Friday, September 7, 2012

Gettin' My Groove On With Dylusions!

Hello Everybody and Happy Friday!

Now you know lately I've been really getting into Dyan Reaveley's Dylusions Inks Sprays and Stamps.    Let me tell you why...

I'm having the time of my life.  Why you ask?  Simply put, working with Dyan's goodies is so much fun!!! The designs are off the wall and out of the box, whimsical and totally a kick in the pants!

There are some of you who may not have met Dyan yet, here is a bio I swiped from RangerInk.com....(hope they don't mind)...

Mixed Media Artist Dyan Reaveley's unique eclectic style comes through in her vibrant color combinations of inks and paints, using text as an insightful design element and the clever use of imagery in her artwork. Dyan teaches and demos with Ranger and is known for her creativity with layering color, images and thought-provoking collages.

Dyan owns and operates a teaching and design studio Art from the Heart in Harrogate, in the north of England. Dyan's mission is to introduce everyone to the fabulous therapy that is art journaling and creating mixed-media art.
Dyan Reavely


I had the coolest opportunity to meet Ms. Reaveley at CHA in what was it... July?  I fell madly in love with Dyan, but don't tell her!  I came home totally inspired and ran to the nearest store to purchase anything Dylusional!

Now, I love Three-Dimensional art.  I love to look at something and figure out how to make it from chipboard, even if it looks like it's impossible.  I mean LOVE!!!  That's my fun!  Then add to that the excitement of covering it with the perfect paper....HEAVEN!  God knows I love me some Graphic 45 to cover it with too!  LOL!  Now I'm not a stamper, sprayer or inker...yet I own the required nine million stamps, ink pads and color mists because...I don't know why...well...that's just what we do.  But, there is something magical that happens when I play with the Dylusions stamps and ink sprays.  First, It's a total departure from what I know and do.  Second, I begin to let go....That folks is worth a million Dylusions Stamp sets!  I just plain old let go and have fun.  Not thinking about what the outcome may be.  Not trying to match colors or designs, just having one of those, "Let it all hang out" kinda times.  Like who cares whether something not perfect.  To me, the imperfections make it just that much better!  Ahhhhhh!  So, Dylusional I've been lately!

Tonight I wanted to share a project I created with the Dylusions stamps and spray inks.  My first attempt at 3-D Dylusional Art....Need a bit of practice but what the heck!  I was having fun!  Of course me being the king of chipboard as one of my followers suggested...(Can I say that, or is that my male ego kicking in???? If so pardon me!  I surely don't want it to be...LOL!) I decided to make a quirky boxed scene!  I drew my inspiration from one of the stamps...Traveling Travis...The "suitcased" figure on the right of the picture below.


*Dyan Reaveley TRAVELING TRAVIS Stamp Set Dylusions Cling Unmounted Rubber


Hope you like it as much as I had making it...

Traveling Dylusions















Supplies used can be found at one of my favorite online shops, Inspiration Emporium:

Dylusions Stamps - Traveling Travis
Dylusions Stamps - Doodle Parts
Dylusions Stamps - Basic Backgrounds
Dylusions Stamps - Bags Of Bunting
Dylusions Stamps - Further Around The Edge
Dylusions Stamps - Birds On A Wire
Dylusions Stamps - How Does Your Garden Grow
Dylusions Stamps - Doolally Dorris
Dylusions Stencils - Oh Christmas Tree - 9x12
Dylusions Ink Sprays - Pure Sunshine
Dylusions Ink Sprays - Bubblegum Pink
Dylusions Ink Sprays - London Blue
Dylusions Ink Sprays - Cut Grass
Dylusions Ink Sprays - Fresh Lime
Dylusions Ink Sprays - Black Marble
Chipboard
Yellow paint

Y'all, I hope you have a wonderful weekend!  May cool weather arrive in the GREAT State of Texas soon!

Jim
The Gentleman Crafter



124 comments:

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    1. Thanks Sweet Honey! You are too kind! J.

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    2. What wonderful work you do!!! I have been away form my computer for 2 days and I have missed seeing all the great stuff done while I was away. Keep up the good work!By the way, Dyan TOLD me to come here... ha ha

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  2. So flipping cool! Wowie! You've done it sir! Brought Dylusions to life in 3-D!

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    1. Sharon, Thank you! I was worried! So glad to have your comment to know that you like it! Whew! You rock Sharon! Hey making any halloween treats you wanna share with us?

      J.

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    2. Mr. Jimbug, I think it is so great that you take the time to reply to our comments. That's one of the reasons we love ya! I wish I had some Halloween goodiies going. Have my happy haunting whispering to me, lol. I have got some ideas forming and will share when ive got some finished. Have a great weekend!

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  3. Awesome, Mr. Jim! I love it! The colors are just fabulous! Looking at the piece makes me feel happy. It's kinda like Gentleman Crafter meets Peter Max meets Dyan Reaveley! Soooo cool! Could you make that pic into a poster? I'd buy it in a quick second...lol. Think you definitely have something there, Jim! Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Alice, can I take a moment to be a ham? You are THE BEST follower there is! You always have been such a sweetheart at following and commenting! I cannot begin to say thanks for ALL your kind words! I honestly appreciate you and thank you from the bottom of my heart!

      Yours,
      Jimbo

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  4. I am sooooo excited, I looooooove this and even though I love G45 paper all these bright colors are wondeful. You can really move from one direction to the next and I think that is wonderful and says alot about your creative spirit. I my self am not drawn to the bright color pallet but I have always been drawn to Dyans work and have wanted to try it for some time. Thanks for sharing, the piece was so much fun and it made me smile and I imagine that Dyan is one proud parent.

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    1. ACHAIR,

      Move over baby! We love us some G45 paper right? I love all the dark tones and all the yumminess that G45 offers! I mean IN LOVE! It's so much fun to take a departure into the unknown with Dylusions.! We may tremble at first, but then find it a MOST enjoyable experience once we've tried! Please, Please try Dyan's goodness! You will love it! I would be delighted to send you a stamp set or two to try out! Just email me! You will fall totally in love as I have!

      Hugs!

      J.

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  5. OH FOR THE LOVE OF......what an AMAZING work of ART! You really did Dylan proud, Jim! I LOVE IT!

    ~Linda

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    1. Linda, now how much do I owe you this month for saying all those kind things?
      LOL!

      Thank You!

      J.

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  6. You make me want to cry you are so freaking talented and I am so freaking jealous! I love this. I may be over tomorrow so you can show me how to be Dylusional!

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  7. You really have a great way of taking us to Wonderland.... I just sit back and feel the free spirit that you truely are. thank you for not only making the creative juices flowing in me, but you always manage to make me smile while doing it.
    LOVE IT!!!!!
    Fran :)

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  8. Fran,

    You too are one of those sweet followers that is always so kind and generous! You may note I'm feeling a bit emotional tonight, LOL! But I truly do thank you for being there!

    I'm so glad I could get the creative juices flowing! That's exactly what I'm praying I'm doing all this blogging for...to give some kind of inspiration to anybody who may want it. I may do things that are not up your alley...I know that...but, if you can come away with a single thought...a tiny bit of inspiration, It's totally worth the time I sit here typing on this dad blasted laptop!

    Please know how your comments in return give me SUCH JOY AND INSPIRATION. Believe it or not, your comments are what keeps this blog going! It gives me...the WANT...to do more!

    Thank you Frances! I so appreciate you!

    J.

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  9. OMG, Jim!!!! I LOVE this project!!! I love Dyan and her Dylusions line!! You've really taken this project to the Nth degree!!!

    Want more company tomorrow!?!?!

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    1. Barb, OH MY GOSH! I was starting beach to respond and had read this last night and totally forgot! I'm good at that these days!

      I went up to Archiver's this morning and left you totally behind! OK, the guilt is coming on! I'm sorry!

      I did have fun meeting Peanut or Kim there and it was so good to finally meet her!

      Next time I promise to swing by for or normal Archiver's date!

      Hugs to ya! J.

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  10. Oh. My. God. Is there anything you can't do? I doubt it.
    This is fantastic. I recently got some of the sprays...hopefully some day the stamps. The sprays are so much fun to play with....they really spark the creativity. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Cait, don't you love them? I love spraying puddles of the ink and letting them blend into so many cool shades and shapes too! Keep on having a blast!

      J.

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  11. Totally over the top awesome....love these stamps will have to try them out....and Yes I've seen Dyan on the Ranger YT and she rocks too...thanks for sharing this with us....King of chipboard!!!!!

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    1. Thanks Gloria! So many cool techniques to try! I'm so thankful for the Ranger YouTubes. What a wonderful tool! Thank you again!

      J.

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  12. Awesome Jim. Just to cute. You have been dylusioned for sure.
    Marcie

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    1. Hiya Marcie! Thank you! I'm truly Dylusioned! LOL!

      J.

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  13. A W E S O M E !!!!!! honey I think you found your calling...now don't let Dyan steal you away...remember your just in a dulusional state of mind right now..LOL

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    1. Hahahaha! Dyan doesn't want me! Hahahaha! You are too funny! I've just had the best chuckle! Thanks for that!

      J.

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  14. Such a fun, happy creation. Makes me smile just to look at it. I am constantly amazed at your talent. thanks as always for sharing.

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    1. Thank you Theresa! I'm so glad it made you smile. How can you not with these fun stamps and bright colors....

      Hugs to ya!
      J.

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  15. Jim this is fabulous I can tell you have had lots of fun with the dylusions range here! Have you sent the link to Dyan? I am sure she would love to see it.

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    1. Hi Sunshine!

      Good to see you again! Thank you for the kind comment! I believe she has seen it. She's awesome at sharing the love!

      Thanks again!
      J.

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  16. wow that is so fun and wonderfully creative, just love the dimensional cases as the body!! a really wonderful piece! trace x

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    1. Thanks Trace! You Rock!

      Have an awesome weekend!

      J.

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  17. Omg!! Jim this is totes amazeballs!!( that's poshe for bloomiin amazing!!!)) love those cute suitcases, well I love everything about it!! Gonna share for all to see xox

    Kaz x

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    1. KAZ, coming from the Dylusional Maestro that is a totally amazing compliment! So appreciate you and your art!

      hugs,
      J.

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  18. This is so whimsical and the depth of colour is gorgeous. I'm sure each time I look, I will see something different.

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  19. Good Morning Your Majesty :-) Wow! Yet another totally fabulous project. I love the bright vibrant colours of Dyan's sprays & the fact that they wash out of clothing easily;-). I also love the quirkiness of her stamps & stencils. Not really into art journalling though. Way to go you, finding your own style with them. 3D Dylusions, now this I could get into. Thanks for yet more inspiration. Hugs, Theresa.

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    1. Hehehehehe! Disco Queen! It's been fun doing 3D Dylusions, can't wait to start another! Thanks for coming to look! I appreciate you!

      J.

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  20. This totally rocks Jim! You inspire me so much to not only think outside the box, but more importantly to not be afraid to try something and just "let lose" and go crazy! Obviously, the results are AWESOME! And if not, then I at least had fun trying!

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    1. Patti,

      The highest compliment one can receive! Thank you humbly! I so thank you!

      Yours,
      Jim

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  21. Absolutely frikkin' amazing!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE your boxed, 3-D Dylusions! Truly... awesome! It's like a Dylusional Diorama! :)

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    1. You got it Ellen! Dylusional Diorama! LOL! Thank you so much Ellen!

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  22. It's nice and cool here in good ol' Midland today...woohoo!!! But it's not nearly nice and cool as this fantastic Dylusional traveling shrine of yours today! Holy cow man, you make us crafters look good! The juxtaposition of your 3D goodies is perfect, and there is so much to ogle at! You are amazing, and must have the muscliest hands for all this cutting...WOW!!! Just gorgeous work!

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    1. Anita, Thank you! Guess where I am at this very moment? OUTSIDE! What a wonderful day it has been here in Georgetown-Granger! Cool, wind is blowing...Such an incredible day! LOVE it! I don't know about muscled hands but Arthur sure has been kicking in lately....Arthritis! :) I don't think I'm liking this getting old thing ONE BIT!!! :)

      Thanks again!

      Jim

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  23. I love the whimsy of this line. You did a great job, love the suitcases.

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    1. Thank You so much Wanda! I too love the whimsy of this line. FUN!

      Have a great weekend!

      J.

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  24. Oh wow Jim! This is spectacular! I love the stamped image. Great inspiration piece. The suitcases are fabulous. TFS Hugs, Jess

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    1. Hi Jessica! How is North Carolina today? That's correct isn't it? Hope you are having a wonderful day! Thank you for coming over to look at it!

      Yours,
      Jim

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  25. Oh what Fun!!! The colours, patterns and movement make it so whimsy, happy, cheerful and simply DYLUSIONAL! Thank you for sharing the online shop and the supplies you used. Haven't heard, seen this product until now... not a huge fan of ink sprays or mists. Have only two in the supplies and barely use them, but those stamps are another story. TFS & TTFN :-)

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    1. Sharka, Thank You! So glad to introduce you to her line. She's awesome and you can tell how fun the stamps and sprays are. I'm getting a little warmer with the sprays! I need to remember to point the nozzle toward the paper! LOL!

      Thanks!
      J.

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  26. Fantastic!! You continually amaze and inspire me. Whoohoo!

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  27. Hi Jim this is a wonderful, colourful creation. I just love the quirkiness. I love the way you have used all the dylusions elements. Will certainly return to view more of your inspirational pieces.

    TFS crafty hugs from Annie in Scotland x x

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    1. Hi Annie from Scotland!

      So glad you like it! There are so many cool stamps in the line that you can use for so many things! That's what's neat about Dyan's stamps! Thank you for coming over to follow! I appreciate that!

      I hope to continue to inspire ya!

      Have an awesome weekend!

      Jim

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  28. Jim, I think this project screams your style! But don't ask me why! And Dylusions seems to be the hottest thing going, I'm getting interested in art journaling too so this is great! I love your project!

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    1. Hehehe Queen, Could it be the crazy quirkiness of it? Just like me! Thank you so much for your continued support of my craziness! You Rock!

      J.

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  29. This is just amazing and fabolous!!! What an amazing creation and use of Dylusions!!

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  30. ooh ooh ooh what can I say. I bow down to your creative genius and think I may need to up my game lol. Love ya too xxx mwah

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    1. AHHHHHH, The REAL QUEEN!

      Dyan, no...allow me to bow down to you my friend for having the imagination and creative mind to come up with a line of stamps and inks that we all can so enjoy! You totally rocked each and every stamp and spray! I thank you for the opportunity to release and let go! Thank you for your continued support!

      Your Dylusional Fan!

      Jimbo

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  31. This is amazing, a work of art!

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    1. Thanks Dina! Your blog has taught me so many things and I want to thank you for that! You Rock Dina! Rock! :)

      Jim

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  32. OMG! Jim you have outdone yourself!!! So glad you are having fun and just "going for it"...kinda like folkart!!! Just sayin!. You always create wonderful pieces but this one...the colors, the quirky stamps, it just radiates FUN!!! you can just tell you were having a good time...and a big smile on your face while doing it!!! i for one LOVE this!!!! You can sure see the Gentleman Crafter in it...not just Dyan!!!!! Way to go my friend!!!
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    1. Gosh There are a lot of Queens commenting today! To my Folk Art Queen, I thank you Kay! Once I looked at the Traveling Travis stamp and saw those cases I knew what needed to be done! LOL! And as you said, had a big old smile doing it!

      Thanks Kay as always!
      Jimbo

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  33. This is sooooooo FANTABULOUS...you have taken Dylusions and wove your own magic!!

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    1. Thank You Martha! I wove something! LOL!

      Bless ya!

      J.

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  34. This is brilliant, you have done Dyan proud, love it.

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    1. Kirst, I hope so! It's a new world for me so I appreciate you saying that!

      J.

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  35. Oh, WOW! I have passed by before and been inspired but this time Dyan sent me. She said this piece was brilliant ..........and it truly is!

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    1. God Bless Dyan! Oh she's too kind! I appreciate you coming over to give it a gander! Thank You so much!

      Jim

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    1. Thank You Justine! Glad you like it! Appreciate you taking the time to look!

      Yours,
      J.

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  37. Dyan told us to come and make you blush - well, this is just gorgeous!! I love Dyan and her Dylusional range too, so find myself in good company.

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    1. I'm blushing! Totally accomplished your mission! Hahahaha! Thank you for stopping by and thank you for your comment!

      J.

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  38. OMG this is amazing!! I have found your vlog via Dyan's Facebook feed and I am so pleased I did!! I just love this piece and I want to make one too - but I have no idewa where I would start! Love your work and will be back here soon xxx

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    1. Thank You Sam! I appreciate it! You know Sam, a good place to start would be with a shoe box. That would be cool! Then ink up some paper and get crackin'! You are on your way!

      Thanks again for the kind comment!

      J.

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  39. Oh, this is fantastically fantastical. I have all the required Dylusions, now all I need to do is get up the courage to get messy and get out of my perfectly symmetrical world

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  40. Wow, this is really a stunning piece of work you've done here. I'm so glad Dyan told us all to come check it out on your blog, because now I've found you and I can add you to my favs list. You are clearly very talented and I'm quite sure I will be inspired each and every time I stop by. Btw, I love the suitcases you made. I noticed that you used the Tim Holtz Idea-Ology Trinket Pins as the hardware for the suitcases, so very clever.

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  41. I'm not a stamper but I can tell you've mastered the Dylusions!! Cool project, Jim.

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  42. Oh Jim, This is just wickedly fabulous!!

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  43. Just wonderful! And I am glad you are having so much fun :-)

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  44. wow Jim is is absolutely supercalifratilistic fantastic saw it on facebook already and I love everything about it
    hugs
    miranda

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  45. Hi Jim,
    I always love checking out your blog and admiring your beautiful project's - you seem to have so much fun experimenting with your craft supplies.I get such a giggle from your comments as you have a wonderful sense of humour similar to my fellow Aussies over here in Queensland,Australia.
    I've only been paper crafting for about 18mths so of course I have numerous ideas for projects rattling around in my head. LOL
    Linda

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  46. Hello Jim,

    It's a 100% WOW. I LOVE IT!!! The colors,the suitcases, the whole project! I'm inspired bij your creation.

    A big bow down from the Netherlands


    love lisa

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  47. Hi Jim, what a great piece of Artwork. Saw on Dyan blog she sent me to yours. I must say since I discovered Dylusions I have loved them too. Regards Francesca

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  48. Hey Jim. This piece of art is totally amazing! I so love your dimensional pieces. This Dylusions inspired piece is perfection! The colors are captivating. The stamped images seem to be MADE for this design! You're NEVER boring...always so inspirational and off the charts creative! I hope you'll share how you did those fantastic little suitcases, too. LOVE IT! <3 Candy

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  49. Very cool Jim, love it!... and yes you are the KING of chipboard...lol. You are so talented. TFS

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  50. You are so amazingly talented! I'm sure Dyan is loving what you have done here. I've taken a few of her classes and she just kept telling us to "spray like you mean it!" It is so much fun and messy. How did you make those suitcases?

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  51. Saw the link from Dyan's blog and this is so amazing! Love the groovy colors and the boxes are amazing. Thanks for sharing this one. That is one of my favorite stamp sets from Dyan.

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  52. No wonder you knocked Dyan's socks off! This is dang gum amazing! It's so GC and yet has that Dylusional vibe! Lovin' this new facet to GC!

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  53. Dude, for someone who professes to be not comfortable with Dyan's way of crafting, you did a darn good job of making it look like you are a pro with it! Fantastic project, like everything else you do!

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  54. Hi! Dyan sent me over to have a look ;) Glad I did, 'tis a fabulicious 3 dimensional work of art :)
    xoxo Sioux

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  55. I saw this piece on Dyan's blog & I had to come here immediately to tell you how beautiful & wonderful it is. I cannot even begin to work out how you did it, so I shall just gaze at it in complete awe.

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  56. This is amazing! Dyan sent me to have a look and I am so glad I did! Thanks for brightening my day and filling me full of inspiration.
    Dawn x

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  57. O Jim how dylusional!!! Absolutely fantastically gorgeous. How did you make the mini suitcases for Travis' body. Love it - love it - love it. lol Susiesu xxx ps Dyan sent me.

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  58. This is totally awesome!!! The colours the elements..the whole thing is gorgeous!! but do tell...what is the secret to making the suitcases for Travis' body as I am as curious as Susiesu!

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  59. Wow! What a wonderful piece of art!! Your work is truly amazing and inspiring Jim.

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  60. My mind is officially boggled with this multi coloured, 3-D display of awesomeness!

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  61. JIM ... YOU ARE A TOTAL GENIUS!!

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  62. Long time lurker, first time poster... and WOW what a great piece of art - all Dylusional and dimensional at the same time! Thanks for sharing xx

    And I want to know how you did the suitcases too - are those real little metal clasps over the straps? where on earth did you get them - I'd have killed for those a few months ago!

    Weasel aka Suzie from Southend, UK

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  63. Oh. My. God! That's amazing! Thanks for sharing this. I'm totally inspired!

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  64. Ok Jim that is too cool! I have fallen in love with Dyans stuff also I have a list so long of stuff I want, the stamps are so cool and fun... I've got some of the inks... I totalled my Dyan wishlist at a place I won't name (great discount...I'm trying to STRETCH my pennies) and it came to almost $200... this was the discount place... of course I wanted so much... well...hubby had other plans for my money...needless to say my list is on hold( that reminds me I gotta call and see how long the sale is on) !!

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  65. Absolutely fabulous! Love the energy of it. Think it is another of your amazing creations.

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  66. One of my customers sent me here - we are an itty bitty stamp store in Wiltshire UK - as she knew I'd love this. She knows me so well, it is amazing xx

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  67. Just found your work through Dyan's FB page. Wow! I love your art! I'll be coming back for more!

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  68. WOWZERS!!!! That is an awesome piece of art! I love it! I just discovered Dylusionals and Dyan's site while looking at stuff from CHA! I have some on order from my favourite scrapbook store. This is fantastic! I love the 3 dimensional!

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  69. I'm so glad I hopped over from Dyan's blog, your photos show just how fabulous this project is - aren't Dylusional's just the best!!!

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  70. great composition! And I love those bright colors!

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  71. What a fabulous creation! I love the vibrant colors! You always make the most wonderfully creative projects! Just love them!

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  72. I am so glad that Dyan sent me over. Wowser what a great piece of art! I have to go now and see your other wowsie pieces. Thanks!

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  73. This is my first visit to your blog and I thank Dyan for recommending people come visit...even if it is a LONG way from Downunder...LOL I am off to lose an hour or two looking through the rest of your blog instead of anything else that probably should be done:) It has taken me ages just to read through your comments page...you are one popular guy and I can see why after just one viewing of your work. I have some of Dyan's stamps and inks on order and am busting for the postie to arrive with them. Happy creating to you. cheers
    Barb

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  74. Wowzers that's Dylusions Jim but not as we know it! (In my best Star Trek voice). I'm totally not a trekki, but this is out of this world Jim. What a great project, full of imagination and originality. It's no wonder Dyan loves it. You're right though, using great products will result in a great project. Thanks for sharing it with the world. Michelle x

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  75. Hi Jim, this is genius, i absolutely love it. It is such an inspirational project and it certainly does highlight the high quality of Dylusions stamps and inks.
    This is my first visit to your blog but i can guarantee that from now i will become a regular visitor.
    i love your work and would love to have even 1% of your creativity...! Thanks for sharing your work with us all.
    Gemma xx

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  76. Hi Jim! Dyan sent me here and I am IMPRESSED! Dyans stamps in 3D look AMAZING! You inspired me to get the dylusions out again tonight. Thanks for sharing this wonderful whimsical piece of art!

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  77. Hi, Jim, what a great piece of work! This tells quite an interesting story—beyond the Dylusions love. LOVE those suitcases especially! I hope I'm not asking a question that has already been answered, but can you share more about how you created those? I love the little buckle thingies too!

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  78. Wow! You've out-dylusioned Dyan this time my friend! I think you'd be perfect for her design team! I have all the dylusions sprays and some of her stamps and stencils - such fun. Thanks for the inspiration Jim.

    Lynn Hardy

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  79. OMG... how in the world did I miss this post!! Actually, I do know, I was on vaca and was using only my phone to check FB updates and I must've not seen the link then. (sorry...) But, any waaayyyy.... saw the glimpse of it today on the Q&A video and had to hunt down the post about it! LOL This is so awesome and I love the bright colors!! Love the shadow box concept. Fantastic creation!

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  80. I am always excited to find a new blog to follow. Thanks for sharing your awesome art!

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  81. Jim, havent you blogged since Janyrary>
    Lanna

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    1. Lanna-

      Yes, Ma'am I have...LOL! Hit the home button....You may have been directly taken to this page for some reason.

      Hope that helps...

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  82. Honestly?!? I have been looking through your projects and tutorials and the only problem is that I can't seem to come up with an adjective that wouldn't be understating your talent. You are an ARTIST! Just FABULOUS!! Please keep the inspirations coming.

    Your newest fan,
    Tauna

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