Cards and Craft, Challenge Entry, Off The Page

Laughter Imagination Dreams

Hello Everyone. The project that I have to share with you today is a little bit different. I love making cards and I love using sketches but I have started getting into art journaling and mixed media. So when a challenge came up from Just Add Ink I checked if they accept off the page creations – and they do 🙂

This is a close up of my final piece. Because the influences for this piece also came from a card sketch that I had been creating as a design team member of the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.

So which elements did I chose from the Just Ink Challenge – well you could say I chose all 3. But I would mainly say flower and paper. The flowers are made out of an old book which I stamped the flower image onto and then cut out with my small scissors. The leaves I drew freehand in pencil before cutting them out.

I roughly figured out where I was going to place the flowers and painted some black flower outlines with black acrylic paint and then I edged each with a white acrylic pen. I glued all of the elements down with Mod Podge and once this was dry I drew around each of the flowers and leaves with coloured acrylic paint pens.

Looking at this now I think that I would put a wash over the area where the quote is just to help it to stand out more. I don’t like my handwriting but I am getting braver in using it instead of just using my computer and printer to do quotes for projects.

Thanks for stopping in and looking at my off the page project. If you have any tips on how I can improve my writing on these kinds of projects I would love to hear them.

Until my next post,
Be Kind to Yourself and Others.
Tracy B.

CHALLENGE LINK:
Just Add Ink Choose 2 Challenge – which I am entering
Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #467 – which you can enter

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AHSC no.467

Hello Everyone. Here I am to share with you a card design for the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.

With this card, I am trying to use up an already started paper pad from My Mind’s Eye which has been in my craft room for many years. One of the designs in that paper pad has these adorable gnomes and other images which I thought would look adorable together. So I cut these out with my small scissors leaving a small border around most of them.

After I had arranged the elements and stuck them down I went in search of a sentiment that would fit. I know I have a small sentiment in my stash somewhere but I couldn’t find it. So then I went to my sticker stash and found this gold best wishes which fitted perfectly.

Thanks for stopping in and looking at my design team make for sketch no.467 for AHSC. I hope that you will come and create along with us and upload your makes to the challenge blog.

Until my next post,
Be Kind to Yourself and Others.

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Have Patience Art Journal 3

Hello everyone. It is Monday and I have another of my art journal pages to share with you.

This page I made by copying a YouTube video by Lindsay The Frugal Crafter called Whimsical Landscape Zentangle Tutorial. Which you can watch using this link

I had never done anything like this before and Lindsay made it seem so achievable that I decided to try and emulate it. After watching it; I went to my art desk and decided to have a play with my supplies and even be brave and try my unloved watercolour paints as I didn’t have any watercolour pencils in my stash.

Watercolour is a different beast entirely from acrylics. I have to admit that I almost gave up on this page, but I took some time away from the page and when I came back I actually liked what I saw. So then I went onto the doodle/zentangle part of the project. I have done some in the past but definitely not on an art piece. I didn’t follow the same patterns that Lindsay used as I was away from my computer by this point so I just went with what felt fitted that space. I am really happy with how this turned out. Thanks to Lindsay willing to share her talent and letting others follow her example. I may dabble in the watercolour palette again in the future without so much hesitation.

Thanks for stopping in and looking at my art journal journey here on my blog. I hope that you will consider doing some kind of crafty pursuit during your day.

Until my next post,
Be Kind to Yourself and Others.

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52CCT April 2022 Sketch

Hello Everyone. It is the beginning of a new month so we are starting with a sketch challenge over at the 52 Christmas Card Throwdown Challenge. And the sketch that we have to create with is …

When I was creating this card I found this large image with a sentiment. I thought that it would fit with the sketch as the sentiment was in the correct position even if it wouldn’t be separate from the layer. So to make this area of the card stand out more I added the gold paper strip; then I found this sentiment strip from Paper Rose Studios which gave the sentiment the pop I was looking for.

Thanks for stopping in and looking at my card creation today. I hope that you will come and join in with the sketch challenge over at 52CCT. Before you depart I would like to leave you with a final thought for this post.

Until my next post,
Be Kind to Yourself and Others.

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Art Journal Journey 2

Hello Everyone. My art journal continues and now I am back to share with you a new page.

This page has a lot to do with how I was feeling at the moment when I created it. This layout has many layers to it, about 5 from memory. I just couldn’t get it to where I liked it so I just kept adding layers. One reason I love using acrylic paint – you can just continue to add layers. The quote deals with how I am feeling now about sharing my pages too a wider audience. I am not one to share a lot of my creations even though I have this blog and I am on social media platforms. Most of the time I doubt my decisions about what I have used and how I have put things together while I have been creating. So I just don’t share a lot of my work even though when I gift those creations they are appreciated.

It is true what I have heard from many people say and read that we are our greatest critics when we really should be our greatest champions. That is actually what started me on this art journal journey in the first place – I found that I didn’t really like what I was telling myself so I decided that I should change the narration of my thoughts. I still find myself falling back into the not so nice stuff but not as often. I also try to remember that I have Jesus on my side all the time and His father God loves me and thinks that what I do is worth something because it comes from his creation – Me.

So I am trying to have more courage and share more of my creations and to this end; I will be sharing my other love which is yarn crafts. I spin fibres pre-prepared by others to make into yarn that I can use in mainly my weaving. I weave using a rigid-heddle loom from Ashford Handicrafts; at the moment I am trying to weave 65 items by the end of November to give to an aged care home to use as Christmas gifts with an included handmade card. I hope to be able to figure out how to photograph these to share and too also keep a record of my crafting during the year.

Thanks for stopping in and looking at my next journal page share. I hope to inspire others to share their work so that we can all celebrate our unique creations.

Until my next post,
Be Kind to Yourself and Others.

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52CCT March 2022 Technique Challenge

Hello Everyone. I hope that this post finds you all safe and going well. With this post I am here to share with you all my card using a technique for this weeks challenge over at the 52 Christmas Card Throwdown Challenge.

Before movement
After the pull movement.

This card took a while for me to figure out how to make things work as I didn’t have some of the products I needed so I made do with what I had. The main panel in the middle is usually put up on foam but I don’t have strips I only have squares and I didn’t thing that these would work so I used cardboard and double sided tape instead. This worked out really well and gave the moving element a lot of stability.

Thanks for stopping by and looking at my card make for this weeks technique challenge over at the 52CCT blog. I hope that you will make a card with a moving element and show us your makes over on the blog.

Until my next post,
Be Kind to Yourself and Others.

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AHSC no.465

Hello everyone. And welcome to a new sketch challenge over at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.

The sketch is designed as a square but I designed my card to be a portrait A6-sized card as this size doesn’t incur any extra postage; this card is being donated to a charity and I didn’t want them to have to worry about that. I am near the end of a paper pad and I was wondering what to do with this one then this sketch came along and I thought it was a great sketch to use a large background type of paper. I added some small bug stickers to the paper just to give it a bit of something.

Thanks for stopping in and looking at my card design using the latest sketch from Michelle at AHSC. I hope that you will come and be a part of the challenge. Before you leave my blog I would like to leave you with this thought for this post.

Until my next post,
Be Kind to Yourself and Others.

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52CCT March 2022 Theme Challenge

Hello everyone. Welcome to the March theme challenge over at the 52 Christmas Card Throwdown Challenge.

This card is on the simpler side for me but putting it together took more time than some of my other cards. To make this card I followed these steps
1. Cut a piece of white cardstock to 8cm square
2. Place this piece of cardstock into my stamp platform on a wreath jig
3. Because of the size of the cardstock and stamp I only stamped this 4 times instead of the 8 times that is possible
4. Stamped and inked the sentiment stamp 3 times in different Memento inks protecting each part with a post-it to prevent cross-contamination of the different colours.
5. Coloured in the holly & berries with my Copic markers
6. Inked the edge of the panel with Faded Denim Distress Ink and a blending brush

After making the image panel I cut some multi-colour gingham paper to fit the front of a card before matting this with red lightweight cardstock; I added 3 blue mirror pinstripe stickers from Love From Lizi to the lower part of the panel. The image panel I matted with the same red cardstock before adding foam squares to add a little depth to the card.

Thanks for stopping in and looking at my card for the theme challenge over at 52CCT. I hope that you come and create along with us and share your makes over on the challenge site. Before you go I would like to leave you with this final thought for this post.

Until my next post,
Be Kind to Yourself and Others.

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Art Journal Journey

Hello Everyone. I hope that this post finds you happy and doing things in life that you love and maybe something new. This is mainly what this post is about today – my art journal journey. This new to me form of art came into my life partway through last year I haven’t really shared a lot about it but I have been encouraged by others to document my journey – so here is the start of it.

Most of my works are now in a solid bound book which I purchased at the beginning of this year. But some previous works were just pages that I did not think would go anywhere. Here is my first share

This one started as a colouring in page from one of those adult colouring in books that have been a craze for awhile. I am still working through pages and sometimes they end up in my art journal other times they end up going onto a card. I like this aspect of these books that these pages can be used for something else later if you wish.

When I was considering using this page in my journal I had come across this quote by Thomas Jefferson and I thought that it suited my new journey. Sometimes my pages can start with the image and sometimes it is a quote or bible verse that starts it all off.

Thanks for stopping in and having a look at my art journal page. I hope that you have a wonderful day and end up doing something that you love.

Until my next post,
Be Kind to Yourself and Others.

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Made with Heart

Hello everyone. It was so nice to be able to be in my craft space and do some crafting just for me. Well, it’s for others but not for any other reason than creating.

This card was crafted using the inspiration from 2 challenges

Try Stamping On Tuesday #546

Tic Tac Toe Challenge #153 – Using Left Column – Bird Die Cut Button

Now that I am looking at the card the button stamps may be a little big but I do like them. They and the sentiment are from a Fiskars stamp set which has been in my stash for the longest time but rarely used. Instead of cutting these by hand, I found that the smallest circle die I own actually was the correct size so I used my Gemini Jnr machine to cut them out. I also used this to cut out the bird and foliage dies from Paper Rose Studio these are favourites of mine.

Thanks for stopping in and looking at my card project for the Try Stamping On Tuesday Sketch and the Tic Tac Toe Challenge. I hope that you think I got the design right in combining these 2 challenges together; let me know your thoughts. Before you go from my blog I would like to leave you with this final thought for the post.

Until my next post,
Be Kind to Yourself and Others.