Thursday, February 28, 2013

Texture Journal Page

I have been in my room today working on a journal page. I actually used a stencil yesterday for the texture. I had to give it time to dry so I used Liquitex modeling paste and a Crafters Workshop stencil on the page.  The triangles in the background were already on this page, I took a white gel pen and wrote around some so that they would stand out. It's funny because the triangle stencil part was light pink and blue before I painted over them. Now they are a hue in the background. I love that!! 
I used acrylic paint for most of this page except the rock, wish I had more of that distress paint, I would have used it instead, alas, i must budget!! haha!!. For the rock I used Tim Holtz distress paint in the color Broken China, I wanted it to be a little muted and not so bright because it's supposed to look like rock so I dabbed some out onto my craft sheet and used my finger to apply it. I then used a distress tool to lightly wipe distress ink in black soot over the top. You can really see the texture. I also stamped the sentiment onto a white piece of paper and swiped that through the paint on the craft sheet to give it a blue hue. I love using the distress paints in different ways. It's so versatile. 
The flowers are the new stencils from Wendy Vecchi, I love them, they are really awesome! I see myself using them a ton in the future. 
The sentiment and black bird are from Dyan Reaveley's stamps sets. 
I am entering this page into this week's Stampotique Designer Challenge which is Triangles. The girl on the page is a stamp from Stampotique (love all their stamps) The Prom Queen Image is by Daniel Torrent & Jill Penney, two of my favorite designers.
I'm also going to add this to Hel's Blog for her Sunday Stamper challenge. This week it's "You Raise Me Up" use texture! I love that song! 

Thanks for coming by again :) I hope you all are getting some inspiration from my blog. 

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

She's Beautiful - Tag Project

Today I am sharing with you a few tags that I made using my gelli plate background. I am in a tag swap in one of my yahoo groups, ATC_FUN and it's a open theme. 
I purchased the Penny Black stamp the other day and I must say I could not wait to use it, It's so beautiful. I decided that this was the project that I would like to use it on.

I apologize, I did not take a picture of the background before I started but you can kind of see it here. The background was sort of this hodge podge of random blues and red and some white. 

I decided that I wanted to create a special spot for the stamp because if I had stamped it onto the background as-is it would have gotten lost in the background. I just bought Dyan Reaveley's new After Midnight" spray and it's so bold and beautiful and this is what I used. I sprayed each tag using a circle template and I just love how the spray is translucent so you can still see parts of that background through it.
I then stamped the Penny Black stamp and embossed it using Ranger's black embossing powder. I used Tim Holtz distress ink in black soot for the edges, added some small butterflies from my Stampin Up Sizzix cutting/embossing folder. 
I added some fun fluffy ribbon to top it all off and stamped the word "Dream" on red card stock. Lastly, I added some really tiny Swarovski crystals to her hair. I think it all comes together really well. 
Have a look:

I still cannot get over how well the background comes through the Dyan Reaveley spray, so cool!!

I am entereing this tag into the Artful Times challenge which is "Colour Technique"
Also In the Frilly and Funky - "Layer It On and Share a Word" challenge. There are many layers here of paint, ink, sprays and embossing. 

Thanks so much for stopping by :) 

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Blue Print Butterfly Shadow Box

I have to admit I have been in sort of a slump for a short bit and haven't been partaking in my usual challenges last week or the week prior so I decided I better get into my craft room and just do what I love.
WARNING: Lots of Pictures and long post. :) Grab some coffee!!

When I saw that Tim Holtz challenged us over at his blog Here to use our Sizzix tattered floral die, I knew I had to do this. I also wanted to join in on Simon Says Stamp and Show this week. Their challenge is to use a stamp that we love but never use. 
I have had this Easter Blueprints Tim Holtz stamp set for a bit and I bought it because I just love the butterfly (you know me and butterflies, I have a soft spot for them) so I decided that this was the stamp I was going to use for this challenge. I haven't used it yet and I always eye it when I go into my stash.
I wanted to make another shadow box (I had made a smaller one here ) for this project and I got this really ugly 8x10 one that someone had painted orangish/red at the thrift store. Since I'm covering it anyway I didn't need to re-paint it. I used Tim Holtz tissue tape in several different designs to cover the outside. 

I then used the gold distress stain to add a bit of gold shimmer to it. (please excuse my messy craft area)

I then went through my paper stash and I have this wonderful Graphic 45 paper so I used that for my background. I grunged some of the edges on the smaller pieces and added Distress Ink in Gathered Twigs. I also used some tissue tape and gold distress stain on the smaller papers. I also stamped my butterfly onto the the brown colored sheet for my background. (didn't picture that sorry)

Once that was done, I set them aside to dry. I then stamped my butterfly on a sheet of blank white paper and embossed it with Ranger black embossing powder. I then colored and highlighted with distress markers in various colors.

I then created my set of wings with Wendy Vecchi's Clearly for Art. If you haven't use this stuff, it's fantastic. I can't say enough about it. I colored my clearly for art wings with Alcohol inks in various colors. 

I used the same technique with the clearly for art with my flowers. Layering the colors as I went, once that was done you can heat it up and shape it however you want to. If you don't like it, heat it up again and re-shape. The stuff is soooo cool.!!

I also used a background stamp to stamp an image onto one of the larger flowers (clearly for art piece) so that it would match the paper I used. I used Archival Ink in Sepia for this so it would be permanent.

Once that was done I heated these up and shaped them the way I wanted them to look. I'm sorry I forgot to take a picture of that process.
I also created some flowers with the same paper that I used for the background and inked up the edges with Gathered Twigs distress ink.
For one of my other large flowers I used perfect medium to go around the petals edges and then used this really cool Stampendous embossing tinsel. It's shimmery and has a glitter tinge.

I went over this petal with gathered twigs as well. 
This is what the flowers looked like once they were put together. I added a brad to each one.

I love the way they came out, so rusty and grungy looking. The Clearly For Art really gave me the effect that I wanted. So cool!!
Here is my project once I put it all together.

Before I put it in the shadow box. I also added some flourishes from one of Tim's movers and shapers dies. 

I made the little bead pins here as well. I just put together some beads that matched onto a head pin.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed the  shadow box I made. :)
I need to find some more of shadow boxes at the thrift store, I enjoy making these.

Friday, February 22, 2013

No Worries, Just Play......

I Had some friends over today and we went crazy with the gelli plates. There was paint and paper flying all around the room and "oh," so fun!!
None of us were worried about what we created, we just let it flow and it was really nice not having to "think" about things for awhile. It's always nice getting together with friends too.

Check out all the yummy goodness I made:

It's like playing a game of eye spy. 
I decided that today I wanted to use some patterned paper. I have so much paper in my stash and I thought it would be cool to play with paper that already had something on it. 

One of my friends was so sweet and brought me a belated birthday gift and she got me some Dina Wakley stencils and a Donna Downy template. I just had to break out my Dina Wakley stencil and use it on this page. When I first made this background I didn't really like it but my friends insisted that it was wonderful. After I looked at it for awhile I decided that I wanted to use it for a journal page. I cut up my orange background page in a few circles and glued them on the right side and added a dot of green and white paint to them. Outlined them in black to make them pop. I added the saying that I did because that is exactly what we did today, no worry, just played.  I love how this page came out and I'm so glad my friends loved this background because I really love it too. 

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Gelli Plate Journal Page

I have been doing a lot of playing with my Gelli Plate lately, weather it be with regular paint, Tim Holtz paint, stencils and all kinds of texture fun. I am loving some of my results and some, not so much. As for what to do with my pages, I have in process, some tags and some ATCs and some journal pages. 
The journal page I want to show you today came from this Gelli print....

I really like the print and it's only three payers and about 6 colors but I like it. I decided that it wasn't covered enough and wanted to add more stencils and paint so I made added more "stuff". 
I also have a bunch of Tim Holtz grungeboard letters and numbers 

so I decided to use some of these on my page. I figured out what I wanted to say and used different sizes of the letters and painted them black.  I love how Tim has several different sizes and styles on these sets.

The page ended up ok but I wanted to add some words or a quote and I wanted to add one that had something to do with creativity. I found this quote online:
Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way
- Edward De'Bono

I hope that you like my page :) I have some more in the "works"
Stay tuned!!