Monthly Archives: March 2014

God is so good

My first art journal page!

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Though, it took me about half a year to complete.  I really don’t remember what I did to the background.  I gesso’ed the page, and then, just added lots of blues, purples, and black acrylic paints. There are multiple layers of paint because I kept re-doing it and re-doing it. There is some shimmer, too.  For the stars, I mixed some light gold acrylic paint (I believe it was Jacquard) with Golden light molding paste.  This was actually my first time using molding paste, so it’s kind of a mess.  But, it’s ok.  I still think it turned out ok. 🙂 The streaks kind of look like the tails of shooting stars (or at least, that’s what I pretend they are!) 🙂  I used a Studio Calico stencil.

For the grass, I tore out a page of an old children’s book about God.  I used all the green gelatos to color it, and then modpodged it onto the bottom.  I put the lyrics to “God is so good” along the top of the “grass” with a Sakura white gel pen.  I didn’t plan it out, but, amazingly, the lyrics fit perfectly twice~  

The silhouettes on the bottom left are supposed to be my little family – me, K, and J.  🙂  I drew it with a Prismacolor black marker. 

This page signifies last year for me – God has truly been good to me, and to us (our family).  K has been and continues to be an amazing husband, and now an awesome father. J was born, and although it was tough at times, he is a sweet, happy, and very hyper little boy.  I couldn’t have asked for more.  

Some close ups:

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Unfortunately, I really don’t remember the products I used for this project.  I will be better in the future!

Happy 1st Birthday, Ezra!

I recently ordered a few Mama Elephant stamp sets, and have been dying to use the new products.  I sort of love this card!  My nephew is turning one today, so I thought the cute panda from Pandamonium would be perfect~

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I tried the two-toned stamping technique (as demonstrated by Jennifer McGuire and Nichol Magourik) on the cute birthday hat from the ME Honey Bunny set.  I love the dimension this gives. I lost a few of the white polka dots on the hat, so I used my Sakura white gel pen to bring them out again.

Of course, I had to add some glitter (even though he’s a boy).  Look at the close-up of the glittery Wink of Stella!  Image

Honestly, I didn’t think I would really love this product as much as I do now.  I thought it was easy to achieve this look using other products (i.e. perfect pearls, Copic Spica, Pearl Ex), but I must admit that I do love the convenience of the brush tip marker!  And the glitter – LOFF IT! One day, I will try to do a comparison between the Wink of Stella and other alternatives.  (One day..)

Here are a few more close ups of the cute panda (seriously, how cute is he??):

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I stamped the inside of the card with Sterling Silver embossing powder with a sentiment from the Happy Sentiment Set from Simon Says Stamp.

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I also made this cupcake topper:

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I stamped the panda and cut him out.  As an afterthought, I wanted to make him into a cupcake topper, so I put some Tombow Mono Adhesive across the top of a scrap piece of white card stock and placed the panda on top. I then cut around the panda so that it makes a mini-shaped card.  This would be much easier with the soon-to-be-released coordinating die cuts.  Ahh! I love that panda~~ The “thank you” stamp is from Purple Onion Designs (it was a gift from one of my orders).

Products Used:

I am trying out the InLinkz tool for the first time. I’m a little sad that I can’t link to the Simon Says Stamp store (I guess you have to be sign up for a crafter account and be an affiliate or something?)  So I am only able to link the Mama Elephant products.  I’ve tried to link to the other products as well.

Other Products:

Ink: Versafine Onyx Black; Versamark; Colorbox Frost White (I’ve seen all of these inks at Joann and/or Michael’s, too.  You can save some money by using a coupon). 🙂

Stamps: SSS Happy Sentiment Set; ME Honey Bunny (weird, it couldn’t find this one on the InLinkz)

Paper: Card base is card stock from Recollections (Michael’s brand); Balloons and the ground are patterned paper from an American Crafts Paper Pad (I couldn’t find the collection name on it anywhere. I’m pretty sure I purchased it from Michael’s or Joann) and a My Mind’s Eye 6×6 paper pad (Quite Contrary – also purchased from Michael’s or Joann.  I have linked to the SSS store, as I couldn’t find it on the Joann/Michael’s website).

Embossing Powder: Stampendous Sterling Silver

Adhesive: Tombow Mono Adhesive Runner; Glossy Accents; Foam Adhesive

Finishing TouchesSakura White Gel Pen (I actually got mine at Joann, with a coupon, of course~); Wink of Stella Clear Brush Marker (I purchased the Elegant set, which has the Silver, Black, and Clear.  Sometimes, they go on sale on Amazon); paint I made with Pearl Ex Salmon Pink (for the panda’s cheeks); some thread