Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Halloween Treats!

Hello! Time for an inspiration challenge from Magnolia-Licious!  This months inspiration challenge was picked by yours truly! 

I decided to make a little halloween treat using these cool little tubes from Papertrey ink.  I thought a Mini Magnolia on a tag would be just perfect for it!

This cute little witch Tilda is a part of the Mini Magnolia Collection. I stamped it on a tag that is a Magnolia Doohickey. You can pick up both of these items in the Magnolia-licious store!!

Please take a moment to stop by the Magnolia-Licious Challenge Blog and see what the other DT members have cooked up for us! I'm sure whatever it is, it will be inspiring!  Also, we would love to see your face participating in the challenge! As always, a $25.00 gift certificate will go to the random winner of the challenge!


Sunday, September 25, 2011

Happy Halloween - Paper Sundaes

Happy Sunday Morning to you! I am soooooo excited to be playing with my Paper Sundaes girls this week!! We are being sponsored by Michelle's and the theme is ANYTHING GOES! So I hope to see alot of you play along with us this week!

So you may be wondering where I have been lately....well. I have been home (surprise, surprise) I have just been highly unmotivated!! omg! I have however been dabbling in some Mixed Media Art. I have been feverishly "collecting" items to use, I took a class by Christy Tomlinson on the "She Art" girls and I have made a couple of projects that I will be sharing this week. I haven't colored with my copics sadly in a few weeks though. I am going to break them out this week as I just got a handful of super cute stamps to play with. Such a shame they have been sitting on shelf!

Below is a card that I actually made for this months Copic Night at my favorite LSS - A Scrapbook Store here in Port St. Lucie, FL! But it was perfect for this weeks Anything Goes them sponsored by Michelle's too! Michelles carries a variety of stamps and all sorts of products and tools.

I have colored this ADORABLE witch tilda with Copic markers. I added some stickles bling to her hat and bow. The paper is from Echo Park. I punched the flower with some retro flower punches. I just took one of those little tools with the round ball at the end (can't think of the name! LOL) Stylus? I dunno. Anyways, I took that and rubbed the middle of the flowers a little bit to get them to curl up slightly. I then stacked and glue them and added some chunky glitter to the tips of them. Pop on a button and your done.

That's it for today. Please come on over to Paper Sundaes and check out the other DT's beautiful creations! Hope to see you there!
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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Something new for me!

Here is something different for me! While I was out in blogland I ran across some fantastic Art Journals that I just fell in love with. I never gave mixed media art a second thought because I just figured that wasn't really my thing and I wasn't sure if I could get that "messy" look to look good. But when I saw an art journal post on Linda Heavens blog who is normally an AWESOME card maker. I love her coloring, it's beautiful.  Her cards are always clean and well put together without a lot of clutter. Well anyways, I saw some great projects that Linda had done and decided to give it a try.

So getting started, I went through my stash I didn't have much in terms of mixed media art. At least I thought I didn't!!!  Well, once you get going in MMA you will find all sorts of things in your house that can be used to help you create!! 

A few years back I was dabbling in alot of painting on pots. Alot of Donna Dewberry things. I think everybody I know had a painted pot that year! LOL I really enjoyed doing them, not sure why I stopped. I just need more hours in a day I guess. Well I had loads of paints from then.  Then I looked around the house some more and found all sorts of cool things like screen, bubble wrap, fabric, old templates, stencils...etc. But of course I felt I just HAD to have some new mediums to play with. So I picked up some NeoColor crayons, Faber-Castell Pitt Pens,  Gelatos and I am patiently waiting on my Panpastells to arrive! lol That doesn't include all the new stamps that I have picked up. Yikes..what was I thinking. I should have just picked up one of my many magnolias and colored until the m.m.a idea passed!! LOL

The next thing I did was take a "She Art" class by Christy Tomlinson.  She does some beautiful things and she has loads of youtube videos out there. The class is wonderful and informative and gets you thinking about all those things you can use laying around your house or at your local goodwill!  Here is my first "She Art" inspired piece.

I started out small. This is only a 5x7 canvas art board. I used an old sewing pattern for the background. See the McCalls in the upper lefthand corner? They make great backgrounds because they go on well and create lots of texture with the crinkles! Then I started laying on some paint, stamps and some texture with modeling paste.  I made the little girl with a page from an old book I had and the dress is from some scraps I had laying around, it's MME.  I did a quick search online for a cute little saying I liked and Voila. 

It's different - this mixed media art. But I kinda like it.  Some of it looks way to messy for me, but I like the fact that I can just layer on colors or papers or whatever I want and there is no right or wrong. If you don't like something you did, grab some gesso and layer again. It's fun and relaxing. Kinda like doodling is for me.  I'm sure you will be seeing some more projects using mixed media art from me in the future!

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Tissue Box

I was asked a few months ago to create a Tissue Box using a magnolia stamp. While browsing my LSS I came across this super cute paper by Bo Bunny and at the time the Butterfly Dreams collection had just come out so I thought it would be perfect together!  I love this color combo too! Which is why I picked it for this weeks Color Challenge at Magnolia-licious Challenge Blog!  This week we want you to use "Orange, Teal, and Brown" together.

Tissue box covers are easy to make and make great gifts for co-workers, teachers or friends. 

I used spellebinders dies to cut a hole in the tops so that it was more decorative than a plain oval (can't see it in the pic, sorry). I colored  Tilda w/Hawaian Flower using copic markers. I love that orange combo. I got that combo from Annika! I was never happy with my peaches or oranges and I came across this on her blog and love it. It actually uses YR's and E90's. The butterflys are from a Martha Stewart punch as is the border punch. 

Hope to see you play along with us at Magnolia-licous Challenge Blog. The prize is a $25.00 gift certificate to the store.  Also, be sure to check out the other amazing creations by the DT! Get inspired!!

Tracy V

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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Simply Put.....

Good Morning!  Did anybody do anything fun for the holiday weekend? I was hubby-less. He went to Tampa area and hung out with his friend all weekend.  Didn't stop me from having some fun though!  I went out with some friends on Friday night, then did a little stamping with a friend on Saturday....then I went to Kissimmee and hung out with my brother and his family and friends. It was his anniversary and he surprised his wife of 18 yrs with a renewal of vows. So sweet. She was shocked and happy....and cried alot! 

So I didn't get much done in terms of crafting over the weekend. But I have no plans for this coming up weekend minus a late afternoon boat ride with some friends.  Weather permitting of course. Lately thats been a battle.  It's beautiful then it downpours in the late afternoon like crazy. So fingers crossed we will be able to get out on the boat this weekend!

My card for you today was made for a Copic Night class at my local scrapbook store. It's pretty cool. You come to class and we make a card using copics (of course) and you get 1 free copic plus a discount on whatever other ones that you purchase!!  Being that it is class and the level of crafting ranges greatly, I try to keep it simple.

Love those papers, they are from Echo Park. I believe it's the "on the record" line. The sentiment is from The Angel Company. 

That's all for today. See you back here on Tuesday for the next Magnolia-licious challenge. If you haven't participated in the last one, there is still time. Please come join us!

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