Saturday, December 5, 2015

Craft Hoarders Anonymous December hop!

Welcome everyone to the December Hop
with the ladies of
Every month on the 5th we share ideas and inspiration on how to get creating
and use up your stash at the same time.

You should be coming to me from Marissa's blog.
After, head on back to visit Gloria's for the complete list of participants this month.

This month I created my very first pocket letter.
For those of you who are wondering what exactly is a pocket letter, let me show you.
I took a trading card sleeve and filled it with 9 winter themed ATCs.
The backs of the sleeves have goodies, chocolate, and a letter tucked into them.

Pocket letters are all the rage right now being traded all over the globe.
This one is heading out in the mail today to it's destination.
I kept an overall theme of blue, white, winter and snow throughout my cards.
Below I have closeups of a few.

That is it for December's hop.
Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Creating a Journal using a Manila Envelope

Several days ago in one of the, 
Facebook groups I belong to,
someone shared an art journal they had created using a manila envelope as a cover.

My 9 year old has been home sick for 3 days now,
and I had an envelope sitting on my desk from, so what else to do but make some art.

This is the finished cover,
inside are 2 sewn in signatures.
Each signature is made using 4 sheets of canvas paper folded in half.
The journal also has an interior pocket and a flap closure.

This is the start:
I took a 9x12 manila envelope,
covered with Gesso, and began adding layers.

This will be the inside covers.
You can see where the pocket will be.
I added color a little way inside and reinforced my flap figuring it will get the most wear.

This will be the outsides of the journal.
I found some AMAZING tissue paper the other day at Joann's.
It's created by Rebekah Meier and marketed towards a fabric creating line,
but OH MY is it perfect for other mixed media as well.
The designs are insanely good.

Here is the cover again before adding my closure.
Layers of Golden Fluid Acrylics, Adirondack Paint Dabber in Gold,
book text, Washii tape and stamping all helped to add layers.

I took a piece of silk ribbon and added it as my closure.
It's a fairly simple one. Just wrap around and tie.

The inside with the signatures sewn in.

Back inside cover,
again you can see the pocket.

Finally the back when it is all said and done.

This was incredibly easy to put together.
Not including drying time it was just a couple of hours.

I see myself making more of these as Christmas presents and RAK gifts this year.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

November Hopping with Craft Hoarders Anonymous

                                    Welcome everyone to another hop with the ladies of 
                                           Craft Hoarders Anonymous.
       Every month on the 5th we share ideas on how to use up your stash and get creating again.

You should be coming to me from Marissa's blog
After head on back to Gloria's blog to see the full. line up of projects or
scroll on down to the bottom where I have it listed for you.

Here is my project for the month.
I did four 8x8" textile collages using a mix of fabrics, papers
and scrapbook embellishments from my stash.

I added batting and backing to turn these collages into mini quilts,
which can be added to a fabric journal or hung on a wall.
Each one took only a few hours to complete.
They are a great way to use up lots of bits and pieces you have lying around.
This is my first collage.
I incorporated some metal and paper embellishments with my fabric flowers.
The background is stamped with a script stamp and StazOn ink.
The flowers were outlined with black glitter glue for a little sparkle.

Machine stitching added a little bit of texture.

The next collage started on a piece of Damask fabric.
Scraps of sewing pattern paper and fabric collaged on over.
The lace was cut from an old handkerchief.
Distress ink was rubbed over it and dried.

Kaiser craft flowers were added.
The photo is a collage image by Tim Holtz.
Rub ons added to a paper tag.

A paper butterfly diet was added in
the upper corner.

The red and black piece started from sewing scraps
of the same color families randomly onto a base.
Metal embellishments were mixed with paper ones. 
A fabric softener sheet was painted, cut into strips & sewn on.

Metal flowers and leaves were added over a dry cleaning tag,
and a paper tag.
Rub Ons added some words.

The fabric softener sheet which was painted & cut.
Woven then attached to the collage with machine stitching.

On the last collage scraps of vintage plaids and stripes
were collaged onto a base.
Mixing in lace, sheet music, lots of scrap embellishments and 
modeling paste.

A resin piece, paper tickets, Pink Paislee banner 
all added.
The image is another one from Tim Holtz.
Modeling paste added through sequin waste and colored with ink.

A piece of thin fabric was laid over the whole thing.
I then went through with my heat gun and melted it in spots.
Glimmer mist flicked on as a final addition.

These were so fun to make.
Pull out all sorts of items and collage away.

Make sure to visit the blogs before and see what others have created for your inspiration this month.
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.


Thursday, October 29, 2015

ATCs for today

Just doing a quick share of some ATCs
I did up the last couple of days.
2.5 x 3.5 inches is perfect for this time strapped gal.

This one is painted and collaged book text on a card.
Washii tape & stamping added before the chipboard butterflies were colored with Dylusions and the Stickles for sparkle.

The background here was from an envelope of happy mail.
I repurposed it to become the background foe the butterfly 

This started as a page I cleaned my brayer on.
Stamped random circles and painted them in with acrylic paint.
Added the ballon and words via rub ons.

Another background from a leftover piece.
Added the bird, ricrac and rub on.

There you have it,
little bits of art for the week.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

A few mixed media pieces for the day....

Things have been a wee bit crazy around here.
Not much time is left to do large scale creating
but I have managed to knock out a few ATCs and a card.

The first share today is a 5x7 fall card.
The background is painted book text, covered with tape,
stamping and more paint through sequin waste.
The leaves and pumpkin were sent to me as extra goodies in another swap.
They were PERFECT for this card.

The next piece is an ATC.
I'm finding myself creating more and more of these.
The size 2.5x3.5 is perfect when time is in a crunch.

This one is acrylic paint background with some stamping.
The girl was stamped then colored with Distress Markers.

This ATC is created by collaging some painted and 
torn book text.
The butterfly was a college image and the words added are rub ons.

Last ATC.
This one is created using some of the same papers as the butterfly card.
Machine stitching around the edge
and then the addition of the bird.
While cleaning the other day I found a whole stack of these vintage bird images
so expect to see more birds popping up.

That's my quick share for the day.
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Monday, October 5, 2015

October Hopping with Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

Welcome everyone!
It's time for another hop with the ladies of 
Craft Hoarders Anonymous.

Each month on the 5th we'll share ideas and inspiration on how you can use
up your stash.

You should be coming to me from Marissa's blog .
After, head on back to Gloria's blog. 

Once a month a group of us will get together to inspire, share, and show you how to use up 
your hoard.
To start at the beginning or to get a full list of participating bloggers
head on over to Gloria's blog.

This month I used up a bunch of hoarded Gelli prints
and turned them into art journal pages for an upcoming swap.
I have such a large stack of prints that I barely made a dent in it with this project

Here is a small overview of several and below are closeups of the pages.

This first page is a pink and black base using Stencil Girl & Crafter's Workshop stencils.
Once the stars were added,  some Liquitex acrylic ink was flicked  on
and misted with water to make some drips.

The next two use a variety of stencils and multiple layers
of paint over Gelli prints.
Rub ons and Washii tape added as accents.

A blue Gelli print base combined with 
book text also gel printed to create this heart page.
The inside of the heart is lined with an Intense pencil and the word was stamped
and traced over with an acrylic paint marker.

Some Washii tape, stamping and coloring were added to this Gelli print.
The stamp is from Donna Downey,
once stamped it was traced over with an acrylic paint marker and colored in with Pitt Big Brush markers.

Another blue printed base with various
Liquitex Acrylic inks dripped down.
Rub ons were added and the heart was cut from another piece of Gelli printed book text.
The sentiment was stamped on a scrap of Gelli printed tissue paper.

Last page share.
The base is another Gelli print.
The larger blue circles were cut from a piece of Gelli printed tissue paper.
(I love using my Gelli plate with tissue paper, you get added depth from the wrinkles in the paper,
and the layers blend seamlessly in collage)

Well that is it for this month's 
Hoarders Hop.

Make to check with us every 5th of the month to get inspired on ways to 
use that hoard.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Sharing another Art Journal page today.

Been down with a cold / flu for a week and a half
(way to early in the season!)
So haven't done much creating.

Finally starting to feel better and pulled out my AJ yesterday.
Created a page on a base of leftover paint from making postcards a while back.
I always use pages in my journal for the extra paint from projects, takes that blank page syndrome away.

So the base was leftover paint.
I then splattered some Liquitex Acrylic ink in Carbon Black
randomly across the page.
Then some music lines were stamped using Archival ink.

The hearts are leftover painted papers from my heart postcards
aslo a few weeks back.
Seriously I don't throw ANYTHING away.
They were then outlined with a Derwent Intense pencil.
The pink painted scraps also came from an old project.

Dylusions mist in Vibrant Turquoise was sprayed heavily in spots 
and let drip.
A sentiment was stamped on a scrap of Gelli printed tissue paper 
and outlined with a white gel pen.
More doodling with the white pen in spots.

The circles are made using a cardboard tube and white
acrylic paint.
I like how the paint reactivated the Dyslusions mist in spots and drew up 
some of the color to tint it.

Finally there was Distress ink in Black Soot
used with a stencil from Stencil Girl Stencils to add
words to the background as a last layer. 
Think I need a new ink pad, it was pretty light but in the end it was just what I was looking for.

Feels good to be back making things.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.