Monthly Archives: September 2014

Exploring Art Journaling 4; Day 13 & 14

Day 13’s journal page uses gloss medium through a stencil.  It’s hard to see in the picture, but it’s the shiny circles.  The gloss is applied just like molding paste and because it’s more fluid is a little challenging, but not impossible.  The base is Ranger’s Dimensional Paints and some old rub-ons from Gin-X.

4 - Day 13 - Gloss Medium

Day 14’s page is created by using a technique called “reverse stenciling”.  Simply, you either apply paint or spray ink onto your stencil off the page, then turn in onto the page and use as a stamp. The stencil I used is from Prima and I love the colors, which are Dylusions Melted Chocolate and Calypso Teal.  The letters are some stash Thickers.

4 - Day 14; Reverse Stenciling

I’m almost caught up!


Exploring Art Journaling 4; Day 11 & 12

Day 11’s page uses a fun technique with a fan brush and 3 colors of paint.  The example uses an angle brush, but I went with a fan to get more shape.  I really like the ombre effect that the flower gets with this technique.   The sentiment is from Alte New.

4 - Day 11; Acrylic Flowers using fan brush


Day 12 uses alcohol inks.  First you have to gesso your page for it to spread and then you can use some blender solution to soften it up. I added some pearl to the clouds and heat embossed the rain.

4 - Day 12; Alcohol Inks

Exploring Art Journaling 4: Day 9 & 10

Day 9 journal page uses distress stains, distress inks, and saran wrap dipped in water.  As you know, distress inks are water soluble, so it makes for a great texture.  The trees are a Club Scrap stencil and the “moon” is a foam stamp from Claudine Helmuth.

4 - Day 9 - Distress Inks & saran


Day 10 page was supposed to use Inktense blocks, however, not having these, I used some watercolor crayons.  After applying the crayons in squares, I watered them down and doodled over them with the Molotow markers.

4-Day 10; Inktense Blocks


Exploring Art Journaling 4; Days 6, 7, & 8

I’ve been traveling so I’m behind in my Exploring Art Journaling 4 course.  I had a few pages already done, but haven’t yet posted so today I’m posting day 6, 7, & 8.

Day 6 uses Gesso and Liquitex Fluid Acrylic paints.  The fluid ink is applied first, followed by gesso through a stencil.  I also used some wood veneer covered with white enamel.

4 - Day 6; Gesso & Liquitex

Day 7 uses colored modeling paste.  I used some older stash of pigment powders from Lindy’s Stamp Gang called “Moon Glows”.

4-Day 7-Colored molding paste

Day 8 uses Pan Pastels and versamark over stencils.  This medium puts on great color, but I found that the acrylic markers don’t glide well.  I changed to using gel markers to see if that would glide better and they did.  Perhaps next time I use pan pastels I’ll put down some gel medium.   Thanks for checking out my pages, on to Day 9!

4-DAy 8 Pan Pastel & Versamark

Cards in Envy Challenge “En-Twined”

Hello friends!  It’s Monday and time for another Cards in Envy challenge.  This one is really fun and involves something we all have TONS of……TWINE.  Yes, break out some of those yards of twine and come up with a wonderful creation.  The challenge begins today and goes through October 5th, 2014.  You may enter up to 3 times and make sure your cards fit comfortably in your envelope, after all, it’s Cards in Envy!

Today, my inspiration for you is a birdbrain image from “From the Heart Stamps”.  If you haven’t visited this great blog, I do encourage you to do so.  The images are a blast.  For the “en-twined” portion of the card, I took the broom and created “straw” out of my twine.  I cut multiple strings and tied it down on either side through a puncture in the card.  The image is colored with Copic Markers and the paper is DCWV “The Spooky Time Stack”.  The sentiment is from My Favorite Things.

Let’s see what you can come up with.  I do hope you join us, we love to see your creations!





Open-Minded Crafting Challenge 19: Roll Out The Red

Happy Saturday Friends!  It’s time for another great Open-Minded Crafting Challenge and I’m so excited because this challenge is using my absolute favorite color…..RED!!!!  I just adore red and was thrilled when this theme was announced. As you’ve probably now become accustomed, the prizes are out of this world too. The challenge will run through Friday, September 26th.


Meljen'sPrize: 4 images


Stitchy Bear DigiPrize: 3 Images up to $10.00

Dilly Beans

Prize: 3 images


Prize: 3 images


My inspiration for you today is from Meljen’s called, “Romance Diva”.  I colored her with Copic Markers and used Bazzill’s “Red Devil” 6 x 6 paper pack. The love die is from My Favorite Things as is the tag die.  The forever die is from Paper Smooches.  Hope you find some inspiration in the design team example and make some cards showcasing the color RED!



Try Stampin’ on Tuesday Sketch Challenge – Back to School Theme

It’s Tuesday and that means another Try Stampin’ on Tuesday Sketch challenge.  Now that summer is coming to a close, we are starting back up with themes in addition to the sketch.  As always, you do not need to use the theme to participate, just the sketch.  This weeks theme is…..Back to school!  So break out the school supplies and get stampin’ with us!

In addition to the sketch below, my inspiration card uses a digital image from Tiddly Inks, called “Teacher’s Helper”.  Image was colored with Copic’s and designed with paper from Fancy Pants called, “Memories Captured”.   The label on the side is from My Favorite Things and the sentiment from Simon Says Stamp “Tilted Banner Sayings”.

The design team will be choosing the top 3 cards for highlighting on the blog so go get an A+!



Sketch 46-001

Amazing Chick

Amazing Chick

Today’s card uses the From the Heart Stamps, Stamp of the Month, “Flappy Birthday”  colored with Copics.  If you join the monthly challenge on the From the Health Stamps blog, you get a free image every month.  Isn’t that generous?  Also, from 9/5/14 through 9/14/14, they are having a fun blog hop and prizes that includes helping design a Bird Brain image.  Check it out here.  This card was based on the shaker card from Imke, one of the FTHS designers.  Here is her example.  I had some trouble with the lighting and the transparency, but couldn’t wait until daylight to shoot.  I used the Glitz “Brightside” 6 x 6 paper pad and miscellaneous sequins.  The square die is My Favorite Things and the label is Simon Says Stamp die with sentiment also from My Favorite Things. Last, the border in the middle is the stitched Lawn Fawn die.

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FTHS Stamp of the Month

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Watercoloring of a Digital Image

Watercolor - Digital

I wanted to try watercoloring on a digital image so I grabbed this freebie from A Day For Daisies and brought it into Photoshop.  I created this cluster of 3 from the one image and printed the image out on regular typing paper.  I then took a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inch piece of 108 lb watercolor paper (lighter so it goes through the printer better) and taped it right over the image using washi tape and centering it over the image.  I put that back in the printer and re-printed the image.  My error was I used my Ink Jet printer instead of a laser jet.  As you can tell, the ink bled. I don’t think it’s horrible, so I didn’t re-do it, but next time I will certainly use the laser.  The image was colored using Distress Inks in Worn Lipstick and Scattered Straw.  The background is Tumbled Glass and Bundled Sage.  I then took black soot, added water, and splattered over image.  The sentiment is Hero Arts “All Occasion Messages”.

Entered in:

A Day For Daisies: Painted image

Crafting By Design: ATG

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Virginia’s Challenge: Pattern Paper

Send a Smile 4 Kids – Challenge #86 Cute Halloween/Fall Cards for Kids

Happy Saturday everyone!  It’s time for another Send a Smile 4 Kids Card Challenge!  You ready?  This challenge is featuring kid friendly Fall or Halloween cards.  You can use any image be it rubber stamp, digital or cut file, it’s up to you.  We have some great sponsors for this challenge that would love for you to use their images in the challenge, so check them out.  The first sponsor is:

1)  The Crackerbox Palace – Prize – $15.00 Gift Certificate

2) The Cutting Cafe – Prize – 3 sets of digis or cutting files

3) Stitchy Bear Digital Outlet – Prize – 2 digital images – Value $6.00


Now, let’s get to some inspiration!  My first card showcases images from The Cutting Cafe’s “Halloween Time”.  This set alone comes with 55 assorted digital images and I just used a few to make a scene!  Fun set.   I created shadows with Copic Markers and the sentiment stamp is an oldie but a goodie from Stampendous.  Paper is from DCWV 6 x 6 pad “Spooky Time”.



My second card is from The Crackerbox Palace using the Pumpkin and Autumn Blessing images, which I colored with Copic Markers and design paper from Authentique’s “Enchanted”.  The stitching is created by the new “Stitched” die from paper smooches.  I finished this one off with some waxy thread and called her done.




My final offering is from Stitchy Bear’s Digital Outlet called “New Hat”.  She’s colored in Copic Markers with a small strip of We Are Memory Keepers “Spooksville” design paper on the edge.  The “Boo” is a new Paper Smooches Die.  Though I am already Copic Certified, I just took another awesome class by Jennifer Dove through Annie’s Closet.  If you haven’t seen her work, you’re really missing out.  She does a great job and explaining how to color people.  She also has a beginner class that is supposed to be really good too.  The coloring I’ve done is really basic compared to what she does, but it was my first go after the class and I can see more definition in the face that I normally produce.  I look forward to hearing if you’ve also taken this class and what you thought about it.


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