Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Butterfly Tag

I follow Tim Holz 12 Tags of 2015 and love to see what he comes up with every month. His March tag is one of my favorites because I LOVE bright colors and I LOVE butterflies.  Check out his tutorial on his blog.


Beautiful, right?

I happen to have a large butterfly stamp from Stampin' Up! that is perfect for this project so I figured I would make my own March tag. I used a different stencil for the gold and added the 3 for the third month, March. Here is my butterfly tag:


Here are some closeups where you can see the colors better:


Ranger #10 Manila Tags
Distress Paints:  Mustard Seed, Ripe Persimmon, Picked Raspberry, Seedless Preserves, Mowed Lawn, Peacock Feathers
Crackle Stencil by Stencil Girl
Ranger Texture Paste:  Transparent Matte
Gold Embossing Powder
VersaFine Black Pigment Ink
Clear Embossing Powder
Stampin' Up! Swallowtail Stamp
Background Script Stamp

I love the technique that Tim Holtz uses to create many of his backgrounds, including this month's tag. Here's a quick description of the technique:  Place about a nickle size of each paint color on a craft sheet and spritz with water. Drag your tag through it once or twice, careful to not repeat to many times or you will get mud!  Spritz the tag with paint to blend the colors then dry with a heat gun. 

I had such fun with this technique that I grabbed a bunch of smaller tags and kept going!  Here they are:


I think that last one is my favorite!  Have you made a March tag this month? Or tried a new technique lately?  I'd love to hear about it so leave me comments below!  


Sunday, February 22, 2015

Art Anthology Dream Team!

I am proud to announce that I was chosen to join the Art Anthology Design Team! Click here to see the announcement on their blog: Art Anthology Blog. Out of the three companies I've applied to, I am so glad that I got this one because they make the most incredible paints and sprays. I've been using a limited supply of their products for the past few months and they are really cool and different. I throw paint on almost everything I make these days and many scrapbook companies haven't embraced mixed media yet.  I think I fit in really well with the style that Art Anthology is projecting.  My first post on their blog is scheduled for March 9th.  I will be receiving an obscene amount of product soon and can't wait to start playing!

Thanks for visiting! 

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Gilding Flakes And A Secret

Whenever I create a project for Scrap n' Art magazine, I have to wait two months to share it anywhere else.  So here are some projects I could not share till now.

I used watercolor paper and lots of  Dylusions Crushed Grape spray with the Starry Night Stencil Girl stencil. On the chipboard and wood stars, I used IndigoBlu Mega Flake gilding flakes to add the sparkle.  I layered the photo with some Gelli Arts gelli prints that I already had, then used a star edge punch that didn't much like that thick watercolor paper.  Those punches came out really messy!!  I went with the "mess" and I really love how this one turned out!  Note:  My son HATES his picture taken and I really had to bribe him to get this one!!  So don't tell him about this blog post!!!!

Stars Detail

Stars Detail

Be Fearless started out as a fun journal page that needed something.  How about some of those IndigoBlu gilding flakes!!  So I applied the gilding glue through a Crafter's Workship circle stencil then applied the flakes.  Check out my IndigoBlu Mega-Flake tutorial this month in Scrap n' Art magazine.  

"Be Fearless" Before Gilding Flakes

"Be Fearless" After Gilding Flakes
I used the Stencil Girl Uplifting Words stencil to bring out some of the words with a black pen, then added the quote on the left page. The sparkle took this page to the next level!

Hope you enjoyed my projects!  I would love to read your comment below, so don't be shy!!!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Inspiration Wednesday # 2

Here is my second Inspiration Wednesday journal entry and I'd like to name it, "Hot Mess!"  I am not a big fan of collage, at least when I try to create one!  Knowing this isn't my forte' I tried to keep the collage elements across a horizon line to contain it a bit.

I used ephemera, a clothing tag, old pictures, rub-ons, stencils and molding paste, inks, and paints with glazing fluid added.  Not really sure I am loving this one, but the whole idea is to try it and learn from it. Next time I do collage, I will keep it more simple. I wanted to use a blue and gray color palette, but it needed brightening up so I added a bit of transparent yellow.  What do you think?  Leave a comment below.  Thanks for visiting my blog!.  

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Inspiration Wednesday Week 1

I recently joined the online "Inspiration Wednesday" class.  Every other Wednesday Donna Downey will do a video for members and work in her inspiration journal.  Click the following link for more info:

Here is the page that I created using inspiration from Donna's video:

In the video, Donna uses a number stencil for the date, but I had trouble because the numbers weren't in order and I kept smearing the molding paste.  So I used my Silhouette Cameo die cutting machine to cut out the date and the Eye of Horus image.  I used the negative of the die cut and it worked perfectly! Then we used more molding paste to make the word "artist" using old fashion stencil letters.  After letting all that molding paste dry, we used paint and glazing liquid to stain the pages.  I painted on turquoise paint and Golden's Glazing Liquid, waited a few minutes, then wiped it off with a baby wipe. I dried the pages, then added a second color, a mixture of bright green and green gold, using the same method.  After the paint was dry, I used archival ink and rubbed it over the surface to enhance the raised areas a bit more.

What is the Eye of Horus, you ask?  Well, it's kinda complicated, but in a nutshell The Eye of Horus is an ancient Egyptian symbol of protection, royal power and good health. Here is more information about it: 
I love the image and think of it as a symbol of protection, insight, and intuitiveness.  
I enjoyed this lesson and will definitely incorporate the techniques into future projects.  I'd love to hear what you think so leave a comment below!

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Whales, Bees, and Sky: January Sneak Peek for Scrap n' Art

Happy New Year Card
Wow!  I completed lots of projects for this issue!  Along with Christmas decorating, shopping, and traveling, December was a busy month.  I trust that you all had a happy and safe holiday season and I wish everyone a healthy and prosperous new year!

I worked with some amazing new products including 7 Dots Studio and Blue Fern Studios, both providing the design team with beautiful patterned paper and chipboard.  I used 7 Dots Studio, "Destination Unknown" paper collection, featuring beautiful celestial and sea designs in teal, black and light neutrals.  It is stunning!

Destination Unknown

I LOVE these beautiful tags!
This is a bit off-topic, but I LOVE whales!  Ever since I read an article in National Geographic magazine when I was little, I've loved them.  What appeals to me about them is their size combined with their intelligence and gentleness.  The Blue Whale (click on the link for an interesting interactive) is the largest creature on earth, at 100 feet long, is larger than a basketball court or 3 school buses in a row. It weighs 200 tons, or the equivalent of 15 school buses. I've never seen one in the wild, but it is on my bucket list. 

With that said, I created a simple canvas using the Destination Unknown patterned paper, paints and this cute chipboard whale that came in the collection.  I don't think he is a Blue Whale, but I used my artistic licence and painted him with shades of blue paint and added a bit of white. I think he is adorable!  The quote on the canvas reads: "You are a rare and beautiful creature and you fill my heart with wonder and joy."

Rare and Beautiful Canvas
I also created a scrapbook page using the celestial pattered paper that I painted with Viridian (color) paint by Art Anthology.  It is very transparent so the pattern shows through.  Check out my tutorial at Scrap n' Art here: Destinations Unknown with 7 Dots Studio.

Blue Fern Studios offers a huge variety of laser-cut chipboard in every conceivable shape you can think of! Their patterned paper is very heavy and beautiful subtle colors and patterns.   I used some hexagon/honeycomb chipboard and pattered paper for an artistic tag.  

Indigo Blu is a wonderful rubber stamp company based in England.  I used the Snow Queen stamp to create a winter themed canvas for the magazine.  I used a 10"x 10"canvas that I started in November for a project and I didn't like the results so I put it aside and picked it up in December, painted it over with gesso, and blue paint and started over.  I kept little bits of the bright orange color from the original canvas peeking through, which added depth to the finished project.  If you are in the States and want to purchase Indigo Blu stamps, check out Joann.com or Paperwishes.com 

So check out the January issue of Scrap n' Art magazine for more projects and tutorials.  Learn and be inspired.  Thanks for visiting! Leave me some words below, as long as they are nice!  

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Pantone Color of 2015 Revealed

Happy New Year everyone!  I have been busy creating for Scrap n' Art online magazine and since I have to wait 3 months to share any projects I do for them, so that's why I've been quite lately.

But with the new year, comes new resolutions, new words to motivate us, and a new color of the year from Pantone: Marsala. "A naturally robust and earthy wine red, Marsala enriches our minds, bodies and souls."

Now, I am not going to run out and paint my walls Marsala, but I may wear it on my fingernails or toes.  And I think I will incorporate it into my art work too.  What do you think of the 2015 color?