Showing posts with label Art Anthology. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Art Anthology. Show all posts

Monday, July 15, 2013

Happy Today...ScrapFriends GDT...color challenge #15.

I was super excited to have been chosen as a winner for the Yummy Scrap challenge #13 at ScrapFriends.  As a winner, you are offered a spot as a guest for the next color challenge.  So here are this month's colors!

When I saw the blue colors, it was the perfect match for the sash color of the flower girl dress that Charlotte recently wore.  Here she is, killing time during all the photos at the church.  Good thing the bride planned to have bubbles blown as they walked out of the church!  Charlotte was content for a good 15 minutes!  :)

I started by raiding my stash for colors to use to match the palette and then started adding some bits and layers here and there. A lot of the things came from some recent Scrapbook Circle Kits.  On the background, I laid down the patterned papers and then went over them with a mix of gesso and Art Anthology Sorbet in frost through a stencil.   I love the shimmer and the clear glaze the Art Anthology paints give to the gesso.  

Yes, I fussy cut the doily from from Maggie Holmes papers and the flowers from Basic Grey Mint Julep.  You can see a shipboard frame that I machine stitched with blue thread, too....And a little girliness with the pink bow from Maggie Holmes, too.

 A few more layers of frames, chipboard, stickers, and washi tape, plus this pre-cut title from American Crafts (Amy Tan Yes, Please).

I think I may be in the smaller percentage when I say that I LOVE color challenges!  So happy to have found a great blog that provides them every month.  The sad part is now I have to wait another month for a palette!  :)

Stay Scrappy My Friends!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Inspiration Elevator- First Year COMPLETE! *giveaway*

From the IE Group:

Welcome to another Inspiration Elevator reveal! We are thrilled to celebrate the end of our first year of Inspiration Elevator challenges and are anticipating that the second year will see that creative growth continue to go UP! To celebrate our first anniversary and our fabulous designers, Christa and Ann decided to challenge our designers to take an in-depth look at a fellow designer's artistic portfolio via her blog, choose elements from that designers creations,and incorporate them into her own work. In other words, we are encouraging a scrapLIFT! Rather than a mere copy of someone else’s work, this is a stylistic scraplift that should inspire each designer to grow creatively as she is inspired, yet remain true to her own style.

As the second year of this creative journey begins, and as the popularity of Inspiration Elevator increases, we have created a new blog for our Inspiration Elevator Challenges. So, if you want to play along you can find the challenges and links to the inspiration all in one place! To celebrate our first year, our hopping will incorporate RAKs along the way – how exciting! Now, before you go hopping along, we want to let you know of a few personnel changes.

While, we are so excited to welcome back most of our original design team members for year two, we are saddened to be saying goodbye to Audrey Yeager. Audrey has creatively embraced every challenge over the past year, and has been a super part of our design team over the past 12 months. We hope your will continue to stop by her blog and see her gorgeous creations. Thank you Audrey for sharing our journey – we are grateful for you!

Audrey here.  I just wanted to say that I LOVE where IE has taken me this last year!  It was such a pleasure to work with everyone in this group and to grow and support each other as "artists".  I have loved watching everyone evolve over the year and had so much fun tackling these challenges!

We are very pleased to announce a new member to our design team. Join us as we welcome Jodi Wilton. Jodi's design style is happy and whimsical and we are looking forward to sharing this new year of growth with her and seeing how her creative muse is tickled by our challenges.

We mentioned RAKs or giveaways at each designer’s blog this month,since we’re celebrating our first year. Please read each designer’s instructions regarding the giveaway as they will vary. We will post a final list of winners on April 24th on the Inspiration Elevator blog, so be sure to pop back, and if you create something based on this month’s challenge, please link it up on the blog!

I got to lift: Lisa Spiegel

I have known Lisa for quite some time in the scrappy world, but I can honestly say I don't remember where or when we "met"!  I'm sure it was a long time ago on some club team or message board!

I loved looking through Lisa's blog at her recent work.  Actually, I scrolled through her blog all the way back to just a little over a year ago.  One thing I noticed is that her scrapping has become some much more detailed and she has added a lot more layers to her pages!  Just going through the first couple of recent pages on her blog, I found these layouts that caught my eye:

Do you notice a pattern?  :)  What caught my eye was the doilies on each page.  With 3 girls, I am sure she loves "girly" things!  Also, the basic design of these pages is a large, single photo with layers of papers and embellies, and then a smaller cluster off to the side somewhere on the edge of the page.  Three out of four of these pages have butterflies and they all have flowers.

So instead of lifting a particular layout of Lisa's, I lifted her style and came up with this:

I started by pulling out a doily and then fussy cutting the bright pink flowers.I dug through some old Scrapbook Circle kits and pulled out some aqua, beige, and pink elements to work with.

I just started layering papers and embellishment with my photo, working with the flowers and doilies, too.  I stuck with one main cluster of layering around my photo, like Lisa does, and then added an "off the page" element on the lower left corner.

To add some "me" to this page, I used a stencil with some Art Anthology paint and also splattered some white paint as well.  I noticed that Lisa also outlines her layouts a lot, or frames them with another piece of paper, so I stitched a black frame around the outside with my machine.

Then I needed to find a butterfly for my page and this one from the Crate Paper Maggie Holmes die cuts was perfect!  The black in it really drew out the black in my photo.  Then the black title creates a visual triangle.  Voila!

I really really loved this challenge!  I can't tell you how quickly this page came together, and I loved getting in touch with my girly side and using doilies and butterflies!  Thank you LISA for the inspiration!


Now, for my blog hop PRIZE, I will choose one random FOLLOWER who comments on this post.  In addition, you must also follow the new Inspiration Elevator blog and leave a comment there, too.  Up for grabs is this hod podge of duplicate scrappy stuff that I have!  It kinda makes a nice kit!

Winner will be announced April 22 here and on the IE blog.

Stop by and see what the designers on this adventure have created:

Thursday, January 17, 2013

What a Zoo! A mini for Basically Bare

OK, confession....I used to not like making mini albums that much.  But lately I have been LOVING them!  It helps I have an awesome stash of some Basically Bare ones to use!!!!

I used the Casually Covered album for this little mini about a trip we took to the local zoo on a very warm day in November.

Let's talk about the cover.  I just had to use the On Trend collection from Crate Paper.  It's perfect, with all the animal prints it has! First, I painted the spine black, then added my paper.  I covered the zebra paper with a light wash of gesso, and then used a stencil and some "Splashed" Sorbet from Art Anthology. I love the texture and sheen that this paint gives!!!  It is so awesome to work with!

 See those fibers on the page?  They are actually the strings from the canvas page inside the album....I took some off to make some fringe on the page, and had this little pile sitting on my desk, so I just added them on the cover.

I splattered some paint, stitched with some teal thread, and added the appropriate animal embellies and some twine.

And I always decorate the back cover a bit, too:

OK, the inside pages.  Basically, I painted the edges of each black (except the acrylic page) and then added paper to each page. I stuck with a somewhat neutral palette for the papers.

I added some splatters of mists and those were my foundations.  On each page, I added a few OLD leaf rub ons, the photos, and a few flowers, banners, twine and other bits.  In between some of the pages, I added some tags for my journaling (which I have added in at this point!).

On the acrylic page, I used a animal print stencil and some "Sand Dune" and "Tiger Eye" Sorbets (Art Anthology).

YAY!  I love this little mini!  Thanks for stopping by today!!!!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Inspiration Elevator...Top Ten and Art Journaling Intentions

A few weeks ago, I posted my Top 12 layouts of 2012.  I love going through everything I have done over the year to see how I have changed and grown, and to reflect on all those special moments!

Today for Inspiration Elevator, we are also celebrating our favorites of 2012.  I have a lot more "favorites" other than layouts, so today I am going to focus on some of my favorite things I created that were NOT layouts!

You may recall from last month's challenge that the purpose of this challenge group was to take our scrapbooking to the next level, to stretch our creative process and to grow as artists by embracing challenges that make us think, work and grow. 

So here are some of my favorite "other" projects over the past year, in no particular order:


Mini Albums:

(Two albums that I want to share are going to be published in Create: Mini Albums in March 2013, so I can't share them at this time!)

(Two-Gether for Birds of a Feather Kit Club.  See HERE)

(December Daily Album 2012. Still have to post :) )

Art Journal Pages:

(" I Believe" for IE Prompt.  See HERE

("I Regret" for IE Prompt.  See HERE.)
 Other Projects:

(Paper Christmas tree for GCD Studios.  See HERE)

(Countdown Calendar for Basically Bare and Bella Blvd.  See HERE)

(Winter Houses for Basically Bare. See HERE)

I hope you will take the time to see what my Inspiration Elevator team mates chose as they reflected on this challenge. 
Cathy Harper

Now because we didn't have a specific "challenge" this month, I still wanted to keep on with my Art Journaling, and this post seems like an appropriate theme for my thoughts: My resolutions (Intentions) for 2013.

I wrote them down first in my notebook, and then got to work creating the spread.  I went with my favorite color: green, which also reminds me of energy, which I am going to need to do all these things on my intentions list!

I started by heat embossing an arrow pattern from a stencil, and then misted some green and yellow mists over the page and rubbed them in a bit.

Then I went over the the chunky chevron stencil and some "Evergreen" Sorbet (gel paint) from Art Anthology.

A few circle stamps, and some confetti of hearts and pink sequins for contrast.  And I dug out some OLD flowers from my stash, just because they happened to be near me and I am purging some stuff!

Thanks for stopping by for another month of IE!!!  Hope you have the happiest of times in 2013!!  

Friday, January 4, 2013

These boots were made for Winter...

I can't get enough of the Crate Paper Sleigh Ride collection!!!  It has been so great for my holiday and wintery photos.  I got my stash at My Scraps & More.

We have had SO MUCH SNOW since we've moved back to one point, there was about 2 1/2 ft on the little guy was buried up to his armpits.

I asked for a pair of winter boots for Christmas, and both my mom and my hubby got me a pair!  They are both totally different, though, so I kept both pairs!  :)

I have saved this scrap of chipboard that I cut some snowflakes from about 3 years ago.  I wanted to use it as a stencil, which I did to create the snowflakes on the bottom left of the page.  I used some Art Anthology Sorbet in "Splashed", which adds some awesome texture and shine!

But I loved the way the white chipboard looked, too, so I just used it on my page!  I love the idea of using the negatives of punches and/or die cuts.

I added some bits of gold here and there with the vellum. gold dot paper and the gold thread.  A bit of layering and a tiny splash of grey mist, and it's done!

I have a lot more wintery/snow photos to scrap!!!!


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