Monday, September 01, 2014

September Rick St. Dennis Progressive Challenge

After a summer break, the Rick St. Dennis Progressive Challenge begins again today on the Rick St. Dennis Sparkle and Glitter EDT blog. The first month, which is September, features a theme and any Rick St. Dennis image is allowed as long as the theme is followed. For those who play along in the September Challenge, the free image will be given to them for the October round of the challenge. If you don't play in September, you will still be able to enter October's round, if you purchase the October image. This month our theme for the Progressive Challenge is Anything Goes with an RSD image.

I created a mixed media art journal page featuring Screaming Me! Me! who seems to depict exactly how I have been feeling lately. You know when you have too many screens open on your computer and it gives you that message about too many files open? Well, my head sometimes feels like there are too many files open and this is a fun way to remind myself to focus on one thing at a time. I coloured Me!Me! with Prismacolor pencils, fussy cut him, and matted him with black cardstock before placing foam dots on the back. I wanted him to really stand out from the page.

The background started with a gessoed double page spread to which I added scribbles of pink, orange, and yellow Neocolor II crayons. After activating the crayon with water, I let it dry and repeated the process. next I took gelatos in the same colours and deepened areas, spreading the colour with a dry finger. Red gelato was added to the outside edges followed by Black Soot Distress ink and Black Big Brush pen.

Pattern and texture was added with black gesso through TCW's Mini Netting stencil and with white gesso through TCW's Harlequin Circles stencil. Text was randomly stamped using Jet Black Archival ink. File folders were cut from manila cardstock, inked with Vintage Photo Distress ink, and labelled with a black pen Some were adhered fully open and others had foam dots inserted between the layers so that they would still appear open once folded. The word Focus was printed on a Dymo Labeller and added to one of the file folders. Me! Me! was adhered over the left pile of folders.

The large letters, Ransom Alpha Parts, were adhered to the top and side with Glossy Accents. An arrow was cut to create movement and white paint pen dots were added to both the arrow and the letters.

The other sentiment was computer generated onto cream cardstock which was then matted in black and popped up with foam tape. Drywall mesh was cut into chunks and added to both pages to add still more texture. In order to bring the blue colour over to the right hand page, Salty Ocean Distress ink was pounced through a stencil across the spread. To repeat the pink from Me!Me!'s mouth a button flower was threaded with white ribbon and added to the lower right corner. The final touches were some doodling with black pen and the addition of a zigzag border to one edge of each page.

I love the way that Screaming Me! Me! turned out and how he helped me turn frustrating feelings into a positive reminder...that makes me laugh. Rick's images inspire me and frequently spark an entire journal spread like this. To check out other fabulous projects from some of my talented EDT teamies, please pop over to the Sparkle and Glitter blog. We would love to see you play along in this month long Anything Goes challenge. There will be another set of EDT projects posted  on September 15 just to remind you to please join us.
I am entering this spread in the following challenges:
Anything But a Card ~ Use 5 (colours on BG, patterns from stencilling/stamping, peaks on border)
Through the Purple Haze ~ #56 Anything Goes
Hiding in my Craft Room ~ HIMCR#163 freestyle
Open-Minded Crafting ~ Office Supplies or Job Related (file folders)
Left of Center Creative Challenges ~ #43 LOC (creepy, dark)
Sweet Pea Stampers ~ Lots of Layers
Southern Girls Challenge ~ It's All about Texture

Life is good; so is art.

Back to School ~ CYP Challenge #229

Hi everyone! Happy Labour Day! For me, Labour Day used to be the dreaded day...the day before school started where there was a mix of excitement at a new school year as well as nervousness...because it was a new school year. Both as a student, and later a teacher, it marked the end of carefree, unscheduled lazy summer days and the beginning of new challenges, new learning experiences, new opportunities, and definitely routine. Now that I'm retired from teaching, it doesn't hold the same Our theme this week at Craft Your Passion Challenges is Back to School  and our sponsors are the Robin's Nest and 2 Cute Ink.

I chose to play with this 2 Cute image called Crayon Bear. I coloured him with Prismacolor pencils and cut the oval out with a Spellbinders die. The edge was darkened with Black Soot Distress ink and tiny letter stickers were added to the crayon. The image was matted with a scrap from Graphic 45's An ABC Primer collection and then popped up on foam tape.

The background began with a rectangle of black cardstock cut slightly smaller than the white card base. Three rectangles of Graphic 45 paper were cut to fit inside the black base leaving space between and on the edges. Another paper from the collection was cut with My Favorite Things Fishtail dies and adhered perpendicular to each other. A scrap from the background paper was cut into a narrow fishtail strip to layer vertical one.

A metal star was Glossy Accented over the place where the fishtails crossed and a Doodlebug heart tile was adhered to the heart. The wording was created on the computer, matted in black, and popped up on foam tape. The #2 tile is also from Doodlebug. Three tiny enamel dots were added to the left of the wording and a rounded corner cut from the black was added to the top right of the card.

Thanks for joining Bear and me today. it makes us happy campers. When you get a chance, pop over to the Craft Your Passion Challenges blog to see the fun Back to School creations by the rest of my talented teamies. We would love to have you play along with us. If you are heading back to school or have kids who are, I hope that the year gets off to a wonderful positive start.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
Sentimental Sundays ~ #222 Back to School
Kitty Bee Designs ~ #31 School
Sweet 7 Challenges ~ #3 Back to School
Wags 'n Whiskers ~ #136 Back to School
Cute Card Thursday ~ #336 Anything Goes
MilkCoffee Challenge ~ Back to School

Life is good; so is art. (so is retirement)

Birthday princess ~ TEW Challenge #14

Holy Toledo Mosquito! I have three posts today...hope you don't get sick of me. Since it it the first of a new month, The East Wind Freebie Challenge begins today. That's the one where the entire DT uses the same image that is free to subscribers of the newsletter. Our image this month is Baby Aurora: Birthday Princess and she is sweet!

I coloured Baby Aurora with Prismacolor pencils and cut her out with a Spellbinders Labels One die, darkening the outside edge with Tumbled Glass Distress ink. It was then matted with black cardstock and popped up on foam tape. Red gems were added to her lovely crown and the word princess was spelled out in letter stickers.

The background began with Mary Engelbreit paper which suited the theme beautifully. It was matted in black cardstock and adhered to a white card base. Red gems and black half pearls were added to the design for sparkle and dimension. I had auditioned several other embellies before settling on these but they all detracted from the background and image. A scalloped border was punched from black and adhered below the large crowns in the center of the design. This added interest and visual weight, as well as tying the center into the top and bottom black bands, therby moving the eye through the card.

The sentiment from Create With TLC was printed on white cardstock, cut with Spellbinder's Dec Mega rectangles Large die, and matted in black. It was then popped up with two layers of foam tape to elevate it above the image.

Thanks for joining Aurora and me today. Your fine company is always appreciated. When you get a chance, stop over at The East Wind blog to see the fabulous renditions of this sweet image by my talented teammates. We would love to see you play along with our Birthday Princess challenge at The East Wind whether you use the freebie or not. Hope to see you there!

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
613 Avenue Create ~ #87 Anything Goes
Robyn's Fetish ~ #227 Use a Digi
Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge ~ #44 Anything Goes
Brown Sugar ~ #109 Anything Goes
Creative Corner ~ Anything Goes
Chocolate, Coffee & Cards ~ #72 BINGO (die cut, pearls, yellow) the pearls are tiny and black on the circles at the top and bottom of the image.

Life is good; so is art.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Rockin' the Flip Flops ~ CYP Challenge #228

Hi Everyone! Summer may be almost over but there is still time to enjoy some lovely weather. Our theme this week at Craft Your Passion Challenges is Summer Fun and our wonderful sponsor is Stitchy Bear's Digi Outlet.

I chose to play with the image called Flip Flops which I coloured with Prismacolor pencils. Maisie was then fussy cut, matted in black cardstock, and popped up on foam tape.

The background comes from Me & My Big Ideas Low Tide collection and was matted with pearlized green. A length of wave paper tape from my oldies stash was matted in black and layered across the bottom under Maisie. A piece of cheesecloth was adhered behind her and a pair of sunglasses button was layered to the left of her over the cheesecloth.

The sentiment was computer generated, trimmed out with a Spellbinders die, and matted in black. before popping it up on foam tape, the letters were coloured in and shaded with Prismacolor pencils. Three tiny threaded buttons were adhered to the top right corner to repeat the turquoise of her bikini and help balance the design.

Thanks for stopping by today to visit with Maisie and me. We both are so grateful that you did that. When you get a chance, pop over to the Craft Your Passion Challenges blog to see the wonderful Summer Fun projects by the rest of my talented teamies. We'd love to see you play along.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
613 Avenue Create ~ #86 Anything Goes
Come & Get it Challenge ~ Anything Goes with a Sentiment
Fairytale Stampers ~ #43 Anything Goes
The Corrosive Challenges ~ #206 "B" Unique (bikini, buttons, beach babe, blond, blue)
Open-Minded Challenges ~ #17 Last Days of Summer
Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge ~ #43 Anything Goes

Life is good; so is art.

Friday, August 22, 2014

RSD September Forget-Me-Not ~ Altered Board Book

Hi there! I've been playing in my altered child's board book which features these gorgeous Hat Ladies from Rick St. Dennis' Zibbet shop. This time my mixed media spread stars the oh-so-classy and elegant September Forget-Me-Not digital image.

I coloured her with Prismacolor pencils, fussy cut her, and popped her up on foam tape to create those lovely shadows I love.

The background began with adhering a piece of collaged designer paper to the gessoed page with gel medium. Washi Tape was used down the center where the pages fold to reinforce and add interest. Two torn pieces of yellow dotty paper and some scraps of blue and teal were edged with Vintage Photo Distress ink and gel mediumed to the pages. The reverse of the background paper is text so three leftover strips were also adhered to the background.

Using TCW's Harlequin Circles stencil, White Embossing Paste mixed with a little Vintage Photo Distress ink was added to both pages. When dry, they were outlined on the left side with Inktense pencil activated with a water brush. The three circles from the same stencil were added to the page with white gesso and shaded on the left with a Prismacolor pencil. TCW's Mini Punchinella stencil and Vintage Photo Distress ink were used to create the honeycomb pattern.

In order to add a little more texture, three pieces of burlap were cut to size and frayed. The largest was used behind the lovely Miss September and the other two behind the quotes. Scraps of crocheted trim were adhered overlapping the text strips. The quote pieces were computer generated, printed on cream cardstock, and grunged up with Vintage Photo Distress ink. They were then matted with black cardstock and glued flat to the page. A scrap of one of the blue papers was die cut into a tab and tucked under the bottom quote.

To complete the spread, a length of scalloped woodgrain sticker was cut up and adhered to the edges in three places. A word sticker (Amazing) was added near Miss September, and a TH metal compass medallion Glossy Accented to the top text and lace layer. The splatter dots were added with Coffee Archival ink and a stamp. Finally, the edges were darkened with both Vintage Photo Distress ink and Walnut Brown Big Brush pen.

Thanks for joining Miss September and me today. I have one more spread in this board book plus the covers before I can call it complete. Then I have other potential projects calling my name to feature more of Rick's fabulous images. So excited! For even more inspiration using Rick's images, fun challenges, and some wonderful sharing of projects and knowledge, come and visit:
our Facebook group
our Airless Chambers blog
our Rick St Dennis Gallerie
our Tuts and Comments blog

Life is good; so is art.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Goodbye Tension...CYP Challenge 227

It's time for a new challenge at Craft Your Passion. This week the theme is to use three or more designer papers. Our wonderful sponsor this week is Eureka Stamps and I chose to play with Lemonade Cat.

He looks totally relaxed, like he doesn't have a care in the world. I coloured him with Prismacolor pencils using choppy zigzag strokes to create the impression of fur. Then Lem was fussy cut leaving a narrow white border, matted in black cardstock, and popped up on foam tape.

The background paper already had the sun on it so I emphasized it with black doodling and matted it in black. Two scraps of different pinks were layered over and under another scrap of printed kraft cardstock which became the "sand". A doodled black border and some outlining  continued the mixed media feel.

The sentiment from Create With TLC seemed very appropriate for this image. It was printed on white cardstock and then matted with green and two layers of black cardstock. Black twine was adhered to the back and then it was popped up on foam tape. The twine ends were wrapped to the back of the matted background. To complete the card, three dotty black buttons were threaded with white and Glossy Accented to the card.

Thanks for popping by today. Lem and I appreciate the company. When you get a chance, stop by the Craft Your Passion Challenges blog to see the awesome creations from the rest of the DT. We'd love to have you play along with our 3+ Designer Paper challenge.

Life is good; so is art.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Creativity ~ eP Art Journal page

Hi there! I love to challenge myself to try new or different styles or techniques. I have a pretty good handle on my style yet by trying new things it pushes my creativity, helps me stretch those creative wings, and keep from slipping into a rut. It keeps art fresh. If I try something and don't like it, I learn from it. If I try it and like it, I learn. Win/win. One of the things that I struggle with is keeping white or empty space in my art journal pages. I love colour and detail and while I think I'm going to create a more minimalist piece, it rarely ends up that way. One of my eP teammates, Broni Holcolme, does a fabulous job with this so when I saw Tamara LaPorte's Life Book Lesson, I decided to give it another go. I followed Tam's example, added my own twist, and ended up loving the results.

I started with an un-gessoed page in my 7x10 mixed media journal so that it would take the Art Anthology Color sprays in all their glory. I spritzed puddles of Glorious and Studio Blue onto the page over water sprayed from my Mini Mister. Then I just splashed, splattered, and dripped to my heart's content...just like a little bird in a Once dry, Beach Hut and Inky Pool Fresco Finish paints were pounced through TCW's Mini Harlequin Circles stencil creating circles, rings, and the harlequin pattern.

The next step was to grab some of that wonderful black Studio 490 Embossing paste and scrape it through TCW's Tiny Circles stencil. You just know that I had to add the contrast with the vibrant colours. It just seems to ground the page for me. Jet Black Archival ink was used to randomly stamp some ledger text from Wendy Vecchi's A Form of Art set by rolling it onto the page. A few pieces of black dotty washi tape were added. I love this particular roll because it's defective so part of the next layer sticks to the bottom one giving it a very distressed grungy look...a happy accident.

Tam created a large ring around her stamped image using paint on a lid. I wanted something more substantial so I punched the outer circle and die cut the inner one. White gesso was then stencilled onto the page in a few places through TCW's Mini Punchinella stencil. The ring was overlapped to embed it into the background, creating more depth. The bird was cut from a scrap of designer paper, given a black flat pearl eye, and popped up on foam tape.

To finish off the page, the creativity quote was inked with Jet Black Archival onto one of the TH Random Quotes stamps. I chose this quote because I had placed what I thought were limitations, following a template and leaving white space, but which ended up encouraging me to be more creative in order to "do it my way". The inside of the letters in the main word were coloured with a Prismacolor pencil and the shadow was filled in with a Micron pen. Using a black Stabilo pencil, shading and outlining were added to some of the stencilling and around various elements. Black Big Brush pen was used to narrowly edge the page.

And Tah Dah! I did it...created a minimalist (for me) journal spread. Not only that, but I was able to follow a template provided by Tam's lesson which is something else I struggle with since my approach is much more intuitive and not thought out :). I might start out following a sketch or template but usually lose it so quickly that the end product in no way resembles the original. And I did it using some of my favourite products ~ Art Anthology sprays and Embossing paste. Doin' the happy dance! Thanks so much for sharing this adventure with me!

Life is good; so is art.

Here are links to the products I used from the eclectic Paperie store: