Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Koi and Kanji Wall Hangings

Hello everyone!  Remember the gorgeous collage paper that Art Neko created based on one of my cards?  I’ve used that sakura collage paper on this trio of wall hangings to share with you.  I stamped an assortment of koi and kanji on each of the three pieces.
I started by cutting out the Spring Summer Collage Sheet with scissors.  I trimmed each one to fit onto the ATC Masonite Blanks from B-Muse.  Next, I stamped the 3 Bold Koi and the kanji on each piece with a dark blue ink.  Then I glued the stamped collage sheets down onto the ATC Masonite Blanks, being careful not to get any wrinkles or bubbles in the paper as I pressed it down.
For the hangers, I glued them on with some liquid glue to the back of each piece.  I set some heavy blocks on them and let them dry overnight.  These are ready to hang up in my studio as soon as I finish hammering some nails into the wall.  I still have 6 ATC collage pieces left from the sheet, so I’ll be making more projects with those soon.  You can stamp anything you want on these collage sheets, and I’m looking forward to seeing all the different possibilities.

Items used on my project today:

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Spitfire Dad card

Are you ready for Father's Day? With the fabulous new Dads and Grads release from Frantic Stamper, I've got my card ready to go. :-)
I started by sprinkling some Navy and Royal blue Infusions powders onto some white cardstock and then I misted that with some water. After it dried, I glued a strip of blue cardstock across the piece. Then I cut it out with the Deckled Squares die (10105). LOVE these deckled squares!! They are great for masculine cards.
For the airplane, I used the awesome Spitfire die (09490) and cut it out from scrap cardstock. I went over the whole thing with Autumn Bronze gilding wax and buffed it to a nice shine. This gilding wax makes these planes look like real vintage metal - so cool! I cut out this Spitfire again from blue cardstock and glued it behind my "metal" plane so that the blue would show up in the holes.
I used the same gilding wax on the die cut letters. These letters were cut from Frantic Stamper's Mattie Thin Upper Alphabet set (09261). After I buffed the wax on these letters, I glued them down onto the small blue strip.

Products I used from Frantic Stamper:

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Peony in Pencil

Hi everyone!  Have you been enjoying your Saturday?  We got up early and planted a bunch of tomatoes and bell peppers and banana peppers today.  That wind is just killer today - it kept trying to knock us over!  After we ate some lunch, I spent the afternoon playing in my studio.

I just got some new stamps from Power Poppy and I wanted to try my pencil coloring on one of these gorgeous peony stamps.  I stamped the smaller peony from the Peony Muse set along with some of the leaves using London Fog Memento ink (a soft gray color).  Because I knew I wanted to color these with pencils, I stamped them onto some Canson drawing paper.  It actually took me several days to color this flower and the leaves.  I worked in short intervals of 10 to 15 minutes at a time so my hand and fingers wouldn't cramp up.  I used Prismacolor Premier pencils and I applied the lessons learned from Kit and Clowder to shade and highlight everything.

Power Poppy just came out with dies to go with their newest release of stamps, so of course, I just HAD to get the matching dies when I ordered the stamps.  I cut these out with the dies and I am THRILLED!  Fussy cutting is not my forte, so I am ecstatic that Marcella will have matching dies for her stamps!  Yay!!

I just happened to notice that they have a fun new challenge up on the Power Poppy blog for April.  They have three sketches, so I picked Sketch #2 and found some papers to go with my colored flower.  I stamped the sentiment from the new Loving Tulips set (which is on backorder right now - proof of how popular this is!!) on the notepaper layer.  This turned out rather cute!  :-)

Enjoy your weekend!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Vintage Flower Box

Hi everyone!  Today I'm sharing a handmade box that I created for Art Neko.  Art Neko actually sells several different kinds of boxes in their store, and I used this Hinged Pine Box with Magnetic Closure today.  I stained it with a vintage oak stain and let it dry, and then I stained it again for a deeper coverage.  Once it was completely dry, I rubbed some Antique Bronze gilding wax over the box and buffed it with a soft cloth.

To decorate the top of the box, I used this gorgeous floral scene from the Antique Seed Catalogs collage sheet at B-Muse.  There are TONS of gorgeous collage sheets over there - go check them out!  Seriously, they are stunning!  The best part is they are already colored, so all you have to do is cut em out and glue em down on your project.  :-)  

That's what I did with this one.  I cut out this sweet floral scene and glued it to a dark brown mat.  I then glued this piece down on my box, leaving some room on the side for a handmade flower bouquet.  I simply tied the bouquet with some linen thread and glued it down onto the box.

This will be perfect to give to my mom for her earrings and bracelets.  She loves antiques, and this will fit right in with all her vintage items.  :-)

Sunday, March 26, 2017

CAS422 Spritzed Butterflies

This week's CAS422 challenge is "Things with Wings."  I saw this gorgeous Northwoods stamp in my stash, so I pulled it out and dusted it off for this challenge.  :-)  I stamped it with plum ink and then sprayed it with water before the ink was completely dry.  I love the mottled and ink-stained look of the weeds and butterflies.

I added the Hello cut from plum cardstock and glued this piece to a plum mat.  This was adhered to a white card that was sponged with plum ink all around the edges.  This is the perfect clean and simple card to pop in the mail.  You could even change the sentiment to fit whatever kind of card you need - sympathy, thank you, birthday, or just because.  :-)

Check out the CAS challenges over on Splitcoaststampers and play along with us this week!  

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Friends and Wild Roses

Howdy!  Today I'm sharing a card I made for Frantic Stamper. Did you fall in love with Fran's feminine dies that she released last month? I know I did. This is one of the cards I made using some of those dies.

I cut out the gorgeous new Wild Rose Corner from white cardstock and colored in all the leaves with Copic markers (listed below). I cut the flowers from patterned paper and glued them onto the corner pieces that I colored, and then I added pearls to the centers.

The sentiment was stamped and then I cut it out with the new Nested Double Ended Tags. I cut out a larger tag from green cardstock to go behind my sentiment. More pearls were added to the tags as well as to the corners of my card.

Here are the supplies from Frantic Stamper that I've used on this card:

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

ATC Butterfly Fairy

Hi everyone!  I am here bright and early this morning to share this fun mixed media Butterfly Fairy ATC with you today.  An ATC is an acronymn for Artist Trading Card, and they typically measure 2.5 inches by 3.5 inches.  They are miniature works of art and many people like to trade them with other ATC artists.
Did you know that Art Neko recently bought the B-Muse store?  There are lots of fabulous items in the B-Muse store, such as collage sheets, ATC supplies, dominoes, and other ephemera?  I’ve used several of those B-Muse items on this ATC today.
I began working on this ATC by painting a sheet of ATC watercolor paper with some Raw Sienna Daniel Smith watercolor paint.  I love that warm brownish/orange-y/yellowish quality of this color.  While that was drying, I cut out these fabulous wings from the Fantasy Wings collage sheet from B-Muse.  The colors on these particular wings coordinate beautifully with my painted background.
This collage sheet was printed on Premium Laser Paper, but you have so many options with the collage sheets from B-Muse.  You can order them printed on canvas, vellum, fabric paper, transparencies, and laser paper.  The canvas collage sheets are gorgeous – they look and feel just like a real painting!

Once my watercolored piece was dry, I adhered it to an ATC Chipboard blank (pictured above).  This provides a wonderful sturdy backing for my painted watercolor background.  I sponged the edges with some Brushed Corduroy distress ink for that aged look.
My next step was to get my fairy ready.  I stamped the Dreaming Fairy from the A145 Fairies and Seasons sheet with Rich Cocoa Memento ink onto some white cardstock.  After I colored her with Copic markers, I cut her out, making sure I cut the stamped wings off.  Once I determined the placement of the collage wings and the fairy, I glued them down onto the prepared ATC.  I added the stamped sentiment on the side – it says “Be yourself.”  This sentiment is also from the A145 Fairies and Seasons sheet.
I loved creating my own custom fairy by pairing a stamped figurine with the wings from the collage sheet.  I have plenty of other wings left on the collage sheet, so I can make all kinds of fairies and other winged creatures.
Check out all the great items in the B-Muse shop and jump-start your creativity.  The collage sheets are gorgeous, and I love the ATC supplies (both the watercolor sheets and the chipboard blanks).  I have a few other supplies from B-Muse that I’m playing with, and I’ll share those with you soon.