Thursday, March 29, 2012

Getting Lettered

Yesterday, I gave you a peak at my Unruly wall art.  I was so happy to find these awesome 12" letters.  They were a lot of fun to put collage on. 

I wanted some new art for my studio which soon, fingers crossed, will get the new paint job it so richly deserves!  As I am SOOO excited about the upcoming Unruly PaperArts blogozine, I thought I would make a little art in honor of my new venture.  

I gave each letter a nice base coat of Lumiere Super Copper paint.  I gave a nice sheen to everything and a great shine to the piece.

For each letter, I laid out my design in layers with all my bits, pieces and collage images.  I started with the base papers I wanted to use.  

 Then I added the collage pictures and a couple more layers.  I took photographs of each layer once I had everything laid out.  It's a little trick I developed to ensure that everything ends up where I originally intended in the order that I wanted them.  Otherwise, I am always left with a stray image here or there.

 After I had placed all the collage images, I realized that the letters needed more pizzazz.  I  added some dry brushed Lumiere Brass and shaded the letters with Lumiere Burnt Orange.
I really liked the finished looked.  The letters looked more dimensional and definitely more interesting.

Because of the awesome shine on the finished product between the base paint and the gesso, I had to photograph the finished pieces outside. 

Here are the finished letters!

This one's theme is "Longing" as I felt that these ladies all seemed wistfully pensive.

The P has a theme of  "Heart".  Each of the women portrayed seem to have a ton of it!


The final letter, A, is dedicated to "Faith".  I think it is expressed on each of the women a bit differently but then again that is the nature of faith - we all express it individually.

Here's how the whole thing will look on my wall!

I hope to see everyone over at Unruly PaperArts!  It's going to be a ton of fun!  Come by on Sunday to see our Schedule of Contents and find out about our Reader Art Quests.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

When Life Knocks

 Today is the beginning of the very last challenge on Gingersnap Creations and we are finishing where we began with a color challenge that celebrates our name and the redheaded artists behind it.  This will be our 4th Annual Copper, Ginger or Rust Challenge.

I wanted to use all three colors so I've got a copper background, ginger paint elements and an actual rusty door plate to finish it off. 

I've also incorporated a collage image of the same woman that I stamped on that first card so long ago.

I loved playing with all the different elements from laying on the paint - copper, bronze and old gold - to attaching the collage images and the embellishments.

My favorite piece was this fab doorplate that I found at a flea market.  I loved the patterns of rust on the surface.  I added a vintage style door knob to complete it.

I also added someone looking through the key hole representing the world beyond the door.

The flowers in the upper right represent growth and blossoming - yup, my imagery is totally subtle....  Anyway, I got these beauties on a recent shopping trip to my fav stamp store - Absolutely Everything - which, as luck would have it, is very aptly named.  I also added a nice metal flower in an antique bronze to the piece too.  I love it when flowers can show beauty and strength at the same time!  It reminded me of all the great women who have been part of my life and my artistic journey.

My collage figures are pensive and maybe a little sad but still ready to move onward! I loved their starker cooler colors against the warmth of the background.

Thanks to all the fabulous people I met along the way through Gingersnap Creations!  You've all inspired me to really push my art forward.  As you can see, I've gone from simple embossed card to mixed media canvas!  I couldn't have done it without the inspiration, friendship and support of all the great artists out there.   It's been so fun to work with Ali, a wonderful friend and awesome stamper, through these years to bring it all together.  She's the other redhead in the duo.

Without Gingersnap Creations, I would not have met and had the honor of working with such amazing and phenomenal artists. 

Now, I can't be sad because I'm starting something brand-new in Unruly PaperArts with some of familiar faces and some new friends on board!  I'm actually truly lucky not to have to say too many goodbyes as these lovely ladies, delightful friends and magnificent artists just can't seem to get rid of me!

Jean Franks Beck and Laura Liddell, who were on the first Gingers team ever will be joining me at Unruly PaperArts as well as already working with me at RRD.  Lucy Edmondson, Gerri Herbst, Helene Huber and Trisha Too of the current Gingers team are also joining me on my Unruly escapade.  Annette Goatley has already signed on as a guest contributor for UPA and I am sure her art will truly inspire our new readers! 

I'll still get to have fun with Penny Bennington, Deb Corder, Stephanie Severin, and Joanne Wardle (who was also one our first ever Gingers) on the Rogue Crew.  I know I will have to stay in touch and follow the journeys of  Petra Berendsen, Suzanne Brookfield and Alexa Noble.  It was so much fun to work beside and get to know them!  Of course, Ali and I see each other all the time! We live only 15 minutes apart.

In honor of moving forward to try new things, I also made a Copper, Ginger and Rust piece to celebrate the premiere issue of Unruly PaperArts, unveiling on Saturday along with our reader participation feature - Reader Art Quests!

Hope you like it!  The metallic paint was lighting up like hot fire in my lightbox so I had to wait for a break in the rain and clouds to take some natural light photography.  I am not sure that this light captured the true colors but at least there are no hot spots on my pics.

I'll give you all the arty details tomorrow!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Last Century

Today, Gingersnap Creations announced their latest Random Redhead Challenge - Last Century!  I hope you will drop by Gingersnap Creations to see all the great art by the Gingers!

I decided to go back to the beginning of last century with my piece.  I used a Technique Junkies technique called collaged circles - okay, I did twist it a weeee bit but the circle collage images from Retro Cafe Art Gallery just seemed to be calling to me! 

I used the Two Inch Circles - Debrina Pratt collage sheet from Retro Cafe Art Gallery for the bottom panel and I painted an old text page with some white paint and then stamped the sentiment from Oxford Impressions over top. I was inspired by the Crafty Cardmakers' Time Challenge when I picked this particular sentiment.

I really loved the way the images all melded together to create a great vintage feeling.  That's why I thought this card would also be great for the Creative Card Crew Vintage Challenge.

Have a fabulous day and don't forget to think back on times past!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Garden Gate

I love the quote from my Relish Reading plate, "A book is like a garden carried in the pocket". I decided to work with this idea for one of my gate fold cards.

I started with a mix of BasicGrey papers with a bookish theme and a wonderful palette of colors. I used these with a deep green base to hook into my garden theme. I added the little swingers from the same collection and used a bright green and nice earthy browns and yellows to color it in.

To create the closure for this card, I punched a small circle out of the deep green, added a brad to the center and mounted it to my card. My circular center panel slid between the brad and the circle for an easy closure.

From there, I created two inner panels showing my favorite readers. Again, I used the bright green to pull it together and pull some colors from the designer papers.

For the left panel, I left a small bit of white at the bottom for my message.

Finally, I added the quote that inspired it all to the middle inner panel.

Voila! Another gatefold! A couple Saturdays ago, I made a whole bunch on the RRD blog with a short tutorial. This Saturday, we posted Rebel Challenge #9: Gatefold Cards! Why not join in?

I also entered this card into the following challenges:

Scrappy Frogs - Seeing Spots (the inspiration for my choice of inner paper)

Just Some Lines - 2 Items Over 6 Months Old (the BasicGrey paper, the Relish Reading stamps and my decorative brad - okay, everything on this card is over 6 months old!! Yikes!)

Card Makin Mamas - Use Green and a Colored Image (3 colored images - lots o' green)

Hope you have a day that blossoms with joy and possibly a really good book!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Gaga for Gate Folds

Yup, I'm still making gate fold cards! I put together a bunch last weekend. Not sure how? Visit my post on RRD to see how I did it.

I had a lot of fun with this type of card! So many panels with which to play!

For this one, I wanted a sense of fun and whimsy. Polka dots definitely hit both those marks! I also decided to use my Carnival Dreams mini for the bulk of the images.

For an easy closure, I punched out circles from coordinating cardstock and added a decorative brad. My closure panel (with the jester hat) slips right between the circle and bottom of the brad for a nice stable closure.

When you open the card up, there's a lovely big panel for an image and a smaller panel for a personal note. I paper pieced the image of the lovers with the same two designer papers I used to cover the various panels of the card.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Rogue Redhead Rebel Challenge - Gate Fold Cards

Fairy Tale Challenge - Paper Piecing

PaperCrafting Journey - Anything Goes

Hope you have a day that just keeps unfolding with new and fun surprises1

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

GC141: Granny's Photo Album

I got busy with some challenges today! I wanted something different so I broke out all my collage images.

There's a fun challenge for you this week on Gingersnap Creations! For the Chestnut Theme LinkChallenge for March the inspiration is "Granny's Photo Album".

I have kept on with my Women's History Month theme in the card below! I used some lovely collage images from Retro Cafe Art Gallery! I love using photo corners so that was my next step. I had this yummy paper in my scrap bin and it was a perfect backdrop for these two ladies. The sentiment, "I Am Woman", was the final detail. I just love that empowering song, don't you?

I Am Woman
Stamp: sentiment (Chapel Road Art)
Collage Images: Family Tree collage sheet (Retro Cafe Art Gallery)
Paper: scraps from the ole basket
Cardstock: Very Vanilla (Stampin Up)
Embellishments: photo corners

I am also entering this card into the following challenges:

Craft Room Challenge - Vintage

Creative Inspirations Paint - Family

Stamptacular Sunday Challenge - Text Me (text in the background - sentiment is stamped)

Delicious Doodles - Inspired by a Song (I Am Woman by Helen Reddy)

Don't forget to check out the new blogozine, Unruly PaperArts, premiering April 2012! We are still looking for guest artists for our Inky Minx issue. Check out the details!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Heritage Happy on Gingersnap Creations

This month on Gingersnap Creations, we have a heart-warming family theme with a focus on heritage and antiquing techniques! It should be a lot of fun! I adore vintage!

I've made this card to get us all in the mood. Retro Cafe Art Gallery is the GC sponsor this month and I had a lot of fun with their collage images!

I thought I would create a card to celebrate Women's History Month! What do you think? I think there are numerous stories that could be told about these two fab females.

I've entered this card into the following challenges:

Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge - Green for Go

Shopping Our Stash Weekly Challenge - Sentiments Required (inspire is mine)

PaperCrafting Journey - Anything (made with paper) Goes

Here's card and the details:

Stamp: inspire sentiment (Studio G)
Cardstock: Old Olive and Chocolate Chip (Stampin Up)
Paper: scrap from my basket; vintage page painted with white gesso
Collage Images: Family Tree, Two Inch Circles - Debrina Pratt and DP232 - Debrina Pratt collage sheets (Retro Cafe Art Gallery)
Ink: Jet Black (StazOn)

While we are looking to the past at Gingersnap Creations, we are looking to the future with the new blogozine, Unruly PaperArts!

We're currently looking for columnists and we have a call out for guest contributors! Check out the Contributor Call for our first issue - Ink Minx!

Gated Community of Stamps

Happy Saturday all! Today, I have posted a bunch of gate-fold cards on Rogue Redhead Designs for my regular Simple Set Saturday feature.

Here's one of them to give you a taste.

The stamps fro this one are from Just Sayin and Bits and Pieces (Rogue Redhead Designs).

Jump on over to RRD to see the other cards :o)
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