Monday, March 27, 2017

Things With Wings

Another Monday which means a new challenge at the Simon Monday Challenge blog! It also means that my stint as Guest Designer for this month ends with this post. I want to thank the staff at Simon Says for giving me this incredible opportunity. It has been an immense pleasure working along side such a talented group of artists! I also wish to thank all of you who took the time to pop in and leave a comment. Mwah! I will of course continue to participate as often as I can and I hope you will too:)

This week's theme is "Things With Wings"!

 I have two projects to share. All products are listed with links at the end.

 First up is this frame and we are going to begin by making our own patterned tissue paper!
Begin by covering your workspace with newspaper. Add a sheet of plain tissue paper on top. Gather a variety of stamps including leaves, butterflies, script and background dots along with a black Archival inkpad. Begin stamping your images repeatedly onto the tissue:

 Keep stamping until you are satisfied and have filled much of the paper:

 Choose a photo frame to cover. Grab a brush and matte medium. Remove glass and backing from the frame.

 Tear tissue into pieces and collage over the whole frame.

 Don't worry about excess hanging as that will be trimmed away after frame is completely covered and dry. I also wasn't concerned about a bit of overlapping or crinkles.

Set aside. At this point I originally intended to add stains to color the frame but I liked it enough as is to leave it and add the color within the frame :) For the background behind the glass I traced the shapes onto white cardstock then used a blending tool and Salty Ocean Distress ink over it to emulate the sky. I slipped the colored shapes under the glass pieces and secured them in place from the back.

Next, the butterflies were stamped onto Distress watercolor cardstock with black Archival ink. They were painted by smooshing some Salty Ocean, Spiced Marmalade, Worn Lipstick, and Squeezed Lemonade Distress inks from the pads onto a kraft sheet and picking up the colors with a watercolor brush. The butterflies were fussy cut and a bit of thin black wire was glued to the backs to form the antennae. My obsession thinking is that my butterflies must all have antennae:) I covered them with Stickles glitter glue and allowed to dry.

 I curled the wings and secured the butterflies on top of the glass with a dab of gel medium. A piece of black and white cardstock was trimmed to make a label. A Tim Holtz Occasions Small Talk sticker was added. A large gold brad was attached at each end then the label was secured in place with foam dots.

 Project 2- a simple postcard:

 I glued a piece of the handmade tissue paper to a watercolor card. It was then sprayed with Distress stain in Fossilized Amber and a grey/brown toned spray I made. I also used a Dina Wakley face stamp, Distress watercolor cardstock, black Archival ink, a scrap of twine and patterned paper, Tim Holtz mini stapler, Occasions Small Talk  stickers, black pen and Moonshine sequins. Hope you enjoyed this week's projects!

 Simon Says Stamp is giving away a $50 voucher for the online store to one lucky winner, but you can't win if you don't enter, so get to your craft space and create!

Product Links:
 plain tissue paper
 gel medium
 matte medium
 non stick craft sheet
 mini stapler
 blending tool
 adhesive foam dots
 SSS assorted Moonshine sequins
 Distress watercolor cardstock
 Jet Black Archival inkpad
 Occasions Small Talk  stickers
 Distress inkpads: Salty Ocean, Squeezed Lemonade, Worn Lipstick, Spiced Marmalade
 Distress Spray Stain- Fossilized Amber
 Stickles glitter glue-Diamond
 Clear Stamps: Altenew Floral Shadow set
                         Tim Holtz Butterfly 1, Butterfly 2
                         Dina Wakley All The Gals set

 For T Stands For Tuesday:

 how about lunch with a friend at Panera Bread? I had a delicious Mediterranean Veggie sandwich with sun dried tomato bread and would have it again anytime!

 A new month is about to begin so I made two spreads for April:

 Pg covered with a pretty patterned tissue paper then bits clipped from a magazine glued on.

 This is only the right side of my second calendar spread since the painted,dated side was the same as the first one.  I did add glossy accents on the raindrops but wasn't able to capture it. My page was inspired by this YouTube video.

 I am joining in at Art Journal Journey for the theme of "Out and About" hosted by Yvonne; along with Paint Party Friday!

 Next week I'll be sharing about my newly acquired Distress Oxide inks which are  AMAZING new inkpads from Tim Holtz!!

" Give the ones you love wings to fly, roots to come back, and reasons to stay."  Dalai Lama

Monday, March 20, 2017

Layering It Up!

 A big hello to everyone! It is already week three for me in the designer spotlight at the Simon Says Monday Stamp Challenge Blog. Time flies when you're having fun! And a new week means:

 This week's challenge is to "Layer It Up" and that is just what I did for my canvas project:

Here is how I layered it up. (Product links at the end of project)

I began with a 4" x 4" gessoed canvas board. I then glued down some Tim Holtz tissue tape along with gold micro beads and seed beads using gel medium. Once dry, embossing paste was applied through the Mini Cubist stencil (LOVE!!) around the canvas and allowed to dry:

 Distress Crayons in Picked raspberry and Mustard Seed were scribbled in a few places. The I sprayed away using Dylusions Black Marble, After Midnight, and Lemon Zest ink sprays along with Distress Spray Stain in Twisted Citron. The canvas was held up vertically to allow the inks to move around:

 Once that dried I splattered some watered down white paint on the canvas. Black Archival ink was sponged along the edges,then set aside.

 A small square was cut from 140lb. watercolor paper. I covered it with the same Tim Holtz Tissue Tape used on the canvas then sponged Mustard Yellow ink over it. Edges were sponged with the Black Archival ink. Set aside.

 I spritzed a piece of crochet lace with water , then Dylusions London Blue and Squeezed Orange ink sprays along with Distress Spray Stain in Fossilized Amber. Set aside.

A portion of the Tim Holtz heart stamp was stamped onto a piece of light green sea glass using the Black Archival ink:

 Putting it all together:

  The lace was glued to the bottom of the canvas with gel medium. Foam dots were added to the back of the watercolor square and added to the canvas. A piece of scrap mesh (lying on my table) was glued to the square along with the sea glass. A bit of gel medium was used on the back of  the sticker from Tim Holtz' Small Talk Occasions to secure it over the lace. Finally I completed  the canvas with a few Moonshine Sequins.

I hope you enjoyed my project. And now I challenge YOU to layer it up this week for a chance to win a $50 GC to the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Shop!

Product Links:

Inkpads: Archival Jet Black
               StazOn Mustard Yellow

Distress Crayons: Picked Raspberry
                             Mustard Seed

Dylusions Ink Sprays: Black Marble
                                    After Midnight
                                    Lemon Zest
                                    London Blue
                                    Squeezed Orange

Distress Spray Stain: Fossilized Amber

Other: white gesso
           gel medium
           embossing paste
           adhesive foam dots
           140 lb. watercolor paper
           Tim Holtz Tissue Tape
           Tim Holtz Small Talk Occasions Stickers
           Mini Cubist stencil
           Simon Says Stamp Moonshine Sequins

 For my peeps at T Stands For Tuesday:

 My typical morning at the PC checking out blogs with my usual mug of Peets coffee. I have been using this particular mug for the most part ever since losing my Annie as this looks just like she did.

 It was an active week last week for sure!  Many of you are aware of the Nor'easter that came crashing into the Northeast US late Monday night thru Tuesday. Well, this is what it looked like here in PA:

  It was a blizzard with very grey skies, howling winds, snow and sleet. We ended up with almost 14 inches of very heavy snow! And the further north one lives it was much worse. My poor forsythia bushes which were just beginning to bloom with their pretty yellow flowers are all brown now :(. I hope this is it now!

 Wednesday was my birthday and although it began with an upper respiratory infection (the coughing is the worst) I was showered with lovely flowers, cards, phone calls and good wishes:

                                                     The handmade cards:
A fun shaker card from LuAnn,     a gorgeous Poppy card and envie from Patty,

and a beautiful watercolor card and completely decorated envie from Betsy!

  It so brightened my day. Blessed to have such good friends in my life. Thank you all!

I have an art journal page to share:

 I am loving using my newly acquired Dina Wakely face stamps! Other products: Tim Holtz stencil-Clocks; Distress Tea Dye ink; Jet Black Archival ink; arrow stamp (Dyan Reavely-Dylusions); various bits of papers, napkin and ephemera from my stash along with the printed fabric trim. Linking to Art Journal Journey (theme is Out and About) hosted this month by Yvonne of Meggys WayMoo Mania and More with the theme of "time", and of course Paint Party Friday!

 Thanks for hanging in there with these longer than usual posts, and I SO appreciate the comments too! Will be around to visit throughout the week, and I will have one final post next Monday as Guest Designer for the Simon Monday Challenge. I think you'll like my project(s)  :)

 " Every production of an artist should be the expression of an adventure of his soul".
                                                               W. Somerset Maugham

Monday, March 13, 2017

Handmade Flowers- A Tutorial

 Hi there everyone! Hope all is well and you are able to enjoy some creative time in your day. Thanks so much for all your comments last week in my first post as Guest Designer at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge blog. You guys are THE best!

 This is week two for me and that also means:
 The theme this week is "handmade flowers" and I have made two canvases showing off my tissue paper flowers (all SS products linked at the end):

Let's make some flowers!

  Cut squares from colored tissue paper slightly larger than your chosen size of scallop circle die.  Layer 8 or more squares and die cut. For my flowers I used anywhere from 10 -15 layers each.      Once  the cut layers are stacked use a tiny hole punch or an awl to pierce the center going all the way through the layers.  Attach a brad to hold the layers together.
Beginning with one layer at a time from the top, loosely pinch edges in toward center:

Continue until you get through all of the paper layers:

 Optional step: I wanted my flowers to be a bit more sturdy so I sprayed them with several  LIGHT coats of fabric stiffener allowing each coat to dry thoroughly in between. VERY IMPORTANT: spray from a distance changing the angle you spray from so as not to saturate these thin, delicate papers! It would be a good idea to practice first. I know :)

 For both canvases: Coat with white gesso. Repeatedly stamp Tim Holtz Letters over the canvas using Versafine Onyx Black ink. Dry brush white gesso over  top to soften the stamping. Splatter a bit using inks or watered down acrylic paints to coordinate with your tissue paper flowers:

 Finishing the Square canvas: Sponge some light green ink onto bottom left corner. Sponge black dye ink around edges of canvas.  Use gel medium to glue  leaves (die cut from felt) and flowers in place. Add Small Talk Stickers. Glue on a craft store butterfly to finish the canvas.

Flowers close up:

  Finishing the poppy canvas (well, at least I think they look like poppies:): I printed out my quote and fussy cut then positioned the words where I wanted them before gluing down. They were outlined and smudged with a charcoal pencil. The edges of the canvas were sponged with black dye ink. Lastly, the die cut leaves (cut from felt) and then the flowers were glued in place with gel medium.

 Poppies close up:

 Ooh I just LOVE these flowers!! I hope you enjoyed my project today and will give them a try.

 Simon Says Stamp is giving away a $50 voucher for the Simon Says Stamp Shop to one lucky winner!

 You have a whole week to enter with  your handmade flower project so come along, join in the fun, and do see what the fabulous Design Team has done to inspire us all!

Product Links:

Tim Holtz Artful Artifacts stamp set
Tim Holtz Occasions Small Talk  stickers
Spellbinders Scalloped Circle Lg. Dies
Spellbinders Foliage Dies
Colored Tissue Paper
Simon Says Wool Felt Sheets - Get Lucky
Versafine Onyx Black dye ink
White Gesso- Dina Wakley Ranger
Gel Medium - Dina Wakley Ranger

 I am also linking to Paint Party Friday later this week-where there is always a huge art party happening! Speaking of parties- how about a T party?

 Every Tuesday Elizabeth at Altered Book Lover hosts T Stands For Tuesday. The subjects of the posts that people link are so varied and always interesting! Just post something beverage related-share a mug, or a journal page, or a photo with a beverage in it, etc. and join us won't you? You may even find an art tutorial, you tube link, recipe, movie recommendation and just about anything else so it's always a treat!

 My share this week :

  Since I was alone this particular evening I decided to have a very small casual girls nite with my two young friends Kyra (who also happens to be my son's GF) and Lynn. I put out a nice assortment and we had a super fun nite listening to Irish music while catching up  and laughing! We even tried a special Irish liquor called Dream Catcher and it was so good! (photo at end of post).

 For Tag Tuesday (theme is "hats and headgear") and the Simon Wednesday Challenge (theme is "for a special lady/girl"):

 And here I was recently enjoying the unusually warm weather when suddenly this:
 We got 4.5 inches and since then it has been bitterly cold!! We may even be getting another snow storm mid week! NO! The poor budding forsythia and lilac bushes may be a gonner :(  Oh well, fickle March...

Have a super week! Stay tuned for another new post and challenge next Monday along with my project as guest designer at the Simon Monday Challenge Blog. And a happy St. Patty's Day too - sláinte!

            "Where flowers bloom so does hope."  Lady Bird Johnson