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Scrappy Sunday – DIY Vintage Flowers

My brother and his family were here for the weekend from New Brunswick.  They hadn’t been here in about 6 years, so I had no creative time this weekend.  So, I thought for this Scrappy Sunday I would share a little DIY vintage flower tutorial which was posted over on the Canadian Scrapbooker website.   It is a super versatile embellishment that you could use for many different projects such a layout, invitations, an art journal even a mixed media piece.

I know what I will be making this week.

Art in the form of Music – Matt Good Style

It’s funny, as an artist you sometimes forget there are other art forms out there.  Well, I do anyway.  I was fortunate enough to have a couple good friends take me to the Folk Festival here in Ottawa for an early birthday present a little while ago.  We went to see Matt Mays, Matthew Good and Ben Harper.  The main attraction for me was definitely to see Matthew Good.  I love music, all kinds of music but I don’t go to concerts for inspiration.  Not like I would an art show or flea market.  I go to give my mind a break and my soul some nourishment.  Besides being there to just enjoy the music my lovely friend Brittany was covering her first event for MyMusic.com.  She had a media pass and was so excited she could barely stop vibrating.  I was proud and sooo happy for her.

As I was there watching Mr. Good with my giant friend Angelo behind me (protecting me from any potential chaos that might ensue)…

I noticed this curious guy leaning against the fence in front of me, facing away from the stage.  I didn’t much pay attention to him at first but every once in a while he would pull out this notebook and frantically jot things down.  Then, would put it away and continue enjoying the concert until he would have to pull the book out again.

By about the third time I noticed there was not one pen but two attached to the inside, marking his page, as if the fear of being unable to write was too much so he had to have a back-up right at his fingertips.  I just thought it was the oddest thing, to come to a concert, not even look at the artist and be writing in a notebook during the entire thing.  I kind of thought, what a waste.

 

Until I realized he was writing lyrics, or what looked like lyrics to me.  Maybe it was just a poem, but it then all made sense.  He was there to take it in and would get a jolt of inspiration so had to write it down before he forgot.  Art in the form of music – Awesome.  From this point forward I shall watch concerts through different eyes.

 Matt’s acoustic goodness did not disappoint by the way.  Thank you Britt & Angelo!!!

Bridal Shower – Paris Mixed Media

PARIS MIXED MEDIA

I had the pleasure of teaching a group of ladies at a shower yesterday where the soon to be bride and groom got engaged in Paris.  Not at the usual Eiffel Tower but at the Palais Royale (near the Louvre).  There was a decent sized group of them considering half had come from Montreal, including the lovely Mimi who had orchestrated the whole thing.  She is the one on the right.  Don’t they look cute in my Peaberry aprons?

Since the couple got engaged at such a unique place, I knew I had to create a piece incorporating the building some how.  This was no easy task in that it is a massive and very detailed feat of architecture.  I created the background and drew in an outline for the girls to follow.  I brought all my supplies and explained what needed to be done and set them off to work.

I heard that the couple were avid travellers so I brought maps from different cities they had visited together to be used as parts of the building.

I also brought papers and paints in the wedding colours, which were blue, yellow and gold.  Here is the bride to be, Wendy, hard at work creating a mosaic.  Being an artsy gal, she couldn’t just slap on the paper and paint.  She was completely surprised and had no idea about the shower.  Love when that happens.

A big thank you to Cindy (on the right) who introduced my work to the organizers which made the whole day possible.

I was very impressed how they took my outline and ran with it.  Here is the proud crew with their finished pieces.

The pieces all put together.  It turned out very bright and cheerful just as a Paris mixed media piece should be.

I then took it home and added some finishing touches to it, like a clock that read 2pm.  I asked Wendy what time her fiance had proposed :)

I also scattered some love themed sentiments in the form of rub-ons throughout the painting.

The final masterpiece

Now, I need to get it back to Wendy so she can read all the wonderful messages everyone left her on the back of their canvases.  I am kind of sad I have to part with it.

Sunday Journal – Zentangle and Family

We were away having a lovely visit with family in Peterborough this weekend.  So, I thought I would share this family layout I did in my art journal.  It is very reminiscent of Zentangle which seems to be quite popular at the moment.  Even Ikea has gotten in on it.  Love it, I bought curtains for the downstairs a while back.  I set out to do a page entirely with my pens/markers and to add elements that were representative of my family such as the 3 + 2 = 5 (which are the kids + chris and I).

I used sharpies for the black outlines and coloured in with my Faber Castell Pitt Pens.  I almost suceeded in using just pens except for the bit of white oil pastel around the images to tone down the background of the original pages.

The flower was my favourite part.

I thought it was cool that you can still see the building and tree in the background.

I love this quote and thought it would be perfect for these pages.  “What greater thing is there for human souls then to feel that they are joined for life”.  Kind of how I feel about my family.

Even with the lack of texture I still liked how it turned out.  Your turn to pick up a pen and Zentangle away, or at least go out and try something new :)

Scrappy Sunday – Wedding Mini Album

This week I decided to do a little wedding mini album tutorial.  So, I pulled out my Webster’s Pages 12″ die cuts.

I folded them in half and used double sided tape to stick the backsides to each other.  For the outside cover I took a simple file folder and traced around the die cut.  I then folded it back on itself to cut both sides at once (much more efficient that way:).

I applied ink straight from the pad to the edges of all the pages to make them all a little cohesive and to cover up any extra space there may have been between die cuts.

I also applied some green acrylic paint using a Ranger Paint Dabber.  Here is the finished cover.  The file folder works really well for this.  I only glued the back part of the album to the back part of the folder as there are already built in creases to accommodate for thickness.

Before gluing down by title, I flipped them upside down and sprayed them with the graphite Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist to add some interest.

All the of products used were from Webster’s Pages.  Aren’t the cameos just gorgeous!!!

The round flower looking ones are called princess petals, such an appropriate name.

I just love how all of their papers and accessories just flow.  Kind of takes all the guesswork out for you.  I literally had an idea, sat down and finished this within a couple hours.  Even with the constant interruption of children flowing in and out and climbing on my lap, haha.

I tried to keep things simple as I will add more details once I get some pictures in and figure out my layouts a little more.

A wedding mini album would be a great gift idea for that special couple getting married in your life.  Pretty simple but yet so meaningful.  There is nothing better then a gift made with love.

 

Owl Mixed Media and Mini Album

I have always had an affinity for owls.  Their beauty and the seemingly peaceful calm they posses is inspiring.  I have had an owl journal for years and painted this owl mixed media piece representing Chris and I a few years ago.

Aren’t we cute???

I have come to realize that owls are all the rage right now and you can find them EVERYWHERE!!  You would think being such a big fan, I would be loving this, but for some reason, I was not.  I guess it made me feel like everyone was going to get overloaded with all of these sacred creatures and then be sick of them, including myself.  As humans, we are fickle that is for sure.  Then I started thinking, what does it matter?  They will always be special to me, haha.

So, I am preparing a few sample mini albums for Molly over at The Village Quire.  It is an adorable little shop on Richmond in Westboro with cards and all kinds of adorable things btw.  I thought in honour of these amazing birds, I would make an owl one.

I thought the cover was missing something so I added this adorable charm to it.

The base is just a chipboard album I purchased at Micheals.

I first painted all the pages white then covered them with paper using a matte medium (Modge Podge would work as well).

Once they were dry I added some paint to create a bit of texture.

Then it was all about simple embellishments with stamps, card stock and various ribbons.  Of course I had to us felt, one of my loves.  I also added a little owl with pearl eyes on each page.

Now, it’s your turn to embrace the hibou and go make something.  Don’t forget to come back and share it here with me!!

Sunday Journal – Circus Theme and Play

So, the other day my lovely friend Angie took me for an early birthday dinner to Play.  What is Play you ask?  It is this amazing wine and tapas restaurant.  The atmosphere is very welcoming and the staff is amazing.  You can find tourists in jeans mingling with women who look like they just stepped off of the pages of Vogue.  I was told to order a bottle of wine, my choice, to celebrate.  Hrm, very difficult in a place like that, where they pretty much have an entire page dedicated to red wine.  Up walks Grayson, their sommelier, to save the day.  He asked me what I liked, I said “definitely red, dry and oaky”.  So, he suggests Petite Petit, which is not on the menu.  The moment I saw the label, I was sold, haha.  It had a circus theme to it.

Thanks to my love of esthetically pleasing things and Grayson’s knowledge, I was not disappointed.  The wine was delicious and inspiring.  I asked to take the bottle home because I really wanted to create something with it.  Luckily they obliged (even put it in a gift bag so I wasn’t walking the streets with an empty bottle of wine looking a bit seedy).  When I got it home I pulled out my art journal and off I went to the open crop night at The Scrapbox.  The creativity just flowed and I did the entire thing in one sitting, with a bit of drying time in between.  To get the red striping effect (just like the big top) I used masking tape and acrylic paint.  I then dripped india ink down the full length of the pages.

I added a flag banner with my trusty Stampin Up! punch.

This is with the back side of the insert.  You can see my lovely elephant and cute pierrot riding atop.

Now, a close-up of the label and inspiration, which I stuck right in there.  Isn’t it adorable???

So satisfying.  I think I might just do a circus theme canvas series, I had so much fun.  Now, I must head to the LCBO and try get my hands on a few bottles of this stuff as it is a vintage so once it’s gone, it’s gone.

Scrappy Sunday – Friend Layouts – Part Trois

Not a lot to say tonight as I am trying to keep these simple and it has been a very busy weekend.  I just wanted to share a few more friend layouts I did for my girlfriend Steph’s bachlorette weekend scrapbook.

 

It’s almost done!!!

 

Sunday Journal – Geisha Art

Introducing Sunday Journal and for my inaugural post, a little Geisha art.

Good evening all!!!  Since Sunday seems to be my best time to get a little art time in, I thought I would alternate between Scrappy Sunday posts and my new Sunday Journal posts.  It will just be me doing a pretty relaxed and impromptu mixed media page in my art journal.  Who knows, once I get proficient with my camera I might even tape it, haha.

So, this piece I have done in my art journal I shared with you previously.  Every time I take it out, I am so happy I tried the wax on the cover because I just love the texture of it.  I decided to try a little Geisha art because the challenge over on Collage Obsession this week was “Oriental”.  Man, her choices are always tough for me.  Totally takes me out of my comfort zone, but that is the point.  So, I snooped on the Internet and came across some interesting black and white Geisha pictures and figured that it was closest I was going to get as the term oriental refers to a location or objects and not people.

I didn’t take pictures in the first few stages as I just kind of went for it, but here is what it looked like after I had used a stencil with some gold paint and then added some texture by adding white paint to bubble wrap and used it as a stamp (there are so many cool things around your house you can use to add texture).

There are paper flaps in between most of my journal pages so when you turn the flap over this is what the other side looked like.  I took green painters tape that I had used as a mask on the other side, removed it and stuck it right in there on the second side.  LOVE it!!  toot toot (that’s me, tooting my own horn :)

I then painted a tree trunk and made sure it lined up perfectly on either side of the flap.  I then took vintage sheet music and used a paper punch to cut out a ton of flowers.

Then they were sprayed with “Cherub Pink”, a glimmer mist by Tattered Angels.

Here is how the first side turned out.  My apologies for the lighting, I did this at night.

Now for the other side, which is my favourite.  The see, speak and hear no evil girls.

The quote, which I thought was appropriate for this piece as fear is the evil that sometimes quashes our hopes.

Now I have a little reminder to not let fear or apprehension get in the way of hope.

 

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Summer Wedding Details

Hello all, the wedding I have been on about this summer has come and gone.  It was yesterday and boy am I exhausted.  It started with months of preparation, a very early day yesterday of primping, photos, the ceremony then festivities.  Now that it is all done, I feel like I could sleep for weeks, haha.  Thought it would be nice to share a little of the wedding details.  I am all about sharing.

The brides colours were cream, white, navy blue, a touch of green and silver.  It all came together beautifully.  It all started with gorgeous white rose balls at the end of every other church pew.  Unfortunately, I don’t have pictures as we weren’t allowed to take pictures in the church so as not to interfere with the photographer.  Who was amazing by the way.  His name is Serge Roy and he was super nice and laid back.  He even let us girls have a little photo shoot where we were just kind of goofing around at the end of the day before he left.

The florists, Full Bloom Floral Design did a great job with the flowers which were all in greens and whites.  First the jr. bridesmaids and flower girl.  Such cuties if I do say so myself.  The one on the left is my Milah and the other two are my cousin’s daughters (but they are more like my nieces), Cassidy and Amber.

And their bouquets.  Isn’t the silver foliage super cool?

Here are a few of the bridesmaids.  Danielle (all the way from Haiti), Angie and myself.

My cousin Lynne with her pretty smile.

And the stunning bouquet we got to carry.  I just love how natural they look.  I know that sounds kind of stupid as they are flowers, which come from nature, haha, but I am sure you know what I mean.

The gorgeous couple with the bride’s bouquet in the vase in front of them.

There were huge arrangements atop massive glass vases all over the place, very elegant.

Most of the paper items were prepared by yours truly.  The table numbers in progress at my place.  The green card stock was iridescent.

The table numbers in action at the reception.

I also did the seating chart which was framed by a simple Ikea frame but I think it finishes it off perfectly.

The same flower was carried throughout all of the stationary/paper items.

Even into the name cards that were placed at everyone’s seat in front of the favours, which were French Macaroons, yum!

Now for the cake which was beautifully made by Sophie Bifield.

The detailed flowers…

Last but not least, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the wedding planner and the stellar job she did.  Shannon Kennedy and her lovely assistant Brittany helped bring Stephanie’s glorious vision to fruition all with elegance, patience and a huge smile.  Well done, with our huge crew, I am sure it was not always easy, haha.

I hope having shared some wedding details will help inspire you for your next event!!!

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