January Mission Inspiration

I am participating in Mission Inspiration for 2017. It’s a fun art journal challenge hosted by Mike Deakin. There is a Facebook group and people post really great photos of their pages. The January 2017 challenge is as follows:

I don’t receive much junk mail, but one lone junk mail card came in the post- huzzah! I decided to use it for both my torn fragments of junk mail and my focal image. I also gave myself a time limit of under 20 minutes.

Very much outside my comfort zone, but it was a lot of fun. If you’re interested in playing along, you should check out the Facebook group, and you can find more information on Mike Deakin’s YouTube channel. 

Hope you’re having a lovely day!

Happy National Bird Day!

Today is National Bird Day– you should check out the clicky link for more information. 

I wanted to call attention to the day, I needed a thank you card, and I had these super sweet stamps from Purple Onion Designs… so, there ya go.

I used inktense pencils and pan watercolor, and then added some detail with colored pencils and a white gel pen. The wonky stitches rectangle die is a fantastical set I picked up at Kat Scrappiness

It’s a pretty simple card, but I really enjoyed making it. I think sometimes it’s easy to intimidate yourself out of making, because you don’t think you’re capable of creating perfection, or you don’t have all the supplies you see other people using.

I am a singularly imperfect maker, but I always have fun, and that is what matters. 

Hope you’re having a fun 2017!

Gears, spinners, and texture – oh my!

Made an anniversary card for the Eater of Spam in my life. I was really pleased with how it turned out. 

Many layers and lots of metal, huzzah!

My apologies for the light- or lack thereof. Evidently we are having a record year when it comes to rain. Oh goody. 

Slightly better light, I think. 

Gears, and spinners, and texture- oh my!

I wouldn’t try to send this through the mail- postage would be a fortune, not to mention it probably wouldn’t survive well without a heap of padding. Definitely a deliver by hand kinda card. Fortunately, that’s pretty easy when you live with the intended recipient. 

Hope you enjoyed the card, and that you have a lovely Monday (or whatever day you’re reading this)!

Underwater Adventure.

It has been raining for weeks, and while there hasn’t been any flooding- it still feels a little like being underwater. So, why not have an underwater art journaling adventure?

For my images, I found a great image courtesy of The Graphics Fairy. I also pulled a bunch of old images from my stash. I used one of my favorite stamps from Lost Coast Designs.

For my coloring, I used magicals from Lindy’s, DecoArt Acrylic paint, and Liquitex Acrylic paint.

The background is lots of gesso and modeling paste- Liquitex and Golden, respectively and a couple of different TCW stencils. 

I had a lot of fun with my creatures of the deep, and hope you enjoyed looking. 

Autumn sparkle.

I’ve decided to share another art journal page, because I’m being brave. Or something. Creating is fun and it doesn’t necessarily require a lot of money or supplies. Although, full disclosure, I do have a deep and abiding love affair going on with Liquitex Acrylic Inks, and tend to use them a lot. But! They really aren’t that expensive, and you can use thinned down inexpensive acrylic paint to achieve similar effects in many applications. 

I really like how this turned out. I’m a sucker for that grungy feel, and I just love copper and turquoise together. It makes me happy. 

Work in progress. What you’re seeing is lots of paper ripped up, glued down, and covered in gesso. I used texture paste through some stencils, and then drizzled and dabbed Tim Holtz distress stains and some acrylic paint in various bits. (Gesso isn’t expensive, and there are lots of homemade texture paste  recipes online.)

Aaand… Liquitex Acrylic Ink, how I love thee! You can also see some shading done with cheap eyeshadow from the dollar store. Yup. I have some PanPastels, which I love, but sometimes it’s fun to play. Evidently I’m much better at applying makeup to paper than I am my face, but that’s another ball of wax entirely. 

A close up showing all the lovely texture. Yay for texture!

I just really dig how Liquitex Acrylic Ink and water give this watercolor effect. So pretty. 

The leaves were from the dollar store. I bought a package of cheap leaves because I knew I’d find a way to use them. What I did was coat two of them in gesso, then dab on the same coppery paint I used on the page.  One of them I coated in embossing powder and heat embossed. 

So, there you have it. Another adventure in art journaling from me- mostly on the cheap. I hope you liked it, and that you’ll consider creating something of your own. 

Fun with paper and glue.

I’ve never posted one of my art journal pages online. I’ve been art journaling for years, but I don’t know, I’ve just never shared a page.

Last night I started playing around with texture- gesso, thread, various paper elements- and this was where I left my work in progress:

When I came back to it, I wanted to add some color and interest, so I busted out some pan pastels and sprays. 

I really like how it turned out. It’s got this weird, vintagey, nautical, romantical vibe going on. 

So much texture! I love texture. I’m not sure you can see the shimmer in the team spray- but it really adds something special. 

I like the really imprecise (read: messy as hell) outlining and shading, and the additional texture from the glossy accents clear dots.

You can really see see the shimmer, and the variety of papery elements I used to make the background.

So, there you go. No fancy supplies, not a lot of embellishments- but I think it’s pretty darn nifty.

Newton’s Nook Inky Paws Challenge #36 – Halloween!

Today I was feeling Halloween-y, and I really wanted to make a fun card to send to a friend. I also thought it would be nifty to enter the Inky Paws Challenge on the Newton’s Nook blog- the theme is Halloween. 

Now, full disclosure, I don’t have a lot of Halloween stamps. I realize that’s kinda weird, given how much I love Halloween, but what can I say? It’s just how it goes sometimes.  I wasn’t going to let that stop me, and I decided to see if I could stretch the stamps I do have and get creative. 

On the Newton’s Nook blog they have a cute freebie and when I saw it I had an idea. I pulled out one of my favorite sets,  In Slow Motion and had some fun!

This is my finished card. I masked the turtle, and used the digital freebie to send him trick or treating. The sentiment is also from the digital freebie. For his colorful Halloween hat, I used one of the birthday hats included in the set, and just modified it a bit with a black pen. 

Here’s a close up of the turtle. As you can see I used glossy accents to give his shell some dimension. 

I used glossy accents on the hat and also on the candy. I added a bunch of dots with a lime green gel pen as well as a sparkly purple gel pen. 

I am really pleased with how the card turned out, and I had a lot of fun making it. 

Another view, in slightly better light. Hope you feel inspired to take a look at your own stash and find some fun ways to stretch your stamps and flex those creative muscles. I don’t know about you, but it’s certainly my favorite kind of exercise!

Don’t forget to fly!

I am crazy about this city scape stamp from Lost Coast Designs. Isn’t it pretty? 

I realize this isn’t the most amazing card ever, but I had a lot of fun making it and I really like it. 

Hope you have a lovely Monday!

Bears, and bees and patterns. Oh my!

Happy Friday! Anyone have some fun weekend plans? The weather is finally realizing Autumn is around the corner, so that’s nice. Might spend some time outside. 

I have two cards to share with you today. I hope you like them.

I started with a piece of patterned paper cut down from a 12×12″ sheet. I used an adorable kitty stamp from Lost Coast Designs which I masked off with a Post-It note. I have a set of Scrabble stamps that I used for the sentiment- also masked with a Post-It note. I then did some stenciling with Distress Ink in pumice stone, rusty hinge and shabby shutters. I removed the masks from the stamped kitty and sentiment and colored them in with colored pencils- nothing fancy, just Crayola. A little clear Wink of Stella, some twine for the embellishment, and that was the panel. I used a Kraft cardstock base in keeping with the earthy tones. I really like how it turned out. 

For this Rosh Hashanah card, I started with a piece of watercolor paper which I randomly painted with warm colors. Once that dried, I used 5777 from a package of vinyl number stickers from the dollar store. I made sure to stick them down, but didn’t press really hard. I then used a make up sponge to dab on some Inka Gold- I used two different shades of gold. I carefully removed the stickers. Slow and steady wins the race! The bear, bee, and beehive images are from a Newton’s Nook set called Winston’s Bees that I really like. I stamped them on white card stock, colored them in with colored pencil, fussy cut them and then glued them on. I used a black pen to add some details, a little clear Wink of Stella for sparkle, and added a little dimension with Nuvo Crytal Drops from Tonic Studios. Glued the panel onto a Kraft cardstock base, and called it good. 

The photo really doesn’t do it justice- it’s really pretty.