Saturday, September 24, 2016

My Cousin; My Friend

I made this card for my cousin that lost her daughter to cancer this year. Brenna was an amazing artist and wonderfully bright person. She was taken at a young adult age,  but she lived and loved without measure. My cousin is like a  sister to me and I just wanted her to know how special she is to me.

I used Bristol paper and stamped the "friendship" image on it.  I colored it in with acrylic paint and embossed the tiny dots and the purple ribbons.

I outlined the image in 3D gel pen and used washi tape to accent the actual card.  It's simple,  but my cousin is a simple person, so I think she will like it.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Art Display Walls

How do you display your mail art goodies?  I use this cork board on the wall in my craft room and frames.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Made for You


I received some awesome stamps in my September/October Rubbermoon Moonmail package and I love them. Yesterday I sat down with my goodies and made this picture. I'm not sure what I will do with it yet. Maybe a card,  maybe something special for someone.  I've never used laser cut images before,  so this was a real treat from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.

I washed the watercolor paper and then painted it rainbow colors. Then I stamped the background with the special moonmail stamps and colored in with permanent markers.  I used a silver permanent marker for the brush and paint lids.  I accented with a white gel pen.  For the square, I rolled white acrylic paint over it and then splattered the square with red acrylic paint using a toothbrush.  Then I outlined the square in black permanent marker and added white dots.  I colored the laser cut images with acrylic paint and used a q-tip to dab on rainbow colors of acrylic paint to give it that "pallete being used look".  Once everything was done I adhered the laser cuts to the square, the square to the background, and then finally put it all on a yellow piece of cardstock.  I used my corner rounding punch to give the corners that rounded look.


Supplies:
September/October Rubbermoon Stamps of the Month
2" Precision Cut Matboard Squares
Yellow Card Stock
Watercolor Paper
Watercolors
Acrylic Paint (White and Red)
Permanent ink
White gel pen
Tootbrush
Gypsy Soul Laser Pallete and Paintbrush Cutout

Thursday, September 1, 2016

October 2016 Calendar Picture


I think it was sometime in November or December I received a blank calendar to fill with my own pictures. Well,  it's September and I only have two more months to fill before my calendar is complete.

This is the one I did tonight for October and I really think it turned out cute. I used watercolor paper and painted the background with Peerless Water ColorsTim Holz Distressed Ink,  and his new Distressed Crayons. The black paper in the corners came in my August Moonmail package; it was an iridescent color, but I painted with black acrylic paint. The ghost stamp is from Rubbermoon.Com.  The Halloween stickers are leftovers from my scrapbooking days.

Supplies:
4.5 x 3.5 Watercolor Paper
Ghoul Friends and Happy Halloween stamps
Peerless Watercolors
Distress ink
Permanent marker
Distress crayon
Halloween Stickers
Doily like circle paper

Monday, August 29, 2016

Mermaid Beauty

I received this 3x3 square from inchiearts.com in my monthly Moonmail package. I usually don't use them because I'm never really sure what to do with them. So,  I layered some paint,  used distress ink,  and colored pencils to create this "Mermaid Beauty". I've had the mermaid stamp forever and finally had the opportunity to use it.

Supplies:
3x3 chip board
Mermaid and seaweed stamps
Acrylic paint
Distress ink
Permanent ink
Prismacolor pencils
3D gel pen
White gel pen




Sunday, July 24, 2016

Bringing the Sunshine

The temperatures have been mild for this time of year where I live, but the sunshine is voluminous.  In honor of the heat and sunshine I started this picture yesterday using some of the stamps I purchased at Hobby Lobby and RubberMoon.  I started out with a face stamp I purchased years ago and have never used.  After this project I realized why I never used it; it is the ugliest stamp EVER. I ended up cutting a circle out of some pretty scrapbooking paper I had and am totally in love with the picture now.

Here is the before and after pictures:

Before


After


I used my puffy 3-D gel and Sharpie White pens for accents.  I would not recommend the White Sharpie pen, as if you push a little too hard the ink comes out in a big blob and is super hard to clean up.  I used a baby wipe to get most of it off, but it still left a hint of the ink.

Supplies:
-Triangle and Stampstracts stamps from RubberMoon.
-Flowers and grass stamps from Hobby Lobby.
-Acrylic paints
-3-D Gel Pens
-White Sharpie Pen
-Scrapbooking paper

I'm going to be adding a sentiment; I just haven't finalized which stamp I will be using.


Saturday, July 23, 2016

Collaged Oriental & Fairy Boxes

So, I ordered coffee "samples" from a company called Intelligent Blends for our Keurig and they came in these really sturdy boxes.  I really like the boxes and decided they needed to be upcycled.  I have a ton of art/craft supplies and, so, I proceeded to start figuring out how to collage each box.  The first one has an Oriental feel and I love it.  I was going to give it as a gift and then decided I wanted to use it to store craft supplies. I am now using it to store the little containers of buttons, sequins, and gems.

Oriental Box



Supplies used:
-One Intelligent Blends sample box
-Various types of Oriental Inspired Rice Paper
-Acrylic Paints
-White pen
-Cherry Blossom, Geisha Girl, and Stampstracts Stamps
-Sequins
-Metallic Seed Beads
-Oriental Face Bead
-Glass Bead
-Macrame Twine

Steps:
1. Tear paper into various sizes paying attention to color themes.
2. Open box and start collaging paper with Modge Podge to main flap, top of box, back of box, and sides of box.  I chose not to collage the bottom of the box, but that is really preference.
3. Stamp images, paint with acrylic paints, add accents with white pen, cut out each image, and adhere to box with Modge Podge.
4. Paint tops of sides with Acrylic paint or when collaging the side just go up over the top where it's thin.
5. Add sequins and seed beads.
6. Create closure with macrame twine and beads.

Fairy Box



Supplies used:
-One Intelligent Blends sample box
-Various types of Fairy inspired papers
-Acrylic Paints
-Fairy and Butterfly Stamps
-Sequins
-Glitter
-Felt Flowers
-Ribbon
-Buttons
-Ribbon Flowers

Steps:
1. Tear paper into various sizes paying attention to color themes.
2. Open box and start collaging paper with Modge Podge to main flap, top of box, back of box, and sides of box.  I chose not to collage the bottom of the box, but that is really your preference.
3. Stamp images, paint with acrylic paints, cut out each image, and adhere to box with Modge Podge.  For the Fairy and butterflies I used Modge Podge and sprinkled each one with a different glitter.
4. Paint tops of sides with Acrylic paint or when collaging the side just go up over the top where it's thin.
5. Add sequins, felt flowers, ribbon, buttons, ribbon flowers, etc.
6. I cut out the word "FAIRY" from some alphabet paper someone sent me and then rub ink over each letter.

I don't think I'm missing anything, but remember the possibilities are endless.

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