Tuesday, January 28, 2014

For the Love of Dachshunds

At Bronner's Christmas store they had these adorable banana Dachshunds. I mean really, could they be any cuter?!?

I decided to do a mini album for this road trip, it's 8 x 8. I used the Mini Pennants, the heart from Holiday Monkey, and white embossing powder from My Stamp Box.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

I've Got Butterflies!

Hello there crafty peeps!
Today I have for you a cute little ATC (Artist Trading Card).
I'm super happy with the way this turned out. I hope you like it, too!
Enamel gels: Silver  and Copper
Glastique (glossy)
Mod Podge
Old book page
Bling (black and amber, or whatever colors you like)
Heavy duty glue (I used Beacon 527 glue)
Small piece of foam tape or pop dots
Metal number
Scrap of burlap
Heat gun
Little cup, toothpick, pantbrush
What to do:
1. Take two of the small butterflies and cut the loops off of them.

2. Get the frame from the Daisy Floral set. Open up the Copper & Silver Enamel Gels and slap some onto the frame. Blend together using a paint brush. Set aside to dry.

3. Now get out your enamel powders and a little cup. Add a little bit of each powder to the cup and mix well (I used a tooth pick). See, you just made your very own awesome mixture! Coat the little butterflies in the enamel adhesive (DO NOT SQUEESE THE CHARMIN....oops, I mean the bottle). Coat your butterflies in the enamel powder mixture you just created and heat those bad boys up with your heat gun to melt the powders and activate the adhesive! *if your butterflies little holes become plugged, flip them over and poke through the holes with a toothpick).

4. Use the Mod Podge to glue the old book paper to the back of the burlap. Let it dry and then use your heavy duty glue to glue the frame onto the burlap. Stick a big heavy book on top of it for a few minutes to be sure it's really stuck well.

5. Now it's time to work on the big butterfly. You'll need two pieces for this- the base piece with the holes in it, and the detailed piece for over top. Take the base piece and coat with the enamel adhesive fluid and drop a little bit of Gilded Rose Gold, Black, and Aged white enamel powders onto it. Remove the excess and heat it up. I heated mine for quite awhile, so that the colors would move around and blend together. The detail piece is super simple- just coat it with the Copper embossing enamel, and once that's dry add a coat of the glossy Glastique. Once both layers are dry, glut together with heavy duty glue.

 6. Add some bling to the framed burlap. I always enjoy swirls! Once the butterfly is completely dry and set (I let mine sit overnight), use the foam tape or pop dot to add it to the upper right hand corner of the ATC. Add a piece of bling on each tip of the butterfly to cover up the holes.

7. Add your little butterflies using heavy duty glue. Do the same with the number.



Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Hoppin' Along with Genuinely Jane Studios & Frog Dog Studio: Instagram Album

Welcome to the Frog Dog Studio and Genuinely Jane Studios Blog Hop!

This week our design teams are showcasing projects from the Frog Dog Studio 
January Mixed Media Kit, featuring an Exclusive Genuinely Jane Studio Telephone Booth Wood Album.  Both teams are excited to share their kit projects and show you how they were inspired by Genuinely Jane products.

Be sure to follow the blog hop list below as you hop from one blog to the next. Lost?  Return to the Frog Dog Studio blog or the Genuinely Jane Studios blog to see who is next on your hopping list! 
We love Frog Dog Studio kits and Genuinely Jane Studios product so much, we are sharing them with you!  Visit each blog and leave a comment for a chance to win one of the following: 
1.  ONE winner will be selected to receive a $25 Frog Dog Studio Gift Certificate to use in the Frog Dog Studio store.
2.  ONE winner will be selected to receive a $25 Gift Certificate  from Genuinely Jane Studios to use for GJS books in the Genuinely Jane Studios Store
You must visit each blog and leave a comments on all blogs in order to qualify.  
Comments are due by midnight EST, Friday, January 24th to qualify for the drawing. Winners will be announced shortly after the end of the comment period, so be sure to check back to see if you've won.
Let's get hopping!
Frog Dog Studio (www.frogdogstudio.com)
Keri Babbitt (http://kensingtondesign.blogspot.com)
Lea Cioci (http://www.leacioci.blogspot.com)
Melissa Johnson (http://melsartjournal.wordpress.com)
Sue Carroll (http://1arthouse.wordpress.com)
Genuinely Jane Studios (http://www.genuinelyjanestudios.com)
Susan Wojtkowski (http://irreversiblymoi.com/)
Aimee Fleck (http://aimeefleckart.blogspot.com/) - you're already here
Monica Downing ( http://madzieme.blogspot.com/)

When I opened up my box of fun and saw this camera with a star cut out,
I knew IMMEDIATELY what I wanted to do with it!

I'm a total Instagram nerd and am planning to put my
favorite Instagram'ed photos of the year into this little cutie pie.
Wanna make it?
Yay cloud!!

What ya need:
Inka Gold metallic rub in Silver
Black & White paint pens
Mod Podge
Glitter card stock
Cameo or other die cutter
Heat gun, paint brush, scissors
Black acrylic paint
Black Staz On ink
Black Stickles

What to do:
1. Use Mod Podge and cover the covers (both sides) with the tissue paper found in the Frog Dog kit. Let dry or dry with heat tool.
2. Get the Liquitex inks out and slap them onto the album covers. Really make a mess! Have fun! let dry.
3. Once the inks are dry, paint the entire thing with gesso, wiping it in places with a paper towel. Let dry.
4. Scribble on the covers with Gelatos. Blend them using your fingers.

5. Once the Gelatos are blended, get those inks out again. Drop them onto the surfaces and blend with paper towel. 

6.  Paint the inside edges of the star cut out with black acrylic paint, rubbing some paint around the edges on the front cover. Let dry.
7. Stick your finger into the Inka Gold and rub it onto the cover, mostly on the left side of the star. Rub it in good, and then take a clean soft cloth and buff it.

8. Use the paint pens and doodle around the star cut out on the front cover. Doodle away!

9. Using the black paint marker, doodle around the edges of all four surfaces.

10. Stamp the Chevron stamp onto the front cover using black Staz On ink.
11. Cut out the title. The black is vinyl and the red is glitter card stock. Now you're done! I'll be cutting pages from kraft card stock to place my photos on.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The Artful Whale

I have to tell ya, I am particularly pleased with this little project!!
This turned out so well and came together very quickly.
I think it's gonna live in my bedroom.
Want to make it?
Remember, you can use whatever colors you like and choose a quote that speaks to YOU.
What you need:
Gesso, Mod Podge, Wood glue, Acrylic paint (I used black)
Quote stamp, swirly stamp
Black Mixed Media ink, black Staz On Ink
Black embossing powder (from My Stamp Box)
Scrap of card stock
Scrap of washi tape, ribbon, or some other trim
Studio Calico veneer pieces (or die cut your own shapes)
Glastique (from Piccolo & Globecraft)
Two wooden blocks (I got 'em at Hobby Lobby)
Black paint pen (mine is the Sharpie brand)
Heat gun, scissors, paint brush, water, toothpick
What to do:
1. Paint the whale with gesso and let dry.
2. Use the Mod Podge and glue the card stock to the whale's tail to hide the hole.
3. Color on the whale with gelatos.
4. Blend the Gelatos using your finger, then blend a little more with a wet paint brush.

5. Trim the card stock tail. Sand the edges if you're feeling froggy.
6. Add washi tape/ribbon/whatever to the edge of the card stock on the tail.
7. Use the paint pen and doodle all around the edges of the whale. Add some more gelato and blend with your finger if desired.

8. Paint some of the veneer pieces black. Paint some with Mod Podge and dunk in glitter. When dry coat with Glastique. When they are all dry, glue 'em onto the whale (this is where the toothpick comes in handy- to apply the glue to thses teeny tiny pieces!)....or make life easy and die cut them out of glitter paper instead.


 9. Stamp the swirl onto the whale using Staz On.
10. Stamp the quote onto the whale using the Mixed Media ink. Add black embossing powder, remove the excess, and heat it up.


11. Draw a sweet little face on your whale. Add some more hearts and stars if ya want to.
12. Use the wood glue and add the wood blocks to the back of your whale. This will make a kind of easel and he will stand up all on his own. You're all done!


 And, here's your wiener.....

Monday, January 20, 2014

Art Journal Time

There's a group on Facebook called Journal52. Each week there is a different prompt for you to use in your art journal. I am a bit behind and just finished week 1 today (starting to work on week two now), the prompt was Up and Away. Neat, huh?

For my journal page I used a hot air balloon and tons of ink. I hope ya like it!

Miracle tape (Viva Las Vegastamps), Dylusions spray inks (Ranger), Copper Memories Mist (Stewart Superior), Gelatos (Faber Castell), Paint markers (black and white), Liquitex fluid ink, stencils (I cut my own on the Cameo!), scissors, gesso, paint brush, heat gun, black embossing powder (My Stamp Box), Holographic embossing powder (Ranger), book to work in, paper towels for blotting, stamps, inks, scrap of patterned paper.

What to do:

1. Coat the page(s) you're working on with gesso and let dry (or dry with heat tool). Once dry scribble some gelatos around the edges. Blend with wet finger.

 2. Lay a stencil on the page & spray with Dylusions mist. Blot with paper towel. Repeat with as many colors as you'd like (I also used the copper from Stewart Superior, and Smooch Spritz).
3. Open up that ink and fling it at the page. blot and dry.

 4. Smear some blue ink around the top edges of the page and blend with paper towel. Use the Mixed Media ink (this stuff is freaking FABULOUS) all the way around the page and blend using your fingers and then buff with a paper towel.

5. Now get stampin'. 


6. Spray a piece of patterned paper with the various inks and sprays that you've gathered and dry with a heat gun. Cut out a hot air balloon shape. Slap some gesso on the page where the balloon will go, dry with heat tool, then use the Miracle Tape to stick the balloon on the gesso'd spot. Use the paint pens to sketch on/around the balloon & to add the basket. Stamp a quote or something on the balloon with the Mixed Media ink.

7. Dump the Holographic embossing powder onto the page and move around to let it stick to any wet spots. Remove excess and heat it up.

8. Stamp the chevron line (Viva Las Vegastamps) with the Mixed Media ink and emboss with black powder (My Stamp Box).
9. Add more words if you desire. I used an embossing label maker (the Smash brand). if you use one, be sure to put Miracle Tape on the back of your label!!





Sunday, January 19, 2014

A Little Monkey Lovin' Valentine

Yep, I'm getting a jump start on Valentine's cards this year!
This cute (if I do say so myself!) card uses the Holiday Monkey stamp set from My Stamp Box.
I stamped him on kraft card stock using black Mixed Media ink and then embossed it using black embossing powder from My Stamp Box. I REALLY like their EPs
This card was pretty easy to make. Stamp and emboss the monkey and cut out.
Cut out sentiment on the Cameo out of glitter paper.
Stamp hearts (also from the Holiday Monkey set) using Cardinal & Turquoise VersaColor inks.
Add some sticker hearts, place monkey on card, and add the sentiment.
And here's your wiener...