Tuesday, July 15, 2014

ComposiMold and The Mixed Media with Gelatos kit!

Hello my artsy friends!  I am sharing my necklace that I made using our product feature, ComposiMold and the Mixed Media with Gelatos kit that I designed for Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft!  Since I have created the original artwork in this kit, I decided to challenge myself and create a wearable piece of artwork.
 ComposiMold was a new product to me but I immediately knew I wanted to create something with wings.  I loved how easy it was to use... just heat, stir, and pour over items (make sure the items are adhered to the bottom of the container before pouring).  I put the mold in the refrigerator to cool faster.  You know me, I hate to wait!
 Here's what it looked like when firm and removed from the container.
 I took the Cold Porcelain clay from the Mixed Media with Gelatos kit and mixed some with the Gold Champagne Gelato® and pressed it into the wings.

 I used some of the map tissue paper to cover some beads that just weren't that pretty!  I used the Textural Accents Gel Medium to adhere the paper.
 Next, I spread I light layer of the Whipped Spackle with the palette knife on a section of the wood veneer board and then placed the stencil over the layer and added more Whipple Spackle. 
 Once dry, I added the three Gelato® colors and stamped with Stamper's Big Brush pen over a rubber stamp. I coated the entire thing with more Textural Accents Gel Medium.
 Here is a good photo of the texture created with the Whipped Spackle.
 I cut out the main shape and adhered it to the back of a chipboard doily shape from UmWow Studios.  A gear, brad and the molded wings were added.

 See that bead I covered?  So cute!
 I used a hinge and stamped on it with the Stamper's Big Brush Pen.  Just a fun accent.

I can't wait to wear this with a fun outfit and show off these colors and fun products! I have a blast creating this unique wearable art and I hope you enjoyed it today!  Leave a comment on the Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft blog about how you plan to use both products, and you'll be entered in a giveaway to win a set of the ComposiMold and the Mixed Media with Gelatos Kit. 

BUT also, I have a Mixed Media with Gelatos kit to giveaway here!   You have to leave me a comment on my blog here for a chance!  I will choose my winner on Friday, July 18th at 8pm.

Gears: Tim Holtz
Brads: Prima Marketing
Jump rings: Prima Marketing
Chain: unknown source
Beacon FabriTac adhesive

Monday, July 14, 2014

Questions and Answers

Hi readers...  A week ago, I got a challenge from DeeDee Catron. She invited me to a blog hop sort of thing. The key is to answer a few questions and then challenge some fellow crafters along. Her post can be found here and at the bottom of this post are three incredible creative geniuses that will answer the same questions next monday, the July 7th! Hopefully you'll join them then!

Thank you for the challenge, DeeDee! And here we go...
I got involved in the craft industry with a group of good friends and my local scrapbook store (that is no longer open!).  I started with albums but now I have merged my love of Fine Art with crafting.  I am a public school art educator and am certified both in New York State and Nationally K-12.  I have a BFA in Fine Arts with a focus on Sculpture and Painting and a Masters degree in Art Education.  I love teaching and creating!  I am still learning new techniques and have taken many workshops and classes.  I just love creating anything!
1) What am I working on?
I am working on several projects right now.  My art studio is a MESS!  I always seem to have many projects started at the same time.  I get inspired and start things but often move on to other things as my mood dictates.  Sometimes I don't finish projects I start and sometimes I come back to them days or months later to finish.  Right now, I have some Design Team work going on and working on my layouts for the August kit with Scrapbooking From The Inside Out!  I also have 2 encaustic projects in progress.  I am a little ADD so I have to have multiple things going on at a time!  I get distracted  easily...LOL!
2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?


Oh, this is a hard one! I think my work varies from piece to piece but overall I think my work is heavily influenced by my sculptural, mixed media, and painting background.  I tend to always add a pop of color and usually have a emphasis on one part of the work.  I have to say that I was painting on my scrapbook pages early on before it was a popular thing to do.  I just love paint, texture mediums and often I include techniques that I teach to my kids at school.  I am always including printimaking, painting, and even drawing into my work.  I do see more and more crafters  adding elements of this nature but I think it's always been a constant for me. 

3) Why do I create what I do?

I create because it is an extension of myself.  It is not something that I must do but rather something that I am driven to do.  It feeds my creativity, my imagination, and my soul.  I would like to say that I make successful items each time I create but the reality is that sometimes I create and it is awful! BUT it is the process rather than the product that is satisfying for me.  Many times I sit down and just play with materials... see what new things I can do with them, what new color combinations come together, and what images appeal to me.  When I'm feeling stuck, I go to Pinterest, visit a gallery or museum, take a workshop or class to learn something new or just play with no stress on producing something.  There are times that deadlines for my DT work come up on me and I have to make something amazing in a short time period.  I think I work best under pressure and with short deadlines.  I get crazy and grouchy but I'm always surprised at what I create and how my intuition takes over.   I love symbolism and after I create, I'm usually surprised to see images, words, and colors that work to tell a story together.  Often I just grab and create and later analyze what it all means.  It just flows out of me sometimes!
4) How does your creating process work?


What drives my process is usually a photo, a material or just the assignment I'm given. Sometimes I am inspired by something I'm given in a kit or found in my stash.  It might be the trigger for the project and then I search out media, colors, photos, or papers based on my idea.  I 'm always inspired looking at other's work and often I keep a collection of ideas at my fingertips in case I need a starting point.  Once I have my focus for the project, I start laying out everything on my desk space.  I start building layers on the paper or other surface. 
I often intuitively grab things and add them to the page or project.  I am impatient but also fickle... I change my mind many times! It's sort of like a whirlwind of color and materials.  It's comical when my husband walks in because he is such a neat freak and I'm more of a creative mess.  When I am done with my project of the moment, I have to take time to clean up my disaster of a space so I can move on to new projects!   

My creative process for scrapbooking starts with looking through my inspiration files and deciding what technique or imagery I'm going to start with.  Once I decide what my focus is going to be, I start pulling out materials, papers, embellishments, and photos.  I have so many areas of storage that I may have to take a while to find what I want. 
Then, it's the laying out of items and once it looks interesting, I start moving things off and do my painting or media mess!  Finally, I glue down all elements and take photos!
If I'm creating something with dimension or sculptural, I tend to start with layers and images.   Lately, I have been obsessed with encaustics and have been working with wax and embellishments.  I get lost in the process when I am creating.  Time flies, materials are everywhere and every surface is covered with stuff!  I love all kinds of art and often bounce from one to the other. 

Thank you for stopping by today! And here's some of my favorite crafty ladies joining the hop next Monday! 
Melissa Elsner:  "Hello! My name is Melissa Elsner and I hail from the beautiful Pacific Northwest. When I'm not working at my day job as a preschool teacher, I am usually having coffee with friends, shopping, walking through art galleries, traveling and, of course, scrapbooking. I've been doing paper crafts in some shape or form since the early 2000's when I took a class at my, now closed, LSS. So I began to fervently make cards. Then, during a therapy session, my counselor suggested I use scrapbooking to journal about things. I hate writing. I hate keeping a regular journal. So I tried it and haven't turned back. Most of my layouts are about me and my inner thoughts, struggles, triumphs and such. And I still make cards! I have had the complete honor to work with some amazing folks in this industry. People who know how I scrap and support it!"

I've met Melissa in person and she is so sweet and fun!  I just adore her honest and beautiful style.  Her scrapbooking is so different from mine but I admire her clean and fun style.  She is not afraid of color and how she combines her embellishments on a page inspire me!

Tiffany Johnson: "My name is Tiffany Johnson. I’m a SAHM, an Army wife, Army daughter, avid paper crafter, music lover, dancer wannabe, runner, and pseudo-chef! I’m a very eclectic person and will try anything at least once! I love the great outdoors as much as I love curling up with a book in my club chair. As for my family, they are #1. My husband is in the Army, CJ is all about movies and video games, Liam is a professional helicopter maker (legos), and our newest addition, Lillianne Marie, loves dancing. Our family also includes 2 furry friends, Sandy (our little dog) & Bella (our puppy)."
Tiffany has not only inspired me with her amazing technique videos and cardmaking, but also her dedication to her family and running.  She inspired me to start running and I love seeing what she is up to in exercise and crafting!
  Cari Fennell:  "My heart is my family-they come first and foremost. My friends keep me sane-love them! My hobby is scrapbooking-can't get enough of it"  Cari designs for Prima Marketing and teaches workshops all over the world!
Cari is my girl! She has been one of the first crafters to inspire me to evolve as a scrapbooker.  She is classy, hysterical, and a blast to hang with.  I have been friends with her since 2009 and whenever we get together, no matter how long it's been between, it's like we pick up right where we left off.  She has a classic style and layers elements perfectly!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Faber- Castell Design Memory Craft and ICE Resin Blog Hop

I'm honored to be sharing an artwork using a really cool product from ICE Resin and my favorite products from Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft! 

 Here are some of the items I received from ICE Resin... immediately, my mojo was super charged!  I couldn't wait to try it all!  I have never used ICE Resin before so I had no idea how to begin.  I went looking for online tutorials to get me started!  ICE Resin has some great demo tuts on their website and I found a few from their designers too!
So, with some ideas from the tutorials, I started mixing up some resin.  I let it sit for a few minutes while I prepped a stamp with some Gelatos®colors in Margarita Mix, Snow Cone, and Metallic Mint. 
I also used a mold I had and got a few papers to try some Resin paper with the left over. 

I poured the ICE resin on the stamp so that a puddle formed and left it to set.  I poured a bit more into my butterfly mold and sprinkled some Opal Fire inclusions into the wet resin.  This stuff is GORGEOUS!  With the left over resin, I brushed it onto the papers. 

Here is what I made with the papers, poured resin and molds:
 This mixed media pendant necklace was so fun to make!  I had some scrap fabric, metal pieces, and wire to create a fun piece that would be special to wear or to display. 
 Here is a close up of the resin papers.  I colored them with Gelatos®colors too and then brushed the resin on and allowed it to set.  The papers are flexible and translucent.  This is a technique I'm going to try again and make some other items with them!
 The ICE Resin came right off the stamp with the Gelatos® coloring the transparent resin just by pouring it over the rubber stamp!  It is so cool!  I cut it with scissors and could punch through the resin to attach to the metal and jump ring.
 Here is a view of the resin butterfly.  I just set it there but may use it in another piece later. I used some ribbon for the necklace part. 

 You can see the little turtle charm that I embossed and some ICE resin with inclusions and a word sticker that says "Joy".
I hope you enjoyed my project for the blog hop... check out the other designers projects throughout the week by following the links below!

 Want chances to win a Designing with Gelatos Kit or an ICE Resin Kit?
The blog hop projects will end on Friday but you have until midnight Eastern time on Sunday, May 18 to post a comment. Winners will be announced Monday, May 19th.  Two winners will win a Designing with Gelatos kit OR a  prize pack from Ice Resin (a Resin Plunger, a Bezel, Medium and a Relique). 

Monday May 12
ICE Resin: Kathy Cano Murillohttp://www.craftychica.com/site/2014/05/mixed-media-greeting-cards/
Faber Castell: Jill Fosterhttp://www.studiosessionsart.blogspot.com/ 

Tuesday May 13
ICE Resin: Jennifer Priesthttp://hydrangeahippo.com/2014/05/use-art-ice-resin/
Faber Castell: (This is me!) Jen Matott http://arttalk-sigmagirl.blogspot.com/ 

Wednesday May 14
ICE Resin: Tatiana Allenhttp://blog.craftycutie.com/inspiration/if-you-do-you-will-be-ice-resin-and-faber-castell-bog-hop/
Faber Castell: Rita Barakat  http://wp.me/p47OIs-yy 

Thursday May 15
ICE Resin: Jamie Doughertyhttp://jamiedoughertydesigns.blogspot.com/2014/05/blog-hop-with-ice-redin-and-faber.html
Faber Castell: Tiffany Johnson  http://iheartartblog.com/?p=12820

Friday May 16
ICE Resin: Jen Cushmanhttp://jencushman.wordpress.com/2014/05/08/oodles-of-dood...-faber-castell/
ICE Resin: John Creighton Petersenhttp://artnewwave.com/?p=747
Faber Castell: Mou Saha http://collagecollagecollage.blogspot.com/2014/05/blog-hop-with-ice-resin-faber-castell.html

Friday, April 25, 2014

Taylored Expressions and Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Hop

Hi friends!  I am going to share a card I made using Taylored Expressions stamps and dies and Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft PITT Pastel Pencils and Big Brush Pens!
I was so inspired by the Taylored Expressions Light As A Feather Die and stamp set... I knew I wanted to create some kind of feather wreath project.  I decided to try to add one to a card.  I am finally thinking Spring is here in my hometown so I wanted to make a card to celebrate!  These stamps and matching dies are perfect for a feathered piece of art!  Here's some detail shots of the finished card and how I made it:

 First I used the PITT Pastel pencils from the Red/Yellow set (#113, #109 and #106)
 I taped the edges with masking tape and colored in an Ombre style, starting with orange and fading to light yellow.  I used a blending stump from the Essential Tool Set  to create a smooth gradation look.

 Once I removed the masking tape, I got a clean border around the area I colored.
 I cut out an arrow design using the Taylored Expressions Chevron Cutting Plate.  Oh my!  I knew when I saw this die that I was in love!!!   I actually cut the design on DCWV cork paper and used half of the design.  I saved some of it for another project and of course all the punched out arrows are perfect for embellishing!  It is awesome!
I stamped feathers using Stamper's Big Brush Pens in Neutral, Subtle Tones , Cobalt Blue, and Aqua. I die cut the feathers and layered them along with some die cut from music paper into a circle shape.
Embellished with a nest, bird and text, I love how it captures a spring feel!  Hello Spring!!
Check out the previous projects listed below and today's batch!  Make sure you leave a comment on each for a chance to win some awesome prizes listed below! Good Luck!!!

April 24
Faber-Castell Blog: http://designmemorycraft.typepad.com/
Sankari Wegman: http://sunnysankari.blogspot.com/
Mou Shaha:  http://collagecollagecollage.blogspot.com/
Cassie Trask: http://cassietrstamping.blogspot.com/
Rita Barakat: http://ritabarakat.com/2014/04/24/blog-hop-with-faber-castell-design-memory-craft-and-taylored-expressions/
Keia Shipp-Smith: http://www.confessionsofapaperholic.blogspot.com/
Taylored Expressions Blog: http://tayloredexpressions.blogspot.com/

April 25
Taylored Expressions Blog: http://tayloredexpressions.blogspot.com/
Jen Matott: http://arttalk-sigmagirl.blogspot.com/
Courtney Kelley: http://courtneykelley.typepad.com/
Limor Webber: http://www.limorwebber.com/blog
Amy Crockett: http://www.scrappingmommy.com/
Tiffany Johnson: http://iheartartblog.com/
Emily Lanham: http://createserendipity.blogspot.com/
Faber-Castell Blog: http://designmemorycraft.typepad.com/

Giveaway Details:
Simply comment on any (or all!) of our Blog Hop posts from April 24-April 25. For each comment, you will be entered into a drawing to win one of two fabulous prizes: One lucky winner will receive a $75 Faber-Castell prize pack of Gesso, Glaze, Gel Medium, and 10 new Gelatos Double Scoops and one lucky winner will receive a Taylored Expressions stamp set and die of choice! Comments close Sunday, April 27 at 8pm PST.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Party Time... Waiting For Spring!

 I don't know about you, but living in the Northeast is an exercise in patience.  Waiting for the long, cold, bitter winter to be over and Spring to work it's green, warm  magic is just torture!  I want to sit in the sun, look out at my lawn and see green, and plant flowers!  I am not very patient!  Here is a little ode to my waiting 4 spring to arrive!
 I used a Studio Calico kit and Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® products on this layout!  Starting with a wash of color using Gelatos® Colors in Snow Cone, Mango, Banana, Blood Orange, and Metallic Mint.
 I used a stencil of a doily and the Whipped Spackle through it over the floral paper to really create drama!  I also stamped the flowers using a Stamper's Big Brush Pen in black.

 Another stencil was used (from Prima) with Gelatos® Colors applied with a foam applicator. My youngest son even wanted to try this technique on his own paper after watching me do it!
This project is colorful and I'm really hoping it brings Spring like weather to our area!  I'm so done with old man winter!  Thanks for joining me today and letting me share this layout with you!  Don't forget to check in with Party Time Tuesday blog for more inspiration!