Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Art Journal Fun

I've never been good at drawing flowers but apparently I'm on roll.  This Art Journal has really given me freedom to explore.  The whole "just paint over it and start over" theory has really given me some freedom.

So here's the recent floral pages I've done.  No...not the best flowers you've ever seen painted, but fun..for sure LOL

Birthday Thank Yous gotta love them, right?  So it's two days before my nephew's birthday party and my sister calls asking if I can help with goodie bags.  She KNOWS, I just don't fill a bag with goodies.  I have to do something creative.  So of course I say yes even though I really have no time to do it.

He didn't have a specific theme so first I thought, Oh, I'll make some balloons or stars or something "boyish" and generic, but then I did some pinterest surfing.  (Is there another word for that??)  I saw these cute monster cards which required a lot of punched shapes.  I loved them!  But I also knew I wasn't going to punch individual circles for teeth.  So, as usual being inspired by this idea, I came up with my own bright, cute little monsters.

So, going directly to my pile of scraps, I cut two each of 2.5x3" plain cardstock.  (x 15 since I am making 15 of them - in other words...30 LOL).  So, I made different shades of blue, green, yellow, red, and pink.  I love that his favorite color is pink :).

Then I grabbed some scrap gray for the eyeball bases.  15 of 1" circles and 15 of 3/4" circles.  White scraps for 15  3/4"  circles and 15 1/2" circles.  Black scrap for 30 1/4" circles.  I wanted the eyes different sizes to give a quirky look.  I grabbed more scrap white cardstock and punch strips of scallopped edges.  These are for the teeth.

After assembling the eyes, and punching the teeth.  I grabbed half of the bases and used my Creative Memories circle cutter to create a rounded edge on them.  Assembled all the faces and then mounted them on the matching color base.

Here's some photos:

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

A Little Whimsy

Although I haven't posted in awhile, I have been busy in the command center.  This project I did on Sunday.  Do you remember the canvas I painted during that Canvas and Cabernet event for my sister's birthday?  Well, I knew I didn't like it and I knew I'd eventually paint over it.  So I did...and here it is:

First I applied gesso on top of the original painting.  After that, I cut out and applied seven book page circles.  At that point, I painted blue around the circles for the sky and green on the bottom.  The rest are just an assortment of acrylic paint, water color pens, metal markers, black and white ink, etc.  I really didn't have any kind of idea what i was going to do until I did it.  Take a closer look, I did all kinds of crazy things.

I haven't decided yet, but this may be my Apricot Fiesta entry this year.  This is a mixed media piece.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Your Just My Style!

I keep saying I want to take more pictures of my canvas before the final product just so you can see the progress.  Well that didn't happen...LOL!

I did however, take a photo of what I thought was the final product of my latest Art Journal entry.  Here it is:

I'm working on the page on the left side.  It's a combination of acrylic paint, ink and sprays.  I also used some of my Wink of Stella white glitter pen - love this!  It is my favorite purchase from the Scrapbook Expo this year.

So what to do with this colorful canvas, you ask??  I handcut scrap paper to create another She Art.  Can you tell that She Art is becoming my favorite thing to do in 2015?

I inked up and highlighted portions of the "She" and added some rub ons and stamped images (bees and sentiment "You're Just My Style"

Here She is:

Happy Spring Everyone!

Paper Dolls...? Yes, Please

I don't know about you, but I LOVED paper dolls when I was a young girl.  I loved the little tabs you'd have to fold to dress the paper doll and all the accessories that came with the clothes.  I loved how the sheets (that held the punched out clothes) were also decorated even though you'd never use the sheets again.

I loved paper dolls so much that one of my sisters' friends, Julie would draw little people and sell them to me.  I remember I'd pay a nickel for each person.  I couldn't change their clothes, but I would play with those drawn dolls all the time.

When I first saw those Julie Nutting paper doll stamps, believe it or not, I wasn't really that interested.  I thought, what the heck am I going to do with those things....

And then I wanted to buy one with curly hair and I couldn't find one; until I did.  Once I bought my first one, I realized that I needed lots more because not everyone has curly hair.  I only have three now, but they are SO FUN to play with and use.  You've seen some of the mixed media canvases I've done with the curly hair girl, but here are a few more:

I am ready for another one!

Here are some older ones:

Monday, March 23, 2015

Layers, layers, and more layers

I've been participating in the Teapot Tuesday challenges at Splitcoaststampers.  I love the variation and the teapotters are so funny and talented.

This week was putting lots of die cut layers on a card.  Here's mine:

I made the patterned paper using old Sale-a-bration stamps from SU!  The color scheme I used worked perfectly with the floral die cut I added later.  Next I added the green frame and a pale yellow lattice die cut (it was a bright yellow, but I sponged some white paint over it).  On top of that I added the coral floral die cut and lastly the two birds.  I painted Wink of Stella glitter to add some sparkle.  I finished it by putting some enamel dots.

I love participating in challenges so I can think outside the box.  I would have never done this on my own and I really like the way it turned out.  

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

More Pocket Pages

More pocket pages from the Orlando trip album:

I used an old Sizzix train track cut out for the roller coaster track and the Mickey in a cup was from a swap I participated in on SCS years (I really mean years!) ago.  I love these pictures of me and my nephew, Dwayne.

The background for these "cards" were made by me too.  I grabbed some cardstock and then mixed media'd it with a safari theme.  I then cut them into three 4x6 pieces and six 3x4 pieces.  I LOVE how they turned out.

Here's a closer look.

Now this...I love!  I wanted to do something different so I treated this strip of 4x3 pockets into one 12x4 pocket.  I put together the strip (using last year's CTMH National ScrapbookingDay kit).  I thought the colors matched perfect with Poccahontas' dress.  Once I came up with the layout, I cut them into four 4x3 pieces and slid them in.

I have now completed Day TWO and have started on Day THREE.