Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Same Boat - Tando Creative


Hi! I've altered a portion of the Boat Hanging for the Anything Goes theme this week on the Tando Creative Design Blog. With Monday being Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, I used one of his quotes on this piece.


I painted all the pieces of the boat with a layer of DecoArt White Gesso. Once that was dry, I mixed up a colorful palette of fluid acrylics using DecoArt Primary Magenta, Cyan, and Yellow. I glued the porthole circles to metal coin for a more nautical feel. Once all the pieces were dry and glued together I added the quote with a black pen.

You can find the chipboard I used for this project, and a wonderful selection of DecoArt products, in the Tando Creative Retail Store. We'd love to see your creativity! Share your work with us in Tando's Creative Zone on Facebook.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Birdhouse Box Bird Feeder - Walnut Hollow


Hi! I'm sharing how to turn a Birdhouse Box into a bird feeder on the Walnut Hollow blog today. January is a great month to start fresh, and I’m making small changes both inside and outside my home. I really enjoy starting my day with a hot cup of coffee as I look out my kitchen window and observe this bright colorful project and all the happy little birds.


This fun Birdhouse Box and all the rest of the NEW PRODUCTS in the Walnut Hollow Store are 20% off! If you’re a bird lover and you’d like to create a statement piece for your front door, be sure to check out Morena’s Birdhouse Spring Wreath Tutorial.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Fragile Tag - Tando Creative



Hi! I'm sharing the tag I created for the Tag theme this week on the Tando Creative Design Blog. I cut a tag from a piece of Tando packaging and then applied DecoArt Gesso over the surface with a spatula for a textured finish. Once the gesso was dry, I added color to the tag with Gelatos.


Then, I placed the Giovanna Doilie Stencil over the tag and traced around it with a black pen. Next, I stamped a woman into the center of the stenciled design. I colored the stenciled design and the stamped image with watercolors. I further embellished the tag with two painted leaves from the Leaf Branch with 3 Loose Leaves. I stamped a sentiment, added some doodles and tape to the tag, and then attached a tassel to the top to finish.


You can find the chipboard I used for this project, and a wonderful selection of DecoArt products, in the Tando Creative Retail Store. Share your work with us in Tando's Creative Zone on Facebook.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

2017 Planner From Scratch - Clearsnap


Hi! I'm sharing how I created my 2017 planner from scratch using Art Screens, stamps and ColorBox ink on the Clearsnap blog today. If you're like me and are overwhelmed by the selection of ready-made planners on the market, aren't finding anything to suit your needs, or don't want to spend a small fortune on supplies that you may not use, click over to the Clearsnap blog to see the simple template I used to help stay organized and journal about myself for every month of the year.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

The One Who Loves You Arch - Tando Creative


Happy New Year! I'm sharing the arch I created for the Color Theme on the Tando Creative Design Blog. I am still in shock over the passing of George Michael. He was one of my favorite artists and I'm mourning this loss by listening to his catalog. I used some of his song lyrics on this piece.


I started this piece with one layer of the Arabian-Style Layered Arch Frame. I painted the frame with DecoArt Primary Cyan Fluid Acrylic, and then added a top coat of DecoArt Gold Interference for a subtle shimmer. Once the frame was dry, I backed it with a piece of vellum and then a piece of patterned paper.


I embellished the arch with flowers, ribbon, lace, patterned paper, and a resin angel. I distressed the frame with white paint and then added a decorative border with dimensional paint and a teardrop rhinestone. I added lyrics to finish the piece.


You can find the chipboard I used for this project, and a wonderful selection of DecoArt products, in the Tando Creative Retail Store. We'd love to see your take on this color palette! Share your work with us in Tando's Creative Zone on Facebook.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Top 10 Off-The-Page Projects of 2016

Hi! Today is the last day of my recap of 2016. Thanks so much for joining me over the past 4 days! I've shared my top layouts, my favorite cards and tags, and I dedicated an entire post to my love of chipboard. Something new for me this year is the large number of off-the-page projects I created. I really expanded my artistic range and had a lot of fun altering surfaces like wood, glass, and fabric. Follow the links to view the full posts.




















No-Sew Christmas Table Runner - Canvas Corp Brands

Thanks so much for joining me this week!
My goals for 2016 were to finish 3 December Daily albums from past years, to dig into my Project Life stash (a goal that has been carried over from 2015), and the 52 Lists project. I have managed to finish two out of three December Daily albums and I'm finishing up the last couple assignments in my 52 Lists project. I'm going to start on Project Life in 2017 for sure! This look back over the year has provided a ton of eye candy, but not a lot of documentation. I need to get better at dating and including journaling on my work and I think Project Life is a great way to do both in a fun artistic way. Maybe one goal is enough this time around! I'm looking forward to a creative 2017! I have joined some new design teams and I'm full of ideas. I hope you'll stick around!

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Top 10 Chipboard Projects of 2016

Hi! Thanks for joining me for day three of my recap of 2016! I've shared my top layouts and favorite cards and tags over the past two days. My longest design term has been for Tando Creative. I'm quickly approaching my 5th year as a designer on their team! I really love expressing myself by creating small chipboard pieces. This is the first time that I have dedicated a round-up to one manufacturer, but I crafted so many pieces that I still love, that today is dedicated to them. Follow the links to view the full posts.




















How I Feel Mixed Media Board - Tando Creative

I hope you enjoyed this fun mix of projects as much as me! Please come back tomorrow for a look at my favorite off-the-page projects from 2016.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Sparkle A Little Brighter Non-Candy Valentines - Clearsnap


Hi! I'm sharing some non-candy valentines on the Clearsnap blog today. I had a lot of fun stamping up these bright, sparkly cards. I kept the design simple so this project wouldn't be too time consuming or expensive. The dye ink I used is fast-drying, so you can stamp up enough cards for a classroom or two in under an hour!

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Top 10 Cards and Tags of 2016

Hi! I thought it would be fun to look back on the year and share some of my favorite projects from 2016. I shared my top layouts yesterday. Today I'm sharing my favorite cards and tags of the year. Follow the links to view the full posts.



















Quick Christmas Card Sets - Clearsnap

I hope you enjoyed this fun mix of cards and tags of all sizes! Please come back tomorrow for a look at my favorite chipboard projects from 2016.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Top 10 Layouts of 2016

Hi! I thought it would be fun to look back on the year and share some of my favorite projects from 2016 over the next couple of days. I began my crafting journey with scrapbooking, so I'm starting my recap with my top layouts. I've been fortunate to have worked with some very generous paper manufacturers over the past year and my albums are full as a result! I think this may be my best year to date! Follow the links to view the full posts.




















Music Fuels the Soul - Pion Design

I hope you enjoyed this second look at these pages as much as I have. Please join me tomorrow for my top 10 cards and tags.