Friday, October 11, 2019

Perpetual calendar

Hello !

Just a quick post to show you how I dress up a wooden perpetual calendar with papers...

I found a wooden calendar on super sale before Summer, and didn't have the time to work on it before now ! I used papers from the Garden Charm stack by DCWV, some purple paint and my Scan-N-Cut to cut the words and numbers.

How cute is that ?! Would be a nice gift for a teacher...

Thank you for stopping by today, and see you soon for another project...

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

October fun layout

Hello crafty friends !

We finally have some cool temperature here in Houston (who am I kidding ? We are in the 80F...) at least for few days ! That's good for my Fall inspiration ! We don't have the Fall colors yet, but never mind, I'm using them anyway ! Here is my first Fall layout of 2019, with pictures taken last year...

I made this one as a sample for the October challenge of the the DCWV Facebook page, with two stacks I still have from my DT terms with them : Autumn Leaves and Harvest House.

I cut out the round design from one of the sheet, and the strips from both stacks using the Tim Holtz Tattered Banners die by Sizzix. I added Distress Vintage photo ink to the edges of the cuts and the background.
The title "October fun" was created with brown stickers Alpha SchoolHouse by Making Memories (from 2008 !).

See I'm still in this "I use my old stash" mood, with these DCWV stacks from previous collection, the retired die and the alpha stickers from 2008 ! Not sure I will see my stash get down enough to have to buy new papers (or flowers, or stickers, or...), but I'm on a good path !

Thank you for stopping by today ! See you soon...

Monday, September 23, 2019

Make a beautiful mess : My new Art Journal spread

Hello everyone !

I told you I had another project on hand... Here it is, my new Art Journal pages !

As I have a very large stash (I know I'm not alone...), my goal for these next months will be to use what I have (and trying not to buy more, but not easy 'cause I love Tuesday Morning...).
So you're gonna see a lot of old things in my projects... like these beautiful flowers stickers by Me&My Big Ideas from 2009 !

You can spot a metal stencil by Dreamweaver from 2001 (water drop kind), used with gel pens (bought at Costco 3 years ago).

For the background, I simply splash inks by Art Anthology in blue and brown before stenciling. Then I used the Doodle Frame stamp set by BoBunny (2017) to create the border.

Finally I used alpha stickers from the Everyday poetry collection by Webster's pages (2012).

It's a very small step, but it's a step forward anyway in reducing my stash ! I hope you like these pages...

Have a great week and see you soon for another project...

Friday, September 13, 2019

High school diploma layout

I'm back !

It's been a loooong time ! I was in France the whole summer and get back end of August, but didn't have a minute to post my new layout featuring my high school diploma girl...

Starting with a DCWV paper from the Marquee stack, I built the background with a classic roses stamp (Stampendous), white ink and white embossing powder (Ranger). I also stamped the flowers on white paper with black ink and embossed them with black powder.

After embossing the bouquets, I apply yellow and green inks (Art Anthology) and water with a brush to create the watercolor look. I cut out the black bouquets from the white paper.

I place the pictures and the cut out flowers on the layout, and choose two phrases from the Small Talk Occasions stickers booklet (Tim Holtz) and a stamp for the title (Jillibean).

I also finished an art journal spread that I will show you soon... 

I hope you had a great summer and fantastic back-to-school for those who still have children in schools (still have a teenager at home...) !

See you soon...

Monday, June 3, 2019

Vintage Friendship card

Hello !

May is such a busy month, not very a good time for crafting... This year, I had finals for both of my daughters, college organization for one, farewells and summer parties every week end, readings for my new training, planning for my France trip...
But I had to create a very special card for a friend of mine, going back to France after 7 years living in Houston, and I'm sharing it with you now !

I knew I had to use an Eiffel Tower somehow, so I dug into my stash and found this piece of paper with a tower  and the word Paris on it (Glimpse of Paris kraft paper). The rest of the papers came from the Prima Ledger paper pad and few other scraps.

I used a lot of different things to create my cluster : Spellbinders leaves die cuts with an old Prima paper (Second Wind collection), Prima Bedtime Story and other brands flowers, metal flowers with gesso and Art Anthology ink (Siesta Key), and few metal dots.

You can also spot a chipboard word found at Michaels, air dry clay lace, small white doilies (Bo Bunny), another doily cut with a Prima die, and a tiny Cosmo Cricket tiny text.

I "aged" everything with Vintage Photo distress ink and added splash of ink and gesso to finish this card.

I will spend the summer in France too. Maybe I will let you have a glimpse of the scrap products we can find there... maybe even a project "made in France" !

Thank you for stopping by, and have a great day !

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Monday, May 13, 2019

18th birthday card with Gorjuss stamp

Hi there !

Mother's day was not the highlight of my week end... Saturday, my baby turned 18 ! I swear, I just turned back for a moment, how is it possible ? Anyway, I had to create a card for the occasion, of course...
I choose one of my Gorjuss girl stamp for it and the nice Ooh La La paper pad by Craft Smith :

I use few dies (stitched circle and globe) and my Brother Scan-n-cut (yes, I bought one ! Finally...) to cut the "Eighteenth", but cut the girl by hand (after stamping with my stamping platform...).
 It was nice to go back to Copics (look there for the colors used) and spend hours to color this sweet girl !

If you like the Gorjuss girls, take a look at the previous cards I made with few of them : Gorjuss cards

I hope you had a great week end too. See ya for another project...

Monday, April 29, 2019

ATC with attitude...

Hi everyone !

I have a fun project to share with you today... I created ATCs as my last project for the Art Anthology DT. It has been two fantastic years with a great team and a wonderful owner, Stayce, but I have so many things to handle this year to come beside my cratfy time that I decide to take a break from DT work... Do not worry, I will still be crafty and share my project with you, I just don't want to add stress of meeting deadlines...

Back to the current project :

I started with white cardstock, covered with white gesso to protect the paper from ink and water. Once dried, I apply Waimea Bay Colorations spray over it, and add drops of water immediately absorbed with paper towel, to create white spots.

I drawn circles with a black pen with the Bubbles stencil and colored them with the Ocean Shine medium. I also used the Flamingo Sorbet over the Diamond Pattern stencil in this background.

I added randomly a dot circle stamp (Circular Texture by Bo Bunny)before cutting the paper into TACs (2.5"x3.5").
I cut the the flowers (Seaflowers by Spellbinders) in black cardstock with a die, then paint white cardstock with the Summer Sorbet to make a shadow.
And finally stamped the journaling (Dylusions Quote bubbles by Ranger) and cut it to adhere on the ATCs.

You can watch the whole process in this video tutorial :

I will have soon another project to share with you. I will juggle with the agenda of my daughter's finals, the planning for college, summertime in France, and the new feather I add to my cap that I need to put in practice, hypnosis...

That will be an interesting summer ! See you soon !