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!
You can find all the supplies I used below::
I am back with another project inspired by Tim Holtz’s Christmas 2018 tips/hacks. This project was inspired by his use of alcohol inks to hand dye beads to look like vintage bulbs. This got those gears churning. When I first got into crafting I was into jewelry making so I knew I had a stash of pearl beads with holes. In his video, he talks about the ones without holes to use in your maker projects, but I wanted to use up what I had. I decided I wanted some vintage goodies for my tree this year so I set about to make a vintage-inspired pearl tree garland, that was hand dyed. I absolutely love how this turned out, and my strand was only 4ft 6 inches when done. I plan to throughout the year collect more beads so I can make a huge one to wrap my tree next year!
Note: it is best to do this project when you can open windows and have good ventilation as the alcohol inks are strong smelling.
Here is what you need:
1. A pack of mini cups, one per color, or any smaller container (I got mine on Amazon)
2. Alcohol inks in your favorite colors. Mine were Raspberry, Lemonade, Pool, Citrus and Mountain Rose
3. Mushroom Alcohol Ink to add the vintage element.
4. Gloves to protect your skin while you work.
5. Plastic pearl beads (whatever size, shape you would like)
6. Paper towels or an old towel
7. Pearl string- this will be strong and hold the beads longer as a garland as they are heavy.
(I’d recommend getting the string when you get the pearls so you can compare the hole size to string thickness)
Here is what you do:
1. Take out one of your containers, put in a few beads (depending on size), you want them to move easily, add say 3 drops of your first alcohol ink and see if that is bright enough, add more as needed.
2. Next, add 1 to 2 drops of mushroom alcohol ink to the container and swirl again, add more as needed to age the beads to your liking.
3. Pour the beads out on your towel to dry.
4. Repeat steps 1-3 for each color until you have all the beads you want
5. Get out the pearl string and start stringing your beads.
6. When the pearl bead garland is the length you want, tie off the end. I recommend using a found object like a bell on the end
to secure the beads in place.
You can watch my process video on my Youtube Channel here: Alcohol Ink Vintage Tree Garland
Here are some close-ups and photos of my finished garland:
It’s time to break out those beads and get to crafting. You can change this up in so many ways. Maybe include some found charms, holiday charms every so often or add in some clear crystal style beads to get extra shimmer. The possibilities are endless! Have fun and remember to ventilate well.
Below is the list of supplies I used in this project:
Today I am back with a quick holiday hack courtesy of Mr. Tim Holtz. I was watching his holiday tip trick videos for 2018 and he showed dying his idea-ology trees using his distress sprays. Now I don’t have any distress sprays (yet), so I was wondering hmm, what do I have that I could use to dye the trees now. I looked around and there were my Dylusions shimmer sprays. Now I know for some folks the Dylusion line can be bold and bright but I am one of those that has two hearts for Christmas, one leans to vintage and the other is very colorful bohemian. Therefore, I took out my sprays and I LOVE LOVE LOVE the results. The Dylusions sprays worked lovely on the trees and I can’t wait for some time to incorporate them into some vignette box decorations! Just remember they are not permanent though and will react with water so if you make this lovely craft be sure to store it somewhere it will stay dry.
All I needed for this project was:
1. A cardboard box to spray over/in
2. Dylusions Shimmer Sprays in Pure Sunshine, Crushed Grape, Polished Jade, London Blue, and Bubble Gum
2. The Tim Holtz Idea-ology woodlands small tree lot
3. A container for water
4. Small cups to dip the tree tips in
5. Lots of paper towels (An old towel would work too)
You can see the process video on my Youtube channel: Dylusions Shimmer Trees
Here are some still shots of these lovely trees:
I hope these lovely vibrant trees gave you some holiday ideas to break out those Dylusion sprays and brighten up this holiday season.
Here is a full list of the supplies I used:
I am back and in this post, I share a way to use up some of the scraps we have left from our busiest card making time of the year.
So, last weekend I made about thirty (30) handmade Christmas cards. When I was all done I had all these lovely bits of scrapbook paper left over that were a bit on the small side. I hate to waste the paper so I started brainstorming on what I could do with them.
I knew I had some Artist Trading Coin swap mail coming up so I decided to use the bits for my background. I got out my 2.5″ hole punch by The Paper Studio (Purchased at Hobby Lobby) and I punched out four (4) pieces of watercolor paper and then four (4) pieces of scrapbook paper. Then the magic began.
1. I glued the scrapbook paper to the watercolor paper.
2. Using a small hole punch I punched a hole at the top of each card.
3. Prior to starting the project I pulled out my Tim Holtz Idea-ology Christmas Paper Dolls and pulled out the smallest ones I could find.
4. I also pulled out my Tim Holtz Idea-ology Christmas Ephemera Snippets and poured that on my desk.
5. I then went thru and matched a doll to ephemera for each card.
6. Next I grabbed my Tim Holtz Christmas Remnant Rubs and picked a phrase for each coin and rubbed it on.
7. Next I grabbed my Glossy Accents and used that to seal each card.
8. I let the coins dry overnight, as you are not supposed to heat them.
9. I then took my Potting Soil Archival ink and went around the edge of each one carefully to hide the white.
10. Next,I pulled out some if my Lawn Fawn twine and make a loop/string for each coin which now could also be an ornament.
11. My last step was to paint the back of each piece with some gold paint, and I signed it using a uni-ball black pen.
That was it. I had some simple ornaments that were also artist trading coins for swap mail and I was able to use up some of my stash which was also great.
If you want to watch my process video you can see it over on my youtube channel: Artist Trading Coin Ornaments
Here are some still shots for you of the finished treats:
I hope these cute little mini art pieces gave you some inspiration. For your convenince, a list of the supplies I used is below. Thank you for crafting with me and Happy Holidays
This is it, folks. My last Halloween post for 2018. I thought I’d end the Halloween season with another handmade card. I have done two Halloween cards using Tim Holtz Ephemera, so for this one, I wanted to change things up. About a month ago I was in Jo-Ann Fabrics and they were having a really great sale on their Halloween ribbons. Not knowing what I would do with them I stocked up on a few rolls anyway in several widths. I came across them again last week and realized I wanted to use them before the season was over. I decided to try my hand at a Halloween ribbon card. It’s very easy. I used a premade card background (5″ x 7″), 1/4″ wide double sided sticky tape and several rolls of ribbon in varying widths and patterns. I laid down the tape and worked my way row by row until I had covered the whole card, front, and back. In the end, to be safe I put the card thru my sewing machine to ensure if the ribbon frayed the stitch would catch it. As I final touch I added some 3D shimmer Halloween stickers I had in my stash.
I now have visions of book covers and Chrismas cards full of glitter made the same way. I also noticed if I had left the center ribbons longer I could have tied the card shut as well. Just another idea. Really a fun way to use up those ribbon bits we have tucked away.
You can watch my process video here on my youtube channel: Halloween Ribbon Handmade Card
Here are some photos of the finished card to get those wheels churning:
Thanks so much for following me thru the Halloween season. Stay tuned for my Fall and Christmas projects ahead!
Below are some of the basic tools I had while making the card:
Today I am back with another card making share. I am really starting to get into the swing of making handmade cards, and I can’t wait until the Christmas season to share some more makes with you. The glitter will be flowing!
Today’s card used:
- A premade “craft” paper card and envelope from The Paper Studio (Hobby Lobby) (5″ x 7″)
- I cut a piece of mixed media white paper down to 4 1/2″ x 6 1/2″
- I cut two pieces of scrapbook paper. One at 1 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ the other at 2 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ for layering.
- First I coated the top half of the paper with Distress Oxide in Wild Honey, that was a little yellow so I went around the edges with some Carved pumpkin distress Oxide.
- I then took out my Dylusions skull stencil and Black Soot Distress Oxide and added skulls to the top half of the page.
- Next, I glued down the two pieces of scrapbook paper, first the wider piece, then the narrower piece. I used glue so I’d have a little wiggle room to ensure they were even.
- I then edged the whole paper once dry in the Distress Oxide, Black Soot.
- I then ran the Black Soot across the scrapbook paper edges a bit to darken them.
- Next, I pulled out some washi tape with skulls and placed that across the center between the pieces of scrapbook paper to add a little extra whimsy.
- I then used dimensional foam dots to place the skull as if it were sitting on the line of the scrapbook paper.
- I then glued down my Tim Holtz Idea-ology Halloween word chip “from regions beyond”
- I used dimensional foam dots to place the background I made onto the card after I edged the face of the craft paper card with the black soot.
- Voila! A quick Halloween card, ready for some swap mail
You can follow along to my video on my Youtube channel: Tim Holtz Idea-ology Halloween Ephemera Skull Handmade Card
Here are some photos of the card:
Thanks for following along. I hope this will inspire you to look at your scrapbook paper in a new way. Don’t be afraid to get in there and tear it up to create some great layering techniques.
Below are the supplies used to make this card: