…dusting off the crayons…

…and colored pencils.

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So I think I’ve mentioned this before, but I’ll say it again.  As of August this year, I got a job in NYC and I live on Long Island.  That means a long-ish commute both ways and a slightly earlier wake-up, so a bit less time at night.  I’ve also tried to explain in detail how I’ve made my layouts, cuz layouts I’ve seen that I love don’t really tell me how they do it.  However, I think that’s where comments can come in.  You ask, and get an answer.  And I do like love comments and questions and in the interest of time, etc., my posts are going to be shorter.  I’ll try to highlight things here and there, but please, by all means, comment and question to your heart’s content! 😀

Now, on to the layout.  I saw this Fancy Pants sketch and thought it’d be great for two random photos of my little guy.

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So I had a different plan for this layout, but that’s okay.  I like how it turned out.

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I started with FP Me-ology paper ‘Oh Snap’ for my background paper.  I’m always playing with my camera and that includes taking lots of photos of my little monster (most of the time an affectionate term :P).  He got a mini trampoline for his birthday (and no, I can’t play on it, the weight limit is 100 lbs.), which he loves.  A weekend afternoon playing on the trampoline and I luckily capture this moment.  I used gesso, stencils, my Faber Castell crayons and acrylic paint for the background texture.

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I matted my photos on pieces of pieces FP Be Different ‘Silly’ and ‘Personality.’ The two large tags are mop up tags.  I added white paint around the photos and stencilled the border frame.  The monster ticket is also from the Be Different collection.

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I added paper and fabric tape, part of a Glitz Design journaling card, a bottle cap holding thread and a couple buttons, wood veneer card “love” , ribbons, a mini clothesline pin, some chipboard and a TH painted gear. The “Too” part of the title was drawn on a FP chalkboard tag with a white colored pencil, and filled in with a mint colored pencil from Tombow Soft Brights set (giveaway win, woot!) and cut out.

And, of course, more close-ups.

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Please don’t hesitate to ask questions and thanks for visiting.

Happy scrapping!

…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!

…remembering…

…So the anniversary of 9/11 always feels odd to me.  I wasn’t in NYC when it happened, but I have a couple of relatives that were living there at that time.  It was a bit surreal, watching it on the television screen.  Even stranger was when they said it was an attack and not just one plane having a horrifically tragic accident.

This year I was not only actually in the city on the 11th, but also around the time of the attacks.  I really wanted to hear the bells that they ring at the specified times.  And at some point soon, I’d like to visit the memorial.  I’ve never seen the original towers in person, but it is very strange to see the city skyline in photos and such and not see the towers.  They were iconic.  And my heart goes out to everyone affected in some way by what happened that day.

As promised in an earlier post, here’s shots of my art journal spread, mostly writing down my memories of that day.

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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!

…wondering where July went!

So in my family, April to July is a pretty crazy time.  Between holidays, birthdays, and anniversaries, it’s a wonder anything else gets done.  Which is why I’ve been quiet and have this one post to show for my efforts.  I made a chipboard scrapbook album for a fabulous friend featuring photos from her bridal shower and bachelorette party.  I’m now in the process of making an album for the friends’ wedding and honeymoon.

“Sealed with a kiss”

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I’m really glad that this fits into a lot of different challenges this month, since this is all the work I have to show (again, life craziness got in the way).  The sketch for my layout is from Creative Scrappers

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and the color palette from Kreative Koncepts.

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The wedding color scheme was teal and purple, so the color palette just sang to me. I also really wanted to make something for the July moodboard from Scrap Around the World, pictured below.

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The colors, and especially the top right block and the quote, seemed very wedding appropriate, as did the rest of the blocks, either literally or figuratively.

I’m also entering this in these challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge – J is for…

The letter J stands for a few things for my entry.  First off, the first names of the bride and groom begin with the letter J.  There’s also the jewel tones of the color palette.  I’d also say it stands for the joy of their wedding day.

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I combined two dark patterned papers to make the background, swirled lines of black and purple glitter glue, then used gesso, paint swipes and Dylusions spray drips to cover the seam.  The purple heart is a hand-drawn heart cut out of 7Gypsies paper and painted with a combination of gel medium and Dina Wakley’s Blackberry Violet paint (I swear it smells like grape! :P), courtesy of a tutorial  from Miae Rowe on the TCW blog.  The other heart is also hand-drawn on deli paper, and was actually a cast-off bit.  I’d used purple paint through a Prima stencil (raindrops), then used the stencil with white paint on a background paper.  I pressed the remainder onto the deli paper and loved it!  So I cut out a heart and inked the edges with my Black Coal Ink Edger from Ingvild Bolme.  The chevrons are a gelli print stamped with the phrase “Say Cheese!” from a Mama-razzi stamp set (Bo Bunny).

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My original background was different patterned patterned paper, that I’d played with, and played some more.  It started out as a lightish distressed teal/blue with vintage script written over it.  First I scraped some paint across using an old credit card.  I also added pieces of Magic Mesh silver mesh and some really garish ribbon that I was going to gesso over anyway.  After the gesso, I sprayed Dylusions Calypso Teal and Crushed Grape to get the jewel tones.  But I wasn’t extremely happy with it.  So I cut it up, thinking I might layer the pieces under my photos.  Still didn’t work.  Then I broke out some stamps.  At first I used my purple and blue dye ink cubes, but switched to my Archival Black stamp pad (love this!).  I used a Time Holtz Stampers Anonymous butterfly and harlequin stamp and some Inkadinkado circle stamps. The colored images I outlined with a black pen.  Then I cut them up even more, but first I drew shapes.  Mostly hearts (very Stampotique-esque, but drawn by me), and some clouds.  I cut these out and noticed that one line made a nice pointy border.  Delicious!

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So I set about putting my layout together with the prep work done, whew!  I combined my two heart shapes with some other patterned papers, and added “LOVE” in rub-ons on the largest piece.  Oh, almost forgot the circle shape!  This was an experiment.  I took gold-printed vellum and flipped it over.  First I gelli-printed onto it, didn’t love it.  Then I sprayed some Tattered Angels and dried it, really not loving it.  Then I took my TCW mini numbers stencil and sponged blue paint over it.  Much better!  I had mixed some homemade texture paste with some purple paint and had some leftover, so I grabbed the TCW Ronda Palazzari well-rounded stencil and smooshed the paste through one part of it a few times on the vellum.  Beautiful!

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So I layered all my papers, glued them down with fabric glue (it sticks so well!) and some pop-up adhesive.  I added lots of bits after.  I added the hearts and chevrons, the zigzag border strip, some Amy Tangerine die-cuts, some stamping, thread, sequins, a touch of washi tape, and did my journaling.  I used Cosmos Cricket mini alphas for the title words on the photos, along with a TH Distress Marker.

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Thank you so much for looking!  Feel free to leave comments and happy scrapping!

…playing in my art journal…

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

…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

…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

…cuttin’ a rug…

…and saying thank you, with two new cards in my Etsy shop.

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I was playing with my messy stuff (i.e. gesso and spray ink), and decided it would make a nice card base.  I also experimented with braiding ribbon.  The title letters were adhered, gessoed over and then outlined in black pen.

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A card to celebrate, grunge style!  I applied dark blue acrylic paint through my Heidi Swapp honeycomb stencil, then played with my stamps, Archival ink, sprays and paints.  All of it resulted in this card.  Really loving the distressed, grungy feel to this card.

Hop on over to my Etsy shop to see them in all their glory!

Happy scrapping!