Monday, March 20, 2017

Layering It Up!

 A big hello to everyone! It is already week three for me in the designer spotlight at the Simon Says Monday Stamp Challenge Blog. Time flies when you're having fun! And a new week means:

 This week's challenge is to "Layer It Up" and that is just what I did for my canvas project:

Here is how I layered it up. (Product links at the end of project)

I began with a 4" x 4" gessoed canvas board. I then glued down some Tim Holtz tissue tape along with gold micro beads and seed beads using gel medium. Once dry, embossing paste was applied through the Mini Cubist stencil (LOVE!!) around the canvas and allowed to dry:

 Distress Crayons in Picked raspberry and Mustard Seed were scribbled in a few places. The I sprayed away using Dylusions Black Marble, After Midnight, and Lemon Zest ink sprays along with Distress Spray Stain in Twisted Citron. The canvas was held up vertically to allow the inks to move around:

 Once that dried I splattered some watered down white paint on the canvas. Black Archival ink was sponged along the edges,then set aside.

 A small square was cut from 140lb. watercolor paper. I covered it with the same Tim Holtz Tissue Tape used on the canvas then sponged Mustard Yellow ink over it. Edges were sponged with the Black Archival ink. Set aside.

 I spritzed a piece of crochet lace with water , then Dylusions London Blue and Squeezed Orange ink sprays along with Distress Spray Stain in Fossilized Amber. Set aside.

A portion of the Tim Holtz heart stamp was stamped onto a piece of light green sea glass using the Black Archival ink:

 Putting it all together:

  The lace was glued to the bottom of the canvas with gel medium. Foam dots were added to the back of the watercolor square and added to the canvas. A piece of scrap mesh (lying on my table) was glued to the square along with the sea glass. A bit of gel medium was used on the back of  the sticker from Tim Holtz' Small Talk Occasions to secure it over the lace. Finally I completed  the canvas with a few Moonshine Sequins.

I hope you enjoyed my project. And now I challenge YOU to layer it up this week for a chance to win a $50 GC to the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Shop!

Product Links:

Inkpads: Archival Jet Black
               StazOn Mustard Yellow

Distress Crayons: Picked Raspberry
                             Mustard Seed

Dylusions Ink Sprays: Black Marble
                                    After Midnight
                                    Lemon Zest
                                    London Blue
                                    Squeezed Orange

Distress Spray Stain: Fossilized Amber

Other: white gesso
           gel medium
           embossing paste
           adhesive foam dots
           140 lb. watercolor paper
           Tim Holtz Tissue Tape
           Tim Holtz Small Talk Occasions Stickers
           Mini Cubist stencil
           Simon Says Stamp Moonshine Sequins

 For my peeps at T Stands For Tuesday:

 My typical morning at the PC checking out blogs with my usual mug of Peets coffee. I have been using this particular mug for the most part ever since losing my Annie as this looks just like she did.

 It was an active week last week for sure!  Many of you are aware of the Nor'easter that came crashing into the Northeast US late Monday night thru Tuesday. Well, this is what it looked like here in PA:

  It was a blizzard with very grey skies, howling winds, snow and sleet. We ended up with almost 14 inches of very heavy snow! And the further north one lives it was much worse. My poor forsythia bushes which were just beginning to bloom with their pretty yellow flowers are all brown now :(. I hope this is it now!

 Wednesday was my birthday and although it began with an upper respiratory infection (the coughing is the worst) I was showered with lovely flowers, cards, phone calls and good wishes:

                                                     The handmade cards:
A fun shaker card from LuAnn,     a gorgeous Poppy card and envie from Patty,

and a beautiful watercolor card and completely decorated envie from Betsy!

  It so brightened my day. Blessed to have such good friends in my life. Thank you all!

I have an art journal page to share:

 I am loving using my newly acquired Dina Wakely face stamps! Other products: Tim Holtz stencil-Clocks; Distress Tea Dye ink; Jet Black Archival ink; arrow stamp (Dyan Reavely-Dylusions); various bits of papers, napkin and ephemera from my stash along with the printed fabric trim. Linking to Art Journal Journey (theme is Out and About) hosted this month by Yvonne of Meggys WayMoo Mania and More with the theme of "time", and of course Paint Party Friday!

 Thanks for hanging in there with these longer than usual posts, and I SO appreciate the comments too! Will be around to visit throughout the week, and I will have one final post next Monday as Guest Designer for the Simon Monday Challenge. I think you'll like my project(s)  :)

 " Every production of an artist should be the expression of an adventure of his soul".
                                                               W. Somerset Maugham

Monday, March 13, 2017

Handmade Flowers- A Tutorial

 Hi there everyone! Hope all is well and you are able to enjoy some creative time in your day. Thanks so much for all your comments last week in my first post as Guest Designer at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge blog. You guys are THE best!

 This is week two for me and that also means:
 The theme this week is "handmade flowers" and I have made two canvases showing off my tissue paper flowers (all SS products linked at the end):

Let's make some flowers!

  Cut squares from colored tissue paper slightly larger than your chosen size of scallop circle die.  Layer 8 or more squares and die cut. For my flowers I used anywhere from 10 -15 layers each.      Once  the cut layers are stacked use a tiny hole punch or an awl to pierce the center going all the way through the layers.  Attach a brad to hold the layers together.
Beginning with one layer at a time from the top, loosely pinch edges in toward center:

Continue until you get through all of the paper layers:

 Optional step: I wanted my flowers to be a bit more sturdy so I sprayed them with several  LIGHT coats of fabric stiffener allowing each coat to dry thoroughly in between. VERY IMPORTANT: spray from a distance changing the angle you spray from so as not to saturate these thin, delicate papers! It would be a good idea to practice first. I know :)

 For both canvases: Coat with white gesso. Repeatedly stamp Tim Holtz Letters over the canvas using Versafine Onyx Black ink. Dry brush white gesso over  top to soften the stamping. Splatter a bit using inks or watered down acrylic paints to coordinate with your tissue paper flowers:

 Finishing the Square canvas: Sponge some light green ink onto bottom left corner. Sponge black dye ink around edges of canvas.  Use gel medium to glue  leaves (die cut from felt) and flowers in place. Add Small Talk Stickers. Glue on a craft store butterfly to finish the canvas.

Flowers close up:

  Finishing the poppy canvas (well, at least I think they look like poppies:): I printed out my quote and fussy cut then positioned the words where I wanted them before gluing down. They were outlined and smudged with a charcoal pencil. The edges of the canvas were sponged with black dye ink. Lastly, the die cut leaves (cut from felt) and then the flowers were glued in place with gel medium.

 Poppies close up:

 Ooh I just LOVE these flowers!! I hope you enjoyed my project today and will give them a try.

 Simon Says Stamp is giving away a $50 voucher for the Simon Says Stamp Shop to one lucky winner!

 You have a whole week to enter with  your handmade flower project so come along, join in the fun, and do see what the fabulous Design Team has done to inspire us all!

Product Links:

Tim Holtz Artful Artifacts stamp set
Tim Holtz Occasions Small Talk  stickers
Spellbinders Scalloped Circle Lg. Dies
Spellbinders Foliage Dies
Colored Tissue Paper
Simon Says Wool Felt Sheets - Get Lucky
Versafine Onyx Black dye ink
White Gesso- Dina Wakley Ranger
Gel Medium - Dina Wakley Ranger

 I am also linking to Paint Party Friday later this week-where there is always a huge art party happening! Speaking of parties- how about a T party?

 Every Tuesday Elizabeth at Altered Book Lover hosts T Stands For Tuesday. The subjects of the posts that people link are so varied and always interesting! Just post something beverage related-share a mug, or a journal page, or a photo with a beverage in it, etc. and join us won't you? You may even find an art tutorial, you tube link, recipe, movie recommendation and just about anything else so it's always a treat!

 My share this week :

  Since I was alone this particular evening I decided to have a very small casual girls nite with my two young friends Kyra (who also happens to be my son's GF) and Lynn. I put out a nice assortment and we had a super fun nite listening to Irish music while catching up  and laughing! We even tried a special Irish liquor called Dream Catcher and it was so good! (photo at end of post).

 For Tag Tuesday (theme is "hats and headgear") and the Simon Wednesday Challenge (theme is "for a special lady/girl"):

 And here I was recently enjoying the unusually warm weather when suddenly this:
 We got 4.5 inches and since then it has been bitterly cold!! We may even be getting another snow storm mid week! NO! The poor budding forsythia and lilac bushes may be a gonner :(  Oh well, fickle March...

Have a super week! Stay tuned for another new post and challenge next Monday along with my project as guest designer at the Simon Monday Challenge Blog. And a happy St. Patty's Day too - sláinte!

            "Where flowers bloom so does hope."  Lady Bird Johnson

Monday, March 6, 2017

A New Challenge along with my Favorite Resist Technique

 A big hello and welcome all! It is an honor to have been invited to be Guest Designer for the Simon Says Monday Stamp Challenge during the month of March. I have long admired the brilliant creativity of the Design Team each week and have also enjoyed participating in many of the challenges. Thank you for having me!

 The theme for the challenge this week is Make Your Own Backgrounds and we are showcasing Dylusions products.

 This week I am showing my favorite resist technique using gesso to create custom beautiful patterned cardstock like on this card:

and these ATCS:

 Now let's make some backgrounds! (Products available at the Simon Says Stamp Store are listed with links at the end).

A. Stamp white cardstock panels repeatedly with Dylusions stamps and white gesso. Immediately clean stamps using a soft toothbrush so gesso doesn't dry on the stamps. Also, for this technique it is best to use stamps that are solid or not so detailed. Allow panels to dry completely.

Take the caps off your Dylusions sprays and blot onto cosmetic sponges. Apply the colors onto your gessoed card stock using the direct to paper method, covering the panels. Gently wipe over the gessoed images on the panels with a baby wipe or paper towel. This will remove color from the gesso prints and allow those images to pop!

C. Enhance the panels further by stamping another image repeatedly using a coordinating color of inkpad .

For the pink card panel I used clear stamps by Altenew along with Distress inks. The panel was further embellished with dots made using a white gel pen:

 To complete my card I used a scallop border die to die cut my panel along with a black cardstock panel and glued the two together with the black panel slightly extending beyond the printed panel. Sentiment by Altenew was stamped on the lower left of a white notecard  using Versafine Onyx Black ink. Panels were adhered to the card which was embellished with small black flowers and rhinestones. 

For the ATCS:
 Leaf image from Altenew was stamped repeatedly on panel using Distress Vintage Photo ink. Panel was cut to two 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" panels.

 To make my ATCS Versafine Black ink was sponged along the card edges. Tim Holtz Watercolor Butterflies were stamped on white card stock using the same ink, fussy cut, then thin black wire was taped to the backs to form antennae. Wrap and secure twine around bottom of cards. Adhere words (Tim Holtz Small Talk Stickers), butterflies (wings popped up with foam tape) and a few Moonshine Sequins.

 And here's a little extra: an experiment that became two quick and easy projects:
 I wanted to see if and how the ink sprays worked on glossy paper so I sprayed one (left) with Dylusions sprays in Bubblegum Pink, Lemon Zest and Dirty Martini. I mopped up the pooled excess using a 140lb. watercolor panel (right) and came out with two completely different backgrounds. Leaf images and borders stamped using Dyan Reaveley stamps and Versafine Onyx Black ink. The words (hand carved) were stamped with the same ink. Simple play became a card and bookmark:)


 Come on over and be wowed by the DT, and do play along for your chance to win a $50 GC to the Simon Says Store!

Products and Links:

 Dylusions Ink Sprays: Dirty Martini
                                     Bubblegum Pink
                                     Lemon Zest
                                     Calypso Teal

Inks: Versafine Onyx Black
         Distress ink-Mowed Lawn, Salty Ocean, Vintage Photo

Stamps: Altenew:  Floral Shadow Set, Painted Flowers Set
             Tim Holtz: Watercolor Butterfly 2
             Dyan Reaveley: Doodle Parts Set, Basic Backgrounds Set

Other: White gesso
           Tim Holtz Small Talk Occasions Stickers
           Uni-ball gel pen-white
           Simon Says Stamp Dot Scallop Border die
           Simon Says Stamp Moonshine Sequins

 I will see you next Monday for a new challenge and another chance to win  a $50 GC to the Simon Says Shop!

For T Stands For Tuesday with Elizabeth:

 My son was recently at a favorite Mexican restaurant for dinner and thoughtfully brought home a special mango pulp drink along with a vegetarian burrito for me-YUM!

 And lastly my March calendar pages:

Peerless watercolors, deli paper Gel Plate print on right along with flower cut from a magazine, butterfly stickers, stencil (Faber Castel), Versafine Onyx Black ink, Studio g stamps.

 Yes, I will be celebrating St. Patrick's Day and one day hope expect to see Ireland in person! Ireland map printed from Google, clippings from a travel magazine along with collage sheet images (dream, 4 leaf clover) from ARTchix Studio.

 Linking also to Art Journal Journey for the theme of "out and about" this month hosted by the lovely Yvonne, and Paint Party Friday where EVA and Kristin are celebrating their sixth year going on seven! Congrats, happy blogiversary-and thank you!!

 Thank you so much for stopping by-looking forward to visiting you too:)

"It's hard for many to imagine, but having fun, feeding your passions, and engaging your talents are simple steps that will take you to the bigger answers you seek".
                                                       Jonathan H. Ellerby