Saturday, June 16, 2012

-----------Create a Little Sunshine Challenge-----------

The Inspiration Emporium Design Team has a Sunshine Challenge going on.

"This month we are challenging you to Create a Little Sunshine…whether you want to make it sunny & bright or calm & beachy, it’s your choice. We love to see how everyone interprets each challenge and makes it their own…"

This is way out of my comfort zone!

I am not a Scrapbooker....I admire those who do the work, but I am not good at it.

Having said that, I didn't have any real "sunshine or beach" stamps, so I went digging for photos.

This is a granddaughter who is now old enough to want to remain "unnamed" in old pictures.

 This is the 1st pool this little one had in the back yard at our house. We think Uncle Carlo was blowing bubbles in the water to make her laugh....which was enough to make us laugh till the tears rolled down our faces!

So, let's begin!!!

This is nothing more than a cheap Michael's wooden frame.

I used Distress Stains Faded Jeans, Mustard Seed and Spiced Marmalade on it in spotty areas as you can see. I should be BRIGHT!

This is the back, but it shows the steps well.

After it's dry, add torn pieces of Composer Tissue Wrap with Multi Medium-Matte until it's covered.

When it's dry, add Picket Fence Distress Stain to the whole piece to tone it down.

The colors change dramatically when you do this.

I added some Vintage Photo Distress Ink direct to paper and blended it in spots.

Then the Aqua and Snow Cap Acrylic Paint Dabbers were used to "dab" blobs of paint here and there.

When it's completely dry....add a touch of Gold Paint Dabber to the edges.

This ends up looking like LINEN...I don't know why....but it does!

Then I cut flowers with the Mini Tattered Florals die and Crinoline. I made a LOT!

I sprayed them with Dylan's Bubblegum Pink, Vibrant Turquoise, and Lemon Zest.

I dried them and added Perfect Pearls Mists Sunflower Sparkle and Perfect Pearl.

These ended up darker than I'd expected.

So later I made more with less spray and more muted colors.

That's what I ended up using.

BUT, didn't these turn out soooooooo stinkin' CUTE???

I loved them!
Then I cut several of the Mini Butterflies out of packaging plastic.

There is a tutorial on this in an earlier post, but you basically add 3 colors of Alcohol Inks to the Applicator Felt. Don't let them touch.

Here I used Stream, Wild Plum and Watermelon.

It's turns out different every time...just dab the inks on the back.

Wait a few seconds till it's dry, and add another layer that creates backwashes and pools.

Practice on a scrap until you see how they work.

These turned out beautiful. The colors are gorgeous!

Heat with the Heat-It Tool slightly, and shape into a butterfly in flight.

Simple as THAT!

I used the Word Band and some Aqua Paint to cover the words.

Let it dry for a minute, and wipe off gently. Buff to remove the excess paint.

I added a couple of pieces of twisted gold wire and mounted on a scrap of cardstock.

I had a bag of Turquoise and Gold mini beads to put in the Corked Vial, and added some Bakers Twine in a bow.

See the difference in the lighter 2nd generation of flowers?

I threaded metallic gold thread in a needle and sewed the Prima Wood Buttons-Songbird pieces to the flower centers.

This closeup shows the gorgeous colors of the butterflies.

The Aqua Rhinestones matched perfectly on the body.

See how the wood somehow looks like Linen here?  I really like the way this turned out, and I have no idea why it did this.

Side Bar..... these are the backgrounds I made with the left over inks from the flowers.

As you can see in this night shot, the Sunshine Sparkle Mist REALLY blended in a cool pattern.

Don't wipe all that cool spray ink up....spritz some water on it if it's dried, and swipe some tags through it. Spritz the tag with water first, it helps.

These are somewhat lighter, but you have to have light on mica to get it to least in my experience. It's hard to get a good photo of it sparkling.

So, this is the finished frame with "Baby Doe" or "She-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named"...boyfriends...bleh!

I used the gold thread in all the other buttons and glued in place.

So, take a jump over to the Inspiration Emporium Blog for a chance to win $50 in IE merchandise, and enjoy the other Designers works of ART.

There's 2 new EXTREMELY talented DT Members coming on won't want to miss their projects!

AND a week from today I'll be at Prairie Art Stamps in Springfield teaching the Standing Curio Class. Can't wait to see my friends there again!

*Products Used and found at Inspiration Emporium*

 from Tim Holtz:
District Market - Composer Tissue Wrap
Idea-ology -  Word Bands, and Corked Vials
Distress Stains - Mustard Seed, Wild Honey, Broken China, Picket Fence
Distress Inks - Faded Jeans, Mustard Seed and Spiced Marmalade
Alcohol Inks - Wild Plum, Watermelon and Stream
Alterations - Movers and Shapers - Mini Tattered Florals and Mini Butterflies

 from Dylusions:
Ink Spray - Bubblegum Pink, Lemon Zest, and Vibrant Turquoise

 from Ranger:
Perfect Pearls Mists - Perfect Pearl and Sunflower Sparkle
Acrylic Paint Dabber - Snow Cap, Aqua, and Gold

  other products:
Core'dinations - Adirondack Collection
Kaiser Rhinestones - Aqua
Prima Marketing - Wood Buttons Songbird
Gold Wire
Gold Metallic Thread
Turquoise Beads
Baker's Twine


Cheryl said...

oh wow Hun just love,what you have done,with this,frame gosh how stunningly amazing,and effective is this,the colours,are perfect and just love how you have embellished it. and the photo oh my gosh how super cute is your granddaughter really beautiful way to showcase her Hun,sorry not been over for a while but so busy with commissioned,cards and selling lots in a shop,plus I have a new puppy too,hugs Cherylxxxxx

Helen said...

This is wonderful!! We have seen precious little sun here in the UK lately, and this is just what we need! Have a great weekend, Linda.

mrich2500 said...

Simply gorgeous...I can't believe that you are out of your comfort zone ;)

Debby said...

This is gorgeous!

SusanK said...

For not being a scrapbooker you've nailed this layout! Because you are so good at your 3-D projects this one is just up your alley...a bit brighter but way, way neat!

Netty said...

Smashing frame and love all the embellies. Your grand-daughter looks so fun and gorgeous, x

Kathy Eddy said...

This is just beautiful and what an adorable photo to add to it!

Karen Conner said...

Stepping out of our comfort zone really pays off! You did an amazing job on the frame & flowers. I love the effects. Now you have a beautifully framed pic of your gr-daughter!

Candy C said...

Linda, your frame is awesome! I know how you feel about stepping outside of your comfort zone but you did a beautiful job on this! :) "Baby Doe" is a really cute picture that you've added. It really compliments the very sweet and almost whimsical frame that you have made! <3 Candy

Marjie Kemper said...

Fab frame, Linda! Love how you built it up. And that photo is priceless!

Wanda H said...

It's a wonderful frame showing a totally beautiful picture of she who can't be named!!!! And those tags from the left over... beautiful!!! Don't ya just love having the stack of tags around to use!!

Lori said...

Gorgeous! Love the tissue over the stains! Really wonderful piece, and that pic is too cute!