Wednesday, June 25, 2014

ATC Shrine with ATC

Hi everyone! Melissa here with an ATC shrine by Gina's Designs Lasercuts, and an ATC to go inside.

  I started by coating the shrine's pieces with a few coats of gesso before I put it together.  I was careful to not get any gesso on the tabs on the hardboard,so that they would fit correctly.   When dry I assembled it ,then painted with  Precious Metal Colours in blue I dry brushed on a little bronze. Dry brushing is when you put a small amount of paint on a dry brush.You can add just a little color to bring out texture in anything.

 Then I poured on alcohol ink in a thin lines in purple. As quickly as possible, I wiped it off.  I did the same thing using yellow. The ink made some areas green,  took some of the sheen off ,and added some purple. I really liked the effect it made.

 I put a little more blue on in different area.  The leaves on the front are green liquid pearls, then green lumieres ,with more bronze and blue on top . To get it lighter on the inside I put on a little pearl colored paint,and some gold leaf on glossy accents .Thanks for looking!

Atc Shrine by Gina's Designs Lasercuts

Other Products used:
Viva Decor Precious Metal Color in turquoise, mother of pearl, and bronze
Ranger alcohol ink in purple twilight, and sunshine yellow
Gel pens
Marvy Uchida DecoColor  Liquid Silver Opaque Paint Marker in gold and silver
 Swarovski crystals
Memory glass by Ranger
Tim Holtz metal
gold leaf
metal frog prince
watercolor paper
Winton and Lewis watercolors

 I didnt have yellow microbeads . I put alcohol ink on clear ones.  I needed to add some yellow into the Atc for my friend Denise.  She's an LSU fan and those are the colors . Purple and gold.
Some more yellow is in the tiny yellow rectangle above the memory glass. That's from Susan Lenart Kazmer's Image Pack, its on the front cover, along with tiny pictures of the rest of the images in the pack.
The words under the glass say pure beauty. My way of saying how beautiful nature is.

a couple of these are blurry , its cloudy out today,so there's not a lot of light.

I took these photos a few days ago   You can see how the colors look different in the sun. I put gold leaf on the dragonfly.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014


Hi everyone. Melissa here with a 12x12 layout using Gina's Designs Lasercuts.This photo is taken in the ghost town of Bodie, California . Bodie produced more than $35 million in gold and silver.

 My Father-In-Law passed away on May 28th.  This is a tribute page about him that I made for my husband, Rich.  I am going to put it into a scrapbook frame for him to put in his study here at home.   Rich picked out the photo , it's his favorite one of the two of them.

Everything on the page is symbolic of Einar and his interests in life. There is hidden journaling written on canvas on a tag.  The images are from Swedish wrapping paper I've saved from Christmas gifts from him.

To prepare the chipboard, I painted them with gesso. On the compass I put on Viva Decor Precious Metal Color in bronze.  I painted a lot of the edges with black acrylic paint.  I applied Mod Podge Dimensional Magic, and sprinkled on a little clear glass glitter while it was wet.  The lobster is red glitter poured on wet glossy accents. The rest of the chipboard  was painted with lumieres, some were over texture paste, with the gloss on top. I used embossing powder on the hammer, and saw,then gloss. On the ships wheel I embossed with gold, then put on a bit of brown ink, followed by a coat of gloss.
Thanks for looking.

Chipboard used:

Other products used:

Papers by UHK gallery, Winter is Coming
Winton and Lewis Watercolors
Viva Decor Precious Metal Colour
Alphas, metal corner by Jim Holtz
Mod Podge Dimensional Magic
Lumieres,acrylic paint by Jaquard

Here are close ups in the sun, and then in the shade.  I wanted to show the chipboard and the wrapping paper images in more detail than the above photo.

Going clockwise with a description of what the chipboard and other things stand for :

The cross,at the upper right, for Einar's love of God. He was very active in his church.

The lobster,  stands for crayfish . The Swedes celebrate midsummer with crayfish as part of the meal for the day.  Einar prepared this meal in his home in Northport, New York.

The wrapping paper stands for Einar's love of Christmas. The house would be decorated with lots of Swedish things. He would bake traditional cookies and rolls.  He and Stella, his wife , would make both traditional Swedish and English meals. Stella grew up in Devon, Cornwall.

I wrote in ink on the canvas tag, so that 100 years from now, if this page is still around, and it crumbles at the touch, the canvas will not.  It has a list of Einar's interests, and he had a lot!

Einar had a telephone from the 1920's in his study.  The coin is from Iceland, during a trip to there in 2002. We also went to Denmark, and Sweden , the five  of us :  Einar, Stella, Rich, Nick, and I.    The small hammer under the phone stands for Einar's woodworking . He made furniture,  a dollhouse, a humidor, lots of seasonal decorations, and smaller items he sold and gave as gifts .

 In 1990 the four of us, my son Nick wasnt born yet, took a trip from our home in Auburn , California, to Bodie,Mono Lake, and Yosemite. I think it took 3 or 4 hours to get there., although it says Bodie is 135 miles from Auburn. It was kind of a scary drive from Bodie to Yosemite,with lots of twisting highway and sheer drops at the side of the road..  Bodie is over 8000 ft in elevation ,so it was cool, even in June, when we went.
The small hammer under the phone stands for Einar's woodworking . He made furniture,  a dollhouse, a humidor, lots of seasonal decorations, and smaller items he sold and gave as gifts .
Einar had a big interest in cars, and always asked for a Rolls Royce for Christmas when my husband Rich would ask him what he wanted.
The saw under the photo is also for woodworking.  Under the car is part of a book image I cut in half and tucked in. Einar read constantly about many different subjects, fiction and non-fiction.
The ship's wheel is for the two sailboats he had over the years.
The delphinium and small daisy are from a bouquet at the visitation the day before his funeral.
There's a little of the Swedish flag in blue and yellow. And a wrench to stand for all the home repairs Einar did. He also put in an apartment connected to his home that included a kitchen ,bath, a fireplace, parquet floors, and built in bookcases at the side of the windows .
The compass is for Einar's love of travel.

I also took a set of close ups in the shade.  You can see a prong next to the wrench.  Einar loved to garden. He grew vegetables of all kinds, and lots of flowers.  He built a beautiful arbor in the front to grow red roses on.  Many years before that he put in a deck and a structure over it to grow grapevines on,in the back of the house.

The little door at the lower left says home on.  Einar dearly loved his family and home.  He loved nothing more than having his wife,his three beautiful children, their spouses, and eight grandchildren, around him at Christmas. He will be very missed.

This is hard to see so I did a x16 close up. It has a little boy yule tomte (they are  Scandinavian mythological creatures typically associated with the winter solistice, and Christmas ) holding a lantern so the older yul tomte can shoe the horse.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Wedding Anniversary and Father's Day Cards

Hi everyone!  Melissa here with two cards using Gina's Designs Lasercuts. 
I painted the chipboard on the pink card with gesso, followed by a combination of watercolors and twinkling H20s.  I then stamped with chalk ink using a leaf stamp.  I topped it with Dimensional Glaze.
I painted the gear chipboard on the brown card with gold and silver lumieres on top of dried gesso.To add more definition  I took a very small brush and painted the edges with black acrylic paint . I topped everything with  perfect pearls, and then a thick layer of crackle.  To make the cracks show I used brown chalk.
On the wooden charm I used gesso, then painted with gold deco pen. Underneath the chipboard is canvas. I painted it with gold lumieres. While it was wet I sprinkled on some gold embossing powder and heated everything. I put on some verdigris embossing powder, heated it , then dry brushed the powder with some more gold paint. I used some halo pink-gold lumieres around the edges.  I poured  some crackle on in a few areas,and put black chalk on when dry.
Thanks for looking!

Chipboard used:

Other products used:

Printery paper by Prima
Watercolor paper
Winton and Lewis watercolors
Twinkling H20s
Tim Holtz found relatives cards, Chitchat words,metal pieces
Vintaj pewter charms
Perfect Pearls
Ranger Crackle Accents
Dimensional Glaze
Petaloo flowers
Tsuineko chalk ink
Marvy Uchida  DecoColor liquid gold paint marker 
Jolee's Gems