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!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Fall Mixed Media Board - Tando Creative

Hi! I'm sharing a fall themed Mixed Media Board for the Free For All theme this week on the Tando Creative Design Blog. Fall is my favorite season and I'm looking forward to watching the leaves change color, baking delicious apple and pumpkin flavored treats and spending time at the local orchards.

I primed this 80mm x 116mm Mixed Media Board with gesso and then added color with Gelatos. I then stamped and embossed leaves using the Susan K. Weckesser Autumn Grunge Stamp Set. I finished this board with a small flower cluster, a piece from the Leaf branch with 3 Loose Leaves and layered sticker sentiment

Thanks for stopping by today! You can pick up the chipboard I used for this project from the Tando Creative Retail Shop.

The Susan K. Weckesser Autumn Grunge Stamp Set is available from Unity Stamp Company.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Bliss - Berry71Bleu

Hi! I'm sharing a layout about the thing that I love the most -- music -- for the Berry71Bleu September "Things We Love" Challenge. I don't know how I would get through my day without it. I used memorabilia from the last concert I attended, a ticket stub and partial set list, as well as a vintage CD shard from one of my favorite albums that dates back to 1994. To stay that my Father didn't always understand by choice in music is a bit of an understatement! The lyrics to the songs performed by Soundgarden and Nine Inch Nails are just as cathartic to me today as they were when I was a teenager. It was absolutely amazing to hear both bands on the same night.

I tucked a digital tag created by Marivic behind layers of vintage papers from a Zeus and Zoe Kit. The gorgeous piece of doily chipboard is from Scrapiniec and the bright yellow sticker is from the 7 Dots Studio Hopefully collection. The fabulous music print paper is from the 7 Dots Studio Nature Walk collection.

This fun chipboard speech bubble is also from Scrapiniec. I included a quote from Chris Cornell (Soundgarden) under this photo of Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails). Most of my favorite musicians are not afraid to write about their darkest moments. The comfort that I get from hearing and relating to their words is hard to express and definitely priceless.

"If I wrote a line, then questioned it - 'Do I really want people to hear me say that? Is that too personal?' - That moment of fear meant I should keep it. That means it's powerful." - Chris Cornell

This doily was included in my Zeus and Zoe Kit. I topped it with a 7 Dots Studio sticker and a stunning butterfly from Kay's Etsy Shop. I included more personal journaling down the right side of the page.

I hope you can find the time to create a project about what you love to share with use this month!

This September we want to know about the THINGS that you love. Make a project telling us about the things that you love, no matter what it is, we'd love to know! You can take photos and add to your project or you can journal it. Most of the time we never get to talk about ourselves, so this month we will talk about all the lovely things we love. We would love to see what you create so please join our Things We Love Challenge!

Thank you to our sponsors for providing amazing prizes this month!

1st Prize:
Molossi Gift Pack (Chipboard, Bling and Flowers)

2nd Prize: Zeus and Zoe Gift Certificate

3rd Prize: 2 Handmade Tags from Berry71bleu
(Please note that the photos are just samples and are not the actual tags the prize winner will receive.)



Molossi is an Australian retail and wholesale supplier to the scrapbooking and papercraft industry. Molossi strives to bring you an online shopping experience where you can relish in a huge range of scrapbooking supplies to compliment your scrapbooking addiction. Molossi offers thousands of products including: albums, cardstock, flowers, bling, personal die-cutting machines, stickers, embellishments and plenty more! Become a part of our scrapping community and enter the stash giveaways and competitions on our Facebook page and Blog. For a large range of page layout ideas, sign up for our monthly newsletter to stay up-to-date with the scrapbooking world and monthly promotions.

Zeus and Zoe is the sister Etsy Shop to Berry71Bleu and sells one-of-a-kind crafting embellishments for scrapbooking, crafting, altered art, home decor and collage art. All tags are handmade and can be designed according to your preference. Please contact Marivic through her Etsy Shop to request a custom order.

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!