…having fun playing…

…with the moodboard for Scrap Around the World, again.

Dress Diaper

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Yes, that’s my little guy from his first birthday.  We had a birthday onesie, but we also bought into the marketing ploy of the denim diapers.  We only got one pack, but they were pretty cool.  And little guy did look adorable.

The moodboard has a lot of things that got my juices flowing.  The grid, the colors, string, even a little sparkle.

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My background started as white cardstock and half a sheet of patterned paper.  I glued the patterned paper, but left the edges unglued to add a little demension.  I also distressed the edges.  Then I took out my paints and did a watercolor background with my Adirondack Paint Dabber in Pool, pale yellow, and orange.  I also did a pencil doodle grid over the whole background.  I took my TCW Mini Bricks stencil and stenciled with a blue Zig marker and ultra fine tip black Copic pen.

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I used chipboard, die-cuts made from my stencils, some Amy Tangerine die-cuts, various patterned papers, as well as Distress Stickles in Frayed Burlap and sequins.  I took Pebbles Inc. currogated cardboard letters and painted them yellow, then added a touch of Distress Stickles, along with smearing them on a blue grid circle cut from some Amy Tangerine paper.  I also used a die-cut sticker from Simple Stories Documented, and  and pounced gesso inside the circle.

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I used the chicken wire stamp with yellow dye ink on some pale yellow patterened paper, then used rub-on black letters to spell “diaper.”  I ripped out the word, then doodled a frame.  The stamp embellishment is a stamp sticker with teal ribbon glued to it with fabric glue.  Then I wrapped orange baker’s twine around the top  and attached a couple sequins.

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The cloth brad is actually a button the I put score tape on, then wound green baker’s twine around it.  A cute way to make a fabric brad, if I do say so, myself.

Enjoy and happy scrapping!

…inspired by a phenomenal woman…

…You were a gift to this world and may you find peace wherever you go…

Phenomenal Woman

by Maya Angelou

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
I say,
It’s in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It’s the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can’t touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them
They say they still can’t see.
I say,
It’s in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I’m a woman

Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Now you understand
Just why my head’s not bowed.
I don’t shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It’s in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need of my care,
‘Cause I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Maya Angelou

…being brave…

…so I’m celebrating with my first art journal page/post.  I’m also entering this in a challenge or two 🙂

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This is a composition notebook that I decided to make into an art journal.  The cover is still a work in progress.  This page had a bunch of stuff on it from previous projects.  Paint, vellum and paper scraps, a couple flowers, etc.  I didn’t love the color, so I gessoed over it.  Then I grabbed my Tim Holtz Distress Paint in Barn Door and edged the page and filled in the page a bit.  Then I took my red craft paint and covered the rest of the page.

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I got out my TCW Mini Bricks stencil my yellow craft paint and a makeup sponge and “pounced” the paint through the stencil.  I also pressed the reverse image from the leftover paint in a few spots as well.  I also used one of my favorite stamping techniques, bubble wrap, this time with yellow paint 😛  I also used a found object (bottle cap) and stamped yellow circles in a few spots.  Then I wrote my actual journaling.  I didn’t mind that it might get covered up.  I started out writing upside down, then turned the page around the wrote a couple other directions as well.

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Then I broke out my Prima Peacock Mask and Adirondack Pool Paint Dabber and painted a peacock feather across the bottom of my page (I LOVE feathers).  I moved the stencil slightly, then sprayed my Heidi Swapp Teal Color Shine spray, which was alright.  I grabbed my black paint used it with my homemade styrofoam stencil (I’ll post that later) of rough triangles, my Heidi Swapp Honeycomb stencil, and Heidi Swapp Chevron stencil.  I attempted to to stamp using the journey phrase stamp from my Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Visual Artistry Lost and Found Stamp Set and yellow paint, and it kinda worked, but I really wanted the phrase to be seen and legible.  So I grabbed my Ranger Archival Jet Black Stamp Pad and inked up the stamp (after cleaning the paint off) and stamped the message onto the page.

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 I took a road sign sticker and stick it on some patterned paper, then cut it out, to make a mask.  I placed it paper side up on the corner of my page and used black paint.  I had planned on adhering the cut-out after masking it, but decided to leave the mask as it was.

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I’ve been loving the brush stroke script writing, but did the brush stroke with print lettering, and wrote “brave,” and after the black paint was dry, I accented it with teal and yellow.  A little outlining with my white gel pen, and I called it done.

I’ve seen the OLW challenges, and lots of people chose (at the beginning of the year, yes, I know) a word for the year.  I realized over the course of the past several weeks, I’ve had the song Brave by Sara Bareilles stuck in my head.  So I decided that’s my word for the year, and thought that it’d be a great first page/spread in my art journal.  Especially since I’ve been playing around in my journal without making any real pages.

I’m entering these challenges:

Simon Says Stamp – Vacation/Travel (road sign mask)

Scrap Around the World May Moodboard

…back for show and tell…

… with my “Wheres the mail?” layout.

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This was my entry for a few challenges, which you can check out here.

I did A LOT of stuff with this page.  At first I used all my paint dabbers to make a polka dot pattern and then used the same dabbers and my distress stains to make thick stripes.  Well, I didn’t like the stripes, so I used gesso to cover them, as best I could.  At least the gesso toned it down, which helped.  Then I used some of my spray inks on the top to give a nice touch of color.  I normally don’t use 4 x 6 photos, but it’s the only size I could print at home, so I printed out two copies, then angled and layered them before matting them on several patterned papers from DCWV Rockstar, Amy Tangerine, We R Memory Keepers WhiteOut, and Simple Stories Documented.  I also had a leftover frame and striped patterned paper that I dyed with red Distress Stain.  I also used my yellow Distress Stain on some polka dot paper, then used stencils to make several die-cuts of stars, arrows, and circles.

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On the background I also layered different paper tapes and some ribbon, as well as adding some matte medium to attach a nest of different colored embroidery thread.  I had used my red and blue Distress Stain on two yellow polka dot flowers.  I’m not a big flower person, in a sense, so on a whim I trimmed off the tops of the petals, leaving me with a bunch of mini scallops and two pentagon shapes.  I laid out the petal tips to make a scalloped border (part of the sketch).  The red and blue paper ribbon is patterned paper that I applied Distress Stain to and had been sitting around.  So I added some stickers/embellishments and layered under a green vellum frame.

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I also added some twine in spots, as well as a couple embellishments from Amy Tangerine (love her stuff!).  The postage stamp is a sticker from Simple Stories Documented.  I had played with my sprays and liked it so much I cut out a square to cover the center of the stamp.  I had a polka dot die-cut circle that I stamped “etc.” onto and adhered it to my layout.  The yellow camera die-cut was yellow and pink, but I covered the pink with white paint, and added some feathers, and a die-cut arrow.  I also had a strip of white fabric with brown polka dots.  Once again playing with my Distress Stains, I made it into a rainbow piece under the photo.  I also used my striped cloud stamp with paint to make my cloud die-cuts.

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Phew!!  I think that’s everything 😛  This is what happens when you have a lot of varied supplies and play! 🙂  If you have a question about anything, let me know!

Thanks for looking and happy scrapping!

…finished my auction art and SDC 147…

…hooray!

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By now, most of you know about the Nigerian schoolgirls who were kiddnapped by a terrorist group a month ago today.  A fabulous artist, Jessica Sporn, has put together an Art Auction, the proceeds of which will go to GirlsRising.com.  Many talented artists have donated pieces up for auction.

Participating artists include:

Jessica Sporn   http://jessicasporn.blogspot.com
Linda Kittmer  http://lindakittmer.blogspot.ca
Ronda Palazzari  http://rondapalazzari.typepad.com
Marjie Kemper   http://www.marjiekemper.com
Judy Shea   http://thekeytomyart.wordpress.com
Glenda Hoagland   http://pilgrimsthoughts.blogspot.com
Astrid Maclean  http://astridsartisticefforts.blogspot.com
Lisa Pace   http://lisapace.com
Jackie Neal   http://creatingwithoutcrayons-jackiepneal.com
Claudine Criner   http://claudinesartcorner.blogspot.com
France Papillon   http://www.france-papillon.com
Kristin Van Valkenburgh  http://TwinkleTwinkleLikeAStar.blogspot.com
Marcia Beckett  http://marciabeckett.blogspot.com
Ruth Levy   http://lerusho.wordpress.com/
Sally Lynn MacDonald   http://www.SallyLynnMacDonald.com
Renee Zarate   http://renee-boltonhouse.blogspot.com
Natasha May   http://natashamay.blogspot.com/
Carmen Whitehead   http://www.serendipitystudiobycw.blogspot.com/
Seth Apter   http://thealteredpage.blogspot.com/
Marybeth Shaw   http://mbshaw.blogspot.com/
Amy Ingardia-Walker  http://creativelyquirkyathome.blogspot.com/
Kelly Warren  http://happyshackdesigns.blogspot.com
Julie Bernier http://juliebernierphotography.zenfolio.com/
Adrienne Hoban  http://www.allure-decor.com/
Krista van Tol   http://craftylittlepigtails.blogspot.com
Cheryl Grigsby http://cherylspaperartz.blogspot.com
Jill Meyer www.jillmeyer.com
Lisa Flaherty http://mypeaceofpaper.blogspot.com
Kerry C. Mitchell http://kerrycmitchell.com
Lizabeth Harrington http://www.craicarts.blogspot.comwww.facebook.com/craicarts.com
Barbara Lanza www.barbaralanza.com
Jamie Dougherty www.jamiedoughertydesigns.com

By no means an exhaustive list.  Most artists (including me!) are offering FREE SHIPPING around the world.  And the artwork is incredible!  I can now include myself on the list.  I made a mixed media tag that more or less came out how I wanted.  It’s the first tag I’ve ever done, so be gentle 🙂

B! (brave, proud, strong)

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Stampotique Challenge SDC 147

I’m also entering my tag into the Tags Challenge over on the Stampotique blog.  As I said, this is my first tag, and though I don’t own any Stampotique stamps (hope to correct that soon :P), I did use Tattered Angels clear acrylic stamps with paint .  I took a tag that had been schmeared with stray paint (that happened to be purple and white).  However, I decided to take a piece of patterned paper from the DCWV Once Upon A Time collection and use that as a base.  I then used my HS Honeycomb and Stars, Hearts, & Dots stencils with white, red, and teal paint.  I also used one of the clear pattern stamps with orange paint  (like mini chicken wire).  After that, I gave it a few spritzes with my Tattered Angels spray in Black and used the cap to stamp some circles randomly.

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I wanted to use a large chipboard “B”, but I didn’t have one, so I layered an “I” over and “8” and grabbed an exclamation point from the same chipboard sheet.  I covered the pieces in green paint, then used the large clear crackle stamp with lighter green paint to give more depth to the pieces.  Once dry, outlined the pieces with gesso and bordered them in black pen.

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For the mini tags, I took tag stickers and adhered them to various patterned papers.  After cutting them out, I used a white pen with the two stencils from before and the clear  script stamp with purple paint to add texture to the tag.  I used my black and white pens for the words and border on each mini tag.  Before I adhered them, I drew two big chevrons (the bottom of one you can see peeking out of  the side of the top mini tag).  I finger painted with red, orange, and white paint around the edges of the main tag and mini tags, and did some white outlining around my “stamped” circles.  I finished the tag off with a layer of mod podge to seal it all together.  I also finger painted the string tie to match the tag, and tied a knot so it can be hung, if desired.

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 So thank you for looking and please visit this link to view and bid on items: http://www.32auctions.com/bringbackourgirls.  As mentioned before, all proceeds go to GirlsRising.com.  For more information and to find out how you can help, please visit http://girlrising.com/nigeria-action/, and https://www.facebook.com/bringbackourgirls.

Happy Scrapping

…participating in #BringBackOurGirls Art Auction…

…in whatever way I can.  I have a piece in the works, but in case I can’t finish and post it today, I want to at least do this.

BBOG icon By now, most of you know about the Nigerian schoolgirls who were kiddnapped by a terrorist group a month ago today.  A fabulous artist, Jessica Sporn, has put together an Art Auction, the proceeds of which will go to GirlsRising.com.  Many talented artists have donated pieces up for auction.  Please visit this link to view and bid on items: http://www.32auctions.com/bringbackourgirls

Participating artists include:

Jessica Sporn   http://jessicasporn.blogspot.com
Linda Kittmer  http://lindakittmer.blogspot.ca
Ronda Palazzari  http://rondapalazzari.typepad.com
Marjie Kemper   http://www.marjiekemper.com
Judy Shea   http://thekeytomyart.wordpress.com
Glenda Hoagland   http://pilgrimsthoughts.blogspot.com
Astrid Maclean  http://astridsartisticefforts.blogspot.com
Lisa Pace   http://lisapace.com
Jackie Neal   http://creatingwithoutcrayons-jackiepneal.com
Claudine Criner   http://claudinesartcorner.blogspot.com
France Papillon   http://www.france-papillon.com
Kristin Van Valkenburgh  http://TwinkleTwinkleLikeAStar.blogspot.com
Marcia Beckett  http://marciabeckett.blogspot.com
Ruth Levy   http://lerusho.wordpress.com/
Sally Lynn MacDonald   http://www.SallyLynnMacDonald.com
Renee Zarate   http://renee-boltonhouse.blogspot.com
Natasha May   http://natashamay.blogspot.com/
Carmen Whitehead   http://www.serendipitystudiobycw.blogspot.com/
Seth Apter   http://thealteredpage.blogspot.com/
Marybeth Shaw   http://mbshaw.blogspot.com/
Amy Ingardia-Walker  http://creativelyquirkyathome.blogspot.com/
Kelly Warren  http://happyshackdesigns.blogspot.com
Julie Bernier http://juliebernierphotography.zenfolio.com/
Adrienne Hoban  http://www.allure-decor.com/
Krista van Tol   http://craftylittlepigtails.blogspot.com
Cheryl Grigsby http://cherylspaperartz.blogspot.com
Jill Meyer www.jillmeyer.com
Lisa Flaherty http://mypeaceofpaper.blogspot.com
Kerry C. Mitchell http://kerrycmitchell.com
Lizabeth Harrington http://www.craicarts.blogspot.comwww.facebook.com/craicarts.com
Barbara Lanza www.barbaralanza.com
Jamie Dougherty www.jamiedoughertydesigns.com

By no means an exhaustive list.  Most artists are offering FREE SHIPPING around the world.  And the artwork is incredible!  Please visit the auction site and/or donate to this very worthy cause. For more information and to find out how you can help, please visit http://girlrising.com/nigeria-action/, and https://www.facebook.com/bringbackourgirls.

Happy Scrapping

…playing games…

…with my little guy, which are always fun!

The photos are actually from a couple years ago (hence the “3” card, his age at the time).  An impromptu game of peekaboo with his towel by the kiddie pool.

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This is another post that I’ll update later, but I wanted to get this in before the deadline.  Whew!

Creative Scrappers Birthday Blog Hop Sketch

Kreative Koncepts (formerly ScrapFriends) Color Palette #24