Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Peace Out and Waiting For Mojo

Hi everyone,

Been kinda quiet here. We've returned from our holidays and school is in full session and so is work but I just can't seem to kick the creativity into high gear. Ever feel that way? What do you do when your mojo seems low?

To reenergize and get inspired, I'm taking an online course called Pop & Colours #3 put on by Shirel Studio. She's got a super star line up of mixed media people and I'm really enjoying the videos! Here's my first page. I made this after watching Riikka Kovasin's video.

I love taking classes for many reasons. Yes, there's new techniques to learn but sometimes it's learning a new way to approach a tried and true technique or sometimes it's being reminded to retry something you've forgotten about. 

Another thing I enjoy about classes is how relaxing it can be. I simply followed along with Riikka's process, enjoying creating without having to "reinvent the wheel". 

So I'm still waiting for my friend mojo to swing by for a visit but until then, I plan on learning, continuing to dirty my hands with paint and gesso, and enjoying my classes.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

TCW - Melbourne Urban Street Art - A Tutorial

Hi everyone!

While we were exploring Melbourne, we came across several alley ways that were filled with really cool graffiti art. It's pretty amazing what people can create with spray bottles! I took a bunch of photos and here's a layout I made with one of them.

I used some of The Crafter's Workshop stencils from the new 2014 Summer release along with Chalk Core cardstock by Core'dination to make my page. Here's a little step by step on now I created part of the background.

I wrote out a quote using a white Sharpie marker and overlapping with a Faber Castell Pastel Pencil.

To distress the page I used the Sand It Gadget by Core'dinations.

Next I used the TCW478 Beaded Curtain stencil with white mist and embossing powder.

On a new sheet of Chalk Core cardstock, I applied many different metallic acrylic paints with make up sponges to TCW470 Geometric Art Layers,  blending as I went.

Here's what that sheet looked like when I was done.

I cut the page into strips and saved some for future projects.

Lastly, I took the strips and layered them on the distressed cardstock then splattered more metallic acrylic paint everywhere, did some messy doodling, added some UmWowStudio Chevron Confetti chipboard and added the photo of course.

Here's some close ups:


Thursday, August 21, 2014

UWS - Temple Bayon

Hi everyone,

Last year my husband and I had the opportunity to go to Cambodia and see the many amazing temple ruins there. They are amazing and each one different from the others. Of course we took approximately a million and one photos but besides gracing my memory card, I think I've scrapped one :-/

I'm so happy to be sharing A-nother photo with you all (hey, that's one better than none). One of our favorite temples was Bayon. It has all these massive stone faces high up on its towers...so distinct, amazing. Here's a photo of one of the faces.

I used UmWowStudio products to create this look and I'm so pleased with how well they worked here. The background is stamping on 7Dots Studio paper, followed by stencil work with the UWS Brick Mask and an Oil Bar. 

I also used UWS Layered Squares chipboard to make the floating bricks. To get that stone appearance I "patted down" molding paste then painted them with metallic watercolors. 

The damask florals from the UWS Floral Collection allude to the flora surrounding these temples. I painted them with Distress Crackle paint.

Hope you enjoyed that, have a wonderful day!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Post Vacation Blog Business :)

Hi everyone!

I've been away on holiday and am doing a little catch up here on my blog! We took a trip to Australia to visit family and attend a wedding. It was a beautiful wedding and we had a great time celebrating new family, and of course the bride and groom looked dashing!

So, up first I've got my page for The Crafter's Workshop new 2014 summer release!

There are SO many new, awesome stencils to pick from! I used the Folk Art Flower by Kasia aka Czekoczyna (in both large and mini sizes) and Sea Creatures and Nautilus both my Carmen Medlin to make this page.

If you head over to The Crafter's Workshop blog here I have a step by step post on how I made this page. In the meanwhile here are some close ups:

Here's a link to my video on how I make faux sandy paste....

And on to my next page....this is for UmWowStudio using a bunch of their fabulous chipboards and flair!

I've been trying to do better with putting myself as (at least) one of the subjects in my layouts and I had this photo of me and the hubs from our trip to Cambodia/Vietnam that I liked. I wanted to make a romantic themed page without being obviously so. My husband and I have this question and answer we've been asking each other for years about the general state of our lives together :) and it fit the bill for being the focus.

I used a bunch of Twinkle Speech Bubbles as the base to my Alpha ONE letters. 

This Day Hashtag Banners also helped balance out the page. 

And I thought this cluster of flairs and Love Confetti added just the right touch :)

I hope you enjoyed the pages, both very different but full of things I love to use!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Mi Muñeca - The Crafter's Workshop

Hi everyone!

I've got a very easy watercolor background tutorial up at The Crafter's Workshop. Here's how my example turned out.

I'm always attracted to the soft look of watercolors and I thought that sort of background would go well with this photo of my little one. She looks like a doll here (yes, I'm inclined to be partial):), hence the title of my page. 

Again, if you're interested in how I got this effect, please go check out my tutorial here. Thanks so much and have a great day!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

UmWowStudio and Susan K. Weckesser Blog Hop!

Hi everyone,

If you haven't heard yet UmWowStudio and Susan K. Weckesser are having a summer blog hop this week!

It's day two and I'm up with my page :)

It was so easy to work with the Susan K. Weckesser papers and stamps. The bright beautiful colors were seriously perfect for so many of my kid photos!  I used the papers from the Live in Color collection. And they went so well with the UmWowStudio chipboard shapes and flair!

I got my title for the page from UWS This Day Hashtag Banners. It held just the right sentiment for that photo, don't you think? I left this chippie raw and just covered the back with yellow paper.

The Chevron Confetti make such good pointers to emphasize bits and pieces on your paper. I covered mine up with gesso and dimensional paints and had the larger green chevron point towards the word "happy" (which I made with the cameo and my own script brushwork) and had the smaller yellow chevron point to the photo.

I cut out circles from SKW's paper and of course I had to add some fun flair! UWS Wood Textures flair set have these cool backgrounds that you can use by itself for splashes of yellow, teal, or grey...or you can alter them. I altered the flair with a stamp from the ABC. 123. Washi set from SKW & Unity.

Oh and I realize it's tough to see but I used the UWS Checker Board Mask in the background with Super Heavy Gloss Gel medium for more texture!

Hope that added a little happy to your day! Check back in with UmWowStudio everyday this week to see all the awesome projects the design teams have made and get the chance to win one of TWO prizes!

UWS This Day Hashtag Banners
UWS Chevron Confetti
UWS Checker Board Mask
UWS Wood Textures Flair

SKW Live in Color Collection
SKW ABC. 123. Washi stamp set

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Little Fey - UWS

Hi everyone!

I was up over at UmWowStudio yesterday and here's the page I made. I describe how I altered the UWS chipboard and the 7Dots Studio paper so if you're interested head over to the UWS blog too!

As you probably know, I'm not a big user of flower/florals but I must admit I really had fun with those leaves from the UWS Floral Collection. They went so well with that photo and the whole look I was going for (also inspired from this month's moodboard at Scrap Around the World!). I put a bunch texture and color on them to really make them stand out.

Of course I had to use the Heart Confetti since my daughter also has hearts all over her face :) and by the way, I made part of that background using the Hexagon Confetti Mask

Oh, and to tie in the cluster of embellishments at the corner of my photo, I used lovely flair from the Make A Wish set altered with a little watercolor paint. I saw the blowing dandelion picture on the Scrap Around the World moodboard (see below) and had a little "ah ha!" moment. 

Here's the moodboard with the beautiful colors, florals, and blowing dandelion:

Wishing you all a creative weekend!

UWS Heart Confetti
UWS Hexagon Confetti Mask
UWS Make A Wish flair set
UWS Floral Collection
7Dots Studio Messy Head paper
Prima flower and chalk ink

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