Monday, October 3, 2016

Journal Buddy Blog Hop

Have you heard about the Journal Buddy?? It is a wonderful creation designed by Yvonne Blair. The Journal Buddy is a multi-functional tool that helps you add artful journaling to any paper crafting project.

The Journal Buddy is made out of high quality stencil material that is not only pliable but it is also see through so you can see where you are adding lines. The Journal Buddy features a wavy and straight edge, a ruler, straight edges on each side to line it up so your journaling stays straight, as well as line guides for you to ink, trace, paint, or spray onto your page. You will be amazed at how easy it is to use adding decorative journaling to you art journals, scrapbook layouts, cards and envelopes and more. You can have a chance to win a Journal Buddy of your own. Read on!!
I created a 12x12 layout  to showcase the Journal Buddy. 

You don't have to add lines to you project to use the journaling buddy. In my case, because I have heavy stenciling using modeling paste and the surface was very uneven, I taped the journaling Buddy to my layout, and slipped the cut out stamped words under the Journaling Buddy, through the slits. It isn't perfect, but I wasn't aiming for perfection. But I do like the fact that it allowed me to space it all evenly without even thinking about it.

You can arrange the journal Buddy lines anywhere. It really does make life easier when it comes to lining up those words. I used the straight lines, but you can also use the curvy lines as well. There are many possibilities.

I stamped the sentiment, which is actually 2 different stamps that I was able to use together to create my journaling. After I stamped them onto cardstock, I cut them out each individually.

We are celebrating being picked as the editor’s choice in the Oct-Dec Issue of Stampers Sampler by Stampington. Each one of us will be giving away a journal buddy on Friday Oct. 7. Your comment must be received by noon October 7.
If you leave a comment on each blog you will be put in for a drawing to win a Journal Buddy, Art Journal and Stampers Sampler Magazine Bundle. The winner will be announced October 7th at 7:00 pm. All winners will be notified by email and announced on Yvonne’s blog Oct 7 at 7:00pm.

Make sure you visit all of the blogs below to see how each designer has used the journal buddy. Then leave a comment for your chance to win. 

Lisa Nazario-Gregory ***You Are Here***

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Jennifer Mahoney's Birthday and a special Dusty Attic DT Gift...

 This beautiful talented person is the reason I LOVE chipboard!!! As the owner, designer, aka the "Boss", Dusty Attic has always been a company I have wanted to design for. My dream came true last year when I received an email inviting me to join the Design Team. 
This month was Jennifer Mahoney's birthday (ssshhhhh, she is 29.99 plus shipping and handling). Jen Burns (Jens beautiful friend, and our DT leader at DA) had a fabulous idea and had the team get together and we all made a layout that Jen placed in a HUGE album to surprise Jennifer with at a birthday/get away/retreat for her. Besides a layout, I thought I would include a mini album so that Jennifer can place all of the Big Memories special photos from her weekend into one place. 

Happy Happy Birthday Jennifer. I am ever so very grateful and honored to be  on the Dusty Attic Design Team. And a big heartfelt thank you to Jen Burns for making this project happen!! I totally adore the Dusty Attic Family. 

Here she is..The queen of chipboard!!!

Here is the layout. 

Here is the mini album. Plenty of room for photo's. 

If you would like to see everyone's layouts, here is the blog hop. They are all so beautiful! 

Yvonne Blair DT layout. It's Up To You...

It's Up To You...Everything you do, every choice you make, it's up to you. I opt to see the beauty in the everyday. This is something I teach my children, and now my grandchildren. Yvonne's stamp for Impression Obsession,  It's Up To You, rings so true. I started my 12 x 12 layout by adhering a 12x12 piece of Prima Paper from the Rossibelle collection to a piece of 12x12 corrugated cardboard using Mod Podge. After it dried, I sprayed the edges of the layout with water, let it soak in and peeled back the top layer of the cardboard and the patterned paper. I then wrinkled, bent, twisted and shaped the edges exposing the cardboard underneath. I love the texture  of the corrugated part of the cardboard. Once it dried, I painted the corrugated part, and the peeled back part with white gesso, After the gesso dried, I sprayed the painted parts with colored sprays in a shimmery grey toned color.

I made sure I left a part of the lighter part of the paper free of embellishments and stamped the It's Up To You stamp onto that part. I  chose Black Archival ink as it stood out among the blacks in the paper.

I created the middle part of the layout by covering different sized pieces of corrugated cardboard, and layered them for dimension. I painted the Dusty Attic chipboard frame and dusted it with Art Basics Mica Powder. I added the tiny Dusty Attic butterflies to the frame.The small green dots are Prima Pebbles (the smallest ones) and are painted with Art  Alchemy Paint in Opal Magic Green-Gold.

 I created some of my own flowers using papers from the Rossibelle papers and mixed them in with flowers from the paper collection, I just love floral clusters!! Especially Prima floral clusters!!

 Here is a view of the floral cluster under the frame. I also used Prima die cut leaves to tuck underneath my floral clusters. Just the hint of light green blends in well. I used Art  Alchemy Paint in Opal Magic Green-Gold. The butterflies are from a printable file I created, then printed it up and cut them out. I painted them with Glossy Accents to give them a bit of shine.

Thank you for joining me this week. I hope that when you venture out during the day, that you see the beauty in the everyday...

Yvonne Blair/Impression Obsession:

Other products used:

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Texture and Color for Dusty Attic

Hello Dusty Attic Lovers. I have a layout to share that is full of texture and soft dreamy color. I started my 12x12 layout by adhering a 12x12 piece of  Prima patterned paper on a piece of 12x12 corrugated cardboard. I adhered torn pieces of fabric, canvas, lace and texture paste and the Crosshatch Stencil to the background. The weight of whatever I place on my layout will not warp my paper. Once all of my background elements were adhered onto the paper, I prepared all of my chipboard pieces with white gesso. Once all of my elements were adhered to the background, the entire layout was covered with a heavy coat of white gesso. This created a clean blank canvas to work color magic.

I created a wreath using a piece from the Circle Frame Set at the base, then layered the Vine Frame #2 on top. After the layout was completed, I added the Dusty Attic Pearls on random parts of the frame.

I used a combination of Color Blast Colour Paste, Lindys Stamp Gang Starburst Sprays and Prima Alchemy Paints to add color to my layout. I also added Prima Art Stones large and small using Prima 3D gel. When they were dried, a brushed them with white gesso, then color. A Botanic Accent #1 was used at the bottom of the floral. cluster to create a pleasing flow of accents. Pearls were added to it as well. For a watercolor effect, spray your surface with a fine mist of water, then spray or paint  your colors on immediately and tilt your project to make the colors run.

I absolutely LOVE the Brick Wall Panel. Of course I used the inner parts. I cut some of them into different lengths and staggered them. Yes even bricks can be glamorized with sparkly color.

I used the larger piece in the Ornate Corners #13 set. I sprayed it with Lindys Stamp Gang color sprays in grey/blue/silvery  tones.

I layered 2 pieces of Prima paper to create the mat for my photo, distressing the edges. Underneath, I lifted the mat with a couple of pieces of cardboard.

I adhered Prima Art Pebbles on top of the Bubbles chipboard. Using the inner parts of the chipboard to create my dimensional bubbles effects. I painted them with Art Basics Alchemy paint. I love the way it shimmers.

Thank you for joining me this week at Dusty Attic. I thoroughly enjoy looking for new ways to glamorize Dusty Attic chipboard. Head on over to the store and see the new products that are out. You will want everything you see!! Did you know Dusty Attic has stencils???  oh yea....More ways to add texture to your projects!! Till next time...

Monday, August 29, 2016

Yvonne Blairs Art Girls Design Team. Believe in Yourslf.

The power of positive thinking is a wonderful thing. I often think of the story The Little Train That Could. So strong, so determined...So magical. It goes to show, that if you believe in yourself, the magic WILL happen. You just have to believe... I created a 12x12 layout to showcase the photo of my granddaughter. I altered the photo to make her appear as if she were a fairy among glowing fireflies deep in a forest. I started by mounting my Prima papers onto a piece of 12x12 corrugated cardboard using ModPodge. Then I dry brushed a very light coat of white and clear gesso all over the background. This gave me a base similar to a piece of canvas.

I just knew the Yvonne Blair Design Stamp "Believe in Yourself" was perfect for this layout.
My one weakness in creating layouts, is the title or journaling. Yvonne's wonderful stamps eliminates  that problem for me. I just pick a stamp, and go with it. Title or journaling done. 

 I painted a piece of cream card stock with Prima Art Alchemy paint for shimmer. Then I stamped the quote onto the painted card stock using black ink, and cut each word out. I used the black ink on the edges of each word and mounted them onto my layout.

 I layered some painted Dusty Attic chipboard, a painted Sizzix diecut frame, Prima flowers, diecut leaves and butterflies on the background. They were all colored with Prima Color Bloom sprays and Alchemy paints. Once my composition was done, I added Prima Art Stones in 3D Gel and using a spatula, added them randomly around the layout. Once it was dry, I sprayed them and the background with Prima Color Bloom 2 sprays in Pink Crocus and Black Tulip.

 To get a runny watercolor look, I sprayed the layout with some water, then Color Bloom sprays right over it and let the colors run and settle in the stones.

Just a close up of the water color look you can achieve, by spraying your primed papers with a fine mist of water, then your color sprays right over that immediately and let the colors run.

Dusty Attic has the most fabulous chipboard designs. This one is Damask#2. After priming them with white gesso, I used Prima's Violet Green Art Alchemy paint over them. I used 2 of them on this layout.

Thank you for joining me this week and letting me share the details to my creation.

Products used:
Impression Obsession Yvonne Blair design stamp:

Prima Marketing:
Art Stones
 Alchemy Paint
 3D Gel medium
 Clear Gesso
 white gesso
 die (leaves)
 Color Bloom sprays

Sizzix Die cut frame
Recollections Flowers
Dusty Attic chipboard