Imperfection

1D7F160F-DF43-40C5-8ECC-A35E411CF730As I’m working my way through the 30 Day Coloring Challenge, I’m trying new things. Stretching my creativity. Today was all about enjoying imperfection.

I think we all work so hard to colour inside the lines, to come up with the perfect design or the perfect card that we forget just to enjoy the process. So today I didn’t worry about things and just dabbed on colours a bit haphazardly and just had fun. There are white spaces without colour, and there is colour outside the lines…and that’s perfectly ok. Life isn’t perfect. Mother Nature isn’t perfect.

Today I played with the Nuvo Shimmer  Powders again. This time I just mixed them with water to use like a paint. Wish I could get a picture of the shimmer…but not today…

To add a bit of interest to the white space I used some thinned out Shimmer Powder on a just damp brush. That way it didn’t run under the stencil.  The final touch was a smattering of gems.

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Paper:  Neenah Solar White and Canson Bristol

Ink:  Versafine Clair Morning Mist and Nocturne

Stamps:  Studio Katia Lovely Blooms and Blooming Bunch

Misc: Nuvo Glimmer Powders, paintbrush, Studio Katia Brush Stroke Waves stencil, Studio Katia Spring Gems and adhesives

In Sympathy

20118987-4DC7-4784-809F-EB608E04C284Another card for the 30 Day Coloring Challenge.

My “default” colouring medium is watercolours. It’s just what I gravitate toward. Today I’ve used Distress Inks.  No great detailed watercolouring today…just loosey goosey so to speak.

The background has been made with Altenew’s Dotted Scales Debossing Plate. Next I used one of their stencils to heat emboss a piece of white cardstock, and then die cut the frame.

The flowers, leaves and sentiment were all heat embossed in the same colour. Then I watercoloured the flowers and leaves with Distress Inks. Did you happen to see the cool sentiment design from Hero Arts?

For the final touch…a few gold seed beads to the centre of the flowers.

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Paper:  Neenah Solar White and Canson Bristol

Ink:  Versamark and Distress Inks

Stamps: Altenew Hibiscus Bouquet and Hero Arts Florals Rose Stem (sentiment)

Misc: Altenew Rose Gold embossing powder, heat tool, embossing buddy, Altenew Layered Dahlia A stencil, Altenew Dotted Scales Debossing Plate, Altenew Fine Frames Rectangle die, gold seed beads and adhesives

Distress Ink Watercolour

DEF77EE8-D7D6-4AD0-AD60-08B4312036BEHello again!  I’m back with a card for Day 4 of The 30 Day Coloring Challenge.

This card starts out with a stencil monoprint background using three shades of Distress Inks and a Studio Katia Stencil. There’s a link in my post from yesterday on instructions for this technique.

Then I used an embossing buddy generously over the entire piece before heat embossing in white. Next I watercoloured the floral image with the same three colours of Distress Inks, adding a bit of shading here and there.

After adding the sentiment in gray, I added my usual smattering of bling…this time gems, not sequins. Finally it was mounted on some dark gray cardstock.

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Paper:  Canson Bristol and Simon Says Stamp Slate cardstock

Stamps: Studio Katia Lovely Blooms and Blooming Bunch (sentiment)

Ink:  Distress Inks in Shabby Shutters, Tumbled Glass and Seedless Preserves; VersaFine Clair and Versamark

Misc:  embossing buddy, heat tool, Brutus Monroe Alabaster embossing powder, Studio Katia Bubbles Creative Stencil, paint brush, adhesives and Studio Katia Spring Gems

May Mixed Media Challenge and Stencil Sunday

Hello!  I’m so happy to be back with another Stencil Sunday project and mixed media challenge.


Would love to have you join us for the mixed media challenge this month.  As always, it’s an anything goes challenge that must be a mixed media piece…tags, art journal pages, home decor, etc….anything but a card.  The winner will receive a $15 STAMPlorations gift certificate or 2 ARTplorations stencils. And the top picks receive an ARTplorations stencil of their choice. 

Playing in my small art journal again.  After covering the page in gesso, I stamped several images from Mixed Media Elements around the edges in Cobalt Archival Ink. Next came some light modelling paste through my Retro Circles stencil.  When that was dry, I blended two shades of Distress Crayons on the page.  Then I added some Distress Ink through my Square Links stencil.  
The sentiment from Subway Art Builders Create was stamped on some Tim Holtz Tissue Wrap and adhered to the page with a matte medium.  My final step was to smudge some Stabilo pencil randomly around the edges and blend with water.

Cannot wait to see what you make!  Just a gentle reminder…this is not a card challenge…it’s anything BUT a card.  To ensure that you’re eligible for the prizes each month, simply create a mixed media project, add a link to the challenge and show the challenge graphic…it’s as easy as that!

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ARTplorations Stencil Blog Hop – Day Three

Hello again, stencil fans!  It’s day three of the ARTplorations Stencil Blog Hop with the STAMPlorations girls!
You can find all the details on the STAMPlorations blog right here.  There might be some prizes…just saying.  Commenting on the STAMPlorations blog, the rest of the design team member’s blogs and my blog just might win you a prize 🙂  Commenting closes April 17 with the winners announced on April 19.

So are you sick of this technique yet?  Just had to try it again but put a different spin on it.  This time, I dried it with my heat gun, dampened it just slightly and dropped more color in with the stencil back in place.  And, I tried to be a bit more loosey goosey with my pen outlines.  Once it was dry, I smudged some glass bead gel over the flowers for a bit of sparkle and dimension.  See those little, blue dots?  That means someone didn’t clean their stencil properly before starting this project 😦

Here’s what I used:
Paper:  SU!, vellum and watercolor
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black
Stamps:  STAMPlorations Big Greetings
All the other stuff:  ARTplorations Old Rose Prints stencil, Lil’ Inker Stitched Rectangle die, Micron pen, glass bead gel.

Check out what the other STAMPlorations girls have created to inspire you right here.

This is also my reminder card for the CAS Mix Up Card Challenge.  I’m the Featured Designer this month and wanted to share one more card for the challenge.  You’ll find all the details for the CAS Mix Up right here.

STAMPlorations products I used today:

ARTplorations Old Rose Prints                            STAMPlorations Big Greetings
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ARTplorations Stencil Blog Hop – Day Two

Hello again, stencil fans!  It’s day two of the ARTplorations Stencil Blog Hop with the STAMPlorations girls!
You can find all the details on the STAMPlorations blog right here.  There might be some prizes…just saying.  Commenting on the STAMPlorations blog, the rest of the design team member’s blogs and my blog just might win you a prize 🙂  Commenting closes April 17 with the winners announced on April 19.
I used the same technique as yesterday but changed up the colors and used the Flutterby stencil and added some gold splatters.
Here’s what I used:
Paper:  Neenah Solar White and watercolor
Stamps:  STAMPlorations BOLD SENTIMENTS: Imagine
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black
All the other stuff:  ARTplorations Flutterby stencil, Zig Gansai Tambi watercolors, large flat brush, Micron pen, Gold Colorshine Mist, foam adhesive
Check out what the other STAMPlorations girls have created to inspire you right here.

STAMPlorations products I used today:
ARTplorations Flutterby                              STAMPlorations BOLD SENTIMENTS: Imagine
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ARTplorations Stencil Blog Hop – April 13 – 15

Hello, stencil fans!  It’s time for another ARTplorations Stencil Blog Hop with the STAMPlorations girls.

You can find all the details on the STAMPlorations blog right here.  There might be some prizes…just saying.  Commenting on the STAMPlorations blog, the rest of the design team member’s blogs and my blog just might win you a prize 🙂  Commenting closes April 17 with the winners announced on April 19.
I’m always on the lookout for new ways to use stencils and this one incorporates another of my favorite things and that’s watercolor.  Here’s a link to the video tutorial I found on Joggles which explains how it’s done. 
My Leaf Prints stencil was placed on some watercolor paper and using a large, flat brush I dropped in watercolor paint.  Once it was completely dry, I did a bit of rough sketching around each of the components with a waterproof fine pen.  And since I ended up with some tiny drops of watercolor, I outlined those two just for fun 🙂  There’s a distinct possibility you’ll see more of this technique in the coming days as I try to perfect it.
Here’s what I used:
Paper:  Neenah Solar White and watercolor
Ink:  Versafine in Black Onyx
Stamps:  STAMPlorations Art Is
All the other stuff:  ARTplorations Leaf Prints stencil, Zig Gansai Tambi Watercolor, large flat brush, Micron pen, MFT Wonky Stitched Rectangle die, sequins, adhesive, foam tape
Check out what the other STAMPlorations girls have made to inspire you right here.

STAMPlorations products I used today:
ARTplorations Leaf Prints:                        STAMPlorations Art Is:
preview-web-stencil-001-leaves-large.jpeg                                  Shery_Russ-ArtIs-preview

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