Monday, June 13, 2016

June 13, 2016

Creative Chemistry 101 - I took this class several years ago and I am really having a great time reviewing and focusing on these techniques again.

Here are my attempts for Week #2:

Day 4 - Since I only have one re-inker (Peeled Paint, of course) I couldn't exactly watercolor with one color - however, since I just typed that I realized that I could, I just didn't try.  I will have to try it.

So, I tried the Layered Misting Technique and got the following result.

Stains for base:  Shaded Lilac, Seedless Preserves and Worn Lipstick
Stencil: Dyan Reaveley with Vintage Photo Stain

It's growing on me a bit - I like the contrast of the purples and the browns.

Day 5 - Stained Resist Technique

The honeycomb pattern with this pattern yearns for the yellows and golden colors of honey.  The base stain was a swipe of Spiced Marmalade.  Fossilized Amber, Rusty Hings, Riper Persimmon and Brushed Corduroy Distress Inks were applied with a blending tool.  Water was spritzed and flicked and the edged were distressed.  Pulled out some vintage Stampin Up stamps (from back in the day) and stamped them in Black Archival.  

Day 5 - Stamping with Stains Technique

The background stains:  Peeled Paint, Weathered Wood & Broken China
Picket Fence stain on the Papillon Background Stamp. Washed out and dried.
Mermaid Lagoon and Brushed Corduroy highlight the edges.
Jet Black Archival Ink stamps the butterflies.

Day 6 - Watercolor with Markers

So, I bought this stamp years ago after visiting Yellowstone Park - Fabulous place everyone should enjoy!  I don't think I ever used this stamp until the other day.  Using markers, distress inks (to fill in for missing marker colors) and water brushes I had fun coloring and reminiscing about this trip.  Happy Trails to You!

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I just love these challenges.  Here's my attempt at the June, 2016 challenge -

The background is the chambray textile surface.  Fired Brick and Picket Fence combine with the stripe stencil to make the plaid pattern.

I didn't have any substrate sheet for the overlay so I used some mat board, applied the tissue wrap and  collage medium.  Stamped a retired Fiskars clear background stamp in Archival Cobalt blue.
The Stacked Star Bigz die, which was the original spark for this project, was used to create the negative spaces.

Once the project was adhered I used a stitching stamp for a border.  Distressed and ink the edges.  Added white gel pen to highlight the stars. Some chit chat stickers and a star finish the project. 

June 4, 2016

Well, I am finally launching this blog.  Here's a project that I have made probably 10 times now and have had the fortune of sharing with some very special people.  Each one has been constructed in the same manner.  The magic occurs when the papers, colors and details come together. Of course, I only have pictures of a few because I tend to get caught up and forget to photograph them along the way.

The Eucalyptus Box

This is the finished box.  The lid lifts off and the box lifts out of the base.  The box then opens up and photo sleeves cascade from each side.

Next time I make one of these I will be more mindful of documenting the process.  The box becomes another type of a scrapbook of sorts. 

 I have made them for brides to document their engagement or weddings.

Boxes have been made for little boys who were just born (The JHM monogram) or just turned one-year old (The Thomas the Tank Box).  

This photo will not load correctly and the monogram turned out so well!

Here is one I made to celebrate my sister-in-law's Golden Jubilee!

Sometimes you just never know what you know.  There is always a silver lining.