Monday, April 7, 2014

Altered Board Book Turned Color Journal for Gauche Alchemy

Hello everyone! Today I want to share a project I did for Gauche Alchemy a few weeks back.  It’s another spread for my Color Book. It’s been a while since I did one and I thought it was time. For this go ’round, I decided to use purple. So, I grabbed my Purple People Eater Mixed Color Kit and started gluing.

purple color art journal

Just as a reminder, this book started life as a Sesame Street children’s board book. For this spread, I glued down vintage magazine paper from the Scrap Yo’ Stash & Nekkid kits to cover the very bright pictures. I followed this up with a thin coat of gesso.

altered board book

Next came the background. I stenciled and stamped with purple ink (in keeping with the purple theme), then cut up some different colors and sizes of punchinella and laid them out randomly on the page. I also glued down a couple of pieces of mesh from the color kit. TIP: Spray glue works wonderful with “holey” things like punchinella and mesh.

altered book art journal

Then I just started laying down all the bits and pieces. I always get everything where I want it to be before gluing.

altered board book art journal

Playing cards, money, buttons, swizzle sticks; all kinds of goodies and all in shades of glorious purple.

As you all know, I love the Gauche Alchemy kits, not only because I design for them, but because they are just so much fun to use.

Until later…………..
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Thursday, April 3, 2014

The Caged Bird Sings – Basically Bare

Good morning everyone.  For my newest Basically Bare project, I decided to play around with a chunk of wood and created this chunky ATC.  I love the fact that it's three-dimensional and allows for multiple surfaces to be creative on.

I first gesso'd the entire block of wood to provide a smoother surface to work with along with hiding some of the wood grain (this started life as a 2x4).  I then sprayed it all over with Art Anthology Colorations in Timeless, Studio Blue, and Honey Bee.  Next I stamped with a JustRite Filigree Leaves stamp then stenciled vines over it using Studio 490 Embossing Paste that I tinted with inks.

The cage is a Sizzix die cut I colored with a gold metallic marker.  The bird is from our Stack-a-bellies Bird set, painted with Art Anthologies Desire Velvet.

For this side, I used a Happy Little Tree.  I chose a cardboard bottom I pained with Kona Velvet and a felt top painted with Evergreen Sorbet.  The birdhouse and bird are from an old Crafty Secrets clear stamp set called Birds at Home.

For this side, I cut a branch from Paper Binderie using a Sizzix die and then painted it with Cinnamon Twist Colorations.  The metal key is from my stash.

Another branch cut from Paper Binderie graces this side, along with a couple of metal bits I found in my stash.  As you can see, I embossed vines on all sides of this block.

My chunky ATC is now winging its way to its new owner.  I'm ready to start another one!

Thank you for joining me today!

Supplies Used:
Basically Bare:  Stack-a-bellies Birds, Happy Little Trees, Paper Binderie
Art Anthology Colorations:  Timeless, Studio Blue, Honey Bee, Cinnamon Twist
Art Anthology Paints:  Desire & Kona Velvet, Evergreen Sorbet
JustRite Filigree Leaves Stamp
Studio 490 Translucent Embossing Paste
Rainbow Inks: Metallic Green & Metallic Bronze
Dylusions 5x8 Leaf Flourish Stencil
Sizzix Bigz Die:  Caged Bird
Sizzix Movers & Shapers Die:  Mini Branch & Leaf Set
Crafty Secrets Birds at Home Stamp

Monday, March 31, 2014

Living Life

Good morning everyone.  Here’s a project I recently completed for Basically Bare!  I've been playing around with their Artful Binders again, and today I have a journal page using the 8-1/2 x 11 canvas sheets that are one of the expansion packs for the binder.

I started out by spraying Art Anthology Colorations in Peacock Feathers, Patience, Sangria, Guacamole, and Juicy, then misting with water to help blend all the colors.  Next I took a paintbrush and randomly spread Art Anthology Velvet in Lemon Tart and Tango around the canvas, blending well.  Then I randomly stamped around the page with black archival ink and chicken wire and script stamps.  I like to use unmounted cling stamps when I work on journal pages since it allows me to control the exact placement of the stamp.

I then used Studio 490 black embossing paste and the Tim Holtz Dot Fade stencil to add more texture.  I followed this up by stamping with the leaf stamp from Dylusions Doodle Parts stamp set using Art Anthology Shamrock Velvet.  The word "Dance" is made using Idea-ology Alpha Parts Signature pieces and the dancing girl is a stamp from Viva Las VegaStamps that I colored with Copic markers and then cut out.

For the bottom of the page, I used a frame from the Basically Bare Fanciful Frames II set, coloring it with Art Anthology Sorbet in Buttercream.  The inside square is a piece of chipboard that began life the middle of one of the frames.  I stamped "Admit One" onto it and then sprinkled Stampendous Color Fragments in Powder Blue and Chiffon around the edges.

The backside of the canvas was sprayed with Art Anthology Colorations in Raider, Timeless, Paprika, Mocha, and Plush, followed up by a couple of spritzes of water to help the colors blend.  I then stamped the background with a Stampers Anonymous Reflections stamp (no block used) and Brilliance Black Pigment Ink (due to the dark base colors).

Next I stenciled in arrows using Art Anthology Wineberry Velvet and TCW's 12x12 Arrows & Hearts stencil.  Then, I stenciled some coffee rings using Studio 490 silver embossing paste a the TCW 12x12 Well Rounded stencil.  The children are a stamp from Viva Las VegaStamps that I colored with Copic Markers and cut out.

More stenciling done with the TCW 12x12 Dots & Dashes stencil and Art Anthology Truffle Velvet.  Then I grabbed a my Tim Holtz Cargo Stencil and using a PITT Artist Pen, stenciled in  "Live Life".  I outlined the lettering with a white gel pen.

These journal pages were a blast to do.  I love to get inky, and with all the colors I used, that wasn't a problem (my hands were very colorful after this).  The whole point to this is to live life to the fullest and not be afraid to try new things.  Considering all the new techniques I tried out of this canvas expansion pack panel, I definitely "lived life" with this project.

Until later………………
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Supplies Used:
Basically Bare:  8-1/2x11 Artful Binder Canvas Expansion Pack Page, Fanciful Frames II
Art Anthology Colorations:  Peacock Feathers, Patience, Sangria, Guacamole, Juicy, Raider, Timeless, Paprika, Mocha, Plush
Art Anthology Sorbet:  Buttercream
Art Anthology Velvet:  Shamrock, Lemon Tart, Tango, Truffle, Wineberry
Ideo-ology Alpha Parts Signature
Stampendous Color Fragments
Dylusions Doodle Parts Stencil
TCW:  12x12 Arrows & Hearts Stencil, 12x12 Dots & Dashes Stencil, 12x12 Well Rounded Stencil
Tim Holtz:  Dot Fade Stencil, Cargo Stencil
Studio 490:  Black & Silver Embossing Pastes
Stampers Anonymous Mixed Media Reflections Stamp
Viva Las VegaStamps Dancing Girl, Children with Car Stamps

Monday, March 24, 2014

LWD Design Tool Review Tuesday: Tim Holtz Ideaology Unmounted Stamp Binder and Unmounted Stamp Binder Refill Pockets

For today’s Tool Review Tuesday, I’m reviewing the Tim Holtz Unmounted Stamp Binder and related Refill Pockets.

The binder measures a generous 10 x 9.75 x 3, giving it plenty of room to hold all your Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Stamps.  It can also hold transfers, stickers, etc.

It comes with three refill pockets to get you started.

The pockets are very roomy and easily hold your cling stamps (mine are stuck to a piece of acetate) and the stamp guide that comes with them. 

I slide my cling stamps into the pocket, attached to the piece of acetate they come with, put you can actually stick them directly to the outside back of the pocket.  The pocket is made to hold the stamp guide so you can see which stamps you have in what pocket.

What’s also so great about this binder is that the Stampers Anonymous stamp sets that come with their own three-hole punched cover fit directly into the binder.  No need for separate binders for the different types of stamps.

Refill pages are sold in packs of five.

I currently have six refill pockets in my binder and six Stampers Anonymous stamp sets, and I still have plenty of room for more refill pages.  My next step is going to be moving all my clear Tim Holtz stamps out of the CD cases they are in and into these pockets.
This is a very handy binder.  All my Tim Holtz and S.A. stamps are together and at my fingertips.  The zipper enclosure insures that if one of my stamps comes lose (not likely but possible), that it will stay in the binder and not fall out.  I plan on buying a couple of more of these because I do have so many of these stamps to file. Until now, they’ve been stacked in a plastic bin, hard to find and hard to use.
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 Ideaology Unmounted Stamp Binder
Tim Holtz Ideaology Unmounted Stamp Binder Refill Pages

Until later……………………………………….
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Thursday, March 13, 2014

LWD Design Team Showcase: Dylusions Mini Couture Stamp Set & Around the Edge Stamp Set

I’ve been on a journal page-making spree again.  They are so much fun to do and really allow me to express myself.  For this page, I used the Dylusions Mini Couture Stamp Set.

First, I glued down some sheet music and pieces of paper out of a book using Gel Medium.  While I was at it, I decided to do both pages since I had already torn up enough paper.

Then, I followed with a light layer of gesso.

Using ink blending tools, I applied a bunch of different colors of Distress Ink.  I wanted this page to be bright, so I chose really vibrant colors, blending well.

I stamped all my images using Archival Ink.  The stamps I used were from the Dylusions Mini Couture and Around the Edge sets.

Now color, color, color.  I used a ton of Distress Ink Markers (most of which I forgot to write down) to fill in the images. 

Next, I stamped in my sentiments from the Dylusions Say What You Mean set and added a few more stamped images from my stash to fill in holes.

The finished page.  Let me say that for me, these pages are a learning experience.  I get to play with all kind of fun stuff along with practicing my layering techniques.  After critiquing my page, I noticed where I needed more background stamping or possibly some stenciling.  It would have helped fill in the “holes” that I see.  I also could have added some tulle or cheesecloth to give the page more texture and keep it from being so flat. 

So, nope, we designers don’t always totally love what we create.  However, we are constantly learning from our mistakes we can get better and better.

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!

Dylusions Mini Couture Stamp Set
Dylusions Around the Edge Stamp Set
Dylusions Say What You Mean Stamp Set
Distress Ink:  Fired Brick, Peeled Paint, Mowed Lawn, Squeezed Lemonade, Broken China, Scattered Straw, Peacock Feathers, Spiced Marmalade
Ranger Ink Blending Tool
Distress Markers (some that were used):  Scattered Straw, Mustard Seed, Fired Brick, Black Soot, Pine Needles, Peeled Paint, Faded Jeans

Friday, February 21, 2014

Happy Little Spoon – A Project for Gauche Alchemy

Hello everyone!  Today I have an altered spoon for you that I created for Gauche Alchemy.  The spoon was included in the Happy Housewives Kit and I just couldn’t resist.

First, I covered the bowl of the spoon with a piece of red-checkered napkin from the kit. Using decoupage medium, I carefully smoothed out the napkin into the bowl, around the sides, and onto the back. I then sealed it with another couple of coats to protect the thin napkin. Next I wrapped the red plaid material from the kit around the handle and glued it down. I used Glossy Accents, but would have been better off with a fabric glue. I then took the piece of embroidered ribbon (kit) and glued it to a strip of chipboard to make a good, sturdy background for the spoon itself. The spoon was then glued to the embroidery strip.

I then started embellishing. A clock face with a clay flower and an ampersand worked well with the spoon.

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Then I glued a piece of washi tape around the bottom of the handles, just above the bowl. There was this cute little red butterfly in the kit just begging to be used along with several flowers which I glued into the bowl of the spoon. To finish it off, I glued on a hanger to the top back so I could display it on my wall.

As I usually do, I tried to use as much from the kit as humanly possible just to show you how AWESOME these kits are. The only items not from the kit are the ampersand, hanger, and the centers of the flowers. The best part? I have oodles and oodles left to create even more cool things!

So get out there and create!

Until later………………..

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With Feeling – A Basically Bare Project

Good morning everyone!  Today I want to share how I inked, stamped, stenciled, gesso’d, and painted a Basically Bare Krafty Keepsake Plain Jane album.  This album comes with a front and back cover made of cardboard, four craft envelopes, and a chipboard divider.  It was tons of fun getting inky with this really cool album.

Album Cover

I started by gessoing the cover and then spraying it with Art Anthology Studio Blue, Honey Bee, and Lark colorations.  Next I stenciled over it with a shattered stencil and silver embossing paste.  The resulting cover is beautiful but very hard to photograph as the silver embossing paste reflects any bit of light.

Album Cover Inside

For the inside cover, I again gesso’d the cardboard, this time spraying it with Art Anthology Colorations in Cinnamon Twist, Plush, and Juicy.  I then stenciled over the mists with modeling paste I tinted with Rainbow Ink, using a damask stencil and a stripes stencil.

1st Envelope Front 1st Envelope Back

I then grabbed my stamps and had fun stamping the front and back of the first envelope.  I colored the sea grass and fish using Copic markers.

2nd Envelope Front 2nd Envelope Back

I apologize for the dark spot on the photo.  It wasn’t until I was editing my pictures that I realized that I had a shadow & of course, there was not time to take another.  I grabbed more stamps and had fun stamping and coloring with a combination of Copics and Distress Inks on the 2nd envelope.

Middle Front Middle Back

For the middle divider, I painted the front side of the chipboard with Art Anthology Velvet in Truffle, Mardi Gras, and Orchid and then covered it with Distress Crackle Rock Candy.  The back of the divider was painted with Art Anthology Velvet in Cotton Candy, Kona, and Fiesta, then covered with Distress Crackle Rock Candy.  The stamps are from Stampers Anonymous and were stamped with archival ink before spreading on the crackle.

3rd Envelope Front 3rd Envelope Back

For this next set of envelopes, I decided to pull out my circle graph and ceiling tile stencils and used them with some Art Anthology Velvets in Terracotta, and Basil.  The stenciled graph was highlighted with Red Hot UTEE.

4th Envelope Front 4th Envelope Back

More stenciling with paints using Art Anthology Velvets in Basil, Desire, and Reef with fern and rain drop stencils.  To keep my paint from leaking under the stencils, I used a makeup sponge, dabbed it into the paint, then pounced it on my craft sheet a couple of times to remove most of the paint.  This keeps seepage to a minimum.

Back Cover InsideBack Cover Outside

For the inside of the back cover, I first gesso’d the cardboard then sprayed on Art Anthology Colorations in Glorious, Fern Leaf, Denim, and Lark.  Next I used my jumbled stencil and stenciled over that with Golden Clear Granular Gel colored with Rainbow Ink. This was followed with a dot stencil and Distress Ink to add random circles.  For the outside of the back cover, I once again gesso’d the cardboard and then sprayed it with Art Anthology Colorations in Lark, Honey Bee, and Studio Blue.  Then I stenciled in large raindrops using silver embossing paste.

Okay, honestly, this was a lot of work.  I didn’t complete it in a few hours, but it was fun and highly rewarding.  I experimented with different mediums and tools and had a blast.  Now, grab you one of our great albums, your pastes, paints, stencils, inks, and the like, and go have yourself some fun!

Until later…………………….

Supplies Used:
Basically Bare Krafty Keepsake Plain Jane Album
Art Anthology Colorations:  Studio Blue, Lark, Honey Bee, Cinnamon Twist, Plush, Juicy, Glorious, Fern Leaf, Denim, and Lark
Art Anthology Velvet:  Truffle, Mardi Gras, Orchid, Cotton Candy, Kona, Fiesta, Terracotta, Basil, and Desire
Stencils:  Clear Scraps Shattered; Studio 490 Yikes Stripes, Classic Words, & Just Dotty; Prima Damask & Raindrops; Colorbox Jumbled, TCW Ceiling Tile (12×12), 4 Ferns (12×12), & Raindrops (12×12)
Rainbow Ink:  Metallic Bronze and Metallic Blue
Studio 490 Silver Embossing Paste
Liquitex Modeling Paste
Distress Crackle in Rock Candy
Stamps:  Dylusions Seaweed & Fish School; AI Cash Keeper & Golden Oldies; Hero Arts Wildflower; and SA Classics #1
Copic Markers
Distress Inks in Rusty Hinge, Spiced Marmalade, and Black Soot
Golden Clear Granular Gel
Liquitex Gesso