Monday, August 29, 2016

Metallic Pigment Ink Galaxy Card Tutorial - Clearsnap


Hi! I had a blast creating this galaxy card with the new colors of Metallic Pigment Ink for Clearsnap. I share the video tutorial and some fun variations of this card on the Clearsnap blog today. I've found a quick new way to dry pigment ink using an iron! I share that technique and my tips for this galaxy background. I'd love to have you check it out!

Clearsnap Supplies:
Xyron Products: Xyron 1.5″ Sticker Maker, Xyron Wedge Shaped Glue Stick

Other Supplies: Spellbinders/Donna Salazar Cascading Stars Shapeabilities Die, My Favorite Things/Laina Lamb Count The Stars Clear Acrylic Stamp Set, Vellum, Gold Cardstock, Black Cardstock, Purple Cardstock, White Cardstock, Gold Sequin Stars, Iron, Heat Tool

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Make A Wish - FabScraps


Hi! I'm sharing a layout that I created for FabScraps today. I used the gorgeous Floral Dreams (C88) collection. In addition to this post, I also have a video tutorial, which you can view on the FabScraps Blog. Here's the full supply list and written instructions.

Supplies:
Floral Dreams Fluttershine (C88 001)
Floral Dreams Melody (C88 002)
Floral Dreams Make A Wish Chipboard (DC88 007)
Floral Dreams Filigree Frame Stencil (DS 055)
Mother Earth Branches of Leaves Stencil (DS 052)
Pink Cardstock
Paper and Fabric Flowers - Pink
Paper Leaves - Green
Dye Ink - Brown, Green, Purple
Glaze
Glitter Glue - Clear
Dimensional Paint - White

Directions:

1. Place the Filigree Frame Stencil over the upper right corner of the Fluttershine patterned paper. Apply brown dye ink over the stencil.

2. Place the Branches of Leaves Stencil over the upper left corner of the Fluttershine patterned paper. Apply green dye ink over the stencil.

3. Attach two wallet size photos over the stenciled frame design.



4. Cut the designs from the Melody patterned paper. Arrange the designs around the photo, along the stenciled branch, and in the bottom left corner of the layout.


5. Color the Make A Wish chipboard with purple dye ink. Glue the chipboard on top of the decorative frame in the lower left corner of the page. Apply a layer of glaze to the chipboard piece.

6. Add glitter glue to the flower petals, butterfly wings, and fairy wings.

7. Highlight the numbers on the clock face with dots of dimensional paint.


8. Add flowers and leaves to the stenciled branch and around the photo.

9. Mount the layout onto a piece of pink cardstock.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

No Return Mixed Media Board - Tando Creative

Hi! I'm sharing a mixed media board I created for bird theme this week on the Tando Creative Design Blog. I saw Black Sabbath on Sunday night and my ears are still ringing! The show was absolutely amazing. It was the first, as well as the last time, that I will see the band, as this is their goodbye tour. I was inspired to created this piece after the show.

I started with a Mixed Media Board. I added an uneven coat of DecoArt White Gesso with a spatula to create a textured base. I colored the board with Gelatos and Distress ink and added some stamping around the edge using the Nathalie Kalbach Bird 3-Piece Stamp and Stencil Set. Next, I added a row of rolled resin paper as a fun colorful base for the next layer of this project. I topped the paper rolls with a Mini Bird that I painted with DecoArt Carbon Black Fluid Acrylic Paint. I then added a trio of Mini Stars that I covered with a layer of Spoonful of Gold Dust. (The only thing more sparkly than these stars was Ozzy's shirt!) Lastly, I finished this piece with some Black Sabbath song lyrics.

You can find the chipboard I used for this project, and a wonderful selection of DecoArt products, in the Tando Creative Retail Store.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Wings Arch - Tando Creative


Hi! I'm sharing an arch for the Anything Goes theme this week on the Tando Creative Design Blog. I used a pair of butterfly wings I found on a recent walk, some of my favorite Chris Cornell song lyrics, and some DecoArt mediums to create this piece. I started with a Gothic Arch Layered Frame; one base and two frames for this design.


I painted the chipboard first with a coat of DecoArt Gesso, and then an assortment of DecoArt Fluid Acrylics. Next, I added some stamping and paint splatters. I finished the top frame piece with a coat of DecoArt Liquid Glass.

You can find the chipboard I used for this project, and a wonderful selection of DecoArt products, in the Tando Creative Retail Store.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Elf Shadowbox - Pion Design


Hi! I'm sharing a fun off-the-page project I created with the NEW Greetings from the North Pole collection from Pion Design today. I love the little elves featured on the Images from the Past Greetings from the North Pole patterned paper so much that I thought it would be fun to highlight them in a small shadowbox.


These elves are filled with joy and this little off-the-page project has made me happy. I added a touch of glitter and some dimensional paint to each image.


This quote is included on the same patterned paper as the elves, along with two others.


I embellished the box with gold snowflakes, a cluster of “mistletoe,” and a festive red striped ribbon. I finished the piece with a light mist of white spray paint for a frosty feel. This simple project was quick and easy to assemble and required only a small amount of supplies.

These little elves would also look fantastic on a set of greeting cards!

Pion Products:
Greetings from the North Pole - Midwinter Night PD7601
Images from the Past - Greetings from the North Pole PD1617

Friday, August 12, 2016

DIY Wood-Burned Dream Catcher Clock - Walnut Hollow


Hi! I'm sharing the tutorial for this DIY Wood-Burned Dream Catcher Clock today on the Walnut Hollow blog. I've combined my love for whimsy with a bit of function to create a clock for my studio. This clock was easy to customize with Walnut Hollow HOTSTAMPS and some colorful embellishments.

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If you haven't tried wood burning, it can be quite addicting! The Walnut Hollow Creative Versa-Tool is super fun to use on a variety of surfaces, not just wood! Check out the Clock Making section of the Walnut Hollow Online Store to pick a clock face that fits your decor. All HotStamps are on sale for a limited time, buy two get one free, so it's a great time to stock up!

I have some happy news to share. I've been a Guest Blogger for Walnut Hollow for several months now and I'm thrilled to join their team of regular contributors. So, you'll be seeing projects that I've created with their fantastic range of products on a monthly basis!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Natural Beauty - FabScraps


Hi! I'm sharing a layout I created with the Mother Earth collection for FabScraps today. I'm absolutely loving the botanic designs in this line. I spent part of my Summer vacation with my Sister and her family. The cutie in the photo is my youngest Niece. I'm sure she was tired of my following her around, but I just couldn't get enough of her sweet face. Don't even get me started on her curly hair!


I pulled flowers, leaves, and cardstock tags that match the color palette of the paper to layer under the photo.


I created my own embellished leaf pattern with the Branches of Leaves stencil and fussy cut papers.


I love the coordinating chipboard that comes with every FabScraps collection! I colored this piece with dye ink and then added a coat of glaze for some shine.

I share the full supply list and detailed instructions for how to create this layout on the FabScraps blog.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

August Gecko Galz Projects


Hi! I'm sharing the projects I created this month for Gecko Galz today. I found so many awesome papers and images while I was browsing for products for the Nautical Customer Challenge, that I decided to keep with that theme for the rest of my projects. I created two postcards using Sea Side Digital Papers and Sea Side Icons from the Sea Side Splendor Craft Kit. I added simple sentiment stickers, a strip of washi tape, and some ink to finish these cards in no time at all. This flat design is ideal for mailing.


If you missed the set of nautical artist trading cards I created for the August Customer Challenge, please CLICK HERE. We'd love to have you join the Gecko Galz Challenge this month! There is only one rule, and that is you need to use at least ONE product from Gecko Galz. It can be one of the free products, stamps, collage images, or digital papers. The winner will receive a $25 Gecko Galz Shopping Spree!


Lastly, I have a simple bookmark. I colored the image with watercolor pencils and Gelatos. I used a gold dimensional paint pen for the flower centers. I finished this piece with a simple inked sentiment sticker and an arrow clip. This is the FREE stamp that I have to give away this month. I hope you use it to create something fabulous!

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Christmas Greetings - Pion Design


Hi! I'm sharing a layout that I created with the NEW collection from Pion Design, Greetings from the North Pole. This collection invites you to a winter wonderland where you can immerse yourself in the beautiful scenery and surroundings of the home of Santa. You can almost see the sparkle of the Northern Lights and hear the bells of Santa's reindeer as Greetings from the North Pole captures the peace and serenity of the season. All the splendid patterns and images of Christmas bells, snowflakes and magical landscapes will make crafting memorable gifts and home decor a treat! Greetings from the North Pole consists of 12 double-sided papers in the size of 12×12 inches, as well as 5 single-sided papers in the size of 12×12 inches; 4 featuring designs in 6×6 inches, and one image sheet.


With the temperatures in the high nineties, I’m so looking forward to the cooler months; the first snowfall and the excitement of the holiday season especially. The color palette of rich blues, browns, and creams in this new collection really has a chilly feel, which is perfect for capturing fun times in the snow.


I added some soft snowflakes with chalk ink to the background of this layout. I embellished the beautiful details on the patterned papers with glitter glue, dye ink, liquid pearls, and white acrylic paint for a frosty finish. I have room for some journaling on the left-hand side of the page. I took this photo of my girls after a major snowstorm this past Winter. We were snowed in for over a week! I know they are looking forward to more snow days next year.

Pion Products:
Greetings from the North Pole – Snowflakes PD7604
Greetings from the North Pole – Memory Notes PD7611
Greetings from the North Pole – Tags PD7612

Monday, August 1, 2016

Nautical ATCs - Gecko Galz August Customer Challenge


Hi! I'm sharing a set of artist trading cards that I created for the Gecko Galz August Customer Challenge. The theme this month is Nautical. The images for these cards are from the Sea Side Card Toppers, which come in the Sea Side Splendor Craft Kit. I painted the base of the cards with several shades of blue acrylic paint. I then added stamping, the images, sentiment stickers, and embossing powders. To seal everything, I applied a layer of gel medium over the cards and then sprinkled a mix of chunky glitter and mica flakes over the wet gel. These cards really sparkle in real life.

We'd love to have you join the Gecko Galz Challenge this month! There is only one rule, and that is you need to use at least ONE product from Gecko Galz. It can be one of the free products, stamps, collage images, or digital papers. The winner will receive a $25 Gecko Galz Shopping Spree!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

BFF Butterfly ATC Set - Tando Creative


Hi! I'm sharing a set of butterfly ATCs that I created for me and my BFF for the Butterflies theme on the Tando Creative Design Blog. I started with two Artist Trading Cards and a Butterfly. I painted each card with acrylic paint and then added a fun swirl pattern with a stencil. I pressed molding paste over the Mini Distressed Sequins Mask to add another layer of dimension. The card was a bit too matte for my taste, so I brightened the design with some glitter glue and sequin stars.

Next, I cut the butterfly in half, embossed it with bright orange embossing powder, and then added chunky rhinestone embellishments to the wings. I lined up the two cards and glued the butterfly pieces along the sides that touched. I finished this set with a Dymo sentiment that reads "Together We Fly" when the cards are held together.

I had a lot of fun with this challenge! You can find the products that I used for this piece in the Tando Creative Retail Store!

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Happy Day - Pion Design


Hi! I'm sharing a layout that I created for Pion Design today. I’m still enjoying the wonderful Mister Tom’s Treasures collection. I had a lot of fun creating a nautical scene for this page with repeating circles, flowers, a sailboat, netting, and some postcards. I’m definitely missing the sound of the waves and the sand beneath my feet.


A gathering of cousins like this only happens about once a year for my family as we are living quite far from each other. We like to round all the kids up for a photo when we can. This happy pic will join the rest that we have collected over the generations.

Pion Products:
Mister Tom’s Treasures – Bullseye PD7402
Mister Tom’s Treasures – Old Factory PD7405
Mister Tom’s Treasures – Tags PD7412
Pion Design Palette – Pion Blue VIII PD6133