Monday, August 14, 2017

Don't Overthink It

I hadn't art journaled in sometime and recently I spent a little "me" time doing just that. I decided to work in my Moleskine art Journal and just started by gessoing a bunch of pages. It was a relaxing start as I would sketch out design ideas and gather supplies for my first pages as I waited for the gesso to dry. 

I knew I wanted to work with Dina Wakley media products and create some pages for her Show Us Your Media challenge. This month's focus for putting the ME in MEdia is "Create a piece of art about the things you say to yourself."

I knew that I wanted to use the "Hey You" stencil phrases as I bought them because many really resonate with me. I have loved listening to Dina over the past two years, since I became hooked on her easy going manner and laissez faire attitude in both videos, her written musings, and in person. I chose to go with this first one because it has been an issue for me.

Supplies: Dina Wakley Heavy Body Acrylic paints [Lime, Ocean, Night, White, Black], Umber and WHite Scribble Sticks, Wheels and Hey You stencils, Leaves mask, Scribbly Birds stamp, Gel Medium, Jet Black Archival ink (Ranger), white and clear Liquitex gesso, dictionary text page and tissue paper (misc.)

I am happy to say that I have been learning to break my perfectionist habit by diligently using this as a mantra along with... her "Oops oh well" and "better done than perfect". I am getting faster in my choices and letting little things go.

As for some interesting points in the creating process of this piece:
- I used the stamping on tissue technique so that I could use the reverse image of the bird for the orientation that I wanted. While I originally thought that I was going to paint the bird, I really liked the black and white effect it had on the page so I left it and coloured it in with a white Scribble Stick so it was not so transparent but became more opaque.
- I used my newly purchased Dina Wakley Media Tools... the flat piece large end one... to mark make with Night paint on my page. I made the marks by loading the silicone end with paint, placing it where I wanted it and then slightly pivoting from one end.

This page makes me happy. I like the colours, the design and that I took the "don't overthink" to heart when there was mask and stencil bleeding. 


Saturday, August 12, 2017

Just a Note and Pencil

I had so much fun making my DT project for this month's Emerald Creek Anything Goes Dare that I made not one but two projects that coordinate. I took a dollar store notebook and pencil and transformed them into these with a little EC flare!

I started the notebook transformation by giving the cover two coats of gesso, allowing it to dry in between layers. Next, I slathered on a layer of Tim Holtz Grit paste with a palette knife and let it set up for a few minutes. Then, I spritzed the Kimilese stamp and stamped it into the grit paste; cleaning it off as needed and re-wetting it so as to not get stuck full of grit paste. I set the book aside to dry and worked on the watercolour panel. 

Once it was dry, I spritzed the cover with water and then generously sprayed Tim Holtz Distress Stain, letting the water and stain mix to work their magic. Again, I set it off to dry.

The techniques for the watercoloured chrysanthemum piece work best by using a positioning tool; In this case, I used my MISTI. After positioning the Spider Chrysanthemum stamp in the MISTI tool with a 400 Series piece of Strathmore watercolour paper, I loaded the Kimilese stamp with Coffee Archival ink and stamp kissed it onto the Chrysanthemum stamp. Then, I stamped the Chrysanthemum stamp to the watercolour paper. It gives a reverse image imprint but it is not an issue in this case because the font is not very legible; however, it gives the look of script that I wanted. It is very important to use a waterproof ink like the Archival ink for that first step as it will not run once dry for the next steps. 

After cleaning of the ink from the flower stamp, load the stamp with Antique Linen Distress ink and spritz both it and the watercolour paper with water before stamping the image over the previously stamped script. Once dry, use a static tool over paper image and load the flower stamp again but with VersaMark ink. Cover with fine clear embossing powder and heat set. This will leave the petals and stem areas of the Spider Chrysanthemum clear and easy to watercolour as the emboss powder set the Antique Linen section and resists the watercolours. Using Distress inks smooched on a craft mat and a water brush, colour the petals with Peacock Feathers and the stem with Mowed Lawn. Lastly, I wet the edges of the watercolour paper with the water brush and tore them off to leave the distressed raw edges.

Taking kraft cardstock, I cut it to a 4 5/8" x 7 5/8" sized panel. Then, I stamped the Just a Note at the centre 3/4 mark down the piece with VersaMark ink and covered it with a custom combination of Candy BrownVegas Gold, and Mirror Gold embossing powders. Next, I distressed the edges and inked them with Coffee Archival ink to match the script font stamping on the watercoloured piece and then, wrapped the hemp twine around the centre section. I adhere the kraft panel to the notebook cover with gel medium and left it to dry.

Supplies: Kimilese Script stamp, Spider Chrysanthemum Stamp, just a note stamp, Clear Fine Embossing Powder, Candy Brown Embossing Powder, Vegas Gold Embossing Powder, Mirror Gold Embossing Powder (Emerald Creek Craft Supplies), Tim Holtz Grit Paste, Antique Linen Distress Stain Spray, Antique Linen, Peacock Feathers, Mowed Lawn Distress inks, Coffee Archival ink, Dina Wakley Gel Medium (Ranger), VersaMark ink (Tsukineko), gesso (Golden), 400 Series cold press watercolour paper (Strathmore), ribbon (May Arts), natural hemp cord (Darice), notebook (Dollarama) 

Once dry,  I foam taped the back of the watercolour stamped piece and adhered it in the top half section. Lastly, I threaded the beautiful May Arts ribbon through the spirals and tied it off hiding the knot by rotating the ribbon through the spirals a bit at the bottom.

It is amazing what embossing powder will transform! I "coloured" the pencil by taping off the metal and the sharpened tip ends with painter's tape and rolled it across a Versamark ink pad to cover it completely. Then, I covered it with Turquoise Sparkle emboss powder to match the blue of the chrysanthemum. 

Supplies: Cerith Seashell Stamp, Seahorse Stamp, Turquoise Sparkle Embossing Powder, Metal Turtle Brad, Ancient Anchor Charm, Citrine Gemstones (Emerald Creek Craft Supplies), VersaMark ink, Timber brown, Saddle Brown, Teal Blue StazOn inks (Tsukineko), pencil crayons, (Crayola), Shrink-It (Aleene's), Natural Hemp Cord (Darice), Tim Holtz Idea-ology Jump Rings (Advantus), 1/2" x 1/8" Pop Up Dot (Glue Dot), pencil (Dollarama)

It has been a long time since I used shrink plastic but it was the perfect way to accessorize the pencil. I took a piece of Shrink-It plastic and lightly sanded one side. Turning it over, I stamped with StazOn ink on the clean side. I stamped the Cerith Seashell once in Timber Brown and once in Saddle Brown. I stamped the Seahorse in Teal Blue. Next, I turned the sheet over to the sanded side and added touches of colour with pencil crayons before carefully cutting them out and hole punching with my Cropadile. Then, on a parchment lined cookie sheet, I shrunk all three with an embossing gun. I coloured the Ancient Anchor Charm with some Tim Holtz Walnut Distress Paint, letting it set up a bit and then wiping some of it off. I added jump rings to all four pieces and tied on some hemp twine to each.

To attach the charms to the top, I used a turtle brad which I coloured with brown and green Sharpies. I pushed the brad into the eraser and tied on the four charms at a variety of lengths.

To cover the metal and finish the pencil off, I took two large dimensional pop dots and stretched then around the top until they were secure. Then, I pressed in the Citrine stones until completely covered. And there you have it... one kickin' pencil!

Here is one last look at both projects together...

Now it's your turn. Let your imagination go where it may and come play with this month's dare. Full details, other design team member's inspiration pieces, and contest link up can be found here on the Emerald Creek Dares Blog.


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Friday, August 11, 2017

Stencil Stamping with Magenta

A fun way to stretch your stencil collection is to stamp with them. For this Magenta card I am sharing today, I used a thin lined stencil which worked perfectly for this stencil stamping emboss resist technique.

Using the Triangles stencil, I loaded it with Versamark ink and then "stamped" it onto a piece of 140 lb cold press watercolour paper. Next, I added clear emboss powder and heat set it. Then, in a palette tray, I mixed each of the four colours of Nuance powders (Hot PinkGrass GreenSpring Green, and Aquamarine) with water and watercolour painted with them.

On a piece of vellum, I stamped the sentiment stamp with Versamark ink and heat embossed it with black emboss powder. I adhered the vellum, using Kool Tak Clear Foam adhesive, which gives it dimension. To finish it off, I added some Simon Says Stamp Assorted Moonshine sequins.


Magenta products used:

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Moodiversary Sing ATC

Continuing with inspiration from the Our Mixed Media Moods Moodiversary Mood BoardI used another piece from my upcycled paper based Teriyaki Experience's take out container. This one I cut for an ATC and used both colour inspiration (Melon, Fuschia, and Green) as well as the flowers photo (3rd row, 5th column).

Supplies: Teriyaki Experience paper to-go packaging, clear gesso (Liquitex), wht gesso (Golden), Small Field of Flowers mask (Magenta), Dina Wakley Lime and Blushing Heavy Body Acrylic paints, Dina Wakley Magenta, Umber and Tangerine Scribble Sticks, Dina Wakley Scribbly Small Birdies stamp(Ranger), XL watercolour paper (Canson), Tim Holtz Alpha stickers (Advantus), twine, decorative grass (misc.)

I started with a clear gesso base so that the packaging text would still show through the mix of Dina Wakley Blushing paint mixed with some Scribble Stick Magenta, once I texture pasted with a Magenta small Field of Flowers mask. I painted the texture paste area with Lime and added little touches of gesso. The flowers were given more detail with a black Stabilo All pencil and lots of water. The little Dina Scribbly Small bird was stamped using an Umber Scribble Stick and spritzed water on watercolour paper and then coloured with a titch of Umber and Tangerine. Some twine, decorative grass, and Tim Holtz alpha letter stickers finished it off. This little birdie is ready to sing for some lucky recipient somewhere in the world.

For more Moodiversary inspiration, check out both DeeDee Catron's and Jenn Engle's creative process videos on their YouTube channels based on the mood board as well as all the other participant pieces on the weekly link up posts.

To play along, get inspired by anything on their moodiversary moodboard...

... have fun creating a mixed media masterpiece and link up on DeeDee's blog.


Tweet, tweet - Our Mixed Media Moodiversary

Have you seen the Our Mixed Media Moods Moodiversary Mood Board? It is awesome and chock full of cool inspiration photos and colours. I have been totally sucked in watching both DeeDee Catron's and Jenn Engle's creative process videos on their YouTube channels based on the mood board and they got me itching to play along.

Supplies: Teriyaki Experience paper to-go packaging, gesso (Liquitex and Golden), Whipped Spackle (Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft), Petal Trio and Spring Blooms stamps (Magenta), Dina Wakley Ocean, Lime and Blushing Heavy Body Acrylic paints, Dina Wakley Scribbly Birds stamps, Jet Black Archival ink (Ranger), stamped bird on patterned paper and medical tape (misc.)

I decided to start by upcycling a paper based Teriyaki Experience's take out container that I wiped clean and cut it into a variety of sizes for bases. I loved the kraft colour and Japanese text and while I was eating my delicious meal, thought that it would make a cool background starting point for a variety of creations. My first project, made from it, is this 4 x 6 piece inspired by the Melon, Turquoise, and Green colours of the moodiversary board.

I started by scraping on some gesso and then stamping into Whipped Spackle paste with a Magenta Petal Trio flower stamp from the latest collection (I hadn't done spackle stamp embossing for a while and I was totally inspired by one of DeeDee's videos). Then, I used Dina Wakley Heavy Body Acrylic paints to add colour. I used Ocean to colour the flowers and the top corner as well as some splatters. I used Lime with bubble wrap to stamp three areas as well as added some to the medical tape that I adhered to the bottom section.

Next, I used Jet Black Archival ink with the Magenta Spring Blooms silhouette stamp and then added some swipes of Blushing paint to match the fussy cut melon coloured stamped bird which I received from fellow Get Messian Art Journaler, Sarah Rondon, from a swap that we both participated in. Then, I added the Dina Tweet, Tweets which I stamped onto cardstock and cut out. Lastly, a few finger swipes of gesso and I called it done.

To play along, get inspired by anything on their moodiversary moodboard...

... have fun creating a mixed media masterpiece and link up on DeeDee's blog.


Monday, July 10, 2017

Grungy Thanks

What do you do for a thank you card for a bunch of mechanics? You see, my powersteering went on my car just two months after it was replaced and the guys were fabulous about getting it replaced again and even went to the point of giving me a ride to and from the dentist for a root canal. Oh yes, it was fun times for me at the start of my summer vacation! LOL!

Supplies: Index card (Staples), cardstock (CTMH), Tim Holtz Distress inks [Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Festive Berries, Brushed Corduroy, Ground Espresso] Broken China Distress Oxide ink, Blueprint Sketch and Ground Espresso Distress Paint, Vintage Photo Distress Stain Spray,  Espresso Alcohol ink and Blending Solution, gel medium (Ranger), Tim Holtz Treads mini stencil (Stampers Anonymous),  Tim Holtz Idea-ology Tiles (Advantus), Whipped Spackle (Faber-Castell), Modpodge Industrial Mold (Plaid), misc. washers and nuts (Home Depot)

Well, I was so thankful, that I wanted to do something special so I created this card to go along with some homemade chocolate chip cookies and a Tim Horton's gift card so they could all get a beverage of choice to go with them.

I used the Master Mechanic Logo colours as my inspiration and just played with layers of Tim Holtz Distress inks, paints, Treads mini stencil, alcohol inks, and chipboard alphas. So pleased with how this turned out!


Saturday, June 3, 2017

Surf's Up with Emerald Creek

For this month's Emerald Creek Surf & Turf Dare, I chose to take on the surf with an under the sea Warmest Wishes card.

While it looks pretty intricate, this card was actually fairly easy to make and it comes together quickly with great results.

First, I started with a 5 1/2 x 51/2 piece of Canson XL watercolour paper and my new Tim Holtz Distress Ink Oxides in Cracked Pistachio and Broken China. I used the smooched ink on a craft sheet and spritzed with water technique, drying between layers and going back in until I was happy with the results. Next, I used the Kimilese 3 stamp and Tumbled Glass Distress ink and randomly stamped my background adding another visual layer going for a watery effect.

Then, I turned to creating the other elements. On watercolour paper, I stamped the Cerith shell with Tea Dye and the Conch shell with Dried Marigold Distress ink and heat embossed them with Fine Clear embossing powder, and fussy cut them out. Next, I used my Silhouette Cameo and cut out a small medium and large card sized version of a coral image. I coloured it with Peeled Paint Distress ink using a blending tool and then added some VersaMark ink. Once they were inked up, I covered then with Forest Foliage embossing powder and partially heat set it. Just enough to activate the emboss powder but retain some of the fussiness. Some of the powder will likely fall off, if not set enough but no worries... it just adds to the effect.

Next, I took the coral, shells, and background watery piece and played with them until I was pleased with the arrangement and knew where to place the sentiment. I stamped the Warmest Wishes and heat embossed it with Oil Rubbed embossing powder. Once, that was completed, I distressed all the edges and was ready to assemble it all.

I adhered the water background to a thick 130lb cardstock base. Using glue dots, I arranged the coral so that it was somewhat layered and loose. Next, I shaped the shells, giving them some natural contouring, and maintained it as I adhered then on top of the coral by rolling pieces of foam tape and strategically placing it under each shell. Lastly, I glued on some Citrine gemstones giving it the perfect finishing touch!

I hope I have inspired you to give this card a try. If you do, please be sure to share your results with me either in the comment section, or through IG or FB.


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Monday, May 29, 2017

She is Magic - Magenta Style Tag

I am up on the Magenta blog today letting crafty peeps know that Magenta is once again a prize sponsor for More Than Words Challenge by sharing a tag inspired by More Than Words May "She" Mini challenge .

Supplies: Bold Leaf Flourish stamp, Long Flower stamp, There is magic sentiment stamp, Flower and Leaves stencil, Raspberry Nuance powder, birdcage wood veneer, mini alpha chipboard letters (Magenta), kraft tag, texture paste, Jet Archival ink, Tim Holtz Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide, Tim Holtz Black Soot Distress paint(Ranger), glass bead gel (Golden), VersaMark (Tsukineko), clear fine emboss powder (Simon Says Stamp), XL watercolour paper (Canson), wht cardstock (Canadian Scrapbooker Super Stock), vellum (The Paper Company), jewels (Dollarama), trim (CTMH), chain (misc.)

I started with a kraft tag and stamped the Bold Leaf Flourish stamp using Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide ink. Next, I inked the edges and wet the ink to activate it. Once dry, I used Glass Bead gel and the Flowers and Leaves stencil. While that was drying, I stamped the Tall Blossom flower image onto 140 lb watercolour paper and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder and then watercoloured painted the flowers using Raspberry Nuance powderOnce the flowers were dry, I fussy cut them all out.

Then, I stamped the "is magic" part of the sentiment on vellum using black archival ink and painted the mini chipboard letters with black. With all the pieces ready, I assembled the tag adding on the wood veneer birdcage and an upcycled metal chain from a clothing tag.

There is magic all around us

CB638 - Mini Alphabet

KDL20 - Birds & Cages

And there you have it! One last look on a different background.

Be sure to check out the challenge details and prizes here:



Sunday, May 21, 2017

Fast Foiled Magenta Card

Creating a fast gold leaf foiled card is a snap with a background stencil and a sentiment stamp.

Simply place a background stencil down, in this case I used the Magenta Triangles one, on a piece of thick cardstock and stamp with a VersaMark ink pad. Next, add an adhesive emboss powder and heat just until it begins to melt. Place gold leaf foil on top and rub off loose foil. Adhere to a card base. Then, white heat emboss stamp a sentiment on black cardstock, cut to size, and use foam tape to adhere it to the centre of the card. 

Magenta products used:

There you have it... elegant, fast and simple!

Another way to get a gorgeous gold effect in very little time is with glitter embossing powder as in this card.

For this one, once I stamped the VersaMark ink pad through the stencil, I covered it with Emerald Creek's Gold Sparkle embossing powder and heat set it. I cut the brush script sentiment with my Silhouette Cameo and that was another card done. Such a perfect card for an upcoming graduate!