Thursday, September 1, 2016

MMMC Blog Challenge #28-Rustic

Hello and happy September! A new month means a new challenge over at the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge Blog and this month, we're celebrating with a rustic theme! Come on over and get inspired to make something for our MMMC #28-Rustic!
We received a lovely array of products from Canvas Corp Brands this month to inspire us in our rustic-themed projects and I created a pretty home d├ęcor project with this marvelous little vintage-style white photo crate
It was so fun to play with different goodies like the jumbo lime green burlap flower, natural canvas fabric and hot pink hemp rope! I really love these 7 Gypsies papers with a garden theme. So much to love about CCB!
Check out these colorful mini clothespins! Aren't they the cutest!!!

I hope you will join us this month and share your beautiful rustic-inspired mixed media project for the MMMC #28-Rustic!

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Planner Girl Pretties and Fun!

Hello friends! I hope you are enjoying these dog-days of summer! As I'm savoring every summery moment, I can't help but look forward to the lovely days of early Fall that will be here before we know it. I was thinking that this might be a great time to start something I've been wanting to do for a while on my blog--host a weekly planner challenge to stay motivated and inspired. Nothing heavy, just a fun little challenge to help keep each other on track in our planners (if you have one...or more, hehe!). I already have the Heidi Swapp gold and white striped planner, which I really like. Now my brand new robin's egg blue Carpe Diem planner arrived this week and I think I'm in love! It has gold hardware, which is awesome since my HS planner has silver hardware. I can't wait to begin creating beautiful planner pages with all my new planner and planner pretties!
Here's some of the goodies I received recently from my Simple Stories win (so lucky)! The Carpe Diem Planner Essentials line is fab! I seriously love everything from the roller stamp to the clear sticker numbers and clear sticker sentiments....
 ....to the plastic storage pouch.
The Simple Stories Carpe Diem Illustrated Faith stickers and washi tape strips are awesome too! So bright and vibrant and happy!!!
How about you? Don't all these pretties make you want to plan! Lol :) Do you have a planner? I would love to see it! Any and all planners are welcome! We can be inspired by all different kinds! I also plan on getting my hands on one (at least) of the new Prima planners that are coming soon. Have you seen some of the sneak peeks of them? C'mon, right?!! SO fabulous!!! Okay, so let me know in the comments if a weekly planner challenge is something you would be interested in. I will begin sharing my planner each week starting in September (that gives me a minute to get organized, lol) and you can feel free to join in too. I hope you will! :D

Monday, August 1, 2016

Journey Mixed Media Canvas

Hello and happy Monday! I hope you had a great weekend and got re-energized and ready for an awesome week and a new month! Yep, it's August already!! And that means a brand new Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!!! This month, it's MMMC #27-TRAVEL!
I was inspired to create a mixed media travel themed art canvas filled to the brim with lots of icons, chipboard, stickers, and bits of metal! What fun it was to just freely create!
I had fun with this canvas, layering a variety of eclectic elements to create a hodgepodge of mixed media goodness.  I used Skeleton Clocks and Steampunk Shape Set on my canvas. I first painted a coat of white gesso over all the chipboard and then added color with sprays. I also tried rub-on foils over the painted chipboard and wooden pieces and it worked beautifully!
I altered the Memories Wooden Charm in the same fashion and added a number 3 from the Faux
Metal Number Plates to the mix. I used some Tim Holtz rub-on sentiments and gold Prima rub-on foils over the painted chipboard and wooden pieces and it worked beautifully! All stickers are from Carta Bella's Old World Travel collection and have been sponged around all edges for a more worn look. The background was achieved with Tattered Angels sprays and then finished with a sponging of white chalk ink.
 I enjoyed pulling out some of my superb 7 Gypsies embellishments including Industrial Gears, Antique Gold Key Set, Antique Optical Lens and miniature Apothacary bottle. And I even found a place for my tiny world globe that I've had in my stash since God rested on the seventh day!!! Yay!!!
And a final close-up...
Thank you so much for visiting and allowing me to share my project today! Wishing you a creative journey!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

MFT Camp Create-Magnificent Masking

Hey friends! Happy Thursday! Today I went to camp! Camp Create over at the MFT blog, that is! Camp counselor Laurie shows us a cool masking technique to inspire! And off we go to the rec room for arts and crafts and Magnificent Masking!
I chose to use the MFT sun ray stencil as my mask and sponged over it with Stampin' Up inks in Passion Pink, Rose Red, Pretty In Pink, Pumpkin Pie and Summer Sun. I stamped the sentiment in Versamark black ink using the MFT Words Of Inspiration stamp set.
And look! I even earned my Masking badge! I'm so proud of myself, hehe!
Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you have a GREAT day!!!

Alice In Wonderland House

Hello friends! Linsey here again with my 3rd guest designer project and today's theme is one of my all-time favorites, Alice In Wonderland!  GSLC carries some really fun "Alice" themed chipboard and I had a fabulous time creating with them! Now, it's time to follow the white rabbit, go through the keyhole and let your curiosity take you away into a magical wonderland where imagination is the limit! Don't be late!
I started with the House Shadow Box, first putting it together with a good wood glue, then painting all the edges in white chalky paint. Next I started "wallpapering" each room with different patterned papers in hot pink, black and white with pops of gold. Then I took several pieces from Alice In Wonderland Chipboard Silhouettes and Alice String Alongs, heat embossing each piece. Now, time for really fun part--decorating the rooms! Some of the silhouettes were positioned flat against the wall and some were propped forward for a 3D effect. Here's a close-up peek into each room.
The flower garden in Alice's dream...I painted the Art Deco Border and Corners chipboard black, then embossed them in clear, creating this cool shine on the garden "gate".
The white rabbit always carries his pocket watch on his ventures out, yet he's still running late! This little piece reads "follow after your bliss". Always a good reminder.
Do you remember the scene in the Disney movie where Alice has an encounter with a most talkative doorknob and end up going through the keyhole where she travels along the sea in a bottle? I chose a few pieces from the Keys & Plates Shape Set to create this little room.
Another of Alice's adventures I remember fondly was when she followed the white rabbit to his home and after eating a treat, grew so big, her arms and legs popped through the windows and her head came out the roof, causing much stress on poor white rabbit. Oh, dear Alice...curiosity always was your weakness.
Of course, I had to include the infamous Mad Hatter's Tea Party scene and it was super easy with a few chippies from the Alice In Wonderland Chipboard Silhouettes.  And a very merry un-birthday to you!
The caterpillar that Alice crosses paths with is another favorites scene. Here he is, doing what he does best.  A, E, I, O......
When Alice finally meets the Queen of Hearts, it's not exactly a sweet encounter. "Off with her head" doesn't leave a good first impression, am I right?
For the top room, I created a big clock using the Wood Medallions 1 and Steampunk Shape Set. The Wooden Charm-Dream was also added and a couple more Alice themed chippies. The roof was designed using the 12x12 Texture Sheet-Diamonds. I cut in down to size and painted it black, then embossed in clear for the shine. It matches the garden gate and deco corners on the house.
And that completes our Adventure through wonderland! Thanks so much for stopping by and letting me share my project! I hope you are inspired to create your own magic today!

Friday, July 15, 2016

Reach For The Stars-MMMC Blog Announcement

Hi friends and happy Friday! Woo hoo!!! Today I have a very special announcement to make that I'm so excited to share! I've been asked to fill an open spot on the fabulous Mixed Media Monthly Challenge Blog and I said YES!!! I am beyond thrilled to be amongst the wonderfully talented group of designers and partakers of the MMMC blog!!
Not familiar with the MMMC blog? Well, don't delay--check it out and try your hand at this month's challenge-#26-Reach For The Stars! Just create something beautiful with your mixed media stash and add it to the gallery over at the MMMC blog! There's still 2 weeks to play, so what are you waiting for? Come join me in the fun!!
Need a bit of inspiration? Here's my project for this month's challenge! It was so much fun to make!
I love this sentiment from TCP. It's a great reminder to always strive for what you want and to never give up. Very inspiring!
Thanks so much for stopping by on this very fine day! You are awesome!!! Have a beautiful and blessed weekend, my friends!!!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

"Journey" Mixed Media Shadowbox

Hello friends! Linsey here and today I'm sharing a mixed media piece I made for my 2nd guest designer project for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts using a 6x6 inch stretched canvas flipped and transformed into a miniature shadowbox. This piece speaks the truth to me in my everyday life and when it comes to art, it is much the same. The creative process, like life, is also a journey. We are all free to fly, we all wear a crown and artistically, our imagination is the only limit. I like to file this under my "Creator endowed rights" and my little shadowbox is a reflection of that freedom.
The fantastic selection of wood and chipboard pieces from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts is endless! I chose the Art Deco Corner Set to emboss in white and adorn the corners of the shadowbox. Next I chose to use a few of the House Jewelry Pieces and one of the birds from the Bird On A Swing Shape Set to adorn the inside of the canvas-shadow box. Again, I heat embossed these pieces in white. I added a layer of Hologram embossing powder over the house and house frame, then added a rub on sentiment to the surface of the embossed bird. I also added a metal crown to the bird and glued several purple beads to the inside of the tiny house frame. Then I glued them to the inner top so they can dangle on little strands of bling.
Next I gathered plenty of paper flowers in various sizes and colors, then painted them all in a coat of white gesso. I chose the Wooden Journey Charm for the top front of the box and painted it in gesso as well. After all was dry, I started painting the word charm, each flower and the canvas (inside and out) with Shimmerz watercolor paints in piggy pink, blue lagoon and pugnacious purple. Then I glued everything in place and added a bit of twine in a bow to the side. I really like how the Journey charm turned out.  It took the Shimmerz paints so beautifully.
Thank you so much for stopping by today! I hope you've enjoyed my project and found a bit of inspiration!