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Monsters & Zombies Oh My!

Hello All and Happy Sunday!

This week, I decided to take a different approach to the Inspired by challenge. I recently acquired these awesome dies from Tim Holtz and seeing as the prompt this week was a spooky one, I thought why not make up some Halloween cards using the art journal techniques from this week. Check out my video below!

To make the cards I used:

Heavy Weight Black Cardstock

Dylusions Paint Pots: Crushed Grape, Squeezed Orange, Fresh Lime

Dylusions Ink Sprays: Tangerine Dream, Lemon Zest, Fresh Lime, After Midnight, Pure Sunshine

Lindy’s Stamp Gang Sprays: Witch’s Potion Purple, Golden Sleigh Bells

Lavinia Stamps: Tree Half R2

Creative Embellishments: Halftone Circle Stamp

Distress Oxide Ink: Spiced Marmalade, Wilted Violet, Peeled Paint

Versafine Onyx Black Ink

Neena Cardstock: 110 lb Solar White

Tim Holtz Dies: Thinlits: Monster, Zombie

Sentiment: Close To My Heart Stamp: Wicked S1108

Distress Stains: Monster: Mowed Lawn, Twisted Citron, Peeled Paint,Walnut Stain

Zombie: Shabby Shutters, Twisted Citron, Pumice Stone, Frayed Burlap

Faber Castell Big Brush Markers: Black 199, Deep Scarlet Red 219

Art Glitter Glue

Sookwang Doubled Sided Adhesive Tape

I hope you had as much fun as I did creating this week! I look forward to seeing pictures of your layouts on Instagram!

Happy Creating!

XO-Erin

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Positive Flow

This week I was tired. Do you ever feel like the pressures of life and the day to day have just gotten you down? This time every year, it happens to me. Fall, which happens to be my favorite season also seems to be my hardest season. Allergies are at their worst here in Texas (well for me anyway), its the transition of getting back into the school routine and the start of the holiday season looming before me. Have you ever felt that way? Well this week, for the ‘Inspired By Challenge’, I created my girl with positive affirmations that flowed from her. Reminders to myself that it’s OK to feel the way I’m feeling and that it doesn’t make me less of a person, a mother, a wife, a friend- whatever hat you have donned, you are ENOUGH. I didn’t make a video this week, I was late in posting this, but ya know what, that’s OK! Everyone needs to stop and take a breather now and then and I am not going to let myself, well, beat myself up.

To begin, I grabbed my Dylusions landscape journal. I had yet to create in this journal and I thought this week was the perfect layout to break it in. I started by collaging some papers onto the pages.

I used some handmade papers with real pressed flowers, some decoupage papers from Deco Mache and The Paper Studio and kraft paper. I randomly ripped the papers and glued them in with matte medium. Then I took some white gesso and using my fingers, I painted it around parts of the page. With a charcoal pencil, I drew in my girl. I grabbed my watercolors and colored in around her to help warm up the layout. (I can’t tell you which brand I used because I created them myself! *wink) Using a fountain pen I wrote in the affirmations and positive notes to myself along the strands of her hair. Then using the charcoal pencil again I framed the layout.

Here is a close-up of my finished layout.

     

Sometimes you just need to quiet the negativity in your mind and just follow the flow of creativity. In the end, I really enjoyed creating my girl this week and many thanks to Toni for taking the fear out of drawing faces!

Happy Creating All!

XO-Erin

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ICAD 2017 Flip Through and Review

Hello my artsy friends! As promised here is my ICAD flip through! First off let me say that this past 61 days (yes 61!) have been truly fantastic. Not only did I push myself to create art every single day, but I also made some amazing friends along the way! Continue reading “ICAD 2017 Flip Through and Review”

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‘Garden of Love’

I was excited to get going on this week’s #inspiby prompt. I have had this gorgeous stamp from Carabell Studios that Birgit Koopsen designed for a while now and dreamed up this plan of how I was going to deconstruct it for a layout. Continue reading “‘Garden of Love’”

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Doodle Days Musings Adventure & A Book Tutorial Too!

Hello Artsy Friends!

Well, as If I can’t seem to get enough of challenges, I have found yet another one that I am excited and thrilled to be a part of! The Doodle Days Musings Adventure is a 30-day doodle challenge hosted by Lisa DeYoung a.k.a. the Mountain Mermaid. Continue reading “Doodle Days Musings Adventure & A Book Tutorial Too!”

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Inspired by Week 8 prompt

Hello, my Artsy Friends! It’s yet another Monday and that means another #inspiby prompt! This week I am super excited to share with you the challenge layout! It’s a Galaxy page! Are you jumping for joy and clapping with excitement? I know I am!

Continue reading “Inspired by Week 8 prompt”