Friday, November 27, 2015

sometimes the leftovers...

...are better than the original meal! this is true for food... (may i offer you a turkey sandwich with cranberry sauce? oh, i see you have one already!) ...and also in cardmaking, which is why this fortnight at ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ we're making cards that feature "holiday leftovers" by which we mean: paper scraps, offcuts, an image you colored or diecut or fussy-cut but never used, a small piece of ribbon too pretty to toss away, the last sticker in the packet or... whatever "leftover" thingybobs you have laying around. Of course you can mix in new stuff, too. because it'd be fiscally irresponsible *not* to partake of some crafty black friday sales, wouldn't it?! here's my card:

scraps of embossed watercolor paper previously tinted with various distress inks; vintage music paper scraps stenciled using a rather runny mixture of glazing medium and blue colorburst powders that i deemed too messy for the original project i was working on, but liked enough to save; peacock blue poinsettias from a garland i bought last year to hang on our stairs and which ended the season with some -AHEM- "bald spots" lol; snowflake punched from pink paislee patterned paper; october afternoon chipboard snowflake sticker; my mind's eye brad; paper accents white glossy cardstock base

once again, unintentionally, my card turned out to be composed entirely of scraps... what can i say? i've got A LOT of scraps! in this case, i found a few that were too small to make a whole card, so i teamed them up together, kind of like a quilt block. btw, that is one of my top tips for paper scrap usage: check out blogs and patterns and pinterest boards that relate to applique and quilting-- because sewing people definitely know a thing or two about how to turn tiny unrelated items into glorious art!!! ♥

speaking of glorious art, why not hop over to ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ where you can see stephanie's card and all the glorious eye candy in the readers' gallery!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

no, i didn't set the challenge this week... shopping our stash, that is. and in fact, this particular challenge, in recognition of the fact that it spans american thanksgiving with all of its lovely family, food, friends, football and other assorted ♥AWESOMENESS♥ is going to span two weeks, so we've tried pretty hard to make it extra-fab! i mention this because you may think when you hear that it's "no stamping" that it kind of sounds like my idea, lol. but no. it was a nice "freestyle" assignment for me, though. especially when i remembered i haven't gotten to play with the fusion gals in a bit (so that gave me a nice little jumpstart); but let me show you my card and then i'll tell you about it:

patterned paper: basic grey; colorburst powders (pre-mixed and used like especially blendy watercolor paints): ken oliver crafts; harlequin stencil: tim holtz (filled with faber castell "whipped spackle", highlighted with viva inkagold in soft pink, made a little more opaque with a white AC galaxy marker); outlining pen: faber castell pitt in XS; grey marker for shadows: tombow; white glossy cardstock: paper accents; watercolor paper: strathmore; ink: colorbox; adhesives: elmers brand gluetape runner, sewing machine

i did use both halves of the current fusion challenge, which is called "warm welcome". the sketch is off-the-charts cool; the colors are perfection (admittedly i "pinked them up" a little bit, lol!); the handwriting on the pumpkin was a great excuse to practice my hand-lettering (and machine-stitch outlining); and the flowers inspired me to watercolor with colorbursts, which is always fun.

head on over to SOS to see loads more gorgeous "no stamping" projects and leave a little love for my DT sisters! and remember you'll have *TWO WEEKS* to link up your very own masterpiece! ♥

Monday, November 23, 2015

inky AND collagey AND stencilly!!!*

the current theme at sisters with heart in art was set by *ME* (woohoo!) and it's "CIRCLES" so if you have an idea for a card, ATC, art journal page, photograph, sketch, or... well... whatever... take a pic of it, and post it to our instagram group with the hashtag #sisterswithheartinart so we can all come and love it! here's what i did; not at all what i thought i was doing at the time** but i think i actually love it more than the idea which was in my head, so that's nice, right?!

the central image is a stencil... carolyn dube's "opera house" by stencil girl products, actually, and i'm somewhat obsessed with it. most of the rest of the images were cut from magazines, though there are a few bits of music paper that were used to blot something inky or finish up tinted modelling paste or both-- it turns out that even the "rejects" of those are nice when you cut them up... so HOORAY i now have an excuse to save even more and weirder bits of paper!!! :0

would you like an excuse to play with your art supplies and glue things randomly into a journal??! because sisters with heart in art exist entirely to support you in your quest!!! ♥♥♥

*and YES, those are real words! ok sorta real. you knew what i meant, right? then they're perfectly adequate, lol! 

**tell me i'm not the only one this happens to: you set out with A PLAN and the next thing you know you've used THE PLAN as a blueprint for doing everything except that which was in THE PLAN...? i'm not complaining, i'm just marvelling how my art brain takes over at times, i just hope it doesn't start doing that when i'm driving or paying bills or other activities that aren't ummmmm.... "creativity-friendly"! :)

Friday, November 20, 2015

leftovers *BEFORE* thanksgiving?!

ok, yeah, it sounds a bit bass-ackwards, but that's what we're recommending at ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ this fortnight! not leftover food however, instead we're making holiday cards that use scraps, offcuts, an image you colored but never used, the last sticker in the packet or... whatever "leftover" bits and bobs you have laying around.  oh and be sure to *tell* us what your leftovers are so we can marvel at your cleverness! here's my card and then i'll essplain:

except for the cardstock base, ALL the ingredients for this card were "leftovers" woohoo! (tho of course your card can also include as much new stuff as you'd like!) paper scraps: pebbles, ki memories, studio calico; ribbon scrap: making memories (i THINK?!); brads: basic grey; orphaned "jingle" sticker: creative imaginations; santa and sleigh: previously fussy cut from a scanned and resized vintage children's book illustration, but not used at the time; glossy white cardstock: paper accents; adhesives: elmers brand gluetape, 3m foam tape

but first: can someone pleeeeeeeeeease reassure me that i'm not the only one with a sub-category of supplies that look like this? (...tho presumably yours is less messy and doesn't involve grungy old envelopes...)

in my defense, i make a lot of layery, collagey cards, and i tend to "dry fit" things together before committing to an actual design. so i tend to wind up with LOADS of stickers cut away from their backing sheet, diecuts that were made in several colors before i decided which i liked, and all the usual bits of paper that were too small to live in my ordinary file-folder-like storage but to big to toss away. on the plus side, this sort of arrangement means that for the card above i was able to use ALL "leftovers" and still have plenty of choice, lol!

i used sketch saturday #387 again because i suddenly thought that those little "wings" coming out from the focal section would be cool as a bit of RIBBON threaded through the back of a journal card and fastened down with brads. admittedly this is impossible to see in the main photo, so here's a better shot:

head on over to ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ to check out stephanie's lovely card and start planning your own "leftover" masterpiece!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015


just in time for thanksgiving here in the us, this week's challenge at shopping our stash is, simply, "thanks" and you can use it to make thanksgiving-themed items, or ordinary thank you cards, or heck, you could get a jump-start on holiday thank you cards! though if you're that organized and ahead of the game, i'd kind of appreciate you keepin' it to yourself, kthx. ♥ i went with "ordinary thank you card" after stumbling upon a few nearly-forgotten pink paislee items and instantly being re-smitten.

journal card: (it's actually 2 pink paislee scraps, frankensteined together!); patterned paper: basic grey, pink paislee, echo park; washi tape: little b and october afternoon; yellow fabric thickers: american crafts via the lovely miss leslie, ta v much!; flowers: a very old white hydrangea stem from michaels that is now very nearly bald, lol; brads: oriental trading co; ink: colorbox; adhesives: elmers brand gluetape, 3m foam tape, gluedots, sewing machine

see the cool journal card in the center? wouldja believe it was the offcuts of two different ones that i strategically patched together with washi tape? part of me is uber-proud of this manoeuver; the other part is dismayed to have my "save-every-stupid-scrap" mentality validated. but there ya go, life is like that. something about which i am utterly unconflicted is the use of a sketch saturday layout in the making of awesome cards; as week #387 proves quite conclusively:

another thing that's always a great idea, is checking out the glorious work of my SOS teammates, so why not avail yourself of that treat right now, darlings?! ♥

Friday, November 13, 2015

hungry yet?

i don't know about you, but i could eat holiday treats pretty much ANY time; ok who are we kidding, i could eat *any* type of treat pretty much any time, i've definitely got a sweet tooth! it's much less ruinous to the waistline, however, to come on over to ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ and make cards which feature such yummy christmas foods as gingerbread, cocoa, candycanes, sugar plums... or yes, there's always figgy pudding!

patterned paper: pebbles, october afternoon, my mind's eye, basic grey, fancy pants; figgy pudding sticker: echo park; journal card: elle's studio; twine: doodlebug; textured brown cardstock: bazzill; ink: colorbox; adhesives: elmers brand gluetape, 3m foam tape, sewing machine 

i have to confess that i don't actually enjoy *eating* xmas pudding... but there are sooooooo many cute images out there and i can never resist those! this one is an echo park sticker from a couple of years ago that i was unconsciously hoarding, lol. i paired it with an elle's studio journal card and half a doily that was just fortuitously hanging out in my "offcuts" envelope. i've used the current retro sketch (#189) to guide my layout:

seriously, you should hop over to ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ for one thing, stephanie has an awesome card to show you and for another the figgy pudding readers' gallery is fantabulous! ♥

Thursday, November 12, 2015

is there a 12-step program for stencil addicts??

...not that i'd *GO* you understand... i was just wondering. i think i'm past the point of no return, actually. as proof i offer my journal page for this week's sisters with heart in art prompt, which is "hues of blue":

can you guess how many different stencils i used on this? (if your answer is, "too many" then just scroll down, it gets better, lol) let's count them, shall we: 1. my own handcut buddha from over the summer; 2. heidi swapp butterflies; 3. stencil girl "dots and dashes"; 4. folk art large quatrefoil; 5 and 6. tim holtz flourishes and flowery lace. ok, so six... that's not too many, is is... nahhhhhhh... not even a whole baseball team, for pete's sake!

here's last week's SWHIA prompt, "thankful" for which i didn't use any stencils, just a handwriting background and a sort of tattoo-style design i drew because i've always loved that old school ed hardy look:

this next one we're back to stencils... but only ONE; it's called "1700's building" and it's also from stencil girl, who make these utterly brilliant 9x12" stencils where you can use the whole thing and fill a page or layer it in segments or... whatever. for this one, i was totally "enabled" by my instagram friend saskia, who used it soooooo magnificently that i HAD TO have it! (had to!) next time i think i'll put it over a less-busy background; but i just wanted to have a "play" and this page was an abandoned collage that had a few scraps of vintage paper, a little bit of leftover colorburst, and some handwriting. (i no longer tear out "reject" pages from my sketchbook... i know that at some point i will add to them or cover them up, or use them to test paint colors or... well, i just feel like it adds something to how i work/play if i leave EVERYTHING in there...)

so what are ♥YOU♥ addicted to right now? and would you give it up, if you could, or do you --like me-- find it more fun to wallow and enjoy? discuss. :) :) :)