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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Grateful Heart


Here is my submission for Shazza's challenge over at Soul Scrapers. I'm doing tags for these challenges, because I love doing tags and I can easily display them and what better things to display than Philosophy. This months challenge is about having a grateful heart. While I have a ton of things to be grateful for they will not all fit on a tag. So I chose one that is most fitting. Most of the people that know me well, know that I lost my daughter in a black ice car accident. In the summer of that very year only about five months later I met Summer, her full name on her papers is Summer V. J. after my daughter Valerie Jane. She was only 3 months old and the most beautiful, loving and playful thing I had seen in a long time. She really did embody my daughters personality. That is why I pick her to be my most Grateful Heart project. There were other horses there for sale but none like summer. We visited for many days, she cuddled her head on my shoulder. Even though I knew it would be a long time before I could ride her I just had to have her. I've included her 3 month old picture below.   
Back to the tag: I first used TH ripe persimmon, spice marmalade and rusty hinge all over the tag added a few water droplets and dried. Then I took a piece of DP tore it to present the white edge then covered it up with rusty hinge. I stamped and embossed in chocolate embossing powder some frilly stamps on the side. Distressed the whole tag and went around the edges with TH forest moss. I found this frame embellishment the other day dug it back out, cut an oval backing. them stamped on scrap some of my stampscapes stamps girl riding and the wire fence in Coffee Archival. Then I stamped the sentiment directly to the DP and embossed with chocolate powder. This is where it started going wrong I couldn't see the sentiment, I tried several ways to bring it out more so much so that the dp started to break down. I was now back to the tag but the sentiment stayed so instead of starting all over I just distressed another part of the tag so it would look like that was my intent. Computer generated statement.
 Here is my baby :)
Hugs
Colleen

Friday, February 17, 2017

Dream

This Mixed-media project is for a challenge involving masks or masking over at the Paper Artsy blog.  I really struggled with this one because I'm use to using stencils but masks not so much. When they introduce the challenges they always provide several examples from the most simple to the hardest and during the two weeks the challenges are running they have guest or DT members work up a project using the topic. This allows one to get several ideas. I was still struggling with the topic I made one journal page and while I like the page, I didn't think I used the topic correctly.  THEN I saw a project by Ingird.  I so love mixed media projects and hers was beautiful. While investigating the mask topic more I remembered the butterfly stencil/mask I purchased some time ago, I think it's TCW but I'm not sure.  That started it, I remembered a board I had started for another project and built my project from there searching my craft room for bits and bobs.  I have detailed pics below.

Now for the stuff:  The one thing I'm proudest of on the whole project is the frame I made from a box top, left over negative parts of TH trellis die, some square gems and a found object taken off and saved off an old project that had seen better days.
Glued everything down with gel medium, gessoed and then I used PA chalk paint White Fire then after drying I really watered down some PA's Inky Pool and used that as a stain. The pic in the frame is old dp I had cut down. Hardware from Home Depot and some Spare Parts.
Flowers, feather, leaf, gemstones and the crown all from Michael's
Angel wings, both die cut butterflies are TH dies.
Background colors are Pan Pastels over torn dp.
Gesso for the hash tags and splatters.
Stencil from PA Jofy PS011 with the following mixture of paint sponged through it. One drop INKY POOL Five drops LONDON BUS and three drops SNOWFLAKE. matching the color of the rose.
Stencil from TCW SNOWFLAKE is the bottom layer and then I mixed the SNOWFLAKE and TANGO for the masking part, the large die cut butterfly and tip off some of the flowers.
Stamps used from PA sets Jofy 31 and Jofy 24 with Coffee Archival Ink some were stamped off first.
Edges were done with TH Old Paper.
WOW that was a lot of stuff, I hope I didn't forget anything.
Hope you like this one
Hugs
Colleen

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Puppy Love

Today I'm back with another scrapbook page for a challenge at Soul Scrappers, This one is Tic-Tac-Toe.  My line pick is Tags, Flowers and the word Love all driven by this amazing ribbon I found at Michael's while shopping with Elizabeth my youngest grandchild. She loves doing the make and takes when she is here on Saturdays. Everyone who knows me is aware of my love for kraft and red or kraft and white. This ribbon has both so of course it jumped right into my cart. lol But at 60% off making the whole roll less than a dollar who cares. I really set out to do this one of my grandchildren and great grandchild they just didn't look good with their head cut out in this shape. Because I have Pappions for dogs their head and ears work perfect for my vision. Here you have top down Milky Way (because of his coloring) Harley (because he's my husbands dog bought when I was clothes shoppingLOL) and then Bella (my granddaughters dog during her Twilight saga craze).

Stuff
Paper; all from my stash infact the red is so old it had some sunlight discoloration on it.
TH trellis die
Ribbon was from Michael's recolections 
Picket Fence used through TH splatter stencil
black archival ink
red tinsel embossing powder and white
Stamp set is a clear non descript set.
That's it for now unless my gel mix dries on my next project.
Hugs
Colleen 

Monday, February 13, 2017

The Eyes Have It

Over at Soul Scrappers, Mitzi runs a challenge every month using songs titles. This month it is I Can't Take My Eyes Off You by Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons if you don't know the song or just want to hear it again she has provided this link  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NGFToiLtXro

Well I just couldn't get this picture out of my head. So ..... when I was out at Michaels Arts and Crafts I found this amazing looking paper it's kinda like barn board goes glitz. Yep had to have it even though I have at least 18 inches of paper at home. But every thing else I used I had already.

I left my message for Haleigh on a tag in the lace heart.

Stuff
Paper: Recolections
Pearls: Recolections
Flowers: mix of Prima and Recolections
Computer generated sentiment

That's it for now 
Hugs
Colleen

Thursday, February 9, 2017

New Grandpa

My son became a grandpa for the first time, I couldn't believe how he was making baby talk to Haleigh she wasn't even 48 hours old yet. It's one of those memories that makes ones heart smile. I'm trying to add some hidden tags with my writing on them so Haleigh can look back and see what I was thinking when I was creating her book. I was going for a look that would appeal to both Grandpa and Haleigh. Not sure if I was able to get there.
This is another page for a challenge over at Soul Scrappers this one is RW7 use the letter N.  There is still time opened til Feb. 22.

Stuff:
Most of the stuff I used is very old like 8 years or so. I used some canvas resist, two different stencils one was TCWand the other was Wendy Vechi. the flowers and letters were made from  TH dies. Small tag is paper studio. I used TH vintage photo ink for the stencil. Ribbon is some teal crushed velvet also paper studio.
That's it for this one on to the next.
Hugs
Colleen

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Steampunk Village

I was really getting in a groove, when an e-mail appeared for Paper Artsy challenge #1.  Paper Artsy is a UK company I found about two years ago when I was looking for SteamPunk stamps. I found some really cute ones there along with some other unique stamps one set I really liked was the Jofy sets they are flowers like you have never seen before, kinda cute and crazy but still flowers. Right up this girls alley. Be sure to go check some of them out you will giggle like crazy. There is a supplier in the USA so no overseas shipping.
The challenge this time was to use Orange and Pink, well who wouldn't want to take that one on LOL. When I grew up there were whole restaurants designed in orange and pink.
My canvas background was made with Dylusions sprays Bubble Gum Pink and Squeezed Orange.
Then I pulled out all my steampunk stamps(listed below) and went to work. some on tissue some on the canvas and some on cardstock and fussy cut. I also used stencils with molding paste and embossing powder. Items were painted with Paper Artsy chalk paint
 listed below.

Paint: Snowflake,White Fire(now my fav),Yellow Submarine, London Bus,Tango, and Guacamole.
Stencils:  TH numbers, TWC small dots, Jofy PS011 and Darcy E3 PS031
Stamps: minis EM2 EM4 EM9 and sets EDY17 EDY02 EDY05 EDY09.

This is another challenge I hope I can keep up with. 
Hugs
Colleen

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Scrapping Nature

I'm back today with another new challenge from Soul Scrappers, this one is all about scrapping NATURE. My wonderful ATC friend Mary who is a DT at Soul Scrappers takes the most amazing outdoor pictures and she is running the challenge. For more info you can find the challenge here.  As some of you know my husband the enabler was a little over enthusiastic last spring at the garden center. I was looking for a bush for the front yard and we left with my bush and two others he picked out along with five rose bushes he picked out for the backyard. Earlier in the spring I picked out some bulbs to plant for no other reason than price and I had never really planted them before.  I was lucky they all came up at some time or another during the summer. I'll tell ya it's not easy waiting and waiting.  I was disappointed though because each bulb came up at different times and the actual flower really didn't last that long at least not long enough to get a vase of them.   so by the magic of my photo program I now have a vase of my long awaited mini glads. The picture in the bottom right is the picture I used to get the vase of glads from.  Of course there is two quotes to go with the challenge and you can pick one that best goes with your layout.  I picked "Love is the flower you've got to let it grow"    by John Lennon
Details: 12X12 of TH paper stash my other papers used to make the vase and various mats are scraps I had in my scrap box all this time. YES ALL THIS TIME LOL I'm not a hoarder I promise.
Stamps are Unity inked with TH gray then a few lines with gesso and a credit card.
For the border I used a stencil from Paper Artsy with gesso first once dried I sponged over it TH walnut stain ink.
The heart on the vase is one I made with my Melt Art and embossing powder.
I'm sure I will back again in a few days with some other strange project.
hugs
Colleen