Friday, June 17, 2016

Koi Fish Canvas for Lindys Stamp Gang

Hello Lindy's lovers. Today I have a small canvas that I created using the Challenge Colors. The set, called, Beauty School Dropout is absolutely fabulous! Any of the sets, take the guessing work out of  coordinating colors for you. It is already done. The June Color challenge set can be found HERE.
To prepare my background, I adhered white watercolor paper to a piece of 4x8.5 piece of corrugated cardboard.  I used a swirly patterned die (Sizzix Alterations thinlets Mixed Media #2) on a piece of 4x8.5 piece of water color paper and adhered it over the the background.  I primed it with 2 coats of gesso to give it the look of canvas. Then I sprayed it with T-BIRD TURQUOISE (flat fabio) until I got the coverage I was satisfied with.

 I stamped the dragonfly onto water color paper and cut it out. I sprayed it with FRENCHY'S PINK POUF (flat fabio) and added a touch of  T-BIRD TURQUOISE (flat fabio). Flat Fabios have no shimmer or shine to them, so I decided to add some Stickles on the outline to give them a it of shimmer. I flicked on some FRENCHY'S PINK POUF.

I stamped the Koi fish and then using a small paint brush, colored it using, PINK LADIES PINK,
SUMMER LOVIN' SUN, KISSIN' KENICKIE CORAL, and a touch of T-BIRD TURQUOISE (flat fabio's). I used Stickles to give it shimmer. I mixed some Art Stones in cleargesso and spread them onto the canvas around the fish and flowers. I added a bit of cheese cloth that i sprayed with T-BIRD TURQUOISE. Once it dried, I used a soft paint brush and painted on the T-BIRD TURQUOISE.

 I die cut the flowers, and layered the purple flower to look like a water lily to compliment my Koi fish. To color the flower, I used PINK LADIES PINK (flat fabio) on the insides of each flower layer and
FRENCHY'S PINK POUF (flat fabio) over it concentrating the color on the ends of the flowers. The middle was created by layering starburst punched out shapes, spraying them with SUMMER LOVIN' SUN (flat fabio) and  FRENCHY'S PINK POUF (flat fabio). I sprayed the pink flowers with FRENCHY'S PINK POUF (flat fabio) and only used 1 layer of the starburst for the middle. I used Stickles on the edges as well.

I hope you join us for the June 2016 Color Challenge this month. Check out the June 2016 Mega Set. This one is a must have for your collection. Just by entering, you have a chance to be 1 of 5 winners to a $50.00 gift certificate to the Lindys Stamp Gang Store.


Saturday, May 28, 2016

Dusty Attic... Making the most of your border chipboard pieces.

I simply love the ornate border dies. Sometimes I have a few left over that I have cut apart. I found a new way to use those pieces. Why not cut each individual piece and create metal looking medallions. These were perfect to coordinate with the richness of the papers I used. I created the base of this fold out mini from 1 12x12 piece of card stock and just topped it with beautiful paper. I followed the instructions from Sis Patterson. She calls it the One Sheet Wonder Mini Album. 
For the cover, I used a piece of the Lace border for the flap and one of the ATC Frames for the cover.

 I have even used the negative of a frame on the backside of my mini and built an ornate looking  piece. I added a metal finding on top and colored it the same bronze that I used for the chipboard. I adhered the ribbon underneath the negative piece. The top and bottom parts were pieces of the French Flourish Border. I cut away pieces of the chipboard to make it fit nicely. It all looks like 1 piece.

This is view of the mini opened up after it had been unfolded.

This view is of the inside of the mini opened up all of the way. I cut apart the Lace Border #4 to create the individual pieces for the pockets.

I created 6 pockets to  hold pull out tags to adhere photos to. I used chipboard and topped each piece with patterned paper.

This is a view of the back of the mini opened up.

Close up of the mini closed and tied up nicely with a silk ribbon.

This is a closeup of the back of the album. That is the metal piece adhered over the negative of the ATC frame.

Here is a closeup of the top flap that ends up as the outside cover flap.

Here is the mini folded up with the flaps showing.

Dusty Attic Products used:

ATC Frames set #1

 Lace Border #4

French Flourish Border

Word Pack #16

And dont forget to join us for the Mood board/Inspiration Challenge!!


Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Frank Garcia Design 4x6 Team Mini Album...Archivist and Cartographer

I simply love making mini albums!! After all, Frank was one of my inspirations for creating the bases to your mini albums. For me that is the fun part. Although, you can bypass that part, and purchase one of his ready made albums which are fabulous. They are available in many sizes and styles. I decided to do a small mini. This one measures 4x6. To create my base, I used heavy Kraft card stock, and chipboard for the covers and spine. The spine is 1 3/4 wide. Wide enough to fit 8 pages. The collections I used are Cartographer and Archivist both designed by Frank. I simply LOVE how the 2 collections coordinate so well.

 I just love the design of this paper, so I left the back without anything covering it, although you could add something of interest like a title in a bookplate.

To adhere my pages to the album, I used Kathy Orta Kings fabulous hidden hinge binging system. For this album I only used 8 pages.

On the inside and on the backside I created a waterfall feature for photo's, quotes, or simply decoration.

Each page is an envelope type sleeve that created out of Kraft card stock. I punched the edge using Martha Stewarts Cherish punch. I added a flower to the middle of the flap. I used the 4x6 journaling note cards to cover the front of  the envelope. I cut it down ever so slightly on all sides to fit each envelope, leaving an 1/8 inch border.

On the inside of each envelope, I created a card with cardstock and adhered the patterned paper to it creating a thick card with a bit of weight.

Here is a view of all of the flaps of the envelopes.

I mixed Archivist and Cartographers flowers for the cover. 

Here is the top view of the album. I added 2 large eyelets on the top and 2 on the bottom to string my seam binding.

Here is the dangle I created for the spine of the mini. I adhered some small flowers to the seam binding. I used some jewelry findings in my personal stash and added Memory Hardware to complete it.

This is view of the spine with the mini being slightly open. 

 Here is a closer look at the dangle. 

Frank Garcia for Prima Products Used:

Memory Hardware:
1/4 inch Artisan Tape
1/2 inch Artisan Tape
 Memory Hardware Villeneuve Antique rings
 Memory Hardware Bordeaux Lumiere Antique Chain
 Memory Hardware Glass Pearls

The Archivist Lineage 580506
The Archivist Chronicle 580445
Cartographer Drifter 574574
Cartographer Drifter 574567 

The Archivist 6x6 Paper Pad 990268
Cartographer A4 Paper Pad 990152
The Archivist 4x6 Journaling Note Cards

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Lindys Stamp Gang. Autumn Leaves Spray set.

 Hello Lindy's Lovers!!! Today I want to you to take a look at all of the beautiful color sets in the Lindy's Store. The colors are coordinated for you so there is no guessing on what colors to put together. For this project, I used one of my favorite sets. Autumn Leaves shimmer set. The rich colors of Autumn simply shine though with this set. The colors are warm, and cozy and they simply glow...Here are the colors of Autumn Leaves.

I started with a very neutral patterned paper and mounted it on corrugated cardboard. I distressed the edges of the paper once it was peeled away from the cardboard. I brushed some clear gesso over the paper. Once it was dried, I added texture with modeling paste and a stencil. Once it was dried, I sprayed the layout with water, then added the sprays Autumn Maple Crimson, Red Hot Poker Orange Ponderosa Olive and a splash of Cattail Copper Brown, and watched the colors bleed into one another until I got the blending that I wanted. 

The vines were die cut and sprayed with Ponderosa Olive and a bit of Red Hot Poker Orange.

The blue flowers were sprayed with Tibetan Poppy Teal and the the others were sprayed with Red Hot Poker Orange. To get full coverage and a softer color, I sprayed the flowers with water first. This allowed the sprayed to bleed into the flowers easily.

I love coloring the Art Basics stones with Lindy's spray. I just mixed the stones with Autumn Maple Crimson , Art Basics Soft gel and spread the mixture on my layout using a small spatula.

The Dusty Attic chipboard "Believe" was primed with some white gesso using a heavy coat, then sprayed with Autumn  Maple Crimson.

This is closeup of the textured stenciling. I love how the modeling paste soaks up the color and it also settles on the edges giving it definition.

My photos were manipulated in Photoshop and I purposefully created the composites to match the colors of the Autumn Leaves Spray set.  Sometimes it can be the other way around. But whatever inspires you to use Lindy's colors, just go with that inspiration. You wont be disappointed!!


Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Lindy's Stamp Gang May 2016 Color Challenge

I was inspired by the flowers in the color challenge photo. I absolutely love water lilies and the fact that these are purple makes me love them even more. Lindy's has the perfect shades of colors for any project you may be working on. Every moth, Lindy's creates color boards perfectly. They take the guess work out of choosing colors. The color scheme for May is one of may favorite because it contains 3 of my top 5 colors. Purple (in 2 shades), blue (in the perfect and green. Throw in the touch of yellow and you have the makings of a color perfect masterpiece. For this layout, I used all 5 colors in the May 2016 Limited Edition Spray Set, and heat embossed my frames with 1 of the colors in MAY 2016 Limited Edition Embossing Powder Set. Give yourself the gift of color and get the MAY 2016 Limited Edition Mega Set.  You wont be disappointed.

To start my layout, I mounted a piece of patterned paper onto a piece of 12x12 corrugated cardboard using ModPodge. Then I gave it a coat of clear gesso mixed with a little white gesso to give it a very light white wash look. This also primes your piece like canvas so that your sprays have a wonderful surface to work with. 

I spritzed the background very lightly with water, then added FRENCH LILAC (starburst), TIFFANYLOU BLUE (starburst), and TEA POT PURPLE (starburst).  Once the colors were on, I tipped the layout and let the colors run in a few different directions. The primed paper allows the colors to bleed into one another without soaking into the paper right away . The gesso helps it to create a slippery surface. Just enough time to work with the sprays.

Once I was satisfied that I had enough color on my background, I added the framed photo and the flowers and leaves in an arrangement diagonally on the page. I created the waterlilies using a Sizzix die and the middles were created using a small sunburst punch. One the pieces were diecut and punched, I laid them out on a non stick craft mat and sprayed the flowers with Tea Pot Purple starburst, then while the flowers were still wet, I brushed the tips of each petal with French Lilac starburst. This created a two toned colored flower. I sprayed the punched out sunburst pieces with FRENCH LILAC (starburst) and PINEAPPLE PARADISE (flat fabio), then assembled them in layers and placed them onto the layered flowers. The blue flowers were sprayed with TIFFANYLOU BLUE (starburst). The leaves were die cut and sprayed with BELLS OF IRELAND (starburst) and a little of TIFFANYLOU BLUE (starburst) was brushed over the leaves on the edges.

Here is a closer look at the flowers. You can see the tail of the dragonfly lifted off of the page as if in flight. I only adhere the body to the page, then lift the wings which were doubled and layered to give them more dimension.

The small textured rocks on the page are Art Basics Art Stones by Prima. The dragonflies were printed out on watercolor paper and painted with FRENCH LILAC (starburst), and TIFFANYLOU BLUE (starburst).

I mixed the Art Stones in a small cup (medicine cup) with Soft Gloss Gel and TIFFANYLOU BLUE (starburst). Using a paintbrush, I lifted the clumps of Art Stones from the cup and adhered them onto the layout following the lines of the frame and floral design.

To join our contest, you must follow the following rules to be eligible to win:
1. Help us spread the word by sharing the Color Challenge graphic below, and linking it to where all the information about the challenge is posted (this post).
2. Use a minimum of two (2) Lindy’s Stamp Gang products, and link them to our online store, (can’t tell you how many gorgeous projects aren’t eligible to win because they forget to link). You are welcome to add neutrals, white, black, gray and brown, but please stick to the colors in the color graphic.
This challenge is valid on blog posts dated May 1st, 2016 – May 31st, 2016
***There will be at least five (5) winners of $50 Gift Certificates to the store!
To join the challenge please submit your project HERE