Saturday, April 19, 2014

Love Life ~ layered tag

Hi ePers. It's Bonnie back again today...this time with a mixed media tag that I layered up. Once again I had no idea what this project would be or where it was going except I knew that I wanted to use black and kraft with a little white thrown in for good measure. I love that combination. I had purchased these fabulous #8 black tags with my last eP order and I love them, That became the base for the entire tag. I added a little stencilling with white gesso through the TCW Halftone borders stencil and lined the outside with White Big Brush pen.

The second layer was cut by hand to be slightly smaller and definitely shorter than the base tag.  Wendy Vecchi's Vintage Mesh background stamp was inked with both Sepia and Coffee Archival inks and applied to the kraft tag. More Coffee ink was sponged onto the edges before doodling was added with a black pen. White gesso was pounced through TCW's Well Rounded stencil. A postage border was cut from a scrap of kraft, inked with Coffee Archival, faux stitched, and added to the original layer.

The third layer was cut slightly smaller than the previous layer out of black cardstock. Drywall mesh was added to the black tag for awesome texture and contrast. White gesso was again pounced through TCW's Well Rounded stencil.

The fourth and top layer, which was again kraft, was first stamped with a Stampendous tag stamp using Coffee Archival ink. The tag was cut out and then stencilled with gesso through another of the Well Rounded patterns. That stencil is so versatile that I use it all the time. The piano keys were from the internet and were found in my collage heap. They were adhered to the bottom edge of the tag.

 A little boy image from a collage sheet by Lisa's Altered Art was fussy cut and adhered so that his feet were standing on the piano keys. He was doodled on with white gel pen, given flat black pearl buttons, and a punched heart. I outlined him first with Stabilo graphite pencil, then with Brown Madder Inktense pencil, and finally with black pen once the first two had been spread with a water brush.

Idea-ology Remnant Rubs words were added to the tag : Love Life and then heart and soul. Heart and Soul seemed like the perfect wording for above the piano keys since it's a song as well as fitting with Love Life. Black pen as well as white doodling plus three black pearls were added to the layer. A scrap of a die cut rolled flower was added to the base of the tag as a border and white circle rub ons from Christy Tomlinson were added to each petal.

The topper was created by threading beads onto paper wrapped wire and adhering the top and bottom beads with Glossy Accents. The two ends were wrapped near the tag with brown embroidery floss to keep them in place.

That's it for me today. I thoroughly enjoyed having a little play with my "stuff"...creating patterns and layers on the fly. Thanks for visiting. Oh, by the way, since the beads for the topper are wooden, this would qualify for the ePlay challenge, Wood. See how easy it is to play along? Come join the fun.


Friday, April 18, 2014

Military Life

Good morning eP fans.  Today I (Mary-Ann) am sharing with you a simple project life style layout.  Sometimes keeping it simple in my world is just what the doctor ordered.  With my husband spending 21 years in the USMC, we are pretty obsessed with anything remotely connected to the military.  Whether it be nerf guns, army men, history or books about war, you can be assured that the boys in my family are interested.  This layout depicts how my breakfast table could look like on any given day.  I just created this layout but the pictures are from 2011.  Keep in mind, that I could duplicate this exact same layout with the exact same pictures with a kid that is just a tad older now!  

I really enjoyed taking a larger photo and chopping it up to fill 4 of the pockets for project life.  This army man photo works perfectly because you don't have to worry about cutting a persons face down the center.  

I had a few extra pieces from the Fancy Pants ephemera pack that coordinated with my photos.  I added them to various pockets.  A few drops of Dylusions green ink and machine stitching and my layout was done.

Thank you for taking a look at my project and hope to see you all again really soon.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

A House is...

Hello everyone. It's Bonnie here today to show you another project I made in response to this month's ePlay Challenge, Wood. I love houses...real ones, images, art projects...houses. A little while ago, I ordered some of Wendy Vecchi's Blossom Bucket embellies, several of them with the idea of creating 3D houses. They became my inspiration for today's project.

I started with two discarded chunks of wood from the garage: a triangular one and a rectangular one. They were both about 1.25 ' thick. Both pieces were gessoed as I wasn't quite sure what I would do to them. In the same eP order, I received one of Michelle Hill's fabulous vintage paper ephemera bundles...oh my! There is so much goodness in one of these packs that I was in Mixed Media Heaven. I used some of the lovely old sheet music to cover the front and back of the triangular piece, using Matte Medium to adhere it. I used a page from an old S&H stamp book, complete with  a row of stamps to wrap around both sides and the back.

I spritzed an old bingo card from the bundle with Studio Blue and Lark Art Anthology sprays plus a little water and adhered it to the front of the house. Stamping was done all sides of the blocks with Forget-Me-Not Archival ink and a text stamp. Stencilling was done with TCW's Tiny Circles stencil and gesso as well as with TCW's Mini Chevron stencil and Coffee Archival ink. Vintage Photo Distress ink and then Black Big Brush pen were used around all of the edges of both pieces as well as here and there to age them. Lemon gelato scuffs were also applied and spread with a dry finger. White gesso rings were added with watered down gesso and a bottle lid. A torn piece of an old receipt from the kit was inked with Peeled Paint Distress ink and adhered to the base of the house for grass.

A stamped and embossed saying from Wendy Vecchi's Art Comforts stamp set was added to the peak of the house front. Vintage Photo DI was used to grunge it up and darken the torn edges.

The eye peering from the Blossom Parts Front Door was stamped with another WV stamp, An Eye For Art, and then coloured with Prismacolor pencils. A bead was adhered to the door for a knob. The star on the Blossom Part Roof above the door was darkened with a Pitt pen. The resin windows from my stash are backed with more paper from the ephemera bundle which was colourized with Scattered Straw and Wild Honey Distress ink.

The back and sides were stamped with the greenery from the same Art Comforts stamp set using Fern Green Archival ink. The sentiment, from the same set, was embossed in black, torn around and inked with Vintage Photo. The clock in the peak of the house is a wooden piece from my stash.

To complete the house, small vintage wooden dominoes, a thrift shop find, were adhered to the roof and a long wooden bead filled in the gap at the peak. A border was cut (it's actually a rolled daisy die) from black cardstock and adhered to hide the joint between the two pieces of wood.

I had so much fun playing with this house project, with the ephemera from Michelle's  bundle, and with all of these wonderful Wendy Vecchi products. There's still lots of time to enter the ePlay wood challenge. We'd love to see what you create.

Thanks for visiting.

Here are links to the eclectic Paperie store for products used above: