Monday, July 6, 2015

Mail Art for Jori

I've been thinking about mail art for awhile and thought I'd do something for my niece, Jori.  She painted a painting of a mission for her 4th grade mission project and did such a great job, my sister entered it in the county fair.  Not only did she win 1st place in her division but also best of show!!  So exciting for her as she was so nervous about it.

I wanted to send her a congratulations card but just forgot about it.  She's at camp this week and my sister sent me her address to write her a note. combining my need to send something to my niece and this color challange on this website.  I came up with this:

Back View

The challenge is a color one and for this week (Week 5 - yes I started late), the colors are green + green + pink.  I tried to use only the three color selections, but added a third green with the pistachio spray.  I also added black and white for accents.

This was so fun to make!  I know she'll be so excited to get this in the mail at camp.  I wrote her a letter and I'll stuff it with some riddles or something too.  I am definitely going to make more of these!

This is a total upcycle project since the envelopes I used are castoffs from my work.  I primed them with gesso and then layered the lt. green and bright pink paint.  Since the colors weren't quite dry, some of the combined color was an orangey color.  Very pretty.  I used my fingers to apply the dark grass green in circles.  Then I used one of my hot glue gun masks and the spray to add some texture.  After that I just added black rings and white rings.  Smeared white paint all over and used some bubble wrap for the small dots.  I used a handmade circle stencil to add some lt. pink circles (added white to the bright pink paint).  Stamped in black ink the flower (SU!) and text print.  Used a fine point black sharpie for squiggles and my white sharpie for more random dots, squiggles, and doodles.

Hot Glue Magic

Cool right?

Just grab a craft mat and your hot glue gun and go for it!

I'm sure you'll see these masks and many more in my upcoming projects.

Sunday, July 5, 2015


I believe I have found my niche.  I am really getting into mixed media.  I love the freedom to use whatever, however I want.  Carly had this canvas ready to go in the trash.  It was something she did a long time ago.  She removed pictures off it and all the embellies.  So I grabbed it.  It is a 12x18 flat canvas.  Since she had already put holes in it, the design had to be landscape.

The internet surfing I was doing earlier today led me to youtube and a video on making your own masks/stencils using your hot glue gun.  Ummm...yes, had to try it!  So I went upstairs, pulled out my craft mat and plugged in my glue gun.  I made a squiggly circle with lots of rings - probably about 3" in diameter for one and another one of assorted size circles connected together.  The YouTube video was by Southerngalsdesigns.

I grabbed five different color acrylic paints (plum, surf blue, lemon, bright pink, orange) and of course black and white.  First I covered the canvas with gesso then randomly applied the acrylic paints.  I used two of the masks that I just made with the hot glue gun.  You can see the bright pink squiggly circles (they almost look like roses) and the circles in the lower left corner.  LOVE!  The hardest part was waiting for each layer to dry.

Canvas is all covered and this is it:

Random supplies I used:  hot glue masks, packing tape roll (for large black circles), perfume lid for small white circles, coffee cup sleeve, microwave rice steamer tray (for black starburst), old gift card.

I wasn't sure what I was going to do with it.  I thought another she art and then thought, I'll put some birds and that led to a beehive and bees.  With that comment, Carly suggested we do a Beyonce quote since she is called Queen Bee.  So she searched for a quote, we liked a few, but then we thought the quote "Don't Worry Be Yonce" was hilarious.  So...

I grabbed my sketch book and drew a bee hive and some bees.  The hive is made by cutting yellow scraps and stacked.  I added some washi tape, ink, markers, etc to dress it up.  The bees are painted yellow and stamped with black ink to mimic a yellow/black bumble bee.  The wings are painted with lt. blue and gold opal paint.  Then swept some Wink of Stella for shimmer and a bit of dk. blue to each wing.  The antennaes are drawn on with markers.  I just glued them on the canvas.

The quote is stamped on using some old foam stamps I had forever and never used.  I think they are from Making Memories.  I used white acrylic paint for each letter.  Then used a violet watercolor marker to give a shadow to each letter.

The complete canvas:

I'm proud to say that this is hanging in Carly's bedroom.  She has never asked to hang something of mine before so it is quite an honor.

I love it.   It's's whimsical...and unique.

Friday, July 3, 2015

I Won!

I got this email yesterday from Momenta.  I wasn't sure if it was a haux, but when I responded, they sent my $100 gift card voucher right away.  I redeemed it to my Amazon account and there it was!  Woo Hoo!

Amazon I come!

Thanks for taking the time to answer our Secret Shopper survey this month.   You were randomly picked as one of our winners!
We will be emailing you an Amazon gift card for $100!!!   Please just reply back with your name and state where you live.  We will then email the gift card right away.
Thanks again...and congrats!

This is going to be so much fun!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Day Dreaming

I am in love with Mixed Media!  I love how a project can start one way, but end up completely different.  Of course, this may be the way I mixed media.  I'm sure most artists plan their projects and select techniques and steps according to their plan - that is so not me.

I started this project thinking I was going to do a two page project in my art journal.  I am participating in the "What If?" challenge on Splitcoaststampers and wanted to try something different.  I saw this technique where you place glue on a page as a mask.  So, I set off to perfect this technique.

Once the glue dried, I selected four acrylic paint colors.  Plum, Lemon Yellow, Surf Blue, and Orange. I painted the first three paints all over the pages, no specific plan in mind.  I used bubble wrap to apply the orange paint.  Once the paint dried, I spritzed my water/white paint solution all over.  I love this spritz!  No matter how often I clean the nozzle, the paint comes out in full force.  I then added my blue ink/water solution to the page.  The blue ink I dipped the stick into the spray bottle and dripped dots all over the page.

Once that dried, I went back and peeled the glue.  For some reason it worked for the right page but not for the left.  The paper pulled up with the glue on the left side so I left it.  I liked the 3D effect of the lines.

See the difference:

Since both sides didn't work out the same, I changed my mind and did a one page entry.  I still didn't know what I planned to do so I set it aside.  Later, I was on Facebook and my friend Nancy posted a beautiful photo of the sunset.  It just so happened to have similar colors to my page - yellow, purple, orange and blue.  So, inspired by the sunset photo, I took another look at my page.

Inspiration Photo:

The bottom third was mostly yellow so I added some green watercolor marker to create a hill.  I spritzed the page with water and then scribbled.  All of a sudden the random shapes looked like trees so I drew branches and trunks around them to mimic trees.

Once I found my inspiration and my direction, there was no stopping me!  I first thought I'd do another "She Art", but then remembered I had this "Dreaming of You" stamp that I won from on the Let's Scrap Challenge Blog.  This cutie is leaning back and dreaming....  Oh my gosh!  LOVE this girlie for my page.

More photos:

Then added the words "Day Dreaming And I'm Thinking Of You".  The sentiment included with the little cutie is "dreaming of you" so I stamped this as trunk and multiple times in the right corner.  Made a few more additions and viola!

Finished page:

Don't you just love that little day dreamer?  As you can already tell, I paper pieced the girl with scrap paper and highlighted with pens in my stash.

The black marks are added by dipping the corrugated side of a Starbucks coffee sleeve into black ink.  The little flowers and butterfly are part of the girl stamp.  I accidentally got plum paint on one of the word strips and loved the way it looked so I "accidentally" did it to all of them.  Drew lines - highlighted - etc.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Pocket Cards

I made these cards awhile ago but just put them aside while I waited for the perfect stamp set and occasion.  My niece had a tea party for her birthday and when I received the Tea Party stamp set, I knew it would be perfect for these cards.

Check out the Tea Party stamp set by Lila Grey Stamps by clicking here.

I should have taken a photo of the cards without the embellishments, but I always forget about the "before".

Anyhow, to make these cards, I grabbed a plan white 12x12 piece of cardstock.  The thicker the better.  I normally buy mine from Stampin' Up.  I really love their quality and thickness of cardstock.

With that, I used paint, inks, distress inks, markers, book pages, washi tape, etc. to come up with the random background.  Once I was happy with the final product, I cut three 4x12" strips.  Those strips I cut into three 4x6 cards and six 3x4" cards; rounded the corners and then it's time to embellish.

Here is a photo of all the cards:

Some close ups:

Stacking Tea Cups:  I used a masking technique to stamp the cup on top of each other.  I stamped the bottom cup on the card and another one on a piece of scrap paper.  I cut out the image on the scrap paper and placed it on top of the cup on the card.  From there, I stamped the second cup in the first cup.  As you can see, the saucer and bottom portion of the stamp does not appear on the final project card.  Once I did that, I used white acrylic paint to paint around the cup.  This allows the cups to pop.

Cupcake:  Paper pieced the cupcake.  I stamped the image onto different colors/types of scrap paper.  Cut out the portions I wanted and adhered them to one image.

Journaling Spots:  I used white acrylic paint to create an area for journaling and then drew lines with a pen.  Easy peasy!

Flowers Patterned Paper:  Make your own patterned paper by stamping the same image randomly on the card.  This was done with the flower image.  I then highlighted the flowers with marker, added dots and other small embellishments.

Each of these cards can be used alone or to add a photo or journaling.  I feel I embellished them enough to where I won't need to add more to them. 

FYI:  Pocket cards can also be used for card fronts.  They are not only for pocket pages in your scrapbook album.

I love the idea of making your own pocket cards.  If you are interested in pocket pages, check out my pages from our trip to Orlando (safari).  I had so much fun making this album.  You can fit so many more photos on each page and once you get the hang of it, it's a lot of fun.  BTW, the cards that I used for the Animal Kingdom Safari photos were also made a similar way.  I couldn't find anything that worked so I made my own.  The base of these cards was a piece of patterned paper that I knew I was never going to use.  It already had a mixed media vibe so it worked out perfect.  Don't you love that! 

Friday, June 26, 2015

You're A Classic

This is the reason why I like to look for new challenge sites.  The challenge site, Anything But Cute is for mixed media challenges and the current challenge is masculine.  I wasn't even sure if I had anything that is specifically mascaline, but once I started, the ideas just came to me.

So I started with the idea of creating a tag.  I have a Tim Holtz Sizzix embossing plate of measuring tapes.  So I embossed.  Then I added some ink from CTMH (Olive, Gypsy, Black).  I also used a Chocolate ink pad from AMM (had this forever).  Then I stamped the car with black ink and this car stamp I got from a mail-order stamp club that I enrolled in for one month about three years ago  Although I love the car stamp, the quality of the stamp is really poor - thin stamp.

I also stamped a light post from 7 Gypsies with the black archival ink pad from CTMH.  Shaded each of them with Whisper alcohol pen from CTMH.

The white etchings were stamped on with white acrylic paint and a stamp that I got from Rubber Paws.  This is the first time I used it and I can tell I'm going to use it more and more.  I don't know the company or where it was purchased.  Shoot, I can't even tell what it says...if anything.  LOL

The sentiment is from the car set and was stamped and inked and adhered.  Then the twine/button and ribbon.  Sure I like it, but a tag...what am I going to do with it??

Ah art journal had some violet ink spots and of course the left over splotches from the inks/paints from the tag project.  So I added more of the ink colors and some other random additions to create a background for the tag.  Now it's a page and I plan on cutting it down for a card front.  Love it!

Products used: are listed above.