Sunday, July 27, 2014

Apron Anyone?????

Sometimes you have a day where everything aligns just right. 
It was meant to be.
was one of those days......
Art Is You Dixie
Four VERY tired girls and one VERY willing (ha ha...Linda Willis, get it) teacher.
The PERFECT day!!!!

My friends, Kirsten, Carolyn, Julia and I played with no agenda, just a willingness to learn, relax and have FUN....and that we did! Of course, none of us finished our aprons. We got home and said we all wanted to show them together. We planned the got in the way. We cancelled the date. This happened more times that I want to tell you. 
But finally....we are ready. 
Thank you Linda Willis for a day to remember!
Speaking of Linda Willis, if you have never taken a class with her and have the opportunity--DO IT!!!!! She is pretty darn AMAZING! So giving of her knowledge and talents. 
She will be at Art is You Stamford teaching and so will my buddy Carolyn Dube
Oh what fun that would be--to take a class with Linda and then one with Carolyn!!! 
You can see the details HERE.

You know what else I'm celebrating with my friends today??? 
She just made a huge career change and we are celebrating by
welcoming her into blog land.  
Watch out art comes JULIA KELLOGG!!!!!
Someday I will say....."I knew her when..." :)

If you haven't already, I would LOVE for you to see the aprons my friends made!
Maria McGuire You are HERE!

A BIG thank you to my daughter for modeling for me!

Stencils I Used On My Apron:

Rubber stamps, silk screens, hand carved stamps all supplied by Linda Willis AND of course some of my own doodling :)

Monday, July 14, 2014

Introducing NEW StencilGirl Artist Traci Bautista Blog Hop

If you arrived from my friend Julia's blog you are on the right track! 
Welcome to the last stop on the hop! 
Every time we release new stencils at StencilGirl, I get fascinated watching them go from drawings to the actual product. 
These by Traci Bautista are no different.

Hummm...what to make??? How about I just play with them and see what happens???

I started with some Gelli Prints
I used a variety of Traci's new designs to make these. Now I have some papers to use in my Art Journaling and DLP.

Then I moved on to some other Gelli Prints in a different color palette. These, although not screaming the stencil were some of my favorites.

I decided I wanted to use these in my DLP spread for the week along with these items:

I used the 2 Gelli Prints as a background on the two pages of my DLP. I didn't add any of the tip in's from the beginning and add them each way in a way that works for me.

After I had the paper down, I used a scissors to cut thin wavy lines with the bag paper to separate my days of the week. I then used some number stamps I carved to put the dates in. At the top of the page I used Traci's Circle Circle stencil.

Here is what the spread looked like with the flap closed before I started my week. The challenge for this week was to add a tiny photo. 
The "Be Free" on the flap is Traci's Be Free stencil.

Here is with the flap open. 
I used Traci's Flower Party and Circle Circle to get some color down.

 Now I'm all ready to add my journaling and other embellishments for the week.

Thanks for visiting today!
Before you go, make sure you comment to win the GIVEAWAY on StencilGirl Talk.

We will pick TWO lucky winners!
Each one will get a complete set of Traci's 5 new designs!
What do you have to do?
Leave a comment here and the other blogs on the hop. 
The more comments blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to WIN!
(one comment per blog please)
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Monday, June 30, 2014

Do These Colors Look Familiar?

Do these colors look familiar??
Well they should....if you scroll down you will see when I first used them with Orly Avineri's new stencils from StencilGirl last week.

What did I do with the leftover paint??
Made a page in my art journal...of course :)

I used all of Cecilia Swatton's new designs basically with the same process I started my project with Orly's stencils. Layering over and over on the page with all the different stencils. You can see bits and pieces of them if you look close.

Just some fun that I wanted to share .

Have a great day!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Using Stencils To Make Unique Painted Paper

If you are looking for the Blog Hop featuring Orly Avineri please keep scrolling down after this post.

Sometimes, I love to just take a day and make some background papers to later use in my Art Journal and other projects. That is what I did with Orly's.

I started out by taking deli paper that was 5" x 5" and only 3 colors of paint to see what I could come up with using all 5 of Orly's new stencils from StencilGirl You can see them all  HERE.

I ended up making 9 pieces which looked like this.

I really loved them, but of course, I couldn't stop there! I ripped all the pieces apart and then began glueing them with Matte Medium to a larger piece of deli paper. The patterns in these stencils are incredible!

This was so mindless and FUN!!!! What did I end up with??
 A large piece and 2 smaller pieces of one of a kind paper which I will use in a future Art Journal page or project.

 Thanks for stopping by today! 

Monday, June 23, 2014

StencilGirl Blog Hop Featuring NEW Artist Orly Avineri

Welcome to the StencilGirl Blog Hop featuring Orly Avineri!

It has been so much fun working with Orly throughout the process of her stencils. She has a very unique style and I think it transferred over perfectly into her stencils.

This project came about in a way that made me so happy. I was sitting at the kitchen table just playing with the stencils and my daughter sat down next to me and asked if she could play with them too. Are you kidding me???!!! She NEVER has asked me that before. As a matter of fact, she always tells me that she doesn't know how to make art although she is very creative. My answer...YES!!!! sit down--which led to some fun that I wouldn't trade for anything!!!

My project started out like this....layers and layers using parts of each of Orly's stencils.

 It finally transformed into this:

The words "inside out" are from Seth Apter's stencil HERE.

For fun I thought I'd also show you what my daughter, Alexx, made. It was her first time ever using a stencil. I loved the time I spent with her doing this! She put one of her favorite Dexter quotes on it. She is a huge fan.

Thanks Orly for designing something that caught my daughters eye and giving me those precious moments that can't be described in words. Who knows, maybe she will Art Journal her way through college now :)

I'll be back later this week to show you something else I made with Orly's stencils.
Before you leave, make sure that you leave a comment to be entered into the GIVEAWAY on StencilGirl Talk.

PRIZE: 5 lucky winners, each will get a one of Orly's new releases.

Blog Hop Order
Maria McGuire You are HERE

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Using Stencils with Alcohol Ink

Welcome to Day 4 in the StencilGirl Products and Craft Hoarders Anonymous Blog Hop!

Craft NO way! I'd rather say I am a Craft COLLECTOR of fine things. Yes, it is true, I have a "few" supplies. I took pictures to show you, but after reviewing, I have decided to save that for another day when I am a little braver. Let's just put it this way 15+ years of scrapbooking, card making, mixed media, crochet, embroidery, the list goes on and on........I think you get the picture.

So, on to today. The challenge to get messy is not that much of a stress for me. I have NO problem with that. As a matter of fact, I think I will be rockin alcohol ink nail polish for quite some time after this project! 

I made it my goal to get rid of something I don't use anymore and make it something I do use. I decided on alcohol inks, alcohol ink pads, photo paper (just some cheap old stuff) and kraft glassine paper which didn't make its way into this project in the end but you will see it in a future post.

**Disclaimer here: I ended up working with alcohol inks for FOUR hours straight determined to use EVERY last drop of what I had. I tried tons of different things and this one here is the last thing I tried.

Alcohol inks...never been quite a fan, but I did manage to buy EVERY color--well OF COURSE I did. I took a piece of 8.5" x 11" photo paper, used an applicator and applied the ink as well as just using it out of the bottle.

After I was done, I laid four of my new Doodle It designs from StencilGirl onto of the ink. Doodle It Blossom, Doodle It Layered Petals, Doodle It Daisy and Doodle It Rose. It was basically dry at this point.

I then took orange, pink, red and yellow and dripped them into the stencil. Amazingly enough, the stencil held the ink in, it was pretty fun to watch.

I left the stencil in place while it dried, maybe 5 minutes total.

Then....I lifted the stencil which gave me a wonderful reverse technique.

and the final case you were wondering, YES!!!! I used every last drop of 20 bottles of alcohol ink in my four hour play. GONE! YAY!!

Thanks for stopping by today! 
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If you haven't visited the rest of the blogs on the hop today, you can find the list below.

Remember to leave a comment to be entered into the GIVEAWAY on StencilGirl Talk.
What would a Blog Hop be without a GIVEAWAY??!!!
StencilGirl Products will be picking FIVE winners this week--one from each day!
Take your time and visit each blog showcased every day this week and leave a comment. 
The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to WIN
One comment per blog please.
You will have until Sunday, June 22nd at 11:59PM Central Time to leave your comments. The winners will be announced on the StencilGirl Facebook on Tuesday, June 24th.

Blog Hop List --June 19
Maria McGuire You are HERE.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Do You Doodle?

I'm over at StencilGirl Talk today talking about my new Doodle It designs for StencilGirl Products. Come on over for a visit HERE.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Are You Kidding Me??!!

I seem to say that a LOT lately! I cannot believe that I forgot to show this Art Journal page. It was tucked away in a folder on my computer. BOUNDARIES! Another thing I have been saying a LOT lately! Make some! I love words and LOVE this stencil called Uplifting Words designed by my buddy Carolyn Dube. The one in the background is also by Carolyn called Scribble Scratch :)

Monday, May 26, 2014

Letting Out Stress in My Art Journal

Doodling is always my TOP pick for letting out stress, but sometimes I don't feel like getting in that zone and just want to blow off some steam. How do I do that??! Easy! Art--fast--no thinking.

The other night I needed to blow off some steam. New stencils! That's it! These are being released to day from new StencilGirl Artist Roxanne Evans Stout. Absolutely LOVE them! Of course I love them, they have birds on them.

I had some old markers that I was going to throw away. They stink and are mostly dried up. One last project--what could be better than markers I don't care about. Quick 10 minute pages...10 minutes NO more.

Ahhhhh....sometimes that is all you need! Congrats Roxanne on some fabulous stencils!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Chevron Play In My Art Journal

Sometimes a mess on a page in my art journal turns into something I LOVE. That is the case with this one. I was playing with my Chevron stencil from StencilGirl Products. What started as a mess with no direction except to trace it, turned into some unexpected FUN!
 I LOVE it when that happens!!!

Thanks for stopping by!!!

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