Sunday, July 28, 2013

Joy and pink jingle bells

Hello my friends,
Today I was painting some items a lovely shade of "Peony Pink" in my studio.  One of those items was a bag of jingle bells.  Some pink paint and a wee bit of glitter and they were all ready for a Christmas Card.  Which brings me to the "Pink, White, and Silver" Color challenge over at the Festive Friday Challenge Blog.  So here is my entry into FFC13:
 I die-cut the WPlus9 snowflake out of my doily and then cut it again in pink, stamped it with a gingham background and inlaid it into the silver shimmer doily.  It is hard to tell in the picture but I really like the inlaid look in real life!  The heart tag is stamped and embossed in silver with a WPlus9 sentiment and tied with some cheese-cloth and pink jute twine with a lovely sparkly jingle bell added.  I struggled with the bottom section of the card and am not sure about the felt heart strip even now...but will let the card ruminate over-night and see if a solution presents itself in the morning.  I think my mojo is gone as I am super tired!!!!!  Too much has happened this week and sometimes being a single parent without my beloved Stuart just wears me totally out.  That is why I was crafting tonight - for some "ME" time! 

Thanks for taking a look and I apologize for my lack of comments in blog land of has been a long couple of weeks!

P.S.  For those of you that were asking Tim is better finally! And Mommy is very relieved!  There are sure some nasty bugs going around...what happened to the 24 hour and 48 hour flu bugs of yester year?

Stamps: WPlus9
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink and Silver Shimmer from Thrift store find/stash
Other:  Felt, Cheery Lynn Doily Die; Papertrey Ink hear border die and heart tag die; WPlus9 snowflake die; cheesecloth, jute twine, jingle bell, stickles,

Monday, July 22, 2013

I believe in Angels....

Hello Friends,
It is 7pm on Monday evening and I am finally over my migraine! Yeah! I have a card to share that I made earlier this week and a tag too...

I used a new Cheery Lynn Designs tree die and border die that I purchased from their summer release that just came out.  I love the little star and swish cut outs that are on this tree die.  So pretty!  I added some glitter glue with gold highlights in it so I can enter it into the latest Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge #90 - Silver and/or Gold.  I love the way the gold flecks sparkle in the above photo!  They are even prettier in person!

The card also uses some trendy twine in the color "Posy" (soft pink and cream) which I won on a recent Facebook giveaway!  So sweet!   

Here is another picture which shows the gold glitter effect on the tree better.  And also shows the tag again with the tiny angel wings that I created from the "leftover" cutouts in the Sofia's Heart Border Die.  Now I can make baby angel wings any time I want them.  The Sofia's Heart Doily Die makes slightly bigger angel wings  so you can depict a mother/child or family of angels if you want.  Love this!

Thanks for taking a  look at my card and tag!
:) Jill

Monday, July 15, 2013

I believe in Angels.....Mixed Media Wall Art

Hello Friends,
Well I finally did it....I faced my "fears" and have been working on a Mixed Media Wall Art piece for my bedroom over the past few days.  I recently purchased a new turquoise quilt (with green stitching) for my bedroom and when I saw the colors for this weeks Mixed Media Color Challenge #3 I knew I would make a "FAMILY" piece to hang in my room.  Here is the inspiration photo:

For me this became a very personal piece representing our family. Our beloved "Papa Stuart" is represented with a pair of glittery wings way up in the sky and the saying..."I believe in Angels!".  Today marks 1 year and 5 months since he passed away from brain cancer.   When someone who is such a huge part of your life is no longer present it changes absolutely everything!!  I hope that the personal nature of my post doesn't bother anyone.  For me making this type of mixed media canvas is very personal and therapeutic.  These past 3 years have truly been the hardest of our lives as we journeyed through cancer with him and lost him in February of 2012.  I thank each and every one of you that has offered support to me and my son when I have shared some of the things he is going through and that we have had to face together. Your warmth, kindness and empathy are truly a blessing to me!

Here are some process photos of my canvas - you can skip to the end if you are not interested... : )
 Getting started was the hardest part....all that white space staring up at me. (In hindsight I wish I had gessoed a bunch of background papers to the canvas to get it started and then painted over them before adding my house etc.

 After creating my house from patterned paper and the fence from a die I decided to work on the sky.
I started with some cheese cloth at the top of my canvas and over-layed it with die cut clouds.

 Here you can see that I have added a tree made from tissue paper and some green cardstock leaves that I had trimmed by hand from some stamped cardstock.    I have also added gesso and some brown, aqua, and green paints with my finger and paintbrushes to several areas to begin to create dimension.  A scalloped border helps to define the roof of the house more. 
 This photo shows how I have added some roses with dimensional paste as well as some stamping using the chicken wire distressing stamp created by Mona for MFT.  I have also used some Glitz roller stamps and started adding some rub-ons too.


I couldn't find an angel charm or my stash of tiny silk wings in my stash last night so I hand-cut a tiny pair of angel wings to represent my sweet husband Stu as I know that he is watching over us in spirit.  I will probably change these out when I find them.

Here is Mama Bird watching over her time I will distress the cheesecloth and color it before gessoing it!  Oops!  I need some PITT artist pens or something like them....
 I printed my sentiment on a piece of digital gingham paper because I couldn't find any stamps the right size for my canvas.  I smeared the word "where" when adding some gesso and aqua glimmer paint over the top today to seal the canvas one last time.  But really it is just distressed - right! :)
 Here is Papa Bird standing on the roof line of the house made out of buttons with some diamond Stickles added.  I may add some more shading to him as I think he still needs more dimension!
A close up of my "paste" roses.  I unfortunately don't have the right kind of "paint" markers yet for mixed media and couldn't draw in my flower between the roses because the aqua glitter paint by Martha Stewart still wasn't dry yet.  I opted to stop and take my pictures as I wanted to get this posted today.  I will finish the flower later tonight when I fix a few other shading/doodling issues.  My son's fever spiked again today to 103 degrees so we are headed to the Doctor this afternoon after a talk with the nurse.  He has been sick for 8 days now.....and Mommy is a wee bit on the worried side!

Thanks for taking a look at my first ever Mixed Media Canvas Wall Hanging.  I created a wired hanger from some trim I got at Michaels and hot flued it to the sides of my canvas so I can hang it.  I then added a beloved gingham bow to finish it off.

I learned SO SO much during this process.  I know what supplies I need to buy now and have a list of what NOT to do next time!!!!  LOL!  I made a lot of rookie "mistakes"....though there are truly no mistakes when playing at mixed media art from what I have observed on the You Tube videos I have watched!  It always comes together in the end - and most importantly it has meaning in my heart!

 I would love to hear what you think of my very first attempt at a canvas/wall art item!  I never think of myself as doing anything truly artistic with paint as I have family members who are very talented in this area.  I am more of a stick-figure girl myself with a lot of "crafty" in my heart.
Until next time...thanks so much for looking!
:) Jill

P.S.  The woman and boy pictured in the house's windows are my son and I.  They were hand cut from a roll of Prima Washi tape if you were wondering.....

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Hi Sweetie!

Edited to add:  In re-reading my post this morning 7-10-13, I discovered that a paragraph regarding PTI's Make it Monday challenge was missing for some reason.  I am adding it back in.
Hello Friends,
My little one has been down with a horrible flu or possibly sick from something he ate for the past 48 hours.  He is finally feeling a bit better tonight and I whipped up this little card and envelope for a couple of challenges while trying to tackle the mountain of towels and sheets in my laundry room that have accumulated the last two days.

I needed something bright and cheerful and easy and decided to play along with The Shabby Tea Room's Week #174 - Cherry Pie challenge. Here is the inspiration photo:

 This week Tracey is our creative host and she has chosen the theme of 'Cherry Pie' along with this beautiful photo for inspiration and Tracey asks that we who choose to play along create a card or project inspired by the photo using RED, WHITE (or CREAM), AQUA AND TWINE and/or BURLAP!

 I used some hemp twine to sew the cherry stems on my focal point.  And I made the cherries out of coaster board from PTI with a layer of red gingham die cuts so they would stand up more.  The stamps are Fruit Fusion: Cherries by Melissa Bickford for Papertrey Ink.  I just love this sweet little set and was so happy to have the Tea Room inspiration to cause me to pull them out!

I chose to stamp my sentiment on a piece of velvet ribbon from Michael's.  The ribbon is photographing darker than in real life for some reason. It actually matches the aqua gingham paper quite nicely in reality.  I tried adjusting the photo and re-taking it but could not get it to show differently.  Perhaps the brown ink of the sentiment is making it show differently.

I am also linking up to Nichole Heady's blog Capture the Moment for Papertrey Ink's Make it Monday #124.  This week Melissa Phillips posted a lovely video about decorating our envelopes.  I decided to try it with this card using some dry embossing and some leftover die cuts created while making my card design: 
 I also created a little gift label for the person I am giving this card to.

Thanks for taking a look at my card and envelope.

Stamps:  PTI: Fruit Fusion: Cherries with matching die
Cardstock:  PTI - white
Paper:  Digital gingham pastels - pink and aqua; Digital gingham brights - red.  Digital Floral paper
Ink: Memento Lady Bug, PTI Hawaiian Shores, Chalk ink - brown
Other:  Lil Inker stitched circle dies; coaster board - PTI; small doily dies; oval die: PTI; edge punch - EK success?; embossing folder: Anna Griffin; pop dots; tombow glue; hemp twine - Michael's. trendy twine; and pin.

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Saturday, July 6, 2013

From Me to You....

Hello Friends,
I was inspired today by the beautiful inspiration photo over at The Shabby Tea Room: Week #173 - Glorious Flowers:

This week Rebecca is our creative host and she has chosen the theme of 'Glorious Flowers' along with the beautiful photo above for inspiration.  Rebecca asks that we create a card or project inspired by the COLORS FROM THE PHOTO AND INCLUDE FLOWERS, RIBBON AND NEWSPRINT!

 I used the beautiful Spellbinders Grand Labels 4 and Decorative Elements Labels 4 to create my card base and mats.  My mat is made out of some old book paper that I had on hand and this is my "newsprint" element.  My ribbon elements are the two ribbon "leaves: attached to the left side of the large flower.  I actually created 5 various sized flowers out of floral paper.  Then after playing with the layout on the card I opted to combine them together to create one large bloom with a small rose at its center.

Here is a picture of the inside of my card:  
 I apologize for the color of my photos...I was really struggling with getting these colors to photograph well.  I think the very first photo is the only one that really shows them accurately.
 Thanks for taking a look at my card.  I have company this weekend so I am making this short and sweet!
Hope you join in the fun at the Tea Room!

Cardstock/Papers: Winter Wisteria; Rustic Cream - PTI; Old Book Paper; Office Depot - white cardstock
Stamps: WPlus9; PTI
Dies: Spellbinders Grand Labels 4, Decorative Elements - Gold Labels 4; Flower Dies: Simon Says Stamp, PTI, Sentiment die: PTI; Tattered Flowers Die - Sissix
Other:  Ribbon - PTI; Tombow Mono Multi Glue, Score tape, glue dots, copics,old lace curtain fabric die cut into flowers,