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

Monday, April 29, 2013

Sketch 59 for Keeping The Best

Hello everyone!  Are you in the mood for another sketch challenge!  Keeping The Best is hosting Sketch #59 for you.  You have two weeks from Monday, April 29, 2013 to complete the sketch and maybe be considered to have your intrepretation of the sketch featured on the blog, or be a guest designer for the month. This sketch is just perfect for adding little snippits of some of your favorite related pictures.  Hope to see you post your interpreation of the sketch at Keeping The Best.

Chipboard pieces are from Blue Fern Studios:

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Chipboard Tutoral: Regal Ornaments from Blue Fern Studios


I enjoyed working on these Blue Fern Studios medallion chipboard pieces because they have some surface space to work on to apply various techniques.  Below is the technique used for the following medallion.

These are so much fun to make, you can't just make one. I'll be using these pieces on a future project.

And here's the layout I created with the blue medallions:



Saturday, April 27, 2013

Matchbox Sewing Kit (designed for Blue Fern Studios)

Hello everyone!  I created this little matchbox sewing kit from the Miss Taylor chipboard collection from Blue Fern Studios.  They are they cutest chippies.  I disembled a medium sized matchbox and created a template.  Those goregous green tone on tone papers from Finnabair's Sunrise Sunset Prima paper collection were calling out to be used from my stash. But first, I painted up the chipboard with some Inka Gold and left some of the chipboard exposed naturally and then applied a light mist of Verdigris from Shimmerz.  Thin strands of ribbon were wound around the thread spool to add more color and texture.  And, I'm also loving my Memorby Box die purchases from the C'est Magnifique Store and I used that die to fill in some empty space and create a little movement.  The Prima sewing machine stamp was the perfect embellishment too.  Thanks for stopping by and taking a look, and I hope I have inspired you to search for one of the medium sized matchboxes in your house to use as a template to create your own little sewing kit with some Miss Taylor chipboard collection from Blue Fern Studios. 

Monday, April 15, 2013

Sketch # 58 at Keeping The Best...a sketch challenge site

Hello everyone, If you like modern graphic designs, you're sure to enjoy working with this sketch from Keeping The Best!  You have two weeks until the challenge closes to win an opportunity to be a guest designer or a be featured on the site. The sketch is perfect for finding a use of the small scraps of papers we collect and put in our stash for future use. These verticle strips of paper were created with the Authentique Collection: Peaceful. I used the canvas tutorial technique I posted earlier this month on the verticle strips of paper.  The two (2) Regal Ornaments chipboards are from Blue Fern Studios, and I will be posting a tutorial on the technique used on these chipboard medallions on April 27 at Blue Fern Studios. 
Regal Ornaments from Blue Fern Studios

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Canvas Tutorial: Quick and simple canvas background

Hello Friends, I'm posting a quick and simple canvas background tutorial for you.  Give it a go and let me know what you've created so that I might drop by and visit you.

Grab a 5x7 canvas and let's get started.

I'll be posting a shabby chic 5 x 7 canvas on April 27th with some yummy Blue Fern Studios chipboard.  Drop by and see if it's something you would like to try too.

Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Keeping The Best Sketch # 57 Challenge

Hey everyone, Keeping The Best has another sketch challenge for you.  Anytime there is negative space on a sketch, it inspires me to get out my stencils, molding paste and mists to create my own background and add some interest and textures on a page.  Lets see what you can do with your mixed media stash.  You have two weeks to complete the challenge and post it under Sketch #57 to have an opportunity to be featured as a guest designer and/or to be featured at Keeping The Best.   We're looking forward to having you join us and seeing what you can do with the sketch.