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Inspiration Wednesday - Urban NYC

Posted by Susan on Monday, May 18, 2015 in ,
I'm not sure this turned out completely as I envisioned. I might have surpassed grunge and gone straight to messy.  The cool thing about this page is the memorabilia underneath that in some places is still poking through. I used a few tickets of events I attended in NYC my last year of High School (so they're almost 25 years old now, that's how long I've been hording them). It was nice to add them to some art and make use of them.

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Supplies:

Gesso
Acrylic Paint
Mod Podge Matte
Various memorabilia
Origami collage paper - Aitoh Co
Tim Holtz Stencil
Light Modelling Paste
Fine Liner Tip
Doc Martins India Ink
Acrylic Glazing Liquid

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Inspiration Wednesday - Unicorn Girl

Posted by Susan on Sunday, May 17, 2015 in ,
Week 9 of Inspiration Wednesday started out as a hot mess for me, but eventually inspired the title :D  My first layer of color was just too much color, too bright, and frankly I almost gesso'd over the whole thing and started over. But, I kept going, working to layer and tone down the rainbow of layer one, and I'm glad I did.

So what the title "Unicorn Girl"? Because based on the first layer I honestly thought I was channeling my inner Unicorn and farting out rainbows, the colors were SOOOOOO loud! But I learned my lesson to not give up and keep at it to see if you can create something out of it! In this case, I think the exercise was a success.

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Supplies:

Dylusions Art Journal
Acrylic Ground for Pastels
Various acrylic paint
Dylusions Ink Spray - Black
Donna Downey Stencil - face
The Crafters Workshop Stencil - text

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Inspiration Wednesday - Creating Art

Posted by Susan on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 in ,
So I'm behind on my Inspiration Wednesday projects. We're about to get week 10 and I've just finished week 8. With any luck I'll be all caught up this week though. I think I found week 8 to be a bit of a challenge so that might explain why it took me so long to finish.

I've called it "Creating Art" and I hope that's what I'm doing here. I still don't know if I'm confident enough to call it that, but I am pleasantly surprised by the outcome.

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Supplies:

Dylusions Art Journal
Various acrylic paints
Chipboard letters - Stampin Up
Fine-liner tip
Super Heavy Gesso

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Creative Cupcake Tag

Posted by Susan on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 in ,
Another birthday....another tag :D  This one was a little last minute, and didn't turn out as well as I would have liked. I really need to get in the habit of prepping some "stock" of cards and tags so that I don't need to rush when I find myself in need.

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Supplies:

Cardstock: Stampin Up
Stamps and Ink - Stampin Up
Ribbon - Michaels Dollar Bin

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Wild About the Birthday Boy

Posted by Susan on Sunday, May 10, 2015 in ,
As a parent of a grade school boy, I end up attending a good number of little boy birthday parties. Well, little boys don't really care about home made cards, if they care about cards at all. So, instead of making cards I decided to keep it simple and just make some cute birthday tags to attach to gifts.

Here's the first:

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Supplies:

Cardstock - Bazzil and Stampin Up
Crafters Workshop Stencil
Stamps and Ink - Stampin Up
Die - Cheery Lynn Dies
Ribbon - American Crafts


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Inspiration Wednesday - Glorious Autumn

Posted by Susan on Sunday, April 12, 2015 in ,
Wow, this weeks Inspiration Wednesday project for me was a rollercoaster. When I first watched the video I loved the idea. I fully admit to being a hoarder of paper, so the idea of being able to use some beautiful paper as the main feature was, to me, heavenly.

Now my art journal doesn't include any inclusions, so I decided to try and add my own for this weeks project because I really liked the effect. Well, that proved a bit challenging, and ended up being crooked. And then my paper didn't apply correctly toward the seam of the book. And as things progressed I started getting worried that this was going to turn into a hot mess.

So, I grabbed my matte medium and fixed the paper application issues. Then I made the decision to cut the other half of the inclusion so it too was not symmetrical, like the paper application behind it. And as I worked on it, and came up with work arounds to things I didn't like, it began to take shape, and in the end I really like how it turned out.

Here are some pics of all the various "states" and pieces, including a few close up shots. Hope you like it!

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This shows the layout with the inclusion open inside. For this I used another BoBunny paperline - Cambridge
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Here is the back of the inclusion, where I added my journal content for the page. It's great because it's hidden when the page first opens, but adds some visuals on the right side of the page when you flip it over.
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Some of you may recognize this tag from a previously posted project. I decided to add it to this journal layout because it is one of my favourite tags and it works so nicely with the layout.
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Supplies:

Paper - BoBunny - Forever Fall and Cambridge paper packs
Cardstock - Stampin-up
Stamps - Stampin up, Heartfelt Creations (Script Stamp), Stampendous (Sunflower)
Stampin' Up Blendabilities
Ink - Momento and Stampin' Up
Stencils - Crafters Workshop
Acrylic Paints - Pumpkin, Laguna, Raw Umber
Matte Medium, Mod Podge, Acrylic Glazing Liquid, Light Molding Paste
Dylusions Journal


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Inspiration Wednesday - Music is...

Posted by Susan on Sunday, April 05, 2015 in ,
Another Inspiration Wednesday art journal page. Again, this one is quite a deviation from the original, but I really like how it turned out. It's also very personal because around the edge are all my favorite bands or favorite artists from my iPod right now.

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Supplies

Tim Holtz Tissue Paper
DCWV Performance Stack paper
Distress Ink - Tea Dye
Acrylic Paint - Various Colors
Gesso, Matte Medium, Acrylic Glazing Liquid

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