Week 10 and 11

I occurred to me that I hadn’t posted my weeks 10 and 11 from the class so here they are.

Week 10 Donna’s:

And here is mine:


Once again doing a human figure was a bit daunting but I did it and I really like how her hair braid turned out. The drippage for the skyline wouldn’t quite work for me so I went my own way on that part.


This is how my book looks after 11 weeks of art added to it.

Week 11 Donna’s:

This time I remembered to do some process pictures. This is how it started off by adding a few bits of ephemera and paint-able wall paper.


Next I went in with several shades of blue using my fingers to get into all the nooks and crannies of that textured paper.


Then I did more finger-painting to create the flowers and a small brush to make the outline of where the vase would be:


Here is the finished page. I added the green colors around the vase to help it stand out from the page.


Here you can see a close-up of the image I used and the wallpaper. I think it looked pretty cool with the way the different colors collected on it.


Here you can see some of the detail work I did on the flowers


And finally the stamp I used on the vase along with how the textured turned out there.


Week 11 was pretty fun. I enjoyed the freedom of making flowers by just rubbing paint on the paper with my finger to get a circle of colors. That contrasted with the precision painting needed for the stripes on the vase is pretty cool.

I have a couple other things I have made but I will post them tomorrow or the next day so there isn’t so much stuff to look at in one post. I hope everyone is having a great day and enjoy your weekend.

Lady Blue

Working On My Art Journal

Since I started watching all these really cool videos on you tube of art journal artists I kept seeing Junk journals. What the heck is a junk journal? Well it is exactly that, junk lol. You collect bits and pieces of papers and put them all in a form of a journal. What is it for? It was explained very nicely by one of the ladies I enjoy watching for inspiration, Jennibellie. Here is the video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZRP2YOrISs&list=HL1384349925 Please watch because she does a nice job of explaining them, plus she has a wonderful accent. In summary, a scrapbook is a place you make pages in to add your photos, this has a controlled aspect to what you are doing, pretty papers, organized embellishments and photos and a journal spot usually. A smash book is a pre-made junk journal with pretty papers for background, that you add scrapbook type items into but with more freedom and less thinking than the “normal” scrapbook. An art journal is a book made or bought in which you paint, collage, do art in. This may or may not have writing, it is up to the artist. A junk journal is a hand made book of found items you have, envelopes, old cards, papers, etc and you can jam whatever you want into it. Since I hoard things that can be used again I figured what better way than to put them into a junk journal. Here is what I came up with:


There would be far to many pictures if I showed every page so this is just a side view. I have included a few manilla envelopes, random pieces of 8 x 11.5 paper folded in half, old receipt book parts, the dividers you get in the shoebox sized storage box that I have so many of. All kinds of things. The cover is a chunk of cardboard that came from a large envelope a stencil I ordered came in. My daughter has the other half of it and we put together some junk pages for her too. Was pretty fun jamming all the different things into the book that can be written on, glued to, drawn on etc. The sections are held in with string.

While watching the great videos from my subscribed list I felt inspired to make a few art journal pages of my own. I’ve already posted a couple of pages from my large journaling book with the spiral in it. The spiral kind of “stares” at you some days and I decided this time to use my smaller one I made. (I showed this book last time I posted) Since the book is bound by thread, the pages lay right next to each other without spiral interruption. It makes a nicer transition from left to right page for a two page spread.

I have a hard time calling myself an artist but I am. All of us who do any art whether it’s writing, sewing quilts, photography, art journaling. We are all artists. An artist is not just someone who can paint or write and then able to sell it, or have it seen by many people somewhere. I figured it was a good way to start off my new book by making this page that says: Believe in your: Art, Self, Dreams. Just a little reminder to myself when I doubt I can create or think of myself as something other than an artist, or never think my dreams will come true.


On this page I did watercolors for the background, added some color spray on the side using a stencil, stamped over it with a leafy vine that I went back over with a couple of my pens to make it pop more. I also stamped it onto a piece of old book paper. On the paper I painted the leaves in and distressed the edges. I stamped the first part of the words and then wrote each of the last three myself.

This next spread is mostly about the texture. I wanted something on the page that visually popped showing you could touch it and feel the different things added to it.


I first cut up a bunch of pieces of colored mulberry paper and other handmade papers with texture to them, additionally velum. It was supposed to be a page about color but once I got these glued down I didn’t like it lol. So I went a different way with it by first covering over the papers with gesso to tone down how bold they looked. Then I went over it with some blue paints. Next I got out the stamp and put images on each page which I colored in using white, black and some silver pens. I have not glued down the two pieces of white paper. I plan on adding my blurb on them I just haven’t nailed down where I will glue them or what blurb I want to use.


Here you can see all the cool texture of the paper from an angle. If you click on the image and go to the largest size, you get a really cool view of the crackle paint and corrugated paper I used.

As always, if you have any questions about things I have made or the products used, please leave me a comment. I hope you are having a great week and doing some art of your own.

Lady Blue

New Art Journal Page & Handmade Book

Took me a couple days to get back to that post I was going to “do tomorrow” lol. Don’t forget to look at my previous post for a link to a blog hop going on where you have a chance to win some great stencils.

Ok on to my stuff, I finished working on the blue page with hearts I showed before. Here it is:


If you compare it to my previous picture you can see where I added to it. Make sure to click on the picture to make it full sized so you can see the awesome dimension and texture on the page. I added more color around each heart, stamped some background script all over the page, and on the photo. Then I stamped, painted, cut out and attached the word Enjoy. Stamped “what life has to offer” along the spiral and then I called it done.

Next page I have finished is this one:


I started with using a stencil for the shape of the flowers. I painted each flower and stem. The butterfly are re-purposed from an old card. I didn’t like how the looked so I covered them with black or white Gesso and then used rub on transfers to make them look like fun butterfly. I added wire to them for the antennae and stuck them to the page using pop dot squares. The “grass” at the bottom was done using tissue paper, same with the taller plant object near the spine. Along the top I took old sheet music and tore it up, distressed the edges and glued it on. The saying on this one is “Bloom where you are planted” Which is fitting for a Mil Spouse who has to move around and find a new way of feeling at home, etc.

This next project was started before I moved. I had bought a sketch pad tore the pages out and folded them neatly in half. Then they sat for a few months. I dug out the tutorial video I had saved on Pinterest showing how to do Coptic binding and got to work. I used black chipboard for the cover. Now I have another art journal book that does not have a spiral in the middle of the spread lol.


Here is a close-up of the extra blue thread detail I added along the spine


Happy Halloween, here is a link to Fall/Halloween cards

And here is a link to Halloween decorations


Lady Blue

Halloween Mini Album and Art Journal

In my last post I mentioned I was working on a mini album for Halloween. It is not done yet but it’s mostly there and far enough along that I can show some pictures. All of the Halloween deco in the book were purchased on sale/clearance.

For the cover I added this cute piece which is actually one of those cheap balsa wood ornaments they sell at the craft stores and you paint them yourself. I loved the little ornament (have a witch one too) but really had no idea what to use them for at first but for 49 cents I couldn’t pass up getting a couple lol. I also added a fastener to keep the book closed and a little bat and some fabric flowers.


This skeleton actually had no bendy legs so he would not fit on the inside cover. I solved that problem by cutting it just above the knee cap bone and re-attached the bottom half of the leg into a more suitable arrangement. He has his cup of poison (probably what killed him) and a picture on the wall. The owl on the next page was actually part of the paper I cut to fit. On the edge of the right page (and all the rest) you can see a piece of black paper hanging out. This part is not completed yet but they will be able to be pulled out and up to four pictures added to each of them. (or tickets, candy wrappers, whatever memorabilia)


On this page I have used some of those triangle banner pieces I made (mentioned in last post as well). I added the word “boo” using some rub-on stickers. The right side page I added what is called a “belly band” and a little embellishment at the bottom to keep the tag from falling out.


Here you see one of the spider webs I cut out mentioned in a previous post. I only attached it along the corner edge so I could tuck something in. There is another one added on a different page that I did not take a picture of. On the right side is a spider that was on the paper I cut out. I added some black glitter stickles to his legs and some silver liquid pearls to the web line he is hanging from.


This picture shows a little half page I created that has a tag stuck into it. On the reverse of the flap I added one of the candelabra cut outs I made. This little pocket flap has a section hiding behind it where additional pockets are attached to the next page. The stripy bit you can see is the washi tape I added to some tags that are stuffed into the two small pockets.


This shows the “split page” pockets I made, they have a tag in each. The books on the left is another rub-on and the right side page webbing I added some more liquid pearls accent.


This picture shows the last page and back cover where I added a bunch of little pockets for tucking things into. I used a circle punch to create the cutouts.


I really enjoyed making this and it was not overly complicated so I will be making more of them in other themes.

Next on my list is the Art Journal. I have been watching lots of different youtube videos of ladies who are very talented Art journalists. The things they can paint and draw are amazing to me. I have been putting off doing more in the altered book I showed here: https://bluecrafty.wordpress.com/2013/05/12/paper-and-haul/ simply because I wasn’t really thrilled about what I had done so far and I wasn’t sure where I wanted to go with it. What I have done now is start a completely different book that is much bigger and can allow for a larger assortment of products used. This helped with my “creative block”. I have only done three pages so far and each one may or may not be complete, time will tell as I look back at them and decide if I want to add more. Before I go on to the pictures I just want to say how relaxing it is just to slap whatever I feel like onto the page without worrying about measurements or if a technique is done a certain way, or what it is supposed to mean etc. This is for me to do what I want in a way that makes me happy and allows me to get creative without the restriction of a 4 x 6 space. The only thing I had to buy was modeling paste, the rest is all items I already had, so this is a great way to start using up some of my craft stuff.

This is the first page, I used mod podge to attach three different colors of blue tissue paper to the page. Once that was dry I added the tree branch with birdcage using a stencil and some stamp ink. Two of the little birds are laser cut wood which I have colored and glued to the page. There is a moon rub on and I added the year I started doing this particular book using chipboard I colored. In the corner is a piece of paper with washi tape holding it on that I included a date and notes about the page.


This page started as a sketch of the large flower and then I added yellow puffy fabric paint on top of. The fabric paint is pretty old lol and useless for any kind of outfit art but I didn’t want to just throw it out and this was a great reason why. When I rub my hand across the paper I can feel that outline and it’s pretty cool. The pink, yellow, blue, and green are all acrylic paints. The flowers and stems at the bottom are a mix of rub on and card-stock stickers. I’m not done with this page, the flowers need some leaves but I haven’t decided how I want to put them on there. Also I want to do more with the sunflower petals.


On the next picture I first slapped down some blue paint and then added the swirling dots. I also added some spiral swirls which I later didn’t like so I covered them with modeling paste using a brick wall stencil. The texture on those is great! The hearts are cut from old dictionary book paper I got from an order on Ebay; and then I colored the edges and added some glossy accent to it. After that I decided they needed some mod podge. They are glued to the page with some ripped mulberry paper behind them. I went fishing with my husband (not to actually fish) and took a few pictures in black and white to use in some projects; attached is one of the pictures using photo corners from my stash. I have some words stamped out I will be adding as I finish the page. I’m having fun with this art journaling book.


Lastly here are some more shapes I have cut from that sticky paper I have been hoarding. Now in a more useful shape 🙂


Thanks for reading, please post any questions you have and I hope you are having a great week in your own crafting and art 🙂

Lady Blue

Shopping Trip and UFP’s…

Ok so first you are probably wondering what the heck an UFP is. Well it is what I am calling my UN-Finished Projects. We’ll get to that in a little bit.

First up is shopping trip, just because it was so fun finding these little treasures today, especially after it being an aggravating morning. Retail therapy is always nice and especially so when it is crafting goodies. I had received an ad in email earlier in the week telling me that Tuesday Morning would have some new Tim Holtz and Sizzix things put out today. Coincided nicely with the cruddy morning happenings lol.

In this picture we have a nice paper pack by DIY Shop. There is some great paper in there like rulers, wood-grain, ledger pages etc. I think these will look really cute in a mini album. (I’ve been watching a lot of Mini Album instruction videos the past couple days. Love those!) These usually go for $20 at places like Hobby Lobby etc. and even when they are on sale 50% off they still cost more than the $7.00 I spent. haha. I found another packet of the mixed media papers, they had them at 10% off so I got it for $3.19. Next is some cute recipe cards I can use for journaling spots marked down from $8.00 and on sale for a final price of .59 cents. Some cute 7 Gypsies map chipboard alphabet for $2.00, packet of 25 sheets of paper for $1.99 (I laugh every time I buy these since I know even buying a SINGLE sheet from one of the other stores ON SALE would still cost me 25 cents, and I got 25! lol). Last but not least is what I was promised to find by the add is a lovely packet of Tim Holtz embossing folders. One is a bingo card and the other is random things and is called Patchwork. These go for $10.99 and I got them for $4.99. They had several other ones and also the die cuts but I didn’t see any that insisted I take them home. One thing not in the picture was a three pack travel style washi tape on sale for .39 cents.


This next picture is the goodies I was not expecting to find but made me all giddy. The center section and the bulk of the pile are products from Inkssentials by Ranger. Top left of that area are two of each color of foil tape. (silver, gold, copper) These lovely tapes go on the sides of the frosted glass slides you see directly below them. The tapes I got for $1.99 each and the slides were only .99 cents. (regularly $5.50 and $6.00). Next to those on the right are Memory Frames. These allow you to make cute little charms, ornaments, or even necklace by adding memorabilia filled slides inside the pre-made frames. Two different sizes were $1.99 each. On the far left side are some pink slide frames. That is actually a three pack of items. The frame is the top, under that was a packet of star shaped eyelets in Christmas colors and the bottom packet was plastic circle charm things with Spring sayings on them. These were marked down and on sale for a final price of .39 cents each. WOW huh lol. Far right side is our final items. These are the T shaped pins used for sewing but I thought they might be handy in crafting since they were pre-colored blue and green. They were bundled three to a tag for only .99 cents.


Ok now on to the UFP’s. I found these cards half done in my stash, left side, ignore the card on the right since I haven’t decided yet on that one. I was still trying to decide what to do with the little blue rectangles I had added the thank you stickers to. Did some digging around in my papers and found one that worked perfect.


So here are the finished cards, I made 14 of them. Something new for me, I wrote down what I used to make the cards. A friend of mine does this on her blog and I figure its a nice way to let people know in case they want to try and rush out to find something to buy lol. So the “perfect paper” I found was the paisley called Cowboy Paisley by Chatterbox Inc. (found this awesome paper in an entire 25 sheet pack from Tuesday Morning!) I put that on some random card-stock in my stash, its kind of a dark green although you cannot tell very well in the picture. It was one of the colors in the paisley paper. I also cut some pieces of textured card-stock (also random brand and color in the paisley) in a burnt orange color. I distressed all the edges with Tim Holtz inks in Tea Dye color. I used a decorative corner punch on the blue “thank you” part to make it prettier. After adding all the paper parts to the card I added a double layer of mulberry paper flowers by Prima with a Recollections Faux pearl sticker to the center.


Turned out pretty cute and I’m glad to have marked a UFP off my list!

Hope everyone has a great crafting week!

Lady Blue

Pumpkins and Cricut

Hello again!
Now that it is October and the weather has become cooler, and a bit rainy, I have been thinking of some Halloween decorations that might be fun to have out. I have two plain plastic pumpkins I would put out on the entry area. I felt these needed some “sprucing up” so I pulled an idea I saved off Pinterest and went to work.

Here they are. All I used was some dimensional fabric paint I’ve had in my stash for years. You could go all sorts of crafty and do many kinds of patterns, I just did a simple swirl.


Those of you who own a Cricut probably already know about the Cricut Craft room. For those not familiar, it is a program you add to your computer allowing you to use all the Cricut cartridges you own through your computer to set up how you want your Cricut to cut. Makes things a ton easier. Along with that, the company adds cartridges you don’t own on your list of available to use for a limited time so you can cut out fun things without any cost whatsoever. Well this past week they had a couple Halloween ones. Only thing that caught my eye was a web and a candelabra. I only cut out two 12 x 12 sheets worth of them to save for a project and for future use. I used a dark shiny grey paper that is solid black on the reverse. On the candles I decorated the flame using Stickles Orange peel color and the web is done in Liquid Pearls White Opal. Just adds a little something to make it look extra cute. Not sure if I will add anything to the larger web just yet.


As I have been going through my things finding projects almost done, half done or just started I have been keeping them out so I can finish them up as intended. Hooray for rainy weather! haha.

Hope you have a great week!
Lady Blue

Ticket Book & Fall Wreath

As I mentioned in my last post I started on making a little book to store all my movie tickets. You can see a couple of pictures of how the book began in that post. From that point I hit a mental roadblock on how I wanted to proceed with the book. However I did think of a fun way to decorate the lid to the box.

What I did was mod podge the popcorn paper into the center and then edged it with extra ticket stubs cut down. I had a title made up from when I originally was going to make a scrapbook page but using it on the lid kinda took away from how cute it looks like this.


So I am going to put the title on the interior of the lid like so:


After completing that and looking at some more inspiration I decided how I was going to finish the book. One of the things holding me back was what to do with the pages. I had cut some manila folders to use as the pages and some of them had the logo on them. Covering them with decorative paper to cover it up would require taking the book back apart and re punching a bunch of holes. Sounded too much like work instead of fun. I decided to use some black Gesso canvas primer to create a border and then added some decorative paper in the centers.

Like this:


In the picture you can also see where I made one page smaller than the others. I did this alternating through the book having the smaller page near the top or the bottom.

Next came the task of adding parts of that scrapbook page I had already started that contained several of my tickets already glued down. I took the piece and cut it down, folded it, hole punched the corners to give it a ticket stub shape. Then I decorated the cover with more popcorn paper, bit of washi tape and some rub on letters. All tucked into a cute little “pocket” on the inside cover of the book. By the way do NOT use Beacon 3 in 1 crafting glue (amazing glue) to glue ticket stubs or receipts to anything if they are paper like the ones in the photo. Something about the glue causes the heat transfer qualities of the paper to completely black it out. Thankfully it only did it on a minor level on two tickets since I had glued them with something else first and was only doing some touch-ups. Test on a scrap of ticket stub or receipt first so you don’t ruin a special memento. On the rest of the tickets I used double sided tape.

Here is how that turned out along with page #1 of the book:


The little embellishments stick up off the page and add some nice dimension to it. The little ticket on the left page keeps the mini book from falling out the bottom.

Here are the next two pages:

I still have 15 double sided pages to use in the future so lots of room for more tickets. Not sure how I want to dress up the cover yet but front and back both have a pocket where things can be tucked in. I also am thinking of ways to finish off the exterior of the wooden box.

Ok on to the next thing I’ve done, a Fall wreath.

I saw a post on a facebook “I made this” page of a wreath a lady made. I asked her a couple questions about it and she provided me this link for the instructions she followed. http://millionmoments.net/2013/01/how-to-make-yarn-wreath.html Off I went and bought my supplies of foam ring circle, glue, yarn and fall leaf deco. (The spray glue is really important). Sat down today and began work on it while trying to relax a headache away. Wind wind wind wind.

And tada here is my wreath hanging on my door:


Hubby likes it and I think it turned out great.

Happy Fall and crafting!
Lady Blue