Sunday, June 8, 2014

Art is Life–A Project for Basically Bare, featuring Art Anthology and May Arts Ribbon

Good morning everyone!  Just this past week, Basically Bare, Art Anthology, and May Arts held a three-way blog swap.  I decided to cover my 6x6 Artful Binder as my project.

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First, I gave the entire binder a good coat of gesso.  Then I painted on Art Anthology Velvets in Kona, Basil, and Terracotta.  Next, I grabbed some Tiger Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Olive Crushed Wire Ribbon, and Antique Gold/Brown Satin Center Ruffle Ribbon and laid them out on the cover, and hand-pleating the Olive Ribbon (the wire running through the top and bottom of the ribbon makes this a snap).  While the glue was drying, I cut out "ART is life" from a piece of cardstock using my Brother Scan and Cut and painted it with Art Anthology Black Leather Jacket Sorbet.  I outlined it with a Uniball White Pen and glued it to my cover.  Some Prima Flowers finish it off.

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For the inside, I gesso'd the binder then painted on a couple of coats of Art Anthology Kona Velvet.  Once this dried, I stenciled on leaves using Basil Velvet.  It took a couple of applications of the stencil and paint to cover the entire inside.  Then, I ran Tiger Striped Grosgrain Ribbon along the top and bottom of both sides.

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And for the back, I painted on Art Anthology Velvet in Kona, Basil, and Terracotta, blending each color into the others, and left it plain.  The backs of albums seem to get the most wear and tear so I leave them unembellished.

In case you would like to know what supplies I used, here is a list:

Basically Bare:  6x6 Artful Binder
Art Anthology Velvets:  Kona, Basil, Terracotta
Art Anthology Sorbet:  Black Leather Jacket
May Arts Ribbon:  Tiger Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Olive Crushed Wire Ribbon, & Antique Gold/Brown Satin Center Ruffle Ribbon
TCW 6x6 Stencil:  Mini Dancing Leaves
Gesso
Uniball White Pen
Prima Flowers

Until Later……………

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Friday, May 30, 2014

Viva Las VegaStamps! DT Tryout

Okay, giving this another go.  I love Viva Las VegaStamps and would be thrilled if I was chosen.

Here’s a tag I recently completed for a swap.  I used a Viva Las VegaStamp and lots of paint.

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Oh, and the fun continues with this ATC I created using a Viva Las VegaStamps motorcycle stamp and embossing powder.

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And last but not lease, an altered Altoid tin sent in for another swap.   I used lots of Viva Las VegaStamps on this one also.

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Well, I only needed three projects, but I couldn’t resist including  this one.  It’s a journal page I created using several different stamps.  The Dancing Girl is from Viva Las VegaStamps.

So now, I just have to keep my fingers crossed!  Wish me luck!
Marilyn

Friday, May 23, 2014

LWD Team Showcase: Creating with Tim Holtz Distress Paints and Layering Stencils

Good morning!  I wanted to play around with some of my Tim Holtz Distress Paints and new Layering Stencils, so grabbed a small 4x6 wonky journal that I have for such experiments.  In this case, I wanted to create a background recipe for a future page.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA         I opened my journal up to a blank paged and grabbed the new Doily Layering Stencil.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA         And stenciled it in a few areas using tanslucent embossing paste from Studio 490.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA         I then went over the stenciled design with Tea Dye Distress Ink and a Mini Ink Blending Tool.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA         I then smeared Bundled Sage Distress Ink over the white spaces and sprayed with water.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA         Then, I used the Hearts & Latticework Layering Stencils with Weathered Wood, Victorian Velvet, and Scattered Straw Distress Paints to add some additional stenciling.  I also went in with the Victorian Velvet and covered up some of the previously applied Bundled Sage.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA         I then went over the Doily stenciled area with Victorian Velvet Distress Paint to bring out the design.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA         Next I added some additional stenciling with the Schoolhouse Layering Stencil and outlined the edges of the page with Tattered Rose Distress Marker.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA         To finish, I gave the entire page a spritz of Perfect Pearls mist in Pearl.  Now, I have a great background that I can easily recreate in my Dylusions Journal, all because I took the time to play.

You can find the products used here and many more for your crafting projects at 25% off MSRP at Lone Wolf Designs, LLC.  All you have to do is join the Lone Wolf Designs Discount Craft Supplies Facebook group.  If you haven’t joined us yet, you’re paying TOO MUCH for your craft supplies!

Supplies Used Available from Lone Wolf Designs LLC:
Tim Holtz Distress Paint:  Broken China, Victorian Velvet, Bundled Sage
Tim Holtz Layering Stencil:  Doily, Hearts, Latticwork, Schoolhouse
Tim Holtz Distress Marker:  Tattered Rose
Ranger Mister Bottle
Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tool
Ranger Perfect Pearls Mist:  Pearl

Until later……………………..
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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Beach Time! for Basically Bare

Good morning everyone.  Today, I have a couple of tags I made using the Basically Bare Celestial Shapes embellies.

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Since my tags all started out as a green file folder (you know, those really thick, rigid ones), I gave them a good coat of gesso.  I then stamped my image and colored her in with Copics.  Next, I divided my tag into thirds.  The beach sand in Art Anthology Kona Velvet, the water is Art Anthology Lagoon Velvet, and the sky is a combination of Art Anthology Frost Sorbet and Reef Velvet.   I added waves with Art Anthology Linen Sorbet and a white gel pen.  The Celestial Sun is painted with Art Anthology Lemon Tart Velvet and the Celestial Clouds have a coat of Art Anthology Frost Sorbet.  A few real seashells and a real seahorse with a few words completes the tag.

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What is a "day" tag without a "night" one.  Same image, but this time I mixed Art Anthology Reef Velvet, Linen Sorbet, and Black Leather Jacket Sorbet to give me a night-time sky.  The Celestial Moon and Star was painted with Pewter Distress Paint and then given a coat of Frost Sorbet for added sparkle.  More seashells and words (painted with Lemon Tart Velvet) and this tag is done.

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And I just couldn't resist!  I had to do one more tag with a slightly different image and wording.  Same Art Anthology paints, but this time, I used two Celestial Clouds for my sky.

All these beach-themed tags makes me want to head to the beach!

Marilyn

Supplies Used:
Basically Bare Celestial Shapes
Art Anthology Kona, Reef, Lemon Tart, & Lagoon Velvet, Frost and Black Leather Jacket Sorbet
Viva Las VegaStamps Parasol Lady in Chair & Swimsuit Lady Holding Hat
Distress Paint in Pewter
Seashells

Until later………………………….
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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Art Anthology & Colorations

Good evening everyone.  Most of you don’t know that I am the Design Team Coordinator for Art Anthology.  I know, I know, I never announced it.  I just sort of slid into the position (in fact, I’m also DT Coordinator for their sister company Basically Bare) and never made a big deal about it.

Today, I want to introduce you to Art Anthology and Colorations.  Colorations is a line of mists that is just fabulous.  Wonderful color, color-fast on fabric, layerable, just all around great to work with.  Want to know more?

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Then click here: The Art Anthology Effect

Want to see some of the awesome work the totally fabulous Dream Team girls do?  Then click over to our  Art Anthology Blog or to our Art Anthology Facebook Page.  Let me tell you, you will not be disappointed.  These ladies rock the best dimensional paint and mists there are.

Well, that’s it for now.

Until later……………………….
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Thursday, May 8, 2014

Here Birdie, Birdie, Birdie for Gauche Alchemy

Hello everyone! I decided to alter a wooden birdhouse I had hanging around my studio.  So, what to you get when you cross a wood birdhouse with Gauche Alchemy goodness? Well, take a look and see!

Front

I took a wood birdhouse and gesso’d the front to give the paint a good surface to stick to. The gesso also stopped the wood from absorbing the paint. After the gesso was dry, I gave the front a good spray with red spray paint, being careful not to spray too thickly to prevent drips and runs. When that was dry, I painted the trim and the base with dark green craft paint. Then I glued on all kinds of bits and pieces from the Banana Hammock Mixed Media Color Kit. I LOVE the cat. I think it’s a nice touch and adds to the whimsy of the birdhouse (what I was aiming for).

Side

Measuring all the sides separately (the birdhouse wasn’t even close to being square), I then laid out and cut pieces of white ouchless cardboard. I sprayed the each piece of cardboard with the same red spray paint I used on the front. It was then glued on using Weldbond glue (a good all around, all purpose glue, found at your local hardware store).

Next, I measured each of the four sections that made up the top and cut out more ouchless cardboard. This time I painted it with silver spray paint to simulate sheet metal. Looks good doesn’t it?

I know I say this a lot, but this was FUN! Now, go grab you some glue, color kits, a little ouchless cardboard, maybe some punchinella, and see what awesomeness you can create.

Until later………….

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Friday, May 2, 2014

I Am Not Afraid: Mini Album for Basically Bare

This is a mini album I recently finished for Basically Bare.  DCWV was wonderful enough to provide us with some awesome paper.  I chose the Basically Bare Polly's Pocket album because it worked so well with DCWV's Hey Sailor paper stack.

Cover Not Afraid

The paper is nice and thick and very vibrant.  Here I cut a piece to fit the cover, adhering it with my Xyron.  Then, I cut one of the sayings out, matted it with another piece of paper from the stack, and adhered it to the front.

Page 2-3 Not Afraid Page 3-4 Not Afraid

The paper sheets are well coordinated and they flow seamlessly from one design to another.

Page 6-7 Not Afraid Page 8-9 Not Afraid

I chose one paper for the back of all the pages, but the fronts each have a different color/design of paper that I coordinated with the Polly's Pocket inserts.  A thin piece of gold braid accents each of the pockets.

Page 10-11 Not Afraid

I left the backs and the inside covers blank so I can add pictures and words at a later date.

Many thanks to Design Cuts With A View (DCWV) for supplying us with such wonderful paper.  Why don't you go visit them?

Supplies Used:

Basically Bare:  Polly's Pocket Album
DCWV Paper Stack:  Hey Sailor

Until later………………

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