Friday, February 8, 2013

More Valentine Inspiration and Gelli Plate Play

   My friend Nancy Maxwell James has been hosting a Valentine inspired tutorial each day on her blog at Sugar Lump Studios and it continues thru Feb. 14th. Besides the free tutorials Gale Blair-owner  of Paper Whimsy -  is offering a free collage sheet each day too!

  I was so enamored with her "Tender Tinnies" project that I got to it immediately after reading her post and seeing her gorgeous project pieces. I knew exactly what I wanted to do knowing it would be going to a dear friend of mine as a gift /container holding one of the Valentine tags I made.

  Here's my version:

  If you'd like to make your own and learn how to make it please visit Nancy's blog. It was difficult to capture the mica flakes, glitter and subtle pearlescence of the pink paint (my friend LuAnn LOVES pink!!!) I used, but you get the idea.

  For more inspiration here's a project I did last year:

 
  The wood hanging was a premade piece I picked up for about $1. I painted over it, glued on a transparency and German borders-small flowers- from ARTchix Studio , added the bead trim and a gold heart charm.
 
  My desk needed some cleaning up but before I was thru I just had to put together a few more cards using things leftover on the table:
 
 
  Leftover bits of ribbon, printed images, painted cut out hearts, torn recycled tea bags ,stitching. The stripey looking lines on the tea bag in the second one isn't nearly as pronounced as it looks in the photo.
 
  I needed to get some envies done to get Valentine tags and cards etc. out in time so today I pulled out the gelli plate for some fun envies!
 
 
  I simply played around with paints etc. and placed my envies right on the plate, usually after printing a first print on paper. The two on the very right aren't as dark as they look- the dark color is actually some Lumiere Sunset Pink but I wasn't able to get a good pic of it.
 
  These are two of the paper prints (which definitely need some finishing yet):
 
  
 
  And here's one last mop up paper I used several times-it's a sheet of light green mulberry paper:
 
 

 
  I really love how this turned out and will definitely play more with the mulberry papers!
 
  My friend LuAnn are going to get together for another gelli plate play day soon-using new stencils we got from the Artists Cellar -can't wait!! Do check out Carolyn Dube's A Colorful Gelli Print Party
for lots of ideas and great videos;  and share your art there too! And speaking of Carolyn, she is also hosting a FREE 2 week workshop- "Use Your Words" .  Carolyn will be posting a video and PDF each Mon., Wed., and Fri. beginning Feb 11th. All you need to do is sign up!
 
 
    " The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself. " Anna Quindlen

 
 

42 comments:

  1. lovely tag with the wire..its great to play with paint happy ppf

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  2. Love the pretty pink tin you made for LuAnn, Linda! I have been following Nancy's posts each day - must find some time to play! I can see a gelli plate finding its way to my house sometime in the near future!!!! Love your prints. Have a fabulous day with LuAnn - hugs to both of you!

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  3. I really enjoyed that post - lots of lovely things to look at. Dreamily romantic 'makes'!

    Mmmm, Mulberry paper on the Gelli plate looks great! I have just started playing with My Gelli plate too, so thank you for the link to Carolyn's Gelli Print Party. I've also now signed up to "Use Your Words". Thank you!

    x

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  4. I really admire your tow HEART CARDS and all the beautiful mulberry papers in the next image.
    The colors are gorgeous.
    HAPPY PAINT PARTY FRIDAY!
    Sheri Cook

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  5. Linda, I love the wood hanging, so beautiful! HPPF!

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  6. Oh you have been busy!

    I love the pretty pink container you made for your friend... she is sure to love it!

    Your envelopes look a m a z i n g ! I haven't used my Gelli Plate yet..... I hope to this weekend!

    Karen x

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  7. Linda, your mop up mulberry paper is gorgeous!! Love all of the colors and texture. It deserves a frame!!

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  8. I'm falling in love with both of your altered projects. The tin is gorgeous :). You make some very beautiful gelli-plate envelopes, so clever, could sew all these envies, bind them and make journals or mini albums! :). Hugs.

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  9. LOVE your colors here!!! I came over for a closer look from Art Journal Every Day!

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  10. Great gelli colors. Love the new work.

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  11. Lots of wonderful creativity here ~ love the tag one ~ Excellent colors too!

    Carol of: (A Creative Harbor)
    visiting from PPF

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  12. Lots of terrific work to look at. Happy PPF, Annette x

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  13. Lovely, sweet, creative pieces, beautiful! <3

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  14. Pretty sweet compositions full of love, excellent designs.

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  15. I love the cards, Linda. I think you have better leftovers than I do. And your painted mulberry paper is gorgeous.

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  16. beautiful projects Linda. Happy Valentine's Day when it comes!

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  17. Such a lot of creative goodness this week, but those gelli-plate envies are my faves! Hugs, Valerie

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  18. Wonderful colours and textures on these. Pretty Valentines!

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  19. Your Valentine designs are beautiful, and your hand painted papers would be great to collage with. Blessings!

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  20. Dear Linda, love and creativity flow in your art works. It is nice that you celebrate love every day. Big hugs to you!!!

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  21. Beautiful creations all! Happy PPF!

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  22. Linda
    WOWSERS! You have been quite the busy lady! I love your little tinnie especially in the pink - and all the other gorgeous projects! Stay warm and don't shovel too much! thanks for playing!

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  23. Lots of fun color and splash here today! Love that hanger on the tag too! Delightful stuff.

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  24. Love your Gelli-ness! Your papers are fabulous! So glad you joined the party!

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  25. I liked all your tests with the Gelli plate but the mulberry leaf is my favorite, it's beautiful.

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  26. All so very romantic, such lovely creations!

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  27. wow, these are so pretty! i love the last one! I'll have to look into gelli plates!

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  28. Your projects are stunning! Beautiful creations.

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  29. I love all your play. . . and to get together with a friend, that's even better. I love the wood you re-decorated. Blessings, Janet PPF

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  30. I agree - so pretty! And I LOVE the pink present for your friend. You've been so busy - oh! AND I love the Valentine cards made from those simple scraps - so cool and so elegant, xoxo

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  31. Looks like you had lots of fun! Can't wait to get my gelli-plate (due to arrive any day now ....)

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  32. Always such a joy to visit you Linda!! You generously share all the beauty that is you!! These pieces are all so charming. It's frustrating when all the depth of a piece can't be captured in a photo!! Beautiful work...I love all of it!!

    Hugs Giggles

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  33. Hello Linda
    Love your little heart tin holder made for your friend. Nancy has been so very kind hearted in sharing these gorgeous tutorials for us all.
    Soon I hope to try a couple when I catch up.
    You have created some beautiful cards and tags with very little at hand.
    Such a lot of joy I feel when visiting here.
    Thank you for your kind comment on my blog about my creativity too.
    Hugs,
    Suzy

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  34. Lovely colorful pages!
    Thank you for joining my free workshop!

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  35. looks like fun! i need to try out this technique! love you blog linda! thanks for stopping by! glad i came across your wonderful blog!

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  36. gorgeous papers and lovely projects!

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  37. What fun you have! LOVE the papers and anything Valentine inspired. Thanks for sharing all your playfulness :)

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  38. Gorgeous! And I love those layers. :)

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  39. these are wonderful and so vintage looking! love them

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  40. Thank you for sharing your beautiful projects with us over at Inspiration Avenue. I'll have to try some of them. I'm also amazed that you have a friend named Luann. It's always nice to hear about another person with the same first name as me.

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  41. So inspiring... wonderful artwork. Your blog is fantastic, I am your new follower

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