Thursday, December 1, 2016

An Experiment by Lynne Forsythe

You will love this from Lynne!
I know I love getting knew products and getting to play and experiment.
I love the way Lynne's art is so geared towards nature and texture!

I sure do!
I LOVE exploring how they work and interact with other products.
As I spoke about in my last post
I received a package of the
NEW Ken Oliver Crafts ~ Color Burst
Moroccan Shades
I knew that due to the nature of the product
layering mediums onto of them can be tricky
so I set out to see how it would work!

I began my creation by layering on a bit of White Stucco
with my palette knife. 
I then used a Catalyst Wedge and ran it through the stucco
to create more depth and texture.
When dry I applied the Color Burst
Burnt Umber
Cadmium Scarlet

When dry, I applied a layer of Multi Medium Matte
quickly and thickly.
I then applied a bit of gesso with a palette knife.
NOTE: the thick layer of MMM worked AWESOMELY
as there was no bleed through the gesso.

One of my favorite elements in my piece is the
Wild Rose colored with
Cerulean Blue
Cadmium Scarlet
with a touch of Gamboge.
FINISHED off with just two words

I use this stamp set A LOT you see all those AMAZING

Lately, I've been integrating a lot of nature in my pieces
this one is no exception!

Birch Bark and Sticks

Here are two more of my creations....
from my experiments!

 I used
from the same collection of stamps and the

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

She was tired...Lisa Gregory

 Beautiful and thought provoking! Thanks Lisa for this amazing inspiration! 

This month, with Fall in the air, I was inspired to do a layout that was rustic and fresh and crisp with the smell of burning leaves in the air....BUT..I am in Florida..So I can only dream. And that is the beauty of Art. You can always dream. I used one of Yvonne Blairs stamps for this layout. The sentiment was perfect. My daughter was leaving for college and growing a new set of wings. We just let her fly. So she packed her bags and flew 3000 miles away to the other side of the country. She Was Tired was the perfect stamp as it echoed how she was feeling when she left for school and a new adventure,
To create the base to my layout, I used corrugated cardboard in 2 layers for the base. For the top layer, I peeled back and distressed the paper. Spritzing it with water helps with the process.

I stamped the sentiment on a piece of paper from the same collection I used to create the entire layout. I used a brown ink and then cut the sentiment in strips. I inked the edges of the strips, then adhered it to my layout.

All of the flowers on this layout were created from various dies in my stash. Prima, Sizzix, LaLa land Craft, and Spellbinders are some of the brands I used. I also used a Sun McGill punch for my flower middles. I layered about 6 pieces for each middle to make them look like dried up thistle flower pods.

The frame was created from 2 different Sizzix dies. I just layered them to make it a bit dimensional. I cut a base from corrugated cardboard then cut the same 2 designs with paper. I adhered the paper to the cardboard then layered the 2 pieces and inked the edges.  This created a dimensional frame.

 Here is a closeup of some of the flowers. I spayed them with Lindy's Stamp Gang Spray and inked everything on the layout using Tim Holtz Distress ink. I love that the ink is water soluble and will spread if wet. It worked beautifully on this layout.

Thank you for joining me this month and allowing me to share another piece of my he(art)...

Impression Obsession stamp by Yvonne Blair

Monday, November 21, 2016

Imagine The Possibilities - Doodle Wreath by Tonya Gibbs

Need some fun card ideas??? 
You will love these from Tonya! 
Thanks for sharing your inspiration!!!

Doodle Wreath by Tonya GIbbs for Yvonne Blair Designs

Oh imagine the possibilities when you say I'll try instead of I can't.  Well today I have a fun little project for you to try.  A little doodle art.  I'm using these great stamps from Yvonne Blair, to finish off my project, to create the perfect card!

Everyday Holds

These little doodle projects are easy to do and I find them very therapeutic.  You can easily complete one in a matter of minutes, and look at how fabulous they look on cards. 

Doodle Wreath by Tonya GIbbs for Yvonne Blair Designs

You can keep them black and white or watercolor them like I did here to give them more interest.  The possibilities are endless.  I think these little guys would be fabulous on Christmas cards, Birthday cards, and even Holiday Tags.    If you only filled in part of the circle they would even be interesting.  

Here is the inside of the card:

Doodle Wreath by Tonya GIbbs for Yvonne Blair Designs

Here is a quick video to show you how it is done.

Wasn't that easy as pie?   Ok I want to start seeing the internet filled with doodle wreaths.  If you decide to do one, make sure you #YBArtGirlFun  in social media so I can see what you did! 

Thanks for stopping in today.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

A Sunday Funday with Lynne Forsythe!

I think this tag that Lynne made is SO needed right now!
It truly made me stop and rethink what I was allowing into my world!
I hope you enjoy! I know I did!!! hehehe.

I was SOOOO EXCITED when I arrived home
Saturday to find a package in my mailbox from
Scrapbooks by the Sea in Myrtle Beach.
In it was a package of
Ken Oliver Crafts NEW Color Burst
Rich Moroccan Shades.
I patiently waited for
 Sunday afternoon to roll around....
So I could pull those bad boys out!!

For my project today....
I used my 'TOVER tag!
from my playing....
It had leftover mediums that I stenciled on it.
I used it to sop up extra colors that found themselves
on my Kraft Mat.

I added additional color to my tag in a wash form.
I was having soooo MUCH fun with the
Color Burst, I pulled out a few packages
of Petaloo's DIY blooms....
and continued coloring!

I stapled on several pieces of mesh and
a strip of metallic ribbon.

Next, I pulled out my box of
and found this little darling....
It's up to you

It was too big to fit onto my tag as a whole image
so I needed to cut it apart.....but the design of the
stamp made that difficult....
SO, I had to get a bit creative.

I applied ink to the top and bottom lines of the stamp and
using a paper stump and or Qtip
I cleaned ink off of the
center line and stamped onto my vintage lined paper.

I then stamped with my stamp, of to the side
 until there was no ink left on it,
then I applied ink to the center line and
cleaned off the top and bottom lines and stamped.

I then cut apart my verbage!

I adhered it to my tag with Multi Medium Matte.


I hope you have enjoyed my Sunday Funday project!!

Friday, November 11, 2016

Giving Thanks by Lisa Gregory

The celebration of Thanksgiving is, in general, a feast to give thanks for the fruits of the previous harvest. We take this time to reflect what we are thankful for. This year, for the American Heart Walk, to raise money, I baked New York Style Crumbcakes. Donating is my way of giving thanks, to the research of heart disease. But how about baking a batch to bring to a gathering! To add a special touch, I created tags for the wrappers and added the perfect touch. A message of thanks, stamped with the "Thanks so much" stamp which is included in Card Sentiment stamp set. The various stamps are perfect for cards and tags, but can also be used in any of your projects. I am also thankful for the opportunity Yvonne has given me to be a part of Art Girls and create with her designs. 

I stamped the "Thanks so much" stamp on thin strips of vellum. Then I just cut the strips apart. This was quick and easy since I had 2 dozen to create. I used black Archival ink. I used a tape runner to adhere them to the tags.

I used a die cut for the tags and leaves, then used traditional Autumn colors for the leaves. The tags are just plain chipboard to match the natural cupcake holders used to bake the mini cakes. I placed each cake in a decorative cellophane wrapper and tied it with twine and jute along with a tag, for a natural look.

I packed all of my cakes in the bottom of an empty pizza box to take them to the bake sale at the hospital. Needless to say, each and every one was sold...And everyone commented about the presentation.

Thank you for joining  me and allowing me to share my latest project. I hope you give the Card Sentiments set a try. There are so many possibilities with the 10 individual stamps included in the set. I just showed you 1...

Friday, November 4, 2016

Tovers with Lynne Forsythe

Recently, I attended a scrappy weekend, 
more as a teacher than a participant!
I had spent the entire week leading up to the event,
finalizing class instructions, kitting and creating videos.
But when it came time to pack my stuff
for my free time.....I had minutes!
So, I grabbed my favorite bag and began
putting random items in the bag.....

When I finally had free time....
I pulled out my bag to see what I had brought with me.
There it was.....a pile of 'TOVERS
a lot of pieces parts of paper, texture and textiles.
I grabbed my Art Journal and a jar of Multi Medium
and let the adhering begin!

....and that was as far as I got!
I packed up my canvas bag and headed home.

When the opportunity arose, I pulled out my journal
and pondered my next step.
I wanted to bring a cohesiveness to my page
so I had a WHAT IF? moment and decided
to create a 50/50 mixture of
Perfect Glaze Medium and White Gesso.
Can I just say......I LOVED THE RESULT.
The feeling of gesso with the transparency and attributes of glaze!

I have been thinkin' about my supply of Gelatos for some time
and thought this would be the
PERFECT time to pull them out!

I then pulled out various Polishing Plaster and Stencils to add more texture.

I felt my pages needed a bit of toning down so I pulled out
more Gesso and a palette knife and proceeded to smear gesso around.
I spritzed with a bit of water to get
the gesso to flow into the crevices!

Here is my end product....

WHAT better way to finish of a journal page then with a
some SMASHING verbage!!

Yvonne Blair Designs/Impression Obsession stamp!

I chose to stamp randomly on my journal pages and
then onto the backside of a piece of Flute! 

Things I learned:the 50/50 mixture of Gesso and Glaze was AWESOME.
It had a "feel" to it while allowing the
gesso to be transparent!
I think it also helped with the movement
of the Gelatos!

Wetting freshly applied Big Brush colors
creates a GORGEOUS watercolor~esque look!

....until next time's a GREAT thought Diverter!