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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

February Tag

Hello!  Time for Tim's February Tag of 2016.  His tag is a beautiful Valentine's tag using a few of his fun techniques from last year's tags.  I ended up with about 8 different backgrounds and used this one to create my take on his tag.

 I played around with a variety of stencils to do my mono print and I like how the clock stencil gave a strong imprint of color.

I used the travel theme on my tag instead of Valentine's.  The background is antique linen with a mix of a gold shimmer spray.  I then inked up the stencil with Ground Expresso and misted it and placed it on my background.

I then stenciled the words with embossing paste and added Penny Copper Embossing powder.  I stamped the little boy (Artistic Outpost) using Ranger Archival Ink - Sepia.  I sponged the numbers from the stencil using ground expresso.

Have a happy Tuesday!


Saturday, February 6, 2016

Spring Punk

Happy Saturday!  I am back with a few more Valentine's I am using the Anything But Cute Challenge "Grungy Love" to inspire my first valentine.

This one started with a bunch of splashes of Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist on a white background.
After the glimmer mist I splattered white acrylic paint over the surface. It added a subtle texture and when I added the watercolor pencil you could see the resist.  I then traced in the heart with watercolor pencil.  I shaded it with another layer of watercolor pencil and blended with the waterbrush.  I stamped the sentiment and then went looking for the right embellishments to give it edge.

This reminds me of a previous challenge at AO where we were challenged to do Spring SteamPunk.  I liked that idea of the bright vibrant colors with the touch of metal.  I think this one is going to go off to my son. He will get a kick out of it.

 Next up is a softer Valentine's with some pretty gold and pinks.

 I had another scrap of inky background with all gold mist.  I started tracing hearts in various colors and then blending them out with the waterbrush.
 You can see I had fun layering them in various sizes.  I loved the translucent effect and thought of balloons.  So I added some thread to the balloons along with a bit of the definition stamped in the background and found the perfect sentiment to go along. 

Products: Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist - Merlot GoldMarigold, Coral ReefIt's Black, Kiwi,  Staedtler Watercolor Pencils, Stampendous - Dream Text, Simon Says Stamp - Valentines, Idea-Ology - Pins, Gears, Clock Hands

Have a happy Saturday!


Friday, February 5, 2016

Grateful Heart

Hello!  There is so much inspiration out there and I used the Vintage Journey's Industrial Challenge with the Mixed Media Monthly Glitter challenge to get my creative juices flowing.

I have to admit that I had this background laying around for a long time and it was calling to me to use it.  These were the last bits of the mist so I got a ton of shimmer from the gold left in the bottles and I laid down salt to help get the pooling of the color in a crackle effect.  I looked at how the mists had pooled and saw a heart shape. 
 I decided to use that shape and used a watercolor pencil to hand draw a heart shape to emphasize the pooling of colors.  I blended it with a waterbrush and added a mix of blue and brown watercolor pencils.
 I then  used the Stampendous Luxe Mix which I have to say is one of my favorite products because they have mixed up the mica flakes, and glitter to give a beautiful mix of texture.   I sprinkled it randomly over sections which already have a high concentrate of the glimmer from the mist.

 To add to my industrial feel, I stamped a bit of the definition stamp from Stampendous over the surface and highlighted it with the monocle and a pin to clip it on.

I found a lovely sentiment in the Tim Holtz Idea-Ology stickers and some tissue tape for texture.

Products:Heidi Swapp Color Shine, Tim Holtz Idea-Ology Monocle, Pin, Tissue Tape, Small Talk, Stampendous Gold Luxe Mix, Stampendous - Dream Text Stamp

Hope you have a wonderful day!


Wednesday, February 3, 2016

School Days and Happy News

Hello!  I am happy to announce that I am joining the extremely talented design team at the Frilly and Funkie challenge. Today it's the Funkie DT's turn to play along with Jenny's challenge "Enjoy your Embossing"   over at Frilly and Funkie. Here's what she says about the challenge; "Make a vintage or shabby chic project of your choice and remember to include some embossing. Use your favourite embossing methods (wet, dry, heat, or any other techniques you want to share) - just enjoy your embossing!"
 I have been hoarding this sweet paper from Graphic 45 and wanted to create a fun Valentine's card for my daughter.

I die cut the adorable image from the paper and then layered a few other pieces of the paper over an embossed background.

The background is black embossing paste using the measure stencil on a kraft background.  I had a cute sentiment from Memory Box that works perfectly with the school days image.


The Design Team will choose their top four picks with the winner being invited to join us in a Guest DT spot at Frilly and Funkie and the next three will receive badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and follows the rules will have a chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

Thanks for stopping by!


Saturday, January 30, 2016

New Beginnings

Hi!  I spent some time creating with some new goodies from Canvas Corp Brands for the Anything But Cute Challenge - Ring out the old and bring in the new and the Mixed Media Place - New Beginnings challenge. 

I recently received some new paints from the Tattered Angels and I wanted to play around with them along with my glimmer mist.  I followed the them of new beginnings with the inspirational words from a series of Stampendous stamp sets.

I started with a background with a stencil and the Tattered Angels glimmer mist.  I then came back in and used stencils and circles to create a series of circles painted and outlined with colored pencil.

I stamped the text using black ink over the background.  I used the remainder of the background to create a series of stars. I cut them out and stamped inspirational sayings.

Thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, January 28, 2016


Hi!  I am back to share a mini 4x4 canvas!

I have been playing with this little canvas for awhile and was happy to be able to share it with you today.

1.  Paint the canvas with white gesso. Let dry.
2. Stamp the words on tissue stock using ranger archival ink. Spray with pretty salmon glimmer mist.
3. Decoupage the tissue stock to the canvas.
4. Stencil flourish using white embossing paste. Let dry.
5. Spray flourish with orange glimmer mist.  Let dry.
6. Paint a little white acrylic paint in top right. Stamp sentiment on tissue stock.  Decoupage over dried white paint.
7.  Attach lace trim to bottom right corner.
8. Glimmer mist white paper flowers.
9. Cut out bee from paper. Paint with glimmer mists.
10. Assemble pearls, flowers, stick pins and locket on lace background.
11. Attach to salt shaker as base.

This was created using my new Canvas Corp Brands supplies.  Here is a list of all the products and where you can find them:

Canvas Corp Brands - 4 x 4 Canvas,  Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists - Rum PunchCoral Reef, Bahama Blue  Watering Can Birds and Bees, 7 Gypsies Distressed Words StampTissueStock White 7 Gypsies - Lace Trim, Stick Pins, Pearls, Flowers, Locket, Stampendous Ultra-Fine Glitter, Verses Rubber Stamps - Friends in Bloom

Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, January 25, 2016

Love is in the Air

I have been creating with the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge since July of 2012.  I have had a wonderful time. I have decided to step down and pursue a few other opportunities.  The Simon Says Stamp team (Heidi, Stephanie and Lorraine) have been wonderful to work with and I have enjoyed my time on the team.  I also have been very lucky to create art with a variety of extremely talented team members (current and retired).   For my final Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge the theme is "Love is in the Air" + the color red.

I decided to create a Valentine's tag:

The background was a mix of gray and red distress stain sprays which became very pink when watered down. :)

I misted on the craft mat and blended and smeared the paper through the inks. I repeated multiple times. After it dried I sprinkled on red and silver again over the surface. 

I stamped the word love using silver ink along the left side. 

I used the Valentine's layering stencil with Wendy Vecchi black embossing paste over the misted background.

After that I decided to use the flowers leftover from my cherry tree the other week on my tag.  I stamped the couple and the word cherish on leftover background from the original tag. I punched a series of hearts and sponged them with red ink and mixed them in the flowers.

Products:  Tim Holtz Tiny Tattered Florals  Tim Holtz Layering Stencil – Valentine Wendy Vecchi Black Embossing Paste, Ranger Distress Stain Spray - Candied Apple, Ranger Distress Stain Spray - Brushed Pewter, Ranger Distress Stain Spray - Hickory Smoke, Tsukeniko - Delicata - Silvery Shimmer, Ranger Archival Ink - Black, Darkroom Door Collage - Harry and Harriet, Simon Says Stamp - All About Love, Sizzix Tim Holtz Tiny Tattered Florals, Authentique - Adore, Simon Says Stamps - Sequins

As always Simon Says Stamp will be giving away $50 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store

So now it's YOUR turn, come play along and show us your love inspired challenge with a touch of red. You have until Monday 8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in


If you use instagram add  #sssmchallenge to your challenge entry uploads so we can see them on there too!