Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #16 - Photo Inspiration


It's time for another challenge over at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge Blog. This month we have an inspiration photo. We ask that you take some type of inspiration from the Inspiration Photo like the colors, shapes, textures, etc... and create a mixed media project.

Our guest designer is the amazing Julie Fei-Fan Balzer. Be sure to head on over to the MMMC Blog and check out the awesome art journal spread she made using our photo as her inspiration.

And our sponsor this month is Angela Magnuson, owner of Unity Stamp Company. Angela is a teacher at the new Brave Girls University and she is giving our lucky random winner a one month subscription to Brave Girls University!!!!!


For my project this month I was inspired by the colors and circles in the photo. I made an art journal page featuring the word "enjoy." If you look closely at the inspiration photo the bench on the bottom of the photo says "Enjoy!"

Here's how I did it. 

1. I started with a page that had some random paint on it.

2. I covered it with Tim Holtz Newsprint Tissue paper and Decoupage. 

3. Then, I added a thin coat of green paint (not quite as dark as the green on the wall in the photo)

4. After it dried, I used some yellow paint with a Crafter's Workshop Stencil.

5. Then I added some red paint circles with a stencil and I stamped with a light blue paint using a Dina Wakley round stamp.

6. Then I added some smaller blue circles using a Dina Wakley stencil and some greenish/yellow circles using a lid.

7. After adding the yellow/green circles, I thought they looked too much like the first small circles from my step, so I colored over the yellow with a green Stamper's Big Brush Pen. 

8. Next, I added some paint to some Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Glass Bead Glitter Gel. But, I wasn't ready to use it yet, so I put it in a little container. 

9. Finally, I covered some chipboard letters with the Glass Bead Glitter and adhered the letters to the journal page. 

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to visit and leave comments on all our designer's projects. We LOVE hearing from you!!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Christmas Card Challenges #39

It's time for this week's challenge over at Christmas Card Challenges. This week our Challenge theme is everybody's favorite again - "Anything Goes".  Get a head start on your Christmas cards and come join us this week. Thanks for stopping by!



For my card I used a paper pad from DCWV called Winter Blues and a stamp set from Unity Stamp Company called Holly Jolly Christmas. All the papers coordinate so I had fun mixing and matching them. I found a blue ink that was close in color and stamped the trees and the words on the bottom on the patterned papers. I wanted to keep it simple and monochromatic. I used Tim Holtz ribbon and dyed it with the ink pad I used to stamp the images - Blueberry from Papertrey Ink. 


Sunday, August 23, 2015

Christmas Card Challenges #38

It's time for this week's challenge over at Christmas Card Challenges. This week our Challenge theme is everybody's favorite - "Anything Goes".  Get a head start on your Christmas cards and come join us this week. Thanks for stopping by!



For my card I used papers from Papertrey Ink and all the images are from a stamp set by Darcie called "Let it Snow." Everything was stamped in Black Archival Ink. I colored his scarf with a Copic Marker.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Christmas Card Challenges #37

It's time for this week's challenge over at Christmas Card Challenges. This week our Challenge theme is a photo challenge.  Get a head start on your Christmas cards and come join us this week. Thanks for stopping by!


I was inspired by the white cookies to make a very white card. First, I die cut the Tim Holtz Snowman out of grunge board, then die cut the JOY word in the Snowman.  I covered the snowman with Tim Holtz Crackle paint to get a matte, textured finish. The scarf and flower on his hat are from Tim Holtz ribbons. To finish it off I added some lace from my stash to the top corner and some buttons to then bottom. 


Monday, August 10, 2015

Ellen Hutson Stamps and Dies

I was determined to use my Ellen Hutson stamps and dies that I ordered several months ago before the end of the summer.  With one week left of "freedom" I finally did.  I didn't have a challenge or anything specific in mind so I gave myself my own challenge.  I decided I wanted to use the Bokeh Dots stamp set to make different backgrounds and then I chose 3 colors I wanted to use for my cards. I used the Bokeh Dots stamps and Bold Blooms Stamps and matching dies.

The "thanks" die is from Lawn Fawn. On the first one I used some Prima wire trim. I had a lots of fun with these stamps and dies.  I love how these cards came out. Here's a link to all the Essentials by Ellen items. Thanks for stopping by!





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