Monday, September 30, 2013

365 Cards Monday Challenge - Favorite Must Haves!

The challenge at 365 Cards for Monday, September 30th is to pick your favorite something that you had to have, paper, tool, etc.  Use it and tell us about it!

My "must have" is these super cute October Afternoon "Witch Hazel Miscellany" which was from last year (2012).  If you regularly read my blog you know I am in love with vintage images, either real ephemera finds or new versions with a vintage look!  This card has five products used and is super quick!

Cut a 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inch piece of black card stock.
I used two of the die cuts; the replica magazine cover and the little witch girl.
Scotch ATG gun and also scotch dimensional tape
Tim Holtz seasonal sentiments in white "Trick or Treat"

1.  Fold your card to measure 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches - score the back with a bone folder for a sharp crease.
2.  Adhere the magazine cover to the front of the card with adhesive.
3.  Adhere the little witch girl to the front of the card using dimensional tape.
4.  Add the words trick, or, and treat to the cauldron.

She is super cute and super easy!  I know just the person who will love this card!

Thanks for stopping by!

~ Victoria

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Halloween Tag with Kathy Cyr

It is almost time for happy haunting.  I created this tag using a large Tim Holtz tag.  I decided to use kraft and black as my main theme colors and really add a pop with the stamp.  Overall, this tag has about five layers.

1.  Cover the tag with the Halloween paper of your choice.
2.  Add chip board or card stock die cut to the left side of the tag and the lower right side of the tag.
3.  Layer a journaling block to the upper right side of the tag, covering a bit of the die cut.
4  Add word embellishment stickers.
5.  Color digital stamp with colored pencils and add spica pen for glimmer over chosen sections.
6.  Adhere stamp with dimensional tape.
7.  Add paper clip, blingy button and halloween flair, along with ribbon at the top of the tag.

I love the little witch and her kitty.  I really love her shoes.  She looks like she could be stylin' in some John Fluevog shoes!

Thanks for stopping by and have an enjoyable fall week!

~ Victoria

Sunday, September 22, 2013

365 Cards Monday Challenge Painted Look

Today's challenge at 365 Cards is to create a painted card.  I chose to paint/stencil a peacock feather onto a vintage look ledger paper.  My stencil came from Hobby Lobby and I used ocean blue acrylic paint and passion acrylic paint.  When the paint had dried I accented the feather with crystal stickles.  The vintage gypsy woman image was found as free on line image.  She is painted with rock candy crackle paint.  The sentiment remembrance is from Tim Holtz.  The ribbon is from Offray and the button accent is from Pink Paislee.

Items for this card:

1.  4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inch white card stock card.
2.  4 x 5 1/4 inch ledger paper
3.  Peacock feather stencil
4.  Ocean and passion acrylic paint
5.  Crystal Stickles
6.  Offray ribbon purple
7.  Sentiment Tim Holtz Seasonal sentiments
8.  Button Pink Paislee

Thanks for stopping by!

_ Victoria

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Halloween Magic - Sandra Caldwell for QKD

Isn't this an awesome new stamp from Sandra Caldwell for QKD?  I just love the hat with the rose and the magic wand, with magic literally coming out of the end!  This image was colored with Copic markers.  What you can't see too well because of the lighting here is the Spica coloring on the banner, which is clear and glittery.  This simple 4 1/4 inch by 5 1/2 inch card was made with flocked paper (diamonds on craft).  I added cloth tape banners which were outlined with a regular sharpie.  The stamp was colored and added onto the card with dimensional tape.  Presto!  A cute Halloween card for a friend.

Thanks for stopping by
~ Victoria

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Genuinely Me......

Okay, I have to admit it.  I like flat layouts.  You know those that don't bulk up your books so much that you can't close them.  For a long time, I followed the latest scrapbooking trend, adding more dimension, more product and more expensive stuff.  I have a lot of fat scrapbooks.  Now I have discovered the genuine me.  I like flatter pages.  AND I am bold and will proclaim it!

These three are my most recent layouts all of which are guided by various challenges.  The first two are for my Big Picture Class, "The Art and Science of Scrapbooking".  So far it is awesome and brain bending!

The last layout is for a "blind" challenge at A to Z Scraplets.  I can't wait until the end of the month to find out how people interpreted the directions, without examples!

Have an awesome day AND be YOU!

~ Victoria

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Art Journaling in Mixed Media

I have a fascination with art journals and mixed media.  Art journals are a place for me to explore techniques and then have a place to write about life's ups and downs.  

For this page, I used the following supplies:

The stamp by Kathy Cyr is called Dead Inside Fairy
Golden Gesso
Acrylic Paints in white and aqua blue
Colored Pencils
Vintage ephemera "things to do today" and fragile sticker
Vintage image papers from Crafty Secrets
A acrylic clock face 
A credit card for a brush
Matte Mod Podge

The Kathy Cyr image is perfect for a journaling page.  I intend to write about when I feel fragile and need special care.  On this page, there is a lot of space for writing.  I can journal in the blue and white painted areas or on the vintage paper.  Undoubtedly the journaling will be rich on this page (and private, too).  If you enjoy this image pop over to the Queen Kat store and check it out.  The store has lots of really amazing images, to spur your creative thinking.

Thanks for stopping by!

~ Victoria

Monday, September 9, 2013

365 Cards Monday Challenge - Duos

I created this card for the Monday challenge at 365 Cards.  Today's challenge is to create a card with natural pairings.  Like flowers and buttons, chipboard and paint; you name it!  Enter your favorite duo!

This card is for someone special!  It uses My Mind's Eye patterned papers, Prima paper flowers and old road Chalk Ink, Tim Holtz Seasonal Sentiments, and Vintage buttons from my stash.  Hope to see your duo at 365 Cards!

~ Victoria

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Happy Hauntings!

Getting ready for happy hauntings?  This image from the Queen Kat Designs Store is sheer terror-ific perfection!  The stamp by Kathy Cyr is called Dead Inside Fairy.

It was fun to work with this image.  On one side it is a lovely fairy and the other half is a tattered skeleton fairy.  It would be a great image for Halloween, a friend who has been ill and is now feeling better, and anyone going through dramatic changes in their life.  I colored the image with colored pencils, cut it close to it's true boarders and inked the edges with wisteria ink.  I think the ink helps bring the sides together and pop it from the back ground paper.  I added two skeleton leaves and jute twine for a bow.  The sentiment, in this example reads, beware frightful skeleton.

Have a hauntingly fabulous Saturday, everyone.

~ Victoria

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Fun with Mixed Media ATCs

I have been having loads of fun creating with mixed media recently.  For the top example, I used a sand called Mudd Puddles and adhered a fresh-water pearl to the ATC.  Great for dimension!  The second set of ATCs has a Golden Modeling Paste background.  I just recently visited our Blick Art Supplies, here in Portland and boy did I have fun looking!  So many great textural mediums and fun things to look at! I posted a link to their web site on the right.  You will have so much fun window shopping!

Monday, September 2, 2013

365 Cards' Monday Challenge - A Ribbon Runs Through It

Today's challenge is to have a ribbon run through the middle of your card.  I used this great fall ribbon, a Pink Paislee embellishment, Bella Boulevard patterned paper, and a magenta card blank.  The sentiment is from Seasonal Words by Tim Holtz.  Happy Back to School everyone!

Have a wonderful first day of school!  I have a 7th grader AND he is almost a teenager.
When did that happen?

~ Victoria