Saturday, January 24, 2015

"Just for You" a little card

released a new sketch,
and it caught my eye,
 stirred my mojo,
I came up
with this.
This is what
I needed to
get creative again
after a long
The petite chipboard
pieces are elements
from Blue Fern Studios
Circle Flourish - Small


Let's see what stirs you when you see Sketch #115. Better hurry, it's due by January 28, 2015.


Monday, January 19, 2015

"Frozen" featuring Anna aka Aubree

 I was inspired to create this Frozen inspired
layout featuring the adventurous and charming
Anna, aka
Here she is decorating her tree in her Anna dress.
I realized how long it was
since I last posted anything when
I opened my
light molding paste
and found it partially dry.
Some close ups:

Some yummy texture using a Stencil Girl Stencil

I've got another color palette in mind for my next Woman of Substance journal page and will be
starting it soon.  Hope to see you again when I finish that entry too.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Altered Book: Women of Substance - Fifth Entry

Hello everyone.
Today, I'm sharing my fifth entry into my altered book.
I was drawn to the dusty greens in this piece and still had some old
Pink Paislee Butterfly collection papers to work some fussy cutting into
this entry. 
This is Grandma Ruth circa 1929.
I adore how the Prima Flourish stencil work looks so lacy here.
The background was created using gesso, and several layers of stamping 
and more gesso in between the stamping layers, and finally
finished off with the Prima stencil and light molding paste.

I'm pleased to see some fellow scrapping/artist have
initiated their altered books too.
Check Natalie and Astrid's altered books:
I adore how Natalie used the same colors throughout her book creating some lovely harmony and continuity. And, Astrid's background works are always so hauntingly dreamy.

Let me know if you've started your altered book so that I may drop by for a visit.
You may view other pages of the altered book by clicking on the Label "Women of Substance."

Monday, November 3, 2014

Altered Book: Women of Substance - Fourth Entry

I'm making some progress in filling up the pages in my altered book. 
I'm keeping with the vintage look throughout the book and am maintaining some continuity by using the Prima flourish stencil.  Thank goodness the stencil has so many interesting elements to work with.

I used some glossy gel medium and some colored mist to create my own dimensional paint on the stencil.

Here's a close up of a flower that was salvaged from a mixed media project gone wrong.  Its worked out well for this page.  The colors of plum don't show up too well on these pictures, but the color is richly saturated on the original pages.

Here's what the two pages side by side look like.

A view of the journal page:

Thanks for stopping by to check on the progress and keep your fingers crossed for me that I will be able to create four more pages to complete this book.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Altered Book: Woman of Substance - Third Entry

Hello my artsy friends.

I’m here today to share my progress with you on my Women of Substance altered book project.  Here’s the third entry inspired by the colors of Prima’s Epiphany paper collection. At the time I created these pages, the Prima papers were not yet available to the public. I lost patience in waiting for them to be released and decided to create my own take on the colors and design. I’m enjoying how the journaling spaces on the pages are turning out just by creating an illusion of space and using some stamps and chipboard pieces which add interest and texture.  Yea for chipboard! is helping me fill in some gaps in my family history and I will be using that information in the journaling spaces.  I still ache to apply voluminous petal flowers, and other objects with dimension, and I struggle with creating “flatty” pages, but my goal is to get as many photos of this subject matter in this particular book.  It does however make me use my old punches and dies more.  I only wish I started working on altered books sooner, because not only does it allow me to incorporate mixed media, photos, and journaling, but I don’t have to worry about finding space to store a book.  I see more altered books in my future.  

Below you can see the many layers of gesso, mist and stamping.

I'm really enjoying creating my journal spaces with stamps, and chipboard.

The cross chipboard framing the photo and the bird cage are from Blue Fern Studios.

So, how are you coming along on your altered book?  Let me know where I can find you to see what you've been doing on your book.

p.s. A 6x6 Prima Epiphany paper collection book is in route to me as I compose this message.  I can’t wait to use the collection on another page!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Somerset Memories

Have you heard of that old adage, "If you don't send your ship out, it won't come in?"
Well, my ship came in!  Yea!!!!
I sent in the art journal page below I created while on the Blue Fern Studios Design Team to Stampington Publications, and that journal page got published in the October Somerset Memories Magazine.  The magazine is one of the crème de la crème of scrapbooking magazines, and over the years, I spent a lot of time viewing all the pages and art work from some of our well known scrapbooking artists. It's always so inspiring and warms your heart when you view art and read an article from your mentors.  This months magazine cover features the very well known talent of Louise Nelson.  I hope you pick up a copy and enjoy the works of Louise, Heather Jacobs, Tina Walker, Jasmine Shea, and so many others....

One of the eight Artists' Papers in the magazine was created by Meghan Horan using some of the art elements from my art journal page below.

Somerset Memories Magazine (October)...psss, my page is featured on page 79. :) 

I'm currently working on page three of the altered book I started last month and hope to be sharing with you the results soon.
Thank you for viewing and happy creating to you.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Altered Book - Second Vintage Entry

Here's the second entry in my new altered book.
The chapter on the page explains how I feel about this new endeavor:
The Magnificent Adventure
and it truly is.
It's very addictive and satisfies my desires of painting, beading, creating and all things vintage. 
One of the challenges in this project is trying to preserve the photographs, and I think I've been able to accomplish that by creating a journal box on the opposite side of the page of the photo.  I've left the journal box empty for now and will come back at a later time to fill it in. The box was shaded with pan pastels so that I can control where the media is placed. 
My favorite element is the vintage fountain pen created with a Tim Holtz nib, cardstock, paper lace, gold thread and some Prima rhinestones.  The nib looks like porcelain by applying embossing ink, and peal embossing powder than set it with a heat gun.
Chipboard adds another element and interest too on these pages. The leafy branch was torn in various pieces and used throughout the two pages.
Thanks for stopping by and taking a look, and if you've started your altered book, or have finished one, let me know where I can find you.  Thank you.