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

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun (C'est Magnifique's October Kit)

Inked up a few strips of the kits paper using the color aqua and layered them in a horizontal fashion under the photo.  Some fussy cutting was done using the Be Calm paper and Simplicity (the bird), and applied some Glossy Accents to the bird to make him stand out a little bit. Added some pebbles with the Glossy Accents using the technique that was posted in the CM Tutorial Forum under Background Technique.  The sketch is from Design-Honey.   Check out the Store at C'est Magnifique and see if there's a kit for you.
Ruby Rock-It - Simplicity
Ruby Rock-It - Becalm

Prima: Rosarian Wood Clocks & Tickets

Flower Add-On:
Manor House Creations: Sublime - Aqua
Prima: Lyrique - White

Embellishment Add-On:
Prima: Typo Zipper Pulls
My Mind's Eye: The Sweetest Thing Lavender Brads
Kaisercraft: Flourish Hearts
American Crafts: Thickers - Forest - Vanilla

 Personal  Stash:
Prima checkered stamp
Glossy Accents
Watercolor Pencil
Martha Stewart Lacy Punch
Aqua Ink and glitter

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

A Very Happy Child (Designed for C'est Magnifique)

"A Very Happy Child" was written by one of my primary school teachers in my report card.  I would love to be that happy again...no care in the world, parents taking care of my needs.  Our childhood goes by too quickly.  Sketch by me.
The C'est Magnifique October Kit had these pretty pink and yellow elements and I enhanced the page a little by adding some old yellow colored drywall tape.  Just add some gesso on top of it and mist or paint. 

 I used the "punch tip" found in the C'est Magnifique Inspiration Forum for creating the paper ribbons and scattered them on the horizontal lines and around the photo frames. After stamping the page in various places, I lightly sanded over it with sand paper and sanded some other areas of the paper too to make it look a little more tattered and aged. Some little sprays of Glossy Accents were added as well. The Beehive Blossom flower was taken apart and applied in a few areas, one of which I added some beads for the center of the flower.   The “Wish” chipboard was made using three different embossing powders and liquid pearls on top.  The mist in our kit was the perfect color for this paper.

Note:  The drywall tape takes Gesso well, if you wish to change the color of the tape.

Ruby Rock-It – Harmony
Ruby Rock-It - Unity

Prima: Rosarian Wood Clocks & Tickets
Shimmerz: Bed of Roses
Wrights: Fan Eyelet
Prima: Tea Thyme Alpha Stickers
Flower Add-On
Manor House Creations: Darling
Prima: Lyrique - White

Embellishment Add-On
Prima: Spotlight Pastel
Prima: Typo Zipper Pulls
My Mind's Eye: The Sweetest Thing Lavender Brads
Kaisercraft: Flourish Hearts
Want2Scrap: Chipboard Sentiments – Wish

Flower Add-on
Manor House Creations: Darling
Wild Orchid: Beehive Blossoms - White

Personal  Stash:
Drywall tape
Martha Stewart Punch
Liquid Pearls
Glossy Accents
Paper clips
Embossing Powders
Sand paper

Friday, September 21, 2012

Art Journal Page

I've been experimenting with drywall and masking tape on my art journal pages and this gave me an opportunity to work with one of my favorite color combinations too.  I've had this old yellow roll of drywall tape for years, and a generous slather of Gesso made it so easy to paint and/or stamp on.
I cut two art journal pages (mixed media paper) and tape them together as one.  On this page, I used a gel medium to glue down the horizontal script tissue paper and masking tape.  I used a tacky glue to glue down the old yellow drywall tape.  Once the adhevsives dried, I applied gesso over the drywall tape horizontal pieces and sparingly over the masking tape and script tissue paper.  After the gesso dried, I used the tea bag technique and let that dry. Some stamping and spritzing were then added to the page(s).  Another spritz was used on a Crafter's Workshop mask in a few areas too. I then used a Prima mask (a close up is below) and applied a light molding paste.  Once the molding paste dried, some gold Rub'N Buff paint was placed on top of the molding paste sparingly.  The rest is pretty basic stuff.  Here's a picture of the page(s) right after applying the horizontal strips, stamping, tea bag technique and some misting.  See the final and close ups below. Thanks for looking. 

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Aunt Lou (Designed for C'est Magnifique)

I so loved using the C'est Magnifique September kit and it had the perfect elements to let me create a page of my beloved Great Aunt Lou. I've been waiting to scrap this and here she is wearing her apron, taking a break and reading the newspaper. I used a Design-Honey sketch and it was almost effortless creating this page. The Dusty Attic chippie was embosssed with a folder, misted, inked and liquid pearls was applied to finish it off.   There's a Bits and Pieces give away of the September kit so head on over to the C'est Magnifique blog and enter.

Paper Collection: Riddersholm Design Huntington Garden: Day Dream, Tea Room and Friends

Kit Embellishments:
Lindy's Stamp Gang: Moonshadow Mist: Smoky Sapphire
Dusty Attic: Compass Rose
Wrights: Ruffled Lace: Natural
Splendid Green Tara: Gardenias: Peach
Prima: Flutter Bits: Nature's Garden

Flower Add-on
Prima: Charme Rose: Nature's Garden
Prima: Coventry: Tranquil
Maya Road: Vintage Lace Daisies: Milk

Embellishment Add-on
Heidi Swapp: Color Magic: Banner Delights
Bo Bunny: Rub-Ons: Weekend Market
Dear Lizzy: Letter Stickers
Lindy's Stamp Gang: Starbursts: Canna Lily Burnt Orange

Personal Stash:
Sizzix leaf die-cut
Embossing folder
Embossing powders
Liquid Pearls, Bisque
The Crafter’s Workshop honey comb
White cardstock paper
circle paper clips

Monday, September 3, 2012

Beauty (Prima August BAP)

The August Prima BAP sketch inspired me to use up my Almanac Collection "Composition" papers. The black in the paper called out to me to create something old world and elegantly Spanish looking.  I don't why, I'm not Spanish. :)  Fortunately for me, I  had two pages of the same paper and was able to use one side as the background and the other side to create the fan and stamp the pretty Prima stamp on each of the fan pieces, and sew up some pieces to look tattered and old.  I alternately embossed and stamped each fan piece.   The background paper was treated with some gesso, stamp, the tea bag technique and some paint drops.  I used the gesso on the stamp and heated the gesso up until it bubbled so that I'd achieve some texture to rub on gold "Rub N Buff".  After that dried I threw a tea bag well saturated with water and some Lindy's Stamp Gang Moonshadow Mist over the gesso doily to give it an aged appearance.  Thank you so much for stopping by.

Below is a list of the Prima products:

Paper: Almanac Collection
Vines: Blossom Branches Pistachio
Flowers:Avon Rose Printery,Eminence Collection, and some Encore B (misted with a light coral color)
Butterfly: Meridith Mer
Buttons: 12 piecesItem #550745
Prima Charms
Dusty Attic Leaves

Personal Stash:
Distress Stain
Black Paint
Black lace
Doily Stamp

Sunday, September 2, 2012

BFF (Designed for C'est Magnifique using the September Kit)

I so loved the kit Leslie put together for us at C'est Magnifique this month. If you love mists, you will definitely love this kit and the add-on because Leslie included two wonderful Lindy's Stamp Gang mist products for us.  And, using those two mists, I created the background for this page.  Stop by the C'est Magnifique Blog and check out the Tutorial on how to create this background using the tea bag method, and learn to apply some Glossy Accents pebbles to your pages as well. 

Paper Collection: Riddersholm Design Huntington Garden Day Dream and Friends

Kit Embellishments:
Lindy's Stamp Gang: Moonshadow Mist: Smoky Sapphire
KaiserCraft: Rub-Ons: Timeless: Dress Forms Leaky Shed: Ornate Corner
Prima: Say it In Pearls: Black Flourish
Wrights: Ruffled Lace: Natural
American Crafts: Thickers:
Dear Lizzy: Splendid
Green Tara: Gardenias: Peach
Prima: Flutter Bits: Nature's Garden

Flower Add-on
Prima: Celyon: Attic
Prima: Charme Rose: Nature's Garden
KaiserCraft: Paper Blooms: Misty
Prima: Coventry: Tranquil

Embellishment Add-on
Lindy's Stamp Gang: Starbursts: Canna Lily Burnt Orange

Personal Stash:

White Cardstock
The Crafters Workshop Mask
Script Stamp
Glossy Accents
Watercolor Pencil
Wet soggy tea bag
Ink pad
Liquid Pearls - Bisque