Monday, August 29, 2016

Grandma's Needlepoint Garden

Deb here with my last post for August - another Art Journal page. I chose to use the Susan K Weckesser stamp set Grandma's Needlepoint since it has always been one of my favorites. I embroidered as a child and then as a teenager. I was quite the hippie and embroidered all over my blue jeans !! My mother and her mother were both excellent seamstresses, so this set also reminds me of them.

To start the page, I swiped inks onto an acrylic block - Ice and Fresh, both from Susan's collection of Clearsnap Colorbox Color POP ink pads. I then applied the inks to my journal page using an ink blending tool and a stencil. The  Tim Holtz Doily stencil has a pattern reminiscent of the doilies on the arms of the chairs at my parent's and grandparent's houses.

The silver pattern on the Left side of the page was created with the Doodle stencil by Susan and modeling paste by Art-C. Inside each circle are flowers that I stamped, colored and fussy-cut. They are from Journal Doodles With A Heart and each are popped up with a dimensional. They are just SO cute !!

At the upper and lower corners of the Right side, I used some rub-ons that I have had for many years by  Fancy Pants Designs. The images of the girl, birds, butterflies and sewing stitches were all stamped in Mystery / Colorbox Color POP ink and colored with a variety of Distress Markers, Stabilos and Stampin' Up markers.

For the tag, I used an American Crafts Newspaper Tag and my old friend, Mod Podge / Gloss . I printed the words to the Monet quote, cut them out, then adhered them to the tag with a few coats of Mod Podge. I placed the tag on the journal page with Dimensionals. I hope that you like my last post for August. Art Journaling is out of my comfort zone but I really had fun creating this page. Stay tuned for a new theme in September from Susan's team !!

Stamp Set Used :

Debra Davison
Susan K Weckesser Creative Team

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Gnome Sweet Gnome

 Hello!  This is Joyce Shaulis with my second "Exploring my Backyard" themed blog project this month.  One of my favorite things to do is to go to garage sales.  I enjoy creating on recycled objects and giving new life to old things.  This project was a perfect chance to use one of my recent garage sales finds.  

This is what my original garage sale purchase looked like when I bought it.  It is a wooden box covered in a vintage style map and forest scene with a handle.  It can be used for storage or as a purse.  I had no preconceived idea in mind when I bought it, except I had thought I would probably be starting from scratch and painting over it.  You can use any type of box for your project, new or used. 
To begin with, I used Susan's adorable "What's Up Gnomey?" stamp set and mini POP ink in Mystery.  I stamped out two complete sets, plus additional stamps to complete the sides of the box.  I colored in the pieces with markers.  I made the figures different colors to give it more variety. 

Next, I cut out all pieces.  Using the Cocoa mini POP ink, I edged all pieces to add depth.  I also stained the edges of some mini fabric flowers with the Cocoa ink.
Next, I glued on all the cut out pieces with Decou-page with an old paintbrush.  I used white glue to add the tiny flowers. Be sure to use an xacto knife to cut apart any pieces that cross over the lid.
I had colored the gnome for the back side in different colorings then the front.  I glued all pieces with the gnome on the back with the Decou-page, and also glued mushrooms and flowers on the sides.

I stamped the verse with Mystery, colored in the background with markers, tore it out by hand, edged it in Cocoa, then added dots with a marker.  I stained some large and medium flowers with the Cocoa and glued them on to the top of the lid with white glue.
After all the pieces dried, I went over all the pieces with the Decou-Page.  Spray with Matte acrylic spray if desired for extra durability. 
I hope you enjoyed this project I created, and if you explore your backyard, you just might spot some Gnomes like I did!
Joyce Shaulis    Susan K. Weckesser Design Team Member
Susan K. Weckesser products:  What's Up Gnomey?  mini POP inks in Mystery and Cocoa
Other Products: Zig memory systems pen  Decou-page matte. Americana matte acrylic spray
     white glue
     assorted fabric, paper, burlap flowers 

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Art Journal Fun

Hi everyone, Steph here and I've been creating in my Art Journal.  While I don't frequently work in my art journal, when I do, I find it so freeing to create whatever I want with no expectations. 

Today I've used the following stamp sets:
What's Up Gnomey?
A Little Bit Washi
At Ground Level
Fly Away
Going Wild
Tumbleweed Houses

I am also using the newest Colorbox® Color Pop Archival Dye Ink by Susan K. Weckesser - such amazing colors.

Since my journal is filled with kraft colored pages, I began by gessoing the pages.  I really wanted the colors on the pages to pop.  Once dry, I inked the pages with Fresh and Sky and Cocoa, then randomly painted the pages with assorted colors of paint.

While waiting for the pages to dry, I stamped and colored the images I wanted to use then fussy cut them.  Several stamps from A Little Bit Washi were stamped in several colors around the pages.  Leaves and mushrooms from What's Up Gnomey were stamped directly on the pages.  Flowers from At Ground Level were stamped on the pages and then colored using a water brush. A fussy cut cloud was added and the tiny leaves from What's Up Gnomey were used as raindrops.

I know Mr. Fox seems to have been added for no apparent reason, but he was just too cute to leave out, and there is no right or wrong way to create your art journal pages right?

I hope I've inspired you to create in your journal today.
Thanks for popping by.
Steph Ackerman
for Susan K. Weckesser Design Team

Monday, August 22, 2016

Sunny Journal Page

Today I've created a journal page that's a homage to our wonderful Creative Team leader, Susan K. Weckesser herself. Susan is quite the most positive, upbeat and optimistic person I think I have ever met. So my words on this page remind me that she always sees the good in every single day including the bad, hard ones; even on the darkest days, the sun still rises. Thank you Susan for being an inspiration!

It's quite pared down (for me anyway!) as I wanted the beautiful stamps to take centre stage here. I really love both sets I used here!

Susan K. Weckesser Inc products used:
Fly Away stamp set by Unity
Grunge Fun stamp set by Jillian Vance
Colorbox Color Pop Inks: Ice, Sky, Mystery, Snow

Here's how I made it:
1) Repeatedly stamp the dots from Grunge Fun in Ice ink onto a journal page. Apply the stamp randomly without using an acrylic block, as you don't want full coverage. Repeat using Sky ink, but more sparingly, and using the second impression to get variations of colour tone.

2) Ink a piece of card with Ice ink and stamp two clouds with Sky ink. Cut them out. Stamp the sun onto painted card with Mystery Ink, heat set, cut out and add some additional colour with an orange pencil. Sponge the clouds with a little bit of Snow ink to make them look 'fluffy'.

3) Stamp the clouds and sun onto the background with Mystery ink and glue the cut out images over the top. Extend the strings with black pen as necessary.

4) Hand write your journaling as desired (tip - I can't write nicely so I pick a lovely font, print it off on thin printer paper, trace it with pencil onto my page then go over it with permanent pen. It looks like I wrote it! Yep, I cheated folks!)

I hope you like my journal page and that you've had a sunny day today :).

Katy x

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Everything Happens For A Reason Journal Page With Clearsnap Color Pop Mini Inks

Hi all 

I have another art journal page to share using Susan K Weckesser Stamps and Clearsnap Color Pop Mini Inks. It is a simple page that i started off by using the Sky and Ice inks to paint a blank page a two tone color. I blended them in a little so it didn't look too clean.

Next i stamped the Itty Bitty sentiment in the middle and colored it in with the Color Pop Mini Inks.

I then used the In Circle Me stamp and i inked just around the one edge of the stamp before applying it around the edges of the journal. I then colored in the circles with the Color Pop Mini inks.

Thank you for visiting. 

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Art Journal Play with Lynne Mizera

Hello Everyone - Lynne here today to share another of my art journal pages with you.  This month Susan Weckesser encouraged us to see our world with new eyes with a focus on our own backyards and our gardens... which resonated with me on such a deep level as I am spending the first year in our new home, one that we hope to be in until we are ready to move into assisted living (in about 30 years - we Hope!).  So here is the two-page spread I created:
The inspiration for this came from the quote I used which really did say it perfectly for me... 
I have been fortunate to have been able to travel to many wonderful places in our beautiful world, making Art and friends along the way, but at the end of each "journey nto the World" I Always Come Home.
And to me My Home is still the place I love the most in this World!  
Our Front Yard with Cherry Tree in Full Bloom

And the back of the house (I am standing in our vegetable garden)
So Why don't you go out into your own backyard and see what you can see With New Eyes and then come back inside and make Your Personal Art Journal Page!

Scrapbook Lynne Mizera
For the Susan Weckesser Creative Team

Susan K. Weckesser Products Used On This Project



Create Your Day

Grandma's NeedlePoint

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

My Garden in an Art Journal

Hello everyone today is my day to share with you an art journal page inspired from my garden. My garden is a rather large one with lots of space I will share a picture or two below with you.

The art journal I have decided to use is a 5 x 7 one which is an awesome size with the stamps I have elected to use which are the beautiful In my Garden set.

I have also used a selection of pink blue and green paint along with gesso the awesome Susan K Weckesseer Stamp Pads (these are just an awesome size)

So how have I created my page firstly I painted the page pink and blue, all very random and every where don't be afraid to use your fingers to smear the paint.

I then let that dry and added some gesso

I then smeared some green paint on the page but forgot to take a picture

So then I took a black stamp pad and the stamps and just randomly stamped all over the page with flowers which I feel is how my garden is lots of randomness.

I then took the awesome Susan K Weckesseer Stamp Pads  and a water colour brush and coloured some of the flowers all very randomly.

this is my finished page

Now to share a picture of my inspiration with you, this was from spring last year.

I hope you have enjoyed my blog post and I will be back later in the month to share another page inspired by my garden