Thursday, September 14, 2017

Cactus Art Journal Page

Happy Thursday, it is time for my Topflight Stamps blog post. Let's play with a mix media, smash book, art journal type page from My Favorite Book Journal. Even though the photo shows us having super fun & doesn't match the title. I wanted to remember the over all feeling which was walking through the gardens, quiet & calm with lots & lots of green.



Green Was the Silence

Last January I was in Phoenix, AZ for the first time. Creativation is the big winter convention for AFCI (Association For Creative Industries). It involves days of setting up a booth, demo's, classes, tons of people, lots of talking, laughing and just noise in general.  After the convention there were a few days to just be tourists. My bestie Suzie & I had the opportunity to spend the afternoon at the Desert Botanical Garden. It was amazingly, awe inspiring as I had never seen a cactus in the wild. Not to mention Cacti that were massively huge like trees. There were very few people there so we were able to wander in almost silence looking at the gamillion different types of cacti.


Art Journal Fun 

My page started as a wipe up page from using stencils & modeling paste. I was totally inspired by the Words & Paintery Challenge for this layout. Especially the line "Green was the silence". 



This background had the perfect colors to work with their prompt. Again the quote immediately made me remember the feeling of walking among this forest of amazing vegetation, it was almost like walking through a museum. It also helped that it was in the middle of the week & not that many people were around.


Carabelle Cactus

 It took just a few minutes to complete this page using the stamps from Topflight. For the tall cactus I simply stamped on patterned card stock, the middle one was done using a spritz of glimmer mist & the roundish one was water color marker. The pots were also card stock. I added foam dots to the one on the left to add some depth. 

Remember the Story

I added a bit of the story on the back of the tag & tucked it in the side of the photo. Simple to only adhere tape to 3 sides of the pic & create a side pocket. I love how these stamps just make the page. Remember if you want the coolest European stamps bought from an American Company just go to Topflight Stamps!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Spooky Halloween Fun on a Tag

Today I am playing with Topflight Stamps, making a spooky Halloween Tag. I love this holiday it is my 2nd favorite. I also love making tags so perfect combo. 


Spooky Tag Fun!

Here is my cool tag using Katzelkraft stamps. I also recently bought the Tim Holtz Stamp Platform, mainly for kitting for my classes. However I played with it for the 1st time on this tag & realized even mix media artist need this!! I will show you how the Stamp Platform saved my tag. I am also entering this tag in the Craft Stamper Magazine challenge site, this months challenge can be found here if you want to play along. 
First off here is the stamp set Halloween I got to play with. You can buy this from Topflight as well as Tim's platform. More on that as we play!


 Let's Distress a Tag. 

 Starting with tag spritzed lightly with water, spray your colors on the tag. I was worried that these colors would make mud together because of the purple so I did a test first on a piece of paper. Where the purple & yellow mixed it was muddy but a nice espresso color so I went with it. 


Opps Craft Fail...

After adding some washi tape I heat embossed the haunted house. My idea was to add some alcohol ink to darken it some & doodle. As I started working on it I realized a lot of the cool detail that makes the stamp special was being lost as the emboss is too thick for it to show. So I flipped the tag over & started again. I can always add a piece of pattern card stock on this side to hide my boo boo. 



Stamp Platform Time

At this point I pulled out this handy dandy device. You can find it here at Topflight Stamps. Rather then me try & explain how it works how about I let Tim show you in this video you can find here. 



Just like in the video, opened the tool & placed my tag using the magnets. Next step is to position the stamp on the tag & bring the top acrylic piece down & push so the stamp adheres to the acrylic. 


After opening the tool lid & inking my stamp I brought the lid down and pressed as if it was a normal acrylic block, just like in the video. After lifting the lid I realized that my stamp was resisted by the washi tape as it has a slick finish & bold image. Normally this would be a problem that potentially would cause me to start over. Not with the Platform however! I simply removed the washi tape. See the blank spot where the washi was on right side pic above?


 I simply brought the lid down again & re-stamped. The image is crisp & much darker. YAY!!!! Total craft save! It is hard to tell in the above pic how well this 3x stamped image worked but you can sure see it below.


Now let's add to this tag! Using the eye & bat stamps with some heat emboss helped the images to pop. I really wanted the bat to show up so why not yellow, this is art after all not real life. Who says a bright yellow bat could not be living on my imaginary tag? Inking in some details using paint & gel pens also really bought this tag to life.  


Time to add my stamped, distressed & pop dotted title. Love the details on this title! Finished this tag with ribbons & some charms. Thanks so much for joining me today & please head over to the Topflight Blog & leave me a comment, it would be much appreciated! I hope you have some time to play today!

Friday, September 1, 2017

Star Wars Pocket using Eileen Hull's House Die

Wow I dare you to say that title 5 times fast! Today I am here with a Star Wars double planner pocket using the Eileen Hull's House die. I had a little too much fun making this & the geek in me is very excited with the result!


Not only that but it was super easy to do once I figured it out so you get the bonus of the easy how-to version.  



I found the most amazing Star Wars paper pad at Hobby Lobby. It is made by Disney. I was very excited to find this as you Geek fans know some shows are hard to find scrapbook supplies for. 



This technique will take no time at all & can be used in your journals, planners, or junque journals. On the left side I made a double sided tuck pocket. All you do is make 2 cuts of the scrapbook paper using the base of the house die. 



Take one of the pieces & cut about 1/4" above the bend in a diagonal. Adhere a strong glue on left side & bottom of the cut piece & adhere to the solid piece to make your pocket- easy peasy. Distress the edges if you like. 




Make a second pocket the same way & adhere the pockets back to back so you have a pocket on both sides. Here are the 2 papers I used before I put the pockets on. You can see the finished pocket below.



For the right side I made an envelope pocket. Cut 2 house backgrounds & then cut the triangle portion on only 1 of the pieces. You won't use this.



If you use a double sided card stock you can skip this step and simply add the pocket. Cut a 3rd house from a different piece of paper, this will be the inside of the pocket. This paper is a bit thin so adding the whole piece helps give it some stability. I glued the 2 full pieces, plain side together. I wanted to sew on my pocket portion (the rectangular piece) so I moved the adhesive from the edges so the needle wouldn't go through the glue. 



Punch a half circle in the rectangular piece and adhere to make the pocket. Sew using a machine or by hand around the edges.



Next step was to turn the 2 pocket pieces into one piece that can slide in my journal. I really wanted to use washi tape for this step but couldn't get my hands on Star Wars washi fast enough so I made it with paper. First cut out 2 pieces of paper, in this case the square black rebel alliance piece. Next, leave a bit of space between the pocket & envelope & adhere one square like in the picture above.Then flip the piece over & adhere the 2nd square lining them up. Finally add some ephemera. 


Now you can bend the piece and you have 2 pages. I printed some tickets from the internet to put in my pocket. I plan on putting photos or more ephemera in the pockets, maybe a quote from the movie on a tag. Do they make Star Wars stamps?


All that was left is to slip the pockets into my journal. If you want to see the original post on how I made my Fan Girl Journal (including my Star Wars booklet) using Eileen's journal die the original post is here.

 
Thanks for coming along on the ride with me. I hope you get a chance to play with this fun die!! Make sure you hop on over to Eileen's blog to see what the rest of the team is making this week. Cheers!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Fun with Halloween Chipboard Mini Album

Hello Chipboard Fans, I have a tutorial on the Southern Ridge Trading co. blog today with a Halloween theme. 


I hope you hop on over there & check it out. It is my last post for this team as I am moving on to other adventures. I have loved being on the team, first off as it is full of Crazy Canadians & secondly cause they are just an awesome group of gals. They welcomed me from the start, have a positive & encouraging environment and great product. I will still be playing with their product so you will see it pop up here from time to time.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Butterfly Tag with Doodles

Fun doodle tag with Leane Creatief stamps. Happy Thursday & time for my Topflight Stamps project!!


Here is the happy colorful tag I made using this unique doodle stamp. I was visiting my folks with limited supplies but that is all that was needed to have some relaxing doodle time. 
 


I started by stamping my image on computer paper with Archival Ink as I wanted a permanent ink. I was lucky to be given the new TwinTone Markers by Tombo to play with & I have to say they are amazingly vibrant. This markers have dual tips, one a fine line, one a thicker line. You can see where I tested some colors to see which ones I wanted to use. It was just a matter of coloring in the stamp. I used a fairly light hand as I didn't want the paper to pill. I will be playing with these markers more so stay tuned. 
 


I started with a tag that already had some random color on it. Stamp the image with Archival Ink so you don't have to cut out the antenna's.You can find the stamp here.


Once the ink was nice & dry it was time to doodle. I used the Tombo Drawing Pen in size 01. It was nice & relaxing to just find some doodles to put in my butterfly. Then it was easy to assemble my tag. I just added some Tim Holtz ephemera & my tag was done.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Resin Obsession Book Marks for Journals

Hello Resin fans, I have a full tutorial over on the Resin Obsession blog on making book marks. This is a really fun project that is fairly easy, it just takes a bit of time. 


These projects made from different types of paper resin, which I will go through step-by-step. A great way to use up your ephemera pieces, project life cards, tissue paper, book paper etc. I had a lot of fun experimenting to see how the different papers reacted to the resin. I hope you hop on over & join me!!

Friday, August 18, 2017

Let's Play with Whales Journal Page

Hi Blog Land, I have a fun whale journal page for you today on the Southern Ridge Trading Co. blog. SRTC has lots of wonderful sea themed chipboard pieces that are perfect for your crafting needs!


This is the first page from My Favorite Memories book that I posted last week. You can see it here with a full tutorial. There are more photos over on SRTC blog and a bit of a tour . Please hop on over there for a tour of my page! See you next time.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Harry Potter Shine Bright Page using IndigoBlu

I am having so much fun working in My Favorite Memories Journal. Today I have a page on the Topflight Stamps Blog with a must have stamp set. I love this one! 



Here is my fun and inky page, it came together very quickly. Just some background stamping with distress ink using like colors so the effect was subtle.  My title was pop dotted to the page to add dimension. The photo was scanned & sent to my phone, then altered with the Rhonna Designs app. That put the Halloween on my page which gives this stamp set extra life!


The Dumbledore quote was stamped on watercolor paper. I knew I wanted a lightly tinted look. One way to achieve this was using Marvy watercolor markers. They were inked on my craft sheet, diluted with water & applied with a paint brush so the colors blended easily.

 
The light bulb was heat embossed on some patterned card stock. You can see a bit of background stamping added a touch of grunge. 


I also stamped the quote on a journal card from the paper set. Just gives it a whole different look. By changing the background I can use it on a steampunk kind of art journal page or layout. 




Here are the other stamps that come in this set. I can't wait to play with them some more. Thanks for joining me today. Be sure to pop over to Topflight for some great prices and lots of stamp designs.

Supplies:
  • Shine Bright by Indigo Blu
  • Markers by Marvy: Le Plumme II- #6, #22, #49 
  •    "                "     : Color In #4400B
  • Emerald Creek- Hammered Metal
  • Ranger- Distress Ink, Archival Ink.  
  • Paper by Bo Bunny
  • Photo App- Rhonna Designs.
 * I would like to thank Topflight Stamps, Marvy Uchida & Emerald Creek for supplying some of the product for me to play with.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Journal Treasury Ebook with Eileen Hull

Hello Blog Land, you have probably noticed I have been fairly obsessed with making Journals lately. The bottom line is they are just way to fun to make! I am loving using up some of my stash along with new product and having way too much fun thinking of new excuses to make them! 
 


Well if you need more inspiration Eileen Hull has come out with an awesome Ebook & you are going to want to get it!! Here is all the information you need as well as a link to the book on Eileen's blog. Let's get journaling!!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Butterfly Window Art Canvas

I have a bit of a unique project for you today. I am here with my Topflight Stamps blog post & we are playing with IndigoBlu stamps. The team is also participating in the Mix Media Monthly challenge. I am thrilled with how my project turned out & I hope you like it too.


I decided to go with a Photo Mat Art Board project by Crescent. It just was the perfect base for the idea I had in mind.


First off here is the inspiration for this months challenge. That will help you understand the idea I came up with.


The stamp set is Butterfly Collector and you can buy it here. It is made from red rubber and the stamps have wonderful detail. You can see it on the stamped butterflies.If you want to see how I made my background you can check out the process here. I started my board the same way with the only difference being, instead of using stencils I pushed stamps into the gesso. Just clean your stamps with warm water & an old tooth brush immediately following so the paint does not dry in the stamp. One thing I did learn is, to get a crisper image embedded in the gesso, put down a thinner coat. 


Sadly I do not have a picture of just the gesso layer- somehow it got deleted. Once my gesso was dry I did the same process as the journal link above, I made a color glaze with 50% acrylic paint 50% acrylic glaze. I painted a layer of paint & let it dry for a minute or so then wiped it back using a baby wipe. I worked on about half the canvas at a time so the paint did not dry fully.


You can see the stamps in the gesso but because it was a bit too thick I lost the detail. Still cool though. If I had the time I could have scrapped the gesso up & reapplied it. I painted the top 2/3rds of the canvas in the black & the bottom in the green (supply list below). 


Next step was to cover my gate pieces & heat emboss them. Love how they turned out. I over lapped them on the board to give them even more height. I wanted my garden of flowers to show up so decided to put it next to the fence instead of behind it. 


For the flower portion I colored the background of a piece of white card stock with Distress Oxide (DO). I spritzed with some water to activate it & create some splatter. To add the flowers, ink the bottom grass portion with the DO then color in the flowers & stems with multiple color of Distress Marker. These products have a slower dry time so you can make this work. Apply a fine mist of water to activate & stamp. Let that dry & then spritz the bottom grasses a bit to create the softer impressionist look. I stamped the image 2x with a bit of an over lap. 



All that is left is assembly. I used Tombo Mono Multi XL to glue everything down. It is easy to use, good & sticky. I also fussy cut some more of the butterflies & the dragonfly then adhered them randomly around my piece. Lastly & I should have done this before assembly I decided to hit the high points with copper paint. I also painted over the cut butterflies with Chandalier Glimmer Glam which gave them some glitter & sealed them to protect them.



The quote did not transfer perfectly because my gesso was too thick but I simply filled it in with a marker. Still looks cool, embedded & like old stone. The butterfly photo is mine, a frequent visitor in my garden. This project will be entered in this months contest. I hope you get a chance to pop over & see all the wonderful inspiration. See you next week!

*Affiliate disclosure I did receive some of these products to create my project. The ideas however are my own and currently all the design teams I am on I love!!

Supply List:
  • IndigoBlu Butterfly Collection Stamps from Topflight Stamps
  • Crescent Photo Mat Art Board
  • Closed Garden Gate- chipboard by Southern Ridge Trading Co.
  •  Tombo Mono Multi XL glue
  • Glimmer Glam- Chandelier
  • Ranger Ink- Distress Oxide- Peeled Paint, Cracked Pistachio, Fossilized Amber, Vintage Photo.
  • Ranger Ink -Distress Markers, Black Soot Archival Ink, Emboss Dabber.
  • Stampendous Emboss in  Shabby Green
  • Finnabair art alchemy by Prima in Raven Black & Dark Forest.
  • Golden: Acrylic Glazing Liquid &  Iridescent Copper paint

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Time to Make the Donuts Art Card!!

Hello fans of inky cards & techniques, today I have a fun Doughnut mini art journal page for you. I seriously love the stamps available on Topflight Stamps there are so many great options & this one is no exception. I have a quick tutorial on how this came about. 

Art Journal Page in my Eileen Hull Hummingbird Passport Book

 Mini Art Journal Page

I decided to do a page in my stamps mini art journal. I will show the book at the end of this post. I really love how this turned out because it went through a case of the uglies big time! I just kept adding & tweaking &  voila! If you have never been to Duck Donuts I highly recommend them, they are currently my favorite. You custom order your doughnut & they are given to you fresh made & warm!
 Here is the stamp set I used: 
 
Delicious Donuts

This Delicious Donuts set was so much fun to use. I love that it can be made cutsie or grungy & of course I went with the latter. The building block stamps are perfect to build this nummy breakfast treat.

Stamping with Acrylic Paint

To start my background I simply swiped the purple on with a baby wipe, let it dry & then swiped on the orange. I dipped the stripe doughnut piece in turquoise paint and used it without an acrylic block to just add some random lines on the background. The O was dipped in magenta paint and stamped but it didn't show up so I redid it using gesso. 


 I stamped the "icing swirl" using Archival to make my border- fun! 


Time to make the donuts!!

I stamped the donuts on telephone paper using archival ink & cut them out.


Next step was to use watered down paint to color in the icing portion. The diluted paint let the stamped image show through so I could color the sprinkles in. You can see on the finished card I did just that with gel pens & ink. I added some ink marks too.


My big doughnut was stamped on card stock in archival ink. 


The icing was painted with watered down paint, then sprinkles stamped with paint & finally chocolate icing swirl with archival ink. I let the doughnut dry in between each step. I think the next time I would heat emboss the chocolate swirl to give it some dimension. I then cut it ti make it look nibbled on. 


Then it was a simple matter of assembly. The boy doll holding the doughnut was the perfect addition to finish my card off. I did add some sprinkle stamping in the background too. It was stamped with archival ink just to add some subtle interest. Also some random doodle around the small donuts. 
 


This page is going in my Hummingbird Stamp Book which you can find a full tutorial for it here. Thanks for stopping by today to check out my project. I hope you enjoyed it! 

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