Sunday, May 31, 2015

You Don't Have to Face the World Alone!

Hello Sweet Creating Friends! 

Here is a sweet little journal page for you tonight - by the way - it's late.  Somehow - don't ask me how - I managed to fall today so I am way behind!  So glad you are here to help me along!! 

It seems that throughout our lives - every now and then - when we need it the most... we have had a hand to hold.  

And sometimes we have a hand to hold just for the fun times too!

I did this project for a mood board by Lindy's Stamp Gang. 


This project was created using a technique learned from Natalie May of Lindy's Stamp Gang design team.

The following Lindy's Stamp Gang colors were used: 

Thanks bunches for taking time to "hold my hand" for awhile tonight. I appreciate all of you creative friends VERY much.  You are a huge part of my world.  Night night! j.

I'm Reading Postcards IN THE GARDEN Triptych

I'm Reading Postcards In the Garden Triptych

Hello little creative friends!  
Do you have a garden? 
Do you spend time in a garden?

We have a garden, here at the ranch, and it has a sign over the gate that says "Garden Never Closed".  

That's because there is always something growing there and even more important there are lots of chair for sitting to read a book or ready postcards like the one in the vintage garden shown here.  

It began with blank pieces of wood that hubby hinged for my to create the triptych! 

Next came the tissue paper collage effect learned from Tim Holtz.

Then color was added using Ranger Alcohol Inks. 

Adding the "trellis" was a bit of a challenge with the hinges! And then came the texture paste using an old stencil that I had from years ago when doing a wall!  It's Plaid with a design by Anna Griffin.  I forgot to get a picture of it all white and almost indecipherable.  I had my doubts about figuring out how to paint it! It was painted with several things... Silks Acrylics, Inca Gold, Distress Paint and Pitt Pens. 

The butterfly was pasted onto cardstock and painted to make 3D!!

The "greenhouse" was part of the Tim Holtz tissue paper.  It just needed some Pitt Pens and Silks Acrylics to spruce it up!

Heheheh - love the little postcard.  I found it on some Prima paper - Something Blue Collection - cut, paste, then added a Tim Holtz rub-one and stamp too!

The other side of the triptych was done with:

Tim Holtz Craft-core - Shattered Paper
Webster's Pages Paper
Stampers Anonymous Flower Garden CMS215
Jolee's Boutique dragonflies
Prima flowers
Beads and Bangles for the Knobs!
Faber-Castille Pitt Pens
Silks Acrylic Glaze
Ranger Distress Paint

Oh and the back of the flower has some chiffon type fabric as well as the center too!!

Thanks bunches for stopping by to spend time with me in my garden! Hugs j

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Thanks bunches for the opportunity to share my project with the following challenges: 


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Thank you to Stampers Anonymous and Dina Wakley for your generosity to us for this challenge. I would LOVE to have a Dina set.  HOPING!! 

My post was inspired by May Flowers because they are on both sides of my In The Garden Triptych! And because it has done nothing in May but rain and flood in Texas so creating May flowers was a wonderful thing to create a bit of sunshine!!!  j.
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Thanks bunches Rita Maria and the Design Team for this theme of Triptych.  I had no idea what a triptych was at all.  Your INCREDIBLE projects definitely defined a triptych to perfection and were great inspirations too.  I LOVED making this creation. j.
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Thanks bunches Pamellia for the very first challenge for Anything But Cute.  And Branka - so many people have made you a vintage garden for this challenge - so fun.  Thanks bunches to you and all the design team for a great inspiration and wonderful examples. 


Friday, May 29, 2015

IT'S A PARTY at...

IT'S A PARTY at...
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Annual Epic Big Birthday Event
Happy Second Birthday SATW!!!

Here is the decadent, celebratory mood board for May
by Helen Tilbury

So in honor of SATW's second birthday and my youngest granddaughter's birthday - it was time for a card/plaque creation. It is not really a card - it's a wooden plaque that stands on it's own. It is 8" x 12" but she calls it a 'card'. The plaque was inspired by the mood board in the following ways:
1. The color
2. The sprinkles
3. The roses.
4. The word "pretty" because this mood board is very pretty! 
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Plus my granddaughter is pretty too!  She loves all these colors as well as sprinkles!!!  She also requested that I put a deer on her card/plaque!  She will be six and she is a princess whose favorite subject this year in school was arachnids!!!!!!!  Oh my!!! My theory is that Grammie (that's me!) taught her at a very young age to enjoy spiders! We even name them here on the ranch.  Hey - it's better than the screams we used to get from the grandkids!!!!

Here is the card creation I made. 

I gessoed the wood and then used texture paste and a floral motif stencil to begin my layers. When dry, I stamped some handwriting with black archival ink. Then begin adding Silks Acrylics in random colors - to match the mood board as nearly as possible -  over the top of the texture paste. To finish off the textures, next came Ranger Picket Fence Distress Crackle Paint.

The Front.

The Back.

Next came the embellishments. I used a gelli print from a page made earlier and fussy cut a piece to fit on a chipboard frame. 

I then traced by hand a larger scallop circle, fussy cut it out of white card stock, and decorated it with "sprinkles" of liquid pearls to match the sprinkles on the mood board.  This was mounted beneath the gelli print scalloped circle.  

I also had some chipboard swirls so I made them match.  Using Ranger Picket Fence distress paint, they were iced in white and sprinkled with liquid pearls.

Beneath the pink and hot pink roses are a few leaves and some lovely white organza petals.  The three butterflies were also painted with Silks Acrylics.  The roses were accented with Iced Stickles.

The "pretty" word is made from vellum by Heidi Swapp. 

There is a lot of shimmer and glitz from the paint, embossing, liquid pearls and stickles.  The sides are really fun too!

I found "Let It Go" in Tim's Small Talk packet and it was perfect.  Can you guess what her very favorite movie would be???!!!! 

It was a fun project and it is on the way to the little sweetie right now! Sure hoping the both my granddaughter and Scrap Around the World have a FABULOUS birthday celebration!

As always - it means so much to me that you have stopped by to see my little project.  Big hugs. j.


Thursday, May 28, 2015

Gentle Criticism Nourishes Roots? Do you agree?!!!

Hello to all from Joi@RR in Texas where it is still RAINING, flooding and squishy!!!  

And would you believe I have been working on a rainy day creation?  Dear me... I am surrounded by rain. We need some sunshine or at least a rainbow or two!!!! 

I have to admit though... it was fun creating this journal page with showers and flowers in mind!  

I used my new Dylusions paints for the first time... so that definitely brought some sunshine into the room!!!  Just open the jar and the shimmery, vibrant, bright paint makes you happy!

The sentiment has a very special meaning.  It reads: 
Criticism, like rain, should be gentle enough without destroying growth to nourish roots. 

The sentiment gave me the idea to put roots on my darling Dylusions Gal from the Black Sheep collection. Doesn't she look rather like she has on a mermaid type gown - ready for a party or even a ball!  The bottom of the 'gown' symbolizes nourished roots. They even sparkle with the help of eucalyptus Ranger Stickles.

The background is entirely Dylusions paints and I am very frustrated with myself because I totally forgot to take a picture of it.  The two pages in my journal add to approx. 11.5 x 16.5. 

I began by randomly using Vibrant Turquoise, London Blue and Fresh Lime on the art journal pages.  At the bottom of the page I used the ghosting effect by laying down the 'shattered' stencil and spritzing with water.  It left a nice white colored pattern although it is hard to see now.  Still can't believe I forgot to take pictures.  It didn't look as much like "roots" as I had hoped so I used the stencil again to accent the lines a third time! On the top half of the pages I use Dylusions thru the 'bubble' stencil. 

After I finished the background I began using Dylusions stamps on card stock.  I sure enjoyed using my Misti stamping machine to help line things up for stamping straight and thick!  I added a few circles here and there on the flowers and made the raindrops out of some of the flower petals!  The girl and the flowers are enhanced with stickles, liquid pearls, silks and pens to add some glitz!

Hope you enjoyed stopping by to see this really BRIGHT and FUN art journal creation.  Wishing you lots of sunshine in your heart even when it's not showing outside!!  Hugs. j. 

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