Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Art Journaling Page

I finally cleaned up my craft room on Sunday and to celebrate, I did a little crafty play that wasn't too messy. This page uses the small square gelli plate which is part of one of the packs of 3 shapes.  I wanted to see what would happen if you put watercolors on the gelli plate.  The answer -  not much.  The watercolor doesn't really spread to the edges.  Next I tried using a coat of gesso on the plate and then adding the watercolor.  This worked but meant a lot of cleaning brushes between layers as to not contaminate my watercolors.  It was a nice experiment but I'm not sure I'm trying it again.

I used a round plate to make the middle of the flower and the rectangular one for the area of the tile.  The rest is doodling.  My doodling palette is very limited.  This was not something I was really given to when I was younger and I never can figure out what to do other than scallops.  I have a Zentangle book somewhere for ideas.  The white markers worked well in the black paint and the rest is colored with the Zig Big Brush markers that I love and need to find more uses for.

The theme here is stolen moments between caregiving duties which have increased quite a bit lately.  Having little things like a good book or my knitting helps tremendously.  Watching something on Netflix takes my mind of things for a bit.   And I'm grateful for friends particularly one who has been there as the only child of an elderly parent.

So that's my page for today.  Hope you are having a good week!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Summer Mantel Decoration

A few weeks ago I got this idea for a decoration for my mantel.  I started the project and did it in bits and pieces.  The large accordion designs went very well and I like how the birdhouse came out.  This weekend I finished it but not before I almost threw the whole thing in the trash.  Do you ever get so frustrated with something you just want to chuck the whole thing?

My issue was connecting the pieces on the left.  I knew this was going to be challenging and I thought I had it all figured out. Hot glue can do wonders but it and my attempts at engineering weren't enough.  Finally I went back to an earlier idea to 'hang' the birdhouse from the top of the design sort of like it were hanging in a tree.  The project is still held together with odds and ends that balance the pieces. It's been on the mantel now for 3 days and it's still there so I think we are good. We have never had a fire in our fireplace and don't have gas logs.  If you create something for the mantel of a working fireplace be sure it is secured fully.

I'm glad I stuck it out as I'd put a few hours in by then and it does look pretty as a little change for summer and early fall.  I love birds.  The Basic Grey papers and embellishments were given to me by my friend Mary and I'm enjoying them thoroughly.  There are also some October Afternoon and other papers from my stash.  The bookpaper is available on my Etsy shop:  Lovely Layers Art. 

Here's a video that shares the project with a few brief instructions on some of the pieces:

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Recycling for this masculine birthday card

My hubby's birthday is coming up and I wanted to use some bookpapers with sketches and such on them for his card.  I had those pulled out and this morning's Splitcoaststampers challenge is to use duct tape on a card.

I used the duct tape for stamping part of my greeting.  The Enjoy stamp set is an older one from Stampin' Up! The stenciling is done with Distress Oxide inks on various bookpapers.  Find more bookpaper options in my shop:  LovelyLayersArt

Here's the process video for the card:

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Monday, May 29, 2017

New Layout, Video and Class Sale

Just a reminder, all of my classes are on sale through 10 pm ET Thursday, June 1, 2017. Find out more on the class page Class Page

For this page, I used several scallop punches from Stampin' Up! and a variety of 6x6 papers to make the floral border at the bottom.  A little sewing ties things together.  Vertical titles are rare for me and filled in the gap between photos.  It also draws attention to my Mother's photo as you are drawn to the photo and then continue reading to the right.

Here's the process video:

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Class Sale!

Let's kick off summer with a sale on ALL of my classes!  

20% off through June 1, 2017.

Check out all the classes on the Class page.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Color Challenge Process Video

Two videos in one day!  I didn't exactly have this planned - nor anything else about this day but that is another story.  Anyway, earlier this morning I posted a video I did several days ago of a scrapbook page. Then I decided to do the Splitcoaststampers.com color challenge.  As I was pulling the product, I thought it would make a good process video.

The colors are Artichoke, Coral and Peach.  I didn't have the specific peach so I used the old Peach Parfait of which I have a ton of cardstock, but no ink.  I used Distress Oxide ink instead.  The stamp set is a hostess set and fills in the desert option to use bugs.  I have lady bugs which are colored like the ones we get around here, more orange.

Also on the process video is a share of last week's card which was picked as the Color Challenge card of the Week!

Thanks for stopping by again today!

Travel Collection for at Home Event

You don't have to leave home to use those travel papers.  Just Skpe.

Early in the morning a couple of weeks ago, my stepdaughter called for a favor.  She needed someone to Skype with her class and play a 20 questions type geography game.  She was planning to do this with another class somewhere else in the world but it fell through. That's what parents are for, the fall back plan.

We were happy to do it though I had to hurry up and put Skype on my current laptop.  I didn't realize when I agreed that I hadn't Skyped anyone since getting this computer nearly 2 1/2 years ago! DH was the person the kids had to 'find' by asking yes or no questions. They started with "Are you in the Northern Hemisphere?" and went from there looking at maps when they got things narrowed down.  The question of "Do the Appalachian mountains run through your state?" sent them through several states before they got to us but they did find us.

It was fun and is captured on this page using a Basic Grey travel collection generously sent to me by my friend Mary.  We don't travel as much as we used to so I was thrilled to put these papers to good use.

Here's the video:

The sketch is from my first sketchbook.  All the sketchbooks are available here.

Thanks for watching!

Monday, May 8, 2017

Lacy Tunic Sweater, Layout and Video

It's finished!  I began this in February and just finished it late last week.  What's more, it fits! Amazing.

I loved making this sweater.  I'll admit it was a little nerve wracking doing the bodice as I had to make several adjustments.  It was enjoyable to knit and such a bump to my ego that it fit!  Well, it didn't fit perfectly at first, there was too much length at the shoulders but that was an easy fix as I figured it out when pinning it all together for a test fitting.  I'm particularly amazed that I got the sleeve caps the first time through. It's been decades since I made a sweater.

The pattern was on Ravelry.com. It is this one called Wavy Lace Tunic. by Gayle Bunn There are 28 rows in the pattern and I don't think I ever completely memorized them.

The yarn is from a local shop and it is from Sunseeker.  It has a little silver metalic thread running through the variegated turquoise color.  I am now officially spoiled on good quality yarn.  When I was knitting in my teens and 20's I suppose there was better quality yarn than acrylic worsted and baby weight available somewhere but I didn't have access or money to buy any.  There was a 5 and Dime store where I bought my yarn.  I'm pleased though that I also bought my Susan Bates needles there and have kept them all these years. They are still my favorites.

The yarn is DK weight, smaller than the pattern called for so I had to make quite a few adjustments. I decided on a square neckline so I could make the garter stitch finishing as I went along.  This is probably far more than you ever wanted to know about my sweater so onto the layout.

The layout is for a Victoria Marie challenge to use a selfie or a recent photo of yourself.  My BFF took these photos this weekend.  The process video for the page is here:

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