All Packed Up

These rubber stamps from Stamps By Judith & Heather along with Garage Sale Maude, a Golden Oldie stamp, from Art Impressions were used to create the “All Packed Up” card.

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You’ll have to study the card carefully to find how all the images were used.

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Don’t neglect to admire the framed art packed safely in the back of the truck.

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Submitted to the following challenges:

http://artimpressionsstamps.blogspot.com/2015/06/challenge-161-for-fellas-challenge.html

http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/simon-says-make-it-masculine/

 

So Many Hats, So Little Time!

Melvin, a Golden Oldies Image from Art Impressions paired with some adorable hats from Stamps By Judith & Heather make for the perfect combination.

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The top beanie hat is attached on a tiny spring for the perfect “boh-ing” movement.

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This goes out to a friend who knows how to do it all and do it well.

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Submitted for the following challenges:

http://artimpressionsstamps.blogspot.com/2015/05/challenge-160-cards-with-movement.html

http://tuesdaythrowdown.blogspot.com/2015/05/tuesday-throwdown-246-anything-goes.html

http://www.ttcrd.blogspot.com/2015/05/ttcrd-challenge-may-26-june-1-2015.html

http://alwaysplayingwithpaper.blogspot.ca/2015/05/the-challenge-36-theme-challenge.html

http://www.craftyourpassionchallenges.blogspot.com/2015/05/challenge-263-always-anything-goes.html

http://cutiepiechallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/challenge-87-layer-it-up.html

http://www.bestieschallenge.blogspot.com/2015/05/sherri-baldys-my-besties-brand-new.html

Friendship Fun

Using some adorable images from Art Impressions and a masking technique I created this card to celebrate friendship.

Here are the stamps I used:

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I also used the chicken wire stamp and heat embossed it with detail silver powder.

Here is the card:

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A close-up of the masking technique:

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Images were colored with Copic Markers.  Hopefully this card will encourage you to incorporate many stamps into one layout.

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Submitted this card to the following challenges:

http://artimpressionsstamps.blogspot.com/2015/05/challenge-159-lovely-ladies-challenge.html

http://stampedblessings.com/2015/05/amusing-challenge-birds-and-bees/

http://addicted-to-stamps-challenge.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/challenge-104.html

http://sentimentalsundays.blogspot.com/2015/05/challenge-259-funny-andor-cute.html

 

Your Side of the Fence

I plan to mail this card to a very gracious hostess who allowed me to spend some time vacationing in her neck of the woods.  The images used in this card can be found at Stamps By Judith and Heather at the following site www.stampsbyjudith.com.  Images were colored with Copic Markers and background was airbrushed using the Copic Airbrushing System.

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Slightly Annoyed

This torn paper collage canvas called “Slightly Annoyed” is finished and ready for a forever home.  The canvas measures 18″ X 18″ and is ready to hang.  The piece took me approximately 25 hours to complete.  The entire canvas was created with torn pieces of paper.  No paint was used in the process.  All my work is signed and contains my signature hidden heart, for all my work is created with all my heart!  Can you spot the hidden heart? If you are interested in purchasing this piece of art, contact me via email or leave a comment to discuss price and shipping.
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That Night She Danced

I am so excited to share with you one of my favorite journal pages.  There is so much going on in this mixed media art journal layout, yet the color palette is soft and gentle.

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The dancing couple is a digital image hand cut and hand painted with black acrylic paint to create a shadow of the couple.  The pink ribbon across the top of the page is adorned with chipboard musical notes which were hand painted and coated with a fine dusting of glitter.  A pair of treble clef clips complete the string of music.

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The chipboard stars, painted and glittered dangle on black ric-rac from the ribbon of musical notes.  The “dance” chipboard word is situated among the stars as if encouraging the couple to keep on dancing.

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The background for this dancing scene is loaded with texture.  I’m blown away the texture doesn’t disrupt the beauty of the moment captured in this art journal layout. The background color sufficiently gives the impression this couple is dancing in the evening just as the sun is setting.  A great deal of the texture comes from modeling paste, tinted with pink acrylic paint, and punchinella (sequin waste).  More texture was added by using rubberstamps from Stamps By Judith and Heather.  Another chipboard embellishment was placed among the raised pink dots.  We all dream of the perfect dance.

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The hand written journaling was done with Copic Marker in a shade that blended in nicely with the background.  Choosing a similar shade allowed for a quiet statement in the midst of the dancing couple.

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Sharing My Art:

http://joannamunster.com/2013/06/20/june-blog-hop-vintage-theme/

http://divasbydesignchallenge.blogspot.com/2013/06/distressing.html

http://www.inklingsandyarns.com/2013/06/inky-linky-19/

http://www.ladyanneschallenges.com/3/post/2013/06/stamp-challenge-9.html

http://lilredwagon.blogspot.com/2013/06/190-cardstock-capers.html

http://thepapershelter.blogspot.com/2013/06/challenge-117-anything-but-card.html

http://pollycraftchallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/pollycraft-challenge-1-anything-goes.html

http://lejdesignschallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/lej-designs-challenge-no-58-add-some.html

http://createdwithlovechallenges.blogspot.com/2013/06/cwlc-46-favorite-things.html

http://paperplaytime.blogspot.com/2013/06/ch-12-anything-goes.html

http://stampedblessings.com/2013/06/amusing-challenge-ribbon-or-twine/

 

Circles of Worry

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This art journal page had me seeing circles!  The mixed media watercolor paper was a sturdy base to support brushing on a layer plain water and adding drops of Liquitex Acrylic Inks randomly around the page.  When the ink hit the water it dispersed and made beautiful ripples of color.  The pink spiral shape was hand cut from scrap paper and adhered to the page using gel medium.  I mixed a little pink Liquitex Acrylic Ink with modeling paste on a side palette and spread it around the paper spiral with a palette knife.  The texture of modeling paste makes any surface come alive.  Some random paper arrows, doodling, magazine words, and vintage labels completed the circular motion while adding text.

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And what’s not to love about this little guy?  A perfect digital image from Deviant Scrap.

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Sharing My Art:

http://audsentimentschallengeblog.blogspot.com/2013/06/challenge-82-anything-goes-dt-call-and.html

http://colorthrowdown.blogspot.com/2013/06/color-throwdown-246.html

http://cachallenge.blogspot.com/2013/06/rounds-circles-and-dots.html

http://www.craftdoormagazine.com/2013/06/ttcrd-challenge-june-11-june-17.html

http://www.ladyanneschallenges.com/4/post/2013/06/a-fond-farewell-to-nana-vics-challenge.html

http://sassycheryls.blogspot.com/2013/06/show-me-thursday-123.html

http://craftycatzweeklychallenge.blogspot.com/2013/06/chall-187-lets-go-pink.html

http://digihaven.blogspot.ca/2013/06/anything-goes-challenge-for-our-one.html

http://asimplefive.blogspot.com/2013/06/inspire-me-fridays-107-anything-goes.html

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This art journal page incorporates several of my favorite Eat Cake Graphics images.  You can browse all the adorable, charming and of course whimsical images here: www.eatcakegraphics.com.

As a mixed media artist, creating the perfect art journal layout includes layers of color, loads of supplies, and very messy fingers.  I go through times where I feel “lost” in the midst of so many jars of Gesso, bottles of inks and tubes of paint to the point where creating becomes laborious. For a nice change of pace, I have prioritized the simplicity of creating an art journal page with fewer supplies selected from my large stash.  Several of my simple favorite go to items are packed into a canvas Thirty-One tote and placed beside my favorite chair near a large window.  This page is an example of finding simple joy in a few rubber stamps, some ink and my well-loved sharpies.  It was refreshing to be so carefree with simple coloring and mindless doodling.  This funky modern theme is perfect to show a little love for the over indulgence of social media in our everyday lives.

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Sharing My Art:

http://craftingmusketeers.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/welcome-to-our-2nd-challenge.html

http://houseofgilli.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/your-favorite-color-combo.html

http://kreativeinkauf-challenge.blogspot.de/2013/05/kreativeinkauf-challenge-3-1505-1406.html

http://seemacrafts.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/junes-challenge-mixed-media.html

http://bunnyzoescrafts.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/june-challenge-wings.html

http://createdwithlovechallenges.blogspot.com/2013/06/cwlc-45-anything-goes.html

http://lovetoscrapchallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/challenge-7-rockin-rubbah.html

http://ppp-makeitmonday.blogspot.com/2013/06/mim-144b-with-nicecrane-designs-b.html

http://www.flonzcraft.com/vsc/?p=867

http://avenue613.blogspot.com/2013/06/challenge-23-anything-goes-optional.html

http://challenges4everybody.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/challenge-22-anything-goes.html

http://pennyblackatallsorts.blogspot.com/2013/06/june-challenge.html

http://sisteractcardchallenge.blogspot.com/2013/06/challenge-10.html

http://audsentimentschallengeblog.blogspot.com/2013/06/anything-goes-and-dt-call.html

http://sassycheryls.blogspot.com/2013/05/show-me-thursday-122.html

 

 In Other News:

My “Nice Threads” creation was selected as……

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                    A WINNER!!!

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Nice Threads

The Boys (stick robots) image from Eat Cake Graphics,www.eatcakegraphics.com, was the perfect image for a twist on the sentiment “Nice Threads”.  All well made robots are held together with handfuls of screws, right?  The thread of the screws keep these guys from falling apart.  The image was colored with Tombow Watercolor Markers and blended together with a water brush.  Layered paper, a cool sentiment, and a silver screw brought together the perfect card.  This is a great image to use for the upcoming Father’s Day celebration.

 

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My art was shared with:

http://www.abcchallenges.blogspot.com/2013/06/abc31-masculine-cards.html

http://createdwithlovechallenges.blogspot.com/2013/06/cwlc-44-anything-goes.html

http://pinkbydesignstamps.com/2013/06/03/boys-boys-boys/#.Ua0tAt_D-M8

http://lovetocreatechallenge.blogspot.com/2013/06/challenge-68-fathers-day-or-special-guy.html

http://lovetoscrapchallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/challenge-7-rockin-rubbah.html

http://ppp-makeitmonday.blogspot.com/2013/06/mim-143-with-kennyk.html

http://melonheadzfriends.blogspot.com/2013/05/fathers-day-andor-male-inspired.html

http://craftspotbykimberly.blogspot.com/2013/06/monday-challenge-100-dad.html

http://pinandtack.blogspot.com/2013/06/spark-your-creativity-now-challenge-10.html

http://www.simonsaysstampschallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/simon-saysanything-goes_29.html

http://www.wordartwednesday.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/challenge-82-anything-goes-sponsored-by.html

http://sisteractcardchallenge.blogspot.com/2013/05/sister-act-card-challenge-9.html

http://catchthebugblog.blogspot.com/2013/06/june-anything-goes-at-bugaboo.html

http://www.pumpkinspiceblog.blogspot.com/2013/06/sps-blog-hop-winner-announcements.html

http://cardsformen.blogspot.com/2013/05/challenge-11-dad.html

http://creativecraftchallenges2.blogspot.com/2013/05/challenge-11-for-fellas.html

http://carabbiemomentsofcraft.blogspot.co.uk/

http://paper-craftingjourney.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/masculine-cards.html

http://ablognamedhero.blogspot.com/2013/06/challenge-25-its-mans-mans-mans-world.html

http://www.cardztv.blogspot.com/2013/05/fathers-day-ctv-challenge-30.html

http://wagsnwhiskersrubberstamps.blogspot.com/2013/05/challenge-105-fathers-day.html

http://thescrapbookingqueen-challenge.blogspot.com/2013/05/the-queens-royal-digi-challenge-22.html

http://ladybugcrafts.blogspot.com/2013/06/june-challenge-for-men-in-your-life.html