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Friday, February 16, 2018

ISBG: Mixed Media Winter Canvas

Hello and welcome! Today I would like to share with you my mixed media canvas using Lindy's Stamp gang limited edition January set of winter colors and many of the awesome embellishments found in the Winter Adventures kits.

This project is ALL about texture and color. I am a huge fan of Gabrielle Pollacco's work and this canvas is definitely inspired by her blog and videos. My media is nearly all sprays and textured paste. Soon, I hope to incorporate more types of mediums into my creativity.

The beginning:

I created the design using much of the embellishment and 
main Winter Adventures kit.

I added a few extra elements such as buttons, lace and cheesecloth.
I did not end up using the large lace flower.

Shown here is everything covered in gesso, both individually and together.

Here it is before I added bling.

If you are making this kind of canvas, it really doesn't matter what 
color everything starts out as if you are covering it all in gesso and 
spray inks.

I did end up adding eyes to the wooden snowman.

Here is a close-up of the cluster in the upper left corner.


ISBG: Winter Adventures Main Toolshed kit
ISBG: Winter Adventures Embellishment Bonus kit
ISBG: Winter Adventures Chipboard Bonus
ISBG: Winter Adventures Mixed Media

(Basically I used nearly everything but the actual paper).

Extra Supplies:

8x10 canvas
Kraft Card stock
Silhouette Studio files (using the Kraft Card Stock)
Ranger Perfect Pearls powder
Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst Sprays:
--Tainted Love Teal
--Azure Sea Asters
--Fuzzy Navel Peach
--Cowabunga Copper
Lindy's Stamp Gang Flat Fabio:
--I'm Late, I'm Late Slate (incredibly light color)
Arrow from the Summer Concert Toolshed kit

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

ISBG: Valentine Notecards for Boys

I recently watched a process video by Keren Tamir featuring Artist Trading cards. I thought, 'I can make this for my son for Valentine's day month'!

Our young men need encouragement and love the same as our young women.

I have been making notecards for my son for a couple years, but they have been "cute" in nature using die cuts and paper piecing as the main theme. Karen Tamir's video was a huge inspiration for me to use more of the first Toolshed kit at International Scrapbook Garden called Summer Concert.

I also made these notecards for this week's challenge at Pause Dream Enjoy . . . Valentine cards or treats!

Without further ado, here they are! Hope you like them!

I made enough to send my son one to school each school day until February 14th. My son is rather sentimental and has saved all his notecards from the previous years.

Thanks for stopping by today!

ISBG: Toolshed Kit - Summer Concert Main kit
ISBG: Toolshed Kit - Summer Concert Embellishment Bonus kit

Extra supplies:

49 & Market Circle Stitch Stamp
Tim Holtz Walnut Stain and Frayed Burlap
Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Powder - Vintage Photo
Arrow punch and cork sheets
Distressing tool

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Scrap The Boys: Family

Hello there! Today is a bonus post with Scrap The Boys as we join together with
the Stick It Down blog challenges. Here is the sketch . . . perfect for February!

I recently had family photos taken and was really excited to get
started on this page about us. Hearts and family go well together, don't
you think? The large heart is a free cut file from Paper Issues.


--FancyPants "Golden Days"
--Simple Stories - Basics Wood
Ephemera by Golden Days
Silhouette Cameo
Die Cut heart by Paper Issues

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Scrap The Boys: Follow Your Dreams

Hello there!! Did I not tell you? I'm now part of the Scrap The Boys Design Team!!! Woot! There are going to be some fabulous challenges lined up for you this year so I hope you'll join me this season. Without further ado, here's the first challenge.

We had family photos taken this year for the first time in 7 years!!!!! Yikes . . . far too long. So bear with me this season as you may be seeing a lot of family photos type 'layouts' in the coming months. I was greatly inspired by this layout on Pinterest. I have been diving more and more into the world of mixed media. It's still a huge learning process and it takes time to build up a color stash. But I'm still very happy with how bright and playful this turned out.

I used a lot of die cuts and a few scraps of paper from Pinkfresh's
"Dream On" collection. The thread of circles is die cuts by Tim Holtz.

Stamps by Tim Holtz and Citrus Kits.


--Paper: Pinkfresh: Dream On collection
--Diecuts: Pinkfresh: Dream On collection
Tim Holtz dies and stamps
Stencils: Brick and Codes
Gelatos: Tangerine and Lemon
Modeling Paste mixed with color
Black acrylic paint
Citrus Twist phrase stamps
Date Stamp

Saturday, January 27, 2018

ISBG: Be Authentic

Hello and welcome to my blog! Today I'm sharing with you a new layout using the Toolshed kit: Winter Adventures from International Scrapbook Garden.

This page is inspired by long perusals thru my Pinterest page. I liked several techniques by various artists and decided to try them on this layout. I admit I was rather nervous with how this was going to turn out. It's so rare for me to not follow a sketch or even to lift from another scrapper's page.

I will say I was greatly inspired by Sivan Amedi Shem-Tov.

The photo is of my former exchange student. He is an excellent young man and we still keep in contact with him to this day. But, he was still a 15 year old teenager at this time period. You know, it's freezing outside and snowing and he's checking his phone and has no gloves on. Then complained about it how his fingers were so cold. (insert eye-roll here)

Most of this layout is from the Winter Adventures kit and bonuses. The kits do not come with solid card stock so I did use kraft card stock from my stash. I also used Lindy's Stamp Gang embossing powders as well as my sewing machine!

Sometimes it's hard to know what title to use on a layout. Some crafters don't use any but that's not my style. I do tend to not journal on the front though. But lately I've been journaling on the back so family and friends will still know the story.

I used embossing powders Silver Moon Mistletoe and Cleopatra's Copper on the snowflakes. I lightly spritzed Kaiser Mists Denim available from the mixed media bonus kit.

I added the DecoArt Snow-Tex all over the flowers, and dabbed it across the layout for effect.
I used my rather old Fiskars paper crimper on my kraft card stock for extra texture.

The denim papers provided in the kit really "scream" sewing and stitching to me.
I did add some snowflake stenciling (provided in the bonus kit) using white Acrylic paint. I also distressed the papers with Prima Rose ink Branch Bark provided in the main kit.


International Scrapbook Garden: Toolshed Winter Adventures Main kit
International Scrapbook Garden: Toolshed Embellishment Bonus kit
International Scrapbook Garden: Toolshed Bonus Chipboard kit
International Scrapbook Garden: Toolshed Mixed Media kit

White Acrylic Paint
Kraft Card Stock
Fishers Paper Crimper
Sewing Machine and thread
Silhouette cameo for the white foliage
Lindy's Stamp Gang embossing powders:
--Silver Moon Mistletoe
--Cleopatra's Copper

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

PDE Challenges: Life is Good

Today is a new challenge at Pause Dream Enjoy. The theme is to use a "mouse".

The little critters at Treasure Box Designs make it so easy to put together 
something quick for a card. I actually pieced this mouse together ages ago and 
put it away for later use.

Thanks for stopping by today!


Saturday, January 20, 2018

ISBG: Backyard Boy

Hello there! It's new kit time at International Scrapbook Garden!!!!! The new toolshed kit is called Winter Adventures.

It very much has a blue jeans theme going on mixed with lots of shades of blues for winter layouts too.

For my first project I went with the "all boy in his jeans" layout. I wanted to make sure I used three specific items on this layout . . . the title, the square mat and the mica flakes. I did very little "mixed media" because I felt that with this paper it didn't need much.

The layout is of my son, on his 5th birthday. Daddy made a zipline across our huge yard and since most of the children were small, they all played on it during most of the party. Definitely a huge hit and my son still talks about that zipline and his birthday party to this day (he's now 11).

The title comes in the chipboard extras kit. I heat embossed with my
own colors using Lindy's embossing powders using Morning Glory Azure
and Desert Moon Copper Teal. I did use a very light touch of white Acrylic
paint on the stencil provided in the main kit.

The bark and journal board can be found in the embellishment
bonus kit. The mica flakes are in the mixed media bonus kit.

Blue jeans calls for stitching!! I purposely changed settings
on my machine to get that "messed up" look. The square
border is from the Silhouette Online store.

ISBG: Toolshed Winter Adventures Main kit
ISBG: Toolshed Winter Adventures Mixed Media kit
ISBG: Toolshed Winter Adventures Bonus Chipboard kit
ISBG: Toolshed Winter Adventures Embellishment Bonus kit

My supplies:
Lindy's Stamp Gang Embossing powders:
--Desert Moon Copper Teal
--Morning Glory Azure
White Acrylic Paint
Sewing Machine (dark blue thread)
Silhouette Cameo