April 2019 Monthly Inspiration Challenge Art Journal Page

April 2019 Monthly Inspiration Challenge Art Journal Page

It’s the second Saturday in April, which means over on the Side Street Design Studio Facebook Group I have released the April prompt card and challenge. If you would like to follow along please be sure to click this link, and head on over to the page and join in the fun. You can easily download the prompt card there and post your own version of art. Join us as we strive to think outside the box each month and come up with new ways to love our favorite supplies.

Here were this month’s prompts:

Now this month was really a challenge for me. The coins I picked out really narrowed the field with only being allowed to use two colors, but I made it work. Just because the prompt says two colors doesn’t mean you can’t use various tones of that color. Also black and white are neutrals so you can add those as accents. This type of prompt was also a great way to start digging into that magazine collage stash I have been hoarding for just the right day. That was one of my goals this year by setting up these monthly prompts. I wanted to help mix old with new and destash some of my goodies.

To get the full scoop you can watch my video over on youtube: April 2019 SSDS Monthly prompt challenge

Here are photos of the finished journal page. Loved the color combo!

I really loved this page in the end. I had so much fun in my large Dylusions journal. I combined Tim Holtz Collage Tissue with Dylusions Paint, some Tim Holtz Stamps and a magazine rose. A really fun and easy journal page. You can find a full list of all the supplies I used below in case you’d like to add some to your stash or just to see if you have some of the items I used. (Please note: these are affiliate links which means any purchases made thru them I receive a small percentage of and that helps me to keep running this blog and my Youtube channel, and sharing my love of art with you)

If you are reading this on a mobile phone and  can’t see the supply list, you can use this link: Link to list of supplies

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Tim Holtz Idea-ology Collage on gesso board “Embrace the Journey”

Tim Holtz Idea-ology Collage on gesso board “Embrace the Journey”

Hello, my crafting family,

Today I want to share with you a piece I did on gesso board. I began my art journey as a canvas artist. I started in oil paints, then moved to acrylic, later I moved to mixed media on canvas. Over time I discovered art journaling and I loved stamps and stencils but struggled to use them on canvas. In a recent trip to Hobby Lobby, I discovered some quaint sized gesso boards. They are about 3/4″ thick and hollow backed, but still a sturdy board. They are light so perfect for collage and then being able to still display them. I also plan to in a future post/video try them with beeswax, so stay tuned.

Well, today’s piece was inspired by my latest Tim Holtz Idea-ology haul of new goodies from Creativation 2019, as well as my cabinet card digital downloads I have started creating. I’ll do a separate post on my cards. I love to travel and with my cabinet cards, I wanted to tell a story, to imagine what the life of the person may have been liked. I chose the image of “Claire” as I have deemed her and decided to use some of the Tim Holtz Tissue Paper-Postale, as well as his new ephemera pack “Keepsakes” and an oldie “Emporium” to use up my stash and make this board. I also got to play with the Distress Collage Medium in Vintage which was amazing.

You can see my process video on how I created this piece over on my Youtube Channel: Idea-ology Collage on Gesso Board

The pieces is for sale in my etsy shop here:  Idea-ology collage on gesso board

My cabinet card digital downloads are here: Victorian Ladies Cabinet Card Download

Now let’s take a look at the finished piece:

I love that this is a new surface I can add to my creative process. I hope this post will inspire you to play and find some new surfaces to try your favorite materials on. Thanks for stopping by!.

You can find a full list of the supplies I used to make this piece below. Please note these lead to affiliate links, which means purchases made thru the links I receive a small percentage of and that helps me to keep doing my blogging and Youtube Channel and sharing my love of creating with you. Thank you.


 

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Distress Oxide Carabelle Studio Stamp Floral Spring Notecards

Distress Oxide Carabelle Studio Stamp Floral Spring Notecards

Hello,

With February drawing closer to an end, I know up North folks are still dealing with snow, so I thought I would add a little sunshine to my release this week. Today’s post & video are Distress Oxide mini notecards with some bright spring colors and flowers. To pep up those cold days and get us ready for spring. I made these cards for an upcoming happy mail swap. They are my favorite type of cards to make because all you need are a few Distress Oxide colors and one stamp.

For this project I used:
A set of premade 3 1/2″ x 5″ notecards
Distress Oxides in; Hickory Smoke, Picked Raspberry, Seedless Preserves, Broken China, Antique Linen, and Old Paper.
Black Archival Ink
Tim Holtz Tonic Stamp Platform
Tim Holtz Tonic Glass Matt
Carabelle Studio stamp “Roadside Weeds”

You can see my process video here: Distress Oxide Print Notecards

Here are some stills of the finished cards:

I just really loved how the colors came together and how the black stamp looked on the bright colors. Even the areas that didn’t stamp as well gave it a nice distressed look. I hope these simple mini cards will inspire you to start breaking out some of those spring stamps and get ready for the warmer season and some happy mail swaps!


Here are the supplies used to make these cards:


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“I only have eyes for you” Valentine’s Day Card

“I only have eyes for you” Valentine’s Day Card

Hello,

This week I am back with a few card shares. Just some quick cards I whipped up in the Valentine’s Day spirit. This first card is for those of you who like perhaps a darker or quirkier side to Valentine’s Day. The card was inspired by a “Freaky Eyes” stencil I purchased on Etsy from the Wonderstrumpet stencil shop. Her unique and quirky stencils always inspire me and I just couldn’t resist this card.

To make the card I used:

1 sheet of black cardstock cut down to make a 6 1/2″ x 5″ card back, once folded
2 pieces of heavy stock watercolor paper cut to 6″ x 4 1/2″
1 “freaky eyes” stencil
Distress Spray Stain in Victorian Velvet
Black Archival Ink
Versamark mini embossing pad
Label maker for sentiment
and a little imagination.

I sprayed the watercolor paper with the Victorian Velvet Distress Spray Stain. I did one coat, let it dry then did a second.
Then I used the stencil and black archival ink to get my background of eyeballs.
The tricky part came when I tried to emboss some black glitter on a few of the eyes. Apparently, my paper wasn’t quite dry and the powder stuck everywhere!
So note, make sure it is very very dry.
I used double sided tape to adhere my stained watercolor paper to the black cardstock.
I then added a small black strip of cardstock remnant across the front to be the background for my label maker sentiment “I only have eyes for you”
On the inside, I placed with double sided tape a plain sheet of white watercolor paper (4 1/2″ x 6″) for writing and Voila! My quirky Valentines Day card.

You can see the process video here: I only have eyes for you
Here are some photos of the finished project:

I hope this card will inspire you and that those creative juices are going. It’s fun to think outside the box sometimes and add some quirk to our daily lives.

You can find the supplies I used below:


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Valentine’s Day Foam Stamps and Wrapping Paper

Valentine’s Day Foam Stamps and Wrapping Paper

Hello Folks,

I am back and ready for Valentine’s Day. This week over on my Youtube channel I released Two (2) How to videos that tie in together. For Valentine’s Day this year I wanted to make handmade wrapping paper. Otherwise, I buy a roll and it sits for a few years to be used up, and also it’s another way to get messy in my craft studio.

To start the project I needed some heart shaped stamps I could use to stamp on paper with paint.  I didn’t want to use my silicone or red rubber stamps and risk ruining them so I made some craft foam stamps. The process was very easy. I had some craft foam I had purchased at Michaels while it was on sale. I used:

One(1) sheet of 1/4″ thick craft foam (9″ x 12″) (this will be the “backer block”)
One(1) sheet of 1/8″ thick craft foam with sticky adhesive on the back (9″ x 12″) (this will be for the stamp)

I traced on the paperback of the 1/8″ foam the shape of the heart I wanted. I then cut it out. This was the adhesive foam sheet.
I placed the shape on the thicker foam and cut a square around it. The square thick foam backer was key so I’d have enough room to hold the stamp to use it. I then took off the adhesive backing on the thinner sheet and stuck it to the thicker background. Voila, instant foam stamp.

Tip: I found when I went to dip these in the paint(which I had spread thinly onto a gelli plate with a brayer), that it wouldn’t always get good coverage. So I started using the brayer to apply the paint to the stamp and it worked much better.

You can find the video on the stamps here: How to make a craft foam stamp

This is what the stamps looked like

Now. The next part of this was to make the wrapping paper. I had a large roll of brown craft paper I bought on Amazon (a link is below in the supply section). Here is what I used:

1. a 24″ x 30″ piece of brown craft paper
2. Two (2) handmade heart stamps
3. Three (3) colors of Dina Wakley media paint
4. A Gelli plate
5. A brayer

From there all I did was put a color on the Gelli plate, roll the brayer thru it, and then used the brayer to apply paint to the stamp and start stamping.  I also took the heart stamp and stamped it on some watercolor paper, then trimmed it out leaving a 1/4″ border of white so I could punch a small hole. This became the tag for the present. Once I wrapped the present I added hemp twine around it and added the tag at the bow.

You can watch the video process of the papermaking here: Hand Painted Wrapping Paper

Here are some photos of the papermaking and final look for you:

 

I hope this easy DIY project will inspire you to break out your foam supplies and try your own hand at making some homemade wrapping paper. I enjoyed it so much I may try to make some for Christmas this year as well! Stay tuned!

 

Below are the supplies that went into making the wrapping paper:


 

 

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Vintage Santa Etcetera Tag Ornament

Vintage Santa Etcetera Tag Ornament

Hello,

As I write this post my heart is sad just a tiny bit knowing Christmas is only 6 days away and then all the lovely ornaments will need to come down until next year. Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year. I love to get up in the morning pour a nice cup of coffee, sit on the couch with my furry kids and just enjoy the tree before my busy day starts. The lights of the tree warm our home during the month of December and it’s just as we know a wonderful time of the year.   With this in mind, I realized that I have not really made a new ornament for the tree this year, which led me to my post today. I pulled out my stash box of wood/chipboard and decided I wanted to use a tag, a Tim Holtz Etcetera tag set I had bought a while back. Out came the scrapbook paper and embossing powder and glitter and poof, a new Santa “Believe” vintage ornament emerged and now I’m hooked!.

Here is some of what I used (a complete list can be found at the end of the post)
1. Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous #8 Etcetera Tag
2. Vintage scrapbook paper for the background (I used the Tim Holtz Christmas Worn Wallpaper)
3. The main image of your choosing from scrapbook paper or ephemera (I used Santa from Carta Bella Paper)
4. A quote – I used a Tim Holtz Christmas word chip (From the 2017 collection)
5. paint and embossing powders of your choosing.

Here are the general steps I took
1. I glued my piece of worn wallpaper background to the front of the tag.
2. I painted the back of my tag, the edges and a little onto the front with Dylusion Vibrant Turquoise. I also painted the two eyelets with the turquoise.Shop Your Fav Brands at Scrapbook.com
3. I then took the Dylusions white paint and did a whitewash on the front over the wallpaper just to knock it back a little
4. I took out my Tim Holtz Layering Argyle stencil and used some Candied Apple Distress Oxide thru it to bring the red of the Santa suit into the background to tie it together. I also did a little edging of the tag with red.
5. Next came my Distress Oxide in Vintage photo and I edged the Santa cutout as well as the tag and the eyelets to mute the tones a little
6. Now came the fun part the embossing. I used my Versamarker to color over the white areas on Santa’s suit and I used the Ranger Bridal Tinsel embossing powder and dried it with the heat gun to add some shimmer to Santa.
7. I carried the embossing powder over onto the background using the Tim Holtz Layering Stencil “Bubble” and my small Versamark pad to add some shimmer to the background.
8. While I had my red distress oxide out I edged my “Believe” quote chip.
9. Now comes assembly time. I used dimensional dots to put “Santa” on the page. I took out my glossy accents to put the eyelets, and the quote chip onto the background.

Phew! I think I got them all!.

You can watch me make the tag over on my Youtube channel, just in case I missed a step: Vintage Etcetera Tag Santa Ornament

Below are still shots of my finished tag.

I hope this tag will inspire you to look at some of your stashes in a new way. When I first bought this tag it never dawned on me to turn it into an ornament, but now it will grace my tree for years to come!

Here is the complete list of items I used in this project:


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