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!

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

DIY Mixed Media Charm Jewerly

Hello friends! Today I'm absolutely thrilled to announce that I'll be joining Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts as their guest designer for July! Each Wednesday this month I'll have the pleasure of sharing a lovingly made project with you and today, these DIY necklaces are up. I enjoyed making this fun fashion jewelry so much, it was hard to stop! I wanted to try a few different designs and used a combination of GSL chipboard pieces and wooden charms to accomplish this.
First up, my framed diamond charm which I altered with some gears and a set of wings from the Steampunk Shape Set. I used a combination of DecoArt Metallic Lustre paint in Black Shimmer (which appears more pewter than black--I like it), Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Vintage Pink and Glimmer Glam Glitter Paint in Tail Fin. For more sparkle, I added a line of bling around the diamond frame. I also added rub-on words "rise-shine-fly" to the wings and looped a bit of pink cord and bling cord through the top of the charm hole.
Next up, my Small Wooden Dome Charm necklace. I loved the rich wooden tone this dome piece came as, so I simply heat embossed the frame with a coat of clear hologram embossing powder, then added bits of gold mica flakes to the inner part. I then laid down the words "be true" and added a tiny key inside the center of the little dome.
Finally, a couple of pieces made with the Large Wooden Circle Charm, Word Elements 1 and the Small Wooden Circle Charm. On the large circle, I first covered the wooden base with more hologram embossing powder and heat set, then heat embossed the word element "believe" in copper, and glued that on top of the base, which is a perfect fit. The small circle is done with the same hologram embossing powder and a clear bubble epoxy sticker from Amy Tangerine glued to the center. These are not only great to make into unique and cool jewelry, but also for making key chains, planner charms and so much more! Your imagination is truly the limit!
Thanks so much for visiting  and allowing me to share my project with you today! I hope you have enjoyed this easy diy jewelry and are inspired to make some of your own!

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Oui! J'adore Paris!

Bonjour, mon amie's!! Translation, if my HS French isn't completely rusty....hello, my friends!!! Today I have a special piece to share which I'm calling, J'adore Paris! Because I do!! I has been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember to experience the magic and wonder of Paris with my Mom. Perhaps one day it will happen. Until then, I continue to daydream about such worldly adventures. This is another mixed media piece from the R&A collection by Sandra Evertson--a resin heart colored with Gelatos, then altered to reflect my long-time love for all things French!
I started by painting the heart with a layer of Gesso. Then I started laying down layers of color with my Gelatos, allowing each color to dry before adding the next. I only used 2 colors, actually--Metallic Mint and Blueberry. As water is added, they will continue to blend and create some really gorgeous hints of purples, blues and even brown!
Next, I added some of my new SU! gold thread and heat embossed it, which made it stick to the heart with an awesomeness I didn't even expect! Then I added some Gold Mica Flakes and turquoise beads to the front, and of course, had to add some of my fabulous charms from a deconstructed necklace I've had forever and a day, lol. The Eiffel Tower, pearl, emerald, fleur de lis and golden "Oui" are all beautiful symbols of France and I love how they come together with this piece. Finally, I dipped around the heart a layer of Platinum crushed glitter glass and then a lighter layer of black micro beads. Attach a chain and you have one lovely statement piece!
Thank you so much for stopping by my blog! I hope your day is tres magnifique!!!

Monday, June 20, 2016

"When In Doubt, Travel" Postage Shaped Mini Album

Happy Monday and happy SUMMER! I hope your week is off to a great start! Today I have a quick share--it's a mini album I made last month for a NSD challenge over at Scrapbook.com. I didn't win a prize for this, but that's okay and I still want to share it with you! I just love the MCT Stitched Postage Frame Dies and thought the largest one would work well for a fun travel-themed mini album. Guess what? I was right! This was fun and easy to make and I also had a chance to break into my new Carta Bella Old World Travel paper and sticker collection, yay! Here's my little album...
I started with some cracker and cereal boxes and cut them down to size, then ran them through my Cuttlebug using the biggest postage frame die to make 6 pages and a cover. I did the same thing with my patterned papers, then adhered each paper to the cardboard base and voila! A super easy and cute mini album to decorate to your hearts content! I had a ball decorating the front with a bits of interest like natural twine, Carta Bella stickers, Prima flowers, a metal tassel, crocheted white doily, vintage-inspired paper clip and camera charm....
Charming.
Thanks so much for stopping by on this fine first day of Summer, 2016! Wishing each and every friend reading this a most beautiful, blessed and inspired day!!!