Friday, December 9, 2016

Rejoice Christmas Wall Hanging

After much travel and home reworking (some minor remodeling), I was able to squeeze in one Christmas project. The movie premier was a big hit and our son has already started the next, with The Penmaker and I in tow to watch the shooting (in West Virginia). After Texas and Arkansas, we did some Civil War battlefield touring, did part of the Natchez Trace, and ended up in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, thankfully two weeks before the fire struck. We traveled through nine states this time, in celebration of the movie and our 50th wedding anniversary. All in all, a most wonderful time!

The base is Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Metallic gold paper cut to 5" x 9" and backed with an ivory wool fabric. The layers are Core'dinations Foundations cardstock in a dark blue, a gold glittered paper I picked up in Pigeon Forge, and Bo Bunny's Whiteout collection from last year. The flowers and berries are by Petaloo and my foliage was cut with Alterations Thinlits Holiday Greens. The frame was cut with Spellbinder's Oval Floral dies and the labels with Thinlits Labels. My sentiments were stamped using my old Jesus Is Born Sweet 'n Sassy stamp set, which is now discontinued (but they have some other great Christmas sets).
I still haven't gotten started with my cards, but hope to soon. Have you? I'm sure I'm the only one who hasn't.
Have a great weekend!

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Monday, November 14, 2016

Sweet Lovely Day Art Journal Spread

Working in my Photos art journal again with a different color pallet. I'm definitely not one for pink, however all of our granddaughters say it's their favorite color. So this one's for Katie, Penny, Dixie, Faith, Adelaide and Jesse.

This gorgeous Queen Anne's Lace was dried and given to me by a friend. While my super heavy gesso was still wet, I laid it down slightly patting it in. It stuck perfectly.

This texture was created with Tim's Speckles Layering Stencil and light molding paste.

I sprayed and dabbed on some color using Lindy's Pink Ladies Pink Flat Fabio, and Starbursts in Cotton Candy Pink and Salt Water Taffy. When they were thoroughly dry I sponged on Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, and Evergreen Boughs Distress inks.

The Sweet Lovely Day stickers are by My Mind's Eye.

The papers and tissue were all scraps...

and I fussy cut the butterfly from a scrap piece that I believe is vintage Bo Bunny.

Just a bit of stamping with a Tim Holtz text stamp from his Nature Walk set using Jet Black Archival ink.

I defined the lines with my black Faber-Castell Pitt Big Brush pen, smugging with my finger. Then to top it all off, I went back over it all with my extra soft charcoal pencil to give a bit more depth in some areas.
Hope you like it!

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Saturday, November 12, 2016

Third Time's The Charm

You know that old saying Third Time's the Charm... it's true. In this case anyway.
I created this card ages ago, but was never satisfied with it. A while ago I revamped it and added it to my Etsy collection as a back to school card. WhenI was thinking about what I could make for our granddaughter Dixie's birthday, I thought of it because she loves school.

I redid the florals (Alterations Thinlits Garden Greens), put in some red I Am Roses rosebuds, and added the Birthday Wishes tag (Alterations Tiny Tabs & Tags) along with a May Arts red burlap string bow.

I put on a Queen & Co ivory pearl half to match the pearl head pins.

Now I'm happy with it...
and Dixie loved it! Well worth all the effort!

Her mom and dad had her party a little early because we'll be away at our son's movie premier... going on today!

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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Eternity Art Journal Spread

Good morning, friends!
Today I'm sharing a spread I did last week in my Photos art journal that I created for a guest spot at the Eclectic Paperie blog in 2014. I later went on to revise the cover and instead of a family photos journal I'm using it as my weekly art journal. I love working on the old book pages as opposed to blank pages.

My texture is coming from layers of Super Heavy Gesso by Liquitex under and over lots of stickers from Tim's Lost & Found Salvage Stickers. I hardly ever use these things, so this gave me an opportunity to not feel bad about buying a great product and leaving it lay in storage.

I love the underlying colors and the bits of text that peek through.

I sponged on Brushed Corduroy, Frayed Burlap, Ground Expresso, and a touch of Festive Berries Distress inks and finished with outlining and smugging with an extra soft charcoal pencil.

The butterfly is from Tim's Crowded Attic SS pack which I definitely have used more (I'm a neutral girl when it comes down to it). The sentiment Eternity is from My Mind's Eye Record It Heirloom Alpha & Word Stickers.

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Monday, November 7, 2016

Hearty Thanksgiving Greeting Wall Hanging

This fall wall hanging is loaded with a variety of elements. I love using natural material on my projects, so I included real acorns, a piece of vine from our woods, and a boughten twig heart.

The base and first layer are chipboard and stained (Vintage Photo Distress) unbleached muslin.

The dies used are Alterations File Tabs, Weathered Clock, Thinlits Mixed Media, and Sizzix Vintage Doily.

The papers are Echo Park Fall Is In The Air, Authentique Harvest, and a piece of the free sheet that came in one of my Stampington magazines. The Harvest chipboard sticker is by Echo Park and the fussy cut pumpkin is from a sheet of Graphic 45's An Eerie Tale.

My other soft goods are wrinkled seam binding ribbon, lace scraps, cheesecloth...

burlap leaves by Prima, and flowers from Petaloo.

We will be heading to Arkansas for our son's latest movie premier (number three), so I have a few posts scheduled. I hope they all go live as planned.

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Saturday, November 5, 2016

Begin Each Day With A Grateful Heart Decor Piece

This decor piece started out as a wall hanging, but after I caught sight of Linda's shabby chic project on her blog The Funkie Junkie, I switched gears. I haven't done a challenge for a long while, but she truly inspired me to go for this. I love what she created, so I incorporated some of her ideas into mine... the corrugate, the embossing and the Thinlits leaves.

My base is fabric from Tim's Textile Surfaces colored with Vintage Photo Distress Stain. The papers are Authentique Harvest and a free sheet from a Stampington magazine, with heavily distressed edges (scissors and VP Distress ink).

I colored the cheesecloth with more VP Distress Stain. The big bloom is an old Recollections from Michaels, the burlap leaves are by Prima, the smaller inky leaves were cut with Alterations Thinlits Fall Foliage, the natural burlap string is by May Arts.

In addition to distressing the Authentique sentiment ATC edges, I did some splatters using Tim's Speckles Layering Stencil and super heavy gesso by Liquitex. I also applied some with a pallet knife to give it more grunge.

The Stampington paper was embossed with Tim's Blueprint Texture Fade. I applied some Golden Light Molding Paste with the Speckles LS then sprinkled on Distress Vintage Photo embossing power and heat set. That gave it a rusty sort of look. 
The gem is a vintage Prima. The metal corner pieces are from Linda's shop, as are most of my supplies.

The keys epoxy sticker is another ancient item from my stash from a company called Bottle Cap Inc.

I'm entering my decor piece in the following challenges:
Frilly and Funkie - What a "Mesh"
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes

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Thursday, November 3, 2016

Thankful and Blessed Art Journal Spread

There has been a drought in Bolivar this year. 
Not just the lack of rain, but the lack of art journaling. I have not remotely had any interest in working in my journals... until this week. I ran across Marta's YouTube I had bookmarked, and after viewing her latest, remembered how much I liked her work and how motivating she is. I grabbed my inks and got to work.

This is a fairly simple spread... just heavy gesso, Distress inks, charcoal pencil, and a bit of stamping. The base is some very old colored tickets, paper scraps and old lace.

The sentiment is Tim's Big Chat stickers.

The Distress inks are Rusty Hinge, Wild Honey, Carved Pumpkin, and Vintage Photo all sponged on with Ranger Mini Blending Foams.

The edging is extra soft charcoal blended with my finger. The stamping is an old autumn set from Joann's inked with Archival Jet Black.

I'm loving' this and may just have started on a revival of art journaling. Who knows!

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