Thursday, February 4, 2016

Fusion Feb 4th - Paper Hearts

There's a new Fusion Challenge just posted over at the Fusion Card Challenge blog!   You can make it a Valentine - or not - check out the inspiration for this week!
I recently 'discovered' some lovely water color vellum hiding in my craft room and thought it would be perfect for my card.  I punched 2 sizes of hearts, layering the smaller over the larger and sewing them together in a row leaving threads at the beginning and at the end.
I made 3 cards - using different patterned paper on each.  I folded up the sides of the smaller hearts to give depth to the card.
I  cut panels using PTI's Tipped Tops die out of both patterned paper and white card stock and layered them together for strength.  I adhered the strings from the hearts on the back of the panel at top and bottom - and then layered the panel onto the cardbase with foam dots.
To finish them off - I added some white and clear sequins.
So I was inspired by the photo  this week!  What inspires you this fortnight - the hearts, the stars, the sketch? 

1. Play with just the sketch challenge.
2. Play with just the inspiration photo challenge.
3. Or you can create FUSION by combining BOTH challenges into one card.
4. Use the challenge graphic and link back to Fusion in your post.
5. Please read the other considerations on the Our Rules Page before playing along.
Check out the Fusion Card Challenge Blog - to see all of the Design Teams projects and to link up your card! 
Here also are links to the talented Design Team blogs!

Julia Aston - me!

Paper:  Watercolor Vellum - Making Memories, White and DP Textstyle Raspberry Fizz Mix - PTI
Accessories:  Medium Heart Punch - EK Success, Small heart punch - Marvy Uchida, foam dots, Tipped Tops Die - PTI, sewing machine, white thread, Sequins - Shaker Mix Vanilla Frost - Waltzingmouse.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Wonderlust Kate Crane Journal Book

I finally finished the Journal I made from Kate Crane's class at Wanderlust - the year long weekly classes I've signed up for.   Kate made hers a travel journal but since Kent and I haven't traveled anywhere lately - I made mine a Nature Journal!  I have lots of photos to share - but won't share the exact details since it's from a class.  The journal is called a Concertina Journal - it opens like a fan fold - with covers on each end.
Here's the front cover all tied up with the wrap around ribbon that is attached behind the back cover to accommodate extra width as you add things to the pages.  I used a beautiful Stencil Girl stencil called Bird in Window on my front cover.
I used another Stencil Girl stencil, Speckled Bird, on the back cover.
You can see the stencils a little more clearly here.
So the covers are black and rather subdued - but when you open the journal - there's a burst of color!  We used acrylic paints, various markers, and some stamps on the pages.  I don't usually use colors like these so I had to move outside my comfort zone!
There are smaller pages sewn into the base fan fold in two sections.
Two of the panels are sewn together at the bottom to form a pocket where you can put photos, or notes etc.
There are two pages on the back side - with a plain page sewn in for extra journaling or notes.
Here are some photos of the process - I actually had to set up a table in our finished basement room as my craft room didn't have enough open table space to work on with all the paints, inks, tools and stamps I needed at hand!   Kate taught us how to do doodling (mark making and pattern building),  scribbly writing, scratching with a credit card and palette knife and lots more!  I really learned a lot!  At the bottom of the photo below, you see some of my panels with just the paint on them -  I was thinking they really weren't coming out too well - but once I added the doodling and scribbling, especially the touches of black paint  - the pages started to look more like Kate's and I was excited!
I got so involved in stamping, doodling and scribbling on my panels -  I forgot that I should have left empty space in the middle of the panels to journal on!  Oh well - I may just keep this as a pretty book to look at!   - or I might stick in some photos from hikes and birdwatching that Kent and I like to do.
Here are the smaller pages that were sewn in on the folds of some of the base fan fold.
I love my pretty little Nature Journal - it measures 5" x 5" closed up.  I'm happy just opening it up and looking at it!
This project was really so very different from what I usually do when I craft - I'm really learning to stretch myself with these classes! 

Just a reminder that you can still check out the Wanderlust classes -  they are all on video - so you can start at anytime.  There's a new lesson or project every Friday - plus some extra activities to join in on if you want to!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Mixed Media Card Challenge - Feb 2016 - Red - Optional: Hearts

It's the first day of the month - and time for the February Mixed Media Card Challenge!  The challenge this month is Red - Optional elements: Hearts - just in time for Valentine's Day - although as you can see in the inspiration photo - it doesn't have to be for Valentines!
I'm making Valentines to sell at my church next week - so I did go with the Valentine Heart theme for my card.  My card is larger -  6 1/4" "x 6 1/4" to accommodate this lovely Heart and Flowers Stencil from Stencil Girl.  First, I stenciled on a panel of white card stock using the  Wendy Vecchi Check Mate Stencil with Wendy Vecchi Geranium Ink,  Then I laid the heart stencil over the panel and went over it with Wendy Vecchi White Embossing Paste.  I doodled a dotted line around the heart to more clearly define it using a black Stabilo pencil.
I used Tim Holtz Movers and Shapers Mini Lovestruck dies to cut the cupid and heart out of red Kraft Core Cordinations papers.  I lightly sanded them after cutting to reveal some of the kraft core.  I glued the heart to cupids hands and layered them over the  embossed heart with foam dots.  I stamped the sentiment directly onto the panel.
Since my card is oversized - instead of making it a card that opened - I made it an easel card that will stand up for display by adding a die cut easel on the back.  I also die cut a tag and adhered it to the back so the giver could write something to the receiver.   The to: and from: are from Tag Collection 1 by Waltzingmouse.  I looped some Maraschino twine through the hole and adhered the tag with foam dots.
You'll find the Mixed Media Card Challenge and link up here.  You will also find lots of inspiration from the rest of the very talented Design Team there!
Stamps:  Crazy Talk - Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous, Tag Collection 1 - Waltzingmouse
Paper:  White, True Black - PTI, reds - Kraft Core Coredinations.
Ink:  Wendy Vecchi Archival Geranium Red, Archival Jet Black, True Black - PTI
Accessories:  Heart Grid Stencil - Stencil Girl, Check Mate Stencil - Wendy Vecchi/Stampers Anonymous, Dies - Movers and Shapers Mini Lovestruck and Small Easel Die - Tim Holtz/Alterations, Tage Sale #2 - PTI, mini sander - Ranger, Palette Knife, Black Stabilo Pencil, foam dots, Maraschino twine - The Twinery, red rhinestones - Kaiser Craft, white embossing paste - Wendy Vecchi.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Paint Nite

This past Christmas, my nieces gave my sister and I tickets to a Paint Nite -  where you go and do a painting in a couple of hours!  Do you have them where you live?  They are all the rage here lately - they are usually held in restaurants - and you order drinks and appetizers while you work if you want to,  they play kind of loud music encouraging a party atmosphere while you learn to paint the featured piece.  So we finally picked a night that was good for us all and where they were doing something we liked the look of.  
Here we are at a local Bertucci's Restaurant, Friday night.   It was really fun - and each of our paintings came out a little different but all worthy of hanging!
Here's the class - we are in the front right enjoying our glasses of wine!
The painting we did was called Icy Birch.  Here is Kerri, our instructor showing us how to paint the background. 
Niece Katie and my sister Marcia standing, me and niece Christie sitting
 We were given a canvas, an apron to wear, 3 different size paint brushes to use and a paper plate with white, dark blue and black paint squirted on it.   Here we were adding areas of dark blue, and then lighter blue. (lighting not too bright in our corner!)
Then we mixed a spot of black with white and added gray patches. (I almost covered all the blue - so I added some more back in later!)
Next was to draw in the black lines of the tree - and Kerri showed us how to paint knots around the area the branches met the trunk and we added 'snow frost' to the branches.
Marcia and Katie with their masterpieces!
Christie concentrating on her painting
There was a photographer there who ran the music and took photos all night -  here we are happy painters!
And here it is, temporarily, hanging above my computer -
so I can look at it and say - "wow"!
 It's not a perfect piece by any means, but to walk in with no prior painting experience to speak of, and to walk out in two hours with something that actually looks like a snow covered tree - was pretty amazing and a fun night out with family!  

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

12 Tags of 2016 - January

Tim Holtz has started his 12 tags of 2016 with a twist this year - he's looking at prior years tags and combining techniques from different years to create a new tag - perhaps using the techniques slightly differently - a great way for us to re-visit lots of fun techniques.
So here is Tim's tag and a link to his instructions for January.
And here is my version of Tim's tag -  I went with a Valentine theme - using Tim's Valentine Background Texture Fade on a piece of Foil Tape Sheet.  I rubbed Black Soot and Fired Brick Distress Paints over it - then wiped over it with a paper towel to remove the paint from the raised letters -  Tim's Industrious Metal technique (from his January 2014 tag).
Here's a close up of the Industrious Metal piece.
I used the Iced Coffee Stamp from the special release Simon Says set - white embossing it 3 times on black cardstock - cutting out the cup from one stamping and the lid and straw from another stamping and layering them for 3D effect.
I went over the embossings with a piece of white chalk - then rubbed it with my finger - Tim's Chalkboard Technique (from his November 2013 tag).  I tore the top and bottom edges and layered it over the embossed foil piece which I had adhered to a manila tag.  I cut the little heart out of matboard using a Movers and Shapers Small heart die.  I inked the heart with Wendy Vecchi Archival Tree Branch ink then embossed it with Wendy Vecchi Geranium Embossing Powder.  I popped it up on the cup with a foam dot.
I added the happy valentine's day  Small Talk Occasions sticker at the bottom.
I looped a piece of Trimmings/Red Cream through the top to finish it off!
You'll find lots of creative versions of the January tag over on Tim Holtz blog here
Stamps:  Simon Says Stamp set - Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous
Paper:  #8 Manilla tag and Foil Tape Sheets - Ranger,  True Black - PTI, White Little Sizzles Matboard - Sizzix.
Ink:  Versamark, Wendy Vecchi Archival Tree Branch
Accessories:   white embossing powder, heat tool, Ranger Distress Paint Black Soot and Fired Brick, white chalk, Carnation Red Embossing Powder - Wendy Vecchi, Movers and Shapers small heart die - Tim Holtz, foam dots, Idea-ology Trimmings Naturals/Red Cream, Small Talk Occasions, Valentine Background and Borders Set - Texture Fade/Tim Holtz Alterations.
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