Friday, April 20, 2012

Enjoying the View

It's challenge 48 over at Punky Scraps!! This is the recipe challenge. Yes it is the most difficult but I always end up loving these pages more because I feel like it takes me out of my comfort zone a little bit and I end up using elements together that I normally wouldn't.

This months recipe is:
   - Use 5 different pieces of patterned paper
   - Use the color brown
   - Use tulle/lace/burlap
   - Have splashes of paint
   - Use denim (or something that looks like denim)
   - Have butterflies
   - Have 5 lines of journaling

I was able to utilize all but the journaling because I really suck at journaling, and it stresses me out because I over-analyze, and I never end up being completely truthful, and I would just rather let the picture do the talking, and so there.

Here is my page 'Enjoying the View':
This is me enjoying the view at the Fort in St Augustine.

Here are some closeups:
Butterfly #1 and you could see all the different patterned papers I used.
Butterfly #2
Butterfly #3
The letters made of denim fabric
The brown tulle!

Come play along with us at Punky Scraps!!

Friday, April 13, 2012

My Big Sis

Challenge 47 is a sketch challenge over at Punky Scraps. I know I love sketches. They are the perfect tool to use when your creativity just needs a push (and mine has pretty much needed a huge shove lately). This sketch is so perfectly simply and fun. I had my page created in record time and I love how it turned out.

My Big Sis:
My sister and I. :)

I used the Scraps of Darkness March Kit. When I saw this paper I just knew it was perfect for the sketch.

I've been using paints and mists a lot more lately and let me tell you its been a bit of therapy. I came home after a hard day at work and I started using all these mediums and the stress just started melting away. One new technique that I have never used before is spraying water on what I painted or misted and then taking a paper towel and wiping some of the color away. It allowed me to blend the colors without them being so opaque. I added some sparkle modge podge after the fact for an added embellishment. I also fell in love with my sponge brush all over. To dim the vibrancy of the whole page just a tad I painted a very fine layer of gesso over it. I like the effect.

Here are some closeups:

If you look closely beneath the paint you can see the other butterfly paper I used. In real life it looks really cool.

Hope you liked it!!

Friday, April 6, 2012

A Yummy Bow

Here is challenge 46 for Punky Scraps! It's a very inspiring picture and if you love quilling run on over to the blog and join in.

Now I don't know how to quill so I will show you how I used that fantastic inspiration piece without incorporating the quilling ... though honestly I am in awe of whoever created that picture. So freaking cool.

A Yummy Bow:
This is my niece Shea at Christmas. She was more interested in the wrapping than the gifts. Which is why I decided when I have kids to just give them junk until they are old enough to know the difference ... maybe. Anyways I started out with an entirely different vision but my cricut didn't cut through the paper all the way (I need a new blade and I hate the new mats so so much) and I was too tired to try it again. So I just started painting. And I kept painting. It was really therapeutic and I had a lot of fun doing it. =D

Remember to join in with Punky Scraps this month. You could win an awesome prize!!


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