Saturday, January 18, 2014

CJS 2014 - Journal Cover (art journal)

Today I am uploading a picture of this journal cover I just finished.  I took advantage of a video tutorial from Creative Jump Start 2014.  The label is created using the Joint Compound idea from Dina Wakely ... that was a ton of fun!!  And I used joint compound on the whole book cover, then stamped it with a harlequin image.  Then I went to town with my Twinkling H2Os by Luminarte and a few acrylic paints.  The H2Os give it a great sparkle in real life that do not show up in this picture. 
Twinkling H2Os are one of my favourite products!   And there is a give away ... so I am totally crossing my fingers!!!
I used some grungeboard "hinges" (Ranger) that I painted dark brown and then covered with some rock candy crackle paint (Ranger).  The clock face and key hole images are from smARTworks (who I see are now closed).  You might also note a neat little addition ... snaps ... the ones you use to keep skirts closed. 
Well, off to play more in my art journal!

Favourite Art Project (art journal page)

There is so much going on at Creative Jump Start 2014 (CJS) that it is hard to keep up!
Today I am posting some pictures of my favourite art project of 2013.  It is an art journal page I made.  It uses a few favourite things, first, my stamps.  I started out with stamps and I love them so I try to use them as often as I can in my art journaling.  Some products that are also on this page is moulding paste (you can see that on this page I stamped my stamp into some moulding paste!) and varnish (which I used to stamp the same image using the varnish ... which acted like a resist as more layers went on).   
Here is a close up of the stamp pushed into the moulding paste.

And here is a close up where you can see the varnish resist image .. at the bottom left and a bit in the middle right.  It has the orange colour coming through which resisted the darker blues placed over top.

One of my all time favourite pages using some of my favourite tools and products!  So much fun.
Okay, off to make another page. 

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Creative Jump Start 2014 - Fly Away (Art Journal Page)

Here is another page I made using a Creative Jump Start 2014 video for inspiration.  This time, Julie Fei-Fan Balzer was encouraging us to use household items with gelli prints.  Well, I don't have a gelli plate nor the typical deli paper ... but I improvised.  The resulting paper I used to cut out these feathers and added them to a background. 
The background was made with Gelatos (Faber Castell), acrylic paints, rub-ons (Basic Grey), and spray (home-made). 
Tons of texture on those feathers because the paint I used to "gelli print" started to come off (had to put gel medium all over the top to keep the paint from flaking off) my faux deli paper!  LOL!  and then when I adhered it to the page with my Golden Gel Medium, it went all bumpy .. but I love the results!  Items found around my house used to create the "faux gelli print" included a paper tube, plastic fork, and a meat tenderizer rolling pin.  I also did some stamping on the "faux gelli print" with the paper tube and a text stamp. 

Having fun with CJS 2014 and it is definitely feeding my creative juices!

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Creative Jump Start 2014 - Fly (Art Journal Page)

HI!  I have signed up for Creative Jump Start 2014.  So far it has been lots of fun and very inspiring! 
The overall theme is using household objects in your art.  What fun!
In one of Natalie's first video's she encouraged us to use a very interesting household object to create cool texture ... like I did here!  Curious .. sign up for the course and find out what made this awesome design.
When making it, I used Liquitex Gesso spread over the entire page, then used the household object to create partial circles of awesome texture! 
Added home-made sprays and Gelatos for colour.  Then collaged a bit with some bits and pieces in my stash.  I really like how the bird turned out ... it is cut from grungeboard (Ranger) then painted with more Liquitex Gesso, then  stamped using more of the turquoise home-made spray.  The brad was rusted (followed France's technique) and then some white spray added to it and more of my turquoise home-made spray to look like patina. 

So much fun.  I have so much more to share. Stay tuned!

Friday, January 3, 2014

All is Calm (Journal Page)

Mixed Media Place has a challenge running where they want us to use the emotion "calm" and create with it.  The first thing I thought of is sitting in my living room early in the morning with all of the Christmas lights glowing softly.  It is so calm and soothing. 
So, here is the page that came from that feeling. Painted the background.  Stamped woodgrain image using darker paint.  Added wood panels (walls) with a home-made stencil and coloured modeling paste.  added more dark colours to the bottom corner then painted my tree branches.  Added "light bulbs" to the branches with their soft glow. 
Here is a close up of the glittery lights.

I added some journaling with a white gel pen to the bottom right page after taking the photos.
Off to create another page. 

Friday, December 27, 2013

Promise Me... (Journal Page)

Today's journal page features a Stampotique image.  I decided to play along with the Stampotique Designer's Challenge #128 - Anything Goes.  It is always easy to play along with such easy challenges. 
My page started out being totally covered by gloss varnish.  I wanted to see if having such a smooth surface would allow paint to move across it in an interesting way.  Turned out fun but not quite how I had imagined. 
I used black, white, and turquoise acrylic homemade sprays.  Then I added some red accents. I love this cute image available at Stampotique. 
Here is a close up of the awesome layers of paint on the background.
Off to create another art journal page.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Whatevers Round 2 -6 (Journal Page)

Hello.  I am back.  I have taken a VERY LONG vacation from uploading to this blog but now I am back.  And, as you will notice, I have shifted, yet again, my passion.  These days I have been dabbling in art journaling.  I love it and it allows me to work through and manage the stress of a busy life.  I still do some scrapbooking and the occasional card, but I will likely be posting about art journaling more than anything else.
Today, I am uploading this page I created for the Whatevers Round 2 #6.  If you have not heard about it you need to go check out Nat Kalbach's blog and read about it.  I think it is a lot of fun and have played along before but never uploaded until now. 
Had so much fun on this page.  Started out with splats of distress stains, added script stamping, then lemon zest ink spray from Dylusions. Added some modelling past over the Mini Tiny Circles stencil by Balzer Designs.  The stencil had leftover red ink on it which ended up making a cool colour pattern on the modelling paste!.  A bit of brown distress ink and some turquoise paint splatters finished off the background.
All of the additional paper embellishments are from a Kaiser Craft package called Tigerlilly.  I also added some strips of fabric that had white gesso added. 
Off to do another page.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Bottle You Up (Scrapbooking)

I was so inspired by Glitter Girl's adventure #62.  She challenged us to create a page that mixes product from several collections or manufacturers.  So, I pulled out my papers.  I started with that increadible floral paper from Crate Paper and used the colours from that to find my other papers.  They included the yellow paper from Lawn Fawn, the dark pink from My Minds Eye, the blue and grey paper from Lilly Bee (which didn't make the final cut but was replaced by a blue paper from BasicGrey), and the light pink gingham (which I do not know the manufacturer since this sheet was sent to me from a friend).  I had also pulled some green vellum but didn't end up using it.
Next, I looked for some embellishments and pulled some from the new Lucky Charm collection (American Crafts).  I am pointing to one of the mason jars but ended up using the other yellow one wiht the heart in it. 
Also used some of these cut apart journaling tags form Amy Tangerine's Yes Please collection. 

I picked an assortment of letters and ended up using the light pink from BasicGrey and the small turquoise from Lilly Bee. 

Here is my final page.  So much fun pulling it together.  And it was featured on the scrapbooking site: My Scrapbooking Art site that you can see HERE.  The post was about the mason jar trend ... guess this layout fits right in!

Here is a close up of the title and the cluster of embellishments.

Thanks for dropping by for a visit.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Nana and Papa (scrapbooking)

Today's layout is very special.  It is a layout that includes pictures of my brother and his wife with their first grandchild.  It is so precious for me to see!  I really struggle to call him "papa" but having fun with it since he is quite a bit older than I am! 
I am adding this layout to Glitter Girls challenge (at 2peas) to create a page using the things you are drawn to.  Well, any of you who know me know that I am totally addicted to beautiful designer paper.  I have so much of it!  Recently I purchased the new Yes, Please (Amy Tangerine for American Crafts), Lucky Charm (Dear Lizzy for American Crafts) and Maggie Holmes paper (by Crate Paper) paper packs and I am determined to use them and not hoard them like I usually do with my favourite papers.
So, here is a layout made with the first page from Yes, Please.  Look at all that colour!  Delish!!
Here is a close up of the butterflies - orange with a layer of vellum over top. And you can see the splatters of the orange twinkling H2Os that I added as well. More yum!

Thanks for dropping by!  Enjoy your day!

Saturday, March 16, 2013

My Buddy (scrapbooking)

Hello!  I have a new scrapbook page to share with you today! 
This page came together for a challenge from 2 peas.  Dear Lizzy challenged us to use a painted ombre technique.  If ombre is new to you, it means "dark to light" and is very popular right now in the scrapbooking world.  I love it! 
For my ombre, I pulled out my twinkling H2Os.  Love them.  I used watercolour paper and cut it into 4 strips.  Painted the colours being sure to make them dark at one end and light at the other.  This became the bottom portion of my layout.
Then I added my 3 black and white photos (isn't he the cutest!) and a whole bunch of black and white embellishments!  I really like that swirly flourish at the bottome - it is from the For the Record sticker sheet (Lilly Bee). 

 Why don't you give ombre a try?!  Either use one of the many products already out there with this effect (papers, stickers, tags, brads, etc.)... or create your own like I did!  If you do, I'd love to see it!  Leave me a link.
Thanks for dropping by,

Friday, March 8, 2013

So Damn Lucky (Scrapbook)

Another scrapbook page.  It is, obviously, about playing cards.  Love this background paper from Graphic 45.   Those are real little mini cards that I 'aged' by using alcohol inks.  Had to use those because the cards have that glossy coating.
All the suite shapes are stamped (small set from Studio g) and cut out. 
Fun, fun, fun!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Ski Bum Adventure (Scrapbook)

This page was started out by spraying some glitter mist over a home-made chevron mask onto this cloud backgroud paper.   The end results wer cool.  It even got published on THIS site
The page features my husband and son on their ski day.  I had planned to go too, but was sick.  I really like the colours - the blues, greens and a touch of pale orange. 
Thanks for dropping in.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

My 2peas Winnings!

Gotta love free stuff!  I won this awesome package from 2peas.  It was for participating in the CHA social.  I won for challenge #2.  Can hardly belive it .. I rarely win anything!
I am going to have FUN!!
Thanks 2peas!!

Downhill Tubing Fun (Scrapbooking)

Welcome back!  Here is another layout created based on Shimelle's Sketch 6
It was a perfect sketch for this event where I had a number of photos I wanted to include.
Remember how I am trying to not spend money but use what I have.  Well, I am always so tempted to purchase all the great labels that different companies sell.  But I don't and instead, I created my own labels that you see here using my circle and rectangle stamps from Papertrey Ink. 
This was a lot of fun to create! 
Thanks for visiting my small piece of the www

Chocolate Chips & Bacon (Scrapbooking)

Hello.  Using another one of Shimelle's sketches (sketch 5) as a starting poing in my scrapping.  This one was quite difficult for me and has taken me a while to finish.
As you can see, I stayed very true to the sketch.  I used this Basic Grey paper and because it is so busy (the browns) I decided to keep the rest fairly clean and simple.
The layout started with me making this ampersand. I love it! 
I also have another layout ready to post and will do that next.
Have a great sunday fully of scrappy goodness!!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Birds Eye View (Scrapbook)

Hello again!  Today I have a scrapbook page to show you that I love!  I don'tI usually love my pages and typically feel like my layouts look so 'novice' compared to the awesome Garden Girls and other great scrappers.  However, this project was so much fun and I think it turned out awesome in the end. 
It was made in response to Wilna Furstenburg' Mood to Scrap challenge to use the impasto paint technique.  This is a technique where you put paint on very thickly like you can see HERE.  I thought it was a real challenge .. which tends to inspire my creativity the most. 
I started out by stamping this Stupendous image onto watercolour paper.  Then I layered the paint on - thick!  It was so much fun!  I also did some watercolour painting on the rest of the page.  I also like how that turned out and might need to try that one again.
 I used my hobby knife to cut out parts of the painted image to slip my photos and some embellishments behind it.  I totally used the second layout in this Glitter Girl video seen HERE as my layout inspiration.   

What fun!  I love when there is a challenge that is really 'out there'!
See you again soon,
Thanks for visiting. 

Monday, February 25, 2013

Computer Genius (Scrapbook)

Welcome back!  Dropping in to share another layout.  I must say, I am enjoying getting back into scrapbooking SO MUCH!!  I am sleeping better at night too - which is always a bonus.
One of the scrapbookers who is really inspiring me is Shimelle.  This layout was made in response to her challenge - to use fabric on a layout.  See that apple print ... it is fabric!  The colours were perfect for this layout about my son building his own computer! 
I used my new Mr. Heuy's blue mist, so popular these days.  However, I've got to say, I am not keen on the all white background.  I tried it here ... and not all that happy with the final results. 

Thanks for dropping in.  Hope you get inspired a bit.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Enjoy Life (Scrapbooking)

Hello!  Nice to see you! 
Just thought I'd upload thic colourful layout I did of my DS.  Love this guy so much!
I really wanted to do something colourful.  And it was a great way to use up some of the millions of buttons I have lurking around here. 
Off to play in my art journal.  Having so much fun.  Maybe some day I'll be brave enough to share share a page here. :-)
Thanks for dropping in.
Donelda (P.S., I always add my name here because I am always so frustrated when I'm on a blog and can't find the blogger's name anywher!)

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Life is Better with Friends (Scrapbooking)

Hi everyone.  I've been scrapbooking again.  I can't tell you how happy I am to be back at scrapbooking.  And the creative outlet is so good for me!! 
Here is a page I made about my son's 13th birthday party and his friends.  The faces are blurred out as I don't have permission to share their images online.  Respect!
Did lots of distressing on this one. It just was required when using those papers!!

Papers are from the Industrial Park Collection by Scrap Within Reach (excellent boy papers!).

Stamps - finger pointer is from Purple Onion Designs, circles are from Boarders & Corners {Circles} from Papertrey Ink, Chinese Man is a stamp I made myself, small letters are from Simple Alphabet from Papertrey Ink. 

Title sticker is from the Note to Self element sticker page by Echo Park and the 'Don't Ever Forget' sticker is from the Alpha Sticker page from the same collection (again, great boy colours in this collection .. if only I had the papers!).  The numbers 1 and 3 are from bon bon coloured teensy type stickers by Doodlebug Design. 

Don't you just love my little chinese man??!!  He took a bit to carve but I think he turned out pretty good.  DS was pretty impressed so that means a lot.  It's a funny saying that he and his buddies say these days ... want to scrap it so he can remember it when he is older!
Thanks for dropping by for a visit.  Enjoy your day.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Scrapbook Starting Point with Shimelle - You Can Teach (Scrapbook)

Sorry!  I haven't been a very good blogger these days!  Life continues to be busy.  I continue to do what I can and keep this fun. 
Today I have another page that I created using one of Shimelle's starting points as a ... well, starting point.  You can see here blog post HERE.  This is the starting point that she wanted us to use. 
I have messed around with it a bit.  I have turned the whole thing 90 degrees and the red square is actually smaller than the vellum piece. 
In addition to using Shimelle's starting point, I also borrowed some inspiration from one of her guests - Corrie Jones, who did a great guest spot on Shimelle's blog talking about different ways to use mists.  One of her ideas was to use mists to paint.  I used some electric blue (Tattered Angeles) and Silver (Tattered Angels) to paing large stripes across a piece of white cardstock. 
The page is about me taking skiing lessons for the first time.  Yup, being 44 is not going to stop me from doing all kinds of things.  And I learned that you really can Teach an Old Dog New Tricks!!  LOL!!
I am off to link my page up on Shimelle's blog.  You should come and play too! 
Thanks for dropping by for a visit!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Scrapbooking Starting Point with Shimelle - You Rock (Scrapbooking)

I am a huge Shimelle fan (and a Glitter Girl fan too!).  I visit Shimelle's blog often and was excited to see she had a challenge up called Scrapbooking Starting Point.  She started with this basic layout and added her own photos, title, and embellishments.  She wanted us to start at this point in the process, forget what she did and just do our own thing!  Awesome idea!!
I had to give myself a few days break to actually forget what Shimelle did (or try to forget) so that I wouldn't just copy her overall finished result. 
In the end, I scrapped these photos of my son playing his guitar when we were camping.  I chose bright colours for my patterened papers (all BasicGrey)!  The arrow-like stamp ... that is one I created myself! 
While Shimelle always uses stickers for her title, I decided to go with stamps and used jibber jabber from Alley Way Stamps (stamped with Walnut Stain ink by Ranger).  I also used the ticket stamp from the Miss Caroline set by My Minds Eye (with Fired Brick ink by Ranger).  And see that brown circle with the embellishments - it is actually a postage circle stamp from French Country Postage by gel-a-tins.  I like it alot because it is not a perfect circle but has imperfectios. 
To finish the layout, I added a few blue heart brads to my 3 embellishment spots as well as a few green brads at the top right and bottom left corners.  I spattered on some Mr. Huey's Dark Calico color mist (that is becomming a favourite of mine!) and drew some brown lines around the edge of the cardstock to finish off the page.
So, if you are interested in scrapbooking and want some inspiration, you MUST visit Shimelle's blog! (and go see Glitter Girl at 2peas as well!!)
Thanks for dropping by.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

She Loves You (scrapbooking)

Hello and if you are returning, welcome back!
Today's layout is made for a challenge at 2peas - to use Christmas products on a non-Christmas page.  This was rather easy for me since I only own 1 Chrismas paper collection (Holly Jolly from My Minds Eye - a few years old) and had already pulled out the papers that could be used for everyday crafting! 
So, this layout uses all papers and tags from the Christmas line.  I added in buttons from my stash, letter stickers (My Little Shoe Box) and rub on letters (American Crafts).  Also, I want to use my stamps as much as possible on my layouts so I pulled out Flourished (Papertrey Ink) and stamped it using Walnut Stain ink (Ranger). 
A close up of the title.  You can also see where I sprinkled some Mister Huey's color mist (Dark Calico - Studio Calico) around the stamped images. 
So that was a real fun challenge. 
Thanks for dropping by.