Friday, April 24, 2015

Calming Chaos

If you could look closely at the photo in this layout, you would see a very messy craft room.  The title might lead you to think that I was capturing how I would organize my craft space.

Actually the title is about how the craft room and all the mess is actually a calming factor in my life right now.  We are going through a lot of medical issues and have been for a couple of months.  Being a caregiver often means really being organized and some of my chores involve keeping things sterile.  My craft space is in the only room on our 2nd floor and seldom is anyone up there but me.  So I can be as messy as I want and it doesn't matter at all.

I haven't had as much time in my craft room lately, but when I do I work on layouts or sometimes just play.  The photo was taken after I'd been doing a lot of gelli prints.  I was making some of them for a particular project but still I wasn't too concerned about perfection and order.  That was nice.

For the layout, I went through many of the gelli prints in my stash and ended up using a piece of printed tissue paper.  It is just ordinary white wrapping tissue from the dollar store.  I don't show how I created this particular print but how it is used.

Here's the video at YouTube:

Thanks for watching!  Videos may be sporadic over the next few weeks but I still plan to do as many as I can.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Winter Page - Serene

A few days ago I shared a bright winter page that focused more on winter clothing than on the background. This one is all about the landscape.

We have very little snow here in the foothills of the NC Mountains.  One good snowfall a year is typical.  Still the bare trees can make a pretty backdrop.  These photos were taken from the walking trail we use.

For the background, I worked with the Gelli Plate.  I love playing with my gelli plate though I have to admit it can get a bit frustrating when I'm trying to get a certain color or design that I have in my head to come out on the paper. I think you just have to let go something I need some practice in.

In the video, you will see a lot of trial and error.  I placed these prints on a kraft background, the same kraft cardstock I used in the bright page.  It is quite a contrast.

Watch at YouTube:


Thanks for visiting!  I'm almost done with the April Newsletter. Lots going on but it will be out soon.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Truth Scrap Classes now on sale

The individual classes from the first ever Truth Scrap are now on sale for $9.95 each through April 24.

Truth Scrap was a one day event with several classes focusing on incorporating faith into your crafting.  While I've taken many of the regular TrueScrap classes, I did not attend this event.  Just wanted to pass this along in case you were interested in any of the topics.  

Click on the link above for more info.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Winter Page - Bright

I have a couple of winter themed pages to do with photos taken at the same location.  I'm telling different stories and want to convey different moods.

For this first one, it is a happy page sharing my walking wardrobe for the winter. One thing I'm especially good at is selecting coats.  I wear them for years and years so that is a good thing. This jacket was to replace one I got just before my husband and I honeymooned in the Candian Rockies in 2001.  Back then, styles were a lot bigger and while I still have and wear that coat, I wanted something a bit trimmer and warmer for our walks.  This jacket from Academy Sports and Outdoors is the perfect weight for our weather and I love the color.  Upper 40's is about as cold as we can stand it anyway.  (Yes, all of you New Englanders and Upper Midwesterners can laugh at me now!)

My husband has long sung the merits of mittens for keeping your hands warm in winter.  Apparently no one in retail here has heard him as they are impossible to find locally.  I ordered these from Land's End.  Honestly, I'm not sure they are better than the knit gloves I got at Steinmart for $7 but they are cute and worked fine.  The important thing is that we walked as much as we could.

It is ironic that I am posting this on the first day I've worn shorts this year. :-)

For the page, I used Silhouette chevron cuts and some MME 6x6 paper.  The kraft background is Bazzil spritzed with Studio Calico Honor Society mist.

Watch at YouTube:


More sketches here.

I'll have another page coming along with a very different tone though the photos are taken at the same place.

If you aren't already, be sure to sign up for the newsletter as I have one coming out soon.  Hope you have a great weekend!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Scrabble Tiles and Flowers Canvas - Shopping Video

Congratulations, David and Ada who were married on Valentine's Day!

My cousin had a second wedding reception this weekend so all his relatives here could attend.  I made their canvas with a Valentine theme and tried to add some things that would fit their lives and personalities.  He flies his own plane so there are a couple of planes on the top.  The "OK" is significant to the bride and groom in both the proposal and the wedding vows.  I used some technical type book papers that I hope signify his business.

The Scrabble tiles were sent to me to try out and evaluated by Clever Crafting.  The set has all the Scrabble tiles in the same number of each letter you would get in the game so you get a lot of vowels but only one each J, K, Q, X and Z.  The set also has one of each number and some extra fun tiles.  You can see a couple of those on the canvas - the heart and the little ring.

 The bride told me that they play "Words with Friends" all the time so these proved to be just perfect.

They can change the photo out as they wish.  It slides out on the right side.  I do these types of canvases on my Etsy shop - Lovely Layers Art.

If you would like to find the tiles, check them out here. (I have no financial interest in this.  Just passing it along if you are interested.)

Also in this 'shopping video' is info on the flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts.  Great flowers, fast and cheap shipping.  I've been very pleased with them.

Watch at YouTube

Thanks for visiting today!  New layout video coming soon.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Love birds and Daisies

I have some more Gelli print cards today.  This first one was made with a couple of gelli prints I did early on when I was working out prints for other projects.  The glue and purple one made a perfect landscape background for Stampin' Up!'s Upsy Daisy image.

For this anniversary card for friends, I used the Gelli Plate to do the background with leaves cut on the Silhouette.  For the first layer, I used shades of green and then did a 2nd layers of blues with the leaf mask in place. The green shows through where the mask was.  I added some hand outlining with a green Zig marker as a last minute touch.

The first are also Gelli prints cut on the Silhouette.    A wood veneer heart finishes and some stitching finish off the casual card.

Hope you are having a crafty weekend!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Holiday Pocket Pages

Happy Spring!

Here are my Christmas pages.  Ha! OK, I might be a bit behind but then again I just don't scrap chronologically anymore and I love it that way.

We had a few holiday outings or visits with friends and family that I wanted to highlight. I went with pocket pages because in some cases I didn't think I really had enough for a page.  For this 2nd one, I really could have and probably would have been happiest with a traditional page.  Still, I got to play with my gelli plate for that one.

The first, more traditional, layout is here.

The 2nd page with Gelli Prints here.

I think Washi works so well on pocket pages as it adds color, adds no bulk at all and is easily wrapped to the back of the card where it stays secure.  I also did some stamping on the first page for accents.

Hope you are having a happy start to Spring or Fall.  Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Gelli Plate Prints Video

Hi!  It has been busy and stressful around here.  My new Gelli Plate has been a great way to relax and have fun.  After making some new prints with a dollar store find, I decided to do a video.

Watch at YouTube:

TrueStamp is coming up soon!  If you are a stamper, here is more information on the event.  Through March 20 use code POTOFGOLD  and click here...  TrueStamp 15

I'm also working on a two part video for a pocket page layout from Christmas.  One of the pocket pages will use some gelli prints.  Stay tuned...

Thanks for watching!
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