Sunday, February 7, 2016

Christmas Card Challenges #10

It's time for another challenge over at Christmas Card Challenges. This week we have Photo Inspiration. It's time to start thinking about next year, so why not get started on next years cards now? I can't wait to see what you create.



I was inspired by the night sky in the picture and the reindeer.  I created my background using several colors of Distress Inks that I applied to the card with a foam blending tool. The reindeer is from a Darcies Stamp Set called Polar Express (he's supposed to be a little splotchy) and the sentiment is from Hero Arts. Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Mixed Media Monthly #21 - Glitter

It's time for a new challenge over at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #21 - Glitter. This month our theme is Glitter!! Our sponsor this month is the awesome online crafty retailer Frantic Stamper. They're offering a $25 gift certificate to our lucky random winner!! If you aren't familiar with Frantic Stamper you should check them out. They have a HUGE selection of papercrafting and mixed media supplies.

And, our entire Design Team was given some brand new colors of PaperArtsy Fresco paints by Leandra, the owner of Paperartsy, to use on our projects. We were so excited. Frantic Stamper is one of the few online retailers in the US/Canada who carry PaperArtsy products. Not familiar with PaperArtsy?? I first learned of PaperArtsy on my last trip to London when I went to Blade Rubber Stamps. I purchased some PaperArtsy JOFY rubber stamps and I was hooked! I was so happy to find their stamps and paints at Frantic Stamper. Frantic Stamper has a such a huge inventory and really fast shipping. I know because I shop there several times a year.
And now to my project. I decided to decorate my large Dylusions Art Journal.  I started out with using all my new PaperArtsy Fresco paints. These are the paints I received!! I already had several of these Fresco Paints. They are chalk paints, they dry really quickly and I love to use them!!


I put a coat of Faber Castell Gesso over my art journal that had a spray of Bubblegum Pink 
Dylusions ink spray on it so the Gesso made it the pink spread out. 


Then, I put a small amount of each paint on a piece of Cut-N-Dry foam and 
rubbed them randomly all over the cover to make a background. 


Next, I cut out a large heart from copy paper and put in on my art journal cover and 
traced it with a pencil. Then I used different colors of Archival Inks and several 
of my PaperArtsy stamp sets to stamp different shapes on the background.

Then I painted brush strokes out from the heart with Caribbean Sea paint and then on top 
of that with the brand new color Baltic Blue. When I finished I outlined 
the heart with the Caribbean Blue to add some definition.


I wasn't sure what to do next. I thought about some letters I had and decided the word ART would fit in the space. I painted the letters with the new color of Bubblegum Pink Fresco Paint and doodled around the edges of the heart and the letters with my Faber Castell Black Pitt Pen. Then I covered them with Faber Castell Glass Bead Glitter Gel. I just painted them while they were on the craft sheet. It's kind of hard to see how glittery the letters are in the photo, but they are really glittery!


Here is the final art journal cover. Hope you are inspired to make a fun glittery project. 
And, be sure to check out Frantic Stamper. All the new PaperArtsy products 
are there now and available to ship immediately!!


Sunday, January 31, 2016

Christmas Card Challenges #9

It's time for another challenge over at Christmas Card Challenges. This week we have some color inspiration. It's time to start thinking about next year, so why not get started on next years card while your Christmas products are still close at hand. I can't wait to see what you create.


I used a DCWV Christmas stack to create this card. I love to make cards using papers from the same stack and just using parts of the large 12x12 papers. I added the Ellen Hutson "Joy" die cut that I covered with brown Stickles and then I added some red and gold Stickles to the wreath just to make it look more polished. Adding some bling helps to finish off simple cards and make them look much more classy. Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, January 24, 2016

PaperArtsy Hearts Challenge

I made this Hearts painting on a wood block I found at a construction site. The hearts are from a PaperArtsy Stamp set by Emma Godfrey Set #13. I just loved these hearts. I created the background after watching a video by Leandra, the owner of PaperArtsy. They have tons of educational videos and I really love their Fresco Chalk paints and stamps. Here is a link to the PaperArtsy YouTube Channel. Here is the video I watched to make this background. I put the paint on the cut and dry foam and rubbed it on the piece of wood. Before doing this I covered the wood block with gesso and then Chalk Fresco paint.


 These are the paints I used to make the background.


I had done something else on this wood block that I ended up not liking so it has some texture and patterns in it that show through in the end.

When I was happy with the background, I stamped on the hearts. I had previously stamped the hearts on paper and cut them out to make masks for this process.



To paint the hearts, I used the Cherry Red paint mixed with some Chalk paint for the smaller hearts. I added some water to Amethyst paint to make it a little see through. I stamped the sentiment with Staz On Black Ink and cut it out. Since I only had room for three lines I had to add the last two words to the third line. After I cut out the sentiment I added black marker to the edges. I adhered the sentiment and sealed the wood block with a coat of DecoArt DecoPage when I was finished.  I just love this little wood block of hearts with an encouraging sentiment.

Christmas Card Challenges #8

It's time for another challenge over at Christmas Card Challenges. This week we have Photo Inspiration. It's time to start thinking about next year, so why not get started on next years cards now? I can't wait to see what you create.


I was inspired by the colors and the candy.  I created my background by stamping a large Hero Arts Background stamp with Versamark ink and then I brushed Perfect Pearls in the Perfect Pearl Color over it. It makes a subtle, yet shiny background and it's so easy. I used a Tim Holtz blueprint stamp that I stamped twice, once in Ranger Archival Aquamarine and once in Paptertrey, Ink Raspberry Fizz. The pink paper is also Raspberry Fizz. The blue was a scrap.  Thanks for stopping by!

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