In just a few weeks, my oldest daughter will be heading to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. I am a mama in complete disbelief that this day has arrived so quickly. My girl is so excited, and the realms of possibility that are opening up to her are mind blowing to me. After the struggles we had for so long, this is beyond a dream come true. So, I decided to create something special to commemorate the short time left with her at home. :)
I was really inspired by Tusia’s beautiful mood board at Scrap Around The World, and decided that I wanted to participate in this challenge. I definitely pulled colors from the mood board? The different shades of blues,and the fuschia that pops. Also the natural and vintage elements are something I found so inspiring. My favorite of the images is the balloon dandelion.
When we did our move from Kansas….I left something very essential at home. My entire box of paper and kits!! I nearly cried when I realized it didn’t make it with me. BUT, I will be going back in just a few days, and it will return with me FOR SURE. For now, I have one pad of Tim Holtz paper I found in a local hobby store, and some amazing papers (and paints, inks, etc) from 13 Arts that I cannot wait to dig into. Not having my other papers, have shown me how much paper means to me in my artsy crafty life, though. hehe.
Ink, Paint (acrylic and watercolor), gesso, all went into this, and it felt wonderful to be creating. :)
Thanks so much for having a look today, and hope you have a magnificent start to August. I’m thrilled to be guest designing at 13 Arts for the months of August-October….I’m already creating ahead for that, because I have the time…which is more than a treat.
I’ll be back soon with more creations to share….and VIDEOS to share!!!
Paper: Tim Holtz
Stamps: Viva Las VegaStamps!, 100 Proof Press
Chipboard: UmWowStudio-Flourishes Crate-The Pier Frames
Flowers: Prima, Recollections
Stencil: Stencil Girl
Ink: IMAGINE Crafts, 13 Arts, Clearsnap
Paint: 13 Arts, Plaid
Metal Bits: Finnabair/Prima, 7 Gypsies, Bead Landing
Fibers: vintage, May Arts
When I arrived at my new home, an apartment in West Des Moines, one of the first things I selfishly unpacked….were my art supplies. I set up (the day after our move in) in our dining room, by the window. I’m so excited to have natural light, for filming videos in the near future. :) I also purchased a dream item for my area, the Ikea Raskog cart…and it very beautifully organizes my paints, inks, stencils, and smaller items. The first thing I made after setting up? This journal/mini book cover.
I started with a set of 7 Gypsies book covers that I bought a few years ago. They already had a nice “distressed old book” look, so I added a few swirls of paint, and smoothed them out with a brayer. Some splashes of mist, and a bit of stamping (if you look carefully, you’ll see all sorts of background stamping), and the background seemed ready for embellishing.
I have been working on using up some older supplies, so I dug out some papers and a transparency from a Jenni Bowlin Hodge Podge book, and tore them into strips (well, I had to cut the transparency). I layered them up with some delicious stamp stickers from 13 Arts, and a fussy cut swallow.
Some altered Prima flowers, vintage fibers, copper wire, May Arts twine, and a handmade face ( created with Creative Paperclay and a mold), a gorgeous UmWowStudio chipboard flourish, some beautiful gears (gears just set my heart pumping, hehe, and a few of these are vintage)….and it was complete.
I plan to create this book using pictures of our moving journey. I can’t wait to share more pages very soon. :)
Welcome to the SUMMER BLOG HOP between UmWowStudio and Susan K. Weckesser Inc! We’ve been sharing gorgeous bright and shining inspiration with you from both teams all week long, and today we are wrapping it up. Be sure to keep visiting, hopping and commenting to enter to win one of TWO prize packages. Each day is chock full of goodness and we don’t want you to miss a thing.
Here is my layout, made with the beautiful and colorful paper, and of course UmWowStudio chipboard and stencils:
I used a photo of my two younger girls playing in the lake, a few weeks before we moved. The photo is black and white, but I added watercolor, and I love how it contrasted with the bright colors in the Susan K Weckesser papers.
The chipboard hearts from UmWowStudio were fun to alter by stamping using the Susan K Weckesser stamps. I also used her amazing stencil to create all sorts of movement along the outside edges of the photo, and along the side.
I used the banner stamps along the sides of the papers, in neon colors to pop. They are so whimsical and fun.
Finally I cut some of the words printed on the papers for a title. I thought it was fun and ironic to add “Live, Love, in Full Color” to a page with a black and white photo. We can always add more color to our lives. <3
Thanks so much for having a look at my project! Remember, there are two amazing prizes up for grabs, but you need to leave me just a little love to be in the running. ;) If you need to start at the beginning of the hop, visit the UmWowStudio blog or Susan’s Blog.
Gnome hugs to you and thank you for visiting today!
PS-Here is a list of the products I used on this page:
Paper: Susan K Weckesser- Color Splotches B, Live In Color Tags
Stamps: Susan K Weckesser- Celebration of Simple
Stencils: Susan K Weckesser-Live In Color; UmWowStudio- Herringbone Mask
Good morning! I’m so excited to pop in for just a few minutes, before I resume packing for our move (gulp, on Thursday!!) I’ve been absent, because I’ve been so involved with getting things ready to ship off, I’ve not had any time to create. Yesterday, I’d reached the antithesis of stress, and decided I had to do something to release creative steam. So, I sat down and made two layouts (while doing laundry; I couldn’t be that relaxed while moving). This one is my favorite, so it is being shared first. hehe.
I used the fabulous Scraps of Darkness “Perfectly Stunning” kit. It has so much steampunky, grungy goodness in one place, that it was more than a delight to create with. Click here to see more.
I focused on something I’m constantly in search of lately….Dharma…which translates to many things: “path of righteousness”, “behaviors that are considered to be in accord with order that makes life and universe possible”, basically the search for the right fit in the universe. No, I’m not Buddhist or Hindu, but am doing so much soul searching….sometimes I’m a bum in everything else. It’s both good and bad. It’s a fight against what is expected of me (the steampunk wheels of industry/society), and what my soul wants (freedom and knowledge). Yeah, it’s a way too deep explanation of a scrapbook page…but it’s where I am right now. :)
Thanks for having a look today. :) I can’t wait to have more time to settle in and create……..and it’s on its way soooo soon!
Hello and welcome to my blog, if you haven’t visited before. I was asked by my LOVELY friend Julie (check out her blog HERE) to participate in this hop that started a long time ago. It’s sort of like a digital chain letter among artsy friends, I’d like to think…getting to know each other, and passing on the love. I met Julie through Shimelle’s classes a few years ago, and she’s been a lovely friend and encourager. She does great work, as well. Make sure to check it out.
Here are my answers to the questions. :)
What are you working on?
Well, most of my creations these days are done in a frenzy. We’re getting ready to move in a few weeks, and things are all in disarray in my home. Most of the disarray is in my studio. There are at least 10 projects worth of mess (paints, mists, papers, photos, paintbrushes, embellishments….the list goes on) on my entire table. It’s really very disheartening. I dig through the disaster to find supplies to make a layout or ATC (I’ve loved making those lately), and create in my zone. That’s so nice.
One thing I’ve been learning lately, is drawing faces. I can do this in a hotel room while house hunting, on the couch after crashing from cleaning out for hours…really anytime. I used to draw all the time as a kid. I made elaborate covers for stories I wrote. I drew mostly horses, because I was obsessed. Now, I have been inspired to hone my drawing skills to add to my mixed media work, by artists like Stephanie Schutze, Tamara LaPorte, and others. The first few faces I drew were hideous. I decided to watch a new tutorial every day. I’ve gotten a little better.
Recently, I made a mixed media background, and was going to add this self portrait that I drew. I used watercolor pencil, and was adding the water. I touched it to a part that I had outlined in black (I was unaware) water soluble pen. boo. It was ruined. But luckily I had copied it. So you may see it sometime soon on another project.
Well, I think my work has a distinctive style. I believe that my work is truly very different from others in the mixed media scrapbook industry. Sometimes, what defines me (and my work is very much an expression of my personality) keeps me from “fitting in” sometimes. My style is very “punk rock” in nature. I don’t like rules, I don’t want to do what’s trendy for the sake of being liked. Though I do want to have people like my work….I just want them to like it because it’s genuine. It can be difficult to not be “popular,” but for me, it’s better to be authentic.
Why do I create what I do?
Well, I create because it’s the ultimate form of self-expression. As a singer, I can pour fourth myself in song. I can release emotion, and convey something through music. Through art, I release all of that visually. I feel as if my spirit is uncaged.
How does your creative process work?
I always start with a blank canvas or 12×12 page of paper/ ATC card. The primary beginning is paint. I start with swirls of paint in different colors either directly on the page, or on my gelli plate (lately). I use a brayer and combine them. I will then add stenciling, more paint, and paint splatter……..which is my calling card. I love the look and feel of natural and random movement in paint. I want it to be free. I then add stamping, layers of paper and fibers, and finally chipboard, metal, etc.
Well, I think that’s it for me. I will have the next few bloggers soon. I think the pool is pretty much getting very dry….but I will persist! hehe. Have a lovely Monday, and be on the lookout for some new creations soon.
In the midst of what feels like utter insanity in my life: moving, finding a place to move to, finding good schools for my kids to attend, traveling, trying to maybe do some housework; I found maybe two minutes to create. I made this for UmWowStudio, using some of my favorite products. This is using a photo of Brynne in Hawaii last year, walking down the hall of our condo to the beach. A condo on the beach is where I’d give anywhere to be right now. ;)
I used the Scraps of Darkness Kit, “Twisted and Tangled” for this, and Stencils, chipboard, and flair from UmWowStudio. The colors are some of my favorite.
Thanks for having a look. I wish I were creating more. I cannot wait until next month, when we’re moved, and things are calmed down. I have visions of what my temporary studio will look like in our apartment. Then…eventually…my new studio, in our new house! Trying to stay positive. :)
Have a good week ahead.
Hello gnomies. :) I’m excited to share a layered and oversized ATC I created for Viva Las VegaStamps!. I’m not sure if that is something that has existed with a different name until now, but if not….I’m coining the term. ;)
I began with a regular ATC card, and layered on some copper and green paints. When those had dried, I stamped using the Waybill/Invoice Background, using Delicata Ink from IMAGINE Crafts in gold. I attached a couple of little banner die cut pieces from 7 Dots, using a stapler. A few fibers were pretty easy to adhere to the back, using miracle tape.
When all of that was complete, I added the ATC to a vintage library card. I stamped the Flying Face Key on a piece of cream cardstock, using Memento Ink in tuxedo black. I fussy cut her out, and added her to the card using foam tape.
I finished my layered oversized ATC by adding plenty of chipboard, metal embellishments (including an old house key I had back in college), other fun bits, and a piece of lace from a vintage doily. When I stood back and had a look, I was quite pleased with my lady…who doesn’t just hold the key..she IS the key. I think that’s a nice metaphor in life. BE the key to your dreams.