Sunday, June 26

Weekend Wandering: Wanderlust 2016

Catching up a bit on my Wanderlust class and working in my art journal this weekend. I had a lot of fun working with my new White Night watercolors from St. Petersburg - they are so deeply rich in color! I created my own personal palette to work with, and now it is time to play...first in red, white and blue, the colors of my country's flag.

Here's my page "Be bold, be brave": star die from Simon Says Stamp, stamps from Paper Artsy and Indigo Blu and my favorite white pen - Molotow acrylic paint pen. Oh, and I couldn't resist a bit of gold sparkle with Heidi Swapp's Gold Lame.

Then, I decided to go vertical on two art journal prompts and put them side by side. I do like the contrast between blues and oranges. Once again using my new watercolors - aren't those colors luscious?

"be bold, be brave" and let go of fear - it can hold us back and usually only through us limiting ourselves...

Art and reading are two of my favorite pastimes and often vie for my attention making it hard to choose between them...most of the time, art wins during daytime hours, and reading wins at night.

I hope you've enjoyed my little share today on what I am doing in class! Have a great day!

Friday, June 24

Summer Coffee Hop: Coffee with a Friend

Today is the last day of the hop, my friends. I hope you have enjoyed it as much as I have. I bet you've had a few cups of your favorite beverage as you perused all the creativity out there! I know I have! I love to have coffee with friends, and I feel like I have here at the hop! Thanks so much for stopping by this week and saying hello, I really appreciate your visit! Thank you to all my new followers, I will work hard to continue to inspire you!

Stamps - Stampin Up
Paper - Bo Bunny
Ranger ink, washi, coffee holder

Don't forget the giveaways! Be sure to join/comment by the end of the day on Sunday to be eligible to win, and again, thanks so much!! Details HERE.

Thursday, June 23

Summer Coffee Hop: Everything Coffee!

Fun card to showcase a lot of cute coffee images. Loving those bright summer colors and a hint of coffee stains in the background!

Stamps - Prima
Paper - Bo Bunny
Inks - Simon Says Stamp and Ranger

I always like to add a bit more fun to the hop and have three giveaways this time. You can find all the details HERE.

Wednesday, June 22

Summer Coffee Hop: Who set the cup down?

Love those coffee stains in the funky island colors! Nice and simple.

Stamps - Tim Holtz, Prima
Inks - Simon Says Stamp, Ranger ink

I have three giveaways to say thank you! Details can be found HERE.

Tuesday, June 21

Summer Coffee Hop: Crazy Bird Coffee!

Yes, even the birds are crazy for coffee!! They will figure out a way to get it back to the nest!! I had fun with this humorous take on the bean. 

Stamp - Tim Holtz
Paper - BoBunny
Ranger Ink, paints

In appreciation of my new followers and all visitors, I have three giveaways for the hop, all coffee and tea themed. Details can be found HERE.

Monday, June 20

Voyage Beneath the Sea

Welcome to Monday and another challenge at Simon Says Stamp! This week our challenge is to use patterned paper in a project. I chose the lovely Graphic 45 Voyage Beneath the Sea set to use with my tag. I just love the imaginative and steampunk style of these papers!

I really had a lot of fun working on this tag. At first, all I knew was the paper I wanted to use, but just wasn't sure where I was headed. Then, I started thinking about the lost city of Atlantis and what it might be like to discover it - hence the deep sea diver. But I also thought about all of the unknown magical beauty that just might be hidden in the depths of the ocean, and these images work perfectly to show that.

I started off with stamping some images and blending distress inks into them.

Then, I inked the tag, wanting my lighter colors at the top, and the colors to deepen as we go down into the ocean depths.

Playing with my layout on the tag...a while back I was trying out some new products - Finnabair's rust pastes with Seth Apter's pocket watch die, and I immediately thought of using this. After all, there are a lot of rusty things in the ocean, like old shipwrecks. I wanted a little more dimension with the big image, so fussy cut another fish and layered it on.

I took this shot in the evening and like the dappled light effect - kind of like being underwater.

I just had to add a seahorse to this collage, and Tim Holtz's stamp is a favorite. I went over it with a bit of glitter using Wink of Stella. I also had a brainstorm to find my cheesecloth, color it with some ink, and add that - love it!

You can see how rusty and crusty the die is with the rust pastes.

details, details...don't the beads and sequins from 28 Lilac Lane add a beautiful touch?

I couldn't resist adding a purple bling to the fish's eye!

I really am curious about what is in the ocean and believe there is still a lot to discover. Who knows! Maybe the lost city of Atlantis really does exist? With the way the ocean levels change, I think it's possible!

If you are like me, I am sure you have plenty of patterned paper in your stash, so why not pull some out, do some creating, and join us in this week's challenge? I'm looking forward to seeing what you make!

Simon offers a very generous $50 voucher each week to one lucky winner!

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Be sure to head on over the the Simon Monday Challenge blog to see what my amazing team members have done for this challenge!

Sunday, June 19

Summer of Creative Chemistry: Weeks 2 & 3

So, funny thing happened as I was working through class with Tim Holtz in Summer of Creative Chemistry...I discovered I never made a whole bunch of the sample tags from CC101! Not sure how that happened, probably life just got in the way at that time. Good thing I am back in class, catching up, playing, learning and just having FUN!!

My Week 2 tag: 
I was trying to make it look like a nest at the bottom with the fringed tag and the cheesecloth.

Week 3 Tag:
Playing with Perfect Pearls - it's been ages! Trying to show some of the shine below. Love these stamps!

And then...
I had the brilliant idea to add to the tag so I could enter it into Creative Carte Blanche's "Winged Things" challenge! I was thinking about air and flying with my hot air balloon, so why not add some wings to make it into a funkier tag? Here it is...

I just cut slits on either side of the balloon and slid the butterfly wings into place. Totally different look from the original!

Have a wonderful day!!


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