Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Corrugated Love

Hi friends!  Thanks so much for all of your sweet comments on my last post!  I'm excited to take the pressure off myself to create and just enjoy the process.  As I've mentioned before, I'm starting to delve into the world of mixed-media  and am just twitterpated at the possibilities.  This card here takes a little bit from the techniques I've been learning watching youtube videos and mixes it with cardmaking for a totally fun look and feel.  All of the stamps are from the Text Objects set and I also used the Charming Oval dies.


I've been struggling with another bout of tendinitis in my wrist which has kept me from stamping and computer work, so I've been filling my days watching tutorials on art journaling. In fact, I'm so excited about watching them I finally broke down and ordered an iPad 2 so I can watch them up in my studio with all my toys...er, I mean tools!  {grin} I can't wait for it to arrive!  Okay, tangent over, on with the post.  :)

I love the basic premise in art journaling that things don't have to be perfect.  It is what it is and that's okay.  Wait a minute, back up.  Did I (a classic perfectionist overachieving stressball) really just say that out loud?  Yup.  And I mean it folks!  The joy truly is in the journey, not the destination.  It's quite liberating to allow yourself the freedom to make mistakes and to learn to handle a little messiness while you prepare the way for the beauty that's inside to come forth.  And there's so much beauty in all of us.  So much more than we give ourselves credit for.  So much more than we ever thought possible. If we quit focusing so much on how we think things SHOULD be or how others think we SHOULD BE and give ourselves permission to JUST BE, I'm pretty sure we'll be amazed by the transformation that happens.  Our first little blossoming along the journey of becoming who we really want to be.  So what are you waiting for?  Let's get a little messy today!

 The Making Of:
I used concepts from this video tutorial to make my own corrugated paper.  Instead of patterned paper, I used cream cardstock for the top layer, cut a large scallop square out of it, embossed the background stamping in clear, then spritzed with frost glimmer mist.  Next I laid a harlequin stencil over it and spritzed with olive glimmer mist.  The hearts and charming oval were stamped and cut from the leftover sheet of spritzed cardstock.  For my take on the Material Girl Get Your Diva On challenge {play along for a chance to be a future Guest Diva for Verve!}, I cut a few pieces from a scrap of burlap and glued them onto the card front.  Then finished off with some twine a button and a good round of therapeutic distressing with my Distrezz-it-all.

Enabler's List:
Stamps:  Text Objects (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Classic Crest Natural White (Neenah), Early Espresso (SU!)
Ink: VersaMark (Tsukineko), Antique Linen, Vintage Photo (Ranger Distress), Coffee (Ranger Archival), Frost, Creme de Cocoa and Olive Glimmer Mist (Tattered Angels)
Accessories: Charming Oval Dies (A Cut Above by Verve), Large Scallop Squares Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Clear Detail Embossing Powder (JudiKins), Paper Crimper (Marvy Uchida), twine, button, glass glitter. burlap, All purpose glue, Harlequin Stencil (Crafter's workshop)

27 comments:

Jerry said...

Great results in mixed media. I'm interested in exploring but have done nothing so artful. Thanks

Michelle said...

I love it! I haven't seen anything as unique as what you have created...I'm thinking ever! I will be trying to case you, but I doubt I'll even come close.
Awesome job!

Darlene said...

I love your insperation. Thank you for sharing your feelings. That isn't always easy. Oh, and I LOVE your design.

Luanne said...

I really love this Julee, the texture is amazing! It is very artistic, and I'm glad you're stretching those marvelous skills! It's inspiration for all of us!

Carol said...

This is fabulous -- so happy to read your post on freeing yourself! Every single one of your creations is exquisite, but throwing away constraints will bring you such joy!

So excited to watch your path because mixed media has been intriguing me, and I have a scary amount of card supplies to use! :-)

Thanks so much for sweetly sharing your wonderful self! I so look forward to your posts!

Jessica said...

This is gorgeousness, I love how shabby it is! Truly art.

Bev J. said...

First, I love your vintage looking header-so pretty. I love your card for the same reason-vintage looking to me-pretty.

My family gave me the option of an ipad 2 or a laptop for Mother's Day. The ipads are out of stock at Wal-Mart here, so may go with the laptop-hard decision.

Ravengirl said...

Wowza, this is fabulous! I love the distressed look you have going on here!

scrappingnana said...

This is awesome. Love all the texture and design of your card. Thanks for sharing your feelings and your inspiration.

Wanda Cullen said...

First of all, your new blog look is so lovely...it's always nice to have a change (I get kidded a lot because I tend to change my blog often...just like I change furniture & accessories around in my house often!). I just sat and stared for a long time at your card...it leaves me speechless! Well...not totally speechless - lol! The corrugated elements and the burlap give amazing texture! I'm excited to see what your future creativity will bring us. It's always been fabulous, so I know you'll continue to knock our socks off (or lounge pants as a certain diva would say)!

Marja Rolfes said...

Good to see you back! Lovely card!!
xxx
Dutch Tulip
Marja

Vickie Z said...

Love your new blog header!! This card is fabulous!! Love all the different textures and elements!! Will have to check out the tut on corrugated paper! Also, read your previous post....Julee it's hard to believe you have ever been worried about anything you create....each and every one is stunning. You do need to create for yourself and do what makes you happy!! Congrats on the iPad!!

Keva said...

Oh goodness...this is SO awesome. It's so detailed and my eyes just move all over looking at everything. Very pretty!
Are you sure you don't want to become a Life Coach? I'm seeing definite "life coach" things coming out in your post! Very nice.

Jodi Collins aka Kharmagirl said...

This is just exquisite Julee!! WOW!

kavitha said...

Wow,just awesome.I am a new fan for ur cards:))

Maureen said...

such a work of art and beauty!! Wow!! I love reading about your process too...very inspiring!! So you got an iPad!!! Did you get a cover for it? What colour? ;) Did they have zebra print yet? teehee...

ladybugg61 said...

Such a gorgeous card, Julee, and unlike anything I've seen before. I love it's rustic shabbiness (is there such a thing??? LOL).

Marisa said...

So sorry to hear about the tendonitis flaring up again, but glad it did in the sense that you get to delve into goodness like this :) What a fun card! Love all the colours, distressing and textures you have going on here. Way to step out of the box and "be". Hugest of (((hugs))).

Niki Estes said...

Julee, this is just amazing! I love all the different textures and elements you incorporated!

Laurie Schmidlin said...

Where do I even begin?? Julee, seriously you are CRAZY talented, you know that? There are so many gorgeous elements on this card (that burlap and amazing corrugated piece among my faves)!! You ROCK!!!!

Charmaine (CharmWarm) said...

Oh my! So totally gorgeous, Julee! Wow!

Ida said...

Gorgeous new blog look.
Wow this is lovely. It reminds me of a beautiful day at the ocean for some reason.

Riet said...

What a gorgeous card Julee.

Hugs Riet.xx

Kelly Schelske said...

This is fabulous Julee!! Love the new blog look as well!!

Barbara said...

Hi Julee, Good for you!. I love this card and keep posting your new video finds...I wiould love to follow and learn with you.

samara Rachel Navi said...

Hi Julee, I am sorry you are hurting! It must be all that creative work you do!!! Ouchies that stifle the creativity are such a pill! I'll send you the big LOVE prayer. Speaking of...this card is the bomb! The vintage with the soft is just beautiful. I love the all over but yet looks so purposeful in it. The variety of "Stuffs" you used is nothing short of brilliant. Aha! another sista who is on The Love Boat! Samara xox

Jennifer Shults said...

This is just amazing! I love every single thing about it. Your distressing is perfection and I love the "messiness" of it. GORGEOUS!