Category Archives: Marilyn

Whimsical Christmas Tree

Good morning everyone!  I’ve got a new art journal page for you today, created using Basically Bare’s 5×7 Artful Journal.  The watercolor pages are nice and thick and colors do not bleed through to the other side.  I actually saturated this page with color.

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  1. Stamp the stars using embossing liquid and then emboss with silver powder.
  2. Spray Ink Spot (by Art Anthology) or another dark ink onto your page, blotting and drying until you’ve reached the depth of color you are going for.
  3. Stamp your tree with Versafine ink onto a piece of paper, emboss with clear embossing powder, and cut out, leaving a wide margin.  I painted mine with Art Anthology Ferrari and Parakeet Sorbet.  I embossed the star with silver embossing powder.
  4. Add a trunk cut from a piece of paper and color with a dark brown paint.
  5. Die cut holly and snowflakes from cardstock.  I painted the holly leaves and then embossed with clear powder.  The snowflakes were embossed with silver powder.
  6. Stamp Merry Christmas in black ink and then emboss with green embossing powder.  Adhere everything to the page.
  7. I outlined Merry Christmas with a white pen.  I had also outlined the tree with a red paint pen but went back over it with a white pen.  Next I outlined the holly leaves and snowflakes with a black Micron pen.
  8. Finally, outline the page with a red paint pen.

You are done!

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Until later………………
Marilyn

Supplies Used:
Basically Bare 5 x 7 Arful Binder
Art Anthology Ink Spot Colorations
Art Anthology Ferrari and Parakeet Sorbet
Technique Junkies Star Power and Merry Christmas 2 stamps
Sizzix Movers and Shapers Mini Pine Tree & Holly Set and Mini Snowflakes Set
Clear Embossing Powder
Silver Embossing Powder
Red Sharpie Paint Pen
Micron 03 Black Pen
White Pen

2015-11-15 12.19.04

Fall Artful Binder Page

Good morning everyone!  Today I created a page using the 6×6 Artful Binder 6×6 Watercolor Expansion Pack.  I use my 6×6 Artful Binder as an art journal; it’s so easy to remove the pages to work on.

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First, I misted my watercolor paper with water then sprayed Barbie, Salmon, Granny Smith, and Siesta Key Colorations on to get my background started.  I then stenciled some squares using one of the Off the Grid Layered Stencils and then stenciled some Chevrons using Bronze Metal Effects through the Tick Tock stencil.

I die cut the Tree of Life from Tattered Lace, sprayed it with Salted Caramel, French Toast, and Juicy Colorations and glued it down.  The leaf was something I had laying around on my desk.  I then stamped FALL using the Almano stamp set from Technique Junkies,

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A couple of closeups of my page.

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It’s now been placed in my 6×6 Artful Binder.

Hope you enjoy this today and can get an idea how versatile our Artful Binders and the Expansion Packs can be.

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Until later………………
Marilyn

Supplies Used
Basically Bare:  6×6 Artful Binder, 6×6 Watercolor Expansion Pack
Art Anthology:  Barbie, Salmon, Granny Smith, Siesta Key, Salted Caramel, Fench Toast, and Juicy Colorations; Gold and Bronze Metal Effects
Tatttered Lace:  Tree of Life die
Technique Junkies:  Alnamo Stamp Set

2015-11-08 14.10.23

Words and Pictures Tags

Good morning everyone!  I’ve got a couple of tags I made with the Basically Bare Scalloped Tag Set.

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For this one, I gesso’d a cardboard tag and then coated it with Art Anthology Chocolate Sorbet.  I then added my picture and ran twine all around the edges.  Next, I cut out “You Can Do This”, sprayed it with Salted Caramel and used my Xyron to adhere it to the tag.  I then added faux stitching around the image with a black Sharpie, glued on a cowboy hat charge and a few doo-dads I had laying around and it’s done!

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For this tag (which we carry but isn’t currently in the shop), I used one made from watercolor paper.  I misted water over the tag, sprayed with Barbie and Grass and dried.  Next I added the image and the words.  I cut a piece of Diamond Wrap (available in floral supply stores) and used it to edge the tag.  Finally I added faux stitching around the edges with my black Sharpie and tied on some fiber.

Two quick and easy tags that I absolutely love (the top one is in my office at work).

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Supplies Used:
Basically Bare:  Scalloped Tag Set; Mixed Tag Set
Art Anthology:  Salted Caramel, Barbie, Grass Colorations; Chocolate Sorbet
Diamond Wrap
Collage Sheet Images
Embellishments

2015-10-18 10.25.05

Wicked Journal Page

Good morning everyone!  I was in the Halloween mood and decided to create an Art Journal page using the Basically Bare 6×9 Art Journal.

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The background was created using Art Anthology Juice and Raider Colorations and the Art Anthology Meridian stencil.  I then stamped several Viva Las VegaStamps stamps in the background.

I then die cut the ghosts using the Sizzix Bigz die, inked them with Walnut Ink, and placed them where it looked like they were coming out of the tree.  I then cut several bats with the Movers & Shapers Tiny Bat die and the Bigz Hocus Pocus die (hat also).  The “wicked” is cut using the Thinlits Halloween words script.

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HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!!!

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Supplies Used:
Basically Bare 6×9 Art Journal
Art Anthology Colorations
Sizzix Bigz Die:  Hocus Pocus, Ghosts
Sizzix Movers & Shapers: Tiny Bat
Sizzix Thinlits: Halloween Script

Until later…………………….
Marilyn

2015-08-23 11.09.49

Trio of Tags

Good morning everyone.  Today I wanted to share three tags I made using Basically Bare’s Scalloped Tags.  I made one from canvas, one from chipboard, and one from acrylic.

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First up is the once I made from the Canvas Scalloped Tag.  I sprayed the background with Art Anthology Colorations in Heart, Grass, and Waimea Bay and when dry, stamped the background with Stampotique’s French Journal stamp.  I then stamped Unity’s The Little Things in rose ink, cut out, and adhered to the tag.  Next I arranged some Petaloo flowers down the right side.  To finish, I sprayed with Art Anthology Sterling Fairy Dust.

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The second tag was made using the white side of the chipboard tag.  I layed a stencil down and inked the background with black archival ink.  Next I stamped Unity’s You Witch stamp onto a piece of paper and fussy-cut out.  The hat was painted with a mixture of Art Anthology Heart mixed with SIlk Tie, Juicy mixed with Silk Tie, and Grass mixed with Silk Tie Colorations.  I inked the edges of the sentiment with black archival ink.  The entire thing was then sprayed with Art Anthology Sterling Fairy Dust.

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And for the third card, I chose an Acrylic Scalloped Tag.  I stamped Unity’s Cuckoo Clocks with black Stazon ink and carefully dried with a heat gun.  I then pained the clock with Art Anthology Desire, Lemon Tart, FIgi, Tuxedo, Tango, and Kona Velvet.

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Supplies:
Basically Bare Scalloped Tag Set
Art Anthology Velvet – various
Art Anthology Colorations – various
Unity Stamps – Cuckoo Clocks, The Little Things, You Witch
Stampotique Stamps – French Journal Page

Until later………..
Smiles~
Marilyn

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Backgrounds for Art Journaling

Hi everyone.  Today I have a quick tip on how not to have a white page to sit and stare at when you go into your studio to do some art journaling.  I know that all that white space can cause some stress.  Where to start?  What medium to lay down?  How to get from point A to point B, etc. etc.  First, you start with a Basically Bare Art Journal. Any one of our three sizes will work.  They are made with watercolor paper and are perfect for this application.

What I do is create what I call a Excess Paint Journal.  It’s where I put all my leftover paint, mop up any sprays or mists, stamp my inked stamps until they are clean, clean off dirty stencils, etc.  It’s easy to do and you can make some wonderful backgrounds.

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On these pages, I just brushed on or mopped up excess paint and mists.  You can see on the right where I slid in a dirty stencil, closed the journal, and allowed the watercolor paper to soak up the excess spray that were on them.  Look closely and you can see some stamping where I cleaned off some stamps.

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More pages.  The one on the left is where I practiced some stamping and smeared on a bunch of excess paint I had on my craft mat.  The one on the right is where I had a bunch of excess tinted texture paste and used it to stencil over some pages that already had some mists on them.

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And yep, you can great some beautiful journal pages with those scrap pages you created.  The background was created over a period of time just by adding excess paint, texture paste, and wet stencils.  All I did was add a few fussy-cut stamped images, a sentiment, and highlighted random areas with white and black ink.  Having the background already done made this project come together quickly.  And there was no stress from staring at a white piece of paper.

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Supplies:
Basically Bare 5×7 Art Journal
Basically Bare 6×9 Art Journal
Basically Bare 8×11 Art Journal
Art Anthology Velvet – various
Art Anthology Sorbet – various
Art Anthology Colorations – various
Art Anthology Stencils – various

Until later………..
Smiles~
Marilyn

2015-07-04 11.58.00

Journal Cover Fun

Hi everyone!   I wanted to share some of the different ways I’ve decorated the covers of my Basically Bare Art Journals.

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This is the front and back of one of my 6×9 watercolor journals.

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I’m working on creating random backgrounds by adding any paint, mists, stencils, stamps, etc., that I might be trying or have left over after a project.  I’m getting some interesting backgrounds to use as future journal pages whenever I turn this into a true art journal.

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This is the front and back of one of my 5×7 watercolor journals.

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I’m already using it as an art journal.

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And these are the inside covers of the above journal.

What have YOU done in your journal lately?  Do you use it to note special events in your life or as a daily diary?  Maybe you use it as I do as either a way to create a specific project or as a place to put all your excess paint left on your craft mat after a project.  Whatever you do with them, art journals are all about YOU.

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Supplies:
Basically Bare 5×7 Art Journal
Basically Bare 6×9 Art Journal

Until later………..
Smiles~
Marilyn

 

Ordinary Moments Mixed Media Card

Good morning everyone!  Marilyn here and today I have a project I created with a couple of our Mixed Media Cards for our Mixed Media Card Set.

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I started out with the 3×4 acrylic card and stamped Lover’s Silhoutte from Technique Junkies using black StazOn.  Next, I took one of the 4×6 cardboard cards and removed the top surface, leaving the corrugated cardboard showing.  This I gesso’d then sprayed with Art Anthology Plush.  To make the butterfly, I used the Sizzix BigZ Butterfly Die with Texture Fade.  I then brushed on Art Anthology Juicy, Patience, and Plush.

I misted the entire thing (except for the acrylic) with Gold Fairy Dust and then added my sentiment, curtesy of Paper Artsy.

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Supplies:
Basically Bare Mixed Media Cards Set:  Acrylic and Cardboard
Art Anthology Colorations:  Plush, Patience, Juicy
Art Anthology Fairy Dust:  Gold
Technique Junkies:  Lover’s Silhouette
Paper Artsy:  Bricks and Mortar 1
Sizzix BigZ Die:  Butterflies with Texture Fade

Until later……………………
Smiles!
Marilyn

Gratitude Mini Album

Hi everyone!  Marilyn here today to share one of Basically Bare’s great albums.  For today’s project, I used the Oh So Mini Tabbed Album.  This is a great ringed album and you can personalize it with your choice of a variety of materials (chipboard, felt, watercolor paper, and/or acrylic).  For mine, I chose to go with all chipboard.

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I used a Farm House 6×6 paper pad to cover all my pages.

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I used mini Cabinet Card frames. and Found Relatives from Tim Holtz, and stickers from my stash.

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An assortment of rub-ons, Tim Holtz Photobooth Vintage Photos, and journaling tags.

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These albums can function as mini-scrapbooks, art journals, or photo albums.

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Or you can do what I did and just have fun with them.

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I always leave the backs of my albums plain.  In this case, I added white rub-ons to the top two corners and the middle bottom.

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Until later……………………
Smiles!
Marilyn

Here Kitty Kitty

Good morning!  I’ve been working with tags again since Basically Bare makes some truly awesome ones!  This time, I worked with a couple of digital stamps from The Octopode Factory.  The swap I was participating in was themed Chesire Cat.  Weeelllll, me being like I am, I had to be a little quirky with my Cat.

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Cool Kitty?  The top one is on his way to a new home and I kept the bottom one for myself.  So, why don’t you go grab some Basically Bare Tags and see what goodness you can come up with!

Until later………….
Smiles~
Marilyn

Supply List:
Basically Bare Standard Rounded Tag Set
Basically Bare Standard Cut Tag Set
Art Anthology Sorbets
Art Anthology Colorations
The Octopode Factory Digital Stamps