One Layer Christmas Card Challenge #17 - Heart Holly

Tuesday, September 1, 2015


I'm back with another One Layer Christmas card challenge.  The challenges are always one layer, always anything goes and this week's optional twist is "family".  As always, the challenge is to create a one layer card only and if you use the optional twist, you'll be entered into the monthly random drawing.  Each card = one entry, so feel free to enter often to increase your chances to win.


When I think of family at Christmas, it's all about everyone being together...hence my use of this sentiment.

Using the ARTplorations Holly Background stencil and my Distress Inks, I used the stencil monoprint technique for my background.  Love the soft colors with that stencil! A simple stamped sentiment and some scattered heart hollyberries and done!

Check out the fabulous inspiration from the rest of the Design Team right here.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Strathmore 140# watercolor paper
Ink:  Distress Inks and Archival Inks
Stamps:  Quietfire Designs, Simon Says Stamp
All the other stuff:  ARTplorations Holly Background stencil

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Mixed Media Card Challenge #15


I'm here with the September Mixed Media Card Challenge.  Can you believe it's the first of September? Where did the summer go?

Here's our challenge for the month:


I'm not much of a ribbon person, so no optional element for this girl :)  

The challenges run from the 1st to the 25th of each month, with the winners announced on the last day of the month.  To play along, simply create a mixed media card and enter it at the Mixed Media Card Challenge.  Be sure to check out the cards from the rest of the Design Team!  So much inspiration!

New to mixed media?  Simply combine two or more mediums on your card.  So many choices: watercolor, gesso, acrylics, distress inks, pencils, crayons, Copics, other inks and on and on...

My card starts with some mixed media paper that's been prepped with gesso.  Next I used some light modelling paste through my Old Rose Prints stencil.  When that was dry, I stamped the text stamp from Mixed Media Grunge on top of some of the roses.  Then comes a couple of colors of acrylic paint and some glitter.  

Here's what I used:
Paper:  mixed media, vellum and Neenah Solar White
Stamps:  STAMPlorations Mixed Media Grunge and Rosebuds (The Bee's Knees)
Ink:  Jet Black and Magenta Hue Archival inks
All the other stuff:  ARTplorations Old Rose Prints stencil, light modelling paste, spatula, acrylic paints, glass glitter, soft matte gel

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Hello Beautiful!

Sunday, August 30, 2015


The amazing Shery, owner of STAMPlorations, has given birth to a beautiful baby girl.

The team is throwing a little celebratory hop.  Check out all the cards from the Design Team and feel free to join in the festivities and add a card to the hop right here.




Sherry and David, we are so happy for you!  Welcome, baby Kathryn!

I went a little (ok a lot) vintage with this one.  It all started out with a piece of designer paper.  I added some thinned down gesso, some ink sprays, and some acrylic paint.  When that was dry, I used the Old Rose Prints stencil with some light modelling paste.  Then a bit more ink spray and acrylic paint on top of that.  I distressed the edges heavily and added a row of ribbon roses to complete the vintage feel.  My sentiment comes from Bloom Sketches  and BOLD Sentiments:  Hashtag Authentic.

Congratulations and big hugs, Shery!

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Go After Your Dreams




It's my turn for another Stencil Sunday project.




I created this after seeing a pillow on a tv show.  Funny where you find your inspiration...

This is 5.5" x 8" journal that I've just started.  For those of you new to journaling, you might like to try this size journal...

I've taken some Distress Ink directly to the paper and then misted it with water.  Next, I used the same color of Distress Ink through the Weathered Wood stencil.

A mixture of heavy gesso, a re-inker and some acrylic paint created my paste for the Happy Flowers stencil.  Before it was dry, I added some glass glitter and beads.

And finally, the sentiment...a rather important reminder don't you think?  Go after your dreams...

Just today and tomorrow left to enter the monthly Mixed Media Challenge for your chance to win at $15 STAMPlorations gift certificate or any 2 ARTplorations stencils.  The top picks will receive their choice of an ARTplorations stencil.

Here's what I used:
Art journal, Hickory Smoke Distress Ink, Jet Black Archival Ink, re-inker and acrylic paint, Prima glass glitter and beads;  and

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Weathered Wood                                                    Happy Flowers

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Song Bird

Friday, August 28, 2015



Sharing another one of my Splitcoaststampers Dirty Dozen designs from earlier this year.

This was a different sort of process than a stencil monoprint.  I partially inked up my stencil with some Distress Inks, misted it and then placed it on the watercolour paper.  Then, it was lifted, I added a different color of Distress Ink, misted it and carefully placed it on the watercolour paper again, making sure that it was in the same spot (or close). This was repeated one more time.  Then I added a few water dribbles and finished the card.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Ranger watercolour and Bazzill Marshmallow
Inks:  Distress and Archival
All the other stuff:  Stencil Girl stencil, twine, wood heart.

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Shirley's PartyDresses

Wednesday, August 26, 2015



STAMPlorations has a special release this week...it's party time featuring Shirley's PartyDresses!  Is this not adorable?  Look at all the girly goodness here:




I used some Distress Inks and the ARTplorations Flourishes stencil to create my background with a stencil monoprint. Then the dress, belt and sentiment were stamped in archival ink.  I've cut out the little bow, colored it and popped it up with some foam adhesive. For a little added sparkle, a sprinkle of sequins, some Wink of Stella on the bow and done!

Here's how the mini-release blog hop works:
- comment on this post
- visit the rest of the designer's blogs and the STAMPlorations blog and comment on the featured project(s),
- commenting closes August 28 at 11:55 p.m. Pacific
- one randomly picked commenter will win the set with the winner announced Sunday, August 30

And, for one week only, PartyDresses is available at 10% off - (that's $10.80 instead of $12)

Check out the amazing Design Team projects here.  Don't forget to comment to win!

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On the Wings of Love

Tuesday, August 25, 2015




I've had this idea in my head for awhile and finally created it.  I adore all things Prima...so I've been adding to my collection over several months.  It was time to pull a bunch of things out and actually do something other than collect!  It's only called hoarding if you don't use it right?  LOL

I was inspired by Finnabair's Art Recipe:  Timeless Patina.  Oh, that girl is amazing!  I was fortunate enough to spend two days taking her classes!  She was so inspiring, a sweet person and a wonderful instructor.

The project starts out with the Prima bike, that I added some random bits of Graphite Texture Paste to. When that was dry, I used my Fluttering Flowers stencil with more of the texture paste.  Then I started adding my elements...Sandra Evertson Archival Cast Chivalry (wings), and Flaming Hearts. Then came lots of Prima Mechanicals, beads, flowers...all added with Art Basics Modelling Paste. (Finn's hint to use a glue gun to attach the pieces before using the paste is pure genius.)

Once that was all dry, I coated everything in Art Basics Heavy Black Gesso.  Then the magic began...adding the shimmer and color.  First I used two shades of Inka Gold to highlight some areas. Then using some Art Basics Soft Matte Gel, I added Art Ingredients Glass Beads, followed by some glitter.

Here's a close up:



Such a fun project to make!  Might be my favorite piece to this point.  But it is so near and dear to my heart as it's a piece to commemorate our 40th wedding anniversary.  If you look closely you'll see the number 40 in a couple of places.

I'm entering it in the Mixed Media Place Creative Gym #11 as I've used Finnabair's Art Recipe: Timeless Patina as my inspiration.


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