"Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time." -Thomas Merton

Saturday, April 11, 2015

And the work contines on the Women of Substance Art Journal....

For my new friends and followers that are not familiar with my first art journal journey, I decided to journal and tell the stories of the women in my family with some old vintage photos to share with my niece and future women in the family.  I refer to this art journal book as, “Women of Substance.”

Today, I have two more entries to share with you.  I’m so giddy about the near completion of this project because I’m eagerly looking forward to starting another book.  I can’t tell you the number of times that I have wanted to start other books during this process because of all the subject ideas I have in my head.

The “J” page was created with Lindy’s Stamp Gang embossing powders of Angel Wings and Bronze applied with a petite branch and leaf stamp. The same colors were applied on the Blue Fern Studios perfume bottle chipboard. I once saw these colors incorporated in a luxurious printed floral fabric that I have kicked myself over for not purchasing years ago.  Those colors have stayed in my head and now I can release them. Lots of fussy cutting used on some Prima papers.  These last two pages in the book are more of a “flat” style because it’s becoming more difficult to close the book covers. This is something I will try and perfect on the next book.


The “Poppy” page:  A poppy printed napkin was printed on ink jet paper.  The matte gel worked really well in applying the paper to the page, and it also helped seal the colors to prevent them from bleeding too much.  A welcomed result. 

One more page to go, and then I will work on the cover of the book and be done!

It thrills me to know that a number of you have started your art journals too.  I  would like to stop by your blog to see what you have been doing, so let me know where I can find you in the comment section below.
Thank you for visiting.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Scrappolis has a Card Challenge for You!

Our friends at Scrappolis have a card challenge for us so come and check out the inspiration from their very talented design team here.

I'm a guest designer this month at Scrappolis, and I'd like to inspire you to take the sketch and see what you come up with too.  Here's my take on the sketch and some of the supplies I used to create the card:

The twine heart was created using twine as shown in the picture above and some Stiffy fabric stiffener that is used on ribbons or fabric to create shapes.  You simply apply the Stiffy product to the twine and wrap it around a heart cookie cutter; attach a clip to the ends of the twine and affix to the cookie cutter to keep the ends in place; also apply some quick setting glue to add additional support, and set aside to dry thoroughly.  I wrapped some text paper with glue around some of the twine too.

Here's the sketch to inspire you to create, and share your take with us.  I flipped the sketch on my take.  You can enter the Scrappolis challenge here:

Some close-ups for you:

If you want your application of micro beads to look luxurious, use some glass bead gel with your micro beads. See photo above of those very tiny, tiny beads next to the regular micro beads. The glass gel beads dry clear and are very versatile.


Full card: