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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

The Outlawz Greetings Challenge - Show Us Your Polka Dots

Hello, Crafty Peeples!

Last week I made the painful decision to step down as Team Leader of the Outlawz Monday Greetings Challenge Design Team.  For the first time since 2010, I am creating as a regular member.  
The Outlawz was my first team and will always hold a special place in my memories.

So here is my Polka Dots Card.  I chose to do a mixed media panel for the front of my card!  I have so many new paints and spray with which to play, I just couldn't pass up the opportunity.

Painting on burlap paper was an experiment that worked out pretty well.  I also enjoyed the effects achieved by varying the sizes of polka dots and making irregular strokes across the wet paste. 
Viva Inka Gold Wax (Old Gold, Old Silver, Greenyellow) added highlights and kept the colors from becoming too muddy.  The most difficult part of this design was choosing the ephemera!

  • Cut a piece of burlap paper to 4"x6"  - (DCWV Burlap Stack)
  • Apply a thin coat of Gesso.  (Earth Safe Finishes) VOC Free Product
  • Use Stencils and molding paste (I used three different sizes) to create Polka Dot
  • Circle Stencils: Heidi Swapp, Hero Arts, Crafter's Workshop (Mini Life Shapes)
  • Molding Paste: Liquitex, Homemade Texture paste mixed with Stormy Sky DI
  • After past has dried (use heat tool to speed drying time) apply paints in the desired colors
  • Tattered Angels: Plain Jane Simply Sheer Cozy Yellow; Plain Jane Baseboard Grass
  • Tattered Angels: High Impact Paint Tan
  • Shimmerz: Bamboo Leaf
  • Tim Holtz: Distress Spray Stains: Mermaid Lagoon and Abandoned Coral; Paint: Picket Fence; Distress Ink: Vintage Photo
  • Viva's Inka Gold: Old Gold, Old Silver, Greenyellow
  • Choose and apply your Ephemera.  I used Tim Holtz's Thrift Shop, Emporium, Expedition.  The Hello speech bubble was cut from Simple Stories SNAP Color Fusion
  • Polka Dot Designer Paper - Simple Stories Snap Color Vibe 1
  • Border Punch: Martha Stewart's Embossed Zigzag
  • Ribbon and twine from my stash
I am finding my way back to making cards now that I have a comfort level with using mixed media for my front panels.  I am off to try to color a Rick St. Dennis image to use in a project!  Fingers don't fail me now!    Thanks so much for stopping by!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Shopping Our Stash - Challenge #200 - Big, Bold, and Beautiful

Hello, Crafty Peeps!

Shopping Our Stash is celebrating 200 Challenge Posts!  
We want to see "BIG, BOLD, AND BEAUTIFUL" creations.

Now is the time to use that HUGE Flower, that looked so good online,  but now languishes neglected and hidden in your stash!  Surely you can find Stencils, Masks and Die cuts that are too BIG f or regular use, but perfect for a challenge such as ours.   BOLD colors may be the route you take!  We want to see them all!   Thanks for supporting the SOS Challenge!

My Recipe for Living A Bold Life
  LIVE every moment to the fullest.  Appreciate the beautiful Bold colors found in nature. Allow Music to elevate your soul.  
Surround yourself with the warmth of family and friends.
Fear Nothing but the lost of the Fear of G-d.

The background texture was created by applying mod podge to my canvas and 
 adding crumpled tissue paper.  The textured pattern is determined by how 
much your crumple your paper and how you work it onto the canvas.

I used a variety of paints for this project.  But the majority of the paint colors are from the Earth Safe Finishes "Chalk It Up" Acrylic Chalk Paint Line.  I also used some products by Lindy's Stamp Gang, Shimmerz Paints, Ranger Distress Inks, and Viva Inka Gold.  Memory Box and Sizzix Dies.

Thanks for stopping by!  Look forward to seeing your in our challenge

Friday, May 1, 2015

Canvas Corp Brands Crew Challenge: Save A Recipe - 7 Gypsies Farmhouse Collection

Hello, Crafty Peeps!
I am so happy to share my recipe book using the 7 Gypsies' Farmhouse Collection!  This is only my second project for Canvas Corp since I joined their design team. I hope you enjoy looking at this project as much as I enjoyed creating it!  But most of all, I hope you leave inspired!


My husband, a home cook/amateur chef, has pretty much banned me from the kitchen!  I do like to sneak in there sometimes to whip up some of my favorite recipes.  The recipies are saved on my Mac, but I really like books/paper.  One day, I told myself: " Self, if you make a recipe book, you can keep it in your studio and just hop down to the kitchen with it when you need to."  This project is the brain child of that inspirational conversation! Oh, yeah, and the CCB Crew Challenge!   

Chana's Farmhouse Recipe Book
My goal, was to create a "vintage" book that might have been found in an old country kitchen.  I chose the palette to communicate the look and feel of  an "aged and much used" family treasure.


The Farmhouse Paper is so pretty,  I didn't want to muck about with it too much.
 I chose to do spot color only!  The Onion was colored using Viva's Inka Gold's "Greenyellow."  I used Tattered Angels' High Impact Metallic Platinum to color the colander and the rooster.  Gelatos were used to color the cherries.  Heavy distressing on the edges of the spine creates a well worn look.   The paper on the spine is Graphic 45.
Coloring the carrot was a bit of a challenge, but I was really pleased with the outcome.  I used Tattered Angels' High Impact Platinum Paint mixed with a little Viva Inka Gold Old Silver to achieve an antiqued salt/pepper shaker.
I used Ranger's Divided Tag Sleeve to hold the Page Marker, which is stored in the front of the book. 
I wanted burlap somewhere in this project, so I created a recipe card holder as a decorative insert. 
The recipe card folder has blank index cards.  There are additional "decorated" recipe cards in the pocket of the folder.  I used the Ranger Pocket Pages as section dividers. Cutouts from 7 Gypsies' Farmhouse Collection  and Carta Bella's Homemade with Love were used as pocket inserts. 
I created my own recipe cards and used stencils to embellish the front and back.  The backs of the Pocket Pages were covered with papers from the Carta Bella Homemade with Love Collection.  These papers introduced soft color without overtaking the main Farmhouse color profile and they added visual interest to the book by breaking up the black/white/kraft palette.
These pockets serve double duty as they will hold recipes that I tear out of magazines, etc. , until I can transfer them to a proper card.  Because the backs are covered, I can stick handwritten recipes and notes behind the decorative panels.  My book will stay neat and tidy and pretty!

One of the sections in the book is LUNCHES.  For my brown bag lunch recipes, I created a brown bag recipe card.  The bag is punched two ways to that it can be placed vertically when using the recipe that is on the back, or one of the recipe cards that are stored inside!
Inside the back cover is additional storage for blank recipe cards.  To create this holder, I simply colored a white Farmhouse Folder with TH Vintage Photo and Pumice Stone DI.  The back was glued to the cover and decorated with the cute little sliverware charm.

I could never have a recipe book that did not include a section for Coffee and Tea Recipes.
This section is still under construction, but I wanted to share anyway!
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Thanks so much for stopping by!  Please visit our blog:   The Creative Studio.  
You will love the wonderful Save A Recipe Ideas from other Design Team and Crew Members.  These ladies are UBER talented and their recipe saver ideas will inspire!

Special Shout Out to Tammy Tutterow whose Art Pocket Art Binder E-Class inspired me to create my Pocket Recipe Book!