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Wednesday
Jul022014

Distress Watercoloring: CC3 Challenge 5 #CC3C

This week my husband and I finally got to get away and take a short vacation for our 10 year anniversary. We went to Michigan and spent the week with my best friend from college, Kim, at her family's cottage on Crystal Lake. It is simply beautiful and inspiring there. The water is so clear and the weather was wonderful. I knew when I got back from vacation that I would have tot many things to catch up on, so I took my traveling Art Box with me to work on the Distress Watercoloring Challenge. It felt wonderful and peaceful to sit in the grass and feel the cool breeze coming off of the water as I stamped and colored.

This is one of my favorite tags that I created beach side using the Distress Watercoloring technique. I love this color palete. It is so easy to work with and seams to be my favorite go to colors.

 

I love seeing everyone's take on each challenge. There are truly some very talented crafters out there. Thank you Linda Ledbetter for organizing this challenge bi-weekly and a huge Thank You out to Inspiration Emporium for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate just for playing along in the challenge this time.

Wednesday
Jun182014

Texture Paste: CC3 Challenge 4 #CC3C

This time the CC3 Challenge is Texture Paste. This is one of my all time favorite techniques, because I like things to be chunky and have multiple layers. I've been playing with the Dreamweaver's Stencil paste looooong before Wendi introduced it. There are so many different fun colors and they come in gloss and matte finishes. We carry the full line of Dreamweaver's Stencil Paste here at Scrapbook-N-Memories.

For this challenge I felt that it was time to get my Art Journal out again and play. I used the Seasonal Distress Stains, Distress Ink Pads and Layering Stencils from Tim Hotlz.

Here is a close up of all those fun yummy layers. I love that you can't tell which layer came first. Almost like the Chicken vs. The Egg debate, which came first?!

I want to send a huge Thank You out to Linda again for having these fun challenges. Everyone's projects just keep getting better and better each time. Also a huge Thank You out to The Funkie Junkie Boutique for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate. 

Wednesday
Jun042014

Faux Tea Roses: CC3 Challenge 3. #CC3C

This time the CC3 Challenge is the Faux Tea Roses. I have to admit this challenge gave me some troubles and a few of my first roses went into the trash. I'm too much of a perfectionist and for this technique you need to relax and let the rose take its shape on its own and don't force it. Once I figured this out, I was much happier with my roses. 

Those of you that know me, know that I have a letter "K" addiction and I buy everyone that I see. They are all lined up around the top of my craft room, but I have so many they now over flow into the rest of the house. I had bought this letter "K" on the clearance rack a few years ago. It's very plain and blah and seems to stand out like a sore thumb amonst the rest of my letters. So I decided to embellish and alter it for this challenge.

I started by rubbing Coffee Archival reinker all over the letter with an ink blending tool to give it an aged look. I then heat set/cooked it until it was dry. I also recolored the ribbon by spraying it with Glimmer Mist from Tattered Angels.

 For the Faux Tea Roses I used vintage scrap paper I had laying around and complete the technique found on page 65 in Tim Holtz's A Compendium of Curiosities Vol. 3 Book. I found the my hot glue gun came in very handy for assembling and adhering the roses since it dies quick. 

Here is a close up of my roses.  

 

Thank you again Linda Ledbetter for having these fun challenges. Also thank you to Inspiration Emporium for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate.

Friday
May232014

Let's get Dylusional with Art Journaling! 

Dylusions Spring Art Journal Page 

I absolutely LOVE these new Floral Stamps from Dyan Reavely and couldn't wait to peel the packaging open and play with them the day they came into the store. The flowers are created from book print pages that I cleaned my stencils off on. Dylusion Sprays are amazing, vibrant and I don't want to waste even a drop. For step by step written instructions and photos on how I completed this page, you can visit Ranger Inks blog and check out my tutorial on "Dylusions Spring Art Journal Page."

Wednesday
May142014

Distress Glitter: CC3 Challenge 2. #CC3C

The CC3 Challenge #2 is up and this time it is Distress Glitter. I have to say I'm in LOVE with these glitters. They are like no other glitter out there on the market and come in a wide variety of colors. They are chunky and look like antique crushed glass. You can even ink around the edges with Distress Ink pads and it will take and hold the color.

I created this ATC card using the newest fun products from Tim Hotlz winter CHA releases.

Here is a close up of the Distress Glitter. Don't you just love how chunky it is. When the light hits it, it gives it just enough sparkle with out being overwhelming.

I want to thank Linda Ledbetter for creating these bi-weekley challenges. When I'm overwhelmed with all the stuff I own this challenge is a great way to help me focus on one product and just create and have fun. I also want to thank The Funkie Junkie Boutique for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate.