My flower book

I recently invested in a Dylusions Creative Journal as I wanted to start a flower book. I was inspired by Vicki's "A Year in Flowers". My first double spread needed to be dedicated to the Rose - one of my favorite flowers.


I prepped the background on the spread with Distress Oxide inks. I put the inks onto a piece of acetate and then sprayed it with water and then smooshed it onto the page. I did this a few times and then did some blending with my blending brushes. I also blended some vintage photo along the edges of the pages. Once the ink was dry, I added some stenciling and some text stamping in random places on the page spread.


To create my flowers, I used the two Craft-a-Flower rose die sets from Altenew -  the rose and the antique rose sets. I created three flowers to place into three of the corners. After cutting the flowers and the leaves, I inked the pieces and assembled them. I also cut the letters to spell the word Rose with my Quickutz alphabet font dies.


I placed the roses in the corners and added the word. I printed out the symbolism of the rose and added it to the page.


The reason I used the shades of yellow and orange for my first flower in the book is  because there is a Tea Hybrid rose called a Monica Rose. Looks like this:


I will share my flowers with you as I continue in my journal.

Supplies Used
CAF Antique Rose
CAF Antique Rose
CAF Layered Rose
CAF Layered Rose
Platinum 6
Platinum 6
Craft Tweezers
Craft Tweezers
Pine Needles
Pine Needles
Mustard Seed
Mustard Seed
Vintage Photo
Vintage Photo
Tuxedo Black
Tuxedo Black
Cantaloupe
Cantaloupe
Tangelo
Tangelo
Cottage Ivy
Cottage Ivy
Bamboo Leaves
Bamboo Leaves
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Entered into the Art Journal Journey "Inspired by" April Challenge (Inspired by a rose with my name)

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Teal and purple

Today I am here with my card for the progressive challenge at Outlawz. I love playing along here. This month the sponsor is Bugaboo and the image is this little girl. She comes pulling and Easter cart, but I cropped that out as I only wanted her on my card.


More foiling

So here I am with two more cards with foiled backgrounds. But they are done with two different methods. I recently saw a video done by Verity of Pretty Little Button in which she spoke about the Altenew adhesive sheets and that they are a little thicker than others on the market. I asked her if she thought that they would work with foiling and she thought they would. So I got some.


A Smile

Today I am back with another card to show you. This one is kind of a bit different to my usual simple style. I have layered two papers!!! I visited in Holland in 2018 and found a craft store in our travels. I bought two 6x6 paper packs that I have been hoarding since then. But enough! Time to use the paper.


The Coins

It is April already, I cannot believe it! Anyway, here I am with my take on the latest challenge between BożenA and myself and this time I chose the topic. I decided we needed to have something quite different this time and so my suggestion was to make three AT Coins - each one displaying our most favorite technique or card making method. It is different working on the small size and round shape.


Have Courage

I have been doing some coloring in the last while as you can see and here is another card done with a colored digi. The seahorse is from Fabrika Fantasy. I printed the digi onto Strathmore Toned Tan paper.


Honey Bear

Today I am showing you my card for this month's progressive challenge at Imagine That Digistamp. This month's image is called Honey Bear and comes with uncolored and colored versions. But, I am using the uncolored version so that I could color him with my pencils.


Springtime

Hello, today I have my card for the March Outlawz Progressive Challenge to show you. I reverted to one of my favorite card making techniques and that is combining hand coloring with digital elements. Paper Nest Dolls is this month's sponsor and the image is LuLu Bee.


Cosmos

Here I am again with a blog post. Those of you who have my blog in your reader must be wondering who this stranger is. I have been doing too much mountain gazing lately lol. Anyway, I also got to play with my Altenew Craft a Flower dies from February. They are a beautiful layered cosmos and some leaves. I dug into my paper scrap box and cut out a bunch of flowers as I needed some specific cards.


Outlawz Progressive

Happy Friday! I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Today I have my entry for the Outlawz Progressive Challenge to show you. This month's image is from the sponsor, All Dressed Up. I decided to keep the image uncolored as I wanted to use one of my plaid papers.


A fun fold card

Hello, I am back today with a new card. I have had some interesting happenings since my last post. We have moved again, this time with a bit more permanency. We have purchased a RV lot in Benson, AZ. So while we still live on wheels, this gives us a little space to be able to make personal. Our backyard view is incredible, I will post a pic below. Now back to my card.


Gesso resist

Hello my dear friends, today I have a card to show you that I made following my challenge buddy's instructions. Yes, it was BożenA's turn to choose the topic of our challenge and she chose a gesso resist technique to make a background. She gave me this video as the example. I decided to go with a slimline card for this project as I wanted to include all three fairies on my card.


Touch of Winter

Well the snow is gone and it has warmed up again nicely - so we can live again lol. I recently came across the Altenew Inspiration challenge and I was intrigued by the color palette and the inspiration project done by Nathalie DeSousa. While hers used alcohol inks and I don't have alcohol inks, I used her inspiration to create my watercolor background.


Pears in a vase

Today I am here playing in the Outlawz Progessive Challenge. It is fun to play again from the challenge side. This month the sponsor is Jan's Digistamps and the image is Fall Pears. I had completed my project a few days ago, but my normal stony backdrop for taking the pictures was nowhere to be seen! Yes, we had a decent layer of snow - I had to make a snowman (see pic below). We got quite a lot more snow before my stones returned.


Foiling with a laminator

Today I have a project to show you that has a first attempt for me on it again - the foiled background. I received a laminator as a gift some months back and so I have, as time allows, been trying various designs. Since I don't have a laser printer, I am using the local copy shop to get the laser prints I need. This one the machine's toner seemed to not spread very evenly, but I opted to try it anyway and I really liked the almost distressed look that came out the back of the laminator.


Travel

It is time for another challenge between myself and BożenA and our theme is "Travel". It could be any form of travel, both physical or metaphorical. Although I chose the theme this time and I did know what route I wanted to take with it, it took me a while to find some inspiration for how I was going to show what I had in my mind. But it was year end and such times come with many other distractions and so in general, my crafting table was not busy.

Anyway, back to our project. I decided to create another page in my art journal for this one.


Panda with a difference

Hello Blogland! Yes, here I am after quite a long absence. The year-end was quite busy including a change of location for our RV. We decided to do small town for a while. The peace is almost palpable and the silence loud, but we are enjoying it a lot.

Recently I saw that Kris at Imagine That Digistamps had started a progressive challenge. I love her stamps and when I saw this cute panda, I had to join. So here is my make.