Tuesday, April 29, 2014

My Last Guest Design Spot for eP

This is a sneak peek of my last post as eclectic Paperie's April guest designer. I'd love it if you'd click the link to see the reveal of my project. :)

In case you missed my other posts here are the links:

Hope you have a wonderful day,
Lisa xx

Steampunk, Meljen's Style

She's got style, steampunk style that is! 

This image-Steampunk Girl-is from our current sponsor, Meljen's Designs, and I used her for our new Numbers challenge at Top Tip Tuesday. Naturally we want to see a number or numbers on your project. To meet Elaine's {our hostess} request for numbers I altered a Tim Holtz Idea-ology bingo piece with Archival Jet Black ink and a gold Adirondack acrylic paint dabber plus more numbers can be found on the philosophy tag also by Tim. 

To create my background I used distress stains and my favorite stencil-Latticework. I spread a light coat of Snow Cap Adirondack Paint Dabber over it and chose several background stamps and stamped them in Archival Jet Black ink. The image was printed on white cardstock and colored primarily with distress markers, then antique linen was blended over it. The edges were torn by hand and vintage photo distress ink was used to age it. 


Meljen's Designs
Melissa is offering our winner a prize of 4 free digi's.

A big thank you to her as well for supplying the DT with images to create with!

Here are a few close ups before I go...

I did use Copic's and a salmon Caran d'Ache neocolor crayon to even out her skin tone and for her hair color. Faded jeans distress stain quickly added color to the wood cog under the 7 bingo piece. Tim's spritz and flick technique was used on the image to create the water spots. 

That's a wrap for me today, thanks for looking at my mixed media tag!
I hope you'll pay my teamies a visit to see the images they used for our Numbers challenge at Top Tip Tuesday. 

Have a terrific day!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Week 4 as eclectic Paperie's Guest Designer

Hi everyone!

Here's a sneak peek of my mixed media project for Week 4 as eclectic Paperie's April Guest Designer. I'd love it if you'd click this link HERE and pay me a visit there to see the full reveal of my project. Next week will be my last guest spot with them and I have enjoyed creating and playing with the wonderful products Kim offers in her online store.

Here are the other projects I've done so far in case you missed them:

Have a wonderful day!
Lisa xx

Saturday, April 19, 2014

You Might Want to Put Your Shades On...

Nothing Says Home Like Lovin' From My Oven

{mixed media art journal page}

Well don't say I didn't warn ya lol. 

**Use A Die Cut or Punch**

Hello and welcome back, if you are a newcomer please do not be put off by the brightness of my art journal page. Not all of my projects are this intense. ;)  We are kicking off a new challenge at The Squirrel and The Fox and our sponsor is the talented Kenny K of Kenny K Designs. I'm using a fun digi that he provided the DT to create with and its called Super Mom. She immediately reminded me of a vintage poster I'd seen- Rosie the Riveter. Don't know who Rosie is??? Take a peek below...

This poster was created during the WWII era when women were called upon to work in the factories because so many men were serving in the US military stateside and abroad. I love vintage images and this one has always captured my attention. Maybe it's the bold colors that initially drew me to it but it's the look on her face that made me agree, We Can Do It! Women can do anything they choose to do and whether you are a corporate executive or a super mom who loves to serve up some lovin' from the oven we all have something to contribute. Well, now that you know the inspiration for my art journal page here are a few deets on how I created it.

She's colored with Faber-Castell colored pencils and after fussy cutting her I inked the edges with Black Soot Distress Ink. Her rouge {blush} was created using a salmon watercolor crayon by Caran d'Ache. All you have to do is spritz some water on the end of the crayon, dab your brush in it and lightly apply to the area you wish to cover. I love these crayons! 

To create my background {like Rosie's} I used a yellow Faber-Castell Gelato and brushed on the color after mixing it with water. If you own a silicone craft mat then it's as simple as scribbling the gelato on the mat, spritz with water, mix and brush. Easy peasy! The colors are gorgeous and yes, some of them are intense such as this yellow. ;) I was aiming to use the same color scheme-yellow, blue, red and black primarily. Since our challenge at The Squirrel and The Fox is to use either a die cut or punch I opted to use a die I've had in my stash for a while-Spellbinders Address Book. I covered the tabs at the bottom with my cookie sheet sticker and used other various stickers on my page to carry out my theme. The title was created using a Dymo Label Maker and I'm not too happy with it right now. :( Some of the letters are not printing with a deep impression so it made it hard to read which is why I added the caption. Going to have to work on that....grrrrr

As for the border I used a fun stamp from the Dylusions Further Around the Edge set to create my border. I stamped it in Staz On Jet Black and colored in the open spaces with a red Faber-Castell Pitt Pen. A little doodling around the labels and it was finished. 


Prize is 5 digi stamps!!!

I do hope you'll play along with our Use a Die Cut or Punch challenge at The Squirrel and The Fox. Good luck to those participating and congratulations to our Winner and Top 3 of Challenge 67. I totally went blank the last challenge and forgot to welcome the new DT members to our wonderful challenge blog, so sorry ladies. Without further ado here they are... 

Be sure to visit the rest of the team to see the other Kenny K digi's he supplied the DT with. There are some cute ideas for guy cards amongst them and Father's Day will be here before we know it. ;)

That's all for me today, for those celebrating the Easter holiday I wish each of you a very Happy and Blessed Easter. Also, I highly recommend the movie Heaven Is For Real which is in theaters now. 


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Guest Designing for eclectic Paperie

Click HERE to see the project reveal at eclectic Paperie

This is just a sneak peek of my third Guest Designer project for eclectic Paperie. I'd be thrilled if you'd click the link and pay me a visit there to see my entire project. :)

In case you missed them here are my first two projects-

This has been a crazy busy week and I've missed visiting all of your blogs. I'll be by soon to see what you've been up to lately. Thanks for looking today! 

Have a wonderful day,

timeless couture

{mixed media canvas}

***Warning, Photo Heavy Post***

Hello and Welcome Back!!
I created this 'timeless couture' mixed media canvas for my daughter because she loves fashion and is an admirer of the late Coco Chanel. It's also my DT offering for Top Tip Tuesday's new challenge - Paper Piecing - which we hope you'll play along with. My paper pieced element is the Alterations Sewing Room dress form die by Tim Holtz which I first die cut with chipboard then made a second die cut with a text dp by Fancy Pants. I paper pieced the dp over the chipboard, inked the edges with Distress Ink-Black Soot and added Kaisercraft pearls to create a faux pearl necklace. 

Our sponsor for this challenge is Stamp and Create and they are offering the winner a $20.00 gift certificate.

Thank you for your support of TTT!

My canvas was also influenced by a new challenge that I'm enjoying playing along with - A Vintage Journey - and the hostess, Astrid, asked us to create something that's "A Little Bit French." This was right up my alley and being able to combine my DD's love of fashion with the iconic French couturier, Coco Chanel, to create a piece of art she'll enjoy is perfection for me. :)

On a personal note, I used some sentimental scraps of trim {from my mom's sewing stash} and a Vogue sewing pattern {from my MIL's sewing stash} which are vintage in themselves. These items are precious to both of us since my MIL passed in February of this year {after a long battle with Alzheimer's} and my mother is still fighting her own personal battle with this dreaded disease. Both were excellent seamstresses in their day and my daughter has an affinity for sewing which she must have gotten from them because sewing is like a foreign language to me. Both of her grandmothers would be very proud of her textile projects for her TXMD college courses!

Here are a few close ups and I'll explain my French influences on this canvas as I go.

I covered the 11x14 canvas with my MIL's Vogue sewing pattern
and applied white gesso randomly over it. To begin 
building my background I used various stamps to the pattern
and here's a tip when stamping directly onto canvas. 
TIP: Place a book/object under the open part of the canvas so you
will have a firm foundation to stamp on. 

At this point I started gathering my items and when I was sure 
of the placement I started adhering them to my canvas.  
I used Tim's Weathered Clock die to create a frame for Coco's
picture {courtesy of Google}. A piece of  recycled cereal board
was used for my die cut, then I gave it a coat of black gesso, let it dry and 
applied Ranger's Perfect Medium to a text stamp and stamped over the clock
die cut. Ranger's Perfect Pearls-Heirloom Gold, Pewter, Perfect Pearl and 
Bronze was then applied over the medium with a brush. I set the colors with 
a light coat of hair spray and this technique is an easy way to achieve a metallic
look. To add texture to my clock frame I dabbed it with Adirondack Acrylic 
Paints in -Silver, Gold and Snow Cap. 

The sewing machine image is from Tim's Blueprint Assortment stamp set
and it was stamped onto a piece of parchment paper, I cut around the image and 
distressed the edges with Black Soot ink. 
The NOTED wood embellishment is from Prima's 
Stationer's Desk wood embellishment collection and it's 
altered with a light coat of black gesso and a dab of Snow 
Cap acrylic paint. You can see another stamp I used of the 
Eiffel Tower to the left of the frame and one of Tim's fractured dolls
to the right. The doll reminds me of the statues on display in the various 
French museums and also of a mannequin. 

I love that you can see the Vogue name on the sewing pattern. :) 
Did you know that Coco made her debut in Vogue on February 1,
1916. Her brand is still going strong today {43 years after her passing}
and she once said "I freed the body" which clothing wise, 
she did. Her use of jersey fabric allowed women the freedom 
to move about while working or traveling without constraint. 
Now that's a good thing!

This laser cut chandelier is from Michael's
and I altered it with acrylic paints, layer by layer.

After it dried I added silver and gold acrylic paints. 
Then I gave it some texture with this stamp. 

Love the detail the stamp adds.

The large Eiffel Tower was stamped onto parchment paper 
and fussy cut. The flower nearest the fractured doll is 
faux leather and it adds another textile layer to my canvas.

The fancy trim at the top was in my mom's stash and 
I love it, it reminds me of chainmail for some reason.
That's Tim's composer tissue tape under it and a Prima
pebble to the left which reflects all of the musicals/plays
that were made of Coco's life. Tim's ball chain was 
altered with silver acrylic paint and finishes off my

Timeless and Couture chipboard pieces are also from Dusty 
Attic and each was given a light coat of black gesso. The ivory
flower is linen and fits in well with my theme besides
being pretty. The black lace bling is by Prima as well 
as the scissors which are a wood embellishment from the 
Stationer's Desk collection that I altered 
with gesso and silver acrylic paint. I used Tim's Latticework
layering stencil {you can see it above the dress form} in
several places to add depth and visual interest. I love this
stencil and find myself using it a lot.

This little vignette is a peek into Coco's private world. ;)
I love the vintage telephone {Dusty Attic} setting on the 
laser cut wood table {Soiree-Pink Paislee} on the black 
and white checkered floor {a dp} with the French antique
wood laser cut chair {Michael's}. The gold braid trim is from
my stash and the pen nibs {Tim for Idea-ology} represent the 
articles, books, etc. written about Coco's life.
{the red dp they are on is Glitz's Distressed Couture dp}

Before the frame and doll were added I used my fave stencil,
Latticework by Tim to add color and depth. Ranger's Tree Branch
ink is dabbed over the stencil and then I lifted it to reveal the 
stenciled image. 

French influences are Coco-a Parisian, the Eiffel Tower, french 
fashion and antiques (wood furniture/chandelier)

See the Paris stamp above the nibs, it's from Tim's French Connection
stamp set and the pen nibs are from his Idea-ology line. So many
books/plays have been written about Coco Chanel and I wanted to
reflect that. The pretty dp is from Glitz's Distressed Couture collection 
and I love it. I shaded it with a black Faber-Castell Pitt Pen and you can 
also see a flourish stamp by Tim in the background. I stamped it on
my background randomly when I was building my layers and it adds
a special touch. 

I spelled out Chanel with a Recollections alpha set and the No. 5 is 
from a 7 Gypsies set. The flower center is from Prima's Say It With
Studs and the layered paper flowers are also Prima.

A G45 {postcard stamp} records correspondence 
and the edges were distressed with Black Soot. 
A Prima Princess paper clip adds a vintage touch, the
gold flower is also by Prima and I added a touch of Vintage
Photo Distress ink to it. You can see Tim's Fabulous Flourish 
stamp in the background. :)

I distressed {at the top} the vintage trim with Vintage 
Photo Distress Stain because it was stained in places 
and now it blends in. The trim on the left is a fancy 
trim that was in her sewing box as well. The Prima tile was
framed with a wood embellishment from the same collection
I've used throughout by Prima and the dp underneath it is 
by Glitz and another one in their Distressed Couture collection.

The large spool was given a coat of black gesso and I wrapped 
some ivory twine around it then threaded a needle from my 
mom's sewing stash through. The small wood spool was wrapped
with gold cord and I added a large black pearl to the center of the 
black button by Pink Paislee. 

Playing along with these challenges too:
{I used a dp on the dress form, the red dp under pen nibs is by Glitz and the third is under the Prima tile-upper left corner-and it's also by Glitz}

Whew!!! If you've come this far thanks for hanging in there. Hope you enjoyed my mixed media canvas and I'll be back tomorrow with my third Guest Designer project for eclectic Paperie.

Also, a big thank you to A Vintage Journey for the Pinworthy Mention for this project HERE


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

A Sneak Peek...

{sneak peek}

Hi everyone!

I'm back for my second week as the April Guest Designer at eclectic Paperie and I'd love it if you'd click the link to view my home decor mixed media project. I had a blast playing with stamps, stencils and other fun mixed media products. Thanks Kim!

You can join us this month for the April ePlay Challenge-Wood and the chance to win a $25.00 gift certificate to Kim's online store. Good luck!

See my first eP GDT project HERE 

Thanks for looking today! Also, a note of thanks to those who left a comment for me over at eP. It means a lot!  


Saturday, April 5, 2014

Do You Love Animals?


***All Creatures Great and Small***

If you love animals then you're all set to join our new challenge at The Squirrel and The FoxMy children love animals and growing up they had several pets plus we always included a visit to the zoo on our vacations. Owls are a favorite of my DD's so I thought she'd like this altered tag I created for her. 

My tag is actually the back of a Graphic 45 staples package which I saved. I love the shape and size so I gave it a coat of Liquitex gesso and let it dry. My digi was colored with Copic markers and I highlighted him with copper Stickles then fussy cut the image. I added an Authentique woodgrain dp in random places, then added drywall tape {you can fine it at a hardware store} and spread Golden's fiber paste over it to create more texture. After drying I used various Ranger Distress Stains-broken china, peeled paint, vintage photo, mustard seed-to give a pop of color and added a few gold micro beads. To add a 3D effect I die cut an Alterations Branch Tree die and crumpled some of the branches, added some metal and wood embellishments, a yellow butterfly, paper flowers and Tim's chitchat words spell out what I wanted to say. Ribbon, trim and seam binding bring all the colors together and add the finishing touch. 

{he's so dapper, I did add some Glossy Accents to his pocket watch}


Prize is 3 free digi's.

Hope you'll join our *All Creatures Great and Small* challenge at The Squirrel and The Fox.
Thanks for looking at my altered tag today! 
Enjoy the rest of your weekend. :)


Friday, April 4, 2014

April showers bring May flowers

{mixed media art journal page}

Hi everyone, this is my offering for the new challenge 

{I'm a bit late, I know}

This cute image is Umbrella Splash and its by our current sponsor Sami Stamps Shop at Etsy.

I wasn't sure how I was going to use it until I pulled out my art journal and fussy cut the image. {I should stop here and say that I paper pieced her dress, boots and umbrella}. It was then that I saw her splashing in a puddle and remembered the familiar rhyme I learned as a child. The background was created by using various mixed media products such as Calypso Teal Dylusions Ink Spray, Faber-Castell Tropical Gelatos, Wendy Vecchi embossing paste-white over a Tim Holtz Speckles stencil, Adirondack Snow Cap paint dabber, Kaisercraft rub ons and tear drop dew drops. Traveling typewriter is the font I used to create my journaling and I found it on Pinterest some time ago. If you like it you can click the Pinterest link on my right sidebar and go to my Fonts/Typography board and find it there. The paper flowers were in my stash and so were the pearls I used for the centers. 


Prize is a $12.00 gift certificate.

A big thank you to Sami Stamps for supplying the DT with images!

Thanks for dropping by and taking a look at my mixed media art journal page!


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Exciting News!!!

Today is the day I get to spill the beans.....

I'm the guest designer at eclectic Paperie for the month of April.


This is a sneak peek at my project and I'd be thrilled if you'd click this link HERE and pay me a visit over on the eP challenge blog. Feel free to leave a comment and let me know what you think about my creation. :) I plan to offer a variety of projects every Wednesday throughout the month and I'm starting with one that's just in time for Easter. 

A big thank you to Kim for supplying me with fabulous products from her online store, eclectic Paperie, to create with and to Bonnie for the invite.:)

Have an awesome day!

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