Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Kind words can heal

 I was checking out all my FB pages I follow and I came across the new mini challenge on the More than words challenge page basically you create a card,tag,ATC (Artist trading card) or postcard and upload it on FB under the challenge post in the comments section...see Photos below...


so I thought I have all these really cool supplies and I was just going to play.. I pulled out a bunch of supplies from scrapsalot and a bunch of random stuff ...old book pages,buttons,metal pieces I think they were for jewelry but who knows LOL drywall tape,glass beads Oh and a piece of broken chain I'm pretty sure there is a brad that had a broken back. so here is a look at the finished  Artist trading card...

Okay first layer cardboard or something very sturdy I used recycled cereal box cut to 2.5 x.3.5 .next step was collage I used old book pages and used Matte medium to adhere them...  next layer was texture paste...I let it dry while I was trying to figure out which items I was going to use on my project.

Next step I added my drywall tape then added all the items (buttons,metal,beads and such) to my project, I did use Matte medium to adhere them...this time it took awhile for it to dry so I kind of sped this up with my heat tool LOL Caution if your not careful and heat one spot too long it will bubble.

Next step adding Gesso I covered my entire project with gesso just to make it easier for me...some places just a very light layer. again we wait for it to dry hmm sometimes I think I spend more time waiting for it to dry then I do actually creating it LOL Now I added colors I really love Distress oxide spray but as of right now I only have two colors but they work so well together...I could have added more using oxide ink and just smooshed them on my craft mat and used a water brush...that would have worked too.. after I had the colors the way I wanted I added black Water Soluble Oil Pastels all the way around the edge then dry brushed some white acrylic paint on some of the surfaces for highlights it made the texture really pop!

the last touches where the moth/butterfly, I had a few already colored and cut out from another project and then I added my phrase.

click the photo and it will take you to the More than words post...make sure you also check out scrapsalot  she has a little bit of everything!

Supplies used from scrapsalot

  1. Distress oxide spray wilted violets 
  2. distress oxide peacock feathers
  3. distress texture paste crackle
  4. Prima Marketing    Water Soluble Oil Pastels
  5. waffle flower peony dreams
  6. stencil

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Ride the wave

I was a little shocked when I opened my Design team package from Scrapsalot and saw layering stamps...I'll be the first to admit I didn't have the best of luck lining up the ones I already owned but turns out I love the heroscapes from hero arts and I think this one is going to be my favorite...this set of layering stamps is pretty easy to line up even with my horrible eye sight LOL

It has all these really nice element that can be use individual or all together!

I adore the surfers and the little birds...I can see using them a lot! I will admit the more I practice the easier it gets.

all supplies used to make this card (except card base) came from Scrapsalot make sure you go check it out, Debra has a little bit of everything and if you don't see it just email her and she'll do her best to help you out!

Monday, September 14, 2020

Books are my Happy place! Lots of photos

* Warning lots of photos*  

Here is my entry for the More than words challenge, I haven't played in my art journal for quite some time,I forgot how much I really enjoyed it!

this is "My favorite days start with Messy hair, books and coffee" those are my perfect days LOL I love sitting in the corner of my couch with a good book and a cup of coffee (ha the hair is always a mess) on cold days you grab the throw and get lost in your book for hours! but I also love to craft with books..I find them at the thrift stores or the dollar store. I try not to buy too many at one time LOL but habitat for humanity has such a huge collection of Old warn out books it's so hard not to grab a couple LOL

I started with a basic collage background using some of these really cool squares from this really cool book I got from the dollar store awhile ago...I loved the cover and thought it would be great as an altered book or even as a art journal the actual book is called the tile makes the room haha so it has all these really cool photos of different tiles and rooms...I just thought it was cool.

Like I said I used the squares around the edge of my page then in the middle I used torn up dictionary pages...I sketched my lovely lady on an old German cook book page (LOVE that one it even smells old)

you can see these elements in the photo below...I did add some distress texture paste crackleđź’–...when I first had the idea for this page, I was thinking an apricot color haha as you can see I didn't like it so much! So I added a watered down admiral blue then took a crumpled up paper towel and dabbed off areas that alone added so much texture


unnn yeah I haven't sketched anything in a Very very long time LOL but I was in the mood...shes not perfect but she's mine and you can only erase so many times on old paper LOL shhh..her eye on the left has a small hole in the paper hehe that's when I said enough was enough

I made a couple little books with the left over pages on my desk

okay I could probably ramble more but you can see the photos


*Stopped typing to take photo of book..LOL*

the cover

the squares

some of the colorful tiles pages

Thank you so much for stopping by and reading my ramblings!

Saturday, September 5, 2020

Sept.challenge for Archiscraps

  you can now find Archiscraps on Facebook...if you want to play along post your project there...

this months criteria is to use the colors Red,pink and white (or cream) and a door
Both elements must be there to qualify this month.


Here's our inspiration photo... they have chosen the facade of this building  in Padua Street , Barcelona, Spain to inspire you. 

Again it is a color challenge.


I hope you'll join in this months challenge!

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