Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Playing with Puddles!

Today you will find me playing with puddles!  I have another rain themed mixed media canvas to share today featuring Want2Scrap bling!

I started my canvas with an Ultramarine Blue Color Burst watercolor background. I simply sprinkled on some of the color crystals, spritzed with water, and then tilted the canvas around until I was happy with the look.  I actually dried the canvas with my heat gun and then added another layer of the same color on top. That is what yielded the stronger concentrations of color.  It really could not be easier to create with Color Bursts!

The cute little umbrella image is from the Sparkle N Sprinkle Splish Splash stamp set.  I heat embossed the image with Black Opaque Embossing Powder.

Next I wanted to try something a little different.  I used clear embossing powder and stamped the "Splish Splash" sentiment all over the canvas.  I sprinkled Waterscape Semi-Transparent glitter on the canvas and was pleased to find that it stuck to the canvas!

I wish I could tell you my experiment was a success...but I can't.  I knew I needed to secure the glitter somehow.  First I tried Workable Fixative.  It kept the glitter from falling off but was not a permanent solution as you could brush the glitter off.  Next I tried Acrylic Sealer Spray and it did not work either.  I ended up brushing off as much glitter as I could and then re-stamping and heat embossing with the Platinum Embossing Powder.

I heat embossed the sentiment across the bottom of the canvas in Black Opaque Embossing Powder and then I reached for my bling!

 Want2Scrap Teardrop Bling looks so cute sprinkled all over this canvas like raindrops!

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

Want2Scrap Supplies:

Cross-Promotional Partner Supplies:
Other Supplies:  Ultramarine Blue Color Burst, Clear Embossing Ink Pad, 4x4 Canvas

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Birdfeeder layout with Quick Quotes

My husband recently suprised me with a bird feeder and I absolutely love my daily visitors!  We have several pairs of cardinals that come to visit every day.  I admit that I have gone a little "snap-happy" and could not wait to scrap a few pictures!  I created this layout using the Earth Wind and Fire collection from Quick Quotes.

I started the layout by inking on the background page with Warm Sand Chalking Ink through a script stencil.  I cut photo mats out of red and green papers in the collection.  I distressed and inked the edges with Mahogany before layering them in the center of the page and then topping them with a photo.

I used Navy ink to alter chipboard alpha letters from my stash.

I created a title area by mixing the alphas and adding a die cut cork arrow.  I also tucked a chipboard wreath under the main photo for some fun dimension.

This cute chipboard window frames another photo and looks great layered on top of the photo mats.
The Earth Wind and Fire Collection was actually designed for Quick Quotes' Private Reserve Events.  These are amazing 3 Day Scrapbooking weekends packed with classes and giveaways! You can check out the details for the events HERE.

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

Supplies for Birdfeeder Layout

Monday, May 23, 2016

Rainbow Canvas with Want2Scrap

Today I am sharing another little mixed media canvas that features a rainbow of Want2Scrap bling!

I started by creating a water color pallet with 5 bright shades of Color Bursts.

I free handed a simple arch shape from the upper right of the canvas to the lower left.  I started at the bottom with purple, letting each color dry before I added the next band.

I used the Splish Splash Rubber Stamp set from Sparkle N Sprinkle - I just love the silhouetted images and the inspirational sentiments!  I stamped and heat embossed the image and the sentiment with Black Opaque Embossing Powder.

I collected coordinating colors of bling for each color band of the rainbow.  I chose the 3mm size from each of the packages.  The fact that the bling is self-adhesive made it really easy to accent a portion of each color band with approximately 10 gems!

Check me out on Instagram to see even more of my mixed media mini canvases.  I am playing along with #the100day project which has me creating one litte bit of art every day!  These little 4x4 canvases are a great size for trying out techniques and colors.  I will say they are not the ideal surface for working with water colors, but I think you get some beautiful effects anyway.  It is all good!

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

Want2Scrap Supplies for Rainbow Canvas:

Cross Promotional Partner Supplies:
Other Supplies:  Ken Oliver Color Burst, 4x4 canvas

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Holland in Haymarket Tulip Layout!

A friend turned me on to Burnside Farms last year and I have to say the Holland in Haymarket event did not disappoint!  Living just outside Washington DC I was more than a little surprised to discover a  tulip farm practically in my back yard.  I absolutely love tulips (they were my wedding bouquet!) so I took my daughter to check it out and ended up with an impromptu photo shoot.

I thought it was very appropriate to use Rebecca Baer Design's Urban Jungle stencil to create this layout and it really couldn't have been easier!  First let me say that I love that Rebecca's stencils come in 3 different sizes!  For this project I chose the large size and taped it over a piece of black cardstock and applied molding paste.  After it dried I used a rainbow of inks to create wash of color across the page.
I tore the edges to create a square approximately 10.25" and mounted it on yellow and black cardstock.  I matted my photos with black cardstock and arranged them over the stenciled background, adhereing the pictures with dimensional foam squares.


Monday, May 16, 2016

National Scrapbook Day Blog Hop Winner is...

Thanks to everyone who stopped by for the National Scrapbook Day Blog Hop!  I hope you found lots of inspiration along the way!

I promised a giveaway for followers to my blog, Facebook and/or Instagram accounts and I have the winner (thanks to dear husband for drawing the name):
Congratulations to Sherry Butcher!

Send me a message on my Facebook page with your shipping address and I will drop your prize in the mail - it is all packed up and ready to go! 

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

Rainy Day Mini Canvas with Want2Scrap

We have certainly been experiencing our share of rainy spring days in my neck of the woods and I was inspired to create a mini canvas featuring a cute charm from Want2Scrap!  Lately I have been indulging my interest in mixed media and I love the way this simple project came together.

The Design Team was really lucky to receive some products from Sparkle N Sprinkle, one of our Cross Promotional Partners.  They have a huge range of glitters, embossing powders, adhesives and stamps - among other things!  I used the Puddles Stamp Set for this canvas.  I stamped and embossed one of the sentiments from the set using Black Opaque Embossing Powder.  I initially stamped the figure with the umbrella using Platinum Embossing Powder.
I quickly decided I wanted a more traditional silhouette, so I re-inked the stamp and stamped on top of the first image.  My stamp block is transparent so it was really easy to line it up. This time I applied the Black Opaque Embossing Powder and used my heat gun.  Perfect!

I painted a puddle across the bottom right corner of the canvas with Ken Oliver's Ultramarine Blue Color Burst water colors, then splattered "raindrops" all over.  To attach the charm, I used a few pieces of  1/8" Tear-ific Double Sided Tape.

The final detail is a 3mm Turquoise Rhinestone which covers the hole in the charm perfectly!

Did you know that Want2Scrap has almost 100 different charms to choose from in a wide variety of themes?  Check them out and I am sure you will find the perfect one to embellish your project!

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

Want2Scrap Supplies:

Cross Promotional Partner Supplies: 

Other Supplies:  Ken Oliver Crafts Colr Burst - Ultramarine Blue, 4x4 Canvas

Friday, May 13, 2016

Wedding Wall Art with Quick Quotes

Today I am sharing a wedding gift I created featuring the Farmhouse Collection from Quick Quotes. One of my favorite things about papercrafting is being able to create personalized gifts for the special people in my life.  A couple of weeks ago I attended a beautiful wedding and I decided to create a framed layout as a gift.
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I started with Farmhouse 101 as the background and added 1/8" strips every 3 inches horizontally and vertically to create a grid.

I cut 3" squares from Farmhouse 101 and 104 and added them to the page.

I had some tags that were cut from Farmhouse 101 that are approximately 2-1/3" squares.  I inked the edges with Sky Blue PowderPuff Ink and then placed them under vellum quotes with a wedding theme.  I marked the edges with a pencil, trimmed them out, and added a pearl brad before I adhered them at different spots around the layout.

I added pictures and mixed in a variety of embellishments.  Here I used  a chipboard word, wood veneer hearts and a die cut arrow.

I stamped the word strips in Sky Blue ink and popped them up with 3D Foam adhesive.  The dog tagged shaped charm reads "Live Love Laugh".

I used fancy pearl bling to frame a small photo of the bride and groom arriving to the reception in a horse drawn carriage!

I die cut a fancy heart and backed it with a piece of cardstock I had heat embossed with Platinum.  There is more fancy pearl bling surrounding the vellum at the bottom of the page.
When you can't find exactly the right words, check out the wonderful selection of vellums from Quick Quotes!  The ones I chose are specific to love and weddings, but they are available in a wide variety of themes.

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

Quick Quotes Products: