Monday, February 27, 2017

modular mandala canvases

last summer i designed a mandala that was split into four equal pieces of canvas wrapped board, that could be re-arranged into different configurations. i called it a "modular mandala" and ever since then i've been wanting to make another one... but bigger... so finally i got hold of four 8x8 canvases and went to work. here's the static version, you can see a flipagram on facebook or instagram! ♥

supplies: ranger archival and distress inks applied with a fingertip sponge applicator over a collage of torn vintage paper; shading with gelatos and distress crayons; little bits of liquitex while modelling paste, applied through various stencils, for texture; pen outlines in faber-castell pitt artist pens of various sizes and a bit of posca paint pen

Friday, February 24, 2017

the coast is clear... ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ where we are still making holiday cards that have at least one "see through" element, such as: glass, a transparency, vellum, acetate or "ghost" shapes, clear stickers, lucite buttons, shrink plastic, or, well, whatever else you can come up with! here's what i made this week:

"joy to the world" in 'porcelain' font printed on highland brand inkjet transparency film; thick acrylic snowflake of unknown origin, painted lightly with white craft paint; heidi swapp "ghost shape" snowflakes from years and years and years ago; patterned paper: craft and you design + lilybee + deli paper stenciled with tim holtz snowflakes in liquitex modeling paste, layered over vintage sheet music; florals and foliage: petaloo, prima, making memories, recollections, imaginisce; pearl brads and stickyback pearls: eyelet outlet; adhesives: elmers brand gluetape, 3m foam tape, gluedots, sewing machine

one of my favorite tricks for adding custom sentiments is to computer generate the text, in one of my favorite fonts, sized to exactly the dimensions i require and print it on the correct media. for interior sentiments i love to use the clear shipping labels made for inkjet printers, which i buy from my favorite office supply store. i format and print an entire sheet at a time, so that i always have common sentiments in a few different fonts on hand; and on a white or light cardstock background, all but the text is nearly invisible. for exterior sentiments, one of my favorite tricks is to print an oversized sentiment on to a transparency sheet made for inkjet printers.* sometimes i'll add digital brushes or other elements to incorporate the sentiment in a frame or collage; sometimes i just print the words on their own. this card has an example of the latter technique: "joy to the world" is rendered in  a font called 'porcelain' (which was free from and then layered over a pretty scrap of paper, then loaded up with florals, festive greens and some pretty eyelet outlet pearl embellies.

i've used the sketch half of the current fusion card challenge a bit ummm... "maximally?! but i *think* you can still see it, right?

stephanie has another clearly awesome card to inspire you and there are some very cool examples in the readers' gallery at the bottom of the original post, as well! all of these goodies are-- you may have guessed --over at ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ darlings!

*for more information on this technique, here is a post i wrote a couple of years ago with some pretty good info, if i do say so myself. (which... apparently... i do, lol!)

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

a barrage of collage? (yes, please!)

i'm still having a great time with the daisy yellow wonder31 prompts and apparently i'm still in a bit of a collage phase. my favorite thing about my sketchbook is that i can just roll with whatever mood i'm in on any given night!

this went a bit more towards herringbone, but you get the idea. and YES, those are all 1/4" strips of paper that i sliced to size with my guillotine trimmer and affixed with a tape runner. NO, it wasn't particularly fussy to make, actually; it came together quite quickly. as long as you are always butting the short ends up to one of the long strips, they kind of automatically stay straight, which is helpful. i didn't even need a ruler! 

"zebra" and "circles"
pretty self-explanatory, once you realize that i was combining two prompts.
(but no, technically, this one isn't a collage, lol; it's rendered with tombows and pitt pens.)

"tarot or playing card"
i went with tarot, because i love this teal and red deck from the 1960's; i made a one-staple collage because... well, i just felt like it, i guess! :)

"wallpaper, redux"
a second go at an earlier prompt, made with the leftovers from the first one.

"text or texture"
whaddaya mean, "OR"??!?!?! i'll take BOTH, please, and plenty of each!!!

"darkness" and "light"
when i saw these prompts listed on successive days, i knew right away what i wanted to do!
(for the record: i cut two squares of black paper and two squares of white and assembled them into the quadrants. then i drew the mandala, using several sizes of black pitt pen on top of the white and gelly roll + posca pens on top of the black paper.)

"dawn's sunshine mandala"
this is unrelated to the wonder31 event; it's a 20x24" canvas made by request for my lovely friend and eyelet outlet dt coordinator dawn mercedes barrett, after she admired the big mandala diptych i made last year. it's distress and archival inks over a collage of torn vintage paper, with a bit of modelling paste for texture and a few EO pink gems for sparkle.

i've just had a few "surprise" days at home, owing to the fact that the starter on my car unexpectedly* decided to just. stop. working. thankfully, it did so in my garage, leaving me stranded here, rather than out and about, which i really appreciate. and better yet, it turned out to be something that jeff could replace fairly inexpensively; how lucky am i to have a HANDY husband?! apologies to the ladies who had signed up for my tuesday class at paper anthology, and thank you for understanding the last minute cancellation! ♥

*unexpectedly to me that is; for all i know, it has been plotting this for weeks??! i have the feeling that our lawn mower is a bit of a mischievous rabble-rouser... 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

laissez les bon temps rouler!

we're a week away from mardi gras, but at shopping our stash we are always keen on a party, so we've started early. this week we'd like you to create a card or project that reflects the spirit of carnival or fat tuesday. need help to get started? think masks, beads, parades, partying, drinking, dancing, etc. need more help? check out the gorgeous work of my design team darlings at SOS. but first, here's what i made:

mask template found online, re-sized to 3x5 and trimmed from american crafts pow glitter paper and ranger glossy black cardstock; patterned paper: 7 gypsies; florals: prima, petaloo, oriental trading co, making memories; black gem flourish and feathers: michaels; miscellaneous brads, gems and metal dots from my stash; adhesives: elmers brand gluetape, 3m foam tape, gluedots, sewing machine

this was yet another time when i realized that i had absolutely NO PRODUCTS which related to the theme. i couldn't find so much as a decent-sized vintage book illustration that would work. so i decided to fall back on the gorgeous rich mardi gras colors of purple, green and gold. i found a clip art template for an elegant mask and sized it down to fit on my card. as you know, i hate to spend cutting time on a single layer, so i chose glossy black paper as well as glitter gold paper to give myself a choice. as it turned out, i liked the glitter gold mask with a glossy black drop shadow, so i layered them, sewed them together and set about embellishing with flowers, beads, feathers and anything else i could find in the correct colors.

when i saw atlantic hearts sketch #199, i knew it was perfect for this, so i used it, even though i knew the challenge would close before i could link up; those panels were just too cool to resist! especially when i remembered that i had an ancient 6x6 paper pad (from 7 gypsies, as it turned out) with a black and white harlequin pattern. when i found the tablet, it had a bunch of different black and white designs that coordinated beautifully together!

there's lots more mardi gras inspiration at shopping our stash! grab your crew, strut on over et rejoins la fête, mes chéries! ♥♥♥

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Turtle-y Awesome Tags!

It's my turn on the Eyelet Outlet Blog again, where I'm still crushing bigtime on the brand new, soon-to-be-released, animal brads! There are so many great designs this time, I could not resist giving you another little preview of some that will be in the Eyelet Outlet Store very soon! I also couldn't use just one... or even two... so here's a three-fer of handmade tags. But first, fair warning: if you happen to be a person who hates puns, look away now!

I'm in love with all the new brads, but the Llamas miiiiight be my favorite. I mean, seriously, just look at that cute face!

Since I wanted the characters (and ok, yes, the puns, lol!) to be the stars of this tag set, I haven't used much else in the way of embellishments, just little stacks of vintage paper, some fun hand-stamping, and a few strips of solid color tape, from my favorite Skinny Washi Set.

The Fox Brads come in mixed packs, with some of the foxes standing up, and others taking a little nap. I'm pretty sure it was planned that way because the designers knew it would be impossible for us to choose only one type of fox!

Finally, the Turtle Brads have found their way --slowly but surely-- into my heart. Because, YES, they really are turtle-y awesome!!!

There's something new on the Eyelet Outlet Blog every single day, so I hope you'll stop by tomorrow and see what my friend Barbara has to show you!

Friday, February 17, 2017

let me make myself perfectly CLEAR

at ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ this week, i mean. our new prompt is called "it came upon a midnight clear" and we want to see... (can you guess?!) cards with at least one see-through element! what kind of element, you ask? howsabout: glass, a transparency, some vellum, acetate or "ghost" shapes, clear stickers, lucite buttons, shrink plastic... in other words, whatever you like! basically, if you can see through it --and figure out how to attach it!-- you can link it up! i made a card on a transparency base. i LOVE making those! riiiiiiiiiiiiiiight up to the time i have to (clumsily) photograph them. (grrrr.) but i think you can get the idea of what i've done, right?

snowflake transparency base: the late, great, hambly screen prints; patterned paper: kaisercraft; poinsettia flowers and glitter snowflake: michaels; blue clear-edge bling, clear swirl bling, small round brad and wide glitter winter washi: eyelet outlet; adhesives: elmers brand gluetape, gluedots

i've only got a few precious hambly holiday transparency sheets left; despite the fact that my lovely blogging partner and crafty bff, stephanie, has managed to find a few more for me each year since hambly have gone out of business. this year she also found something called foiled acetate, from a new-to-me brand called hunkydory that i really like, as well. for this card i followed the current sketch saturday layout and had a fun time deciding which elements of the sketch should be placed on the outside of the card (the snowflake/poinsettia stack, plus the bling swirl and gorgeous new extra-wide glitter winter washi tape from eyelet outlet) and which on the inside (a cardstock mat from kaisercrafts's "silver bells" line).    

of course, you don't need to make a clear card, just use at least one clear element!!! need a little more inspiration? check out the gorgeous card stephanie made this week at ♥JINGLE BELLES♥!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

SOS290: heartless

happy valentine's day, darlings! ♥ we've got a bit of a tricky one for you this week at shopping our stash. are you ready? seeing as how we're beginning this challenge *ON* valentine's day* we'd like to see something romantic; but... (here comes the tricky part!) cannot use hearts!!! once you wrap your head around it, this is a pretty cool idea. here's what i made:

doughnut brads and coffee brads: eyelet outlet; typewriter journal card: my mind's eye; alphabet stickers: kelly purkey/simon says stamp; patterned paper: basic grey; adhesives: elmers brand glue tape, 3m foam tape 

a couple of things got me over the need to use hearts for this, and in the spirit of full disclosure of course i'm going to tell you what they were. first, i had a packet each of eyelet outlet coffee brads and doughnut brads. and i've been longing to use them together! second was finding the mme journal card with the typewriter and the blank page, which is exactly the right size for two brads and a typed sentiment.

but maybe the biggest thing was the curtain call inspiration challenge which ended last friday, so obviously i knew i'd be too late to link up with them, but their theme was "XOXO" and several of the design team's cards had background papers with that design. i didn't happen to have any store bought paper with those on, but i did have ledger paper and alphabet stickers... cha-ching! card FINISHED!!! 

of course there are LOADS of ways to take this, and my clever SOS dt darlings have thought of lots of them to help inspire you. why not check those out right now?! ♥

*in my family, february the 14th is more commonly known as "riley's birthday" since my niece just happened to have been born on this day in 2002. those of you mathy types will have noted that is FIFTEEN years ago... HOW did that time go by soooooooo fast, eh??!?! luckily we adults in the family are aging at a completely different and much slower rate, lol! :) :) :)