Colour and design (Card making).

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I’m sure by now you will see a trend with my creative habits, I like working with a certain colour pallete and I tend to start out with one idea and just develop it as I create.  My aim today was to create some masculine cards so I went with navy and white for this first lot of cards.

Navy and white is such a classic combination that I love in most areas, especially in my home decor.  I find it easy to create cards when I’m just using a simple combination.

Rooted in Nature is such a versatile set and I went on to expand my designs using sahara sand card stock. I think that these are great designs for both men and women.

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Rooted in nature allows you so many options especially for designer backgrounds.  I will show a few of my other designs below.  With the next group of cards I thought I would go for colour and I hope I have shown you how versatile one stamp set can be.

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Next I couldn’t help but get some pink…if you are ever stuck for a colour combo just add pink to the mix and you will never look back!

 

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What do you think? I love the pink and sahara sand combination. Next week I will show you some other interesting colour combinations that really work.

 

Hope you enjoy!

Much love

Linda L x

 

 

 

 

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Crafting art!

Inspiration from Kelly Rae Roberts and others.

This is my way of creating fun art that can be framed, turned into cards or made for book or box covers.  Simple creative ways to use up scraps of paper and fabric.  A great process to develop your drawing and painting skills with simple lines and basic tools.  You will have some amazing results and so much fun creating!  Ideal for art journalling pages too!

I have created three different designs ( I call my angel girls), two that covered shoe boxes and one framed which will eventually go into my art journal when I’m ready to create something different.

Materials needed:

Heavy duty paper or card board

Water colour paper

Water colours (paints)

White Gesso

Gold acrylic paint

Brushes

Matt Gel

Scraps of designer paper or old magazines

Here are several designs I created in one morning of painting, gluing and just having fun.

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I hope that I have inspired you to enjoy some creative pursuits today!

Much love

Linda L x

Flowering Desert.

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I really wanted this stamp set, its so on trend at the moment and I just knew I could  make some beautiful cards with the Flowering Desert stamp set.  As you can see I have a few decorative items in my studio that are cacti….so cute!

Inspiration came quickly with this set as I couldn’t wait to play.

Pool Party Ink

Pool party card stock

Mint Macaron card stock

 

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There are so many options with this stamp set, you can make amazing backgrounds with some of these gorgeous designs. I absolutely love creating my own designer papers for my backgrounds…and Stampin’ Up make this so easy to achieve!

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I just think the above card is simple to put together and yet super elegant, this classic colour combination will suit so many occasions.  I used the subtles card stock for all of these cards.

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Subtles card stock

Basic grey Ink

Petal Pink

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Same colours just using a different foliage both the large and small of these stamps combined together make a super design! So its just so easy with Stampin’Up products, choose your stamp set, then your papers and then your co-ordinating inks.

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Black and Lemon Lime twist , what a pop of brightness…this will brighten someones day!

Your designs are only limited by you, so expand your creativity the simple way using Stampin’ Up products and make big colour choices and know that having inks, pens and papers that all co-ordinate will make your projects stand out from the crowd.

I would love for you to join my team or for you to become one of my valued customers. When you place an order with me you will always get a little gift!

Have a wonderfully creative day,

all my love

Linda L x

 

Magical Mermaid.

I absolutely love this stamp set Magical Mermaid and when combined with the Artisan Textures set it works beautifully. I created these two cards last night, simple and fun! I decided that my mermaids tale would be multicoloured but any combination looks fab, even one colour looks beautiful. I also coated her with “wink of Stella” just to give that magical effect.

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I used two of the Artisian Texture stamps to create this look…

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I also used some cool embellishments on these projects check out the list below to create these cards yourself:

Whisper White A4 Cardstock

Rhinestone Basic Jewels

Pool Party Classic Stampin’ Pad

Night Of Navy A4 Cardstock

Night Of Navy Classic Stampin’ Pad

2″ (5.1 Cm) Circle Punch

Many Marvelous Markers

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Latte…Art?

I had planned to make an art journal with a delightful coffee cup that had inspired me a few weeks ago. I finally tackled the challenge this weekend and initially was a little stumped as to how to begin, this sometimes happens when I don’t strike immediately when inspired. But of course, just when you think you have lost inspiration something turns up, I had a book on my desk that I had been reading on and off for the past month. I flipped it open and this was the quote that I opened on. I immediately photocopied the quote and knew that this was perfect for this project.

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A cup of coffee and freedom? Mmmm… yes  I feel a certain amount of relief and time to reflect on my day when I stop for a coffee…so why not spend that time focusing on all the areas of my life that are blissfully and freely mine, like this one right now, or when I spend an hour being creative or even just taking a break for a cup of coffee!

Below is a step by step set of fairly self-explanatory photos outlining how I created this layout. Colour inspiration came directly from the paper cup.

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I started out by stamping out the pages using Dragonfly Dreams photopolymer stamp set.  This is a gorgeous stamp set that I have personally used in many projects.

I continued to create a busy background knowing that only some of this will peek through by the time I have finished.

Then it was time for the paint. When I’m art journalling I always put my first layer of paint directly from the tube to my paper. Its liberating and helps me let go of the desire to control what happens on the page.
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You can still see my coffee cup (untouched) below in the bottom left corner. Before adding my yellow and orange I used some Vaseline on my page in a few areas to create some resistance and hopefully reveal some white paper.

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By this stage, the first layer was fairly dry (still a little tacky) and I then used a baby wipes to remove some of the paint and reveal the resisted parts of the page. I then added a dusty light blue. I was not happy at this point and feeling rather frustrated with this project.

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My work needed more depth so to create this I darken the edges tearing in some areas. I placed a paper towel behind my project to protect my other pages and my table. The ink was used directly from my ink pad.

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Next came the coffee cup and I cut it into three, I knew I wanted at least three cups on the paper. I used mat medium gel and liberally applied it to the cups both back and front. I knew by now this page needed to be lightened up so I got out my white gesso and using my fingers liberally spread white paint over my page. Also at this point, I added some lemons and oranges (designer paper) but later almost completed whited them out. They still peek through in the finished work.

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Now that was fun…I love touching all my art and applying paint with my fingers! Next came the words that came from a book I am reading. I photocopied the pages as its a book that I will probably reach for again and again. The book is called “Living with Joy” by Sanaya Roman. Well worth a read.

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At this point I also placed some green and white dotted paper on my page to bring out some of the green on the cups, this paper brought a greater depth to my page. I then added more white, after this, I placed my quote and a section of the page of the book where the quote was taken from. I also put a strip of washi tape through the page.

It still needs something else and I added gold sparkles Gold Glitter Flakes from Stampin’ Up and they are truly gorgeous. I’m in love with these, so beautiful and really rather glamorous! I also had some leftover white embossed bumblebees from a previous card project and I decided that they would complete my project nicely.

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So here is my finished page, its rather sparkly in the sunlight and has many interesting nooks and crannies, it was a challenging project for me and I’m satisfied with the outcome but who knows it could change at any time, if I feel the need or maybe I’ll just move on to something else.

Happy art journalling

Linda xxx

 

 

Art Journal.

Now lets have some fun today…

Art journalling is a fantastic way to explore new creative techniques, to use retired stamp sets and scraps of paper you may have held onto for some time.  Its a fun creative escape that allows the perfect opportunity to get down and dirty with your crafting tools and paint.

Firstly, you need a art journal or some nice thick paper, that you can paint glue and basically fill with different products, in the coming weeks I will show you how to put your art journal together….but for today lets just get down to creating our first art journal page.

Below I have photos showing the stages that I have gone through to create my first art journal page.

Step 1. Gather together your paints,scraps of paper,stamps, inks, glue etc.

Get some paint on that paper. This is supposed to be fun so please throw away your perfection expectations and just go with the flow!

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Step 2. Blend your colours to create your background, you can always use your heat gun to fast forward the process and even add different colours if you would like.

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Step 3. I like to stamp on white card stock or scraps of paper while my paint dries, so this is when I stamp colour and fussy cut!

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Step 4.This is when I start to glue on my scraps of paper, my cut outs anything that takes my fancy or that is relevant to my design. Please remember you can’t go wrong here you are just messing around and if you don’t like something cover it up, let a little peek out…its up to you!

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Step 5. Add your texture,spacious etc.

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Step 6. Add the extras, I added a boarder with wash tape and extra splashes of paint. I was quite happy with the page at this stage.

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You can see the finished page at the top….this is such a fun way to experiment with your crafting supplies and apply your new techniques to your cards and other crafting projects.

Buy the stamp set                          Crafting Forever

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Stampin’ Blends.

STAMPIN’ BLENDS FEATURES :

Add just the right amount of colour where you need it with the brush tip or fine-point.
Each colour (except Ivory and Bronze) has a light and dark shade marker, available individually or in a combo pack.

Press fit seal prevents air from entering the barrel and causing evaporation.
The nestable lids are easy to keep track of and have a tight fit for long-lasting colour.

I use these markers in my projects all the time and I love the different looks that I can create, see below for one of my card designs using blends:

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