Wednesday, 19 October 2011

walls

No, I have not disappeared off the face of the earth! I am still here but living a very busy life now that I am well into University (midterm coming up tomorrow!), Ringette and work. I cannot promise anything post-wise because I havent even had time to do any crafting in the last couple months. I do have some older stuff yet to share but we will see if that ever happens! This is an art journal page from awhile back, hope you like it!




Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Live the Life you Have Imagined

I created this card for a friend who left for a great adventure in Europe. She will be living and working there for 5 months! I cant wait to see all her photos and hear all her stories but I am also missing her a ton! I coloured in the camera using chalks and poped it up with foam squares.



I have been creating tons and actually have 2 new albums to share! I hope you enjoy and thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

The Piece by Piece July Challenge

This is my first time participating in this challenge as I just discovered the blog through someone on Youtube. It looks like a great place so you should all check it out! This month's challenge is to alter a dress form. You can still participate until the end of July and there is a great prize! Instead of altering a dress form I took it one step farther and created my own dress form! I made the body out of newspaper and masking tape (similar to when you paper mache) and then covered it in bits of an old sewing pattern. The skirt is made from some G45 paper from the Fashionista collection. I folded it to look like pleats.

The necklace is made from some tiny chain and some silver snaps (to go with the sewing theme) which i distressed with rub and buff.

The high waistband is made from some royal blue silk ribbon, some lace and some twine. I used this to hide the raw edge of the paper skirt.

I embelished the back with a nice blue bow. This was attached using a gold headed pin.

The dress form stands on legs that I created from wire. Here you can also see the coordinating inside of the skirt! I hope you enjoy my project and please check out The Piece by Piece blog and store!

Friday, 22 July 2011

NYC times square mural

This is the NYC mural I did at the end of June. It is going to be hung in what we call the link at our school (the link is a hall that connects 2 buildings to make one school). It is my way of leaving my mark on the high school as I have now graduated but want my work to be remembered. I am very happy with the way it came out and I hope everyone likes it! There are a lot of very strong messages in this piece of work so try to spot and decode them! Everyone will interpret it their own way but if you would like to know what I meant by something just leave a comment. Here I am with the mural in our art room


This was done on a 4'x4' piece of bristle board wood using house paint and magazine clippings. There are also some pictures printed from the computer.




































Thanks so much for reading and I hope you enjoyed this mixed media piece!

Saturday, 2 July 2011

I was Published!

So I have mentioned this a few times but never got around to actually making a post about it: I was published in the spring 2011 edition of Canadian Scrapbooker! It was so exciting to get that email back in October sometime last year but I didnt really want to share till it was super official. Well it has been official for awhile but now you know :)It is really easy to submit work to Canadian Scrapbooker, Just go to their website and fint the submissions page. My layout was made for a lime green challenge. since my room is painted this colour I was so excited to give it a try!

This is what my page looks like in the magazine. If you want to find it, check out page 55 of the spring 2011 edition!

This is the photo I submitted to the magazine. Hope you like it! Thanks for reading

Thursday, 30 June 2011

Jordan's Birthday Card

I made this for my amazing friend Jordan (my only non internet friend who reads my blog- thank you Jordan!) She enjoys sewing and I love dress forms so I took the opportunity once again! This card was inspired by a tag I made awhile ago (which also inspired an art journal page) I did an embossing powder resist technique on some cream cardstock and distressed it with vintage photo, walnut stain and aged mahogany distress inks. I also used these colours to distress the stamped image of the dress form.

I covered the maya road chipboard sewing macchine with vintage photo ink and added perfect pearls (which sticks to fresh ink!)



I hope you love your card Jordan and another happy birthday to you! (belated as most things are on the blog, atleast the month is right!)

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Father's and Mother's Day Cards

So both of these occasions have passed and I feel bad for not posting them sooner (especially mother's day!) but here they are, the cards I made for my parents. I used a TH embossing folder on some grey cardstock and distressed it for this card. The chipboard letters were painted with blach acrylic and distressed with rub and buff.


I used paper from the TH lost and found collection too because my dad loves cars (and licence plates are related)


This is the card I made for my mom. I love using dress forms and she enjoys sewing so I took the opportunity!


the Maya Road sewing machine chipboard was painted in white, inked with broken china and then I added perfect pearls.



Hope you enjoyed and thanks for reading. My last Diploma is tomorrow and then I will be done high school forever! Scary. Very scary....

Thursday, 16 June 2011

smile

My poor blog and all of its readers have been neglected lately! I have been so busy with school because of grad (which was amazing!) and diplomas are now here (1 out of 3 are done) and work too (the LSS that I worked at closed down! I was devastated! I recently started a new job as a busser at a local restaurant). Next fall I plan to attend school at Mount Royal University and take a few interior design courses. In the winter semester I am thinking about applying at Alberta College of Art and Design (ACAD) because I know I would love everything there but I dont know where I will end up. Life is such a challenge. Today I thought I would share with you one of my happier art journal pages in attempt to cheer myself up :) here it is! First I journaled all over this page using plack ink. This is a fun technique for me because I can jot down all my personal feelings then cover them up with layers of paint. It allows me to express myself in a creative way, yet people cannot read my private feelings. (this is the same idea I used on my previously posted page- "The Unknown") I find this to be a metaphor for myself because often I cover up my own feelings or keep them hidden. After writing everything down I added layers of paint and tissue paper.


Thanks for reading and putting up with my sporadic posting! Hope you enjoyed :)

Monday, 2 May 2011

The Unknown

I am sure everyone has some sort of fear in life and recently I have discovered mine. It is the unknown. Right now I am trying to decide what to do with the rest of my life after completing grade 12. Just thinking about it frightens me a little and I wish I just knew what I was meant to do/be.



Saturday, 30 April 2011

Europe 2011

My trip was awesome! I am so excited about everything I saw and the memories I made :) I just got back on thursday and am finally starting to adjust to the time difference (most parts of Europe are 8 hours ahead) Cant wait to scrap these photos! here are some of my faves. Eiffel Tower, Paris France


Vespa/Moped


Canal Cruise, Bruges Belgium


Supreme Parish and Collegiate Church, Berlin Germany


Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp, Germany

Sunday, 17 April 2011

handsome

Hey everyone, hope you had a great weekend! I have been busy packing for my Berlin/Belgium/Paris trip! We leave on tuesday evening, less than 2 days to go! I am pretty crazy excited :) On this art journal page I used an emboss resist technique and a page tearing/molding paste technique. In the future I could possibly to a video tutorial if anyone is interested.

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

sorry I've been MIA

It has been crazy busy with school and life in general lately. Do not fret! I am not abandoning the blog! I am just starting to get ready for my Europe trip this month. We leave in one week! I am soooo looking forward to it! I hope to come back with some awesome pictures! I will let you know how it goes. I have other big news, many of you may already know but the blog has not heard about it yet. I got my first scrapbooking publication! Yes that is correct! :D In the spring edition of Canadian Scrapbooker, page 55, look for me! :D I found out several months ago but wanted to wait until it was final. Thank you to you readers, you have supported me thoughout my journey and I promise to continue to create. I will post pictures of my published page asap.

Ok, about the project! I used paper from the TH lost and found stack. I did something a little different, see the red wire? I have never used it like this on a card and i like how it turned out. The letter A was cut from a clothing store bag (American Eagle, love them! they have paper bags) and I used a recipe card divider in the background.


Thanks for reading! Hopefully I will find more time to post someday!

Monday, 28 February 2011

Artful Memory Shadow Box

I am very excited about this project because it is something pretty different for me. I definitely want to attempt more of these unusual trinket projects in the future. Most of these items were found in my craft stash or around the house and I had a really fun time putting this together.
 The background paper is mostly all from Tim Holtz's Lost and Found paper pad. It was distressed using Vintage Photo ink and a couple of Tattered Angels mists. I used some Tim Holtz paper tape around the edges of the wooden box.
 This wing is made of Grungeboard and I stamped, inked, and painted it. I also stamped the Paris image and adhered it to the back of this Fragment using Glossy Accents.
 I created this 3D flower using inked and painted Grungeboard. I hand cut each petal into the shape that I desired and then glued and sculpted them.
 I found this bottle around the house and it was the perfect size to hang these distressed gold charms off of using some old chain.
 I twisted the Tim Holtz film strip and ruler ribbon into this unique shape and secured them both using a couple of brads. I tried to hang the charms in a unique way too to add interest.
 I cut off the bottom portion of this bookplate and dangled it off of the top with more chain. The hinge was die cut from more Grungeboard and painted with crackle and inked.
Here is one more close up of the top compartment. I hope that you enjoyed this project and are inspired to use some items collected form around your house!