"Art is my vehicle through life; may we share the ride together." Ron Wickersham

Thursday, March 26, 2015

"Happy, Happy Day" Layout Tutorial


"Happy, Happy Day"




I recently created this single-page layout documenting the day my newest grandson, Grant, came home from the hospital and his older brother, Drew, finally got to meet him and hold him for the first time.  I used the new "Craft Market" paper collection from Crate Paper and I have a full tutorial on my process on The Little Blue House Blog today!  Click on over to see how I created the fun watercolor background using the new Cracked Pistachio Distress Ink.



This beautiful paper line is now available at The Little Blue House and also online here. Check it out - you will love it!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Spring Card Tutorial





It's Day 2 of the LBH Bunny Hop! Have you been having fun hopping to everyone's blogs and seeing the fabulous creations?

Today I have another fun tutorial for you - a spring easel card using the bright papers of Echo Park's "Happy Easter" collection.

Let's get started!






1.  Cut solid (green/blue) paper 6" x 8" for the card base and 6" x 4" for the card front.

2.  Score larger piece on long side at 4" and 6."  Fold as shown below. (Green will be outside of card; blue will be the inside.)




3.  Add Scor Tape on the top section; set aside.



4.  Diecut the birdhouse journal card (Doodlebug Darling Daisies) with the Sizzix Tim Holtz Ornamental die. Ink edges with brown ink. (I used Mocha Mama Quick Quotes ink.)





6. Layer diecut on floral paper and cut out, leaving approximately 1/4" border. Ink with green ink (Limeade Quick Quotes ink).





7. Border punch the bottom edge of the 4" x 6" card front. Ink edges with green ink. Cut a strip of green vellum 1/2" x 6" and glue to card front. Below this glue 1/4" strip of brown floral paper (reverse of scrap leftover from cutting journal card above).





8.  Close card and remove Scor Tape from the top piece. Adhere the card front, matching the top edges.


This is what it looks like from the side.




8. Border punch a floral strip 1" x 6" and cut a strip of green patterned paper 1/4" x 6". Glue in place at bottom inside of card as shown. Leave scalloped edge unglued so the card will stand later. Stack two heart stickers and pop up in the center. Ink around "hello spring" sticker and place inside card. Ink bird tag sticker and pop dot at corner of spring sticker. Tie 2" of yellow twine in a knot through hole of tag.




9. Close card and center layered birdhouse card on card front with dimensional foam adhesive. The top overhangs the top fold of the card.





12. Add Stickles to decorate if desired.


SUPPLIES USED
(available at the LBH or clink link for LBH online)

Quick Quotes Chalk Ink - Mocha Mama and Limeade
Sizzix "Ornamental" Bigz Die
Dimensional foam adhesive
1/4" Scor Tape
Diamond Stickles
scalloped border punch


I hope you have enjoyed our Bunny Hop and have been inspired by our projects to CREATE!

HAPPY EASTER!


Monday, March 23, 2015




Welcome to our first ever Little Blue House "Bunny Hop" Blog Hop! If you have arrived from Vicki's blog, yay! If you are just starting, you can follow the hop from here as well - just follow the links in each post. In case you get lost, here's a complete list of the media team and links to their blogs.

-Susan Tidwell http://susan-artfulmusings.blogspot.com/  (you are here!)


And here's some fun news- everyone who leaves a comment on each team member's posts (you have to visit all the blogs and leave a comment on each one) will be entered into a drawing for the BUNNY HOP Grand Prize Easter Basket! So let's get started!

I have a fun frame project for you created with a 5"x7" canvas and the darling papers from the Echo Park "Happy Easter" paper collection. The supply list is listed at the end of the step out tutorial.


"YOU ARE MY SUNSHINE" EASTER FRAME





1.  For this project I used what is usually considered the back of the canvas as the front. The wood strips form a perfect frame.

2.  Paint the entire canvas except for the center with color of your choice. (I used turquoise.)

3.  Cut three 1/2" x 12" strips of green patterned paper for the inside edge. Cut to fit and glue in place.





4.  Cut four 1 3/16" x 12" strips of multicolor plaid paper for the outside frame. First glue down the vertical strips and cut flush with top and bottom of canvas.



5.  To miter the corners, lay a strip over one horizontal frame piece overlapping the vertical strips. Cut ends flush with edges of canvas. Use a ruler to mark a line from inner corner to outer corner and  cut on the line. Repeat for the other corner, then glue in place. This ensures a perfect miter every time! Repeat for other corners.




6.  To cover the inside of the canvas, measure opening and cut floral paper to just slightly larger.(Mine was 5 3/4" x 7 3/4".) When glueing down, pick canvas up and press slightly on canvas backing to allow for slightly larger paper to slip under the wood pieces. Ink edges if desired (I used Tahiti Quick Quotes turquoise ink.)




7.  Cut a 4 1/2" x 6 1/2" photo mat from the solid paper (I used the light blue side) and adhere photo and mat to inside of frame over floral paper.  

8.  Cut two strips of green "Sprinkles" vellum approximately 1 1/4" x 5 3/4" and 3/4" x 5 3/4".  Use fringing scissors (or regular scissors) to cut the long edges. Curl fringed sides around a skewer or end of a paintbrush.






9.  Add 1/4" Scor tape along front and back edges of tallest piece.  Then layer shorter piece over the tape on the front.  Remove the backing from the tape on the back and glue in place inside the frame at the bottom to represent grass. "Fluff" as desired.





10.  Using a small alphabet stamp set, stamp on the green pennant ribbon with Versamark ink. Sprinkle on white embossing powder and heat with heat tool. (Note: the ribbon is synthetic and will burn or shrivel with too much heat, so keep the tool farther away and moving constantly!)  Remove the backing from the first and last pennant and secure to the frame.




11.  I used the "Sunshine" sticker in the upper right corner, popping it up and overlapping my photo. I added "my" with a permanent black pen.  (Here's a tip for popping stickers. Add the pop dots to the back of the sticker and then sprinkle remaining area with powder or cornstarch, rubbing it into the stickiness and tapping off any excess. This removes the stickiness and allows you to pop it!)




12.  To further embellish, add a heart sticker to the "Best Day" sticker and adhere to lower right corner of frame. Add two flower stickers in the grass area and any other stickers that are relevant to your photo.  I also added a wood veneer arrow to bottom of frame.

13.  Cut two 6" pieces of yellow paper twine, tie into bows and glue to ends of banner.

Now display your favorite Easter or spring photo!


SUPPLIES USED
(available at The Little Blue House or click links for LBH online)

Crate Paper "Craft Market" wood veneer arrow
yellow paper twine
green pennant ribbon
Dimensional foam adhesive
alphabet stamp set: Reverse Confetti "Lighthearted Lettering"
Martha Stewart fringe scissors
Versamark ink
Ranger white embossing powder
heat tool
craft paint
permanent black pen


Now don't forget to comment here and then hop on over to Valerie's blog to see what she has in store for you!

And be sure to come back tomorrow - I will have another tutorial for you!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Faith Journaling

 I'm loving the time I spend with my bible and interpreting His word in creative and artistic ways. Here are a few pages I have created recently.






Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Graphic 45 Shadowbox Specialty Workshop




Join me on Tuesday, March 24, for a specialty workshop creating a custom shadowbox using Graphic 45's new "window shadowbox" and their beautiful "Artisan Style" paper collection.  You will pick and choose from among these gorgeous papers to create your own unique display piece.


Where: The Little Blue House
Keller, TX
When: March 24, 2015
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Cost: $45.00
Bring: Usual supplies, including tape runner, tacky glue and pop dots

Click here for more information.

Call now (817-431-7930) or stop by to reserve your spot in class!


Monday, March 16, 2015

Two More DLP pages


Finished two more weeks' pages - but I'm still behind! February's theme is "Layers".

Week 8
Art Challenge: Repeating Elements
Journal Prompt: It's Worth Repeating



For this page I used the pointy oval stencil as a repeating element, using it to add turquoise color and also removing some of the pink paint. A similar shape is in the leaf stamp I used. I also repeated diamonds which is also a stamp. It's impossible to see in the photo but I wrote "it's worth repeating" in white pen along the right stem.



Week 7
Art Prompt: Cover Up Good Stuff
Journaling Prompt: Going Undercover


Yes, this is out of order. I had a hard time with this page. It started out totally different but no matter what I added, it just wasn't going anywhere. I finally painted dark blues and turquoise over the entire spread to start over, layering stencils and painted paper circles horizontally. Not sure if I really covered up good stuff, but there's certainly a lot undercover!  For the weekly dates, I tipped in a postcard I had received from Robin Marie Smith. You can see the underside below. It was so pretty I didn't change a thing. I might go back and add a thin layer of paint over the back, though, as it looks very stark in this photo.



One more spread and I will be into March. Catching up takes time!

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Catching up on Documented Life Project pages

I am trying to catch up on the Documented Life Project weeks that I was gone. I didn't take many art supplies with me and it's so much easier to create at home. Helping with a newborn and a 2 1/2 year old doesn't leave much time for art making!

January 25
Theme: Blank Page and How to Face it

Art Challenge: Writing

Journal Prompt: Words with Friends


For this page I started by scribbling thoughts about friendship loosely all over the background. Then I added paints, washi tape, spray ink and stamping. The silhouettes are a photograph from the Internet that I copied and then cut out and used as a stencil. I also wrote words of friendship in the painted circles.


March 1
Theme for month: Layers You Will Love

Art Challenge: Under Paper

Journal Prompt: "What lies beneath?"


The under paper is what covers your work surface when creating and catches all the mess. I collaged several torn pieces to the pages and added paints and inks.  Then I laid down the bird masks and painted black around them. The birds really pop! I didn't paint the right side so I could use that for my planner page.


March 8
Theme for month: Layers You will Love

Art Challenge: When Not to Stop

Journal Prompt: Don't Stop Til you get Enough


I started this page by gluing down Tim Holtz tissue paper (with the butterflies) and then added paints, stamping, and texture paste through the Feather stencil. I colored the butterflies with watered down Distress Paint and outlined with black and white pens. The raised feathers are highlighted with gold paint and Inka Gold paste. You can see this better in the photo below.



Only a few more weeks and I'll be on track!