Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Create with a song...

It's been awhile since I have worked on my "Songs in My Heart" art journal.  There are lots of songs in my heart, but not a lot of 
time in my life.  But, I made some time for this song creation so that I could share this one with you as my last post on the Linnie Blooms Design Team.  I want to thank Linda Barutha for giving me the chance to play with her canvas shapes and for giving me inspiration to jump into mixed media art.

The song is "Ribbon in the Sky" (by Stevie Wonder) and it is one that right away popped into my head when I first got the idea for this song art journal.  Ribbons in a sky...

My first step was to use some water-downed inks to water color with a checkerboard stencil for the sky.  I added in some free-hand clouds using white gesso.

Next I added my rainbow ribbons that don't end in a pot of gold, but rather a shiny heart with rays shooting out.  Are you wondering what those rays are?  They are upside down birdies---Linnie Blooms shapes are so versatile!  I colored these shapes with more inks as watercolors and added some Stickles to the heart.

"This is  not a coincidence 
and far more than a lucky chance
but what it is
that was always meant
is a ribbon in the sky for our love
from now on it will be you and I
and our ribbon in the sky"

I sure had a blast playing with my Linnie Blooms shapes and I am certainly going to keep playing.  Here is just a little peak at all the FUN!


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Monday, April 14, 2014

Create what fools the eye...

Who says that you can't celebrate April Fools Day during the whole month of April?  Over at the Chicagoland Scrapbooker blog today, I am fooling everyone with this faux-leather technique.  

It is easy peasy.  All you need is cardstock, ink, and plastic wrap.  I told you it was easy!  Squish up your plastic wrap, dab it on your ink pad, and then stamp it onto your cardstock.  The card on the left is Iced Spruce Distress Ink on gray cardstock and the card on the right is Chocolate Chip Ink from Stampin' Up on brown Kraft paper. I created the shading just by adding more or less ink and varying the pressure when I stamped.

This adorable bike is from Unique Laser Designs.  I just pushed the bike into an ink pad to get some distressed color on it.
Since I needed a masculine birthday card, I decided to hide the basket behind the cutout on my card window.  I added a clock stamp and the sentiment "time for another birthday?"...inside it says "enjoy the ride".

Have you checked out the Unique Laser Designs website yet? What are you waiting for?  Also, there is a challenge for the month of April.  You can play whether or not you have ordered from them yet?  Just show us your creation with a wood or chipboard embellishment.  You can find all of the information HERE.

Enjoy the ride!

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Create for a challenge...

No fooling...I've been creating a lot!  I'm kind of addicted to these wood shapes from Unique Laser Designs.  And, it's April!  That means it is time for a new challenge over at Scrap it Girl too.  This month's challenge is "Tags or Bags".  I was going through my stash of "scrap" and found this cute board bag/box and thought it would be perfect for a surprise spring gift for a friend.  

This cute bunny is just simply colored with a white gelato.  I like how he looks a little shabby chic.

The eggs are painted with acrylic paint and then I added some Rock Candy Stickles.  I used a Fiskars border punch for some grass and it is all ready for filling with some sweet treat surprises.  

My favorite?  Starburst jelly beans.  Or Reeses Peanut Butter eggs.
How about you?  What is your Easter candy indulgence?

Also, I joined the linky yarn party over at  bugaboominimrme with my spring yarn wreath from the other day.
Join in the fun, by clicking HERE


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Monday, March 31, 2014

Create "hoppiness"...

I cannot stop playing with these wood shapes from Unique Laser Designs.  This is a new company and I am so excited to share that I am now one of their Design Team members! They keep adding new shapes to their site and I keep adding to my long wish-list!

My birthday present to myself (actually I used a gift card, so I guess it was a true birthday present), was to buy a giant set of Gelatos. I blame Linda Barutha (of Linnie Blooms fame) for this new addiction.  If you haven't played with them--they are blendable, soft, pastel crayon sticks.  How is that for an explanation?
So, I scribbled with the Gelatos on this wood tag.  

  Then, added some water and blended.

Next, I used this honeycomb stencil from Unique Laser Designs and spritzed my own mixture of pearl white paint and water.

It created the coolest background for this tag decoration!

I added some bunnies and a picket fence (all from Unique Laser Designs) along with some dried flowers and grassy ribbon.  These wood shapes are SO versatile.  The Gelatos blended and sit so fabulously on the wood background, and I used just straight white Gelato (no water) on the fence.  The bunnies are colored with Distress Ink, Distress Stain, and a Copic marker.  The natural grain of the wood is so beautiful, I like to let it show through sometimes.

Well, I have neglected housework and some family members long enough tonight, but you are going to see me playing with these wood shapes from Unique Laser Designs a lot---like I needed a new crafty addiction!

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Saturday, March 29, 2014

Create a wish...

My wish...SPRING!
Oh spring, spring...where for art thou spring?

My little spring thing last week really didn't seem to have any effect on Mother Nature, so I'm trying again. This time, I'm making a wreath to grace the door and scare away the winter spirits.

First, I took a straw wreath and wrapped and wrapped it with this pastel variegated yarn.

Next, I took a Linnie Blooms canvas bloom and made a cut in it to the center.  I colored it with gelatos and spritzed with water so I could spread the color with my fingers.  These new spring blooms come in 2 sizes and I colored 5 of each size for this project using all shades of pinks and orange.  Some of the flowers have LOTS of color, some just a bit.  Some are more orange, some are more pink. A flowery hodge-podge!

Once dry, I dripped some  hot glue onto one section next to the slice...

and overlapped the adjacent petal to give the bloom some curved dimension.

Next, it's painting time!  I painted these ADORABLE Easter shapes and letters from Unique Laser Designs.

I "marble-ized" the solid egg and bunny by blending gelatos over the dried acrylic paint and then splattered the letters with pink paint after covering them with a few thin coats of Distress Stain Picket Fence.

I added some seed beads to the center of the blooms and then tucked the blooms in with the wood shapes, a burlap ribbon, and some twisted paper leaves (attaching all of them with hot glue).

This is my ode to spring.  Mother Nature are you listening this time?

I've added this project to the linky yarn party at bugaboominimrme, click here to join in the fun!


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