Friday, July 3, 2015

Letting Go

Hey I'm still alive! Yes! I've been working on a lot of things lately, and wanted to share an art journal spread with you. It's the first video I've done in quite some time! (I'm a wee bit excited, too!)

I've been chatting with a bunch of friends, and they tell me art journaling is intimidating. For some reason, everyone has this idea that you have to invest a lot of money for 'fancy' supplies that you have no idea how to use. I decided to help my peeps out and give you doable projects each month with a supply list.

Would you like that? I'll sweeten the deal. What if I give you a video using that supply list? A video that shows you a project from start to finish. Would you be interested?

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I get all excited just thinking about it! So, here's the first project! SQUEEE! Do you love it? I had so much fun making this, and I got a video that shows you how I made it. At the end of this post, I listed everything I used. At first glance, it looks like a lot, but if you're a stamper, you likely have most of these supplies anyway. The quote reads "There is victory in letting go of expectations."

I'm always in favor of something that allows me to play more with toys I already have. Who needs all those unitaskers? I want mileage out of my money!

Let me know what you think. Would you be likely to give it a try? Does it look fun? Are you ready to grow your inner artist? Want something to keep the kids busy this summer? Jump in! Let's play!

Please note: The audio for this video came out very softly. Please turn up the audio on the player and on your machine. This is my first video with my computer, so I'm learning! Thanks so much for your understanding!

Other ingredients: Dylusions Mixed Media Journal (small size); Gesso; Embossing paste, Mod Podge, Mama Elephant stamps (bunny and umbrella), Copic and Pitt pens, stencils.

Other recommendations: If you prefer to work on flat pages, buy a Canson mixed media pad, remove the spiral binding or tear the page from the pad to work individually. You can rebind them later when you have several pages completed.

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Rainy Days at the Beach

Hello dear friends!

It's my week to host the Mix-Abilities challenge. This time, I picked a new technique to try. It's a variation on other things, but with all this rain from Tropical Storm Bill (and previous storms) I needed a mental break. The beach is calling me!

I placed a number of small stones collected from my travels on a piece of Mixed Media paper made by Canson. I really loved the texture this stone spray imparted. It feels just like granules of sand. 

After removing the stones, you have cool little empty spaces. I'm going to try this again with a different color of base cardstock. I added some vellum with iridescent flecks. I stamped the anchor and the sentiment with Archival ink using the Guy Greetings stamp set (SU!). I added some bakers twine and copper eyelets to secure the vellum.

I just got back from the most AWESOME stampers retreat. Lydia of Understand Blue hosted 20 or so of us at a ranch outside of Austin for a weekend. We had so much fun! You really should keep an eye out for the next one. Remember, what happens on retreat stays...

Ta for now!


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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Light It Up Blue!

Hello friends! It's been ages since I blogged, but when I heard about this hop I just had to join. I am on the autism spectrum, but we didn't know until I was well into adulthood. I am continually amazed at these beautiful people who bring so much light to our world. So LIGHT IT UP BLUE!

People on the autism spectrum love to celebrate accomplishments. I wanted to share in someone's joy, so these cards will be shared with a local autism home for them to use.

Butterflies in blue - I just love all the diversity of textures in this project. A little ribbon, a little paper clip, embossed grids and a sponged-through stencil.

I love using my Copic markers to color. The activity calms me and makes a little nest of finished images to go to when I need something in a pinch.

I'm very grateful for the people who help me every day. Sometimes it's inclusion in an activity, and sometimes it's understanding when I cannot go and do at the last moment.

I hope you have a wonderful time on this hop, and THANK YOU for joining us! You can go back to the beginning of the hop at this link.

Ta for now,


Friday, September 19, 2014

Get Well Bunneh

Hey there - Splitcoast Stampers (SCS) has a new platinum company with the cutest images. I LOVE THEM. Lili Of The Valley, from England, has a stellar line of products, and best of all, they ship WORLDWIDE for FREE. Yes! Love love love!

This week's Mix-Abilities challenge on SCS was brought to us by Birgit (Biggan), and she asked that we make faux marble paper to go with our projects this week. I thought I'd step it out for you, so here we go:

I started with rich colors and added shadows. I worked with them a bit to get nice deep shading, and to add a few features to the bunneh. You can do this for almost any image, if you haven't thought of that. It's really a nice trick!

I used a mask over the image then stamped 2 very old Stampin Up background images for the bedspread and wall. I wanted them to be similar for a cohesive feel. In the first image, there were no folds and dimples on the bedspread or pillow. I chose where they might be to make it feel like the bunneh was sitting into the bed rather than just on it. I added glossy accents to the carrot juice bottle, some Gelly Roll clear star to the spoon, and dots of white on the grapes and bottle to add dimension.

I sprayed watercolor paper (Master's Touch cold press, 140 lb) with water, then with several colors of Dylusions spray to complement my colored image. I love how it pools and spreads leaving feathered edges and puddles. Love!

Now, 140 lb watercolor paper is heavy. The technique (faux marble) requires wrinkles, but it isn't easy to get wrinkles with heavy paper. So... I peeled it apart. Many papers are laid or layered, and if you're careful and have a little patience, you can tease them apart.

Even so, I did manage to get a few little rips and tears in it. That's actually going to work in my favor because real marble has lots of defects.

 You can click on any image to see it larger.

Here it is all wrinkled up. I love this step because I can take out all my frustrations on it. Hahahaha!

I gently applied distress ink direct from the pad over the wrinkles. You only want to hit the peaks, but it's not the end of the world if you get a little in the valleys.

I went over it, just as gently, with a damp wipe. I wanted to soften the harshness of the ink just a little.

Just because every piece of marble I've fallen in love with has veins of many colors in it, I felt like this was crying out for a little white here and there. Now, Dylusions will seep into your white ink because it's a very friendly product - just like Dyan Revealey herself! In between the Distress ink and the white Memories ink, I sprayed a very light coat of clear spray. I wanted to see the white.

Another thing I love about marble are the specks all through it. I used Dylusions and some well-watered down white acrylic paint to add splatters all over the piece. I love doing this. If you get too much in one place or a big glob, you can lift it right off with a paper towel. Isn't that fun?

I put them all together for the finished card. This card is for a dear friend of mine who is recovering from knee replacement surgery. I'm sure it will lift her spirits!

That's it for me today. You should go check out Lili Of The Valley and the Mix-Abilities challenge on SCS. We have a great time exploring mixed media, and even our mistakes teach us lessons. Hope to see you there!

Ta for now,
Welcome to the Bunny Nest! I host rescued animals in a small in-home setting. Currently, I host 3 bunnies and 2 kitties. These animals will be socialized and housed for the entirety of their lives in my home. They inspire my crafts, and I use any proceeds to pay for their needs. Thanks for visiting!