Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Making a December Daily Album

Hi blog land, today I have a page from my December Daily Album to show you. This is my blog post from Southern Ridge Trading Co. where I have a full tutorial on how I put it together. There are some close ups on these little pockets of lusciousness.


Grab a nice hot cup of coffee, tea or you favorite beverage & click on the link above, hop on over & check it out! I am determined to finish my December album this year even if I am playing with it in June. I am entering this in the Frilly & Funky challenge which you can find here. It is a little off topic yet perfect as their challenge is what you are inspired or want to achieve this year. 

Did you make a December Daily this year? How did you find time to get er done? 

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

I Believe in Christmas Magic Canvas

I hope your holidays were magical and this time finds you & your family healthy and happy! I have a post up on the Southern Ridge Trading Co. blog today. It is a very special canvas made for my sister-in-law and her boyfriend for Christmas. I put a photo of my kids to give the idea of what it will look like. Hop on over to the blog to see the close up. So shimmery & shiny. 


Wishing you a fabulous New Year & all the best for 2017!

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Holy Crow Christmas is Coming!!!

I have an art journal page over on the Southern Ridge Trading Co. blog today. I don't know about you but life seems to get busier and busier. Once again despite my warning myself last year to get ahead for Christmas... all of a sudden we are 11 days away and I am trying not to freak out. I altered an envelope which will go in my #the100dayproject art journal book. It is an attempt to kick myself into Christmas mode.


It is messy & shimmery & metallic. Sadly photos do not do it justice. The idea is to put lists and quotes & photos from this years Christmas in the envelope to have as a keepsake or time capsule. I have a tutorial so if you would like to make your own messy page hop over & check it out.  


If you would like to see all the pages from my #the100dayproject click on my Instagram link to the right or #100daysofkarensart. I hope you have the chance for some art this holiday season!

Monday, November 28, 2016

Inspired by...Social Media

Hello Inky Friends, welcome to fall. I know it is snowing in some places and almost December. Christmas music is playing... but our weather is behind this year & it still feels like fall. So when in Rome...




Continuing in my series of Inspired by... I took a different approach for this post. How many of you go onto Facebook or Instagram and see all kinds of cool art? Do you get excited and think I want to do that? This happens to me all the time, very rarely do I act on it but I do get inspired to create something usually. As I was scrolling Instagram the other day I thought what if I just create a list of things that are amusing me visually & then made my art journal based on the list? So I did! 

My list of Inspiration: 
-collage 
-crackle stamp
-postage stamps
-real leaves
-vintage photo 

This was a fun exercise that I will be exploring more in the future. I ended up with a page that is quite different from what I would normally do but is 100% mine-fun! I am entering this page in the Frilly & Funkie Challenge. The challenge is Bountiful Harvest using the rich hues of autumn. I have to add that one of my favorite parts of this page is the vintage photo added of my mother when she was 6 years old. Just makes me happy! I hope you have time to get some art done today.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Let's Make a Necklace With Resin!

Hello Inky Friends, today we are making a necklace with resin! First of all Happy Thanksgiving to all of you In the United States. May it be filled with family friends, turkey & stuffing! 

I have a tutorial up on the Resin Crafts Blog using their amazing new 10 minute setting FastCast resin. This product is incredible and takes the long set time out of the game. 


Here is the necklace you can make, colorizing it however you choose. The beauty of this is if you need a necklace for say Thanksgiving dinner, whip it up in an hour and bam you are ready to go. Matching earring would be quick too! You can find the blog post here. Great for Christmas gifts too!!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Resin Crafts Playing With Paper

Hello Blogland I am on the Resin Crafts blog playing with paper. I have an easy tutorial on how to make book page dividers using resin paper. 


Here is one I made for my art journal, love that it represents a snap shoot in time, helps me to put my art journal in context. These pages are stunning up close. I hope you give it a try, you can check out my post here.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Journal Your Christmas Album Cover

I have a tutorial up on the Southern Ridge Trading Co. Blog making a Journal Your Christmas - JYC album cover. I took a class years ago from a good friend of mine Deborah Mahnken, we made a mini album, book style. I had added some photos, etc to the inside but never finished decorating the cover. There is a challenge on the blog every month & this month is all about winter or Christmas- come on over you could win free chippies!!!


Here is my finished cover. I used lots of Emerald Creek embossing powder on this. Winters Mistake & Soft Fallen Snow are perfect to add those snow like elements. Creates this light fluffy emboss with glitter- too cool! I am also entering this in the Emerald Creeks Dare contest this month. Come on over & play you can find the current challenge & the chance to win a $50 gift card here.

 As you see it is my book from 2013. I will be finishing up the insides over the Christmas Holiday. Do you have unfinished projects that you would like to get done? All forward movement counts so if you need some inspiration to pull out that unfinished project... You will find a full tutorial with lots of step out photos, over on the SRTC blog. Check out the new holiday chippies. I hope to see you there!

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