Sunday, January 29, 2017

ATCs from Magenta Scraps

I am up on the Magenta blog today with two ATCs made from scraps. After creating my Magenta "Circle of Friends" layout, I had some interesting shaped patterned paper scraps from the smallest circles. I used them and some of the other leftover altered paper pieces to create these two ATCs.

To make them, I gessoed 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" kraft cardstock pieces. Next, I stamped a script Vintage Letter background on one and a Sheet of Music background on the other and then used more gesso to adhere the circle scraps in different designs. Then, I heat embossed the Make Time to Play and Art sentiments on each different background.

Next, I used the two distressed Small Asian Bubble Flowers that I had leftover and punched small and smaller flowers out of the stamped flowers' surrounding distress paper. To finish them off, I adhered the flowers in different arrangements and to one I added jewels... 

and to the other I added black glitter glue.

Using up layout scraps to make cards and/or ATCs is quick and easy. The leftover pieces are already colour coordinated and using them is a great way to avoid wastage. Just another way to make your crafting supplies go that little bit further.


Magenta products used:
ME232 LILIANNE - 10 Sheets
Lilianne Patterned Paper ME232

ME076 Tangerine Odyssey - 10 sheets
Tangerine Odyssey Patterned Paper ME076
Asian Bubble Flower - Small
Small Asian Bubble Flower 0629.G
Sheet of Music
Sheet of Music 95.194.M
Vintage Letter
Vintage Letter 95.214.M

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Winter Colours

I love how the male cardinal goes such a vibrant red in the winter, thus my homage to the winged creature's bright beauty.

To stencil the background, I used the 5"x7" Small Birch Forest stencil and Cerulean Blue Nuance powder with a wet makeup sponge to activate and pounce on the colour. On 140 lb cold press watercolour paper, I started darker at the bottom and gradually lightened up a bit as I coloured up wards. Then, once it was dry, I added colour with Tim Holtz Antique Linen Distress ink and a White Stabilo All pencil and dimension by shading with a graphite Stabilo All pencil. Next, on a separate piece of watercolour paper, I stamped the cardinal and watercoloured the image using RedScarlet, and Grey Nuance. I added just a touch of Orange Nuance to brighten the beak. After the cardinal had dried, I fussy cut him out. Then, I stamped and heat embossed the Happy Birthday sentiment onto the card. Lastly, I adhered the cardinal in a spot that made sense for the cardinal's claws, rounding him slightly to give him some added dimension.

I hope you see some bright feathered friends where you are to bring colour into your winterscape.


Magenta products used:

Handsome Cardinal
TM56 - Small Birch Forest - 5" x 7"
Happy Birthday

Monday, January 16, 2017

All Aboard for CHA's Creativation

CHA's Creativation starts this week, which means it is time for the Emerald Creek's new release reveals to begin. With so many creative goodies to play with, it was hard to pick which of my creations to share first on my blog. Since my make 'n take class is a mixed media piece, I elected to go with a clean and simple multi-occasion watercolour card. In creating this card, I went on a little adventure across the new lines... I frolicked in the "Reef", I dabbled in the "Mill", and I contemplated in the "Quarry". Those are in reference to the names, that owner Kim at Emerald Creek has given to the segments of the release.

Supplies: Conch Shell stamp, sentiment stamp, Clear and Oil Rubbed Bronze emboss powders,  Citrine stones (Emerald Creek Craft Supplies), Tim Holtz Distress inks [Antique Linen, Spun Sugar, Abandon Coral, Mermaid Lagoon], Versamark (Tsukineko), graphite aquarelle All (Stabillo), 140 lb hot press watercolour paper (Fluid)

I started in the "reef" by stamping the conch shell with a precision stamping tool (in my case a MISTI). I first wet the watercolour paper and then stamped with Tim Holtz Antique Linen Distress ink. Then, I used a waterbrush to move the colour around. Next, I stamped with Spun Sugar and Antique Linen again. Once that was dry, I stamped with VersaMark and clear embossed the shell and then coloured it with Spun Sugar and Abandon Coral. Next, I used Mermaid Lagoon to colour the water and a Stabillo graphite All pencil for shading. Once that was done, I splattered on some Antique Linen and Mermaid Lagoon. Then, I masked of the "est" part of the Warmest Wishes sentiment stamp and just used the warm wishes part with Oil Rubbed Bronze emboss powder. While at first I had gotten a perfect clean stamped sentiment image, I decided at this point to add a few loose grains to give my "sand" area more character. In order to not have the grains blow into unwanted areas, I heated them from below the paper. Lastly, I visited the Quarry and used the Citrine stones to add embellishment details and a little sparkly pizzaz to the sea floor.

I will be at Creativation on Friday and teaching a free mixed media make 'n take class first thing Saturday morning in the Emerald Creek booth #1930. Be sure to stop by and say "Hi", if you are attending the show. I look forward to sharing the creations that I made for the show when I return. 


Emerald Creek Craft Supplies used:
Conch Shell Stamp (Available January 21st)
Citrine Stones (Available January 21st)

Other items available in the EC shop: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Antique Linen, Spun Sugar, Abandon Coral, Mermaid Lagoon)

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Shine Bright ATC

Okay, a rarity for sure... a second post for the day! As I was gathering scraps and cleaning up from my Happy 2017 card, inspiration struck again and I made this ATC out of some of them.

Supplies: Dina Wakley Acrylic Paints [Night, Ocean, Sterling, White, Lime], Star Bright stamp set, gesso, Stickles, white embossing powder (Ranger), white cardstock (CTMH), black cardstock (Bazzill), Signo white pen (Mitsubishi Pencil Co.), star jewels and purple metallic thread (Dollarama)

This came together so fluidly. I just love when that happens! The best part is that I am extremely pleased with the background that I created for this little mixed media gem. I just played with paint and love how it worked.

First, I gessoed the ATC cardstock base and once dry I added some dabs of my new Dina Wakley Acrylic paints in Ocean and Night. I spritzed the card with water and then using a paint brush. I dragged the colours out and let them blend. Next, once it was dry I stamped on Sterling for some shine with a scrap piece of bubble wrap. Lastly, I stamped the shine sentiment from Dina Wakley's Star Bright stamp set with her white paint. I love, love, love, how it turned out!

Assembling the ATC, I added purple metallic thread, silver Stickles, and two star jewels with the scraps and newly made background.

Naturally, as the same inspirations from Simon Says Stamp Monday ChallengeWork It Wednesday monthly challenge and  Mixed Media and Art were still at play as the original Happy 2017 card, I am adding them into the same challenges once again. Click on any of the image links below to learn more about each challenge.



Happy New Year!

With the New Year upon us, it's all about 'new' things . There are two 'new' challenges over at Simon Says Stamp. This week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is about using something new as is their Work It Wednesday monthly challenge over on the main blog. And there is a new challenge blog that has popped up on the mixed media scene... Mixed Media and Art. It looks really promising given its' spectacular mood board and amazing design team takes on it. With such wonderful inspiration, I just had to play along.

Supplies: Dina Wakley Acrylic Paints [Night, Ocean, Sterling, Lime Blackberry Violet], Star Bright stamp set, gel medium (Ranger), chipboard numbers (American Crafts), mini shimmer alphas (Making Memories), marker (Sharpie), glass beads (Craft Medley), cardstock (CTMH), glass glitter and aluminum foil (Misc.)

I cracked open some new tubes of Dina Wakley's heavy body acrylic paints in Sterling, Night, and Ocean to make the background. I added a light watered down touch of lime to bring in a green haze. Using the Star Bright stamp set, I then stamped the stars on both foil and cardstock using the Ocean paint and one of my favourite colours of Dina's paints Blackberry Violet. While those were drying up, I added some glass glitter to the American Crafts chipboard numbers. Once they everything was dry, a little fussy cutting, then black and white splatters for the stars and black Sharpie marker edging for the numbers. Next, I adhered the stars in a collage and added the Happy 2017. Lastly, I used soft matte gel to glue down my new shimmery turquoise-green glass beads.

There you have it. A New Year's card for my first new card of the 2017!

If you click on the each image, they are linked to each site's challenges so you can check out the inspirational pieces there.


Wishing you and yours a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!