Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Dreamer of Dreams

 

Très Jolie’s Mixed Media kit for October contained an assortment of Dina Wakley acrylics, a bottle of Sparkle Spray from Nuvo and – best of all – a wooden dreamcatcher kit from Kaisercraft’s Lucky Dip collection. Here’s what I came up with:


I didn’t receive the string that came with the kit, so I went into my stash and pulled out several spools of jute twine, one an all-purpose packaging item that I’ve had forever and another “craftier” spool from May Arts. While deciding which one to use to dangle the “feathers”, I had an “aha” moment and began to envision a rustic look.

I began by painting the dreamcatcher itself, starting with Tangerine in the center, then Lemon, then Peacock and ending with Eggplant at the edges, allowing each color to dry before going on to the next. I used light strokes and a minimum of paint, so this process went very quickly.

I wanted my “feathers” to look like feathers, so I applied thick layers of each color, using a texture tool to spread the paint diagonally from the center to the edge. This process took a few days because these layers took a long time to air dry.

Meanwhile, I began to wind the thicker all-purpose twine around the edge of the circle, using glue dots ever inch or so to make sure that it would stay put.

I applied the mica-rich Sparkle Spray on all the surfaces, then rubbed most of it off with a paper towel to allow the colors to show through while toning down the very bright hues.


 I especially love the results that I got with the feathers; the mica settled in the grooves and bought out the textured look that I was going for.

I used more of the twine to attach my feathers and to create a hanging loop at the top. I couldn’t make up my mind as to whether to treat these lengths to match the wrapped edge; at the end, I decided to let them be.

I used several blooms from Prima to create my embellishment in the center and surrounded them with a few bark flowers given to me by my good friend, Heather Thompson. The title is a Tim Holtz Quote Chip, covered with Sparkle Spray and rubbed with a paper towel.

The best part of this cluster must be the feather bunch. It’s one of two that I’ve been hoarding for a long, long time; I do wish I could remember where it came from… It’s all of one piece; I simply added a few twists of the May Arts jute to the bottom before tucking it under and gluing it down.

Here are a few more closeups:




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 *****Supplies*****

***Très Jolie Mixed Media Kit***

Kaisercraft – Lucky Dip – Decor Flourish – Dreamcatcher – Large #LDB1092

Nuvo – Sparkle Spray – Cocoa Powder #1665N

Ranger Ink – Dina Wakley Media – Heavy Body Acrylic Paint – Lemon #MDQ54023

Ranger Ink – Dina Wakley Media – Heavy Body Acrylic Paint – Tangerine #MDQ54092

Ranger Ink – Dina Wakley Media – Heavy Body Acrylic Paint – Eggplant #MDQ59813

Ranger Ink – Dina Wakley Media – Heavy Body Acrylic Paint – Peacock #MDQ59851

 ***Other***

Prima – Amber Moon Collection – Flower Embellishments – Pumpkin #596989

Prima – Autumn Sunset – Flower Embellishments – Gourds and Pumpkins #642815

Bark Flowers

T W Evans Cordage Co – Jute Twine – 2-Ply – Brown #13-205

May Arts – Jute Burlap String – 1mm – Natural #SM-10

Advantus – Tim Holtz – Idea-Ology Collection – Quote Chips #TH93563

Feather Bunch

***Tools***

Ranger – Texture Tools Pack 1 #INK44567

Glue Dots – Mini Dots – 3/16 Inch

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As always, I want to thank you for peeking into my blog; your visits mean a lot to me.

 

Friday, October 30, 2020

Old-Fashioned Lady

 

The “Old-Fashioned Lady” in the title is my grandmother at the age of 22 in the year 1915.

The image itself isn’t the best: it’s a copy of a scanned copy of a tintype, enlarged to almost twice its size. I do think that the graininess fits in well with the Blue Fern Studios’ Jane’s Memoirs collection that came in Très Jolie’s October 2020 kit. Even more, I think that the photo itself is a perfect fit for the sketch that Kim has challenged us with.


I selected the larger of the two chipboard frames and decided to “antique” it. First, I ran it through my Big Shot with an old Tim Holtz embossing folder to give it texture. Next, I covered it with Distress Ink in Black Soot and let it set. I finished it by using a stipple brush to apply a layer of metallic wax.

Now for the layering: I selected the papers that I wanted to use and tore and inked the edges of all but the bottom layer. This was hallowed out in the middle to create an 8” scrap and taped to packaging to give it stability. (Those two layers in the middle are from the same sheet, using the “A” and “B” sides.) I put all the scraps aside to use later and began to assemble my layout.

Among the goodies included in the kit was a length of gorgeous lace. I cut off 24” or so inches and soaked it in coffee to make it look aged. I used 12” of this to run down the side just under the top sheet and put the rest aside.

After adhering the layers of torn strips and lace, I taped an 11” x 7” piece of thin chipboard in the middle so the top sheet (torn on both sides) would lie flat.

The framed photo was backed with several layers of packaging to give it dimension and glued down.

I guess I went a little crazy with the flowers, even adding a few Darice blooms from an earlier kit. I cut the rest of the coffee-dyed lace and tucked it here and there.

The kit came with a package of chipboard butterflies, but they seemed to be awfully big for this page. (No worries; I know that I’ll find a use for them later!) I found a package of wood butterflies that I’ve had for a while that were perfect. I wanted them to blend with the flowers; a coating of Shaded Lilac and another of Wilted Violet around the edges did the trick…

A few closeups:






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*****Supplies*****

 ***Très Jolie October Kit***

Blue Fern Studios – Jane’s Memoirs Collection – 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper – Le Petit Echo #70077

Blue Fern Studios – Jane’s Memoirs Collection – 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper – Locket & Key #70087

Blue Fern Studios – Jane’s Memoirs Collection – 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper – Mercantile #70097

49 and Market – Flower Embellishments – Country Blooms – Punch #CB-88528

49 and Market – Flower Embellishments – Enchanted Petals – Parchment #EP-89012

Creative Embellishments – Laser Cut Chipboard – Fancy Frames

Très Jolie – 1 ½” Lace Trim – White

 

***Other***

Darice – Floral Embellishments – Paper Flowers – Natural – 36 Pcs #30062068

Darice – Finishing Accents – Mini Laser Cut Wood Shapes – Butterflies – 45 Pcs #2015-01

 

***Mediums***

Ranger Ink – Tim Holtz – Distress Ink Pad – Mini – Ground Espresso #TDP47353

Ranger Ink – Tim Holtz – Distress Ink Pad – Mini – Black Soot #TDP39860

Ranger Ink – Tim Holtz – Distress Oxide Ink Pad – Shaded Lilac #TDO56218

Ranger Ink – Tim Holtz – Distress Oxide Ink Pad – Wilted Violet #TDO56355

Prima – Finnabair – Art Alchemy – Metallique Wax – Vintage Gold #963958

 

***Tools***

Sizzix – Tim Holtz – Alterations – Texture Fades – Damask & Regal Flourishes Set #656648

 

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As always, I want to thank you for peeking into my blog; your visits mean a lot to me.

 

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

1st Day of School

 

The “1st Day of School” in my title was certainly an out of the ordinary one for my grandchildren this year: their district has decided on remote learning for all for at least until the end of November. Rather than sitting in individual classrooms, they’re grouped around the dining room table with their IPads and earphones, learning via Zoom.

 This layout was inspired by Très Jolie’s September mood board and the wonderful main kit, filled with touches of Steampunk and flowers…


 Lots of fussy cutting here: the patterned paper pack came with a bonus: the back of the title sheet is filled with images of gears and leaves and butterflies and birds – tons of images to use as embellishments.

I used some of these images to frame my photo and more to use as layers around the page.

The chipboard was first treated with gel medium, then embossed, then treated with several layers of Lindy’s mist; I dried each application with my heat tool before adding the next.

I started to assemble my layout, using layers of cutouts and flowers and chipboard and then placing those fun birds and butterflies here and there around the page.

I added a (very) few things from my own stash: the chipboard title words, a length of chain and a bit of drywall tape that I inked before placing under the photo.

A few closeups:





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 *****Supplies*****

 ***Très Jolie September Kit***

ScrapBoys – Industrial Romance Collection – 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper – #INRO-01

ScrapBoys – Industrial Romance Collection – 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper – #INRO-06

ScrapBoys – Industrial Romance Collection – 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper – Bonus Sheet

Prima – Amber Moon Collection – Flower Embellishments – Pumpkin #596989

Prima – Autumn Sunset Collection – Flower Embellishments – Harvest Moon #642778

Prima – Autumn Sunset – Flower Embellishments – Gourds and Pumpkins #642815

Scrapaholics – Laser Cut Chipboard – Cog Flourish

Graphic 45 – Staples Collection – Metal Clock Keys #4501293 – 2 Pcs

Lindy’s Stamp Gang – Moon Shadow Mist – 2 Ounce Bottle – Buccaneer Bay Blue

 

***Très Jolie September Mixed Media Kit***

Lindy’s Stamp Gang – Moon Shadow Mist – 2 Ounce Bottle – Phantom Fuchsia

The Crafter’s Workshop – Gloss Gel Medium – Clear #TCW9050

 

***Other***

Creative Embellishments – Laser Cut Chipboard – Title Set – 1st Day of School

Chain

Drywall Tape

 

***Mediums***

Ranger Ink – Tim Holtz – Distress Ink Pad – Mini – Ground Espresso #TDP47353

Ranger Ink – Tim Holtz – Distress Ink Pad – Mini – Pumice Stone #TDP40101

Blue Fern Studios – Embossing Powder – Honey

 

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As always, I want to thank you for peeking into my blog; your visits mean a lot to me.