Monday, April 30, 2012
Sunday, April 29, 2012
This card only includes two stamps, some simple inking with multiple inks and a little border strip. Photo corners, and a few blossoms finish things off nicely.
What I like about this card is the texture that the stamp gives. It's not a perfect impression and the stamp is designed to be distressed. By inking up this type of stamps in multiple colors you automatically get grunge and soft color mixed together. Super simple. And the photo corners give it a nice polished look which is in contrast to the stamp.
I don't usually gravitate toward flowers on my projects unless their stamped but when I found these blossoms in my stash I knew I wanted them on this card. They seem so fitting for a picnic card. A picnic without flowers just isn't a picnic....right?!
Supplies:Cardstock - PTI New Leaf, Vintage Cream, Kraft, Blueberry Sky Patterned Paper: MME?, Ink: Broken China, Spiced Marmalade, Peeled Paint Distress Inks, Border Punch: Fiskars, Misc: Blooms from my stash,
Saturday, April 28, 2012
That is what I thought I would spend the rest of my life doing until my birthday one year when my husband gifted me with a Cricut Expression. I had never heard of this machine before so I began to research it on the web. Then came my love with everything paper! OMG, there is so much to do with paper! Why hadn't I discovered that before! From paper crafting also came a love for mixed media art. This is the art where anything goes! You can use all of the supplies that you have collected over the years and slap it all onto one canvas. What a dream.
So lately I have been spending my time creating in mixed media. I am just a beginner in this art form but I can already think of so many directions in which to take it. I hope you will enjoy seeing some of the pieces I have created lately. The girls without faces were inspired by a class called "She Art" by Christy Tomlinson that I recently took online. It is a wonderful class and full of technique information.
Thank you to Tonya and Angee for asking me to submit this blog post.
I truly feel honored.
Thursday, April 26, 2012
I've been following Amy Rysvy on Youtube for the last couple years. She is doing a Mother's Day Card series right now and I was inspired to make one of my own.
Decided to go into my stash and make this card today. Surprisingly it just seemed to flow. There wasn't much guess work here. The papers were super fantastic. I just seem to have all the right ideas, and embellishments. That happens from time to time and other times I struggle to get it just right. Today everything seemed to fall into place. Don't you love it when that happens?!
SuppliesPatterned Papers: Pink Paisley Butterfly Garden, Cardstock: PTI Sweet Blush, American Crafts, PTI Vellum cardstock, Alpha Stickers*: October Afternoon Mini Market Grey & Cream, Adhesive: ATG adhesive, Elmers Craftbond Spray Adhesive, 1/8" Red Line Tape, Lace: From my stash Ink: Distress Ink Pumice Stone
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Anywho this mini book is actually the same size as the journey book, so you can use these pages in your journey book as well or vise-verse! Below is my video tutorial on how I put this book together.
You can purchase this kit here
Monday, April 23, 2012
Sunday, April 22, 2012
Today's Simple Sunday Card was inspired by this photo that I came across on Pinterest.
For this cards I just lots of stamping and a few different colors of ink. The simple part about this card is there aren't many layers. Aside from the white card stock base and the black card stock strips this would be an easy card to whip up in 5 minutes.
I love the inspiration photo. I love the dark shadows and I might recreate this card to more closely resemble the inspiration photo.
That's it for today.
Supplies:Stamps: Rosie Posie (PTI), Notting hill (7Gypsies), Cardstock: Plum Pudding, True Black (PTI), Ink: Smokey Shadow, Berry Sorbet, Harvest Gold (PTI), Orchid Opulence, Tempting Turquoise, Pink Passion (SU!)
Saturday, April 21, 2012
That's right a mini-album designed just for our giveaway winners.
And I must say it's gorgeous.
Congrats again ladies.
Friday, April 20, 2012
Here is a video explaining, the binding and the cover construction.
Thanks for stoppping in today,
Thursday, April 19, 2012
How I built my Creative Confidence?
It's something that I've only recently been interested in. I can't say that I've always been confident in my creative abilities. I'm a self-proclaimed newbie in the "World of Crafting." And by that world I mean blogging and receiving criticism for my "art."
I even included art in quotations above because it took me a long time to even think of what I did (scrapbooking and cardmaking) as art. I studied art in high school and college and it didn't ever look like a scrapbook, so how could I call what I did art.
1. Learn and seek out as much information as possible.
I've come to realize that art is subjective and left up to the interpretation of the artist. Singers, actors, and dancers are all called artists. You can't see what they've done hung up in an art gallery. You can see a reproduction in the form of a painting or a photograph.
When I first started crafting I was a youtube-a-holic. Still am. I watch more youtube videos than I watch television. I'm a frequent blog hopper and my google reader often has over 100 item each day because I love seeing what's out there and it's really inspirational to see what others are working.
Knowing that there are other people out there creating art everyday lets me know that I can do it too. I can create art everyday. Good or Bad.
2. Connect with and learn from other people in the field.
One of my favorite artists Ali Edwards has a great newsletter where she addresses these types of concerns. She's very honest about her creative process and the struggles she sometimes faces. It is through following her and reading her words that I've learned to be confident in what I create.
And I don't mean confident enough to show people but confident enough to show others the mistakes as well as the successes. Confident enough to discuss what I do with others with out the premise "Well, it's all handmade so it won't be perfection."
I don't, can't, and will never be able to offer perfection. What I can offer is time, attention to detail, and an investment in making my art from the heart.
Right now I'm learning and growing and maturing into a better _____________ (fill in the blank with as many adjectives as you can think of). Card maker, Crafter, Artist, Seamstress, Painter, Photographer....
I'm always striving to be better.
- Really define my style of crafting
- Take better pictures of my projects.
- Blog more often
- Share more of myself on my blog (it's very therapeutic)
- Learn to be more forgiving of myself
- Learn not to worry so much about what you can't control (My husband is teaching me this)
- And this list can go on and on.
I started my blog as a way to join that creative community that I'd grown so accustomed to watching. I wanted to be a part of it. I was tired of being a consumer of art and wanted to be a producer of art, and I wanted a place to share that art with others. Now....that being said I've had lots of blogs since then and I currently have about 2-3 that I have now that I'm trying to concentrate into one place where I can call my online home. It's trial and error just like being creative. You won't always get it on the first try but it's the journey where you learn more and more and hone your skills as an artist or a blogger.
The one thing I have learned from having a blog and receiving solicited and unsolicited advice about my art is that I take pride in just seeing it posted on my blog. No matter if I never receive a comment, no matter if I never reach 100,000 page views. It makes me happy to know that I'm out there in the online world doing and sharing what I love.
How have you built your Creative Confidence?
Sweet Crafting everyone.
Angela B. Carter
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Happy Wednesday Everyone!
I would like to introduce myself to the blog and to all the wonderful Artsy Addicts out there.. My name is Garett Smith and I am married to the lovely Marion Smith and have 3 wonderful kids Blake, Brooke, and Beckam. I will be joining this blog as an author on Wednesdays to add some guy flavor in here. Join me on this journey of creativity, inspiration and beautiful art. Thanks for stopping by and feel free to come back anytime.
Inspiration behind Layout:
Brooke and I love to be in our garden. There we plant flowers, vegetables, and memories. I want to remember our daddy baby-girl time when she is older.
Daddy's Girl 7x7 layout
Tools used: scissors, Helmar 450 glue,
Tim Holtz Red Brick distress ink, swivel clasp, Prima red flowers, Prima lace.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Monday, April 16, 2012
The pretty lace trim was white to start I used Distress stain (warm lipstick) and Tattered Angels glimmer mist (tutti fruitti and coffee shop) to create the pink shades that where throughout the paper line to match. I couldn't believe how well it matched the paper. That's why I love glimmer mist so much, you can take plain lace and trims and create your own.
Sunday, April 15, 2012
Welcome to the first in our blog series of Simple Sunday Cards.
My hope is to bring you a simple card each sunday throughout the year, starting with today's card.
It's almost here and the anticipation is growing among my students and the teachers alike. We are all excited for the testing to be over and the break to begin.
This quick and easy card features Pink Paislee Nantucket Ephemera die cuts along with Patterned papers from October Afternoon - Farmhouse Collection and Jillibean Soup - Apple Cheddar Soup Collection , and a sentiment from Papertrey Ink - A Wreath for All Seasons Stamp Set. Aside from that all I added was dry and foam adhesive and rounded the corners with my corner chomped (the yellow one).
Quick and Easy.
See you all next week with another Simple Sunday Card.
Have a crafty week everyone.
Angee B. Carter
Friday, April 13, 2012
I'm loving all the colors and details in this month's book. And these colors are some of my all-time favorites.
I decided to try a different method of binding. It is called a hidden hinge and I love it! Binding the book this way, allowed me to include embellishments on every page. For embellishments I used several of the motifs on the page in reduced or enlarged sizes, then fussy cut them out and added some vintage Prima flowers.
Look for a video soon on how I bound the book. In the meantime, here is a walk through video of every page.
I hope you enjoyed this project. Are you working on Marion's Journals? If so, please be sure to tag us in Artsy Addicts so that we can see what you have created.
Thanks for stopping in today,
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Girly Girl: Who Me?
Got scrappy this week using the new Studio Calico kit. Absolutely love their kits. Can't believe I made another layout. I'm becoming a scrapbooker. Lol. Still putting the finishing touches on this layout for today's post.
Here's an insta-SneakPeek...
I'll be back for the full reveal later this evening.
Monday, April 9, 2012
A fathers love is something that is very special in our hearts, my girls truly love their father. I wanted to create a album that celebrates father's. I gathered up some scrap booking papers, stickers and embellishments along with some special photos of family members. This album sits on top of my china cabinet in our dinning room and once in awhile I will grab it and flip through the memories. My heart always skips a beat with love, and yes some tears...since my husband's father has passed but his heart and memory lives on.