Monday, July 27, 2020

A to Z StencilGirl® Art Journal Collaboration and Challenge

The work for this latest challenge by Tina Walker for StencilGirl® was quite a while in the making.  We were challenged to create a journal with a theme but you had to use all letters A to Z.  Wow, right??  I choose a theme that, for the most part, gave me no trouble for each letter.  I chose 'Things That Make Me Happy'.

My journal was created from a large stack of envelopes I happened to have lying around...they were PERFECT!  I bound them all together and used a pamphlet stitch with some Sari ribbon I sprayed.

Each page is has a background colored with Dina Wakley gloss sprays and then stenciled with StencilGirl® stencils and more of the gloss sprays.  The letters of the alphabet are traced through a stencil with Posca paint pens and all doodling and writing is also done with Posca's.

I used SO MANY StencilGirl® stencils (click on each one to see the stencil):  L261, S445, S151, S695, S527, S532, S550, S232, L266, L301, L433, S135S181, S696, S575.  Of course many of my StencilClub stencils were used too, 11 to be exact!!

These are a few of my favorite pages!!  Each letter has a thing that makes me happy AND a little quote about that thing...

Below is a quick video flip through.

You can see some other fantastic journals and read about Tina's inspiration over on StencilGirl Talk  .
The work and the themes are so amazing and inspiring.  This collaboration might just be my favorite so far!!!  I really enjoyed making this one!!!

I hope you enjoyed it to and I really hope you will visit the other artists and enjoy their work as well!!

Monday, June 15, 2020

Helping Hands Across the World

We are all in the same storm but not all in the same boat.

I read this a couple weeks ago and found it to be very appropriate in these troubled times we are all facing in 2020.
One of my favorite things about the creative community is how everyone comes together to help causes that are important to our fellow creatives.

My friend Jenn Shurkus reached out to creatives all over the world and I am happy, honored and proud to be spreading the word about a cause that is near and dear to her heart.

Jenn Shurkus lives on Cape Cod and is raising money for the Cape Cod Resilience Fund. This fund will help small businesses on Cape Cod who are experiencing financial difficulties due to Covid-19. This fund will be around for the long run, and continue to help small businesses out in the future. YOU can help now by purchasing one of Jenn's exclusive Cape Cod stamp sets. For each set sold between June 15th- July 1st, $10 will be donated to the CCRF. Another way you can help? Share this with your creative friends and help spread the word! More details can be found on Jenn's site here:

This stamp set is so fun AND doesn't have to be used on only Cape Cod themed projects.  But if you have been to the Cape or are from the Cape or have family on the Cape, this set is definitely for you.  The best thing about it though is that your purchase is doing great things for a community that is struggling right now.

I am excited to share some cards I made using this fun stamp set!!  I have two Cape cards and two any occasion cards.  I mixed Lawn Fawn stamps and dies in my creations too.  The Lawn Fawn and all other supplies used (Copic Markers, Distress Oxide Ink, Lawn Fawn Ink) were purchased at Scrappy Chic.

First, the Cape Cod specific card:

And now, the any occasion cards (using the Lawn Fawn Slim Line dies):

I had so much fun creating these cards and have a warm feeling in my heart because it was for a great cause, win win for everyone!!

Head over to Facebook and Instagram for more awesome inspiration, search hashtags: #ShurkusStamps, #CapeCod, #LoveLiveLocal, #CapeCodResilienceFund

Also check out LiveLoveLocal. and Jenn Shurkus.

Thank you so much for visiting!  STAY SAFE!

Monday, April 27, 2020

Rainy Days StencilGirl Collaboration

StencilGirl Columnist Tina Walker threw out a challenge to a bunch of creatives to use StencilGirl stencils and alter an UMBRELLA.  Now I was not going to participate in this one but Miss DeeDee Catron threw out a second challenge to me and I couldn't NOT.  So here is what I came up with...

I used a paper umbrella for this challenge, covered it in spray gesso and got to work with my selected StencilGirl stencils and Dina Wakley acrylic paints.

I used 2 of my favorite stencils; S527 Cross Stitch Plus Times and S575 Layers of Scallops.

Then with my beloved Posca Paint Pens I got started doodling and this is where we ended up.

I think I was channeling my inner Geisha on this project but I am quote happy with how it turned out.

This ended up being a fun challenge and it really was a challenge but there is always a solution!!

We have a lot of other creatives that took the challenge of this collaboration, please check out their awesome work by following the link below.

StencilGirl Collaboration on StencilGirl Talk

Thanks so much for joining us!!!