Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Time for a Learner's Permit!

Today I am sharing a layout that celebrates the day my daughter got her learner's permit!

Teaching my daughter to drive was a little stressful and a lot of fun...or maybe it was a little fun and a lot of stress?!  Either way, I took the time to snap some photos along the way.  I took pictures of everything - from the ticket she pulled at the DMV to the vision test to the moment she finally got behind the wheel!  When I was ready to scrap it I was so excited to find that Want2Scrap had the perfect 12x12 Overlay!

I started by trimming the overlay to an 11.75" square and centering it on some green paper/cardstock.

One of my favorite things about using Overlays from Want2Scrap is that they come with built in title areas.  The laser cut area for this overlay is in the bottom right corner.  Don't you just love the car key?
Strips of washi tape embellished with more of the Sleek Strip Purple Rhinestones are a simple and pretty accent I used all across the layout.
The overlays come with white backing paper that create a frame inside of each opening.  I actually used the white edge to do some simple journaling.  (She was fearless, but mom was a little nervous!)
 
Overlays provide a clean background that make it easy to incorporate lots of fun embellishments:  washi tape, stickers and custom labels!  Here are close ups on the last few openings...



Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find some time to play today!  Susie

Supplies for Got My Learner's Permit Layout:

Monday, July 25, 2016

Monochromatic Layout with Quick Quotes Sketch Challenge

Today I am sharing a layout inspired by the Quick Quotes July Sketch Challenge.  I combined papers from the 3 newest lines from Quick Quotes to create this lovely monochromatic page!

I enjoy working with sketches because they always give you a great starting point.  Sometimes I choose to follow them almost exactly, but you will see that this time I took some liberties with the original design and I love the way my layout turned out!  Here is the sketch provided by the very talented Lynn Shokoples:

I started with Honeycomb 105 as the base for the layout.  The 2 strips creating the upper and lower borders on the sketch were converted on my layout to one strip of green from Urban Oasis 101 with a punched edge.  I also changed the sketch by using a much larger photo than the sketch suggests - this is one of the pictures from my daughter's senior photo shoot!

The title was created with pieces I had left over from the February Club Q kit but don't worry!  The good news is that there are similar elements you can use from the Chiffon Collection: Chiffon 500 and Chiffon Strip.  I cut them out and matted them with the green before mounting them on patterned paper from the Earth Wind and Fire Collection (EWF-109).
Instead of 3 tags, I die cut 3 flowers from wool felt and clustered them next to the photo.  The pearls in the center of each flower and the pearl flourish are both from Want2Scrap.  I used Zots from Therm O Web to adhere the layers of the flowers together and to adhere them to the page.

The sketch challenge closes at 11:55pm PST tonight so you still have today to get your entry in!  You can check out all the details HERE.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find some time to play today!  Susie

Supplies for Monochromatic Graduation Layout:

Friday, July 22, 2016

Bird Song Mixed Media Canvas

When I started working on this mixed media canvas the only thing I had in my mind was the quote, "Two birds never sing the same song."  I love working with mixed media because with the right tools - beautiful stencils, paints and sprays - I can create pieces that express my feelings and make my soul happy!
The stencils I used are from Rebecca Baer Designs.  I love being on Rebecca's Design Team.  Her collage style stencils are absolutely perfect for the mixed media projects I like to create. These are the stencils I used for today's project:
I started by using Mod Podge Matte to randomly apply torn music pages to a 12x12 canvas.
I dry-brushed on top of that using a mix of DecoArt Hansa Yellow and Raw Sienna acrylic paints.  Although the colors are strong, the light application allowed the background music sheets to show through.
I added a tag that had received the same treatment, attaching it along the right edge with adhesive Zots and a strip of bird themed washi tape.

I mixed together Whipped Spackle and Teal acrylic glaze, and laid down a light application through the small sized Entwined Stencil.
You can see here that I also layered the texture on top of the tag.
I also added a light aplication of the texture paste through the small sized Marrakech stencil.
   With the stenciling complete I began to add more layers.
At this point I pulled out my Glimmer Mist and spritzed away!  I added the title with alpha stickers and stamps.  (I stamped "SONG" onto tissue paper and adhered it on top of the canvas and texture with Mod Podge Matte.)
I added the band of burlap, twine, a charm and a pair of these wonderful chipboard birdhouses from Want2Scrap.  I again pulled out the Mod Podge using it this time to add a couple of birds, on the tag and on the canvas.
To really highlight the raised texture I created with the stencils, I applied metallic gold paint with my fingers on top of the designs and along the edge of the canvas.

If you are interested in seeing any of my other creative endeavors, I invite you to join me on Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find some time to play today!  Susie

Materials for Mixed Media Bird Song Canvas:

Friday, July 15, 2016

Friendship Card with Quick Quotes

Today I am sharing a card I created for Quick Quotes featuring the Earth Wind and Fire Collection.
 Quick Quotes has a gathered together a bunch of fabulous sentiments, printed them on cardstock and assembled them in theme-based packs.  That is where I found the sentiment for this friendship card.  I used a little Antique Linen PowderPuff Chalking Ink on the surface of the cardstock so it is not quite so white and would blend better with the patterned papers in the collection.

The flowers were trimmed out of one of the papers and inked on the edges with Creamy Cocoa before I adhered them to the card.  I used some dimensional foam for the flower on the bottom.  You can see in the photo that I added some pen stitching in a couple places.
I die cut papers from the collection to create the decorative element with the hearts and then finished things off with 2 small hearts on top of the Quote Card!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find some time to play today!  Susie

Quick Quotes Supplies:

Other supplies:  Sizzix Die





Friday, July 8, 2016

Fancy Chipboard Memories with Want2Scrap

Today I am sharing a mixed media layout featuring a title made with one of Want2Scrap's Fancy Chipboard Words and a little embossing powder!  

I created a textured background using modeling paste and the brick stencil from Want2Scrap, using ink to blend it into the background.  I layered on papers and embellishments before topping things off with pictures of my mother-in-law from 2 very different times of her life.

I created the title by applying dark brown ink to the Fancy Chipboard Word and then added clear heat embossing. I tucked a piece of LeCreme Swirls Finesse behind some ephemera and it is done!

Here's a close up of the photo of my mother-in-law as a young girl.  What a cutie!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find some time to play today!  Susie

Supplies for Fancy Chipboard Memories layout:

Other Supplies:

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Sparkler Fun with Quick Quotes

I hope you enjoyed your 4th of July holiday and had a little fun with sparklers because I have created a page just for those photos!   Start with a little red, white and blue paper from Quick Quotes and you have the makings of a fabulous patriotic page!
I began with a white cardstock background and added a strip of red paper from the Earth Wind and Fire Collection.  I used a star punch along one edge for a festive start to the page!

 I added a tag crafted with a red and white striped paper, also from the Earth Wind and Fire Collection.   I inked the edges with Barn Board PowderPuff Chalking Ink.
The geometric blue paper is from the Urban Oasis Collection and provided a perfect central mat to hold my pictures and the title.

The stripe paper makes another appearance at the bottom of the page in this cute little rosette.  The star was die cut from the red paper in the background.

I feel so lucky to be on the Design Team with Quick Quotes because they send me such fabulous papers! Even combining different collections, I just love the way the patterns and colors all come together!

 Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find some time to play today!  Susie

Materials for Sparkler Fun Layout:

Other:  Glitter Alpha, Star die, Star edge punch

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Urban Jungle Mixed Media Canvas with Rebecca Baer Designs

Today I would like to share a mixed media canvas I created using Rebecca Baer Designs' Urban Jungle stencil.  I used a large size stencil, which measures 11.75" square, to create this 8" square canvas.
I started by applying Whipped Spackle through the part of the canvas that looks like a chain link fence, covering a little more than half of the canvas.  After it dried, I replaced the stencil and added yellow ink.  Next I shifted the stencil and added green ink through the leafy portion on top of the modeling paste.  I used a black ink marker along the leaf and vine edges to very lightly define the greenery.  The flower images were stamped on tissue paper with permanent ink and adhered with mod podge.  I always tear my images from the tissue paper.  If you use scissors to cut them out the edges are far more difficult to blend in with the background.  I applied colored ink on and around the stamped flowers and then added the sentiment with black alpha stickers.

Don't let your imagination be limited by the size of the stencil.  A large stencil can be used to create smaller art, just as a small stencil can be used on larger pieces.  Rebecca's collage stencils are beautifully designed and can be used as is, or you can shift the stencil around, overlapping and repeating parts of the design, to create a new, individualized version!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find some time to play today! Susie


Materials for Urban Jungle Mixed Media Garden Canvas: