Friday, July 31, 2015

Thursday, July 30, 2015

A sketch and a layout

Here's a sketch I did for October Afternoon

and a layout based on it
Check out the October Afternoon blog for all the details.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

A blog hop project for Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft and Graphic 45

Hi everyone, Mou here on Day 2 of our blog hop with Graphic 45!

This week we're so excited to be hopping with Graphic 45! Stop by our blog every day this week to see craft inspirations! Don't forget to leave a comment on the posts to be entered in our giveaway!
Graphic 45 will also have crafts up on their blog so don't forget to stop by their sites-

For today's hop project, I decorated an ATC Book Box with various Design Memory Craft products and Graphic 45 embellishments. I have to say the two sets of products work together like peanut butter and jelly! I had SO MUCH FUN. Let me walk you through the steps.
Start by painting the ATC Book Box and the tags with Chalkboard Paint.
Once dry, color the surfaces with Gelatos® colors from the Metallic and Steampunk set. Blend the colors dry with the blending tools from Gelatos Tool set. To add some extra shin, apply a coat of Glaze. Let dry.
Apply Whipped Spackle through stencil on the tags as shown.
When dry, add some more colors with Gelatos® colors and Stamper's Big Brush pen, blending with a wet brush.
Ink up the selected stamps with Stamper's Big Brush pens and stamp randomly around the box and tags.




Next, cut out images from the Inscribe patterned paper and attach to the box and tags with Gel Medium. Also add selected words cut out of old book paper.


Punch a hole on the top of the ATC Book Box and insert the Lion Head Door Knocker. Screw it in place with the provided hardware to create a handle for your box.
Once the tags are thoroughly dry, put them together with the binder ring. Best part is that it can be an ongoing project as you can add more tags as you go!
Hope you enjoyed today's project and be sure to stop by tomorrow for more inspiration.

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accents and Tools: Chalkboard Paint, Gel Medium, Glaze, Whipped Spackle, Gelatos Tool set, Stencils 10ct 101 Collection
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos®: Metallic, Steampunk
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Stamper's Big Brush Pens: Black, Red set
Graphic 45
Item # 4500845 ATC Book Box Kraft
Item #  4501028  Antique Brass Lion Head Door Knockers    
Item # 4500070 Typography 12 x 12 paper Inscribe
Item # K0283 Cling stamp set Typography 2
Others: Crop-a-dile, old book paper

Monday, July 27, 2015

A summer challenge continued

Check out the October Afternoon blog to see how my summer of 2015 album is coming along using Daily Flash pocket pages with photos from my Instagram album #oursummerof2015.

Monday, July 20, 2015

An art journal page

Hi everyone, Mou here today with an art journal page.
Summer is a time for going camping or RV-ing for many. My page is inspired by a camping staple: a lantern.

On this project, I used:
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accents & Tools: Gesso, Gel Medium
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos® Colors: Buttercream (YELLOW set), Green Tea, Lime (GREEN set), Iced Coffee, Black Cherry (STEAMPUNK set)
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Stamper's Big Brush pen: WARM GREY IV (NEUTRAL set), SCARLET RED (RED set)
Others: Sizzix Die Rustic Lantern; die-cutting system; art journal, old book paper, patterned paper 

And here are the steps.

With Gel Medium, attach some old book papers to your journal page. Attach a patterned paper block at the center. Color the page with Gelatos colors. Ink up stamp with Warm Grey Stamper's Big Brush pen and stamp around the page. Add some gesso on parts of the page and blend it in.

Layer the diecut lantern on the page with Gel Medium. Color the lantern with Scarlet Red Stamper's Big Brush pen and add shadowing with Black Cherry Gelatos color and highlights with Gesso. Add shadowing around the lantern using Warm Grey Stamper's Big Brush pen.

Cut text out of old book paper and attach it to the lantern. Draw a frame around it with pencil to finish.
Hope you enjoyed today's post and have fun creating with all the fun Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft products this summer!

Friday, July 10, 2015

Nursery decor with Sizzix

Check out all the details on the Sizzix blog.

Bird Crazy, now with Sizzix Thinlits dies by Tim Holtz

Hi everyone, here's a fun, not-so-little tag with the brand spanking new Bird Crazy Thinlits dies from Sizzix brought to you by THE one and only Tim Holtz :)
These new dies will cut out the crazy little birds from the Bird Crazy stamp set with all the neat and intricate details as well as let your birds pop in layers because you get eyes, beaks, and wings as separate dies... imagine the possibilities!!!
Here's a giant tag (size 12 measuring 5.125 inches X 10.5 inches) using the Bird Crazy stamp set and Bird Crazy Thinlits dies.
To create this tag, I worked in layers.
First, I created the base by attaching pieces of Idea-ology Postale Tissue Wrap and the Sizzix Frameworks Trellis diecuts and Ranger Multi Medium Matte. Next, I colored the tag base with Ranger Distress Paints. To add some texture, I used the Woodgrain and Lace stencils with Ranger Texture Paste in opaque finish.
I stamped each bird twice with Ranger Archival Jet Black Ink pad. To diecut the birds, I created the following Sizzix sandwich: lay a Standard Cutting Pad on the Standard Magnetic Platform for Wafer-Thin Dies. Lay the stamped cardstock, lay the bird die blade side down matching the stamped images and cover with the other Standard Cutting Pad. Pass the entire sandwich through the Sizzix Big Shot machine. Repeat with each bird, to diecut the birds, eyes, beaks and wings.
Using pop , I layered the die-cut pieces to assemble the die-cut birds and attached them to the tag as shown. Then I colored the birds using Ranger Distress Paints and added my sentiment/ journaling with Elementary Alpha Chips. Finally, I colored some Crinkle Ribbon with Distress Paints and tied it to my tag. 
Here are some close-ups of the birds.
Notice how neatly the Thinlits die cut the crest out? Imagine how long it would take to do that or cutting out those skinny little bird legs with scissors and/or craft knife!

The wings, beaks and eyes are all layered and match up with the base to make the layers really pop.

You will have FUN with this die set, I tell ya!
659431 Sizzix Frameworks Die - Trellis
657900 Sizzix Big Shot Machine Only (Powder Blue andTeal)
660522 Sizzix Accessory - Cutting Pads, Standard, 1 Pair (Mint)
656499 Sizzix Accessory - Standard Magnetic Platform for Wafer-Thin Dies
Sizzix Thinlits die: Bird Crazy (JUST RELEASED)
Others: cardstock, Ranger (Distress Paints,  Multi Medium Matte, Texture Paste Opaque, Archival Jet Black Ink), palette knife, paint brush, Idea-ology (Crinkle Ribbon, Elementary Alpha Chip, Postale Tissue Wrap), Stampers Anonymous (Stencils- Lace & Woodgrain, Stamp- Bird Crazy) adhesive