Tuesday, May 05, 2015

An Apron Gift Bag

Check out how to make this cute apron gift bag using Sizzix dies over at the Sizzix blog today!

Monday, May 04, 2015

Take the Challenge with Mou, May 2015 at the Design Memory Craft blog

Hi everyone, Mou here with the fifth Take the Challenge of 2015.

If you are new to this blog, let me fill you in about Take the Challenge. Every month, on the first Monday, I'll post a challenge and my take on it. You'll have 12 days to take this on. Leave a comment to the challenge post with a link to your creation based on that challenge. We will pick TWO winners from among the readers who participated in that month's challenge. And the winners will get a prize from Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft®.

My May prompt for you is SPRING. Create anything you like that relates to spring in some way. Here's my art journal page.
On this project, I used:
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accents & Tools: Gesso, Gel Medium, Texture Luxe™ Gold, Whipped Spackle, Texture Cards, Gelatos Mist Maker Set
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Mixed Media Stencils 101 collection: Dots
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos® Colors: Blueberry, Cotton Candy (BLUE set), Margarita Mix (TROPICAL set)
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Essential PITT Artist pens BLACK
Others: Sizzix Die Watering Can; die-cutting system; art journal, patterned papers
And here are the steps.
Apply a moderately thick coat of Gesso to prime the journal page. While still wet, color with Margarita Mix Gelatos color. Create a texture pattern using Texture Card # 8.
In a bowl, mix about 3 parts water and 1 part gesso. Add in Blueberry and Cotton Candy Gelatos colors by cutting a little off with the palate knife. Mix well.

With a drip dropper, drop a generous quantity of the above mix and let it travel around by turning the journal page in different directions.

Go back in with the same Texture Card to accentuate the texture further.

Apply Whipped Spackle through the Dots stencil. Let dry. Rub in some Texture Luxe Gold with your fingers around the page. When the page feels dry, drip in more of the liquid mix prepared above.

After the water dries, Add diecut watering can and some handcut water drops with gel medium. Let dry.

With PITT Artist pen, outline the elements, doodle and journal on the page. Again, drip in more of the liquid mix to finish.

Don't forget to share your challenge creations with us... just leave a comment to the challenge post with link to your project image(s) by Friday, 5/15 and we will pick TWO winners randomly to win these.

The prize for this challenge is: One pack of Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Texture Cards.
Don't forget to check back on Monday, 5/18 to see if YOU won!

Good luck to all!

Friday, May 01, 2015

A Sizzix card for my Mom

I made this card for my mom. Put a lot of love into it :)
If you want to make a card like mine, please follow along.

To diecut the Basic Step-Ups card, create this Sizzix Sandwich from bottom up: Standard Magnetic Platform for Wafer-Thin Dies, one Sizzix Accessory Standard Cutting Pad, cardstock, Basic Step-ups Framelits die by Stephanie Barnard blade side down, and another Sizzix Accessory Standard Cutting Pad on top. Pass the Sizzix Sandwich through the Sizzix Big Shot machine. The Magnetic Platform ensures a neat and clean cut by keeping the Framelits die in place while passing through the machine.
Here's the card, cut and folded.

Now it's time to diecut the decorative layers for this card. Create the same Sizzix Sandwich as described above with the proper Framelits dies from the Basic Step-ups Card set and patterned papers to suit your theme. Attach the diecut pieces as shown.

As you begin embellishing the Basic Step-ups Card, you can use the Framelits dies that come with the set (like I did here) or pick another set of Sizzix dies. For this card, I'm using Brenda Walton's Thinlits die set Floral Wreath. Pick papers that will coordinate well with the card you are working on. I used up several scraps from my stash for this. I created a Sizzix Sandwich by laying a Sizzix Accessory Standard Cutting Pad over the Sizzix Accessory Standard Magnetic Platform. I lay out my papers on the Standard Cutting Pad and placed the Thinlits dies blade side down on them and covered with the other Standard Cutting Pad. When the Sizzix Sandwich was ready, I passed it through the Sizzix Big Shot machine to diecut all the embellishments I wanted to use.

Next, I layered the diecut pieces that needed to be layered, such as the birds, flowers, etc. and attached them to the card in a pleasing arrangement. I wrote my sentiment on the banner piece and added it to the card to finish.
And now I just hope that my mom likes it :)
Supplies I used:
Cardstock: Recollections
Patterned papers: Anna Griffin, Inc.
Adhesive: Tape Runner, Foam Mount (Scotch 3M)
Pen: Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft PITT Artist pen

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Monday, April 20, 2015

Promise of new beginnings

Spring promises of new beginnings. Beginnings filled with possibilities. Here's an art journal page about the essence of beginnings for me.
I used:
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accents: Gesso, Gel Medium, Glaze, Whipped Spackle
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos® Colors: 15 ct. PASTELS
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Stamper's Big Brush pens: BLACK, SCARLET RED, MAGENTA, NEUTRAL set
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils:124 (RED), 147 (BLUE), 131, 176, 234 (NEUTRAL)  
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos Mist Maker Set
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Mixed Media Stencils 201 collection: Fleur de lis
Others: Sizzix Egg & Wire Basket die & die-cutting system; art journal, cardstock, old book paper stamps, acrylic mounts, lace trim

Prime the journal page with gesso. When dry, color with your favorite shades of Gelatos® Pastels colors.

Blend the colors with Glaze medium for a subtle shin.

Ink up a background stamp with Stamper's Big Brush pen and stamp randomly around the page.
Lay the Fleur de lis stencil and apply Whipped Spackle with palette knife.

Diecut basket and eggs from cardstock. Prime the diecuts with gesso and color the eggs with PASTELS Gelatos® colors and blend with Glaze medium.

Attach some bits of lace and the diecuts to the page using gel medium.
Add details to the eggs using Stamper's Big Brush pens.
Color the basket with gesso and Art GRIP® Aquarelle watercolor pencils.
Stamp around some more using the same stamp but different colors of Stamper's Big Brush pens.

Cut a word you like from an old book page and attach to the egg to finish.