Thursday, October 8, 2009

Sparkling Journal

It's another Flourishes Friday...and today is a Pre-Release challenge looking foward to a wonderful Flourishes Release in the week ahead.

So...put your thinking caps on because we're inviting you!   Glitzy packages, the new fallen snow, a Christmas ornament shimmering from the lights on the tree - all of these things equal magic during the holiday season! Capture that sparkle on a card and share your creativity for our A Season That Sparkles Challenge! KEYWORD: FLLCOCT. This contest will close Friday, Oct. 16th at 4PM CST. Winner gets our entire release for October!

Want to see something sparkly from me?  It was about time for a new journal for me (I finished the last page on my old one last week).  It's the place where I write what I'm learning, what God is teaching me, my prayers, my thoughts...even sketches and project ideas.  So I thought why not combine something sparkly with something useful and important to me that I'll use all year long.


I colored these beautiful cherries with Copic Markers (a number of different reds on the cherries and the Evergreen Collection on the leaves.)  After coloring I masked the cherries and leaves with Eclipse Tape and then sponged with Olive ink.    I framed the piece with a Frameabilities Foliage Frame that I also sponged to give it highlight, then a Labels 8 shape and Olive Silk Ribbon

Now for the sparkle.  To give the leaves some subtle sparkle I colored them over with the Spica atyou pens.  These pens have super sparkle because they have teeny tiny glass elements that reflect light in them. 



For the cherries ...after the whole journal was put together (and I mean every part :) )  I added Crystal Effects to parts of the cherries, laid the whole journal in my large embossing tray and poured those crazy bouncy little Microbeads overtop.  You have to let this dry a good while so it sets up well.  It gives a nice sparkle, but also a 3D look.  Below you can get more of the effect. 



Lastly...some Kaiser Rhinestones ....and it's a Sparkling Journal!  I'm looking foward to using it in the next year. 

Come and see what the other Design Team Girls of Fabulousness have created with sparkle today!

 
Recipe: Stamps: Flourishes Cherries and Peaches; Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Old Olive,  Very Vanilla Craft; Paper: Bella Rose DSP (SU), Old Olive Patterned Paper (SU), Flourishes Classic White, Old Olive;  Accessories:  SU Board Book Art Journal, Scalloped Eyelet Punch, Spiral Punch, Big Shot, Frameabilties Foliage Frame, Labels 8 Nestabilities, Copic Markers, Sponge, Eclipse Masking Tape, Kaiser Pearls, Olive Silk Ribbon, Spica atyou Glitter pens, Crystal Effects, Microbeads.

25 comments:

hanyi said...
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Willy's creations said...

Lovely notebook you made.

Hugs,Willy

broni (waterchild12) said...

Just gorgeous, Christine!

Michelle said...

Beautiful! Your coloring and design is simply stunning!

Julie Koerber said...

What a gorgeous piece of work Christine -- it was fun to see the close up and what a great effect those little beads make!

Leslie Miller said...

I couldn't wait to come and see the close up on this, Christine! Beautiful coloring made even more beautiful with your added sparkle and microbeads. I'm so inspired to get those itty bitty beads out for some play time! I'm loving these Spellbinders frames, too, and feel I should add more to my collection. This is altogether gorgeous!

Laura (scrapnextras) said...

Simply stunning! Love the sugar coated look of them micro beads!

the whimsical butterfly said...

This is so stunning I don't even know what to say. The sugar coated look and the coloring on those cherries are just magnificent. You are SO talented!

Stacy aka Twinshappy on SCS said...

Very pretty Christine! I made me a new journal a couple of weeks ago too.Its nice to read back later in the years what you learned. I like the hints of sparkle you added to the cheeries. Very pretty!

Marisa said...

Wonderful Journal. Love the micro beads and the bow is luscious.

Danni said...

Simply wonderful!

NancyK said...

What a beautiful journal - love how you colored the cherries and put a little sparkle on them!

Silke Ledlow said...

WOW - Christine - this is one gorgeous journal!!! Love the design and all the glitter & gems!!! Hugs ~S~

Samara Navi said...

I LOVE your ribbon technique!

Michele Boyer said...

W-O-W! This is STUNNING, Christine! Those cherries look AMAZING! I love all the layers and embellishments! Gorgeous bow too!

Latisha said...

so beautiful!!

Denise (peanutbee) said...

Such a rich color combo, and so richly colored! Love this!!

Judy Rozema said...

Wow -- I am just amazed and all of the little details that make this so special! Those beads add such a wonderful touch -- I would have them everywhere!! Beautiful journal!

Kelly Lunceford said...

OH my word...I am in love with your coloring and those cherries are divine! Great job!

Charlene Merrick (LilLuvsStampin) said...

Oh my goodness! That is absolutely gorgeous, Christine! The beads really add just the right touch to your beautifully colored image.

Rose Ann said...

Oh my goodness, Christine...I just LOVE your gorgeous journal!! The microbeads give your cherries such a wonderful effect!!

Amy Sheffer said...

WOW! This is INCREDIBLE!!

Always Playing with Paper said...

Beautiful! What a great idea to alter a notebook! Thank you for your kind comments on my blog!! You really made my day!!

Happy Thanksgiving!
Smiles,
Lesley :)

Joan Ervin said...

Ooooh, Christine....what a super clever idea to add the micro beads to the cherries...they look amazing!!! Your coloring is FABULOUS and I love all the other awesome details, too!!!!

Valerie said...

I adore the beads on the cherries!