NSD 2020: Explore

Another (Inter)National Scrapbook Day has come and gone. I usually spend the day making my Mother’s Day card for mom, but for some reason, this completely slipped my mind, so I’m going to have to scramble to get one done tomorrow. Oops. Don’t tell Mom.

Anyway, instead of card making, I decided to do a little mixed media work, as I hadn’t really had much opportunity to play with mixed media thus far this year. I’ve had this cute little seahorse shrine from Retro Cafe Art Gallery for ages, which is what I decided to go with.

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The shrine comes unassembled, so first I glued some crumpled up tissue paper to all the pieces with Mod Podge. I carefully cut the paper away from the slots and tabs before gluing the shrine together with a strong, clear glue.

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I used a swirl stencil to add more texture to the background with Prima graphite paste. After everything had dried, I painted the whole thing with black gesso. Using several different small sea critter dies from Memory Box/Poppystamps, I glue die cuts to the shrine, trimming off any major overhang. I also added a few small, clear droplets. I then painted the die cuts and drops with black gesso.

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In the niche, I glued down some metal embellishments painted with black gesso on top of a chipboard piece of coral. After everything was glued securely, I started painting the whole thing with three colors of Prima Metallique wax in Old Denim, Mint Sparkle and Blue Lagoon. (You can see the gradient effect better in person.) Afterwards, I went over the top of all the texture with Vintage Gold wax on my fingertip. Finally, I added my focal point, a stunning Swarovski jellyfish stone in Bermuda Blue. So, so sparkly!

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Thanks for stopping by. Happy Mother’s Day!

Be My Valentine

I’m so sorry. This pocket letter post should have been up much sooner than this. But life just kind of smacked me in the face this past month. First, one of the very dear ladies in my swap group passed away from cancer. She wasn’t my partner for this swap, but we have been partners before. I shall always treasure the things she made and sent to me. Godspeed, Donna.

Then, just earlier this week, a tornado tore through the community next to mine, a town I lived in for six years while going to school. Eighteen people were killed. People I know lost everything. It’s been horrific and I just haven’t had energy for a whole lot lately. So please forgive me as I try to get back into being creative. And spare some good thoughts for Tennessee if you can.

My last art swap was a pocket letter swap on the forums of Scrapbook.com. The theme was Valentine’s Day, and this is what I created for my partner.

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I went with very traditional colors, pinks and reds, in my creation. I also used a lot of dies from Memory Box/Poppystamps to create my pocket letter.

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The center heart flower box was made using the Memory Box Precious Heart Box die, filling it with flowers from Prima and 49 & Market.

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The fairy and the butterfly are both from Reneabouquets, and the little wooden embellishments are Kaisercraft.

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I also included a Valentine-themed necklace for my swap partner that I made. 🙂

I’m on vacation next week, so I hope to get my creative mojo going… that is, if I can bring myself to crawl out of bed long enough. Hug your loved ones. Enjoy each day. Don’t take anything for granted! ❤

Art journal playtime

I had a week off work recently, and I spent the time not only cleaning my craft room, but playing in my art journal. I have two art journals to share with you today.

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It’s All Perspective

I’d had this idea in mind for a while, of greenery spouting from the Tim Holtz skull die cut. My original plan was to have butterflies dancing among the plants, but as I was going through my dies, looking for my butterflies, I came across some lovely koi fish dies from Memory Box/Poppystamps. So I went a little abstract and had fish “flying” between the greenery. I even added an octopus and tentacle coming from the eye socket. I kind of love how it turned out.

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Think Different

My second layout, I used some elements from Maremi’s Small Art Design that I fussy cut and adhered to my abstract background. Not my favorite page I’ve ever done, but I do love the colors, and Marta’s designs and sentiment stickers are just gorgeous and fun to play with.

Thanks for dropping by. I’ll be showcasing my first Halloween project later in the week!

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!

National Scrapbook Day 2017

I was super excited to participate in my first National Scrapbook Day, held this past Saturday, May 6. It’s been just over a year since I started crafting and every day I have new ideas.

I don’t actually scrapbook though. I used to, about 10 years ago, but I have trouble printing photos out so I just never seemed to get to work on pages. But card making and mixed media… that I can do without photos.

I completed three projects on Saturday. I’m only sharing two today, as the third was for my Round Robin art journal group, and I’m planning a large post on my entries when we finish, sometime next month.

The two projects I will be sharing today feature Memory Box dies. I have absolutely fallen in love with this company’s dies and can’t wait to add more to my stash!

Deep Blue

I started by blending three pieces of white cardstock with Distress inks… Tumbled Glass (background), Evergreen Bough (middle) and Peacock Feathers (front). I splashed some water drops onto the cards for the “bubble” effect. Next, I die cut the Evergreen Bough and Peacock Feathers cards with the Memory Box Underwater Collage craft dies.

For the inside composition, I die cut a rock and piece of seaweed from a Cottage Cutz die and a branch from a Tim Holtz die that could pass as underwater foliage. The rock I inked with Vintage Photo Distress ink. For the foliage, I “smooshed” Mustard Seed and Abandoned Coral inks onto my craft mat, spritzed with water, and dragged the die cut through the ink.

I then die cut Memory Box’s Delicate Coral and Swimming Seahorses. I inked the coral with Worn Lipstick. The seahorses were colored with Mustard Seed and Spiced Marmalade.  I used a texture stamp with orange ink for the details on the seahorses. Then it was just a matter of assembly, using foam tape. A couple of water droplet gems were glued on to complete the card.

As Deep as the Ocean

For the next card, I had been dying to use the Memory Box Ocean Swell craft die since I got it. I cut an 8 1/2 by 11″ piece of white cardstock in half, then scored it down the center to create my card base. I taped the die to the front of the card and ran it through my die-cutting machine. This die has intricate little details, so have a craft knife handy to help separate the design so you won’t tear it.

I then took another piece of cardstock and inked it using four shades of blue — Chipped Sapphire, Faded Jeans, Broken China and Tumbled Glass. I also sprinkled water over the cardstock when I was done inking. Finally, I sprayed the entire inked panel with a silvery glitter mist. You can’t really see it in the photo, but the blue background absolutely shimmers.

I stamped my sentiment using a stamp from the Ocean Wisdom set from Stampendous in black Archival Ink, then taped in my blue panel to the inside of the card. A few sparkly sequins gave this card the perfect finishing touch.

I’ve just placed an order for some more die by Memory Box, and I can’t wait to try them all out!