February 2019 Monthly Inspiration Challenge Art Journal Page

February 2019 Monthly Inspiration Challenge Art Journal Page

Hello!

Welcome to my second monthly inspiration art journal challenge. Just a quick recap for those who are new, I started a facebook group where each month on the second Saturday of the month I release as a set of prompts to be used to inspire you to create. You can then post your finished piece in the group. It is a great way to keep creating and thinking outside the box.

If you are interested in joining in on the monthly fun here is the link to the facebook group: Facebook Group

Here is a link to the prompt card if you would like to participate: Prompt Card Download

Here is a link to my Youtube Video so you can see how I made my piece for this month: February 2019 Monthly Challenge 

Now, remember this is all for fun. There are no strict rules. For example, if you don’t have a Dylusions journal you can still do this challenge use what you have. I just have a Dylusions journal listed to help keep me using the journals I already have. Now you can use all five main prompts, you can swap some out for the alternatives or use all seven. You can even only use one or two. This is just to get those creative juices flowing. I can’t wait to see what you make and how you interpret the prompts. I look forward to seeing you over in the facebook group.

Here are some photos of my finished piece:
If you love the girl image I used, it’s one of my new cabinet card digital downloads. You can purchase yours in my Etsy shop to use in your creations: Cabinet Card Girls

 

This page I struggled with to start with but loved it in the end. I find myself fluctuating between vintage soft and then bright colors. Some days I want a pop of color and some days I want something softer. I hope this page will inspire you and I look forward to seeing what you make!


You can find all the supplies I used below:

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January 2019 Monthly Inspiration Challenge Art Journal Page

January 2019 Monthly Inspiration Challenge Art Journal Page

Hello!

I am so excited to share this page with you today. This is the first page from my new Side Street Design Studio Group where each month I release a set of prompts to create a piece of art. I started this group as a way to share art with others and see what they do. It will also help me to keep using many of my art supplies that might otherwise collect dust. Also, a monthly challenge is just good for those creative juices. It gets us out of our comfort zone, combining things we may not have combined before and making a big fabulous mess.

If you are interested in joining in on the monthly fun here is the link to the facebook group: Facebook Group

Here is a link to the prompt card if you would like to participate:  Prompt Card to Download

Here is a link to my Youtube Video so you can see how I made my piece: January 2019 Monthly Challenge

This challenge was a great way for me to break the ice and start back to work in my journals after the holiday break. I tried to stick to mainly Dina Wakley Ranger Ink supplies for this challenge as I knew they would all flow together nicely.

Even though the first prompt was to work on a canvas I tried to think outside my box, originally I was going to use an actual canvas but then I remembered the canvas fabric in my Large Dina Wakley Media journal and everything flowed from there.

Here are some photos of my finished piece:

I really loved how the colors turned out and I only used scribble sticks or the Dina Wakley media paints in matching colors. By limiting my supplies it really freed me up to create a very soothing and inspirational piece.

I hope you will join me next month for February’s challenge, I can’t wait to see what you create!

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You can find all the supplies I used below::

 

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Stampfest 2018-Tim Holtz!- Craft Haul

Stampfest 2018-Tim Holtz!- Craft Haul

Wow, well what a weekend that was. This past weekend I got to go to Stampfest 2018 in Kissimmee Fl and I had so much fun. It took my hubby and me, about an hour to get there so we arrived just a few minutes after they opened which was perfect timing. It was held at a hotel in one of their conference center/ballroom type rooms. There were 25 or 26 vendors and Stampers Anonymous was there and the wonderful Tim Holtz was demoing. I was lucky enough to be there early and get a photo with him before he started demoing for the show. Let me tell you if you get a chance to go see Tim Holtz in person, take a class, go to a demo, do it. He is so funny and has such a great personality, so much fun! I will definitely be looking to see what classes he has coming up this year or next. We ended up spending about three hours at the show before it started to get a bit too crowded and booth lines got long, but I still got a great stamp haul. After the show, we puttered around Orlando a bit, went to lunch and Ikea, then headed home. Overall it was a great, overwhelming fun weekend and I can’t wait to do it again.

You can see the full VLOG about it on my youtube channel here: https://youtu.be/x3xBP16D3DU

I will also include some shots of the day for your here and some of the goodies I got. A full list of items purchased is at the bottom and there is a lot! Enjoy!

 

Stampfest 2018 Tim Holtz demo

 

Stampfest 2018 Tim Holtz demo

 

Stampfest 2018 Tim Holtz demo

 

Stampfest 2018 Tim Holtz demo

 

Stampfest 2018 Stampers Anonymous Booth

 

Stampfest 2018 Stampers Anonymous Booth

 

Stampfest 2018 Stampers Anonymous Booth

 

Stampfest 2018 Stampers Anonymous Booth

 

Stampfest 2018 Stampers Anonymous Booth

 

Stampfest 2018 Stampers Anonymous Booth

 

Stampfest 2018 Stampers Anonymous Booth Tim Holtz Stamps

 

Technique Junkies Stamps

 

Technique Junkies Stamps

 

 

Sparkle and Sprinkle Booth

 

Sparkle and Sprinkle Booth

 

Sparkle and Sprinkle Booth

 

 

Wonderstrumpet Stencils

Wonderstrumpet Stencils

Wonderstrumpet Stencils

Wonderstrumpet Stencils

Wonderstrumpet Stencils

Below is the list of supplies I bought:

Some items are affiliate links and any purchases made thru these links help to fund my youtube videos and websites.

Affiliate Links:

Dylusions Paints:

Pure Sunshine

http://bit.ly/RangerPureSunshine (Ranger Ink)

http://bit.ly/BlitsyPureSunshine (Blitsy)

http://bit.ly/JogglesPureSunshine (Joggles)

Cherry Pie

http://bit.ly/RangerInkCherryPiePaint (Ranger Ink)

http://bit.ly/BlitsyDylusionsCherryPiePaint (Blitsy)

http://bit.ly/JogglesCherryPiePaint (Joggles)

Chopped Pesto

http://bit.ly/RangerInkChoppedPesto (Ranger Ink)

http://bit.ly/BlitsyChoppedPesto (Blitsy)

http://bit.ly/JogglesChoppedPesto (Joggles)

Laid Back Lilac

http://bit.ly/RangerinkLaidbackLilac (Ranger Ink)

http://bit.ly/BlitsyLaidbackLilac (Blitsy)

http://bit.ly/JogglesLaidbackLilac (Joggles)

Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink Tool Set (Alcohol Ink Brushes and Spritzer)

http://bit.ly/RangerInkAlcoholInkToolSet (Ranger Ink)

http://bit.ly/BlitsyTimHoltzAlcoholInkToolSet (Blitsy)

http://bit.ly/JogglesTimHoltzAlcoholInkToolSet (Joggles)

TIM HOLTZ® STAMPERS ANONYMOUS - LAYERING STENCILS - ROSES

http://bit.ly/RangerInkTimHoltzLayeringStencilRoses (Ranger Ink)

http://bit.ly/BlitsyTimHoltzLayeringStencilRoses (Blitsy)

Tim Holtz- Cling Mount Stamp- Monstrous CMS307

http://bit.ly/2tXHLB5 (RangerInk)

http://bit.ly/2z9vYF2 (Stampers Anonymous- NON-AFFILIATE LINK)

 

Tim Holtz- Cling Mount Stamp- Theories CMS329

http://bit.ly/BlitsyTimHoltzTheoriesClingStamp (Blitsy)

http://bit.ly/2KO0y8w (Stampers Anonymous- NON-AFFILIATE LINK)

Tim Holtz- Cling Mount Stamp- Entomology (CMS328)

http://bit.ly/BitsyTimHoltzEntomologyStamp (Blitsy)

http://bit.ly/2KNh3EP (Stampers Anonymous- NON-AFFILIATE LINK)

Dylusions – Star Struck (DYR62318)

http://bit.ly/BlitsyDylusionsStarStruckStamp (Blitsy)

http://bit.ly/2MQOgNb (Stampers Anonymous- NON-AFFILIATE LINK)

 

Non-Affiliate Links:

Tim Holtz- Classics #6 SCF006 Stamp (Paper Borders)

http://bit.ly/2u3H2h2 (Stampers Anonymous)

Technique Junkies Stamps (http://techniquejunkies.com/)

#P020 WASTED: http://techniquejunkies.com/wasted/

#SD713 ROSE DOODLES: http://techniquejunkies.com/rose-doodles/

#SSD842 I’M FLUFFY http://techniquejunkies.com/im-fluffy/

#SD853 SOUL OF A GYPSY http://techniquejunkies.com/soul-of-a-gypsy/

#SD732 CHRISTMAS MUG SHOT http://techniquejunkies.com/christmas-mug-shot/

#PD003 HOT ROD http://techniquejunkies.com/pd003-hot-rod/

#S711 STENCIL RING http://techniquejunkies.com/stencil-rings/

#SD738 FLUFF YOUR TUTU http://techniquejunkies.com/fluff-your-tutu/

EMBOSSING POWDERS FROM SPARKLE AND SPRINKLES (http://www.sparklensprinkle.net)

Peacock https://sparklensprinkle.net/products/embossing-powder-peacock-opaque-ep301

Oriental Fire https://sparklensprinkle.net/products/embossing-powder-oriental-fire-ep195

Mediterranean Star https://sparklensprinkle.net/products/embossing-powder-mediterranean-star-detail-tuscany-ep429

Indian Spark https://sparklensprinkle.net/products/embossing-powder-indian-spark-ep273

Gilded Ivory https://sparklensprinkle.net/products/embossing-powder-gilded-ivory-ep267

Purple Spark https://sparklensprinkle.net/products/embossing-powder-purple-spark-ep196

 STENCILS FROM WONDERSTRUMPET STENCILS (http://strumpetstencils.etsy.com)

“eye see you” stencils 6” x 6” & 12” x 12” : https://www.etsy.com/listing/583786824/eye-see-you-stencil?ref=shop_home_active_1

“Spirit Board” stencils 6” x6” & 12” x 12” : https://www.etsy.com/listing/492572021/halloween-stencil-series-spirit-board?ref=shop_home_active_4

“Freaky Eyes Pattern” stencils 6” x 6” & 12” x 12”: https://www.etsy.com/listing/553629697/freaky-eyes-pattern-stencil?ref=shop_home_active_3

“Skull Swoop Stencil” https://www.etsy.com/listing/524473265/skull-swoop-stencil?ga_search_query=skulls&ref=shop_items_search_3

 

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Cinco de Mayo and early birthday weekend in St. Augustine, FL

Cinco de Mayo and early birthday weekend in St. Augustine, FL

Hello There,

This weekend my husband and I took a trip up to St. Augustine to meet friends for lunch and just to have a nice break and day out. We love St Augustine because of the quaintness of the historic town and all the art inspiration around it.

It turned out to be a lovely day with a nice breeze which in Florida nearing summer is a blessing. Some of the highlights were, of course, lunch at the Columbia restaurant with our friends, a trip to my favorite store Earthbound Trading Co. and a necklace purchase (early birthday present)

Below are photos I snapped to remember our day. I hope some of them bring you inspiration and a peek into my world as you start a new work week:

Mosaic tiles from welcome center area:

Beautiful garden behind one of the shops, a hidden treasure:

Goodies from my favorite store, love a good sale and color inspiration

Old architecture around town

Lunchtime at the Columbia Restaurant:

A last minute treat on the way out of town from the Silver Feather jewelry and gift shop. A lovely quartz andcitrine pendant:

 

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Weekend Review: Girl Time & Support Small Business

Weekend Review: Girl Time & Support Small Business

Hello There!

Happy Monday! I hope you had a great weekend.

My weekend consisted of much-needed girl time and craft shopping. Two of my favorite things.

On Saturday I got to go to Ulta (the makeup store) which can be kinda overwhelming, but being the good crafter I am, I got stuck in the applicator aisle thinking of all the crafty uses for the foundation sponges and dabbers. (I think I have a problem)

Sunday was filled with brunch and girl talk then I went on a mini art outing. There is a craft store I had been trying to go to, but they happen to be closed on Saturdays, which is when I’m typically in the area. This weekend I thought, this is it, it’s a Sunday they will be open. To my sadness when I got there, they were closed, but there was a note on the door for travelers to call a cell number.

To make a long story short to my delight, it was the owner, and she came and met me and opened up the shop for me!

This is where I say to SUPPORT SMALL BUSINESS when you can. True the prices can be a bit more then we find online, but we are supporting a person’s dream, and you get great one on one service. The owner was so nice and knowledgeable; I can’t wait to go back again.

So if you’re in the Volusia County area be sure to stop by and check out
Scrapbook, Crafts and more, also known as Gingham Buttons 2 (Scrapbooks, Stamps, Supplies & Gifts).

Here are some photos of my haul and stay tuned they will be showing up in some of my upcoming videos!

I love the line of darkroom door stamps and was so excited to find them in the store! Have you checked them out? darkroom door

Super excited to find Rose Gold embossing powder and the VersaMarker for writing with embossing gel for embossing. Time to make my cardboard box to use with the new Tim Holtz “Distress Resist Spray”

 

I couldn’t resist! Cats and then beautiful Mandala stamps!

Can’t wait to play with these as well. I think that curious cat will be showing up soon in my mini art journal!

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DIY Art Tag Napkin Backgrounds and Inspiration

DIY Art Tag Napkin Backgrounds and Inspiration

A question that often comes up to artists/creative types is where do we get our inspiration from, how do projects come together. Today I will give you insight into the working of the creative mind and show you how these tags came together. I hope this little journey will help inspire you to see your outings in a new way.

These tags started with a trip to visit my folks for the weekend. My mom and I always like to go out shopping, and I am always looking for inexpensive craft supplies. On this outing, I went to Tuesday Morning and the Hobby Lobby near her. Recently in one of my ATC (Artist Trading Card) groups, a napkin swap was done. I had not thought to collect napkins before. While in Tuesday morning I found these great black and white napkins that were 2.99 and 20% off. I snagged them, as they reminded me of the Tim Holtz Ideaology collage paper, and I thought what a great background they would make. While in Tuesday morning I also picked up some sale Graphics 45 washi tape, because you can never have enough washi tape.
So, after Tuesday Morning we wandered to Hobby Lobby where they had quite a bit of clearance. Here I picked up some tags on clearance, a few stamps that were about 70% off and some clearance archival ink. Now all these components didn’t’ come together for me just yet, I was just adding to my stash. Below is a shot of the haul I got all for under $25.00.

Now I just got a sewing machine for Christmas so I took my mom to look at the fabric and there were some great patterns that caught my eye. Black and white with bits of color. I took photos of them to use in my color collage book for inspiration. They would later inspire me for the tags. Here are some photos below:

Once home from my trip I dumped all my wares on the table and decided to combine the tags with one of the napkins to see how it would work out. Then I colored them, inspired by the fabric I saw.

Step 1 & 2: was to cover the tags in a mat gel medium. I peeled the napkin apart using just the colored layer. I carefully placed it on the tag and then CAREFULLY smoothed it. The napkin when wet is like tissue paper so handle with very gentle hands. I then just tore the edges and wrapped them.
I then carefully added a layer of matte medium to the top and dried with my heat gun.

Step 3. I wanted to add some color. So for one tag I used just my basic watercolors and colored in the flowers. For the other tag I wanted the flowers black and white, so instead, I used my new archival inks with a new stamp to add background colors.

 

Step 4. When all was dry, I took my black archival ink and with a dabber went around the edges of the tag.
Voila! In less than 10 minutes I have two (2) ready to use tag backgrounds. I have enough of the napkin left to probably get three more tags out of it too!

I hope this quick little tutorial gave you some inspiration and will help you see the materials you have around you in a new light. Happy craft hunting.

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