Monday, May 28, 2012

First off-THANK YOU for being a part of the Prima/Faber-Castell Blog Hop! I loved reading your comments!!

Second: our random comment winner is:

This looks great!
It just makes me wanna create :-)

Congrats, Marie-Anne! Please email me to claim the prize!

And "happy art journaling" to everyone.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Prima & Faber Castell!

Is there anything better than two companies combining their amazing products? Today I have a joint venture project by Prima Marketing and Faber-Castell

Not only do their products work perfectly together, but they provide wonderful platforms for inspiration and creativity! Both of the design teams were challenged to create projects combining products just for YOU! Hopefully this will get your creativity going too. (LOOK for prize details below!)

Faber-Castell's products are a perfect way to color many of Prima's Mixed-Media products! I used the above products to color a watercolor paper page in Prima's Mixed Media journal. (Have you tried the journals yet? They are AMAZING! They have 4 watercolor sheets, 4 canvas sheets, 4 resist canvas pages, 4 clear pages, multiple patterned paper sheets, 2 tags, and more inside!)

For those of you who have not tried art journaling YOU NEED TO TRY IT! Just jump in and swim. You will love it. (My journal is actually half scrapbook, half artsy stuff. I decided to do what I like...and I like to do there you go. It's okay. No one is going to open your book and judge you for what's inside!)

First I colored my resist canvas shapes because I like everything DRY when I put it all together. Try coloring them with FC gelatos. Use like a crayon to color the canvas; then wet slightly to slide that gorgeous color all over.  Dry. Tip: You can layer canvas shapes with other items for more dimension.

Next you want to create the background. After coloring directly on the Prima stamps with gelatos (mix colors for a great effect); mist the stamp with a touch of water; then stamp directly on the water-color paper. After it is dry, brush on a thin layer of gesso over the middle section to tone it down a bit; dry, and stamp all over again with your favorite clear stamps by Prima and brown chalk inks (pick a few different shades) for a distressed effect.

To finish off the page I added glass bead gel. Once the gel dried a glitzy touch of gold gelato was rubbed over the glass bead gel. (Rub some of the gold gelato across the page with your finger for even more pizazz.) 

Embellish your page with crystal swirls, your sentiment, seam binding, canvas shapes and sculpture flowers to finish the page!

Prima Products:
  • 557942 Mixed Media Journal Pages
  • 554743 Resist Canvas Flowers
  • 554699 Canvas Resist Butterfly
  • 558253 Mid-Release Butterflies
  • 544683 SIIC Swirl
  • 921736 Peonies & Poppies Sculpture Flower
  • 550776 Vintage Button
  • 891008, 891169, 891183 Chalk Inks
  • 550929, 542016, 536411 Stamps
Faber Castell Products:
  • Metallic Gelatos
  • Color Gelatos-blue, green
  • Stamper's Big Brush Pen
  • Textural Accents: Gesso
Other: Ranger Inks, Tulle, Seam Binding, Glass Bead Gel

How about prize? 
This selection of gorgeous Prima products is just for YOU from me! Open to all countries. Simply leave a comment here on my blog and I will randomly choose a winner by May 22nd. Good Luck!

Prima/Faber- Castell Prize Details:

Prima and Faber Castell have also included a chance to win some of their products. Hop around to the other talented design team blogs and leave a comment on each of their blogs. Once you are done, go  back to the PRIMA and Faber Castell blogs and let them know your favorite technique. They will pick a random winner on the Prima blog May 30th! Faber Castell will also have a prize so make sure you go to their blog for details on how to win!
Ready for the fun to start?
Ready, set, GO!

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Blog Links for Faber-Castell:

Monday, May 14, 2012

Prima Scraplift Challenge

I was really excited to participate in Prima's "Scraplifting Each Other" challenge! 

My project is inspired by fellow Prima designer, Anna-Maria Wolniak. (I would have LOVED to have been assigned ANY of the DT gals. They are all super, super talented!) 

Besides the amazing texture Anna-Maria creates with art mediums, she always has a fun, colorful, yet feminine touch to each project. It was hard to narrow down the choices of which layout to lift! Each one of her designs is simply gorgeous and so inspiring.

I finally chose one she did a few months ago for our PPP challenge. I LOVE her colors, her placement of elements, and her whimsical artsy touches across the page (and what a sweet title!) I focused on these three areas and came up with my own interpretation using Prima's flocked rub-ons for a major source of texture.

This layout features one of the only shots I have of all seven of my kiddos (and grand daughter) with my in-laws. They JUST came down to see Britt graduate from college last week. I think we overwhelmed them a bit. Our house is NEVER dull. Or quiet. Imagine that. Haha!


(Go Green tip: use the negatives from the flocked rub-ons too! They will provide a fun little piece of texture for FREE! )

Here's a close-up of our resist canvas butterflies. I LOVE those resist pieces. So fun to color and customize. On this layout I used PanPastels to color them. Gorgeous colors and so EASY to use.

Anna-Maria always adds artsy little touches to her page for some contrast.  I seriously LOVE that! So I copied her. :)

Above: More flocked rub-ons and a masking technique using PanPastels again.

Hope you enjoyed the scraplift feature! Our whole team is participating so check out the Prima blog each Friday this month for more samples.

Prima Products:
  • 844059, 844042, 844080 Songbird paper
  • 550844, 550851 Flocked Rub-Ons
  • 544699 Resist Canvas Butterfly
  • 891084, 891176 Prima Chalk Ink
  • 550042 Gate Mask
  • 544324 Pink Alphas

circle punch, seam binding, glitter paint, Ranger turquoise paint, PanPastels, glass bead gel, modeling paste, Ranger Tiny Attacher, Ranger Enamel Accents, date stamp, doily