Thursday, February 11

Spilling Words

Playing in my Wanderlust Journal... writing horizontally, vertically, and diagonally with my wandering thoughts. Who knew there was so much in my head at the moment!  Played with some Distress ink colors, and added "Spilling ...words". Simple and fun.


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Monday, February 8

Spritz and Spray Love

It's Monday and time for some fun and a new challenge!



This week it's all about spraying and spritzing. There are a ton of sprays out there from many different manufacturers and you can even make your own to match your project exactly.

I decided to make some Valentines using several different sprays - Prima Color Bloom, Dylusions, and Distress and a couple of types of paper, as well as some dies. Basically I wanted to use the same materials, but change it up with each card, and also see how well they worked together (they did great!). 

First, I die cut my hearts and words to use on the cards, or as stencils like I did here, then spritzed and sprayed with the different colors. 


I made a simple spray area by clipping up a sheet of copy paper and laying one down - it works pretty well. Yep, that's my messy work area...


I wanted a different look for each card, and when I stamped the heart in brown, I started thinking chocolate...since they are often given as a gift on Valentine's Day. I hand dye my ribbon using different sprays and stains, and love how I can match it.
paper - Crafters Companion


Here, I wanted to try a bit of a drip technique with the spray, and then added in a bit of glimmer with sequins and beads.
paper - watercolor


I like the pops of color on top of the sprays that I got with the Color Bloom.
paper - Crafters Companion


I flicked some water drops on this one after I finished spraying to get these lovely water marks.
paper - Watercolor


Did you notice the difference in intensity of the colors on the different papers I used? An entirely different look is achieved just by using different surfaces. It's fun to experiment and see how your materials react. Four cards using basically the same things, and each has a unique look. Do you have a favorite? 

Ok, time for you to get your mojo working and start spraying! Be sure to link up and share your creations with us.

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Friday, February 5

For the Love of Books!

I am in a doll swap and our theme for February is love. Since I love to read, and love books, I chose this for my theme, and here are the tags I made.


I cut open one of the doors, and sketched in some bookshelves, then stamped books and laid them on the shelves. What do you think of the giant glasses? I started reading a lot when I was young...probably why I had to start wearing glasses at an early age :)

Monday, February 1

Moon Dreaming

Hello Monday! It's a new week and a new challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, and this week we are looking for a ray of sunshine, and showcasing Dina Wakley products. How fun is that? After a long winter, we are looking forward to summer!

The full moon has been shining here while I've been working on this, and has me dreaming of a moon garden.



I've had this idea in my head for awhile and it started when I looked through my Dina Wakley stamps and stencils. I could just picture these working together, and I really like how they did..."Moonglow Garden".


I used an 8x10 canvas board, and had fun with texture paste and mixing up some colors to play with.


Working on the garden, all the stamping is done with Dina's heavy body acrylic paints. If I needed it thinner, I just mixed in some water. I prepped the board with DW's Clear Gesso, and that is one cool product! I used it with later layers too.


Even after I painted some clouds in the sky, I wanted more texture, and pulled out Dina's Mosaic Swirl stencil and some Blueprint Distress ink. Oh, yes, I am liking that!


While the paint on the board dried, I worked on my moon faces...texture paste and paint on heavy watercolor paper. Yep, as you can see, I am a messy crafter...things just seem to pile up as I work!


Added my sun, sketched a bit around the sun rays with a graphite pencil, some washi tape, words, and some paint splatters. Next, some shine with the Viva Inka Gold, because I really wanted my sun to glow, and the moon flowers to reflect that. So now I can put my little canvas in my "studio" and start to think of spring!


If you have any Dina Wakley products, pull them out to play for this challenge, and if not, use what you have. Most important is to play creatively, and I hope you will join us in the fun.

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Wednesday, January 27

Wandering Through Time

Several different paths converged into these art journal pages: the Wanderlust 2016 course I am taking, SanDee and amelie's Steampunk Challenges, some new materials to test out, and my own random thoughts.


When I started thinking about what I really want, the first thing that came to mind is TIME. Time to play, to create, to be with family and friends...you know, the usual. But, of course for me, time has a totally different meaning when I enter into the steampunk world or think about time travel. I would love to go to this alternate time that permeates steampunk - kind of Victorian, Industrial, Romantic, but such a different reality from what history tells us of that time. So, yes, time is on my mind.

I started with gesso on the pages, then some texture paste and stencils, then started playing with a lot of Distress Inks.




Adding a layer of brown ink and water splotches...


I really wanted it darker, so added in several DecoArt fluid acrylics - Paynes Grey, Quinacridone Gold, Carbon Black paint and mister. Yes, liking that better, and more copper please! I added more time in with Seth Apter stencils  - Past Present Future and Story Time,  (I  have rediscovered them in my stash - I think sometimes things hide for awhile waiting to be found again, and I am really glad they did!) and Prima Resist Canvas. I used Viva Ferro with the time stencils, and this is an awesome product! Not only is it copper, but has a wonderful sandy texture, just perfect for steampunk!




So, I have had fun on my wandering journey through time, and I hope you have too!

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Monday, January 25

Love is in the Air

Hello Monday, love! With Valentine's Day around the corner, we are getting all romantic and creating for someone we love. As red is the color of love, we would like to see a hint of that in your creation too! Looking forward to seeing what you create.



As for me, I love steampunk and headed off in this direction....or as I am calling these ATC's, SteamPink! Using a lot of pink and red, and working outside of my usual palette, which can always be a fun challenge.

Started out with blackboard for my ATC's and splashed on some bubblegum pink paint.


Placed them together and laid the gear masks over them...


Laid on the bright pink paint...


Made for some lovely gear designs...


Added a few more gear masks...


Outlined gears with black pen...


Sketched out some hearts on watercolor paper...


Time for the red, Candy Apple Red, that is!


Put the pieces together, add gears, moustaches, words, embossed clocks...oh what fun!



I made a set of four for an ATC exchange I am hosting...theme...SteamPink! I do love the little red heart clusters too, and cogs and gears, oh yes!

Here are three on display...




I hope you have enjoyed my creative fun with steampunk. What inspires you when it comes to love? I am looking forward to seeing what you share with us this week!

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