Saturday, June 29, 2013

Quick and Simple

For today's post I'm showing you a card that I created in a matter of minutes!
To create this card I began with a light blue cardstock base, added a dark brown layer and using one of those decorative mat stacks I found this beautiful gold/butterfly one.  I am planning on stamping in the white section at a later date (waiting for just the right event).  The ribbon is just gathered and the butterfly is a punched out butterfly that I backed with sticky tape that I sprinkled with glitter to give it some sparkle.
Like I said quick and simple and a card.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Journal Page 24... You only live once

I have finished up my journal.... well for the time being
Here is my last page until I decide to add more quotes!  LOL
This turned out to be my favorite page.
I used a variety of blues/greens and brown distress inks for the background as well as a mask in the upper corner.  The text stamp I embossed in walnut stain to make it stand out a bit.  The lock and hinges are from Tim Holtz die cuts that I stained using the distress stains and embossed them.  For the lock I chose not to emboss it but to do the rusty technique instead.  The brads I textured a bit with my hammer.  For the saying a it of twill tape, stamped it with the quote and cut the edges.
Onto the Quote...
"You only live once, but if you do it right once is enough."
For me this means to live your life with no regrets, to take changes so you can look back on your life and never have to wonder "what if"

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Journal page 23... never too late

Here is another page that I did in my journal
For this page, I took metal tape (heat tape found in our local hardware store, much cheaper than the metal sheets that are being sold out there these days) and stuck it to some cardstock then ran it thru my cuttlebug with the gear,clock, and diamond plate embossing folders.  I then used my alcohol inks to give it a bit of "rusted" look. A few gears were placed in the corners as well as a metal photo corner.  For the hand, a leftover piece that was cut on the cuttlebug I chose to bring in the blue from the other page and added a bit of vintage photo distress ink on it as well.
Onto the Quote...
"It's never to late to find out who you want to be."
For me this reminds me that it doesn't matter how old I get,
I can still be what ever it is that interest me. 
I may have a 8-5 job that helps pay the bills,
but my dream of being a well known crafter, I haven't given up on. 
SOooooo I will continue to create things on my time off
that delight me and hopefully will inspire others as well.
On that note, may my other crafty friends continue to inspire and follow their dreams because
"its never too late"

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Journal Page 22...Imagination

Here is another page of my Quote Journal
For this page I used distress inks in peeled paint, broken china and chipped sapphire for the background.  A bit of blending and some flicks of water was all that was needed.
Using the top note die from stampin up, I stamped the quote in black archival and did the same techn. using distress ink in spiced marmalade on the die.  The tickets are from Tim Holtz and I used vintage photo distress ink along the edges.  Foam tape added here and there gives it just the right dimension.
Onto the quote...
"Imagination is more important than knowledge.  For while Knowledge defines all we currently know and understand.  Imagination leads us to all we might yet discover and create.
For me this quote means to think outside of the box,
to not forget to have fun even when you are busy using your "knowledge"

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Journal Page 21.... In dreams

Here is another journal page that I finished up.

For this page I used distress inks in the blue/purple color families.  I picked a variety of stamps and inked them with the clear distress ink and heat set them using stampendous frantage shabby white, it has bits of gold in it.  For the stamp I inked it in archival ink (black) and stamped it onto a silver/clear fragment.  The bird, I think adds to the silver edging of the quote and carries with it some movement with left over ribbon/fibers.
For the Quote....
"In dreams we catch glimpses of life larger than our own."
For me the images help to reinforce this quote. 

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Journal Page 20...No act of kindness no matter how small is ever wasted

Here is another page in my Journal of Quotes.
To create this look, I did a variety of techniques.  I did some marble staining, a bit of blending with distress inks on the background. and dusted it with a bit of glimmer spray.  For the butterflies they are done on glossy paper withalcohol inks using a blender pen.  For the swirls I stained them and then heat embossed some vintage photo embossing powder on them, misted them with some glimmer mist in green and once the powder was dry I brushed off the crystals, created a really cool rusted green enamel look.  The swirls really do look cool but my camera just couldn't quite capture it. :(
I used some thick utee on the cage that I cut out from my cricut.
Now onto the quote.....
"No act of kindness no matter how small is ever wasted."
For me this means to take time to remember the little things, holding the door for the person behind you, giving a smile to a passing stranger, or letting that very anxious person pass you on the highway.
Yesterday I was shown kindness by many unexpecting individuals...
it made me smile and help lighten the day. 
As they say you never know what weighs on others minds
so knowing that you may beable to brighten their day in some small way is worth it.....
isn't it?

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Journal page 19....The Journey

For this journal page I wanted to keep it simple
I inked the background using frayed burlap and antique linen distress ink.  I then stamped various images in walnut stain to give it a collage look and I added a bit of weathered wood ink to spots along the page.  For the final touches a few cutouts "tossed" on  with a couple feathers and a faded flower that helps to pick up the color from the birds.
For the quote I stamped it on to the postcard.
My take on the quote.....
When you encounter a journey you may not realize all that happens, the discovery process,
the learning part, you taking the time to explore, and lastly the inspiration. 
For me "The Journey" can be soo many different things...
an adventure to an area you have never been, a new job, or even meeting someone. 
The most important part of "the Journey" is to take time to notice the whole process.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Journal Page 18~ Learn from yesterday..

For my next journal page I went all out vintage.
I wanted to create a page that resembled old wallpaper, but with a bit of color.  Using this Damask stamp I inked it in chipped sapphire and did the background in frayed burlap ink then clear embossed the whole page.  It adds a lot of texture to the page.  For the vintage part, I added some crochet trim, a photo corner, old safety pin, a metal flower that has a silk rose inside and a bit of frayed canvas.
Here is a close up of the canvas with the quote on it. 
Now onto the quote:
"learn form yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow."
Simple words that are at times quite hard to follow....I'm hoping with this reminder I can live by this.