Monday, July 27, 2020

Are You Ready For A New Challenge?

 Hey everyone! I can't believe that this is my last week to share beautifully vivid inspiration over on the

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog! 

    This weeks theme is "Art Journal!" And I have to tell you that I was so excited for this one! I have had a Dyan Reaveley, Dylusions Black Creative Journal for a while now and have always wanted to start journaling but I never knew where to begin! The truth is that you just have to open that journal up and start! And the best part is that you don't have to have a plan! Just start, and it will evolve! I promise you! Think of it this way, that journal is for you, your thoughts, your feelings, your memories! It becomes a journey into the deepest parts of ourselves! I can't wait for you to experience the magic of journaling so you can start creating pages like these!
You didn't think that I would leave the 

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog! 

without an 
Alcohol Inked Flower 
for y'all did you?!
     Yes! This is an alcohol inked page! Whenever I teach this technique there is always this unbelievable wow factor that comes over the room! You can literally feel the excitement! It's like throwing everything you have ever heard about alcohol ink right out the window! Alright rule breakers (you know who you are!) let's get started!
     The first thing that you must do is prime your paper with gesso! Dina Wakley has this awesome little tube that works wonders on paper! Once it is dry you're ready to use Tim Holtz's Alcohol Ink as you normally would! If you are using the Dyan's Dylusions Black Creative Journal you'll need to add a tiny bit of Tim Holtz's Snowcap Alcohol Ink to your colors. 

     Oh my goodness! Can you believe that you can achieve a flower like that on black paper?! I used the Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink Air Blower to blow those beautiful petals! I did the same thing on the other page!                                       

You can't see it in this picture but this page was totally saturated in alcohol inks! I could not believe how well this held up! There was no curling, no peeling, nothing! In fact I saturated it...after I had already saturated, it to test it out and it still amazed me! I can't wait to try Dyan's other journals!
     I then took a Dylusions Paint Pen in white to add details to the flower! And then caught some inspiration from the Queen of Art Journaling...Ms. Dyan Reaveley and started to write!
     And write... and write! This was a blast! I was able to just let go and write whatever and wherever the heck I wanted! I was completely breaking every rule everyone has ever heard about alcohol inking and every rule about how journals are to be kept neat and tidy....And I was loving it!!!!
     Those cute little evil fish are part of Dyan's Under The Sea Stamp Set ! Aren't they adorable! The leaf tree was inspired by Dyan's Dyalog Stencil Border which I used as well!
So there you have it! Are you ready to start journaling? I know I can't wait to start another page. Trust me....Just open your journal and 
Start.....your heart already has a plan! 
It's Magical!

     This is my last week on the 

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog! 

and I am so grateful for the beautiful people at SSS (Lols your my hero!) I have had so much fun and have met so many new friends! And since I don't say "goodbye" I hope that I have inspired you to step outside your boundaries and travel to far away islands; to look inside yourself and see what has been there all along! Until next time... Have a Beautifully Creative Day! ~Sheila

Monday, July 20, 2020

It's Time For A New Challenge!

 Hey everyone! It's hard to believe 

that this is my third week over on the 

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog! 

    This weeks theme is "A Day At The Beach!" Is it just me, or has this month's challenges been the most fun! I have not only challenged myself with these themes, but I have also taken it a step further and challenged myself with making them all have "tropical vibes!" I wanted to be able to take you on an adventure to a tropical island where you could leave all your worries behind! I hope I've served you well so far! So without further ado.... 

                                      Kowabunga Dudes! 

It's time to hang loose and catch some gnarly waves my friends! And this Simon Says Stamp "Lil Gnome" is just the little dude to show you how it's done! So grab your flip flops and follow me...

I've had this Tim Holtz Curio Box for quite some time and I couldn't wait to use it for this challenge! Having never made a Curio Box, I had no idea what I was going to fill it with. I mean that's the object here right... to fill it to the top with things you love, things that inspire you, things that make your heart swim. 

     So I have a confession, I only used half of the box because I wanted to do something a little bit different with the background and really didn't want a box. So I glued it to a page in the Tim Holtz Paper Stash "Lost and Found." Have you had a chance to see this beautiful paper collection! Here's a look a two of my favorites:

I hand made a frame and didn't really worry about how it looked because I knew it was going to get covered up with love and inspiration right?!!
The Burlap shredding was almost better than the thoughts I had of filling the entire box up with coconuts and having the lil gnome swinging from the tree with a Piña Colada in hand! (That will be a story for another day!)
Yes! You just start pulling the strings until it frays as much as you want! Sooooo satisfying! And the little bird in the back is a sneak peek at something else I'm working on!
The Lawn Fawn "Oliver's Stitched ABC's" can be described in one word...AMAZING!
I literally cut a gazillion out and threw them in a bag for more makes!
And I really, really, wanted to use the word Kowabunga but holy Kow....that's a long word! Who would have thought?! Lol! "Surfs Up" is muuuuch shorter dudes!
Those pretty little flowers and botanicals came from the Tim Holtz "Garden Greens" and the "Funky Florals 3".
How cute is that little dude just chillin' in my Curio Box! I do have to tell you that I handmade the surfboard... no big deal! I just cut it out of cardstock, drew a line down the middle and cut another surfboard out of black to cast a shadow behind it! No worries. You can do it! I also made the ribbon that this hangs from. No big deal's just origami! Might be a little harder than the surfboard but I promise, it's still easy!
Well, that's it my friends! I hope I've inspired you to leave your world for a little bit and get lost in your imagination. Every creation has a story. What's yours going to be? Stay well, & be kind to one another! I'll see you next week with another exciting challenge! 
Creatively Yours,

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Sunday, July 12, 2020

Are You Ready For Another Challenge?

 Hello everyone! I'm so excited to be back again for another week of fun on the 

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog! 

    In keeping with the "Early Birds" theme for this weeks challenge, I've found a cute little pattern and yet another cross stitch die from My Favorite Things that I could not wait to share with you!

     Say Hello to the My Favorite Things "Cross Stitch Tag Die-Namics!"  Doesn't this card make you want to travel to a tropical island somewhere? Yeah? Me too! So let's pack our bags because this gorgeous card is going to take us to palm trees, sandy cheeks, and pink flamingos!

    Speaking of pink flamingos, just look at her! After cross stitching, I decided that she could use a bit more bling so I outlined her in gold metallic thread! She absolutely glistens! If you are wondering how I was able to cut the pattern for the cross stitching directly from a page out of the Dina Wakley "Media Collage Collective Book" here's the story....
     The My Favorite Things "Cross Stitch Tag Die-Namics" has this nifty little feature that I love. Ready for this one?! The "cross stitch" part acts like an "insert."  So you can leave the "insert" inside the tag die frame and make an awesome little tag, or you can just use the cross stitch part to add a cross stitch pattern anywhere on your cardstock! How amazing is that? This is why I know you're going to love this die!
     And the patterns.....ahhh no worries, you can find them all over the internet! This one happens to be from My Favorite Things! 
     So with the island breeze at our backs we will head on over to those gorgeous little flowers! I have had this die set from Tim Holtz for so long now and have used it for so many things! From quirky winter flowers to spring blossoms and now part of a tropical card! The die is called "Tiny Tattered Florals" and it is a Quilling die! Paper Quilling or Paper Filligree, as some may call it, is such a gorgeous art! You basically cut paper strips and roll them! It's that easy, I swear! Here's some pictures of this process. I lost my quilling tool so I had to improvise with a paint brush...                       
     So here's what you start out with...
And this is what you do...
And when you're finished, voilà!
Look at those beautiful blooms! I used Pretty Pink Posh "Spring Flowers Mix" Sequins for the middles to add a little bling! And the great thing about these flowers is that they don't have to be perfect to look awesome; the more "tattered" they are; the better! 
     And the leaves are also a part of the set and just just curled them a bit to look natural...
     These were also cut out of a green mixed media page I found in Dina Wakley's "Media Collage Collective Book". Again, I have enjoyed this book so much that I feel compelled to share some of my favorite pages...
How many beautiful backgrounds do you see there! Ahh I just love all of the vibrant colors and free spirited designs! So perfect for tropical cards! 
   If you were wondering about the "hula skirt" material around the's raffia and yes, I did cut and hot glue all those pieces around the card! Lol, it's not pretty but hey, it's the back of the card so hot glue strings and worries!
No worries because the end result is so worth it!!!!
And with that, I'm going to bid you farewell and head back to 216 Alchemy Lane to get started on some inspiration for next weeks challenge! By all means, stay awhile, enjoy the sun and when the ocean breeze pushes back here, I'll have another tropical paradise waiting for you! Take care, safe journeys, until next time!
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Monday, July 6, 2020

It's Time For A New Challenge!

Hello everyone! I am so excited to have been chosen to be 

July's Featured Designer on the

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog

As you know, I absolutely love mixed media design, and if I can, in some way, incorporate a tropical vibe.... you know that's exactly what I'm going to do! 

     Is it any wonder that this weeks theme on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog is "Play With Paint" featuring products by designer Dina Wakley?!!  Dina is a designer that loves the ocean as much as I do, and believe me, it was an absolute pleasure to create with her brilliantly vivid mixed media designs! So without further ado, thanks again to my friends at Simon Says Stamp...and Dina... this one's for you!

     It's funny how you can sometimes start with an idea that ends up being so much more than you intended! Here's a example of a mixed media piece that became just that! What started out as a card just became too much fun and eventually became way too big for any card base! Lol! Who else has been in my shoes? Yeah, you know who you are! Why settle for mediocre when you can have spectacular! Right?! 

    So are you ready to learn how this underwater scene transpired from an ordinary card to beautifully vivid mixed media wall art?  Grab your scuba gear and follow we leave 216 Alchemy Lane for some fun in the sun with crystal clear water as far as your eye can see!
     *I'm going to warn you that this may be a little lengthy but I promise you'll thank me in the end! This was my first time using many of these products and my excitement is just pouring over! Once you learn about them I know you will love them as much as I do!
     And besides, there's a surprise freebie waiting for you at the end of this journey!

The first thing you'll notice as you arrive are 
the many different design you are able to choose from for this creation. The Dina Wakley Collage Collective was an awesomely amazing place to begin your journey! Seriously, have you seen this collection of double-sided, jewel-colored mixed media pages? Tear some out, leave some in, they all bound together in this incredibly convenient journal! 30 pages are thick enough for tags and the other 30 are perfect for embellishing those tags or for adding mixed media backgrounds that will make you look like a rockstar! (psst....I won't tell if you wont! Lol!) Here's some of my favorites from her collective:

How beautiful are those? I mean, shut the front door...right?! They're so gorgeous that all the work is already done for you! 
     Here's the one that started it all....doesn't the background remind you of bubbles? 
     I have to laugh because this was supposed to be one of those "trendy" slimline cards. It was almost the perfect size as well! Oh well, maybe next time! 
     Since there are doubles of each of the designs, I used both sheets. I cut the thinner of the two out and mounted it to a piece of sturdy cardstock cut the same size. I cut the other one out and ran it through my machine with the "Cross Stitch Rectangle Die-Namics" by My Favorite Things. 
     Since these "Cross Stitch" dies tend to sell out quickly, I would suggest that if you see it "in stock", get it because they are becoming super trendy! If you can't find this particular one, there are many others that work the same way on the Simon Says Stamp website. Just type in "cross stitch" and BAM! You'll see so many! The Mama Elephant "Pegworks" die was in stock the last time I looked (although you may have to adjust your stitch count ) but don't quote me on it. Like I said, they are on fire..... with good reason!
     Check this out....remember cross stitching? You can actually cross stitch on cards! Yes, on cardstock! The cardstock just has to be sturdy enough not to rip! 
     Here's two examples of how I have run two different cross stitch dies through my machine. The first one is the My  Favorite Things Cross Stitch Rectangle Die-Namics die and the second one is the My Favorite Things Cross Stitch Bookmark Die-Namics. Don't worry, I'll post links to everything I've mention in here at the bottom of this post!
Do you now see how incredibly versatile these dies are? Time consuming? A bit....but lets be honest; the card will more than likely, become such a huge part of the happiness you are sharing! Or you'll just end up looking like an artistic genius at the party! Either way, it's a WIN! 

Here's a close-up of the pattern my son helped me to create! Yep! Believe it or not, there's a particular video game that comes in really handy when you want to create a pattern from scratch! Leave me a comment below if you think you know which one it is! If not, ask a teenager and they will tell you! Lol!   
     All of the nautical chipboard pieces are from Dina Wakley's "Chipboard Shapes" Media found at Simon Says Stamp! I quickly found out that these little pieces of what I call "naked art" are an awesome base for alcohol inks as well as paint! Here I used Dina's "White Gesso" to "prime" the pieces before I alcohol inked them! This is a must with alcohol inks or they will just soak right though and not give you that fluid, bubbly, coolness!
     And then of course, I alcohol inked them with Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks!! I'm an Alcohol Ink Artist...did you really think I could go without inking something?!! It's an addiction and believe me... the struggle is real! Once you start alcohol begins! Lol! 
     Just look at that coral...
And more coral...

     The rest of the card came along pretty quickly with a hot glue gun, some nautical twig ribbon I had left over from a Christmas not so long ago, and a touch of sequins & beads I found spilled all over the place, at the bottom of my string stash!  Whew! Talk about using left overs! 

 I don't know if you can see it that well but the beads are supposed to be suction cups on "Inkys" tentacles! 
So there you have it! Can you tell I had fun with this?!
     Have I inspired you to start cross stitching on paper yet? Worried about where to begin? There are plenty of gorgeous patterns online. In fact, I started stitching when I was inspired by a tremendously talented cross stitch artist named Cathy Carlson on instagram! Talk about talented! If you are looking for patterns to go with any of these dies, she has an amazing collection!
Oh and before I forget... here's a little photo of the custom pattern I made with the help of my son and one of his video games! It's my very first one! Hey, if I can do it; you can do it!!! 
     Remember: Inspiration is everywhere! You just have to open your eyes and take a closer look ...and sometimes, it helps to
  ask a teenager! Lol!
and here's a copy of the pattern for you to use... 
     Please link back to this blog if you should decide to use it....we would love to see your creations! Especially my son as he was the mastermind that was able to transform my vision into blocks! We plan on doing more patterns in the future so check back with us from time to time and don't forget to follow me on Instagram. Thank you so much Simon Says Stamp for your inspiration and hospitality, and as always...have a beautifully creative day and I'll see you next Monday for another New Challenge! xx~Sheila

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