Saturday, January 17, 2015

Winging It

Hee, hee, hee... please pardon my punny title... I couldn't resist.  Yes, the  Creative Gym - Exercise #3 over at The Mixed Media Place this month is about things with wings.  I chose to created a mixed media watercoloured tag with a bird.

Supplies: watercolour paper (Canson), Tim Holtz Distress Inks and Paints, Archival Ink (Ranger), Tim Holts stamps and stencil (Stamper's Anonymous), prisma glitter (CTMH),  ribbon (misc.) Glimmer Mist (Tattered Angels), vellum, lace and metal charm (Dollarama), Ashland shell spring filler (Michaels), gel medium (Faber-Castell)

After stamping my initial bird, I stamped another using black Distress Paint on vellum, sprinkling it with prisma glitter, fussy cutting it and partially adhering it over top the original to create some dimensional effect.

For the background, I went with this week'Inky Background Challenge on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog and created it with multiple Tim Holtz Distress Ink colours applied to a stencil, water spritzed, and then transferred to the watercolour paper.

I coloured the ribbon with Distress inks to match and the lace with spray ink, and added the shells which are actually pre-coloured vase fillers that I repurposed. I picked through the bag to find small flat ones that would suit well providing texture without too much bulk.

I liked this tag so much, I will not be gifting it. It has found itself a home as a bookmark in my lastest edition of Flow Magazine.


Focus 2015

Are you one to have a word for the New Year? In the past, I have not, but what I see as a needed change in my life, happened to coincide with the new year.  My mantra for the next while is Focus.  I was thinking of doing an art journal page on it when I saw Anna Dabrowska AKA Finnabair's December 31st Art Recipe Wednesday and it totally inspired me to make a scrapbook page instead. I really liked the elements of using a partial face image with pops of colour behind it using Tim Holtz Distress Inks.  

Supplies:  watercolour paper (Strathmore), Tim Holtz Distress inks and Archival ink (Ranger), stencils (Prima, Dollarama), sentiment stamp (Magenta), coffee filter words (Pink Paislee), paper tape (Muilticrafts), masking tape (Dollarama), blk cardstock (Bazzill), Brush Script Font (Nicole Nowsad), digital cutter (Silhouette Cameo), number wood veneers (Studio Calico), water colour pencil crayon (Reeves), whipped spackle, gelato and Stamper's Big Brush (Faber-Castell), flowers (Flourish with a Bling, Petaloo, and Prima), pens (CTMH), metal bird trinket (MME)

I tried out something new with the creation of this background too. I used a watercolour pencil crayon to do all the purple shadows and colouring of the mask tape. 

For the splatters, I used Metallic Grape gelatos mixed with a little water and glaze. For the black splatters I used a Stamper's Big brush on a craft mat and again added some water and glaze to the ink.

I have to totally agree with Anna, it is a bit addictive creating backgrounds this way.


Thursday, January 8, 2015

Magenta Spring Catalog Supplemental

It's here...

Lots of great new products to check out.


Sunday, January 4, 2015

Happy 2015 to All

It has been a relaxing first few days of the New Year for me and I hope like wise can be said for you. I wanted to make a card to commemorate the New Year and wish all my creative peeps out there... that's you... a Happy 2015.:)

Colour inspiration for this card came from this week's Close To My Heart's Instagram (@ctmhcorp) Color Crush creative prompt of Gold and Silver.  I do not often mix those colours. I am more of a one or the other type of gal, but in the spirit of stretching my creativity, I gave it a go.  I dug into my copious CTMH stash and got my sparkle and shine on.

Supplies:  cardstock, text font [A Typeface], star boarder [You are...], med. and lrg. stars [Shining Star] stamps, houndstooth Irresistibles chipboard (CTMH), Delicata Golden Glitz and Silver Shimmer ink (Tsukineko), Stickles and gel medium (Ranger), metallic thread, vellum and glass seed beads (Dollarama), thread (Aurifil Mako'ne), wht pen (Signo Uniball)

For design inspiration, I used this Cardabilities sketch and joined in their bi-weekly challenge. There is lots of eye candy and inspiration not to mention time left to enter the challenge so go check it out.

Wishing you all the best for 2015.


Thursday, January 1, 2015

If Kisses Were Snowflakes Magenta Card and Technique Tutorial

This month's Magenta Challenge theme is a "Snowy Winter Night".  I made my DT project a blizzard... he,he,he!

Supplies: stencil. stamp and chipboard (Magenta), cardstock (wht- Recollections, blk - Bazzill), snow cone gelato, whipped spackle, and glass bead glitter gel (Faber-Castell), VersaMark (Tsukineko), Frost Sheer Shimmer Spritz (Imagine Crafts), emboss powder (Stampendous), ticket corner punch (Stampin' Up), thread and jewels (Misc.)

Here a close up detail photo better shows the shimmer of the Imagine Crafts Frost Sheer Shimmer Spritz, the Glass Bead Glitter Gel snowflakes that I created with the mask, and the thread that was dragged through the Glass Bead Glitter Gel.

Magenta Products used:

Snowflakes Mask - MC05

If Kisses were Snowflakes Stamp - 07.888G

Chipboard Snowflakes from Deer and Snowflakes -CB655

I really liked how well the Glass Bead Glitter Gel snowflakes turned out so I thought I'd share a tutorial on how to make them.

Here are the supplies needed:

Snowflakes Mask MC05 (Magenta)
Snow Cone Gelato (Faber-Castell)
Glass Bead Glitter Gel (Faber- Castell)
Palette Knife

Step 1: 

On a non-porous craft mat, colour some Snow Cone gelato onto the surface and mix with some Glass Bead Glitter Gel using a palette knife. Note: The colour will dry slightly darker than it appears at this stage as the white of the gel dries and becomes translucent.

Step 2:

Using the palette knife, spread the mixture into the desired snowflake parts of the Snowflakes mask using it like a stencil.

Step 3:

Carefully lift off the mask and let the snowflakes dry. Do not worry if there is a little gel seepage under the stencil. You can fix the snowflakes after they have dried by trimming them with small scissors.

Step 4:

Once dry (you can tell when the colour changes and becomes translucent and darker), carefully peel off the snowflakes. You can use a sharp flat lifter when needed to start the lift of an edge at times.

Hope you give this technique a try and used your embellishments on a project. Be sure to share it with us over at Magenta.

You can learn more about and link up with a Snowy Winter Night January Challenge here


Use at least one Magenta product on a project and share your project on the either the Magenta FaceBook page here and/or Instagram @magentastyle and use the #magentastyle for a chance to be featured on the Magenta blog.


Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Top 10 Layouts of 2014

As is my blogging tradition, here is my annual look back at my favourite 10 layouts that I made this past year.  I have definitely embraced mix media and this is evident by this year's selection. Experimenting with materials and techniques has lead to my making more cards, ATCs, as well as venturing into art journaling as a try a variety of new things.

In no particular order...

Thanks for sharing in my creative journey in 2014.  Wishing you much happiness and creativeness in 2015.

Happy New Year!


Tuesday, December 30, 2014

A Little Christmas Joy

Yeah for scrapping time!  I had a chance to scrap a layout today of a dear friend's adorable little daughter.  I used this month's Sassy Scrappers' December Mood Board as inspiration and then got all mixed media'd up...

Supplies: cardstock (wht - Canadian Scrapbooker Super Stock, blk - CTMH), patterned papers (Simple Stories), stencil (Tim Holtz), Distress paint (Tim Holtz by Ranger), post script stamp (Magenta), ink (Stamper's Big Brush by Faber-Castell), Silhouette Cameo digital cutter, glitter glue (Hampton Arts), glass filler (Ashland by Michaels), Star Dust Jelly Roll pen (Sakura), black pen (CTMH), marker (Sharpie), vellum (The Paper Company), aluminum foil (misc.), photos by A. Gore

stamping, stenciling, Silhouette cuts, hand doodling, fussy cutting and Simple Stories December Documented patterned papers.

I tried out some new things with this one.  The stars are made from aluminum foil, crinkled and glued onto cover stock, and then Silhouette Cameo cut.

The green glass accents are from Michaels. They were actually from their spring vase fillers collection from this year. I thought they would look cool on projects and they did not disappoint. I adhered them with gel medium. 

The centre photo is printed on vellum to soften it to use as the background to part of the title.

Here is the gorgeous Mood Board that inspired my project.

December Moodboard Challenge


Sunday, December 28, 2014

Slowly but Surely

It has taken a while to finally get this art journal page finished. I started it at the end of the summer and then life got in the way. Just happy to be starting to get back to normal. Can't wait to be fully healed and have my energy back. Turns out this growth mindset quote was just what I needed at the time that I was initially making it.;

Supplies: 400 Series Watercolor Hardbound 11" Art Journal  (Strathmore), Peacock, Mowed lawn and Shaded Lilac Distress Inks, and Archival Ink (Ranger), Stamper's Big Brush (Faber-Castell), StazOn (Tsukineko), stitch stamp (CTMH), letter jumble stencil (Dylusions by Ranger), Distressed Quatre Foil stencil (The Crafter's Workshop), paint (Art Deco), gesso (Liquitex), letter stickers (Creative Memories), foam numbers used as stamps, lined paper pad page, and letter rub-ons (Dollarama)

In creating the background, I was solely in the mood to play with circles and watercolours and see where they took me. I then added in the stencils and splatters. I knew I wanted lots of layers but without bulk. I even used up some really old rub ons and stickers too which was a bonus. The quote was inspired by a quote in Flow Magazine's International number 5. It really suits my personality... I am very persistent and try, try, try again until I get it. That and the whole alphabet thing speaks to the kindergarten teacher in me. I tailored the quote down to fit the letters that I had and even then I had to hand draw a few using the sticker backing as a template.

This art journal page makes me feel good and brings a smile to my face. Love when that happens.


Thursday, December 25, 2014

A Very Merry Christmas

Supplies: Bird Tree stamp, Merry Christmas stamp, and Snowflakes mask (Magenta), ink (Tsukineko, Ranger), Glimmer Mist (Tattered Angels), cardstock (Bazzill), jewels (Dollarama)

Sending out much joy and happiness to all this holiday season!


Monday, December 1, 2014

Magenta December Challenge

Can you believe it is the last month of the year? With a new month comes a new Magenta challenge. My DT creation for this month's Noel themed challenge is a card featuring stamping, stencilling, watercolouring, and sparkles with glitter glue, bling, and glimmer mist.

Supplies: Bird Tree stamp, Multilingual Merry Christmas stamp, Script Post stamp,Ssnowflakes stencil (Magenta), cardstock (CTMH), watercolour paper (Carson), ink (Ranger), glimmer mist (Tattered Angels), glitter glue (Hampton Arts), wood veneer polaroid frame (Recollections), jewels (Dollarama)

Magenta Products used:

MC05 - Snowflakes
 Snowflakes stencil        

 Bird Tree - Christmas Tree
  Bird Tree- Christmas Tree stamp

   Merry Christmas - Multilingual 
Multilingual Merry Christmas stamp     

 Script and Postmark
 Script Post stamp

Check out the Magenta Blog to see my fellow DT members' inspirational creations.  Then use any one Magenta product that you have on your Noel themed project and join in the challenge!