Saturday, November 29, 2014

StencilGirl CYBER Monday Sale!!!!

Not that I am an enabler or anything.....but.....

Monday, November 17, 2014

NEW Word Stencils....I Can't Get Enough

They are so important to me...especially in my art!
Luckily I have a very good friend that designs stencils with WORDS
Even better that sometimes I can influence the choices in her choice of WORDS :)
These two pieces of art came flying out when I got my hands on these new stencils by Carolyn!

You know those days that you have a good art day?? 
This was one of them! 
Totally from the heart :)

Want to see even more ideas with these stencils
Carolyn has a new video and giveaway EVERY day for the next SIX days on her blog. 
Click HERE to get started!

StencilGirl Stencils Used:

Friday, November 14, 2014

StencilGirl and Lesley Riley TAP Transfer Artist Paper Blog Hop

Stencils, fabric and that = FUN!!!!
I was so excited to try Lesley Riley's TAP Transfer Artist Paper and I had the perfect photo that I wanted to try. 

One day my husband and I were driving down the street and I said "STOP!!!"....of course that caused a very high heart rate in a certain husband, but that is a story for another day.
I jumped out of the car and took this photo.

On to the project.....
A fabric cover for watercolor signatures to make my own customized art journal.

Starting with an off white piece of muslin, I cut a scrap piece of paper the size of my photo and taped it down where I wanted the photo to go on the project. This would protect it while I stenciled. I then used the Eddy Rose stencil from StencilGirl to stencil the entire piece of fabric. Here is what it looked like after I removed the paper mask. I'm telling you, who needs to buy fabric when you can make it yourself. This is one of my all time FAVORITE stencils!

I then followed the instructions that came along with the TAP and printed the photo on the white side of the TAP. Just a note here: make sure if you are putting text on your photo (like I did here) to use the mirror image setting when printing. I trimmed away the TAP that was left around the photo after printed and following the directions, ironed it onto my fabric. As you can see I used another piece of scrap paper to cover the photo when ironing. Yes, I ironed right on the kitchen counter. Ironing not my strong suit, LOL!

I got a perfect image transfer and was I doing a HAPPY dance! Years of doing less than perfect image transfers with a variety of methods and then getting PERFECTION on the first try--I'm SOLD!!!

This is what my fabric looked like when complete.

On to those french knots! I didn't really intend to do 2 million french knots. I started by pulling colors in the photo and making random french knots as seen in the photo below. Well one thing led to another and I couldn't stop.....

Look at that close up of the image transfer--INCREDIBLE!!!

Final details including a little free motion quilting, just playing around to add some texture.

Here is what the final piece of fabric looks like

 My cover is all ready for me to sew in my watercolor signatures. I love to make my own journals like this. The size I want and the satisfaction of making it myself from beginning to end.

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A BIG thank you to Lesley for sharing her product with the StencilGirl Team

StencilGirl stencils + TAP = PERFECTION

As a matter of fact, I have another project that I'm dying to show you incorporating the two! 
Watch for that soon!

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Using Doodle It Inchie in my DLP Documented Life Project Planner

As you might have seen last week on StencilGirl Talk, I have a FOUR new stencil designs that I designed for StencilGirl. 
Over the next few weeks I will feature each one.
Here is a little video I made using Doodle It Inchie and how I intended to use it.

Can't see the video? Click HERE.

Here is a little close-up of the plastic frame I made in the video.

I got quite a bit of inspiration when I went to use this stencil in my 
DLP Documented Life Project. A project that, by the way, absolutely MADE MY YEAR this year! I can't tell you how much I enjoyed EVERYTHING about this project and the girls that developed it! PERFECT mix of art journaling, documenting and scrapbooking to me. Check it out. It is free to join and SO MUCH FUN! They are changing it up a bit for next year, but I will also do another planner for 2015--that's how much I LOVED it!

Below are a few pages I started in my planner and different ways to use the stencil.
You can see on the background of the Halloween page I used my new Doodle It Tornado Flowers and Doodle It Tornado Bloom stencils also. Love making backgrounds with these.

Here are some of the strips of paper I made by repeating the designs with the stencil.
A Thanksgiving Theme....

And a Christmas theme. You can see on the right hand side that I used my Doodle It Layered Circles and Squares stencil by layering it over and over each other. I will do a video on how to do this soon.

Sometimes I just can't believe that I actually
get to do things like design stencils. 

Thanks for stopping by today!!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

No Assignment, No To Do List, Art Just For Fun

A few weeks ago I had a night all to myself. What to do, what to do???
So many projects to get done art related, clean the bathrooms, read a book....
NO--I want to make something just for fun. Something that no one knows I'm making so if I screw up (there are no mistakes in art) then no one will know....SILENCE
Not a clue what to do.

Ahhhh....I know I'll go do Carolyn's 21 Secrets lesson. I knew all about it from watching it come to life and was so excited for her to be part of the 21 Secrets class....but actually go do it just for fun?? That is crazy talk....and crazy I went.

Do you see that beautiful paper up at the top of the post and way down at the end?? 
Well that was "my" version of Carolyn's online 21 Secrets class.

I ended up making three pieces of this paper, which I have to tell you put me into some kind of relaxed trance. So hard to photograph metallics, but WOW this paper is pretty!

I kept one to look at and touch...something I do quite often. Yes, I guess I'm weird...and the other two are for projects. Here, I cut stars out to start a week in my DLP Documented Life Project. The week was a star theme. My kids just happened to be home for Fall Break a few days earlier and I took this photo. It all sort of just went together perfect. **This was my page before all my details of the week got put in.
Yes, this class is a star shining bright!!! 
I had so much fun doing the lesson. If I didn't, I wouldn't be posting about it.
Thanks Carolyn--you ALWAYS inspire me. If you would like to sign up for 21 Secrets and have some fun I highly suggest it :) You can sign up HERE.

Thanks for stopping by today!
I'm going to go make some soup right now...for some reason I have a craving for it :)

Friday, October 31, 2014

NEW Doodle It Stencil Release

I can finally show you my NEW stencils from StencilGirl!!!
Come on over to StencilGirl Talk to get the details!!!!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Dorm Room Decor with StencilGirl Stencils

I'm over on the StencilGirl Talk Blog today talking
Dorm Room Decor!
Come on over for a visit!

Friday, October 24, 2014

StencilGirl and Clearsnap the Blog Hop!


Welcome to the StencilGirl and Clearsnap Blog Hop!

When I found out that we would be doing a Blog Hop with Clearsnap I did a little HAPPY dance. Back in my scrapbooking days, I probably kept them in business with how many Chestnut Roan and Creamy Beige Cat's Eye Inks I bought :) 
On to present day......

It is true when they say that your mood is reflected in your art. This is a perfect example. I've been sort of "off" lately. Apparently, it transferred over to my Art Journal page.

Looks okay right?? Not great, but okay.....
Well let me tell you, it took quite a bit of struggle to get it there. 
Nothing I was doing was going right.

Here is a little progression so you can see how it went down the drain and then I started to bring it back.

I started off on a Art Journal page that was already started in my book. Just some old text pasted down and some acrylic pant.

I used the ColorBox® Spritzers with the Now Is The Time stencil from StencilGirl
WORDS are the perfect start to ANYTHING.

I LOVED how the spray came out of the bottle in little splats, yet kept its place. 
So far, so good......I had NO idea where I was going with this.
And here was where we go down a bad path....or spill you might say.....

I used the Jumbo Smooch Spritz®  on a piece of scrap paper to see the color--LOVED it and all the fine sparkle, good to go on to the page. Well, I think I shook it too much and the sparkle in the bottle clogged. I don't know if anyone knows this, but I have little patience with some things. I needed to get this page DONE! NOW! I opened the bottle, and of course, spilled it right on my page. Totally my fault for not taking the time.
 Accidents happen for a reason I guess.....just move ON! Totally my fault.

I took that spill as an opportunity to use a product I was familiar with. I outlined my "spill" with Smooch®.  LOVE this stuff!!! 
What to do now....I HATE this page right now!

I took out the IZink.
 I had other ideas for this product (that will come at a later date) but for now, I figured what the heck.

This stuff has a really thick cool appearance. While I LOVED the page wasn't getting any better. Stencils, OF COURSE, to the rescue!!!
I took out two new ones on my desk: Lilly Wallpaper and Art Deco Wallpaper. Really loving these two right now.

I went back with my two original colors of acrylic paint and randomly stenciled parts of each stencil over everything. You can even see where i just free hand tranced my painted stenciling trying to recover. Helping....I could see where I could take it now.....back to the beginning where I started with the Now Is The Time stencil.

I traced the words I wanted from the stencil with a black pen and then used the ColorBox® Spritzer with a paint brush this time adding some red around the letters randomly. 
Red also makes EVERYTHING better!

Then my favorite part EVERY time! The pen, white pen, MORE Smooch® randomly. I felt like it was alive again! 

I love seeing all those products layered together!
Here is even a better look!

So it just proves that EVERY page goes through the uglies
--just stick with it!
Thanks for stopping by today!

Did you see what everyone else made today???
Blog Hop Order
Maria McGuire--You Are here!

Before you go make sure you enter the
ALL comments left on the entire Blog Hop are eligible to win!
The more you comment...the more changes you have to win!

Comments close Sunday, October 26th @ 11:59PM Central Time
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Friday, September 19, 2014

StencilGirl THE BOOK Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Stencil Girl the BOOK Hop!!! 
So many techniques....what to pick??? Well it was no surprise that I wanted to do something with stitching. Truth be told, I was ready to fight Janet in Rock, Paper, Scissors style for the T-ease Me technique in the book if she picked it. The luck was in my favor and she picked something else so T-ease me it was!

I'm a huge fan of Alabama Chanin (which this technique reminded me of) so to do it with my own stencil design was a really exciting concept to me! Oh the possibilites!!! I picked Doodle It Daisy from StencilGirl and got to work. Now, of course, I can't give you all the details of my will have to get a copy of the book yourself for that, but I will show you some process photos of my project along the way.

Now before you ask me if it was worth taking the time to put the tape around the stencil I'll tell you HECK YES! As a matter of fact I left it that way :)

Thanks for visiting today and if you make something with this technique from the book I would LOVE to see it!!!!

Did you visit the other blogs on the hop today????
See them here:

Prize: One lucky winner will receive Stencil Girl The Book with exclusive bookmark stencil and (3) 6"x5" stencils designed by Mary Beth Shaw.
Giveaway will close: Sunday, September 21st @ 11:59PM Central TIme