Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Stencil Girl and Canvas Corp Match-Up: Put a Stencil on It: Surfaces

Okay, when two of your favorite companies are doing a MatchUp ... you jump up and down and then get your hands on the goodies!! Stencil Girl and Canvas Corp Brands ... perfect together.  This month the challenge was to "Put a Stencil on it: Surfaces!! I had a blast and almost wore out the stencils playing and creating a ton of different backgrounds and project ideas for this matchup.  In the end, I chose my favorite one to share with you!

These are the supplies that I used: Stencil Girl Stencils: Travel Note, Random Lace, Small World Longitude, Sunburst, Decorative 6 Petal, Canvas Corp 6x6 Canvas, Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist Starter Kit, Tattered Angels Chalkboard Mist Paint in Chalk, Matte Medium, Canvas Corp Burlap, Canvas Corp Canvas Fringe - Ticking Orange, Canvas Corp Ticking Fabric Navy, Canvas Corp, Canvas Corp Paper, Various blue paints and liquitex heavy body white paint. Tissue Paper

These are the tools that I used: Scissors, Brush, credit card, cosmetic sponge

In case, you want to try a project like this at home, here are the step by steps!! This is a fairly easy project and fun!!

Gesso the Canvas Corp 6x6 Canvas and then paint different colors of blue paint with a credit card.  After the blue paint dries, use heavy white body paint, a cosmetic sponge and the stencils to create the texture in the 'sky.' After the white paint is dry, use Tattered Angels Chalk Board Paint in Chalk to mist over the background to tone down the blue!

Using various papers and It's Green Glimmer Mist create the ground for under the balloon.  Use the piece of canvas from your Glimmer Mist starter kit and the travel note stencil to create a piece of textured ground! Cut the pieces to make rolling hills!  Use Matte Medium to glue them all down!

Use the Canvas Corp brand navy ticking and the Orange Ticking ribbon to create a hot air balloon.  Cut a small piece of burlap for the balloon basket.  Use small strings from the ticking fabric to create the ropes hanging off the side of the basket.

Print out the sentiment on tissue paper and glue down your pieces. Doodle a little and you are done!

Thank you all so much for visiting today!! I hope you enjoyed this matchup as much as I did!! April is going to be full of amazing projects!! I can't wait to see them all!!

Monday, April 3, 2017

TopFlight Blog Hop Winner!!

Oh my goodness!  Can I just thank you all for stopping by my blog and supporting the TopFlight Grand Opening!!  I SO loved reading all your comments and finding some new awesome blogs to visit!!  

But, drumroll, the random winner, picked from a hat:


Lagene , thank you so much for helping support the Grand Opening!!! I have a $10 gift certificate to TopFlight for you!! 

Lagene, Shoot me an email at karenlcrossen @ gmail dot com!  

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #35 Superpowers!

Welcome back Challengers!! Oh boy, this is a FUN Challenge!! What is your Superpower?  Yeah!! I love my Super Girl, Superman, WonderWoman ....but if I could have a superpower I would FLY like Butterfly! I would spend my spring days flying from flower to flower enjoying myself without a care in the world! What would yours be??

Our amazing sponsor this month is Stampers Anonymous! They are an awesome place to get all your mixed media, papercraft and stamping needs!!  They have offered up a wonderful prize to give to our randomly selected winner!! So play along - you have a chance to win and you also get to play with your mixed media!!

Here is my project, if I could choose a superpower, it would be to fly like a butterfly!!

To begin, I started with a 9x12 canvas and used PaperArtsy Fresco Paints.  In order to keep the paint thin, I applied the paint with a credit card.

Then I sketched on a butterfly about where I wanted the final butterfly to be! 

Stencils were added with archival ink to add texture.  I also stamped gold onto the background with Viva Modellier-Creme.  LOVE this stuff!

 I added some gold rub-ons, more stamping and tissue paper.

Then I decided I needed a bigger butterfly than I originally had planned.  I found one of my favorite old Linnie Blooms stencils and dragged out my gelli plate!

Then I created about 2 dozen different butterflies with gold, with texture, with stencils until I found just the right one!

I took the butterflies and doodled on different patterns.

Finally, I put it all together! I added some purple Tattered Angels Stained Glass paint in Lavender to just create a the little bit of color that was missing!

Then I added some frames, just to see what it would look like! I used a light frame and then a gold frame.  Amazing how the different frames make it look!

So, now TIME TO PLAY with US!! Come and join in the challenge!!  It is so fun, our groups is super supportive and we love to see what you create!! 

Monday, March 27, 2017

Top Flight Stamps Grand Opening Blog Hop!!

Today we have an AWESOME blog hop for the opening of a great new online store called Topflight Stamps. Topflight Stamps offers a wide variety of art stamps from countries around the world. You will be sure to find something different and fun there. They also offer free shipping on all orders over $50 with US addresses!! 

And, don’t miss the Grand Opening Special Discount - 20% off ALL orders - use code TFS-GO20 – offer good March 27 through March 31. Be sure to comment on this blog and all the blogs on the hop (read to the bottom of this post for info) to be eligible for the GRAND PRIZE a $50 store credit!!!

PLUS - each of the designers in this blog hop are giving away a $10 gift certificate to one of the commenters on their blog post. I will announce my winner here on Monday, April 3. The $50 Grand Prize winner will be announced on the Topflight Stamps Blog on the same day.

 I’m sharing a project I made with The Journaling Clear Stamps Set with Masks by Claritystamp. It is a two sided wooden block! 

Now, be sure to check out all these blogs and comment for your chance to win the grand prize!! • 

This is the awesome Stamp and Mask/Stencil Kit from Claritystamp!! I love this company and have had a single stamp from them that I bought one time while I was in Scotland visiting my Granny. Unfortunately, I couldn't remember what the company was that made it ... but thanks to a couple papercrafting slueths ... it turned out to be Claritystamp!! What a find! And now, I can just order them strait from TopFlight!!

I started with a sketch of an angel on my wood block.

Then I added the stamps for texture with archival ink in coffee and black.

Then I had an idea ... and it went totally wrong ....

So I turned the block over and started on the other side in frustration! I used the new Architextures Paper Pad from 7Gypsies ... it has an awesome print that reminded me of old wallpaper.  A little whitewash over it and it felt even more vintage! Then after the whitewash dried, I stamped away, added some text and 7Gypsies Architexture Chicken Wire and felt so much better about this side of the block!!

 After I had the one side done, I felt brave enough to start over.  I remade the angel, and added some crackle and sanded down the paint.  I went around the edge of the cream paint with Glimmer Glaze in Satchel.  Then when I used my ClarityStamps with the archival ink in coffee, they really popped a little more!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Block Crazy #3 - Tattered Angels!!

Here is my 3rd block from my block craziness!! This one used Tattered Angels Baseboard Spray and  Glimmer Glaze to achieve a gray weathered look from a plain piece of wood from the hardware store!  Check out all the steps at the Canvas Corp Brands Blog!

And it all happened because of an oops .. what do you do when you spill a container of much loved Glimmmer Glaze?  Cover the whole project with it!!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Block Crazy #2

I was having a hard time creating anything the other day.  So, in order to clear my head and find some inspiration, I picked a couple of quotes out of my sketchbook and turned them into small decor projects.  You saw my first one here! 

Here is my second block!

I used Paper Arstsy Turquoise Fresco Paint and mixed it with Deco Art Crackle!  The edges were coated with Tattered Angels Baseboard Spray in Cardboard to darken the wood that shows around the paint. The words were printed on tissue paper and glued down with matted medium.  And I finished off the project with burlap, crocheted ribbon and rusted bottle caps.  LOVE this piece!! 

Friday, March 3, 2017

Going Block Crazy!!

At Christmastime, my mom gave me a HUGE load of wood scraps from the farm!! I have been in heaven! I just love making little home decor blocks with a little bit of mixed media and a favorite saying!!  There are not any process pictures, but I wanted to share these with you.  I actually have them for sale at a local shop called American Redemption.  So, enjoy!  

I picked 5 quotes from my sketch book and used them as my inspiration for these blocks!

Here is the first one!

This is a wood block with PaperArtsy Fresco paints as the background.  Then I used Heidi Swapp metallic texture paste through a stencil for the texture on the sides!  Then I used White FolkArt Acrylic Mixed Media Spray for a final white splatter touch! Love this saying!