Friday, October 1, 2021

Hear, See, & Speak No Evil.... Just stamp!

 Happy Friday! This past weekend I spent the ENTIRE WEEKEND in my studio creating. It was absolutely the best time. Today, I am sharing a layout that I created while getting lost in my studio. Everything about this layout I love and it was a lot of fun doing a masking technique while also stamping in an unorthodox way. Are you guys ready to get inky!? 

I had been wanting to do a hexagon background. What better time than for a Halloween Layout? So I grabbed my laptop and created a stencil in Silhouette Studio and cut it out using my Cameo. 

I then set the stencil on top of the pattern paper: My Mind's Eye Mischievous Line. Using the hexagons that were cut out as a mask, I started stamping each negative space using the Blank Page Muse Grunge Cobwebs Halloween Background by Pam Bray.   I did not use a stamp block, But instead rotated my stamp, pressed down, and then used my fingers for pressure to transfer the ink to my paper. This allowed be a lot more control over where my stamped image was and also allowed for the distressed look. 

Once each hexagon was stamped, I removed all the hexagon masks...

While the stencil was still taped down,  I lightly misted with Distress Mica Stains. I rotated light mists with a slow deliberant push of the spray nozzle to get some bigger blotches of the Mica Stain.  

I then took a black felt pen and traced each hexagon. 

Then I removed the mask and revealed the background to my layout... and I fell completely in love with the results! 

Next I traced three hexagons onto another piece of pattern paper from the Mischievous line, cut them out and then stamped each skull from the Hear, See, & Speak No Evil DriBonez Skulls by Rick St Dennis.  I distressed the edges, inked them up, and then adhered them to my layout with pop dots. 

I then pulled out one of my favorite tools: The Crop-a-Dile! To put eyelets in for the ribbon embellishments. 

I used a couple of the hexagons that were cut out, from the stencil I made, for my journaling. One was a quote and the other was the event where the photo was taken. I inked the edges with Gold ink and stamped a little swirl on it using the Fancy Curls & Flowers Flourish. 

Below are all the supplies that I used....

I am so happy with how this layout turned out. Always think about the different ways you can use your stamps and, by thinking outside of the box, you are opening yourself up to a whole new world of possibilities.

A Happy for you! Jump over to Blank Page Muse and pick up the stamps I used, or anything else that you fall in love with, and use BPMChristine for a 15% discount! 

Have a wonderful Friday and Happy Creating! 

Until next time.... 

Friday, September 24, 2021

The moments spent with you...

 Life is made up of moments. Some good. Some bad. Some are nonchalant. ...and then there are some moments that just take our breath away. They are imprinted into our memory and no matter how much time goes by it seems like only yesterday, and we remember, so clearly, every detail. Even as I type this post to share with you, the memories of the moments that inspired this art journal page dance through my mind. This special person has inspired some of my most favorite pieces. From journaling to the canvas I have hanging in my room. The few, but precious, moments I had with him will always be dear to my heart. 

Using a variety of techniques and some of my favorite stamps from Blank Page Muse, I sat down and captured how these moments make me feel. Whimsical, like straight out of a fairytale. Handsome and strong like he is. Nature, because when I was with him, it was completely as natural and as beautiful. ...and the memories we made, though few, will be with me for a lifetime. 

Look at all the goodies I used! Creating this art journal page was a lot of fun. I had the music on and just got lost in the creative process. No direction, just going where it took me. 

I started with Inking the background up using the Gel Press and Distress Oxide & Distress Mica Stain.

Using Distress Rustic Wilderness, I inked all the edges. 

Then using the Handwritten Note Art stamp and stamped the whole background. 

Now... some magic! 

Using the Medallions Ornate Patterns & Flowers I stamped all over the background and embossed using Distress Glaze. It turned out beautifully!

Now time to put everything together. One of the fun tricks I did was with the tree di-cuts - Sizzix, Tim Holtz Woodlands. After I cut them out, I ran them through my Xyron Creative Station. Before pulling them off, I inked them up. It made working with them so much easier. I do this little trick with lots of my di-cuts! 

The rest just fell into place. A few more di-cuts, a frame, tag, and titling... and wa-la! 

This little journal page turned out better than I could of imagined. ...I think because as I was creating, the love I have was pouring out onto the page as well as the ink, embossing, and embellishments. 

I hope you have enjoyed learning about this Art Journal Page as much as I enjoyed creating it. Blank Page Muse has amazing quality stamps that will inspire your own beloved projects! 

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Friday, September 3, 2021

Don't Give Up... on your project or Life!

 Happy Friday! Today I have a tag full of techniques... and to be perfectly honest, quite a few things went "wrong" on this tag. You know, when you have an idea and in your head it looks amazing, but once executed, not so great? Well, I kept going and this is what came to life... 

I started with a plain manila tag and covered it with a book page. I use Matte Medium for things like this normally.. but when I was at Hobby Lobby a while back I came across Satin Gel and HAD to try it. I really like how it is not glossy, but still not completely matte. 

Once the book page was dried, I inked it up with some Distress Inks and brushed some Gesso over part of the tag.

I then used the thinlet dies by Tim Holtz and cut out some of the background. 

Now time for some stamping and embossing fun! I used the tree from the Starbright Gnome Wintery Tree Let your light shine stamp set by Pam Bray.  I stamped in Versamark and used Black embossing powder. This is one thing I really liked at first, but then as the tag went on, it was too bold. I ended up using Picket Fence Distress Paint to dry brush over to make it not as in your face! I LOVE how it turned the tree to a whimsical element on my tag.  

Now this... this just made me smile ear to ear at how beautiful it came out. Using the Flower Shape with Silhouettes & Music, I did a two toned stamp imaged. Just beautiful. If you look at the finished tag, you will see that I cut this out and sprayed it with Perfect Pearls Mist in Perfect Pearl. The shimmer, oh the shimmer! 

I ran a scrap piece of Christmas Ribbon I had save through my Xyron Creative Station to add adhesive to be able to adhere it easily to my tag. I then inked up some Tim Holtz Glassine Paper and adhered it at the bottom of the tag over the top of the ribbon. Then I took some Dylusions Spray and tapped ink splatters all over the tag. Next I glued down my stamped Flower Shape with Silhouettes and Music and took a piece of scrap paper, hand cut to the size square I needed and inked it up and wrote my quote. 

Sometimes we so easily throw out a project when it doesn't go as planned. I challenge you to have hope and keep trying. You never know what amazing project you will come up with! 

Until next time... HAPPY CREATING! 

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Friday, August 27, 2021

Sending you the best... with Distress & Embossing

 Good Morning and Happy Friday! Today I have a fairly simple card I made using one of the most beautiful Blank Page Muse stamps: Floral Spray Sunflowers Chrysanthemums Words Border Art by Pam Bray.

It started off with a little stamping and embossing... 

Next I took some Distress Oxide Ink and inked up my card and splattered Distress Oxide Ink in Mustard Seed. 

I then stamped again on a scrap piece of paper and cut out the sunflower. Inked it up and used a pop dot to place on my card. 
The leaves were di-cut and then covered with Distress Embossing Glaze. 
I stamped the sentiment on a scrap piece of grungeboard and inked it up, then applied with pop dots. 

Until next time... I am wishing you the very best! 

Happy Creating! 

Friday, August 6, 2021

Crazy About Glaze! ...a Blank Page Muse Project.

Happy Friday Creative Loves! I am so excited to be back here and creating again. This year has been a wild ride. From starting the year with Covid and then as soon as I recovered I jumped into home renovations. Starting with redoing my Art Studio and then, pretty much, every room got some love after that... 

Today I am sharing the first project that I made in my new creative space! Using a "new to me" product and some favorite Blank Page Muse Stamps. 

I have been going non stop on the home renovations, but I would end most nights scrolling through Pinterest and watching You Tube videos on different techniques, to keep my creative soul alive. ...and then my best scrappy friend who tells me about new products, and that is how I found Distress Embossing Glazes! I knew instantly what I wanted to try first, and that turned into the project you see above. 

Embossing glazes are transparent. This is what I wanted to play with... so I started by inking up my tag with Distress Ink and then splattering some water on it. 

Using the Diamond Repeating Pattern stamp and Archival Ink, I stamped the background. I then used my Embossing Dabber I rolled embossing juice all over the tag and sprinkled Speckled Egg Embossing Glaze and melted it with the heat gun. I loved the beautiful sheer gloss color it added to my project! (I missed a photo here... I was so caught up in creating!) 

Next Step was to stamp my Roman Numerals with Archival Ink and repeated the process with the Embossing Dabber, but this time with Distress Glaze in Broken China. 

I then stamped and cut out my perfume bottles from the Vintage Scents Perfume Ephemera set and embossed them with Embossing Stain in Tattered Rose. 

The last step was to cut out out a few embellishments from some of my favorite Sizzex Dies and cover them with Distress Glaze as well. Put your tag together and sit back and enjoy your masterpiece. 

I hope you have been inspired and are ready to grab your favorite stamps and start creating! 

Until Next Time... 
Happy Friday and Happy Creating! 

Saturday, January 23, 2021

Believe...beyond what you can see.

  Good Morning! Today I have a layout out to share with you using stenciling, embossing, and lots of stamping! Christmas has come and gone, but, if you're like me, you have many photos ready to be scrapbooked! So, are you ready!? Let's get inky! 

Start with a solid color cardstock and your accent paper. Here you see some of the fabulous paper from Pam Bray's Watercolor Line. Using an edge distresser, distress the edges of the pattern paper. Now put aside and get those inks out! 

Using the Star Slimline Stencil and Distress Ink, stencil the stars on the on your card stock. Then outline them using a fine black marker, ZIG is my go to. 

Now for a little splatter fun! Choosing spray inks in blues, greens, yellows, and red, splatter droplets onto your layout. To do this, screw off the spray nozzle and gently tap over your layout. This technique allows you a little more control over where your spray inks go. 

Using the tree from the stamp set Starbright Gnome Wintery Tree and a little embossing powder, create the tree accent at the bottom of your layout. Embossing never gets old, it is like magic every time! You can use whatever embossing color you have on hand, or if you have little empty containers, you can mix up your own color, like you see below. 

Next, grab the stamp set Classic Christmas Art and black embossing powder. Using the Poinsettia, stamp in Versamark on the scrap pattern paper and emboss with the black embossing powder. Using embossing powder made for fine detail works the best. 

Using the Pine Leave Branch from the Classic Christmas Art , stamp a grouping of Pine Leaves in the top corner of your layout. You can and some sparkle accent with a variety of glitter pens. Fussy cut your embossed Poinsettia, and using a pop dot, adhere to the layout. 

Stamp another Poinsettia on white cardstock and color. You can see here, where I colored Poinsettias with Copics recently. Using kraft cardstock, create the mat for your photos. Then start piecing your layout together. Add the pattern paper from the first step. Using pop dots, added your mat with your photos, and then using another pop dot, add the gorgeous Poinsettia you colored! 

Using kraft cardstock, write out your title, "Believe" and fussy cut. Draw a heart, and finish your title. Fussy cut it out and, once again, use pop dots to add to your layout. For the journaling above the photos, grab a piece of coordinating paper from your scrap bin, cut down to size, add a little ink to the edges and your journaling and you now have a beautiful layout! 

I hope your New Year has started off with blessings and joy and when times get tough, remember, always have hope and believe beyond what you can see. ...and always know that you can find your peace when you sit down and take a moment, or a day, and spend it creating. Below are several places you can go to look for inspiration. Also, make sure you are a member of the Blank Page Muse Fan Page on Facebook so you can connect with crafter's all over, be inspired, and make new friends. 

Until next time.... Happy Creating!