Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Mixed Media Art - With Stampin' Up Swirly Bird Bundle

     Hi everyone! I am posting a wee bit of a different project today. I started today's creation with the intent to make yet another watercolour card. However, as my creative process flowed in an indiscriminate manner, this whimsical framed piece of mixed media art came about! 
     At first glance, you may not even quite recognize the Stampin' Up Bundle that I used here. Saying that, by utilizing a few different techniques, I was able to make this bundle of products look more organic than the usual. If you check out the Swirly Bird Bundle of products (pictured below) you can see where my artful images in today's project came from. 
      I have been much intrigued with masking and watercolouring these days. I have also recently been in awe with mixed media art. So as today's aquapainters, water spritzers, blender pens, markers & inks flowed, this gem became much too pretty to fold up into a card. I had also purchased a few frames for my stash of things to be stamped a while back, & so voila! The two (artwork & frame) became one! 

     Of course my sweet daughter was stamping alongside me today. She was quick to claim my creation as belonging to her. Hence where the phrase on today's piece came from. I then claimed her work of heart. Mommy is going to have to purchase a special frame for this one. I think hers turned out better than my own. She has been learning techniques with me over the summer. Did I say she is only 5? I may have to make her a watermark for her future images!
     Today's project is also my submission for the Global Design Project (#GDP049). This week's theme over on the GDP blog is a colour challenge. Just click on the picture below to check out all the fun fab ideas being shared over there using this great Stampin' Up colour combo!
http://www.global-design-project.com/2016/08/global-design-project-049-colour.html
      Lastly, if you are wondering where the pretty pear fibres on today's project came from, well I had some pear pizzazz ribbon saved in my stash of goodies. I pulled the ribbon apart to get the nice soft strands of grass that you see here today. My white gel pen & long lost sewing machine were also put to use to finish things off! I had not used my sewing machine in over 10 years! Oops! Guess what? It still works! More sewing on papercrafts to come! Yay for me!

     Thank you so much for stopping by today! & I hope you leave inspired to mix up some media, or maybe even pull out your sewing machine!

     Carolynn

Friday, 12 August 2016

Watercolor Stencilling With Stampin' Up Decorative Masks

     Well hello again! I am a stamping addict these days, and I'm sure I am D-R-I-V-I-N-G my hubby C-R-A-Z-Y with my crafts! But ... the kids have been outta school for over a month now & it's seriously my best escape when the going get's crazy! Besides, my girly 5 year old and I love to bond over our crafts these days and one day she may be too cool for these fun times (insert pouty face here as I really hope not)!
     My card today is rather girly, and it was a creation in the making. In other words... I did not know what it would look like until I was finished! I like the final product (don't get me wrong I was worried during the entire process that it was going to come out looking like muck)! Saying that, I am really glad it doesn't look like muck, as it is my submission for this week's color challenge over at Pals Paper Arts! I love a good color challenge, as it motivates me to play with colors that I would normally not put together on my own. Click on the icon below if you are as intrigued as I am to see all of the other creations showcasing this stunning combo!
http://palspaperarts.com/2016/08/11/ppa313-a-color-challenge-from-mary-fish/
     When making this pretty creation, I used the Stampin' Up! Hearts & Stars Decorative Masks Stencil pictured below. With some watercolor paper, a few inks, and a white gel pen, this background actually came together pretty easily!
www.stampinup.com/ECWeb/ProductDetails.aspx?productID=133777&dbwsdemoid=2120365
     I hope you enjoyed today's card as much as I enjoyed making it! And thank you so much for stopping by! If you are in Canada and  you are interested in purchasing the products used in the making of today's card just click on the pictures in the supply list below. They will take you to my Canadian online Stampin' Up! supply shop. It's open 24 hours a day!

     Ba-bye for now & have fun creating!

     Carolynn

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Stampin' Up Hair Gel Card With Swirly Bird Bundle

     Hi friends! I hope you are all enjoying your summer. We have been enjoying the great outdoors, as we just came back from another camping trip. This time we were thankful enough to enjoy the warmth of the sun, and also got to absorb some of that much needed beach time. Check out this beautiful lake in British Columbia ...
     It's just a little hidden piece of paradise. My only regret is that we had to leave before I was ready to say good-bye. On that note, the card I am sharing with you this week is on par with a waterfront getaway. I was inspired by last week's creations over at the Global Design Project. #GDP047 The theme was a nautical one. Although I was away, and unable to participate in time, I arrived home excited to make a gel card in keeping with the nautical craze!
      The last time I made a gel card was for sure over 10 years ago. The technique has been around for a while, yet somehow it still excites me. You take a smallish zipper bag from your local dollar store, stuff it with hair gel, secure it with some adhesive strip between a layer of cardstock, and voila! The cheaper the hair gel the better! I decided to tint mine with the Island Indigo reinker so that it would match my card. You could tint it whatever colour you like really! The possibilities are endless, & once you've worked your hair gel magic, these cards are truly therapeutic as you just can't stop squishing that gel around!

     As for the cute little life saver on this card, I custom made it with my Stampin' Up circle punches and my Flirty Flamingo ink pad using the masking technique. I'll post a few pics below so you catch my drift.
     Those stationary sticky notes make the best masks as they stay in place when you stamp! As for the punches, I used the Stampin' Up 1/2 inch & 1 inch circle punches. Below is a how to video from Stampin' Up that showcases another way to use the masking technique.
      Lastly, if you are loving the colour combo on this card, you can thank the team over at TGIF! Just click on the icon below and you can check out other stunning creations made with these fabulous Stampin' Up colours! #TGIFC67
http://tgifchallenges.blogspot.ca/2016/08/tgifc67.html
     Well that's it for today! Thank you for stopping by & feel free to contact me if you need more stamping info. Remember that you can check out the Stampin' Up supplies used on today's card in the list below. & If you are in Canada and are interested in purchasing these items, just click on them and you will be taken to my online Stampin' Up shop!

     Cheers!

     Carolynn