Howdy! I'm sharing my DT layout for Scrap Our Stash's March sketch challenge. This photo is from the masquerade party I attended on New Years Eve. I love a theme party and enjoy any excuse to play with makeup or costumes. I painted on my mask before adding glued jewels around my eyes and used rolled glitter scrapbook paper that I glued and fanned to the side of my face.
The latest challenge for Scrap Our Stash is to create a layout inspired by this sketch and make sure to add gold embellishments to your page. Play along to win a kit from Clique Kits and make sure to upload your layout by the end of the month.
White backgrounds intimidate me, but I wanted to challenge myself with this one. I started with mists to create watercolor effect before adding stamping. In addition, I added paper layers, a doily, stitching, thickers, sequins, a frame, and a brad. Here's some closeups...
It's hard to believe the holidays are over and it's 2015 already! I'm excited for a new year all shiny and full of promise. This last year had it's highs, including two of my favorite things: travel (NYC, Boston, Arizona, and Puerta Vallarta) and live music (Cher, Brandi Carlile, DMB, Elton John, Katy Perry, Trampled by Turtles, Josh Ritter, Gregory Alan Isakov, Passenger, and Patty Griffin). I'll also remember this year full of creativity, where after taking the Brene Brown art journaling course, I rediscovered my love of scrapbooking, started this blog, and joined three design teams. Other highlights included visits from two longtime friends (Caitlin and Terri), the start of a a gratitude practice, and the start of a regular yoga practice. This year also had it's challenges, given that I learned I had "widespread and worrisome pre-canerous cells" in my uterus. I was a half step away from full blown cancer, I spent all summer on hormones that made me super ill, and worried that I would need more invasive treatment. I was thrilled when the medication worked better and quicker than the doctors anticipated and eradicated all the cells! We'll see what this next year has in store, but I'm hopeful that it's going to be a good one. Jayden started a new job, which has been a great move, but it means less vacation time with my favorite partner in travel. So we're going to spend more time exploring the Pacific Northwest and tackle some house projects. I'm looking forward to more craftiness, working on mindfulness, an abundance of dog cuddles, continued good health, strengthening my relationship and friendships, and so much more.
Here's one last holiday inspired post for Creative Scrappers. This photo was taken on Christmas Eve last year. We met up with friends to take a tour of the city lights via trolley while sipping on wine. It was lovely.
Here's the sketch inspiration, Creative Scrappers Sketch 285, created by Juliana Michaels. To win $25 off a purchase of $35 or more to Spigel Mom Scraps, all you have to do is create a layout using Sketch 285 and/or 286. The deadline to submit your layout(s) is January 31st Midnight EST.
I started this page with some stenciling and misting. I distressed the edges of the background paper before inking and sewing it. The embellishments are mostly from the Crate Paper DIY Shop. It's not a holiday collection, but it worked so well with the gold, greens, and reds. I layered them and raised some to create depth. I finished with journaling, thickers, small alphas, a rub on, and some enamel dots. As always, here's some close-ups.
Today I shared this project on the DCWV blog - my first post as part of the DCWV design team! The DCWV DIY Wall Zoo collection has assorted cardboard animals and I chose to decorate this faux moose bust.
To decorate, I traced the cardboard pieces onto paper from the Winter in the Woods and Christmas and Winter stacks. This paper combination is great, with gorgeous colors and assorted chevrons and woodgrains. I then carefully cut the paper and glued them onto the pre-cut, numbered, and ready to assemble cardboard pieces.
I'd be lying if I said this didn't take some time. It was a sloooow process cutting the paper for the various shapes, but I wanted to be careful and ensure they all fit together accordingly. I just started watching Game of Thrones so I had that to entertain me in the background while I traced, cut, and glued. After the paper was glued, assembling the cardboard pieces was pretty easy.
The finished moose now hangs in my craft room and I love looking at it from different angles!
For the first time ever I got it together to make and send Christmas cards! Granted, not many, and I waited until the last minute to get them in the mail, but it happened. With the busyness of work this time of year, the holidays always sneak up on me. Now I'm on break and it finally feels like Christmas around here. Here's a series of eight cards I created using various DCWV products. For the first two, I started with cards from the Christmas Winter Foil & Kraft Box. Then, I die cut a tree out of Holiday Glitzy Glitter Stack and layered strips of paper from the Candy Cane Lane Stack behind it.
For these cards I placed the die cut glitter Christmas tree upon more layers of paper from the Candy Cane Lane Stack. I fussy cut the sentiments that are already glitter embossed.
For the next set, I continued the theme of the first two cards and I layered paper behind the trees. However, this time I used paper from the Storybook Christmas Stack and the Foiled Vellum Stack.
Through out the Christmas card series I also used black paper from the Embossed Foil Paper Stack and added the DCWV Adhesive Mirrors to all the trees.
Perhaps next year I'll start crafting cards earlier and get more sent out to folks? It could happen! Visit the DCWV blog for more holiday inspiration from my fellow design team!
Welcome to the DCWV and Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Winter blog hop! From December 8th-12th both blogs will be sharing fun winter projects featuring products from both companies. Check in each day on both blogs for chances to win lots of fabulous prizes. I'm excited to be participating in m first blog hop and sharing my Christmas Countdown, a holiday inspired mixed media creation!
I started with a pre-gesso'd canvas and used the Faber-Castell Gel Medium to glue torn papers from the DCWV Candy Cane Lane Stack.
I then used the black Faber-Castell PITT Pastel Pencil to add color and depth to the edges of the papers. I like these pencils, because they don't leave a dusty mess and blend easily with your fingertips.
Next I cut off bits of Faber-Castell Gelatos (black and metallic silver) and mixed them with the Faber-Castell Whipped Spackle. I used two different DCWV templates (dots and numbers) to stencil the gelato/spackle combination and the spackle itself onto the canvas.
To display the number of days remaining until Christmas, I die cut an oval out of black cardstock, painted it with Faber-Castell Chalk Board Paint, and added the DCWV frame adhesive mirror on top.
I die cut "Days Until Christmas" out of the DCWV Holiday Glitzy Glitter Stack and outlined around it using the Faber-Castell PITT Soft Brush Pen. I use this pen on just about every project, including all my scrapbook layouts, to ink the edges in black and help items stand out.
Lastly, I fussy cut the flowers out of the DCWV Candy Cane Lane Stack paper and added fabric flowers on top.
There you have it! That's how I made this mixed media project using lots of DCWV and Faber-Castell products. Check back on the DCWV blog every day this week to see what my fellow designers have been up to, leave comments, and win some great prizes!