Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Altered Notebooks & Cards...

Great news- my mojo seems to have returned!  I've been creating more lately, but as you may have noticed the blogging has fallen behind... just working on getting my groove in synch and I have some exciting things coming, which I promise to share with you! 

Today, I thought I'd just share a photo of the projects I've got planned for a class coming up THIS SUNDAY at Betty's Creative Studio in Greensboro!  I absolutely love the Typography collection by Graphic 45, and the theme of it seemed to pair perfectly with my idea to do some Altered Notebooks & matching cards! 
I've mixed things up adding some sparkle, texture and shine... and I promise if you join me you will have fun scraps to take home and keep creating as well! 

Contact Betty's if you can come!  2pm on Sunday... join me for some creative time while my husband watches football :)

Monday, August 25, 2014

Summer Brights Box

My mojo has been MIA lately... so I decided to give myself a night of no pressure creative time.  All I knew was that I would use stencils and paste so I could play along with The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge :) Since money has been tight, I don't have many new purchases to play with... but I did purchase texture paste and a few colors of Dina Wakley's paints after teaching some recent classes, so I figured they would be my starting point!  These Sizzix dies are another summer purchase that I've been having some fun with!

This project started as a tag, but once I finished it I decided to keep going, playing with more paints and such on a 5x7 piece of cardstock.  I enjoyed just playing without a goal in mind as far as finished project, and it definitely got me experimenting with products (even some glitter, which is not the norm for me!  I mixed it with Rock Candy Crackle Paint... kinda fun!).  When I was done with this, I had a 'thing' that I wasn't sure what to do with...  but I noticed a small, sturdy box (from my very first julep nail polish order!) that was just slightly smaller than 5x7.  I painted it up to match the front, which I reinforced a bit and adhered to the box.  Bonus- the filling inside the box is the same turquoise color :)

I took a bunch of photos so hopefully you can get a good look at the textures and cheery colors.  Hard to believe summer is almost over... this project was a fun 'last hurrah' before I move on to some autumn colors!




I'm not sure I captured it very well, but I even played with some beeswax on the background for my first time :)  Here's one final photo that shows the size of the box I attached it to:
The box allows me to display it as a stand up 'canvas' of sorts... probably in our wanna-be beach theme bathroom ;) 

There's still time for you to play along with the stencils & paste challenge- it's monthly, which I love.  It's a new blog, so show them some love!  Now that I'm done, I can go check out what everyone else has been doing!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Trust in the Lord

I was commissioned to make some cards featuring some Scripture, Proverbs 3:5-6. After much searching online for inspiration, contemplating fonts or cutting out words with my Silhouette... I went through my stamps and discovered a stamp set which included this verse! The set is a discontinued one by Cornish Heritage Farms (most of their stamps were discontinued a few years ago when they closed, though some of their most popular ones are back with the new ownership- many as digi stamps too!) Anyways, finding the stamp helped a lot, and I think I'll be playing around with the others in this set in the near future as well!

I apologize for the photos in this post... I snapped them at the last minute before delivering them ;) 

I applied some Ranger Texture Paste to a tag, then inked it up and stamped on the textured panel.  All other stamps are by Tim Holtz.  The butterflies are favourites of mine!  I had fun mixing colors and textures on the chipboard heart.
Here's a second card in a different color scheme:
And lastly, here's a smaller, simpler card:
I had fun making these, and am in constant need of a reminder from this verse!

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.  Proverbs 3:5-6



Friday, August 15, 2014

Mixed Media Canvas Class

I had such a fun time last week with my Mixed Media Canvas Class at Betty's Creative Studio!  It was a small group, but they all had a good time and gave me permission to share pics with you from the day... I meant to do it sooner (I've been a bad blogger!), but here's a few, starting with the canvas that was on display in the store prior to class:

 Stacked paper flowers... every one unique & beautiful!

 Here's the finished products everyone created!

Peggy created in Purple & Red (that's Betty photo-bombing!)
 Cyndi & Meghan both went with a gorgeous blue background
 And Teena created some fab textures in purple... hm... it matches her shirt!  LOL
 Since it was a small class, I made another canvas too, to show off the alternate color option and techniques as we went along...
 Some close ups...

 
I've got another class scheduled for next Sunday, August 24- hopefully I'll have a few more students :)  I'm really enjoying getting to know new people here in classes and look forward to more!  so, if you came to one of my classes and you enjoyed yourself, please tell your friends and come back for more! 


Thursday, July 31, 2014

Forever my Love {July 12 Tags of 2014}

I'm in love! It's true, I'm in love with my amazing husband, with whom I'll be celebrating our first anniversary this weekend! I'm also in love with the beachy tag Tim Holtz created with fun techniques for July. So it only seemed right to combine my loves and make some framed art for my hubby for our anniversary :)

 Here's a few close ups of how it came together...
Tim's technique for making sand was fab!  I had to tweak it a bit and actually used texture paste & distress stain as my base instead of Glossy Accents.  I used some torn corrugated cardstock as a base for my beach :)
I created a pair of sea horses- love how many colors these little creatures can be!  Such a good looking couple :)
I added a crackled heart, embellished with some chitchat stickers & a metal number 1.
forever my love... from Tim's strip die of words for Valentine's day- but clearly great for other occassions!

Here's my framed tag- good thing I took some pictures before i got it in there, cuz that glare is a pain to photograph with!  
So I'm pretty please with how this turned out- it's a great PAPER gift for our first anniversary.  Hope you like it too- be sure to check out Tim Holtz's full tutorial here on his blog!  It's fab, as usual!

(side note... man do I miss having photoshop! some days the natural light outside isn't exactly perfect! sigh)

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Summer Memories Tag Booklet {featured by Ranger}

I've got another project featured on the Ranger blog this week, I won't tell you much about it here since you can see more photos and all the step by step instructions there :)  It's a fun little project perfect for some summer photos and memorabilia :)
I've used a mix of Ranger products & Tim Holtz goodies- paints, Dylusions sprays, tags & embellishments.  Hope you like it and will check it out on the Ranger blog.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Creative Blog Tour!

I've been tagged by my friend Roxy in a Creative Blog Hop!  Today I am answering four questions for you and then next week a friend that I tag will do the same- it's a fun way for all of us to meet new people in the creative blogosphere :)

I met Roxy a few years ago the same way I was able to meet so many wonderful creative ladies, through my store!  Roxy was a member of our Design Team for a while as well, even after she moved out of town she managed to create fabulous samples for us featuring her beautiful family!  Roxy is a scrapbooker who creates fun & colorful layouts as well as cards and SMASH book pages! 


Here's a link to the post Roxy tagged me in.  Check it out, feel free to visit the hop backwards and forwards... and maybe sometime you'll get tagged and join in as well!

Okay... now for the questions.
1. What am I working on? 

I am currently working on card & canvas projects that will hopefully become some upcoming classes!  As I'm new to the area here, I'm figuring out what sort of classes people are looking for, and I'm hoping to teach in more than one location (trying to set some up at our local Hobby Lobby store) and get to know a bunch of new creative friends :)

I also have a ton of wedding photos that I'm getting in an album either by scrapbooking them or pocket page style... just for fun, I'll include a few that have been previously featured on the blog in the past several months:
 


2. How does my work differ from others of its genre? 

That's kinda a tough question... I guess my work is unique in that it pulls inspiration from so many different places and styles to mix together.  I have always loved mixed media (even before it was a 'thing') and adding texture to my work.  I started out as a card-maker and have tried & loved so many different things, including scrapbooking, mini books, mixed media... My work tends to be inky but I love clean lines and balance as well, so I try to work all of that into my projects.

 

3. Why do I write/create what I do? 

If you are an artistic person, you are probably laughing a bit at that question... I do it because I can & because it's in me and it needs to come out!  It makes me happy to get ink & paint on my fingers and to see the colors mix together on a page/paper/canvas...  Sometimes I do it for emotional release and other times I do it simply to try to bring joy to someone else.


4. How does your writing/creating process work?
To be honest, I'm still kinda re-learning & discovering my process since my situation is a whole lot different now than it was for the past several years!  I'm used to having a whole store and classroom area at my disposal when I create, but since closing my store and moving from BC to NC I'm adapting to creating at home, still setting up my little studio space and working with a much smaller work surface (but no matter the size, I usually have less than 12x12 to work with!)  If I'm card-making or working on a mixed media type project, I really enjoy starting with a challenge- either a product, sketch or technique.  Sometimes I challenge myself the same way if I'm designing a class!  I like to narrow down my theme or materials to help keep myself focused, because the variety of materials available to me (even after buying almost nothing since closing my store) can be overwhelming! 

If I'm really stuck creatively and my mojo is missing, I like to pull out some tags and Distress Ink and just play with technique.  I'm working on using my art journal the same way, but don't quite have it as a reflex just yet ;) 

So I'm not sure how helpful that was for you... but you learned a bit more about me at least :)  Now for my linkup...

I'd like to introduce you to my creative friend Lynn Kopas!  Lynn & I met when we were connected to be roomates at Ranger University in 2012.  We had a great time sharing a fab little condo together (talk about a great free upgrade from our hotel!) and getting some major inspiration from our instructors there!  Now that I'm living a whole lot closer than I was when we met, I hope sometime we can spend another weekend creating together :)


Lynn is a very talented mixed media artist who has been on a bunch of fabulous design teams, but right now she's a part of the DT for the new Mixed Media Monthly Challenge blog- it's so great, you need to check it out (and I'm not just a fan because I won a big prize from a random draw before the blog went live).  Her blog is really beautiful and you'll find a fun combo of canvases, tags & project life pages there most recently!  Here's a sweet canvas she created:
Love the textures and bright colors!  I hope you'll visit Lynn's blog (tell her I sent ya!) and watch for her post next Monday where she will tag another creative friend :) 

If it's your first time visiting my blog, I'd sure love to have you follow me on bloglovin' or join my little group on facebook. I'd love to keep in touch!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Watercolor with Distress Class Tomorrow!

I`m looking forward to being back teaching again tomorrow with this summery class featuring my favourite product line... Distress!



Learn how versatile Distress Ink & Markers can be as we explore a variety of watercolor techniques & create four summery cards with stamps from Tim Holtz & Prima, simply embellished to showcase your watercolor artistry!

Watercolor with Distress Class is scheduled for Thursday, July 17 at 2pm located at Betty's Creative Studio in Greensboro, NC. $25.




I'll be back after the class to give you a closer (& complete!) look at each of these cards :)  If I'm on the ball, I may even have some photos from the class!

Monday, July 07, 2014

Classes Coming Soon!

I'm excited to finally have some classes scheduled on the calendar at a nearby store and I'd love to have you join me at one of them! Here's a peek at what I'll be teaching:

Watercolor with Distress
Learn how versatile Distress Ink & Markers can be as we explore a variety of watercolor techniques & create four summery cards with stamps from Tim Holtz & Prima, simply embellished to showcase your watercolor artistry!

Watercolor with Distress Class is scheduled for Thursday, July 17 at 2pm located at Betty's Creative Studio in Greensboro, NC. $25.

Cards for Men
Masculine cards are a struggle for so many of us, so I invite you to join me to make four cards perfect for the men in your life.  We'll combine tags, Distress Ink, die cuts and stamps plus some manly details that will make your cards shine.

Cards for Men Class is scheduled for Thursday, July 24 at 2pm located at Betty's Creative Studio in Greensboro, NC. $25.

Mixed Media Summer Flowers Canvas

Mixed Media is hot right now, so join me to see how fun and easy it is to make the jump from making cards or tags to creating some decorative art you can display in your home or studio!  We will create an 8x10 canvas as well as a card & surprise bonus project (perhaps another card or tag?!) using techniques featured on this Summer Flowers Canvas.  You'll play with ink, paint, stencils and more to create fun textures on a finished product that will make you smile.

Mixed Media Summer Flowers Canvas Class is scheduled for Saturday, August 9 at 2pm located at Betty's Creative Studio in Greensboro, NC. $30.

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Birthday Butterflies

For any of you who play along with Tim Holtz's 12 Tags series, here's a card inspired by the June tag!  You can see the other tags I made using these techniques here & here.  It was a good one, great for a colorful card for one of my good friends who celebrated her birthday last week!

I stuck pretty close to the tutorial again- using a numbers stencil because they are always great for birthdays, and brown Archival ink for a different look.  I added a bit of Distress Stickles & Crackle Accents to some of the butterflies for extra details.

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Celebrating the Fourth of July {tutorial}

So I decided to make some use of the patriotic American stamps in my mini blueprints stamp set from Tim Holtz, and make some cute cupcake toppers and a sparkler holder!  There's sparklers & fireworks for sale everywhere here, and I picked up this package for a couple dollars thinking they were ordinary sparklers... only to find these colorful (very pink!) wrapped things inside! So, I switched up my festive berries distress ink for picked raspberry and went ahead with my plan!  Here's what I started with:
 (not pictured, but also used: matte medium, Distress Markers in the same colors & some glitter!)
First I cut a sheet of cardstock at 4" and set it aside for the jar.  One the remaining piece, I stamped each image I was using twice with Black Archival Ink.  I used an ink applicator with sponge (don't have any of the cute new mini round ones yet!) to apply Distress Ink over each image.  I highlighted each image with a Distress Marker as well to add a bit of extra depth.
Trim the stamped images (use a circle punch for Lady Liberty) and adhere toothpicks to the back of each image using Matte Medium.
Add some sparkle with Stickles Glitter!  I used dry glitter with Matte Medium, but a tube of stickles would work great too :)
To finish off this project, go back to that 4x11 piece of paper you set aside and stamp the images with Distress Ink, adding a few other stamps with Black Archival.  Ink the edges blue and adhere around the jar.  (FYI- I did measure the jar first and 11 inches was almost perfect to go all the way around!  I had a tiny 1/4" overlap!)
Here's another photo of my finished project.  I'm looking forward to lighting up these sparklers with the family (& giving the fireflies a little competition!) and celebrating my first Fourth of July as a resident of the USA :)