Jul 31, 2016

Dream with Your Heart Prima Card Sketch

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 This weekend I got all caught up with my project list and found time to play with the new Prima card sketch.  I am thrilled out of my mind that Prima has started a cards and tags challenge!  How amazing!  I just couldn't let the opportunity pass to make something.  <3


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I used clear gesso to cover a piece of 6x6 Prima paper, then used texture paste to stencil the design.  Next, I dropped a few drops of several colors of Color Bloom sprays onto my palette and mixed them with water to create lighter shades of my sprays to coordinate with my choice Prima flower.

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The bottom piece is the same paper line, only glued to thin recycled chipboard for stability.  I used the tag to mop up any excess color, as not to waste it.

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I used a portion of a large stamp for this sentiment.

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I embossed hearts on the chipboard and fussy cut them to make these sturdy embellishments.   I used other Prima stamps to grunge up the background.

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I have these little colored flecks from years and years ago, and used gel to adhere them randomly over my finished card.  I tucked some string, some Prima leaf dies, and trim under my flower for extra fluff.

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Jul 24, 2016

My Tim Holtz July 2016 Tag

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Tim's July 2016 tag has to be one of my favorites.  The whole slit and layered concept just makes me smile!  :)  I have about a zillion ideas for this tag, but settled on a beach themed tag because I can't get enough of playing with these Christine Adolph sea stamps.  

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Lately, one of my favorite things is to sit and paint folders with watercolor.  I use my painted paper for everything and decided it would make a great backdrop for this embossed sand dollar.  I used Adirondack denim by Ranger.  The back tag was inked with Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink.  I stamped some watermarks onto it for texture.

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I have had this charm for ages and connected it to some leftover dyed cheese cloth for my topper.  This was fun and super relaxing, what's your take?

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Retro Rubber: Summertime (These stamps are from 2004)

Jul 21, 2016

Beach Themed Mixed Media Seahorse Collage

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One of the sweetest bloggers on the block is celebrating a birthday...  Anne or Redanne as you may know her, is a die hard sea lover and I wanted to create a special card just for her with her favorite icon, the seahorse.

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Happy happy birthday Anne!  May you have many many happy days and years ahead.  You brighten the world with your sweet spirit and creative mind.  I am so happy to call you a friend.  <3

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This map stamp and ship are umpteen years old, and the gears were gifted to me by Anne.

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I know this card may seem simple, but I created a video tutorial to practice my video editing skills.  I appreciate the sweet comments and suggestions from my first videos and put those into play this time.  Thank you for your comment love!  Please let me know anything that would make the video better.

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Jul 20, 2016

Mixed Media Mojo Summertime Canvas

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I am sharing a tutorial with Mixed Media Mojo today on this sea inspired mixed media canvas.  This month's theme is Summertime with an option to use Shells.  To join in the challenge click HERE.


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I won't give away all of the details, to find out more visit Mixed Media Mojo, but here are some closeups for you.  I used Christine Adolph shell stamps by Stampington & Co., from 2005.  The boat stamp is by Coronado Island Stamping circa 2004.

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I definitely added the fluff back into my work, no?  LOL!

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I had such a great time creating this project and appreciate your support and kind comments.  <3

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IndigoBluBelle International Design Team Announcement


I could not be happier today to share my amazing news with you all!  I have been given the great privilege and once in a lifetime opportunity to work alongside of the amazing IndigoBlu rubber stamp company.  I have been asked to join their International Design Team!  Please read the announcement on their blog HERE.  To celebrate, I wanted to do a recap of my IndigoBlu projects with you.  If you want to see all of my IndigoBlu project posts, click HERE.

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What I love most about IndigoBlu is the versatility of their stamps.  The deep etched red rubber has thick cling foam attached, creating beautiful impressions every time.  Below are the stamps I have been working with this year, and I cannot wait to get my inky fingers on some of the new designs!  Thank you Kay and Elizabeth for all of your hard work in getting the team set up!  I know I will love working with you.  <3


Jul 18, 2016

File Folder Mini Album with PaperArtsy Lynne Perrella Stamps and Infusions

Thank you so much for your bloggy love and support for my PaperArtsy feature and Where Bloggers Create studio tour!  You guys are the best and make my life happy!  This weekend I had a little getaway with some artsy friends and went wild creating backgrounds and trying out some new mini album construction.  This album was made from small file folders that were pretty thick.  We cut them down to the long format.

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First, I gessoed the pages lightly in the center.  I love leaving the edges without gesso because it absorbs the color differently and creates a frame.  Next, I dipped the pages into watered down Distress Ink puddles, drying between colors.  Here's a close up of me adding some Infusions over the dried background.  Instant earthiness and texture!

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I used a variety of stamps to create my backgrounds.  Mostly, I used Versafine colored inks because they are permanent.  I tried stamping with Distress, but it took a long time to dry.

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I stamped out a variety of Lynne Perrella ladies onto tissue and glued them over my background panels.  I also used some rub-ons.

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I made a few extra sheets of inked card to work with.  The outlines were done with Distress Crayons and water.  Here's another shot of those Infusions working their magic!

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I truly wanted to use stamps in this book as the focus.  So many times I feel like I use "gimmicks," rather than strong focal images in my work.   I decided not to add any embellishments or fluff here and let the stamps do the talking.  Do you think this is too old school?  Do you agree that we use a lot of fluff to make our statements these days?

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I did some faux stitching with a Sharpie to bring out some of the images.

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I used a white Galaxy pen to create some highlights, along with gesso splashes.

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All bound together with twine.

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Layer after layer of stamping for dimension, rather than 3D elements.

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A closeup of the tissue paper edge so you can see how that works out.  The blue is slightly lighter in the harlequin under the tissue.

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And the final page.  I want to say a big huge thank you to the sweetest blogger on the block, Lynn Price for sharing her duplicate stamp sets with me from our 3UP PaperArtsy run.  Lynn, I love and adore them and will put them to good use!  My friends here bought a couple of the other sets and now we can have a party with these girls!

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One last shot...

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