Art Journaling: Live Laugh Love with Shari Carroll

Welcome to the blog everyone and happy Sunday!

I’ve been busy working in my Art Journal and today I’m featuring a “free for all style” where I just went for whatever I grabbed. I started out with some Tim Holtz Expedition ephemera pack and torn dictionary page as the base. I’ve glued these down to an 8.5″x8.5″ piece of watercolor cardstock.

Shari Carroll, Art Journal

I’ve added a layer of watered down gesso for a white wash look and to even the field for adding paints and crayons. The stencils with paste were the next layer, they create texture and shapes to color around.

Art Journal, Shari Carroll

I finger painted with Pentart Acrylics to start building up some soft color. To get bolder with my color, I used Tim Holtz Distress Crayons applied with my fingertip. For easier blending, keep a damp cloth or baby wipe handy to moisten your finger.I concentrated darker colors around the ephemera and outlined them with Stampers Big Brush to give them dimension although they actually sit quite flat.

art journal, Shari Carroll

To finish this up, I stamped the title “Live, Laugh, Love” using the Simon Says Stamp Big Words stamp set with Jet Black Archival ink. I’ll add my journaling on the ephemera pieces with a Pitt Artist pen.

Art Journal, Shari Carroll

I have filmed a full process video which you can watch below or on our YouTube channel HERE.

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Thanks for stopping by today. I hope I’ve given you some inspiration to try a free for all page!

Amore Laura Fadora: You’re the Bee’s Knees!

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Hi friends! Happy Saturday! Thanks for popping by our blog today! Welcome to the latest edition of Amore Laura Fadora! She’s combined the original Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid cardstock (that has unfortunately been discontinued but check out the others for a similar look!!), a Hello die from CZ Design’s new “Hellos” dies, and the sweet bees are from the Encouraging Animals stamp set! Please be sure to watch the video and enjoy!

Amore Laura Fadora: Hello You're the Bees Knees


Amore Laura Fadora: Hello You're the Bees Knees


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Neat And Tangled 5th Birthday Blog Hop

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Welcome everyone! Today we are celebrating the 5th Birthday for Neat & Tangled! This is the last day of a five day blog hop so be sure to check out the their previous days hops for more inspiration!

I’ve created a manly birthday card using Neat & Tangled Balloon Duo stencils, Hooray stamp set and Hooray Word dies. The stencils are in two pieces so you can easily layer your colors

Neat And Tangled, Blog Hop, Shari Carroll

I chose Simon Says Stamp ink colors that would look nice when layered over top of each other. They are Cloudy Sky, Sea Foam, Lake Shores, Stone and Catkin. Once I had the balloons stenciled, I added strings with a pencil (easy to erase if you make mistakes!). I stamped the greeting and also die cut 3 Hooray’s (stacked up and glued together) for dimension.

Neat and Tangled Blog Hop, Shari Carroll

I’ve filmed a video of how I made this card. You can view it below or on our YouTube channel HERE!


Neat & Tangled GIVEAWAY!!

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Two $50 gift certificates to the Neat and Tangled Store!

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One $100 gift certificate to the Neat & Tangled store!

Neat and Tangled winners will be chosen from comments all along the hop all week long.  

Winners will be announced Sunday, August 13th on the Neat & Tangled Blog!

Check out todays stops on the hop!

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