SWEET HEART!

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Hello Simple Stories fans and fans of love in general!

I’d love to share a post I created for my DH which captures a really sweet, fun time we had in the park together, while our kids played. He had recently got a new phone and we were trying out all the settings on the camera. It was so much fun and I love the pics that came out of our impromptu ‘photo session’.
The new ‘Romance’ collection was perfect for documenting this photo. The gorgeous brick work print on a sheet of ‘Love Story’ was hard to resist!  I used it as focal point and then went about fussy cutting some florals from various papers in the collection, until I had a good mix of sizes and colours.
There are lots of beautiful hearts in this collection too and I played with the shape, adding some stickers and creating some sweet, dimensional embellishments.
The title has been set above and below some text, which I typed onto my background paper using my typewriter. The stickers are from the Combo Cardstock Sticker sheet which has loads of sweet shapes and sentiments.
I’ve also used some of my (very precious, lol) wood veneer from one of my all-time favourite collections ‘Life in Colour’. The little camera shapes were just the perfect finishing touch for this page. (I also asked myself, what good they were just sitting in a box somewhere… use the things you love so you can actually see them!)
The idea for these accordion hearts came from some stickers  I have in my stash. I pulled them apart and cut a few shapes out of a sheet of ‘4×4 Elements’. I scored them at 1/4 intervals on a score board and folded them up. Pretty impressed with how they turned out, even if they are not 100% perfect. I often do this and I think it’s a great way to not only save a bit of money, but also create a few awesome goodies you can use again and again.
Wishing you lots of happy crafting. I can think of no better way to show love, by making something from the heart or simply filling up our own buckets and creating from a place of joy!
Happy Valentines Day
Chantalle

Courage Journal Layout by Victoria Hills

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Instructions

Hi, it’s Victoria…I’m delighted to be here on the Ranger Ink blog, sharing another page with you – this time in my Dylusions Square Journal. When I came across the last two lines in a poem by the American writer and author Mary Anne Radmacher, I knew I wanted to create something around them. A lion image seemed to be the perfect compliment to the first line in particular: ‘Courage doesn’t always roar’. For me, the beauty of Dylusions paints is the way in which I can use a blend of colours to create a unique background that reflects the colours in my chosen image.Courage Journal Layout by Victoria Hills

Step 1: Choose the image and text for your page. I found my lion image online, and needed to resize it to fit my journal page. Getting it to the size you want can take a couple of attempts, so I usually print in draft until I’m happy with the size before printing a couple of ‘best’ copies. I used normal quality white A4 printer paper, however you could use something thicker or textured if you wanted to add dimension to your page. Cut out your image; I deliberately left about half an inch round the lion’s mane to enable me to blend the image into the background later in the process.

Courage Journal Layout by Victoria Hills

Step 2: Choose Dylusions paints for your background that echo the colours in your image. I wanted the lion to stand out on the page, so looked for colours that would mirror the darker tones in his mane.

Courage Journal Layout by Victoria Hills

Step 3: Put clean scrap paper behind your journal pages and use a palette knife to put some of each paint onto your Craft Sheet. Having them here before you start helps you to build up the layers quickly. I apply them dark to light, so put them out in this order. Using a large flat paintbrush, apply the darkest paint randomly over the page in long, straight strokes. Work briskly, so that each layer is applied while the other layers are still wet. This helps the colours to blend, creating a unique background every time. I started with a small amount of Black Marble followed by Ground Coffee…

Courage Journal Layout by Victoria Hills

Step 4: …my third layer was Melted Chocolate…

Courage Journal Layout by Victoria Hills

Step 5: …and then Pure Sunshine.

Courage Journal Layout by Victoria Hills

Step 6: I thought the Pure Sunshine was too prominent, so I applied more Ground Coffee and Melted Chocolate before adding the final layer: a few brushstrokes of White Linen. I used the leftover paint on a large black Dylusions journal tag, so I’ve got the start of a background for another project.

Courage Journal Layout by Victoria Hills

Step 7: Here’s a close-up of the still-wet background after all the layers were applied. This type of blended background can use a lot of paint, so leave it for a few hours to ensure it’s completely dry before starting the stencilling.

Courage Journal Layout by Victoria Hills

Step 8: If you don’t have a kraft tag to use for your quote, this is the ideal time in which to make it. Using a #8 Ranger manila tag as a guide for your tag’s width, measure and then cut three tags across the length of a large #12 Dylusions kraft journal tag. Make a hole in the top, and cut off two of the corners to complete your tag (and spares!).

Courage Journal Layout by Victoria Hills

Step 9: Write out your quote. I did mine in pencil first, and then wrote over it with a thick black permanent ink brush pen.

Courage Journal Layout by Victoria Hills

Step 10: Stencil onto your background using two or three of the paint colours you’ve already used. I wanted marks on the background that complimented the image of the lion, so used Melted Chocolate to stencil some of Dyan’s fronds, and then the small Holes stencil with Ground Coffee to make paw prints.

Courage Journal Layout by Victoria Hills

Step 11: When the stencilling is dry, use Matte Collage Medium to stick your image to the page, trimming any excess that’s overlapping the edge of the pages when the medium itself is dry. Go back to the palette of colours you’ve already used to blend the image into your background. I used Ground Coffee and a little bit of Black Marble, applied and blended with a combination of my fingers and a thin paintbrush. When you’re happy with the blending, add some random paint marks to the stencilled background, overlapping the image with some of the marks to help it further integrate with your background. I used Pure Sunshine on the edge of a palette knife to make claw marks, and then splattered some Black Marble paint and white gesso using a thin paintbrush. Before I added the marks, I stencilled a couple more fronds over the lions face to give the suggestion of him hiding behind bushes. Complete this part of your page by edging it with Black Marble paint, using either a blending tool or your finger (or both).

Courage Journal Layout by Victoria Hills

Step 12: The final stage is finishing your tag. Stencil a couple of marks onto the tag to reflect those on your background, and then add some highlights to your letters with a White Linen paint pen.

Courage Journal Layout by Victoria Hills

Step 13: When the highlights are completely dry, distress the edge of your tag with the Tim Holtz tool (or carefully, with a pair of scissors). Gently scrunch up the tag so that it creases, and then add some grungy marks with Distress Inks and a blending tool. I used Antique Linen, Vintage Photo and Black Soot. Add a couple of small claw marks with Pure Sunshine paint and a few splashes of white gesso, being careful that the quote is still easy to read. Add your twine…I rubbed a bit of Black Marble paint onto mine so that it looked more worn.

Courage Journal Layout by Victoria Hills

Step 14: Punch a hole through your journal page, and tie on the tag with its twine.

Courage Journal Layout by Victoria Hills

Here’s the finished page…

Courage Journal Layout by Victoria Hills

…and a closer look at the way in which the lion’s mane really blends into the background.

I loved creating this page – it never ceases to amaze me what amazing backgrounds the Dylusions paints make when they’re blended together like this. I hope you like it too.

Courage Journal Layout by Victoria Hills

Victoria HillsI’m Victoria Hills…I’m from Yorkshire, where I live with my husband, two boys and Black Labrador, Larry. I’m a newcomer to all things art, design and mixed media; in 2014 I left a career of 20+ years in the corporate world to focus on bringing up our boys. Shortly after, I was wandering round a craft shop and found a mixed media magazine – I bought it, and was immediately hooked. I started designing and making cards, and then in 2016 bought my first Dylusions products and began art journaling. I love creating designs that bring together words and images that catch my imagination, and am continually inspired (and a bit intimidated!) by the amazing work that I see out there. You can find me on Instagram and Facebook.

Leafy Cascade by Samantha “Scarlyton” Carlton

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Leafy Cascade by Samantha “Scarlyton” Carlton

  • Dina Wakely Media Board : 9
  • Dina Wakley Media Stencils & Masks : Shape Mashup, Big Leafy
  • Dina Wakley Media Scribble Sticks : Magenta
  • Dina Wakley Media Heavy Body Acrylic Paints : Ocean, Lemon, Magenta, Turquoise, Black
  • Dina Wakley Media Brushes
  • Dylusions Paint Pens : White Linen, Black Marble
  • Ranger Mini Blending Tool with Foam
  • Tim Holtz® Distress Sprayer
  • Fude Ball Pen : Black
  • Ranger Collage Glue Stick
  • Pattern Tissue Paper
  • Stabilo All Purpose Pencil
  • Instructions

    Hello! I’m Samantha, known as Scarlyton in the art community, and I’m back to share a new project with you. I’ll be using a 9”x12” Media Board from Dina Wakley’s collection. If you’ve been wanting to experiment with the boards, here’s your chance!

  • Leafy Cascade by Samantha “Scarlyton” Carlton | www.rangerink.com
  • Step 1: Apply a thin layer of Lemon onto an unprimed board (you could use gesso if you’d prefer). I spritzed a small amount of water to thin the paint for a more translucent look. After the Lemon dried for a couple of minutes, I applied Magenta on top. The colors mixed and created a lovely coral color. If you want your paint colors to be more vibrant, skip the water and allow the first layer to dry completely.
  • Leafy Cascade by Samantha “Scarlyton” Carlton | www.rangerink.com
  • Step 2: Lay the Big Leafy stencil over the dry paint and apply using Turquois and the Blending Tool. I seldom apply the entire stencil because I like the disjointed and inconsistent look. You do you.
  • Leafy Cascade by Samantha “Scarlyton” Carlton | www.rangerink.com
  • Step 3: Using the Magenta Scribble Stick, dip it in water and apply to the top of the board. Lay down your preferred amount of color; I wanted my pigment to be bright so I applied a heavy layer (this will also help when it’s time for the drip effect). After scribbling I used the Distress Sprayer to create drippage. I usually hold the board at a slight angle to apply water and establish a route for the liquid, then hold the board parallel to my body to get those luscious drips. Keep the board flat while it dries. After the drips dry, use Turquois with a fine tipped applicator or use the 1-ounce bottle (the fine tip is conveniently built in!) to outline the leaves from the stencil.
  • Leafy Cascade by Samantha “Scarlyton” Carlton | www.rangerink.com
  • Step 4: Drips aren’t the only messy effect I appreciate in a mixed media piece; splatters are near and dear to my heart as well. Start by making a wash with water and Black paint. I usually use a ratio of 2:1 with water being the greater of the two. Mix and dip a dry brush in the solution. Carefully hold the wet brush over the area you want to cover and use another brush to gently tap the wet brush. This is not an exact process and your mileage may vary. Embrace the mess, folks! I also used a Stabilo to scribble along the edge of the board. I used a fine-tipped brush dipped in water to trace my scribbles and give them a pop.
  • Leafy Cascade by Samantha “Scarlyton” Carlton | www.rangerink.com

Step 5: Grab a sheet of acid free white paper and apply a thin layer of Ocean. Next, trace the leaves from the Organic Shapes mask set and cut them out. Apply the Shape Mashup stencil over the leaves and apply the squares using Turquois and Blending Tool. To create more color cohesion, I drew a scribbly circle with Lemon on tissue paper. Paste the leaves and tissue paper on the board. I didn’t apply glue on all the leaves because I wanted some of them to be three-dimensional.

Leafy Cascade by Samantha “Scarlyton” Carlton | www.rangerink.com

Step 6: Use your finger, dipped into Magenta, to add dots to the board. I only did a few but you can make as many as you’d like. Because I can’t leave things alone and always need MORE, I scribbled circles around the Magenta dots using a Fudeball pen. If you don’t own this pen yet, make it a priority to change that. Finally, I added white dots inside the Turquois leaves for texture and interest.

Leafy Cascade by Samantha “Scarlyton” Carlton | www.rangerink.com

And there you have it! I appreciate this opportunity to work with you in creating something beautiful. Remember, you should always create your version of these things because you, friend, are creative and capable.

Introducing the NEW Big Shot™ Foldaway Machine!

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Sizzix Big Shot Foldaway Machine (White and Grey) with Free Bonus Content
Don’t miss the latest machine to join the Sizzix® family! Our compact Big Shot™ Foldaway machine features a cutting surface and handle that neatly fold away meaning it’s perfect for creating on the go and freeing up space.

It features…
Built in storage compartments – it’s easy to store your wafer-thin dies and keep your favourites close to hand.
A release lever handle that allows it to fold in front of the machine for neat storage.
Cutting and embossing capability up to 6” wide and excellent pressure.

This brand new machine also comes with exclusive bonus content – a 5.5” x 6” paper pad, 4 pieces of felt and 4 pieces of fabric all designed by My Life Handmade, plus 10 Thinlits™ Dies and a Bigz™ die, so makers can start creating straight away.

Contains 1 Big Shot Foldaway Machine, 1 Platform, 1 Thin Die Adapter, 1 Pair of Standard Cutting Pads, 1 Instruction Booklet, 1 Bigz™ Die, 10 Thinlits™ Dies, 10 double-sided 5.5” x 6” cardstock sheets, 4 soft acrylic felt pieces (13.97cm x 15.24cm) and 4 fabric pieces 100% cotton (13.97cm x 15.24cm) by My Life Handmade.

(Machine Size Closed 6 1/4″ x 10 1/2″ x 8″, Machine Size Open 13 3/4” x 13″ x 8″)

Dwell in Possibility by Paula Cheney

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Dwell in Possibility by Paula Cheney

Hi friends! Thanks for popping by the blog today! Please welcome back special guest Paula Cheney to the blog! She made this gorgeous art to feature!! Please read on for more info on how to recreate and enjoy!

Dwell in Possibility by Paula Cheney

At the beginning of 2017, Tim Holtz idea-ology released Baseboards, Layers and Paper Dolls; they are a group of products specifically created to be used together. The idea behind these products is that no matter the substrate, whether using a Vignette Tray, a Burlap Panel, or a Framed Panel, you can easily layer these products to create a collage. Today I am going to use a Framed Panel and incorporate Baseboard and Layers elements, as well as a couple of my favorite Sizzix Bigz dies, to create a beautiful layered collage. Enjoy!

Dwell in Possibility by Paula Cheney

1. Using Collage Medium and a brush, adhere a piece of Tim Holtz Memoranda paper to the back board of the Framed Panel. Cut away any excess paper.

Dwell in Possibility by Paula Cheney

2. Use the Stampers Anonymous Polka Dot stencil and Distress Grit-Paste to create a raised pattern over parts of the patterned paper. Let dry.

Dwell in Possibility by Paula Cheney

3. The frame has been painted and given a gilded patina using Ranger products. Here’s how I did it:

  • Paint the frame with Iced Spruce Distress Paint. Let dry.
  • Coat the half of the frame surface with Distress Collage Medium VINTAGE. While the Collage Medium Vintage is still wet, randomly brush on Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls. I concentrated the powder in the corners and feathered it out from there. NOTE: Vintage Collage Medium dries very fast so it’s best to only paint it on half at a time.
  • Brush away the excess powder with a fluffy brush.
  • Repeat steps on the other half of the frame, then spray powdered areas with a mist of water. Dry with a heat tool to set the powder. (Do not skip this step.)Dwell in Possibility by Paula Cheney

4. Adhere Adhere the finished frame to the back panel with Distress Collage Medium.

Dwell in Possibility by Paula Cheney

5. Adhere Baseboard to the Framed Panel with foam squares.

Dwell in Possibility by Paula Cheney

6. Choose elements from the Layers packs (Botanical and Collector) to create the center collage. Tint black and white pieces with Distress Markers (roses) by coloring the image and then wiping away the ink with a soft cloth. This will leave just a tint of color.

Dwell in Possibility by Paula Cheney

7. Rub wood Ruler Piece with Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain Distress Ink. Spritz with water and pat dry. Break off the end of the ruler to fit the collage.

Dwell in Possibility by Paula Cheney

8. Adhere Layers elements to the Baseboard with foam squares. Add an Index Clip to the end of the Ruler and adhere to Baseboard with Collage Medium. Let Dry.

Dwell in Possibility by Paula Cheney

9. Cut a least two flourishes from chipboard using the Sizzix Scroll die. Paint with Media White Gesso to seal the chipboard before painting.

Dwell in Possibility by Paula Cheney

10. Paint the Scroll elements with two coats of Tattered Rose Distress Paint. Once dry, use a Blending Tool to add Distress Ink over surface. Pat inked surface with wet wipe to remove parts of the ink. Stamp over the surface using a permanent ink such as Ranger Archival and any text stamp.

Dwell in Possibility by Paula Cheney

11. Add Scrolls to the collage with foam squares.

Dwell in Possibility by Paula Cheney

12. Adhere linen Textile Surfaces to a piece of chipboard (this product is self-adhesive). Run the chipboard through the Vagabond Machine using the Deco Alphabet (DWELL).

Dwell in Possibility by Paula Cheney

13. Colour Tim Holtz Craft Thread with Distress Ink and water. Dry with a heat tool.

Dwell in Possibility by Paula Cheney

4. Add cut out Deco letters over the Ruler (some letters may need foam squares to level the word over the uneven surface). Part of a Quote Chip was used to create the rest of the sentiment.

Dwell in Possibility by Paula Cheney

15. Add Hinge Clip, Loop Pin and Typed Token to the Baseboard. Then finish the piece with added Layers elements and a bow made from the colored Craft Thread.

Optional: I added a thin layer of Collage Medium over the rose element, then sprinkled it with Clear Rock Candy to give it a bit of sparkle!

Dwell in Possibility by Paula Cheney

Thanks for reading today and to Paula for being our guest!

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Encouraging Words by Carisa Zglobicki

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Encouraging Words by Carisa Zglobicki

Encouraging Words by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

Instructions

Hi everyone! Carisa here with you today and I’m so excited to be back on the Ranger blog sharing some art journaling I’ve done with Dina Wakley Media supplies! Today I’m sharing some freestyle play I had in my Dina Wakley Media Journal. I get a lot of questions about what to create on the burlap pages of this art journal so I thought I would work on that today.

Step 1: Honestly, I just treat every single page of this journal the same – I don’t think of them different from each other. The first time I turned to a burlap page, I painted a girl on it. This time, I thought it would be interesting to collage a napkin before starting. I did this by pulling apart the two-ply napkin and using the decorative side up with Matte Multi Medium. The cool thing about doing this is you still get the awesome burlap texture showing through but it also fills in the holes of the burlap making it easier to stamp and stencil over.

Encouraging Words by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

Step 2: Once that was dry (as if there wasn’t enough texture already, haha) I used the Cellular stencil with Ranger Texture Paste. This is a fun medium because unlike other texture pastes it dries completely clear. The way I applied it with the Ranger Squeegee gave it a very subtle texture over the burlap. You can apply it thicker to create more of a texture but keep in mind that it does take time to dry. You’ll know it’s completely dry when it’s clear.

Encouraging Words by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

Step 3: At this point, I added some White Gesso with a palette knife over the page. My intention was to pick up most of the texture from the stencil but then I ended up adding gesso to the entire page with a baby wipe so it wouldn’t be so thick. I definitely wanted to see a lot of the burlap texture below. In hindsight, while I was editing the video, I wish I would have stopped before wiping the entire page with a baby wipe so it wouldn’t have been all white and I could have still had some of that krafty colour peeking through in areas.

Encouraging Words by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

Step 4: Next, I wanted to add some patterns so I pulled out the Jumbled Numbers stencil and sponged some Umber paint on various areas of my page. The Fracture Circles stencil is one of my favorites because it reminds me of Scribbly Florals which is how I mostly use it. I pulled out Blackberry Violet and Fuchsia to mix my colors for each flower and did bunches of threes. I actually used the same Ink Blending Tool for all of my stenciling just wiping it off on a baby wipe and the opposite page in between colors. To create the leaves, I used the Dylusions Fronds of Foilage stencil. I also added some shimmer using Dina Wakley Media Mica Sprays in Lapis and Ruby. Most of my colors for this page were inspired by the napkin I used in the beginning. You can see in the video, that I used the opposite page to clean off all my stencils and extra paint. This is such a great way to create a quick background for a future journal page. So, while I was mainly working on the burlap, by the end I had a great background started on the opposite side. I actually love how it turned out as well since I wasn’t thinking about anything as I just wiped my tools off!

Encouraging Words by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

Step 5: I’m almost done and only wanted a few final touches. First, I started by stamping the words from the Face in the Crowd stamp set on Dina Wakley Media blank tissue tape with Archival Ink. I added a few swatches of white to place my tape on my page so the text wouldn’t get lost in the background. I added a thin coat of Matte Multi Medium to seal the tape to my page. Then I added doodles around the flowers with Rosy Paint using a fine tip applicator attachment. For the doodles around the leaves, I used the Fude Ball Pen in black.

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Here are some close ups of my completed art journal page. I love the way this page turned out and I had no idea the direction it would take when I sat down. I didn’t have any plans, just a desire to create something beautiful on a substrate that we don’t always think of using.

I filmed my process for you today. It’s been awhile since I’ve filmed any process videos but I’m starting back up again and forgot how much I love showing you in a speed lapse the entire project come together from start to finish. You can enjoy it here or on my YouTube channel InkyFairyDesigns.

Encouraging Words by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

Materials List

Thank you Ranger again for inviting me to share my art with your readers using my favorite Ranger products. They truly are some of my favorite mediums I turn to again and again as I continue my journey as an artist. My hope for this post is that if you’ve been intimidated by the burlap pages in the Dina Wakley Media journal, that you are encouraged to try looking at it as any other surface and just have fun!

Carisa ZglobickiCarisa is a mixed media artist, card maker and water colouring enthusiast.  You can find her blogging at Inky Fairy Designs and Blitsy as well as follow her on Instagram and YouTube where she shares works in progress and process videos. Her work has been published in magazines such as Card Maker, Stamper’s Sampler , Take Ten and Scrapbook and Cards Today.

GETTING A JUMP START ON CHRISTMAS CARDS

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GETTING A JUMP START ON CHRISTMAS CARDS

If you’re a card maker like me, it’s never too early to get started on your holiday cards.   There’s so much going around during the holidays that you’ll be glad they’re made and ready to send.  With not one, but three new holiday collections at Simple Stories you’re sure to find one that speaks to you!

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Today I’m playing with the Very Merry Collection!  It’s a traditional mix of reds and greens with a fresh look.  You’ll find candy stripes and plaids, and polka dots that look like snowfall!

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You’ll also find a sleigh-full of accessories in this collection!  There are chipboard stickers, rolls of washi tape, “Bits and Pieces” die cuts, and stickers that make your paper crafting a breeze.  All the images are printed and die cut ready to work with!

The flowers on my design are chipboard stickers, they add dimension and texture.  Other elements like the December calendar, snowflake, and postcard are from the Bits and Pieces Pack.  The sentiments are both stickers  (Hey Santa – Combo Sticker / Let Your Heart Be Light 4×6” Sticker pack).

My second card is fun and whimsical!  Who doesn’t love Santa?   When my kids were little they used to call him “Ho Ho”!  This is for all of us young at heart.

I love the vintage Santa reminiscent of images from my childhood – his kind face and rosy cheeks are perfect!

There are so many different elements to choose from in this collection!  I had lots of fun looking through the pieces.  I chose pieces that I associate with Santa like the arrow pointing the way to the North Pole, and the Jolly Bingo Card.

Just about every embellishment on this card is from the Bits and Pieces pack.  The only exception is Ho Ho.. I mean Santa LOL!  – he’s a chipboard sticker.

I know you’re going to love making everything you need for the holidays with this collection.. cards, tags, place cards and so much more!

The Very Merry Collection is just that!  Everything to make spirits bright!

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