Sunday, December 16, 2012

Sweet Summer Memories


Hi there,

I created this layout for Scrapbook News and Review Magazine earlier this year. This was such a fun layout. My girls were a year and a half old in this photo.

Such sweet memories....



Hugs,
Karen

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Saturday, December 8, 2012

Be Yourself...


Hi there,

I am sharing another fun card created for the SNR magazine. I love the CTMH stamp set used as well as the papers by Anna Griffin. Super Fun card!!!


Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzill, Close To My Heart; Patterned paper: Anna Griffin; Stamps: Close To My Heart; Embossing Folder: Sizzix; Dies: Spellbinders; Other: Ribbon, bling

Hugs,
Karen

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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Happy Holidays!!

Hi there,

I am sharing this little Christmas tag that I made for the Scraps of Color magazine last year.  I love this cardinal by Spellbinders- So perfect for the Holidays...I colored this tag with my copics and accented with some stickles.  To give the appearance of 2 cardinals sharing a branch, I die cut a cardinal and popped it up at an angle. Love the end result.

 
I hope that this gets you in the Holiday spirit.  I sure am...

Hugs,
Karen

Thanks so much for visiting today...:)

Friday, November 16, 2012

Take a Class at The Art Studio for $5




For one week only, you’ll get the deal of a lifetime. You can take as many classes at The Art Studio @ SNR as you like for only $5 each.

Class content may include PDFs, videos, slides, templates, sketches and/or cutting files, depending on how the instructor has set up their classroom. You’ll also have full access to the instructor, either via a private group or e-mail. This also depends on how the instructor has set up their classroom. Full details are listed in each class description, so you’ll know what you can expect when taking the class.

You can purchase each class at the $5 price between November 17, 2012 and November 23, 2012. Please note that you’ll only have access to class content for one month rather than lifetime access as you would with the regular class fee. At the end of the month, if you want to, you can renew the class at a deeply discounted price. If you purchase the renewal, your access to class content and materials will never expire.

There are no promo codes to enter. Please note that there are a few classes that aren’t eligible for the $5 price and they will be clearly marked.

So make it an awesome week and come play at The Art Studio @ SNR!



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Sunday, November 11, 2012

Mixed Media Canvas

Hi there,

I made this Mixed Media Canvas today while trying to prep for another project. I really like how it turned out. I used some of those fun papers by Christy Tomlinson, big brush markers, stencils, paint, molding paste and much more. This is a great piece for my craft room...:)


Celebrate Blessings by Karen Jiles Supplies Patterned Paper: Pink Paislee; Rubons: Close to my Heart; Ink: Ranger; Paint: Making Memories; Markers: Copic, Faber Castell; Gesso, Molding Paste, Gel Medium: Golden; Stencils: Crafters Workshop; Die: Sizzix; Other: Canvas

I really enjoyed this one...Hope you do too.

Hugs, Karen
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Friday, November 9, 2012

SNR Magazine Sneak Peek Weekend



We’re blowing open the doors for a good cause! We want everyone to know what an awesome magazine Scrapbook News and Review Magazine is and the best way to do it is to show you.



For one weekend only, you can have unrestricted access to Scrapbook News and Review Magazine and there are two issues available for you to enjoy.

Check out how big it is. There are literally hundreds of layouts, cards, mixed media and altered art projects as well as scrapbook and card sketches, product reviews, Featured Artist and Digital Designer Spotlights...and oh gosh, too much to list.

Head on over and see for yourself. Keep in mind that this double issue doesn’t have any public submissions. This means that all content was created by our talented staffers. The reason? Because we want you to see how much you get when it’s just us. Can you imagine how large an issue is when we have other paper crafters joining in on the fun???

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Monday, November 5, 2012

Vintage Love Card...

Hi there,
Over the next few weeks I will be sharing some of my work that I have been creating for Scrapbook News and Review Magazine. If you have not subscribed to the magazine you are really missing out on some wonderful artwork and great techniques.
I will start with a card I absolutely love. I used some of my all time fav's to create this...Prima flowers, charm, and butterfly. The birdcage is by Sizzix. The cut of the card was created with a Spellbinder's die. I used the airbrush tool with my copics as well as vintage photo ink to create the 2 tone effect.


I loved creating this. The card has such a romantic and vintage feel. I hope that you enjoy it as well.
Hugs,
Karen
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Sunday, October 28, 2012

Mixed Media Canvas


Hi There,

I just returned from a great craft retreat. I am sharing one of the pieces that I created below. I love to create canvases using many products and I doubled up on this one. I enjoy that so much- Absolutely no limits and no barriers. Super fun!



Mixed Media Canvas II by Karen Jiles Supplies Canvas: Artist Loft; Stamps: Stampers Anonymous, Stampin Up!; Ink: Versafine, Ranger; Paint: Making Memories; Gesso, Markers: Faber-Castell; Stencils: Crafter’s Workshop

Thanks for visiting today...:)

Karen

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Sunday, October 7, 2012

Mixed Media Tag

Hi there,

I am sharing this little mixed media tag that I made tonight. The base is a 7gypsies tag. I used embossing powder, gesso, paint, stencil, and molding paste. The trim was aged with a distress ink mixture. Loved the end result.



Thanks for stopping by...:)

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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Mixed Media Technique: Modeling Paste with Dylusions Ink


Over past couple of months, I have been playing with Dylusions inks…creating pieces and creating even more products to play with like “mop up “tags. So, when I started playing with the Modeling Paste, I instantly pulled a mop up tag from my stash. The results were fun. The tag on the left side of my technique shows the end result of my playing with Dylusions and Modeling paste.

Modeling paste goes on white and creamy. When dried on this inked tag it resulted in a transparent look in areas that came in contact with the ink. It made sense that there would be some reaction, since the inks are water based. I wasn’t quite sure what I would end up with, but this was a pleasant surprise.

On the right side of my technique book, I lightly stamped some watercolor paper and then with the use of a stencil applied some modeling paste. The depth of the dried paste result is perfect, just slightly raised and perfect for cards, pages, tag…The list can go on and on.

Hugs,
Karen
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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Mixed Media Technique: Modeling Paste

H there,

I have had some awesome fun building a little Mixed Media Technique Book for my personal use. I found a 3 ½ X 5 watercolor paper journal as the base for my samples. The journals come in various paper base types, but I chose watercolor pages because of the absorbency and my desire to use many inks and mediums throughout the book. Most know that I have a neat technique rolodex at my desk that I use to house my techniques and samples of inspirations, while this book won’t take its place it is more portable.

My first technique is one that I just started to play with using modeling paste. Modeling paste can be used to build up projects, add texture and depth. It takes awhile to dry, but I love the end result. Take a peek at my sample.



I was able to create a blue undertone by using a stencil that still had some airbrushed copic residue on it. The look was so cool when the sample was dry. The cleanup is a little interesting, but if you keep a plastic container of water close to slip your stencil into, cleanup can be easier.

Tell me what you think…

Hugs,
Karen




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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Saying Goodbye to Summer...

Hi there,

I posted this 2 page layout on the SOC Blog this morning.

I'm saying goodbye to Summer with a 2 page hinged layout. I have so many great photos from this Summer. I am always taking tons and using maybe 10 % of the shots. It's always better to have more than enough than not enough, especially for our creative needs...:) I decided to use these pics for this sweet display. I took these photos of my girls right before bedtime. They fight sleep often, but these photos are proof that anytime is the right time to capture a sweet moment and sweet faces.

 
I used K & Co as the springboard for this layout. The elements were so cute and combining them with some precious Prima buttons made this layout fun.

Thanks so much for visiting today...:)

Karen

Monday, August 20, 2012

Dream Heart Canvas Album

Hi there,
I just finished this little album. I created it using Dylusions inks and stencils. The base is a heart shaped canvas album by Prima. I covered the canvas pages with Dylusions ink sprays. These inks are so vibrant and fun to use. I put a lot of love of this one and I really like how it came together given the blending of product lines.



Supplies Canvas Album: Prima; Flowers: Prima; Butterfly:Prima; Pins: Prima Metal Embellishments: Advantus; Letter: Anna Griffin; Stamps: Stampin Up; Inks: Versafine, Ranger; Other: Ribbon
Tell me what you think...
Hugs,
Karen
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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Mists Class @ The Art Studio

Hi there,
I am taking a great Mists class at The Art Studio called, “Think Outside the Bottle.”

The class is online, self paced and led by Heidi Myers. I enjoy using all types of inks, and this class really helps you introduce and reintroduce some ink sprays that you have not used in awhile or not often enough. It’s no secret- I love amazing backgrounds. Heidi’s approach to achieving them in a variety of ways is a really great way to make use of your mists. The following is the first assignment.

Supplies Cardstock: Bazzill; Patterned Paper: K and Company; Ink: Versafine, Ranger; Pen: Ranger; Stamps: Stampers Anonymous; Mists; Ranger; Stencils: The Crafters Workshop

My colors were fun, so I wanted to use some fun stamps. I chose stamps and stencils by Dyan Reaveley. I have been floating between Wendy Vecchi and Dyan Reaveley lately. Both have super creative stamps on the market. In the end, this particular piece will end up as a journal cover---I am pretty sure of that..:)

I love hearing from you , so let me know if you have played with these stamps and what you think of them.

Thanks for stopping by,
Karen

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Sunday, August 12, 2012

Corrugated ATCs using Dylusions Inks

Hi there,
I made these ATCs using corrugated board, Manila tags, and dylusions inks. I have been playing with the inks recently and I have thoroughly enjoyed the use. The background color combinations are endless. These ink colors are so vibrant and the more water you add the more blending options you create.
I loved making these...

Supplies: Sprays: Ranger; Inks: Versafine, Ranger; Other: Corrugated Board, Ribbon
Hugs,
Karen
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Saturday, August 11, 2012

Summer Layout

Hi there,

If you didn't get a peek at this layout on the SOC blog last week, here it is.  I created this layout using a photo of my little Kimmie enjoying a playhouse at a nearby park. It was such a nice Summer day and this paper was perfect for this photo. The base layer of the layout is white core cardstock distressed with a prima distressing tool. I love the interesting border that distressing adds to a layout.


Summer by Karen Jiles Supplies Cardstock: Close to my Heart; Patterned Paper: Prima; Flowers: Recollections; Butterflies: Recollections; Resin Corners: Prima; Ink: Ranger

Hugs, Karen

Thanks so much for visiting today...:)

Monday, August 6, 2012

It’s More than Just a Primer

Gesso: It’s More than Just a Primer@ The Art Studio begins this week.

If you have ever wondered how to incorporate this medium into your crafting, check out this class at the Art Studio.
Click here for more details.

Gesso really is More than Just a Primer. In this class you will learn the basics, how to apply it correctly, simple uses for it, the way it was intended to be used and then get you thinking way outside the proverbial box...:)

Don't miss out!!!! Save your spot today!!

Hugs,
Karen
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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Artist Journal

Hi there,

I finished this little beauty a couple of days ago. I love creating journals, so the thought of playing with my latest mediums to create a new journal cover was inevitable. One of the things that made me want to create this one is that the effect on the background is super easy to achieve. Combining my fave stamps with the background made a wonderful project.

For this project, I used some Wendy Vecchi stamps, dylusions sprays, gesso and vintage photo ink. I also incorporated text printed pages from an old novel and used the distressing machine by Zutter to distress the pages in groups. The book was bound using my Cinch- I love the versatility this machine offers with flexible punches. Super fun project!!



Supplies Patterned Paper: K and Company; Chipboard: Zutter; Metals: Advantus; Floss: DMC; Stamps: Stampers Anonymous, Inks: Ranger, Stazon, Memento; Gesso: Pro Art; Die: Sizzix

Thanks for stopping by.

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Sunday, July 15, 2012

Vintage ATCs

Hi there,
Happy Sunday! I wanted to pop in and share some ATCs that I created for my Stampin Divas group. I used some K and Co. paper as the base for these. I then applied gesso and dyllusions sprays to create a really nice resist effect. The stamps are all from the Wendy Vecchi collection by Stampers Anonymous.


Thanks for stopping by.
Karen
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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

A Page from My New Smash Book

Hi there,

I created my own smash book a couple of days ago and wanted to share a page with you. I have been playing with various inks and just various mediums in general. I had a ball. There were no rules..no limits and I absolutely loved that. This was the final product...



Smash-Page 1 by Karen Jiles Supplies  Patterned Paper: Stampin Up; Corrugated Board: Bind It All; Eyelets: Making Memories; Dew Drops: Robin's Nest; Ribbon: Paper Studio; Inks: Ranger; Paint: Golden; Flowers: Prima; Other: Stamp, Handmade Stems, Canvas Fabric

Thanks so much for visiting today...:)

Karen

Saturday, June 30, 2012

"Us" Layout using LaCreme & Webster's Paper Lines

Hi there,

I wanted to share this layout with you that I finished using that lovely La Creme paper by DCWV.  I also used a little of Webster's printed paper. All papers were distressed with Memento and Vintage photo ink. I used the distressing tool by Prima to fray the edges of the layers of the papers. I distressed the photo with old paper and vintage photo ink also. I love the end result.  Working with these various patterns of paper was a sheer delight.

Us by Karen Jiles Supplies Patterned Paper: Die Cuts with a View, Webster’s Pages; Dew Drops: The Robin’s Nest; Flower: Prima; Ink: Memento, Ranger; Pen: ZIG; Die: Spellbinders; Other: Ribbon, Beads


Thanks so much for visiting today...:)

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Mixed Media Tag

Hi there,

I had a little time to play in my stamp room. I created this little tag using some Wendy Vecchi stamps, colorbox inks, embossing powders, gesso, ZIG pen, Paper Studio flowers, Tim Holtz book plate and distress ink markers. So much fun!! I absolutely love these stamps by Wendy Vecchi.



Thanks for stopping by,
Karen
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Thursday, June 21, 2012


Hi there,

I am sharing a few ATCs that I created for my Stampin Divas group. I took the opportunity to play with the picket fence distress marker. I like it. It gives a great whitewash effect around the edges of my ATCs. These can easily be turned into tags or focal pieces for a card. Loved the end result.





Thanks for stopping by..

Hugs, Karen

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Monday, June 4, 2012

Something Special for Father….

Hi there,

Father’s Day is June 17th- Just a couple of weeks away and plenty of time to create something special for Dad? I decided to create a piece of art for my Dad-Something that he could display on his desk and enjoy time and time again. I posted an easy tutorial on this little project over on the SOC blog today. In seven steps, you can create this piece of art for Dad too…J

Thank You, Dad by Karen Jiles Supplies Cardstock: Close To My Heart, Coredinations; Corrugated Board: Bind It All; Ink: Ranger, Memento; Marker: Copic; Paint: Golden, Making Memories; Metal Embellishments, Buttons: Advantus; Stamps: Great Impressions, Stampers Anonymous; Embossing Folder: Sizzix; Dies; Sizzix, Spellbinders; Other: Formica, Ribbon.
Please let me know how the tutorial works for you.

Enjoy Father's Day!

Hugs,
Karen

Friday, June 1, 2012

Hi there,

I have been busy busy busy creating projects for Scrapbook News & Review.  I joined the creative team and I have been enjoying every minute. I thought that I would share this card with you that I created. I wanted to use some text, so this card definitely fit the bill.The card measures 6 x 6 and perfect for a special crafy buddy...:)



Everyday by Karen Jiles Supplies Cardstock: Coredinations, Stampin Up!; Patterned Paper: Stampin Up!, My Mind's Eye; Dew Drops: The Robin’s Nest; Frame: Close To My Heart; Stamp: Penny Black; Ink: Memento; Markers: Copic;  Ribbon: Other

Thanks so much for visiting today...:)

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Dream...Wish Card

Hi there,

I wanted to drop in really quick and share this little card that I created tonight using Tim Holtz's new alcohol markers. I am really enjoying them. I won't write a full review on them, but I will say that if you have the ink pads, you might as well invest in the coordinating markers. They are awesome. I used the markers on the stamped flowers and it only took seconds to apply the ink to the various areas of the stamps. I really liked the final result.


Supplies-Cardstock: Bazzill; Patterned Paper: Making Memories, K and Company; Stamps: Magenta, Stampin Up; Flowers: Prima; Clip: Nastolgiques; Ink: Ranger, Memento; Other: Ribbon, Butterfly

Thanks for stopping by today.
Karen

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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Scrapbook News and Review Drawing & Pub Call




Do you want the chance to win a $150 gift certificate to the online scrapbook store of your choice?

Visit Scrapbook News and Review Magazine. Fill out a short survey to be entered into a drawing for a chance to win the gift certificate to an online scrapbook store of your choice.

For extra chances to win, become a friend of SNR on Facebook and/or follow them on Twitter!

Wish to be published?? Here's your chance.

Scrapbook News and Review Magazine is currently holding calls for the May issue! Submit your projects to SNR for a chance to be published! SNR is looking for projects with the following themes for the next issue:

Scrapbooking-
Free For All
3 to 5 Photos on a Page
Imperfect Photos/Cover Up That Flaw
Things We Do Together
All About Me: Things I Love To Eat
Color of the Month: Yellow
KISS - Keep It Simple, Sweetheart
One Word Title: Adventure
Scrap Your Stash: Rub-ons

Cards and Stamping-
Inspiration
Geometric Shapes
Animals and/or Animal Prints
Disney
Product: Tim Holtz
Technique of the Month: Gelatos, Colored Pencils and Pastels (Oil or Chalk)
Thank You Teacher/Congratulations Grad

Digital Scrapbooking-
Free For All
Blended Photos
Tape
Teens
Style: Grungy/Dark

Mixed Media-
ATCs: The Cinema
ATCs: Free For All
Inchies: Cartoon Images
Tag: Favorite TV Show

VisitSNRfor more details and to submit your work.


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Saturday, April 14, 2012

COPIC ART TAG TUTORIAL


Hi there,

I am sharing some fun tags that I created for my Stampin Divas. I had loads of fun and used many fun products. When I started, I knew that I wanted to create with my copics, but didn’t know exactly where the desire to create would take me. So, I picked up my tag bucket and started creating. Absolute YUMMINESS!! I will show you how to create these in a quick tutorial below.


Copic Art Tags by Karen Jiles Supplies Patterned Journaling Tags, 3-D Stickers: K and Company; Jewels: Queen & Co.; Stamps: Close To My Heart, Basic Grey; Ink: Memento, Copic; Dies. Shown Below



Supplies


Step 1: Stamp images on patterned journal tag.


Step 2: Color tags with copics. I used YG 61 and YG63 for the leaves.


Step 3: Blend Copic colors together on tag.


Step 4: Outline stamped images with Copic Marker C3.


Step 5: Edge the tag with memento ink using dauber.


Step 6: Edge 3-D Sticker and apply to tag.


Step 7: Finish tag with additional embellishments.

Let me know how the tutorial works for you.
Thanks so much for visiting today...:)

Saturday, March 31, 2012

"Celebrate" Card

Hi there,
I had an opportunity to make this little card for a Birthday Celebration. I love birthday celebrations. They always warrant a special type of card. This one has some 3D elements to it, as well as a vintage feel. It was so much fun to create.




I used patterned papers by K and Company, ribbon by Stampin Up, stamps by CTMH, Journal spots by Making Memories, and ink by Tim Holtz/Ranger.
Thanks for stopping by today.
Hugs,
Karen
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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Vintage ATC Keepsake

Hi there,
As an extension of my last post, I decided to turn 1 of my ATCs into a keepsake.



To create this, I added a few fun products. I definitely wanted to add some depth and dimension to my keepsake, so l went with some distressed corrugated board as the base. I used vintage photo ink on the corrugated board to enhance the ridges. I then added a layer of sanded embossed coredinations cardstock. I embellished my ATC by adding some clips and a metal clothespin by Graphic 45. Super fun!!
Thanks for stopping by,
Karen
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Sunday, March 18, 2012

Vintage ATC Series w/ Tutorial

Vintage ATC Series
Vintage ATCs with a modern appeal- that was the objective. I found a box of stickers, 3d embellies, and metals a couple of weeks ago. It's amazing how we accumulate all of these pretties, forget about them, and become even more excited about them when we find them again...:) A photo of my find is below.




Yum, right?
I had to create with these when I found them, so the next photo is the final product and supplies with a quick tutorial.




Supplies: Adhesive backed Canvas ATCs: Ranger, Border and 3-d stickers: Nostalgiques; Stamps: CTMH; Rub Ons: Royal & Langnickel; Ink: Vintage Photo and Stazon.




Tutorial
Step 1: Take Adhesive Backed Canvas ATCs and add border to them.




Step 2: Take Stazon ink and add stamp of choice to ATCs.




Step 3: Apply vintage photo ink to ATCs using a foam applicator. You can add the ink generously or lightly-purely preference. I left lighter areas for randomness.




Step 4: Add rub ons to desired places on ATCs. I chose butterfly rub ons, mainly because of the color they added and the modern feel they provided. Optional:Add vintage photo ink to edges.




Step 5: Take adhesive backing off of each canvas ATC. Add base layer. I chose black as a contrasting color.




These were definitely a great deal of fun. I hope that you find them equally as enjoyable to create. Let me know how this works for you.
Thanks for stopping by today.
Karen
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Thursday, March 15, 2012

7 x 7 Layout

Hi there,
I am sharing a little 7 x 7 layout that I created using some thin corrugated board. I found the board on a Tuesday Morning run last week. It's perfect for chunky books and textured layouts. To create the background, I distressed my corrugated board by pulling up pieces of the board to expose the ridged center. Then I added some white pearl paint to enhance the exposed board. The rest of the layout came together with use of patterned papers, dimensionals, and ribbon. So much fun!!!




Supplies: Patterned Paper and Dimensionals: We R Memory Keepers; Corrugated Board: Zutters; Paint: Close To My Heart; Ribbon: Ribbon Carousel.
Thanks for visiting today. Hugs, Karen
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Sunday, March 11, 2012

It's National Craft Month!


Hi there,

I wanted to share my latest pic of a card that I made for the SOC blog. The card is in honor of National Craft Month. You can find a full photo and more details about the card using the following link:
www.scrapsofcolorespire.blogspot.com/2012/03/its-national-craft-month.



So what goodies are you planning to create for National Craft Month?

Thanks for stopping by...Hugs, Karen

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