Thursday, March 30, 2017

Sunrise page with a collection

Most of my beach sunrise pages use stencils, stamping or some other DIY technique to achieve the colors I desire.  Finally I stumbled upon a collection that looks lovely with the colors of sunrise.  This is a fall collection from Fancy Pants and it is perfect as the photo was taken on Halloween.

For the page, I also used some sequins and one of the sketches from the 2016 Sketchbook.

Here's the video:

Thanks for watching today!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Inspiration Challenge

It has been ages - maybe years - since I did a card challenge but I wanted to do something a bit different this weekend.  I took the Inspiration Challenge from Splitcoaststampers.  The inspiration came from a Pinterest board.  One of the pins had several Ranger ink colors.  I had two of the 4 and subbed in the other 2.  All of theses are the Distress Oxide Inks.

To make the card, I started with some bookpaper.  Packs available on my Etsy shop.  I stamped and embossed a background image and then put the inks on my craft mat.  I added water and dipped in my embossed bookpaper.  The flower is from Wild Orchid Crafts and it also got a good dose of Distress inks in Fossilized Amber, Marmalade, and Vintage photo.  The greeting is Stampin' Up!'s Year in the Life set.

I also made a scrapbook page this weekend with video so I'll have that up soon.  Thanks for visiting today!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Distress Oxide Sampler Card

For my Mother's birthday, I've created a card with vignettes from the In this World stamp set by Stampin' Up!  Almost all the ink is the new Ranger Distress Oxides.  I used a little regular distress ink as the oxides don't have any really pale colors.

I've used almost all the techniques in this card, too.  Originally I was using plain white paper for inking the background.  Then I thought that bookpaper would make a much richer look and really go with the images in this set.  For a variety of bookpapers check out my packs at Lovely Layers Art.

The flower is Prima and the cardstock is Dark Chocolate from Papertrey Ink.

Here's the process video:

Thanks for watching today!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Distress Oxides are Here

With everything going on around here in January, I didn't watch a single CHA video showing the new products. So I'd never heard of Distress Oxide inks until I saw them pop up on my Instagram feed as fellow crafters began getting them in.  So I went to check them out watching videos from Jennifer McGuire and Tim Holtz.  These inks can do almost everything you would want in an ink - all from a single pad so I just had to have them.

I say almost because the one thing they are not is permanent.  As I haven't been doing quite as much mixed media I'm not needing permanent quite so much so that doesn't matter to me right now.  What these inks do is:

High quality stamping
Add color to paper as a solid
"oxide" with a whitish look when water is added
Emboss as the ink does not dry immediately
and of course, Distress edges.

As a bonus, I only had a couple of these colors in regular Distress Inks so I got lots of new colors buying the set.  After getting them, I did a color palette to be able to easily choose the right color for a projects and see how each color works with its different features.


I had already been thinking that I needed to use my stamps and inks more this year as they are my single biggest investment in my craft room.  Now I really want to use them more!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Response to Question: Putting Album Together

I was recently asked on YouTube to do a video showing an entire album.  I've been asked about what I use on the back of pocket page layouts.  I also had a question about cutting out the page protector to reveal hidden journaling tags and such.  What good questions!

So for this video, I flipped through the 2016 album and shared the answers to those questions as well as what album I use, the order of the layouts and my front and back pages.  You've seen most of these layouts.  A couple of them were class layouts but most everything else was from regular videos released last year.

Here's the video:

I appreciate the questions and comments.  If you have asked a question that I did not respond to, please ask again.  I get emails from YouTube for most of the comments; however, I just found out that I don't get emails for ALL the comments.  I don't know why but I found out where to see all my comments without having to go to each individual video.  I'll be sure to check that in the future.

Thanks for watching!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

One photo for a Repeated Event

Every year for at least 5 years my husband and I went to a departmental Christmas party in the early 1990's.  We looked forward to this event.  It was always a fun night with good company and food.  I found this one photo of us and I don't even know what year it was.

It was situations like this that prompted me to write the PDF, "No Photo, No Problem" a couple of years ago.  The 34 page PDF contains 17 layout examples on creating pages when you have few if any photos to go with your story.  The PDF has a bonus 45 minute accompanying video sharing how many of the pages came together plus techniques.   More information is here.

For this page, I created this process video.  Be sure to check out the last few minutes as I share a little about what is going on and what to expect from my videos in 2017.

Thanks for watching and as always I love to get your feedback.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Art Journaling with Modeling Paste and Paint

It's been months since I worked in my art journal.  I needed to have a little play time so I did this spread with some bookpaper over stenciled designs, modeling paste and paint.  I've also added some stamping.  To get inspired, I quickly browsed my Art Journaling board on Pinterest.  The link is in the description for the video.

I can not say this is the prettiest page I've ever done but it was fun to do something free and easy.

Here's the process video:

Thanks for watching!
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