Thursday, October 12, 2017

Inspirational Post at Stamps and Stencils

It is my turn to present the inspirational post at Stamps and Stencils. 


Here is a sneak peek at my project.  To find out what I made and how I did it, click HERE and you will be taken to the Stamps and Stencils blog.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Halloween in the Graveyard


The new challenge starts today at Frilly and Funkie.  This time Sara Emily is our hostess and calls it 'Tis Near Halloween.  Here is what she has to say about the challenge:

It's no secret. I.Love.Halloween. With Halloween just a few weeks away, I challenge you to create a vintage or shabby chic project with a Halloween theme. If Halloween isn't your thing, that's OK--just be sure to include orange, black and purple in your vintage or shabby chic project (These colors are not required if your theme is Halloween.) It would be a grave mistake to miss this challenge!

Now that I live in a subdivision where the homes are owned primarily by old retired folks like us and the very few young people around are teenagers, Halloween doesn't really interest me all that much.  We usually get about 8 trick or treaters coming to the door but we buy enough treats for 90.  Why that much you ask - well we buy little bags of Nacho Chips because my husband likes them with chili or soup and we don't buy snack stuff any other time of the year.  For me, it is portion control that I don't have to worry about and always need :).

I decided against making a card because I knew it would never be sent to anyone so I made a little decor item.

I started with a cheap canvas from Dollarama and used it like a shadow box to create a vignette.  The first step was to add paper from Tim Holtz to create a gloomy background.  Next I covered the edges both inside and out with some texture paste using a palette knife to make it rough.



I used a variety of acrylic paints to add colour - Russet (DecoArt), Black and Coffee Bean (Folk Art) and Khaki and Silver Gray (Craftsmart).  Once it was dry, I decided it wasn't going to work with the elements I planned for my little scene so I painted over it with the Black paint but didn't take care to cover everything.


Now it was time to make some grave stones.  I hand cut the shapes from some scraps of card stock and corrugated cardboard and glued the layers together.


The stones were covered with Course Pumice Gel (Golden) and I used an embossing tool to scratch some cracks and engraving in them.


I mixed some Dove Gray Acrylic Paint (Folk Art) with some Mudstone (Delta Ceramacoat) and coated the stones.  Then I took a fine black Micron pen to highlight my cracks and engraving.


I found a spooky house in my stash that I had cut out a couple years ago so I covered it roughly with some Heavy Black Gesso.  There is no photo of this step because black on black didn't show up.  Then I made some windows and a door from acetate that I coated with Sunshine Yellow Alcohol Ink.  I cut a skeleton and a scary woman from the paper pad and put them behind a couple of the acetate openings.  This could be the haunted house of the keeper of the graveyard.


I altered some silver charms with a mixture of Pitch Black and Silver Mixative Alcohol Ink to use in my scene.  Then it was time to put everything together.

I found some clipart online of a spooky tree, printed it and fussy cut it.  The man in the moon was also found online.  I added a bit of Bronze Luscious Powder (IndigoBlu) to the house and then cut the house numbers from a piece of paper from the paper pad.  The "Keep Out" sign was handmade.

I used a bit of Crushed Olive Distress Ink to make the face of the paper doll boy more goulish before I adhered him.  Next, I added my grave stones along with some reindeer moss, skull beads and purple roses that I inked with some Black Soot Distress Ink.  All the charms were added next along with a beetle fussy cut from the paper pad.  Finally I added some spiders that I picked up at the dollar store along with their very prolific webs. 

The following products used to create this scene came from The Funkie Junkie Boutique:

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Fall Leaf Tag


Today is the start of the new challenge at Stamps and Stencils and this time Toni is our hostess and calls it Autumn:'The Season of Mists and Mellow Fruitfulness' Here is what she has to say about the challenge:

I'd love to see your projects that are inspired by this beautiful season. You may love the rich, warm colours or the shapes of fallen leaves and natural forms. Let us celebrate the wonders to be found around us. The only catch, is that I'd like you to use a tag or several tags, as your substrate. Your tag can be any size or shape and made of any material but it must be a tag. It must also feature some stamping, stenciling or preferably both. I'm looking forward to seeing your creations!


I started with a large tag that I cut from mat board because it will take a fair bit of wet media without warping and then I sponged on all sorts of Fresco Finish acrylic paints (Paper Artsy).  I used Pumpkin Soup, Haystack, Smoked Paprika, Blood Orange and Toad Hall.  This time I used one of those yellow synthetic sponges that looks like a flattened ball and was able to get great coverage.


To give the tag a bit of sheen, I sprayed on a variety of Distress Spray Stains (Tim Holtz for Ranger) - Carved Pumpkin, Mustard Seed, Barn Door and Tarnished Brass.



Next I dug out my Kraft Glassine and crumpled a sheet.  This is a great product but I think it has been discontinued.  I die cut a variety of leaves from Tattered Leaves Big-Z and Thinlets dies (Tim Holtz for Sizzix).


The leaves were coloured with Alcohol Inks (Tim Holtz for Ranger) - Sunset Orange, Lettuce, Meadow, Sunshine Yellow, Ginger, Terra Cotta, Cranberry and Copper Mixative.  Blending solution was used to mixed some colours.


I cut a small panel from scrap card stock and inked it with Crushed Olive, Peeled Paint, Mowed Lawn, Forest Moss and Gathered Twigs Distress Ink (Tim Holtz for Ranger).


Next I added some Light Molding Paste (Golden through a wood grain stencil (Tim Holtz) and when it was dry I spritzed it with Forest Moss and Gathered Twigs Distress Spray Stain.


I added some more leaves by tearing a piece of scrap card stock and stamping it three times with one of the stamps from the Leaf Prints set (Tim Holtz).  First I stamped the leaf on the left side with Coffee Archival Ink (Ranger).  Next I stamped the right leaf with Versamark and added Copper Embossing Powder (Recollections.  Finally I stamped the third and centre leaf with Versamark and added Gold Embossing Powder (Recollections).  The edges of this little panel were inked with some Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.

To assemble my project I mounted the wood grain panel on the tag and then added the stamped leaf panel.  The glassine leaves were mounted on the left side with a loopy bow made from jute twine, some berries, little silk roses and an acorn I found on my walk the other day.  I inked a butterfly that my husband cut for me on the laser cutter and added some pearls to the body.  Some organza ribbon was heated carefully to give it some curl and added to the top and then I scattered a few copper sequins around.

I am going to enter this tag in the following challenges:

The Crafty Addicts - Anything Goes with Autumn Colors
Country View Challenges - Mixed Media with Autumnal Hues

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Lovely Lady


It is time for the new challenge at Frilly and Funkie.  This time Autumn is the hostess and is calling it Show Us Your Stamps.  She describes the challenge this way:

Our challenge this round can be summed up with one word - STAMPS! We want to see you break out those stamps and get inky. There are so many ways to use stamps, and you probably have a few you have never even used - so come play along! We cannot wait to see your stamped vintage or shabby chic creations.

I have made a shabby card with a lovely vintage image - a card that would be perfect for Mother's Day or perhaps for the birthday of a lady in your life.

Using paper from the Wild and Free pad (Prima) I cut a couple of tags.  I used a small hole punch (EK Success) to create the holes and added a reinforcement (Avery) that was inked with Black Soot Distress Ink (Tim Holtz).  The tags were distressed and some burlap string was added through the holes.


To make the frame I used some black card stock (Recollections) and a die from Petite Ovals Large and a die Petite Scalloped Ovals Large (Spellbinders) together.  The image was printed on the computer and hand cut to shape before it was mounted on the back of the frame.


The flowers were stamped onto scraps of card stock using the rose from a set called Flower Garden (Tim Holtz) and Jet Black Archival Ink (Ranger) and then fussy cut.  Shading was added using pencil crayons (Prismacolors) blended with OMS (Gotrick) - nectar for the two light flowers and Black Cherry for the darker one.


The leaves were made with scraps of gray card stock cut with a Garden Greens die (Tim Holtz).  They were shaped and inked with Black Soot Distress Ink (Tim Holtz).

Finally, I added some black gem flourishes (Recollections) to the light tag, some pink pearl flourishes (Dollarama) to the dark tag and then tucked a feather under the frame.

The following products used to create this card came from The Funkie Junkie Boutique:

Saturday, September 23, 2017

What the world needs now...


This is my project for the Grand Final of ITAC'17 - The World.  The sub text for this challenge is United We Stand, Together We Connect so I used that as my inspiration.  There is another list of elements of which at least one must be incorporated in the project.  I used circles, the colour white and most of the words listed.

I took a couple days off this week to celebrate my husband's birthday and our 42nd wedding anniversary so I am running behind, which means no process photos but I will describe what I did and give you some close-ups..

I covered a 12"x12" flat canvas panel (Artist's Loft) with crumpled up tissue paper using Mod Podge.  This is my go to technique for adding a bit of texture when I know I am not going to use stencils and texture paste.



I covered the canvas with some Silver Gray Acrylic Paint (Deco Art) and then used a sponge to add Dove Gray Acrylic Paint (Folk Art).  Then I sponged on some Dark Scarlet Acrylic Paint (DecoArt), some White Gesso (Liquitex) followed by the two gray paints.


Next I prepared my focal point.  My husband cut the people silhouettes from chipboard (Bazzill) and I coated them with Black Raven Metallic Paint (IndigoBlu).  This paint doesn't dry really black but is more of a gun-metal colour with shimmer.  I drew the hearts on the computer and fussy cut them before adding some texture to them with Crackle Paste (Golden) and then Dark Scarlet Acrylic Paint (DecoArt).  A little aside:  I have a jar of of Golden Crackle Paste that has dried out in only a few months despite being perfectly sealed and stored in a plastic bin with a lid.  I don't want to throw $13.00 plus tax away so I am adding a touch of water to it and using it like texture paste now.

I found the globe circles on the internet, scaled them down, printed them and fussy cut them.


I created the sentiment in Photoshop inspired by one I saw online that had no credit.  Once it was printed and cut I decided to give it some subtle cracking (much like our world is cracking apart these days) by adding some Translucent Embossing Paste (Wendy Vecchi) through a crackle stencil (Prima) - a little difficult to see in the photo but it is there.

The people were adhered using Super Thick Slap it On (IndigoBlu), the globes were adhered with Double Sided Tape (Scor Tape) and I used Dimensional Foam to add the hearts and the sentiment.

I added lots of markings using Jet Black Archival Ink (Ranger) and stamps from a variety of sets - Ultimate Grunge, THMM101 (Tim Holtz) and Large Collage (Wendy Vecchi).  Finally I used the cap from a water bottle with some White Gesso (Liquitex) and Stormy Gray Acrylic Paint (DecoArt) to make some circles.

Now if only the leaders of the world would set an example for the citizens of the world to unite the way my little people have.  We are only on this planet for a brief time, so let's make it a happy time.

Thank you to the organizers, artists and judges of ITAC'17 for such a fun tournament.  I was really challenged both by the topics and the time frames but I stuck with it and had a great time.





Friday, September 22, 2017

Before the Storm


I decided I would make a second project to enter in ITAC'17 Challenge 5 - The Americas since my first piece was rather sombre so I started it over a week ago.  I remembered that on a few of our cruises in the Caribbean, many of the islands had an abundance of Bougainvillea.  This gorgeous perennial grows wherever it is hot so you can find it in South America, the Caribbean and the southern states in the US.

I found a photo online of a door in the Dominican Republic that had Bougainvillea growing over the top and thought I would make a happy coloured layout with the image as my focal point.  Little did I know when I started this project that Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria would plow through some of these islands ripping them to shreds and leaving so much in ruin, which is why I am calling this Before the Storm.

I have only used some of the elements in the list this time - specifically shades of green and metal.


I started with a 12"x12" flat canvas panel (Artist's Loft) and added some stenciling with Molding Paste (Golden) through a Checkmate stencil (Wendy Vecchi).


I added all sorts of bits and pieces using Super Thick Slap it On (IndigoBlu) and Mod Podge.  The pieces are as follows:

Lace, Buttons (My Stash)
Metal Leaf (The Funkie Junkie Boutique
Metal Medallion (Bead Landing)
Roses (Wild Orchid Crafts)
Wooden shapes and Butterfly (My Husband)
Spiral Clips (Making Memories)



Next I covered everything with a couple coats of White Gesso (Liquitex) to unify the colour.  I brushed on some Bayberry Acrylic Paint (Folk Art) and then used a sponge to add some Lt. Avocado Acrylic Paint (DecoArt).   I followed that with Shabby Shutters and Peeled Paint Distress Spray Stain (Tim Holtz).

Finally, I distressed the edges of the image and added it with some dimensional foam strips and then I dripped a little Cherry Pie Spray Ink (Dylusions) randomly over the painted section of the canvas.

There you have my second project.  With lots of help, I am sure the affected islands will recover and the Bougainvillea will flourish once more.