…proud of me…

…for making a layout I really like when the color scheme was a real challenge.

Xpress Yourself


I prefer bright colors, so when I saw the new palette for The Color Room Palette # 169, I knew it’d be a challenge, mainly because it’s monochromatic.

TCR June

 I did, however, find a fair amount of the shades and made it work for me.  I also have a lot of photos from a Labor Day weekend when my son was about 15 months old.  When I saw the June Challenge for Once Upon a Sketch, things came together.

Once Upon a Sketch gives the following journaling prompt and sketch:
” the best things in life aren’t things”
So as I mentioned, I scoured my stash for olive tones, and I actually found a few, a good portion of it patterned paper, but I wanted to keep white as the main color.  At least half of my embellishments I made myself.  Triangles of patterned paper, stamped die-cuts, hand-drawn die-cuts, painted vellum (the green and black striped paper behind the photos), you get the picture.
I really wanted to use some x’s that I’d cut out of patterned paper, so I attached them to green ribbon before gluing them to my layout.
On the background, I used my black sharpie and honeycomb stencil in various spots.  I also took my green pigment stamp pad and brushed on some green, and tapped on some Tattered Angels Almost Black splatters.  The photos are a few from an impromptu photo shoot at Labor Day of 2010 (little guy was about 15 months and the weather was nice, so he was diaper baby :P)  The journaling is about my sister-in-law’s best friend, who had just gotten a new digital SLR and wanted to play with it, and my little guy was just fine being the subject of her photo shoot.  I love all the clear crisp photos of his different facial expressions.  Too cute and so him.  I actually had two copies of the far right photo, and accidentally got black ink splatters on the photo in the strip.  So I cut out the other one and popped it up on dimensional adhesive.
I initially had a different title in mind, and had used green glitter glue on the letters.  I changed my title, but still stuck the letters on randomly.  A touch of shine 😛  I used chipboard letters from a MME Halloween alpha set.  The word “yourself” is made with Prima alpha stickers.  I also made some circle shapes with fabric glue and ribbon, and used Studio Calico journal stickers, along with Amy Tangerine die-cuts, white sequins, and a triangle border strip cut from fabric.  There’s a green vellum frame, a couple die-cut stickers from Simple Stories Documented, part of a paper doily with green ink smeared on it, even some hole punches with some doodling and a white feather (cuz I love feathers).
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…loving this sketch…

…and how my layout turned out.

rockin’ the scarf


The top layer of paper began as white cardstock.  I’d drawn with my black sharpie and my Mini Bricks stencil, then added my homemade texture paste (a recipe I found on another blog) inside the stencilled bricks.  I then did some paint/pigment ink pad and stencil work , but it needed something more.  Then I attacked the paper with my mini mister with three different shades of purple and water and sprayed down the page.  Not enough color.  So I painted a deep purple directly onto the paper.  Better.


It needed a little bit more punch.  Time to experiment.  I grabbed my Tattered Angels Rouge spray and just did one spritz, and really liked it.  So I added a bunch more along the side, let it drip a bit, then set it down to dry.  While that dried, I combined a large scrap of light yellow patterned paper from We R Memory Keepers and some black and white love graffiti paper and stuck them together in the opening of the top paper layer.  I made a triangle of paint to mesh the two a little more, then did some doodling.


After the spray dried, I grabbed my paints and stencils.  I used an alphabet stencil and some yellow and orange paint mixed together in s couple spots.  Then I used white and (when the white was dry) yellow paint through a stencil to add my chevrons.  Once the paint was all dry, I used a think black American Crafts pen to outline the chevrons and the bricks.


Then I added my photos, journaling and embellishments.  Among my embellishments are Amy Tangerine die-cuts and stickers (“Oh Joy”, frame on top left and under center photo), part of a Studio Calico  border sticker (green on left side), dragonfly transparent die-cuts from K&Co., black and white graffiti rub-ons (clearance from Michaels), made by me die-cut shapes (stars, heart, and sun in lower left corner), a Prima key and a mini red clothespin (dollar store, yeah, seriously :P).  I also put my journaling on a tag and popped it up on dimensional adhesive (along with a few corners of my photos) after adding a few embellishments.  I also tucked some embroidery thread behind my top photo and dragonfly die-cut.  Initially I was going to stick with yellow, but saw yellow, black, and a deep purpley (is that a word?) shade that I snagged and put together.


I’m entering this in these challenges:

Kreative Koncepts Sketch 26

Punky Scraps # 76

…playing in my art journal…

…and think I’m starting to get the hang of it.


So I’d played around with some ribbon and paint awhile ago.  I never got around to using the ribbon, which had become stiff with the gesso and paint I’d added.  I had enough pieces to make an aserisk, and wanted to incorporate it into an art journal page.  And this is what I ended up with.

The background is a bunch of paper scraps modpodged to the page in my composition notebook.  Then I gessoed over the strips to start clean.  The background is light green and yellow paint with some water to spread it around and meld the two colors together.  I used my alphabet stencil with red paint, then used a nice blue with my chevron stencil.  I was fairly liberal with my bubble wrap “stamp” and the purple paint, and use light blue paint through my homemade cross/x stencil to make five x’s.


Also used was a cap from a carton of egg beaters (washed before using as a stamp, of course) and orange paint.  I used fabric glue to attach the ribbon strips, and did some journaling along the strips.  After that, I outlined the strips, and blue x’s, and scribbled inside some orange circles.


As well as making a half sun around of the half orange circles.  Finally, I grabbed my white-out pen to add chevron lines in between the blue chevron, scribbled inside some orange circles and used my TCW Mini Bricks stencil in a couple spots.



I’m entering this into the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge – Anything Goes

…playing with words…

…with one last project for the month.

“At the Corner of Curls and Waves”


I’m entering this in a bunch of challenges.  First off is Scrap Around the World’s moodboard

SATW 6 2014 JUNE 2014 SATW

and two sketches:  Creative Scrappers #271 and  from the June sketch from My Mind’s Eye

MME June Sketch

The sketch from Creative Scrappers is relatively simple, so I thought it worked.  Just flipped both sketches to the right and bingo!  Shopping Our Stash’s current challenge is Color My World, in which you use your favorite color.  Well, for me, that’s yellow, hands down.  And it fits right into the moodboard for Scrap Aroud the World, so, fabulous!  Lastly, Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is Anything Goes, featuring anything American Crafts.


I love Amy Tangerine’s products, if I could have them all, I would! 😛  Anyway, I used an Amy Tangerine tag for my journaling, along with some frames I cut from my Amy Tangerine 6X6 paper pad.  I also die-cut the “@” sign and brackets around “and” from the same paper pad.  For the My Mind’s Eye challenge, I used a black flocked chipboard alpha set for the word “waves”.  Scrap Around the World’s moodboard also caught my eye in other ways besides the color scheme.  I loved the striped straws, so I rolled up a piece of laser cut paper and sprayed the white side with my Color Shine Mustard spray.  I also rolled up a piece of black with silver stars patterned paper.  The stripes made me think of baker’s twine, which I added to my page in a couple pages.


The word LOVE also inspired the layout in general, and comes into play with the title.  I’ve struggled for years with my hair, being told it was wavy, but not really know how to bring the waves out.  I’ve done some research recently and been able to keep my hair healthy while bringing the curly waves out.  Which also explains the title, partially.  For a weird (or maybe not so weird) reason, I had the phrase “curds and whey” in my head, and simply changed the words to “curls and waves.”  My hair is just shy of being actually curly, so it seemed to fit.


For the background, I took the background paper and brushed on a combination of gesso and yellow acrylic paint.  I also used gesso with my new Balzer Punchinella stencil and TCW numbers stencil, as well as the two stars in the bottom left corner.  I also used the same Color Shine spray along with my Tattered Angels Almost Black spray and my chevron stencil.  I also added some splatters of my Color Shine spray.  Then I added some paper tape (Bella Blvd. and Tim Holtz) and staples/glued different pieces to the page.  Embroidery thread, patterned paper scraps, die-cuts (Amy Tangerine, etc.).  I used some fabric glue in a beer bottle cap (cleaned first) and added thread and several beads of different sizes and used that for the “o” in “of.”  The “F” is a metal letter tile that I filled in with a white-out pen, which I also used to doodle on the paper in spots and outline “waves.”  I used a tiny spinner from Tim Holtz Ideaology, some ribbons (American Crafts) and fibers from my stash, sequins and buttons (don’t remember).  I used a camera sticker, cut out a compass from a transparent frame, and added the “@” sign die-cut.


I also added some brads from my stash and a yellow bead from a dollar store buy.

And some more close up shots.



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