Thursday, September 30, 2010
I really really love the saying on this stamp and I use it all the time. I hope you have enjoyed my 30 days of creativity project. Look for a post tomorrow with a recap and a photo of the front of the book as well as what I plan on doing next!
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Monday, September 27, 2010
Sunday, September 26, 2010
I had these black and white postcards from a pack I bought when I went to Biltmore last year. I used some of them in a travel journal and the rest I have had just lying around. I wanted to age it with distress ink, the wouldn't take to the postcard so I had to sand it down a bit first.
I used glimmer mist to change the color of some white lace I had and I used foil tape (bought from home depot in the duct work section), cut a heart and alcohol inked it.
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Today I did another art journal page:I used book text as my background, a piece of the new steampunk debutante from Graphic 45, magic mesh and the tim holtz book plates. I used the glimmer glaze (now in stores at Memories Galore)I started with my book text as my base for the page. I took the blue glimmer glaze and shook it (you can shake it glimmer glaze since the air bubbles don't affect usage - glimmer mist you gently swirl) I dumped a little bit on my nonstick craft mat and watered it down. I used a flat wash brush (not the brush in the bottle) to do a wash background. It gave a nice light blue glimmer background. I then took the gold color and using the brush it came with (and not watering it down - because it is pretty watery) I brushed it on the top of the page and let it drip down the page. The glaze is a little weird because it has almost a nail polish finish to it. I watered down the gold color a bit and used it to paint the steampunk image. I actually like the effect of watering it down better than using it straight out of the bottle.
Did you know you can paint the Tim Holtz metal plates? If you don't like the look of the metal (and there is always that weird gold one I don't know what to do with) you can sand it down a bit and paint it with white acrylic paint. I usually let it dry and sand a little of it off to give it a shabby chic look. In this case i painted it with white and then painted over that with the gold glimmer glaze.
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Come, learn the art of creating ATCs (Artist Trading Cards) in the continuation of this year-long series! Each month you’ll create four ATCs focusing on a variety of techniques. This class is perfect for ATC creators of all skill levels. Each class is individually priced and themed as follows:
October: Glimpses of Nature – Collage, distress ink, stamping
November: Paris in November – Stamping, distress ink, canvas, Glimmer Mist
December: Christmas Delights – Canvas image transfer technique, working with stickers, Stickles
January: Winter Wishes – Distress ink, crackle paint, pens, stamping
• West End: Thursdays Oct. 14th, Nov. 11th, Dec. 9th and Jan. 13th from 6:30-8:30pm
Crisp cool air, beautiful foliage—it’s no wonder autumn is my favorite time of year! Celebrate the season and create a whimsical double page layout perfect for your autumn memories. Using fun patterned papers from We R Memory Keepers, you’ll learn techniques like paper layering, working with stickers, doodling and making embellishments.
• Brandermill: Monday, Nov. 8th from 6:30-8:30pm
• West End: Tuesday, Nov. 9th from 6:30-8:30pm
We all have them! Stacks of birthday pictures we have yet to scrap. Join Melissa to create this bright and fun double page birthday layout using cheerful papers from October Afternoon and Imaginisce. Learn unique and new ways to use your punches to make detailed embellishments you’ll want to create again and again!
• Brandermill: Tuesday, Dec. 7th from 6:30-8:30pm
• West End: Monday, Dec. 6th from 6:30-8:30pm
Bright papers and embellishments from Sassafrass’s Indie Girl line come together to create this one of a kind double page layout that is perfect for those pictures of lazy days in the park, taking in nature’s bounty and more. You’ll learn fabulous techniques like paper layering, working with stickers and a masking technique with Glimmer Mist.
• Brandermill: Tuesday, Oct. 12th from 6:30-8:30pm
• West End: Tuesday, Oct. 26th from 6:30-8:30pm
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Think it looks like I didn't do that much to it? First I cut up a bunch of images from the Steampunk Debutante line from Graphic 45 and glued them onto the page. Then i decided to white wash it with watered down gesso. Then I didn't like that so I glimmer misted it. Then I tried stamping a butterfly on the background... but only half the image stamped so I tried to cut a piece of fabric to cover it but that didn't work out. Then I decided to paint over the whole thing with gel medium (also because I hadn't completely glued all the edges down). Then I inked over it with distress ink. Then I stamped butterfly images on book text, glimmer misted them then glued them down (to cover up the butterfly stamped image that didn't come out). And this is what I ended up with.... I'm not sure what I learned...except for a lot of "what not to do"... which I guess is good....
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
I used the new Graphic 45 Steampunk Debutante line which I LOVE (LOVE LOVE ...LOVE LOVE LOVE).
First of all ATCs are 3.5 x 2.5 small works of art often times traded during swaps (usually a swap has a theme - for example Christmas - then each person makes a card for each person in the swap - so if there are 12 people participating each participant makes 12 of the same Christmas theme card and then swaps them with everyone else - leaving them with 12 different cards). In my Year of ATCs classes we make 4 cards a month with a theme I choose, then instead of trading them we keep them for ourselves. My classes are much more focused on learning new techniques and making little works of art to keep for yourself or give away as you choose.
So I'm sure you are thinking, "Ok I get it they are cute.. but what can I do with them??"
1. You can save them and store them in an album - they are the same size as baseball cards so many of my students store them in an album with baseball card sleeves (found at local office supply store)2. If you like to send cards they make perfect greeting or note card embellishments (or gift tags!) Because they already have a sentiment usually all they need is a piece of patterned paper behind them to fill the card out: (ATCs used in this photo are sneak peeks of December's class)3. If layouts are more your thing they make great embellishments for your scrapbook layouts. Again because there is often a sentiment on the ATC you can even use it as title for your page. You could also make a pocket on your page and use the ATC as a journal spot.4. You can use them to make mini albums. They make great cover art (as seen in photo below) or you can punch a hole in the top corner, add a binder ring and add photos to the back of the cards.5. Since they are tiny works of art, why not frame them? They would make a great and inexpensive gift (perhaps for Christmas? Or a friend's birthday?).(ATC used in this photo is a sneak peek of October's class)
That is just a small sampling of what you can do with them - I'm sure you can come up with a bunch more fantastic and creative uses for ATCs! If you live in the Richmond area come to Memories Galore this Saturday 10am -noon at our Brandermill store or 1:30-3:30 at our West End store for Class Kickoff. Class Kickoff is an open house event where you can meet teachers and see the projects we have created for the next 4 months. If you sign up for any of the classes on that day you will get 10% off the class fee and earn customer loyalty rewards. I will have my Year of ATC class samples there for October - January. Year of ATC classes are held once a month (it is a series but each class is priced separately so you can take the classes you really like). Year of ATC classes are only taught at the West End and are $20 each ($18 at class kickoff!) . Hope to see you there!
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Monday, September 20, 2010
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
I used a vintage bingo card (I found a vintage bingo game at an antique store a couple months ago for cheap! I was SUPER excited!). I glimmer misted it with a couple colors and added some stamps and stickers. Simple but I like it.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Monday, September 13, 2010
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
I made the page out of grunge paper. I inked it first with red and blue distress ink.. then i thought "whoa this is getting too patriotic for me" So what was the next logical step? Painting it over with white.... yeah white... which then I realized made it even MORE patriotic. But it dulled the color down, and I inked over it with vintage photo to dull it down even more. Then I used a sharpie and started drawing! Hopefully tomorrow's post will come earlier in the day!
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Monday, September 6, 2010
Sunday, September 5, 2010
Saturday, September 4, 2010
Friday, September 3, 2010
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Day 2 : Check
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
It's very Donna Downey inspired with all the "drippage" I wanted a quote about beginnings or starting something since it was the first day of my project. But I couldn't get this Dave Matthews Band song "Die Trying" out of my head. It's one of my favorite songs and every time I hear it it reminds me of my AmeriCorps VISTA days. And I know that Dustin is sitting at his desk right now cringing at the thought of Dave Matthews Band (he hates them - I don't understand it - you know what he hates more - that new song - the "pretend airplanes in the night sky are like shooting stars" song - yeah he really hates that - and now its in his head! ha!) Ok wow went I little off track there... could probably just hit the backspace button...but not going to do it...
So there you have it - Day 1 - Success!