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Vintage Postcard Christmas

Posted by Susan on Thursday, December 10, 2015 in ,
This stamp has been in my collection forever, and yet I have never used it on a Christmas card. I turned to Pinterest for inspiration and found some great examples of Christmas Cards that used this design - so in essence I could probably say that inspiration for this card came from a number of sources. For anyone who has a stamp they haven't used in a while and needs ideas, just put your stamp name and company in the search box on Pinterest and hopefully it will give you a reason to visit some old favorites like I did!

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Supplies:


Cardstock: Bazzill Kraft and White and Stampin Up Navy
Ink: Versafine Onyx and Ranger Distress Ink Blueprint Sketch
Stamp: Stampendous Snowy Postcard
Glitter Ritz Cool Highlight Glitter
Liquid Pearls: White Opal


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Skates for Christmas - Christmas Card

Posted by Susan on Tuesday, December 08, 2015 in ,
I love how this card turned out. So pretty.

Inspiration for this card came from:
http://kath-allthatglitter.blogspot.ca/2015/01/frilly-and-funkie.html

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Supplies:

Cardstock: Bazzil White and Kraft
Skates Die: Marianne Designs
Paper: Bo Bunny Powder Mountain and Vellum
Prima Distressing Tool
PSX Silver Embossing Powder
Ranger Distress Ink in Pumice Stone
Martha Stewart Snowflake Punch
Recollections Pearls


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Thomas Kinkaide Christmas Card

Posted by Susan on Monday, December 07, 2015 in ,
Okay this stamp has been in my craft room forever, and this year I decided to put it to some use. I feel like I did some really classic Victorian style Christmas cards this year, and this is one of them.

I took the inspiration for this card from here:
http://renlymatsworld.blogspot.ca/2008/11/thomas-kinkade-stonehearth-hutch.html

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Supplies

Cardstock - Bazzill Kraft and Raven Black
Paper - Craft Smith Tiimeless Holiday
Sizzix for Stampin Up - Top Note Die
Ribbon - Bo Bunny
Glitter - Martha Stewart
Stamp - Cornish Heritage Farms
Ink - Versamark Sepia
Embellishment - Unknown
Markers - Mixture

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Beautiful Blue Christmas

Posted by Susan on Friday, December 04, 2015 in ,
I went a little retro this Christmas, not necessarily in the designs, but in the supplies. I dug out a lot of stamps and papers I have had for ages, including the gorgeous background paper you see on this card. It's from SandyLion, which should tell you how old it is, since I don't even know if that company is still operating.

I took inspiration for this card from a card done by Hania (http://hania739.blogspot.ca/). She has some beautiful work if you would like to check out her site.

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Supplies

Cardstock - Bazzill
Paper - Sandy Lion
Ribbon - Recollections
Ink - Stampin Up Brocade Blue
Stamp - Hero Arts CL722
Die - Memory Box Frostyville Border and ProvoCraft Label Die

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Polka Dot Snowflake

Posted by Susan on Wednesday, December 02, 2015 in ,
This was such a simple card to make, but it's really pretty. And for anyone who knows me and thinks I might have lost my mind - no that isn't sewing on the edges, that's the Bo Bunny Stitches stamp!!!

I took the inspiration for this card from the following:
http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1847290?&cat=19756

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Supplies

Silhouette Cameo
Cardstock - Bazzill Kraft and Milk Chocolate
Paper - Recollections
Stamps - Momenta Joy to the World and Bo Bunny Stitches
Bakers Twine
Ink - Stampin Up Chocolate Chip and ColorBox White

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O Christmas Tree

Posted by Susan on Monday, November 30, 2015 in ,
Christmas Card production has been in full swing in the craft room the past two weeks and now all the cards are prepped for mail out on December 1st!

Here is the first card design of the 2015 Holiday Season. I took the inspiration for this card from a card by Lynn Dunn at stamptasticdesigns.com (http://stamptasticdesigns.com/2013/08/06/o-christmas-tree/).

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Supplies


Paper - DCWV Autumn Melody paper stack
Stamps - Stampin Up (Christmas Lodge Set)
Ink - Stampin Up (Handsome Hunter) and Ranger Distress Ink (Tea Dye)
Embossing Powder - Ranger Gold
Ribbon - Unknown



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Inspiration Wednesday - Night and Day

Posted by Susan on Thursday, November 12, 2015 in ,
I've really enjoyed the 2015 Inspiration Wednesday workshop with Donna Downey Studios and have signed up for the 2016 year of workshops, so I'm hoping for lots of great art journal pages to come! If you like to play with paint and want a challenge, consider signing up at http://donnadowney.typepad.com/simply_me/inspiration-wednesdays/

Here's this week:

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Inspiration Wednesday - It just blooms.

Posted by Susan on Tuesday, November 03, 2015 in ,
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More flowers for this weeks Inspiration Wednesday project. It's simple, I like it.



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Sugar Skull - Halloween Card

Posted by Susan on Monday, October 26, 2015 in ,
My Silhouette Cameo got quite the workout this Halloween season! Here is another great card made using a die I cut out with my Cameo. I had a lot of fun with this one, although I had to create a larger card than I'm used to (5x7) in order to fit everything in. I just love how spooky this one turned out.

This project is out for publication.


Supplies

Silhouette Cameo
Cardstock - Bazzil
Punch - Martha Stewart
Dylusions Ink Spray - Postbox Red
Stamps -My Minds Eye "Lost and Found" Halloween
Paper - Recollections and Stampin Up

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Let your dreams take flight

Posted by Susan on Friday, October 23, 2015 in ,
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For this tag I mixed a great paper line with some glitter and a die to make a beautiful butterfly doll.

Supplies

Prima Paper Doll Stamp by Julie Nutting
Sentiment Stamp by Hot off the Press
Paper - DCWV Black Currant Stack
Martha Stewart Glitter
Spellbinders Tag Die
Cheery Lynn Faerie Queen Butterfly Die and Angel Wing

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Witches Brew - Halloween Card

Posted by Susan on Friday, October 23, 2015 in ,
I found this card by Olena Levchenko on pinterest (see her original here: http://scrappingcottage.blogspot.ca/2014/10/happy-halloween-card.html), but I didn't have the die she used, nor did I have the patience to wait for it to come in. So instead I decided to get creative and try and find enough similar elements in the Silhouette Studio to piece together my own witchy scene. I am so pleased with how it turned out!

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Supplies

Silhouette Cameo
Cardstock - Bazzil
Ink - Versafine Onyx Black and Stampin Up
White Opaque Pen - Recollections
Stamp - Recollections

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Spooktacular Witch - Halloween Card

Posted by Susan on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 in ,
The idea for this card came from the fabulous Michelle Zindorf (see her original design here: http://zindorf.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/2008/09/29/a-witchie-night-tutorial-125/).

I didn't make my card in the exact same manner, but the spirit and look are the same. It's a bit labour intensive, and be prepared to get your fingers inky!

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Supplies



Cardstock - Bazzil and Stampin Up
Stamps - Stampin Up and Inkadinkadoo
Ink - Versafine Onyx Black, Colorbox and Stampin Up
White Opaque Marker - Recollections
Dylusions Spray Ink - London Blue

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The Headless Horseman Rides - Halloween Card

Posted by Susan on Monday, October 19, 2015 in ,
I saw this image available in the Silhouette Studio Store and I knew I just had to have it for Halloween Cards. I love how this turned out, and it was really quite simple to make.

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Supplies

Silhouette Cameo
Paper - Me & My Big Ideas
Stamps - Stampin Up and Recollections
Cardstock - Bazzil
Ink - Versafine

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Inspiration Wednesday - 7-42

Posted by Susan on Friday, October 16, 2015 in ,
I really enjoy these collage page Inspiration Wednesday's with Donna Downey. Such great fun!



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Creepy Crawly - Halloween Card

Posted by Susan on Thursday, October 15, 2015 in ,
I just love making Halloween cards every year - so I always do a few variations to send to a few close family and friends. Here is the first of the 2015 Halloween cards. There will be more to come as we creep along toward All Hallows Eve!

Supplies


Paper - Me and My Big Ideas and Recollections
Cardstock - Bazzil Raven Black
Stamp and Ribbon - CraftSmart and Recollections
Ink - Versafine Onyx Black
Silhouette Cameo

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Inspiration Wednesday - Heart, Love, Beauty

Posted by Susan on Thursday, October 15, 2015 in ,
I really enjoyed this weeks Inspiration Wednesday with Donna Downey. I went with a different colour palette, but I love the results.




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Inspiration Wednesday - She doesn't like to talk

Posted by Susan on Friday, October 02, 2015 in ,
Okay, not my favourite IW week. The concept was okay, and I got to play around with some face stamps, but for me, the result was just okay. I struggle with finding an alternative to the large text stamps Donna uses in her videos, since I don't have a lot of those types of stamps. And I think I like my art a bit busier, if that makes any sense.

That said, here was my interpretation:

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Inspiration Wednesday - Bouquet

Posted by Susan on Friday, October 02, 2015 in ,
This weeks IW scared the *bleep* right outta me! I have NEVER tried to paint something that wasn't abstract and here we were challenged to paint flowers. It took me almost 2 full weeks to work up the courage to even attempt this weeks challenge. And finally I just bit the bullet and said, "do it" and if it turns out horribly I just won't post it.

Well......it didn't turn out horribly.

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I give Donna Downey props for challenging me to do something I never even thought possible to do!

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Inspiration Wednesday - Peace & Love

Posted by Susan on Friday, October 02, 2015 in ,
This was a hot mess turned fabulous! First, I didn't have a circle stencil like Donna Downey used in her video, so I used my Silhouette Cameo and made my own stencil! Definitely something I will be repeating. Then I realized I either used too much gel medium, or I let it sit too long, because my book pages wouldn't come off AT ALL!  So I rubbed it and sprayed it with water to get as much off as I could/wanted to. Then I just used my paints and charcoal pencils and in the end I'm super happy with the way it turned out.

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Inspiration Wednesday - Angel

Posted by Susan on Friday, October 02, 2015 in ,
This was a really fun one. I purchased some canvas paper with clocks on it at Michaels and then did my best to expand my creative side with painting, blending, stencils, etc. I love how this turned out.

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Inspiration Wednesday - The sun and the moon

Posted by Susan on Sunday, August 16, 2015 in ,
Here is week 15. I had some fun with this one! Looking forward to week 16 too!

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Supplies:

Paper - Stampin Up and DCWV
Stencil - The crafters workshop
Ink and Pen - Stampin Up
Gesso
Matte Medium
Super Heavy Gesso
Acrylic Paints - various colors

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Inspiration Wednesday - Oberyn of the House Martell

Posted by Susan on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 in ,
Inspiration Wednesday - We were tasked with finding a fun character for this weeks journal page. I struggled.....I didn't know what to do, and for a short period of time I thought I would just skip this week's project. But then I found inspiration (pun definitely intended).

This character is the Funko Pop Vinyl of Oberyn Martell from Game of Thrones. I have the real figure in my craft room, and it was while I was sitting at my computer with my little Oberyn looking on that I made the decision to use him on my page.

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He makes me so happy - which was the goal of this week's piece. Love it!

Supplies


Paper - Origami paper from Michaels
Stencil - Heidi Swapp
Light Molding Paste
Acrylic Paint, Acrylic Glazing Liquid

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Inspiration Wednesday - The Things We Love

Posted by Susan on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 in ,
Another Inspiration Wednesday folks! I'm really enjoying playing in my art journal, but I have GOT to get back to some cards and scrapbook pages soon :D

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Love how pretty this turned out. Pink is not typically my "go to" color, but I love this!

Supplies

Paper - Making Memories and Echo Park
Stamps - Stampendous
Ink - Stampin Up and Colorbox
Glimmer Mist Stencils - Tattered Angels
Gesso, Fluid Matte Medium, acrylic paint.

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Inspiration Wednesday - Rusted

Posted by Susan on Saturday, June 13, 2015 in ,
This week introduced a new paint called VerDay, which allows you to turn your art surface into a patina. Very cool. I think I will try and use this stuff again, and really play with it now that I know a bit more about how it reacts. Honestly - give it a try and have fun!

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Supplies

Dylusions art journal
VerDay Paint Kit
Embellishments - K&Company and Recollections
Stickers - Tim Holtz
Dies - Various (Spellbinders, Cheery Lynn, Memory Box, Die-namics)
Distress Ink - Tea Dye

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Inspiration Wednesday - Retro

Posted by Susan on Saturday, June 13, 2015 in ,
This is take two for this page. The first version had a big quote written across it that, in the end, I just didn't love. So I went over it with gesso and gelatos and took a slightly different direction. I like this outcome much better.

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Supplies

Dylusions art journal
Faber Castell Memory Craft Gelatos
Stampin Up Watercolor Crayons
Acrylic Paint
Gesso
Stamps - Bo Bunny and Unknown

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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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Inspiration Wednesday - Triple Crescent Moon

Posted by Susan on Sunday, March 08, 2015 in ,
So this page started out as my Inspiration Wednesday Week 5 project. Now if you look at the project Donna Downey created for IW5 you're probably wondering how on earth I got from there to here. Well....it's a bit of a journey, so let me tell you.

I made my molding paste skins (the moons), but then they were just too small, and I didn't really have another stencil large enough that I could use for this technique. So I kept them. Now I could have added an inclusion to my page, but without skins large enough, the effect wouldn't work anyway, so I kept my page as is. I wanted to add a textured bottom, like Donna's, but I didn't want to re-create the "nest" idea, so.....I tried beads. Well, they sort of worked. They were larger than they should have been for what I was trying to achieve, but I rolled with it anyway.

From there however, I think the page began to take on a life of it's own and well, a bunch of ink spray, molding paste through a stencil, more seed beads, some stitching stamps and a tag later and voila!

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It's really interesting how this worked out though. I chose to use my three moon skins in the shape of the Triple Crescent Moon, which symbolizes the maiden, the mother and the crone. But what I didn't realize until I was almost finished the page was that today is International Women's Day. So all in all, I think it's a rather fitting layout for the day.

Thanks for reading!

Supplies

Dylusions Art Journal
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists
Stencil - The Crafters Workshop
Art Supplies - Molding Paste, Light Molding Paste, Gesso, Acrylic Glazing Liquid
Beads - Unknown
Stamps - Bo Bunny and Unknown Foam Stamps

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Inspiration Wednesday - Passion for Spring

Posted by Susan on Saturday, March 07, 2015 in ,
Another fun week at Inspiration Wednesday with Donna Downey. It's never too late to join and I admit I'm learning a lot of unique techniques.

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Supplies:

Dylusions Journal by Ranger
Paper - Bazzil Basics Antique Dictionary Print
Stencil - The Crafters Workshop
Stamps - Stampendous and Stampin' Up
Prima Flowers
Dylusions spray ink
Art Supplies - Gesso, Glazing Liquid, Light Molding Paste

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Inspiration Wednesday - Shoot for the Moon

Posted by Susan on Thursday, February 19, 2015 in ,
I was apprehensive about this weeks Inspiration Wednesday because it is so far out of my comfort zone and style. But I stuck with it and honestly, I really enjoyed the process.

If you haven't already....consider joining up for Inspiration Wednesday with Donna Downey.

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Dance

Posted by Susan on Saturday, January 31, 2015 in , , , ,
I completed this layout for both the Sketchabilities Challenge #132 and the Let's Get Sketchy - January Week 2 Challenge. For this week I tried returning to my own style a bit more, but also tried a new technique I saw where the photo was layered up from underneath with ephemera. I'm not sure I got the result I was fully expecting, but I do like it. Perhaps some more practice in this area.....

And here is my interpretation. I hope you like it....comments are welcome, and if you would like to see more of my work, please don't forget to subscribe to my blog!


Again, the photo is one I found on pinterest that I just really liked and went so well with the "Anthem" paper line from Bo Bunny.

Supplies

Paper, Ephemera and chipboard elements - Bo Bunny "Anthem"
Ink - Tim Holtz Distress Ink and Stampin Up
Stampin Up Chipboard Letters
Stamps - Stampin Up and Heather's Stamping Haven by the Stamp Barn


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Inspiration Wednesday - Go confidently in the direction of your dreams

Posted by Susan on Monday, January 26, 2015 in , ,
Another fabulous journal project for Inspiration Wednesday with Donna Downey. Unlike my first IW project, I LOVE how this one turned out. It's an extravaganza of mixed media supplies and a whole lot of getting messy!

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Supplies

Dylusions art journal
Gesso
Super Heavy Gesso
Fluid Matte Medium
Acrylic Glazing Liquid
Stencils - Tim Holtz and Dina Wakely
Paper and Bits - Aitoh Company Origami Paper, Hot off the Press Stamps, Tim Holtz Tissue Paper
Making Memories  Alphabet Stickers
Stamps and Ink - Stampin Up and Stazon
Various acrylic paints
Dylusions ink


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Winter Queen

Posted by Susan on Monday, January 19, 2015 in , ,
So my second Sketchabilities challenge was based on this sketch:


I'm going to admit that I'm struggling a bit with the "Sketchabilities" style. There seems to be a lot of white space/area on the page that I'm not used to - probably doesn't help that a predominantly white layout was part of the challenge :D. I'm starting to think that maybe I should use the sketch as a guide but use my own style instead of trying to adopt the one shown in the sketch. I'm a big paper collection user so my preferences tend to lean more towards brighter, busier layouts. I'm not giving up....just trying to figure out the best approach.

Anyway, here's my take on Sketch 131. Comments are welcome, or please feel free to follow my blog.


The picture I printed from Pinterest, and I thought it was beautiful, and perfect for this "white+1" layout challenge. But I have a love-hate relationship with this layout. I like the left side...I think....but I think there's a design disconnect between it and the bottom right corner. I went wrong when the glitter ritz I used on the bottom layer was darker than I thought and the color blue didn't match up. And again, I'm new to this whole "spray splatter" idea. While I love the concept and a lot of people produce some beautiful work, I have yet to master the technique to my satisfaction.

Thanks for checking out my work!

Supplies:

Cardstock - Bazzil and DCWV
Patterned Paper - Bo Bunny Powder Mountain and Hot off the Press Color Me Music
Martha Stewart Doilies
Metal Dies - Die-namics
Darice Embossing Folder
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist - Sapphire
Glitter Ritz - Canadian Blue
Molding Paste
Stencils, Mosaics and Ribbon - Unknown
Dollar store extra embellishments

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Art Journal - Don't Let Life Ruffle Your Feathers

Posted by Susan on Saturday, January 17, 2015 in , , ,
This art journal page is for Mixed Media Place - Creative Gym #3 challenge. The goal was to use "Wings". Unlike my Inspiration Wednesday piece, I really like the way this one turned out, but I'm pretty new to this art journal work. The embellishments on the left side might prove to be a bit much - I'm still trying to balance the art journal/painting work with my scrapbooking tendencies.

Hope you like it, and I would welcome comments/feedback!

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Supplies:

Art Journal - Dylusions
Acrylic Paint - Accent and Americana
Stencil - Folkart
Flowers - Prima
Dylusions Spray Ink
Die - Die-namics
Hot off the press - stamp
Memento Black ink


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Inspiration Wednesday with Donna Downey

Posted by Susan on Saturday, January 17, 2015 in ,
So I joined Donna Downey's Inspiration Wednesday for 2015. This is a bi-weekly art journal project group which I hope will help me explore more artistic techniques and allow me to play with new (and old) supplies.

Here is the page I created for the first week challenge:

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I'm not "thrilled" with the way it turned out. My letter stencils weren't the best for this technique, the light molding paste I tried to use for texture instead of heavy gesso didn't apply like I had wanted, and I'm not sure my glazing liquid application was correct. I tried to add some more dimension by adding some harvest-y stickers, but I'm not sure if they add or detract. I'm hoping to improve as we go, but then that is the point of the endeavour - and why the term "Grow" is so appropriate for my first page.

Comments welcome.

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Winter Snowflakes

Posted by Susan on Friday, January 09, 2015 in ,
This is the last of the Christmas cards for 2014 - PHEW! I got the idea for this card from a YouTube tutorial on how to line up the Martha Stewart punch-all-over-the-page punches. I wanted to try out the techniques, so I designed a card I could use them on.

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I really enjoyed how this card turned out with the punch-all-over-the-page punch.

Supplies:
Punches - Martha Stewart and EK Success
Die - Die-namics
Cardstock - Stampin-up
Ribbon - unknown
Pearl - Michaels Recollections

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Beautiful Poinsettia

Posted by Susan on Wednesday, January 07, 2015 in ,
A little post-Christmas clean-up because I realized I hadn't posted a few additional cards I made late in the Christmas season!  These cards were made a little larger than my traditional 4x6 size, but I really wanted to spend some quality time making them as pretty as I could, and the larger size was needed to accommodate the design.

I hope you like them as much as I do!

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Supplies:

Cardstock - Bazzil
Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Motif paper
Spellbinders Dies
Heartfelt Creations Stamp and matching Spellbinders Die
Sizzix Embossing Folder
Seed Beads - Unknown

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Fall in Love

Posted by Susan on Monday, January 05, 2015 in ,
This is my first layout for the Sketchabilities Challenge Blog, so I'm really excited! Here is the sketch:

For this layout, I wanted to try a new technique showcased by Julie Balzer using Viva Inka Gold on black cardstock. I love the dramatic look it gives a layout, and it's a really fun product to work with. I hope you like it as well. Comments are welcome, and if you like my work I hope you'll consider following my blog!

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The photo is an artist rendering I printed from the internet. The little boy in it is so cute and kind of reminds me of my son :D

Supplies:

Cardstock - Bazzil
Stencils - Crafters Workshop Template
Viva Inka Gold
Stickers - Creative Imaginations and Stickopotamus
Key - K&Company
Ribbon, Feathers, and Grass embellishments - Michaels and Dollar Store
Silhouette Cameo letters

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