Saturday, October 24, 2009

Project 52, Challenge #2 and a Surprise Opportunity

This may be a long post, but please read to the end for a surprise opportunity for you to appear on Project 52.

Theme – School (education of any kind/lessons learned, etc…)
Required material – Office Supply/s (any office supply store items are game)

cover of old Canadian Encycolopedia
tim holtz
white crackle paint
scrap papers (for the bird collage)
Prima jumbo page pebble
tiny pom-pom ribbon
old book page
7 Gypsey's book binding tape
Making Memories
black glitter alphas
American Crafts transparent borders
KI Memories lace paper (to create the alpha mask)
glimmer mist (created by putting fluid acrylic paint in a spray bottle with some water)
a black fine point marker
old typewriter font (from 1001 free fonts dot com)
a silver book handle (7 Gypsey's)
Bam Pop pp

Tools Used:
Crop-A-dile, big bite (6")

Office Supplies:
Hello tag
file folder tab
small needle point tacks (along the top of the ribbon)

This is a book that will store all of Xavier's grade one papers that he brings home from school. Only the important ones that I want him/us to remember.

I have piles and piles of Xavier’s work from school (JK and SK) sitting in bags in my basement waiting for something creative to be done with them. But every time I go to tackle the project I get overwhelmed.

So this year, as Xavier begins Grade One, I created this book for me to keep all the special items I want him/us to remember. This way, Xavier has a keepsake of some of his early writing and learning, which I’m sure he’ll appreciate when he’s older, and a way for me to keep his things organized and not just ‘in a bag in the basement’. I can simply add pages and collage and scrap over them as I did on page 1 of Xavier’s spelling homework. And those that I won’t keep I’ll just chuck. This way, at the end of the year I won’t have piles and piles of work to go through. I’ll just create another book for him when he starts grade 2 and so on and so on…

I started out with an old Canadian Encyclopedia I found sitting in a box on our neighbours yard with a sign that said “Take Me, Free”, so I snagged one. There were more and if I had had more arms, I would have brough more home!! What perfect timing it was that I needed an old book cover. Sweet.


For Book Cover:
1. gesso the book cover leaving a small (1”) border
2. when dry place your alphabet mask on the right side and spay with glimmer mist
3. do the same thing by placing the alpha mast along the bottom of the cover.
let dry completely
4. outline the letters using a black pen (I used archival safe Pigma Micron )
5. cut out bird template and collage over it with your favourite choice of patterned papers using gel medium
6. adhere the bird to the book cover using gel medium
7. using white crackle paint, paint over the alphas and around the collaged bird. Use a really thick coat to get big cracks, or a thin coat for smaller cracks.
8. let the crackle paint dry completely
9. outline with black pen the alphas again (if they’ve been painted over by the crackle paint), and the collaged bird
10. on the right edge of book add book handle using the crop-a-dile to make holes
11. cut an old bookpage and crumple it to create a ruffle and adhere, using double sided tape, just under the collaged bird
12. on top of the old book page ruffle, adhere the book binding tape
13. on top of that add the mini pom-pom ribbon
14. add your border to top and bottom edges
15. type out Dr. Seuss quote using ‘Another Typewriter’ font (from 1001 Free Fonts)
16. Cut them out and adhere to book cover
17. add embellies to the collage bird

For Inside Book Covers:
1. apply patterned papers with gel medium
2. using the crop-a-dile put two holes at the top of the back bookcover
3. from the back, put through the elastic and through the papers and put the pencil through the elastic
4. from the back, insert the elastic through the book cover and through the papers and run the pencil through the elastic. Instant page holder!!! Cool.

That's it, you're done! Now you can have fun adding whatever pages you'd like to add.

Now remember, you can change the theme and make it a memory book or whatever kind of book you want. Have fun with it. Whatever you decide to do, please post your finished product on the Project 52 gallery, here.
CHALLENGE #2Old Text Book Cover (re-purposed, strong, older is better)* Theme – School (education of any kind/lessons learned, etc…)* Required material – Office Supply/s (any office supply store items are game)It is your challenge to alter an old text book cover, use the theme school,/education and you must incorporate office supplie(s). The deadline is November 7, 2009 Midnight Pacific. Discuss in the Project 52 Forum.- Upload to the Bad Girls Project 52 Gallery.


1. Upload to Your Photoserver Like Photobucket Our Project 52 Blinkie, Then Add It to Your Blog Linking Back To This Blog
2. After Your Blinkie Is Up, Leave Us a Comment On This Blog Post With The Link Where We Can Find It
3. Create Challenge #2 & Upload It to the Project 52 Gallery before November 7th Midnight Pacific
4. Come to the Project 52 Forum and Link Us to Your Project in the Gallery
Come say Hi to the Design Team and View Bonus Tutorials in the Forum today!
Happy art-ing everyone!! and thanks so much for stopping by!

p.s. I was overwhelmed with the response to our last challenge and just want to say a HUGE thank you to all those who left comments on my blog. I TRULY appreciate all the love...!!!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Project 52, Bad Girls Challenge #1 and a Giveaway

Hi everyone! I'm so very excited today. It's going to be a long post, but read to the end for a cool give away. I finally get to post my DT project for Project 52 Bad Girls Challenge #1:

CANVAS (board, streteched, un-stretched, etc...), Theme is HERO (real, historical, fantasy, invented, comic etc..) and Required Material is NATURAL ITEM (dried flowers, skeletonized leaves, etc...).

Below is my take on P52 Challenge #1:

My hero is my mom. I didn't realize until I became a mother myself, how much I truly appreciate her. She is a super-extraordinary-loving-creative-smart-doctor-nurturer-supportive-best-mom-ever!!! I only hope and pray that I can be half the mom she is to my children. This woman can:

- make an awesome gourmet dinner with anything and nothing
- make a bump stop hurting by putting some water on it
- wipe away tears and make it all better
- sew a masterpiece outfit out of a few scraps
- knit beautiful blankes that keep us all cozy and warm on cold winter days
- crochet beautiful sweaters that are totally hip and cool
This lady is so very loved and appreciated.

For this project I used the following supplies:


gel medium (Liquitex)

gesso (Liquitex)

old book pages

Prima dried flowers and natural elements

Prima leaf stamp

Prima jumbo page pebbles



pom-pom ribbon

Studio-mini Quickkutz and Revolution (for brown/pink alphas)

Heidi Swapp white alphas

Amy Butler butterfly

American Crafts chipboard frame

Hemp string

Step-by-step Instructions:

1. add a liberal amount of gel medium to the canvas and adhere the book pages to cover the entire canvas.

2. run a brayer, or a credit card will do, over the book pages to squeeze out any air bubbles

3. create a white wash by using gesso and adding a little bit of water to thin it out, and brush the entire surface of the bookpages. The gesso should be translucent and reveal the book pages underneath.

4. wipe down with a cloth some parts of the surface that you want to expose more than others.

5. choose a black/white photo and frame it with a chipboard frame (I used American Crafts), and sand down the chipboard to give it an aged look. Cut a heart shape from the old book pages, and paint it red, I used watered down Golden fluid acrylic paint. And when dry adhere to the canvas just underneath the picture and frame.

6. Adhere the picture frame to the canvas using glue dots or liquid adhesive.

7. Arrange your natural elements around the right side of the frame, and add stamped leaves and to add further dimension stamp the same leaf on white cardstock and cut it out, and glue above the stamped leaf.

8. Use pop-dots to the flowers, and the leaves, and adhere to canvas
9. Cut a strip of fabric, or felt, some pom-pom ribbon, and adhere to the far left upper corner. This will balance out the project. Add a little strip of tiny pearls, and more natural elements

10. Cut out your alphas using Studio mini die cuts and the revolution, and adhere. You can use any aphas you already have.

My Favorite Mixed-Media Supplies:

(visit each link for more details)

1) molding paste - Liquitex or Golden. I use this to add texture to my background pages, or canvases. You can scratch things into it, put hand prints, bottle caps for circles, I've even used stamps (both clear and wood mounted) to impress images into it. Then you can paint over it, and then use gel medium over it. Creates great base for journaling, or scrap pages. Take a look here for some examples of how I've used molding paste on my pages.

2) copic markers - alcohol based markers. Great for art journaling. A great example of a mixed-media artist who uses these a lot is Pamela Garrison.

3) pop-dots: love love love using pop-dots. I spend a lot of money keeping these things stocked in my drawer. They just make elements float on your page. Gives it an awesome 3-D effect.

4) fabriano, hot-pressed white watercolour paper - fabulous paper for art journling, it's heavyweight and sturdy, so you can layer, paint, gesso, etc,.. it takes very well to a lot of abuse.

5) Golden fluid acrylic paints - they're so gorgeous because they're translucent ... you can further water them down and create beautiful washes with them. These days I rarely make a project without using a little bit of these paints.

Blog Hop and a Give Away

Our Design Team Members have opened up their Studio Blogs featuring Tips for Beginning Mixed Media. You can have a chance at the Bad Girls scrumptious prize shown on the Project 52 by visiting each blog and ending up at our P52 Gallery and P52 Forums!

Remember: Have fun! Embrace your Inner Bad Girl Artist!!!

Thanks for stopping by, and especially look forward to your creations. Please post your projects to the Project 52 forum... Can't wait to see your interpretation of this awesome challenge.

Have a great day!


Saturday, October 3, 2009

Run For Life

I was listening to my playlist as I was browsing my Sept/Oct 2009 Somerset Studio when I came across an article by Julie Nutting, called Passion for Pink her contribution to Breast Cancer Awareness . Well, her work was so absolutley beautiful and inspiring, not to mention at the very same time I was listening to Melissa Etheridge's song, 'Run for Life'.... which inspired me to create my own version of her pieces.

You must visit Julie's etsy shop where she sells her pink beauty's at her Etsy site, Trashallamode.

I love it when I see artists who do what they absolutley love to do, and also manage to use their work for an awesome cause. Beauty Julie. Love your work.

Off to create some work for Project 52, woot woot!!!


Thursday, October 1, 2009

October Kit, Scraptiv!ty

The October Scraptiv!ty kit was so much fun to work with. The papers and embellies were absolutely gorgeous! Lots of gorgeous Prima and 7 Gypsey's pp. Did I say, gor-ge-ous!

Because I got the kit two days before the kit reveal, I only managed to create these two pages. I'll keep creating until I've got nothing of the kit left. May as well take advantage and create to my hearts content!!! I'm already excited about getting the November kit!

With the October Scraptiv!ty Kit, I tried to demonstrate the following:
  1. a variety of ways to use patterned paper to create your own custom made embellishments. You can cut out images and you don't always have to use the paper as 'is'. Don't be afraid to cut patterned papers up and use them in different ways. In this way, hopefully engaging, and inspriring those who buy the kit to take advantage to the fullest of the kit contents.

  2. use what you have in the kit and play it up with distressing ink, stickles glitter, embossing powers, paint and distressing. Lots of texture adds more interest to your page.

  3. layer, layer, layer. The more layers, the more depth it gives your page. I love, did I say LOVE pop-dots. I use them on almosy all my pages. You can layer, and add pop-dots which lifts elements off your page giving them a 3D effect.
Embossed the alpha stamps with gold embossing powder on white card stock and cut them out; cut out butterflies from another pp, distressed the edges, added glass beads to the centres and adhered to page with pop-dots; layerd, layerd, layerd the squares and circles, distressed edges with ink, embossed centres and added more glass beads; added blue paint and splattered white paint and distress stickles to background.

Love those butterflies. They really look like they're flying up and away! And those Prima pebbles are just divine. Don't forget to pay attention to your photo and enhance it by distressing the edges. This makes it look like it's been matted.

More paint, glitter, beads, distressing, stamping and cutting out. O yeah! The Prima charm is beauty!!! I backed it with a pp and on top covered it with Glossy Accents to give it the look of glass. The circles, Tim Holtz white crackle paint, with Stickles distress glitter overtop, and outlined in black marker.

Details, details, details.... close up of the beading which holds the Prima charm..

Another close up of the beading I did by sewing them in.

That's all she wrote folks.
Thanks for stopping by,