Give smiles away often. It won't cost you anything, but it might be just what someone else needs.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

My Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of 2013

Hello everyone!
Hope you all had a nice
Memorial Day weekend.
I'd like to thank all the veterans
and active duty soldiers who serve our
country, thank you!
So I finally got to my Tim Holtz
12 Tags of 2013
May tag. Hey, technically I have one
day left before I'm late.
I have been on time so far all year, and thought I
would show you all my past tags.
Most of the time I don't have all the
exact supplies Tim uses, so they will look a
little different than his.
okay, maybe we should go in
chronological order
(whoa, look at me with the big word!)
Here's January
I didn't have the stamp for the saying
so I just printed it from my
computer. And the background
embossing folder is different.
Most of this one is my own, which I like. I don't
really want to make exactly the same, but use
his techniques.
Okay, so only the grass idea is the same!
Love the clear overlay cutout.

This picture came out so light. The colors are
really much darker, and I love how they blend.
That's a Daniel Torrente stamp in the center, and
rub ons here and there.
So far I have loved how they all turned out.
I have them hanging on a piece of burlap held on with
a clothespin. I love being able to turn around from
my table and see all the colors.
They make me Happy!
Do what makes you happy, and have a great day.
Thanks for stopping by, leave me a comment. I
promise I will say hello back!!

Monday, May 20, 2013

Journal pages!

Hello everyone!
I have two pages that I finished from the
Dyan Reaveley class last weekend.
This first one is from the Imagery class. I really
didn't know where to go with it, but
after I added some more background "marks"
and thought of a quote, I was good to go.
I don't know how she ended up underwater.
I think it was the waving hair! And since I bought
Dyan's "Ocean Background" stamp set at ESS,
I figured I would use it.
I added the fish after by stamping them on a
separate piece of cardstock, colored them, cut them out,
and glued them in place. They definitely added
some needed interest.
The second page is the Flossy stencil we started in
class. I added some more color to the background to
liven it up a bit.
And she looked like she was dancing,
and that KC & the Sunshine Band song got stuck
in my head!
Dancing with leaves is kind of silly, but
isn't journaling supposed to be fun.
I hope you like these pages. I still have lots
more to go. We started so many in class.
Thanks for stopping by, and have a good week!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Dyan Reaveley + Everything Scrapbook & Stamps = FAB-u-LOUS

Hello everyone!
I hope all the moms had a nice Mother's Day.
Mine was absolutely wonderful.
I spent Saturday and Sunday at "Everything Scrapbook
and Stamps" in Lake Worth, Florida with none-other-than Dyan Reaveley!
Here's me getting ready
When we checked-in, we were handed a Dylusions journal and a beautifully hand-made name tag (made by Jeannie at ESS)
The first class was Using Imagery in your Journal. The class was set up so that Dyan actually sat with us at the table and we could see everything she demonstrated.

She explained, we listened.
She demonstrated, we watched.
She gave instruction, we did.
The way she teaches is really great because you know exactly what to do. She breaks it down into steps that anyone can handle.
And we had FUN too! The girls at ESS, Michelle, Nancy, and Lisa made sure everything ran smoothly.
Especially Dyan's teapots!
The first class was all about spray backgrounds
and images from magazines.
This is one of my backgrounds that I didn't use yet
This is one that I started in class.
When the first class ended, we were able to leave our
journals on our seat so we could sit in the same place.
I had a good spot diagonally across from Dyan.
She was loving me! As you can plainly see.
After lunch, we started Silhouettes class. You know,
the stencils with Flossy, Annie, and Bert.
Here's my started Bert, and the mustache cupcake
one of our classmates made. If you look close
you can see why I couldn't eat mine.
(hint: spray ink)
Here's my Bert finished
And my Flossy page with
 ghosting in the leaves
Everyone in the classes were very happy with their pages.
Here's a group pic of the second class.
Sunday's class was Couture Journaling. Dyan showed us
how to make the fabric designs for the couture stamps. I really
enjoyed this class because I never know what to add to
the dresses to make them interesting and have dimension.
Dyan showing samples
Oh yeah, did I mention, Dyan moved her seat and sat
Look, our arms are even touching!!
Here's my started page
Dyan showed us how to make masks for the stamps,
and how to place them so you can make this kind of page.
oooh, and we got to use the water brushes filled with
Dylusions ink. They were the COOLEST thing.
After that I had to leave to drive home. I'm really sorry
I missed the last class. But I had a great time!
Oh yeah, and I bought a lot of supplies.
I can't wait to use them ALL!
Thank you so much "Everything Scrapbook & Stamp"
for bringing Dyan to your store.
Thank you Dyan for coming to the US for five
weeks and teaching us how to make beautiful art
journal pages.
And Dyan totally loved me!
I know, right!
P.S. Leave me a comment so I can say hello!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Journal Beginnings

Hello everyone!
I hope you had a good day today. I actually did get a little inky today, so that is a very good thing. I get cranky if I'm away
from the studio for too long!

I thought I would show you how I started art journaling back in June of 2011.

 My first journal was a hardcover book I bought in a thrift store for $1.00  All the information I found on the Internet said to look for a book that had the signatures sewn into the spine, as I would need to remove several pages from each signature. This was done because after painting and embellishing the pages, the book would not fully close. (it still doesn't really close anyway!)

This is my first art journal. As you can see, it doesn't close!
Here it is spread wide open.
A few of my older pages
This is my latest page in this journal. It's tissue
wrapping paper Collage Pauge'd on with paint
and Tim Holtz Distress Ink rubbed on. I'm at the
"what next" phase!
I actually have four different style journals I'm working in right now.
Besides the above hardcover,
I have a travel size Moleskin . . .
a 7x10" soft-cover Moleskin
and my newest Dyan Reaveley 9x13" journal
I love this one because it can handle any spray ink
or paint you throw at it!
Next time I will post more pictures from the Dyan journal, and you can see pictures of some of my other pages on Instagram @crazycolorfulchristine or Twitter @crazycolorchris
Thanks for stopping by, and leave me a comment so I can say hello.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

May calendar challenge

Hello again!
Since I showed my Kate Crane calendar started,
I thought I would show the finished page.

I used Dylusions spray inks Lemon Zest, Pure Sunshine,
Cherry Pie, and Postbox Red for the background
with an orange acrylic paint to keep it really vibrant.
The flowers and leaves are also Dylusions stamps
colored in using Copic Markers. May is also a Dylusions
stamp. The yellow squares are watercolor paint.

The bottom layer of flowers are glued and there
are some flowers glued with foam squares
to give some dimension.

Hope you have a good night. 
Leave a comment so I can say hello!



Hello everyone!
I'm so excited to be typing my first post to my new blog. I hope you enjoy reading about my inky adventures into art journaling, with some book binding, quilting, and mixed media thrown in.
I thought I would first show you some pics of my studio where it all happens.

This is my worktable.
one side for paint/ink
and one side for sewing

My books and paint/sprays

Quilt I made in 2004

Quilts in the closet
Books I've made on the shelves

Quilt in progress
Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2013 display

Working on Kate Crane's calendar challenge
So that's a tour of my studio. I hope to post at least once a week, but if there's more to talk about you'll definitely hear from me.
This coming weekend I'm going to Boca Raton for classes with Dyan Reaveley. I am so excited about that. I've taken one class with Tim Holtz last September and had a great time. I know this
weekend is going to be soooo much fun! Dyan is really talented and the people at Everything Scrapbooking and Stamps in Boca are really nice, so I know it's going to be great!
Thanks so much for stopping by.
Please leave me a comment so I know you were here.