Thursday, March 5, 2015

Inspiration Wednesday 2015 Week One






I have always loved watching Donna Downey's Inspiration Wednesday, and was happy to see she had started them again after a one year break. The lessons, however, come at a cost... a membership fee of $35.00 for a full year of videos... and I feel, well worth the price.

This is my first completed project in my new inspiration journal. Happy place!!!

Thank you for stopping by!
Linda

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Curiosity Frame & Bird Pocket Card w/Tag






This pocket card and tag are created using the darker papers from the Kaisercraft Curiosity collection pack. The frame was cut from one of the 3"x4" cards on the "Unusual" sheet and backed with a snippet cut off the "One of a Kind" enameled sheet. I cut the bird from there also. The double doilies were cut with the Sizzix Vintage Doily - the larger of the two dies. The flowers are by Prima and I Am Roses. 

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Linda

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Experiment with Bead Gel







Am linking up today at: 
I love seeing what everyone is creating over there and am always inspired.

My art journal page was an experiment with Golden's Bead Gel. This was my first try, and I wasn't aware that the inks I was using wouldn't give that intense color I was trying for.

I started with a coat of gesso on my page. I added the letters to spell TRUST one at a time with bead gel drying between each application. Next came the fruit cluster Kaisercraft sticker, that I covered with clear gesso, some tissue tape and scraps of old book paper. I topped those with Golden Light Molding Paste using C W Harlequin stencil. I layered on several inks From Lindy's -  Starbursts: Whale Watch Blue and Tibetan Poppy Teal; Flat Fabios: Aloha Avocado and Pineapple Paradise. This is at the point I gave up and went to bed, hoping that in the morning the inks would have soaked into the bead gel producing a gorgeous, rich color. Silly me. They were still a rather pale hue... pretty but not what I wanted. I mixed up some Golden Heavy Body Teal and Satin Acrylic Glazing Liquid, brushed it on the letters and waited a minute before removing the excess with a baby wipe. I liked this color much better but I lost the glossy look of the beads - a small price to pay. Now I added some stamping, ink and gesso splatters, and charcoal highlighting. Another step in the journey.

Thank you for stopping by!
Linda


Friday, February 27, 2015

Curiosity Pocket Card w/Tag

 








My love for pocket cards has not diminished over the last seven months. If anything, it has grown. This one is made with Kaisercraft's Curiosity collection from last year. I've purchased very few new papers lately, but have unlimited amounts of the older collections I was hoarding. This is one of those favorites I was planning on keeping forever... until I ran out of room.

The doilies were cut using Alterations Distressed Doily. The florals are flowers from Petaloo and I Am Roses teamed with die cuts from Alterations Spring Greenery Decorative Strip and the new Thinlets Holiday Greens. The wood butterflies are from Prima. I used Vintage Photo Distress Ink on the butterflies and on the card edges. I combined the Vintage Photo with Mowed Lawn and Forest Moss D I to color the seam binding for my bow. There's a bit of Ranger's Copper Liquid Pearls in the left corner.

Thank you for stopping by!
Linda

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Forever Family Photo Album Pages









 An old photo from Christmas in 1966 is the focus of my pages. 
The papers are snippets from my box of Christmas scraps... perhaps Kaisercraft. The inks are Evergreen Bough, Chipped Sapphire and Tumbled Glass Distress. The Forever die cut is from Tim Holtz new Thinlets set. I used some copper mica flakes here and there with a bit of Waterfall Stickles to sparkle things up.
Thank you for stopping by!
Linda

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Stationer's Desk Family Photo Album Re-Do





 After looking at this album for months, I felt it was time
to make a couple of changes. I've always been a fan of multiple flowers on my projects and this one just wasn't up to my standards. Not a huge difference, but more to my liking. If you'd care to see the original, you can find it here.
The additional flowers and skeleton leaves are from I Am Roses.
I also added some Liquid Pearls in Pewter. I've bought several bottles of these treasures lately, mostly in metallic-type colors. Being somewhat out of practice, I'll need to work with these to get a more perfect pearl shape. 
After a tragic event in our family, I believe I have a spark
of creativity back in my heart. Hopefully I can share what comes of it with you once again.
The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them who trust in him. Nahum 1:7

Thank you for stopping by!
It's so nice to talk to you again.
Linda


Wednesday, July 2, 2014

One Touch Of Nature Tag

 

What I thought would be
a simple tag, turned out to be a two day affair. Sometimes I just can't get a project worked out. This is not what I started out to create, although I rather like the end result.


I began by cutting a tag
from 7 Dots Studio Nature Walk "Songbird", brushed on a thin coat of gesso at the bottom of the tag and when it was dry, dragged it though Tumbled Glass and Peeled Paint Distress Ink that I rubbed onto my craft mat and misted with water. Now more ink (the two previous ones plus Bundled Sage) sponged on through my Tim Holtz Burlap layering stencil. I edged the tag with Frayed Burlap DI after first sanding it a little where I applied the gesso. The next three layers are Idea-ology Wallflower papers cut with Alterations Frameworks Courtyard, Vintage Cabinet Card Mini (cut in half), and Mini Hearts. That stack is topped with an old K & Co. 3-D sticker.
The florals began with
two pieces of Recollections kraft cardstock cut with Alterations Mini Branch and inked with Frayed Burlap DI. I popped those up with foam mounting tape then added a variety of I Am Roses flowers. I sponged on a bit of Bundled Sage DI to the pale green rose. The leaves are more of the Wallflower paper that I stamped using Frayed Burlap DI and Stampers Anonymous Nature Walk. These I shaped with a paint brush handle before gluing down. I colored the seam binding with the Bundled Sage and Frayed Burlap DI. The wide eyelet is from We R Memory Keepers. I'm beginning to think I should have put some seam binding through it, too, but right now I want to start on something else.


Thanks for stopping by!
Linda
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