You Are My Sunshine - The Crafter's Workshop & Canvas Corp. Team Up!

Friday, February 17, 2017

Today I'm share my creations with a team up between The Crafter’s Workshop & Canvas Corp.!  Along with an amazing array of inspiring mediums, stencils and embellishments that we were given, the theme we were assigned to convey is “Spring Is In the Air…”  And since the weather in our part of the country is so completely unpredictable, it is easy to associate with the beginning of a new season!

The newly released mediums from The Crafter’s Workshop have outdone their previous release.  The Black Modeling Paste and the Heavy Body Acrylic paints are like working with cake frosting, without the calories…the texture and consistency is so amazing and easy to work with…perfectly combining with their intricate stencils.
I used a combination of the mediums pictured below, some are new and some are from the last release.
With the idea of Spring, looking thru the new stencils, the one that popped out at me has intricate sunflowers and the coordinating famous song & quote.  These are a few of the products I laid out to use during my process.

I started with a small 8×8 canvas and used the Gold Gesso to add a layer of background shine as well as prep the raw canvas…perfect application!

Next, I used the Clear Matte Medium with one of the new 12×12  leaf stencils to add a repetitive pattern onto the background.

After the Gel Medium dried, and most of it looked completely clear, I misted a generous coating of the Tattered Angels “French Lime” mist that we were given from Canvas Corp.

I dabbed some of the extra mist off the canvas in places.

While the mist dried, I used a piece of small muslin from Canvas Corp. to stencil a sunflower using several colors of Distress Ink.

  The sunflower is the singular one that is part of a larger 12×12 stencil.  It was the perfect size for this piece of muslin and a good ratio to the 8×8 canvas.

I frayed the edges of the fabric to give it a rougher edge and kept it in place with washi, while I stenciled it with ink.
After the ink dried, I experimented with a tiny bit of texture using the Heavy Body Acrylic paint in Iridescent Gold.  I carefully added the paint to the end pieces, after lining up the stencil over the previously inked portion.

Waiting for all the other pieces to dry, I grabbed my new favorite medium, the Black Modeling Paste, and layered it over the Sunshine phrase on more muslin fabric I had misted.

Even after two attempts, part of my stencil ended up thicker at the ‘My,’ but I added some more Tattered Angels mist and trimmed up the edges into a banner shape.

Finally, I used my glue gun to layer the stenciled muslin piece onto a burlap square, and adhered both to the canvas.  I cut out a piece of the muslin center of the sunflower to add some burlap pieces, gold thread and tiny faux flowers.

I dabbed a tiny bit of the Gold Gesso to the edges of the muslin, burlap, canvas and flower petals, adding more definition and texture.

Finally, I used my hot glue gun to add the banner sentiment to the canvas, using some Canvas Corp. tiny brown clothespins to the ends.

Actually, before that final step, I adhered this large braided twine to the back of the canvas for it to be hung from a wall!

 I am so pleased with the way this project turned out and it does make me excited for the beginning of Spring!  Our first daffodil bloomed on recently, hope it lasts a little while longer!  The first signs of a new season are such a positive reinforcement into all of our lives!
Thanks for stopping by the Blog today!

HASHTAG - Scrapbook Circle December Kit

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Ok. so I am a little late sharing this!
This was a page I created just for me, using the Scrapbook Circle December kit, "Everyday Stories." 
Even though this kit was from two moths ago, it has lots of colors and patterns perfect for early Spring!

I started seeing this 'pineapple' quote all over my daughter's school stuff, Instagram accounts and Pinterest.
I didn't really appreciate the pineapple trend until I read it, which I think is a perfect mantra for young girls today.

I basically just created my favorite type of page, a black and white photo, (my daughter's first Selfie)
a heavily layered paper cluster as a photo mat, and some ink and embellishments!  

The leatherette splattered alphas from Pinkfresh Studio help tie in all the pastel colors I used.
It is a fairly dimensional layout, but I plan to put it into a Scrapbook shadow box frame..

Slowly but surely, I am working my way through my stack! Thanks for stopping by today!
I hope you have have an amazingly creative and crafty weekend!

loOkiNg uP - The Crafter's Workshop January

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Hello there crafty friends!  Hope you are all having a Happy New Year!  Today I wanted to share with you a scrapbook layout I created using for The Crafter's Workshop a couple weeks ago.The Crafter’s Workshop provided me with some product to create this project.  The opinions I share are solely my own.
With the Fall season past and Winter in full swing, lots of my photos seem to have a theme behind them…looking up!  These are a few of my favorite ones from November.  The colors were so powerful and vibrant, I thought it was perfect for the reality of our recent gloomy days.Using the colors in the photos, and the graphic nature of them, I thought it would be interesting to create a simple organized page with three stripes of color, using watercolors.  I used the Clear Gesso first onto plain white cardstock and let it dry completely.  Then I used liquid watercolor, diluted a bit, to paint on the stripes.  The liquid watercolor is great because it is reliably even, and I wanted consistency.After waiting another few minutes to let the paint dry, I mixed 3 tiny batches of paste in the same colors, using the liquid watercolor to tint the Thick Modeling Paste.  I chose a fairly loose, organic stencil to contrast the more rigid lines of the photos and stripes.Starting at the top of the gessoed area and the top of the stencil, I added the blue modeling paste over the blue watercolor.  I very carefully cleaned off the stencil in between colors, not wanting any transfer.  I am normally too impatient to complete this step, but it really does make a difference.After the blue was mostly dry, I repeated the same steps, using the yellow, then red.  I skipped down the stencil a bit, so it doesn’t read like the complete stencil pattern, just more of a pattern of texture and shapes.After letting all the paste dry, I adhered my photos, embellishments and title.
Thanks so much for stopping by the Blog today!
TCW9007 – Clear Gesso

LOVE & STUFF - Scrapbook Circle January

Friday, January 13, 2017

This week on the Scrapbook Circle Blog, I participated with DT member Kelly Holbrook in the 1 Product 2 Ways post.  Using the Simple Stories ‘Love & Adore’ stickers from the January ‘Love Notes’ kit, I used the stickers in a traditional layout.  

I love the watercolor stripes in this paper from Simple Stories, and as much as I loved the fragmented heart graphic, I really wanted to focus on the paint stripes.  I cut out the heart, saving it for another project, and adhered a piece of plain white cardstock behind it.

   I added both pieces to another piece of patterned paper for a border.  Using the color from the border and matching it as much as possible, I painted a watercolor stripe across the layered background and foreground of the heart.

Then I layered all kinds of the Simple Stories stickers, color blocking, with the printed paint stripes.  I added a couple stripes of paint at the bottom to add my title with the Simple Stories Alphas, part of that same sticker package.

 I hope this approach inspire you to use the the Simple Stories stickers in an interesting or graphic way!  Thanks so much for stopping by and have an amazing weekend!

best ever - Scrapbook Circle 1 Product 2 Ways

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Hello my friends!  I have been sitting in the sleet rain and "snow" of the Winter Storm Helena, which didn't amount to much, writing blog posts  This one, part of the 1 Product 2 Ways post has been a total ray of sunshine.    Along with DT member Allie, I used the Jillibean Soup Label Stickers from the December ‘Everyday Stories kit to create a colorful layout. 

I wanted to use the stickers, almost as a banner description, for each of the photos.  I printed several photos, throughout the day, from my son’s birthday last year.  I added a square piece of patterned paper being each photo as well as a vellum ‘banner’ that I placed the sticker onto.

  I wanted to create a fairly light page, keeping the focus on the Jillibean script stickers.  I added a couple other color coordinating stickers around each photo and used the exclusive SC acrylic words for my title…’best ever.’

Still playing catch up from some of my December projects, so I thanks for stopping by!!
Have an amazing day and stay warm!

VERY VERY VERY MERRY - The Crafter's Workshop December

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Hello everyone!  We are just coming out of one of my favorite times of year…I love watching the anxious faces of our children, always ready to start decorating for Christmas.  Regardless of crazy schedules, parties and activities, we always make time to hang with the cousins!

I used both sizes of the ‘Christmas Lights’ Doodling Template to create a colorful background for my photo from Christmas Eve last year.

The Crafter’s Workshop provided me with some product to create this project.  The opinions I share are solely my own.

Christmas projects, layouts and decor scream metallics to me!  Gold Gesso is the perfect answer!  I gathered several inks, my photo and this Gold Gesso from The Crafter’s Workshop.

I started with a white cardstock base, wanting to keep the focus on the vivid colors and gold in the inks & gesso.  I used a round paintbrush to paint through the 12×12 stencil and the large block font words.

After the gesso dried, I used a small black gel pen to outline the cord of the Christmas lights & the bulbs themselves.  Using a green marker, I colored the inside of the wire cord.  I used several colors of ink pads to color the light bulbs  adding more color around one edge, to give the bulb dimension.

I also inked the holly leaves and berries, taping off pieces as needed to keep the design clean.  After all the inks dried, I used the same stencil, but in the 6×6 size, to add more of the words around the layout.

I added 2 more ‘VERY’s and another ‘CHRISTMAS’ at the bottom of the page, since the large one was covered by the photo.

I decided to outline the Gold Gesso letters with a black pen too, keeping the elements consistent throughout the page.

To finish up the page, I added a piece of patterned paper as a border at the top and bottom and some gold thread under the photo.

I also added some glitter Stickles to the holly berries and journaling along the cord.

These large scale intricate backgrounds are great to use for a layout, or any other project that makes the most of a lovely composition!

Thanks so much for stopping by the Blog today!

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The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member

LIGHT - Scrapbook Circle November - Take 2

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

I can’t believe Thanksgiving is tomorrow and more than that, the Holidays are around the corner!  The thing I do like this is the time of year, is that I can look back at previous holiday celebrations and start to get into the spirit for the coming season!
Recently, I used Creative Team member Jung’s LO from the Spring, in honor of her being on maternity leave with her sweet new baby girl!  This is my page below, using the new November “Wonderland” kit and highlighting some Instagram pics of our decor.
Jung’s layout below is so fresh and bright and is a great inspiration for any page.  I love the subtle alignment she creates between the edges of her photos and the title and embellishments.  It may look random at first glance, but it is beautifully deliberate.
Jung's One Fine Day ideas
I thought the wood grain background with tiny snowflakes would make a nice contrast to the white cardstock.  Jung punched a lot of her shapes and embellishments that bridge the background and photo cluster.  I used stickers, and shapes from Pinkfresh Studio & Crate Paper to create the same effect.
I used a snowflake punch and snowflake die cut to create some additional pieces using the Pinkfresh Studio 6×6 pad that is part of the “Hot Cocoa” Add-On.  I also used an acetate square from Pinkfresh instead of a 4th photo in my grid.
 I love this LO because it is a bridge of fun embellishments over photos that tell a story. Thanks for the inspiration Jung!
I am very grateful for being part of this amazing team for my patient family who humors my need to create and provides lots of scrapbook fodder!!  Thank you for stopping by the Blog today!  Wishing you all a blessed Thanksgiving!
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