Thursday, April 2, 2015

So yellow may not have been

the best color choice for the table.  Practice makes perfect whether it is at driving, schoolwork, coloring, blogging/writing or card making.  Thus my undertaking of doing my best to blog more to become a better a writer and joining various blog challenges for stamps, card making.

Todays challenge is from Tiddly Inks.  The Tiddly Tuesday challenge is Anything Goes. I tend to like an anything goes challenge for more creative expression.  I found Tiddly Inks about a year ago and I love that they have both clear stamps and digital stamps.

I decided to use one of the recent release sets Cute as a Cupcake.  Made up a card and candy nugget box file using my Silhouette machine and put together this.






I stamped and colored the single cupcake in the set and attached one to each piece of wrapped candy using some foam adhesive.  The main image is colored using Copic colors and is popped up on top of some water color paper which is stained with some Faber Castell Gelato and is matted with a piece of pattern paper from DoodleBug Design's Hello Sunshine.  I still felt like the front was missing something so I added a few enamel dots from Minds Eye Chalk Collection. The sentiment on the inside was stamped in Heidi Swapp Pink Archival Dye (which I think has been retired I bought my particular pad at Michaels).


Aside from the water color paper warping I think it will make a really cute card & treat for someone on their special day.

Stay Crafty Friends
Til Next Time
~Mia


Sunday, March 29, 2015

Keeping balance....Keeping on

Being a stay at home mommy to two little Georges occupies the majority of my time or rather all of it actually.  I also find time to be the best wife and best friend I can to my loving husband.  Intermixing with all of that housekeeper, cook, teacher, bookkeeper and many other titles I could put on myself.  I try my best to maintain some of my own individual identity and one of the ways I do that is by creating, playing with art.  Whether it is in the form of card making, mixed media, playing with vinyl making signs or coloring in coloring books with my little Georges.  I do my best to be creative a little bit each day and I am happy to say it is rubbing off ever so slightly with my youngest George.  What my little slice of heaven I call my life boils down to is balance.  What better way to embrace that balance than to remind myself in a small mixed media journal I have started.

I purchased the little album, I am using at Michaels well over 9 months (as that is how long we have been in Germany).  It is about 5x7 and has different sized/shaped pages inside of it.  I think maybe it was Michaels take on a smash'sh style journal maybe.  Anyway, shortly after we arrived in Germany I found The Stamps of Life.  I joined their stamp club and do not tell my hubby but I recently joined their card kit club too.  This last month the stamp set was bicycle2stamp.  Such a cute stamp set.  One of the sentiments with this set is "Keep your balance.  It's going to be ok."  I thought this sentiment was perfect to use as the first page for my mixed media journal.

I did not photograph all my steps and stages maybe one day I will get brave and learn how to make a process video.  So the first thing I did was prepare my page with some gesso and then added a piece of text paper from the Fancy Pants As You Wish 6x6 paper pad.  I actually spritzed the back of that paper with water and removed a couple of paper layers first making the the text paper very thin.  After gluing my text paper down I added Fabre Castell gelatos.  Using a wet paint brush I water colored my background.  Then I stamped the bicycle and sentiment using Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black.  I stamped two of the flowers included with the set on some cream colored pattern paper colored them using gelatos and fussy cut them out and then glued them down.  Overall I really like how my first page turned out in my mixed media inspiration journal.




Stay Crafty Friends
Til Next Time
~Mia