Friday, August 31, 2012

My Minds Eye Alphabet Soup

UPDATE 10/3/12 - 
woot! This project was featured on the My Mind's Eye blog and pinned on the MME Pinterest board!

Today's Fabulous Friday Challenge at Frosted Designs is to use Office or Back to School Supplies on your project. I made a writing practice tool out of manilla file folders, index cards, and product by My Minds Eye from the Alphabet Soup girl collection. I have the MME Alphabet Soup boy collection also and will be making another set!
Here are the products I used. I made the box by covering a tea bag box in the matching papers and embellishing it with the matching chip board pieces. The letter rub-ons are by Making Memories.
I used the fold that already is made in the file folder and trimmed them down in to sleeves. Each sleeve has an index card in it to pull out and practice writing the letter on.

The cards I used on the front of each sleeve come as "playing" cards, 2 of each card per pack, and the graphics on them are just adorable.  
Here are some close ups. 
Of course, the "G" card with the red haired girl on it is my absolute favorite!
Here is a shot of the back
I hope you are inspired to make a card, layout, or other project using office/back-to-school supplies and play along with us at Frosted Designs!
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Monday, August 27, 2012

Frosted Designs Tutorial

 My cute chip board birdies are this week's tutorial over at Frosted Designs!

Here is a link - pop over and have a look!

Authentique Fall Birthday Card

Authentique Papers has their August sketch challenge up, I only own one item by Authentique and that is a 6x6 pack of papers from the "Delightful" line so I am going to enter this contest a few times to see if I can win some more of their product! 
Paper is Authentique from the Delightful line; twine is from The Twinery; pearl flower is Basic Grey; individual pearls are Recollections; felt leaf is Queen & Co; dotted leaf is Making Memories; Happy Birthday stamp is unknown inked with Versafine; distress ink is Tim Holtz.
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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

All U Need is LOVE!

Here is a 3 pc canvas, each panel is 4"x4". 
Background is book paper, paint, ink, stamps. 
Letters are chipboard from all different manufacturers -painted black then distressed with Ranger Perfect Pearls in pewter, heirloom gold, and green patina. Shading and highlighting is done with Faber-Castell India Ink Pitt Pens.
Bird die cuts by Tim Holtz and Spellbinders cut from chipboard with cork wings. Bird cage is a Spellbinders die cut from scrapbooking paper and painted silver.
There will be a step out on the Frosted Designs blog on August 26th that shows how I created the birds. Hearts and birds are distressed with Ranger Crackle Paint. The style of this project was inspired by Stephanie Ackerman - I just love her work - hop on over to her blog and have a look!
I am linking up with Dina Wakley for her August Out of the Journal project week 3 - hop on over and see what others have created!
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Sunday, August 19, 2012

Diamond Jubilee!

My parents celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary the same week as the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrating her 60 years of reign. We were having a get together for my niece, Doreen, who was visiting from North Carolina so we had a cake to celebrate. We thought it was fun to play off the "Diamond Jubilee" theme!
This page is the August scrapbook side of my 2012 366 calendar/art journal. (The matching page is on the previous post.)
I used Authentique papers from the Delightful collection. The rosettes are by American Crafts. I took the buttons off that they had in the centers of the rosettes and put pearls on instead. Black and white twine is from the Twinery.
I used this sketch from the Third Thursday Challenge at Crafty Steals and am entering their challenge.
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Friday, August 17, 2012

Fabulous Friday - Twine

Greetings! The challenge this Fabulous Friday at Frosted Designs is to use twine on your project - how easy is that! Hope you'll hop over to Frosted Designs to see what the design team has come up with and make a project of your own to link up with us!
For my project I made an adorable twine banner for my August 366 Art Journal/ Calendar project. If you are unfamiliar with this project, you can see my original post here. Hop over to The Kathryn Wheel to see what Kathryn and other artisits have created for their August calendars. The grid for the calendar is also made with twine, the brand I used is "The Twinery". The background is book paper followed by Basics paint, then a layer of dotted tissue paper followed by lots of stamping and stenciling. The banner pieces are punched out of white light weight chipboard with a punch by Stampin' Up. The "august" letters are rub-ons. The matching background for the scrapbook side of my layout is waiting for just the right picture to complete it! I've made a step-out showing how the adorable crackle paint birds are made and it will be on the Frosted Designs blog on August 26th. 
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Monday, August 13, 2012

Joshua 24:15 canvas

Here is a 6"x6" canvas with an adorable little house, pretty canvas bird, and glass bead sun.
This is week 2 of Dina Wakely's Out of the Journal challenge so I am linking up with her. Pop over and see what she and other artists have created by being challenged to get their work out of the art journal and on to a canvas! Speaking of canvas, the challenge this week at Frilly and Funkie is to use canvas on your project. In addition to being on canvas, my project contains a little red bird that is a Prima rub-on which I applied to a piece of canvas and cut out, then applied to the main piece. The canvas gives it a really nice texture.
 The sun is made with the Mini Mum stencil by Crafter's Workshop using Golden Glass Bead Gel mixed with Liquitex acrylic in Bright Gold and Prima bling in the center. 

The background is Faber Castell Gelatos from the Blue/Green Mix and Match collection applied directly to the canvas, then sprayed with water and blended by rotating the canvas to move the color around.
The papers used to make the house are by Echo Park from the "For the Record" collection. Lots of stamps, rub-ons, and inks by various manufacturers at every stage and a favorite Bible verse finish it off.
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Sunday, August 12, 2012

Authentique Spring Birthday Card

Authentique Papers has their August sketch challenge up, I only own one item by Authentique and that is a 6x6 pack of papers from the "Delightful" line so I am going to enter this contest a few times to see if I can win some more of their product!
Paper is Authentique from the Delightful line; butterfly punches are Martha Stewart; pearls are Recollections; Happy Birthday stamp is Close To My Heart; Black ink is Versafine; Distress ink is Tim Holtz; Rub on is Basic Grey; brads are unknown.
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Friday, August 10, 2012

DMC Art Journal Page

Design Memory Craft is having a Pinterest contest, you need to use two of their products on your project.
I am linking up at Balzer Designs this week, you should hop over and look at all of the awesome projects!

The blue/green flowers on this page were made by pushing Faber Castell Gelatos through a Crafters Workshop Mini Mums stencil direct from the stick and then moving the color around with water. I left the color piled up around the edges for dimension. The yellow flowers were made with the same stencil using Golden Glass Bead Gel mixed with Liquitex acrylic in Bright Gold and Basics acrylic in Cadmium Yellow Medium, then highlighted with Faber Castell Pitt Pen #268. 
The background is stamped using a Studio G stamp with Faber Castell Pitt Pens in blues and greens. Tim Holtz tissue tape was applied next, then more stamping with another Studio G stamp and Staz-on black ink.
The bird is cut with Spellbinders Bird Sanctuary die out of chipboard, stamped and heat embossed. Then two layers of Tim Holtz Distress Crackle Paint and Archival Sepia Ink.

Monday, August 6, 2012

My Sweet Boys

This is one of my daughter Robin's favorite photos of her husband and son. It was taken last August and I am finally getting around to scrappin' it for her!  
Authentique Papers has their August sketch challenge up, I only own one item by Authentique and that is a 6x6 pack of papers from the "Delightful" line so I am going to enter this contest a few times to see if I can win some more of their product!

I used white paint dabbed through punchenella to create bubbles on the background paper. This helped blend the papers together a little so it isn't quite so noticeable that I had to piece together four 6x6 pieces of paper for my base!

Here is a close-up of the "bubbles". One of the papers in the collection has a little orange design on a light blue background - it looks like little goldfish to me so I put it behind clear epoxy bubbles - cute!
(now that I look at them enlarged in this picture I see that they are flower buds! 
Oh well, vertically they're flower buds and horizontally they're goldfish!)
Supply list: Paper: Authentique “Delightful”, “boys” and “{“ Crate Paper, “my sweet” American Crafts, Font: DC Kristy Journal, Ink: Ranger Distress, Paint: Basics white, Journal spot Fancy Pants, Epoxy bubbles unknown, Heart punch: Martha Stewart, Corner Rounder: WRMK

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Friday, August 3, 2012

Love Birds Canvas

Hiya! Happy Friday!
use this color palette:
So I gathered up my Claudine Hellmuth Studio paints (**love**) and got to work on a 10"x8" canvas.
The base is "vintage findings" paper by Making Memories and vintage book paper (buy yours here!)
After masking the area for the heart, the background was done by spreading the teal, blue, and yellow paints on a craft mat, patting a piece of bubble wrap in the paints and dabbing them on to the canvas. The heart is done by dabbing red paint through a stencil by Plaid (which I scored on clearance for 99 cents - woot!) with my fingers, and stamping with a Pink By Design stamp and Cherry Red Staz-On ink. The whole thing was too bright for my liking so I added a piece of tissue paper by Hallmark which has a very light yellow pattern on it over the whole canvas. Layers of stamping with black Staz-On ink and white gesso, rub-ons by Kaiser and Basic Grey, and Mod Podge were placed on top of the tissue paper. 
The birds were cut from chipboard with the Tim Holtz Caged Birds die - stamped, embossed, inked, coated with Distress Crackle Paint, and inked again. The LOVE scrabble tiles were sanded so they would take the Crackle Paint and then they were inked also.
The gorgeous metal filigree used as a nest is from The Funkie Junkie's Boutique. It came in an antiqued bronze finish but easily took the black Copic ink I applied to it. Linda, the shop owner, runs a Sunday Share on her Frilly and Funkie blog where you can share any project you've made using product from her boutique so I am going to share this canvas there too!
Also linking up at:
Berry71Bleu's August challenge "wings" 
Dina Wakley's "Out of the Journal" August
Here are some close ups (click to enlarge)

I hope you like this pretty color palette and will make a project to link up with us at Frosted Designs - you have till next Thursday so, come on, play along! You could win a fabulous prize or be chosen as one of the Top Three featured on the blog!
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