Thursday, May 24, 2012

I (Penny Smith) love getting my "art on"! Anything to make a mess, I say!  I have been playing with spray inks for some time-enjoying spraying, stenciling, stamping, and splattering my layouts. But paints- I have been itching to play with them more!

So this assignment, watercolor stenciling, I jumped on!

I decided to make my own mask. I just wrote in cursive with pencil "puppy" on card stock and traced around it. Then I erased my initial pencil marks. I'm handy that way. If your a projectionist, you can get your Silhouette or Cricut (probably need your gypsy to do a custom weld) and make one. This is the mask after I used it.
To adhere it to the layout while I painted, I just used repositional adhesive. The repositional Xyron sticker maker would be ideal!
Then just paint around ANY way you would like! Of course this works for spray ink too, but you have more control of where the color goes when using paints. If you don't have watercolors, you can water down acrylics too!
Here is the mask in place. If you get some paint under the mask, you can just touch it with with the background color. But there are NO mistakes! Just artistic opportunity! So don't get too fussy!

The ideas here are ENDLESS! And when paired with Oh Happy Day, you can NOT go wrong!!! :) Chevron clouds. I am in love!

(Supplies: Oh Happy Day: Amber's Avenue (#1774), Chloe (#1766))

Thanks for stopping by! If you make a artsy creative mess, be sure to Facebook it or link us! We would love to see!!!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

My (Penny Smith) FIRST assignment with the GCD Team!!

Being one of the "Layout Girls", (it fits. I rarely do anything but!) it was exciting to get going on my first one!

Let me tell you how exciting it was to go through the fantastic papers! Piles of loveliness!
Sweet Tooth is a fantastically bold, wonderfully bright collection!

I have a small photography business, and I did my FIRST wedding last year! It was a fantastic affair for me-because even thought it was a small town (but simply beautiful) event, I did a little overkill and took almost 2000 pictures. I don't think my camera ever stopped clickin'! So I take pride in the event and one of my favorite pictures (and theirs too, as it turns out) popped RIGHT into my head when I saw this collection! (I edited the picture so that the only color retained was the flowers.)

Who needs embellishment! I kept it relatively simple, and used the paper as embellishment! The flowers on the paper were BEGGING to be center stage!

(Shhhh!!! I "borrowed" the butterflies from the Bonjour! collection!)

A couple of things I did to make the flowers and butterflies more dimensional: First, I attached everything with the Tiny Attacher staples (Tim Holtz). So instead of them being flattered down to the layout, they lift up here and there. Second, I got out a butterfly punch, and used it as a layer under my cut out butterflies from the paper! I love dimension! And this was an easy way to do it!

(Supplies: Sweet Tooth: Sugar Cookie (#1561) stripes, Sour Cherry (#1559) floral, Bonjour!: Butterfly Flutter (#1536) ) 

So thanks for stopping by! I am thrilled to be a part of this team and to be able to create with these wonderful collections! So much inspiration available to you all each month on the blog! So stop by often!!