Thursday, March 16, 2017

StencilGirl and Walnut Hollow Blog Hop

Hello Stencil Friends!
Welcome to Day 2 of the StencilGirl and Walnut Hollow Blog Hop.
I chose this Square Tray to build my project on.
I was wanting something bright and cheerful....
A good project for the gray end of winter.

I had been going through my stash for another project 
and had pulled out bits and pieces of papers, gelli prints and collage materials.
This made the perfect start for the bottom of the tray.

There is Mary Beth Shaw's Bullseye Stencil.
And  the Repetition Stencil... as well as a sphere from

I used a variety of stamps and magazine scraps and song lyrics.
There is tissue paper and napkins and scrapbook paper...
As well as Acrylic Paints and Markers.

I wanted some contrast to set off the collage,
so I painted the inside walls of the tray a nice creamy yellow
and mixed a nice turquoise for the outside walls.
To top it off I lightly added Journal Texture #2.

I gave the insides several coats of varnish for protection.
I love how it turned out.

Of Course there is a GIVEAWAY!!!

One lucky winner will receive both a $25 Gift Certificate to StencilGirl Products
AND a $25 Gift Certificate to Walnut Hollow!
Visit the fabulous designers from both teams and comment for your
chance to win!
The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to WIN!
(One comment per blog please.)
You have until Sunday, March 19th at 11:59PM Central Time to leave your comments.
Winner will be announced on
StencilGirl's Facebook page and Walnut Hollow’s Facebook page on Monday, March 20th.

Here are today's Blog Hop Artists...

Have FUN hopping!
Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

March 2017 Challenge To Create Prompts

Hi Art Friends!
Another month, Another challenge!

Join Us if you can! One day or everyday!

Join Us on Instagram: Janet HERE Maria HERE
Use the #'s: #challengetocreate #creativeeveryday
Saturday = PP-Planner Prompt
Sunday = Quote

Monday = Mandala

1 Hexagon 
2 Art Deco
3 Paper Clips
4 PP-Collage
5 Weekly Quote
6 Monday Mandala
7 Splatter/Drip
8 Use Colored Pencils
9 Flower of the Month-Daffodil
10 A Skyline
11 PP-Daylight Savings
12 Weekly Quote
13 Monday Mandala
14 National Pi Day
15 Celtic Knot Pattern
16 Repetition
17 Shamrock
18 PP-Black and White
19 Weekly Quote
20 Monday Mandala
21 Something at the Circus
22 Favorite Color
23 Favorite Artist
24 Bird of the Month-Blue Bird
25 PP-Add a Feather
26 Weekly Quote
27 Monday Mandala
28 Tulips
29 Spring Cleaning
30 Obsession of the Month
31 Seeds

The important thing is to be creative every day!
Happy Arting!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Kraft Tex and StencilGirl Blog Hop

Welcome to Day One of the C&T Publishing and StencilGirl Blog Hop.
How exciting to get my hands on Kraft-Tex!
I chose this beautiful rich color.....Tangerine.
Wow! Lucious!

I tried everything I could with the product.
I painted it, spray painted it, glazed it, antiqued it, cut it, stamped on it, 
dripped ink on it, sewed it, glued it, super glued it and stenciled it.... 

I'll be honest and tell you I made several projects with this roll.
Here is one of my favorite's.

I started by sewing book cover size cardboard in between the product. 
I knew I wanted to make a book but wasn't sure which direction it would take.

Next up I used flat white spray paint through the Damask Medium Stencil.
A few little spritzes of yellow spray inks....
At this point I figured out the logistics of papers and signatures and binding...
So I put all that together and punched the holes.

Now I felt I could continue having an idea how it might all work together.
So I began adding color to the damask design with Faber-Castell Pitt pens
They are india ink pens and are permanent.
  I thought they would be a good match to the Kraft-Tex base layer.

I played until I liked the flow of it
and sprayed it with Krylon Matte Finish Spray Fixative.
Then I mod podged the whole thing.
It soaked right in and left a beautiful, satiny finish.
I liked it alot...but I wanted more of an aged look.

The Kraft-Tex has a great texture by itself.
It reminds me of leather, and I was hoping to emphasize that aspect....
but how?
I decided to try a crackle glaze and antiquing paint.

I followed the directions on the jar.
I don't use this stuff every day!
I admit it was a little scary!

But Wow! 
I rubbed it into the crackly cracks
and gave the finished journal a coat of Matte Varnish.

I Love Love Love how this finished!

The inside covers of the book are simply 
a Flat White Spray Paint through the What's the Point? Stencil.
Simple and sweet.

I thought it needed a closure and considered several types before settling on this one.
It is machine sewn to the back cover.
The Velcro is glued with E6000. 
I had to go back and use Super Glue to the front cover Velcro.
I am hoping it won't give me a problem.

I also used the 4x4 Journal Texture #1 on that flap.
See the little hole pattern there in red? 

There you go!
Day 1 of this fun hop is underway!

As usual, there is a Giveaway with a fabulous prize.
One lucky winner will receive a $25 Gift Certificate to StencilGirl Products
AND a $25 Gift Certificate for C&T Publishing!!

Visit all the hop artists from both teams every day 
and comment each day for your chance to win!

You have until Saturday, February 18th at 11:59PM Central Time to leave your comments.
Winner will be announced on
StencilGirl's Facebook page and C&T Publishing’s Blog on Sunday, February 19.

Good Luck!
Here is a list of each day's hop artists.

February 17 

Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

February 2017 Challenge To Create Prompts

Hello February!
Hello Friends!
Join us in February with these planner prompts
and #challengetocreate prompts!

Join Us on Instagram: Janet HERE Maria HERE
Use the #'s: #challengetocreate #creativeeveryday
Saturday = PP-Planner Prompt
Sunday = Quote
Monday = Mandala

1 Tribal Print
2 National Groundhog Day
3 Coffee Inspired
4 PP-Add a Flap
5 Weekly Quote
6 Monday Mandala
7 Use Your Non-Dominant Hand
8 Flower of the Month-Violet
9 Your Initials
10 Definition
11 PP-Add a Heart
12 Weekly Quote
13 Monday Mandala
14 Cupid’s Arrow
15 Favorite Food
16 Polka Dots Use an Envelope
17 National Random Act of Kindness
18 PP-Use an Envelope
19 Weekly Quote
20 Monday Mandala
21 Ribbon
22 Design Your Own Kimono Fabric
23 Bird of the Month-Woodpecker
24 Doodle-Red
25 PP-Use Your Least Used Color
26 Weekly Quote
27 Monday Mandala
28 Obsession of the Month

Happy Valentine's Day!
Happy Arting!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

2017 Planner Pages for January

Hi Friends. 
We are half way through January 2017 already.
I wanted to try to blog just a little bit more this year...
so this is me showing up for the occasion!

Here I am in my 2017 Planner.
I'm not sure how I should refer to it other than my planner.
For the last 3 years it has been my DLP... Documented Life Project.
This year we are on our own ...therefore it's just my planner.

But it is no ordinary planner.
I fully treasure my last 3 books and am treating this in the same way
and doing it in the same style.

I picked my word for the year....NURTURE.
It was hard to narrow down to one focus word.
I want to nurture my relationships with God, family and friends.

Week two's PP (planner prompt) was arrow. 
I love the January 2017 StencilClub stencil set. I used the 6" stencil below.
Included in both of these week's planner pages is Mary Beth Shaw's new planner stencils.

I am often asked what supplies I use on these pages. 
This year I took a regular lined inexpensive journal from Staples 
and gessoed every page front and back, as well as the covers.
This was my summer project after rotator cuff surgery on my dominant arm.
I figured it was an easy, slow project that did not take any precision from me.
I just slapped on the gesso, let it dry and turned the page to do it again.

I started from the back page with the last week of the year and set up the calendar format.
That left me with the front half of the book with pages for lists 
and other art work and experimentation. Fun!

I use all kinds of markers and paint pens and sharpies and watercolors and spray inks 
and crayons and gelatos.....
Pretty much anything goes on these pages.
I use stencils and stamps and papers....

On one of my front extra pages
I was practicing with a small gelli plate someone gave me using 
some of Maria McGuire's Be Brave stencil line.
The Breathe and Spread Your Wings stencils.
And Look! There's a RubberMoon sticker from a recent package!

My cover will have many layers before this new year has ended.
Here is how it is starting......
with some of my favorite color as a base paint 
and some PaperArtsy stamps I used in a recent StencilGirl Blog Hop.

Here we go into a new year and a new adventure!
I hope you are joining me!
Happy Arting!