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Monday, December 29, 2014

Dylusions Christmas Gift Bag Tag

Hello and hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas.  I thought I'd pop in and share a tag I made with some of my crafty Christmas gifts from my hubby :)

Since I've been so intrigued by the art journaling thing, naturally I had to try Dyan Reaveley's Dylusions Ink Sprays Mists by Ranger.  These are awesome, vibrant inks and I'm just learning different techniques with them.  Here I sprayed London Blue a few times on the manilla tag and then misted generously with water to spread the ink {they say if it doesn't drip, it's not wet enough}.  Then I dabbed off the excess with paper towel.  The next step was to mist water over a Dylusions Stencil and again dab with paper towel.  The ink is water reactive so I was able to remove some ink to reveal the stencil design.

Not wanting to waste my test tag, I then used some of my Unity stamps and added the stars with Pumice Stone Distress Ink and the sentiment with Black StazOn Ink.

I used my Memento Pen to doodle on the edges and colour the hole tab black.  I also coloured the ribbon by rubbing it on my craft mat in the left over ink and water.  You can't see it too well in the pictures though.  

I have the perfect gift bag that this will go with next Christmas!!  I'm sharing my tag at Simon's Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes

I'll be sharing some more of my crafty Christmas goodies soon :)

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Jingle All the Way and Happy Holidays

Just want to share a couple gift tags I made for my friend's daughters.  I had a lot of fun colouring and die cutting.  I love that Taylored Expressions made matching dies for this stamp set :)

I wish I had got better close up pictures so you could see the Wink of Stella on the hats and the deer's skates.  They really are sparkly.  And I used some white fun flock on the deer's hat and the fox's tail.  They turned out so cute!!!

And here is little tag made for my nephew's gift using a Sizzix die that I've had forever and FINALLY used :)

Friday, December 05, 2014

Documenting December - progress 4

And some more of my Documenting December Album:

Page 22 - I think this is my 2nd most favourite photo of all time!!  Sampson's 2nd Christmas :)

Page 23 - 

Page 24 - My Pops 

Page 25 - my Boo's 2nd Christmas. Love these papers :)

Page 26 - More Instagram love :).  The kraft cs behind the photo was stamped with gold ink using the MFT 'Document It' stamp set.

Page 27 - Snowman Love

Page 28 - My favourite picture of my niece looking all 'Grinchy'.  The photo below her is a photo of a  Facetime chat at our family gathering with my sister in law and nephew in New Zealand.  So nice that we can connect this way during the holidays.

Page 29 - my hubby and his mom and sister

And how they appear in my Album:

Stay tuned for more :)

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Art Journal Reveal - Grateful for Fall

And here it is - the reveal!!!  My friend Tracy and I had agreed to challenge each other to creating an art journal page, since we both wanted to try.  I had never done anything like this before, Tracy has but in a different sort of scrapbooking way.  So we had a month - and this is what I made:

This was a great challenge or journey I would call it - I learned a lot about the products I used, what I can and can't mix with them.  One lesson I learned is that you can not add a gel medium over top of the Dylusions Ink Spray.  Also, the Distress Ink takes a LONGGGG time to try over the Distress Paint.  When I purchased this journal, I also purchased another journal, but one with spiral ring.  I decided to use that one for my test pages.  Nothing was actually glued down, just layed out for a visual.  I tried different inks, pens, some scribbling.

When I created my test page, I used a wet baby wipe to tone down the paint while it was still wet.  I forgot to do that on my real pages until after the paint had dried so it had little effect.  That's why it is so much more vibrant.  The test page had a little more of the gesso texture show through after using the baby wipe as well.

One of the finishing touches I loved was outlining everything with the Distress Markers.  I had time to outline and blend with my finger so I didn't have harsh lines and I like how it added some depth and kind of grounded the images that were glued down.  I also enjoyed creating the leaves.  Once I was done inking, I dropped some water droplets on them to create water marks.

The last two finishing touches were to add Clear Rock Candy Stickles to the leaves and some Heidi Swapp Gold Lame Colour Shine.

The Simon Says Wednesday Challenge is Anything Goes and is highlighting Lawn Fawn, so since I used Lawn Fawn dies to create the leaves I'm going to enter :)

Please go over and see Tracy's take on the Grateful Challenge.  It's gorgeous and I can't wait for our next challenge!!


Ranger/Dylusions 5 x 8 Creative Journal;
Diana Wakley Media White Gesso;
Distress Paints - Mowed Lawn, Broken China, Rusty Hinge, Tarnished Brass;
Dylusions Lemon Zest Ink Spray;
Distress Markers - Mowed Lawn, Salty Ocean, Vintage Photo, Rusty Hinge;
Distress Inks - Forest Moss, Wold Honey, Spiced Marmelade, Fired Brick, Vintage Photo;
Brilliance Archival Ink Graphite Black;
Stampin Up Sanded background and Bo Bunny Distressed Textures stamps;
Liquitex Matte Medium, Lawn Fawn Leaves Die, Distress Crackle Paint - Clear Rock Candy Stickles, Maya Road Chipboard Letters, Ranger Manilla Tags, Basic Grey letter stickers, Wendy Vecchi White Embossing Paste, Rock Candy Stickles, Heidi Swapp Color Shine Gold Lame

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Documenting December - progress 3

I've been busy completing more pages of my Documenting December Album.

You can find Progress 1 (pages 1 - 9) here and Progress 2 (pages 10 - 15) here.

Page 16 - I finally got around to journalling as well.  I used a Technique Tuesday stamp for the month and a Crate Paper Sleigh Ride Vellum number.

Page 17 - My boos baby pic.  Love those owls and the Thickers letters.  

page 18 - my boots via Instagram :)

Page 19 - My brother Christmas Morning.

Page 20 - Loved the idea of using this MFT 'Document It' stamp set to list our favourite movies.  

Page 21 - here I used an American Eagle tag that came on some clothing one Christmas - I just filled in the blanks :)

And how they appear in the Album:

More to come, like I said, I've been very busy!!

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