Friday, August 18, 2017

Kraft Junk Journal Page 3


Hi everyone. I have another double sided page to share which I created for my kraft, black, and cream junk journal. Each page has holes on one edge and fits into a binder type system. To see the first two pages you can look here (pg.1) and here (pg.2). I am playing with different types of paper, pockets, and tuck spaces, learning as I go and having a blast! For this 5.25 x 7.5 inch page, I chose to double a coffee stained sheet of copy paper and stitch it together along the edges to create a pocket. I punched the holes on the left side first so that I could stitch inside them, thereby preventing the tags inside from blocking the holes. A 1 inch half circle was punched from the open end on both sides and then all outside edges on both sides were aged with Coffee Archival Ink.



To make the tuck spot on the front, a page of old book text was folded in half. Two triangles were cut from another page of the same book paper, taking one section from the top and another from the bottom so that the text from all three parts run in the same direction. All edges of the triangles and the folded background were inked with Coffee Archival Ink and then the edges of the background topped with the triangles were stitched by machine, fastening it all together and creating two tuck spots. To dress up the triangles, a scrap of cheesecloth topped with a star punched from packaging were adhered on each.


Now came the fun part of choosing what would tuck in there :) I had an adorable trading card image of a little girl but I wanted it to tuck into both triangles. It was a little too small so I backed it at an angle on a larger rectangle of black card stock. Problem solved. The other piece of ephemera is a Monopoly card from an old game. Both the image and the card were inked around the edges.


The back of the pocket page had these awesome coffee stains which I was reluctant to cover. A length of crocheted lace was adhered over the stitching beside the holes. A tiny post card tag from an ephemera pack was inked and then adhered only on the half containing the hole. This created another tuck spot.


A 3.75 x 6 inch rectangle of designer paper was corner-rounded, inked, and folded in half to create a journalling spot inside. It was held shut with an Idea-ology paper clip decorated with a length of tiny coffee dyed rickrack. Also tucked under the tag was a row of vintage tickets, inked front and back on the edges. To add a little something extra to the page, a wooden word spelling love was inked and adhered to the post card tag.


All that was left was to fill the inside of the pocket. I decided to keep it simple, adding a double sided page torn from an old teacher's math book as well as a piece of  an old map which was blank on the other side, leaving lots of room for writing. It was edged with Coffee Archival ink on both sides. To add a little interest to the peekaboo cut out circle, two circles (one 1.5 inch and the other 1 inch) were punched from the black and white checked packaging paper. These were folded in half and adhered to the tops of the two insert pages so that they showed in the half circle openings on both sides of the pocket. I also like how it brings that same black and white detail from the stars to the other side of the page. Repetition lends continuity.

Thanks for stopping by today to check out my latest junk journal page. If you haven't already discovered this group, I highly recommend that you check out the Junk Journal Junkies Facebook group and JJJ Chat group. There are amazingly talented people there who very generously share their knowledge as well as their talent. I am so inspired by their projects and regularly follow the links to their YT videos. So much fabulous inspiration!

Life is good; so is art.
Bonnie

Monday, August 14, 2017

My Kraft Junk Journal - Page 2


Hi everyone! I'm here to share another Junk Journal page which I created for the JJ I started here. For this page, I decided to use a 5.5 x 8.25 glassine bag which I purchased with some other fabulous ephemera from an Etsy seller called J9Scraps. I can't say enough great things about Jeannine's products and customer service. She sent my treasures, all carefully and beautifully packaged, the morning after I ordered. She's awesome! Anyway, I started by punching the holes in the sealed ends of the bag and then cutting and adhering book printed reinforcements. That gave me the line where I wanted to machine stitch, both to add the detail and also to prevent the tag from blocking the hole openings.


I adhered strips of TH ruler stickers to the top of the front section of the bag and both the front and back of the back section. I did this to strengthen the glassine so that it would stand up to the tag being pulled in and out. It also looks fun :)


The tag created to fit inside the glassine bag was cut from the same kraft paper that came with the book. It was cut to 7.25 x 5.25 inches with the upper corners sliced off at an angle to create the tag shape. All sides were machine stitched and then inked with Coffee Archival Ink using a mini ink blending tool. Stencilling and stamping were done on the tag with Coffee Archival Ink using  Carabelle Studio Weft Fabric and Numbers template and a TH spatter stamp. A stack of layers was created with a piece of handmade text printed paper, a ripped strip of music paper, two torn pieces of corrugated coffee sleeve, and an Etsy image which had been stitched around. All pieces were inked around with Coffee Archival Ink before anything was adhered. A corner from a coffee dyed paper was tucked under the right side of the focal image and a vintage threaded button was added to that. Overlapping the image and layers of the background, was a strip of striped and frayed fabric with a black Big Chat Sticker adhered on top of that. A little extra stitching design was added with a VLV stamp to tie the music paper to the background on the right side.



The back of the tag was stencilled with TCW Harlequin Stencil and the same spatter stamp using Coffee Archival Ink. A journal spot from Bo Bunny was cut to fit the tag as a tuck spot. Both the journal paper and the tag were inked around the edges with Coffee Archival and the journal page was adhered to the tag only along the flat edge. The butterfly, another TH sticker (which I've had for years and never used) was glued to the flap.To create a topper for the tag, a length of measuring tape twill ribbon was folded in half and stapled to the top. To disguise the loop where the ribbon was folded, a threaded vintage button (thank you, Gram) was adhered on top of it.


Two pieces of ephemera, from an Art-C package, were edged and stamped with Coffee Ink and attached to the tag with an Idea-ology tiny paper clip. The back of the Toys tag was stencilled with the same Harlequin stamp and a scrap from the journal spot was added to the top edge. The music paper has another song on the back of it.

So not only am I loving the creativity which is tapped (and challenged) by the Junk Journalling process as well as all that I am learning as I go, but I also am totally loving using things that have been in my stash for ages and mostly ignored. It's amazing when you change your focus, how you can see uses for things that you didn't bother with before. Anyway, thanks for joining me today. I appreciate your company :)

Life is good; so is art.
Bonnie

Friday, August 11, 2017

1691 Snow Cutie - A Sandra Caldwell new release


Hi everyone! I'm here with my second project of the day with another new release from Sandra Caldwell's Etsy shop, Babycakes Digis and Designs. We took a couple of weeks off so we will have double release days this Friday and next to catch up on all the new and fabulous images. For this one, I decided to beat the heat of August by playing with a winter themed image called 1691 Snow Cutie, She has the sweetest face and a positive attitude to match even with the major brain freeze from the snow on her head.


I coloured Snow Cutie with a mix of Prismacolor and Polychromos pencils.  She was then fussy cut leaving a narrow white border  and then matted with black cardstock. After fussy cutting her again leaving a narrow black border, foam tape was applied to the back  to add dimension and create natural shadow.


The background began as a piece of white cardstock which I had used as a mask on another project. It caught all of this wonderful blue sprayed ink along the top and bottom of the sheet, leaving the middle considerably lighter. I cut it into a 5.5 x 8 inch rectangle to serve as the start of a wintry background for Cutie. I pulled out two different size snowflake punches and went to town creating snowflakes from blue marbled paper. These were adhered toward the top of the background. Two strips of blue and white washi tape were adhered to white cardstock so they were no longer translucent and then cut into flags to ground Cutie. The one triangle which was cut away was also adhered to the top of the page to create flow.


The sentiment was printed on white cardstock, cut apart, and matted with black. Foam tape was added to the back of each word. They were then adhered to the background. At this point, I felt that the snowflakes didn't stand out against the background enough so black pen was used to draw circles in the middle of each. The same pen was used to doodle the border and outline the washi tape before Cutie was adhered in place. To continue the circle and snowflake details, a black .5 inch circle was punched from cardstock and added to each of the washi bands. Sparkly snowflake buttons with their shanks removed were adherde to those circles. Black Big Brush Pen was used to edge the card before it was matted with black cardstock.

Thanks for joining Snow Cutie and me today. To see the rest of this awesome release and the wonderful DT projects featuring them, be sure to pop by the Sandra Caldwell Stamp Fans Facebook group where they will be posted along with the first set of new releases. You will find all of them along with a plethora of other inspirational images in Sandra's Etsy shop later today.

Life is good; so is art.
Bonnie

1703 Crazy Birdies ~ A Sandra Caldwell New Release


Hi everyone! With Sandra's return from holidays, we have two sets of new releases today in her Etsy shop, Babycakes Digis and Designs. The DT had a couple of weeks off but will do double release days for the next two Fridays. The first image I chose to play with is called 1703 Crazy Birdies. I am a huge fan of Sandra's chicks...there is an entire collection of them in the shop so these babies called to me immediately.



I coloured them with a mix of Prismacolor and Polychromos pencils. Although they both come on the same image, I fussy cut them leaving a narrow white border so that I could change the arrangement to suit the size of my art journal background. They were then each matted with black cardstock, and fussy cut again leaving a narrow black border. Foam tape was applied to the back of each.


The background began as a sheet of mop up white cardstock which was used to pick up the over spray from three Lindy's Starburst colours: Yellow Rose of Texas, Marigold Yellow orange, and California Poppy Gold. I cut a 6 x 8 inch piece from this sheet  and then stencilled circles on it using Tiger Lily Archival Ink and TCW Mini Beaded Curtain stencil. To give both birdies a place to dance, grass was die cut (Joy Crafts die) from green and white dotty paper which was edged with Viridian Archival Ink along the bottom. Orange dotty washi tape was applied to white cardstock and then torn and added beneath the grass. Black Bokeh Dots were added with Jet Black Archival Ink and an Ellen Hutson stamp.


The sentiment, printed on white cardstock, was cut into individual words and matted with black. Foam tape was added to the back of each. A simple border was doodled around the outside edges of the background and black Big Brush Pen was used to darken the same edges. A black cardstock mat was adhered to the back of the page to serve as a frame and add contrast.

Thanks for joining my Crazy Birdies and me today. To see the other wonderful images from this set of new releases, as well as the fabulous DT projects which feature them, be sure to pop by Sandra Caldwell Stamp Fans Facebook group where they will be posted throughout the day. And stay tuned for the next post today where I will be showing you my project with the image I chose from the second of today's new release sets. Inspiration galore today in Sandra's Etsy shop!

Life is good: so is art.
Bonnie

Monday, August 07, 2017

Week 32 -Joggles Art Journal Adventure Sneak Peek



Hi everyone. Once again it's my week to choose the weekly prompt for the Joggles Art Journal Adventure. For Week 32, I chose the prompt of  Water. It seems that in the summer more than any other season, water becomes a topic of conversation. Will it ever rain? Have we had enough rain? Will it ever stop raining? Do we need to water the flower beds? You get the idea. And then there are all the water activities like swimming, going to the beach, boating, etc. The other thing that brought the prompt of water to mind for this week's AJA was a video I watched from Jennifer McGuire about using water with Distress Oxide Inks. She demoed many cool techniques which I was excited to try...so Water it is! Whether it influences your colour palette, your choice of focal or scenery, a steamy bath, or how you play with your media...let water be your inspiration.

Above is an mid-process photo. To discover where it goes from here and also see the step-out photos and explanation of my process, be sure to pop over to the Joggles blog. I cannot wait to see what everyone in the AJA Facebook group creates.

Thanks for popping by!

Life is good; so is art.
Bonnie

Friday, August 04, 2017

Junk journalling ~ a beginning

Hi everyone! So I have been watching tons of YT videos and visiting blogs (thanks to Pinterest) on creating junk journals. Not the kind of junk journal where I would create my art journal pages with layers and layers of mixed media goodness. These journals are constructed from a combination of old and new papers, vintage and digital ephemera, and leave lots of space for writing or sketching. I love the engineering that occurs on each page with the tuck spots and hidden spaces as well as the opportunity to create tags and smaller art. I also love that there is opportunity to include fabrics, textures, and sewing. The final bonus...it gives me a creative way to use things in my stash that have been waiting their turn for absolutely ages.


There are many different styles of bindings and formats. At first, I was all set to sew signatures into a vintage book cover but I became totally bogged down with choosing the "right" papers and order, etc. because once it's sewn together, it's permanent. My perfectionism, which at this point normally takes a backseat in my art process, reared its ugly little head and I was stuck. That's when I decided to create loose pages and bind them with rings...flexible and no need to commit...LOL Or is that, be committed :) I have long had this art journal kit thingy in my stash. I bought it ages ago on clearance. It has a hard cover with printed canvas on it and uses a heavy duty shoelace to fasten in the tons of kraft paper pages. The pages themselves are 5.75 x 8.75 inches which is a size I am very comfortable with. I decided to use some of the kraft pages and mix in coffee dyed papers as well as glassine envelopes and whatever else I felt like including. This felt like a good fit for me and all of a sudden, my mojo returned...go me!

I chose not to have a theme...other than black, cream, and kraft as well as vintage items. This book is all about playing and learning. Themes can come later when I have a few more under my belt. Anyway, I have made a few pages filled with fun little details...you know I love that...and am content to carry on until this book is full. It's a different kind of creating than I usually do (although I have thrown in some stencilling and stamping and a few doodled borders...I'm looking to incorporate my own style into these so I will experiment.


The first page I made has a pocket along the side to tuck things into. After inking the edges with Coffee Archival Ink, I stamped with the French text from Bo Bunny It is written stamp and stencilled through TCW Chicken Wire Reversed template. A line was scored 2 inches from the right side and that was folded in and then the card was stitched on 3 sides.


To decorate the pocket, I created a cluster with wide cream cotton ribbon, a folded and stitched length of music paper, and a length of striped fabric which I folded in half. I added crocheted lace and burlap trim along the inside edge and two butterflies punched, tapped with gesso, and inked with Coffee Archival ink. Twine was wrapped and glued to decorate their bodies and make antennae. A small tag was stamped using another of the Bo Bunny stamps from the same set and an Idea-ology rub-on (admit one) was layered over that. Before adhering the tag to the cluster, a frayed edge of cream fabric was hand stitched to the bottom with brown thread...more texture and interest. Once the tag was glued to the bottom of the ribbon, leaving the lower part of the tag unglued, another tuck spot was formed. The bottom of a merchandise tag was inked and tucked into that spot. Threaded buttons were added to the striped fabric loop and also to the small tag.


Two pieces of digital ephemera were printed onto white cardstock and stitched around. They were then inked with Coffee Archival and matted onto black cardstock to give them strength and a pop of black detail. Reinforcements were made for the holes by punching a .25 inch hole and then using a .5 inch punch to cut the circle around it. I don't want the holes to tear with use.



Torn pieces of coffee dyed copy paper were adhered to the backs of the two cards  and stamping was added to each. These will become writing spots for future use...I'm thinking possibly a gratitude journal.


Side two of the same page already had the stitching and inking, as well as the reinforcements, done. Another cluster to form a tuck spot for a tag and ephemera piece was created from book paper folded, glued, and inked. A length of crocheted lace with a narrow lace on top was stitched across the overlapped fishtail flags. A small flower was created by layering two coffee dyed mulberry flowers with three circles of tulle all fastened together with a black brad. This was adhered on the right end of the lace. In the true spirit of junk journalling, a merchandise tag from something I bought was inked and added to the cluster.


Only the top and left side of the larger tag were adhered to the page to allow other things to tuck in there. The prescription paper came from an ephemera pack from Art-C, like the ones Joggles is carrying now. The coffee dyed manila tag was stamped with a map stamp on one side and lace was looped through the hole and tied with hemp.


Both of the reverse sides of the tag and ephemera allow space for writing. The tag was stamped with a line stamp and a tiny TH butterfly sticker embellished the corner.

I'm going to leave off here although I have more pages completed. I'll save them for another post when we're all fresher...LOL. Thanks for popping by today. I'm very excited about this new (to me) creative avenue and will fit it in when time and DT duties permit. It's something I am doing just for me...just 'cuz.

Life is good; so is art.
Bonnie

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

LeighSBDesigns New Release - Sunshine in Her Hair


Hi everyone! LeighSBDesigns has a gorgeous new release in her Etsy Boutique today called Sunshine in Her Hair. The image shows a lovely woman with the most amazing hair and a fabulous sun. It's was a delight to colour...you know I love faces and hair...and celestial elements. Each of the LeighSBDesigns team members created a project featuring this beauty and we will be sharing our individual tutorials each Tuesday throughout August on the LeighSBDesigns blog. My art journal page tut (project photo above) will be featured on August 15.

You can find this digital stamp and all Leigh's other unique and awesome images in her Etsy shop today. I love her style! You can also see photos of the wonderful DT projects created using Sunshine in Her Hair on the LeighSBDesigns blog. Pop over to both to check them out :)

Life is good; so is art.
Bonnie

Monday, July 24, 2017

Joggles 2017 Art Journal Adventure ~ week 30 Sneak Peek


Hi everyone. It's my week again to choose the weekly prompt for the Joggles Art Journal Adventure. For Week 30, I chose the prompt of OppositesI like to choose a word that can be interpreted and responded to in many different ways to leave it as wide open as possible. It's always so inspiring and interesting to see the cool directions a single word takes our creative group. While I chose light and dark, and positive/negative, as my jump off point, your imagination can take you so many other places. I had great fun incorporating two of the new Joggles stencils into my page design.

Above is an mid-process photo. To discover where it goes from here and also see the step-out photos and explanation of my process, be sure to pop over to the Joggles blog. I cannot wait to see what everyone in the AJA Facebook group create.

Thanks for popping by!

Life is good; so is art.
Bonnie

Friday, July 14, 2017

1626 Curly Top Old Man ~ A Sandra Caldwell New Release


Hi everyone. It's New Release Friday at Sandra Caldwell's Etsy shop and Facebook group. Each week she introduces us to the new images in the shop and gives the DT a chance to play with them. It's always a treat to see what everyone has created from these newbies. This week, I decided to create an art journal page with the fabulous 1626 Curly Top Old Man and his amazing bowtie.


I coloured Old Man with a mix of Prismacolor and Polychromos pencils. His glasses were outlined with gold gel pen. He was then fussy cut leaving a narrow white border, matted with black, and fussy cut again leaving a narrow black border. Foam Tape was added to the back to pop him up  and create natural shadow around him.


The background began with a 6 x 8 inch piece of mixed media paper which had been spritzed with Fuzzy Navel Peach, Canna Lily Burnt Orange, and Cajun Carnelian Red Lindy's Starburst Sprays. Once that was dry, stamping was done with ColorBox Chianti Ink and a ruler stamp plus Carabelle Studio Quadrillage Art Stamp. To add a little punch, a VLV star border stamp was also added with Jet Black Archival Ink. Polka dot washi tape in colours similar to his shirt and tie was applied to white cardstock to eliminate the translucency, and then cut into fishtail flag strips. It was adhered under Old Man in order to ground him and also on the opposite side to create flow.


The sentiment was printed on white cardstock and cut into individual words which were matted with black. Foam tape was used to pop up each word. A small white tag was inked with Squeezed Lemonade and Spiced Marmalade Distress Inks and rub-ons plus faux stitching dressed it up. Black pen was used to create a simple border around the outside edges, as well as outlining the washi tape flags. Black Soot Distress Inks was applied around the edges before a black mat was added to the back to pull the page together.

Thanks for joining Curly Top Old Man and me today. We are happy you did and hope that you'll take a minute to stop by Sandra's Facebook group where the team will display their awesome projects featuring other new releases. Pop by Sandra's Etsy shop, too, when you get a chance. You are sure to see many images that inspire you to create!

Life is good; so is art.
Bonnie

Monday, July 10, 2017

The 2017 Art Journal Adventure ~ Week 28 Sneak Peek



Hi everyone. It's my week again to choose the weekly prompt for the Joggles Art Journal Adventure. For Week 28, I chose the word Wonder. Although my image shows a woman with a look of wonder on her face, and my sentiment reflects that, I actually chose the word wonder because I was satisfying my curiosity about what would happen if I played with inky string.

To see what I'm talking about and see the step-out photos and explanation of my process, be sure to pop over to the Joggles blog where all will be revealed...LOL. I had fun!

Thanks for popping by!

Life is good; so is art.
Bonnie

Saturday, July 08, 2017

Dreaming of Sleep ~ A LeighSBDesigns image


Hi everyone! I used to be the best sleeper in the world and I must say, I miss those days...and nights :) That's why when I saw this image from LeighSB Designs, I knew I had to feature her in an art journal page about my current sleep pattern. She is called Lil Miss Oddleigh Dreaming of Sleep.


I love the character, Lil Miss Oddleigh. She is quirky and so fun to colour...she has the most expressive face. I coloured her with a mix of Prismacolor and Polychromos pencils. She was then fussy cut leaving a narrow white border, matted with black, and fussy cut again leaving a narrow black border. This gives her a shadow and really helps pop her out from the background. It also gives strength to the skinny bits so they don't tear off. Miss Oddleigh was popped up on foam tape to create a natural shadow and give the page some dimension.


The background, a 6 x 8 inch rectangle of mixed media paper, was spritzed with French Violet Purple Teal and French Lilac Violet Lindy's Starburst Sprays. When this was dry, more pattern was added with Deep Purple Archival Ink and Viva Las Vegas Colour Wheel Lines Stamp. VLV Row of Stars stamp was also added with Jet Black Archival Ink. To give Lil Miss Oddleigh a place to rest her weary feet, two rows of purple and white washi tape were added to white cardstock and adhered to the bottom edge. A moon and stars were punched from yellow clean up papers from my stash. Both the washi and the moon/stars were outlined with black pen to help them stand out.


The sentiment (so true in my case) was printed on white cardstock and cut into individual words with the exception of "fall asleep". These were then matted with black cardstock and popped up on foam tape. Clear Wink of Stella was added to the moon and stars to make them sparkle and black Big Brush Pen was used to edge the page. A black cardstock mat was adhered to the background to frame it and finish things off.

Thanks for joining Lil Miss Oddleigh and me today. We're glad that you did. When you get a chance, pop by Leigh's Etsy shop to see the other fabulous images she has there. Lil Miss Oddleigh is going for a nap but I have several other friends of hers printed up and calling to me to be coloured. You can stop by LeighSB Designs Fan Group on Facebook, too, to see more of these fabulous images "in action".

Life is good; so is art.
Bonnie

Friday, July 07, 2017

1656 Frog Eyes ~ A Sandra Caldwell New Release


Hi everyone! It's New Release Friday at Sandra Caldwell's Etsy shop, Babycakes Digis and Designs and she has some dandy images for us again this week. The Design Team has done their usual fabulous job creating projects with some of them but Sandra always has a few surprises for us, too. This week, I chose to play with the new image called 1656 Frog Eyes. He is a dapper little fellow although his sense of humour is a tad corny...LOL.


I coloured Frog Eyes with a mix of Prismacolor and Polychromos pencils and then filled his glasses with Glossy Accents to make the lenses shine and give them some dimension. Frog Eyes was fussy cut leaving a narrow white border, matted with black, and fussy cut again leaving a narrow black border. Foam Tape was added to the back to pop him up because he likes to be noticed.


The 5.5 x 8 inch background began life as a piece of white cardstock used to clean yellow, green, and pink paint bits off my gel plate. Magenta Hue Archival Ink was applied to a grid stamp and rolled onto the background here and there. Sunflower Archival Ink was applied to a distressed circles stamp and applied in places, although a lot of that was covered up. A zigzag sewing stamp was also added with Jet Black Archival ink. Measuring tape washi adhered to strips of white cardstock so it was opaque was added in 3 spots in order to ground my froggy friend and add flow to the design.


The sentiment which was printed on white cardstock was cut into individual words. These were matted with black and popped up with foam tape. The background needed some contrast and a touch of black so 1.5 inch circles were punched from Carabelle Studio Templates packaging and adhered to the edges. It's amazing how that made the background instantly more pulled together and interesting. A tiny dragonfly button, minus its shank, was adhered in the top right corner and a simple double line border was doodled around the edges of the background. A black mat was added to the page to frame it and add a little more pop.

Thanks for joining Frog Eyes and me today. To see more of Sandra's wonderful new releases which will be in the shop later, and also see what our talented DT members did with them, be sure to drop by Sandra Caldwell Stamp Fans Facebook group, where they will be posted throughout the day. Pop by Sandra's Etsy shop, too, when you get a chance. You are sure to see many images that inspire you to create!

Life is good; so is art.
Bonnie

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Dylusions Creative Dyary Die Cut Cards ~ Quick Peek


Hi everyone. Today on the Joggles blog, I have posted  a couple of mixed media cards featuring two of the fabulous Dylusions Creative Dyary Die Cuts. I love these images... they are a wonderful size for cards or smaller art journal pages. Both were coloured up with coloured pencils and I even show the way I often finish the insides of my cards. To see the finished cards and learn about my process, please pop over to the Joggles blog where I have step out photos and talk through my process.
Hope to see you there!

Life is good; so is art.
Bonnie

Friday, June 30, 2017

1648 Mermaid Troll - A Sandra Caldwell New Release


Hi everyone. It's New Release Friday at Sandra Caldwell's Etsy shop, Babycakes Digis and Designs, as well as on her Facebook group. The DT create projects featuring many of these new releases and posting them to the Sandra Caldwell Stamps Fans group as well as to their individual blogs. Then Sandra throws in a few surprise images which we didn't know about...love that! Today, I am playing with a fun image called 1648 Mermaid Troll. Did you ever have any of those so-ugly-they-were cute little trolls when you were a kid? I used to love to pet their hair :)


I coloured MT with a mix of Prismacolor and Polychromos pencils, adding a little Glossy Accents to the bubbles. She was fussy cut leaving the usual narrow white border and then matted with black. After leaving a narrow black border to help her pop against the background, foam tape was added to the back.


The background began as a 12 x 12 inch piece of marbelized cardstock. To me it looked like water so I cut it down to a 6 x 8 inch rectangle for the page. Aquamarine Archival Ink was applied to Joggles Sparks Background Noise stamp as well as Viva Las Vegas spiral one. Jet Black Archival was used to apply VLV's Star border stamp and black pen was used to fill in the stars. The same black was used to ink and apply the TH dotty stamp. Two lengths of scalloped wave patterned trims were layered at the bottom of the page and were then outlined to help them show up.


The wording was printed on white cardstock and cut into individual words. These were matted with black and then popped up on foam tape. Clear Dew Drops were adhered in a few places with Glossy Accents in order to create the effect of 3D bubbles like you see in the image. A simple border was doodled on 3 sides of the page before the black matting was adde to frame and finish the page.

Thanks for joining Mermaid Troll and me today. We love that you did! To see more of Sandra's Fabulous new releases as well as the wonderful DT makes, be sure to stop by the Sandra Caldwell Stamp Fans Facebook group throughout the day. It's always fun and inspiring to check those out. If you are looking for even more inspiration and also want to see the surprise images for the week, pop over to Babycakes Digis and Designs. It's a great place to hang out.

Life is good; so is art.
Bonnie

Monday, June 26, 2017

The 2017 Art Journal Adventure - Week 26 Sneak Peek


Hi everyone! It's Week 24 of the Joggles 2017 Art Journal Adventure and it's my turn to choose the prompt. This week I chose the word Mystery which happens to be my favourite genre of books to read. The prompt mystery could also refer to the mysteries of nature, or maybe you are using a mysterious technique, mark making tool, or product which we wouldn't guess by looking at your finished piece. Whatever your muse tells you is fine with us :) And as it turned out part of the mystery for me was how to rescue the page as it progressed through the Six Stages of Ugly...LOL

To see the entire process and photos of the steps and finished page, be sure to pop over to the Joggles blog. I'd love it if you did!

Life is good; so is art.
Bonnie