Friday, April 20, 2018

"#EPIC" scrapbook layout | Sue Plumb

Hi everyone!
Sue Plumb here to share my latest design team project; and today I have a mixed media scrapbook layout to show you. This page features a photo of my daughter when she first got her new tablet and her very own version of Minecraft for Christmas. (To say she was excited is an understatement.) 

For my layout, I wanted to create a background that reflected the theme and the colours that were depicted in my photo. I decided to use the Overlapping Squares stamp (designed by Corrie Herriman) and stamp out a pattern on my page that I could then colour to suit.

I used Staz On ink as I knew that I would be using a wet medium and didn't want it to run at all.

I then used Faber-Castell watercolour pencils to add splashes of colour to the squares, before blending the pencil out with a water pen.

Once the squares were coloured, I also used the pencils to add some shading around and between some of them.

Next, I wanted to add some less structured marks to balance out all the hard lines from the squares, so I used the Crackle Background stamp to add some random, organic lines. (I keep my stamps unmounted for exactly this reason - I like to be able to bend them and manipulate them to only use small areas of the stamps surface.)

I then used the It's Only a Hobby stamp to add a few phrases to my background; before using a Colour Blast Colour Shimmer Spray to add some random splatters around my page.

With the background complete, it was time to add some papery layers to my page. I used some patterned paper pieces from Amy Tan; along with some Project Life cards and a paper doily to create a mat for my photo and then adhered it to my page using Miracle Tape.

I added some scrap cardboard to the back of my photo to pop it up from the page; then added the word woohoo (fussy cut from another Project Life card) using foam tape on top.

For my title I used a wood veneer word from D-lish Scraps, which I coloured using Posca pens.

To finish off my page I added a Charms Creations handmade heart embellishment topped with a flair button from D-lish Scraps. 

Thanks for stopping by so I could share this with you. I hope I have inspired you to get inky too!

Stamps used:

Other materials:
 - Miracle tape
- Cardstock
- Staz On ink
- Faber-Castell watercolour pencils
- Colour Blast Colour Shimmer Spray
- Amy Tan patterned paper
- Project Life cards
- D-lish Scraps wood veneer and flair button
- Charms Creations heart
- paper doily
- Posca pens
- felt pen

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Banksy Rolodex cards with Majo

Hello everyone,

today is my turn for another tutorial for you.

I haven't made any Rolodex cards in years. I once made a whole wheel as a present for a friend, now I thought it was time again to start a new one.

I bought some ready made cards, but they were so thin, I had to glue two together. I didn't like that, so I cut my own and use a corner rounder and the Heidi Swapp punch. It's an American Crafts Metall memorydex 2-Bay Loch punch.

I started by creating a master board with Distress Oxides, stencils and stamps:

I cut the cards (2 ¼ x 4"), rounded the corners and punched the holes for the wheel.

I stamped Banksy images and sentiments on my cards.

I wanted to get extra attention to the text, so I stamped it again on cardstock and adhered it to the cards.

All I had to do now was distress all edges and get the cards "wheeling".

These are all the stamps I used:

Thanks so much for stopping by today, have a good Wednesday and Happy Crafting ♥

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Peopel Are People

Michele here today with an art journal spread...I know, can you believe it?!!!

I started with a background I created with Dina Wakely paints and a stencil.  Stamping and doodling and this is what the final pages look like.

Stamps used:  Whimsical Boarder, Whimsical Lettered ManWhimsical Face with Horns, Whimsical Horned Boy, Numbers Set, Kids in Futuristic Hats, Cross Marks Background, Carved X's

I had so much fun coloring all of these characters on my page with my Prisma color pencils.

And this background...the stamping with the doodling...ahhhh.  I just LOVE it!

I had so much fun with this page!  Thanks for stopping by to see it.

Until next time...get inky!

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Eat more...

Hello everyone,

For today's post I have an art journal page to show you. This cat has just got the cream eh... custard I think. lol.

The background is a mop up page from a gelli plate, you know at the end where there are so many left over paint bits. Sometimes these turn out really nice and I thought this one was great so I decided to use it for this page. I added some stamping and white splatters. After the cat was adhered I also added some more shading under him. 

He looks like he's having a great time, doesn't he ...

Not sure I'll take his advice though.. 

Anyway, I have used the following stamps:

Thank you so much for stopping by today ! 

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

A Punk Page by Fiona

Hello my VLVS! peeps. Fiona here with you today to share a very colourful art journal spread I have created using the fabulous red rubber from VLVS!

 I really let my hair down with this one. Colour was my inspiration .... can you tell?

 I featured some of the punk style VLVS! stamps .... they are honestly some of my favourites!

 I decided that "Born To Be Wild" was the perfect sentiment for this page. I think we should all aim to be a little bit wild every now and then.

Viva Las Vegastamps! used:

Monday, April 09, 2018

Mail Art Monday!!!

Hello Again Crafty Friends!!!

Today I am excited to share one of my vary favorite things...
Yes, you guessed right, Mail art!!

Anyone who follows me knows that mail art has a special place in my heart! 
Something about it just makes me giddy!

Today I want to share a fun and kind of silly/whimsical envelope that I just LOVE. 
I love animal/people hybrids so this donkey was instant love for me, but he needed a kind of whimsical envelope to keep him in his own little world.

Maybe a forgotten part of wonderland?

Stamps Used:

I started with and A2 size envelope and a piece of scrap paper.  On the scarp paper I began by stamping the "typeset scallop", and the "writing chevron".  I also stamped these two on the envelope where I wanted them to be. (*note if you want to "mask" the donkey, rather than cut him out and glue him down he should be stamped on the envelope 1st*, and a mask should also be created). 

On a separate piece of paper I stamped my donkey gentleman so that I could color him and cut him out.

Next, I colored then covered my 2 stamped images with my "masks", this allowed me to lay down a heavy layer of inks and some stenciling.  When the inks dried I added a few flicks of water to add extra depth. 

You can see below I added a label to add an address.  I added a bit of ink around the box for extra depth. (this was before I glued down my awesome donkey gentleman).

Below you can see the finished piece, and the postage stamp that I picked to go with it. 
(I haven't stuck it on yet, just in case I send international)

Thank you stopping by the blog today!!

Friday, April 06, 2018

"Failure to give a shit" art journal spread | Sue Plumb

Hi everyone!
Sue Plumb here today to share a spread I created in my altered book art journal recently. I use this journal not only as a creative outlet, but also as a way of expressing my thoughts and feelings. This spread was created on one of "those days" - you know, the ones when you are just over worrying about all the insignificant things in life? 

I felt like working with acrylic paints for this project, so I pulled out my Flutterby Designs Flutter Colour paints. I used a medium sized brush and randomly spread some paint across the pages.

Once I had the colour down and dry; I decided to tone down the remaining print a bit, so I used some Colour Blast white heavy gesso over the text, which I applied simply with a brush.

After I was happy with the colour, it was time to add some depth and structure to my background with stamps. 
I used Staz On ink and the following stamps:

I then used some purple acrylic paint (applied with my finger) to add some colour to the centre of my coffee ring stains.

For my focal image I used the Fed Up Vintage Lady stamp. I smeared some ink acrylic pant onto some cardstock and then stamped the image over the top before cutting it out. (Confession time: after stamping and cutting the image I decided I wanted less colour, so I re-did it.)
I also stamped out a few copies of the quote I was using with the What We Have Here stamp; which I cut into small strips.

I decided my page need some more contrast, so I added a few areas of contrast using Colour Blast black heavy gesso; and a few smears of the pink paint where my quotes were going to be placed. I also added a little bit of light stamping with my favourite Doodle Dots stamp.
I then stuck down my quotes and feature image.

To finish my spread, I added a few highlights using a Flutterby Designs stencil; white paint pens (Posca and Sharpie); and also a black Sharpie.

Here's a closer look at the finished details...

Thanks for stopping by so I could share this with you. I hope I have inspired you to get inky too!

Stamps used:
Stitching Lines
Measuring Tape Section
Coffee Ring Stain
Fed Up Vintage Lady
What We Have Here
Doodle Dots

Other materials:
- Miracle Tape
- Flutterby Designs Flutter Colour paints
- Color Blast white and black heavy gesso
- Staz On ink
- Flutterby Designs 'Bubble O'Fun' stencil
- Sharpie pens
- Posca pen