Altered Canvas – Helmar December Challenge

Most Monday nights, Tracy hosts a Ustream show for Helmar and demonstates the different Helmar products. During this process, she’s also sharing a bit of herself, her favorite techniques and we all have a blast. Her vivacious personality and creativity have been an major inspiration to me in 2011 and I’m sure will continue to push me out of my comfort zone in 2012. 😀 For the Helmar December sketch challenge, I decided to create a canvas…my first…using Melody Ross pp and chipboard, watercolor crayons, Tattered Angels glimmer mists and glimmer glam and a touch of acrylic paint, along with some Helmar Decoupage paste and a few dabs of 450 Quick Dry. It’s an adaptation of a no-photo layout I’ll be posting here tomorrow. Here’s what I came up with based on the December sketch:

To see the awesome sketch by Lydell Quinn that I used for inspiraiton, CLICK HERE.

TFL!

Wonder – dt work for Let’s Capture These Sketches

This is the layout I created for my dt work for Let’s Capture These Sketches. We got to work with a gorgeous sketch by Ness and I’m still LOVING the All About Me collection by Webster’s Pages, so I figured they’d be a perfect fit for what I had in mind. I replaced the frame from the sketch with two strips of bling (I took the All About Me dazzle me gems strip apart) and my journaling. Here’s what I came up with:

Materials:

Webster’s Pages All About Me papers
WP All About Me trim
WP All About Me Dazzle Me gems
WP All About Me Storyteller Alphas
Prima Reflections Antique Mirrors
ZVA Creative flower

Adhesives:

Helmar 450 Quick Dry
Helmar Quick Fix Adhesive Runner
Helmar Acid Free Glue
Helmar Clear Zap Dots
Helmar Gemstone Glue

Tools:

Martha Stewart 3 in 1 butterfly punch

Sketch #106 on Let’s Capture These Sketches created by Ness:

Hope you can play along! TFL!

Heart Canvas – Inspired by Tracy and Helmar USA

Just about every Monday night Helmar hosts a live Ustream class. Usually Tracy Weinzapfel hosts the show, but sometimes Jess (Kinderstamp) hosts as well. This last Monday Tracy shared a page with us from her art journal which inspired her to create a canvas piece and the class showed how to recreate it. CLICK HERE for the recorded show.

I’m always inspired by the Helmar classes and like to create a project based on the class, but usually add my own spin on things. Here’s my take on her canvas piece from the class:

Materials:

8″x10″ canvas board
acrylic paint
charcoal pencil
gesso
India Ink
lace trim from my stash
Prima flowers
Liquid Pearls

Adhesives:

Helmar 450 Quick Dry

Helmar 2 step crackle

I stuck pretty close to Tracy’s inspiring piece…what I changed was minimal. I chose a quote that spoke to me personally rather than using her words and did not add any rubons. Her version is handwritten using india ink and has the loops filled in with white acrylic ink. I wanted all of the words to really pop on mine rather than a single keyword, so I painted the words with white gesso (you could use white paint) and shadowed them using black india ink, intentionally capitalizing the first letter on a few chosen words and the enter word “heart.” The quote is from Helen Keller.

TFL!

Always Together – Sketchy Thursdays 9.15 sketch and ScrapFIT

Sketchy Thursdays has partnered up with ScrapFIT this week for their challenge! Simply combine sketch 9.15 from Sketchy Thursdays with the theme “Friendship” for twice the chance to win. Full details are on their blogs.

For my take on the sketch, I went with the fab Max and Mollie line by Nikki Sivils. I added some stitching to accentuate the sunrays that are part of the paper’s design, fussy cut a few details to layer (the sun and 2 of the flowers) and cut out the cutie Max and Mollie characters from the cut apart page. Then, all it needed was an MME (My Mind’s Eye) Stella and Rose journal spot, the packaging from some Prima bling and a little Cosmo Cricket sticker for the journaling area. 😀 The rhinestones are by Queen and Co. The journaling reads, “Just 13 mths apart, you two do everything together & are the best of friends. We were so worried you 2 would have trouble adjusting to being separated that we started Matthew in PreK early.” Here’s the layout I created based on the theme from ScrapFIT and sketch 9.15 from Sketchy Thursdays:

Adhesives:

Helmar Adhesive Runner
Helmar Acid Free Glue
Helmar Gemstone Glue

Tools:

EK Success border punch

TFL!

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