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Michelle Ward has a new challenge up for July on her GPP Street Team site, called "Strip Ease." Go see...it's easy and fun to do!

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Even though I'm not a huge fan of doing vintage, I seem to be attracted to old papers of all sorts. I began by grabbing a bunch of them, tearing them into strips, and gluing them down. I grabbed an old gift card and spread a thin layer of gesso over them, letting the text and images peek through.

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Using that same gift card, I scraped several colors of Golden's acrylics here and there, loving the texture that the overlapping strips created.

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I continued to play with strips of different papers - the sun and grass are scraps from my stash. The stem and leaves for the flower came from a paper bag from a store, and the flower is created (except for the very center) from paste paper scrps. The only thing that is used scissors for was the very center circle on the flower.

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I outlined the sun, grass, and flower with a neopaque crayon, used my pitt pen and new stencils from Michaels' to ad the words "way too hot,' (It was 102!) and then journaled with the pitt pen.  Pretty different from what I normally do but fun to push in a different direction for a bit!   



Very well done, I love the beautiful colors, and love to see how you did these pages. Thank you for sharing !


I really love the layering on these pages and how the colours have turned out. Thanks so much for sharing.


Okay, what you did with your credit card makes this so awesome! I know what you mean about not using much vintage--I don't either. But I think it's because sometimes it's so straight-forward. You've really given the vintage bits subtlety and depth! Love these pages and your colors and style. I'll be back!

Michelle Brown

Great layouts!


This is fabulous! Love the colours!

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