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In to Deep

Hey there everyone!!  I’m so glad you could stop by today, because I’m very excited to share another new collage with you.  In this collage I’ve included items from Ashley Calder’s shop Things That Shine and found items from my stash and a garage sale. DSCN4264 I stared on a 9×12 piece of gessoed watercolor paper.  I began to build up the layers with watery washes of blue and gray acrylic paint, working my way to deeper and richer blues.  I collaged on a vintage math book page from the Back to School kit along with a page torn out of a shell book I recently purchased at a garage sale.  For added texture, color, and shine in the watery area, I applied Electric Blue fine glitter from the Pop of Color in Electric Blue Embellishment Pack with glossy gel medium. DSCN4254 I altered this label holder with raw umber acrylic paint and stitched it to the paper with light blue embroidery floss from the Celebrate Summer kit. DSCN4243 I hand drew this giant “2” on sketch paper, cut it out, and collaged it on and then added layers of blue paint and Electric Blue glitter on top. DSCN4247 I wrote the word deep with a yellow Caran D’arche neocolor crayon.  I then took a liner brush and white acrylic paint and went over it.  Because it was written on top of the glitter it gives the word a sandy feel.  I created the number strip below by masking it off with drafting tape between layers of paint. DSCN4228 A detailed look a layers and texture. DSCN4249 And here you can see the color and texture of the Electric Blue glitter.  When the light catches it you can see a sparkle.  As in my last collage there in a little more of a greenish tint to this collage in real life.

Thank you for stopping by and taking a look at my latest creation.  I really appreciate your encouraging responses to my last collage!!!  I am loving this new artistic journey that I have embarked on and have another collage in the works.  Yay!!!

There is some exciting things happening at Things That Shine!  Click here to take a look at Ashley’s new site and shop. Now go get messy with paint, glitter, and other yummy stuff!!  If all goes as planned I’ll see ya at the end of this week for a new “In the Studio…”   :)

***Linked up to Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Anything Goes.

In the Studio…

Here’s what’s happening in the studio:

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Supplies from JBS Mercantile and Things That Shine gathered for a new collage,

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a layout in progress using “shiney” things,

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more lovely goodies from Things That Shine,

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and a bag of score….clearance paints from Aaron Brothers.

What’s happening in your studio??  I’d love to know!  Leave me a comment and/or a link to your blog so I can check it out.

Now go have fun playing in your studio, craft corner or on your dining table!!!  I’ll see ya back here at the beginning of next week with a new collage of watery blues.  :)

****For more inspiration and fun things to look at you can follow me on Pinterest.****

Find Your Toes and Kick

Hey guys!!!  I’m here today to share with you a new layout made with Things That Shine Kits and Bits.  For this page I’m still back in baby land and I am enjoying being there.  I think my son kinda loves it too.

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Here are some details:

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Yummy Neon Yellow fine glitter from the Things That Shine Pop of Color Embellishment Pack in Neon Yellow.  I brushed on some thick strokes of matte gel medium and then sprinkled on the glitter.  After it dried, I used more gel medium to apply the title letters over the somewhat bumpy surface.

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I painted this exclusive die cut ampersand from Things That Shine with Gold Color Shine mist.  Ashley sells wonderful cut file designs, but also sells die cuts for those of us that have yet to get a cutting machine.  I love they way the Color Shine mist goes on thicker and thinner in some places when brushed on.  It give the die cut a real painterly feel.

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I layered this last part of the title over the photo and a yellow striped bag from the Back to School kit.  The beautiful gold photo corners are from the Leaves are Falling kit.

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This yellow striped tag is also part of the Pop of Color Embellishment Pack in Neon Yellow.  I topped it with this fabric covered heart from the First Days of Summer kit and added a bit of wonky hand stitching with a few strands of white embroidery floss from the Celebrate Summer kit.

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This floppy seam binding bow was part of the Leaves are Falling kit packaging.  I just left it as is and tore the tag down to make a place to hold the date.  Another bit of gold; this washi tape date label is also from Ashley’s Thing That Shine etsy shop.  Did you know Ashley sells washi tape by the foot in her shop.  She has an awesome array of colors and designs.  You should definitely go check it out!

You can probably tell that I am having a ton of fun with Ashley’s Thing That Shine kits.  Look here to see what suits your fancy.

Thanks soooooo much for stopping by today!  I’m planning on a new In the Studio post, so meet me here at the end of the week for that.

Go forth and make your world shiney!  :)

 

 

In the Studio…

Here’s what’s happening in the studio:

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A collage in the making-using a vintage book page from the Back to School kit from Things That Shine,

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seam binding bows and a leaf of gold on a new layout-from the Leaves are Falling kit from Things That Shine,

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garage sale finds-translation: new things to put in future projects(!),

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and re-reading an old art school requirement.

What’s happening in your studio??  I’d love to know!  Leave me comment and/or a link to your blog so I can check it out.

Now go have some fun with paint, paper, and pretty things!!  Meet back here at the beginning of next week for a new layout made with Things That Shine Neon Yellow Glitter!!!  :)

****For more inspiration and fun things to look at you can follow me on Pinterest.****

A Things That Shine Collage

Hi all!

The day is finally here.  The unveiling of my mystery project. ;)  Something has been creatively brewing for awhile and one of the main catalysis to finally make me “go for it” was when I received the new Things That Shine Fall Kits from Ashley.  These kits are so perfect for scrapbooking, card making, and other crafty pursuits, but the eclectic mix of awesome supplies where telling me to make a mixed media collage.  And so I did!

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I started on a gessoed 9×12 sheet of watercolor paper.  Layered on paint and collaged on this book page from the Back to School kit.

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I attached this charming little paper airplane charm from the Back to School kit with white embroidery floss from the Celebrate Summer kit.

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I penciled out the “A” stencil and painted around it with raw umber acrylic paint.  I created the frame with strips I cut from a fabric tape that came from the Little Boy Fox kit.

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And here is a closer look.  The fabric was originally a cream color with brown flowers.  I first painted on classic teal then cream paint.  Then I heighted the color with a teal Caran d’Arche Neocolor.  I used the same Neocolor crayon to write the word “lesson”. [and here I'll say that the in reality the teals in this piece are a little more toward the greenish side]

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I used this altered label holder to contain the label maker “learned”.  The label holder was a shiney black plastic that I first painted with raw umber paint and then dry brushed on some gold.  Here you can see a bit of the teal seam binding I used on the bottom and left side of the collage.  This seam binding along with a variety of other bluey tealy colors come  from the Falling Leaves kit.

So there you have it.  A Lesson to Be Learned; the first collage I’ve done without family photos in years.  I am so inspired to make more collages along side my scrapbook layouts.  Check out Ashley’s Things That Shine Etsy shop and see where inspiration and your own creativity takes you!  Also, don’t miss Ashley’s new offer of free shipping with the purchase of three fall kits!!

For more information and how to’s in creating collages and mixed media scrapbook pages I would like to recommend these books that have really helped me to take off on this new creative journey.

Have a super fun artsy day and (if all goes as planned) meet me here at the end of this week for a new “In the Studio” post!  :)

**Linked up to Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog. Challenge: Falling in love with…(fall colors and fall kits) and Paper Issues New Issue: You’re sew cute, you keep me in stitches.

In the Studio…

Here’s what’s happening in the studio:

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Playing with a paper airplane from the Things That Shine Back to School kit,

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working with yummy neon yellow fine glitter from the Things That Shine Pop of Neon Yellow embellishment pack,

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admiring new scrappy goodies from my LSS,

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and being excited about fresh art supplies.

What’s happening in your studio??  I’d love to know!  Leave me comment and/or a link to your blog so I can check it out.

Go get creative and then join me back here at the beginning of next week for the reveal of the full project that just might have something to do with a paper airplane!!  :)

With Granny

Hi everyone!!

Today I am bringing to you a new Things That Shine layout.  I have to tell you the more I work with Ashley’s kits the more inspired I become.  I was planning to say that this is my favorite layout to date, but I actually have a new layout in the works that is fast becoming my new favorite.  That’s a good thing right…to always love the project you are currently working on the most!!  :)  For this layout I used items from these Things That Shine kits: Celebrate Summer, Spring Showers, and Leaves are Falling.

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I went back in time for this layout.  This is a photo of my mom holding my son.  They both look younger, LOL! (Sorry Mom!)  I just love my son’s serious face and my mom’s apparent joy.

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Two sweet birds, a cross stitch rose, polka dots, and a doily…these Things That Shine really emphasize the theme of grandson and granny,

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with thoughts of love,

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and cause for celebration.

And now for a DIY photo corner:

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Just trim off the corner of any envelope with patterned scissors and slide the new fabulous corner over the photo!

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See!!!

Thanks for joining me today for this post that started out the same, but ended a bit different.  For all these lovely goodies please visit Ashley Calder’s Esty Shop Things That Shine.  When you receive items from Ashley you will feel like a special gift has come your way.  So treat yourself to a wonderful package of beautiful fun!

I have a mystery project in the works that is just about finished and I will share it here soon, so stay tuned!

Have a happy day and go make stuff!!  :)

**Linked up to Paper Issues new issue, you’re sew cute you keep me in stitches.

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