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bird = un oiseau

Getting dotty this week over at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog!  Here’s my entry….


I began this “French Word” tag by doing a photocopy transfer, with one of my own Paris photographs, on top of the My Mind’s Eye dotted paper.  I was surprised and delighted by the streaky brush stroke lines running through my transferred image.  I think it happened because of the textured surface of the My Mind’s Eye paper.  And that’s exactly what I love about transfers, you never quite know how they’ll turn out.  It’s a little bit of arty magic!!!


This sweet little bird is from the Claudine Hellmuth Studio clear stamp set “Spring Garden”,  which is stamped in dash of red paint.


More dots with the Fiskars punch, circular trim from Webster’s Pages, and the stamped frame from the “Words & Frames 1” set by Claudine Hellmuth Studio.  Under the frame is a bit of Jenni Bowlin Studio patterned paper that I distressed and aged with gesso and sanding.  I then brought it back to life with a bit of the same dash of red paint and frayed burlap Distress Ink.


Supplies:  Tag: Ranger Inkssential #8 manilla; Cardstock: Bazzill Basics; Patterned Paper: MME Remarkable “Day” Dates, Jenni Bowlin Studio Wren Accessory Sheet; Trim: Webster’s Pages Christmas; Clear Stamps, Acrylic Paint, Multi-Medium, Gesso: Claudine Hellmuth Studio; Ink: StazOn Jet Black, Tim Holtz Distress Ink;  Marker: Amy Tangerine Slick Writer; Punch: Fiskars Threading Water; Button: Claudine Hellmuth; Other: yarn I bought in Paris 🙂

Thanks so much for stopping by and I’ll see ya after the holiday!!

xo, Evie


Explore Your World

Today I am sharing my Contributing Project, a mixed-media layout on canvas,  for Claudine Hellmuth’s Technique Toolbox class through Big Picture Classes.  Drum roll please….(just kidding)!


I used the “aged peeled paper” technique to create a background that would give the feel of layers of earth and grasses.  I used a double-sided patterned paper, from My Mind’s Eye, knowing that the reverse print would show through and create the depth I was looking for.  Layering a wash of Claudine Hellmuth Studio acrylic paint over top really enhanced this technique.

Here is a detail of the technique.  You can see the polka dotted paper from the reverse side showing through.


I altered these Kitten Thickers with Claudine Hellmuth Studio’s acrylic paints in landscape green and dab of yellow.  I created more detail by going back in with a white Gelly Roll pen.  Also, you can see I got down to the canvas with the paper peeling technique.


Here is a cluster of items my son might find while “exploring his world” during one of our camping trips.DSCN1615

Maybe this sweet bird left a few of the items behind.  He is from Claudine’s Spring Garden clear stamps and stamped with smidge of blue paint on to sticky-back canvas in natural.


I really loved being a part of Claudine’s class this summer.  I also enjoyed waking up to a new technique video each morning.  If you ever get a chance to take one of Claudine’s classes I highly recommend it…they are a daily dose of inspiration!!

Supplies:  Patterned paper:  My Mind’s Eye, Echo Park Paper Company, Jenni Bowlin Studio, Modern Mercantile for Jenni Bowlin Studio; Chipboard alphas:  Thickers by American Crafts; Vellum: Studio Calico; Wood venner bubbles: Studio Calico; Chipboard banner flags and button: My Mind’s Eye; Rubber stamps: Claudine Hellmuth Studio, Cocoa Daisy, Creatiate; Sticky-back canvas, multi-medium, acrylic paint: Claudine Hellmuth Studio; Twine and punch: Martha Stewart Crafts; Pens: Marvy UCHIDA, Sakura; Thread: Coats and Clark; Other: 12×12 canvas, vintage payroll sheet, sequins, buttons, safety pin.

Thanks for stopping by today, for this little vacation from my vacation in Paris!  🙂

See ya soon!  xo, Evie

Une Cafe

Bonjour!  A new Paris layout….Une Cafe.


The photo on the right is my hubby sitting in a cafe we stopped in.  It is layered over the transfer from the photo in my Rue de Bretagne layout  As you can see the photo is quite dark and maybe should not have been scrapped, but it is hard to eliminate any Paris pictures!  My Paris photos are all from film…so I got what I got….my hubby is too dark and the background is blurry (which would have been good, depth of field and all, if my hubby wasn’t so dark),..but this forced me to get creative* with my layout.  I created a collage that includes part of the index print, which is pretty interesting with the rectangles of yellow and the sneak peak of the pictures to come.  


You can see, I included some humorous journaling and cafe ephemera…a sugar cube wrapper.  (Yes, I saved it and I wasn’t even a scrapper then!!)


Layers of Paris love!


Ever since I got my JBS Ticket Please punch I’ve been wanting to do something like this!


More fun with punches and I love photo corners!  I used my Martha Stewart photo corner punch with black cardstock and Color Shine in gold.


Going “old school” with gold brads and more photo corner love!  I painted a fabric photo corner with Claudine Hellmuth Studio smidge of blue acrylic paint.

Supplies:  Cardstock:  Bazzill Basics Dotted Swiss; Patterned paper: Jenni Bowlin Studio Lace Curtain-Wren Collection, My Mind’s Eye Collectable (polka dots); Journaling Card: JBS-Be Our Guest; Snip’em Tags: Chic Tags-Road Trip; Paper tape: JBS-Notebook Grid; Alphas: JBS; Doilies and twine: Martha Stewart Crafts; Ribbon: Offray; Thread: Coats and Clark; Spray ink: Heidi Swapp Color Shine; Punches: Fiskars, JBS/Fiskars, Martha Stewart Crafts; Acrylic paint, gesso, multi-medium: Claudine Hellmuth Studio; Other: gold frame charm, heart sequin, gold brads, ribbon photo corner, marker, pencil, sugar cube wrapper.

*This is why I still love film!

Until next week xo,  Evie

A Technique Toolbox Share

Hi everyone!  I’m back today sharing a fun experiment I did with one of the transfer techniques from Claudine Hellmuth’s Technique Toolbox class at Big Picture Classes.


If you’ve seen my last post you may recognize this as my photo from the Rue de Bretagne layout.  I enlarged it on a laser copier in black and white.   Then I used Claudine’s awesome transfer technique to transfer it to patterned paper that I had first toned down with a thin layer of gesso.  I just love how the polka dotted paper shows through, especially in the sky. 


We are now in the last week of the class.  It is amazing how fast five weeks can go by.  And I am amazed how much information Claudine manages to put in her classes.   I am grateful for all the techniques she has taught, that I can refer to at any time, but I have to say I am stuck on this transfer technique!  There are so many possibilties!!!  I actually have plans for this transfer….it will appear in my next Paris layout!

Supplies:  Patterned paper: My Mind’s Eye; Gesso, Muti-Medium in matte and glossy: Claudine Hellmuth Studio; Other: black and white laser copy.  

Thanks so much for stopping by and I’ll see ya next week with a new Paris layout!!

xo, Evie