Thursday, June 22, 2017

On My Mind With Kaisercraft's Hanami Garden

When I saw Kaisercraft Hanami Garden collection I had the perfect photo for this theme.  The photo is of me when we lived in Germany.  Dad loved buying me little outfits and of course as cute as I was he took photos.  He was our photo bug in the family.  My daughter has taken up the mantle from him.

Tim Holtz Thinlits Die Set Mixed Media #2.  The two corner pieces were cut from Tim Holtz's mix media die set.  I took it a step further by cutting around the outside to make an embellishment for my page.  These dies are truly ingenious and versatile.
I am using my masks that I purchased during the mask craze.  I never really figured out how to use them they way I wanted.  Now they are added embellishments to my pages.  I gave it a touch of white paint on the rough side to bring it out more.
I used an older piece of chipboard from Technique Tuesday's frames.  I cut one side to make a type of "parentheses."  I added a Distress Mustard Seed ink and stamped with Fiskars Asian Inspired.  
The stamped "peace" above the photo also came from Fiskars' Asian Inspired stamp set.  A cluster of Prima flowers with vintage ribbon lace and  Prima and Tim Holtz's embellishments finishes it off.  

Some fussy cut was called for when I was creating my layouts this day.  I was at a scrapbook crop and mixed media probably was not the call of the day with my neighboring croppers.  LOL  I did add a little paint splatter, but I went prepared with a box "shield."  

It was fun to revisit old memories of me and Dad.  

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Mixed Media Layout...Me 'n Dad

I decided to create my own design using what I have attempted to learn about mixed media.  I have a long way to go.  It was fun to work out the design, make mistakes, spritz, stamp and ink! 

The week leading up to Father's Day was a wonderful time to go through my dad's albums to find a photo I wanted to use on the layout.  It was wonderful "visiting" with my memories and Dad.

Dad and Deb
Good Things To Know
Finnabair Art Basics by Prima
Finnabair Patina Effect Paste
Claudine Hellmuth Studio medium
Bo Bunny's Life In Color
Prima Flowers
Tim Holtz  Distress Oxides, Distress Inks, Distress reinkers, tag stencils
Dylusions stencil and sprays
(and more!)

The scariest thing turned out to be the easiest---Patina Effect Paste.  I want to create more projects with these pastes.  It was so easy to use, it only takes a little and it was so easy to use.  Did I tell you it was easy to use?  You'll fall in love with it. 

I stamped directly onto the clock piece and cut it out to create "the man in time" piece.

The letters, numbers and "LOVE" were cut from Bo Bunny's paper, but the "8" (not as visible as I would like) is Tim Holtz Idea-ology Stencil Type with the Finnabair Patina Pastes.  LOVE!

I used the Distress Oxides and Distress Stain Vintage Photo spray for the bricks.

Stamping, washi tape, fussy cutting pieces along with a tag from my clothes.  I love saving unusual tags from clothing.  This one I tucked underneath the "hot air balloon" has a cool clip and a nice texture to the paper.

I love painting or adding a bit of mixed media to the flowers.  This ended up being one of the many mistakes I made.  I used a "wrong" chunky style fragments.  Since they were glued on I simply added paint to change the colors and it became workable.

It was a fun time playing with mixed medias.  I don't know if I can do this every time I create a layout, but I am going to keep learning, creating and enjoy the journey.

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Junkin' or Pickin' It's All Treasure To Me

I took some time last weekend to do a little "yard sell" hunting.  I like going to church yard sales because (1) it helps the church ministry and (2) you can find some really great finds.

What I found this past weekend excites me more than my recent treasures.  I found .... Tin Advertising Pie Plates. 

My Little Story 
I saw these wonderful, old pie plates sitting on a table.  I approached two excited ladies who welcomed someone to admire their pie tins.   I asked about them.  They were discovered in their Great-Uncle's barn after his death.  Sitting there was a stack of different pie is where I express great sorrow and regret for not buying every one of the pie tins.  $3.00 for all....aghhhhhhhhhhh.  A little Charlie Brown sound effect.  

I ended up buying two each of the Case-Moody Pie Tins and Lloyd J. Harriss Pie Tins.

The Case-Moody pie tin is from the 1930's in Chicago, IL and the Lloyd J. Harriss tin is from the 1950's in Saugatuck, MI  Both companies mainly sold fruit pies.

Since both companies are in the same area of the country, I conclude this gentleman at some point in his history lived in or frequently visited the area.  Also, he loved fruit pies.  

I only paid 25 cents for each pie plate.  I refer you to the Charlie Brown sound effect for not buying them all.

Here is what I am doing with one of the pie plates and will probably use one for my antique lace bits and buttons.  The other two will be hung somewhere in my kitchen.  

It is exciting to discover such finds and maybe learn a little history of pies and people. 

PS  Connie, I was thinking about you when I found these.

I am heading to a crop this Saturday.  I am excited to meet up with like-minded crafters.

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Monday, June 12, 2017

I've Heard the Rumbles of Christmas

Oh my!  I am already thinking about my December Daily albums.  What's happening?  I am seeing new Christmas paper collections from several companies already.  Did you know that Hobby Lobby has Christmas merchandise out?  Personally would like to enjoy the summer before wishing for Christmas. 

In the spirit of Christmas I have a layout I've been saving to share.  I created it during Christmas 2015 season.  This was a special time with my grandchildren and the "real" Santa Claus. 

195 Days Until Christmas!

Bits and Pieces
Graphic 45 12 Days of Christmas paper collection
Blue Fern Studios chipboard title "Wonder."
Technique Tuesday chipboard frame
Prima Flowers

Technique Spotlight
Fussy Cut...I still find this the most relaxing technique to do for my layouts and projects.

Side Note
It's summer school break.  I am blessed to be with my grandchildren a lot during this season.  Because of that my blog might look a bit different from week to week as my time if full of making memories for them and for me. I will be sharing....
New Adventures
Pickin' Finds (great time for me to treasure hunt!)
Kids Crafts
There will be no rhyme or reason from week to week.  I hope you will join me for a summer full of fun. 

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Thursday, June 08, 2017

Mixed Media: Getting Ready for a Fun Project

I'm learning and practicing mixed media techniques.  Do you think someone could teach me patience to enjoy the process and not focus on the end product?  When you see all the layers, one layer at a time, it keeps looking like a mistake.  Then you get to the worked.  Whew!

I created my tag while watching Prima Marketing Inc + Lindy's Stamp Gang mixed media cards tutorial.  Somehow there is only a hint of recognition of their creation in mine.  Theirs is light and colorful, mine reminds me of fall and a golden palace of royalty.  I finally ended up liking it. 
 All the details are on the video that is only 6:16 minutes.  Perfect time for me.  Here are some differences.
-mine is a tag.  They actually create 2 cards.
-different colors.  I chose Bo Bunny's Enchanted Harvest for my background (could explain the feel of Fall.)
-added thread.  I like the look of the thread around a grouping.  Just a fun element.
-added crackle.  I was having a hard time accepting what I had so I added Tim Holtz Distress crackle paint, clear rock candy.
-I created some of my color sprays.  I used Distress stains, reinkers from the Tim Holtz Distress inks,  old Tattered Angels glimmer mist.  I added a few drops of the mediums into a Ranger spritzer with water and worked with what I could make. 
Mine ended up looking much different BUT I learned much which was the purpose. 
Which brings me to why I am LEARNING and PRACTICING so much with mixed media.  I am working towards altering a record album book.  Basically, a set of albums bound in one cover.   If you are of the generation of POST records, here is the definition and history of "records." 
I realized after I tried to cover the front with white gesso that I needed help.  I have created an altered record album before but I really wanted this one to be mixed media strong. 

This book houses a series of Kate Smith records.  I love Kate Smith so this is perfect.  After I finish the pages the records will be returned to the sleeves unharmed. 

I have more to learn and a book to design.  I have decided on vintage photos from my Dad's photo collection from the 50's and early 60's. 

Along with learning techniques, I am working on learning about and purchasing products.  That is almost the hardest part.

Do you recommend a company or specific mixed media product?  I am dying for all the input I can get.

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Monday, June 05, 2017

Mixed Media Layout...Do You Teach via Video? IYTMM A Must Read

I admire and am jealous of all the artists out there that can work with mixed media.  I do little bits here and there, but this past week I jumped in with both feet.  When I did, I went straight to the bottom and over my head.

I am a hands on learner so off to YouTube to find videos that basically say "mixed media for beginners."  I looked for videos under 10 minutes.

If you teach mixed media, hereafter: IYTMM... I would like to share my observation as crafter trying to learn about mixed media online. 

****IYTMM...Create videos that are within 10 minutes.  It can be a video with music and faster pace.  I can stop the video and see it again and again.  I don't need an hour and half.****

I watched videos sponsored by companies with designers I am aware of to one degree or another.  I've created a few tags just for practice.  Well, everything right now is practice. 

****'s okay to show your mistakes so I know what to do when it happens.  What cleans or doesn't clean.  Dry fast or dry slow.  etc.****

I landed on a Live with Prima video by Tiffany Solorio.  Under 10 minutes, for beginners and for LAYOUTS.  Perfect. Tiffany did a great job.  I recommend anyone, beginner or not, to check it out.  My layout today is based on Tiffany's video although it is nowhere near the beauty of Tiffany's layout.

This is a photo of me, over 50 years ago!  I did not edit the photo.  I love it as is.
The details are on the video with the exception of ...
-chipboard...I used paper and created my faux chipboard by cutting a design from Tim Holtz mixed media die, emboss with tattered rose Distressed embossing powder.  It worked.
-Paper is from Bo Bunny's Life in Color.
-Smaller photo.  This was already printed so I did not want to waste, but I would go with a smaller photo in the future.

****IYTMM...limit your mixed media mediums to 3 items.  Tell what they are, how they work, and examples of when you would use them.  You don't have to demo each one, just tell me.  If you want to get a lot of products in the videos do a video series just for beginners.  I would be there.****

I really liked using vellum, bubble wrap and a paper roll to create texture.  As I look at the photo I realize I am going to have to beef up my mixed media supplies before I try another layout.

****IYTMM...Use other examples of items you can use to create texture and design if you do a video series.****

I did not catch a supply list until well into the video...I should have thought to look.  The supply list was too long for me to purchase. I manged because I play with mixed media products via Ranger and Tim Holtz.  Now I am learning about all the wonderful mediums out there.

****IYTMM...add the supply list in the description and on the beginning of the video (or place the whereabouts of the supply list at the beginning of the video).  For mix media beginners have a list of starter products you would recommend.  If you are doing this for a company or for your own business have it tucked away somewhere on your blog or the company's blog and add the link in your video description.  I would love to add something like that to my blog eventually.****

These are just a few of my ideas as I watched dozens of  videos.  Now, don't go to my YouTube channel and say, "yea, she doesn't know what she is talking about."  Those videos were created years ago and I love to talk too much.  LOL

****IYTMM...I wold love to watch one of your videos or check out your blog.  Leave a link in the comments and I promise to visit.****

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Thursday, June 01, 2017

Theirs Is A True "Life In Color"

A vintage photo needs a vintage touch.

I recently came across this incredible photo of all my aunts and uncles.  Brothers and Sisters when they were young.  Each one a blessing and creative beyond reason. 

The challenge was to make sure the layout reflects who I think they were AND to get all their names on the page. 

Who I believed they were at the time
It would be easy to create a "girly" page but I don't see my aunts like that.  I could have created a "dapper" page for my uncles. Although they are quite "dapper" it is not how I see them.  What I see a family that loves each other, fight for each other, struggle and survive hard times to become the best a person and a family is can be.  As adults they brought the same determination to their lives and succeeded. 
Bo Bunny's Life in Color
Tim Holtz Tags altered with Distress Inks, Tim Holtz and Wendy Vecchi stamps.
Stamps, ink and paint created the banner.
I added the burlap for the texture and the idea of farm life.
Tim Holtz calendar washi tape, alpha tiles, Flash Cards Elementary, idea-ology clock and hands, clock alteration with grunge paper, film strip
Prima flowers.  I added Ken Oliver's Ultramarine Blue Color Burst to the one flowers. 
Stickers from the Life In Color collection.  Added Glossy Accents to the paper with the letters/type keys.  Cut them out and added to the page.
Older Bo Bunny rub-ons - film strip pieces.
White cardstock
Wild Honey Distress Stain, spritz with water to tone it down.
Vintage Photo Distress ink around the edges of each name. 
If I could give a piece of advice when you create this type of layout. . .
Bring a glass of sweet ice tea, sit down on the front porch with your aunts and uncles, ask one question.  It will only take one question and stories will come.

(To my aunts and uncles, if they read this, know any reference to you in the past tense was only a reference to the time this photo was taken.)

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