Tuesday, April 08, 2014

friendliest flower

The new Dina Wakley stencils are in the house!
That's all I used for these journal pages.
I love these stencils, the leaves are gorgeous, the basic's can be used in so many different ways so can the faces! The Affirmations is a great background stencil, I love the quote.
The plan was to have a daisy, sunflower and a purple cone flower.
That all changed when I found the quote on Pinterest. 
Now they are daisies, friendly daisies. 
Don't they look like friendly daisies with their cute faces? ;)
On the background I used the Affirmations and Leaves stencils, I made the flowers with the half sun from The Basics stencil and the faces are from the Moon Faces stencil.
The light blue background started out Vibrant Turquoise, way too much, so I took it down with gesso.
I used Distress Paints for the flowers in Scattered Straw, Dusty Concord and Picket Fence. I punched the faces with a Marvy jumbo scalloped punch. I stamped the faces in Distress Vintage Photo on book text and distressed them with Vintage Photo and Archival Dandelion and Carnation Red on the cheeks. The leaves are Archival Fern Green.
Oh yeah, I used the French Script background stamp from SU! too, I'm sure it's retired now though.
I used it for some distressing, any script stamp would work.
As always I added 3 eyelets with my Crop-a-Dile.
I wrote the quote with a bronze Sharpie marker and outlined it with a Sakura Micron black 08 pen.
It's a line Meg Ryan used in 'You've Got Mail'.
Well, that's it!
This month at The Inspiration Journal the challenge is anything goes!
How fun is that, right? 
Remember, you can use my discount code ieirisgarden at checkout over at Inspiration Emporium!
Have a great day!
From Millan.Net

Friday, March 28, 2014

someone special

Today I have a card using the die set Lots of Pops from Elizabeth craft designs by Karen Burniston.
This is my first card using these dies and I must say, they are so much fun!
You can build the cutest scenes with this die set.
I used the paper pad Park Bench by Fancy Pants, it matched the ink colors perfectly!
The paper ric rac was cut with the MFT jumbo ric rac die and the scallop on the edges with the open scallop die.
I used a star on the sentiment tag.
 I had this piece that I made using Wendy Vecchi's Archival reinker technique.
I thought it would make a cute background. 
The stamping was done with the Crafty Secrets Kewpie's stamp set.
I went to the website and it looks like the set is sold out, but, there are more Kewpie sets for sale.
 The reinker colors are Archival dandelion, forget me not and the stamping was done with jet black.
I used Distress Markers and Copic markers for the coloring on the Kewpie's.

Thats it!
I hope you can upload your colorful creation to The Journal for a chance to win some spending money at Inspiration Emporium. Remember, you can use my discount code ieirisgarden for 10% off your oder!
Have a great day!
From Millan.Net

Friday, March 14, 2014

love always

My goodness.
Seems like it's been forever since I've been here.
Totally uninspired. sick. weather. stress. ugh.
Things seem to be looking up, yay :)
 This months challenge at The Inspiration Journal is all about color!
A perfect time to try out Wendy Vecchi's new technique using her Archival reinkers.
you can  make beautiful, simple backgrounds or diecuts like I did!
For my journal background I started by applying some gesso, I dried that and put on tumbled glass distress stain, I painted it on and dried that and then I put on elements and symphony tissue tape small pieces to cover both pages. I painted on some more gesso to tone it down. Next I used the doily stencil and applied distress bundled sage ink over the pages. Last, I stamped some dots on with a Dylusions basic backgrounds stamp with forget me not ink.
I had some corner pieces of paper doilies that I had used on another project and glued one on each page and the inclusion. I cut a gold foil doily in half and put one piece on each side of the inclusion. I used a 5/8" circle punch and punched gold centers for the flowers.
 I used the Jumbo Tattered Florals die to make the flowers and leaves for the journal pages.
I used Archival reinkers in forget me not, orange blossom and carnation red. 

 The 'love always' is transparent diecuts by Studio Calico. I covered the words with Glossy Accents and sprinkled on turquoise glitter. After they dried I spayed a matt sealer on them to keep the glitter from coming off so much, it worked really well.
I sprayed the flowers with Goosebumps texture spray to give them a little texture. You can see it pretty good in this picture. I love that stuff!
That's it!
It's your turn to upload a colorful creation to The Inspiration Journal for your chance to win $50 to spend at Inspiration Emporium. You have until the end of the month, plenty of time!
Don't forget to use my discount code ieirisgarden at checkout for 10% off your order!
Have a great day!
From Millan.Net

Monday, February 24, 2014

tattered floral key ring

Hello, hello!
I have a key ring to show you tonight.
When I saw the new cable binder rings Tim Holtz came out with I was SO excited, I used to have a key ring just like it. It's perfect for holding odd size keys like my car key on this one and the keys are super easy to attach to the ring, I really like that!
Binder rings are not just for binding!
I used my new Jumbo Tattered Florals die and cut 2 flowers and 2 leaves out of shrink plastic. I colored them with alcohol inks in cranberry, denim and bottle using an applicator felt. 
I added some design on the leaves with a Prima Finnabair texture stamp and Archival jet black ink and on the denim flower I used a pencil eraser for the dots and jet black ink. 
I punched a hole in a flower petal with a 1/2" circle punch. I wanted a bigger hole so the flower could move freely.
Next, I shrunk the flowers and leaves with my heat tool and glued them together with E6000 glue and added the mirrored star.
There we have it, super easy to make and with all of the large dies and stamps out there, and now binder rings, cute key rings can be made!
Have you uploaded your project for the February challenge at The Journal? You have until the end of the month, it's all about quotes and words. 
Don't forget to use my discount code ieirisgarden for 10% off your order at Inspiration Emporium.
Have a good night!
From Millan.Net

Sunday, February 16, 2014

live simply

Hello friends!
The sun is shining so pretty today, sure does uplift the spirits!
Spring may be around the corner, I hope so!

I got my new Jumbo Tattered Florals die and I LOVE those huge flowers! Just think of all the pretty things you can make with this die! I have to get my hands on some of  Tim's Ecletic Elements fabric, I know flowers made from that fabric would be gorgeous!

To start, I covered a deep 6x12 canvas with old sewing pattern tissue and Melange tissue wrap. 
I painted on some gesso to tone it down a bit, lightly, not covering the whole thing. 
First I used my archival cornflower blue and french ultra marine inks and the stripes, burlap and bubbles stencils for the 'sky' at the top. Next, I used my rays stencil for the 'sun' with some metalic gold embossing paste. Oh my, that stuff is gorgeous! I toned it down with gesso, it was too bright for what I was going for, but, wow, I love it! For the green 'grass' at the bottom I used the honeycomb stencil with archival fern green ink. Then I added some texture with a Prima Finnabair stitching stamp and jet black ink.

 I cut the flowers out of book paper, a large paper doilie, burlap that I painted with gesso and a foil sheet. I adhered a book paper flower on the foil flower so it would be bendable. I painted everything with gesso, even the mirrored stars in the center. I used a pipe cleaner for the stem, I painted it with gesso and some bundled sage Distress paint. I spray painted the burlap leaves with some bundled sage paint and water in a mini mister, tah-dah, spray paint! 
 I printed the quote from Pinterest. I loved it.
This months challenge theme at The Inspiration Journal is quotes/words.
Anything with a sentiment, quote or a word or 2 on your project, so easy!
You still have time to upload your project for a chance to win $50 to spend in Inspiration Emporium, shopping always makes me happy especially when it's free, right?
Remember, you can use my code ieirisgarden for 10% off your order!
Have a great day!
From Millan.Net

Monday, February 03, 2014

time for love

Hello friends!
I finally altered my Tim Assemblage Clock
It took me forever to get this to come together. 
I just was not happy with every idea I had until this one and I really love it!
Since February is the month of love that's the theme I went with.
 To start I took the glass out of the clock so I wouldn't mess it up when I painted it.
It was easy to take out, I slid the 2 little metal bracket thingys on the bottom over with my fingers to release the glass and I slid it out. Then I painted it with 2 coats of gesso. I sprayed a matt sealer on it, thinking it might keep the gesso from chipping off. You may not have to do that though.
I cut paper from the Fancy Pants Park Bench 6x6 pad and I cut the heart from Primas Anna Marie 6x6 pad and adheared it to the back of the clock. This piece comes right off the back of the clock to get inside.
I cut the cupid and heart from chipboard and covered them with glitter. I printed a picture of me and Terry in black & white and cut it and adhered it to the heart, but, it was so dark and it wasn't working for me, so I painted gesso over it and sprinkled on the glitter. Glitter makes everything better! I colored the white Kaiser Pearls with a Copic marker r27 to match the red heart.
I cut a burlap flower with the Tattered Florals die. I had some lace flowers in my stash that I made, you can see the tutorial here. I put the glass back in and glued all the flowers and cupid inside with a hot glue gun.
I colored some crinkle ribbon with some watered down Distress Stain in Fired Brick made a bow, hot glued it to the outside and put some heart trinket pins through it.

What are you making for the love month?    
You can get all of your love supplies at Inspiration Emporium and you can get 10% off your order using my coupon code ieirisgarden!
Have a great day!
From Millan.Net

Monday, January 13, 2014

who are you

 Hello, hello!
I have another die/punch project for you today.
I've been picking up old photos here and there from flea markets knowing I wanted to do some art with them. I've always thought how sad it is to find these vintage photos in flea markets and not in their families possession. I always wonder, who are you? 
The song "Who Are You" by The Who always comes to mind when I'm thinking about doing this journal page, so, I found the picture to use for the sentiment. The babies dress is huge, a great space for my song title sentiment! I cut out the letters from the Tim Holtz 8x8 collage paper stash.  
 The background is paper from the Tim Holtz kraft resist paper stash and vintage pattern tissue. I cut and tore them in pieces and adhered them to the pages with mod podge. I punched the book page circles with a 11/2" circle punch. I drew around the circles and and pictures with a Faber-Castell PITT big brush pen sephia 175.
 Next came the dies. Tattered Florals for the burlap and felt flowers, mini butterflies for the cardboard butterflies, picture wheel, Spellbinders classic ovals for the oval behind the the flowers on the collage inclusion.
 I used some vintage photo corners that were gifted to me a while back from my friend Lisa Zappa.
(I sure miss you girly)
I used Kaiser pearls, film strip ribbon and crinkle ribbon that I colored with Antique Linen reinker, a giggle Adage Ticket.
I smeared gesso on the butterflies with my finger.

I've been looking at the pictures from CHA 2014 and I was blown away when I saw that Tim Holtz has released Found Relatives, vintage photo cards, what timing, huh?! Who knew?!
If you don't have vintage photos on hand or don't do the flea market thing you can now have them in your stash!
Make sure you check out Inspiration Emporium for the latest CHA pre-ordering going up.
Remember to enter discount code ieirisgarden at check out for a 10% discount!
Have a great day!
From Millan.Net

Monday, January 06, 2014

home is where the heart is

Happy New Year, right?!
My first blog post for the new year, and I can tell you we are colder here than Anchorage, AK. right now, 11 degrees or something crazy like that! Taking these pic's out on the deck this morning was an experience I tell ya, boo-zeeee. We are SO not used to this around here!
Now, I can say I'm warm and cozy, writing this post, really dreading going to work in the morning!
Inspiration Emporium's challenge this month is to use diecuts or punches in your project.
This is perfect for me because I normally use diecuts in my projects.
The dies and punch I used are Tim Holtz Artful Dwellings for the houses and Mini Tattered Florals. I used a 3/4" square punch for the windows in the houses.
I used papers from the Tim Holtz 8x8 Seasonal Paper Stash for the houses and hand cut hearts and Terminology Tissue Wrap to cover the inclusion and for my flowers.
To start I painted gesso on the pages for a clean surface to start on. I painted on Distress Paint in Bundled Sage, a little Gathered Twigs and more gesso and wiped it off with baby wipes. Leaving enough paint to get the color I wanted.
  I colored the ABC Tissue Tape with Distress Bundled Sage ink and a blender tool.
The flower stems are made with Distress Markers.
The texture in the background is the plaid stamp from Wendy Vecchi's Be Inspired stamp set. 
I made the Bundled Sage polkadots on the background with the Distress Paint, I just stamped it on the page and I also swiped it on the tag after I had put Gathered Twigs Distress ink on over the Burlap Stencil.
My granddaughter Jayde was here and she stamped the sentiment for me, good job Jayde!
I traced all of the cutouts and diecuts with Faber-Castell PITT Big Brush Markers for shadowing.

I diecut the flowers and stapled them all together with the Tiny Attacher.
I wanted to lightly color them with Distress, I didn't want a vibrant color, so I made some little spray paint bottles with Distress Paint. I filled a Mini Mister about 1/3 full with the paint and filled  it up with water and shock it up, tah-dah!
 Now, it's your turn to create your diecut or punched project and upload it to the Inspiration Journal for your chance to win $50 to spend in the Inspiration Emporium store! (be watching, the post for the challenge should be up soon!)
Remember, you can always use my discount code ieirisgarden for 10% off your order!
Have a great day, stay warm!
From Millan.Net

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

number journal spread

 I L O V E after Christmas, Christmas decor sales, don't you?
There's just something about seeing 50%, 70 and 80% off, right?
Ahh, gold glitter everywhere! 
Ok, so I go out to take pic's of my journal pages and I go to the barn deck, kneel down to get the shot and then I'm on my back, just kind of  kneeled over. While I was there I thought I'd get a pic of the pretty blue sky above me, HA! 
Is that buds I see on the plum tree limbs?   
I've been wanting to do a number page. I decided to search for a number quote to get me started. I found out number quotes are not that easy to find. After I found this one and used it, I should of searched song lyrics, I can think of a few lyrics with numbers.
 I started by tearing some Tim Holtz 8x8 collage paper in pieces and gluing it to the pages and inserts.
I cut some flowers with the Tim Holtz tattered florals die out of the burlap ribbon I got on sale in my after Christmas decor stash. The stems are pieces of vintage cloth measuring tape and I cut the leaves from a vintage Bingo card.
I started pulling out numbers, white backed stickers from Lowes, Tim grunge board numbers, the Tim Numeric stamp set (one of my fave sets) stamped with Archival jet black, red geranium, coffee and cornflower blue ink, metal number 7 covered with tissue tape and numbers remnant rubs.
I stamped and embossed the the frame behind the 7 with gold embossing powder and VersaMark ink. I backed that with a white and a gold doilie.
I made shadows around some of the numbers with Faber-Castell PITT big brush pens in dark sephia 175 and black 199.
Here's the quote:
Never worry about numbers
Help one person at a time
and always start with
the person nearest you.
           ~ Mother Teresa
Remember, when you're shopping at Inspiration Emporium use my discount code ieirisgarden at check out for your 10% discount!
Have a wonderful day and a Happy New Year!
Be safe in your celebrating!
From Millan.Net

Monday, December 16, 2013

Christmas garlands

I finished my garlands!
I've been enjoying the garlands I've been seeing on Pinterest and Instagram especially Christie Tomlinson's, she's the garland making queen! If you're on Instagram you really need to check her out!
I have a big pink McCoy planter on my desk that I use for a catch-all. Most of the stuff I used were extras I  already cut with dies or purchased and put in my planter.
It's always satisfying using up this and that in your work.
For this one I used burlap flags, a Tim Holtz tattered flower and pinecone greenery dies and a flower made from a tea stained coffee filter that I got at a flea market.
The flower and pinecones below are cut from the Tim Holtz Kraft Resist paper stash.
I made this one with the Tim Holtz snowflake rosette die and white cardstock, some glitter and buttons.
On this one I used Tim Holtz journaling tickets as the base - they're on sale right now :) pinecone and mini rosette dies, paper scraps, gesso, peeled paint Distress Stickles, Martha Stewart glitter and book paper punched with a scalloped circle punch and distressed with some Distress Gathered Twigs ink. and some mini pom-pom trim stapled on with my tiny attacher.
 I don't have a fireplace mantel, but, I do have a book shelf and I think it works! 
You can get most of the materials I used at Inspiration Emporium. 
Use my discount code ieirisgarden for 10% off your order!
I was so excited to see I made Tim Holtz's blog worthy link list again!
I'm in awe to be among the talented ladies he picked, it really makes me happy :)

Have a great day!
From Millan.Net
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