Friday, February 13, 2015

Power Poppy Prayer Journal and Bracelet

Hello Friends!!!  I have a couple of projects to share with you today.  But first, let me share with you something new we're doing over at Power Poppy.... our Power & Spark Challenge! Each month, we’ll usher in a new designer-led challenge and you have all month long to submit cards, chat it up with our designers (feel free to ask questions in our comments section below -- we'll check in from time to time) and get YOUR chance to win a Power Poppy stamp set of your choice! Click on over the first Friday of each month and you’ll see what this fun-filled journey is all about!  For more details, head on over to the Power Poppy Blog.

Julie has issued a fabulous challenge which requires us to use the sky as our inspiration!!  I LOVE sunrises, sunsets, clouds, etc, so this is super fun for me.  The hard part is choosing a photo because I have like...a gazillion!!   Here is a sunset photo I took while hiking and camping in the Sierra Nevadas.  It's over 8000 ft up, and we're overlooking a valley and mountain range.  My second project was inspired by this challenge. I'm sure you noticed there are no purples in this sunset. 

Now for my projects.  I've been stepping out of my "stamping box" and have been working some more with resin.  I've made one necklace before (found HERE) with Copics, and I thought it would be fun to make something with watercolor and see how it works.  I'm still learning by trial and error. Even after using a Paper Sealer (Art Mechanique - Susan Lenart Lazmer), I found that the colors faded a bit.  But I still like the look for what I'm going to use it for.  

I decided I wanted to make myself a prayer journal.  My faith is very important to me, so I hand wrote the word faith on a piece of watercolor paper.  Unfortunately while tearing it, it makes the paper edges really thin, and the resin enhances that.  I also had a rhinestone inadvertently stick itself to the middle of the sentiment.  I didn't know I had thinned the paper there when I removed it, thus the thin spot in the middle.  But, it's me...I make many mistakes while papercrafting and start over, or cover them up.  With resin, however, once it's poured, what's underneath is permanent, and there's no covering it up.  This will be a good reminder to me that thankfully, even though I make a mistake, it doesn't make me any less valuable in God's eyes.  And besides, it's what's on the inside that counts anyway, and those will be prayer reminders.

Below is a closer look at the resin filled bezel.  I used two stamp sets for this project:  Dynamic Duos: Glads and Gerberas, and Marcella's Mixtape Vol. 1

I added a bee charm to the bottom for two reasons:  one-I collect bee skeps and bee images, and two-bees are a flying miracle.  The size of their wings should not support the weight of their bodies, yet they do.  I also added a cup-chain rhinestone to the center which really sparkles irl.

I stamped some of the feathers from Marcella's Mixtape Vol. 1 Stamps set with Concord Grape Versamagic after I coated the book with Gesso and some Metallic Purple Gel stick (Faber-Castell).  I also stenciled on some polka dots with Whisper White pigment ink (SU!).

Now for my second project which was inspired by the sunset.  

I had fun coloring the Gerberas to fit a sunset color palette.  After finishing, I thought it would be fun to make a bracelet using a small square bezel and a Gerbera center.  I colored the whole image, and used only a tiny portion...I should use the rest for mini tags or something.  This too was colored with Tombow Markers on watercolor paper and filled with resin.


Well, that's finally it for my projects today.  If you haven't already, stop by the following Bloom Brigade Blogs.  You won't want to miss them, I assure you!!
Thanks for dropping by!  I appreciate your visit!

    Happy Stamping!!

Gerbera Prayer Journal
Paper:  Watercolor, Corrugated
Ink:  Versamark, Vintage Photo (Ranger Distress), Concord Grape (VersaMagic)
Dies:  Square Media Mixage (Spellbinders)
Accessories:  Square Bezel (Spellbinders), Ice Resin, Tombow Markers, Black Embossing Powder, 
Chipboard Book (SU!), Wrinkled Ribbon (prairiebirdboutique-etsy), Buttons (PTI and Haberdashery), Lace, Burlap String, Cheesecloth, Bee Charm, Gesso, Purple Metallic Gel Stick (Faber-Castell), Metal Corners and Bubble Layering Stencil (Tim Holtz)

StampsDynamic Duos:Glads and Gerberas (Power Poppy)
Paper:  Watercolor
Ink: Versamark
Dies:  Square Mixed Media Mixage (Spellbinders)
Accessories:  Square Bezel (Spellbinders), Ivory Woven Cord, Toho Seed Beads 4mm 6/0, Ice Resin


KimCreate said...

Beautiful projects!

Becca Feeken said...

Oh my gosh, these are all so lovely Tosha. The filled bezel is amazing and that bracelet is the bomb diggity :-)

CherylQuilts said...

Oh, Tosh, what a beautiful prayer journal!! Stunning colors you've used, and the "centerpiece" using the resin is gorgeous! I so appreciate reading your paragraph about how you were making it and the analogy of how our flaws don't make us less valuable (or loved) by God. I have an app for my prayer requests, but I keep thinking I would really love a journal instead to my hands and flip. I may need to try covering one of my binders like this one. And your bracelet is beautiful! You really are so creative, and I so appreciate that and your faith! Thanks for sharing today!! Warm hugs!

Leslie Miller said...

Oh, my goodness, Tosh, I hardly have words. I read your post and this project is even more beautiful. The photo, too. Astounding from start to finish.

Karen W said...

Oh my this journal is totally amazing!!

Dawn B. said...

Wow is all I can say...just incredible. I love both of these. Great job Tosh.

Stacy Morgan said...

You can make even "mistakes" turn out to be what you planned I tell you! This is gorgeous Tosh! I love that its a prayer journal, wonderful gift for yourself! The lavendars, lace, frame... all of it just gorgeous. All of this is wonderful friend.

Pet73 said...

This is gorgeous!

ChristineCreations said...

Your prayer journal is awesome girl...but everytime you make jewelery I am blown away. What a beautiful design!

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