrel…..lol). Okay, so here’s what I decided to do with these inks the other day. I was surfing You Tube videos and came across this awesome number…..check out the results…..
This is sooo easy peasy to do. Take a piece of glossy cardstock, your alcohol inks in a range of colors of your choice and start applying one drop of a single color at a time onto the glossy cardstock and let it spread out a bit. Take another color and put a drop close to your first drop and let the colors bleed together! As each color bleeds into the next a new color is created. Continue to do this until your piece of cardstock is covered as much as you need it to be for your card. The alcohol ink dries very quickly and in no time at all you can trim the cardstock down to your desired dimensions. I trimmed this one down to a little over 1 3/4″ and attached it to my piece of black cardstock.
Check out the finished card…..
I really like how colorful and bright this is. I decided to just stamp a simple flower design onto the card from my Close To My Heart ‘Treasure Life’ set and emboss it in white. I added the ‘because I CARE’ sentiment from my Stampin’ Up! set by the same name and embossed it in white as well. Pretty darn cool and very easy! And no bling on this card??!!
That’s it for tonight. My pillow is screaming at me to get to sleep……so, again. Thanks so much for stopping in to take a peak….I appreciate it and I love to read your comments! Till tomorrow…..
Hey there blog following friends. This is a card I made earlier this evening just because. It’s not for any particular challenge or person. I was looking through one of my card magazines and kinda got the idea from one of the cards I saw in it. Not allot going on with it, but i kinda like it! I changed it up a few times as I was putting it together.
I was just recently in a ribbon swap and received this enveloped stuffed full of ribbon!! One of the ribbons in the envie was ther really cool felt ribbon that I just love! I was looking for something to use to separate my cardstock from the designer paper and this did the trick!!
I have this paper pack from K&Company and their Tim Coffey Designer Paper pack and I just love this pad of paper…..have I maybe told you that already in a previous post…..lol. The flowers are cut out from one of the sheets and then layered together. I didn’t glue the flowers down completely which gives them a very slight dimentional effect that works pretty well.
The card base actually started out white, but I didn’t like the sharp contrast so I grabbed by Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink pad in Old Paper and inked up the front of the card…..much better and more subtle! The sentiment is from my Close To My Heart ‘Frames, Tags, Borders’ set and I inked it using my Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink in ‘Forest Moss’ . I didn’t have a green ribbon that I liked so I took a cream colored piece and inked it with the same ink pad and it was the perfect shade for my card.
I think I need to start bloggin either in the early evening or morning cause I always seem to be cramming it in right before I hit the hay!! Oh well…..it’s not like I’m one to go to bed early!!! Later ladies…..thanks so much for stopping by once again!!
Hey my little blog friends! I kinda thought I needed to do another card for this weeks Mix It Up challenge, which was to do a completely monochromatic card. I’d bought this lovely ribbon in the $1.50 bin at Michael’s and I’ve been itching to use it. My thought process was to use it on a non-monochromatic card, but I threw caution to the wind and thought, how hard could it be to make an all orange card?? So, learning my lesson from the white card, the first thing I checked out was ink…..yup, had a dark orangey ink that would work, check. Orange paper, check. Orange flower, check. Let’s dig in…..
Isn’t this ribbon sooo darn cute!! It has a very subtle pattern of little flowers on it. I was in an embossed cardstock swap last fall and so I decided to dig through and see if I had a piece of orange embossed cardstock I could use. Well, I found three differnt ones….couldn’t decide which one I wanted to use….so why not use all three!! I have a piece from the ‘Country Foliage’ folder, one from the ‘In Bloom’ folder and one from the ‘Petals A Plenty’ folder. Now I was smart enough to write down the names of the folders when I received my swap goodies…..not so smart as to also write down the name of the manufacturer…..ya. I thought the card needed some bling as well……searched through my stash of bling…..no orange. So I grabbed a clear bling swirl, my Ranger Alcohol Ink in Butterscotch and dabbed away at the top of the clear bling! I put about three or four layers of color on it letting it dry between coats and had my ornagey bling swirl!!
I had this beautiful orange Prima Flower and I love it! Just check out that orangey bling swirl…..pretty clever I am!! The sentiment is from my Close To My Heart Sentiments set and is a two part stamp. The front of the card says, “Faith is knowledge with the heart…..
The rest of the sentiment in on the inside of the card.
For the inside of the card I put a strip of the embossed cardstock and attached the second half of the sentiment to it….of course, with a little bit of bling on it….. 😉
The second half says, “beyond the reach of proof. – Kahlil Gibran”
So, here’s the whole card…..it’s allot of orange. For me, the jury is still out….
I’m off to post in my SCS Gallery and then go find my pillow.
Hello my blogging friends. I really think I’ve either lost my mind or I’m really just enjoying the shaped cards for a change of pace. Lauren was teasing me to make a cabin for the challenge…..I thought, why not?! How hard could it be?! Actually not that hard at all!! I had a card template for a birdhouse and so I just changed it up a bit as I built it.
Now does this cute little welcome sign not make you want to come in and warm up with a nice cup of hot cocoa?? I have strips of birch bark from some of the trees up at the cabin so that’s what I used for my ‘siding’ and my ‘shingles’…..clever, ain’t I?? lol I used one of those skinny coffee stir sticks, broke it, distressed it with a pair of my old scissors and then inked it with my Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Vintage Photo, Antique and Weathered Wood. I also had some green spanish moss and thought it would look okay for the front yard of the cabin.
Here’s a look at the whole card. I thought it needed a door and maybe a window but I couldn’t think of anything I could use to make them so this is just a view from the side of the house…..I mean, cabin. 😉
So Lauren, there is your cabin…..my cabin…..a cabin, sort of…..lol. **Sigh** maybe I should have stuck to a bird house!! lol
I have one more card I made for this……off to post it to my blog!