Sunday, May 1, 2016

May New Releases - Technique Junkies Blog Hop

Good Morning Junkies!!  Hope your May is starting off great.  I don't know about where you live, but here in south Louisiana, we are rapidly approaching summer.  Since May is shaping up to be a great month, the Technique Junkies team is hosting a blog hop to share all the exciting new May Releases with you.  So join us today as we hop into May and showcase all the new stamps  Don't forget to to visit each team members blog in order not to miss any of the fun.  If you  haven’t started at the beginning, please visit the Technique Junkie Designer Blog (http://techniquejunkies.blogspot.com) so you are sure to catch it all!

You've just seen Robin's project.  Her work always impresses me to no end.

Here is the hop participants in order:


Today for your viewing pleasure, I have a journal spread and a card (yep, did another one).  First up, the journal spread.



 I already had to background started since I had been playing around with a Stencil Girl stencil.  The Mama and Baby stamp fit perfectly with that stencil and I decided to go for it.  I got started by splattering the already started background with Art Anthology Juicy, Valentine, and Plush Colorations along with some watered down Gesso (yep, I'm all into splatters right now).  I then laid down some drywall tape on each side and stenciled over that with Art Anthology Off the Grid stencil and some brown ink.  Next I stenciled some numbers using Art Anthology's Got Your Number stencil and Black Leather Jacket Sorbet.  I then stamped Mama and Baby onto some mixed media paper with black ink, cut out the image and glued it down to my page.  The white between the two elephants was glaring, so I brushed on some Art Anthology Sandcastle Colorations to tone it down.  I added more splatters with watered down black Gesso then stamped Full of Love onto some tissue paper with Versafine ink.  I cut out the sentiment and glued it to the page using soft matte gel.  Done!


I played around with several different ideas to try and showcase this great stamp and decided on a card.  I used the Inky Bands tutorial from Simple Sassy Inking Techniques to get started.  I stamped Face the Sunshine in Versafine black ink since it's the absolutely blackest ink I have found and that's what this called for.  I trimmed up the image and layered it on some yellow polka dotted paper.  I then glued this down to my card, offsetting to the right.  I sprayed a piece of seam binding with Art Anthology Glorious and once it was dried, added it down the left side of my card.  I finished it off with mini flatback pearls.

Love the new May Releases?  Well, they are currently on sale for 15% off through May 8th!   Go to http://techniquejunkies.com/ click on May 2016 Releases.

Thanks for stopping by and leaving your thoughts in my comments section.  I truly love hearing what you have to say!  You are at the final stop on our April Releases Hop --- If you want to see the entire hop, please head over to the Technique Junkies blog to get started.

Until later,


Marilyn

Gecko Galz May Challenge - In The Garden

Good morning everyone!  This month's challenge over on the Gecko Galz blog is Garden of Dreams.  I got to flipping through all my Gecko Galz collage sheets and ran across the perfect image.  It was perfect for a fat book page.


I already had a piece of watercolor paper cut to size so I used that, but since the paper is being covered up, a piece of cardstock would have worked just as well.

1)  Cover your card with paper from the Gecko Galz Papilion Paper Pack.
2)  I used an image from the Gecko Galz Spring Gems collage sheet.  Trim.
3)  Layer your image on top of two colors of coordinating scrapbook paper and trim to size.  Set them at an angle to each other then glue everything together.
4)  Take a piece of Fern Garland (Alpha Stamps), emboss with light green embossing powder, and slight it up underneath the bottom of your image.
5)  Layer on Mini Roses in Variegated Pink, Yellow, and Pink (Alpha Stamps) at the bottom left edge of your image and at the top left corner.
6)  Slide some fern greenery down under your roses and a view vines in between your paper layers.

You are done!  I've begun experimenting with layering papers and embellishments in a format similar to what I have seen scrapbookers do (I watch a LOT of videos).  I have to say that even though I'm just started giving this a try, I really like the way it looks and you can expect to see more of it from me.

Hope you've enjoyed this.  Don't forget to get your entry in to the Gecko Galz challenge.  There's a great prize up for grabs!

Until later............



Marilyn

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Having Fun with Gecko Galz Collage Sheets; ATCs & Journal Pages & a Free Digi Stamp

Good morning everyone!  I've got quite a few projects to share with your today.  ATCs and Journal Pages I created using the wonderful collage pages produced by Gecko Galz.  And of course, I have your free image for this month.

First up, a trio of ATCs.



I used an image from Beach Babes Collage Sheet over a background created with Paper Artsy paints in Baltic Blue, Granny Smith, and Snowflake.  The anchor is by Petticoat Parlor.


This ATC uses images from By The Sea Collage Sheet over a background created with Paper Artsy paints in Caribbean Sea, Captain Peacock, and Snowflake.  The clouds are by Um Wow.


And finally for this ATC, I again used an image from By The Sea Collage Sheet over a background created with Paper Artsy paints in Mermaid, Beach Hut, and South Pacific.  The seashell is by Petticoat Parlor.


I love this journal page.  I started by painting the page with black acrylic paint.  When that dried, I painted a thin coat of white acrylic paint over a roughly square section where I wanted my image to go.  I then stenciled several suns using Joggles Here Comes The Sun stencil and Dylusions Lemon Zest paint.  Next I stenciled arrows along the edges using TCW Arrows and Hearts and Dylusions Cut Grass.  I decided I needed a little yellow where my image was going so painted a little of the Lemon Zest over the white.  I then cut out You Are My Sunshine from the Beautiful Words Collage Sheet and glued it to my page.  At the last second, I added some Art Ingredients Micro Beads in Pollen and Grass across my page.


And finally, here's the journal page I created using this month's Free Digi Stamp.  I colored my stamp with Twinking H2O's and then cut out the part I wanted to use.  For the background, I used Hero Art's Wildflower Garden and green ink.  I then stenciled with the Tim Holtz Latticework stencil and Art Anthology Stucco.  I splattered on red, orange, white, black, and brown ink and then began layering.  I used a couple of complementary pieces of paper cut slightly larger than my digi stamp image and glued them down.  I slipped diecuts from the Sizzix Wildflower Thinklits set between layers and added some floral accents from Little B.

That brings us to this.......your free stamp!  Enjoy!


Thank you for joining me today.  Until later...............


Marilyn

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Flamingo Tag with Technique Junkies

Good morning everyone.  I have a fun tag to share with you today.


This is a fun stamp to play with.  Let me state up front that I used coated tags.  This does mute the vibrancy of the sprays somewhat.

First, I sprayed the entire tag with Art Anthology Sandcastle Colorations.  Then I sprayed Siesta Key, Wild Orchid, and Plush Colorations through a Joggles Flower Patch stencil and dried.

I stamped Flamingo by Technique Junkies with Palette Belle Rose using my Misti (how did I ever stamp without it!) and embossed with Lindy's Stamp Gang Hibiscus Rose Orange.  It wasn't quite dark enough with the colorful background so I re-stamped with black archival ink and then hit it with a heat gun to allow the ink to blend with the embossing.  I finished up with some matching purple fiber.

Thanks for dropping by today.  Until later.........



Marilyn

Friday, April 1, 2016

Gecko Galz April Challenge - Roses, Lace, and Butterflies


Hello Everyone!  This month's challenge over on the Gecko Galz Blog is Roses, Lace, and Butterflies.  I love butterflies, though roses and lace can prove somewhat of a challenge for me to work with.  That in mind, I created a postcard tag incorporating all three.


I used images from Butterfly Kisses, Butterflies and Birds, Papillion Jewel It, and Stay Young and Beautiful.  These I layered on top of paper from the Papillion Digital Paper Pack.  I outlined the tag with some braided lace and then tied a piece of pink lace through the hole.

Remember, April showers bring May flowers!  And don't forget to check out the Gecko Galz Etsy store for this and other great images.  Until later........................



Marilyn

April New Releases - Technique Junkies Blog Hop


Good Morning Junkies!!  Hope your April is starting off great.  Is it finally warming up where you are?  Here in south Louisiana, things have been pleasantly warm for the past couple of weeks.  Now for all the April showers to start!  Since April is shaping up to be a great month, the Technique Junkies team is hosting a blog hop to share all the new exciting April Releases with you.  So join us today as we hop into April and showcase all the new stamps  Don't forget to to visit each team members blog in order not to miss any of the fun.  If you  haven’t started at the beginning, please visit the Technique Junkie Designer Blog (http://techniquejunkies.blogspot.com) so you are sure to catch it all!

You've just seen Karen's project and I think you have to agree her work is phenomenal!!  The things she can create always amaze and astound me.

Here is the hop participants in order:

In honor of the great outdoors-related stamps I received, I created a trio of ATCs.  Hope you enjoy them!



I LOVE this stamp!  Every time I look at this, I'm reminded of how much my husband and son love to fish.  I started by spraying the background with Art Anthology Juicy and Wild Orchid Colorations, blotting and drying until they were blended.  I then stamped Arm in Cast Stamp with Versamark black ink, added a trout embellishment, and then outlined the ATC with some swirly cirlce rubons.


This was super simple. I sprayed the ATC with Art Anthology Patience and Salmon Colorations and allowed them to run slightly.  I then stamped Crabby, Set of 3 Stamp Set and the Sentiment "Let's get crackin" that comes with the set in black Versamark ink.  I finished by adding "X"s, courtesy of a rubon, around the edges.


My last ATC required some finagling.  I sprayed the ATC with Art Anthology Juicy Colorations and dried.  I then laid my ATC in my Misti and eyeballed the placement of the Swans Stamp.  I inked up the stamped and with a baby wipe, removed all the ink except on the part of the stamp I wanted on my ATC.  I then stamped multiple times until I had a nice, very black image.  Next I stamped "SOAR" using the Almano Stamp Set.  Finally, I added dashes and dots using a rubon.

This along with the other two ATCs are part of a swap I participated in and they will be winging their way to their new homes soon.

Love the new April Releases?  Well, they are currently on sale for 15% off through April 8th!   Go to http://techniquejunkies.com/ click on April 2016 Releases.

Thanks for stopping by and leaving your thoughts in my comments section.  I truly love hearing what you have to say!  You are now ready for the next stop on our April Releases Hop --- Kathy Stacy!  Why don't you drop by her blog and see what she has in store for you!

Until later,



Marilyn

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Coming Up Roses - Guest Designer for Alpha Stamps

Good morning everyone!  I had the pleasure of being a guest designer for Alpha Stamps this month.  They carry some of the best products around and I was happy to get a chance to play with a bunch of them.  Their theme this month was Gardens, so I created a shallow shadowbox/shrine garden out of their Album with Arched Door.


The first page of the album has an arch.  I started this project by tracing that arch on all but the last page and then cutting out the area with an Xacto knife.  Once that was done, I sanded the edges and glued everything together.  This gave me a slightly recessed area to work with.  I trimmed a piece of Blush Charmed Scrapbook Paper and Frolic Friendship Scrapbook Paper to cover the inside and outside of my album.  I then added pieces of Trailing Ivy Border to the top and bottom.


I cut out an image from the Bacchus #2 Collage Sheet and then created a frame for it using the Ivy ATC Frame.  I placed this in the middle of the arch.


I ran the Pink Rose Garland all around the edge of the album and then added pieces of Fern Garland that I had trimmed.


I filled in the garland with images fussy cut from Land of the Butterfly Queen #1, Butterflies, Natures Crowns, Winged Things, and Storybook Fairies Collages Sheets.  I then inserted 1" Curly Paper Roses in Ivory and Pale Pink, Mini Rose Buds in Ivory and Pink Cream Variegated, and Small Mulberry Blossoms in White and Pink all around the edges.


To finish this off, I took a pair of Terracotta Wall Planters, filled them with Sheet Moss, then inserted Tiny Paper Roses in Medium Pink and Pink Creme Variegated.

I had a wonderful time doing this.  Hope you enjoyed this album turned shadowbox/shrine.  For more great products and projects, check out Alpha Stamps!

Until later.............................



Marilyn