Thursday, March 26, 2015

Bloom Girl Art Journal Page by Shanna

Welcome to a new inspirational Thursday from yours truly (Shanna)!!! 

I have been wanting to play more with my Bloom Girls and stencils and just really get back into playing with my art journal and mixed media goodies!


So here for you is a fun art journal page YAY! I even got to use my new Tim Holtz stickers. 


I have a video that I have of making this page, but have yet to load and edit it. Bare with me I will get it up shortly! 


I used modeling paste with a black gelato to create the black paste I used with the stencil. I then colored the image with my watercolor pencils and gelatos. I used gelato around the image only after using some matte gel medium with a stencil to add to the background. 


Here you can see the stencil giving texture combined with the gelato and some Twinkling H20 paint. 


Lastly I wanted to add a flower here!! It started out white/cream. I went over it with a gelato, buffing it with my finger and then gave it a spritz of Gold Foil Prima Bloom Spray. 


So I do hope you enjoyed this lovely art journal page. I will have a video up on my youtube this week. 

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Thanks


Hi Friends and Stampers,

It's my day to show you some Inspiration.  I actually made a card from a card that inspired me.



Here is Kimberly Crawford's card that inspired me.   And she made another one as well.   And so did I. 


I didn't focus so much on triangle pattern with my ink on this one, which was my first one, but I did try Kimberly's tutorial on the first one shown and I really like the triangle within the triangle pattern, it just creates a better eye flow.    So like Kimberly, I heat embossed with white embossing powder and turned my distress inks upside down on my craft sheet and then picked up the ink with a paint brush from there.  I wiped off with a paper towel and then added a velum stitched traditional tag.  Added the die-cut Thanks and then added a few sequins.  

These were a lot of fun to make!  

I hope you will join us in our Current Blog Challenge and you will want to head on over to the store to check out the New Items that Laura has added!  I'm so excited about the Wink of Stella in the store! 

Thanks for Looking in on me.  

Holly


Sunday, March 22, 2015

Sensational Sunday Inspirations

Good Morning Stampers!

Welcome to the Loves Rubberstamps weekly Sensational Sunday Blog Hop! The Design Team has created some gorgeous projects for your Inspiration. Check out each link and leave a comment. If you get lost along the way, each stop will have a full list of links. One of the Design Team posts is the hop's Sensational Sunday Sweet Spot and a name will be drawn from that list of comments to be in a monthly drawing for a $20 Loves Rubberstamps Gift Voucher! We will draw the winner of the Voucher the 1st Sunday of each month from all the comments left on the design team blogs! Remember, you have until 8:00 pm CST Saturday to leave your comments!

How is your weekend going? My Friday was spent doing the business taxes for both my business and my husbands. Talk about a not fun day that was! LOL! I think I put off doing them longer and longer every year :( 

So after my mentally exhausting day I actually took a mini me break, spent some time in my craft studio and made a project to share with you today! I know....it has been a looooonnnng while!

I have been intrigued by a project I came across called the Documented Life Project. This is where you combine an art journal with a planner. Each week they give you a prompt and you are supposed to use it as inspiration for your page. Well I didn't get to start at the beginning of the year so I have been more of a lurker and following how others interpret the prompts and what they create. It is really interesting. 

I have been fascinated by art journals for a long time, I spend many (way too many!) hours on youtube watching tutorials on art journal pages. Trying to learn tips, tricks and must have products to try and make myself feel comfortable to try it out. It is intimidating but today I decided to just jump in! 

I didn't have a particular prompt from The Documented Life in mind when I made this but I knew for sure I wanted to use the planner/art journal style for my page. They did feature a prompt of 5 Layers which this would fit under - Tissues Paper, Gesso, Distress Stain & Ink, Patterned Paper & Stamped Images. Now that I have started hopefully I will be able to do a page a week to stay up on this project! So here is what my page turned out like....


Now I LOVE how this turned out in the end but I have to say when I just had the background and hadn't got very far I didn't really like how it was looking and felt like I ruined my brand new journal by making a disaster. LOL! But I kept at it adding layers and colors and it really came together. Now I can't stop looking at it and can't believe that I made it - LOL!

I really love watching Vicky Papaioannou on You-Tube (She is AMAZING) and she does a great job with her tutorial videos. On one of her videos I watched she said that if you are not sure where to start, cover your pages with tissue paper and it becomes less intimidating. So that is what I did to get myself started. I used Tim Holtz's Melange Tissue and glued it down with Gel Medium. Then I put Faber-Castell Gesso on top and then used distress stains in the colors, Tumbled Glass, Mustard Seed and Spiced Marmalade. I sponged Walnut Stain and Black Soot around the edges.

The large tree branch is actually a winter tree from an old Tattered Angels set that I just used like a branch. I stamped it in Archival Ink and then filled it in with my Black Big Brush Pen. Then I used a Turquoise color Big Brush Pen to outline the branches. (LOVE LOVE LOVE these pens!)

That stunning bird is from the DoveArt Studio collection. I think it is so beautiful! I colored it with copics and then cut it out, popping it up on dimensionals. I added some little pink flower punchies from a Stampin' Up punch to the tree branches to try and tie in with the flowers in the bird stamp. 
The believe stamp is from a Katy Sue Designs Wishes & Vines set from Flower Soft. I created the sentiment from the computer. One thing I learned is that if you create a sentiment with your computer...don't attempt gel medium on the top...it will be smeary (can you see on the A BIRD part) That is how you learn I guess! 

The stamp image on my border is from the Tattered Angels Architectural Trims set. I also added some whipped spackle through a Crafter's Workshop Stencil called Well Rounded. It has a variety of texture style patterns on it. I did notice that the whipped spackle almost soaked up some of the ink from my page and kind of colored itself. I am not sure if it is supposed to do that or if I should have sealed something or what ...but I like how it turned out so it is all good :)

I should say that the journal I am using is the small 5"x8" Dylusions Creative Journal. It is a great size I think for this style of art journal/planner and since I plan on using a lot of stamped images it seems like a great size for that. Plus it is WAY less intimidating then the large one since I am a beginner! LOL! 

Here is a close up of that gorgeous bird on a branch image...


Also... I wanted to share a few pictures I snapped of a Male House Finch who was singing his little heart out in our tree the other day :) I have waited all Winter to see some birds so I could try my new camera on some bird shots - LOL! 






Now let's hop along and see what the Design Team ladies have in store for you...

Laura - Loves Rubberstamps Blog - You are here...
Thanks for stopping by!
Laura!

Other Supplies Used on My Project:
Tattered Angels - Chillin'
Katy Sue Designs Silhouette Stamps - Wishes & Vines
Tim Holtz Distress Stain - Tumbled Glass, Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade (will be in the store soon!)
Crafter's Workshop 6"x6" Stencil  - Well Rounded (will be in the store soon)
Big Brush Pens - Used the Black, Brown & Turquoise Colors
Tim Holtz Melange Tissue (will be in the store soon)
Stampin Up Flower Trio Punch


I will be entering this in the following challenges:
Sassy Studio Designs - Anything Goes
Scrap & Craft - Flowers
Addicted to Stamps & More - Anything Goes
Scrapper's Delights - Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes
Deep Ocean Challenge - Vintage
Shopping Our Stash - I Made This
Crafting From the Heart - Anything Goes #51
Love To Scrap - Anything Goes
Brown Sugar Challenge - Anything Goes





Saturday, March 21, 2015

Happy Birthday card!

Happy Saturday Friends!  I have another birthday card to share for today's inspiration.

and here it is...


Wow, this month has been full of birthdays and I have even more to come before the month is over!  I am actually celebrating a good friend's birthday tonight so I wanted to make her a fun and festive card!  Since The Greeting Farm has so many adorable birthday images, I decided to get this cutie out!  This image is called Double Cupcake Anya and she's just too sweet with her two cupcakes!  I colored her up with my copics and then added some Wink of Stella as well as some glossy accents to parts of her outfit and cupcakes.  The fun papers I used are from my favorite Doodlebug Design and this collection is called "Fruitstand".  The bright colors and fun backgrounds are always perfect for a celebration! To finish off my card, I added some flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts, some ribbon and sequins.  As you can tell, I just had to add a little bit of everything! :)

Here is the full supply list for my card:
Double Cupcake Anya - The Greeting Farm
Fruit Stand - Doodlebug Design
Black Tuxedo - Memento Ink
Spun Sugar - Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Wink of Stella - Coming soon!

Make sure to check out the Loves Rubberstamps store to see all of the cute birthday images from The Greeting Farm

Have a wonderful weekend and see you next week!

Hugs,
Marcy

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Aries Tilda


Welcome to a new day of inspiration. I have been sharing some of my Magnolia cards a lot lately. I felt so bad having these pretty images just sitting there waiting to be colored. 


She is colored with copics to match some My Mind's Eye papers and embellished with Wild Orchid Craft's flowers. 



Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you get to come back again!

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Monday, March 16, 2015

Fire Fly


Hi Friends and Stampers,

It's my Day to show you some Inspiration.  For today, I have decided to bug you, lol.


Echo Park 6X6 (scoot)

OMGosh I love this Mason Jar Set. I cut out the Jar once in the star paper and then again in window sheets.  I glued the fire flies on the star paper and then placed the window sheet cut out over it.  Then I added the lid that I cut out from a shiny silver paper.  I used the label cut out and stamped the label on.  Then just added the strip of paper and a lone fire fly and some sequins. 

Look at all the possibilities here:

DIE-NAMICS MASON JAR DIE SET from My Favorite Things MFT Stamps

Jar full of hearts, gumballs, bugs, the sky is the limit.  Initially I wanted to make a shaker card, but I don't have clear thick strips for the window sheet.....which I have to find now! lol.  

I hope that you have been inspired today and that you play along with us over at the Loves Rubberstamps Challenge Blog.  Oh and be sure to check out the New Items in the Store! 

Thanks for checking in on me, 

Holly

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Sensational Sunday Inspirations

Good Morning Stampers!

Welcome to the Loves Rubberstamps weekly Sensational Sunday Blog Hop! The Design Team has created some gorgeous projects for your Inspiration. Check out each link and leave a comment. If you get lost along the way, each stop will have a full list of links. One of the Design Team posts is the hop's Sensational Sunday Sweet Spot and a name will be drawn from that list of comments to be in a monthly drawing for a $20 Loves Rubberstamps Gift Voucher! We will draw the winner of the Voucher the 1st Sunday of each month from all the comments left on the design team blogs! Remember, you have until 8:00 pm CST Saturday to leave your comments!

This has been a busy week here for me. My sister Leah flew in from Florida to visit with my Grandma. The only day I was able to spend with her while she was here was on Thursday. She flew back yesterday already. It was a short but nice visit.

Grandma had Dr. Appts on Friday which is an entire day event. We were talking about her physical therapy and possibly her needing to go to a skilled care facility in order to improve. She doesn't always like doing the exercises like she is supposed to. So we talked about some options and the different nursing homes that would be options. 

Tonight I work a 12 hour shift - 7pm - 7am and I plan on spending the day before work getting orders packed and dropped off at the post office on my way to work. I am hoping once I get the orders out to get some crafty time tomorrow to join in our new challenge on Tuesday but we will have to see! Cross your fingers for me :)

Today I have a blast from the past from Lydia...


I think this is adora-bull! LOL! This cutie is a stamp set from SugarPea Designs. I will be adding more of these stamps to the store. They are listed as Preorder right now but our first order will be coming in this week so we will have some in stock. We will them be placing orders every two weeks for the preorders. I love how Lydia colored this with her copics and check out the groud! LOVE that look and the texture it creates. 

The background Lydia simply used Distress Ink in Festive Berries and then added some water splashes! What a quick and easy way to create a really cool looking background. LOVE it!

Here are the items Lydia used on her card:
Sugar Pea Designs- Hug-A-Bull 

Now let's hop along and see what the Design Team ladies have in store for you...

Laura - Loves Rubberstamps Blog - You are here...
Thanks for stopping by!
Laura!