Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Big Sunflower

Have you ever gone to a painting party, or similar class where everything is provided for you and you and a group of  friends get instructions to create a big, fun canvas you can display on your home?  They're pretty fun and a great way to try something new.  This project was inspired by those paint nights.  I went to one last winter, and realized that it's June and I still have a winter painting on my mantle.  Ooops.  So I looked for classes to attend, but didn't find one that I could make work with my schedule... then I bought some canvases and decided I would just make my own.  I browsed Pinterest for ideas and got my creative juices flowing, then decided to kick it up a notch and make it my own mixed media work of art.  It was a lot of fun.

I give a few details on the project over on a blog post at Scrap N Stamp.ca, please check it out!  Here's a couple close up pics, but you'll see more on the other blog post.  I'm thinking it would be fun to teach a class on this project, but have to work through start up supplies and such since I basically did this on my lap instead of on an easel or something. LOL

Hope you like my big sunflower!  It was fun to do something that was totally out of my comfort zone, and I love having it on display in my home :)

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Gold Bless You

I had some fun with Color Burst again... I'm pretty much addicted to making backgrounds with this stuff.  It's so much fun!  I wanted to make a simple card to feature one of my new Wildflower dies (I've been wanting these pretties by Tim Holtz for a while now!) and when I found this perfectly sized piece of watercolor paper on my (messy) workspace I knew the direction I would be heading...

Here's how my background started out.  A spritz of water, a few sprinkles of Color Burst, more water and some bursts with my heat tool... add more as needed and continue until it's fabulous :)

The sentiment is by Paper Smooches.  The boldness called out to be glittered up with Stickles, simple & sparkly is always good!

This card was featured last week as my Tuesday with Tara post on the Scrap N Stamp blog- visit me there and leave a comment for a chance to win some surprise goodies! 

Monday, June 06, 2016

What if you fly?

I had a chance to stop by I'm Impressed on Granville Island (Vancouver, BC) when I was home visiting Canada last month.  I normally stay clear of wood mounted stamps these days, though they are still one of my favourite things in the world!  I fell in love with this stamp by Impression Obsession and had to purchase it and make a project with it the first chance I got back home in North Carolina (yep- I'm lucky enough to call two places "home" these days!)
my project started with this background on two kraft tags primed with gesso.  I used the baby wipe technique, paints & stencils by Dina Wakley (and one stencil by Tim Holtz).  I blogged all about this project as a Tuesday with Tara post, so you can read all about it there.  I've had technical difficulties with images on mobile devices with that post, so hopefully the images here will work!
I wanted a bold yellow bee to go with my stamped sentiment, so mixed together modeling paste, acrylic paint and color burst and got some amazing bright yellow, even when dry!  Love it!  Here's the finished tag (I made two, but this is my fave!):
 And here's another look at that gravity defying bee... love it!

Here's a few images of the other tag I made, using clear texture paste over a yellow bee that was part of my tag background.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Grungy Butterflies

I've been continuing to make more of an effort to get some inky, creative play time in the studio... mostly that means half finished projects (can I get an "amen"?) but sometimes I take those bits and manage to make them into a card or tag... or something I can actually call complete :)  I finished one of those this week to share on my Tuesday with Tara blog post, but want to share it with you here as well!  Plus, I took some inspiration from a current (I know!!!) Sketch Saturday sketch so I totally have to take a minute to link up to that!

My card is inspired by an almost current 12 tags of 2016 by Tim Holtz.  I'm a firm believer in switching things up and using what you have (especially on a tight budget), but I achieved something pretty similar to the look he made, I think.

There's a few more details on the Tuesday with Tara post- plus you can leave a comment there and have a chance to win some stamps :)  Please pop over and take a second to check it out!  

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a creative day/week/month... :)

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Hershey Boy Mixed Media

I had some mixed media fun this week and created a finnabair inspired piece.  It was my first time creating in this style with a photograph, so I decided to keep it small.  I found a box of greeting cards and used the lid of it as my canvas.  Here's what I came up with:

and here's a few close up details...  isn't my Hershey boy a sweetie?

Hope you like it!  It was a fun project and I've got a tutorial with step by step photos up on the Scrap n' Stamp Canada blog.  Check it out :)  Hope you're having a great spring so far!

Friday, March 04, 2016

Leave a little sparkle...

I've had good intentions of keeping this blog updated, but haven't exactly been doing a great job!  I have been posting regularly over at Scrap 'n Stamp Canada's blog in my Tuesday with Tara posts, so know that I haven't completely dropped off the face of the earth :)  I shared a cheery little card this week and wanted to post about it here too- I'm still loving those Bird Crazy stamps Tim Holtz put out last year, and have been having fun with some mixing up of different media products and creating my own custom glazes with translucent texture paste!

My paste recipe this week included 3D Gloss Gel by Prima, a combination of Lucky Clover & Peacock Feathers Distress Ink to tint it and some white chunky glitter by American Crafts.  I love tinting the clear paste and waiting to see what result I'll get... and I love adding glitter to the mix because it gives me all the sparkle I love without the mess of loose glitter :)  

All the glitter was inspired by this Tim Holtz sentiment stamp... I had fun playing with my Color Burst paints over the dried paste on this background.  I actually love how unpredictable it is, and the splotches of color you get...  this combo of yellow and orange against my aqua textured details gives such a fun POP!  And of course I had to finish of my crazy bird with a generous dose of Stickles Glitter Glue as well!

You can read a bit more about how I made my card on the Scrap 'n Stamp blog and also enter for a chance to win some Watercolor Cardstock too!  I post there every week and I'm going to try to share projects here more often too...  I had a fair bit of extra paste after doing this background, so I should have some more projects to share with you using the extra backgrounds I create from it!  I've got a bit of extra time before work today so I'm off to get my fingers inky... hope you have a great day!

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Burlap beauties!

I had good intentions of creating a version of Tim Holtz's December tag this week... Pulled out my burlap and got distracted by the texture :). I started with these die cut shapes and ended up going a different direction. You can check out some of the projects I made over at the Scrap 'n Stamp blog!
Here's another peek...

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Christmas art journaling...

hey!  So I just wanted to share one of the 'pages' I created while doing a fun art journaling workshop online (more about that later!) using the new holiday birds by Dina Wakely :) 
 I've really been loving this stamp and stencil set, it's super cute and a great value!  You can see more details about my page on the Scrap N Stamp blog where I've been blogging every week- I'd love to see you visit me there!  

Here's some more pics... enjoy!

Have a great day!  

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Prima Day!

It's a Prima Day today and I'll be celebrating with a FREE make & take project at Betty's Creative Studio in Greensboro TODAY from 2-5pm!  Here's a peek at what we will be making... I'll share more photos after!  I'd love to see you there!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Twinkle Twinkle!

I've got a simple tutorial over at Scrap 'n Stamp Canada's blog for a twinkly card... go check it out!

Hope you're having a fantastic day!

Happy 60th Daddy!

My dad turned 60 last month!  It's a year of big birthdays for my family this year... can't exactly say I'm looking forward to mine, but it's fun to celebrate other peoples!  Here's the card I sent him.  You can see a bit more about it on Scrap 'n Stamp Canada's blog :)

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Blue Christmas in July

I made a Christmas card this week... Something I always plan to do but never really get around to!  It's simple but features awesome shades of blue and fabulous textures... As well as one of the Tim Holtz charms I bought to use last year (but never did) and some fab new twine from my Prima demo kit!

You can check out all the details and some close up pics on the Scrap & Stamp blog as it's featured as today's Tuesday with Tara post!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

A new card!

Just a quick note to share a card I made using paints and stamps by Dina Wakley :)  You can find more details on the Stamp N Scrap blog, where I'll be posting every Tuesday!  Hopefully it'll get me posting more often on this blog too... cuz it sure has been slim pickins over here!  I am excited to be teaming up with Raya from I'm Impressed (on Granville Island in BC) to share on their new blog this year!

Other news... that tag I shared that was inspired by Tim Holtz's June Tag was picked as one of their winners!  YAY!  My prize was a GC, which I used to pick up a few of the new 2015 Distress products I didn't have yet (which is most of it... but I do have all the ink pads so far! Love the new colors!).

Thursday, June 18, 2015

a June tag

I love the tag Tim Holtz created for June... the coffee dies he used are definitely on my wish list!  I didn't have any of the products he used, but I decided I could improvise- starting with changing the focal point from a take out coffee cup to a pair of cute mugs/tea cups.  My mom sent me an envelope packed full of these die cuts that she cut from a variety of papers & materials, so I set to inking them up for this project :)  I sorta followed the techniques on Tim's tag (though I couldn't make a plaid background with the stencil I used!) and here's what I came up with... a much more feminine version of the tag, I suppose!  It also majors on some of the new Distress Colors for 2015... since they seem to be what I reach for lately on the rare occasions I actually make something!

Monday, May 04, 2015

Bad Blogger/ Prima Dolls Demo

I've been a very bad blogger lately.  I'm sorry if you've visited and found nothing even remotely new... the truth is I am still alive and well, and I'm even in the process of getting my creative groove back, I just have been really lousy at even coming up with a monthly update!

I'd like to change that... so please hang in there with me!  I'm gonna start today with a bit of a trip back in time to early February (yep, before my last post!) when I had my fist demo as a Prima Ambassador at Betty's Creative Studio in Greensboro, NC :)

Here's some of the lovely ladies who made one of the fun jumbo tag cards featuring Prima Doll stamps:

and here's a close up of the cards I designed:

I had a great time at my first demo- the customers and staff at Betty's are fabulous and fun.  Everyone loved learning some simple paper piecing and coloring together with learning to create a cute card from a jumbo tag!  A highlight for me was using the first of the new Distress Ink colors for 2015 on this tag- you'll see it in the green stenciling on the 'party girl' tag above :)  Cracked Pistachio was a color that I had been needing for several months, trying to combine and mix paints and inks to get it just right to match all the new papers... it's a fabulous color, and might still be my fave this year so far!  (though I have a couple new pads just waiting to get on some projects... so I'll keep you posted!)

Thanks for the patience with this Bad Blogger.  Feel free to comment/email/message me if I'm slacking off again... I'm going to attempt at least weekly posts for the next while as I get caught up and find the rest of my mojo :)