Soar Tags

For my project today I was inspired by Tim Holtz’s March tag from 2015. I really loved working on these tags! So much fun getting in some crafty time and getting messy! 😀 I used different techniques products for the 2 backgrounds and altered my chipboard balloons using 2 different methods. For the tag on the left, I used Distress Stains and blotted my tag into the color on my non stick craft mat. For the tag on the right, I used distress paints and dragged the tag through the color, making sure I got good coverage for the base. I then used stazon ink in black and stamped light touches of the CE text stamp and brick, though most of that got covered by the time I was done. lol In TH’s example, he uses black ink and clear embossing powder for his stamped image, but wouldn’t you know my black ink ran out and I didn’t have a refill available, so I swiped my tags with a dryer sheet to help prevent stray bits of embossing powder from clinging to my background and used Versamark clear in with black embossing powder. I then used the same Steampunk Hot Air Balloon Stamp for both tags. I slipped on the tag on the left, as you can see, I smeared the image, but got it crisp on the one on the right. lol I used the same method for stenciling on both tags and just taped the tag to the back of the stencil to keep it from slipping and worked around the image rather than creating a mask. I immediately covered the modeling paste with embossing powder and set aside to allow it to dry fully before activating the embossing powder with a heat gun.

soar

Though the 2 chipboard hot air balloons were both heat embossed, I altered them differently. For the one on the left, I used a versamark clear reinker and squeezed out a couple of drops onto my craft mat. I then dipped a paint brush into it and applied it to the areas I wanted purple, sprinkled it with the appropriate embossing powder and heat embossed that portion. Then coated the remaining portion lightly in gesso, applied the ink that part, and sprinkled it with a yellow embossing powder and heated that. For the one on the right, I coated the entire piece lightly with gesso, then colored the details with PITT markers, then used clear embossing powder on the whole piece to give it shine.

 

soar close up 1

 

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This pic just show s a bit of the stamping that got layered over:

soar close up 2

 

Hope you enjoyed my TH inspired project! Here are the fabulous CE products I got to play with on my project:

steampunk-hot-air-balloon-92-600x600steampunk ger mini hot air balloon-800x800steampunk-hot-air-balloon-stamp-410-600x600distressed-text-stamp-530-600x600distressed-brick-stamp-639-600x600

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You Light Up My World – layout for Creative Embellishments

Wow! I cannot believe it’s November already! October just flew by and the kids had a blast trick-or-treating. 😀 Anyway, a new month means a new challenge at Creative Embellishments and this month, Nicolle has selected a gorgeous inspiration photo with a theme of gratitude or thankfulness. Use the image any way it inspires you, just be sure to include a sentiment, journaling, title etc that reflects this month’s theme in honor of Thanksgiving. The challenge is open to everyone, everywhere and you can choose to create a card, tag, layout, canvas, mini-album, altered piece…anything your heart desires. 😀

For my take on the challenge, I created a layout of my kids in their costumes from last year. They were getting ready to go trick-or-treating in their grandmother’s neighborhood and got tired of posing for pics. Christian was getting distracted and kept watching other people, cars going, by…anything BUT the camera. lol Alex decided to take a breather by resting his weary arms on M&M’s heads. Nice huh? Anyway, I liked how these pics showed their camaraderie and silliness so I chose these pics to show what I’m thankful for. I adore how much they love one another and they, along with Larry, truly are the light in my life.

I combined my dt challenge with the current sketch and title prompt (lyrics from What Makes You Beautiful by One Direction) at Scrap and Music. Here’s what I came up with:

You Light up my World

Here’s a close up of the cluster at the top of my page. I altered the leaves using acrylic paint and used chalk ink to bring out the intricate design on the heart piece:

You Light Up My World detail 1

This close up shows the other 2 clusters towards the bottom of my page:

You Light Up My World detail 2

Materials:

Creative Embellishments Hearts Wood Cuts
CE Autumn Leaves Wood Cuts
CE chipboard Pumpkin Border
Webster’s Pages Family Traditions papers
Elle’s Studio cut out
Pink Paislee cushies alphas
Prima mask and chalk ink
Modeling paste
acrylic paint

The CE November challenge inspiration photo:

nov ce challenge

Scrap and Music sketch (use along w/lyrics from What Makes You Beautiful by One Direction for your title):

Sketch #13_Janice

Be sure to check out the Creative Embellishments Halloween sale! All Halloween themed items are 20% off storewide NOW through Sunday, November 3rd at midnight eastern. TFL!

S.W.A.T. Red White and Blue Blog Hop

Welcome to the first
S.W.A.T Design Team Blog Hop!

Today S.W.A.T is welcoming the new design team with a Blog Hop & Challenge. I’m so excited to finally be able to announce that I’m now a part of this talented group of ladies and look forward to sharing projects and new techniques with you! 😀 If you are not joining us from the S.W.A.T. blog, please CLICK HERE to begin the hop.

For our first challenge we were given this color palette:

Here’s my example for the challenge:

Materials:

Little Yellow Bicycle Saturdays papers, stickers, chipboard, overlay, pins, tickets
Webster’s Pages trims (Yacht Club, All About Me and Spring Market)
Prima masks
Modeling paste
Golden course pumice gel
Lindy’s Stamp Gang Magicals
Distress Ink

So now its up to you to create something using the colors Red White & Blue and link it up at S.W.A.T for a chance to win this pretty, Pink Paislee prize pack.

All entries must be received by July 28th 11:59PM EST

My CLUE WORD is: FIREWORKS

Now remember the rules for playing! You MUST be a follower of each S.W.A.T Girl’s blog and leave a comment on each blog
You MUST also be a follower of the S.W.A.T blog.
You must email your quote answer to: swatscrappygirl@gmail by Monday July 1st at 11:59PM EST for a chance to win one of the highly coveted, completely sold out, warehouse box kits by Webster’s Pages, which was generously donated to S.W.A.T for our hop by Brandin O’neill (I just adore this woman!).

This kit has a retail value of $131 and is filled with 25 sheets of their fabulous papers (there’s even 6 sheets of their mid-season release, Citrus Squeeze), 2 book markers, 14 sparklers and/or whimsies, fabric tickets, quick picks, 3 sheets of stickers, a 6×6 perfect motif paper pad, pin block w/pins, a flower pack, 3 journaling card sets, 4 trim packs (which includes new releases!!!), 4 of their new washi tapes, and 12 new release mini bags from New Beginnings and Modern Romance! You can read more about this amazing kit here on their website: Warehouse Box Kit

***Added BONUS challenge from me:****

If you incorporate any type of masking or stenciling on your project, leave a comment on this post on my blog with a link to your project. One randomly chosen winner will receive this fun prize pack full of Creative Imaginations Studio Basics 101 summery goodies from me personally:

This kit includes 12 papers (2 each of 6 designs). 4 of the designs are single sided because they are glittered specialty papers. 2 of the designs are double sided papers. Also included: 12×12 sticker sheet, 5×12 sticker sheet, epoxy stickers and 1 packet of 69 diecuts. For your chance to win this great kit, don’t forget to complete the red, white and blue challenge and link it to the sidebar on the SWAT site by July 28th 11:59 pm EST, incorporate some type of masking or stenciling (store bought or homemade/improvised stenciling accepted) on you project. Then post a link to your project in the comments here! 😀

Now head on over to ***LISA’S BLOG*** and check out what she has in store for you! And just incase you get lost here is the lineup.

Alison Day

Becci Manies

Bev

Claude Campeau

Deborah Johnson

***you are here —> Doris Widder <— you are here***

Lisa Peeples

Michele Kosciolek

Nicole Laha

Nicolle Kramer

Venetia Holbrook

Lanette Erickson

Peace – Art Journal entry for Tracy’s July challenge

Nearly every Monday, Tracy Weinzapfel has a live show on Ustream (she also records the shows, if you want to go back and check them out), where she creates wonderful art journal pages, works on canvas or creates something unique. Unfortunately the last few months, I’ve only been able to catch about 25% of them live. Why’s that bad? Part of the fun is chatting with the fabulously funny Monday night crowd! 😀 Be sure to tune into the next show and join in on the fun! You can find her Facebook artist page HERE where she posts upcoming live shows.

Early in July, she threw down a challenge…a dare really…to create a project using your favorite color pallet AND include your personal “Word of the Year” on your project. And the option to add the quote she used on her example, which was, “once she stopped rushing through life, she was amazed how much more life she had time for…”

You can find all the details about the challenge HERE on her blog post. The current challenge ends tomorrow evening, but the fun new August challenge will be posted on her blog later today! 😀

Here’s my take on the July challenge:

My current art journal is a 9″ x 12″ Strathmore spiral pad (coil at the top) with 140 lb cold pressed Watercolor Paper.

The quote reads, “peace. It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. it means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.” The author is unknown.

Materials:

Decoupage Paste
gauze
gesso
acrylic paint
Dusty Attic chipboard
Prima script stamp
The Crafters Workshop template/stencil
modeling paste
Stazon ink