Friday, April 29, 2016

Mad Scientist Lynne Forsythe!

OMGOSH!!!!! Don't you want to just reach in and touch this beauty!!!! 
I do...I can almost not stand it!
Hope you enjoy!!! 

I've been having fun again playing the Mad Scientist.
....mixing products
 and trying new things!

I had a canvas I had been working on
and had been stuck waiting for an idea of where to take it!

So....I put on my Mad Scientist hat and
created my own sprays using
Perfect Paints ~ Shimmering Matte Acrylics
and Perfect Glaze Medium
and water.

I sprayed....
I splattered.....
I dripped and I dried
smeared and spritzed!

I then pulled out a few extra pieces parts I had
that were full of Petaloo Blooms.

What would flowers be without leaves???
I proceeded to created my own "olive" color...
to paint onto UmWowStudios ~ Home Grown Mash chippies. BEAUTIFUL! canvas would be complete without a quote!!

Just seemed to fit!

I spritzed a piece of CCB ~ Kraft Cardstock
and stamped using Ranger's  Archival Ink.
I wanted the quote to stand out
so I "manhandled" a piece of CCB ~ Flute
and with my finger, painted on
a bit of Perfect Paints ~ Shadow.

There you have it.....
my Mad Scientist creation!!
Sure had fun with this creative journey!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

trade show inspiration...Lynne Forsythe

I was lucky enough to spend some time with Lynne at The Collins Show last week!
There is always so much inspiration floating around...but I was totally INSPIRED by her spirit! Her love of art and sharing it with everyone!
Now you are lucky to be inspired by her!
It all goes around...flows like a river of just have to jump in!

I LOVE going to trade shows.
You see, I can have a tendency to get caught
up in my own creative world
and to not venture out.....
However, at a trade show,
you can't help but to just take it in!

My inspiration for today's project was
 watching Ken Oliver demo his Color Burst!

I couldn't wait to get home and PLAY....
I pulled out my box
and began looking through them.....
I happened on this stamp

Then I pulled out a piece of
Canvas Corp Brands ~ White Chipboard,
(a very absorbent, thick paper)
Jet Black Archival Ink and
began stamping multiples of the bottom flower
when dry, I cut them out!

I pulled out my package of
Ken Oliver's Earth Tones ~ Color Burst
and let the games begin!

I found that spritzing the stamped, cut out flower
with water first, worked best.

I then mixed water and various colors
Yellow Ochre
Burnt Orange
in my paint tray and began experimenting with the
colors on the Scribble Bloom.

I also added a dab of Ken Oliver's ~ Liquid Metal's
here and there!
When I was happy with my flowers
I outlined the Scribble flowers
with Perfect Paints ~ Halo.

I had some leftover "Color Burst Mixture" so I
transferred it to my craft mat
and sopped it up onto the face of a
CCB Kraft Greeting Card.

I smeared on some of Perfect Paints ~ Halo
.....but my card still didn't look finished.
So, I went in search of the perfect "white noise" stamp
and I found......

which I randomly stamped onto the card face
using Jet Black Archival Ink.

Just what the Dr. ordered!!!
Now, for a bit of distressed, colored CCB ~ Flute
 some Cheese Cloth and
UmWowStudios ~  Grid Border
all stapled to the card.
There you have it.....

I hope I have inspired you to pull out some of your
FAVORITE Impression Obsession stamps and color

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Altered Cigar box for CCB

Hi there! Excited to be sharing with you my project for Creative Carte Blanche
I hope you will join myself, Annette Green, Candy Colwell, Cheryl Grigsby, Hels Sheridan
Linda Ledbetter and Susan Mostek for our monthly adventures on the CCB blog! 
Once a month we do a prompt or challenge to just spread our creative wings and see what happens! 
No products are a must, nothing except using the prompt we give you! 
We want to see 'you' in your art! 
Having time for Creative play is so will help you find your own style, but also I think of it as therapy!  This month our prompt was to alter a cigar box. 
I pulled out some products and just let it take me where ever it led me. 
Love Prima paper...always have...and this is one of their paper lines I am hoarding.
At some point though you have to pull it out and use it! Right! 
  Finnabair always inspires me...I love the way she uses metal in her projects so I decided to let that lead me! 

 So, I had this vintage lace I found at a yard sale...a whole ziplock bag full for $2.00.
That was a very happy find...I love it because it has netting and it has allowed me such amazing texture in my art projects...getting down to the last bit now, but using it on something that I am going to use and love seems right. It also adheres beautifully with Multi Matte Medium... I use at least a jar of this a week...I really need to see about getting it by the gallon! lol. 

The inside of the box was finished off with Prima's Royal Menagerie Paper line...matched the 
top of the box perfectly!!! Happy when it works out like that! wink. 

We still have Linda's and Annette's project to come so keep checking in over on
I am LOVING the other projects so far! 
Always seeing what everyone else is doing inspires the heck out of me!!! 
Hope to see you soon! 
Until next time! 
Thanks for stopping by! 

Monday, April 18, 2016

Simple Watercolor Card by Tonya Gibbs

Want a beautiful Mother's day Idea! Well, Tonya has one for you! 
Thank you Tonya...this is gorgeous! 

Hi everyone! Today I would like to share with you a simple technique for creating a watercolor card that is easy and sure to please. This card would be fantastic for any occasion. Since Mother's Day is around the corner, I decided to make mine for my Mom. I know she is going to love it!

I'm featuring Yvonne's Swirly Vine stamp from Impression Obsession today.  Isn't it gorgeous?
Swirly Vine - L17103
Swirly Vine - L17103

Here are the Cutting and Folding Measurements: 
Top folding Cardbase: 4 1/4 inches x 11 inches (scored at 5 1/2 inches)
Watercolor 140lb Coldpress Smooth Side cardstock:   3 3/4 inches x 5 inches
Pattered Cover stock: 4 1/4 inches x 5.5 Inches

For my watercolors, I'm using Tim Holtz' Distress Markers from Ranger in Abandoned Coral, Worn Lipstick, and Shabby Shutters.  You can use whichever colors you like, and any watercolor markers  you like for this technique.  The technique is the same.  I love the muted colors of these markers and brown undertones.

Please watch the video below where I demonstrate how I created this beautiful card:

I used Tattered Rose Distress Ink to stamp the inside of my card to create a watermark style image in the background.   The image is pale enough for me to be able to write a message over the top.  I also hand lettered a message at the bottom.   Here is a view of the inside of the card:

Mother's Day Card Yvonne Blair Art Girls project Designed by Tonya A. Gibbs IO Stamps

Wasn't that super simple?  I love how easy  this stamp was to color and create a card.  It would be super simple to create a stack of these cards in various sentiments to share with a friend as a gift set, or to have on hand for any occasion.  I hope I have inspired you today to create a card using this stamp.

Thanks for stopping in today!

Thursday, April 14, 2016 Bobbi Smith!

Bobbi has such an eye and amazing skills with texture and dimension, don't you agree!

Hi everyone!  Bobbi here with you today, I have a quick card to share!  It reminds me of vintage spring.  Let me show you how I put it together.
  To start with I die cut a piece of Tim Holtz Watercolor Cardstock with the Sizzix Tim Holtz Mixed Media 2 thinlits die.  Then, I cut a piece of patterned paper from the Tim Holtz Correspondence Collection.  Using the Matte Collage Medium, I adhered the patterned paper to the back side of the cutout watercolor cardstock.  Then trimmed any excess paper off the sides.  I wanted my card to have a vintage feel,  so I brushed on a thin coat of Vintage Distress Collage Medium to the surface of the watercolor cardstock.  Then dried with the heat tool.
 I scribbled the Picket Fence Distress Crayon directly on the surface of the cutouts.  I smudged with my finger to move around the color and fill in the recessed areas of the flower.  I smeared a little bit of Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain and Black Soot Distress Crayons onto my nonstick craft mat.  Then picked up the color with my finger to smear and smudge onto the surface around the blooms and corners for shading.
 I stamped Yvonne Blair Designs Stamp "Second Chances" with black archival ink to the front of the card.
Then dried with a heat tool.  I distressed my card edges a bit with a bone folder.  Then mounted to the front of my black kraft core card.  I finished it off with a little red heart and some jute twine.
Thanks for stopping by today!

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Color Burst Magic

Hi everyone! 
I'm sharing a Color Burst Project today! 
I am LOVING Color Burst! 
It is so fun, sometimes you get the most unexpected results that can make your heart sing! 
Just watching the magic happen when the water's just one of those creative joys. 
Today I just wanted to create a fun colorful background so I decided to just play with the colors to see what would happen and where it would take me. 
I used these colors:
Ultramarine Blue 
Burnt Orange
Terre Verte
and a touch of Violet 
to get the background, butterflies and stamped word strips colored. 
 On the little mini tags I painted on Some Liquid Metals Metallic Mandarine.  
Oh..I love these new Liquid Metals...they make my heart sing. 
When I was looking at the looked like it had formed some 'veining' to me. 
I decided to highlight this by dabbing some of the Liquid Metals Metallic Mandarine with a small brush to really help it pop.  It almost starting looking like a magical butterfly wonderland...hehehe. 
 A close up of the veining...don't you just LOVE the way the Liquid Metals create that bit of shimmering magic???  The seam binding was also colored with the 
Liquid Metals Metallic Mandarine color. 
I put a little bit on my best ever craft sheet spritzed in some more water and crumpled the ribbon in the shimmering puddle of goodness.  Dried it and it has shimmer all over was hard to capture that in the picture, but you should try it! You will love the effect in person. 
 I hope you were inspired to pull out your Color Burst and just have some creative play.
Thanks for stopping by...until next time! 
Color Burst
Liquid Metals
Ken Oliver's Watercolor paper from Canvas Corp. 
Seam Binding (white)
Stamps Impression Obsession (Yvonne Blair Designs)
Mini Shipping Tags. 

Thursday, April 7, 2016

She BELIEVED by Lynne Forsythe

Thanks Lynne!!! Love your tag and I'm sure everyone else will too!

Hi Everyone!

I began my project by pulling out one of my 
recently created backgrounds....aka 'TOVERS
(sorry no process photos)

You see....I had recently purchased various
paint brushes and needed to test their splatter ability
for an upcoming class I am teaching.
When I finished my experiment,
I had this FABULOUS background paper.
So, I turned to my pile of  'TOVERS
and let the creative process begin.....
(I save pieces parts of flowers, papers and textiles)

I love working on a project for not other reason...
than creating!

I pulled out tidbits of.....
wire mesh
cheese cloth
vintage curtain
and began laying out my background.

While searching through my pile of
cast off flowers I encounter
the canvas flower which matched perfectly.
I had created it while teaching a class.

I pulled out a used piece of tissuestock,
that had been stamped on,
and cut out ivy leaves
and them colored them.

Next, I went to my stash of hoarded items...
vintage spoons and buttons
I nearly tore my creative area apart
looking for the vintage zipper. I progressed with my creation
I just knew what quote I wanted to use....
I think it is one of my all time favorite

I pulled out a piece of vintage note paper
from my pile
and stamped the image on it.
I then cut apart the saying
and augmented it with some
letters I picked up at a yard sale.

Thank you for joining me and
my creative journey!!
And I hope I've inspired you to

Monday, April 4, 2016

Stars Shine by Tonya Gibbs

A beautiful uplifting tag...Thanks Tonya! 

Hi everyone! Today I wanted to share with you a tag I created by De-stashing my desk. I have a bowl (and it has to stay small to stay manageable) on my desk that I call "One Hit Wonders". You see it in my videos from time to time.   These are items left over after a major project (example:  metal pieces, flowers, buttons, small scraps of ribbon etc.)   This keeps my studio from being over run with older products and scraps.  I'm sure many of you can feel my pain - right? When the bowl gets full, it's time to start making tags, cards, and embellishment clusters for layouts.   Today's project is a tag using some of these products, and older products in my stash.  The theme was inspired by Yvonne's Stars Shine Stamp from Impression Obsession:

Did you know that you can order these stamps in 3 different mounts,  Plain Red Rubber, Cling Mount, and Wood Mounted?  It is awesome to have options!

 I'm using Lindy's Stamp Gang Limor Webber Designs Neon Graffiti Flat Fabios in Urban Amethyst, Poppin' Pink, Blazing Black, and Sidewalk Chalk to color my tag.

I used white embossing powder on black cardstock to make my stamped image pop. I love the chalkboard feel this gave to my text. This will help my text contrast with the rest of the tag, and reinforce the sentiment.

I love for my tags to have a theme or tell a story.  My tags theme will be emerging from the darkness into the light. 

If you have crafted for a while you probably have lots of  Prima bling in your stash. I decided to use it to represent the chaos that seems to follow us in the darkness, spinning us out of control. Notice I'm placing them at the bottom, burring that chaos.  I used some of Marion Smith Designs Junque and Gems Metal Flowers that had a star shape to symbolize how our sparkle is sometimes dulled by the darkness.  As you can see it still has a little shine, but it is consumed in the dark.  The light bulb is another one of Marion's  gyms  and it symbolizes the light we feel when we emerge from darkness.   The gear represents the work it takes to leave the dark and travel into the light.   The tiny seed beads reminded me of pollen.  As I spread them around I thought about how our attitude can pollinate those around us, or vice versa. Sometimes the weight of the darkness is perpetuated by the negativity of others, and if we can find a piece of something positive in its wake, and hold onto that, we will soon find our light.  I like to think that through every dark moment in my life, there was a lesson I needed to learn.  I try to figure out what experience I need to gain from this darkness to better my future.  As I begin thinking this way, I notice a shift in my attitude, and light entering my world.  I no longer feel suffocated, but instead enlightened. I decided to brush a little Viva Precious Metal Colour Gold on the high points in my darkest areas of the tag to show how the light can spread.

To bring the "Stars Shine" message forward, I decided to gold foil my stars. This made them super shiny and reflective.  It helped them become the focus or "Star" on the tag.   

I share lots of techniques and "bright ideas"  in this short 15 min video

Wasn't that fun to watch? Here is the finished tag:

Stars Shine Tag by Tonya Gibbs for Yvonne Blair Designs

I hope I have inspired you today to reach into those scraps,  pull out a few hoarded supplies and create a tag.   I like to hang these tags on the wall in my studio, and I also like to share these with other crafter buddies as I meet them.  

Do you have a favorite way to "de-stash" your scraps or hoarded items?  I would love to hear your ideas in the comments below.   Thanks for stopping in today,