September 26, 2011

Simon Says Stamp and Show - Men Only


This week's theme on Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge blog is to do a "men only" project.  Manly themes are often difficult in this craft since so many of the papers and embellishments are geared towards more feminine styles.... But I was going through some old family albums and found an old picture of my Dad and two uncles when they were very young (Dad is on right) and used it as inspiration for a hand-made mini book, celebrating "brothers". 

The covers are cut from a cardboard box, painted with distress crackle paint and edged with tissue tape.  The chipboard frames are from Maya Road.   Added some Idea-ology sprocket gearsgame spinner, and alpha part letters, and some fabulous metal corner that Hels gave to me when I went to visit her last year.  

Inside, the pages are made from Kraft Resist paper and various colors of distress stains.  

To each page, I added a picture from Tim Holtz' Lost and Found paper stack, a chipboard frame from Maya Road, which I colored with distress stains and accented with Inka Gold.

I stained some vintage lace with brushed corduroy distress stain, and added a philosophy tag and some bark ribbon I found in a local craft store.

Then I tried to think of all the different things that brothers can mean to each other, and stamped each idea out with some mini alphabet stamps I've had for SO long I can't even remember where I got them... they were one of the first sets of stamps I ever bought!  They are similar to THESE by Hero Arts.

I added each word to the page, and then distressed them just a little bit with antique linen distress ink.

Finally... I bound the book together using The Cinch with 1" binding rings

I hope you enjoyed this mini book... remember to join in the "manly" theme this week - you could win a $50 shopping spree with Simon Says Stamp!

Have a great week!

~ ellen.

September 21, 2011

Art Journal - Inspired by Teesha Moore

Hi everyone!

I've recently discovered Teesha Moore's art journaling and I must say... I'm in LOVE... :)  I've been watching her YouTube videos and decided to give it a try.  So... this is my very first attempt at Teesha-style art journaling.  I started out by making her "Amazing 16 Page Journal" which is shown in a series of 2 videos on YouTube.  Here's part 1 of 2...

The paper she recommends in the video is sheets a little expensive, and there is a minimum order of 10 sheets, but it is SO worth it.  You can buy it on line HERE.  If anyone knows of another source to get this paper, let me know! 

EDIT:  Thanks to my awesome sister for sharing this link... MUCH cheaper.... click HERE.

Then I made my way through the other videos, building the layers from paper, paint, collage, pen work, and writing.  Just do a search for "Teesha Moore" on YouTube and you'll find them all.  I like the way she describes the different stages of the process - it makes sense to me.  I'm a person that thrives on structure and process... so having different steps to follow really works for me.   The other thing about me is that, when I try something new, I tend to copy first (not exact copying of the art itself, but following the steps as instructed)... then, once I build a comfort level, I add my own twist.  It's how I learn.  So... if some of the shapes/figures used resemble what Teesha would do... that's why....  Here's a few pages in progress:

I'm still in the collage-phase, but wanted to share with you my progress so far.  Keep in mind... none of these pages are done, but it may be quite some time before any of them ARE done, so.... wanted to share the progress along the way.  Here's a few more pix:

Hope you check out Teesha's videos and give it a try.  I have really been loving this process - and I love that it's a portable art... I can sit in the living room, cutting out images from magazines, or take an evening just to create collage borders in my journal.

I'll keep sharing as I make more progress.  If you decide to give it a try let me know!

~ ellen.

September 19, 2011

Simon Says Stamp and Show - an ATC!

Hi everyone!

Sorry I've been "absent" this past week - been very very busy with my "other" work life...

This week's theme on Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge is to show an ATC!  For those of you not familiar with that term, an ATC is an Artist's Trading Card.  The standard dimension is 2.5" x 3.5".  There is another phenomenon called the "Chunky ATC".  For this, you take a block of wood and place ATC's all around the edges, and can decorate the top/bottom as well.  I chose the standard ATC for my piece this week.

I started with a manila ATC from Ranger and used aged mahogany, crushed olive, and picket fence distress stains to create a marbled background. Then used the alpha background, leafy vine and sentiment stamps from Dyan Reaveley's Dylusions stamps, and perfect pearls (forever green) to paint in the leaves, and a white gel pen to accent the vine. Added accents with a cream pearl pen by Viva. Stitched around the edges on the sewing machine.

But THEN... there's a little more to show...
Tucked into a little sleeve on the back of my ATC, is a mini tag, decorated with the same background colors, stamping and embellishments, which has the second part of the sentiment.

I topped it off with some silk fiber yarn I picked up at the American Visionary Arts Museum which is located here in Baltimore.

I hope you have a chance to join in the fun this week - but be warned... ATC's can be quite addictive! As always, everyone that joins in has a chance to win a $50 shopping spree from Simon Says Stamp!  

Be sure to stop by the Challenge blog to check out the other projects!  Have a great week - I'm hoping things will settle down at work soon so I have more time for ART!  I get grumpy when I don't have time for art.... is it just me??

~ ellen.

September 12, 2011

Simon Says Stamp and Show - Steampunk!

Hi everyone!

Before we get started let me say a HUGE thank you to everyone for the massive number of comments during Simon Says Stamp's super blog hop.  I truly appreciate everyone taking the time to leave me some love...

This week we're getting "punky" over at Simon Says Stamp and Show, where the theme is STEAMPUNK.  I decided to work with an extra large manila tag this week.  I can't seem to get enough of making tags...

I started by using papers from Tim Holtz' Crowded Attic stack and Graphic 45's Steampunk Debutante collection to cover the base of the tag.

Then used Tim Holtz dies (weathered clock and mini gadget gears) to weave a pattern of clocks and gears, painted with Ranger's black paint dabber and highlighted with gold paint dabber.

Added some idea-ology sprocket gears, a 7 Gypsies metal corner, and a sentiment from Dyan Reaveley's Quintessential Quotes stamp set.

Topped it off with some crinkled ribbon from May Arts.

Be sure to check out the other projects this week - the design team have really out-done themselves!  Join in the fun and you'll have the chance to win a $50 shopping spree from Simon Says Stamp!

Hope to see your work this week!  Get 'punky!

~ ellen.

September 3, 2011

Art From the Heart 10th Birthday Blog Hop - Dylusions!


Welcome to a very exciting blog hop in Celebration of 10 years of Art from the Heart!

Lots of exciting things happening at Art from the Heart next weekend where the big birthday bash is happening. Want to know more?  Then do click HERE to go back to Dyan's blog.

So in Celebration we are having 5 birthday blog hops.  You should have reached my blog from Kirsty Wiseman's blog and you are on the Dylusions Team Hop.

Here is my project.  Click on the picture for a closer look, you can zoom in further after you click.

I started with a 7 Gypsies ATC Printer's Tray, and used Dylusions spray inks (sky blue, lime, grape, amber, and fuschia) to spray watercolor paper and create a wonderfully colorful background, which I then embellished using stencils from Crafter's Workshop, gesso, more spray inks, and perfect pearls mists.

Then I cut the water color background into ATC-size sections, and jumbled them all up in the ATC tray.  Then I went to town with Dylusions stamps and sentiments, painting in the colors using distress stains, Dylusions spray inks, Ranger color wash sprays, perfect pearls, and accenting with a white gel pen (Sakura).
Before you move on - you will need to collect a letter from me which is H.  This is part of an anagram of a Dylusions product.

Once you get back to Dyan's blog please email your answer to Ben.  The deadline to send your email to Ben with the correct answer is Sunday, September 11th at 6:00 pm (UK time), which is 1:00 pm (US Eastern time).

So after leaving me a comment you need to move on to Janet's blog.

Have fun hopping!

Happy Birthday to Dyan and Art From The Heart!
~ ellen xx

September 2, 2011

Reminder - AFTH Birthday blog hop tomorrow!

Hi everyone,

Just wanted to let you know, in case you haven't heard... Art From The Heart is celebrating it's 10th Birthday and there will be a HUGE blog hop starting tomorrow at 10:00 am (UK time) and 5:00 am (US Eastern time).  Anyone on a different time zone will have to do the proverbial math.... sorry....

There will be several chances to win some prizes so be sure to check it out.  It all kicks off from Dyan Reaveley's blog tomorrow!

Here's a TINY peek at my project for the hop.... come back tomorrow for the full reveal!

Hope all my US friends have a happy & safe (and LONG!) Labor Day weekend!  Enjoy the extra day off - I know I will!

See you tomorrow!

~ ellen.