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Julie Nutting Doll Beachside Art Journal Page

Surely many people reading this blog also make cards. But do you also do art journaling? It’s so much fun and uses all the same supplies!

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You can make your own journal or just bind some pages together after you created enough for a book. I have two art journals I work in and another I swapped. The first two are hardbound, one with sketch weight paper and one with much sturdier paper. I use the study one for my final products and the sketch paper one for trials and experiments. The swap journal was one I made, decorated a two page spread in and then it was sent on it’s way to have pages done by people all over the world! It finally made it’s way back to me after over two years and I was thrilled with the art I received!

This particular page was done as a loose page swap (no book was mailed around the world) which ends up much cheaper in the long run and if a package goes missing, at least it’s only one page rather than a whole book. The theme was Julie Nutting summer. Well, as you probably know if you visit here regularly, I am IN LOVE with the BEACH! So I have lots and LOTS of fun supplies to use when making this page! It would take ages to list all the supplies so leave me a comment or email me if you’d like to know more about something specific.

Enjoy, Rebecca

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Do You Like Piña Coladas?

And getting caught in the rain? If you’re not into yoga and… Ha! Remember that old song? Once I got this page almost done, I just couldn’t think of any title that worked better!

pina colada journal page

I started with the challenge by The Monthly Mixed Media Challenge: April Showers. Then the Wednesday prompt for the Simon Says Stamp blog was April Showers and/or May Flowers. So I went to work. First I added crumpled tissue with gel medium then raindrop stencilling to the top of the page and large roses to the bottom. When it came time to add colour, I was a bit stuck. I already made a canvas using another Julie Nutting Doll with a clear blue sky and nice green grass. I didn’t want to repeat that. So I thought of a night sky! I used Golden fluid acrylic paint to cover the page.

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On the bottom, I added silver rub on metallic paste to the raised areas. You don’t even realize it is there but it makes the road look shiny and highlighted. I coloured and paper pieced my doll. I made my own stencil to make sure that the road lines were the same size and shape. At this point, I realized that this elegant lady probably wouldn’t be out in the rain without an umbrella. and I started thinking of the title. Even if you like getting caught in the rain, you might not want to get wet!

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Her umbrella is made from white cardstock and lace which I sewed to add the ruffle. Then I sprayed it with Colour Bloom spray. The handle is a bamboo skewer split down the middle and shortened to make it fit better. Her dress is much brighter and more dramatic IRL. For some reason, it looks really washed out. The necklace is made of tiny rhinestones.

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Finally, I printed the sentiment using a font called Old Newspaper. Since the song is about a personal ad in the paper, I sponged on faded burlap distress ink on the whole piece and vintage photo lightly on the edges. It does look like old newsprint.

Enjoy, Rebecca

RECIPE
Stamps:
Prima
Paper: journal page, printer paper, Basic grey paper pack, Georgia pacific white CS
Ink: black memento
Accessories: Prima stencils, golden paints and gel medium, big brush marker, Copic markers, Liquitex light moulding paste

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Vacation Island for Mojo Monday

I got some new Kaisercraft paper and it was so fun to play with it.

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My mojo has been a bit low lately; I’ve been doing so much organization, it’s kind of sapped my creative energy. But as I worked on this, I just got more and more happy. I have to make a note to myself that anytime I’m not inspired I should go to this paper pad!

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Click on the photo to visit the challenge.

To make the sun set background, I used Distress Markers. To make sure that the colours blended, I spritzed the stamp then dabbed off the area where the colours meet. Then I spritzed again. I love the effect! I stamped on the island using my MISTI to line everything up. It wasn’t perfect but it was user error. The MISTI placed the stamps exactly where I aligned them. I love this tool and it is totally worth the cost.

The card was sprayed with gold Glimmer mist when I was done and it looks great! Shame it doesn’t show up. I also added a few brushstrokes of Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint. You can’t see it very well as the angle isn’t right and the cracks are very fine but it does add a bit more texture. The button was don a while ago so I don’t remember what I did too well but I remember adding Copic airbrushing to change the colour. Then the ink stayed tacky so I covered it with, I think, Glossy Accents. The finish ended up kinda cracked and textured which was really cool. The charm is covered in Sharpie paint pen to change it from silver to gold.

RECIPE
Stamps:
My Island-WMS
Ink: chocolate-PTI
Paper: kraft CS-PTI, DP-Kaisercraft
Accessories: shell ribbon-May Arts, shell charm-Fire Mountain Beads, button-PTI, gold and white thread, Copic Markers, faded jeans, broken china, marmalade Distress markers, Rock candy paint, Sharpie paint pen

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Howdy Neighbour

I made this card for a family I know who is into horses. I haven’t seen them in a while so I thought they might appreciate this card.

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I think this was also for a a sketch challenge because this isn’t exactly a card layout I’d think up myself. But as happens about 50% of the time, I forgot to link it up in time. sigh…

Dontcha love those wooden embellies? I love using wood veneers, but especially on more rugged themed cards. The twine was supposed to look like a lasso. Did it work?

Enjoy, Rebecca

RECIPE
Stamps:
MFT
Ink: cup o joe-HA, (don’t recall the other colours)
Paper: DP-MME, kraft CS-PTI
Accessories: twine-May Arts, wood veneer stars-Studio Calico, Copic marker (circle around horse head and colouring veneers), circle dies-Spellbinders, lace-vintage, wooden dots-MME

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Lace and Roses Mini Pail

This is for the Shabby Tea Room Challenge this week.

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I took a basic pail I got from either a dollar store of the Dollar Spot in Target and added some metallic rub-on to the outside. I quickly realized that, even with heat setting, it wasn’t going to set. Bummer. So I added some workable fixatif. Bad idea. It seemed to work but if rubbed to hard, it came off. Then I tried adding some red line tape to attach the lace. The first piece of tape wouldn’t stick at all and removed the rub on and fixativ from the area I was taping and a bit beyond. Seriously? I decided to embrace the uneven nature figuring it lent to the distressed look I was going for.  At least the second piece of tape stuck.

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Next I added a Spellbinders fancy label which I stamped and distressed with more rub-on. I used ribbon to attach the label and added some pearls. I didn’t have quite the right colour of roses so I added some Copic airbrushing to them. Perfect! These were adhered over top of some mini ivy die cuts. I used Copic markers on white paper to get just the right colour. Click on the photo to link to the challenge.

Enjoy, Rebecca

RECIPE
Stamps:
SU! french script
Ink: Cup o joe-HA, melon berry-PTI
Paper: ivory-PTI
Accessories: vintage lace, raspberry rickrack-stash, roses-Really Reasonable Ribbon, pearls-Dollarama, pail-dollar store or dollar spot, ivy die-Memory Box, rub-on metallic paste-stash, Krylon workable fixatif, label die- Spellbinders

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Shabby Doll Tag

Here’s the second part of a swap. I posted the first tag HERE. While the other tag was chunky, this one was supposed to be flat. Since most of my embellies are chunky, this was a bit tricky!

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I’m afraid the right side is a bit blown out. There is a second layer of lace out there that you can’t see very well. For some weird reason, this was hard to photograph. To get the main colours right, the lace disappeared into the background. I should have used something in the background but I’d already mailed it when I realized. 😦 There isn’t too much to really describe. I just collaged lots of fun stuff on there!

I’m entering this in the Card Concept Challenge #26. And another Happy Anniversary to the CCC! Yeah, I am so glad I found you. This is my first time even seeing this challenge!

26-One Year Celebration

Enjoy, Rebecca

RECIPE
Stamps:
postcard-Crafty Secrets, Doll-Prima
Ink: Memento black, Ranger Archival black
Paper: Prima Something Blue
Accessories: lace-stash, tapes-unknown, rhinestones-K&Co, foam dots-Sticky Stuff Store, hand-dyed Hug Snug seam binding ribbon

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Caring Thoughts Card for Unscripted Sketches #256

I need more get well cards in my stash and these ones are even better because they can be used for either Get Well or Thinking of You.

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They are identical except for the middles. They are epoxy stickers I’ve hoarded but have finally decided to use. I popped them up on foam dots so they wouldn’t squish the shaped flower petals. I took them off a hydrangea stem.

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I coloured the flowers with a Copic marker because I though they were too pale despite being a nice ivory colour. They look really pretty!

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I hope you can play along with this week’s sketch! It’s a really nice one. My card is pretty exact except the banner I added. I always seem to have to change it in some way don’t I? 🙂

Enjoy, Rebecca

RECIPE
Stamps:
Fancy Flourishes, Healing Sentiments-PTI
Ink: kraft-PTI, frayed Burlap distress, Navy-SU!
Paper: Glitz Designs
Accessories: Foam dots-The Sticky Stuff Store, floral stem-Michaels, epoxy stickers-Anna Griffin,

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No Line Coloured Rose Card

I’ve been wanting to try no line colouring for a while and wow, does it ever cause you to really look at the shadows, highlights and overall contrast! Quite the Copic challenge!

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The sketch was based on Sketchbook Saturday 100 but as usual, I managed to come in late so I can’t link it up. Bummer. I had it done a while ago too but I didn’t get around to blogging it in time. The ribbons are a bit hard to see in the photo (click to enlarge) but IRL it looks really nice. The background was sprayed with some mist I mixed a long time ago. Maybe it’s a diluted version of a Mr. Huey’s mist??

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Enjoy, Rebecca

RECIPE
Stamps
: rose-SU!, sentiment-SSS
Paper: white CS-PTI, white CS for rose-X-Press It, gold CS-SU!
Ink: pale tomato-HA, Antique Linen (for no line rose)
Accessories: foam dots-The Sticky Stuff Store, rhinestones-TE, mist-?, embossing folder-Sizzix, ribbon-stash, Copics R11, 20, 22, 32, 24, 27, 29, 59

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I Love You Watts

I was so inspired by last week’s Unscripted Sketches that I made two cards. This one was for hubby; he’s been behaving himself lately so I needed to let him know. 😉

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It’s hard to see but I coloured the backside of the vellum bulb bright yellow in the center of the heart and lighter yellow just outside of it. I love colouring hte back of vellum; such an awesome look. I wish it showed up more. The hearts are coloured with a Copic and then I added Glossy Accents to the top.

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Enjoy, Rebecca

RECIPE
Stamps:
Watts and Watts-SSS
Ink: black Archival-Ranger 
Paper: SSS card kit, scraps white CS
Accessories: holiday shapes die-SSS, Copic R27, Glossy Accents

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Roses and Polka Dots Card for PTI 7th Anniversary Challenge

This challenge was to choose a colour combination and sketch and make a card. There are so many possible combinations and this is the one challenge that isn’t over in 24 hours. It is so hard to fulfill the challenge and blog it in time if you only have one day!

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I used the following colours which look remarkably different on my screen which is weird because all I did is save them from Nichole’s blog and put them on mine.

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This is the sketch I used. It didn’t seem very natural to me (neither did the other ones) but I like to start with lots of elements to guide me and this one seems to offer the most in that department. Once I thought about using the stencil for the middle of the card space, I was off and running.

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One thing I do regret is not taping off the sides of my card for stencilling, well the one side anyway. That last vertical row of dots really annoys me, and the few that show to the bottom right of the bottom brown panel too. I tried to scratch one off and it worked but left a mark so I tried to cover it with rhinestones. I managed a straight margin on the right, it’s perfect in fact (so of course it’s covered up!), but the texture paste is harder to control on the left.

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The roses look like they are a different red than the cardstock but its one of those tricks that happens when you take a photo, looks like a perfect match IRL. Its a very dramatic colour of rose, I’m not sure I love it but it matches the colour combo for sure. I winged the placement of the hex stamping meaning I didn’t use anything as a placement guide; worked out OK I think. I felt the whole card needed some softening since the roses are so bold and strong. That’s also why I chose the doily edging.

Enjoy, Rebecca

RECIPE
Stamps:
PTI
Ink: scarlet Jewel
Paper: ivory, poppy, chocolate-PTI, doily (restaurant)
Accessories: homemade texture paste, Copic E31 marker to tint texture paste kraft colour, MFT stencil, rhinestones-TE, Copic E49 to colour rhinestones, PTI dies (flourish, label shape, roses), foam dots-Jody Morrow