Thursday, April 10, 2014

Blog Hop with Catherine Scanlon Designs & Art Gone Wild!

Welcome Everyone! What an exciting day....today is a RED letter day for me --as this is my very first time as a BLOG HOP participant.  Exciting huh?!?!  YES!  I would like to thank Catherine Scanlon for the invite and give a shout out to all my co-blog hop buddies.  I just know you are going to have a ball 'hopping' around to see all the beautiful work they have created for this fun day!  (links to their blogs below)
So....let's get started! The stamp set that I worked with is from Art Gone Wild! designed by Catherine Scanlon Designs.  I used the set named Clara Paisley and it was so fun to work with!  Here is a picture of the entire set.  You can see the versatility of this set... it can used with many different mediums and also can be used to create a variety of projects.
When you head over to Art Gone Wild!  Look for this image above and click on it to see Catherine's full product line.  
One of the ideas that immediately popped into my head when I saw this set was to use this set to create a stationary set.  This is such an easy project to create and it would make a great Mother's Day gift. 
You can view the tutorial over here at Splitcoast Stampers to make the box.  With the use of the Scor-Pal it just took a few score marks to create it. Also included in this stationary set are hand stamped stationary cards and hand stamped envelopes.  To begin, I used the paisley stamp with Versamark to create the printed pattern on the green card stock.  This particular image would also be beautiful as a focal point on a card front.  

I stamped one  of the flourish stamps on the stationary cards and then  stamped over the flourish image the letter "K" in dark chocolate ink.  I colored the flower with a Copic marker, added a pearl and called it a day!  Simple. Simple. For an extra touch I used Glossy Accents on top of the letter k to make it dimensional. For the envelopes, again I simply stamped the image in green ink, and colored in the berries for a pop of color.  
For the top of the box I made a simple tag; again stamping it with one of the flourish stamps. Added some adorable printed paper and seam binding for a bow. Cute. Cute. Cute!  There truly are so many possibilities with this stamp set.
I hope that you have enjoyed the project I have created. Again, thank you for visiting!  Please share some love and leave me a comment and let me know you were here.   Follow the links below enjoy all the other great ladies' blogs!  Be sure to visit Catherine's blog for the opportunity to win some 
Now head on over to some of my new crafty friends blogs......Enjoy!

You are here: kookydelucy by me...Kathie DeLuca. www.kookydelucy.blogspot.com 

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Make a Wish....


Hello Friends!
Today I would like to show you this adorable card that I made with a cute stamp set by Catherine Scanlon Designs.  I used the Flower Stamp 2 set from her collection over at Art Gone Wild!  I also used her Metal Ovals die set.  
This is the Flowers Stamp 2 Set


As you can see I made the flower my focal point of the card.  To begin, I stamped the image with with Black Momento Ink and fussy cut the flower and leaves.  I then used my Derwent Inktense Blocks to color the flower and then for the leaves I used Distress Stain.  Once that was done I used Distress Crackle Paint on the flower and leaves and set them aside to dry.  Once they were dry I used Distress Stains in Pine Needles & Mustard Seed over the Distress Crackle.  Love how it seeps into the cracks of the Crackle!  In the middle of the flower I used red sticky tape and micro beads to create the center.  This adds some cool texture. 

To finish up the card I used my sewing machine to add some sticking around the edges of my patterned paper, added my sentiment, and then a couple of pearls to finish it up.  For the oval mats, I popped them up with foam tape before adding the flower.

Thanks for visiting!  Come back every day for the rest of the week to see more great projects that I have created with Catherine's great designs.  On Thursday I will also be part of a fun blog hop that I know you won't want to miss.  If you haven't already click on the right to become a follower of my blog!

Cheers~ k.



Thursday, March 06, 2014

be. brave. you. happy. original. just be.

Good Morning!  
I created a project for the upcoming Mixed Media Madness Retreat and when I was done I had some elements left over and wanted to create a complimentary piece as a second sample for students to get inspiration from.  I wanted to share it with you today.  
always....be. b.r.a.v.e
Texture is such an important element to me whether I am creating it through the use of inks or as I did here with the use of textile fabrics.  I like the organic feel of this piece with the use of burlap, thick raw canvas, and then some sewn elements.  I also threw in some vintage book text and corrugated cardboard as some additional texture.  Many of these items I am sure are laying around your studio and you could easily incorporate them into your project too.  
beautiful how the ink
pools around the stitching.  
I layered some sewing patterns onto the hearts and sprayed them with some Dylusions ink spray, and some perfect pearls, and then topped it off with Distress Crackle Paint.  I chose to paint and spray both the canvas and the burlap also.  
the texture of this section is y.u.m.m.y

For some of the final elements of the piece I grundged (made this word up!) up some buttons so they fit in with the motif. Doodling on a canvas can add such super special element to your work that can bring your artwork to another level.
here are my "grunged" buttons

If you haven't heard about this amazing upcoming retreat click here and read all about it!!
have a brave day.
k.

Saturday, March 01, 2014

Simple yet Elegant!

 
Good Morning Friends!
Last night in the studio I created a quick and easy card that I love the results of.  I have this Queen Anne's Lace stamp from Catherine Scanlon Designs and I have generally always used it as a framework and added watercolor to it.  Today, the card I created used a different approach where I embossed the image with white embossing powder on some really pretty solid paper and the results I think are amazing!

To begin, a trick I like to use when embossing is to run a dryer sheet across my paper to help with any possibility of embossing powder sticking where I don't want it.  It is a household item I always have on hand and it gets the job done!  Next, I simply stamped the full image once with Versamark ink and then stamped only a portion of it a second time.  Sprinkled on the white embossing powder, and used my embossing gun to emboss.  Super simple and very quick.
  
here are my supplies for that
After that was all set, I wrapped some seam binding around the card and made a sweet bow.  On a simple card like this it allows me to use some embellishments that I have in my stash without the card looking over done.  Finally, I mounted the card front to the base and called it complete! 
Leave me a comment and let me know what you think of this project, and also make a girl feel special and follow my blog! :)
 
Have a great weekend,
k.
 

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Little Tag Fun

Hey Everyone!

Things in New England have been so snowy and beautiful this winter.  Most people in this area often complain and moan about this type weather....whining they have 'had enough'....I say LET IT SNOW!  With all of this snow, we have had a few snow days off from school so I have been able to head into the studio for some extra down time.  I have been working on a ton of projects and I wanted to share one with you today!

I began a short time ago looking for a more portable method to my art-journaling.  I began carrying manila tags with me in my bag, and I would doodle with black Faber Castell Pitt pens and later watercolor them in.  Once day when I was creating a mixed-media canvas I pulled a tag through some excess ink....and next thing you know I am creating some mixed-media tags to go with my 'art-journaling tags. 

Here are some tags.  I used manila tags from AVERY, and did all the techniques I would do on the canvases. 

All of the products for this project were products I already had on my shelf...often times when we create it is just a matter of stepping out of our comfort zones and using products we don't normally reach for and making something awesome! I used Dylusions Ink Sprays, stencils, did some doodling, used pigment inks, gleatos on book text, and my favorite Light Modeling Paste!  Many of the techniques are fussy....but the results are so yummy!
Look closely at the center of the sunshine; I used a stencil
with the Liquitex Light Modeling paste and an old circle
stencil. It adds such texture!
I made this supper yummy ribbon by using some seam binding, water, and again using Dylusions Ink Sprays with a different purpose.  Love when products have multiple uses.  I love that about Ranger Products!
 

I hope you try some of these techniques and let me know what you think!
 
If you are local and would like to take this class with me I am teaching it at this coming Sunday, March 2, click----------> (HERE)  for more information.
 
 
If you don't already follow my blog....please do!  Because who doesn't like new followers?!? :)
See you again soon.
k.


Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Welcome...

Well hello there!  Its been awhile.  Time flies so quickly; why is that?

What do you think of my 'new year new me' look?  I think the new appearance of my blog is refreshing.  A little bit outside of my box, but think I like it....well actually a lot. 

So, I would like to begin by saying welcome!   I'm not sure if this is your first time visiting...if it is...feel free to follow my blog over on the right hand side of this page.  :)  That way you can keep up to date with my class dates, products for sale, and know when I post a new technique or project.  If you have visited my blog in the past, thank you for taking a peek again.

As many of you know I am in the midst of my student teaching.  I have just over five weeks left with for my business education end of it, and then another 8 weeks for special education.  My graduation date is May 22nd, and I can't believe how quickly the time has flown by since I began this journey.  I have begun applying for jobs for next fall. {keep your fingers crossed}

We have had a number of substantial snow storms this winter here in Rhode Island, with another today.  School was cancelled so I tucked myself away into the studio and created a few projects, here is a card I did. 


This beautiful card was made with a new stamp I received created by Catherine Scanlon Designs.  It is a little on the bigger size, and when I looked at it I was like WHOA!  So many ideas ended up popping into my head, I just couldn't wait to get 'inky' with it!  Well, today the snow day enabled me to do just that!
 
To begin, I stamped the whole stamp using Versamark ink and clear embossing powder.  This made the background so elegant.  It is subtle, but soooo much better than nothing!  love it!  Ok...so for the main focal flower I stamped the image with black Archival ink and colored the image using Distress Stains and Perfect Pearls.  They came out so pretty!  love how variegated the petals are all on their own. 
 
For the ribbon, I simply used seam binding and again, the Distress Stains and the Perfect Pearls.  Here is a tip:  when dying the binding, use a heat tool to dry it, keeping it wrinkled; it creates a beautiful aged looking ribbon. 
To top off the look of the flower, I used Distress Stickles on it to give it a vintage look.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I hope you follow my blog, or leave a comment to let me know you were here!
Have a great day!
k.






Saturday, February 01, 2014

August Card Class

Hello Everyone!
     Summer has been really unpredictable with the weather we have been having! Even with school I have found time to do some fun things with the girls!  I hope your enjoying your summer as well.
     With Art Journaling being the all the craze these days, and from what I have heard you ladies saying, I have added a Art Journaling class to the August schedule!!!  **I can hear all the roaring and excitement! :)**  It will be a beginners class, so all skill levels are welcomed.
Here are all the details for the upcoming August Classes.

Click here for more information on both of these classes------>> click

Space is limited so please sign up ASAP.  When these two dates fill up I will add a Saturday date if necessary. 

Thanks so much and I look forward to creating with you soon!!
Hugs, kathie

Monday, January 13, 2014

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Every time you look at your canvas you will notice something new!
They also make great gifts!

Email me at kathiedeluca@gmail.com to order yours today or for any questions you may have!

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