Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Mixed Media Holiday Greetings - Save Your Scraps!

Hello My Friends :)

I have some mixed media holiday cards to share today. I made all 10 of these with the leftovers from a art journal page I did in my #NaNoJouMo challenge this month. Here is the video I am referring to:

Twas the day before Thanksgiving and all through the house was the smell of pumpkin pie cooking and stuffing about...but where was the woman who was tending this food? In the studio of course..improving her mood :) She gelli printed her page and she die cut some flakes..she sprayed with shimmer and glued them post haste. But what were left on the table and floor? Tons of scraps to be used for much much more!

So here is the pile of left overs soon to be transformed :)

The first thing I did was a little collage. I used the leftover scrap of text tissue paper with snowflakes cut out and put that on the roll off paper from the gelli printing I did in my journal. I used Decoarts Deco-page too apply it. I also threw on a vellum snowflake but it is hard to see.

I set that to dry and then got out my sticker making devices and made many of my scraps into stickers. I thought this would help with the curled vellum issue I had from spraying the vellum with Tattered Angels glimmer

I peeled my stickers and attached the bits and bobs to cardstock scraps. That yellowish looking one in the upper left corner is actually silver metallic...terrible lighting this time of year!

My roll off paper was dry now so I cut it up into card sized and mounted it on smooth white cardstock.

On some of my sticker scraps I used my fine line white Uni Posca paint pen to add outlines and highlights.

On others I used a Indigo Pitt artist pen to create shadows.

I added some die cut letters laying around my desk to one of the roll off backgrounds. These are from a Tim Holtz alterations of the long ones with the whole alphabet. When you punch out the letters you wanted...all the rest are still there!

Then I used a snowflake punch from Stampin' Up! and added a black punched square to the card.

Next I got out a bunch of sentiment stamps I have from Stampin' Up! and added greetings to the rest of the cards. Some of them got bows with shimmer organza ribbons.

Some snowflakes got Stickles glitter glue. Some got more spritzes and spatters of Tattered Angels glimmer mist.

And there you have them...10 mixed media greetings for the holidays!

I hope you enjoyed my cards. Leave me a comment if you did! 
<3 Shel

Friday, November 20, 2015

Lots of Pictures of Art Journal Pages!

Hello Friends,

Those of you who follow my blog might be wondering what I have been doing with myself lately. Really light on the blog writing right? Well let me tell you. You know I am on a design team over at Well these ladies who are on the team with me have become good friends. I need other people who are as crazy about art as I am to talk to. We use the Google Hangouts ap and we talk A LOT. So several of us wanted to join in on the NaNoJouMo art journaling challenge which was started by Dawn Sokol. It is a idea that you should get in the habit of art journaling everyday. It is relaxing and creative and fun! So...I decided to start doing it on November 10th (10 days late but hey) and on the 11th I challenged some of the other KSDTers to do it to! Well 3 of them took up the challenge. We made up our own prompts for each day and we have been making a page a day. We have also been making a process video for YouTube for each page. I had no idea how all consuming such an undertaking would be! But I am not a quitter...I will continue making one a day until the last day of November...then I will need a long Winter's nap for sure! To watch our videos you can click HERE. This is a link to our playlist. If you just want my videos only then click HERE. That will take you to my fairly new YouTube channel. Here are the photos of all my pages up until November 20th :) Enjoy!

Those are going back in time from the 20th to the 10th :) They are all in my Gelli Jumpstart Journal. You can see this journal HERE
I hope you like them!
<3 Shel

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Shimmery Grateful Tag for Tag it Tuesday

Hello My Delightful Friends!

Today I am sharing with you my tag for 'Tag it Tuesday' over at my friend Sheri's blog Cards and More by Sheri. Each month she offers an opportunity to share a tag project you have made using her theme. You can join the linky party and link up your blog with others. It is a lot of fun and I hope you all can join in :) The theme this month was Fall/Thanksgiving and so I made a shimmery fall tag with pumpkins and gourds and fall colors :)

Among the many things I am grateful for this year are the friendships I am developing with the fabulous ladies that belong to the Kraaft Shaak Design Team (see them HERE). We have been chatting at all hours on Google Hang Outs and sending each other things. One of the recent ideas that Heather had was a paper napkin swap. You should SEE the fantastically colorful and graphic napkins I have received. My collection is amazing and I like to just look at them all fanned out on my desk :) However, the idea is to use them., I am doing that today with my tag. I started with a fall napkin and a piece of 140 pd weight watercolor paper cut to 3" X 7".

I used liquid matte medium to brush onto my paper and then I laid the napkin over it where I wanted the design to be. I had already removed the blank second ply from the napkin. You should save these for gelli printing or sprays...they can make beautiful collage papers.

When my napkin dried I trimmed off the excess and saved it for another project. Then I watered down some white gesso and brushed over and splattered to add more visual interest. But mostly because I wanted to add my own artistic style to the project and not just bring you a napkin glued to a tag..LOL

Next I got our some of that very shimmery Pebeo Dyna heavy body acrylic paint. This stuff is soooo shimmery and pretty. I used a small round brush to add the paint and give lots of highlights and burst of color to my tag. Then in the upper corner I sprays Heidi Swapp Colorshine spray for more gold glimmer. I had also trimmed the upper corners and punched a hole to make this a real tag :)

Now for a focal point. I found a Stampin' Up! stamp in my stash that said the word grateful..perfect! I stamped that on a piece of off white cardstock with threads of olive green and flecks of brown. I used Archival ink by Ranger in the color potting soil.

I had a some skeleton leaves that I wanted to add a bit of color and shimmer to so I used Heidi Swapp Colorshine spray in Tea Stain to spray those. Then I used a combination of Dylusions Tangerine and Heidi Swapp Tea Stain and Gold to color a flower from Recollections.

I used a metal finding in a antique gold to frame my word and attached my two skeleton leaves and my flower with tacky glue. Then I added a brown sequin from my new dollar store sequin collection to the center of the flower and highlighted it with Stickles glitter glue.

To finish my tag I added shimmer gold cardstock as a backing layer and then some sari ribbon in orange and red tied with some gold metallic cord at the top.

I hope you enjoy my shimmer fall grateful tag and that you will join in over at Cards and More by Sheri!
<3 Shel

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Mini Me Turkey and More - Spark Some Kreativity Saturday

Hello :)
It is my turn again to represent the the Design Team at the Kraaft Shaak for Spark Some Kreativity Saturday! Well. last week I had no idea of what I wanted to create for this post. So, I was going through all the things in the Kraaft Shaak Shop trying to get an idea. Wow are there A LOT of fun things in the shop! There are new things I want every time I look. But, I was not getting ideas ..I was getting the need to get out my credit card! :) BUT THEN...I was looking in the exclusives section and BAM!...I saw the Mini Me Kits. These little kits have all the wooden bits and bobs you need to make a mini of well as some extra doo dads to help your embellish it. The story of my original mini me is HERE or if you want to read a story about the Kraaft Shaak mini me phenomena you should read THIS adorable post from Heather. SO CUTE! Anyway, I had an idea for making something other then a mini me with the kit... for November... But I did not stop there...I ran right into December and January ideas. Take a look :)

I started by making my mini me turkey. I figured she would be a great helper around Thanksgiving in the USA. She can hold your favorite recipe cards for you while you cook. Or, you could make a whole flock...of them for place holders for your guests. How adorable would that be?!

I began the project by giving all the wooden pieces a coat of Finnabair Gesso. I knew I would be adding some other media to them and I didn't want the wood to act as a sponge and soak up everything I put on it. Gesso helps seal it up and make a workable surface.

Then I saw the pile of Fall colored gelli prints I had made at the beginning of October with my Gelli Arts Printing Plate. Perfect for my turkey covered in nice feathers. I applied a cut out bit of a gelli plate to both the front and back of my body piece using Finnabair Gel. Make sure to put gel on both the wood piece and the back of the paper for a good seal. Then I used a sanding block to clean up the edges where the paper was hanging over. I gave the edges a quick sponging with some distress ink in vintage photo and a ink blending tool...I did this to pretty much every piece for a finished look.

Next my turkey needed some legs..I mean, that is the yummiest part right? I decided to use both pairs of wooden beads from the kit. I colored them with alcohol inks from ranger. I put them on a stylus tool to hold them while I sponged on the ink so I didn't get stained fingers. (imagine me..with stained fingers :) The alcohol ink dries very quickly so I glued them onto the body right away using a stinky glue. Instead of standing up..,my turkey is in a sitting position because I figured she might get a bit wobbly with all the feathers I planned to add.

Now for some turkey feet..not a good part to I got out some medium weight tag board trash I have been hoarding, and some more gelli prints. It would have been smart to apply the prints to the front and back BEFORE I cut out the little feet...but well...I figured that out later. 

As I was thinking about my turkey and her feathers...I remembered a fantastic stamp set and matching dies I got from the Kraaft Shaak Shop. It is a W+9 Stamp set with all sizes of feathers called Fanciful Feathers. I used the tiny feathers to stamp some additional interest on the turkey chest (don't say breast, people could read it the wrong way! :)  

Now for her little turkey face and wings. I painted the circles using Decoarts fluid acrylic in Quinacradone Gold.

Then I made her a beak and a...whatever you call that thing that hangs below the beak. Her double chin? I got smart and applied my gelli print paper to the cardboard BEFORE I cut out the pieces. I used a pencil and folded the pieces around the barrel to make them rounded before attaching to the face piece with glue. Then I drew on some eyes with Posca paint pens. Next, I glued the small circles to the back of the body for supports and then attached some gelli print covered cardboard wings.  

Now for my turkey girls beautiful and fanciful tail feathers. I got out several gelli prints and the fanciful feather dies and used my machine to cut out several sets of feathers. I cut each color time with the pattern facing up. Then one with the pattern facing down. This made it so I could make them match up front and back. I want ms. turkey to have a nice look from the backside as well ya know :)  


I had some craft sticks I got at Walmart in the kid craft section and I decided to use those for her feather pins. I stained them with distress ink in vintage photo by touching the ink pad to them and then misting with water. I used a non stick craft sheet so the excess ink would bead up and let me 'smoosh' the stick around for better coverage. It worked perfect. I also did this to the mini wooden clothes pin that comes with the kit for holding things. I glued that onto her wing since she doesn't have hands.

 I glued feathers front and back to the sticks. I used the matching stamp set to stamp details on the feathers. Or in the case of the bigger size feathers I used Posca pens to add the details.

I finished her off by gluing the sticks on the back of the body to make her fancy fan of tail feathers. I ended up adding another piece of gelli covered cardboard over the back to clean up the look and make it more stable. The feathers made her want to fall backward instead of sitting pretty :)

Once my turkey was done and dry and sitting on my desk..well I could not stop making more cute characters with Kraaft Shaak Exclusive Mini Me Kits !

I started with good 'ol Saint Nick for your December festivities :) He likes to help out holding your cookie recipes or maybe the letter your child wrote to the big Santa.

Then I made my favorite snow guy for January. I need a reminder that snow exists here in Arizona :)

Then I thought... I am going to really need a helper for the Holiday season ..I mean...I have A LOT to do around here! So... I elfed myself! :) 

I hope you have enjoyed these projects inspired by The Kraaft Shaak :) If you still don't feel the urge to create with a few Mini Me Kits then I am worried that you might be the long lost cousin of Mr. Scrooge :) Just kidding of course...but...these were FUN and I hope they inspired a Spark of Kreativity. 
<3 Shel