Friday, 3 December 2021

"Peace" Christmas wall decor for Creative Artiste

 Hello and happy December, friends! I love to decorate for Christmas, and have been making cards as well; right now my craft room is completely destroyed, spread with craft supplies, bins of decorations and ornaments, and Amazon delivery boxes!! Bonus-I have to have it all cleaned up and put away in time to use it as a guest room when my son comes home in a couple weeks! I'm actually grateful to have that incentive, or it could stay somewhere between "there appears to have been a struggle" mode and complete all-out "aftermath of natural disaster" mode until mid-January at least.

I used Kaisercraft Silver Bells and Christmas Wishes collections for this project, sanding and inking the edges of the papers after attaching them to the letters to create more definition. The wrapped pearl strings and felt snowflakes were attached with hot glue, and the large pearls were self-adhesive The glittery reindeer is from Michael's.

Come join the challenge at Creative Artiste Mixed Media Challenge Blog this month-anything goes, as long as it's mixed media! A reminder that we take a vacation in January but will be back again in February.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and I wish you a lovely, sparkly, glittery Christmas and a peaceful, joyful New Year. 

xx Lynne

Friday, 5 November 2021

"Graham at 19 months"-a12 x 12 layout for Creative Artiste

 Hello friends and Happy November! I know most crafters love Halloween and the chance to make wild and crazy, creepy projects, but I'm not a fan and am always glad to see that stuff gone from the stores (and it doesn't break my heart to see the Christmas stuff starting either!) I came across this adorable photo of my son (who is now 29 years old) and just had to put it on a page.

The ohoto was taken in front of our fireplace and had a pretty cluttery background, so I decided to just use the silhouette, which made it so much easier to choose paper that looked great with it! These are Blue Fern Frolic and Autumn Anthology papers.I used a Tim Holtz alphabet stencil and a Prima stencil for the other design, along with homemade texture paste.   Because of the colours. I didn't feel the flower collage was too "girly" for this page, and I was happy with the way it came out. I hope you like it, and also hope you decide to join us at Creative Artiste Mixed Media Challenge Blog this month-it's always anything goes, as long as you use 3 or more mediums! Hope to see your lovely entries there!
xx Lynne

Friday, 1 October 2021

"Dan"-a 12x12 layout for Creative Artiste Mixed Media Challenge Blog

 Hello there crafty peeps! I haven't been doing a whole lot of papercrafting or mixed media lately, but I did complete this layout using a photo of my uncle who passed away early in the year. At most of our family events, he was the guy behind the camera, so I'm grateful to have this photo.

I used paint, stenciling and a little tearing to distress the background paper, then made some crumply, inky flowers with metal centers (to make sure they were sufficiently masculine!) I had gotten the wonderful bark leaves at a home decor store that was closing out a few years ago and thought they were perfect for this page. The scribbly frame is from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts, heat embossed in gold, then inked in black. A few fussy-cut clocks and gears and some metal embellishments finished it off. The title letters were inked lightly in brown to showcase the texture. Most of the papers are from the BoBunny Heritage line.

I pray all is well in your world as you navigate the craziness around us, and I hope you find refuge in creativity...hugs and best wishes...Lynne XX

Friday, 3 September 2021

"Free in my Faith"-6x6 canvas for Creative Artiste Mixed Media Challenge Blog

 Hello there crafty latest canvas is a do-over with a story behind it, and I was happy to hang the finished product over the worktable in my craft room. I had had it there since we moved in here with a quote on it that made me sad every time I noticed it and finally decided it was ridiculous to leave it there. I was going to start over but didn't have another canvas this size and really didn't want to go out for one. I tore everything off of the old one, and I must say that act in itself was rather therapeutic. This is the new finished project:

My craft room is all done in pastel colours against pale grey walls so it fits in perfectly. After attaching everything except the quote, paper hearts and the metal items I wanted to keep as they were, The jeweled  metal rectangles at the upper right are from a broken bracelet! I used white spray gesso before adding light layers of Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists I lightly inked the edges of the flowers with the same deep pink that I used on the edges of the papers to further define them.

FREEDOM is a big part of what my life stands for right now, as is my FAITH, so this phrase really resonated with me. Life changes made the previous quote on the canvas no longer true for me, but this one I know will always be true, no matter what life may throw my way!!

Thank you for stopping by, and I wish you a wonderfully creative September-be true to yourself no matter what! xx Lynne

Friday, 6 August 2021

"I Wanted to Fly" art journal page for Creative Artiste Mixed Media Challenge Blog

 Happy August, my crafty friends! I hope all is well in your world; it's hot and humid here and I've been on a kick listening to old music that I grew up with, either in my craft room or when I'm driving. Recently the lyrics to Neil Diamond's "Shiloh" caught my atention, and got me thinking about flying, which brought me to the story of Icarus and eventually to the idea of a moth to a flame or to light, which is the image I chose to capture on my page.

 I created the background with Tattered Angels glimmer mists, starting with black then layering three shades of blue.I spritzed a light layer of yellow mist in the upper right corner before hand-drawing the light bulb, which was finished with coloured pencils.Yellow washi tape and some sponged acrylic paint finished that section, and randomly placed beads completed the blue section. (I just used tweezers and white glue to attach those.) The smaller moths were fussy cut from a sheet of Recollections paper from Michael's, and the large one was from Tim Holtz paper. I drew the flame on a scrap of mottled orange paper and cut away a bit of the moth's wing to create a charred effect, which was edged in black and grey.

I simply hand-printed my song lyrics on blue patterned paper and inked the edges lightly in black. I very seldom incorporate washi tape or beads in my projects, so this was a good chance to play a little!

I've always found song lyrics fascinating and have been inspired by them in so many of my projects, from scrapbook pages to cards and canvases, art journaling to Bible journal pages, and even occasionally in my zentangle drawings.Next time you're enjoying some down-time listening to music, pay a little extra attention to the lyrics and you just might be inspired to create something interesting! Wishing you a delightfully creative month....hugs and best wishes....Lynne xoxo

Friday, 2 July 2021

Nature Tag album for Creative Artiste MixedMedia Challenge Blog

I treated myself to a Graphic 45 "Woodland Friends" paper pack while we were locked down, hoping it would inspire me to get creative, and it was perfect to pair withh this cute tag album from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts and make a place for all the photos I had of Buddy, the squirrel we rescued and raised about 15 years ago.

I had a lot of fun with this, going through the papers and choosing as many squirrel images as possible and combining them. I had to keep the inner pages fairly flat, but added paper and fabric flowers on the cover as well as some plastic greenery I had and some decorative fibers both on the cover and attached to the pull-out tags. I inked all the edges and used foam tape for added dimension on most of the pages

My photos were all taken before we had a digital camera, so many of them are pretty awful , and I had to silhouette a lot of them because they were quick candid shots and often had very busy backgrounds, but I'm happy I was able to preserve the memories of our adorable little Buddy together in an album.

The pages are like pockets which hold a pull-out tag, as shown here:

These are the pull-out tags:

These are the pocket pages:

God's creations are amazing and this lovely paper showcases so many of His beautiful animals; I hope you enjoyed seeing my project and my squirrel photos.

Be sure to take part in the July challenge at Creative Artiste-always anything goes, as long as it's mixed media! Thanks for stopping by! xx

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Friday, 4 June 2021

Fireweed-a 12x12 layout for Creative Artiste

 Hello there! It's garden season here, so I ddecided to scrap a flower photo I had in my stash. Fireweed is a wildflower that's common in northern British Columbia  where I used to live. When there's a whole field of it, these vibrant plants make it look like it's on fire, hence the name given it by the native people of the area.

I treated myself to some lovely paper that I found on Amazon and found it was perfect to set off this photo. I loved the paper so much I didn't want to cover too much of it up (that's often a problem of mine!!) The rainbow was torn from another sheet and inked with a rich blue. I added stenciling with texture paste, used some Martha Stewart border punches randomly around the edges, and tore the remaining edges between the punching. Again these were inked in blue to further define the punched designs and tearing.

The title letters were originally a deep maroon, so I painted them white before inking them in pink.I gathered random flowers from my stash in bright pink and fresh green to echo some of the shades in the papers. The diecuts are from a BoBunny collection and I thought the colours coordinated really well with my other embellishments.

I hope you enjoyed seeing my page; I'm happy to have it as a keepsake of the lovely wildflowers from a province I lived in for several years; I wish you flowers and blue skies this season and always xx