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Wednesday, April 24, 2013



It's time for the sketch challenge at Splitcoast today.  Janette has given us a really great sketch that lends itself to so many possibilities.  If you'd like to play along the here's the link.

Today I decided to play with my Distress Paints and Gelatos and play I did.

My card starts with a standard 4.25" x 5.5" card base in black.  That's followed by a piece of plain white card stock that I smudged with Antique Linen and Mustard Seed Distress Paints.  Once that was dry (impatience caused me to use a heat gun *grin*), I added more color with my Gelatos, again in a streaky sort of fashion.  To tone it down a bit, I added a little more Antique Linen Distress Paint.

Next I added the little black dots and then the black banner.  The sentiment circle was created by smudging some Broken China Distress Paint across a piece of white card stock.  Then using a template, I sponged more of the Antique Linen Distress Paint on the page.  It was die cut and then stamped with the sentiment. Finally, I topped it off with a die cut butterfly.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Gina K. Designs Pure Luxury Onyx Black, SU So Saffron and Georgia Pacific white
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Stamps:  Unity Stamp - Imperfection is Beauty (Donna Downey)
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, MFT Banner Stax, Spellbinder's circle die, Memory Box Pippi butterfly die, TCW Art Is template, Mustard Seed Distress Paint, Antique Linen Distress Paint, Broken China Distress Paint,  and Dazzles Black Jewel Stickers

Back soon with more...

What's Up?

Monday, April 22, 2013


Well it doesn't get much easier than this on a Monday morning!  Thought I'd play along with the CAS challenge over at Splitcoast.  It's a sketch challenge today and you can find it here.

This card is easily done in under 10 minutes if you're looking for something really quick.

Take a standard card base and round two corners.  Cut a piece of the Lifestyle Crafts Shape 'n Tape and place across the card.  Then die cut the little word bubble and stamp the sentiment on it.  Add a few rhinestones and done!  Easy peasy...right?

Here's what I used:
Paper:  SU! Pool Party and Melon Mambo
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black
Stamps:  Simon Says Stamp Loving Words
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Lifestyle Crafts Shape 'n Tape, Simon Says Stamp Talk Bubbles 2, Hero Arts bling, Corner Chomper

Back soon with more...




Miss Ro

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Hello everyone!

I haven't played the Featured Stamper challenge over at Splitcoast in eons so thought it was high time.  The stamper featured this week is none other than Miss Ro (otherwise known as Robin).

Here's her beautiful card that I CASED today.

I've kept fairly true to her design, using a single floral image and twine, but added the "believe" tag  and painted a background for the image with Distress Paints.  I streaked some Bundled Sage Distress Paint down a piece of watercolor paper and misted it with water.  Then I stamped the "hardware cloth" type image with the same color of Distress Ink randomly on the paper.

Next, I inked my stamp with two colors of Distress Paint and stamped the paper.  Once that was dry, I sprayed Biscotti Perfect Pearls Mist on the piece for a little bit of sparkle.  Just a quick hint...if you stamp with Distress Paint, clean off your stamp immediately after stamping to keep your stamps in great shape.

Then I tied a bit of baker's twine around the strip of paper and added the "believe" token.  It's been attached with dimensionals, as has the rectangular piece to the dry embossed background.  Easy peasy...simple as pie!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Gina K. Pure Luxury card stock, Simon Says Stamp watercolor paper
Ink:  Bundled Sage Distress Ink
Stamps:  Penny Black Chandelier and Tim Holtz Mixed Media
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Lifestyle Crafts (QuicKutz) Linear embossing folder, Tim Holtz Philosophy tag, misc. baker's twine, dimensionals, Biscotti Perfect Pearls Mist, Seedless Preserves Distress Paint, Bundle Sage Distress Paint, water mister, dimensionals

Have a wonderfully creative week my friends!










First Canvas

Friday, April 19, 2013


So this is all pretty new to me...trying to get the hang of this mixed media thing.  So today, thought I'd try doing a canvas for the Mix-Ability challenge at Splitcoast.  Dini has asked us to either use all warm colors with a pop of cool color or all cool colors with a pop of warm.  I'm also entering this in the Eclectic Paperie flower challenge.

This has lots of acrylic paints, Gelatos, Faber-Castell big brush pens, Dylusions ink spray, Perfect Pearls mist, Distress Paint...pretty much everything but the kitchen sink *grin* was involved in the making of this canvas. I've used templates, my fingers, brushes and stamps.

My method?  Hmmm...just flying by the seat of my pants I guess???   This just came together adding layers and different mediums...sorry that I don't have any real details...perhaps at some point I'll be able to give you detailed step-by-step photos...we'll see.

Anyway, just wanted to share my first canvas with you...I will continue to make cards for sure, but am totally intrigued with mixed media and canvas too.

Products used:
Paper:  none
Ink:  Distress Inks
Stamps:  Donna Downey/Unity Stamps and Tim Holtz
All the other stuff:  canvas,  Folk Art acrylics, Liquitex acrylics, Faber-Castell big brush pens, Dylusions ink spray, Perfect Pearls mist, Distress Paints, Gelatos, TCW templates, brushes, glazing medium

Hope you have a lovely weekend!



Sunny Skies and Butterflies

Wednesday, April 17, 2013


Playing catch-up on my Splitcoast Mix-Ability challenges.  This also works for the sketch challenge today at Splitcoast.

Janelle's challenge was to either use die cuts to create stencils or to create a window with die cuts.  As you can see I chose the first option.

Using my Verve Flutterby dies, I created a stencil with several of the butterflies on it.  Next it was placed over my designer paper and inked with Distress Ink.  TIP:  Verve dies have registration holes on them for placement but I simply covered those with washi tape before inking.  Next, I used a template and sponged Distress Paint in a coordinating color through the template to add the pattern to the butterflies.

I brightened up the sun with a Faber-Castell big brush pen because my focus was "brighter" days.

Next I cut a banner in aqua card stock and using the same template, added the same pattern in a random fashion, again with Distress Paint.  The edges were all inked with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.  The Verve Pennant Trim die was used across the bottom of the banner.  It's also been inked with the Mustard Seed and Walnut Stain Distress Inks.

Then, I stamped and die cut the sentiment with another Verve die, inked the edges with both Mustard Seed Distress Ink and Walnut Stain Distress Ink.  I sponged a wee bit of the Mustard Seed on the "brighter" portion of the sentiment.

And finally, what better way to say "brighter" than to add some bling, right?

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Gina K. Pure Luxury in white for the card base, SU! Tempting Turquoise and Prima Sun Kiss
Ink:  Mustard Seed and Walnut Stain Distress Ink
Stamps:  Verve Brighter Days
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Verve Flutterby A Cut Above Die, Verve Pennant Trim A Cut Above Die, Verve Sweet Scallop A Cut Above Die, 1 1/4" square punch, TCW mini window screen template, Mustard Seed Distress Paint, Broken China Distress Paint, Faber-Castell big brush pen, washi tape, sponges, scrap card stock, misc. bling

Hope you are having a day full of sunny skies and butterflies!

Lucy's Advice

Tuesday, April 16, 2013


Funny title no?  Can you guess where it came from?

This is a really oddball sized card that will require a custom envelope and I'm ok with that.  After watching a video on mixing Dylusions sprays with Dylusions white linen spray, just had to try the technique.  You'll find the video here on the Joggles site.  What I love about this technique is that the deeply pigmented inks become chalky and beautiful pastel versions of themselves...very cool indeed!

I've used Simon Says Stamp watercolor paper and created the mixes in three different colors;  and then sprayed each one on my paper.  Next I sprayed water through a template to do the ghosting effect and then added some more spray and some Distress Inks through additional templates.

Then, I stamped the floral image and the sentiment in Ranger Jet Black Archival Ink.  Next I "painted" the flower with glass bead gel and dried it. Since I really wanted the flower to stand out, I colored it with my Faber-Castell big brush pens to give it some rich color, then outlined the entire flower with my black big brush pen.

In the lower right corner, I've added some washi tape, some of  the Tim Holtz tissue tape, and a smudge of the black big brush pen.  Then I used some of the Tim Holtz remnant  rubs on the upper left quadrant of the page.

Totally cool right?  Have you figured out where the title came from yet?  Let me know...

What I've used today:
Paper:  Simon Says Stamp and Bazzill
Ink:  Peeled Paint and Picked Raspberry Distress Inks, Ranger Jet Black Archival Ink
Stamps:  Unity Imperfection is Beauty
All the other stuff:  misc. washi tape, Tim Holtz tissue tape, Faber-Castell big brush pens, water mister, empty misting bottles, White Linen Dylusions spray, Dirty Martini Dylusions spray, After Midnight Dylusions spray, Funky Fuchsia Dylusions spray, Golden Glass Bead Gel, Tim Holtz remnant rubs, TCW mini ledger template, TCW mini harlequin template, TCW mini art is template, Dylusions letter jumble template, sponges

Back soon with more my friends...

Believe Peace Treasure

Wednesday, April 10, 2013



Just a little mixed media piece to share with you today.  I'm playing with lots of different mediums...Gelatos, tissue tape, paints, gesso, India ink pens.  And, although it's not a piece I'm totally in love with...I feel that I'm working towards something new.
 
The Simon Says Stamp Challenge this week is April Showers and/or Spring Flowers and they are showcasing Hero Arts stamps so this fits the challenge well. 

Not sure where I'm headed these days with my art...please bear with me.  Sort of feel like I'm forging ahead in a new direction...  

And, I can partially describe what I've done here but there are so many steps and experiments...it's truly hard to describe it all. This piece starts out by stamping the background stamp from Hero Arts and coloring it with gelatos, then I've added layers of paint, gesso, washi, tissue tape and on and on.  Perhaps you could say I've used everything but the kitchen sink *grin*.

What I've used:
Paper:  Simon Says Stamp watercolor paper
Ink:  Ranger Jet Black Archival and Rusty Hinge Distress Ink
Stamps:  Hero Arts, Tim Holtz Mixed Media (so apropos) *wink*
All the other stuff:  Tim Holtz Tissue Tape, misc. washi tape, gesso, TCW mini circle regiment template, TCW mini dandelions template, Gelatos, acrylic paints, Faber-Castell PITT artist big brush pens, Distress Stains, Distress Paints, niji waterbrushes, Tim Holtz idea-ology chitchat stickers, Gelly Roll metallic pens, sponges

I hope you'll follow me on my little adventure into the unknown. And, I'd really like to hear from you...what do you think???






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Monday, April 8, 2013

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Canvas, Denim and Bling

Friday, April 5, 2013


Just had to make one more card for the MIX10 challenge at Splitcoast.  You can find the link on my previous post.

How to do it:
1)  make a card base in the standard 4.25" x 5.5" size, round the bottom edges
2)  cut a shorter rectangle out of the same card stock and dry emboss
3)  sponge the edges
4)  take a piece of denim and add Distress Paints through a template, the use a die to cut it
5)  hand cut two circles of canvas and one circle of purple tulle
6)  add some bling and the sentiment...done!

What's been used:
Paper:  SU! Pool Party
Ink:  Seedless Preserves Distress Ink
Stamps:  Technique Tuesday Greenhouse Society
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Lifestyle Crafts Banners and Arrows die, Recollections bling, canvas, denim, Seedless Preserves Distress Paint, Victorian Velvet Distress Paint, TCW mini Confetti template, tulle, rhinestone brad, sponges, Tim Holtz Damask Texture Fade, Corner Chomper, scissors

OK, I think that's it for today...



Hand Cut Flower and Leaves

Time for one of this girl's favorite challenges over at Splitcoast!  I'm having a lot of fun playing with mixed media!  The challenge today is to make a round, hand cut flower.  This also qualifies for the Free For All Challenge to make a glittered birthday card.  Links are below.

How to do it:
1)  make a standard 4.25" x 5.5" card base and round one corner
2)  cut a slightly smaller rectangle in Kraft Resist and again round one corner
3)  cover the Kraft Resist Rectangle with Distress Paint, rub with a baby wipe and add Picket Fence Distress Stain through a template
4)  hand cut three leaves, cover with Peeled Paint Distress Paint, dry, then ink edges with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink
5) once dry, add some Glue 'n Seal and sprinkle on glitter
6)  cut three circles from the Kraft Resist, cover with Spiced Marmalade Distress Paint, and rub with a baby wipe
7)  cut each layer of the flower to resemble a fringe, then use a piercing tool to wrap and shape the petals
8)  dot on more Glue 'n Seal and sprinkle on glitter
9)  scrunch and adhere the layers together with dimensionals
10)  add twine to a button and use dimensionals to glue to center of flower
11)  cut a small rectangle from Kraft Resist, cover with Picket Fence Distress Stain, dry, then stamp on the first part of the sentiment
12)  stamp the second part of the sentiment on the card

What's been used:
Paper:  SU! Soft Suede and Paper Stash - Kraft Resist
Ink:  Frayed Burlap Distress Ink and Versafine Onyx Black
Stamps:  Taylored Expressions Sky's the Limit
All the other stuff:  Corner Chomper, Picket Fence Distress Stain, Seedless Preserves Distress Paint, Spiced Marmalade Distress Paint, Peeled Paint Distress Paint, Glue 'n Seal, Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter, sponge, TCW mini Confetti template, scissors, dimensionals, baby wipes, piercing tool, button, twine

MIX10 Challenge:  round hand cut flowers
F4A163 Challenge:  glittered birthday card

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!  See you soon with more!


Brighten Your Days

Wednesday, April 3, 2013


Time for the sketch challenge over at Splitcoast.  Digging through my paper stash, I came across these beautiful papers from Pink Paislee and decided to put them to work.  I've focused on papers and not so much the stamping on this one.

Instructions:
1)  make a card base in SU! Crumb Cake
2)  cut a slightly smaller piece of designer paper, distress the edges, then ink the edges
3)  using Distress Ink and a template, add some sponging
4)  cut a rectangle of a coordinating paper and again do the sponging with the same template
5)  cut a square of another coordinating paper, die cut the top edge, distress and ink all edges
6)  again, add sponging with the same template and ink
7)  cut a small rectangle, distress and ink the edges and stamp the sentiment
8)  add embellies to the largest rectangle

Products used:
Paper:  SU! Crumb Cake and Pink Paislee Spring Jubilee
Ink:  Frayed Burlap Distress Ink, Walnut Stain Distress Ink and Mustard Seed Distress Ink
Stamps:  Verve Brighter Days
All the other stuff:  distressing tool, TCW Mini Punchinella template, sponges, MFT Notebook Edge Die-Namics, twine, button, stick pins, dimensionals, ATG

And, as this beautiful sentiment says...may sunshine and laughter brighten YOUR days!

My Sunshine

Tuesday, April 2, 2013


I'm entering this card in multiple challenges today...the Lawnscaping challenge 55 to use any type of embossing on your card:




It's also for the color challenge at Splitcoast...Real Red, So Saffron and Pool Party; and the Simon Says Stamp challenge...anything goes.  Links are at the end of this post.

Instructions:
1)  make a card base in SU! Pool Party in the standard 4.25" x 5.5" size
2)  cut a strip of designer paper and dry emboss it
3)  cut a strip of SU! Real Red and adhere to the top of the piece of designer paper
4)  die cut another piece of designer paper and adhere to the bottom of the designer paper; place on card
5)  stamp the sun and bird images on coordinating designer papers in black; fussy cut; add Clear Rock Candy Distress Stickles and adhere to card with dimensionals
6)  stamp the sentiment in black
7)  using red Stickles add some dots and a little heart randomly on the card

Products used:
Paper:  SU! Pool Party, Real Red and Cosmo Cricket Baby Jane designer paper
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black
Stamps:  Lawn Fawn Sunny Skies
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, SU! Lattice embossing folder, MFT Fresh Cut Grass Die-Namics, scissors, Clear Rock Candy Distress Stickles, Xmas Red Stickles, dimensionals

Challenges entered:

Hope you are having a fabulous week!