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Sunday, November 29, 2015

Spread A Smile Of Joy...

Spread A Smile Of Joy
 Today I'm hoping to inspire you with a CAS Christmas card that I made for our annual family Christmas Eve Dinner.  I used to make invitations and send them out to the whole family, but I haven't had the time in the past few years.  But this year I decided to make the time for it and I am so happy that I did.

I used the adorable CandiBean stamp 'Spread a Smile of Joy' along with the 'Christmas and Winter Sentiment' set.  Both are ON SALE now at amazing prices so get yours before they sell out!!!  
I chose to make a CAS card for two reasons...First, it has to go into an envelope and I wanted to it easily fit...and Second, they are not easy for me to make so I wanted a little bit of a personal challenge.  I am really happy with the result and I hope you like it to :-)
Here is a pic of all 10 invitations.  Yes, each one is hand colored! 

Thank you for joining us today!  Wishing you a spectacular holiday season!!!

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Grown With Love - Journal Page

Welcome back to my blog!

It's been a while again since I've had a project to post.  This one took me quite a while to complete as I had only a few moments here and there to work on it.  But here it is!  I hope you enjoy it and find some inspiration in it :-)

I had this image in my mind of a country hill with a house in the background and a girl planting something in the foreground.  I looked through my stamps and settled on the LDRS CandiBean 'Grown with Love' and the background image of this awesome 'Greenhouse'.  I think they compliment each other very well :-)

Both stamps are available in the store now.  Just click on the links above!

 The background is painted mostly with gelatos, over a layer of gesso, which is coating a patterned tissue paper.  I'm hoping it looks a bit like a small hill in the countryside.

I first stamped 'Grown with Love' on the journal page and then on a separate sheet of Cryogen White card stock.  I colored her skin, hair and shoes with Copics, as well as the flower and pot.  I stamped and fussy cut her hat, dress and watering can from patterned papers.  I then cut out the image that was stamped on Cryogen, adhered it to the journal page, and paper pieced her hat, dress and watering can over top.  I ended up stamping a second image of the flower top onto Cryogen, coloring it with Copics, fussy cutting it, and adhering it a bit raised onto the journal page.

This pic shows the dimension of the image on the journal page.

This is a closeup of the 'Greenhouse'.  I embellished it a bit with some red and yellow flowers and a few trees in the background.

That's all I have for today.  Thank you so much for stopping by!



Friday, March 13, 2015

You are Magical...

Happy Friday Everyone!

I've got a fun canvas to show you.  I had this idea in my head of a little girl standing in the middle of an enchanted garden, so I started looking through my stamps to find the perfect little girl for this adventure.  

I chose 'It's a Celebration' from the LDRS Dollhouse collection.

I just LOVE the Dollhouse girls!  Their eyes are just way too awesome to describe.  These girls are quirky, fun and a bit moody...LOVE THEM!

'It's a Celebration' is colored with Copic markers.  I coordinated the colors with some Prima papers that I got in the classes that I took at CHA.  In fact, most of the flowers and sprays that I used are from there too.  Anyway, I roughly cut out the image so I could insert her right in to the enchanted garden.  

The sentiment is from the LDRS 'Enchanted Wishes' sentiment set.  I stamped it and then cut the words apart so I could arrange them separately.

Do you see the LDRS 'Dewdrop Circle' die cut in the upper right corner of the canvas???  The die cuts are so much fun to add to mixed media projects.  I layered two of them that were cut from thick cardstock and it gave the appearance of chipboard.

Here's a close up of the awesome 'It's a Celebration' image colored with Copics.  

Thanks for stopping by!  Be sure to jump on over to the LDRS store for these and other awesome stamps and dies!


Tuesday, March 3, 2015

LDRS Grab Bag WINNER!!!!!!!

The winner of the
LDRS Grab Bag

You nailed it Lou!  The item that provided me with inspiration for a new product is the gorgeous clock that you see on my craft desk.  I bought it in Sweden and it's one of my favorite pieces.  It provided the inspiration for our new LDRS Dewdrop dies!!!

Congratulations Lou!!!


Sunday, March 1, 2015

Grown with Love AND a grab bag to win!

Hello Everyone!

I have a fun little project to show today.  It's a quite simple project too.  I hope you enjoy it :-)


I chose to work with the adorable 'Grown with Love' image from our LDRS CandiBean line.  This image screams Spring and sunshine and we are really looking forward to that here in Michigan!!!  LOL!!!

I started with a clipboard stand that I picked up at the local craft store.  I loved the shape, but not the aqua color...so I changed it!  I primed the entire surface with white gesso and then attacked it with a bunch of Color Bloom sprays from Prima.  I am totally addicted to paint sprays right now!  

I painted the image using some of the new watercolor pencils from Prima.  They were super easy to work with and the paint moved beautifully across the page.  I'm thinking about adding some of these to the store so please comment below if you are interested in seeing Prima mixed media products in the LDRS store :-) 

 Did you notice those gorgeous die cuts on the left side of the card???  They were cut using the NEW LDRS Dewdrop Circle die.  I AM LOVING THIS DIE!!!  Seriously, I can't get enough of it!  It is so feminine and lacy.  The embossing on it is just lovely.  Below is a pic of the die in all its glory.  LOVE IT!!!

 Just for fun, I thought I'd show you a pic of my messy work space.  OMG!  Messy Messy!!!  

Guess and win a Grab Bag!!!

There is also a little something in the pic above that inspired the creation of a product design and it is hidden in plain site.  I'm not going to give you any more clues.  Hehehe.....but the very first person to figure it out and note it in a comment on this post will win a secret grab bag of LDRS stuff!  Make sure I can contact you via email if you win!

And here is a close up of the finished image.

Well, that is it for today!  I've been working out the details of a new journal page in my mind.  As soon as I get it figured out, I will be back with another project......and maybe even a video!  Stay tuned!

Thank you so much for joining me today.  I would love to know your thoughts on my project :-)



Sunday, February 22, 2015

Mixed Media Art Journal Cover - Tutorial

Hello Everyone!

I have something special today!!!  I have a new video tutorial up on our LDRS YouTube Channel.  It's a step-by-step of how I created the mixed media cover for my art journal pictured below.

Click the link below:



Sunday, February 15, 2015

From the garden grows...

Welcome back!  I've got a new canvas to show you today.  It's bright and cheerful and FULL of SPRING!!!
I hope you like it ;-)

From the garden grows
Spring time

I woke one morning with the image in my head of flowers growing from a garden.  I thought on it for a while.  I imagined using the LDRS Dewdrop Circle die as the flowers and the centers would have stamped images.  And this is how my imagination came to life...

The flowers are die cuts from the Dewdrop Circle 2-die set.  The lovely 'Amber' rubber stamped image is featured in the center of the largest flower.

The sentiment is from the 'Love' set.  

This is a flat 8"x10" canvas.  It is layered with a gazillion different textures and paints.  Stay turned for some YouTube video announcements shortly.  I'm getting more and more comfortable with mixed media and I will begin recording my studio sessions soon.

Thank you so very much for stopping by today.  I would love to know if you enjoyed my project.  I hope you found some inspiration in it :-)



Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Art Journal Cover.....

Hello Everyone!!!

I'm really getting into my art journal now.  I decided that I'd better come up with a better cover than the plain brown leather that it came with.  I've been watching a lot of mixed media tutorials lately, just absorbing different techniques.  It's been giving me a lot of ideas of what I could do with the products that I have had sitting around for far too long.

Art Journal

This journal started out with a very boring brown leather cover on it.  It wasn't the most creative or inspirational thing to look at.  So I HAD to change it!  To prep the leather surface, I covered the entire journal cover, front and back, in white gesso.  This made it possible for other mediums to adhere to it.  Once dry, I gave it a super thick coat of a really old TH crackle medium....knowing that it was far too old to do it's job properly.  It went on in lumps and clumps and created the coolest surface ever!!!  I let it dry for a few hours and then topped it with Prima's black gesso.  At this point it was completely black and the most awesome blank canvas to begin with.  I wanted some glimmer so I grabbed a jar of oil based silver paint and smeared it on with a paper towel.  It started to look like an Harry Potter text book :-)  It was kinda spooky looking!

The inspiration for the design of this journal cover was the new LDRS Dewdrop Circle die.  I really love the doily edge on this die and wanted to incorporate it into the cover.  I began by cutting and embossing some chipboard with the die.  The chipboard is thick so I had to run it through the machine a couple of times each to get the best effect.  These die cuts were the very first items that I adhered to the cover.  You can see them poking their heads out on the upper and right sides of the cover.  I put some scrap lace below the die cuts.

Next, I set out layering and layering all kinds of metal trinkets, flowers and clay molded pieces that I had laying around.  I wanted the project to flow from the top left corner on down to the bottom right corner.  When layering things, I ignore the colors of the items and concentrate only on their shape.  I adhered all of the pieces with Prima Modeling Paste.   

This is what the cover looked like after adhering all of the embellishments.  You can see that the composition starts with the highest point in the top left corner and ends with the lowest point in the bottom right corner.

Once dry, I covered all of the embellies with Prima Black Gesso and then rubbed the highlights with the silver oil paint.

Once the oil paint was dry, I added color with Prima Bloom sprays.  I tested the colors on a scrap sheet of paper and settled on a Boysen Berry/Iris combo.  The pic above shows off both the front and back of the art journal.

Here are some close up shots of the embellishments.  You can see the gorgeous detail in the Dewdrop Circle die cuts in the pic on the right.  I love how lacy and Victorian they are when paired against the metal trinkets.

Flash Photograpy

I had a little fun with photos in the evening and played with the flash while taking photos of the journal.  I just love how it made the colors appear to be so much more vibrant and magnified the shine of the silver.

Thank you so much for stopping by today.  I hope you found some inspiration in my art journal cover.  Til next time...



Thursday, February 5, 2015

She Grooves...

Hey Everyone!

Today I want to share with you my very first journal page!!!  There was quite a bit of trial and error while working on this page, but I really love the finished product.  Not surprisingly, it is far different than the way I imagined it in my head.  But that's just how it goes sometimes!  Hehehe...

  I chose to use 'Groovin', from the BRAND NEW Dollhouse collection of rubber stamps.  I must say, I am so thrilled to have this new line of stamps!  It was so very hard to keep them a secret before CHA.  I'm sure you can see why!  Could they BE any more fun??????   I just love them!!!!!!

I had soooo much fun with these pages!  I got really messy with gelatos, stamps, stencils, pastes, gels, sprays, markers.....you name it..it's probably on there!  Once I get a little more comfortable with the journal pages I will start recording my projects for the LDRS YouTube Channel.  Right now I'm still playing with the materials to see how they interact with each other.  So far, they've been playing well together and I haven't had to throw anyone out of the sand box...Hee Hee Hee :-)

I colored 'Groovin' with Copic markers, very simply.  I chose the red, white and blue for the 'All American Girl' look.  Once colored, I gave her a gentle coat of a gel medium to make sure she didn't get ruined while working on the page (cause I just knew it would happen if I didn't!).  I used the same gel medium to adhere the image to the page.

I really hope you found some inspiration in my journal page.  Thank you so much for stopping by!!!



Friday, January 23, 2015

Mixed Media Canvas...

Who loves canvas?  ME!!!

I've been having some fun with mixed media again lately and managed to get a few things done for CHA.  This is one of them.  I've showcased the 'Little Loves' stamp from our CHA Saturated Canary release.  You may have seen this project in our CHA booth pics, but I thought I'd give you a little idea as to how this project came to life.

Whenever I start a project, I usually have a very fuzzy idea of what I want to do.  For this one, I knew I was going to use 'Little Loves' on canvas somehow and I wanted there to be a lot of texture around her.  I started digging through my metal trinkets and flowers and grabbed some stencils.

I used a molding paste to create the texture with the stencils.  I then applied a coat of gesso to the entire canvas.  It dried completely and I then spritzed some color randomly around the canvas.  I temporarily placed the 'Little Loves' pic (gently colored with watercolors) in the center and began to hot glue the metal trinkets and flowers around it.  Once they were all in place, I set the pic aside and began applying a coat of gesso to all of the flowers and trinkets.  After drying, I applied a coat of teal paint.

Once dry, I used a dry brush to gently apply a coat of gold paint to highlight some areas of the metal trinkets and flowers.

Lastly, I carefully slid the 'Little Loves' pic into place and secured it with glue.

The gorgeous Victorian styled sentiments are from our Vintage Affections line:  Love and 
Girlfriends (from out CHA release)

I apologize for the lack of detail in the description.  I completed this project a month ago and don't remember some of the product details.  However, I will be posting more videos to the LDRS YouTube channel in 2015 and they will include mixed media projects!!!



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