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Technique Tags with Vicki Boutin

And yet another reason why the Crop & Create weekend was great, I got to take a class from Vicki Boutin.  (We need more Canadian representation like her around in the papercrafting world).  The class was a technique tags class, how awesome is that, felt like a two for one.

Here are all our beautiful tags.  So happy with how they turned out.

Check out some of the yummy papers we used.  The tissue paper we made ourselves by spraying plain white tissue with an Color Shine Iridescent Spritz from Heidi Swapp.  Once dry we just applied a script stamp with black ink.  I will definitely be using this technique over and over again.

These are a couple tags we created with the tissue paper.  The small one on the left we inked and glued chipboard stars to prior to wrapping it in the paper.

Here is Vicki, doing her thang!!

More of the tags.  The one on the left we used gesso to stamp into and just layered inks over top of it..

I love all the texture on all of the tags but especially the one with the fabric and ribbon. 

All the buttons and bling and twine, OH MY!!!

I had to get my pic taken with Vicki

 

I bought her book Creative Foundations so I could get her to sign it.  She was so sweet, even though she was exhausted from having taught all day and night.  She took the time to sit and write me a little message wishing me luck with my creative endeavours.  So many awesome techniques learned today and in the book.  I can’t wait to sit down and play.

Kind of sad, Crop & Create is done and my posts about the weekend are done :(  At least this is a long weekend and we are going out to a cottage for the annual family Thanksgiving.  Wooo!  I can also look forward to next year as I hear they might be coming back, YEY!!

 

Misted Mini Album with Kelly Purkey

As I said previously, Crop & Create Ottawa was amazing!! Here is Catherine (speaking) the organizer with her ladies, Jen (director of customer happiness), the designers, Kelly Goree, Kelly Purkey & Vicki Boutin.

 One of the reasons it was so great was because I got to take a misted mini album class with Kelly Purkey.  She is the cutest thing and super talented to boot.  Here she is, getting us started in the classroom. Showing us the cover of what our albums should look like.

Here is my album and it is not exactly as we were shown, but it never is with me :)

Kelly was so friendly and easy to talk to.  Here she is helping a fellow student out.

The album was 5X5 and was created using a pad of 6X6 Studio Callico paper which we cut down.  The left over bits we used as flags and embellishments.  What a great way to use up scraps and have them all co-ordinate.

All of the misting was done with Mister Hueys and the colours were so dark and saturated, it was fantastic.

We used letter thickers, wood butterflies and stickers as masks.  The wood butterflies were great for this because you could just flip them over and use the wood side when you were done.

I am a huge fan of orange so I was pretty happy with all of the colours used for this album and not to mention the stamps.

I have to admit, I had never really used much of Studio Callico’s stuff before but after this mini album class I am in love.

The back cover, which was chipboard sprayed with Mister Hueys over an awesome Studio Callico stencil which I adore and must get my hands on.

This is Kelly and I near the end of the night and event.  Funny how I look pretty haggard from all the painting and crafting all weekend and she still looks fresh as a daisy, haha!  These gals are pros.

Up next, or in a few days, my technique class with Vicki Boutin.  Stay tuned…

 

Sunday Journal – Clothesline Mixed Media

Crop & Create

What an action packed great weekend!!!  This might be a long one so you might want to grab a drink or something :).  I was at Crop & Create this weekend.  It was such a treat as events like that never come to Ottawa and I never have such long selfish uninterrupted time to myself to be creative.  We were pretty spoiled with goody bags, prizes all weekend, dessert buffets and even the tables had these beautiful sunflowers on them.

There were free make & takes all weekend long.  A couple were done by Jen from The Scrapbox (who also had a mini store set up in the crop room, dangerous).  Here is a pic of a few of them.  Christmas was definitely in the air with these little goodies.

I took some awesome classes (more on those this week), got a lot done and I had a great group of ladies at my table.  We even had adorable Sonia who came all the way from Washington, can you believe it?  We bonded over our mutual love of owls.  Love her glasses :)

To honour my grandma after she passed and to help with closure I had decided a while back to do a clothesline mixed media series.  She was one of those women who worked hard day and night and one of things I remembered about her is she would always hang her clothes out on the line.  Instead of using her dryer, she would step out on her back deck all year round and hang up her clothes to dry.  She told me she liked the smell.  I decided that was what I was going to work on this weekend in-between classes.  Mission accomplished as I finished all the canvases I had brought.

I will be selling these at the Curious Collective on Sunday October 14th, 2012, Jack Purcell Community Centre, Ottawa, from 11am to 4pm.  Along with others of course.

I used glass bead medium with one of my vintage plastic doilies on some of them.  Check out the awesome texture.  Once it dried, I rubbed a bit of brown paint over it.

Clothesline Mixed Media Art Journal

I saved the best for last, my art journal layout.  Which was the original purpose of this post, haha.  As I plan to sell the canvases (part of the letting go), I wanted to keep a little something for myself.  So, I thought the best way to do this was to make a similiar clothesline mixed media piece in my art journal so I would always have it.  Here it is with the tab on the right side which has a picture of her, held on with washi tape.  I started with a teal acrylic paint (my go-to sky colour) let it dry, then covered it with a 12 x 12 stencil over which I sprayed an iridescent mint green.

Here it is with the tab flipped over.  I added a fork, knife and spoon on this side as she was a great cook.  Her apple pie was my favourite and she would always try to make it for me when I would come to town for a visit.

My title is “Mimi” which is what all the grandkids and great grandkids called her.  Of which, she had many.  The letters we received in our goody bags and were from American Crafts.

Another awesome freebie that I added to the page was the darling little bird that was given to all of us from Stephanie over at My Little Bit of Whimsy.  LOVE it!!!

Now all I have left to do is write a little someting about my memories of her and I will have a keepsake forever.

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.