Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Another fabulous year ahead with Graphic 45!

I'm so thrilled and honored to be asked to stay on as a Special Projects Designer with Graphic 45 another year! I've done dual-duty the past two years as a Design Team member and Special Projects Designer, but now that my DT term is up, my focus will be designing projects for classes which Graphic 45 will teach around the globe, and then classes I will teach here in Florida as well.

Gloria Stengel is also returning as a Special Projects Designer, and has been with Graphic 45 for quite some time. Her work is fabulous. I've been admiring her for years!

Today we are both featured on the Graphic 45 blog as they have been introducing the new Design Team, Ambassadors and Special Projects Designers. We each have fun little bios for you to read, and then I have two never-before-seen projects to share with you there. And each one has a video, so be sure to hop over there and check 'em out. I'd be so pleased if you did.

Thanks always to YOU all for your encouragement, well-wishes, support and shared love of all things Graphic 45. It's gonna be another great year of creating!

Here's a peek at those two new projects...




Thanks for stopping in today! Have a fabulous day!!


Monday, June 29, 2015

Spellbinders Partner Blog Hop

Good Monday morning, all. I hope you had a fabulous weekend. I had a blast at Stamp Fest in Lakeland, Florida, as many of you probably saw from my Instagram, Twitter and Facebook posts.

Today, as promised, I'm sharing my project for the Spellbinders Partner Blog Hop representing Graphic 45. I created a fun mini album and gift box to hold it. I used the Home Sweet Home collection and some fun Spellbinders dies.




Here's a quick look, but make sure you go to the Graphic 45 blog and see LOTS more photos and my YouTube video tutorial. Also, fellow Special Projects Designer Gloria Stengel has a wonderful paper bag mini album using Raining Cats & Dogs. You won't want to miss these projects!

For this hop, there will be three daily winners and one Grand Prize winner. Daily winners will receive featured products from each of the partnering companies on that day. Here's the line-up once again, below. You can get access to the links to each of these companies by visiting the Spellbinders blog today, Tuesday and Wednesday. Good luck and happy crafting!


Monday, June 29th 
Graphic 45
Basic Grey
Avery Elle
Want2Scrap

Tuesday, June 30
DecoArts
May Arts
Xyron
Chameleon

Wednesday, July 1
Canvas Corp
Stampendous
Scrapbook Adhesives


DCWV 

Friday, June 26, 2015

Spellbinders/Graphic 45 Blog Hop Coming!



Hey everyone! Here's a sneaky peek at what's coming Monday. It's the official start of the Spellbinders Partner Hop, and Graphic 45 will be among the featured partners! 
Here's a breakdown of the three days you won't want to miss:

Monday, June 29th 
Graphic 45
Basic Grey
Avery Elle
Want2Scrap

Tuesday, June 30
DecoArts
May Arts
Xyron
Chameleon

Wednesday, July 1
Canvas Corp
Stampendous
Scrapbook Adhesives
DCWV 


Now that's some great fun to start your week! Each day, two designers from each partner will share their creations and inspiration with you. Check out all the details on the Graphic 45 blog Monday June 29th to find out how your can enter to win not only the partners' give-aways, but the cute little Sapphire cutting system! I got mine last week and I love that little thing.


I'll have my project and YouTube tutorial to go along with it, so be sure to come back on Monday to check this out!


Saturday, June 20, 2015

Compendium of Curiosities #31 - Layering Stencil-Paint Resist


Hello and Happy Saturday, All. It's been a busy week around here getting our teenager ready for Pre-College at Ringling College of Art & Design. She'll be away for 4 whole weeks and she's sure to have the time of her life. We take her on Sunday and we still have so much to do, so this post will be short and sweet. So let's get right to another Compendium of Curiosities Challenge!

The Compendium of Curiosities III Challenge is hosted by our lovely hostess Linda Ledbetter on her blog. Each challenge comes from the wonderful book "A Compendium of Curiosities Vol. III" featuring amazing products and techniques by non-other than Tim Holtz. This week's challenge can be found on page 47 in the book and is called "Layering Stencil - Paint Resist."

Join us with your creation based on the featured technique and your project could win you an awesome prize pack from Tim and Mario and you also have a chance to win the random draw from our generous sponsor this time: Inspiration Emporium. All the details, rules and links are at the end of my post so be sure to keep reading all the way through.

With Father's Day coming, I thought of what a great dad Paul is, and how he deserves a little something handmade, so I made him a fun tag. (just in case above-mentioned teenager forgets to do something.)


Here's a look...



I did the technique on Ranger's Mixed Media cardstock. 



Then kept on going with more layers.



Then some stamping.


Then attached it to a Kraft Core tag and added some embellishing.



And the finishing touches.


Sorry I didn't go into many details. But you can be sure to find all the stencils, Distress inks, Idea-ology findings, and Sizzix dies at Inspiration Emporium. Just search under Tim Holtz, of course. Thanks for stopping in today. Have a fabulous Father's Day weekend!


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Do you have the fabulous Compendium of Curiosities Vol. III book by Tim Holtz? (the master of all things vintage and distressed.) If not, you can find one at your local craft store, scrapbook store, or you can get a signed copy by Tim himself by going here. 

You can find all the CC3 Challenge details and FAQs here.  The lovely Linda Ledbetter is our hostess of this fun series of challenges, and all you have to do to participate is create your project, and upload to her site. Be sure, though, to read through all the FAQs so you're eligible to win...

We're working our way through this fantastic book of techniques and tips, and challenging you to join in the fun. This round's challenge is sponsored by the great folks at Inspiration Emporium who have a fabulous gift voucher to give away to one lucky random winner. Also, the Curiosity Crew's Choice scores a giant prize pack of goodies straight from Tim and Mario!

And don't forget, you can find many of these great products I've used today at Inspiration Emporium's online store


Tuesday, June 9, 2015

12 Tags of 2015 - My June Art Journal Pages

The more I create art journal pages, the more comfortable I get, and the more fun I have. Thanks to those of you who visit often and have left me encouraging comments on my art journal blog posts. Sometimes it's hard to expose myself this way, because art is personal and what makes me happy might make others cringe. But more and more, I'm stepping out of that fear and it's all thanks to you. So thank you again for your encouragement. It means the world to me.

As many of you already know, I'm participating in Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of 2015 in the form of art journal pages. This month, Tim created this awesome coffee tag with a great plaid background technique...

So much great texture and embellishment!


Since I'm doing art journal pages, the embellishments get sacrificed, but that's what challenges me and makes it really fun. Gotta keep my pages fairly flat, so I'm always looking for ways to work around it and still do the techniques justice.



Here are my June pages. I used the small Dylusions art journal and made some color changes.



Since I knew I was going with shades of blue for my background, I spritzed Iced Spruce Distress Stain as a base. I don't yet have the Custom Blend pad and don't do re-inkers (a story for another time) so I simply stenciled three different colors through the Stripes stencil. Peacock Feathers, Mermaid Lagoon, and Faded Jeans. I love Tim's technique though, so be sure to check it out.



Rather than a full plaid effect for my background, I made mine more random, moving the stencil around the pages. Then I stenciled the Chevron with Mown Lawn across the top.



Then stamped the hearts from the Watercolor stamp set using Red Geranium archival ink.



Next I stenciled the Splatters with Walnut Stain Distress ink, and inked around the edges of the pages.


From the Grunge Cirque stamp set, I stamped images with Black archival ink. These are placed strategically for the cut-apart pieces coming up next.



Onto Ranger's Mixed Media Cardstock, I stamped, colored and cut out the images you see here. The butterflies are from the Watercolor set, and the coffee stuff is from Fresh Brewed Blueprint. And of course, I used lots of Distress Markers to color them in. The cup with the clear lid and straw has a frosty look to it. This was achieved by first coloring with markers, then going over the clear lid area with the Picket Fence Distress Marker. Pretty cool. (Get it?)


I got so carried away with my process, I stopped taking photos and finished my pages. But really, it's just some gluing and then a bit more stamping in areas as needed.

Here's another look...

I added some punched hearts and words and then sealed my pages with a spray of Workable Fixative. I use this just in case I want to add anything more later.


Well, thanks for stopping in. I hope you enjoyed the process. Now hop over to Tim's blog and check out all the other creations submitted based on the June tag. 



Saturday, June 6, 2015

Compendium of Curiosities 30 - Faux Cracked Glass


Hello and Happy Saturday! It's another Compendium of Curiosities Challenge. And this one is sure to amaze if you've never tried it before.

The Compendium of Curiosities III Challenge is hosted by our lovely hostess Linda Ledbetter on her blog. Each challenge comes from the wonderful book "A Compendium of Curiosities Vol. III" featuring amazing products and techniques by non-other than Tim Holtz.

Join us with your creation based on the featured technique and your project could win you an awesome prize pack from Tim and Mario and you also have a chance to win the random draw from our generous sponsor this time: The Funkie Junkie Boutique. All the details, rules and links are at the end of my post so be sure to keep reading all the way through.

Okay, back to the challenge. It's called Faux Cracked Glass and can be found on page 54 in the book.


I was strolling the clearance aisle of Hobby Lobby last week, looking for an interesting glass piece I could use for the challenge and came across this little cutie marked down to $8 from $25 and snatched it up. It's about 6 inches high. A lady shopping the same aisle said she bought one last week and put a cupcake inside and gave it to a friend for her birthday. What a sweet idea. So that sealed the deal and off to the check-out I went.


I painted the wooden base with two coats of Fossilized Amber Distress Paint, then performed the Faux Cracked Glass technique on the glass portion. I used Cloudy Blue, Butterscotch and Mushroom alcohol inks to colorize.



I grabbed some Kraft core cardstock and my Sizzix Tiny Tattered Florals dies and started cutting various flowers. Boy, some of these are really tiny when assembled and very cute!



After assembling all the flowers, I tied a piece of this beautiful May Arts ribbon around the top of the glass dome and tied it into a fluffy bow. It's wired which is nice for shaping.



I adhered my flowers to my glass dome using hot glue. See the darker red ones? Those are Tim Holtz's new Heirloom Roses I painted with a combination of Distress Paints. They are tiny white resin flowers that can be colored with paints or alcohol inks. This is the first time I've used them.



The little bird crackled so nicely, didn't she? She's colored with Cloudy Blue and I touched her beak and parts of her tail feathers with a bit of the Butterscotch.



I distressed the painted base with some Vintage Photo Distress Paint and added the black grosgrain ribbon around it to tie in with the black check edging on the top ribbon. I'm not sure if a cupcake will go inside the dome topper, but I sure like the idea of putting some kind of sweet gift in there for someone special. 

This project was so simple and fun and the Faux Cracked Glass technique is so impressive, you've just got to try it. Join us, won't you? Here are all the details below.


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Do you have the fabulous Compendium of Curiosities Vol. III book by Tim Holtz? (the master of all things vintage and distressed.) If not, you can find one at your local craft store, scrapbook store, or you can get a signed copy by Tim himself by going here. 

You can find all the CC3 Challenge details and FAQs here.  The lovely Linda Ledbetter is our hostess of this fun series of challenges, and all you have to do to participate is create your project, and upload to her site. Be sure, though, to read through all the FAQs so you're eligible to win...

We're working our way through this fantastic book of techniques and tips, and challenging you to join in the fun. This round's challenge is sponsored by the great folks at The Funkie Junkie Boutique who have a fabulous gift voucher to give away to one lucky random winner. Also, the Curiosity Crew's Choice scores a giant prize pack of goodies straight from Tim and Mario!


Sunday, May 31, 2015

12 Tags of 2015 - My May Art Journal Pages

Procrastination is my thing. Here I am sliding in at the last minute with my art journal pages inspired by Tim Holtz and his 12 Tags of 2015. I honestly didn't realize we were at the end of the month already. Time is just flying by!

As Tim creates his awesome tags each month, I then push myself to use his techniques and theme toward art journal pages. Sometimes it transfers easily, other times it gets a bit tricky. This month was indeed a tricky one.

Take a look at Tim's fabulous tag...


Burlap, 3-D flowers, metal embellishments, ribbon... God bless him, it's a gorgeous tag, but these are things I just can't do on a journal page, so I really have to stretch my creative process to get it to work for me. I tried not to stress...


I forged ahead and created these pages in my journal. I still can't decide if it's a hot mess or if I like it. I try not to judge myself. And this is sometimes why people have a hard time with art journaling. But you know what? I had such a great time making these pages, I don't even care if they are amazing or perfect. And that's what it should be about more than anything, right?


If you're interested in how I created these pages, read on and I'll take you through my humble process.


The pages started with a spritz of Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain Distress Stains which I spread in strokes with a paper towel, first vertically then horizontally. Once dry, I stenciled the Burlap stencil with Potting Soil archival ink, moving the stencil around until both pages were filled.



Texture paste was then applied through the Blossom stencil across the top.



This sat for about a half four to dry while I worked on other parts.



Once it was completely dry, I colored the textured areas with Distress Markers. Mostly with Worn Lipstick, then several of the other newest colors: Fossilized Amber, Abandoned Coral, Twisted Citron, and Cracked Pistachio.



From the Emporium Ephemera Pack, I pulled this image of birds which is black and white and colored it in with Distress Markers. Some of which I employed the water brush to tone down the color.



I applied Antique Linen Distress Ink over the entire surface and then inked the outer edges with Gathered Twigs.



I pulled more pieces of ephemera from the pack and did the same. I LOVE this pack!



Okay, this is the step that will likely freak you out. I dabbed blobs of Distress Paint onto a full sheet of Ranger's Mixed Media Cardstock. Again new colors: Twisted Citron, Fossilized Amber, Mermaid Lagoon, and Abandoned Coral.



Then I spritzed the sheet generously with water and dabbed the color with a baby wipe. This idea is based on something I learned from Ranger Designer Dina Wakley. She taught us that while it might not appear to be much at this point, once you die cut smaller pieces from it, something really cool happens...



I cut a 2 1/4 inch wide strip and ran it through the Tattered Floral Garland die. See what I mean? Pretty cool. 


After inking the edges of the leaves and flowers I selected for my pages with Gathered Twigs, I began layering all my elements onto my pages.



I adhered everything with Glue & Seal and also spread some over the texture paste flowers and leaves. This gave a slight sheen and blend to them. I added some Big Chat stickers and ruler ribbon, then stamped some random stitching to simulate Tim's actual sewn stitches.



The only bulky item is the single vintage button in the middle of the flower on my left hand page.



While I'm no art journaling expert, I enjoy it tremendously. And if I had one tip for you, it's to remember to have some elements go off your pages' edges like this flower and several other elements on my pages. People tend to want to keep everything within the pages, but there is more visual interest and beauty when you go beyond the edges.


Thanks so much for stopping by. Now, I'd love to know from you...

Hot Mess

or 

Pretty Pages?


An ABC Primer Interactive Display

I don't know about you, but I just love that Graphic 45 has been bringing back some old favorites. As I've probably mentioned before, they are called Deluxe Collector's Editions and one of the most recent ones is An ABC Primer. A true favorite for those, like me, who love the vintage school themed imagery and colors.

I'm featured on the Graphic 45 blog this fine Sunday with my altered ATC book box, which I transformed into a fun interactive display. Wouldn't this be fun to hang on a child's bedroom wall or playroom? There are flashcards in the drawer, a mini envelope with alphabet pieces, and much more. I hope you take a moment to check it out.

Here's a peek at the project below, but be sure to hop over to the Graphic 45 blog for more close-ups, details and the supply list. While you're there, you're sure to love Keri Sallee's envelope mini album also made with An ABC Primer. It's amazing!

Thanks and enjoy your Sunday!