Thursday, March 14, 2013

My First Art Journal Page: In Loving Memory of Barbara Jean Carlson

My Ex-Mother-In-Law Barb, or my "outlaw" (how she referred to herself), passed away on March 9th. She was such a fabulously beautiful woman inside and out. She was a woman of contradictions. She was really sweet, open, warm, petite and beautiful, but seemingly ten feet tall and so strong when she needed to be, feisty, sarcastic, smart, courageous, and witty...the list could go on and on. She will be missed by many as she was the type of person that left an impression and to those who were fortunate enough to get to know her she truly is unforgettable.   She may be gone but she will not be forgotten, she will live on in the memories of many. The funeral is tomorrow and I wanted to spend some time with my memories of her and make something special to celebrate those memories and her life and the end of her suffering. Rest In Peace, Barb, my outlaw.

I have wanted to try art journalling for a long time but, just haven't made time. I put off starting just like I kept thinking I could wait one more day to visit Barb. As I waited too long to pay a final visit to Barb, and she was an accomplished artist among many other talents, I thought I would stop procrastinating and get going with my first project using her as an inspiration. This is what I came up with.

I love the dress and the fact that the Tim Holtz stack actually had a text paper with the definition of memory! How absolutely perfect! I tried to accent (in red) the parts that really resonated with me!

I used:

bound journal with lined pages
Tim Holtz Distress Inks and blending tool (many different colors)
Water and Ranger mini mister to distress the inks (also splattered water drops by tapping wet brush over inked paper)
Tim Holtz Lost and Found Paper Stack for angel's dress and hair
Blick Arts dual tip (broad/fine) marker in black
White acrylic paint
old gift card to make white paint lines
lid of tiny jar to make white paint circles
Tim Holtz stamps (flourish in upper left and lower right pages)
Stampin' Up stamps (Fifth Avenue Floral-rose and sentiment)
Puzzle stamp (not sure of brand)
Mod Podge to paste clothing and hair on angel and to paste angel to journal page
Prismacolor colored pencils for face, arms, wings and feet
Stickles in red for lips and irridescent for wings
Book: Mixed Media Girls by Suzi Blu for black and white angel template, coloring/shading instruction, and overall inspiration for both this project and for beginning art journaling! I love her pretty girls, you have to check out her stuff!! Google her art images or go to her gallery on her website
Stampin' Up Whisper White Cardstock for base of angel collage
Tracing paper

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Pop up card for my nephew!

I found the tutorial for this on the Split Coast Stampers website, here is the link: Free StandingPop-Up Card

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Ceramics with my Cricut!!

I hand pinched this bowl using stoneware clay, then pushed the cricut cuts into clay (just used printer paper and light pressure to cut) and then painted slip over top. After the slip was dry i pulled the paper off and revealed the design below. I have pics of the paper masks before slip was applied, after pulling the paper off, and the final bowl after glazing and firing! The uses for our Cricuts are literally endless, best money I ever spent!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

As usual I haven't posted in a while...

I have been busy, though! I guess with being a mommy and going to school and Jason having 3 jobs it is hard enough to find time to craft let alone blog about it! :) Here's a few pics of what I have done lately. My husband got a new toy and I wanted to make him a custom case/stand and to protect the investment. I found a tutorial for an iPod/iPad case and used the instructions provided to adapt it for other devices. I decided to use the measurements of the device in the rubber case so he didn't have to put it on and take it off all the time. The tutorial was from Made By Marzipan
and it is so cool! I used a John Deere fabric that I had originally bought to make him a scrub top but, I thought this was a worthy alternative! :) If you like it make sure you check out the Made By Marzipan site for this and all of the other awesome tutorials she has there!
I also used my cricut to cut some paper stencils to use as masks while doing slip work in my pottery class and it worked like a charm! I used black slip over a stoneware hand pinched bowl interior. I plan to use a clear glaze and after it is fired it should be black and white and glossy! Can't wait to see it finished!
I crocheted this baby cocoon for my new baby cousin Aubrey Dawn! :) I just love how it turned out, I wish I could have taken some pics of her in it but, I don't live near her and didn't get to give it to her in person!
My Gramma has had some unfortunate health issues and has had to give up her independence. She had her 80th birthday shortly after getting out of the hospital and moving into a nursing home. I wanted to give her something handmade and to remind her how important she is to us...this is what I came up with!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Cricut Circle Weekly Challenge: Mini Book

Here is a mini book that I designed on my Gypsy using various cartridges. I used circles and used my trimmer to cut the edge off and cut a "J" from the Wild Card cartridge into it for the cover. There are scalloped circles, one that i cut the edge off for a straight edge, one that I left intact, circles layered on circles, there are large rectangle pages that open out scalloped rectangles, various frames on some of the pages, and two envelopes with inserts. All shapes were cut from Cricut cartridges. I am too tired to list them all but George Basic Shapes, Storybook, Plantin, and Wild Card were among them.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Cricut Circle Monthly Challenge: October

This is my submission for the October Monthly Challenge on the Cricut Circle Blog. The challenge was to make a Halloween themed home decor project. The prize is $150 to spend on!! Man, I could really have fun with that!! Wish me luck! :)

Designed on my Gypsy :)

Peachy Keen Stamps: Basic Paper Doll Face Assortment (face on ghost)

Cricut Cartridges:

Blackletter (font)

Mini Monsters (ghost, spider & web, and tombstones))


Mail Organizer

This was a fun one, and definitely outside of the box that I normally create in! :) I painted it and Mod Podged the flat background papers, then hand rolled all of the paper for the front and hot glued them down. After it cooled I sealed them with a few coats of Mod Padge. I cut the little banners with my precious Cricut (Love!!)...I am super happy with how it turned out! :)