Hello all ... long time no blog, I'm sorry. The holiday season really got the better of me. Watch for some new things coming up in the New Year - including some new card classes at Auntie Em's Scrapbooking in Cornwall, as well as I plan to start doing some video tutorials!
I created 5 cards from the This & That line from Echo Park for a class on January 25th at Auntie Em's.
So, call the store if you want to get in on this class - I have only 9 spots available, and they will go quick, so reserve your spot today!
I've had this idea in my head for a while - a large canvas of a tree with all four seasons. This canvas is pretty big - not huge my any means, but it's 18x24, so much larger than what I'm use to working with. I started with the background, creating quadrants to represent Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter. Then I added texture with a napkin. The tree is a hot glue then painted! The leaves are paper - using both a Martha Stewart punch and a Sizzix die (Prima). The fall leaves are from Prima's Sunrise Sunset collection, and the green leaves are Authentique's Peaceful collection. The cherry blossoms are from my stash - probably dollar store, can't remember. The snow is modeling paste from Liquitex and glitter (although you can't see it in the photo).
I love how it turned out - one of the few times where what was in my head actually came out on my page/canvas. I showed my husband and he said to me that he wants to hang it on the wall in the living room ... I near cried - he likes it that much, as much as I do!
So, let me know what you think - this is me being brave - doing a BIG canvas!
You asked and we listened! Auntie Em's had so many requests to make this canvas into a class .... so mark your calendars for Saturday November 9th. All supplies will be provided with this class, but be prepared you WILL GET MESSY! This is a project that will leave you with dirty fingerprints; and if you know me, that's not something I enjoy ... but the outcome is amazing.
You will get to play with Gelatoes and Acrylic paints and foam stamps.
Call the store to reserve your spot - space will be limited in this class. 613-938-4888 - Auntie Em's Scrapbooking, Cornwall
A photo of my son on his first birthday - hard to believe he will be turning FOUR in just a couple of weeks ... already in school full time. Where does the time go?
Using the Surprize collection from Bo Bunny I wanted the letter to pop a little so I used my fine tip Sharpie to doodle around the word surprize. I used red ink to distress the edges to bring out the red of the paper line, and dripped some Heidi Swapp color shine in Sweet Cherry. A toilet paper roll and gesso for the random rings. The balloons I used Utee and Versamark on to make them more dimensional. The title is Basic Grey chipboard letters.
The challenge over at Totally Tilda right now is gardening and you must use a seed package or gardening tool on your card.
I love the French Country collection from Graphic 45, it is totally right for this challenge. This time I used my distress markers to watercolour my Tilda - she turned out pretty good if I do say so myself.
Create soft water colour images with Tim Holtz Distress Markers. Not just for journaling, these markers are perfect for colouring a stamped image or using the peel off sticker images to create a stained glass look. A less expensive alternative to Copic, you will fall in love.
You need not bring anything to the class, all supplies will be included - you will not come out with a finished product, this is a techniques class. You will have many images to turn into fantastic cards, pre-cut card kits will be available for purchase.
Class will be taught by Lorena August 21st, 6:00pm. $17 + HST. Call the store today to reserve your spot.
Space is limited - call Auntie Em's today to reserve your spot
Using Lyric collection and the Prima Build-a-Page sketch for July. I used heavy weight gesso, color shine, stamping, and of course Prima flowers and embellishments.
I squeaked this under the wire. Prima has a new way of submitting your BAP entries now, you have to do it right from their blog post, instead of emailing the. I kinda liked the old way, because it meant that someone was actually looking at the entries and selecting which ones to feature on their blog. Now, unless you scroll to the bottom of the blog post you won't even know the entries are there. And they are only thumbnail sized. So, I have provided you a larger view of my layout. I also posted it on my Facebook (and tagged Cari LOL)
Photo Bomb, Cari Fennell of Prima. It was a humorous moment actually. I was posing for a photo and Cari jumps in behind and makes this teethy grin - I love the spontaneity of this photo, the quality is not really there, but it was cute nonetheless. I wonder if she will even see it? What is even funnier is the very next photo was Emma trying to photo bomb Cari photo bombing me ... and all you can see of Emma in that photo is a blurry shot of the back of her head and not much of Cari or I - not scrapworthy, LOL
I have been trying my hand at mixed media recently. Mostly by adding some mixed media products into my scrapbooking repertoire. I have recently done two canvas pieces. The first of which I wanted to showcase black gesso. I then sprayed some Heidi Swapp Color Shine in Gold Lame through a stencil and then used a similar stencil in a smaller size with molding paste. Burlap trim and some Prima flowers.
My second canvas was inspired from a mixture of Live With Prima classes and a canvas that Donna has posted on her blog. I recently picked up two of the Donna Downey poppy stamps - they are a few years old, but I still liked them. I coloured my background with gelatoes, then glued a napkin down with clear gel medium making sure it was all wrinkly. I then used a mixture of gelatoes and paint on the stamps, and more paint mixed with water to make it drip for the stems. I painted on some leaves and doodle outlined all the flowers, stems and leaves with my Pitt pen. I stamped a sentiment with some black Staz On. I love how this turned out!
Well there you have it folks, my 3rd and 4th canvas' ever ... I'm enjoying the process. I even entered the Poppy one into a contest. Wish me luck!
I live in the country - WAY out in the country as my sister would say. Its funny though, when anybody asks me where I live I always say "just outside of Ottawa" which in the whole scheme of things isn't wrong ... if your "just" is a 50 minute drive! Anyway, these two collections from Carta Bella really struck my fancy the moment I saw them - Giddy Up boy and Giddy Up girl. I haven't even opened the girl package yet, but I simply LOVE the boy one already.
My son was playing with an old tire we had in the back yard, my husband hung it up as a tire swing, but prior to that our little man found it so much fun to roll it up the hill, then down the hill, up the hill, then back down. I don't usually do multiple photos, but I had so many similar photos for this memory that I thought I would put them together.
Well, what do you think? Please leave a comment - I love to read your comments.
Finally I can spill the beans, a few months ago I was asked to be a guest designer for Great Impressions stamp company. I had applied for their design team but did not get selected. But was so over the moon excited when asked to be a guest designer. I did up two cards. Both coloured with Copic markers. Please stop by their blog and see what others have been creating with these stamps!
Hang In There For my first card I used the Ride Em' Cowboy (G470) stamp - and paired it with Carta Bella's Giddy Up collection - I simply love how this paper perfectly compliments this stamp. I used a sentiment from a totally different stamp collection "Hang In There"
Just The Two Of Us
For my second card I loved this walking away image of this couple called Forever (G451) , I can envision them walking through a meadow gazing at all the wild flowers and simply enjoying life. I tried to keep the colours light in this as I knew I wanted to use Prima's Lyric collection for this. The sentiment was perfect for this, again from a Stamp Of The Month from previous months.
Well folks, there you have it, I hope you enjoyed looking at my creations as much as I enjoyed making them - and I sure did enjoy making them. If you want to see these cards in person be sure to pop into Auntie Em's Scrapbooking in Cornwall.
Please leave a comment and let me know what you thought!