…fabulous…

So I’ve been trying my hand at some more tags, which I’ll post photos of once I can get some good ones.  This one is for both Simon Says Stamp challenges.  One is Anything Goes and the other is coral, either the color or being inspired by actual coral.  I chose the former, even though I don’t have any Distress Coral products.  I made do with a little Studio Calico bit saying “OFFICIAL.”

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This tag was…a process.  Not bad, just it came together kind of by accident.  And just so we’re clear, there is stamping in the background.  See those small solid black stars peeking out?  Yeah, that’s a clear star stamp I used over and over in the center-ish of the tag.  Now that I’m thinking about it, I think the letter stickers are all Prima.

The star on her forehead is to cover an oops.  As I was outlining the little elf girl, I marked her forehead, so I drew a tiny star.  Very impish.

Happy scrapping!

…jumping, just because…

“why jump? because”

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Unfortunately, I missed the deadline for this challenge at Off the Rails by thismuch.  They’re based in Australia, so time zones weren’t on my side.  However, I wanted to post this because it proves that even if you aren’t the biggest fan of the challenge, you can still make it work for you.

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So the March challenge was a vintage moodboard with a sketch.  Browns, old paper, vintage photo, you get the idea.  I don’t love brown or vintage.  Just not my style, I really struggle with it, if I can get anything done at all.  So at first, I wasn’t going to enter.  Then I saw other entries that were using the orange tones from the moodboard, so I decided to give it a try.

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I used colorful photos to help me work with it, and I tried to stay with the orange-ish shade and metal, cardboard, and wood embellishments.  I did use a little old school type paper from October Afternoon (pretty sure).  I also practically tore this layout apart and re-did it.  I’d had a lot of layers, and I just wanted feeling it.

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Again, lighter colored papers and I was struggling.  So I took stuff apart, switched papers and embellishments a bit, and put it back down.  I’m fairly pleased with what I ended up with.

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I knew what background paper I wanted to use, but I took a picture of it before I did anything cuz I want to try to recreate it myself.  Yeah, I really like it.  Anyway, I wanted to use Dyan Reaveley’s circles stencil, but didn’t want to use something opaque over the orange, so out came the gloss gel.

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After that I added two shades of orange with my watercolor crayons to my background and my layers.  Little guy helped with the doodles/scribbles :).

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As I said, I went through my stash and pulled out wood, metal, and cardboard for the brown/vintage tone.  Inspired by the rose’s leaf, I added a few pops of green
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After I glued and re-glued all my stuff down, I added some orange paint, as well as splatters from my homemade orange spray (orange paint and water, baby!).  I also rough outlined several pieces with a black pen (fine point Sharpie and Fude ball 1.5 tip).

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I used a mini star background stamp (courtesy of my SC kit) and stamped using black archival ink.  I didn’t put it on a block, just used my hands.
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I LOOOOVE Kal Barteski’s brush lettering.  I’d gotten some thickers in the brush style, and since they were pink I gessoed over the top.  I painted the letters for part of my title, then grabbed cardboard letters and TH letters (which I covered in white, then orange paint) for my title.  I had journaling all set, but no place to put the card, so I decided it doesn’t need it.  Cuz how long have kids been jumping for fun?  Since, like, the beginning of time.  I’d say that’s pretty vintage, hmm?

So even if a challenge isn’t to your immediate liking, give it a shot.  You might surprise yourself.

Happy scrapping!

…in her happy place…

 

 

…and on a side note….it’s my birfday!  *sing-song* It’s my birfday, it’s my birfday. *cough* Anyway, so I turned 35 as of about 2AM this morning (apparently I was born a night owl :P).  It’s raining today, which I don’t mind, but I’m hoping to have some good arty crafty fun this weekend.  IN the meantime, I’ll present you with another spread from my little travel art journal.

“Art is my happy place”

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So I took advantage of some scrappy sales recently and got a bunch of scrap goodies 😀  One is an Amy Tangerine rubber wood-mounted stamp set.  These stamps are a good size and the wood block is huge!  I’ve got a fair amount of wood-mounted rubber stamps, but the wood part is quite a bit thicker on these Amy Tangerine stamps.  Oh, and have I mentioned I love these stamps!  There’s a square frame and then some brush script images and ths brush script phrase you see above,

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You’ll remember from my previous post that I made the backgrounds already with my Dylusions color sprays and some stencils.  I had actually stamped the “happy place” stamp before I did a lot of the other stuff, and worked around it.  I used the striped cloud and sun from a dollar bin Studio G stamp set with my blue and orange dye ink cubes from Rubber Stampede.  I’ve had these dye ink cubes forever, and they’re nice bright colors and they dry fast.

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So of course, I had to add brackets and arrows 🙂  I used a yellow pen to fill in the open letter spaces, as well as some other doodling.  I also used a Marcy Uchida brush marker in Peacock, a calligraphy marker in yellow, and my black pen for more doodling.

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I also splurged and bought a starter paint pen set, wihch came with the primaries (red, blue, yellow), green, black, and white.  I used the white paint pen to outline the stamped text.

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I had added some green chevron and multi-colored star washi tape and doodled the words.

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You can also see my other cloud stamp peeking out underneath.  I love how the random placing ot the clouds and text stamp made a kind of heart in the lower loop of the “y”.  Happy accident!  And just for a little scale, I snapped a photo of my journal next to my TH Distress Ink pad.

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…playing with stamps and doodles…

…and markers, in short, just playing.

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“some days are okay, some days suck”

I can see nodding heads, you know what I’m talking about 🙂

Here’s the background as a reminder, the asterisk was an aside from a previous spread.

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This is an Amy Tangerine die-cut frame with doodling, markers, and colored pens.  The envelope is mine, done freehand, and unintentional.  But I like it. That’s a cloud stamp with a yellow calligraphy marker.

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Some stamped brackets (love my brackets), cloud stamp, and marker writing and doodling.

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Blue dye ink pad with my cloud stamp, and doodles with sharpie pen, markers, and colored pens.

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Doodled lightning bolt, red pen, and Amy Tangerine roller stamp.

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Green dye ink stamped bracket, star washi tape, with doodling.  Letters were doodled and colored by hand.

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Thanks for looking and happy scrapping!

Moleskine Art Journal…

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So following Ronda Palazzari’s artsy moleskine travel journal, I decided to make my own.  Since I’m working in the city (the Big Apple for those outside New York), my commute takes a bigger chunk out of my days.  Which means that it’s more important (for me, at least) to have some artsy fartsy time during the day, even if I’m not home.  I’m still working on a bag/container and just what I want to bring, but I followed Ronda’s initial instructions on making the journal itself.

In a nutshell, I got a 3-pack of the black moleskine journals with lined pages (the small one, about the size of a passport), then proceeded to use my glue stick and glue every 3 pages together to make them sturdier.  After that, I grabbed my Dylusions sprays (I wanted bright, flat color, and they’re what I have in that department) and a bunch of different stencils (I kept to the small ones, mostly 6×6 and one small handmade Styrofoam).  Mostly TCW (including Julie Fei-Fan Balzer’s mini punchinella, and Ronda Palazzari’s Well-Rounded), a Heidi Swapp (chevron) and a Prima one (the raindrops).  And I started spraying 😛

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I made sure to flip over the stencils and press them into another art journal.  Don’t want to waste any of that gorgeous color and awesome texture!

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Yeah, I started writing this one before the photos.  It’s a spread I did for the anniversary of 9/11 that I’ll post about later.

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So I didn’t get to take a photo of my first page before I arted and journaled it all up, but it started with the blue and purple.  Everything else was added during a lunch break.

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I added some die-cuts I cut from patterned paper and a water-soluble crayon on the inside of an envelope.  I also stamped the border, asterisks, arrow, and Amy Tangerine roller stamp, along with an alpha stamp set.  Then I doodled with a black gel pen.

I’ll post more as I finish the spreads.  And feel free to ask any questions!  Happy scrapping!

relishing the pure joy…

…of this fabulous photo I was able to capture of my son.

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I submitted this to last month’s CSI/Scrap365 collaboration file, but never actually posted it. Main reason is my new schedule. I was working close-ish to home part-time, which meant I had two whole days during the week to work on stuff. I got a great new job in the city recently; pay, benefits, great people, etc. I also now have a commute into the city every day, which takes a fair chunk out of my day. I’m working on getting an art journal/scrapbooking travel kit put together so my lunch break can be put to good use, as well as my ride home.

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Anyway, so with all this, I don’t know how many challenges I’ll be able to submit to, but I’m determined to enter at least one a month, regardless of the project (layout, canvas, ATC, etc.)

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So I had this photo (I’ve got several more from that morning) of my son playing with a balloon that the grandparents brought back from a New Year’s Eve party. Now he’s only stayed up until midnight one time, mainly because he does not sleep in most mornings anyway and he’s a beast when he’s tired (aren’t we all :P). So he came downstairs New Year’s morning and found a balloon. You can see from the look on his face that he was a tad ecstatic 😀

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So I wanted to experiment with a gelato watercolor-esque background. I don’t own any gelatos, but I do have a set of Faber-Castell water-soluble crayons. From what I’ve seen (having never used gelatos, though I’ve used regular crayons), what I have are smoother than regular kids crayons but not quite as smooth as gelatos. At some point I will have to get me some gelatos.

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So working with the color scheme, I stuck with the blue and green shades. I’d color, then used my waterbrush to blend it in to watercolor effect. After that I did some freehand doodling as well as doodling with my HS circle/star/heart stencil. I used my Marvy Uchida stamp markers (which I need to use more) to add some color to the circles. They might have some out looking more like bubbles, but it stills works I think.

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The same blue and green I combined with accents in the other colors. I cut some patterned paper strips as well as a few small pieces from the cover of an Amy Tangerine paper pad. Stapled them, outlined with my black Sharpie, and added a button and TH gear. I traced over the bottom label sticker with my Sharpie (it was pink originally), and took a flat homemade “flair” circle of patterned paper and pressed it into a bottle cap. I used an Amy Tangerine border strip, as well as some classic Mickey Mouse paper and part of a inked doily. I also added a large photo corner type cluster, although it’s fairly well hidden. I stamped using a circles Inkadinkado stamp set and my Rubber Stampede mini dye ink pads, then cut a scallop corner from that white stamped cardstock and the Mickey paper, layered them, and stapled. I also added some doodle clouds.

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Thanks for looking and happy scrapping!

…showing another side…

…that’s not always happy.

 I’ve noticed that a lot of scrapbooking, art journaling, mixed media in general tend to have a positive, celebratory vibe.  And I’m not complaining, but my art journal spread this week really evolved from the way it started, as in, not at all.  I also got inspired by the Gauche Alchemy August Moodboard.  I know a little about Frida Kahlo, but I’ll admit I was inspired by the colors.

“I don’t want to be afraid”

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I recently saw a YouTube video that showed a way to use up cardstock/patterned paper you don’t like anymore.  So I tried it.  In this case, it was patterned paper that I never really loved in the first place, but it came in a paper pack, so there you go.  I ended up using this scraps of patterned paper to cover the base, but then did my gessoing (is that a word?, meh).  Then I did a base of lemon yellow and vermillion (orange).  I intended it to be more mixed together, but it worked out in the end.  Like I said, even with the moodboard, I had trouble.

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I was also working on other projects and added the leftover paint to my spread using stencils and masks (the silhouette is my own – made with clear packing tape and a department store model cutout).  I also used Dylusions Jade through an alphabet stencil before that.

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I was thinking about my struggle with postpartum anxiety/OCD and other personal issues intertwined with that.  The black paint around the silhouette seems like the emotions vibrating/radiating from the figure.  The small words are an alpha stamp set, while I doodled in some spots with my black Sharpie.  I wrote the word “afraid” with black paint, then used my white-out pen to bring attention to the word.

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Thanks for looking and happy scrapping!

…playing with new goodies…

So I won a couple of giveaways and also made an order  that came in and was LOADED 😛  So I’m finally using a photo (two copies because I just have to scrap 2+ photos) that I took of my son wrapped in his frog hooded towel after his bath.  The photo is a couple of years old, I think, and it’s a perfect close-up, clear shot of my little monster (affectionate term, honest! – well, usually 🙂  This is my entry for Kreative Koncepts Sketch Challenge 28

“That’s the ticket”

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and here’s the sketch:

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Definitely a mix of old and new.  First off, the really like this paper, the whimsical doodling rocks, and the reverse side is the same design with the colors reversed.  It’s from a manufacturer that I don’t really go for usually, but this caught my attention and I grabbed two sheets 🙂

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I stared by doing some mixed media.  Dylusions sprays and then paint through stencils.  I made sure to try to keep the stenciled designs in a contrasting color to let them shine.  Then i added several strips of old and new washi tape.  After I put down some of the tape, I decided I wanted to put some more down under the photo.  Problem: I’d already glued it down and added gesso around the edges.  So what’s a girl to do?  I pulled out my self-healing craft mat, Fiskars multi-tool (include an exacto blade) and cut somewhat widely around the entire area.  Now I had to figure out what to stick the tape too.  Enter heavy duty patterned paper that I didn’t love anymore.  It happened to have the same shades as my layout.  I glued the larger part of my layout down, leaving the hole for the photo spot.  Added some foam adhesive and it’s good!

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I was trying to figure out the hexagons.  I don’t have those, and I could have cut some from patterned paper, and at some point I might do that just for the future, but I had some patterned paper with tickets lined up.  An idea was brewing.

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I fussy cut the tickets, covered them in gesso, then using my HS honeycomb stencil, I sprayed Dylusions Cut Grass, Calypso Teal, and a mix of Lemon Zest and Postbox Red (to make orange), making sure each layer dried before spraying the next and shifting the stencil between colors.

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Then I took an alphabet stencil (dollar store buy, three in a pack) and used my Tattered Angels Almost Black.  After that came time to play with a new stencil and medium.  Dina Wakley’s Plastic Canvas (I attended her class at Scrapper’s Playground, Woot!) and modeling paste were applied to the tickets.  When the paste was finally dry, I determined where they were going to go on my layout (approximately) and drew pencil lines on those tucked under a layer so I knew where not to add stuff.  Then I broke out my mini alpha stickers and some graffiti-esque rub-ons and went to town with phrases, etc.  I lastly added a black border with my sharpie.

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I made my own “flair” from some gelli-printed paper and a chipboard star.  I also used some other scraps (the black and white paper on the right actually says “freeze frame”, and I played with a piece of orange cardstock.  I open sprayed it (no stencil/mask/anything) with Dylusions Postbox Red.  Then I added some blue paint through my DW Plastic Canvas stencil.  After that was my HS chevron stencil and black paint.  Then I decided to use my postage stamp border punch on one edge.  I really liked it, but didn’t want to use the whole thing, so i cut off a small piece and still have the rest to play with.

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I also added other stash stuff.  A feather, chipboard bracket (I love brackets!), an Amy Tangerine frame, some older Fancy Pants die-cuts, as well as black thread to help anchor the tickets and triangles.  The title is alpha stamps and Colorbox pigment ink in orange and blue and larger blue alpha stickers.

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Whew!!  Check out the Kreative Koncepts blog for tons of eye candy and great tutorials!

P.S. I’m thinking of changing my blog theme to either a dark pattern or lighter color scheme, for ease of read, etc.  Any thoughts?

P.P.S.  I tell all the details of my work because I like to know how people make stuff.  I’m debating cutting down on the how-to in some way.  Do you like the tell-all details of my crafty ways or simple is better and you can comment and ask me?

As always, thanks for looking and happy scrapping!

…trying new things with SDC 159…

…and liking the outcome so far.

First off, I will say this – I’m not a bow person.  I’m not a pink, frilly, glitter person.  I’ll add touches here and there, but I won’t go crazy.  So for the current Stampotique Designer’s Challenge is bows.  Yeah, I saw that and I’m thinking, what the heck can I make?  Granted I’ve got loads of ribbon and fabric, but I was stumped for a little bit.

Then I saw the first project by Gay Peplow, and loved it!  Not only did it inspire me for the album I’m making for some friends, but the laced ribbon also reminded me that a bow comes in many different forms.

I’m experimenting with different sizes.  I’ve done layouts, cards, started delving into tags, and now ATCs.  I was making a canvas and had paint leftover, so onto a couple ATCs.  Here’s the one I’m entering into this challenge:

“All Sunshine and Happiness” (and a bit of snark :P)

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I started with some patterned paper I didn’t like and turned it over and covered it in the fabulous blue.  I also did some swipes/mark making with a deep orange, some neon yellow (they look green, which is fine) splatters, black paint through a HS honeycomb stencil and some doodling with black sharpie and white-out pen.  I’m not a huge flower person, but this is a funky, different sort of flower.  The flower bud is a pattern block stamp with black pen doodling around it (leftover from a previous project that was never used).  I added the alpha stickers and colored them orange, and outlined them with my white gelly roll pen.  The “sunshine and happiness” are from a stamp set that I stamped onto white cardstock (after checking it would fit) and cut it out, then doodled around the frame.  I also used my super fine point black Copic pen for the doodling.  For the lacing, I used one of the strings that come on those manila office tags, used my hole-punch, and laced it through.

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This will also be up for sale in my Etsy shop soon, so check it out!

Thanks for looking and happy scrapping!