Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Happy Family Times

I am back today with another week in review journal spread. This particular week we just happened to spend quite a bit of time with family.

I started out my page by streaking Antique Linen and Weathered Wood Distress Paint down the page. I then used a stencil and some ink spray.

Next I stamped a with few background stamps and black Archival ink.

I used some more Distress paint in brighter colors and let it drip down the page.

I then added in some homemade washi tape. I use the same Distress Paint, Archival ink, and some stamps on medical tape to create my washi tape.

Lastly I added in my pictures, some vellum embellishments, and journaling.

I am submitting this to the Artistic Stamper Anything Goes Challenge. Be sure to pop on over there to see all of the wonderful creations. As always thank very much for stopping by!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014


Over at the Mixed Media Place they are having a Summer Song Challenge. This month it is George Micheal's Freedom song.

I started out with lots of masking tape in my art journal.

Next I added some gesso and various acrylic paint colors. I smooshed the pages together to get lots of texture and kept adding layers of paint until I was happy with the background.

I added in a bit of stamping for more visual interest. You can really see all of the texture and layers popping through.

When I think of George Micheal's, I think of big hair, leg warmers, and bright neon colors. The word freedom reminds me to let go. So this is how I came up with the fluorescent balloons floating away. I painted the balloons onto deli paper with fluorescent paint pens and then added some highlights with a white paint pen and a white gelato.

Be sure to stop on over to the challenge blog to see all of the wonderful creations. As always thank so much for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed my little Freedom journal spread.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Up-cycled Gift Bag

I have an upcoming wedding to attend where the bride requested that the gifts be left unwrapped for environmental/green reasons. If you know me it is hard for me not to wrap something. I know it is not good to waste all of that paper and ribbon, but it is just so pretty. So I came up with another idea - a gift bag made from old grocery bags. This way I am up-cycling and she can reuse the bag for her groceries later.  

I followed this you tube video to create the plastic bag material. A few tips:  iron from the inside to the outside edges of the folded bag this will help get all of the air bubbles out, always keep your iron moving, be sure to heat each side equally, and set your iron to a low to medium heat - take your time with this step it will make a big difference when you go to sew the bags together.

Next I trimmed the fused bags so they had pretty straight edges. I then started sewing. I made 5 patchwork rectangles, a front and back, 2 sides, and 1 bottom. I then decided to jazz the bag up a bit. I die cut out flowers using 3 fused white plastic bags and the Tim Holtz Tattered Floral die. I added color to the flowers with various Alcohol Inks. I then fused the flowers to my 5 bag parts using Heat-n-Bond.

Lastly I sewed the bag together. I followed this you tube tutorial. My dimensions of the panels were a bit larger. And that is it a fun up-cycled reusable gift bag. I am submitting this to the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Up-cycle Challenge. As always thank you for stopping by and I hope I have inspired you to get out those old grocery bags.

Friday, August 15, 2014


I decided to make up a little card for a friend today. It has been a while since I have talked to her and thought a card in the mail would put a smile on her face.

The banners are white cardstock that I inked up with Distress Stain and then inked some more through a few stencils. I then roughed up the edges a bit and inked them with black ink so they popped off of the card a bit more.

The Hello is grunge board letters that I painted, stamped, sanded, and then inked.

I am submitting this to the Simon says Stamp Scratched up Challenge. Thank you for stopping by and be sure to tell a friend "hi" today.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Emboss it

Over at the Eclectic Paperie the challenge is Embossing. I decided to take advantage of the challenge and get a bit more caught up in my art journal.

I used gesso, and Dylusions Ink Sprays for my background. I was going for a more muted color. I then applied some Embossing Paste through a stencil I made.

Next I cut up some Tim Holtz Kraft Resist paper and applied some more embossing paste through some Tim Holtz stencils. I inked up the edges so that they popped off the page a bit more.

The card on this page is a card that my sweet Mother-in-law made me. It even has embossed cardstock on it!

I stamped a few butterflies with the Tim Holtz Papillon Stamp set. I used some embossing powder and then applied some Distress Stickles Dry glitter over them. The layout for this journal spread came from a Page Maps Sketch that the All Things Tim Yahoo Group is using for the August Sketch Challenge.

As always thank so much for stopping by. Be sure to check out the Embossing Challenge for more inspiration.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

A little sparkly shoe

It has been a while since I created a card. So when the Art for the Creative Mind Yahoo group had a shoe card swap, I just had to join in. I mean who does not love shoes and cards, right?

Here is the cute little saying I found for the inside of the card.

I decided that this shoe needed lots of sparkle. I used  some black and cream patterned paper for my shoe and added in some black pearl pen. I also painted my cream cardstock base with some pearl paint for even more shimmer. The heel and sole are plain old red cardstock that I added some Distress Rock Candy Stickles to. I used a dyed red paper flower and a stickled paper flower to finish the card off.

I really hope my swapping partner likes glitter and bling. I am going to submit this to 2 challenges the Simon Says Stamp Make it Sparkle Challenge and Virginia's View a Shaped card. As always thanks for stopping by.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Sand, Sky, Seagull ATCs

I am back with a quick post on the 2 ATCs I made for a swap at the Art for the Creative Mind Yahoo group.

On the first ATC I started out by painting the background with a blue shimmer paint. I then added in some white blobs to look like clouds. I added some texture by drying the paint until it bubble up a bit. For my sand I used Tim Holtz Distress Embossing powder. I then added in my ink dyed feather, a vial full of sand and a quote I found on Pintrest.

I started with some distress stain and ink for my second ATC. I drew in the sun with a Distress Marker. Once again I used the Distress Embossing Powder for sand. I then added in some stickles and some white pearl pen for my clouds, waves, and water. Lastly I adhered on the sea shells (I added a bit more stickles to these as well), seagull, and stamped saying.

I am submitting these to the Frilly and Funkie Vintage Travel Challenge. I would love to be traveling to the beach on these hot Summer days. Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed my quick little post.