Thursday, November 7, 2013

Spectrum Noir Markers and coloring on glitter

I love, love, love alcohol ink and my favorite art hobby has been made super affordable thanks to Spectrum Noir markers which cost about $2 per pen verses the over $5 per pen price of copic markers. This is an easy how to video showing how to color glitter with alcohol ink markers! I hope you enjoy.

Spectrum Noir can be found at Crafter's Companion

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Grandma's Birthday/Nana Layouts and a tip

I have been spending a lot of time in my scrap room lately getting layouts done and getting my first how-to videos made. This is a layout I got done from many years ago, my mom's birthday and some cute pictures of Tyler with my Nana.

I created both of these pages using "stuff" from my stash. They are just simple layouts, but I love certain elements from both pages. The titles were created with vellum, and colored with alcohol ink markers. The circles were punched using my favorite trick. Call me a cheapskate, but I like to use every inch of my paper. So I use the back of the paper I use to mat photos or layers I use in a layout to punch or cut out shapes; in this case the circles I used to journal on the Nana page.
As you can see I get 6 circle punches out of each of these photo mats!

Thanks for taking time to look!

Friday, November 1, 2013

Simple and fun Layout: First Haircut

I love looking back on these "first" moments in my son's life. Since I am 8 1/2 years behind it is fun to see how far he has come, and to remember how stinking cute he was! I was very distracted while I was creating today so this simple layout ended up coming together over the course of many hours this afternoon, but I am glad to have it done.

Cloud Paper makes up the background
Title: DCWV Baby Boy title stack
Blue and white card stock for matting
Mosaic paper border: Cloud 9 Wood Stone collection Shades of blue Mosaic
Comb and Scissor Embellishments: fussy cut free digital stamps from google images
Colored with Artist's Loft watercolor pencils and T Prime Water brush which is the best because it does not untwist and spill water all over, plus I have complete control of how much water gets on the brush bristles
Blue dot paper: EK Success Over the Moon, Blue Gingham Flower border, cut with EK Success wave and dot border punch
"Sweetheart" edged in Zig Memory System Blue Jay
Journaling also done in Blue Jay
Pictures punched with Fiskars Heritage

Thanks for taking a look! As always your comments are appreciated! 

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Robin my Heart

The inspiration photo from Pixels and Paper challenge blog this month seemed to me to show the little boy's love for his chickens, which reminded me of my niece. When we were visiting the zoo a few months ago she spotted her favorite bird, a robin, and I will never forget how excited she got. She got as close as she could and then insisted I take a picture of the bird as I had been taking of the rest of the animals in enclosures. So I titled this "Robin my heart" because it was just such a sweet moment. Thanks for taking time to look!

I used Scrap it in Seconds coordinating paper and embellishments from my stash which made this page come together in less than 30 minutes! I HIGHLY recommend this company for the type of scrapbookers who are pressed for time to create. I matted the pictures in black and teal card-stock, and inked the edges in Marvy Le Plume II #58 peacock green

Monday, October 28, 2013

A few Halloween cards for my kiddos

Happy Halloween to you all! I created all these cards one afternoon for my kiddos. I had picked up fun Halloween socks for my son and all our nieces and our nephew, so I of course had to make fun cards to go along with them! I love the techniques I used for the cards.  This is the first time I have used the soot card technique, and I just love when I get a chance to pull my alcohol inks out and color a stamp in. I don't know about you but coloring tends to relax me, and brings me back to feeling like a kid again, and there is nothing more beautiful than the look of alcohol ink. I hope this inspires you to make a fun Halloween card or layout of your own! As always your comments are appreciated, I love to hear what you think.
Soot technique how to: Using glossy card-stock slowly pass the glossy side through the middle of a candle flame. Pass back and forth until the whole card is black. I chose to also burn the edges to create a free form look. Then simply place a clean stamp into the soot, and the soot will lift revealing a grey/white image in its place. After the image has been "stamped" spray the whole sheet of paper with clear lacquer to seal the soot. Try it out,I bet you will love it. Just make sure to pass through the middle of the flame not the end of the flame where the heat is highest.

October Pixels and Paper challenge: So Messy

This month over at Pixels and Paper we have been partying! The inspiration photo led me to create this fun page from my son's first birthday.
I especially love his messy little face. He was so tentative at first, then once he saw our approval and encouragement he dug right in! 

Saturday, August 31, 2013

August Pixels and Paper challenge: Colorful friendship

This month I created this page inspired by the photo and my little sister. She is always so colorful and fun. Whenever we are together its a party! If you are one of the few people who don't know how to make your own glimmer mists let me know and I would be happy to create a how to post for you!
Title stickers from my stash, "color" from Miss Elizabeth's garden alaphabet
Background sprayed with homemade glimmer mists
Flowers from my stash
Brad centers from oriental trading spring embelishment box
Black swirls from oriental trading template
Glitter swirls from Spellbinders pockets and swirls
Picture and matting cut from fiskars shape express circles

Little Wonder Baby Shower card

This is a card I put together for a friend's baby shower. 

Products used:
Cuttlebug bit of paisley embossing folder
Yellow and teal homemade glimmer mist
Accented with yellow and teal pearlex with a waterbrush
Stamp from oriental cling stamp baby collection
Ribbon recycled from packaging from the baby blanket I was giving as part of the gift

Sweet Birthday card

This card was for my friend's daughter's first birthday. We had an amazing time visiting them in IN and sharing in the birthday celebration!

Cuttlebug embossing folder Happy birthday
Flower and recyled ribbon from my stash

Homemade glimmer mist in pink and purple, accented with purple paint pen and purple pearlpearlex

September Pixels and Paper inspiration: My Sweet Boy

What do you see when you gaze at this image?  A beautiful little boy, amazing soulful eyes, flowers, a sweet loving gaze, an time gone by  ......
This months inspiration photo from Pixels and Paper challenge blog led me to create this page. The sweet but somber look of the boy in the picture reminded me of the look on my son's face from when he was two years old.
Materials used:
Yellow background paper from Paper Adventures Gallery Series 1
Yellow vellum shotz from The Studio Barn
Brown border DCWV Summer stack
White cardstock edged in brown homemade glimmer mist and studio g yellow.
Brown matting from DCWV mat stack neutrals
Brown matting embossed with Spellbinders splendid folder
Photo and matting cut with Spellbinder grand big scalloped ovals
Foliage from Spellbinders
Flowers and butterfly are from my stash with yellow hot fix crystals
Starburst edge punch fom EK Success 

Thanks for taking a look! I love to hear what you think, leave a comment below.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Cool hand colored card

This easy breezy Birthday card for my dad was achieved by using my alcohol ink markers, vellum, it's stamped in black ColorBox archival ink, and my mom's stamp.
I love coloring with alcohol ink. You can get a great mix of color and do beautiful shading. It makes me feel like a kid again when I sit down and color!

Friday, June 28, 2013

First Catch, fishing trip layout

This month's inspiration photo form  Lines: Pixels and Paper Challenge blog led me to create this layout. Visit Pixels and Paper Challenge blog to enter your own layout based on July's inspiration photo to have a chance at winning great prizes!

I love the way black and white photos give a calming and nostalgic look to this layout. This was such a great trip with some very dear friends of ours.
Products used: 
Beacon 3-in-1 Glue
Up and Up double sided tape
Paper: from my stash
Green cord: Bead Party army green

Title: Paper Wizard, makin' trax
Green fish: ColorBox mosaic green
                Pearl Ex: 682 Duo Green
                Suze Weinbergs, ultra thick clear
                Ranger: tinted embossing pad
Tail: Gary M Burlin & Co. Elegance
Fish Hook: Delux Cuts, fishing
Boat: Ellison cut it up, fishing
 Shadow lines: Pentel #5360-127

Fish: Ellison cut it up, fishing
 Shadow Lines: Pentel #5360-127
Trees: Ellison cut it up, fishing
 Ink edging: Colorbox frost white, Shadow Ink Wheat
Journaling: mat stack neutral, Marvy #72 pine green, Lines: Pentel #5360-127

A special thank you to my Mom for allowing me to use materials from her stash so I could create this layout while on vacation!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Pearl Ex Palettes of Wonder(color)

Pearl Ex is a great medium for so many things, it is a true mixed media artists dream! You can purchase these palettes pre-made if you would prefer, but I have put together my own. Using some basic supplies you can too.

Pearl Ex powder
Gum Arabic
Stir stick
Measuring spoons

Mix 1 part Jacquard Gum Arabic to 4 parts Pearl Ex for each desired color. Add 1 Tbsp water (I use purified water). Mix thoroughly. Tip: I stir the dry powder to blend the Gum Arabic and Pearl Ex before adding water, ensuring an evenly distributed mixture. This prevents clumps from developing in your watercolor mix. Leave container open to let mix dry completely, depending on weather conditions this should take 3 days. Now you have a custom watercolor palette that can be used on many projects, try mixing different combinations of Pearl Ex color to customize it even further!

Monday, June 17, 2013

Exciting Announcement

I am so excited to announce I have officially joined the creative team for a new Australian based challenge blog called Pixels and Paper!  I am thrilled to be joining the team and working alongside some amazing artists including Jane Howden the owner. Check us out for the first challenge opening July 1st at Pixels and Paper  Challenge Blog.

This new challenge blog will be a sister blog to ARTastic and is for anybody who likes playing with paper - the real or the digital variety.   It shouldn't matter whether you are a traditional paper scrapbooker or prefer to create your layouts via software on your computer – scrapbooking is about memory keeping, preserving those photos and stories of our lives and the lives of our loved ones for future generations.  The way you do this isn't relevant, nor is whether you are a beginner to the craft or someone vastly experienced.  It shouldn't be about how much product you can afford to use on any given page or if you follow the latest industry trends or not.  It doesn't matter if you scrap 12x12, 8.5x11, 6x6, in plastic page dividers, smash books or art journals.  It should be about enjoying what you do while you do it !!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Warning: You will be addicted to recycling soda pop and beer cans after seeing this!

I love to recycle items from around the house. My poor husband complies, but teases me relentlessly saying I don't let him throw anything away! This technique uses cans, any type will do from pop to energy drink cans.
Materials needed:
1. Pop can
2. Tin snips or tough scissors
3. Die cutting machine and die
4. Alcohol ink
5. Compressed air can
6. Nonstick craft mat to work on

Instructions: (Caution: you are working with sharp metal now, protect your hands with gloves or use care)
1. Rinse and dry the can, cut down the middle and sheer off the top and bottom parts so you are left with a thin piece of metal you can flatten.
2. Choose the die shape you want to cut the piece with, then choose the colors of alcohol inks you want to use on it. I like to stick with three colors personally.
3. Flatten can, use masking tape on corners of metal sheet to keep flat if needed. Tip: if you cut enough of the edge away you can roll the metal in the opposite direction to get it nearly flat.
4. Drip spots of alcohol ink on metal and immediately spray with compressed air to spread. Colors can be layered to create unique looks. Let dry 1 minute.
5. Run dry metal sheet through the die cut machine like paper
You can see that the result is stunning, it makes for unique metal embellishments for a fraction of what you would pay for them in a store. I used my embossing tool on the back side to create veining to give the big leaves even more life and dimension. Let me know what you think! Share with us any projects you use this technique with, I love to see what other people create too!

Sunday, June 2, 2013

How to create 8 pages in 1 hour with Assembly Line Scrapbooking!

I don't know about you but I am extremely busy! Besides being a wife and mom to a very active family, I am a full time student too. Because of all the wonderful and not so wonderful distractions of life, I am now about 7 years behind in my scrapbooking! Sound familiar? So when I came across the idea of assembly line scrapbooking I thought I would give it a try. Here's what you need to do it
1.a large table where you can have multiple layouts out
2. scrapbook paper, embellishments and standard supplies
3. lots of pictures
4. (optional) sketch book or website

Here's what you want to do:
1. organize the pictures and group them by pages
2. choose paper to go with pictures
3. design each layout/ use sketch book or website
4. choose tilse for all the pages
5. do all the journaling for all the pages
6. embellish all the pages
7. glue everything down

Here's how I did mine: I can have 4 2pg layouts spread out on my table at a time for a total of 8 pages. I used this technique for my son's 8th birthday party scrapbook. I made all the embellishments ahead of time because I used them to decorate his party room. They were all cut from the Cricut and glued together before the party, so I just saved them to use on the scrapbook pages. I stuck with simple and minimal layout designs using mainly 5 colors: yellow, orange, red, green, and black. This alone helped me design faster because I wasn't worried about what shade matched what picture, etc. This way I was able to create 8 pages in about an hour instead of 2 pages which is how many I normally get done in an hour.
The cover of the album I painted with acrylic paint. "It's a zoo in here" was cutout from the Cricut.

Pg1. I was trying for a party on the page look with this first page. The "party" is chipboard colored with black ink. The balloons and #8 were cut from the Cricut. The photo border was added on (I LOVE adding photo borders to make my favorite shots pop).

Pg.2 Everyone was in on helping getting the decorations ready for the party. Top left is my dad working on the banner, I'm in the middle gluing things together, my hubby and niece are on the right. The paw prints on all the pages were used to decorate the tables in the party room.

Pg.3 Features my Mom cutting all the pieces for the decorations from the Cricut. I kept all the negatives from the cutouts because I love how they make great frames for pictures on layouts! Journaling reads: The day before Ty's 8th birthday party was spent creating decorations with Mom's Cricut. Dad and Chris kept the kids busy and helped us whenever we had jobs for them. It was a long day but we had a blast.

Pg.4 Zoo was cut from the Cricut. I love taking pictures in front of landmark signs; they make for great photo ops! The red zoo animal frame was added on

Pg. 5 Family pictures and I always like to include the date for future reference. 

Pg 6. The seal was cutout from the Cricut. Photos taken at the sea lion/seal show. Journaling reads: First we kicked off the party by taking everyone to the sea lion and seal show. Everyone enjoyed watching all the tricks the animals could do. Tyler loved seeing the trainers working with the seals and sea lions best.

Pg7. Again I used the negative cutout from the decorations to frame some pictures. The beach balls were hand cut. The seal brads were from

Pg 8. The paw prints were created from the cutouts of the paw circles that adorned the tables. Journaling reads: Chris, Dad and the other adults split the kids into teams for a scavenger hunt in the fish building. Mom and I dashed to the party room to decorate. We loved how it looked! (I would never host a party at this zoo again for this reason, I had to do WAY to much of the work for what we paid for the time and space for the party.)

Pg 9. Can you tell I was happy with the result of the decorated room?! 

Pg 10. I used extra tickets to embellish this page. The giraffe was done with a kids stencil and oil pastel. I spread the journaling across the leaves. It reads: Everyone enjoyed pizza and punch before opening gifts!

Pg 11. I used the negative pieces from leaves cut from the Cricut to embellish this page. The middle strip has green sheer ribbon laced through and the two outer strips have green square gems scattered around them for a festive look.

Pg 12. (I have blacked out all the kids last names to respect privacy of the families) I find I get the best pictures when I have the birthday kid sit in a special spot, and each kid gets to come up while he is opening their gift. always works out real well for photo ops. The octagon pictures and matting was cut using the Spellbinders shapeablilities: Octagons.

Pg 13. The octagon pictures and matting was cut using the Spellbinders shapeablilities: Octagons. The angled ribbon down the middle was created by layering 2 different ribbons side by side, I love how layered ribbon looks! I used colored negatives to fill in the spots on the black paw prints cut from the Cricut.

Pg 14. The monkey was a Cricut decoration from the party. The lion was traced from a stencil.

Pg 15. The paw prints were Cricut party decorations. Keeping the designs simple was challenging but helped me create faster.

Pg 16. I loved the little turtle cut from the Cricut, I had to use the negative for him on a page too. I may go back and draw in a face, he feels too plain to me!

Pg 17. This Vulture was Tyler's favorite animal decoration cut from the Cricut. I think he makes a great page embellishment!

Pg 18. This goofy looking cupcake snake we made was a big hit with the kids. The Happy Birthday frame was added on I matted that photo 4 times and used pop dots to make the last layer stand up.

Pg 19. I used two of the negative layers from cutting the snake decoration as the center embellishment on this page. The leaves were also cut from the Cricut.

Pg 20. This wonderful decoration/embellishment from the party was all I need on this page.

Pg 21. This was the only page I spent a good deal of time on. I wanted to do something really cool with tracks to go with the pictures, but in all of my stash I didn't have a railroad sticker, cutout, or stamp. I am not the most realistic freehand artist, so I decided to cut strips of woodgrain paper to create the tracks. I completed the look by freehand drawing in some pebbles and gluing craft sand down. I sealed the craft sand in place with triple thick to make the whole thing pop.

My little guy getting his first look at the completed album at 6am on a Saturday morning. His favorite page is the train tracks with sand. 
In the end I am not going to win any creativity award for these pages, I am just glad I got this album done before he turned 18! The scrapbook pages are done which is the goal with this style of scrapping. Leave a comment and let me know what you think, and if you try your hand at some assembly line style scrapbooking I would love to see your results!!!

Start saving your (soda) pop bottles now, because my next post will have you seeing recycling them in a whole new way...