Art journal: June, July and August

Three more months have come and gone since my last post on my Julie Nutting art journal. So I figured I’d just post June, July and August in one go. I’m actually quite proud of myself for managing to keep up with one layout a month. I wasn’t sure if I could manage to do so. Only four more layouts before the year is over! Hard to believe!

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Go With the Flow

June is my birthday month, and since I have a fascination/obsession with mermaids, I wanted to do a mermaid theme just for me. I used one of the newer Julie Nutting dolls, Merbaby, which came with a cute little sea-unicorn friend. I used Distress Oxides for my underwater background and decorated the bottom of the ocean with some Hero Arts sand embossing powder, ephemera from the Kaisercraft Mermaid Tails collection and some cute-cute fish stickers from Little B. I was really happy with how it turned out!

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For July, I wanted to travel to the beach! I don’t live anywhere near the ocean, but I have a deep love for the seaside. I used a piece of scrapbook paper with a beach scene from Ella and Viv. I used the Gina Julie Nutting stamp and decorated my layout with ephemera from the Kaisercraft Summer Splash collection. Gina’s outfit is paper-pieced from the paper of the same collection. Sandy details were added with the Hero Arts sand embossing powder.

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Fairies Gather Here

This month, August, I decided to channel my inner fairy princess for a magical layout. Again, I had the perfect piece of scrapbook paper for my background, from Reminisce’s Woodland Elf collection. I turned the Julie Nutting Scarlett doll into my princess using beautiful papers from the Once Upon a Time glitter stack by DCWV. The fairies were heat embossed in white and are stamps from Lavinia stamps. They have the prettiest fairies! My sentiment is from the 7 Dots Studio Garden Party collection and fit my layout perfectly. Sequins and the Spectrum Noir sparkle pen finished off the project.

Thanks for stopping by! I’ve got some exciting projects and collaborations coming up in a couple of months, so I’ll be working on those as well as other projects for myself. Some I won’t be able to sure until later this year, but I’ll still be creating!

Mother’s Day 2017

I thought, since Mother’s Day has just past, I’d share a couple of cards I made for my own mom.

The first was done for her 70th birthday, back in December. There is a tutorial out there I used to make this card, but since I made it months ago… *sigh* I can’t remember where I saw it. If I ever find it again, I will link it here. But I will do my best to describe how I made it…

It’s a standard 4 1/4 by 5 1/2 card base made from heavy white cardstock. I used a number stamps set from Simon Says Stamp to stamp the 70 on the front with VersaMark ink before adding white embossing powder on top. After heat setting, the powder, I took a piece of acetate and “smooshed” various shades of blue and green distress ink onto it, one color at a time. I sprayed the ink with a little water, then used the acetate to spread the ink onto the card in splotches.

I cut the tag out of the same cardstock and heat  embossed the “Happy” and “th” in white. I then inked it up using the same colors I’d used on the card base and brushed over it with my clear Wink of Stella brush pen. The 70 at the bottom was made using the same technique then cut out and adhered with some foam tape. A few gems and a bow made out of some twine completed the card.

For my Mother’s Day card, since my mom loves fairies, I wanted to make her a fairy-themed card, and found an amazing tutorial using Memory Box and Poppy Stamps dies. Unfortunately, my Poppy Stamps fairy dies were delayed in shipping, so I had to improvise with a different fairy die, but I think it turned out OK in the end.

The dies used in making this card included:

  • Memory Box Wildwood Collage
  • Memory Box Thicket Collage
  • Memory Box Grove Collage
  • Memory Box Timberland Collage
  • Poppy Stamps Mushrooms
  • Memory Box Playful Squirrels
  • Poppy Stamps Tiny Frogs
  • Memory Box Lucky Charms
  • Dovecraft Fairy

The four collage dies are different sizes were made to create this tunnel effect. I inked them using various distress inks, getting a little darker the further into the “tunnel” I went. The background was inked to mimic a sunrise. The other elements were inked with distress inks as well and some white dots were added to the mushrooms with a gel pen. The fairy I left white, but spritzed with with a silvery shimmer spray. The layers were put together using foam tape and the detail elements were glued on.

I can’t wait to try this card again with the Poppy Stamps fairies!

Mom loved her cards, especially the fairy. She’s trying to figure out how to frame it. XD

Happy Mother’s Day, everyone!

More Artist Trading Cards…

I haven’t been feeling too creative lately. Probably just too busy with work and life stuff, as well as working on my Round Robin art journals and taking part in The Daily Marker 30-Day Challenge for November. There just hasn’t been a lot of time to just… play.

I have, however, managed to make several sets of ATCs for various swaps and two sets just for me. Thought I’d do a quick share…

Splatter Trees
Splatter Trees

These are just simple little cards that were stamped with an image of a bare tree, then masked and splattered with different colors of Distress Inks. I also made an autumn-colored tree, but my mother stole it, heh.

Beauty in the Rain
Beauty in the Rain

These were totally inspired by a YouTube tutorial. First I took a watercolor ATC and added Shimmerz sprays to the background. Then I took another ATC and glued on some pages from a Japanese-English dictionary, then added watercolor paints on top. I then cut out raindrop shapes before gluing the two ATCs together. Bead gel was applied to give it a shiny texture and painted chipboard clouds were added. Sequins were the final touch.

Silver Shine
Silver Shine

These were made for the “metallic” category for the November 2016 ATC swap on the Scrapbook.com forums. They were created mostly by layering coordinating Prima papers and stamped with silver ink. Silvery embellishments and flowers were also added. I think they turned out rather well.

A Little Inspiration
A Little Inspiration

These were an experiment. I stamped and heat embossed three watercolor ATCs with white embossing powder. I then added Lindy’s Stamp Gang sprays and magicals. The embossed images resisted the color and the effect was so cool. I planned to keep these for myself, but the daughter of a friend liked the pink one so much, I sent it to her. ^_^

Birthday Bling
Birthday Bling

I liked the effect of the previous ATCs so much, I decided to do the same for some birthday-themed ATCs made to be sent with my swap cards for folks in the swap having birthdays this month. The purple one is my favorite.

Christmas Mini Shakers
Christmas Mini Shakers

And finally, my contribution to the Christmas-themed ATCs for the SB.com forum swap. I made mini-shakers! I used a variety of stamps, sequins and bling to create these. I’m pleased with how they turned out.

That’s all for now! Close-ups of all individual cards can be found in my SB.com gallery. My next post will probably be about my latest canvas I made which inadvertently sent me to the emergency room. XD

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

‘Time Flies’

After having so much fun making ‘Hocus Pocus,’ I decided I really wanted to try my hand at creating a mixed media canvas. However, I didn’t have many supplies, so I went on a bit of a shopping spree. I ordered some canvas panels, paints, chipboards and stencils. And for my very first attempt, this is what I created…

'Time Flies'
‘Time Flies’

It turned out better than I’d hoped! I mean, it’s not great artwork, but I think it’s really pretty and I can only learn by practicing!

Cherry branch stencil with Kaisercraft Mademoiselle wood icons
Cherry branch stencil with Kaisercraft Mademoiselle wood icons

Please forgive me, being so new to doing any kind of artwork and posting it online, I didn’t write down everything I used… I will endeavor to do better in the future!

I started by adding texture paste through stencils onto the canvas, then I used white gesso on the textured bits (though next time I think I’ll do the whole canvas). After that dried, I started layering colors using some Prima Color Bloom sprays and some sprays by Lindy’s Stamp Gang.

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After getting the first few coats of paint down, I started layering chipboard pieces (painted with gesso) purchased from Creative Embellishments. I added a few metal gears and clock parts in as well. The gears and industrial parts got sprayed with copper and gold paints, then some were painted with Art Alchemy Steampunk Copper paint.

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I also added a cute little resin fountain from Prima Marketing to add to the garden feel.

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I had a bunch of paper flowers leftover from my scrapbooking days that I had almost chucked out because they were a hideous shade of pink. Luckily I didn’t, so I  tacked on a bunch here and there, painted them with gesso and sprayed them with metallic paints to go with the industrial feel of the opposite corner.

The fairy wasn’t part of my original idea. I had more flowers there to begin with, but I didn’t like them. They looked too fussy. I was playing around with different chipboard pieces and thought the fairy fit into my industrial garden nicely.

When the flowers dried, I added some bling!

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The final embellishment added were the numbers above. I felt that corner needed a little something extra, so I added “40” to represent me … I had turned 40 a month before I made this. Time really does fly!

Had tons of fun making this, and I have so many more ideas in the future! If only I had more time! ^^;;

A major undertaking…

For my third quilling piece, I decided to go big or go home with a totally outrageous, blinged out quilling project. I’d had several ideas in mind, but I really wanted to do a fairy on a crescent moon after being inspired by some artwork I’d found on the internet. I downloaded a basic crescent moon shape to use as an outline. Then I found some clipart of a fairy to use as well, since I had not yet discovered chipboard embellishments. Putting the two images together, I traced the basic shape onto a piece of white cardstock I’d spritzed with purple and blue Color Bloom spray, then went to work making flowers.

"Dream"
“Dream”

This piece took about two weeks to complete, though I didn’t work on it every day.

The large blue flower took all day to make, using the beehive technique.
The large blue flower took all day to make, using the beehive technique.

I didn’t really have a “design” for the flowers in mind, other than the large blue flower, so I would just make flowers in random shapes and sizes using different shades of blues and purples and white.

Most of the flowers I made, but I added a few pre-made flowers in smaller spots.
Most of the flowers I made, but I added a few pre-made flowers in smaller spots.

When I had what I thought was enough flowers, I started arranging them on a piece of wax paper on top of the moon outline, to see where I wanted to put them and to keep the moon’s shape. After making even more flowers and small pieces to fill in some gaps, I started gluing them onto the cardstock.

A lot of bling went into this piece
A lot of bling went into this piece.

I had planned to cut the fairy out of black cardstock, but by the time I had cut her out of paper, my hands were killing me. Since she looked alright printed on regular paper, I just glued her down. I made her wings out of scrapbook paper and vellum, using McGill’s Paper Blossom Tool Kit to make them stand up off the page. I added a few self-adhesive gems and went to town with Stickles to create the chains.

I was super pleased with the way it turned out, especially since it was only the third quilling piece I had attempted. I hope to do more like this someday.