ICAD 2021 Challenge Part VIII

I’m thrilled to be sharing with you all this week’s ICAD’s. The abbreviation ICAD means, “Index Card A Day.” This challenge was created a few years ago by artist Tammy and her challenge has really grown over the years. Below, is her IG account where you can find out more about her and her art.

Day 51

We are getting close to the home stretch of this challenge and I must say I’ve enjoyed it a great deal! I’ve been thinking about how I’m going to store the cards and I usually go with an acid free photo box to store my little creations. Right now, they are sitting in a ceramic basket on my bookshelf. I might keep them there for a while. I love walking by and stopping to take a look at them.

This week’s cards are days 48-54

Which one is your favorite? ICAD 2021 Challenge Part I/ICAD 2021 Challenge Part II/ ICAD 2021 Challenge Part III/ICAD 2021 Challenge Part IV/ICAD 2021 Challenge Part VICAD 2021 Challenge Part VI/ICAD 2021 Challenge Part VII

Tammy IG @gypsy999

I look forward to sharing the rest of this week’s challenge and the following week with you next Saturday! My wish is for you to be inspired and encouraged. Have a blessed weekend! -Stephanie Hopkins

Check out my art journey on Instagram and at my Mixed Media Art Gallery here at Layered Pages!

ICAD 2021 Challenge Part VII

I’m thrilled to be sharing with you all this week’s ICAD’s. The abbreviation ICAD means, “Index Card A Day.” This challenge was created a few years ago by artist Tammy and her challenge has really grown over the years. Below, is her IG account where you can find out more about her and her art.

It is absolutely wonderful to see the collection of cards I’ve made thus far. I have them sitting pretty on my bookshelf in a ceramic basket. Where is the picture? I’m going to share it on the last post of this challenge. I can’t wait! Like all the previous weeks, I love this week’s cards!

This week’s cards are days 41-47

Day 47

Which one is your favorite?

ICAD 2021 Challenge Part I

ICAD 2021 Challenge Part II

ICAD 2021 Challenge Part III

ICAD 2021 Challenge Part IV

ICAD 2021 Challenge Part V

ICAD 2021 Challenge Part VI

Tammy IG @gypsy999

I look forward to sharing the rest of this week’s challenge and the following week with you next Saturday! My wish is for you to be inspired and encouraged. Have a blessed weekend! -Stephanie Hopkins

Check out my art journey on Instagram and at my Mixed Media Art Gallery here at Layered Pages!

ICAD 2021 Challenge Part VI

Day 34

I’m thrilled to be sharing with you all this week’s ICAD’s. The abbreviation ICAD means, “Index Card A Day.” This challenge was created a few years ago by artist Tammy and her challenge has really grown over the years. Below, is her IG account where you can find out more about her and her art.

It is absolutely wonderful to see the collection of cards I’ve made thus far. I have them sitting pretty on my bookshelf in a ceramic basket. Where is the picture? I’m going to share it on the last post of this challenge. I can’t wait! Like all the weeks beforehand, I love this week’s cards! Which one is your favorite?

Day 34: On the day I called, you answered me; you made me bold with strength in my soul. – Psalm 138:3

Day 35:  Tropical Dreams-I love the colors of this card! I used green paints for the background and then inked and stamped it. One of the collage elements is a paper towel.

Day 35

Day 36: Crafting is Therapy-
As far as the saying goes on the card, I dare say it might depend on the therapist hourly rate and the brand of crafts you buy. That said, the saying fits the bill. You get achievement in crafting.

Day 37: Be Wonderfully You, Everyone Else is Taken

Day 38: Dream Big, Aim High

Day 39: Weekend Dreams-I used some of my new papers to make this card and the last two. I love the simplicity of the collage and the design of the papers.

Day 36

Day 40: All About Eve- A line from one of my favorite American Movie Classics.

Brilliant, witty and sharp tongue dialogue. Stark portrayal of behind the curtain drama.

Bette Davis, brilliant as always. The fake naivete and conniving ways of Eve (Anne Baxter) is so convincing that I had a hard time caring for her in other films she starred in. Sign of a great actor one must say. Love everything about the film.

ICAD 2021 Challenge Part I

ICAD 2021 Challenge Part II

ICAD 2021 Challenge Part III

ICAD 2021 Challenge Part IV

ICAD 2021 Challenge Part V

Tammy IG @gypsy999

I look forward to sharing the rest of this week’s challenge and the following week with you next Saturday! My wish is for you to be inspired and encouraged. Have a blessed weekend! -Stephanie Hopkins

Day 40

Check out my art journey on Instagram and at my Mixed Media Art Gallery here at Layered Pages!

Craft Supply Haul Product Review

My birthday was on Father’s Day on the 20th. Forty-five years ago, I was born on that special day. It has been a while now since my dad and I celebrated both events on the same day. I gifted him two paintings and a handmade card and so happy he loves them!

The following day, I woke up in good spirits. Though the sky was still cloudy from a recent storm, the birds were joyfully singing their song, I just knew it would be a good week.

For my birthday, I was given gift cards and I’ve had a few craft items on my wish-list for a long time. I was able to get a few of them with the cards and I can’t tell you how excited I was to order them. I kept going to my on-line order to check the tracking status every day until I received them! Needless to say, I was eager to get my hands on the ASAP!

Today, I am sharing that haul with you, my thoughts on each product and I hope you find inspiration for your crafting adventures! I’d have to say that this is probably the biggest craft haul I’ve had, outside of Dollar Tree that is, in ages! There is so much! This haul will last me a long time, me thinks! These items are available on Amazon for purchase. I do believe some of the items are low in stock, so if you want them, I’d get them as soon as you can. I’m not sure how long it takes the companies to re-stock them.

Nuanchu Real Dried Pressed Flowers Leaves Natural Pressed Chrysanthemum Daisy Flowers with Tweezers for Scrapbooking DIY Candle Decoration Resin Jewelry Crafts Making: I’ve ordered a ton of botanicals this time around. I’m running low and came across a ton on Amazon that I wanted to give a try at some point. I was hesitating on a few of these products but decided to take the chance because they look beautiful in the pictures! I rate this product five stars.

Knaid Vintage Floral Washi Tape Set, 12 Rolls of Decorative Solid Color Paper Tapes for Scrapbooking, DIY Arts and Crafts, Bullet Journal, Planner, Junk Journal, Gift Wrapping: Like I need more washi tape…I couldn’t help myself! These are beautiful! There is not a lot on the rolls but nonetheless, they will last me a while so I feel the price is fair considering… I rate this product four stars.

MOLNESO 360 Sheets Vintage Journaling Supplies, Scrapbook Paper Supplies for Writing, Drawing, Aesthetic Decorative Stationery Paper for Scrapbooking, Travel Journal: I’ve been collecting paper for over two decades and still have lots. Actually, since I was a kid. Yes, I love paper. That said, I’m running low on my vintage style collage paper and I really don’t want to use any more of my 12” x 12” paper unless I’ve already cut into them for journal pages. I thought I’d give this pack a go. The paper is thin so I will use glue sticks to adhere them (carefully) to my craft surface. Liquid glue would be too much for them. I love the verity of patterns and how vintage they look. I wonder how long these will last before I run out? Can’t wait to find out! I rate this product five stars.

60PCS Mushroom Laptop Stickers Decals, Doraking DIY Mushroom Plants Decoration Stickers Decals for Windows, Refrigerator, Decoration (Mushroom Collection, 60PCS/Pack): These stickers are beautiful! I wish I had purchased these before now. I rate this product five stars.

Retro Floral Stickers Set (120 PCS) PET Transparent Flower Stickers for Scrapbooking Planner Journaling Wrapping DIY Crafts Cards Album Water Bottles Phone Cases Laptops:  I started crafting with these stickers immediately. They are stunning! They are delicate so be careful with them. The adhesive is strong. I rate this product five stars.

50 Yards Lace Trims Vintage Lace Ribbon Crochet Lace Scalloped Edge for Bridal Wedding Decoration Package DIY Craft Supply, 10 Styles Assorted: You get a lot for your money and the lace is beautiful! A must for your craft supply. I will be buying these again in the future. I rate this product five stars.

138 Pcs/3 Sets Post Stamp Stickers Retro Cute Plants/Animals Decorative Sticker Square Adhesive Sticker Envelope/Bag Seal by EORTA for Diary Planner Bottles Scrapbook DIY Craft Gift, Forest Theme: I have a bit of an addiction when it comes to collecting stamps whether they are real or faux. I adore them and I’m always on the lookout for different designs. They are fun to add to your craft and art projects. If you can’t afford to purchase them from craft stores, I highly recommend collecting them from your mail. I do that as well as purchase them, though I’m selective on the company. I rate this product five stars.

D-worthy Retro Wooden Handle & Base Roller Date Stamp, Rubber Stamp for DIY Craft Card Making Planner Scrapbooking (Navy): I’ve been wanting a date stamp for sometime now. I’m just surprised I never got one sooner since I craft so much. I love this product and it stamps really well to paper! A must have for your craft supply. I rate this product five stars.

 The Botanist’s Sticker Anthology Book: I’ve been wanting to purchase a sticker book like this for a long time. My only issue with the book is that there is only one side of stickers to each page. The back is a pattern paper. However, I can use them once I’ve used all the stickers. The book itself would be cool altered to make a journal. Do keep in mind, that many of these stickers are quite large and the stickers adhesive is not very strong. I rate this sticker book, four stars.

Knaid Butterfly Stickers Set (360 Pieces) – Decorative Colorful Assorted Insects Decals for Scrapbooking DIY Arts Crafts Album Bullet Journals Junk Journal Planners Water Bottles Phone Cases Laptops: These butterflies are stunning! I have been fussy cutting many of them for my craft projects. They have a white border around them. They do stick really well to paper. I rate this product five stars.

Wooden Rubber Stamps, NogaMoga 12pcs Plant Patterns Rubber Stamp with 11 Sizes, Decor Stamps for Card, DIY, Paper Craft, Bullet Journal, Photo Album, Hand Book, Planner, Scrapbooking: I have not bought wooden stamps in a long time, or stamps in general, and I was thrilled to come across these designs! Keep in mind, they are small but perfect for your paper crafting, card making and journal pages. I rate this product five stars.

Vintage Collection Postcard Set: Pack of 30 Retro Style Botanical, Nature and Ephemera Postcards by Wintertime Crafts: The images on these postcards are stunning and the cards is sturdy! I rate this product five stars.

Tim Holtz Idea-ology Thrift Shop Ephemera pack: This is the third or fourth time I’ve purchased this pack. I love them and they go with the themes I use in my crafts. I rate this product five-stars and recommend it as a must add to your craft supply.

8″ x 8″ 25 PCS 100% Cotton Fabric Bundles for Quilting Sewing DIY & Quilt Beginners, Quilting Fabric Squares: AS soon as I go these in the mail, I started using them and forgot to take a picture! The picture shown is from Amazon and they are accurate. These are great for paper crafting, journal and mixed media projects. I rate this product five stars.

Wilton 30 Count Grease Proof Doilies, 4-Inch, White: Normally I get my doilies at the Dollar Tree but these were a pretty good deal and I loved the design and style. I rate this product five stars.

Fun Express – Orange 50 Cents Single Roll Tickets – Party Supplies – Entertainment – Admission Tickets & Wristbands – 1 Piece: These tickets did not come with a wristband. Not that I’m concern about that. I just wanted the tickets. Orange is a great color because I can distress them to make them look old for my paper crafting projects. Most likely I will coffee dye them. They are sturdy and perfect. I rate this product five stars.

I will use these products for journaling, card making, journal tags, embellishments, collage, bookmarks, happy mail and all sort of other craft ideas I can think of.

I hope you enjoyed today’s post! -Stephanie Hopkins

Check out my art journey on Instagram and at my Mixed Media Art Gallery here at Layered Pages! There are pictures on Instagram of what I’ve used from this haul so far.

ICAD 2021 Challenge Part IV

Day 20

I’m excited to be sharing with you all this week’s ICAD’s. The abbreviation ICAD means, “Index Card A Day.” This challenge was created a few years ago by artist Tammy and her challenge has really grown over the years. Below, is her IG account where you can find out more about her and her art.

I have to admit that after the first week, I stopped following the prompts. Which is entirely optional for the artists to decide which way they go with this challenge. I tend to go my own path when it comes to my craft. This week I really mixed it up. I received some new craft items in the mail in the last three days, so I wanted to play with them! I will share which items are new in the descriptions below.  

Day 20: On this day was Father’s Day and my birthday. I was born on Father’s Day many years ago and it is rare when that day is celebrated on the same day. When it happens, my father and I celebrate both together with the family. It’s not too often when I make orange my dominant color. I think it turned out lovely! Plus, it gave me a reason to use this scrap of my painted paper for this project. I’ve been hoarding the paper, you see.

Day 21: Monday’s card represents a start of a new week. The possibilities were endless to make it a positive one and what a lovely week it has been. On this card I used scrap book pages, ink and ephemera from my older stash.

Day 21

Day 22: The Leftovers: The reason for the title is that I took paper towel that I’ve used to clean up paint and over time, it turned to this color. Isn’t it beautiful?! This card was an absolute blast to make! I also used Maple Samara from outdoors, needle and thread.

Day 22

Day 23: I wanted to create something a bit grungy on this day and this card is made from that feeling. I quite like how it turned out. I used my order supplies with this piece and the others above.

Day 23

Day 24: This card is vintage theme and I used my below products for the top layer. The bottom layer is is pages I used to paint black circles. Next week, I will be sharing a product review on everything I ordered. I loved how this turned out!

Day 24

Day 25: Abstract Tree: Okay, this one was a blast to make! I love trees and I’ve been drawing them since I was a kid. These days, I tend to create them in an abstraction medium. Some would say this could be a flower, but remember that in the spring time, many trees bloom flowers. For example: Cherry, Dogwood, Pink Mimosa, American Fringe and other sorts of trees.

Day 26: For this card, I used up the last of my homemade red, yellow theme painted paper. I thought it a great background for these pressed flowers and leaves. They’re from my new craft haul. I absolutely love how this turned out!

ICAD 2021 Challenge Part I

ICAD 2021 Challenge Part II

ICAD 2021 Challenge Part III

Tammy IG @gypsy999

I look forward to sharing the rest of this week’s challenge and the following week with you next Saturday! My wish is for you to be inspired and encouraged. Have a blessed weekend! -Stephanie Hopkins

Check out my art journey on Instagram and at my Mixed Media Art Gallery here at Layered Pages!

Art in Motion: DIY Glue Book

I have dozens and dozens of magazines and catalogs that I’ve harvested for images. Once I was done with them, I couldn’t bring myself to throw them away. They still had quite a few pages in them. I’ve been trying to decide what I want to do with them and recently I came across a Youtuber who makes mini glue books out of them. I was thrilled to discover Nicole’s channel! I did know other ways to create with them but I wasn’t thrilled with the sizes nor did I feel inspired. Making mini glue books out of them is such an inspiring idea, a way to use your scraps, and they make great travel companions!

But what is a glue book exactly? A glue book is a collage journal. You take any book you to glue any sort of images, everyday items and pattern papers to the pages. Anything goes, really and you can create any sort of theme or no theme if you so desire. I love this way of creating. It is so relaxing and freeing! I’ve decided to use this glue book for random layouts for inspiration.

Nicole’s instructions on how to turn a magazine into a glue book is easy to follow. She has two videos for you to watch. If you have limited time, she has a short video on how to fold & cut the magazine, but I highly recommend watching both.

This craft project is great for kids as well. Happy gluing!

Next week, I will be blogging a craft haul that are new products to me and will be reviewing each item. Be on the lookout for that post!

My wish is for you to be inspired, and encouraged. Blessings to you and yours.

Check out my art journey on Instagram and at my Mixed Media Art Gallery here at Layered Pages!

Stephanie Hopkins

Art in Motion: Crafty Organization

Hello, Crafty Friends!

Today I’m am sharing a new craft organization I’m implementing in my crafting endeavors.   

I’ve always made my own ephemera packs with various supplies I have on hand and I put them in gallon size Ziplock bags or large make-up bags. That system is not working for me any longer. I want to simplify to make it easier to manage and carry in a smaller to- go tote. I can honestly say that reducing my craft kits in size to little leaves of goodness, makes all the difference and inspires creativity.

I like to work with a good deal of colors and different styles, so I sort every pile with a little of everything. For instance, some crafters like to-do strictly vintage style whereas I like to blend contemporary, grunge and abstract with vintage. Juxtaposition, if you will. Then I secure them with baker’s twin or ribbon. This method reminds me of how the Victorians secured paper and letters. I’ve decided to store them in a photo box and when I want to close the lid, I layer them flat in the box. This box sits nicely on my craft table or desk. Later on, in another blog post, I will show how I store and tote them when I’m crafting on the go or in another area of the house.

Do you make ephemera packs? What ephemera do you find adding to them the most? Scraps of collage paper, tags, flowers, butterflies and my homemade painted papers are my go-to.

One can create all sorts of things with these mini packs. For example: Embellishments, journal cards, collage, tucks, belly bands, tags and pockets. The ideas are endless!

One other thing before I leave you until next time. I’m also gearing up for the first giveaway in my bookmark swap group at Instagram on starting July 1st! There will be four giveaways between July and September! The first giveaway theme colors are pink and purple.

This giveaway is for the members of the #StephslpBookmarkswap group. DM about the details on how to join. Next bookmark swap is September 15th. We would love to have you!

There are two spots left available for people who live outside the US to join.

You can find me on Instagram @stephsartjourney

My wish is for you to be inspired, and encouraged. Blessings to you and yours.

Check out my art journey on Instagram and at my Mixed Media Art Gallery here at Layered Pages!

Stephanie Hopkins

ICAD 2021 Challenge Part III

I’ve really enjoyed this week’s ICAD and seeing everyone’s cards. There are so many talented artists out there!

Day 13: Life is a journey into the unknown-I love the thoughts of taking a long road trip and deciding on an unknown destination. Exploring the possibilities and discovering something new.

Day 13

Day 14: Live Intentionally- I love working with collage. Gluing down the papers is so relaxing.

Day 14

Day 15: Peace- I placed the floral upside down because I liked the shape of the ephemera much better this way. You can’t really tell unless you look closely and of course because I mentioned it.

Day 15

Day 16: Neighborhood – I had a ton of scraps on my craft table so I decided to make another collage of houses. They are so much fun to make!

Day 16

Day 17: Hope- Painted background. More vibrant colors pulling together to make the foreground stand out. Love when everything works together in harmony.

Day 17

Day 18: Weekend Vibes -I love how all the vibrant colors pulled together.

Day 18

Day 19: Florals In Tea Cups – I used an envelope window for this piece. I love how it turned out. It reminds me of the Victorian era a bit.

Day 19

ICAD 2021 Challenge Part I

ICAD 2021 Challenge Part II

I look forward to sharing the rest of this week’s challenge and the following week with you next Saturday! My wish is for you to be inspired and encouraged. -Stephanie Hopkins

Check out my art journey on Instagram and at my Mixed Media Art Gallery here at Layered Pages!

ICAD 2021 Challenge Part II

On days 6,7,8, I wasn’t feeling the prompts and it was showing. So, I decided to go off prompt. I feel more myself when creating this way. No rules, and no pressure. Just letting go and being in the moment and allowing to go where the movement of the paint brush takes me. Creating art intuitively is my jam.

Day 6 – Canoe: This one really frustrated me. I was having a day…That said, I do like the placement.

Day 7 – Garden Shed/One Staple Collage: I do love the challenge of the one staple collage, so I was quite please with the shed I created using that technique. My only beef was the twist marks I used in the landscape and the landscape itself wasn’t my best. As a whole, I felt lazy with this one and wasn’t putting my heart into it.

Day 8- Umbrella: Despite not feeling this prompt on the day I creating the Umbrella. It’s not a total wash. I do like the abstractness of it and the placement of the Umbrella.

Day 9 – Off Prompt/Mountain Air: So happy with this piece. Definitely more my style.

Day 10 – Off Prompt/Sea Bathing: It’s hot and humid in Georgia. One could use a little sea bathing.This was a fun piece to create. I love the different hues of blues and how they work together.

Day 11 – Off Prompt/Butterflies: I have a thing for butterflies and I knew I wanted to create an abstract background as well. Yep, feeling good vibes with this piece.

Day 12 – Off Prompt/Abstract: I had a lot of thoughts going through my mind with this piece. Such as, being authentic, you matter and you have a voice. Cancel culture needs to go. Loving the colors and textures with this abstract.

Stephanie Hopkins

ICAD 2021 Challenge Part I

I look forward to sharing the rest of this week’s challenge and the following week with you next Saturday! My wish is for you to be inspired and encouraged. -Stephanie Hopkins

Check out my art journey on Instagram and at my Mixed Media Art Gallery here at Layered Pages!

ICAD 2021 Challenge Part I

“It looks like I’m listening to you, but I’m really thinking about the paper I just ordered.” -Funny Quote

I am participating in the 61 Day ICAD 2021 challenge hosted by Tammy @gypsy999 Instagram! Last year, I did a hundred-day challenge independently and this year I was just going to do it on my own again but was encouraged by others to partake in Tammy’s challenge.

This past Tuesday started the annual ICAD Challenge and I usually don’t follow prompts on demand but so far, I have gone with it and have really enjoyed this week’s challenges.

Day One: The prompt for this day was, Contraption. I was delighted with this challenge. I had thought about doing clock gears or something along those lines, but knew that many others would probably do the same. I had this sticker transfer I have been wanting to use and thought the bicycle perfect for this challenge. When bicycles first came about, I can imagine people wondering all sorts of things about the contraption and that it will never take hold or wasn’t ladylike for women to ride them. Ha! Sure enough…

Supplies: Index Card/Ink/Sticker Transfer/Faux Postage Stamp/Dollartree Butterfly/Tim Holtz words/Paper Studio Sticker

Day Two: The prompt for this day was, Snapdragon. The flower is symbolic in a big way and I wrote a poem about it. Alas, I didn’t not share it on Instagram but perhaps I will share it on here at some point. I did have a fellow artist read it, and he really liked it.

I’m an abstract painter so the snapdragons were a bit of a challenge for me to create on a small scale. Though I must say, at least the colors are pretty and the houses give a whimsical feel to the piece. I did doodle paint the sky and doodling is a theme in this challenge. I got a lot of great response with this card.

Supplies: Index Card/paper collage/Acrylic Paint/Ink/Stamps

Day Three: The prompt for this day was, Lyrics.I chose Fall for You – Secondhand Serenade. I was going to go with Fade into You by Mazzy Star when I first read the icad prompt. Her song has such soulful meaning, heart- wrenching depth, and pure raw emotion.

However, after much thought, I decided to go with Fall for You. This song came to my mind while I was painting yesterday afternoon, for various reasons, and it really struck a chord with me for today’s prompt.

Afterthought: I was a teenager when Mazzy’s song came out in the 90s. I’ve always felt her song poetic, her voice other-worldly and everything I mentioned above. Will have to create a special piece in homage of her.

Supplies: Index Card (4″ × 6″)/paper collage/Words/Ink/Stamps

Day Four: The prompt for this day was, Snow Globe.

Blizzard

I have never made a snow globe before and I could have easily just printed out a pattern and paint over it. But I wanted to be authentic and create mine own from scratch. I knew I needed to do a lot of shading on the globe, so it looks like glass and to make it look like you’re seeing through it. I drew a circle and the base separately, then started my painting process. The background of the card is painted grey and I used a stamp for a wallpaper look. I’m thrilled with the outcome and this project has boost my confidence in my craft.

Supplies: Index Card/Snow Globe Sketch on paper/Acrylic Paint/Ink/Stamp

Day Five: The prompt for this day is, Verdigris. I LOVE this challenge. I’ve created using this method and colors before and enjoyed re-visiting the process. Verdigris meaning, “A bright bluish-green encrustation or patina formed on copper or brass by atmospheric oxidation, consisting of basic copper carbonate.”

Supplies: Index Card/Tissue Paper/PVA/
Acrylic Paint -Yellow Ochre, Raw Umber Dark, Teal (Bleu Lagon), and Satin Teal/Distress Ink around the edges

I look forward to sharing the rest of this week’s challenge and the following week with you next Saturday! My wish is for you to be inspired and encouraged. -Stephanie Hopkins

Check out my art journey on Instagram and at my Mixed Media Art Gallery here at Layered Pages!