Mixed Media Birthday Card

Thursday, June 25, 2015


Now that the recipient has received this...I'll share it with you today.

I've added clear gesso to the background with a spatula.  It's been  misted with some Dylusions sprays and allowed to dry.  Next I mixed up some glass bead gel with more of the spray and added to the card with a stencil.  Added another quick mist of a Dylusions spray next.  When it was dry I added some heavy white gesso through the same stencil and then used a baby wipe to removed some of it.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Strathmore 140# watercolor and Neenah solar white
Ink:  Ranger jet black archival
Stamps:  STAMPlorations Noteworthy
All the other stuff:  ARTplorations Happy Flowers stencil, clear gesso, heavy gesso, glass bead gel, Dylusions mists

Challenges entered:
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge:  anything goes


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Addicted to Stamps and More #150

Tuesday, June 23, 2015


It's a photo challenge over at Addicted to Stamps and More this week:



Now isn't that a lovely bit of inspiration...watercolor, birthday cake, flowers, ummm wine...lots to choose from!  

This will be my final Addicted to Stamps and More Design Team card, as I've chosen to step down. So to honor the lovely Kylie, I elected to do a watercolor butterfly.  It's been stamped with several shades of distress inks, and while it was still wet it was overstamped and then I added some Brushos.

Kylie, thank you so much for this amazing opportunity, I've enjoyed each and every month of the last year on the Design Team.  And speaking of the Design Team...what a wonderful bunch of sweet and VERY talented ladies to work with...lucky me :)


Our sponsor this week is Sweet Pea Stamps and up for grabs...four digis from their store:



Here's what I used:
Paper:  distress watercolor and Neenah solar white
Ink:  distress and archival
Stamps:  Visible Image and Simon Says Stamp
All the other stuff:  waterbrush, Brushos, adhesives and sequins


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One Layer Christmas Card Challenge Reminder: Green


Just a quick reminder...and I hope you can play along!  There's still a week to get your card in for the One Layer Christmas Card challenge:


We invite you to join along with this anything goes challenge - with an optional twist of green.  The challenges are ALWAYS anything goes, but those whose cards contain the optional twist get and entry into the monthly random drawing for a prize.  You can enter as many times as you'd like!

A very simple design today.  I chose an embossing folder that can be used upside-down.  Alternately, if you are brave, you can cut them apart to use, but I'm not that brave *smile*.

I've used some kraft core paper, so once it was embossed, I sanded it lightly and distressed the edges.   Then I added a couple of spritzes of color mist, before dipping my finger in some gold paint and adding it randomly to the snowflakes. Easy, peasy right?  No sentiment this time round...just plain and simple.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Nostalgic Collection
Ink:  none
Stamps:  none
All the other stuff:  Tim Holtz Snowflurries embossing folder, Prima Worn Leather Color Bloom, transparent gold watercolor, distressing tool, sanding block.


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Sharing Some Awesome News

Monday, June 22, 2015

More wonderful news to share with you today...



So thrilled to be one of the newest members of  The Mixed Media Card Challenge. Check out the rest of the new Design Team members right here.  We'll be joining in all the fun starting in July.

You know I love playing with all sorts of mediums so this will be a blast.  Hope to see you playing along in the challenge!

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X's and O's for Father's Day

Saturday, June 20, 2015


Lots of grunge...some sparkle...some distressing...that pretty much sums up my hubby's card for Father's Day this year.

Pulled out a piece of designer paper from my stash and distressed the heck out of it.  Then I added some light modeling paste through a stencil, followed by some graphite texture paste through another stencil.  When all that was dry, I added the grungy little hearts which I've stamped with archival ink, painted with my fingers, added a bit of marker and then sanded lightly.  Whew!  That's a whole lot going on to those two tiny hearts *big grin*.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Simon Says Stamp and SU!
Ink:  Watering Can archival ink
Stamps:  STAMPlorations Trendy Birds
All the other stuff:  distressing tool, light modeling paste, ARTplorations X marks the Spot stencil, ARTplorations Retro Circles stencil, Art Extravagance graphite texture paste, spatula, Prima Shabby Chic Treasures hearts, red acrylic paint, marker

Challenges entered:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: use your favorite technique or product:  stencils...gotta love 'em...pastes, watercolors, inks...stencils are SO versatile!

Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog

Uniko Studios Challenge #22:  anything goes with the optional twist of a masculine card

Grab button for Uniko Studio Challenge

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One Layer Christmas Card Challenge #12

Tuesday, June 16, 2015


I'm back with another One Layer Christmas card challenge design:



We invite you to join along with this anything goes challenge - with an optional twist of green.  The challenges are ALWAYS anything goes, but those whose cards contain the optional twist get and entry into the monthly random drawing for a prize.  You can enter as many times as you'd like!

This was an experiment for sure, and I'm somewhat pleased with it, but not entirely :)  I stamped the grid image in a gray archival ink, before inking the card with several shades of green Distress Inks.Next, using one of my favorite tools...my finger, I spread some light modeling paste on the card.I heated it with my heat tool to make it bubble a bit.  Then the holly stencil was inked with an aqua archival ink, followed by black archival ink.  

You know how we work hard to use an embossing buddy to ensure clean gold embossing right? Well, I thought it might be fun to skip that step and let the chips fall where they may, so to speak. Once that was done, I swiped my Versamark pen across the card in several spots and added more gold embossing powder.  It has fine bits of gold throughout the entire card.

I like this card IRL, but the pictures do not do it justice - it has a raw silk look to it...

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

Here's what I used:
Paper;  Strathmore 140# watercolor paper
Ink:  Versamark, Distress and Archival Inks
Stamps:  Stamper's Anonymous and Rhonna Farrer
All the other stuff:  light modeling paste, stencil, gold embossing powder, heat tool, Versamark pen, sponges.

Challenges entered:


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Tim's Tag June 2015

Thursday, June 11, 2015


And here's Tim's awesome tag for the month of June:

12 tags of 2015 - June by Tim Holtz | www.timholtz.com


Since I made a feminine tag last month, only fair that I make a "guy" tag this month right?  I chose a more muted background, but still used Tim's technique.  And since I didn't have that fabulous Fresh Brewed die, had to improvise and went with a travel theme instead and really "dumbed it down". Decided it would be fun to make a layered tag and heavily distress the top layer.

Here's what I used:
manila tag, kraft tag, textured surfaces, stripes layering stencil, linen ribbon, typed tokens, distresser tool, 2015 idea-ology souvenir, iced spruce distress ink, frayed burlap distress ink, pumice stone distress ink, pumice stone distress stain, tim holtz sizzix globe thinlets die, adhesives, mini round ink blending tool

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First Peony of 2015

Wednesday, June 10, 2015


No card...just my first peony of 2015.  We have two of these gorgeous peony bushes in the front of our house and they are covered with buds...I expect we'll have over a hundred blooms between the two bushes.   And we also have three different varieties in the back.  I absolutely adore peonies and this variety is my fave!

It's the only picture I could get without an ant...LOL...

Just wanted to share some of nature's beauty with you today.

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Addicted to Stamps and More

Tuesday, June 9, 2015


I'm back with my Design Team card for the Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge this week.  Our theme is "holiday".  And, in an effort to have lots of cards ready well before Christmas, just had to make that my holiday of choice :)

Stitchy Bear Design is our wonderful sponsor and they are generously donating a prize of three images up to a total of $10.00.

A VERY simple Christmas design.  If you're looking to mass produce some Christmas cards this year...this is one of those easy-peasy ones!

The image, notes and sentiment were all stamped in black. "Oh MISTI you're so fine, hey MISTI, hey MISTI " Yes, I do love my MISTI and not sure what I ever did before it.  Well, yes, I am...crooked stamping, wasted paper...etc. etc.  And now you are going to be singing that song all day...you're welcome :)

I added a simple strip of washi, some little bits of gold Stickles and done!

Check out what the rest of the Design Team has for  you!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Neenah Solar White
Ink:  Ranger Jet Black Archival
Stamps:  The Cat's Pajamas
All the other stuff:  MISTI, Gold Stickles and Graphic 45 washi tape

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Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

Friday, June 5, 2015

I'm playing along with the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop today!  So much fun, even though I am not a coffee drinker :)  You can find all the deets right here.  There are lots of prizes from the amazing sponsors!



My card has been made using the stencil monoprint technique with my ARTplorations Coffee Cup stencil.  Then it was offset to the right slightly and inked it with the Rusty Hinge Distress Ink.  A few drops of two different color mists, some sparkly gold beads, a bit of washi, and, of course, the bright summer sun and done!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Ranger Distress Watercolor paper and Neenah Solar White
Ink:  Bundled Sage, Peacock Feathers, and Rusty Hinge Distress Inks as well as Archival Jet Black
Stamps:  STAMPlorations Noteworthy
All the other stuff:  ARTplorations Coffee Cup stencil, ARTplorations Clouds stencil, Lindy's Stamp Gang Tibetan Poppy Teal Colorburst, Heidi Swapp Gold Colorshine, Golden Soft Gel, Prima Art Ingredients Glass Beads, Graphic 45 washi tape, metallic gold embossing paste, spatula

Challenges entered:

Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

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Butterfly Love

Thursday, June 4, 2015



Butterfly love, indeed!  I'm hoping to see many more butterflies, specifically monarchs,  in our garden this year.  I'll be planting more butterfly-friendly perennials in the hopes of helping the butterflies to flourish. Milkweed, in particular, is a great option, as that's where the monarchs lay their eggs and what caterpillars particularly like to feed on.  Would be such a shame to see these glorious butterflies disappear...

I've adhered some ripped paper to my card base and then covered it with a layer of thinned acrylic paint.  When that was dry, I used some light modelling paste through the roses stencil on just one side of the card.  More paste was applied to the right side of the card in random fashion for a bit more texture. Then the lovely butterflies were stamped in archival ink.  I added a bit of aqua acrylic paint and then sloshed it around with some water and a brush.

Then just a little mini collage of elements to finish the card.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Strathmore 140# watercolor paper and misc. designer papers
Ink:  Watering Can archival ink
Stamps:  STAMPlorations Trendy Butterflies
All the other stuff:  ARTplorations Old Rose Prints stencil, yellow and aqua acrylic paints, misc. collage elements, adhesive

Challenges entered:

The Mixed Media Card Challenge #12 (collage)



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One Layer Christmas Card Challenge #11

Tuesday, June 2, 2015


I'm back with my Design Team card for the One Layer Christmas card challenge.  As always, it's an "anything goes" challenge and this time around, the optional twist is poinsettias:


One layer cards are so much easier to mail aren't they? With the rising postage costs, it's also the least expensive option for mailing cards too!

This is a really simple design with sparkle.  Sparkle you say?  Yes, it really is there...trust me!!!  One of these days I am going to figure out the mysteries of capturing sparkly things with my camera.  

I've stamped the image in archival ink, colored it with Copics, then layered on some pencil and then blended with Gamsol.  Then two layers of Wink of Stella and a simple, stamped sentiment.


Here's what I used:
Paper:  Simon Says Stamp
Ink:  Ranger jet black archival
Stamps:  Hollyberry and Winnie & Walter
All the other stuff:  Copics, Polychromos pencils, Gamsol, blending stump, Wink of Stella

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