Spring is very slow to emerge here in Kansas.We still have snow on the ground, and more to come. It’s cold and dry, and unpleasant. BUT, I do hear the birds singing in the morning, and spotted a robin the other day, so I think our hope for spring…..may be bringing it about! In celebration of my thoughts of spring, I created this little canvas, created using a Genuinely Jane Studios feather cutout book.
The background is painted with silver glitter acrylic paint, and stamped, and then painted over with aqua blue paint in 3 layers. The feathers are stenciled using a stencil from The Crafter’s Workshop.
I also poked a real feather through the back of the cutout, for some soft texture.
A gear from Prima, as well as some flowers and that FABULOUS spooky branch from UmWowStudio, gave a look of a lovely place for a bird to nest…….if it could imagine its way out of the brass cage. I love the contrast of the copper wire and brass birdcage, to the soft flowers, feathers, thread, and delicate branches.
Ah…..if I think hard enough….will spring arrive quicker? Will I be transported to “spring” in Hawaii? Let me give it a try, and I’ll let you know.
Have a wonderful weekend, friends.
I made this layout recently for Ivy’s friend, Mollie. They’re such good friends, and Mollie LOVES to see me create, and my creations. I decided I’d make a layout just for her. I used a cute photo of the two girls taken one muddy but warm afternoon, that we went out for an impromptu photo shoot.
I used 8 separate Viva Las VegaStamps! on this layout. The banner was stamped after coloring each flag with a different Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft big brush pen. I love the distressed but colorful look.
The papers I chose are from Pion Design, and an older Prima line. I love the pop of color against the soft vintage background paper. I also layered on several different washi tapes, laces, trims, and fibers.
Thanks for having a look today. And just as a little sneak…….I am getting ready to put together a series of online video classes showing how I create my backgrounds, and put my layouts together. I hope to have them ready to roll in the next couple of weeks……so keep an eye out!
Happy Thursday from the Gnome house!
I don’t have conventionally pretty hands. My hands are really small, the same size as Ivy’s were at 9. My mother has the most beautiful hands I’ve seen…..long, elegant fingers, beautiful natural nails. I’ve been embarrassed by the chronic anxiety I can hide from the world, inside my head..but that can be seen in my ridiculously short, chewed nails. In many of my YouTube tutorial videos, I’ve done my nails with acrylics, just to distract attention from them.
In my attempt to begin to love myself, with all of my flaws, I’ve begun looking at myself as an outsider might. No, my hands are not conventionally pretty. Right now, my right hand has two huge scars, from clumsiness while at work, and those ugly nails. BUT…..my hands are stained with ink and paint, and there is a little gesso that escaped the soap and shampoo, hiding in my nail beds. This to me….is beautiful. It’s a constant reminder that my tiny fingers create beautiful art, that lifts my soul, and the souls of others…they can create magic.
“Magic and Wonder” is the theme of this month’s 7 Dots Studio challenge, and this is my interpretation and inspiration. click the link to see the inspiration from the design team.
I have all kinds of goodies on here, from 7 Dots Studio, UmWowStudio, Viva Las VegaStamps, and Prima. I also found those amazing metal scissors at Hobby Lobby. I am positive I need more. There are bits of playing card, punchinella. It’s unique, and has freedom and expression. Like my hands. Bless those little dudes.
I created this little box (from an Altoid tin) for my sweet husband to keep on his desk at work. It’s a little funky, but I thought the thought of delving into the abyss of his job and daily life there (while hopefully keeping me in mind, hehe) was a fun topic. I chose some images that we both connect with, the octopus, and the diver.
If you’d like to read the techniques behind creating this piece, they are over HERE on the Viva Las VegaStamps! blog. I used some fun techniques, so if you’d like to learn about them…pop on over!
Thanks so much for having a looksie today, and I hope you are having a fabulous weekend!
I am so excited and honored that as a part of the 7 Dots Studio design team, I was able to guest design over at Scrap Africa this month! To see the AMAZING projects created by both the 7 Dots DT, and the Scrap Africa DT, please head on over here!!
The theme for the challenge is “Chipboard with a Difference,” so naturally, I chose my favorite UmWowStudio chipboard to alter……AND based my layout on the fabulous February sketch that DeeDee created (see the sketch at the bottom of my post. So UmWowStudio, 7 Dots, and all the fixin’s are on this baby. Okay, I just went to the South temporarily. I think it’s my constant thoughts of Mardi Gras…but I digress.
As a part of the challenge, we were to alter chipboard. I altered mine with paint (of course), mist, some paint over a mask, and finally, with metal stamps, for an embossed word.
To try something different, I doodled circles on my 7 Dots Studio paper, and cut them out.
And, of course I added metal (I’m addicted to metal these days), like the curled copper wire, and vintage bits and bobs.
Thanks so much for having a look today, and to Scrap Africa for having me as a Guest Designer……..AND if you fancy a try at the UmWowStudio (DO it, pleeeeeeeease) February sketch, here it is, in all of its lovely glory!!
7 Dots Studio: Dreamer 12×12 paper, City Lights
Domestic Goddess 12×12 paper, Proudly Handcrafted
Layered Circles Chipboard
Layered Hearts Chipboard
Circle Confetti Mask
Viva Las VegaStamps!: Coffee Ring Stain, Color Wheel Lines
Washi/Tissue Tape: Tim Holtz, Gauche Alchemy
My Brynne turned 14 on January 10th. She has not allowed any portraits taken of her since her birthday, sooooo, I’m still working with pics I took last year! Booo. But, these were good….and I can’t believe it’s been a year! It’s so amazing.
She told me she refused to do any “cheesy poses,” so, when she laid her head on her arms (leaning on the stair banister), I snapped this ultra fast. Her laughter made for a great smile on her face. So, I decided to scrap this pic, a magic one for me…..because she isn’t much on “acting natural” in photos anymore. It seemed only natural to create a magical layout.
My fabulous friend DeeDee helped me to see, that I didn’t NEED modeling paste to create dimension using my stencils..a heavier gesso or paint would do the trick. SO, my newest add to my pages, is heavy body paint (ahem “borrowed” from Haley) through my UmWowStudio masks.
I’ve also become hopelessly addicted to anything Prima. The flowers, metals, butterflies……I could go on. Well, they are all over this page.
I tried a new technique I read in my new assemblage art hero, Michael DeMeng’s books, about burning the edges of paper. It was hard to control….but I did like the random look I achieved. AND…….I didn’t burn down my studio! Bonus!!!
I’ve been using playing cards in my latest works. I love how the design and size work perfectly. I keep a deck sitting right beside me at all times. Now I just need some tarot cards, those would be awesome!!
Welp, that’s all for today. BUT, I have lots more to share….I’ve been slackin’ on ye old blog here. I had a gnome bite me this morning….and that got me in gear!
Happy arting/creating/crafting, my friends!!
Recently I created this mini art journal, from a Genuinely Jane Studios scroll book, to satisfy my smaller art journaling needs. I made the cover to have a vintage and gritty feel, with a background made from a freebie digital download I found at Stampington.com.
The paper is added with gel medium, and I stamped over the top using the cursive writing background stamp from Viva Las VegaStamps.
I adore this photo of the little girl in the early 1900′s, standing in front of a mercantile. She has a mixture of nervousness, sweetness and intelligence on her face, and it fascinated me. Every time I work with these vintage photos……I wonder….what was their life like?…and also….when and how did they die. I thought this little girl was so spectacular, that she needed a crown. I actually like how it looks all hand drawn….though I’m not much of a drawing gal.
I also created this page, using a woman with gorgeous hair and gown, and had her floating across the vintage page.
I learned a trick to having splashes of ink or paint across a wooden base (and not having it soak in and lose shape), is to spray fixative over the top, before splattering. It was a good trick…that helped this collagey page have the look I was after.
And, finally, I bunched together some library pockets and journal cards, added jump rings..and tada! I’m ready to create in my new journal!!
Actually, I think I’ll do that today!!
Have a lovely Tuesday, my friends. <3