Thursday, July 24, 2014

A sketch and a layout

Here's a sketch I did for October Afternoon

and a layout based on the sketch


You can check out the details here.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Good old days


Recently, Megan Hoeppner shared a photo of the CK girls on Facebook. It brought back so many wonderful memories... time spent in creative brainstorming, laughing, eating candies, just being ourselves :) Thanks Megan!

Monday, July 21, 2014

A card celebrating friends

 Hi everyone, Mou here with a card celebrating the friends in our lives!

To make this card, you'll need:
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gesso
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos®: Lemon, Green Tea, Pistachio
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Stamper's Big Brush Pens: Black 199Scarlet Red 118, Pink Madder Lake 129, Light Cobalt Turquoise 154, Permanent Green Olive 167, Dark Chrome Yellow 109, Orange Glaze 113, Warm Grey IV 273
Others: cardstock; corrugated & woven paper by Die Cuts with A View; muslin fabric, stamps, adhesive

Let me walk you through the steps.
1. Cut and fold cardstock to make a 5.5" x 4.25" card.
2. Trim corrugated paper to 5.25" x 4". Attach to card. With paint brush, apply Gesso to the corrugated surface.
3. Trim woven paper to 4.5" x 3.5". Color lightly with Gelatos. Blend with Gesso. When dry, ink up stamp with Black Stamper's Big Brush pen and stamp on woven paper. Attach to corrugated paper.
4. Apply Gesso to muslin fabric. Let dry. Ink up stamp with Black Stamper's Big Brush pen and stamp on muslin. Color the stamped image with other colors of Stamper's Big Brush pens. Cut a rectangle around the stamped and colored image. Attach to woven paper.
5. Stamp sentiment on cardstock using Black Stamper's Big Brush pen. Add some color with Pink Madder Lake Stamper's Big Brush pen. Cut into a strip. Attach below the muslin piece to finish the card.

Here are some close-up shots of the card:



Hope you enjoyed the little tutorial and thanks for stopping by.

Friday, July 18, 2014

The new thing

Around here, our interest in weaving started with Nini's school art project. She used a chipboard loom to make this:

We were fascinated by the simple process of her weaving and wanted to make some ourselves.


Then I got a loom from Amazon...


With whatever wool I could find right away, I made this in about 45 minutes... I've found something new to enjoy :)

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Tim Holtz Idea-ology Wallflower Vellum in my art journal


Here's a spread from one of my current art journals, using the newly released Vellum from Tim Holtz Idea-ology and Distress Paints from Ranger.

These are the pretties I'm talking about: the 12 x 12 sheet is from Wallflower vellum pad and the Nests & Eggs is a vellum diecut from the Thrift Shop pack.


I cut out the pieces I wanted to use on my page and saved the rest for later.


I'm working in an old book today. I primed my pages with gesso and then applied the following Distress paints: Bundled Sage, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint, and Tumbled Glass.


Next, I traced the leaf cut out on my page and painted the shape with Faded Jeans and Peeled Paint Distress Paints.


I did the same with the birds, coloring them in to match what was on the vellum, only brighter so those colors would peek from behind the vellum making them look more vibrant.


Using the Ranger Collage Glue Stick, I attached the vellum cutouts right on top of the painted shapes. Once they were down, I wanted to add a little texture to the leaf and so lifted it back up gently and lay it back down, pushing it around a bit to create some wrinkles. If that's not your favorite look, you can totally skip this step. You can also get rid of unwanted wrinkles by gently pushing with your fingers to get trapped air bubbles out.


I wanted to further accentuate the texture on the leaf, so I straight-stitched in and around it with needle and embroidery floss. I also painted around the birds with various shades of Distress Paint to make them stand out more.


I added another piece of vellum to the right side and painted around it.


I dipped a wet brush into Chipped Sapphire Distress Paint and flicked the paint all around the page.


I painted some flowers and leaves around the birds with Chipped Sapphire, Dried Marigold, Peeled Paint, and Tumbled Glass Distress Paints, and doodled here and there. 


Finally, I wrote my journaling to finish.
Hope you enjoyed today's tutorial and would play with the lovely Vellum :)

Monday, July 14, 2014

It's Christmas... and Halloween in July!

New seasonal and holiday products are getting released right now and here are some cards I made with the new Tim Holtz stamps and stencils. Be sure to check them out on Tim's blog along with many more creative card ideas.




Friday, July 11, 2014

Modern Surrealist by Sizzix

I think that's a super cool name, don't you? I'm talking about the new line of Sizzix dies by Marisa Pawelko.
Here's how to describe this fun line staright from the Sizzix Catalog:
"What do you get when you combine girl glam, dazzle and fashionista into one fabulous design collection? Introducing the Sizzix Modern Surrealist series from trendsetting artist Marisa Pawelko. This line of economically-priced steel-rule dies for teens and tweens creates one-of-a-kind jewelry, fashion, locker art, home d├ęcor and more with the Sizzix SophistiCut Machine."

It works for me because I have a tween girl of my own :) But if you take a closer look at the designs, you'll notice that they can be used not only for little girls but also for other projects if you let your imagination loose.

Here's what I made with my first set of Modern Surrealist dies.


This is what I used to make this layout:
Sizzix Originals Die: Chained
Sizzix Originals Die: Thought Talk Bubbles
Sizzix Originals Die: Mini Envelope
Sizzix SophistiCut Machine
Others: cardstock, patterned papers, Gelatos Colors, gesso, stencil, Whipped Spackle, color journaling pens, palette knife, pencil, paint brush, adhesive

Now, let me walk you through the steps:

Trim cardstock to 6" x 2.75". Place the die, blade side up on the bottom cutting pad and place the cardstock on top of the die and create a sandwich by placing the top cutting pad. Run the set up through the super cute purse-like SophistiCut die-cutting machine. These dies also work with Sizzix Big Shot, BIGkick, and Vagabond machines with the appropriate accessories. You can cut a few layers of regular weight cardstock with these dies in one pass.


Here are the die-cut chains, mini envelope and talk/ thought bubbles.


Apply a thin coat of gesso to the cardstock. Color the left side of the page with Gelatos colors. Blend with wet brush. Let dry.


I accidentally deleted a step photo here, but I'll explain it in words. Once the Gelato colors dry, attach strips of patterned paper as shown. Attach the chain die-cuts near the patterned paper strips. Next, attach the talk bubbles slightly overlapping each other to the right of the chain die cuts. Attach the mini envelope near the bottom. Color some of the talk bubbles and the mini envelope with Gelatos colors. 
Lay a floral stencil near the top of the page and apply Whipped Spackle with palette knife around the attached die-cuts. Let dry.


Outline the talk bubbles and mini envelope with color journaling pens and write some tween lingo on them.


Write the title with paintbrush dipped in moist Gelato color. Sketch some flowers and leaves with pencil near the talk bubble diecuts.


Attach photo and journal around to finish.
Hope you enjoyed the tutorial and thanks for stopping by :)