Friday, October 14, 2016

Take Life....MMMC #29 Mid-Month Inspiration

Hello there! Can you believe that October is already half over? Me either!! I thought I'd share my latest project with you since it happens to have one of the super fun Stampotique stamps I got to play with for the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge this month. The stamp I used here is called Splattered Mug and it worked out nicely for my Fall coffee/tea themed mixed media canvas board.  I've been wanting to re-create this ever since I watched Vicky Papaioannou make her beautiful "Take Life One Cup At A Time" art journal page. I watched her YouTube video HERE over and over as I worked on mine and I really did use hers as my total inspiration, title and all, so ALL credit goes to her and her brilliantly artistic mind. I never could have come up with something like this on my own. I enjoyed the process thoroughly and encourage you to try something artistic that you've been putting off too! It was quite satisfying to see the final result and I had a lot of fun making it. 
Although I followed along with Vicky's process video as if it were a step by step tutorial, as I created, this canvas really did become my own.  It's not perfect and that's okay too. Like I said, it felt good to make it and that's what it's all about. Here's a couple close up's...
 I really enjoyed having this opportunity to play with Stampotique Originals Stamps! If you are a stamper, you should check them out! Fun is what they are!
Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you'll join us over at the MMMC blog for our October challenge #29-Fall/Halloween!

Friday, September 30, 2016

Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #29-Fall/Halloween with Stampotique!

Hello and Happy October! Today is the start of a brand new challenge over at the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge blog--yay!!! This month's challenge is MMMC #29-Fall/Halloween with our fabulous sponsor, Stampotique Originals! We were so lucky to receive some fun Stampotique stamps to create our October projects with! I chose these adorable Stitched Houses to make some mini mixed media canvases. Although it doesn't look a whole lot like our mood board for this month, this project reminds me early fall days and all the wonderful neighborhood memories from years past. I had such fun with these stamps! I hope you will join us and a fabulous guest designer for a fun new challenge!
And our wonderful sponsor who is offering up a $30 gift certicate to the Stampotique Originals Store!
And my first project!
 A close up of each little house....
Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you've found a bit of inspiration here today! And I hope you'll join us for this month's Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!

Thursday, September 1, 2016

MMMC Blog Challenge #28-Rustic

Hello and happy September! A new month means a new challenge over at the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge Blog and this month, we're celebrating with a rustic theme! Come on over and get inspired to make something for our MMMC #28-Rustic!
We received a lovely array of products from Canvas Corp Brands this month to inspire us in our rustic-themed projects and I created a pretty home d├ęcor project with this marvelous little vintage-style white photo crate
It was so fun to play with different goodies like the jumbo lime green burlap flower, natural canvas fabric and hot pink hemp rope! I really love these 7 Gypsies papers with a garden theme. So much to love about CCB!
Check out these colorful mini clothespins! Aren't they the cutest!!!

I hope you will join us this month and share your beautiful rustic-inspired mixed media project for the MMMC #28-Rustic!

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Planner Girl Pretties and Fun!

Hello friends! I hope you are enjoying these dog-days of summer! As I'm savoring every summery moment, I can't help but look forward to the lovely days of early Fall that will be here before we know it. I was thinking that this might be a great time to start something I've been wanting to do for a while on my blog--host a weekly planner challenge to stay motivated and inspired. Nothing heavy, just a fun little challenge to help keep each other on track in our planners (if you have one...or more, hehe!). I already have the Heidi Swapp gold and white striped planner, which I really like. Now my brand new robin's egg blue Carpe Diem planner arrived this week and I think I'm in love! It has gold hardware, which is awesome since my HS planner has silver hardware. I can't wait to begin creating beautiful planner pages with all my new planner and planner pretties!
Here's some of the goodies I received recently from my Simple Stories win (so lucky)! The Carpe Diem Planner Essentials line is fab! I seriously love everything from the roller stamp to the clear sticker numbers and clear sticker sentiments.... the plastic storage pouch.
The Simple Stories Carpe Diem Illustrated Faith stickers and washi tape strips are awesome too! So bright and vibrant and happy!!!
How about you? Don't all these pretties make you want to plan! Lol :) Do you have a planner? I would love to see it! Any and all planners are welcome! We can be inspired by all different kinds! I also plan on getting my hands on one (at least) of the new Prima planners that are coming soon. Have you seen some of the sneak peeks of them? C'mon, right?!! SO fabulous!!! Okay, so let me know in the comments if a weekly planner challenge is something you would be interested in. I will begin sharing my planner each week starting in September (that gives me a minute to get organized, lol) and you can feel free to join in too. I hope you will! :D

Monday, August 1, 2016

Journey Mixed Media Canvas

Hello and happy Monday! I hope you had a great weekend and got re-energized and ready for an awesome week and a new month! Yep, it's August already!! And that means a brand new Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!!! This month, it's MMMC #27-TRAVEL!
I was inspired to create a mixed media travel themed art canvas filled to the brim with lots of icons, chipboard, stickers, and bits of metal! What fun it was to just freely create!
I had fun with this canvas, layering a variety of eclectic elements to create a hodgepodge of mixed media goodness.  I used Skeleton Clocks and Steampunk Shape Set on my canvas. I first painted a coat of white gesso over all the chipboard and then added color with sprays. I also tried rub-on foils over the painted chipboard and wooden pieces and it worked beautifully!
I altered the Memories Wooden Charm in the same fashion and added a number 3 from the Faux
Metal Number Plates to the mix. I used some Tim Holtz rub-on sentiments and gold Prima rub-on foils over the painted chipboard and wooden pieces and it worked beautifully! All stickers are from Carta Bella's Old World Travel collection and have been sponged around all edges for a more worn look. The background was achieved with Tattered Angels sprays and then finished with a sponging of white chalk ink.
 I enjoyed pulling out some of my superb 7 Gypsies embellishments including Industrial Gears, Antique Gold Key Set, Antique Optical Lens and miniature Apothacary bottle. And I even found a place for my tiny world globe that I've had in my stash since God rested on the seventh day!!! Yay!!!
And a final close-up...
Thank you so much for visiting and allowing me to share my project today! Wishing you a creative journey!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

MFT Camp Create-Magnificent Masking

Hey friends! Happy Thursday! Today I went to camp! Camp Create over at the MFT blog, that is! Camp counselor Laurie shows us a cool masking technique to inspire! And off we go to the rec room for arts and crafts and Magnificent Masking!
I chose to use the MFT sun ray stencil as my mask and sponged over it with Stampin' Up inks in Passion Pink, Rose Red, Pretty In Pink, Pumpkin Pie and Summer Sun. I stamped the sentiment in Versamark black ink using the MFT Words Of Inspiration stamp set.
And look! I even earned my Masking badge! I'm so proud of myself, hehe!
Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you have a GREAT day!!!

Alice In Wonderland House

Hello friends! Linsey here again with my 3rd guest designer project and today's theme is one of my all-time favorites, Alice In Wonderland!  GSLC carries some really fun "Alice" themed chipboard and I had a fabulous time creating with them! Now, it's time to follow the white rabbit, go through the keyhole and let your curiosity take you away into a magical wonderland where imagination is the limit! Don't be late!
I started with the House Shadow Box, first putting it together with a good wood glue, then painting all the edges in white chalky paint. Next I started "wallpapering" each room with different patterned papers in hot pink, black and white with pops of gold. Then I took several pieces from Alice In Wonderland Chipboard Silhouettes and Alice String Alongs, heat embossing each piece. Now, time for really fun part--decorating the rooms! Some of the silhouettes were positioned flat against the wall and some were propped forward for a 3D effect. Here's a close-up peek into each room.
The flower garden in Alice's dream...I painted the Art Deco Border and Corners chipboard black, then embossed them in clear, creating this cool shine on the garden "gate".
The white rabbit always carries his pocket watch on his ventures out, yet he's still running late! This little piece reads "follow after your bliss". Always a good reminder.
Do you remember the scene in the Disney movie where Alice has an encounter with a most talkative doorknob and end up going through the keyhole where she travels along the sea in a bottle? I chose a few pieces from the Keys & Plates Shape Set to create this little room.
Another of Alice's adventures I remember fondly was when she followed the white rabbit to his home and after eating a treat, grew so big, her arms and legs popped through the windows and her head came out the roof, causing much stress on poor white rabbit. Oh, dear Alice...curiosity always was your weakness.
Of course, I had to include the infamous Mad Hatter's Tea Party scene and it was super easy with a few chippies from the Alice In Wonderland Chipboard Silhouettes.  And a very merry un-birthday to you!
The caterpillar that Alice crosses paths with is another favorites scene. Here he is, doing what he does best.  A, E, I, O......
When Alice finally meets the Queen of Hearts, it's not exactly a sweet encounter. "Off with her head" doesn't leave a good first impression, am I right?
For the top room, I created a big clock using the Wood Medallions 1 and Steampunk Shape Set. The Wooden Charm-Dream was also added and a couple more Alice themed chippies. The roof was designed using the 12x12 Texture Sheet-Diamonds. I cut in down to size and painted it black, then embossed in clear for the shine. It matches the garden gate and deco corners on the house.
And that completes our Adventure through wonderland! Thanks so much for stopping by and letting me share my project! I hope you are inspired to create your own magic today!