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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Behind Closed Doors and Windows

I'm really just getting back into my Paper Artsy stuff, believe it or not about a year or more ago I ordered several new paints and stamp sets intending to use them and never did. This set Jofy 29 is one of them. I loved everything in the set the house, tree, bricks, key and the sentiment "home sweet home".  When the topic(challenge)of doors and windows came up I was stumped. I didn't want to do the same old window die ect. Then I saw Emma's pretty card and I thought I was going to make a mother's day card, I sat down this morning looked through my stamps and found this set. I knew I was going to do a journal page and try some of the new paints I purchased and never used.
Paints: Chalk, Beach Hut, Coral and Yellow Submarine.
I was very pleased with the way they they mixed and the translucent properties. I stamped the bricks, key and words from the set all at once on one block using Archival Black. Then stamped my houses and trees on plain white stamping some parts twice so I could layer the roofs and tree tops. Colored them with markers.
I hope you like my entry.
Hugs
Colleen

Tonight

Here we go ...... another challenge for Soul Scrappers. This one is a song challenge Memory by Barbara Streisand.  When I first read the words to the song, I have to admit I thought it was very sad and I went to a dark place. I struggled with making a LO that was that dark so I hunted my granddaughters FB page and found this little one sleeping and my problem was solved. Seems like a simple LO but believe me those are the ones I struggle with the most, but I didn't want to miss the challenge so I'm in just under the wire here.
Everything on the LO with the exception of the new word dies and the washi tape was from my stash yes I told you it is endless.
Hugs
Colleen

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Awesome

Here is another scrapbook page for a challenge over at Soul Scrappers. This challenge is pick a word beginning with the letter A like awesome. This young lady my granddaughter fought hard to graduate High School. She fell behind because she was moved around so much and found herself down credits at the school in Illinois where she was living so she gave up. Lets just say that didn't sit well with her Papa and they had a heated discussion. She came to live here in WI with her dad because of it. She had lived with him on and off over summers ect.  He sat her down and had a long talk with her and let her know it was not acceptable to not finish school so they needed to figure something out. They put their heads together, found a program that she would get credit for if she could pass the required tests. She passed most of them and had to concentrate on a few subjects  while keeping up on the rest of her daily work. She manage to make up all her missing credits and pass the rest of her classes to graduate on time. She can be a real super hero when she sets her mind to it and has some back up. It's pretty hard to raise yourself as she was doing. She has been in Wi. ever since and relies heavily on her dads guidance. Enough of that now for the stuff
Paper the yellow w/stripes is we r memory the dark brown is from some file thing I purchased long ago it also has a design and my third dp is the blue one with the brown flourishes. I've never scrapped with 3 dp's that were all pattern before. I think they work?????
Embellishments flowers are from Michael's and some paper ones made with TH tattered flowers. The left top is a spellbinders die I picked up with my new die cutter colored with TH ink the title was cut with TH thinlit letters and numbers. I little diamond pattern TH stencil inked with walnut distress. Then some rub ons that I've had forever.
That is it
Hugs
Colleen  

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Flower Lady

Here we again, I should really be blogging more and I would if life didn't always get in the way.  This project is for a challenge over at Paper Artsy, Paint and Infusions. Infusions are a powder formula that contains various crystals of color plus the powder of walnut which makes them different from the other colored powders on the market which are mostly bright colors or pastels if blotted up in time. As you can see by my project these are vintage distressed kinda colors. I tried to provide a view of them blotted up top left pinkish and not bottom left deep cherry so you can see both. I've also mixed one color with their chalk paint and the color name is also chalk top left. In addition I used straight chalk paint through a stencil(bottom left) so you can see they resist the paint sorta. The walnut still gets through a bit. I colored the lips with the infusions also sprinkle a bit on my mat and spritz with water and brushed them on. I also painted the tag and used infusions on it to make it look rusty didn't work the way I wanted, so I tried the same thing on the bird cage. I'll keep trying that one. I used embossing powder as a resist also.  The MOST amazing thing happened when I painted the lips let it dry and the put matt gel over it, it didn't smear and the gel acted as a resist. when I sprinkled the other color and sprayed with water. If you look close you can see some got through must have missed that spot.
OK so here is my stuff and then I have pics of close ups and my experiment page, because this is the first time I've used these or any powders.
Infusion colors Rusty Car, The Sage, Golden Sands, and Blackcurrant. all Paper Artsy
Paint Colors Copper, Whitefire, and Chalk.
Stencil one small TH and one Paper Artsy PS007
Paper 90lb cold press watercolor
stamp TH
other embellishments asst flowers and TH die.
 NOW FOR THE OTHER PICS




hugs till next time
Colleen

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Waterfall

This is another challenge over at Soul Scrappers, This one is a monthly challenge also and it's about escaping to nature with your camera of course. This is escape to nature #2 Waterfalls.   I can't recall what day it was ..... my husband was home and we decided to get in the car and go hunt down a waterfall in mid winter, in Wisconsin, in farm country.  For those of you who haven't experience a Wisconsin winter and the very flat farm fields of corn can only imagine the daunting task.  I did however get some remarkable pics of other architecture so I hope those topics come up sometime. There is a 12 foot waterfall built in our rotary gardens but they don't turn it on until April because of the freezing weather. We had an amazing morning though running around following the river and scanning the skyline for pics, then we stopped for lunch.
The next day while I was downloading my other pics in my outdoor file I came across this picture of a friends backyard waterfall and pond so this is my 12 inch waterfall.
I tried to highlight the waterfall by centering it in between the birds and collage of items.
Stuff:
Paper all Tim Holtz the top DP is from the Garden collection, it two sided paper and the birds were on the other side so I tore them out and fussy cut them for the front then found the bottom DP in the postal collection. I distressed all the edges with walnut stain ink, I also added soft stenciling with some crushed olive, walnut stain and aged mahogany. I also cut the tag Follow instructions out of a piece of DP from the Postal collection.
Doily is a TH die sponged with aged mahogany.
Chipboard random sponged in forest moss
Flowers Recolections 
Burlap Jo-Ann's
Small flowers cut from ribbon trim Hobby Lobby
Well that is about it if you're interested you can see a close -up of the waterfall below.
Hugs,
Colleen

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