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One last page in the journal page series of posts sent in Christy.

“The background was created using designer scrapbook paper, sheets of vintage music, and a vintage Bingo card.  Layers of color were added for tinting and texture.

The chair image was stamped on the page directly and then again on a piece of fabric. The image stamped on fabric was hand cut with fine detail scissors and using the “paper piecing” technique adhered to the image on the art journal page.  The fabric gives the chair a very realistic appearance.

The Bingo card was embellished with tissue paper tape and accented the free space with squares of color.  The straight lines created from the designer paper made journaling super easy.”

Thanks Christy. I think a big comfy chair is certainly a nice place to take time to think. :)

christy-time-to-think-detailHere’s a detail view of the chair:

eat cake graphics stamp used:
6004-O Comfy chair

christy-inside-outHere’s another project from Christy.

“This large portrait of a young girl was created with pages from a discarded book purchased from a thrift shop.

Metallic Rub-Ons made the face a real fleshy color.  The hair was painted with acrylic paint using various shades to accomplish texture and shape.  The butterfly was handmade (using the same technique in the Fly with all your Heart journal page) and adhered to make an adorable hair barrette. Stamp the window image, cut it out and adhere for “eyes”.

The different perspective stamp was stamped first on the window image and then again on another sheet of paper, cut out and adhered with a foam square for depth.  The other window eye was sketched with written text remaining inside the eye shape.  Lime green paint created the perfect boarder the dark hair.  I was super happy with the final layout and found the simplicity to actually create an intriguing complexity.”

Here’s a detail view of her “eyes”:

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Love it Christy!

eat cake graphics stamp used:
6017-J Single window
8040-D A different perspective (text)

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A wonderful journal page from Christy. She’s so creative and it looks like I’m going to have to add napkins to my bucket of supplies.

She writes, “The background was created by adhering strips of decorative Martha Stewart punches in various directions.  This is a great way to use up scrap paper because the strips will be painted all the same color, so grab any paper and start punching. A layer of acrylic paint allowed for the texture of the punches to stand out while establishing a coordinating color.

The flower stamp was colored with Copic Markers and airbushed lightly with the Copic Airbrushing System to give an antique feel.  Once attached to the page a decorative napkin was torn and layered around the image to give the impression of being in the middle of a butterfly garden.  Regular paper napkins are fun to use in mixed media art journaling.  Attaching the napkin with gel medium leaves the page flexible with almost a fabric feel.  A sweet journaling card captured the emotion of flying with all my heart.

The butterfly embellishment was handcrafted by adding color to Liquitex Glass Bead Gel.  I laid a butterfly stencil atop a piece of wax paper and smeared (thickly) the tinted glass bead gel with a paint palette knife.  It was almost like frosting a cake.  Peel the stencil off and allow the butterfly to dry overnight.  Peel the butterfly off the next day and use as an embellishment.”

Here’s a detail photo of the flower page:christy-freedom-detail

eat cake graphics stamp used:
7044-V Magical flowers (left big)

christy-snailchristy-snail2Christy says, “We often think of creating the perfect card to send along to our friends and family, but what about creating a beautiful envelope for everyone to admire as it journeys through the mail system?

The snail carrying mail is perfect for creating a smile!  In the age of technology a hand written letter is almost unheard of so this altered envelope will be the perfect presentation of something special. The envelope was colored lightly with a yellow water color crayon and painted over with a wet paint brush.  Tissue paper tape was added to the top and bottom and colored with a turquoise water color crayon and painted over with a wet brush.  The red scallop make a happy pop of color and whimsy.  The snail was stamped and paper pieced with designer cardstock. Doodling rectangles make it east to insert an address and a return address.”

I think this is so cute and Christy is right, who wouldn’t want to receive such a lovely envelope. I don’t think I’d even mind if there was nothing inside. :)

You can click on any of the pictures to get larger views, and here’s a detail of the front:
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eat cake graphics stamp used:
5002-D Speedy snail delivers the mail

christy-journal-happinessindarkChristy sent this in. Her vibrant flowers just burst against the dark background.

She says “This is an art journal page capturing the beauty we often overlook when going through difficult times.

“Just goes to show when we focus on the good even through the difficulties we just might find magical moments full of color that we would never experience in the daylight.”

The flowers were hand painted on a black acrylic background.  1153-G Pixie Poppy was stamped with embossing ink and coated with white powder.  The saying was pieced together by cutting words from old magazines.

eat cake graphics stamp used:
1153-G Pixie Poppy

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Here’s another journal page from Christy. I agree – don’t worry, be happy! I love her doodle words and scallop.

Here’s how she did it:
Scrap papers and stamped images make the perfect supply list for altering cards in a Rolodex.  They can be altered with any theme including special dates, inspirational quotes, or compiling family memories in mini style.  My cards were altered for a Rolodex containing encouraging scriptures that I hope to give as a gift to a friend.  Check your local thrift shop for a discarded Rolodex.  1033-G Auntie Hyacinth in her flower dress was paper pieced and colored using watercolor paints.  She made looking for a rainbow look like fun.  The bird images paired together painted with blue watercolor paints made this altered card stunning.  A torn paper background and Martha Stewart punch brought this bird themed card to life.

eat cake graphics stamp used:
1033-G Auntie Hyacinth in her flower dress
5078-D Little birdie standing looking down
5080-C Little birdie lying down

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Here’s another journal page from Christy. I agree – don’t worry, be happy! I love her doodle words and scallop.

Here’s how she did it:
Using a discarded book from the thrift store has made the perfect foundation for creating meaningful art journal layouts.  This layout began with a light coat of blue acrylic paint and a layer of green for a grassy base.  The images were stamped with black Memento ink and colored with watercolor crayons.  The wording was done by hand using a doodling technique.  The finished page captured perfectly a light, airy, happiness.

eat cake graphics stamp used:
1073-J Penelope and kitty Percy fly
1164-M Dudley dog takes Patrick for a walk,
6035-I Summer fence

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I think this is the first time I’ve posted a journal page from a design team member. Christy sent this in and I thought it was just terrific! Journaling is everywhere these days – I for one love creating pages and hope to post some too. I thought it was lovely post to save for Valentines because it is a day for counting blessings and those that love us.

Here’s what Christy writes about how she created her page: Using a discarded book from the thrift store has made the perfect foundation for creating meaningful art journal layouts.  The textured background and floral background paper created a mini garden for reflecting on my many blessings.  Title words were cut and given a 3D look by using foam squares and braided embroidery floss was perfect to dangle the fairy images.  This is a charming whimsical layout.

eat cake graphics stamp used:
1091-D Little Sylvie (a wee one)

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Christy says “Is it possible to have a clean haunted house?  I’m thinking this painting with bleach technique coupled with paper piecing is just the trick to make this haunted house comfortable for the ghosts and goblins.”

And I agree! Although maybe just one cobweb was left for aesthetics. :)

Here’s what she did:

  1. Stamp the haunted directly on to orange cardstock with embossing ink, coat with fine detail black embossing powder, and apply heat to melt the powder.
  2. Once this image is set, pour a small amount of bleach into a glass bowl, use a detail paint brush to apply the bleach to the area of the embossed image where you desire a color change.  (In this case, I chose the house siding.)  The raised embossed lines help keep the bleach from running into other areas, isn’t that the coolest?  This slight discoloration makes the house stand out just a touch from the rest of the layout.
  3. While the bleach is drying, stamp the haunted house image onto white cardstock with black ink.  Using detail scissors cut out the eyes of the owl, bat, cat, and ghost, apply a little glue to the back and paper piece them directly on to the orange cardstock in the appropriate position. I instantly fell in love with those darling little white eyes peeking out from all directions.
  4. Stamp the haunted house image onto brown cardstock and then again on yellow cardstock with black ink.  Carefully inspect the roof of the house.  Do you see the paper piecing?  Again using detail scissors cut out those portions of the roof and attach to the orange cardstock image with glue, making sure you line everything up properly.
  5. Now stamp Hank on his Hoover image onto white cardstock with black ink and color.
  6. The Halloween greeting was stamped on yellow cardstock and attached with a short piece of brown string around Hank’s neck. He is one proud puppy flying around the neighborhood spreading his Halloween cheer.
  7. Layer the card with various cardstock and add a touch of goo at the base with the Martha Stewart border punch.

eat cake graphics stamps used:
3056-I Hank (the dog) on his Hoover
6037-S Haunted House

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Christy sent this card in and I just love it! I think her use of black really makes things pop. And her sprinkled background truly looks like fairy dust!

She said that this card features an embossing technique used to create custom background paper.

  1. Ink up the “Box of fairy dust” image with embossing ink and stamp 3 times down one side of the card.
  2. Sprinkle fine detail clear embossing powder over freshly stamped images and heat dry.  Repeat this process on the opposite side of the card.  Although it doesn’t look like much right now, be patient!
  3. Using foam applicators and various colors of Distress Ink by Tim Holtz ink all over the “just embossed” cardstock.  The clear embossing will now begin to pop off the paper as ink is applied.  When inking with the foam applicator always move in a circular motion and begin this motion off of your paper slowly working toward your paper.  This will eliminate any awkward square markings and leave behind a nice smooth color.
  4. Then stamp the “Pixie Poppy” image and color with Copic Markers.  A few paper layers and die-cut embellishments give this card a little bit of magic.

Give this clear embossing technique a whirl, you will love it!

eat cake graphics stamps used:
1153-G Pixie Poppy
9048-C Box of fairy dust

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