Monday, March 30, 2020

More ATC Coins

     Hello, and hoping good health and spirits wherever you are! Today I have a quick and simple set of ATC Coins to share with you, made for the March Mini Challenge at More Than Words to include the word "More".

     I started by cutting 2 1/2" circles from heavy kraft board, and covering them with white gesso. Then I colored them with Lindy's Gang Magicals and Squirts. 

     Using permanent brown ink, I stamped all of the gears and cogs with the Tick Tock Stamp from The Artistic StamperThe rest of the stamping was done with Ranger (Jet Black) Archival Ink. 

     It's hard to tell in the photos, but each coin was finished with a coat of Emerald Creek (Vintage Beeswax) Baked Texture Embossing Powder, giving it some shine. 

     Thanks for looking!

Challenges Entered:

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

The Great Indoors

     I've never had such a serious need to paint like I have in the last couple of weeks. Color is my happy place, and I hope you all can find yours, and stay safe and healthy! This art journal spread has helped calm me, made with Dyan Reaveley's Dylusions Paints and Stamps. 


     I just love the mushroom houses, stamped with the Dylusions (Down in the Woods) Stamp!

     I've also used the Dylusions (Glorious Blooms) Stamp, and Ranger Archival (Jet Black) Ink for all of the stamping, with the exception of the sun. The upside down flowers represent the Coronavirus. 

     The sun was done with an older stamp block, and I just extended the rays with Dylusions (Lemon Zest) paint.

     I had to go through some old alpha stickers to come up with, what I think is the perfect title, and so fitting right now. 

      The specific Dylusions Paints I used throughout this spread are (Black Marble, Slate Grey, Postbox Red, Bubble Gum Pink, Peony Blush, Tangerine Dream, Squeezed Orange, and Lemon Zest).

     I also used Dylusions Paint Pens (Black Marble and White Linen) to make the stems on the flowers, and for the white blades of grass.

     Thanks for looking, and sending out positive and healing vibes to you all!

Challenges Entered:

Mix It Up Challenge ~ #35 Anything Goes + Smooshing (I smooshed the background)

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Aquamarine Birthday Card

     Aquamarine is the official birthstone for March, and the inspiration for this card, made for my Dad, and the Aquamarine Challenge at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog!

     The top layer was smooshed with Dylusion's Paints (Vibrant Turquoise, Calypso Teal, and White Linen) onto white cardstock. The bottom was done with the same colors, but with (Black Marble) instead of (White Linen) to create depth.

     A Stamperia Stencil was used to create the chains with black gesso through it, also applied to the edges and Tim Holtz metal cogs/gears. Then it all got covered with Prima (Red) Rust Paste.

     I also used the Rust Paste on a recycled piece of black fruit netting, which looks so cool!

     The embossed cogs/gears were stamped with the Tick Tock Stamp from the Artistic Stamper onto black cardstock, and embossed with Emerald Creek (Chunky Rust) Baked Texture. At the last minute I remembered that I had these aquamarine jewels, which made all the difference.

     Finally, I embossed the sentiment with Emerald Creek Boho Blends (Wrought Iron) Embossing Powder.

     Thanks for stopping by, and have a great week! 

Challenges Entered:

Sketch Saturday ~ #599 ( I used #529)

Saturday, March 7, 2020

Life So Big ATC's ~ Red Rubber Designs DT

     Some stamps were just made for ATC's, like the Life So Big Unmounted Stamp Set from Red Rubber Designs, featured on this set!

     The beautiful, bold color combo came straight from the March Color Challenge at Lindy's Gang, and is my current favorite for the year so far! 

     This trio was done using three Lindy's Gang Sprays and Embossing Powders. I started by smooshing (Pineapple Paradise, Tibetan Poppy Teal, and Freaky Franken' Lime) Sprays onto white cardstock. Once dry, I did it again. 

     Besides the Life So Big Stamp, I also embossed the card edges, including the base, with LG (Purely White, Lederhosen Laurel, and Midnight Pewter) Embossing Powders. I used two on each card. 

     Rhinestones on the butterflies, which I curled up, were the finishing touch! Thanks for looking!


Embossing Powders ~ (Purely White, Lederhosen Laurel, and Midnight Pewter)

Challenges Entered:

Monday, March 2, 2020

Jade Box

     Don't throw out those cell phone boxes! I recycled this one to hold some of my swatches, inspired by the jade stone.

     It started with a coat of black gesso, followed by Emerald Creek Boho Blends (Turkish Bronze) Embossing Powder, as you can see on the sides.

     White gesso was then added to the Prima Donna Downey Poppies and Peonies Collection Stencil along the front, top and back. Once dry, I reapplied the stencil, and heat embossed several layers of Emerald Creek Baked Velvet Embossing Powders (Lime and Dusk) along with Boho Blends (Burmese Jade). Then I painted around the design with Art Alchemy Opal Magic (Green-Gold), and added touches of white gesso and EC Rock Candy (Spearmint) Embossing Powder.

     The metal embellishments were covered with black gesso, and left to dry before embossing with EC (Charred Gold) and touches of Baked Texture (Patina Oxide) Embossing Powders. Then I added some small light green rhinestones and the beautiful jade bead that I inherited from my husband's grandmother, who frequently traveled to Asia. 

     Before I even started the tab didn't fit right, so the lid wouldn't close all the way. I almost cut it off, but am so glad I didn't, because all of the layers of gesso and embossing powders was all it needed to get the perfect fit.

     Here's a peek inside!

     I love my 2" swatches, and can easily see what paints or embossing powders I have, and how they'll look together without having to take them off of a ring! On the right side I used black cardstock, which can make a huge difference in the color. Here's a look at all of the Emerald Creek Embossing Powders used on this project. 

     Thanks for looking, and check back soon for another cell phone box transformation to hold the rest of my swatches!

Challenges Entered:

The Funky Junkie Boutique Blog ~ Leap Into the Odd (Recycled cell phone box and did stencil work on 3 sides, added 3 small circle embellies, and 3 large ones. It also might be a little odd or dumb to add real jade onto a box of faux jade. Lol! )