30 days before Christmas projects

Friday, January 20, 2017

Steampunk heart canvas

Hello crafters !

I'm back with a new project for the Art Anthology blog, a steampunk altered canvas !
I used Art Anthology paints, inks, and stencil to create this project, but also heavy gesso and texture powder (Prima Marketing) and Sizzix/Tim Holtz dies !

Go to my Art Anthology blog's post to see close-up pictures and the tutorial video. You will find this project as well as other mixed media tutorials on my You tube channel too...

Thank you for stopping by today. Come back soon for another project...

Thursday, January 19, 2017

DCWV tags for CHA / Creativation 2017

Hello !

The craft mega show will start today and I'm so sad to stay in France during this week end ! I did love my last year trip to Anaheim and wish I could be at Creativation next year... But if you look closely in DCWV booth, you will find a wall of tags about "why do I create" or "what me makes a maker ?", and some pieces of me will be there !

I din't have much time to create these tags (if enough time would have been given to me, I would have made enough for the entire wall I think...), so there are only 5.

The one above is made with a Sizzix tag die and a sheet of Color and Create stack (Floral), colored with watercolor. Watercolor is the new thing I've tried last year, even if I'm not a painter, and I quite like it, even if it's impossible for me to get stuck with the pastel look of it. I have to make it brighter...

Another reason to create is to be different (pour etre different). More than be, it's maybe to show I'm different. I think differently, I see the world differently, I feel differently. Everyone does. But not everyone can put this difference into making. Showing my difference in my creations is important to me.
It's again Sizzix die and Color&Create paper, with Sizzix rub-ons for the sentiment (yes Sizzix has rub-ons...). To emphasize the idea of difference, I use only color (Peacock feathers distress ink by Tim Holtz) on the background. the flowers are colored with gray Copic sketch markers (N0, N2, N4, N6).

Again Sizzix die and Color&Create (Pretty prints) and Copic markers...
"Pour rester folle"... meanings "to stay crazy"... Embrace your own craziness is part of the creativity, and, again, of what makes you different. What would have been Dali if he didn't embrace it ? You would have look at boring painting of realistic clocks... So be crazy !

Same stack, same die, different colors... Be crazy tag was all about warm color. This one is about "to not becoming completely crazy" (or to stay sane), and I choose more calming, cool colors for it.
While embracing your inner craziness, you also have to stay sane from the world's insanity... 2016 was really full of it, and expressing my feeling into my projects was a good way to not be overwhelmed by sadness (for example an art journal page).

The last one was made with the same die by Sizzix, leftover of the Color&Create paper and a brushes stamp by Stampendous. Quote says :"To have"... brushes ! Yes part of the pleasure to create things is to have new toys to play with ! Don't say it's not true ! We all love have new art supplies...

OK ! That's it for today ! As I will not see this great wall of tags by myself, please try to spot my tags if you're there... Better : share it with me on Instagram with #walloftagsCHA2017 ! And if you made one of this tags, share it too !

If you are in Phoenix, have fun ! If not, have fun too !
Thank you for stopping by, can't wait to see your pictures on Instagram...
Have a great day and see you tomorrow for an incredible steampunk project...

Friday, January 13, 2017

January More than words challenge layout

Hello !

I'm back with a new layout for the More Than Words challenge, using a picture I took few years ago in Istanbul in the beautiful Hagia Sophia (basilica Sainte Sophie), trying to recreate the abundance of luxurious golds and magnificent blues of this incredible mosaic.

The creative challenge was bling. I think I got this part...
The word inspiration was celebrate. The whole basilica is a celebration to God, and this mosaic in particular is celebrating Mary and His Son.
This is how this challenge inspired me...

I created the background with a paper from the Royal Gypsy stack (DCWV), using heavy gesso over a stencil (Prima Marketing), then another stencil with gold crackle paste (Prima Marketing).
I painted in dark blue some fabric, then teared it and glued it over the gesso. I added lace and blue pompom trim (May Arts ribbons) before adding the embellishments.

The photo mats are papers from the same DCWV stack, the edges are distressed and paint with gold crackle. The some of the gold embellishments are home made with air dry clay and painted.

Some are metal covered with gesso than painted.
This medallion is two metal embellishments glued together, covered with gesso and painted.

It's an almost an icon around the picture of an icon I made there ! I hope you like it...

Thank for reading this post. I hope to see you soon for another project...
Have a great day !

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge card

There are two challenges a week on the Simon Says Stamp blog ? Here we go for the Monday challenge ! The requirement is : "Be square", so I went for the easy I made a square Valentine's card...

The cardstock are made by DCWV, as well as the heart, who came from a Color&Create stack and was colored with Copic markers.
The circles were cut with the Martha Stewart circle cutter, and the alpha stickers are MAMBI ones.

Did you start your Valentine's already ? You still have a month to do so, but beware of the flying time...

As we are Wednesday, a new challenge will pop on the Simon Says Stamp blog, so I maybe will create something for tomorrow... see you then and have a great day !

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Simon says stamp Wednesday challenge

Hello !

OK, I'm done resting now (even if my doctor, my husband and my back say otherwise...) ! It's time to create again !
What better than a challenge to motivate a crafter ? So I took the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge ("new something") and create a card. For the "new" part, I use the Bandana bits clear stamps by Joy Clair. Not really new in my stash (I bought it at CHA last year), but I never used it and was still in package, so kinda new to me, no ?

I didn't use markers or crayons to color these stamps but watercolor !
I use papers by DCWV, and if you look closely, you can see that the blue one is in fact denim !

It's a vivid and joyful card I made here ! Perfect just to say hello to friend...

Thank you for stopping by today. Hope to see you soon for another project.

Have a perfect day !

Friday, January 6, 2017

Mixed media bookmarks with Art Anthology

Hello crafters !
I'm up on the Art Anthology blog today with some mixed media bookmarks created with their paints, inks and stencil ! You will find textures, dimensions and scribbling on these !
Here is a seak peek to tease you :

Beside the AA products, I also used an heart stamp by Prima Marketing, text stamp by La Comapgnie des elfes, a black pen by Faber-Castell, and a blank bookmark by Ken Oliver.
For more pictures, details on products used and complete tutorial video, please go the the Art Anthology blog.

You can also visit my Youtube channel for more mixed media tutorial : tags, altered bottle, card, altered ornament, canvas, altered book or frame or phone case...

Thank you for visiting my blog today, see you soon for a new project...

Thursday, January 5, 2017

DCWV January challenge card

Hello !

Did you send New Year's cards ? Did you made them ? I'm not really good at sending these cards, can you believe it ? I make them anyway !

Today's card was create with the January sketch from the DCWV blog :

and some beautiful DCWV papers with Sizzix Alterations die (mixed media thinlits) and Cricut die cuts (snowflakes with Winter Lace and title with Stretch your Imagination).

You can recognize the Foiled embossed copper paper that I already used in few projects and papers from the Copper blue stack.
I spiced up a little the difficulty by using the left over dies of the white/blue paper to re-create the same kind of pattern than in the upper left corner.

Thank you for stopping by. See you tomorrow for a mixed media project...
Have a GREAT day !