Friday, August 1, 2014

At the Seashore {IAR & LSG August Challenge}

Hi everyone it’s that time again! Can you believe it? Its August already boy has this year is  just zipping on by so quickly. 
Today I am sharing my love of two awesome companies melded together into one project! I have taken my fabulous I Am Roses and my Lindy’s Sprays and brought you this simple adorable Mixed Media Altered Seashore scene!
I have put together a small video for you to enjoy. As always I wish to inspire you.

Products I used:
Recollections Rhinestone Stickers
Pink Paisley’s wooden accents 

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Fabulous Find {Cooper Moon Apothecary}

Hi Everyone it’s Ivett here again and snaps-a-doodles am I excited to share this awesome find! I made my way to the Campbell Farmers Market and was impressed by all of the vendor’s, colors, smells, and amazing finds!
If I didn’t care so much about all of you I could have easily kept this one to myself lol!  
Handmade soap! Yep soap!!! I’m letting you into one of my secret pleasures… I just adore a good bar of handcrafted soap. You know that one soap you can immediately tell just by the feel and smell of it that it will nourish your skin and delight your senses!

I found just that last weekend! I know I’m teasing you by not revealing that name yet but, I think that it’s important for you to know that these absolutely spectacular creations are being made right in my own backyard sort-to-speak!
I met the Katy the owner of Cooper Moon Apothecary and she explained her process to me-aren’t I lucky? I was able to sample one of her fabulous scrubs. 


OMG was that delightful!!! 

The smell and the luxurious feeling during and after were amazing. I just love the idea that all of the ingredients are natural and soothing to the skin.

I am definitely going back for more this Sunday!

Kelly shared with me that all of her herbs are grown on her farm and her handcrafted bar soaps are made using nourishing butters and oils, and pure organic botanicals.
Seriously what a delightful treat! If you are in the San Francisco Bay Area you must come by and check her out and if not you are not at a loss you can order these fabulous soaps, creams, salves & balms online here
Disclosure! Oh my I sound so serious lol!!!
I in no way am getting any product or paid for this small review. I just like to share really GOOD natural products when I find them especially when it’s handcrafted and a local artist-vendor! =)

Btw before I forget go and give Katy some love on her Facebook page 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Perfect Life Postcard {For I Am Roses}

Hi there it’s Ivett again with another project to share with you guys!
I love them.
Small, precious treasures.
I don't quite know why, but every once in a while.
 I sometimes put together old bits and ends, small trinkets,
book paper, left over product, etc...
I just love them!
These postcards are always one of a kind little treasures of color and collage! I send them out randomly to close friends so you may get this one in the mil pretty soon – You know who you are lol!!!
This time around I decided to incorporate my delicately precious I Am Roses flowers and what a treat it is! This mini piece of art can be mailed, matted, framed, or just propped up for a casual but, pretty display!
I have a video tutorial for you so sit back and enjoy it!

As always thanks for stopping by and I hope to inspire you!
Products I used:
Dusty Attic Bird House DA0699
Cavallini Papers & Co Par Avion
Impression Obsession Cover-a card Quatrefoil
Unity Stamp Christy Tomlinson Designs CT-910A
Prima 6x6 paper pad Lyric
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Picked Raspberry & Mustard Seed
Tim Holtz Embossing Ink
Lindy's Stamp Gang Embossing Powder
Imaginations Colorize-able Stickers
Corrugated Cardboard 


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

House Warming Moments

Hi there Blogosphere friends, It’s Ivett here again with some Lindy’s inspiration!
 
I recently got an invitation from a good friend of mine to visit her at her new home and of course I to make her a card to go with her housewarming gift.
I created this card using a few Mixed Media techniques and my new summer favorite Lindy’s set Under the Boardwalk. I used some 7 Dot Studios paper with some We R Memory Keepers “Dreamy” Double-sided Journaling cards. I also incorporated some beautiful Prima flowers, Prima Junkyard Findings, a Prima Bust and some cute gears and chipboard gears.
My friend a big girly girl as am I so this card was a treat to make and I can’t wait to see the expression on her face when she gets her present!
I used Lindy's Stamp Gang Under the Boardwalk Flat spray set 
and coordination Embossing Powders.
Bellow I have a video with a small tutorial for you.
 As always I hope to inspire you!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

My Mini Watercolor/Art Journal Travel Kit

Hi Everyone Ivett here again! I love to watercolor, sketch, or illustrate in my art journals while I’m on the go! So I always have a bag handy with a few favorite things at hand. 
I periodically post little bits of my work on Facebook or Instagram and you all have asked lots of questions! So between a bunch of some personal messages, emails, etc. asking what my travel art kit/bag looks like. 
So I decided to a video together for you all in response to that!
I also made a small project for those of you who asked on how you can start Art Journaling and watercoloring inexpensively! 
In my opinion recycling and upcycling in the craft-room is key! So make sure to watch the tutorial and see how you can probably make your own adorable watercolor palette for next to nothing, nada, free!  

As always I hope that this inspires you!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Laying the ground work!

What a beautiful morning! School's been out for a few weeks now and nothing is stirring through the house its total silence as all the “babies’ are sleeping woohoo! So I decided to throw some color around and see what happens next. So far I just have a few backgrounds - I figured that I would start laying the roots/backgrounds to a bunch of watercolor card stock and have them on hand for when the "mojo" kicks in. 
I will be back soon to share what I have added to these a little later. Now I’m off to get some housework done and then to drop the boys off at their soccer camp!
Have a wonderful week!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Altered Jewelry Box

Hi Everyone can you believe it’s July already? It’s crazy how time has just flown by this year!
Well it’s that time again and I want to share my challenge project for 
I Am Roses this month. The theme this month vintage and reuse or recycle. 
I decided to use a cute unfinished jewelry box that use to house some little trinkets and things.
 I have taken some of my beautiful green and white cherry blossoms and created a stunning cluster on the top of my jewelry box. On this project I used the Printery Paper line by Prima, distressed the edges with Pumice Stone Distress Ink and added lace, pearl strand, and pearls on the top to give it an added touch. The small key on top of the box is from Micheal's.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Bellelive Blog Tour

I was recently nominated by one of my talented artsy friend/student Karen Siegel Fitting at Photos Kept Alive.

Here is her lovely post in case you missed it!

The questions

There are four questions tour participants are asked to answer.

What am I working on?
I suppose that I can better answer this question by changing it to “what’s my creative mojo telling me to pick up” lol!

This is a hard one!!! I’m always working on a few different things at one time. It all depends on which one is just calling my name out!   Presently I’m going through a “highlighter” color phase. These totally 80’s vivacious neon colors are just calling to me. I have created a slew of Gelli Prints on paper and fabric. With these fantastic prints, I have made Art Journals, pencil cases, sets for Project Life cards, and the list goes on. I am also working on my acrylic and watercolor skills.

My love for Mixed Media drives me beyond boundaries - so I always find myself pushing forward and experimenting.
   
How does my work differ from others of its genre?

Hmm let’s see the easiest way to answer this question is by saying that I am always changing and transforming, I see things in “color” if that makes any sense! A simple walk through my neighborhood can trigger an artsy adventure… Ever since I can remember one of my biggest strengths has been my ability to see something that at first glance maybe simple and changing it into something interesting or pleasing to the eye.

Here are some pictures of my latest acrylic paintings.
 

Why do I create what I do?

I create to make “me” happy! I know that that may sound a little - arrogant or snobby -even but, believe me I don’t have those “qualities in me”…  When I pick up a brush, a marker, or just simply ink up my fingers there is something that rises up from within me and takes over my senses. This awe-inspiring feeling transfers into wanting to teach what I do/create. I want to share with others the incredible feeling you get when you just let go and remove all the stress, pressures, and every day “rules” that keeps us up boxed up!
 So what if my – or your art is not what society calls “pretty”? 

I make art for me! Now do you see what I mean? Making sense so far? Creativity is not a measure of skill, but a passion from within. When I teach a class I ask my students to just let go! I explain how there are endless possibilities in art and how it’s “not important to copy something exactly, but rather making it yours” and being happy with that.

Here I want to share an example of how I play with Mixed Media and texture.
Ok so the tour continues!
I will now send you over to visit and show some love to three different creative bloggers from around the globe. I have nominated these extraordinary friends of mine who blog their own stunning and creatively artsy journey! 

Meet Kate Palmer aka Sparkle Tart

Kate is an amazing Australian Mixed Media artist and crafter! I learned about Kate and her inspiring art when I started designing for LSG way back in 2009! She has inspired me with her drop-dead-gorgeous art and radiant attitude!  
  
Meet Sharon M. The Night Owl Scrapper

In my artsy adventurous journey I have met many people but, I have to say that Sharon has not only been an amazing artist but a true friend! I have had the pleasure of meeting Sharon on a couple of occasions even though we literally live 3500 miles from each other we have so many things in common. I am blessed to have met her and able to communicate with her beyond our artsy endeavor.

Meet Jo Paper Drama

I meet Jo while designing for some of the same design teams past and present. Jo has a charming attitude and creates stunning pieces and spectacular cards! She does wonders with Copic Markers and has definitely been an inspiration to me. 

Thanks again to Karen Siegel Fitting at Photos Kept Alive who tagged me!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

4th of July Invitation

Hi Everyone Ivett here again! I just got my 4th of July decorations out the other day and I’ve been busy working on plans for our 4th of July party. We usually host a BBQ at our home so when it come to decorating our home it's quite fun! 
I thought it would be nice to create some unique place tag holders, gift tags for the kid's treats, and these beautiful cards for some of our closets friends as invites! 

I took some white card stock and used it as my card base topped it off with some white corrugated cardboard that I distressed with some Distress Ink in Faded Jeans. Then I colored an image of this wonderful little girl – doesn’t she look mischievous? 

Unfortunately I didn’t save the info on her so I can’t give credit back. Then I added my image some banners and of course my beautiful Carnations from I Am Roses. I added some distress ink in Festive Berries, and Faded Jeans to them. I also used a miniature rose in her hair and added Faded Berries distress ink to the white rose as well.
I Am Roses flowers used were:
Mini Rose R2 – 15
Carnations CA1
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Copic Markers I used were:
R29, R27, R11, R00
B93, B95, B97, B00
E000, E00, E17, E33, E37, 0

Friday, June 20, 2014

Watercoloring @ the park!

Hi Everyone Ivett here again!This week I was able to go to the park sit back and relax. It's often that I get to do this and as an added bonus I brought some of my Daniel Smith watercolor paints, Lindy's Stamp gang Flat Fabios, and wonderful Fabriano watercolor paper! I have always loved the look of watercolor but, have never taken any classes or instruction on it so be nice! Here is what I "painted"...
  


  

Leave me a comment and tell me what you think? 
Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you have a fabulous weekend!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Feathery Faith Page (on tonight's Ustream show)!

Hi everyone Ivett here again to share a quick project with you! For those of you that don't already know I host a live Ustream on Wednesday nights and tonight was no exception.
I took my large Dylusions Art Journal and created this Feathery Faith Page. I added gesso to the raw page then i added various tones of turquoise and aqua to the background. I then stenciled in the feathers with a Crafters Workshop stencil and added stickers for the word faith.
Here is the link to my Ustream channel:
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/icarrillodesigns

Thanks for stopping by and see you on Wednesday!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Library Photo Drawer {LSG}

Hi Everyone Ivett here again! This Wednesday I want to share this handsome little Library Photo Drawer that I put together for you all. 
I took an unfinished wooden box and converted it in to this adorable picture storage Library drawer to hold pictures of my boys. 
I used twelve jeweled toned Starburst Sprays, a beautiful Moon Shadow mist, and 7 Gypsies Framlits die. Behind the ornately pressed fronts I will be adding school pictures of my boys. 
Above you can see the amazing colors and vibrancy on each Library card! I have a full video tutorial for you so sit back and watch! I hope to inspire you to make one for yourself! See you all soon
As I say, farewell, not goodbye. Until the next time. Stay healthy, happy and inspired!
With much love,


Ivett

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Trust, Dream, Live Art Journal Page (June Challenge for LSG)


 Hi Everyone can you believe it? It's June already!!! 

I want to share this art journal page that I created as my June Color Challenge for Lindy's Stamp Gang this month. 
And if that wasn't enough we have a brand new Flat Fabio set called Under the Boardwalk! 

I created this page by spraying and adding my spray to white paint to be able to stencil in my background, then I prayed some more and added this beautiful wooden butterfly and of course then I added embossing powders in: 

The sprays I used were:

Altered Frame for IAR

Hi everyone Ivett here again  and Happy June to all of you!!!I want to share a project with you on behalf of I Am Roses! 
For this months challenge we were asked to incorporate a frame to our project. I used a frame that I had laying around the house and decided to create this cutie for my guest bedroom this summer. 
I used a few of my fabulous roses and some punched out butterflies and added them to some beautiful background paper. 
 Make sure to stop by our challenge blog and participate in our awesome challenges every month! Don't forget to check us out on our Facebook page for new releases and important info updates! 


Thursday, May 29, 2014

Party Favor - Place Card Holder IAR

Hi everyone Ivett here and it's that time again to share an 
I Am Roses project with you for the month of May.
I created these cute little party favor baggies/place card holders for an upcoming party. I used a bag die by Alterations, Spellbinders leaf die, and of course my beautiful IAR Cherry Blossoms. 
The paper line I used is by DCWV and I sprayed my leaves with a Flat Fabio's spray by Lindy's Stamp Gang. 
Thank you so much for stopping by.