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.