Tuesday, June 16, 2015

A Mixed Media Father's Day canvas


Hi and welcome to my blog. My favorite aspect of mixed media is that you can take so many types of art forms and mix them together.. stamping , stencilling ... it all works beautifully together to create one of a kind works of art!! Anything But Cute Challenge blog  encourages us to have fun with this style with great monthly challenges. This month 's challenge is Make it Masculine and the DT has great projects to share and inspire so go check them out!!

 Today I wanted to share with you a mini canvas I made for my hubby for Father's day. My husband works out of country so I wanted to make something portable but at the same time durable. I found some thin 7X7 canvas at a local boxstore which are perfect for this type of craft. I started off by using a brick stencil and Prima Art Basics Modeling paste. I love the chunky texture and it's a perfect medium for adding lots of layers of colour!

I love how this canvas looks already and I haven't added anything yet!!
I then added layers of color with Lindy's Stamp Gang and Tim Holtz Distress ink sprays. I usually end up going for more brown tones in my masculine mixed media projects but this time I wanted a different look so I used more gray and yellow tones with splashes of black and white.

Next, I pulled out some background stamps. They are great way to add layers without bulk.
Now onto the next steps.......
I heat embossed some chunky argyle pieces that I custom made with my Cricut Explore with a Ranger puffy black embossing powder and for a bit of shine, I then spritzed the pieces with Prima Bloom spray in Precious Stone. I adhered a few strips of washi tape to the two corners. Then I added some Prima embellishments, buttons, ribbon, and a stamped sentiment from CTMH set Family Love , some AC enamel dots, and here is the finished project......
I love how this turned out and I can't wait to give it to my hubby!!
Thanks for stopping by my blog.... have a great creative day!!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Be happy layout

Hi and welcome to my blog. Summer is just around the corner ( for us , anyways!!) and I can't wait for lazy days spent camping and relaxing on the beach.  Often my paper crafting gets ignored while I'm busy enjoying the short summer that we get here in NFLD. So today , while I'm still dreaming of those long hot days, I have a layout to share with you. I used the fabulous sketch over at Stuck?! Sketches blog for my inspiration. Laura always designs such great sketches that are sure to get your creative mojo going. Take a look at the current sketch:

I'm combining this sketch with the current challenge at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge blog who are celebrating their one year birthday!!  I only found this blog recently but I'm so glad I did!! Lots of fun challenges and tons of inspiration.... stop by and give the DT some blog love!!!
Here's my layout based on Stuck?!Sketches and MMMC#13 challenge .......
I used papers from an older paper collection I've had - I think it's a Recollection collection, but i'm not sure. The banner and elements are from Authentique Harmony collection. For MMC, I'm using a couple of past challenges... around The House( burlap and sewing) and May Flowers ( umm, flowers!!) and stamps- the splatters are actually from a Stampin' Up! set called Gorgeous Grunge. Love ,love that stamp set!! Of course, I had to add a few Prima flowers and this page is done!! Well, almost.... behind the photo ,I created a pocket for some hidden journaling which I've yet to add!
Well , that's my layout, hope you enjoyed. Thanks for stopping by my blog today!!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

12 Tags 0f 2015... June tag

Hi and welcome to my blog.  I've been playing along  with Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of 2015 since January and this month Tim has a new technique to share with us. Tim shows us how to create a plaid background with Distress Inks and stencils.... so cool, huh?? Click here for a link to Tim's tutorial.

12 tags of 2015 - June by Tim Holtz | www.timholtz.com
I love how he incorporated a giftcard holder onto this tag.  My tag uses elements I had in my stash to create my own version.
I created this fun fan using my Cricut Explore and the cartridge . The background was made using the same TH stencil and Distress Ink pads. I stamped the sentiment from a CTMH set called My Life and I added a few TH ephemera pieces , some seam binding ribbon and a clip and metal embellishment to finish off this tag.
Well that's another tag finished!! I'm so loving this...I'm already looking forward to July's tag!!!
Thanks for stopping by my blog today!!

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Mini album.... a work in progress

Hi all.... it's been so long since I last posted!! I've been so busy that I barely spent any time in my craftroom !!  It's nearly mid-June and soon my oldest child will be graduating from high school.... where does the time go??

 Here she is when she finished pre-school ....

And now my baby girl is all grown up...

I've been wanting to make her something special for graduation , so I started a mini album for her.
Here are just a few pics as it is still not finished.

The album measures 6x6 for the cover and the inside pages are 5.75x5.75. I created many of the pockets with my Silhouette die cutting machine and the papers are from Teresa Collins Summer Stories collection. This book is full of fun interactive pages and I can't wait to fill it with photos and surprise my DD with it on her graduation day.
Thanks for stopping by my blog today... have a great day!