Friday, July 31, 2015

Tim Tag July 2015~Vintage Spirit


Just a short and sweet post today. I wanted to share my take on Tim's fabulous July Tag, with you.
Hope you like it!

You can see Tim's 4th of July Celebration tag and awesome step by step, HERE

This was so much fun! I love the mini vintage stamps. They are perfect for so many projects.  I tried to maintain the vintage feel the images convey. The ribbon technique is awesome and adds a fun touch of spirit and color. I have already used it a few times on other projects.

 Have a great weekend!


Left of Center New Challenge~Inspired by a Song~Sponsor Teri Sherman

Happy Friday!

Today is a brand new challenge at Left of Center Creative Challenges, we hope you can be inspired to play and our theme is Inspired by a Song. Our magnificent sponsor is Teri Sherman! I do hope you can visit her shop on Etsy, HERE

I was given the amazing image, Weeping Angel, to play with.

The gorgeous image was softly colored with watercolor pencils.

The images of clouds and grass are my own photos. I used DecoArts Photo Transfer medium to transfer the laser copies onto the cardboard substrate. Below I have some photos of the steps in case you have never tried a photo transfer. The DecoArt Decou-page Photo Medium is really awesome and easy to work with. I was fortunate to be given some to play with under the DecoArt Blogger Outreach program. I really do love it! Gonna make some....oooohhh it is a secret, show ya soon :)

I used the small Tim Holtz Alphabet stickers for the sentiment. It is from a song, lyrics by Paul Hewson.

Photo step by step:

Step 1 prepare substrate. I collaged some torn book pages using Decou-page Paper medium. I used color laser copies of my photos, and tore them out by hand for edges that would blend better.

Step 2 Cover surface with an even layer of Photo Transfer medium. Paint a layer on the photo, too. Apply it face down upon the substrate. Make sure if you have any words in the photo to reverse the image in your graphics program. Let dry.

Step 3 Mist with water. Let it soak in, you can start to the image appear now :)

Step 4 I used my finger and started to rub away the paper in a small corner. Once I saw it was dry and transferred, I rubbed away as much as I could.

Step 5 Let it dry again. This lets you see there is still more paper fiber to remove. I am never very aggressive with the first layer, I don't want to damage the image too much. On this layer I can see there is not that much pulp to remove so...

Step 6 Mist it again, it goes pretty clear, but you can still feel the paper on the surface. At this point I use an old terrycloth rag to wipe away the fibers. Checking with my finger till it feels nice and smooth.

Once all the paper is gone, it looks awesome and I love how you can see through the imagery.

Thanks for hanging in there! Let me know if you have any questions!

I hope you liked this angel and project. Looking forward to seeing you at Left of Center Creative Challenges!


I am also supporting and sharing this with the Design Team Challenge & Blog Hop 17

This is a really fun challenge for all Design/Creative Team members and it allows anyone to vote for a winner. Hope you come back August 1st to vote HERE :)

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Funny Farm~ New Digital Kit from Marta van Eck at Mischief Circus


Today I want to share what I have been working on for the last week or so...getting ready for the new release at Mischief Circus! It is a brand new storewide designer collaboration, called Funny Farm!

Being on Marta's creative team I was fortunate enough to get the kit in advance to play and make some samples. I hope you enjoy this small gallery and hop of to see the fantastic digital kits at Mischief Circus. All the digital kits are super high quality, you can use them in digital art or print them out for physical projects. The link to the shop is HERE

You can click each image to see it a bit bigger :)

"Nom Nom Nom"
"Sunset Ride"

"Shopping Day"

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Stencil Sunday~STAMPlorations Inspiration~"Art Journal" Canvas


Welcome to Stencil Sunday! This is my inspiration project for the STAMPlorations Mixed Media Team.

Every Sunday you can find some awesome inspirational projects to kick-start your week! Visit by clicking HERE.

There is also a fabulous Mixed Media Challenge, you can link up HERE. Still lots of time to play, you can enter until July 31 :)

I made a small canvas 5 inches by 7 inches. As I played I felt it was going more the direction of a journal page and I had lots of fun and just went along with it :)

The background started with the Bubbles ARTplorations stencil, I love circles and this is one of my go-to items! I used some DecoArt modelling paste for depth. I added some circles drywall tape and DecoArt Crackle Paste in random spots.

Once dry, it was paint play with DecoArt Misters, Fluid Acrylics and Americana Multi-Surface Satin. I love the multi- surface, it is wonderful!

For the stamping I used STAMPlorations Vignette Trendy Feathers and Artsy Borders

I stamped, heat embossed with Ranger Extra Fine Black, then fussy cut the feathers, which are perfect ATC size :)  The border stamping I did directly onto the canvas across all the texture bumps and valleys. I stamped the borders with Ranger Distress Ink and heat embossed with Ranger Super Fine Black powder.

Thanks so much for coming by today!

Hope you have time to play and hop over to STAMPlorations!

Have a great day!


I am also entering this canvas into the Design Team Showcase Challenge & Bloghop #17

This is a wonderful showcase challenge for all members of Design/Creative Teams to spotlight their own creations. All are welcome to vote starting on August 1st, hope you can come back :)

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Visible Image Fun~Mixed Media Postcard~


Happy weekend!

Today is my day to share some Visible Image fun :)

I have a mixed media postcard today. I am having so much fun with mail art! Hope you like it!

This is  the front side of the card. I started with some plain white mixed media paper. I cut a bunch of pieces to 4 inches by 6 inches.

Then I made puddles of Americana Multi Surface Satin paints on my craft mat, spritzed with water and smooshed the paper into the paints. Lots of painty play. The nicest thing, once the paint is dry, it is very easy to stamp onto the background.

The front side uses the awesome Vision INKognito and sentiment Love Yourself from the No Regrets set. Both are heat embossed with Distress Ink and Ranger Superfine powder.

I dry embossed the chicken wire pattern on the side of the front of the card. Then layered some clear embossing powder and Jet Black Archival ink. This makes is so wonderful to feel and added some POP and shine :)

This is the backside of the postcard. For the text and address divider I used the stem from Flower INKognito.  The amazing splats are found in the Ink Splats set. All are stamped with Distress Ink and heat embossed with Ranger Super fine, black powder.

I added some fine paintbrush spatters with Black DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic paint. More spatters the better in my mind anyways!

I glued the front and back together with Americana Decou-page Paper collage medium. It dries quickly and non-tacky.

Once done I inked all the edges and my fingers with Jet Black Archival ink.

So are you ready to play and get inky??

Hop along to see loads more Visible Image inspiration, these are your key links:

Inspiration from the Design Team on the Visible Image Blog, HERE

Come and JOIN the Facebook Group where you can enter our 'Show & Tell Challenge' for your chance to WIN some awesome Visible Image stamps! 

And don't forget to LIKE the Visible Image FACEBOOK PAGE too!

You can also sign up for the Newsletter HERE

Hugs and inky fun,


Friday, July 24, 2015

Left of Center~New Challenge~ TEXTURE with Rosey Hearts~Art Journal Page

Happy Friday!

Thank goodness, this week is just about done! Time is flying, what do you think?

Today begins a new challenge at Left of Center Creative Challenges. Our fabulous sponsor is Melissa of Rosey Hearts! She has given all the creative team an image to play with and is offering a wonderful prize to the Left of Center Winner. To win you need to enter :) It is really easy, the theme is Texture. But as always if you don't want or care to follow that you are welcome to go left and maybe even just try something new to you! Just let us know in  your blog post when you link to us :)

Visit LOC  here and check out the super fabulous images by Melissa here.

I used the tangled image called Girltangle, given to me for this challenge. She is so fun to color, very relaxing!

 Once done I wanted to make a black and white background so she would really POP.

I used my DecoArt Gesso and Fluid Acrylic to prime and paint the page in my fancy smancy new art journal :)

Here is a peak at the journal, primed....

This is the as yet undone cover of my magazine turned to journal! I will admit I did not read the magazine it was part of a free subscription. Rather than toss it, I am recycling it into something I am more intrigued with.

I am using some washi tape to hold together sections of the thin pages. I adore the wrinkling and bubbling the pages have. Go with it, don't fight it :) The pages are so nice and smooth!

At the bottom you can see some of the creasing the page has, totally works for texture, right? I used an old giftcard to swipe inwards with Americana Satin Cotton ball to 'frame' Girltangle.

Another bit of tape and fabulous sticker by Tim Holtz and she is all set! I loveeee her cheeks, so cute with her pouty face!

Have a great day and don't forget to play with us at Left of Center!


Monday, July 20, 2015

STAMPlorations Mixed Media Team~Wonderful canvas + Tutorial


Such an exciting day! My first project tutorial for the STAMPlorations Mixed Media Team!! My projects will feature ARTplorations stencils & more later :) !

Today I have my first tutorial for the STAMPlorations Mixed Media Team, you can pop over to see the full blog post by clicking HERE.

I will just give you a bit of the project here :)

Thanks so much and please hop over to see the awesome blog by STAMPlorations owner and designer, Shery :)

Have a super day!

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Smile Sparkle Shine~Visible Image Inspiration~Mixed Media Canvas

Every Day needs to have some sparkle and shine :)

Today I am sharing the small canvas I made for my Visible Image Inspiration day!
I hope you like it.

I am fortunate to have this fabulous stamp, "Smile Sparkle, Shine" to play with, thank you so much Helen & Mark! The stamp is a wonderful size and is so smooth, it makes stamping and embossing a dream!

My canvas is 5 inches by 7 inches, so you can see the stamp is a perfect size for it!

I think my love for modelling paste and crackle paste shines through in this piece! The base flowers are made from an ARTplorations stencil, Bloom Factory applied with DecoArt modelling paste.

I got carried away with the next layers of DecoArt acrylics and crackle and did not do step by steps, sorry :) !

The sentiment is stamped with Distress Embossing Ink and heat embossed in Recollections Copper. Love the shine it has! This embossing powder works really well with strong shapes.

I made the flowers and spritzed them with Distress Spray Stain, Antiqued Bronze. The diecuts are assorted Sizzix, Tonic Studios and Tim Holtz.

This photo shows all the DecoArt supplies used :)

Have a wonderful day! I hope you can make time this week to play and share in the Visible Image Facebook Group, love to see you there!

Inspiration from the Design Team on the Visible Image Blog, HERE

Come and JOIN the Facebook Group where you can enter our 'Show & Tell Challenge' for your chance to WIN some awesome Visible Image stamps! 

And don't forget to LIKE the Visible Image FACEBOOK PAGE too!

You can also sign up for the Newsletter HERE



I am also entering and supporting the following challenges:

Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #14: Summer Days, My take on a Summer day, white washed and bright, flowers and butterflies, a great day!

Craft Stamper Magazine: July, Take it Make it Challenge

Friday, July 17, 2015

Left of Center~New Challenge #87~Three of a Kind with Sweet Pea Stamps

Happy Friday!

Glad you came by to check out the fantastic new challenge this week at Left of Center Creative Challenges! We are up to Challenge #87!

Our awesome sponsor this week is Sweet Pea Stamps. Our theme is Three of a Kind. As always at LOC you are welcome to play along with the theme or just go Left of Center, but do play :)

I was given this fabulous image by Rebecca Sinz, called "Toxic".

I made a digital hybrid canvas today. "Toxic" is colored with Sharpies. Once done, I scanned the image and played using Photoshop Elements. The images used for the sea are from the digital kit by Marta van Eck called "About a Fish" available at Mischief Circus.

The quotation is from the book, "Ocean at the End of the Lane" by Neil Gaiman.

Have a great day!


Saturday, July 11, 2015

Visible Image Inspiration Day~Gesso Image Transfer, Dandelions & Texture

Hello Happy Day!

I hope your day is fantastic and leads to a fantastic week!

Before I share my 'canvas' with you today, I want to share a quick link to Visible Image's NEW wonderful Christmas stamps. They are timeless and elegant and will last many years to come. I hope you will pop over and see (and order :) )! Click HERE to transport to the Visible Image Stamp blog, there is a special offer, too :)

Today as promised here is my 'canvas' to share. The substrate is cardboard from a recycled shipping box panel.

Lots of pictures, I really love texture and think I got a bit carried away with it on this one :)

Click to make each image a bit larger.

I coated both sides of the canvas with DecoArt White Gesso.  On top of that I added some stenciled patterns using DecoArt Modelling Paste. I let the whole board dry overnight.

Once it was dry, I covered it with another layer of gesso, sort of a thick layer. I used a laser printed copy of one of my own photographs, the dandelions, and placed it face down into the gesso.

My blog post with the original photograph is HERE

I pressed it down into the gesso by hand and did some more smoothing with a bone folder. I wanted to make sure I got the whole image pressed into the wet gesso. I let it dry overnight again.

Once dry I misted the surface with water then started rubbing off the paper.

Once the image was clear and slightly distressed, I covered the dandelions with a layer of Americana Decoupage Crystal Glitter to seal it. It adds a nice fine sparkle with one layer and helped the main image to stay clear for all the next layers of paint and ink.

The borders all around are built up with layers of DecoArt Crackle paste, Antiquing Cream and various DecoArt acrylics. The majority of the color comes from the English Red Oxide Antiquing Cream layered with alcohol inks. 

I used the "Create Your Imagination" sentiment by Visible Image in the This is Me set. The diamonds are cut from the background stamp, Grunge Harlequin. Love the size of both these stamps!

Have a fabulous fun day!

Stay current with Visible Images, here are the links to where you must be :)

Inspiration from the Design Team on the Visible Image Blog, HERE

Come and JOIN the Facebook Group where you can enter our 'Show & Tell Challenge' for your chance to WIN some awesome Visible Image stamps! 

And don't forget to LIKE the Visible Image FACEBOOK PAGE too!

You can also sign up to the Newsletter HERE

See you soon!

I am also sharing and supporting these fabulous challenges:
Rhedd's Creative Spirit: July Anything Goes
Frilly and Funkie: Something to Say