Monday, February 16, 2015

Bees Do Matter

I had a go at the blackout newspaper/magazine prompt from Get Messy Art Journaling.

Supplies: patterned paper (MME), newspaper article (Toronto Star), gesso (Golden), Tim Holtz Distress Paint and Glue n' seal (Ranger), Hexagon stencil (The Crafter's Workshop), foliage stencil (Magenta), B6 pencil (Faber-Castell), stamp (CTMH), ink (Tsukineko), Inktense watercolour pencil crayons (Derwent)

Some close ups...

My take is not so simplified but I am really pleased with how it turned out. It conveys how I feel about the current bee debate. If you are interested in reading the full article, it is "What's the real story behind bee deaths?" by Catherine Porter.


Sunday, February 15, 2015

Love You Valentine's Card

A little mixed media gem for a special Valentine.

Supplies: cardstock (The Paper Company), gesso (Golden), heart background stencil (Silhouette), gelato and glass bead glitter gel (Faber-Castell), sentiment stamp (Winnie and Walter), archival ink (Ranger), chipboard letters and small heart punch (Recollections), med heart punch (Marvy- Uchida), pen (Sharpie)

I created the background with gesso and a Silhouette cut heart background stencil.  The hearts are made from a mix of Bubblegum gelato and glass bead glitter gel which was mixed and left to dry on my craft mat. Then I peeled up the blop and used different sizes of heart punches to create the hearts. Cute floral chipboard letters, a little stamping, doodling, and it was done.


Sunday, February 8, 2015

Sparkle and Shine

With all the new Finnabair - Prima products coming out with CHA, Finnabair had a eye-candy filled blog hop and a challenge.  I took on the Sparkle & Shine Challenge with this small seasonal canvas creation.

I got the sparkle and shine covered with glitter, beads, and jewels.

There are a lot of gorgeous creations among the entries over at her site worth checking out here.


Sunday, February 1, 2015

Get Messy Art Journal Printable

I registered for the new series of Get Messy Art Journaling prompts. With pre-registration came a printable that I turned into this journal page.

Supplies: 12x9 mixed media journal (Strathmore), printable (Get Messy), soft gel (Golden), clear gesso (Liquitex), Dylusions Ink Spray (Ranger), Black acrylic paint (Artist Loft)

I reverse printed it and image transferred it on to the centre of my page. Then I clear gessoed it prior to adding the vibrant Dylusion ink colours. I sprayed each one on and then spritzed with water to make it saturated enough to run and blend as I went along. I dried slightly between colours and layers and finished it off with some grayish splatters to match the titling. So MESSY and fun!


Magenta February Challenge

First of the month means a new challenge on the Magenta blog. This month's theme is Valentine's Day.

Supplies: script and postmark, heart and sentiment stamps (Magenta), black Archival ink and Dylusions Ink Spray (Ranger), cardstock (Bazzill), border punch and pink emboss powder (Stampin' Up), Glimmer Mist (Tattered Angels), gesso (Liquitex), black watercolour pencil crayon (Reeves), white pen (Signo), black pen (Sharpie)

Magenta stamps used:

Crosshatched Heart
Crosshatched Heart 42.239.C
Thanks for touching my heart in such lovely ways
Sentiment stamp 07.731.I

Script and Postmark
Script and Postmark stamp 95.085.M 
While it is hard to see in the photo, the kraft cardstock is covered in pearlized glimmer as I pre-sprayed it with Glimmer Mist before I started stamping. I tried a little wax candle resist on the stamped Script and Postmark's postal seals and around the embossed hearts. Then, I used Dylusions Ink Spray for the first time. Love the ink's vibrancy. I just have to watch how much I saturate the paper when spraying as it bleed under the waxed areas a bit so the resist is not as prominent.

My fellow DT members have created a beautiful variety of projects for this month's challenge. You can see all the takes on the theme, read the challenge details, and see the prize pack here.

Even if you do not have any Magenta Valentine's themed products, do not let that deter you. Use what you have in creative ways, either, by using the colours associated with the day or just a love them in general. Remember that you only need to use 1 Magenta product to enter, so give it a try with what you have on hand.


Saturday, January 31, 2015

Journal Journey - January

A journey begins with one small step... well, I am on a new journey for 2015... a Journal Journey generously being offered over at Kreative Koncepts.  The January Road Trip - White with 2 colours featuring resist techniques.

Supplies: 12x9 Mixed Media Journal (Strathmore), script and circle stamps and butterfly stencil (Magenta), alphabet stamps (Dollarama), Black Archival Ink (Ranger), gelatos and Black Stamper's Big Brush (Faber-Castell), watercolour paints (Artist Loft), white ink (Tsukineko), pen (Uniball), Vaseline, burlap, Styrofoam cup, candle (misc.)

I used Vaseline resist for the stenciled Magenta butterflies and wax candle resist for the titling. I started my watercolouring with pink and yellow Faber-Castell gelatos and deepened the pink with watercolour paint. I used some found items around the house too... to add texture, I stamped using a bitty piece of scrap burlap and the largest rings are made with the bottom of a styrofoam cup and a Big Brush Marker.


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.