This time of year is such a fun time to do crafting! I got together with a couple of friends and we spent the day making Halloween cards, wooden tags, and display pieces for Halloween decor. We used all kinds of ephemera, embellishments, paint and ribbon. Most of the products used were Idea-ology/Tim Holtz. I love Tim’s unique designs that have a vintage feel. Here are a few of the pieces I made. Witch-ing you a happy Halloween!
Last month I took an art class with the amazing mixed media artist, designer, and teacher Gewn Lafleur. She taught a full-day class “Of Angels and Icons” at Everything Scrapbook and Stamps in Lake Worth, Florida. We took inspiration from Mexican folk art and orthodox icons and made our own interpretations into mixed media angels.
We used acrylic paints, texture mediums, collage papers, ephemera, stencils, stamps, heat embossing, and beautiful fabrics that Gwen collected from around the world to accessorize our figures. We put all of those supplies together with various techniques to make our collaged angels on an 12″ x 16″ canvas pane.
I loved taking this class with a teacher who shared so much about how she creates art, her love of travel and culture, and her passion to share it with crafters like me! Take a look at how my angel turned out:
Time has flown since I started #the100dayproject! Hard to believe that it’s down to the wire with just 8 days to go. I thought I’d share some pictures from the past few weeks with you. Have a great day!
The #100dayproject is in full swing! We are 47 days in and I thought I’d share some of the pieces I’ve made. Time is flying by and I am so happy that I made this commitment. It’s been fun and challenging making little pieces of art everyday!
Ready to get creative? Today is the day! I am joining the global community in participating in the 6th annual #The100DayProject.
The100DayProject is a free art project that takes place online. Every spring, thousands of people all around the world commit to 100 days of exploring their creativity. Anyone can join and I am excited to participate! The idea is simple: choose a project, do it every day for 100 days, and share your process on Instagram with the hashtag #The100DayProject.
My project will be to make a little “art” every day for the 100 days. I will post each of my paper pieces on my Instagram account @stampjunkie with the hashtag #dks100days. My hope for this project is to feel more accomplished in my craft projects. At the end of the project I’ll have a nice stash of pieces that I can use to add-on to my handmade cards and tags.
I’m nervous and excited about this commitment and I’m hoping you’ll be here for the ride and encourage me along the way! I’ll keep you posted on my progress.
I took a watercolor class a couple of months ago and have been practicing some of the techniques I learned. As a beginner, it’s more challenging to learn than what I thought it would be! One thing that is cool and complex at the same time is that you are in complete control of opacity in watercolor painting. It’s amazing to see how one color can change depending on the ratio of paint to water that you use on the brush. I obviously still have a lot to learn and need tons of practice, but I think the most difficult part is to start. If you’re thinking of trying something new, don’t hesitate – just GO FOR IT and have fun!
I love my hippie stamps! These tags were fun to make – the flower girl is from a set named ” Hippie Dottie” that was made by Totally Stampalicious (that went out of business about 5 years ago) and the dude is in the stamp set “Hippie” from Deep Red Stamps. I made these tags starting with stenciling on Ranger Inkssentials manila craft tags using Tim Holtz’s “Rays” stencil and distress inks.
I didn’t really have a layout plan on how I was putting the tags together, so I set the tags aside and began stamping and embossing the hippies and the Peace sentiment. After coloring them (the fun part!) with Copic markers, I decided to fussy cut them out and I used a punch instead of scissors for the sentiment. Since I wanted to match the hippies to the tag, I stamped on Ranger Inkssentials Manila Card Stock so it would coordinate perfectly.
Dimensional foam dots were used to attach the hippie cut-outs to the tags. To finish the tags I added some hemp and a metal peace sign to embellish and a little bling.