Thursday, September 19, 2013

eclecticPaperie Birthday Blog Hop!

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Welcome to eclectic Paperie's Belated Birthday Bash!  Today we're celebrating the (belated) one year anniversary of the store's new ownership! It's been an amazing year, full of inspiring projects, wonderful classes, and many, many new products!!  eclectic Paperie wouldn't be where it is today without the ongoing support of our customers and as a BIG thank you you'll have an opportunity to lots of great prizes!  eclectic Paperie will be giving away the following prizes!  You have until midnight tomorrow (9/20) to comment.

A full set of Tim's NEW Distress Paints
6x6 Paper Pad Bundle
Dylusions Stencil Bundle
A set of NEW Wendy Vecchi Archival Inks
Crafter's Workshop Stencil Bundle

To be entered into the prize drawing, please be sure to comment on the eclectic Paperie blog and on each of the eTeam blogs.  Check out all of the thumbnail links below to view the rest of the eTeam projects!  Enjoy the hop!

Today I would like to share with you my little project for the hop!
Since I'm a literal thinker, I decided I wanted to create a birthday cake!  So, being the over-achiever that I am, I started looking at my svg cuts files, and found a slice of cake!  I thought that that would be perfect!  Especially since it comes w/ a candle!!!!  Bonus!

The paper that I used for the cake is plain white cardstock, and the decorative paper for the frosting and candle and flame are from Authentique's Grace 8"x8" pad.  

The girl is actually a cross between Prima's Lorrena and Swing Dress Doll.  I used the head of Lorrena and the body of the Swing Dress Doll.  I was going after the Marilyn Monroe look.  What do you think?  Did I achieve it?  

I colored her and the dress w/ Prismacolor Watercolor pencils and turpentine.

Have a great time hopping!

Friday, September 13, 2013

PaperHaus Magazine Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Fall Splendor Blog Hop with PaperHaus! We are celebrating the release of the new FALL edition of PaperHaus Magazine but also celebrating the 1 year anniversary of PaperHaus Magazine! We are excited to be part of this amazing celebration! Click below to check out the latest edition of this amazing magazine!  The Fall Splendor event is filled with inspiration from PaperHaus and the eclectic Paperie team so make sure you click through each blog for inspiration! Enjoy the hop and remember that the Fall Splendor Blog Hop runs from September 1st to the 15th so plenty of time to be inspired!

PaperHaus Latest Edition You DEFINITELY need to check it out!  OMG!  I looked through previous editions, and my jaw dropped several times at the absolutely AMAZING projects that were published!  You will totally be inspired!  I certainly was!  :D

eclecticPaperie is part of this awesome blog hop, so definitely go there to see everyone's fab creations!

Here I will share the details of my own project that I created for the blog hop!

The theme is back to school and Fall!  Love it!  It's my favorite time of year!, so I was in my glory working on this!  I decided to do a journal page, but instead of using mediums, I wanted it to have more of a scrapbooking feel since we are hopping w/ PaperHaus!

The leaves were created by inking the back of my Patterned Leaves stencil on the veined leaf side, and then stamping it on a piece of paper.  Then, I took the same stencil, but the whole leaf side, and w/ different Distress Ink colors, created the fall leaves.

The spiral notebook paper was fussy cut and distressed to make it look like I tore it out of an actual notebook.

The stamp, Mia, was colored w/ Prismacolor pencils and turpentine.

I cut out little squares, and adhered them to a piece of cork paper, and cut out little red octagons (all paper) to make it look like a cork board.

Products used:
Simple Stories 24/7 (6"x6")
Mia stamp by Prima
Patterned Leaves (6"x6")
Wild Honey, Barn Door,Rusty Hinge Distress Inks

Hope you enjoyed!
Happy Fall!

Monday, September 9, 2013

The Lighthouse

Hi there!  Today I would like to share with you a card that I made for a friend of mine.  He and his wife are in my church Renew group, and I have grown fond of them, along w/ everyone else in my group!  I will be sad when this program is over!  Anyway, he had double bypass surgery recently, and I wanted to send them a card to let them know that I am thinking about them.  I don't often do this, but when the mood strikes, I get it done.  Plus, I was inspired by the Kitchen Sink Stamps Lighthouse set that I received last week!  I wanted to play around with it!

I found that if I inked each part of the lighthouse separately, I could maximize the colors and make it look more realistic!

Here's how I created the scene:
First, I played around w/ color recipes just trying different colors together to see what would work with what.
Ok, once I got that nailed down, I started stamping in their colors, and after stamping a couple lighthouses, I figured out that if I inked just the lighthouse, then inked just the little house, and then inked just the grass, I could get a more realistic look!  So, that's what I did here!  For the ocean, I used a sponge to make it choppy.  To the right of the card, kind of behind the rock, I actually made a mistake, so to cover it up a bit, I added a lot of Frost White ink to make it look like waves were crashing like crazy on that side of the island!  Was I successful?!
To create the sky, I sponged that too.  I cut out a mask of the lighthouse (one of my practice ones!), and used that as a mask.

Here's the color recipe:
1.  Lighthouse, house: Desert Sand; Grass: Peeled Paint
2.  Lighthouse: Stormy Sky; House: Gathered Twigs (s.o.); Grass: Mowed Lawn
3.  Lighthouse: Faded Jeans; House: Walnut Stain; Grass: Pine Needles
4.  Lighthouse: Chipped Sapphire; House: Pearlescent Chocolate; Grass: Olympia Green

1: Toffee Crunch
2: Pearlescent Chocolate
3: Rich Cocoa
4: Onyx Black

Desert Sand, Toffee Crunch, Rich Cocoa (Memento)
Peeled Paint, Stormy Sky, Gathered Twigs, Mowed Lawn, Faded Jeans, Walnut Stain, Pine Needles, &
Chipped Sapphire (Ranger)
Olympia Green, Onyx Black (Versafine)
Pearlescent Chocolate (Brilliance)

Have a wonderful day!

This Moment

Hi there!  Today I would like to share with you a page that I created for Swirlydoos September Round Robin challenge.  I was first for my team, so now everyone after me has to lift my page!  I like being first!  I'm not going to lie!  LOL!

This page features a wedding picture of my sister and her husband.  I have been looking at this picture every day as it has hung on my refrigerator since we received their wedding thank you!  3 years ago!  I can't believe that they have been married 3 years!  Time flies!

Thera's wedding was all about vintage.  It started with her gorgeous wedding dress, which fueled the vintage inspiration!  My sister and mother pulled out all the stops and the wedding was a stunning vintage affair!
I wanted to capture that vintage feel, and w/ this month's Swirlydoos kit, I was able to accomplish that!

The challenge for this month was to use 60% Swirly stuff and the twist was to do something "new" and/or "beginning".  What's better than the beginning of a marriage?!

Enjoy!  Have a beautiful day!

Friday, September 6, 2013

Taking mail advertisements to a mixed media level

Hi there!  Today we are "Getting Altered" at eclecticPaperie!  This month, our lovely hostess is Teresa Jaye!  She challenged us to alter our mail!  Cool challenge!  I will now look at my mail in a new light!  Thank you Teresa!  :D

For my project today, I used a Kohls advertisement that came in the mail the other day!  It came w/ a coupon too!  I didn't alter that part!  That will be used by me at some point!  Can't wait!  I also saved a few other pieces of mail that I might use at a later time.  But, this one, being a tri-fold mailer, I thought would be perfect!  So, here we go!

The "before" pictures!

Front, back and front inside cover.

Inside 3 panels.

Ok, here's the new and improved front cover.

The word I'm altering is shop instead of scrap!  I covered up the words beside the trophy w/ black gesso, and then added some paper pieces to brighten it up!  Added a flower and a couple pearls to finish it.

When you open the front flap, you see this next!  If you look real fast and then look away, it looks like the word boxes are floating!  Fun little tidbit I caught when I was formatting my pics!  I essentially wanted them to pop off the page.  Kind of like those old 3-D books where you stare at it for an hour and the image FINALLY shows through?!  This is kind of like that.  Only easier and you don't have to do any staring!

Here is the inside of all 3 panels together.

Close up of the first panel.  I wanted to hide the words below champion, so I added the paper strips.  And I hid the word shop w/ scrap again here.

This middle section was done, and I wiped it clean w/ a baby wipe and started over!  I was at the ball park for my son's game, and I only brought sprays w/ me, and not ink pads.  So, it looked kind of a hot mess.  When I got home, I decided to wipe it clean and start fresh!  Some of the ink stayed on, and you can see through to it.  I love that look!  Like I did it on purpose!  Which, um, of course I did!  ;D

The girls were fun to work with!  I used the positive stencils for each girl, and then I used the negatives of each when I worked around them.

See the silhouette at the top?  I did that at the ball park.  That was the best part of the whole thing!  So, I kept that at least!  I added some words, which is new.  I've never done that before.  I always make my projects speak for themselves, or I talk about it on here.  But, for this, I needed words.  I want to convey that scrapbooking is similar to perhaps being a fashionista.  You're looking at colors, textures, embellishments, and assorted other things in both scrapbooking and shopping.  You look for the best accessories to go w/ an outfit.  It's the same way w/ a scrapbook page!

I hope that you have enjoyed my altered project today!  Take a look at your mail and think of the possibilities that you could do with all of those bills!  Hahaha!

All joking aside, doing the eP Altered Challenges are SO fun because they allow you to step outside your comfort zone and try something new!  Are you up to the challenge?!  I hope so!!!!!  Check out the eP blog for complete details!

Ingredients and links:
Paper: Simple Stories Urban Traveler & 24/Seven
Ink/Paint: white and black gesso; Pumice Stone, Ripe Persimmon, Wild Honey, Mowed Lawn, Salty Ocean,
                Black Soot; Black and White Faber-Castell pens; Cut Grass, Crushed Grape, Squeezed Orange,
                Black Marble
Embellishments/Accessories:  Chevron Grunge, Mini Honeycome, Fifties Clock, Mini Nancy Emily Polly, 
                                             Mini Casey Penelope, Mini Tiny Circles; caligraphy pen, black gel pen,
                                             assorted flowers & pearls.