My first Art Journal Page

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I bought an art journaling book ions ago and it sat empty for all this time. I had good intentions at the time, but let’s face it.. I’m a card maker…. Mixed media scares the crap out of me….  I am constantly inspired by the art jounaling pages I see around the web and particularly find inspiration with Vicky of Clip-n-Cuts, who is an amazing artist and friend whom I have had the pleasure of meeting (and feeding a peanut butter cookie to, lol)…… She has an awesome youtube channel and I found myself submerged in all her creations! So I did it! I dug around my craft room and found that art journaling book, dusted it off  and while simultaneously watching her videos, inspired by THIS particular project/video.

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I incorporated a lot of Vicky’s techniques such as tearing the pages and coating the pages before and after with Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® Chalkboard Paint™. I coated both pages with Gesso™ and then smeared a bunch of Gelatos® all over the background and just blended it out with my finger. Have that Gesso based paper really makes them blend beautifuly.  I also used the Gelatos® in various colors (exact colors listed below) to create the flowers and used Big Brush Pens™ to create the stems…. I applied some Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® Whipped Spackle™ thru THIS STENCIL by The Crafter’s workshop all around the page for some fun texture.

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I brushed some Faber Castell Design Memory Craft®  Gel Medium™ over the Gelatos® and allowed to dry so I could use my Big Brush Pens™ for shading. If I didn’t apply the gel medium, the Gelatos® would have smeared so the Gel Medium™ acted as a fixadive (another tip from Vicky). I added my phrase with some Thickers and applied Gel Medium™ over the top to secure they won’t ever fall off! :) Create Pretty Things. That’s what we all want to do, right? So for my first page ever, I thought that was perfect….

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So there you have it, my first Art Journal. I hope to continue to study and make more advanced layouts. The things people do to create patterns and dimension is amazing. But until then, I’ll stick to the basics… And be sure to share them with you along the way!

I am playing along in The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge this month. The theme is new to you! Well, I’d say this was new to me, wouldn’t you? LOL! I was scared the entire time and I’ll admit, I’m a little afraid of hitting the publish button on the right, lol!

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Thanks so much for stopping by today! :)

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December Flashbacks Video

HAHA, I forgot all about doing this monthly. I think it did it for a few months last year and then I forgot. So today, here’s a quick video flashback of all of my projects blogged in December with some fun music playing! In a few days, I’ll do a January flashback and then let’s call it all caught up, lol!30

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Thank You Hearts

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Hi there everyone! I’ve got a quick card to share with you today using Design Memory Craft Faber Castell Gelatos (more on that in a sec) and some stamps from the newest Neat and Tangled release. All the supplies are listed at the end of this post! I used this fabulous embossing powder by Wow on these fun images!  I love the pearlescent shine. The colorful background was made with my lovies! Gelatos!

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Speaking of Gelatos, I am sooo excited to share that I will be guesting with Design Memory Craft Guest Design Team. You can see the announcement here! My term starts next month and will run for 5 months. I am honored and humbled I was one of the designers selected!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

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From the Bottom of My GOLD Heart

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Hi everyone! I’m here today with an out of the box type card for me, literally! LOVING THIS NEW DIE from Neat and Tangled. So glad I got my hands on it because I knew it was going to sell out fast. Don’t worry. I’m sure more are on the way! I paired the box die with a sentiment from the also newly released  All My Heart stamp set. Again, due to the popularity this one also sold out in record time.. But she restocks frequently. I channeled my inner Taheerah for this one because she is a gold lover and really creates fab projects! I am always inspired by here. Here is one of her latest projects using gold. Oh yea. To create this card, I die cut the die box out of some patterned paper from my stash and set it aside to work on the panel. I flicked on some watered down ink using  this gold Metallic ink cube by Encore to create the splatters. I also grabbed some tissue paper and inked it up using that ink as well!  I’ve also linked up some other gold ink options in the supply list below…

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For the sentiment, I used some Platinum Sparkle Wow Embossing Powder! Wow embossing powders are awesome. I have a good supply of them and they always give me a good embossed image every single time… To create the card base, I just scored some lines at a diagonal using my Martha Stewart Scoring Board and then brushed some more of the gold ink here and there before adhering all the pieces together. (If you don’t have a scoring board, you can use a ruler and bone folder).

So there you have it. GOLD, GOLD and more GOLD! Funny thing is, I like platinum and silver for the most part… LOL! But GOLD? Oh yea. On cards you just can’t go wrong! :)

Thanks for popping in today!

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Watercolored Flowers

Hi there everyone! Today I have a somewhat unusual video to share because instead of scrapping the card and video, I chose to run with it and brought you along for the ride! I made some mistakes and my supplies were attacking me, lol! But I made it and really like the way the card came out! So any tip to take away from this blog post and video?  Don’t trash your projects. Run with it because you might be pleasantly suprised how it turns out in the end.

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You can watch the video right here on the blog or over on my youtube channel in HD! (Sidenote: All my youtube subscribers get to see my videos before they get published on the blog, if that so entices you to subscribe, lol)…

A few other still shots to share. While the sentiment is not what I intended, I do love the little drop shadow of white around the banner and text…. I also sprinkled on some Pretty Pink Posh sequins to finish off the card which I didn’t capture in the video.. Why you ask? Sequins are like bows to me. You will never catch me tying a bow or adhering a sequin (unless I am making a shaker) because what would take you 2 minutes to do takes me 20, lol!

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Blitsy Bits and Updates

Hi everyone! I’m just here today with a super quick Blitsy post! Most of you know I’m on the creative team over there and I have been working behind the scenes on a lot of project videos for them which will go up soon. Until then, I’m here to share with you the projects that have gone live as well as some other Blitsy Bits that have caught my eye. Blitsy Bits. Love it. Using it… :)

Before I get to that, there is a giveaway going on right now for this Scotch Glue Glider and refills… Click HERE to enter.

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A couple of Blitsy posts from fellow designers that caught my eyes and a few other things:

And here are few projects that I’ve had over on the Blitsy Discover blog. Just click on the picture to be taken directly to the post:

  • A DIY Valentines Day Mason Jar

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  • Card using Faber Castell Gelatos and Gel Medium as a resist

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  • Heat embossing with Faber Castell Gelatos

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  • The power of a sharpie and a good stencil

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  • Distress Marker Spritzer Demo and card

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  • Distress Marker techniques to create this card

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That’s it for today!!!! I’ll see you next time! :)

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Fun Inky Tag using Essentials by Ellen

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Howdy ho folks and happy Tuesday to you! I enjoyed the long weekend! My husband had no work and my son had no school so we had a fun day at the park! The day before we drove an hour and a half to a pancake house. I know, that sounds ridiculous. BUT, it’s all this old sugarmill in a historical park so we made a day of it!!! I love weekends like that… Memory makers…

Do you follow me on Instagram? I usually share a sneak of my projects over there and see if you can guess the product I used! It’s fun, AND it enables me all at the same time with some of the product guesses! Ha!  Today’ I’ve pulled out the  Cozy Christmas stamp set and created this tag. Don’t let the name fool you. This stamp set can be used year round! I LOVE those solid houses and I love the sentiment font! The solid O’s won my heart!!! To create the tag, I used the Stitched Journaling card die from Lawn Fawn! Just punched a hole and threaded some twine, and voila.. Tag!

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To create the colored background, I used my distress inks and see the snow drops????? I finally got a hold of some IrRESISTible Pico Embellisher by Tsukineko. I LOVE that fine tip and  the colors offered. I bought some in Wedding Dress (shown here, it’s white), Clear and Shimmer…. Goes on quickly and easily and dries super fast! I’ve also just ordered it in black because it would be perfect for eyes! And the bottles don’t clog. The cap has a little needle in it that goes into the tube when you close it. Pretty darn smart.

Thanks so much for popping by today and I hope that you all have a fabulous week!!!

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Lawnscaping Challenge: Create your own background with stamps: Gift Bag

Hiya! Yea, this one is a fun one!!!!! Welcome to another Lawnscaping Challenge! I love using stamps to create backgrounds. It is so much fun to do AND it makes good use of those tiny little stamps that come in a set, which is what I decided to do!

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To start, I used the amazingly awesome goodie bag die to create the treat bag! Then I took the smile faces and hearts from the Let’s Roll sushi set and stamped them in different color inks… I colored in the hearts with my Red Wink of Stella Glitter brush pen! As a finishing touch, I went around the edges of the bag with some Evergreen Bough distress ink!!! That took care of the bag! For the sentiment, I used Bannerific and Sophie’s Sentiments! :)   The sentiment set has a ton of sentiments for many occasions so it was perfect, and I love the scripty font!  Now I couldn’t forget about the tissue wrap, could I? I didn’t want just plain old white. That wouldn’t do..

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So to spice up the tissue a bit, I stamped some little images from the Year Four stamp set! Music notes and a birthday cap is a perfect tissue paper decor for this birthday treat bag! Now I’m ready to put some treats or a gift card in the inside!

We are sponsored by the amazing folks over at Lawn Fawn! We heart them so and appreciate their support!!! Be sure to head on over to the Lawnscaping blog and check out what the rest of the design team has created!!!! They knocked it outta the park this time!

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Hoppy Birthday card set VIDEO

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Hi there! Today I have a video to share with you all showing you how I made this birthday card set using this adorable Clearly Besotted stamp set!! The little critter outlines and the fingerprint is awesome! You can use the fingerprint provided in the set or your own. I can’t wait to make these with my son and even make one with my little daughter’s fingerprint! This set is a brilliant idea! I paired them with some Lawn Fawn Fundamental notecards and used Avery Elle pigment inks

And if you want to see the MISTI stamping tool in action, I’ve got that for you today as well! This little guy is in HIGH DEMAND so it is out of stock everywhere right now, but it is available for pre order HERE at Simon Says Stamp or from Sweet Petunia direct.! You’ll just have to wait a spell to get it, but it’s worth it! And Ellen Hutson will be carrying it soon!

You can watch the video here on the blog or over on my youtube channel in HD! If you are a subscriber, you get all my videos a day before I blog them.. Just sayin’, lol! :)

 

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Camping in Air Conditioning

Hi there! I’m here with you today to share a super fun card using the A Jillian Vance Design Happy Trails Stamp set… Isn’t that camper cute? I MIGHT consider camping if I had a camper that was that cute and of course had air conditioning and a proper toilet!! I don’t do tents and bugs and holes in the dirt for toilets!   This set is so cute and has a ton of fun images and sentiments so be sure to check it out! The images were colored with Copics and I added some sparkle with my Wink of Stella Clear glitter brush pin! Paired it with a Lawn Fawn notecard and voila….

I’ve had these pear pins for quite some time and I wanted to use them on this card. I wasn’t sure how so, I punched a hole and added four of them (2 black, 2 brass) and tied a bow with some twine… So this can either be a fun card or a gift tag, whatever floats your boat!

 

 

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