Monday, January 29, 2018

Birthday and Tags

A new year of challenges has begun. Last year my very talented mother, Wanda Hentges, and I chose to do the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge every week. However, many weeks were missed, more by me than her, believe me. I tended to bite off more than I could chew by doing larger projects that I just didn't have time to finish. So this year we decided on a monthly mixed media challenge. She sent me the links to a handful of possibilities and I chose the More Than Words Challenge. It combines a Word Inspiration along with a Creative challenge. I'm looking forward to the new year of challenges, and seeing what fun new things my mom will make outside of her usual cards, lol.
Word Inspiration: Birthday
Creative Challenge: Tags

The first thing that popped into my mind for the word birthday was our daughters 16th birthday, which occurred In November of 2017. I came into her life when she was just 8 years old, and very quickly became "mama", so as not to be confused with my wife "mommy". I have watched her grow into an amazing young woman, and through all the ups and downs, the good times and bad, I have and will always love her, not as my step-daughter, but as my daughter. Now that she is 16 it will bring on a whole new set of fun, and challenges. The most amusing, and smallest of which is that she has outgrown the "mama" and mommy" phase. Now we just here her holler or say "mom", and immediately have to reply "which one?" I am looking forward to the years ahead, and seeing all the amazing things I am sure she will accomplish.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

A Walk On The Dark Side

This weeks Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, is A Walk On The Dark Side. I was absolutely ecstatic and knew exactly what I wanted top do! So out came every piece of Nightmare Before Christmas stuff I could find. However, the first thing I did was pull out my thin metal sheets and my tools and spent the day trying to create the iconic Jack and Sally silhouette on the hill side. Overall it didn't come out as well as I had hoped, and I had to use some paint to offset the characters because the lines didn't seem defined enough to me. But it was way better than I figured I could do when I started, so I was pretty happy. I got that stuck down, and with a fair amount of irritation and effort I finally got the inside edge to stop getting bent every time I opened and closed my art journal lol. Then I used black gesso on the page next to it, layered up a laser cut Nightmare Before Christmas sign on some white card stock and stuck that down. Then I ran the strip of ribbon across the bottom. Then I took two plastic cutouts, one of Zero and one of Jack and put them down. Then I pulled out my 20th anniversary edition of the Nightmare Before Christmas book, and found the portion I wanted to use and wrote that out in white gel pen, and it was going to well until I messed up on that one word, so just kind of try and ignore the crossed out blob of white near the bottom lol. Even though it did not come out perfectly I am very happy with how it did turn out, and I know it will always be a layout that is near and dear to me. Enjoy!

Friday, September 22, 2017


This spread I did this week will also be posted to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. I didn't originally make it with that intent but it worked out great. This spread was very simple and fun. I put distress oxides down all over both pages. Then I spritzed and sprayed and dried and added until I liked the outcome. Including just stamping the square ink pad right onto the pages at times. Then I used a large Dylusions stencil that has a great flowery print around the outside with fun random dots on the inside. I used extra heavy gel medium and went over the whole stencil in one direction on the left page, the I flipped it end for end and did it again to the right page. A day later when it was finally dry I spent several minutes just in awe of how it came out and the texture it provided. Then I sprayed the whole thing with silvery glimmer mists, it very hard to see if the picture, but in person it has a great sheen to it. Then I put normal white embossing paste through several word stencils, then I covered it in embossing powder, and I melted the embossing powder before letting the paste dry. Which gives it a fun squishy foamy feeling. I tore them all out, went around the edges with my orange wink a stella pen, stuck them down with foam mounting tape, and voila! It was so easy and so much fun, and is just bursting with texture, I love it!!

Braver, Stronger, Smarter, Loved

This weeks Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is Shimmer and Shine. I decided to incorporate that theme into a present for my mother-in-law whose birthday is tomorrow. I started with a 5x7 chalkboard in frame. Used Dylusions yellow paint to cover the inner surface, let it dry, applied weathered wood, let it dry, then added pink Dylusions paint over that, and as it dried it brought on the beautiful crackle. I then ran a line of glue around the entire inside corner and covered it with a purple glitter (which I am still finding on random surfaces lol). Then I stamped the quote and cut it out, glued it onto purple card stock and cut it out, again. I used foam mounting tape to add it to the painted background. Then I painted the piece of filigree in the corner and the flowers and butterflies. I added little gemstones to the butterflies, and to the center of the smaller flower. Then I layered it all up and stuck it down. Then, to make the frame pop just a little I added some dots of stickles glitter paint.

Pet the Dog

This is a spread I did in one of my smaller art journals. It was fun and simple, but is very indicative of how I like my life. I first used Dylusions paint and just spread it over both pages, not worrying about whether it was perfect or not. Then I used black Archival ink through one of the Dylusions stencils on the top left and bottom right corners. Then I stamped the paw prints across the page. I added the laser cut Keep Calm and Pet the Dog sign I got at a stamp and scrap expo the weekend before. Then using a white gel pen I added the white circles around the stenciled spot, and the words. It was a fun and therapeutic spread that always makes me smile. Especially when I have a dog snuggled with me lol.

Card Exchange

While out in Iowa over Memorial Day weekend my mom was showing me some fun things you could do with stamps and infusions. Needless to say the Penny Black flower came out awesomely, and she made a couple of them since you can do it a few times before the infusions are all used up. I asked if I could take one home, and it was decided that we would each take one and make a card for the other person with it. I ended up not getting mine done until after my birthday in June, so I took the opportunity to try and use a variety of things that I had gotten for my birthday from my mom. So, the bottom layer is just ordinary card stock. The next layer I used the new harlequin stencil I got with the orange wink a stella pen that I got. The next layer I started with one of the pieces of paper that the stencil was wrapped in, and used some of the infusions that I got for my birthday with clear shimmer paint brush strokes. Then I added the flower that I was supposed to be using, added some more of the harlequin pattern, this time with paste through the stencil. Then I used one of the Tim Holtz metal embellishments, and used one of his distress crayons to lightly color over it, to fill in the words with white so it was more readable (these were the only other things I used that weren't part of my birthday package). I really enjoyed doing this card and was happy with how it turned out.

Mother's Day

Despite this being the card I made for mothers day, as you can see I'm a little behind in blogging it lol. I had a lot of fun with this card. I went digging through random papers of various my mom and I have done throughout the years and came up with one of the melted crayon backgrounds that was rich in warm colors. Over that I used a swirly stencil and put versa mark ink through it, then I brought out the powdered pearls. Funny thing though, the color of powdered pearls I wanted to use hadn't been opened yet. See where this is going. As I was trying to get the seal unstuck so I could use it it slipped out of my hands and landed on the table, which made it go EVERYWHERE, including on the two dogs that were sitting at my feet. Lets just say it was months before some things didn't have a nice silvery/white sheen. Once I got that cleaned up, more or less, that stuff sticks everywhere, I got it on the card here I wanted it and off where I didn't. For the large flower in the middle I colored it with an embossing ink pen and then used embossing powder to give it the colors that I wanted. The grass and flower vines at the bottom were a sticker piece, as was the butterflies. The small gravestone at the bottom is actually a piece of marble chess board that broke many years ago that was then etched wit the phrase "here lies my piece of mind". I had been waiting forever for the perfect time to use it. A flowery Mother's Day card seemed like the perfect place lol.