June 2019 Side Street Design Studio Monthly Art Inspiration Challenge

June 2019 Side Street Design Studio Monthly Art Inspiration Challenge

Happy Saturday,

Phew is it really June. For most people that means kids out of school, summer plans, summer vacations. For makers like me, I am thinking about the fall holiday season. I know I know it’s still months away right, but my brain is going. I am thinking of all the wonderful tutorial videos I want to make and share with you guys for the holiday season. So on top of that brainstorming, I took a little holiday myself this month. I went to visit my sister in Texas and in doing so rediscovered my love of vintage treasure hunting! So expect to see some of that mixed in on my site now as well.

Now I know what you are really here for so let’s get to it! It’s the second Saturday in June, which means over on the Side Street Design Studio Facebook Group I have released the June 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:

So for this month I went to work in my Dylusions black journal and took on the challenge of shimmer sprays. I love collage and I was determined to use it with these water reactive sprays. It was a little bit of a challenge, but in the end, I loved the result. I also have noticed I am on a bit of a cat theme lately it seems. Nothing wrong with that though. We got to go with what we feel.

You can watch the process video on my Youtube channel: June 2019 Side Street Design Studio Prompt Challenge

Here are photos of the finished page:

So here are some tips and tricks I learned from doing this page:

1. You can use a white china marker to write over Dylusions sprays when they are dry and so far the spray has not absorbed the white!
2. If you want to collage over shimmer sprays, apply the collage medium to the back of the tissue off page, then gently place the tissue on the page. Use a brush on top of the tissue to gently dab it down. Do not apply the collage directly to the page or all your colors will run.
3. Remember Dylusions Sprays are water reactive so although they dry they will reactivate if wet. Keep that in mind if you are journaling, so you know how to work your we layers first.
4. Have fun! Keep pushing thru!

I look forward to seeing your work over in our facebook group!

Below you will find a list of all supplies used. Please note these are affiliate links which means I do receive a small percentage of purchases made. The proceeds go to help run the blog and my youtube channel so I can keep sharing my passion with my crafting family. Thank you.


If you are having trouble seeing the thumbnails check out the list of products here: Product List

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Dina Wakley Media Artist Trading Cards

Dina Wakley Media Artist Trading Cards

Happy Wednesday,

I am trying to get myself back into the swing of things after spending a wonderful extended weekend with my sister in Texas. I don’t have a blog post on it yet, but if you head over to my Youtube channel I do have a VLOG of the weekend and our treasure hunting. You can find the video here: Weekend in Texas 

Today I have a final set of ATC’s to share with you. When I went to the back to back retreat in March I had made a set of Tim Holtz Fairy Wing Atc’s and a set of Dina Wakley Media ATC’s. This post will be a share on how I made the Dina Waklely Media ATCs and I finally remembered to take some in-process photos for you. I promise I’m going to work on that, but you know how it is you get started and fly thru and then your done before you know it.

So for this piece I used:
1. A piece of Canson Watercolor Paper 11″ x 15″
2. I prepped it with clear gesso.
3. I then applied scribble sticks both dry at first and then dipped in water.
4. I dried the page well.
5. I then added some of the Dina Wakley Collage Tissue with Distress Collage Medium (I know now the Dina Wakley Gel Medium works much better to make her tissue transparent.
6. Once I dried that all again, I did splatters with the Dina Wakley Media paint in “Ancient”
7. Again I let that all dry and then cut the paper up into 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ cards.
I believe I made 18 out of one sheet of paper.
8. Next out came the Tim Holtz Tonic Studios Stamp Platform, my Distress Archival Ink in Black Soot and several of the Dina Wakley Media Stamps.
9. I did one image per card and then went back with the Dina Wakley Collage Tissue quote sheets to add quotes to each card.
10. When the cards were all dry I made borders using a black multiball pen.

This is a great way to use your favorite designer or to batch make cards if you have an event coming up. Start with a large sheet and make a massive background. It looks completely different once you have it all cut up.

You can watch the full video here on my Youtube Channel: Dina Wakley Media ATC’s

Here are photos of the process:

 

I hope these mini treasures will inspire you to pull out some of your favorite stamp sets and get to creating. This is alway a great way to make batch mini presents or little thank you notes. If you an etsy shop owner wouldn’t one of these be fun to include for your customer as a treat! I can’t wait to see what you create, be sure to tag me on social media so I can see @sidestreetdesignllc.

Below is a full list of supplies used. (Note: these are affiliate links, which means I receive a small percentage of any sales made that help keep my blog and Youtube channel going)

If you can’t see the thumbnails, here is a link to a list of supplies (LIST)

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May 2019 Side Street Design Studio Monthly Journal Prompts Challenge

May 2019 Side Street Design Studio Monthly Journal Prompts Challenge

Hello,

As I type this post for you today it is a stormy day in Florida. Rain all afternoon, the wind blowing, so it felt like a good time to pour some tea and have a chat with you folks. When you read this it will be the second Saturday of May and as it turns out that is my birthday! That’s right I will be turning 36 this year. As I look back on the year so far it’s been a bit of a hectic start, but there has been good in the year too. February marked my 5 years being cancer free! What a way to start out my 36th year. I also look back to this time last year, I was just starting my blog and my youtube channel, only 5 months in. Then I had 16 followers on youtube and I thought am I crazy to do this. Flash forward to now I have 350 followers on youtube and many lovely followers on my blog as well. So on my birthday I just want to say thank you. Thank you to my followers and friends for sticking with me and stopping by to see what is new. You are the reason I keep going, and with that let’s jump into this month’s challenge page!

It’s the second Saturday in May, which means over on the Side Street Design Studio Facebook Group I have released the May 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:

So for this month, I am really into my new Dina Wakley Media White journal. The paper is heavy duty and you can really make a mess in it. The small 6″ x 6″ size makes it ideal for quick journal pages and travel. I am also trying to work harder to put more of me in my journaling. I love photos and I use to be huge on scrapbook albums but not the days get so busy I don’t sit to do the scrapbooking I use to. That’s why I was happy to have pulled the prompt to “use a personal photo” in this month’s journal. It is a quick and fun way to capture moments in time. Some of the supplies I ended up using this month were Dina Wakley Media Paint in peacock, magenta, lime, and buff. I used her new stencils X’s and Cat Head. I threw in a little stabillo scribbling and of source Dina Wakley Media Collage Tissue Paper for my ephemera and quote.

You can watch the process video on my Youtube channel: May 2019 Side Street Design Studio Prompt Challenge

Here are photos of the finished page:

The lime and magenta were new colors for me and boy oh boy are they now my favorite. I loved how they really just popped off the page and accented the black and white.

I hope you will join in the fun and that I will see your art over in the facebook group. Thanks for stopping by and sharing my birthday with me. Hugs!

 

Below you will find a list of all supplies used. Please note these are affiliate links which means I do receive a small percentage of purchases made. The proceeds go to help run the blog and my youtube channel so I can keep sharing my passion with my crafting family. Thank you.

 


If you can’t see the thumbnail images of the supplies you can follow the link to the list here: Product List

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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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Double Feature! Easy Embossed Christmas Cards.

Double Feature! Easy Embossed Christmas Cards.

Hello my wonderful followers! I hope you are having a very merry holiday season. I have been swept up the in the glitter and making and have finally come up for a little break! I spend all last weekend making thirty handmade holiday cards to get out in the mail. My studio of course now looks like a mini tornado hit and the cats have been covered in glitter for days. I’m sure you can relate! It’s a wonderful time of the year. Now since I have been tucked away making things for family I have been a little behind in sharing some latest treats with you. That’s why today you are getting a double feature. Both of these card sets have aired on my Youtube in the last week, so if you want to get my most recent videos you can head on over there and hit subscribe and the bell icon and you will get notified when new videos hit there, before they hit the blog. (Youtube Channel)

Now on to the glitter! First up for you I have a set of really cute whimiscal cat cards. Any of you that have read my profile know I’m a rescue cat mom and when I saw this stamp at the Technique Junkies booth at Stampfest in July I knew I had to have it for Christmas. I paired it with some whimsical stencil background and voila! A Christmas card that is sure to make anyone laugh this holiday season. 

You can see how I made thes cards in my video here: Embossed Christmas Cat Cardswhimsical 

Here are some still shots: 

These were 6 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ cards with a piece of 5 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ scrapbook paper applied, and the image was stamped on 3″ x 3″ watercolor heavy stock paper. 

At the bottom I will post all the supplies used for both card sets. 

Now, this next set was made assembly line style for a really quick holiday pick. I used a premade card blank, then one piece of scrapbook paper and one embossed stamp so it took maybe ten minutes to make six. A great way to make an elegant, kraft paper style, gold embossed “Season’s Greetings” card.  One tip I will share is that after making thirty cards this year I am definitely getting one of those tape guns next year. The sticking of the double sided tape did slow me down a bit. 

You can watch the process video on these cards here:  Gold Embossed “Season’s Greetings” cards. 

Here are some stills for you: 

Now these cards were 7″ x 5″ with 6 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ pieces of scrapbook paper, and the black cardstock was the size of the stamp plus half an inch so about 3″ x 3 1/2″ ish. 

Below I will list all the supplies used. I hope these two designs will get those creative juices flowing this holiday season. All you need is some cardstock, bits of scrap paper and one stamp and you can have a lovely set of embossed cards. Thanks for stopping by and happy making!

Embossed Cat Cards Supply List: 

Embossed Season’s Greetings Card Supply List: 

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Tim Holtz Christmas Paper Doll Artist Trading Coin Ornaments

Tim Holtz Christmas Paper Doll Artist Trading Coin Ornaments

Hello Folks,
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.
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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


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