Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Art Foamies - Three bright cards with Jen

Hi Everyone!

I hope you have all been inspired by the rest of the team and are eager to get into the craft room.  
I’m back with my second project for the month and it’s a group of three cards using my go to Aall and Create stamp.  One of these is going to my nephew who is turning 11.  (I’m actually running out of people to give them to.)  
These were nice and easy and completed in a short time. 

You will need:
        Gel plate
         Art Foamies – Circle Salad 
      Dina Wakely Media Acrylic paint – Sky, Evergreen, Lemon, Tangerine and Ruby
    White cardstock
       Aall and Create stamp #13
      Archival Ink – Watering Can
        Circle die 
         Tag die

Stamp and colour three images.  I’ve used pencils, but you can use your favourite medium. I’ve then cut them out.

I then brayered the acrylics onto my gel plate, randomly stamped the art foamies and then stamped them on a piece of left over card.  

I’ve trimmed the cardstock to 10cm x 14cm and drawn an outline in black pen with a few squiggles.  I’ve cut three circles from my extra cardstock and leftovers, as well as three tags from plain cardstock.  
I’ve stamped my sentiment onto the tags and arranged them as shown. 

I’ve used a white Posca pen to outline a couple of the images on the third card just for something different. 

So that’s it, another blog post done.   I hope you are all having a great week. 


Monday, 16 September 2019

Sea Shells by the Sea Side- By Tanya Froud

Hi There Peeps! 

Here is my next project - a mixed media layout using  Art Foamies.

To start with I applied Dina Wakley Heavy Body Acrylic Paint to Sea Side Art Foamies with a brayer and stamped 25 images from the Sea Side range.
I dried these and then fussy cut them all out.

On a sheet of white 12x12 card-stock in a band across the middle I stamped Broken Blocks by applying  Dina Wakley Heavy Body Acrylic Paint. I repeated the same technique with the Train Track stamp and the Writers Block. I dried it completely.

Next I matted my photo and stuck it down on the center of the page slightly to the top.
 I then made a cascade of the seashells coming down from the photo mounting them at different heights using dimensional dots.
Then flick some paint splats around and you are done!

A pile of pretty Seashells all cut out....


The Background...

Well That's it from me for today, thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, 14 September 2019

Foamies .... A journal page with Karen

Hello everyone,

Spring is the air! I think that's why I loved making this journal page. 
Foamies are a lot of fun to work with. 
A handy hint is to read the instructions as you should clean as you go with these stamps. I have a takeaway container next to me with some water and soak the stamps while I'm working. You don't want the paint to dry on the foam. 

I have used to sets of foamies. Bird Festival and Geometric Bundle. The beauty of foamies is that you can stamp with both sides. I have stamped with the back of the blocks randomly over my page. This background is inspired by a recent journal class at Scrapmatrix.

I have added some stencilling with two stencils TCW Mayan Calendar   and a Carabelle stencil.

I stamped the birds on some gel printed paper, which I always have handy for projects and I stamped the birdhouses on some leftover patterned paper.

The final touch of course, is a title! 
I have used a stamp from the Paper Artsy set by Tracy Scott ETS27

The paints I have used in this project are:
Dylusion Paints... Vibrant Turquoise, Slate Grey, Dirty Martini, London Blue and Crushed Grape

But wait.... there's more......

The beauty of art journals is the same techniques can also be used in card making. These cute birds make a great card as well.......

Thursday, 12 September 2019

Tam's Village using Art Foamies

Hi there creative souls!

Tam back today to share my second 'Art Foamies' Creation!!

This one was inspired by many of you who contribute to our Facebook Shares Group.
I love the little community we have there, and recently quite a few of you were creating cute little house pages so I just had to have a go....

And yep I got the idea for that border from there too!!!
Thanks everyone for the inspiration.

I just LOVE the explosion of colour and the contrast of that black and white border.
I also love the whimsical feel.

I used nearly ALL of the Art Foamies I own on this layout!!

Let's take a look at how it came together...

This page was sparked by your little houses. I knew I wanted to create a village scene.
I was playing around a couple of weeks ago with my Gelli Plate and my Art Foamies, and some of the prints I managed to create reminded me of sunrises....and well the page just grew from there.

These are some of the prints that I created that sparked the sunrise idea...

I made the papers using Dina Wakley Paints, my Gelli Plate, the 'Doodle Centre' Foamie and the 'Dino Skin Small' Foamie.

I just LOVED that pink and yellow sunrise/sunset image, so I adhered this to my page using Matte Gel.  I made sure one of the circular shapes was centred to act as my sunrise image.

I then painted some hills onto the bottom side of this....

Once dry, I added some mark making using the 'Dino Skin Small' Foamie and the 'Inner Struggle' Small Foamie. 
These are available individually, however, I purchased mine in a packet called 'Balzer Deluxe Small'. 
I think Vicki is out of stock of those sets at the moment, however I'm sure if you contacted her she would order them in for you. They are awesome for mark making.

Next step was to make some little houses and trees for my village.
I used 'Art by Marlene - Dutch Houses' Foamies.

I stamped them onto some old book paper.....

I did the same using a couple of the leaves from the 'Art by Marlene Leaf Geo' Foamies.
They make the perfect trees!

I then used the 'Balzer Ring Fling' Foamie to stamp multiple times.
 Once cut out they look like clouds!.
(Note this Foamie is also included in the Deluxe Balzer Pack, or available separately)

I then cut them all out, and outlined them in either black paint or pen.

Cute hey!!
Time to start sticking them down.

Love those clouds!

I added  a quote and a few little bits and pieces from the 'Art by Marlene Die Cuts Sheets'.
I mainly added these to the windows and doors, and made a little garden of flowers....oh and added a cute little birdie.

Lastly, I added that black and white border.
(Oh and a couple of cats!! Wouldn't be somewhere I want to live without them!)

Now just to decide which house I actually want to live in!! 
I think that little one on the left with the love heart and pink roof will be just fine.
Who wants to move in next to me??
What a crafty little village we would have.

Well that's it from me today.
I'll be back again next month.

I really hope you join us this month.
There's so much you can do with Art Foamies, so get playing!!!
Once done, pop over to the Scrap Matrix Shares page and pop it in the 'Art Foamies Album' for September.
Don't forget to tell us which Art Foamies you have used!!

Balzer Deluxe Small Art Foamies
Art by Marlene Dutch Houses Art Foamies
Gelli Plate

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

A bright all occasion card from Helen

Hello there scrappy friends, 
I've been MIA due to ill health, but have found time to create a little something for the September challenge at Scrap Matrix, using Art Foamies.

Have you seen them?   They are quite thick and spongy; and they work brilliantly with paints and gel plates.  Just the thing to make a big hot mess!

I set out to create magic with my gel press and fell flat on my face in a big pool of mud!  

So, I started again, much more carefully with the colour mixing, still not magical; but I managed to salvage these three blooms by fussy cutting them and adding some leaves.

I'll be back later in the month with an at an Art Journal page - fingers crossed.

Products used from Scrap Matrix

Thanks for looking. I hope you will feel inspired to join in and perhaps win a gift card from the Scrap Matrix store.

Tuesday, 10 September 2019

Art Foamies - My Imagination is Endless.

 I felt very honoured when Vicki asked me to be a guest member of the Design Team. 
The excitement soon kicked in and then the fear. 
So I hope you all enjoy the projects I share with you.

I thought I’d share a little about myself first.  I live with my husband and two kitties just outside of the beachside community of Kurrimine Beach in Far North Queensland, about an hour and a half south of Cairns. It’s the wettest part of Australia and when it’s not raining, it’s perfect, though a little hot and humid.

 I don’t really have a ‘style’ as I’m constantly trying new techniques.  If anything, it can be described as chaotic and impatient.  I rarely have a plan, and if I do, it never works out that way, (chaos) and it usually only takes me and hour or so, (impatient) as my ideas seem to flow faster that I can commit them to paper.  I make more ‘mistakes’ (or lessons titled ‘Don’t do that next time’) than projects I’m happy to share.  

So here goes.  My first project…

You will need:

Art Foamies – Circle Salad
DistressOxide Inks – Blueprint Sketch, Cracked Pistachio, Twisted Citron
Craft sheet/ piece of acetate
Water Spritzer 

Any dragonfly stamp

I’ve used the first page in my Art by Marlene journal.  I’ve sponged gesso onto my art foamies and stamped them randomly at the top left and bottom right corners.  

It’s a little a hard to see. 
I then stamped the Twisted Citroen ink onto an acetate sheet and spritzed it with water.  
I run my fingers through it so it loses its square shape, then stamp/smoosh it over my gessoed shapes. 

Repeat with Cracked Pistachio and Blueprint Sketch until you get the desired effect.
I then inked the art foamies with oxide inks and stamped them around the edge.  (I didn’t like the cracked pistachio and covered it with the blueprint sketch).

I then wrote my quote down the right side of the page, but I hated it.   
I ended up printing it out on my computer and covered up the ugliness.
 I then used the dragonfly that was an extra for a card I had done.  ( It was made by blending the above colours onto a piece of card and stamping the dragonfly onto it. I then cut it out and covered the wings in Ranger’s crackle accents.)  

This was actually my second attempt.  I bungled the first page by stamping my intended image crookedly. I’ve since covered it up and while not entirely happy with it, thought I’d share it with you. 

So there it is.  My first ever blog post.  I hope you like it.

Sunday, 8 September 2019

'Faith' Art Journal Page by Elisa Ablett

Welcome to September and Spring!

Is it just me or does it seem like this year is flying past?

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This month we have the awesome Art Foamies challenge over in 
make sure you enter this one with a fab prize up for grabs and great inspiration to be had.

I wanted to create with the gorgeous Gothic Window Art Foamies on a colourful art journal page.

Art Journaling for me is a great way to put my feelings and emotions on paper and journal about difficult times. With both my mum and mother in law not well at the moment, having FAITH and reminding myself to believe that things will get better in a creative way is helping me through this tough time. The window stamps reminded me of the gorgeous stain glass windows you see at churches and coupled with my quote about having faith, it says all that I am feeling at the moment. 

So don't forget that Art Journaling can help as a therapeutic tool during times when things are going crazy in your life and you need to ground yourself with some creative time. 

Let's take a look at the products I used from Scrap Matrix to create this page ...

Art By Marlene - Journal Medium 
Image result for balzer design train track Die Cut Sheets Set #3
Watercolour Set 2 Whimsy & Bright Art By Marlene 

Other products include:

Sari Silk offcuts, Black Hessian, Music Paper, White Sharpie, sewing machine

Let's take a look at the finer details!

Stamp your Gothic Windows using black waterproof ink and let dry, paint with bright watercolours and a fine round brush and sharpies and or paint pens.

Create a layered garden by popping a few die cuts out from the Art by Marlene Die Cut blocks. Layer in and around your photo. Glue a few of the larger pieces first and then maneuver the smaller pieces around until you are satisfied with your design and then glue the rest down.

Create your background using an a4 size gel plate and Paper Artsy Fresco Paints. Each print should be unique and different and that's the beauty of the Gel Plate and monoprinting. 

Add that something 'special' by sewing offcuts of interesting material like sari silk and hessian onto music paper. 
All things that mean 'something' to me, colour, texture and music....all help with stress and anxiety.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today.


Elisa x