Monday, April 29, 2013

Card and Gift Bag for Mother's Day

Hello, for the Get Inky! challenge going on I made this project using the digi. Mother's Day Funky Flowers form Get Inky! for Blue Moon Creation. The challenge theme is Flowers.  Go check it out there are some pretty prizes....

Using a premade white paper gift bag and some Glimmer mists by tattered angels in Wheat Field and Tattered Rose, I coloured the bag up using the sprays and a rose stencil I have.  The card is a standard 5 x 6 pre folded card that I adhered a handmade cotton paper with gold threads embedded, on top of which I attached a piece of printed vellum that I also embossed with a Cuddle Bug Baby's Breath folder. I inked the embossing with Victorian Velvet Distress ink by Ranger.  I downloaded and printed the Mothers Day Funky Flowers digital (Get Inky!) onto white card stock, cut it into a circle, and coloured the flowers with various Prismacolor pencils.  I cut a larger light pink circle as a base and then an even larger fuchsia circle which I further cut with a circle die cut punch by Fiskar.  I made little bows from 1/4" rose coloured satin ribbon.  The card is sticking to the bag by having its corners temporarily held up by some clear photo corners by Creative Memories.  That way the recipient can remove the card without damaging the card or bag.  I added the big satiny light pink ribbon and a silk pink daisy type flower to the bag handle.

The gift itself consists of some gardening goodies:  gloves, tools, seeds, and bulbs.
I hope you like this.  Don't forget to check out the challenge and prizes at  Please leave a comment and enter your email to follow me.

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Saturday, April 27, 2013

Mermaids and Art Journaling

Welcome to one of what I hope will be many posts about some of my Art Journaling.  Among all of the  things I create I also work in several art journals.  I use these to journal, create art, doodle, make notes, try out techniques and what ever.... most of it is personal, so I only share certain things!

This two page spread was made over several days and with many different techniques and processes.
The pages were prepared with a variety of ink sprays and glimmer mists, some stencils and masks and water.   The mermaid is a digital stamp image from Fresh Brewed Designs, one of our sponsors at All That Stickles, I downloaded and printed the image on regular paper.  I coloured the mermaid with a variety of Faber Castell colouring pencils and markers.  I painted over with clear gesso to protect the image and to be able to work on it later in the journal.  When it was dry I fussy cut it and adhered it to the journal page using my Xyron double sided adhesive.  With some Inktense pencils and water I blurred the edges of the cutout into the page.  I used a lot of Icicle Stickles to enhance the bubbles on the image as well as to create more bubbles coming from the sea floor.  At the bottom of the page I added some Dew Drops from The Robin's Nest (another sponsor at All that stickles) which I added to with some more Icicle Stickles.  I made some seashell shapes cut from old book pages and distressed with Chalk inks.  The Dangling seaweed like vines are ribbon trim from my stash and so are the sea shell  sequin embellishments.  I also used some Cinnamon stickles too add some shine to the vines.

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Sunday, April 21, 2013

Baby, Baby, Baby

Baby, Baby, Baby....I love glitter.

Welcome to the Baby Blog Hop brought to you by the All that Stickles design team!

Bring on the bouncing babies! It's time for a Baby Blog Hop filled with all sorts of cute, fun, and of course, sparkly, baby themed projects!

If you've come from Karen's blog,  you're in the right place! If you've just come across the hop and would like to start at the beginning, please visit All that Stickles.

For my project, I've made

I made a Treasure Box to hold a sweet baby boy s memories.  My own babies are now big boys   
but this would have made a sweet box for them too.  I used a wooden hinged box that I stained with Ranger Distress Stains in: Spun Sugar, Vintage Linen, and Broken  China.  I covered the top of the  box with silk flowers that I already had and some lacey roses, also from my stash.  I added               some   more of my lace around the sides of the box. I glued some cute little baby embellishments    such as alittle baby, a rattle, some diaper pins and a little teddy bear bead.  Most of these items         I found in the party section of my dollar store.                                                                                   
I used Stickles in Baby Blue and Stardust.  there are also a few Dew  Drops from our sponsor: The  Robins Nest.  The fairy is a digital download from our sponsor Fresh brewed Designs, which            I coloured with Faber Castell Colouring pencils and metallic markers, after I added the stickles.  I   hope you like.  Please leave a comment and leave your email in the box to the left to follow me.                                  
We have blog candy for those who are a follower of All that Stickles and leave a comment on every stop of the hop! Winners will be announced Wednesday April 24th at All that Stickles.

1 Stamp Set of Winner's Choice

Handmade Stick Pins or 1 Set of Handmade Fabric Covered Buttons

Digital Delights by Louby Loo
$5 Gift Certificate

$6 Voucher

10 Digis of Winner's Choice

 the complete lineup:

Thanks for hopping! :)

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Annmakes a Bling Sailboat

Hi, Look what I baked up this week!  For the Get Inky! challenge which is "Bling". Yes, I baked this.  It is made of shrink plastic, no kidding!

I downloaded this awesome Sailboat Digital stamp from Get Inky! for Blue Moon Creations.  I scaled the image to 250% and printed it onto a Frosted Ruff n Ready Shrink plastic sheet (rough side) which measured 8 x 10 inches prior to shrinking. First I cut the scallop edge of the plastic and pierced the top two holes and the 6 scallop holes with my trusty Crop-A-Dile set at 3/16. ( It is easier to cut the shrink plastic prior to baking.)  I coloured the sailboat on the rough sid,where it was printed, with my Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils in :  Ivory, White, Brown Ochre, Gold Ochre, and Van Dyke Brown.  I also used a Prismacolor Premier marker in Sepia.

 Over on the shiny side I used Adirondack alcohol inks in the colours: Bottle, Stonewashed, Stream, Pool, and Sailboat blue.  To apply the inks I squirted  several drops on the plastic and blended the colours with an Adirondack felt applicator.

 Super Inky! winner prize
 I followed the baking instructions on the package for the Shrink Plastic and it turned into a 4 x 6 inch piece.  I intended to use this as a sun catcher to hang in a window.  However, I was unable to get a good photograph of it in a real window, it is difficult to capture an object while looking straight at the sun!

I used some beads from other project left overs and some broken jewelry and I threaded them onto jewelry string which I hung from the holes in the scallops.  I made the hanger out of an unwanted old macrame and glass bead bracelet.  I chose it because of the seashell in  the large top glass bead. I attached some brads with bling through the two top holes of the plastic  to hold the bracelet/hanger.  The hanging beads had some bling and I added more with some Stickles.
I found this small glass ring type bead encrusted with faux rhinestones and decided it would make a cute  decoration on the side of the sailboat.

Check out the challenge from Get Inky! and have fun with some bling! There will be a top three and a Super Inky! winner who will receive the above set, all participants will get three FREE digi stamps.

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 Don't forget to check out other good stuff at Blue Moon Creations.
Thanks for looking and don't forget to go  GetInky!

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Oh Baby Blue Project Life

I had heard so often about Project Life that I thought I should look into it and see what all the buzz is about.  Well, I get it now, and it is a great idea for us veteran scrap book makers with not enough time to make full albums of double page spreads that preserve the history of our lives.  Also, it is a great idea for the newbie to initiate them to this scrap booking addiction.  But as I seem to own an impressive quantity of scrap booking materials (amongst many other hobbies),  and since I love making things, I thought I could come up with my own Project Life by shopping in my own studio.  So I dug up this old and never been used scrapbook binder, several packs of baseball card pocket clear pages, many random left over photo album pages, and regular clear page protectors and assembled my very own and original P.L album. 

 Then the really fun part: the decorating of the said album and of course the making of some inserts for those baseball card pockets, finally I also needed to make a cute box to store my homemade cards and inserts until I need them for those memories I want to keep. I used a downloaded digital stamp image from Bugaboo Stamps"Chase Your Dreams" ( our sponsor over at All that Stickles), printed onto white paper.   Which I painted with various water colors from Luminarte H2O and Faber Castell  gelatos.  I added some Baby Blue Stickles ( see the challenge over at All That Stickles). I also added some gorgeous Dew Drops and a pretty tag from our other sponsor:   The Robin's Nest.   The vintage lace is from my collection and the labels were made with a Dymo label maker.

Now for the little box that holds my handmade Project Life journal cards and inserts.  I re purposed a small cardboard box by first painting it with white gesso, once dry I sprayed on several colors with Tattered Angels Glimmer mists in the following colors: Coffee Shop, Chalkboard, and Decadence. I also used Perfect Pearls mist in Forever Violet and Ditto Glimmer in Green.  I also re purposed the crystal type knobs from some old shower curtain rings as feet for the box.  The top of the box was decorated with a scrap of printed beige and green card stock, which I stamped with a Prima clear Background stamp: Firefly #560799 and Memento Dew Drop Rich Cocoa Ink.  The bird is a die cut from the Tim Holtz Sizzix die collection.  I colored the bird with Faber Castell coloring pencils and some Baby Blue Stickles.  The bird's eye is a Dew Drop from The Robin's Nest, other Dew drops are from my own collection of vintage flowers, and the stamped background.  The flowers and card stock piece are also distressed and inked with Color Box Chalk Ink: Creamy Brown.  I used more of my vintage lace all the way around  the top of the box.  The ribbon around the sides of the box cover is also from The Robin's Nest.

Lastly, I searched the Internet for some free printable journal cards, printed some onto card stock, others I designed free hand, and some I made from some more goodies from The Robin's Nest, such as the tags and stickers.  Of course I just had to bling up some of the journal cards with Baby  Blue Stickles, and a few more  Dew Drops.

So there you have it,  an Annmakes Project Life hybrid.  If you would like to see more of my project life attempts, stay tuned.  If you have any questions or comments please leave them below, I will get back to you.
                                                                                                        Don't forget to challenge yourself with some fun Stickly project and go see the All That Stickles  Blog Linky Party  , this weeks colour is Baby Blue. There are some nice prizes to win, courtesy of our very nice sponsors: The Robin's Nest ( giving a variety package of Dew Drops),  Bugaboo ( their prize: 7 Digi stamps), Tabitha's  Designs (giving: 2 Digital Paper Packs), and Fresh Brewed Designs (5 digis).
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Sunday, April 7, 2013

In My Heart -- More Stickles

I have so much fun with Stickles and I really like my co-designer gal pals over at All That Stickles so making more projects with that yummy glittery goodness is easy!
I made this sweet little frame of my boys. I keep it on my desk. It was simple to make, but the best part is the embellishment I made with a flat bottom glass pebble glued to a heart with glossy accents inserted into a bottle cap, inlaid with white beads and yellow Stickles. I was inspired by the All That Stickles Linky Party.

For more gret ideas and fun using Stickles goodness, please check out the All that Stickles  Blog. and the All that Stickles challenge page. 

Bee Cheerful Card

Know someone who needs a little pick me up?  Well how about  this card  . It certainly brought a smile to my face when I made it.  As a Guest Designer , I was inspired to make this card based on the  challenge Sketch going on at the Get Inky! challenge blog.

With the  "Buzzing Bee Trail" digital stamp  from Get Inky! I printed this little guy onto some white card stock, coloured him with one of my favourite water colours; H2 0 LuminArte (Stargazer, Sea Glass, Bashful Blue, Honey Amber, Lemondrop, China Black, Heavenly Bamboo, and Fire & Ice). I added some Stickles glitter glue in Yellow to his body too.  

The green print flowers were made with "DCWV" paper (Hippie Chic) that I had in my stash, and the "Cuddlebug" dies.  I made the largest flower with a "Stampin'Up! "paper shaper.  The picket fence was made with white cardstock and the "Creative Memories" Border Maker with the Picket Fence cartridge.

The Cheerful Flag was made with my "Dymo" label maker and a piece of scrap metallic card.  The "B,E, E "were made with some alphabet stamps on white card stock, Die punched and adhered with epoxy bubbles from "Epiphany Crafts".  I also used some "Stickles" (Baby Blue) to jazz up the flowers and also as a base for some blue gem Bling (Dollarama) on the flowers and above the 'B'.

The card base was made from a pre made and pre scored white 5 x 6.5" card by "Recollections" (Michaels), that I painted in a wash with some of the above mentioned blue and green water colours.

So to see more great projects you might want to check out the Get Inky! challenge and Stamp blogs for Blue Moon Creation.

I hope you enjoy!  Bee Cheerful!  bzzzzbzzzzbzzz

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Cute Journal with Stickles

I have the pleasure of working with some wonderful ladies on the "All That Stickles" Design Team.   A blog about the many different applications and uses for those little bottles of greatness "Stickles" by Ranger.   I love using stickles in a lot of my work they can just make a project pop.  A little goes a long way with this product. I find it is very superior to regular glitter glue, as it has a lot of dimension and intense colour.  But you can check it out for yourself.  Here is a little something I had fun making.

 I used some yellow sticles which made me feel happy. As a Mixed Media artist I work in many different types of media and I keep several journals both for my creative work and for keeping track of business and household stuff.  Usually a store bought journal gets a makeover once it enters my home.
(Sorry I did not take a before picture, but it was just so plain to begin with.)  And this journal did not escape my creative hands, mwaaaa hahaha :)

I made a paper rosette with a Tim Holtz Sixxix Die, then I looped some half inch white satin ribbon into a flower, and adhered it to the rosette.  I made the centre of the flower using a bottle cap filled with glue and cardboard, a flat bottom glass pebble that had been glued with glossy accents to a small print of daisies.  I glued the glass into the bottle cap and filled the edges with yellow Stickles.  I also added drops of the yellow stickles to the paper rosette.  I hope you enjoy this and please check out the blog with all its goodies, and take part in the challenge over at All that Stickles for more Stickly fun!