VII Love Paris

Wednesday, May 20, 2015


Venturing into a bit of a different direction today.  Well, maybe not a bit right?  *big grin*

I've been totally taken with the Finnabair style of mixed media these days, and there are so many interpretations.  This one is definitely CAS, if there is such a thing in this type of mixed media.  I watched a wonderful video from Keren Tamir where she created a beautiful piece of art.  Her style is also amazing.  And I recently received some of Sandra Evertson's gorgeous relics and wanted to play with them.  So here it is...

The Prima box has been covered with Graphite Texture Paste and then sprinkled with beads, micro beads and glass glitter.  While that was drying, the heart was painted with acrylics and the flame rubbed with Inka Gold.  The background for the heart was made with three types of aqua glitter. Next the corners were layered with various pieces and I used more alcohol inks and beads on them too.

Lucky me!  I get to take some classes with Finnabair in the not too distant future...looking so forward to that!!!  And, I'm thinking my next few pieces won't be so CAS, as I venture more into her style...

Here's what I used:
Prima Box, Prima Graphite Texture Paste, Sandra Evertson Relics & Artifacts, Oldgold Inka-Gold, Prima The Archivist Wood Icons, gold alcohol ink, silver alcohol ink, aqua alcohol ink, stream alcohol ink, Folk Art engine red paint, turquoise and zinc Prima Art Ingredients glass beads, black Prima Art Ingredients mico beads, Prima pitch black glass glitter, and a various other Prima trinkets and mechanicals



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One Layer Christmas Card Challenge #10

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

I'm back with another card for the latest One Layer Christmas card challenge.  This challenge is ALWAYS an anything goes challenge, but using the optional twist will get you an entry into the monthly random drawing.


And here's my take on it:


A little grunge, a little sparkle, some acrylics...and a whole lot of fun!  

I dripped some acrylics onto my watercolor paper and sprayed them with water so that they ran down the paper.  Next I used some white ink spray, which caused a cool effect with the acrylics and water. Then, I added some gold embossing paste through a large star stencil and then added a bit more randomly with my spatula.  Next I stamped the sentiment and some wonderfully grungy stamps, followed by a bit of distressing.

Check out the fabulous cards from the rest of the Design Team right here. Would love to have you  join us!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Strathmore 140# watercolor paper
Ink:  Ranger Jet Black Archival
Stamps: STAMPlorations Mixed Media Grunge and Verve Peace on Earth
All the other stuff:  Golden High Flow Acrylics, Wendy Vecchi metallic gold embossing paste, spatula, TCW stencil, Dylusions White Linen ink spray, distressing tool.

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Happy Belated Birthday Sandie!

Monday, May 18, 2015


Belated birthday wishes to my teamie, Sandie!  Hope you had an amazing day!  If you haven't checked it out yet, her blog, London Days is full of amazing inspiration.

The background was created with the stencil monoprint technique.  Then I stamped the florals two different shades of Distress Ink, followed Archival Ink.  I added lots of water over the images and then flicked some ink over top.  I wanted the appearance of florals without a lot of definition.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Ranger watercolor paper and Neenah Solar White
Ink:  Distress and Archival
Stamps:  Altenew Persian Motifs and Super Script

Sandie, may your year ahead be full of love, laughter, and amazing experiences!

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STAMPlorations Mixed Media Design Team

Friday, May 15, 2015



I am so thrilled and honored to be part of Shery's new Mixed Media Design Team over at STAMPlorations! My heart lies with mixed media these days and I am so excited to start creating designs for the challenges. You can read all about it here.

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ATSM #144 Oh Happy Day or Not???

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

It's a clean and simple challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More this week.  Our sponsor is Sweet Pea Stamps and they are generously donating four digis from their store as the prize.



I took a sharp left turn somewhere and this wasn't quite as CAS as I'd have liked :)


Believe it or not, the floral and leaf images started out as a white pearl finish.  After using my various watercolors, it actually stained the embossing, but sometimes you just have to go with the flow right? I decided to embrace the oops!

So, here's how it went.  Embossed the leaves and florals in WHITE, heat set them and dropped in some Distress Inks and Kuretake Gansai watercolors. And here's where it went awry...I tried to remove the watercolor from the embossing with a baby wipe, after gently blotting it with a rag.  Then I splattered the background with a bit more watercolor and stamped the sentiment.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Ranger watercolor and Neenah Solar White
Ink:  Distress Inks, Versamark and Ranger Jet Black Archival
Stamps:  Essential by Ellen
All the other stuff: Kuretake Gansai watercolors, white pearl embossing powder, heat tool, paintbrush, baby wipe, Lil' Inker Designs stitched rectangles, Big Shot Pro

Check out the rest of the Design Team cards right here.

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One Layer Christmas Card Challenge #9 Reminder

Just a quick reminder; there's still time to get your card in for the One Layer Christmas card challenge!



 As always, it's an "Anything Goes" challenge, and the optional twist this time around is angels:



My background has been made using a stencil monoprint technique.  If you are interested in learning this technique you'll find my step out and video tutorials here.  I've inked a stencil with three different shades of Distress Inks, misted it with water and pressed it onto my watercolor cardstock. Then I used another shade of Distress Ink with a different stencil over top of it.  Next, I flicked some water onto the cardstock to add a little more dimension.

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

Here's what I used:
Paper;  Strathmore 140# watercolor
Ink:  Distress and Archival inks
Stamps:  Recollections and Verve Glad Tidings
All the other stuff:  TCW stencil, Stencil Girl stencil, sponge, water

Challenges entered:
Merry Monday #158:  stencils

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Foils and Flowers

Friday, May 8, 2015



Here's a close-up of the foils:



Playing along with a few mixed media challenges today.

This starts out with a piece of designer paper and a bit of light modeling paste through a stencil. Once that was dry I added a few shades of Dylusions ink sprays and misted them with water.  Next I added some stamped images, followed by some foils.  Then I added some black embossing paste through a stencil and added a little foiled "winged thing".

Here's what I used:
Paper:  7 Dots Studio and Neenah Solar White
Ink:  Versamark, Ranger Archival in Watering Can and Aquamarine
Stamps:  STAMPlorations Mixed Media Grunge and Trendy Butterflies
All the other stuff:  ARTplorations Foiled Again stencil, ARTplorations Happy Flowers stencil, light modeling paste, black embossing paste, Ranger foils, heat 'n stick powder, Dylusions ink sprays, Prima resin "winged thing"

Challenges entered:

The Mixed Media Card Challenge:



Splitcoaststampers Mix-Ability Challenge #119:  texture


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