Saturday, October 26, 2013

Colorful Tags

I've been playing with some bright colors lately and some new doodle stamps from Jenny Doh. I made the tags below this week.

I love using water soluble wax pastels from Caran d'Aache called Neocolor II. They go on like crayons and then when mixed with water, they have a wonderful watercolor effect and the colors blend together so easily. To create the black splatters, I used a fan brush and black ink. Also, the white-out pens from BIC work great for accents.
Below is the picture of the stamps I purchased from Jenny Doh's web site:
The stamps are a good size for smaller projects - like tags and cards. I also used stamps from Teesha Moore for some of the girls.

Here's more pictures of the tags...
These were fun quick projects...I hope you try some of these supplies.

 Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Journal Workshop

Yesterday, I hosted a journal was a beautiful day to get together with family and friends and create art. We played with paints, sprays, stencils and stamps. Following are some pictures from the class. We first started with some spray inks.
  Then we layered some stencils on top...
We also did some mono printing with the Gelli plate.
And added collaged elements from magazines.
We painted and doodled on bags, tags and folders...
And everyone created such fun and beautiful pieces, I love them all!

On another note, I have something surprising to share. I was shopping at Joann's today - you can never have enough supplies ;-). I was at the Tim Holtz section and I looked up...

There, in front of me...larger than life...a picture of the necklace I had made for Tim Holtz. Last year I had made some necklaces for his booth at the winter CHA show  The necklaces were all created from elements from his idea-logy line. The necklace pictured at Joann's was the one Tim actually asked to keep, it's all one long necklace. How cool is that???! Let me know if you see this photo at your local Joann's store.

Be happy, create art!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Journal Class with Dyan Reaveley's

This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending an all day workshop with Dyan Reaveley at Scrapbook Island in San Jose. Below are a couple of pages I made using her technique and some of her images.
There were about 40 people in this class, some familiar faces was a great group to be with.
Dyan was a fabulous teacher and had so much to share.

She has such a fun personality and her teaching style worked really well for even such a large class.
She supplies everything we needed. It was such a luxury not to bring a suitcase full of supplies.
That's my sister Diana working on her background pages
 This was a fun black page we created. The picture below is just the beginning of how it started...
This is how i finished the page...
Examples of more background pages I made...I love using the stencils and stamps to create interesting patterns.
Me, Dyan and my sister, Maryl
 Below is a page from Dyan's journal - love this one - so quirky ;-)
Group photo at the end of class...
If you ever have the opportunity to take a class with her, you should jump on it. You'll learn so much and have a great time!

Saturday, October 12, 2013

More of My Journal Pages

I've added a few more pages to my small Dylusions journal that I thought I'd share with you...
 This one I used these adorable dress stencils from Stencilgirlproducts.
These are magazine/catalog collage pages...
Did you notice the trunk of the car opens? Haha, there's a little message inside.
 It started with the cover of an Anthropologie catalog.
At first it was a mail art piece that I made from taking an online class from Roben Marie Smith...
but I decided to cut it to size and insert it in my journal instead!
The following is a picture of the opening page of my journal. I had left it blank for awhile now. It's like she's pointing for you to look inside. ;-)
The pages below were made from a photocopy of the mail art piece I posted before. I added a few more items to it - it's a quick way to put some pages together and reuse your work.
The pages below are paper napkins glued (modpodged) together. I love the look of paper napkins because they're so transparent. Now I'm on the hunt for more paper napkins with interesting designs.
 Here's my Santos page made some Dylusions sprays, Tim Holtz stencils/stamps and my doodles.
Tomorrow I'm off to Scrapbook Island to take a class from the one and only Dyan Reaveley! It's been fun using her products and watching her videos, I can't wait to take a class from her in person. I'll definitely share pics.

Happy Saturday!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Quality Time with Family & Some Crafting Too

This weekend we had a family gathering at my niece's house in Novato. We celebrated several birthdays...don't you just love this birthday - cupcake cake (from Safeway)!
It's a replica of Nat's pool and all the bday people sitting on floating devices - too clever!

Of course we can't get together without some type of craft project(s) and we started off with a great one, too! My niece, Natalie and my sister Diana saw these unique sunglasses in Hawaii selling for over $100 and they said, "We can make those!" they bought all these supplies and enough sunglasses for everyone.
The project involved removing the arms of the sunglasses and then replacing it with a chain and a dangling charm. I'm modeling my sunglasses, but it's hard to tell from this picture how it works.
Here are all our finished glasses. The chain and charm will actually hold up your glasses over your ears.
Here we are modeling our sunglass creations...

Then our next project was inspired by the talented artist Roben Marie Smith and we made these decorated manila folders.
 We used a Gelli plate - that was really fun to work with.
These were the samples I made...
Decorated folders, brown paper and manila folder...I love Roben's work, on-line classes and stamps.

And the weather was beautiful that day...Rachel and I paddled around the lake on Natalie's kayak.
Another fun family gathering - thanks Nat and Jean for hosting a terrific party!

Here's some of the prints I made with the Gelli's so fun, I can't wait to make more.

And last by not least, I'm published in the latest Jewelry Affair magazine.
 Always a thrill - thank you Stampington!
Hope you're all having a great week!