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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