Hello, Daisies! This is Patricia to share with you lots of stamping ideas from what the team has made with the March “Grey Street” kits.
First, we have Suz Mannecke and what she has to say about her projects:
“You Are Brilliant!” This card uses both the A & B sides of the “Bedrock” paper. I painted October Afternoon Red Wagon SprINKler over the Daily Flash alphas because I felt the sentiment needed more pop from the bold graphic lines of the zigzag patterned paper.
On this card I stamped the thumbs up stamp from the Main Kit; Grey street and then painted on October Afternoon’s Red Wagon SprINKler to add a little pop to the design and the sentiment.
I used a masking technique using washi tape to create this ombre effect to the exclusive fish bone stamp included in the stamp sub. I also used the fish bone stamp on this DITL card I created from the Wanderlust patterned paper in the main kit, Grey Street.
And finally, here I used a sentiment from the October Afternoon Catch Phrase roller stamp included in the main to subtly stamp right onto my background patterned paper
I love the techniques and the effects Suz created with these stamps.
Next, is Lisa Saunders:
I used parts of the fishbone stamp across my title.
I inked up the alphas from the Main Kit with the Prima Chalk Inks and then stamped them a little.
I love how Lisa made these alphas unique and to coordinate with her background. Such an awesome stamp.
And here is what Mandy Kay Starner has to share:
I used quite a few stamps on this layout, my favorite being the layered stamps on the left next to the title.
You will almost miss the stamps Mandy Kay used, she used them so well, that they look like they are part of the papers and die cuts.
And here is that amazing fishbone stamp again used by Denise Morrison. She really made that background pop. She also used some of Martha Bonneau’s new and FREE printables for this card.
And last, I have some to share as well.
That little October Afternoon stamp that came with the Day In the Life kit can go a long way. Don’t forget to use it on your cards. For this card, I stamped once, but a little bit of an angle…adds interest and fun.
On these two cards, I stamped randomly. Love that look.
And for this last card, I used the main kit stamp and the October Afternoon stamp. For all of my cards I used Hero Arts Soft Granite.
For my Project Life, I love to add stamping. Gives a little more detail, adds to the story, and easy to add. I used both the October Afternoon and main kit stamp set.
And I used the October Afternoon and main stamp set again throughout this side of my spread. I also stamp on my photos. I print my photos on matte paper, so I don’t worry about the type of ink.
For this layout, the thumbs up stamp got used a lot. And it is just a little bit smaller than my Fiskars 1″ circle punch which leaves a nice border around it. I pop dotted those to add around this “healthy” layout. And used the “Good Day” as part of the title.
For this clean and simple layout, I inked only the “Good”, and stamped, cleaned it well, then inked only the “Day” and stamped to add to the theme and design.
Hope you snagged these March kits. The stamps are very usable as you can see with so many creative ways to use it. I love that they can be used in an artsy and in a clean and simple way.
Hi, Daisies! Mandie here with your sketch challenge for March! Here is our sketch:
it is based on this fab layout from MandyKay’s gallery in February:
Here is my take on the sketch. I tend to stay pretty true to the sketch. I used larger photos & circles – taking up more space on the layout:
Here is how Alissa used the sketch:
She stayed true to the sketch, and even pulled out some doilies to use.
I love how Anna used the sketch. She tilted it just a little and used some smaller photos.
How will you used the sketch? Upload your layouts to the Cocoa Daisy gallery by March 18 and link me up here or on the message board; so I can check out your work. I will chose a winner of gift code to the Daisy Boutique and post it here on the blog on the 20th! So, get creating! I can’t wait to see!
I finally finished my gallery wall last week. It has taken months of planning and preparation to get it just right. I didn’t want to rush it, I wanted to be really pleased with the final result and I’m pleased that I’ve done it this way. It’s been worth the wait.
I thought I would give you a little insight in to how this wall of art has come together.
I have been making the pieces for quite a few months now. Nothing was planned purposely for this wall, it’s all kind of come together.
I picked up this canvas from a local good will store for $5. It’s huge 25×25 inches and really deep too. It had already been painted which I didn’t mind as I knew I wanted to use it to create something myself.
Lots of paints, old book pages, gesso and some very large old MM foam stamps and I have this canvas made.
My next pieces to show you are 3 mini canvases and a framed 6×4” pic. These were made with an addon and some of the main kit in October. I love how these turned out. They match the foxy cushion that sits on the sofa under this gallery. (my hubby has a thing for foxes. He has regular meetings with them on the late night dog walks).
I have just one photo on this wall. This was a last minute addition when we were piecing everything together. I wasn’t going to add one at all, but I had picked up this 5×7” frame for $5 last year and wanted to use it. I edited my photo to get this fun colour effect in picmonkey.com. It’s free and very easy to use. There wasn’t anything to hang this frame up with though. It just had a stand on the back. So I removed the backing and stuck down a small piece of trimming. The backing was replaced which also helps hold the trimming in place securely. I love that extra bit of colour it adds.
Next up is my map. I picked up a really old atlas in the Goodwill store last Fall. This was such a find. Just $7, it’s big and the colours were perfect. I then wanted to find a frame to match and happened to find this one which again was perfect and cost just $4. The old ladies in the goodwill store were admiring the old ship picture that was inside as I was paying and I went on to explain what my actual intentions were for this frame. They looked rather horrified and I even offered to open up the frame and give them the lovely print of the ship, but they obviously didn’t like it that much as they declined, still not looking convinced with my idea though.
I do need to cut down the mount slightly though as the top of the map is slightly hidden. Incase you are wondering why the US when we live in sunny England??? Well we both love the US. My hubby has worked for a very big US company since he left school and is very proud to work for them, he also lived/worked in Cali for a few months before we were together. My Dad has lived in Indiana for the past 20 years. I have spent the past 20 years falling in love with the country and have been fortunate to visit lots of cities and States and then in 2007 we got married in Orlando and are about to go back as family for our 4th visit. So the US means alot to us.
Which brings me nicely in to the letters L & A.
Not meaning LA, but these are our initials. Lisa and Ade. I bought these mdf letters from Ebay and covered them in maps of Orlando and gave them to hubby as an anniversary gift of our first date last August. Thinking about it I think they should really be covered in maps of LA as we had the most amazing week there last year. Just the two of us…..and the crazy Cocoa Dasiy girls : )
Above the letters are 3 6×4” frames. I bought these in a department store here as a set for $10. Two have a Cocoa Daisy wordpress card inside and one a Day in the Life Kit card. Each card is backed on to bazzill.
Below the letters are wooden scrabble letters that I bought off ebay for under $5 for all the tiles incl postage.
I have another Day in the Life Card framed here.
I attached a piece of garden string to hang this one. I bought some wooden hearts off Ebay years ago and still had some left, so I used a Tim Holzt Distress Stain (Picket Fence) to stain it white.
Then there is a deep framed piece here. I made this when I was on the Fancy Pants team.
I used the same piece of paper to cut the same size heart out 3 times. I’ve folden it down the centre and stitched it to the card down the centre and added a rubon.
Above that is an old frame that I was already using in the house. It was a matt gold colour and didn’t really fit anymore. I mixed up some paints so it matched the wording on the big canvas and very roughly painted the frame, rubbing it in to the grooves with kitchen paper. I didn’t want a perfect look. I wanted parts of the old frame to show through. I removed the back and hung just the frame.
I picked up some wooden embroidery hoops from a goodwill store for a dollar each a couple of years ago with the idea of hanging them with frabric.
The vintage fabric was purchased on Ebay as a piece of sample fabric and the other I made myself.
For Christmas I made my hubby this next framed piece.
I got given his Grandad’s old typewriter for my birthday last March. I typed up the definition of the word ‘Soulmate’ and framed for him.
And finally this one.
This was a birthday gift for hubby last year and the most expensive piece on this wall. I bought the frame from a shop for just about $15 and had the mount made which was another $8. The lady was so kind in the local frame store and I discussed how I would hang my mdf letters and she gave me the little hooks to match. She didn’t even sell them, but had them to hand. I printed off a map of Orlando to go inside.
So as you can see it’s something that’s taken many months to make.
As far as the putting together goes, this wasn’t something that was rushed either. We measured the space of the wall that we wanted to use. Made that same space on the floor and laid all the pieces down as they were about to be hung. This took lots of rearranging until we were happy. We took some mini post its marking off the bounderies on the wall of where the edges of the gallery were to be.
The little paper pocket at the top, hubby made that and stuck it to the wall each time he drilled so it caught most of the dust as it fell.
We are so pleased with the end result and every piece has a special meaning, reason or story.
Now before I close off here today I have a final piece of this room to share with you. It’s a mini gallery wall that has been here for a good couple of years now. I added the final piece just last week.
Between the window and the fireplace we have this small alcove. A have a couple of my canvases here and a set of wooden drawers. My Orlando 2012 mini book that I made with Cocoa Daisy Kit back in 2012 sits here and the glass tea light holders that I made during last years Fall Crop here at CD. Here is the link to the class if you are interested. And some other bits and pieces that I’ve made. Have you spotted the final piece from this new March Kit yet?
Here is a closer look.
It’s the exclusive wood veneer piece stuck on with a little blutack. I think it finishes off that wall beautifully.
I hope you’ve enjoyed the stories behind my gallery wall. It really is a good feeling to have something so personal in your home.
Thanks for staying with me during this very long blog post.
The February Project Art kit contains a set of Luminarte’s Twinkling H2Os, a bottle of Glossy Accents (a 3D clear gloss medium), 2 white doilies, 3 vintage cards and 2 sheets of German fairy tale book paper.
The Twinklings are a set of sparkling and shimmering pearlescent watercolours in pearl violet, pearl green, pearl gold, pearl blue, pearl red and oyster. They are activated by spritzing them with water and letting it soak in for about 10-15 minutes. This really makes a huge difference, compared to if you just try to wet your brush and paint right away. The cake starts dissolving and the result is a really creamy and shimmering paint.
The colours of this set can be used alone or mixed with other colours to lighten them and to give them the iridescent pearl shimmer.
Here they are on white watercolour paper…
…and on black cardstock, applied through a stencil…
…or just painted onto the cardstock…
For my first page this month, I started out with a background painted with acrylics. I covered my page with gesso and made some marks in the gesso while it was wet. I then used two different colours of acrylic paint. I had to cover up a hole in the middle of my page (made when creating the opposite side in the journal) so that’s why you see a patch of paper in the background.
I decided to hide my journaling behind the doily. I painted one of the book pages from the kit with gesso and then used the Tree of Hearts stamp set on top – such a cute stamp! I then stitched the piece of the book page onto the doily and added the letters (the “you” are from the Mood Board add on).
The white dots are watercolour paper that I painted with Twinklings in the colour Oyster. After glueing them onto my page, I covered them with Glossy Accents. It’s a bit tricky to capture the pearlescent shimmer in the photo, but it’s there, I promise!
For my next page I started out with covering a messy page that I used for cleaning my water brush when painting with the watercolours from the December kit, with gesso. This is why you see some other colours in the background. I then used one of the Inktense pencils (availabe in the June kit) to colour my background and on top I added some of the Twinkling H2Os, to add shimmer. I also added a pattern using a stencil and white gesso.
Next I added mist in two different colours, one darker and one lighter pink.
I cut some of the cute frames out from one of the patterned papers of the February kit and coloured the edges with the Twinkling H2Os.
I added gesso to one of the playing cards and stamped and stitched onto the card. I added the Evalicious die cut from the main kit and some sequins from the Paint Chip add on.
I’ve also been playing with some doodling. I used a black pen and then coloured the pattern in with Twinklings.
I then used my Cuttlebug to die cut some circles out of the doodled paper. I added them to a page painted with green acrylic paint at the edges and black gesso in the middle.
I then covered them with Glossy Accents to make them shiny and to add some dimension.
I wrote my journaling around the circles and I also made some messy marks around the edges of my page.
To finish my page I added a torn piece of patterned paper with some stamping on top.
I also tried writing with the Glossy Accents and it worked really well! I wrote the Swedish word for “happiness” on watercolour paper.
When the Glossy Accents was dry, I sprayed the paper with water and added blue watercolour (from the set in the December kit).
On top of the blue paint, I added the Pearl Blue Twinkling H2Os.
Glossy Accents is also fab to use to use as a glue, for heavier embellishments. I love that the tip is so thin, making the writing above so easy. Another idea is to add the Glossy Accents to details of a patterned paper that you want to highlight or to create other patterns than writing (dots, lines, doodles), to use in the same resist technique as above.
I hope you enjoyed these ideas and I wish you a very happy Friday!
Welcome to this month’s designer’s challenge! The challenge this month is in 2 parts – a theme and a product. The theme is clothes – your clothes, someone else’s clothes, an outfit that you love or an outfit that you hate… anything goes as long as it’s related to clothes! The product is fabric – I want you to add some fabric to your layout!
My layout is about the dress Alva wore for New Year’s Eve. I used strips of fabric behind my photo and also tied some to the tag.
Sharmaine created this fantastic layout combining fabric, paint and stamping in the most fabulous way!
Lisa also used lots of yummy paint! I love all these details and the fab drips and splatters!
I hope you feel inspired to join us!
Please upload your layout and then post the link in the comments on this blog post. You have until Tuesday March 4th, 10 pm EST to play along! The lucky winner will recieve a $10 gift coupon to spend in the Daisy Boutique!