Guest Designer: Lavinia Stamps

Happy April! I’m super excited to say I was asked to be a guest designer for Lavinia Stamps this month. If you’re familiar with my art journaling, you know I just love their stamps, especially the fairies! I love creating fantastical scenes in my art journals, and the scenes I create could easily be adapted to a card front as well. I don’t send a lot of card myself, so I just keep my creations in my journal to look back on.

Each month, the Lavinia website hosts a Creative Challenge, and the winner receives a gift voucher to use in their online store. So cool! Check out their website for more information and how to enter.

The theme for April is “Buds and Blossoms.” I created two art journal scenes for my example pieces. For the first, I wanted to do something with a definite spring theme.

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One of my favorite ways of creating scenes in my art journal, especially when I’m using stamps, is to create a mask using dies I have in my stash. For this scene, I used the largest of the Tim Holtz Stacked Archway die set to create a mask out of Inkadinkado masking paper. I centered the mask on my journal page, and used stenciling brushes to blend my inks. I used Distress Oxides in Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Mermaid Lagoon and a bit of Wilted Violet for my “sky” and Peeled Paint and Mowed Lawn for my “ground.”

Leaving the mask on, I began stamping my foliage around the outside to frame the center. A list of all the Lavinia stamps will be provided below. For the stamping, I prefer to use Versafine Clair inks: Purple Delight, Acorn, Green Oasis, Verdant, Shady Lane and Blue Belle. For the fairy herself, I had planned to use Twilight, but couldn’t find it (argh!) so I used Versafine black ink, and it turned out OK. I added a bit of Sakura Stardust Gelly Roll pen to the fairy’s wings and some pink sparkle pen to the cherry blossoms as well. I also added a sentiment from my stash, as spring is such a delight when it finally arrives after a long winter.

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Lavinia Stamps:

Bria Rose: https://laviniastamps.com/product/bria-rose

Field Grass: https://laviniastamps.com/product/field-grass-2

Foliage: https://laviniastamps.com/product/foliage

Group Poppies: https://laviniastamps.com/product/group-poppies

Bluebells: https://laviniastamps.com/product/bluebells

Mini Leaf 2: https://laviniastamps.com/product/mini-leaf-2

Flourish: https://laviniastamps.com/product/flower-flourish

Cherry Blossom: https://laviniastamps.com/product/cherry-blossom

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For my second piece, I really wanted to have a play with one of Lavinia’s newest releases, the Far World Castle stamp.

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I had also just received my first gel plate a day or two before the new stamps arrived, so I spent one Saturday playing with it, experimenting with making backgrounds. I love the backgrounds made with the gel plate on the Lavinia site, but since I don’t have Brushos, I just played around with Distress Oxides and Lindy’s Magicals. Some worked well, some didn’t. But that’s the point of experimenting.

For this background, I brayered Distress Oxide Mermaid Lagoon onto the gel plate, then flicked some Blue Hydrangea Magicals that had been watered down on top. I placed my paper onto the gel plate and pressed all over to get a good ink transfer. After I lifted the paper away and let it dry a bit, I brushed over the bottom half with some Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide to give it a bit of a green tint.

For the ground, I tore a piece of paper and used it as a mask to make my hillside with Seedless Preserves Distress Ink. I also cut a circle mask out of masking paper for the “moon,” and did the same.

All my images were stamped using the Versafine Clair Monarch ink. And here’s a tip: If you don’t get a good impression with your stamping, I don’t try to restamp unless I’m using my MISTI. I take a small paint brush, pick up some of the ink off the ink pad, and paint in the areas that didn’t stamp well. The color blends nicely and you can’t even tell where it didn’t stamp well after it dries.

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For my final touch, I used the Sakura Stardust Gelly Roll pen to go around the edge of the moon for a bit of sparkly.

Lavinia stamps:

Far World Castle: https://laviniastamps.com/product/far-world-castle-lav534

Dragon Mini: https://laviniastamps.com/product/dragon-miniature

Fern Heads: https://laviniastamps.com/product/fern-heads

Mini Berry: https://laviniastamps.com/product/mini-berry

Skeleton Tree Scene: https://laviniastamps.com/product/skeleton-tree-scene-lav530

Butterflies: https://laviniastamps.com/product/butterflies

Cherry Blossom: https://laviniastamps.com/product/cherry-blossom

Mini Leaf 2: https://laviniastamps.com/product/mini-leaf-2

Thanks for stopping by, and I’ll have a couple more examples to go with this month’s theme later in the month!

Mixed media swap: Fairy Garden

Spring is slowly making its way into my area, though winter keep storming back into the room every few days, as if to say, “And another thing…” Though winter here has been mostly mild, with very little snow compared to years past, it has been the wettest winter on record for my county. Cold, rainy days play merry havoc on my asthmatic lungs, so I haven’t had a lot of energy for crafting lately.

That said, I did sign up for a mixed media swap over on the Scrapbook.com forums. My partner and I decided to surprise each other with our projects, using the theme of “Spring,” as we were both sick of winter. I decided to create a fairy garden on a folding fan for my project.

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I started with a wooden hand fan, which I glued open using Mod Podge. After adding a coat of white gesso, I painted the fan using Prima Finnabair Opal Magic Teal-Blue and Yellow-Pink, muted with a bit of White Pearl Metallique paint.

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I painted some vine flourish chipboard with Golden Moss Metallique paint and glued them down onto the fan, along with some flowers from 49 and Market.

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I took a quick-cast resin mold piece from the new Fairy Garden Finnabair mould and painted it with Butterfly Spells Sparks paint, then rubbed some Vintage Gold wax over the top. The wings were made using the Prima Grungy Butterflies painted with Magic Pond Sparks paint.

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I used several elements from the 49 and Market Layered Embellishments “Dragonfly Revolution” and “Wings and Things” amongst the flowers. I finished with some white ink splatters, some Prima gems and a pink tassel at the bottom.

Thanks for stopping by, and remember, think spring!

Shine Brightly

A few months ago, I found this amazing company called Diverse Woodworking on Amazon. I was looking for some shaped MDF pieces for my mixed media projects, and discovered they had a huge selection, especially on their own website. I ordered several pieces, and have already used some of them. I’ll link to their blog posts below.

I was going through my chipboard pieces recently, organizing them, when I discovered I had these cute little crowns by Creative Embellishments. I thought a couple of them might work perfectly for the wooden swan I had in my stash from Diverse Woodworking, and was immediately seized by inspiration. I thought about using Prima Marketing’s Moon Child collection on the swan, but it just didn’t seem to fit, so I ordered a couple of pieces of paper from the Lavender Frost collection, along with some flowers. When they arrived, I knew they would be perfect.

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To start with, I painted the edges of the swan with white gesso. When that dried, I traced the shape of the swan onto the backside of the scrapbook paper (Hidden Truth), face down. I cut the swan shape out, and glued it down onto my swan using Mod Podge.

I took some chipboard flourishes and heat embossed them with Mulberry Mist (which I believe has been discontinued) embossing powder from WOW! Immediately after applying the second coat, while the embossing powder was still hot, I sprinkled just a little bit of the Fool’s Gold embossing glitter on top, and heat set that. I glued these pieces onto the body of the swan, and began to layer my embellishments on top.

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All of the flowers used, except for some of the very small ones, are from the Lavender Frost collection. The small flowers are by 49 and Market. I also added a few white feathers, and some chipboard leaves, as well as a chipboard sticker and gems from the Lavender Frost collection.

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I heat embossed the chipboard crown with the Fool’s Gold embossing powder and added a few dark purple Swarovski crystals before gluing it to the top of the swan’s head and added a few flowers.

I felt her neck needed a little something, so I added some glittery pink ribbon tied in a bow around a few small flowers.

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For the final touch, I added a butterfly from Reneabouquets and a Quote Chip from Tim Holtz.

Like I said, I really love working with these MDF shapes. So much so, that on Black Friday, I took advantage of their sale to stock up on shapes for my 2019 mixed media projects!

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Previous blog posts using Diverse Woodworking shapes:

Guest Designer: Be Jolly

Good morning! I’m back on the WOW! Embossing Powder blog today with an altered MDF ornament. I’ve used several different embossing powders along with Finnabair paints and the Prima Santa Baby collection to create this delightful little holiday piece. Head on over to the WOW! blog for more details and photos!

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MMP Challenge: We Are All Dreamers

I don’t usually fall hard for an entire paper collection, but when I saw Prima’s Moon Child release, I knew I had to have it all. And the colors reminded me of the Mixed Media Place mood board for their monthly challenge, so as soon as my order arrived, I got to work on a new project straight away.

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I really enjoy decorating these MDF shapes. For close-ups of my butterfly, please click the photos below.

 

Stop by the Mixed Media Place blog and have a look at all the other entries. So much creativity on display! 🙂

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Pumpkin Spice

It’s September! Fall is in the air! At least, for the northern hemisphere. If you’re anything like me, the US holiday of Labor Day marks the last day of summer, and the day after Labor Day is the first day of Halloween. Halloween is my very favorite holiday… not that I celebrate it very much. I just like the spookiness of the season.

I’ve been on a staycation-vacation for the past 10 days, and while I didn’t do any Halloween crafting (I like to wait until October to really get into the mood), I did decide to get my autumn on by creating an altered pumpkin.

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I started by painting a Papier-mâché pumpkin I got from Michael’s with Heavy White Gesso. I then decoupaged some printed tissue paper onto the “humps” of the pumpkin using Mod Podge. After letting that dry, I painted over the whole pumpkin with some watered down Ginger Magic Sparks paint by Prima. It gives the pumpkin a lovely metallic shine. I also painted the stem with Rustic Brown Metallique Paint.

After letting the paint set for a little while, it was time to start laying my elements on the top of the pumpkin. I used flowers from Prima’s Amber Moon collection, along with some silk and plastic flowers from the craft store. I also used some sisal fiber and pinecones for a little more texture. I then capped the whole thing off with a Prima jewel vine.

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For finishing touches, I dripped some Glossy Accents into the creases of the pumpkin and sprinkled some Gold Rush Glass Glitter over the top. I also added some crystal gems from the Amber Moon collection.

Upcoming projects will include my September Julie Nutting layout and an altered masquerade mask. Thanks for stopping by!

Timeless

Prima’s design team call ends today, and I managed to make one more entry before the deadline. Though again, I don’t think I stand a chance, it has been a great motivator to get crafty.

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I have several MDF boards of various shapes, and the 12-inch violin I had was the one that called to me the most. I used Prima/Finnabair Metallique paints in various blue and purple, plus a touch of Unicorn Hair Sparks paint for the base. When it was dry, I applied a coat of clear crackle paint on top and let that set overnight.

Next, I prepared my chipboards. I used my new favorite Wow! embossing powder called Perissa, which, when heat set, turns into mottled shades of goldish-copper and silver. It really is a beautiful effect. I also painted some elements with the Unicorn Hair Sparks paint.

I took white flowers from 49 and Market and colored them with Cobalt and Sugar Plum Color Bloom sprays from Prima and rubbed Vintage Gold and Brushed Iron waxes along the edges.

I glued down the chippies and made my own violin strings out of metallic silver thread. I also attached a lovely butterfly pendant and some of the new Prima Art Pebbles. My final touch was the chipboard “Timeless” from 49 and Market.

I’ve got a mixed media swap coming up next, but first, my next project will be cleaning my craft room. I can’t find my desk! Wish me luck!