Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Napkin Fun

Hello crafty friends.  I am still around!  With work super busy, it has been hard for me to keep up my blogging and card-making, BAJ, and scrapbooking....the blogging fell off but the crafting has been going well.  In the last week and a half, I have made two fun projects using napkins. 

This card was really fun to make, I played with a new set of Tim Holtz dies that I received for my birthday (Merry Moose).  I have loved every card I have seen with this set, and I am so glad my daughter bought it off my Amazon wish list.

I started my card by spraying watercolor paper with water and then sprinkling on some Brushos powder.  Next, I sprayed more water until the powders all blended.  Don't you love how Brushos change and move and turn into something wonderful?

The trees are cut from eight layers of a folded napkin.  I watched a Splitcoaststampers.com video this week by Dave Brethauer (Graphic Designer for Memory box) on using die cut napkins in your art, and I really wanted to try it (I really recommend you watch the video - his examples are stunning).  Once the trees were cut, I water colored them with brown Brushos and let them dry.  I cut the moose from some malted milk paper and water colored all the pieces.  The gold pieces are from a left over facial cream package I have been saving (I love a good up-cycle).  I hand cut the snow bank and added some watered down black on the edge.  For my sentiment, I stamped the DRS Designs Small Merry Christmas Greeting and cut it out like a banner.  After the moose was assembled and added to the scene, I flecked on some Snowtex.

Sounds like a lot of steps but it was really pretty easy.  I made another one for my Pop's birthday card - what hunter doesn't like a card with game on it? LOL.  

I also wanted to share one of my favorite BAJ pages I have done lately.

I know, it is a bit on the scary side, but the Seven Seals (Revelation) are a bit on the scary side too!  This was also made using a napkin.  It was a left over Halloween napkin.  I cut the skull out and in half and used gesso to stick it and seal it.  Once it was dry, I went over the edges with a marker.  I then went into the words with the marker the depth of the skull on the other side.  Using my finger, I added some Tim Holtz Black Soot on the other side to do matching shadows so I had a similar left side in the words without covering them up.  

I wrote the seven seals in the cracks and crevices of the napkin side.  Uber frightful and super fun.  It was easy and looks sooooo cool (to me).

Hope you are doing well and creating tons of fun stuff for the holidays (or for any day :)).   

Hugz,

Nancy



Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Acrylic Block Fun

Last night, I had a little time so I played in the Splitcoaststampers.com technique challenge. The challenge is coloring an image with your acrylic block.  You actually place your acrylic block on top of an acrylic block with your image and color over it. Then you mist it lightly and then stamp it over your previously stamped image.

I struggled with it because I was too lazy to get my watercolor markers.  After I finished up, I swiped my acrylic block with ink, splashed on some water and then pressed it onto the paper as well.  I did that with three colors.  I covered up most of my issues.  Fun!

The image is from the To a Wild Rose SU! set and the sentiment is from IO and designed by Dina Kowal.  I love that sentiment.

I had another Dina sentiment and the SU! leaves out so I made another card by just stamping all around an ink, spray, smash bg.
I used this same sentiment on a card this weekend for the SCS Inspiration Challenge:

I sponged the mountains and added some pine needles to the side and snowtex to the top.

Hope you are all doing well.  Thanks for dropping by!

Hugz

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Mixed Media Scrapbooks and some Inky Cards

A few weeks ago, I started a new scrapbook.  It is a cross between a mixed media journal, an experiment, a scrapbook, and a journal journal.  It probably has a trendy name - please let me know if you know it.  I have been basically taking a thought or Bible verse out of my head, matching it with a picture, and doing a mixed media background.  It has been so fun!

Here are a few of my pages:
On the page above, I am celebrating a few answered prayers (I have a bunch more since then and plan to do another page).  I did and ink/spray/smash bg with a lot of stenciling and doodling and then covered it all up with my super large journaling panel - lol.  I sponged the journal panel and then stamped on the tree ring from DRS Designs.
On the page above, I did an ink/spray/smash bg followed by some stamping, and then some stenciling.  I used SU! ink, Distress ink and Dina Wakley scribble sticks.  The lady stamp is also from Dina Wakley. 
The background on this page was also ink spray smash and the zombie male from DRS Designs was colored with Dina Wakley scribble sticks.  The pictures on the photo strip were from our recent trip to Great Wolf Lodge (love that place).
Another ink/spray/smash background, but then I dipped a circle stencil in some of the ink and slapped it on the page too.  I outlined a few of the circles with Stickles too.
This was a page I embossed with some white bricks. Then I dipped in some inky water and scrunched it.  I was inspired by a great artist on Splitcoaststampers.com, Cook22.  When it dried, I coated it with modge podge.  I added on some gold beads for fun.

Lastly, here are few fun cards with the same basic techniques as above.  The first background was made by dipping multiple stencils inky water and pressing them on the paper.  I used the Trick or Treaters Last Stop and Fall Leaf with Acorn stamps from DRS.

This one was also made using several stencils dipped in water.  Then I did some extra stenciling as well.  The birds are from Dina Wakley and the sentiment is from Dina Kowal (IO).
Hope you have been having as much fun as I have!

Many hugz

Nancy

Friday, September 6, 2019

Some Coffee and Crystals

Fun stuff to show you today my friends.

I made a card this past weekend using a fun new technique (to me) to celebrate my first bottle of pumpkin spice creamer for the season (I bought two - one for home and one for work - lol).  I took a piece of kraft paper, squirted on some acrylic paint and then scraped the paint across the surface using a piece of cardboard.  After it dried, I stamped the DRS Designs' Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice greeting (multiple times with a Misti since the paint added a lot of texture).  Next I stamped the Paper Coffee Cup and Fall Leaf with Acorn images on the leftover kraft paper.  I fussy cut them and then sponged the leaf with some Distress Inks.  It still needed some color so I splattered on some orange water color paint.  I also stamped the coffee cup on some white and paper pieced the cup.  I had it all assembled and sitting on my counter when my Grandkids dropped by to visit.  My card making Grandson, Lewis, was sitting at the counter with me getting ready to make some cards and he took my sponge tool and added some circles when I was not looking.  Worked for me.
I have finished up Crystal's Birthday Scrapbook too.  Here are a few of my last pages.
I did some stenciling and some water color splatters on this one.  I also used the DRS Designs' Happy Holly Days stamp.
I used the same paint scraping technique on the wedding picture background (looks like icing to me), and the DRS Designs' You Are My Sunshine greeting. 
The picture above is of Crystal in Jr. High (an old glamour shot - she will not like I put it in the book but the book maker gets to pick!).  I painted the checkered background with a thick brush and white acrylic paint. 
The page above was so fun to make.  I did ink, spray, smash background and then stamped the background with the DRS Script Font background.  I did it for a few challenges on SCS.  One was use script and one was a scrapbook challenge requiring three pictures, three dps, three embellishment groups.  I also used the DRS Designs' Love You To the Moon and Back greeting and the Fall Leaf with Acorn that I used on my coffee cup card.  
This last one was fun to do as well.  I sponged on some color, then sponged on some animal print using a stencil.  I stamped the DRS Barn Door and Walk on the Wild Side greeting. 

I am starting a Journaling Scrapbook next - thoughts and things I need to get out of my brain.  I am doing it all mixed media.  I can't wait to share it!!! 

Hugz,

Nancy

Monday, August 26, 2019

#GDP204 - Casing Kerstin Kreis

I took a quick peak at the Global Design Project today (#GDP204) and felt instantly inspired.  So much so that I walked quickly into the craft room and made a card right away. 
I just love her card and saw it in blue in my mind.  My base panel looks black but it is Night of Navy (it is raining outside so my lighting is distorted).
I changed the base panel and embossed it in white ep with the magnolias buds from Good Morning Magnolia (Kerstin used dp). Then I stamped my top panel with the buds in Memento Black and Happy Birthday from Seaside Notions.  I then stamped the buds on another sheet of paper, water-colored them in blues and browns, and fussy cut them.  I splattered a bit of the paint and glitter on the top panel too.  I popped up another layer on the flowers as well so that one is one layer, one is two layers and one is three layers.  It still needed something, so I added in a bit of silver thread and a bit more glitter.

So fun!

Thanks for visiting! 

Hugz,

Nancy


Sunday, August 25, 2019

Sun and Stars

I am under the gun to get my current scrapbook project done before 9.8.19, when my daughter turns 29. I used the Global Design Project (#GDP203) theme of Sun, Moon, and Stars to get another page done tonight.


In my SU! sets I had some stars in and old set called Background Basics and I did some sun rays too.  I sponged on some ink in the shape of sun rays using a scrap paper. Then I decided to write a letter to Crystal about how she is such a ray of sunshine in my life using a SU! Basic Black Marker.  To tone it down, I stenciled on some circles of white paint (bunches of moons).  After that dried, I stamped on the stars using the black marker as my coloring tool.  I added on some glitter to each star. 
Next, I put on the picture using some black paper as a backing.  I stamped one of the sentiments from SU! Rooted in Nature and popped the lines up separately.  I added a few flowers from SU! Tea Together to add interest and a bit more touch of color since the sun rays are hidden.

Thanks for visiting!

Hugz,

Nancy





Saturday, August 17, 2019

Crystal Memories

Hello friends.

Have a few more scrapbook pages to show you - more pages in Crystal's Birthday Scrapbook where I am celebrating her 29 years of life.  I am having so much fun going down memory lane!

I used and old SU! set, Natural Beauty, to make this page.  I used every stamp in the set and kept a neutral pallet. I think I covered 13 DTGD challenges at Splitcoaststampers.com with this one page!  This was Crystal's first time seeing snow.  Not sure where my coat was!

This next page was for a sketch challenge for VSBN = Virtual Scrapbook Night (month) at Splitcoaststampers.com.  I love the sketch and may do it again!  Crystal was the flower girl in my Sister's wedding and she was sooooo cute!
This was for another VSBN challenge on SCS - this was to use two pictures and case a page done by one of the active scrapbookers on SCS.  My craft room is still not put back together so my embellishments are ones that I found the quickest.  These were two of Crystal's Senior Year pictures.
Hope you enjoyed running down memory lane with me. Hugz, Nancy