Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Documented Life….Week 17

Good grief we are already 
17 weeks into the year.
My how time flies.

And speaking of time;
it's time for another 
April 19, 2014 - Week 17 Challenge - Photograph or draw your favorite shoes.
For me Flip Flops are ALWAYS my shoe of choice.
and so this is what I created.
If you keep scrolling you'll even get a photo step by step
on how I created the page.

To begin I printed out a photo onto regular printer paper,
of our Flip Flops lined up at the beach.
I ripped the top & bottom and glued it to a sheet of paper I had had on my desk
to clean stamps, catch excess paint etc.
Added a few torn strips of Washii and masking tape.
Now to start adding color.
First I dry brushed Silks Acrylic Glaze
in Honey Amber.

Then added some Art Anthology
Stone Effects Dimensional Medium with a palette knife.
Love that it gives the look of a sandy beach.

Gelato was scribbled on in spots 
and then blended with my finger.

Little bit of Black Gelato in the upper corner and bottom.
Again smudged with my finger to give a bit of a shadow.

Some random stamping along the edges
with an acrylic stamp and Archival ink.

The bubble wrap was on my desk so why not use it.
Just painted some Golden Fluid Acrylic onto it and randomly stamped.

Here is a closeup of the shoes and dimensional medium.
I outlined my pair with a white gel pen just because.

Finally I added the words by
stamping on tissue paper with Archival ink.
Using Gel Medium I attached the words to the page.
The Gel medium with tissue paper makes the paper virtually disappear
and makes stamping on rough surfaces way easier.

So that's it.
My week 17 page.

Make sure you stop by the Flickr & Facebook pages to see all
the cool translations of this week's challenge.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Swirlydoos April Round Robin

It's time for another layout for 
Round Robin Layout.

My favorite challenge ever invented.
The childhood game of telephone but with a scrappy spin.

Here is the challenge that Peggy our hostess with the mostess
gave us.

And now for this month’s twist: As the title of this Round Robin suggests, it’s time for Spring Cleaning!!! As you tackle your scrappy and crafty supplies, you just may notice that some of the papers and flowers and chippies and such have been occupying your storage spaces for quite a while. Well, now’s your chance: I’m asking you to create a layout using some of your lovingly hoarded stash. 
Remember, you don’t need to use Swirly stuff – you just need to make sure that at least 50% of your layout is made with papers and embellies that are at least 1 year old.
Easy, right?

Here is my layout I created for Team 3.
I followed Jeannie who had done an absolutely adorable page.
I used some old BoBunny ETC paper that I had been hoarding.
No worries about using it though, I stocked up and
have multiples of each pattern.

Some canvas Prima flowers and 
Pink Paislee butterflies (also a year old)

Added some wire mesh,
cause it made me happy.
And since I love drips and splats pulled out my 
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Latte.

Wood Veneer letters for the title and some
Blue Fern chipboard colored with

Make sure you check out the forum and see what others have created this week.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Craft Hoarders Anonymous CHALLENGE 6….Sketch with a twist!

It's time for another challenge at
Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

Challenge #6
Use the sketch below as inspiration for creating your project. You can modify the sketch to create a card, scrapbook layout, altered canvas, mini book cover, and so on. Now, for the TWIST! You must search your hoard and find one item that is OLD and one item that is NEW and use them BOTH on your project. Show us how you combine older items from your stash with something recently purchased.

In my world sketches aren't just for cards and layouts.
Often I'll use them as jumping off points for journal pages, ATC's,
and in today's piece, canvases.

So here you go…
an 8x10 mixed media canvas using the sketch as inspiration.
Several pieces of patterned paper by Hampton Art
were torn and layered on my canvas base.
A thin washof Gesso followed by the addition 
of lots and lots of color & pattern.

Tattered Angels Plain Jane Baseboard in Fire was
misted through a new Crafter's Workshop stencil.
Dylusions Vibrant Turquoise through another CW stencil.
The stamped sentiment is from a Hampton Art set for 7 Gypsies.
The pink paper is from a 6x6 Hampton Art paper pack.

Background stamping with a Prima stamp & Archival Ink in black.
More background stamping with a Hampton Art script stamp.
The doily was colored with Gelatos before being added.

Washii tape.
Modeling Paste through another Crafter's Workshop stencil.
The paste reactivated some of the mist and absorbed some of the color as it dried.
Prima Flowers are my something old and were scattered along the canvas.

The chipboard (also a new) is from Blue Fern.
I colored it with Gelatos to match my canvas colors.
Below is an angled view to give you and idea of the dimension
Stamps & Patterned Paper: Hampton Art
Modeling Paste, Gel Medium & Gesso: Liquitex
Acrylic Paint: Golden
Stencils: The Crafter's Workshop
Mists: Tattered Angels & Dylusions
Gelatos: Faber Castell
Ink: Tsukineko
Flowers, Bling & Stamp: Prima
Chipboard: Blue Fern
Washii Tape &; Doily

This challenge is sponsored by
Hampton Art
founded in 1980 in picturesque Long Island, NY, it has been inspiring stampers, crafters and papercraft enthusiasts for over 20 years. One of the earliest “art stamp” companies, Hampton has transformed over the years to become a complete provider of creative products such as stamps, inks, papers, kids crafts, stationery, scrapbooking supplies, and card making accessories for crafters of every age and skill level. We focus on working together with other companies through strong, personal relationships and licensing partnerships to consistently bring fun, inspiring products to market. We have a portfolio of brands including Hampton Art™, Studio G™, Diffusion, Ditto™, and our latest addition, Ki Memories®, acquired in 2012. Our products can be found via most national craft retailers at over 5000 stores across the US and Canada. We also ship to 20 different countries across the globe. Hampton was acquired by National Spinning Co, Inc. of Washington, NC, our current home, in 2008. For more information, visit their Website.

Make sure to stop by each Design Team member's blog
and see how they used their stamps this week.
                                         Donna Idlet -
                                         Glenda Brooks -
                                         Gloria Stengel -
                                         Karen Zueger -
                                         Pam Bray -
                                         Tammi Bennett -
                                         Amber Milone -
              you are here-----Christy Butters -
                                         Debbie Seyer -
                                         Ginny Nemchak -
                                         Jan Marie Ennenga -
                                         Kathy Clement -

                        Link up your project HERE for a chance to win this most awesome prize!
(note:it DOES NOT include the inside supplies these are merely there to show you what it can carry)

Thanks for stopping by and have an awesome day!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Documented Life Project week 16 *Add Packaging*

After a week of having the kids home for Spring Break
I was finally able to do the week 16 challenge

The challenge this week….
April 12, 2014 - Week 16 Challenge - Add a cardboard food box in a creative way.

I though for a while on this.
I try to not buy much boxed food, and that that I did
have in my pantry was ehhh.

Then it struck me.
A while back I had placed a big order from 
(located here in North Carolina)
and the box that it came in had some really fun graphics on the outside.
This is the flap as it is closed.
The images were slowly peeled from the corrugated cardboard
and colored with 

This is the flap opened.
More images attached.
Are they not awesome.

Golden Fluid Acrylics in
Chromium Oxide Green, Yellow Ochre, Cadmium Red Med Hue & Manganese Blue Hue
were layered on.
This was definitely a case of not loving it immediately
but the more I added the more I liked.

Some clear Washii tape with numbers was added randomly.

Stamping with a Prima stamp and Archival Ink.
A Rebekah Meier stencil by
Crafter's Workshop with more 
Pitt Pens.

Black polka dotted Washii Tape.
(just cause it's fun)
and I pulled out some really old Rub Ons 
to use them up.

Make sure you check out the
Facebook & Flickr pages to see what everyone has created.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Altered File Folder Tutorial using a Gauche Alchemy kit

I love taking everyday things
and ARTING them up.
Picture frames, notebooks, bags etc, things I use
in my everyday life and adding my spin on them.

Today I'm showing some altered folders from my file folder drawer.

I started with plain manila folders you can buy in bulk
and a mixed media kit from
turned them into one of a kind pieces that make me happy
when I pull the drawer open.
I use the
Hot for Teacher kit for these folders.
I don't think it's available anymore but there are still some fantastic kits
on their site and you can create your folders
exactly how you want.

I began with my blank folder, took some crumpled up 
sewing pattern paper and Gel Medium
Using the Gel Medium covered the outside of my folder

Trim the edges even

Take some scrap pattern paper and ink it up

Adhere it to the inside part where the tab is.

Trim up any edges and add more ink if you want

Add a small label if desired

Tear some book text and ink the edges 
(I use solvent ink for this as I will be adding wet mediums later)
adhere it to the folder

Tear and ink more pattern paper and add it

and a third piece.
Layer as you go

I added a sticker from the kit

More book text torn & inked in the upper right

another sticker...

This sheet was in the kit.
I think it's from an old yearbook but I just love the faces

Tear out an image and ink the edges.

Tuck in some tickets,
add some Rub Ons
I also added a ripped piece of paper from a grade book down
the left

I added some star stamps again using Solvent ink.

More stamping over the pattern paper, collage images

Pull out Gesso and a brush
Dry brush the gesso over the folder.
Apply a very thin layer, cover all the paper, images etc with paint.
Adding the Gesso will pull it all together.
Once it's dry you can rub ink over the folder as well to catch the peaks
of the sewing pattern.

That's it.
Now you have a customized folder made just exactly how you want it.
The great thing about these are they take scraps
so not only are you creating art you are stash busting as well.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.