Monday, February 29, 2016

MMMC #22 - Spring Canvas

Oh it is so so nice to say hello to March! The winter is almost behind us, you survived the snow, and spring holidays are on the way. The March Mixed Media Monthly Challenge is a photo inspiration that should get you hopping to your craft desk...

I was inspired by the Easter egg theme, the glitter, and the fun bright colors. This spring time canvas was the result...

Here's a quick look at how I put this canvas together:

I started by sifting through my collection of monoprints on deli paper and collaged them on my canvas. (For another idea of what to do with those finished gelatin prints, check out my earlier post here!) I was sure to pick prints that used very bright colors that reminded me of spring!

Once the glue was completely dry I used texture paste over a stencil. While the paste was still wet, I added two colors of blue embossing powder and immediately heat set it. This also causes the texture paste to bubble up, but that's what I wanted. If you don't want the paste to bubble, wait til the paste is dry before heat setting the embossing powder.

Time for the eggs! I found these small paper eggs from JoAnn, painted them bright blue, covered them in mod podge, and then finally rolled them in blue glitter. I kind of adore how they turned out! The nest was created using Tim Holtz Boxwood Twine that I painted with Twisted Citron Distress Paint.

Of course every Mixed Media Monthly Challenge comes with an awesome sponsor and prize! This month we are welcoming Waffle Flower as our sponsor! They are giving one lucky winner a $25 gift certificate to their shop :) But you have to enter your project in our gallery to win! Good luck!

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Thursday, February 25, 2016

NEW Unity Hop Quick Tip

It's time for a BIG Unity hop! The crew has decided to have one HUGE blog hop a month instead of little hops each week. This way you can see projects from the entire team!

Today I decided to showcase the gorgeous February 2016 SMAK kit! I also have a brand new technique quick tip to share :)

I must have been inspired by the 80's with this card! I stamped the heart with archival black ink, cut it out, and then used Distress Inks to blend the bright colors together. For the card base, I used black Simon Says Stamp cardstock and added the SSS 'Falling Hearts' stencil with pink modeling paste. Then I layered the heart on foam dots (with some metallic blue thread behind it) and added the sentiment!

Make sure to check out my newest Quick Tip video to see how I created this page! 

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Saturday, February 20, 2016

Gelatin Print Mini Book

Over on The Crafter's Workshop blog I am sharing steps how to put this mini book together. My blog post here shows more photos of the inside pages. So if you're interested in making your own, please visit the TCW blog! Have fun!

Again, you'll find all the details over at The Crafter's Workshop :)

I used a total of 15 The Crafter’s Workshop stencils in this project. Some of the more prominent stencils used are listed below.
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Thursday, February 18, 2016

Ellen Hutson Pin-Sights Guest Designer

Pinch Me! I am SO excited to be guest designing for the Ellen Hutson Pin-Sights Challenge! In case you haven't heard about it, it is a monthly challenge based on a Pinterest inspired mood board. You can join in all the fun over at the CLASSroom Blog!

The inspiration photo this month is just DREAMY...

A lucky random challenge participant will receive a $50 gift certificate to the Ellen Hutson store! To be eligible to win you must use Essentials by Ellen products and use the photo above for inspiration.

I really do love this inspiration photo! I was very inspired by the soft pastel color combination, the delicate flowers, and the heart photo inspired my sentiment choice.

The first thing I did was die cut a variety of flowers in watercolor paper from the Essentials by Ellen Wild Garden die set. I gave them a 'messy' rub with my Versamark ink pad and heat embossed them in gold. I didn't want them to be completely covered; I wanted them to still look delicate and airy.

The gorgeous paper is all from the new Pink Paislee C'est La Vie 6x6 paper pad. I used the Essentials by Ellen Love You So stamp set for the light grey hearts and the black embossed sentiment.

The sentiment panel is popped up with foam adhesive and then I finished off the card with some natural twine and a bow.

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