Friday, March 23, 2012

My sweet Hello Kitty girl!

This week's Fabulous Friday challenge 
There are many interpretations of this challenge by the design team so hop on over and check it out! 
(I used background paper with a grid design)

I used this awesome sketch by Becky Fleck and entered her challenge this month:

The grid paper is by My Minds Eye from the Lush Blue collection. The rest of the papers and the die cuts are by Crate Paper from the Paper Doll collection. 
The cherub/heart is cut off the front of a Valentine card my mom sent me. The original banner says "Thinking of You", I made a new banner and stamped "so Sweet" on it with Studio G stamps and Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Brushed Corduroy. I raised it up off the page with American Crafts This to That Foam Dots.
The Hello Kitty label "sewn" to the side of the journaling block is cut off the jammies!
Other product used: White Pen by Inkssentials, Pearls by recollections, ric rac and pink trim from my stash. Border punch by EK Success and Corner rounder by WRMK. 
Tim Holtz distress inks: pine needles, broken china, brushed corduroy, worn lipstick.

Here are some close-ups (click to enlarge):

Thanks for looking! I appreciate your comments!
I hope you will make a project using the prompt "grid" and share it with us at Frosted Designs!

Friday, March 16, 2012

A new canvas - Love, Prayer, Forgiveness

First let me introduce you to Courtney Walsh - she is an amazing writer, blogger, scrapper and all around awesome lady! She recently had a book published and asked some uber talented artists to create pieces inspired by her book 
A Sweethaven Summer. In turn, she asked her blog readers to create pieces inspired by those artists' pieces! (Well, that was hard to explain!) -  
Here is a link to Courtney's blog post all about it!
When I read the post on forgiveness it really spoke to my heart. The artist for the post is Tammy Tutterow whom I have followed for a while now because her work is completely amazing. Now, after reading her post, I admire her even more. I was so inspired by her story and just love the quote she used on her piece so I used the same quote on mine: 

H. Jackson Brown Jr, the author of Life's Little Instruction Book:
"Never forget the three powerful resources you always
have available to you: love, prayer, and forgiveness."  

 My canvas is 8"x8" covered first with vintage book paper, then patterned tissue paper by Hallmark. I scraped cornflower blue acrylic paint by Making Memories over the tissue paper with a credit card. The gorgeous green ferns are made with Delta Creative Texture Magic dimensional paint in Fern Green stippled through a Balzer Designs 6"x6" template called Mini Peacock Feathers by Crafters Workshop. While the paint was still wet, I sprinkled it with Zing white embossing powder. The embossing powder kind of clumped up on the paint and wouldn't melt so didn't do what I expected but I like it! The bird cage is a Spellbinder's die, the bird stamp is by Close To My Heart, the ink is Staz-On, the paper is by Creative Memories, and I apologize that I do not know who the rub-ons are made by. Of course, there is a load of Mod Podge holding the whole thing together!

Here are some close-ups (you can click on the pictures to enlarge if you like)

There is still plenty of time to enter Courtney's challenge &
There are awesome prizes to be won both places so I hope you are inspired to join us! 
C'mon - go create! (after you leave me some blog love!)

Friday, March 9, 2012

Frosted Designs Fabulous Friday Challenge - Kraft!

This week's Fabulous Friday Challenge at Frosted Designs is to use Kraft paper - how easy is that? C'mon, join us! There'll be a fabulous prize for one random draw winner and three projects will be chosen to be featured on the Frosted Designs blog!
Here is my card made with Kraft paper:

I cut a piece of Kraft card to 4" x 5 1/4". Stamped it with a Glitz Designs stamp using Tim Holtz distress inks in vintage photo. Opened up my Cuttlebug embossing folder and rubbed the same distress ink on the flat side, put my paper in with the stamped side to the inked side of the folder and ran it through the Cuttlebug machine. This puts the ink on the flat parts leaving the embossed areas un-inked. I cut the bird from vintage music paper using a Tim Holtz die, inked it with the vintage photo ink and adhered it to the kraft. After inking the kraft I wrapped it with baker's twine by Divine Twine. A piece of Kraft cut to 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" serves as the card base. I adhered the card front to the card base then tied on a beaded sprig by Prima with more baker's twine. A few small Zots adhesive dots help hold it on.

Thanks for stopping by my blog! 
I appreciate your comments!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

366 Art Journal/Calendar Feb/Mar

I am on my third month joining Kate and lots of other artists in making a 2012 366 day Art Journal/Calendar.
If you are unfamiliar with my project, see my original post here. If you have time, pop over to Kate's blog and check out the other artists ideas!

Here is my March scrapbook style side:

This layout is based on a sketch by Heather Waldron of Scrappy Sketches found here. I came across her blog the other day while surfing - I'm loving her sketches and am sharing my layout on her site! My layout also meets the criteria for the tic-tac-toe challenge at The Paper Variety (bottom row - stitching, layout, die-cut) so I'm entering there also. I am linking up at Scrap Whispers where they are dedicating a challenge in memory of a dear friend and fellow scrapper.

Here is my March calendar side:

and the full March spread:

Here is my February calendar completed:

and my full February spread:

Product listing for March spread:
Paper: My Minds Eye Quite Contrary, So Sophie, Penny Lane. Die-cuts: My Minds Eye. Brown scappop Trim: Flair designs. Ranger Distress Inks: Broken china, Forrest moss, Walnut stain, Vintage photo. Letter stickers: Doodlebug Designs Loopy Lou. Journal sheet: Fancy Pants Designs. Rub on numbers: Karen Foster. Rub on Faux stitching, rick-rak, dots, numbers: October Afternoon. Staz-on Inks Azure and Olive. Cream lace trim - unknown. Spellbinders die.

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Thank you for looking at my blog today! I truly appreciate your comments and input!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Valentine from Jacob

My very first piece of refrigerator art as a grandmother is a Valentine from Jacob. (Thank you Robin!) In the pictures Jacob is putting it on the fridge with magnets and showing me how he stamped his feet on the paper with paint.
(His mommy said he did NOT like the paint on his feet at all - he doesn't like his hands to be messy either!)

I used this awesome sketch by Jenny Evans 
and entered my layout at Boys Rule.

Here are some close ups. Sorry they are blurry but I wanted to show you the sparkle on the die cuts.

All of the paper, die cuts, and letter stickers are by Crate Paper from the "Mia" collection. The gems are by Gem Art, I used Tim Holtz Distress Inks in "gathered twigs", "aged mahogany", and "brushed corduroy". The font is Cambria