Friday, January 31, 2014

Creative Jump Start

Hi everyone!  Well, I am so far behind watching videos for creative jump start...but I am trying.  I made this page the other day to showcase this super fun wrapping paper roll by Suze Weinberg.  Loved it!

That said the idea of hanging it in my house didn't quite do it for me.  While quite lovely, it reallly didn't suit my style.  Anyway, I decided to do it on a much smaller scale...attaching it to an art journal page.

Instead of a paper tube, I wrapped an old pencil (one that had already lost 1/2 its length.  lol  The background was made by adding some Lindy's Stamp Gang Magicals to my gelli plate and then misting with water.  I think it made kind of a cool background.  Just saying.  lol

As behind as I am, if you haven't started you are even more so.  Go, run, hurry!!!  Sign up now.  You will have access to the videos till much later this year.  Creative Jump Start

Oh, and one more thing.  The winner of the Prima Haul Video contest is....
Skyann Smith!  Skyann, I will send you an email to get the deets on where to send your package.  Thank you to everyone who played along.  Be sure to be on the lookout for another fun contest soon.


Thursday, January 30, 2014

More Prima ArtVenture Projects

Hi everyone!  Today I wanted to share with you more of the beautiful projects we made at the Prima ArtVenture event in Anaheim.  None of these projects are my original design, they were all project based classes that were taught at the event.

This first project was taught by Limor Weber.  So girly, pink, and lovely.  Using the new Prima papers, Lindy's Stamp Gang mists, and gorgeous Prima flowers.  Love it!  Right now it is living in my bedroom.
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Next up, a super fun journal featuring Jamie Dougherty's new Bloom Girl Collection.  We even got to use the journal that she created.  Each of the inside pages are prints of her original artwork.  How cool is that?
 We even got to use the new Color Bloom mists.
 Something about this is still bothering me...think I may turn the chevrons, I think that is the problem.  hmmm
 The final project I have to share is Steff Miller's.  How cute is the little doll?
This one was super hard for me as I really needed to be able to spread out to create...I actually ended up sitting out in the hallway with all my goodies around me so that I could see what I had.  Yep, I am that big of a goof.  
It is entirely possible that she get more flowers...she just doesn't seem done.

Well, there ya go...projects 4-6 from Prima Art'Venture.  If you missed it, be sure and check out the first three projects here.


Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Handmade Valentine - Pink Paislee and Sizzix

Hi everyone!  Today I want to share with you a new project I made using some of the gorgeous HopeChest Pink Paislee papers and a beautiful Sizzix die from the Your Memories Here store.
This sweet little set is just perfect for Valentine's Day.  I am going to fill the little cup with some yummy chocolates.
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The card was made with the Sizzix rosette die, lots of Stickles, and one of the Hope Chest Paper Goods Tags.
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The teacup was also made using a die from Sizzix, Hope Chest papers, stickles and some beautiful Prima flowers.
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Not sure which of my lovelies will be receiving this little set for Valentine's Day, but I am sure they will love it.  

Thanks for stopping by today.  Hugs.....

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Layout Love - The Sampler

Hi Everyone!  Remember a bit back I told you I managed to make bunches of fun things with my December kit from the Sampler?  Well....Here are two more layouts.
I really can't seem to stop with the different techniques on the background.  For this one I used bead medium.  So shiny when it hits the light, and such and interesting texture.
 I added in a bit of twine and some stamping to add interest.  And these photos of Mackenzie just crack me up.
 This photo of Brighton and Ainsley just makes me smile.  I am so happy my children are close.
A few (well, maybe more than a few) pop dots, some buttons and brads from my stash helped complete this page...which of course once again had a fun mottled background with the help of some ink and masks.

Hope you have a great day!



Monday, January 27, 2014

Gelli Plate

I started out the year so strong and now look at me...the month is not even up and I am terribly late today with a post.  lol  Blame it on my crazy weekend.  The boy was home from college so we spent lots of time hanging out, being a family...and we went to Cirque de Soleil.  I know...excuses.  lol

You may notice that I am working on a new blog design.  So hard...and all I do is tell my good friend Heather what to do...the poor thing just has to listen to me whine and complain about what I want it to look like.  Thank goodness she is such a good friend to get this done for me.  Big hugs and shout out!!!!

Today I have just a quick share.  I finally broke down and purchased a Gelli Plate.  After watching so many others use it, especially on the CJS videos (you still have time to sign up...) I had to try one for myself.  So much fun.  I used a big foam stamp from Donna Downey and the bottom of my paint bottle to make the design.  Loves!!!!!  Of course didn't know what to do with it once I made it...but I made it, lol, and that is what counts.

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I really like the background before I added the photo...but I do love my shoes.  roflmao  I think I may move some stuff around and see if I like it better.  sigh  I used some gorgeous Liquitex acrylic paints for the color, and of course, the bottom of my bottle of Liquitex gesso created the circles.  lol

OK, is the middle of the day, so I really should be getting something productive done.



Friday, January 24, 2014

Prima ArtVenture Goodie Bag Haul

Hey everyone!  Hope you are having a great day.  Today I want to share with you a video of all the goodies (well, many of the goodies) we got in our bags from the Prima Art Venture.  Each of the classes we had had a class kit and there were tons more Prima product in those as well....much of it the new stuff.  I have completed all of my projects (I think, some of these items just keep needing just a little more.  lol) and will be sharing with you my "left overs" from these kits in another video.  I am telling you...we received a crazy amount of goodies from Prima.

OK, so here ya go.....

So, if you watched till the end, you saw that I am having a giveaway...what am I giving?  How about this

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Cards, Cards, Cards - The Sampler

Hi everyone!  I don't know if you know this about me, but I am really not much of a card maker.  I don't know why...just not my thing.  Anyway, the December kit from the Sampler had so many gorgeous goodies in it, I couldn't let any go to cards it was.

All in all, I ended up with four 12x12 scrapbook pages, one of which was a double spread, and five cards.  Just a few odds and ends from the stash and some basic white cardstock.  Love the Sampler.



Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Embossing and Gelatos

Hi everyone! Today I want to share with you a project I made using Faber Castell Gelatos and embossing. Did you know that the embossing will resist the Gelatos? For this project you will need a canvas (I always gesso first so that my mediums can move more freely), your stamp, embossing liquid and embossing powder (I used UTEE today)

First thing, stamp your image with the embossing pad onto your canvas and cover with your embossing powder.

You can use a color if you like, but I decided to leave mine clear.

Be sure and heat your embossing powder completely. You want it to be nice and shiny when it is done.
When it cools, you can add color with your Gelatos. Remember, as long as you stick with either warm, or cool, you won’t get mud. I chose three different colors, red, orange and yellow in layers to get an ombre effect.

Before trying to blend the colors, I misted lightly with water…just to get things moving.
Using my fingers, so that I can get in all the little crevices of my embossed image, I worked from top to bottom; too much movement back and forth and I would have mixed my colors all up. Which would have been fun, but wouldn't have had the same effect

After I blended all my colors, I just quickly went over my canvas with a baby wipe. The wipe will remove the color from the top of the embossed image….go lightly, or you will begin to remove some of the color from the canvas as well.

I then added layers of paper, lace and a fun die cut that I highlighted with another Gelato and my Pitt Pen. I
really wanted the image to **POP**.

I die cut and colored a few flowers with Gelatos and voila! DH and I in Paris.

Thanks for stopping by today and sharing with me.  If you would like to learn more fun techniques like these, you should check out Creative Jump Start.



Tuesday, January 21, 2014

These Were So Much Better in My Head

Hey everyone!  Don't you hate it when you have an idea for a project....and you work so hard....and in the endd, eh.  That's how I feel about this project.

I have had Ice Resin in my stash for quite some time...I have been accumulating bezels...and I finally broke down and decided to make something.  But, in the end.  bleh

I think I should have used vintage Santa Images inside...something a little brighter.  I love the boxes, and I love the bezels.  I just do NOT love the combination.  lol

Here is a photo of the bezels.  At least I think I may have gotten over my fear of Ice Resin?  Maybe?

The boxes were cut on my Cricut and I hand wired the bezels and beads with a bit of wire and some findings from Tim Holtz.



Monday, January 20, 2014

Patch - The Sampler

Hi everyone!  Hope you had a great weekend.  Today I am sharing what I promise is the last project from my November Sampler kit.

I added a few buttons from my stash, but I love, love, love those huge acrylic letters from the Pier 1 collection!  Aren't they just fabulous?  And I of course had to add a bit of mist and mediums in my background.   I just can't seem to get away from creating my own background pages.   lol

Anyway, hope you are having a great day.



Friday, January 17, 2014

Prima ArtVenture - Part 1

Hi everyone!  Well, as you may know, I spent a few days last week in Anaheim enjoying both CHA and the Prima Art'Venture event.  So much fun and so much inspiration.  Just in case you were curious, I wanted to share some of the items I made during  this event.  You wouldn't believe all the goodies we received to create with, not to mention the goodie bag (working on a video of that haul now).  Anyway, these classes were all project based, so if you look around the web and see other people's you know why they all look so similar.  lol

This first project is an art journal we made in Anna Dabrowska's class.  This is the second class I have down with Anna and she is just wonderful... so creative.

 You can't really tell from these photos, but there is great shine and it is much more inky black in real life.  Needless to say, Mackenzie grabbed this as her own.

Here is the project we made with Frank Garcia.  I need to find a frame so that this can hang in my bedroom. This is the first class I have taken with Frank and he is so way fun.

Next up, Nathalie Kalbach.  OK, she has got to be about the cutest thing ever!  Poor dear was not feeling well and this was the last class on the last day.  But she is so much fun and just pushed through.  Love her.

I came home and added a few items from my stash for this project...leaves, more flowers and a bit of bling.  Not sure I love it, but maybe once I get it into a frame?  Not sure the teal and green are really "me".

While all the classes were very project based, we did learn a few techniques.  Both Anna and Nathalie had us painting over our embellishments to change the color.  Anna with black gesso and then mists, Nathalie with white gesso and  chalk ink.  And Frank had us working the craft knife on our papers.  

If you ever get a chance to go to one of these events, I would highly recommend it.  

Well, back to work for me.



Thursday, January 16, 2014

Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze - Simple Stories

Hi everyone!  Today I want to share with you another layout I made from the photos at the Pumpkin Patch.  This is a huge family tradition for us, we have been going every year to the same patch since Brighton was just two years old.  Let me tell you how much he loves going today!  lol  That said, all the children were somewhat cooperative in heading down to take photos.  They know it means a lot to me so....


 Using some older Simple Stories papers, an ancient Karen Foster wood piece, some older woolies from Baisc Grey and finally a resit banner from Heidi Swapp; I came up with this.

I really have been trying to dig through the stash to use up some of the older items I have.  I swear I have enough things to last me the rest of my life.  lol