Sunday, June 25, 2017

Harajuku Girl Tags

A few weeks ago, my sisters and I got together for a very belated bday celebration for my sister, Maryl. Maryl picked as an activity to have lunch together and make some tags.
We picked using these Harajuku girls for our theme. I found some images on-line and we cut them up and used tissue and scrap paper to embellish them.
My sister, Frances also collected these Harajuku perfume bottles - so cute! Here's some more pictures of all the tags we made...
Diana's tags
Fran's tags
Maryl's tags
Pat's tags
My tags
My sister, Lana and Pat opted to use some images from Lynne Perrella...
Lana's tags
Happy Be-lated Birthday Maryl!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Paint Box Junk Journal

After taking a wonderful Junk Journal class from Lisa Guerin, I couldn't wait to make another one on my own. I was looking for a small book to use as the encasement, but couldn't find the right size, so I opted to use an old paint box.

Since I was using a paint box as my book cover, I chose to add lots of bright color to my pages, by using colored tissue paper.
I collaged the cover of the paint box with paper, paint, stamps and other embellishments.
The inside is made up from an accordion folded manila folder that's been stained. 
I just glued one end of the accordion fold onto the inside cover.
Most of the images are from the new Lynne Perrella stamps I just purchased. I also used some stamps from Catherine Moore and Tim Holtz.
I guess you can make a book/journal out of most anything.
Hope you had a great weekend!

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Junk Journal Project

A few weeks ago I took an amazing Junk Journal class from Lisa Guerin, hosted at my sister, Lana's house. It was so much fun and I learned so much. Below are pictures of my project.
Lisa provided each of us old book covers that we altered and used to create our art journal inside. We stenciled some designs on the cover, but I wasn't happy with how mine came out, so I added additional collage elements on top.

The inside pages are made from manila folders, that we stained with tea and coffee and then added ink stains as well.
Lisa provided so many elements for us to fill our journal with, some stamped with images from Lynne Perrella. I love Lynne's images and immediately came home and purchased 6 sets of her stamps.
 The butterfly images above is from Tim Holtz's Stamper Anonymous line.
 I also used some stamps from Catherine Moore, Character Construction.
 It was fun pulling out some of my old stamps, like the topiaries above are from Cavallini.
I can't remember where I purchased the stamped image of the house below, but it's one of my favorites.
You'll also noticed various die cuts, some from Catherine Moore and some from Tim Holtz...they make great accents to a collage.
For additional dimension, I like adding tags and ribbon to the pages as well.
The pages fold out in an accordion style.
Thanks Lisa for inspiring us to make this amazing project, I love how it turned out and you are such a wonderful artist and teacher!

I was excited to make another one, but tried something different and made this one inside an old paint box.
I'll show the inside of this junk journal in my next post.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Tim Holtz Assemblage Necklace 3 of 3

Hi guys, so this is the third necklace I made using the new Assemblage line from Tim Holtz. These items are sold only at Jo-Ann's.
The branch piece already has various holes that you can easily add elements to. So many possibilities with this piece, but I opted for something simple and a bit of glam and bling.

Pictured below are just a couple pictures of the work in progress...
The vintage photo is probably my favorite item in this collection.
I decided to glam up one of my vintage dolls with this necklace.
Thanks Paula for letting me create for you guys. I love the products,from this line and had so much fun creating these necklaces!
Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

Friday, May 12, 2017

Tim Holtz Assemblage Necklace 2 of 3

As I stated in my previous post, I was honored to be ask to create some jewelry pieces with Tim Holtz's new Assemblage line, sold exclusively at Joann's.

Here's a picture of my second necklace I made. It measures  32" long.

All the pieces came exclusively from the Assemblage lines, with the exception of a few jump rings and eye pins.  The pieces can be combined in so many ways, possibilities are endless. I have some step by step pictures below.
  I took some of the pieces apart and connected them in new ways.
  I like the mix of textures and colors.
It makes for an interesting piece and so unique.
Have fun making some new jewelry pieces with this amazing Assemblage line.
In my next post, I'll show you my third necklace I made with this line.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Tim Holtz Assemblage Necklace: 1 of 3

I was honored to be asked to make some jewelry pieces with Tim Holtz's new Assemblage line, which is exclusively sold at Joann's. It was such an easy project, since the elements in this line are so amazing! 

I made 3 necklaces so far and today's post will focus on just one of those. In the coming weeks, I'll be showing you details of each one.    
This one is approximately 18" long, modeled on one of my Santos statues.
Below, are a few pictures of the steps I use to create it. I used different size chains on either end of the necklace, just to create some interests.
I love all the individual elements, they remind me of old found objects.🔽 My favorite,  is the old tin type charm, I'm going to definitely stock up on those!
I always like to add a bit of bling and adding numbers to my projects is a must. These assemblage type necklaces make such a conversation piece as well.
 This necklace only used a small portion of the many pieces in Tim Holtz's Assemblage line, I can't wait to show you what else I created...stay tuned.
Here's some of the pieces from the line...
I hope you enjoy playing with these!

Sunday, April 9, 2017

New Watercolor Girls

I'm loving the watercolor class with Mindy Lacefield. Here are some of my recent paintings.
We used a natural sponge for the hair, love the texture it produced.
Just a girl with a red bow.
My first clown drawing.
This was the dragon fly lesson.
I have a few more lessons to go. I'll be so sad when this it's over, I learned so much!

So excited to be heading to Japan this week with my daughter, we'll be back in a couple of weeks! Hope you had a great weekend!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Paper Dolls & More

I'm having a wonderful time with Mindy Lacefield's watercolor class and turned some of the watercolor faces into paperdolls. I made some larger and some minis.
The faces are painted with watercolors and the dresses, wings and legs are printed paper.

I'm thinking of making them into sticker sheets and maybe selling them. Let me know if you might be interested in them.
I made one test sheet of stickers for myself.
I love using stickers in my monthly planner and they would be fun to use on tags or cards too.
My daughter, Rachel, recently opened a sticker stop in Etsy and she's having so much fun designing and selling stickers. Check out her site

And then I just wanted to share a few of my other water colors pieces I made in Mindy's class.
Monochome girl...shades of blue.

My favorite doll growing up, Joan Walsh Anglund.

Watercolor collage.
Thanks for stopping by, I hope you had a great weekend!