Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Haunted Pendant - Clearsnap Guest Designer

Hi! I'm a Guest Designer for Clearsnap for the next several months and I am beyond thrilled about this amazing opportunity! I created this fun altered pendant for the Clearsnap October Color Inspiration Challenge.

I had a blast using Clearsnap products to color resist canvas and metal. That's right, most of the Clearsnap inks are designed to work on a variety of surfaces, not just paper! I rubbed Colorbox Marmalade Surfacez Ink onto the metal to create this super cool "rusty" effect.

I added a pop of purple to this token using Topaz Izink. I simply dabbed on the ink, spritzed it with water to thin it, and then dried it with a heat gun to set the color.

I'd love to have you stop by the Clearsnap Blog and check out my project. I hope you'll find the time to play along. Link up your newly created projects to the Clearsnap Blog by October 28th for your chance to win the ink pads shown in the photo above!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Colorbox Wicked Black Archival Ink
Colorbox Marmalade Surfacez
Amethist Izink
Topaz Izink
Susan Lenart Kazmer Industrial Chic Pendant
Prima Resist Canvas Bird
American Crafts Boo Flair
Tim Holtz Ideaology Wicked Muse Token
Prima Purple Mini Rose
Jolee's Boutique Glitter Spider Sticker
Hand Dyed Orange Ribbon

Autumn Necklace - Quick Quotes

Hi! I'm sharing an off-the-page project for Quick Quotes today. The rich burgundy, bright burnt orange and deep brown colors in the Cracklin' Rose collection are perfect for Autumn themed projects. I used the Cracklin' Rose 6x6 Paper Pad and coordinating Cracklin' Rose Stickers to fill the charms on this necklace.

I sealed the charms with a light coat of glaze and left the necklace to dry overnight. I'm looking forward to dressing up my favorite fall ensembles with this piece!

Quick Quotes Supplies:
Cracklin' Rose 6x6 Paper Pad
Cracklin' Rose Stickers

Thanks for stopping by today!

Sparkle - Berry71Bleu

Hi! I'm sharing the layout I created for the Berry71Bleu October Mood Board Challenge today. This time of year is about celebrating the breathtaking array of colors and textures and the sense of change and anticipation that is evident all around us. We want to see how you are falling for Autumn!

I love a good woodgrain patterned paper and selected this vibrant background sheet for its rich color palette of greens and blues. I used a woodgrain stencil with some whipped spackle to add another layer of pattern and a vivid pop of white. I printed the Jellypark Four Trees Digital Stamp and cut the trunks from the designs. I colored the images with watercolor pencils and scattered them around the page like fallen leaves.

I had a lot of fun creating this flower cluster that is full of texture. I added a Creative Embellishments Chipboard Feather, that I decided to keep in its natural finish and a Vintage Button from my Zeus and Zoe Kit.

I hope you can find the time to join us this month! There are some amazing prizes up for grabs!

First Prize: 2 Digital Images from the Jellypark Store

Second Prize: Creative Embellishments Gift Certificate 

Random Prize: Maja Design Walking in the Forest Collection


Jellypark is a digital crafting website with lots of whimsical images drawn by children's illustrator Claire Keay. The images can be used on all your papercraft projects whether digital, hybrid or physical. 

Creative Embellishments is a new family owned company created by Michael and Nicolle Kramer. They are a husband and wife team who design and manufacture unique, high quality chipboard, rubber stamps, flair and wood veneer products. It is their mission to offer fun and inspiring products that can be creativity added to any project. In the near future, they will be expanding into other mediums such as stencils!

Maja Design Corp is based in Uddevalla, Sweden. We are dedicated to create unique and high quality vintage inspired patterned paper for scrapbooking and crafts. Maja Design was founded in November 2007, and since then, have grown to supply over 70 retailers in Sweden and 90 all over the world. Founder Marie Jansson says: "In the fall of 2004, a dear friend asked me to join her to a scrapbooking course. From that moment, I became totally amazed and thrilled by all the beautiful papers and decorations in the art of scrapbooking. After some time as a captivated scrapper, I got curious to create my own patterns. I have always had a devotion for color and form. I had access to great printing facility, as I worked at a printers office. Since 2007, I have been blessed to be able to work with my great passion - to design and create colored coordinated paper.

A special thanks to Jellypark for sponsoring our design team this month!

Please note that if the winner(s) of this challenge are international they will be responsible for shipping costs. Make sure you follow our CHALLENGE RULES.

Thank you and we hope to see your beautiful creations!

We appreciate each and every challenge entry and share the designs that catch our eye on our facebook page and Pinterest Boards. Look for your work there!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Motherhood Card - Susan K. Weckesser

Hi! I'm sharing a card that I created for the Autumn Create to Live Challenge for Susan K. Weckesser today. I combined patterned paper and cardstock from our partners Canvas Corp and Core'dinations with the Susan K. Weckesser Motherhood is a Verb Stamp and some vintage embellishments for this card. I was inspired by the challenge inspiration block for the colors and theme of this project.

I stamped the image with Archival Ink and then added color with Distress Markers. I loved the spool of thread, pins, button and doily from the inspiration block, so I framed the image with those items.

We'd love for you to share your project based on the picture above. Write a blog post and link-up your project to the challenge submission on the left sidebar of the Susan K. Weckesser blog. After you post your project, make sure to tweet about it, share it on Facebook and Pin it as well! Use hashtag #createtolive when tweeting or pinning so we can find and share your posts. Your project can be anything you create using this picture as your inspiration. Using Susan K Weckesser Inc products are not required, but are ALWAYS welcome and appreciated. :-)

The prize for this challenge will be drawn randomly by Inlinkz when the challenge ends on 10/31/2014 at noon EST. The winner will receive The Garden {What-Not} Collection Stamp Set co-branded with Unity Stamp Company. We can’t wait to see what you create!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Monday, September 22, 2014

The Green Fairy - JnW Crafts

Hi! I'm sharing a fun mixed media piece that I created for JnW Crafts using their Wood Bottle Template. I recently purchased a bottle of Absinthe and loved the Van Gogh artwork by Ron English on the box. I cut the box apart and used that image for the focal point of this piece.

I was thrilled to find that the JnW Craft Wood Bottle Template fit over the bottle print on the Absinthe package perfectly! The bottle template made a great frame to highlight the Absinthe bottle image. I stained the wood with Vintage Photo Distress Stain and then stamped a text and floral print over that using Sepia Archival Ink. I finished the outer and inner edges of the template with a black paint pen and added some green brads for a pop of color.

I had a fantastic time creating the background for this piece. I primed the cardboard with gesso and then added a thick layer of Extra Heavy Gel Medium. I used a plastic comb to create the swirling circle design. Once the gel was dry, I sprayed the background with several colors of Dylusions Ink Spray and then added some stamping and pieces of torn newspaper.

To enjoy Absinthe in the traditional way one pours the liquor into a glass, places the Absinthe spoon across the top of the glass and positions a sugar cube on it. Next, one dissolves the sugar cube with cold water. This process turns the emerald green liquid opalescent, unleashing "The Green Fairy." I was inspired by this drink recipe and created this embellishment cluster.

Thanks for stopping by today! I'll be back to share more projects created with JnW Crafts products soon!

Joy Mini Album - Quick Quotes + Want2Scrap

Hi! I'm sharing a wedding mini album I created using the NEW Quick Quotes Sheer Joy collection and Want2Scrap chipboard and bling for Quick Quotes today. I used the Want2Scrap Gates of Love Chipboard Album.

I embossed the ornate chipboard album cover with chunky gold embossing powder for a fantastic sparkle. I then layered Petaloo flowers, a Want2Scrap Silver Rhinestone Frilly Flourish Swirl, which I cut into several pieces and tucked around the blooms, and a Quick Quotes Sheer Joy Chipboard Die Cut onto the cover.

Rather than have this album open horizontally like a book, I thought it would be fun to design this album to open vertically. Here is a look at the inside pages.

I covered the chipboard pages of this album with Quick Quotes patterned paper from the Sheer Joy and Calypso collections. The Quick Quotes stickers, die cuts and vellum, and the Want2Scrap chipboard words and rhinestones were the perfect embellishments to help make these wedding photos come alive.

The sheet of Sheer Joy Chipboard Die Cuts offers a fantastic variety of chipboard in several shapes and sizes. The larger pieces are designed beautifully, with multiple fonts and colors. The smaller pieces are perfect for accenting wallet sized photos.

I colored the Want2Scrap Love Fancy Chipboard Word with Vintage Photo Distress Stain. I colored the Want2Scrap Joy Fancy Chipboard Word first with white acrylic paint and then a coat of peach embossing powder.

I inked the edges of the album pages with Creamy Cocoa or Coral PowderPuff Chalking Ink. I also used those shades of ink to embellish the patterned papers with subtle music and script stamping. I tucked several tags behind the photos so that the bride can add her own journaling.

I absolutely love the Want2Scrap Pink and Red Rhinestone Bling Hearts! I had to hold myself back from using them on every page. The Want2Scrap 72-Count Self-Adhesive Pearls and Rhinestones include 3 different sizes of bling on each sheet and are perfect for embellishing chipboard words, chipboard die cuts and photos. The small 3mm pearls and rhinestones are a great way to add subtle sparkle to any project.

I can always find the perfect saying in the Sentiments and Family Quotes Bundles. The vellum quotes add a fantastic softness to the album pages.

I am gifting this album to the happy couple so I added the This Book Was Lovingly and Thoughtfully Vellum to the back of the album. The text on this vellum is heartfelt and helps to convey the love and joy I felt on their special day.

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope I have inspired you!

Quick Quotes Supplies:
Sheer Joy 100
Sheer Joy 300
Sheer Joy 700
Sheer Joy Die Cut Stickers
Sheer Joy Chipboard Die Cuts
Serendipity Words and Phrases Strip
Calypso 100
Calypso 300
Calypso 500
Calypso Claim Strip
Calypso Chipboard Die Cuts
Family Quote Bundle
Sentiments Quote Bundle
This Book Was Lovingly and Thoughtfully Vellum
Creamy Cocoa PowderPuff Chalking Ink
Coral PowderPuff Chalking Ink

Want2Scrap Supplies:
Gates of Love Chipboard Album
Red and Pink Rhinestone Hearts Bling
Silver Rhinestones Frill Flourish Swirl
La Creme 72-Count Self-Adhesive Pearls
Orange 72-Count Self-Adhesive Rhinestones
Fancy That! Beautiful Bling Borders
Bride Fancy Chipboard Word
Faith Fancy Chipboard Word
Joy Fancy Chipboard Word
Love Fancy Chipboard Word

Photo Credit: Madeline Lewis Photography

Friday, September 19, 2014

Faith Is The Bird Canvas - Susan K. Weckesser

Hi! I'm sharing an uplifting bird themed canvas that I created for Susan K. Weckesser today. I had a blast mixing different media and mediums to created this tactile piece.

To build the background, I first covered the canvas with a brightly patterned piece of tissue paper that I then toned down with a light coat of gesso. I added texture with The Crafter's Workshop Beaded Curtain Stencil and some whipped spackle. I sprayed the canvas with Tattered Angels Plain Jane Fresh Orange Mist to add a burst of color and then stamped around the edge of the canvas with a stamp from the Susan K. Weckesser A Little Bit Washi Stamp Set.

I cut a vibrant yellow sun from a piece of Live In Color patterned paper and topped it with a piece of coiled Canvas Corp Orange Hemp Rope. I finished the canvas with colorful flowers and ribbon.

If you'd like to explore the exciting world of mixed media art sign up for the Big Picture Classes Mixed Media Studio Workshop. Artsy all-star Susan K. Weckesser will share an exclusive project, a video of a featured technique and step-by-step instructions to help you complete a project. Plus, you’ll get to interact directly with Susan via a private classroom message board and gallery! Register by October 29th to join the fun!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Dance in the Rain ATC - Paper Wings Productions

Hi! I'm sharing an artist trading card on the Paper Wings Productions Blog today. If you'd like to learn how I created these swirly raindrops, stop by The Aviary. In addition to my finished project, I'm also sharing several quick and easy techniques with this fun medium that I'm hoping you'll want to try. Thanks for stopping by today!