Saturday, March 31, 2012

Prima BAP March 2012 - "Mitchell with the Forest Fairies"

Good Saturday to you all,
Today is "Gardening Saturday" in Winnipeg so I was up early to get there before the press of crowds. I think everyone had the same theory as myself as it was just packed. I saw lots of great gardening ideas and some new innovations. I was really drawn by the Master Gardener booth. You can take agronomic and horticulture courses over a period of a year and then write an exam to become a certified Master Gardener. What a great idea! I am going to do some further research on their webpage to see what the costs and time commitments would be. If I could retire right now I would become a summer gardener and a winter crafter/artist. That reminds me, I need to buy a lottery ticket!

Today I have a scrapbook page to show you that I made using the BAP March layout from the Prima Blog. How I love these products! My greatest challenge is using flowers on a page with my son! He is so understanding! He just lets me create as I see things, and then he tells me he thinks they look good - flowers and all. What a gem!

For this page I started with white paper. I masked off a rectangle and sprayed purple mist and splashed royal blue glimmer glam in this area. Then I used a Prima mask and applied lots of gesso to the top right and bottom left corners. Then I had to let it dry.

I loved the white picture frame created by the gesso application but wanted to bring it out a bit more. I took some Create a Shade pearl and painted all the white gesso and then used a paint brush to add blue and purple ink as accent colors.

I have used a Prima Mask with gesso, Nature Garden Collection “Fairy Godmother”, assorted Prima flowers, gems and jewels. I cut out the fairies from the paper and added liquid glass and pearl accents. These surround black and white photos of my son in the Assiniboine Forest, Winnipeg, Canada. I really liked the forest and fairy combination.

 Thank you for stopping by and I hope you have a crafty weekend!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Splash'n in the Tub!

Good Afternoon,
Today I am uploading this scrapbook page that I created before Christmas. My son just loved his time in the tub. He would splash and splash and then try to drink the water! His favorite tub toy was this little green duck. It had a hole in the bottom and we could fill it up and then squirt him (like a water gun) he would open his mouth to try to catch the water.
I had this fantastic paper with zoo animals on it. I cannot remember where I got it, as I have been 'saving' it for a special page for a long time. The only thing it was missing was the fish. So I cut out the other animals and using the same style, drew and painted three fish to splash around.
The water splashes are stickers that help show movement of the water.
I used two shades of taupe paper for the background, and a glittery navy paper for the water.

I added the waves with brown, blue and taupe paint - trying to match the style of the animals.
Finally, I journaled a bit on the side of the page. I was thinking of framing this and hanging it in our bathroom but my son (now 15) said it was too embarrassing! My poor teenager!
Have a great week everyone.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Mojo Monday 232 - Happy Birthday to My Guy!

Okay, I have one more creation to share today. Lots of crafters tell me that they are always searching for card ideas for men. Well, I have a son, husband, dad and father-in-law, and four nephews to practice on. Here is my latest endeavor for a male birthday card. I also am going to pop on over to Mojo Monday and enter it into Mojo 232 as I have followed their sketch as a jump off point.

I have taken 'liquid glass' and put this onto to brown card stock in shapes that resembled leather. This 'belt' was used to divide the card in the middle. This is a time consuming creation but I just love how it looks masculine and vintage at the same time.

For the top panel I used a stamp set from Close to My Heart called 'Key Elements'. The clock symbol was stamped and then I cut out clear acrylic to function as the watch face.

The bottom panel is dry embossed gears with silver and gold ink swiped along the top.

I then clustered some metal flowers and brads from Tim Holtz and Bo Bunny 'Etc.' and stamped 'happy' and 'birthday' on the cork 'H' and 'B'. All in all, I think my husband wouldn't be too embarrassed to display this card on his desk at his office - we shall see . . . .

Take care all you creators in blog land. See you soon.

Shabby Tea Room - "Spring is in the Air"

Good afternoon! I have just finished this card for the "Spring is Near" challenge at The Shabby Tea Room. They also provided this wonderful photo for inspiration. I love the vibrant colors against the worn wood background.

I really wanted to try to emulate the wood so I started with my Tim Holtz dry embossing folder. I used light grey paper. Before embossing I swiped the folder with a combination of dark and light brown along with white. This gives a really nice effect.

I stamped this beautiful pergola in white and added flowers with stickles to match the colors in the contest photo.

Then I added some spring pink ribbon and flowers, along with an umbrella with my sentiment.

Here in Winnipeg, Manitoba it is unseasonably warm and spring truly is just around the corner. I can't wait to get out there and begin digging. Maybe I'll post some pictures of my gardens when they are in full splendor. Have a great week!