Tuesday, May 2, 2017

A Little Mixed Media (SAY WHAT?!)

Hahaha yes, I am playing with mixed media!

I am also working with a new company out of New York State called OOAK Artisan Showcase.  It's a great company that wants to promote and encourage artists all over the world.  The owner of the company is Shelley Graham Turner, and I have known Shelley online for quite a few years, way back to when we were both creating jewelry:)

So, for my first project post for OOAK, I have created a mixed media project, aptly named "Dreams and Dedication".  I used a fabulous quote in my piece that speaks to my heart.

Dreams and Dedication mixed media

This project started out as a 6x6 piece of watercolor paper from the Prima Marketing Paintables pad. I watercolored it with Distress Crayons and then it sat on my desk for a few months.  I just didn't know what to do with it, lol.  Finally I sat down with it one night and just decided to play around.

I added some stencils and molding paste, then I added some acrylic paint, and black gesso.  I looked for a quote and found this one that I loved, so I printed it out and added it to the paper.  I got out my magic marker and started adding lines.

Then I decided it was way too small, and found a wooden artist board (from the dollar store!) and painted it with black gesso.  I added the paper to it and decided it needed even more color (go figure!).  I mixed some distress crayon with white acrylic paint and had a little finger painting fun.  Then I added flowers that I distressed with the black gesso, some cardboard embellishments that I heat embossed and some metal embellishments.  Lastly, I decided it needed something special and I dug out my bronze acrylic paint and my fingers went to work again!

I am excited about this piece, and it has given me inspiration for other pieces which I hope to show you soon!

Thank you for visiting, and I hope ou will also visit the OOAK Artisan Showcase blog for more inspiration every week!  We will also be featuring OOAK members, so if you would like to be a member, please go to ooakartisanshowcase.com and join us!

Monday, April 3, 2017

Party Chicks! with the Paper Nest Dolls!

Hello everyone, it's time for a new challenge at the Paper Nest Dolls!  I have chosen to create a card using one of Christine's newest images - "Party Chicks" :)


They are so cute, and I couldn't help but color them with some nice bright spring colors.

I colored them with my Copic markers and Lyra Rembrandt - Polycolor pencils.

I added some Doodlebug "Sugar Shoppe" paper and some Wink of Stella pen, and topped it off with some flowers and some enamel dots from my stash.

Come on and join us for the monthly challenge over at thepapernestdollschallenge.blogspot.ca

The theme is always anything goes ans you always have the whole month to join!

Monday, March 6, 2017

One of a Kind with Paper Nest Dolls

Hello!  It's time for a new challenge at the Paper Nest Dolls, and I have chosen to create with the sweet image called "Avery with Crayons".






I colored her with my Copic markers and Prismacolor Premiere pencils, and paired her with some paper from the Simple Stories "DIY Boutique" collection.  The leaves die cut is from Tim Holtz Alterations, and the sentiment and flowers are from my stash.  I finished it off with Nuvo Crystal Drops.

The new challenge starts today and the theme is always Anything Goes!  Come on over to the challenge blog and join us, you have all month to play along :)

See you soon!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Troll Ellie appreciates kindness :)

Hello all from the weirdly warm Northwestern Ontario!  Seriously, it's plus 9 Celsius here today.  That is so weird for us for February!  This is when we would normally be having minus 30 degree weather!  Now, don't get me wrong, I like the warmth, but it also makes me wonder what is coming...

So on that note, I couldn't help but color up a fun and spring themed thank you card for Paper Nest Dolls this week :)  I colored "Troll Ellie" for this card and paired her with some Webster's Pages paper.  I added some die cuts to match and some Nuvo Crystal Drops, and here she is!






You can find the digital stamp version of this image in the online shop at Paper Nest Dolls.

Come and join us for the monthly challenge, you still have time!  The theme is always Anything Goes :)

See you soon!

Monday, February 6, 2017

Time for a new challenge at PND!

Hello everyone :)  I hope everyone has evaded the dreaded flu bug that's going around.  Knock on wood, right?

It's time for a new challenge at the Paper Nest Dolls and I have chosen to create a sweet card using Winter Gift Emma.


She is just so sweet and I couldn't resist coloring her in my favorite winter colors!

Come on over to the Paper Nest Dolls challenge blog and join in the challenge this month!  The theme is always anything goes and you have a full month to create a card :)

See you soon!

Monday, January 16, 2017

Stamping Bella and Quick Creations

Hello everyone I have a fun winter card for you today, so appropriate for the weather we're having this week!

I have used Stamping Bella/Mo Manning "Valerie with Snowman" stamp set, with paper from the Studio Calico "Print Shop" collection.  I also used some bling from my stash, the Lawn Fawn "Stitched Snowflakes" die set and a sentiment from the CC Designs "Friends Sentiments" clear stamp set.


You can find the linked products above in the Quick Creations online shop, but hurry there...Noelle is closing up shop, so she has everything discounted :)

See you soon with more inspiration!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Gorjuss "Heartfelt" and Quick Creations

Hello everyone, I have another card for you for Quick Creations.

I created a card featuring Santoro/Gorjuss "Heartfelt" rubber stamp, Nuvo Crystal Drops in "Raspberry Pink" and Cottage Cutz "Victorian Butterfly" die, Spectrum "Sparkle" pen and Santoro's Mirabelle 2 paper.


I colored her using my Recollections water color markers.  I added some Sparkle pen to the butterfly flourish die cut and glued it to the back of the image, and then popped the image up on dimensional adhesive.  I added some ribbon from my stash, and add four dots to the corners of the image with the Nuvo.  This was the perfect color to match the paper :)

Thursday, January 12, 2017

A Little Under the Sea with Quick Creations and CC Designs

Hello from the wintery white North! Lol.  It is super blustery here this week, which is a nice change from last week's super cold weather :)

I have created three cards for Quick Creations, using the same stamp set and ribbon :)

This stamp set is "Under the Sea" from CC Designs and I know Noelle has a couple left in her store!

The ribbon is from the Kaisercraft "Rock Pool" collection, as well as the paper in the first card.  Both of these are also available in the Quick Creations shop.


 Ok, tell me these cards didn't turn out super cute!  I watercolored these images using my Recollections watercolor markers on cold-pressed paper.  I fussy-cut some elements from the paper pad and layered them up with dimensional adhesive, added the ribbon bow on this one, and called it finished!


 The turtle is definitely a favorite, I've always liked turtles.  I watercolored him as well and popped him up on dimensional adhesive, added the watercolored bubbles to the background and added some "Rock Pool" ribbon to this card as well.


And the last one was just as fun.  I also watercolored the sea horse and more bubbles and also added some Quick Creations' "Mermaid Tales" sequins to this one.  This ribbon is also from the Kaisercraft "Rock Pool" collection.  Three different ribbons from the same set, and they are so cute!

All of the linked products are available in Noelle's online shop at Quick Creations, but she is closing her shop...so go and see what's left!  There are sale prices on many items!

Stay tuned for more inspiration coming up soon!



Monday, January 2, 2017

A Very Happy New Year and some Paper Nest Dolls, and a new challenge :)

Happy New Year everyone!  How did you spend your New Year's Eve?  We spent it with family, which is definitely the best way to go.

It's time for a new challenge at the Paper Nest Dolls, and to start of the new year I have chosen to create using a brand new doll for Valentine's Day!

This is Love Letter Avery:


I colored her using my Copics and Prismacolor pencils, and completed the card using two La La Land dies, ribbon and flowers from my stash, paper from the Webster's Pages "Painted Passport" collection and glitter paper from American Crafts.

I love the way she turned out, she was so much fun to color and create with.

Come and join the challenge, the theme is always anything goes!  The challenge starts today (always the first Monday of the month) and runs till the end of the month, so you have plenty of time to join in!  See you soon :)

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Kraftin' Kimmie Butterfly Dreams with Quick Creations

Hello everyone, I hope the holidays have treated you well :)  For me, it was the busiest holiday we've had in a while, what with a new extended family to visit. 

I have created a pretty purple and teal card for you today for Quick Creations, featuring Kraftin' Kimmie's "Butterfly Dreams" clear stamp set.






To create this card, I water colored the butterflies using some Tim Holtz Distress Markers and some Spectrum Aqua Markers in both a light and dark purple and teal.  I fussy cut them out and added Glossy Accents to their bodies.  I die cut some butterflies out of the white card stock using the Lawn Fawn "Flutterby" die set.  The paper is "Fairy Dust" from Kaisercraft, the sentiment is from KK's "Butterfly Dreams" and I also finished it off with some Nuvo Crystal Drops in "Violet Galaxy".  The white card stock is backed with dimensional adhesive to give it some lift from the patterned paper.

Sadley, Noelle has decided to close her shop for the time being so she can focus on her health, so right now she is having a shop-wide sale, see the details below:

You can get to the shop HERE

Elf Emma with Lights and Paper Nest Dolls

Christmas is over and the new year is almost here!  Are you excited?  Did you make resolutions or goals for the new year?  I made a couple goals that I intend to reach this year!  And I'm excited to get started.

To finish the 2016 Paper Nest Dolls year off, I decided to color one of Christine's fabulous Christmas images.  This is Elf Emma with Lights:


I colored her using my Copics and Prismacolor Pencils and completed the card using paper from the Recollections "Say Freeze" collection and some adhesive pearls from my stash.  The sentiment is from my Stamp of Approval box and the stamp set was manufactured by Catherine Pooler Designs.

Stay tuned for more fun....Monday starts a new challenge at Paper Nest Dolls!