Featured Designer CAS Mix Up – Song Bird

It’s a day full of posts for this girl ūüôā ¬†Check out my April Mixed Media Card challenge post¬†here. And don’t forget to check out my Guest Designer post for the Graciellie Designs blog hop¬†here.

So thrilled to be the Featured Designer for the CAS Mix Up this month.  Thank you, Loll and Bonnie!

And here’s their challenge for the month…one that’s right up my alley – stenciling ūüôā

I started out with some watercolor paper and a spray mist. ¬†Then I added some translucent embossing paste through the reverse side of my ARTplorations Perched Bird stencil. Why the reverse side you ask? ¬†It suited my layout better. ¬† Once I lifted off the stencil, I used a spatula to add texture to the paste. ¬†That gives some high and low areas for stamping which adds more texture. Then it was dried a bit with a heat gun and left to dry for a while longer. Again, you can get even more texture by heating with a heat gun…it will bubble up a bit.

Next, it was stamped with a Stampendous Music Score stamp with Archival Ink. ¬†Another option would be Staz-On if you don’t have Archival Ink. ¬†I heat set the Archival Ink, just to be sure. ¬†Then I watercolored with three shades of Distress Inks, blending each into the next color. ¬†And then I wiped most of the excess Distress Ink from the bird with a baby wipe.

A simple stamped sentiment from STAMPlorations Art Marks and my usual smattering of sequins and done!

Check out what Loll and Bonnie have for you this month!

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Create Your Destiny – Just Be You

Hello! ¬†I’m so happy to be back with another Stencil Sunday project and a reminder for the mixed media challenge.


Would love to have you¬†join us for the mixed media challenge this month.¬† As always, it’s an anything goes challenge that must be a mixed media piece…tags, art journal pages, home decor, etc….anything but a card.¬†¬†The winner will receive a $15 STAMPlorations gift certificate or 2 ARTplorations stencils. And the top picks receive an ARTplorations stencil of their choice.¬†

This starts with some designer paper…I worked with the colors in it when adding all my different mediums. ¬†Just ripped up my paper and starting adding it randomly with Matte Medium. ¬†Then I mixed up some Fiber Paste with some inks to create sort of a cement color and added it through my Flutterby stencil. ¬†
Next, I added a couple of colors of Lindy’s Stamp Gang mists. ¬†There’s lots of shimmer from them. ¬†Then some stamping (Mixed Media Grunge, Mixed Media Elements, Hope Blooms, and¬†BOLD SENTIMENTS: ¬†Create)¬†with Archival Ink, followed by more stenciling with Flutters and Splatters LARGE…this time I used my finger and a Pitt Artist Big Brush. ¬†More of the same color was added randomly, with, you guessed it…my finger. ¬†I took a little liberty with the “just be you” stamp and added a little arrow to the “y”…
Would love to see you add a project to the Mixed Media Challenge…hope to see you there!
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Coffee with Winged Things

Another card for the Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop, using the colors from the latest Color Throwdown Challenge.

Just got some new STAMPlorations and ARTplorations goodies, so of course, I had to make another card immediately ūüôā ¬†I made the background paper by first creating a stencil monoprint with my shiny new stencil. ¬†Then I randomly added some watered down gesso to the paper. ¬†Next, ¬†I heat embossed all the winged things and watercolored them with Distress Inks. ¬†And since one can never have too much gold…added some dots of gold watercolor paint to their wings. ¬†The little butterfly on the coffee cup was stamped with Distress Ink, watercolored with gold watercolor paint and heat embossed in gold to give the appearance of being in flight.
Here’s what I used:
Paper:  SU! and watercolor paper
Ink:  Versamark and Distress Inks
Stamps:  STAMPlorations All You Need is Coffee and Winged Things
All the rest of the stuff:  ARTplorations Square Links stencil, gold embossing powder, gesso, sequins, foam tape, gold watercolor paint
Challenges entered:
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STAMPlorations Mini Release and Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

Well, it’s double the fun today! ¬†We are celebrating a mini-release of two new STAMPlorations stamp sets and it’s also time for the Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop! ¬†Thanks to the amazing Amy Tsuruta¬†and the rest of the team for this fabulous quarterly hop!

Shery Russ and Becca Cruger have designed two new STAMPlorations coffee/tea related stamp sets just in time for the hop:

                                                            Always Tea Time

¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† Bunnies ‘n Beans

I’m a tea girl when I’m not just drinking water (my preferred beverage) so I couldn’t wait to make a spring card with the Always Tea Time Set.

The background has been heavily sponged with some Distress Inks. ¬†Then I misted my Shower of Flutters stencil with water and placed it on the card. ¬†This technique, called ghosting, does a lovely job of lifting some of the ink. ¬†Next the sentiment and lovely tea cup were stamped in Archival Ink and heat set. ¬†Then, I placed my Flutters and Splatters LARGE stencil on my card and added some gold mica paste. ¬†And just because I seem to be on a “gold” kick these days I added some splatters of gold Color Shine. ¬†A smattering of sequins completes the card.

Check out all the lovely inspiration on the STAMPlorations blog¬†and don’t forget to comment on all our posts for a chance to win. ¬†Comments close on March 25 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific. ¬†As an added bonus ¬†Shery has a 15% off coupon code for everything in the store including these new stamps. ¬†The coupon code is good up until March 25…SPRINGCLBH

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Stencil Sunday and Mixed Media Challenge Floral Canvas

Hello! ¬†I’m so happy to be back with another Stencil Sunday project and mixed media challenge.


Would love to have you¬†join us for the mixed media challenge this month.¬† As always, it’s an anything goes challenge that must be a mixed media piece…tags, art journal pages, home decor, etc….anything but a card.¬†¬†The winner will receive a $15 STAMPlorations gift certificate or 2 ARTplorations stencils. And the top picks receive an ARTplorations stencil of their choice.¬†

Just playing and getting inky and messy here with a canvas today. ¬†I really enjoy making canvases! This has a lot of shimmer…my camera picked up a bit here and there, but there’s much more ūüôā

I started off adding some stenciling in the background with some Archival inks and both the ARTplorations Botanical Lush and Leaf Bliss stencils. Next came some layers of Silks Acrylics, gesso and spray mists. ¬†I mixed up some soft matte gel and some LuminArte Primary Elements powder and then added it to the canvas through the Flower Burst Large stencil. ¬†I also added a bit more randomly with my palette knife. ¬†There’s a bit of ¬†Stabilo pencil to add some shading here and there also.


Cannot wait to see what you make! ¬†Just a gentle reminder…this is not a card challenge…it’s anything BUT a card. ¬†To ensure that you’re eligible for the prizes each month, simply create a mixed media project, add a link to the challenge and show the challenge graphic…it’s as easy as that!

Here are the ARTplorations stencils I’ve used:
Botanical Lush                                        Leaf Bliss
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March Mixed Media Card Challenge

Well, here it is the first of the month yet again! ¬†And you know what that means…it’s time for another Mixed Media Card Challenge:

The challenges run from the 1st to the 25th of each month, with the winners announced on the last day of the month.  To play along, simply create a mixed media card and enter it at the Mixed Media Card Challenge.  Be sure to check out the cards from the rest of the Design Team!  So much inspiration!

New to mixed media? ¬†Just combine two or more mediums on your card. ¬†So many choices: watercolor, gesso, acrylics, distress inks, pencils, crayons, Copics, other inks and on and on…

Went a little¬†lot out of my comfort zone here…instead of using a tree stamp or a stencil which I’d normally do, I¬†used a patterned stamp to create my “tree”. ¬†And decided to work with some colors that aren’t my “norm”. ¬† I started out with random heat embossed bits of some Cover-A-Card stamps in a matte embossing powder to add some texture to the background. ¬†Next I inked the entire card with three shades of Distress inks and spritzed lightly with water. Then, I used a really cool, old stamp I have from A Stamp in the Hand to create my “tree”. ¬†It’s just a long tapered pattern stamp. ¬† I used Archival Ink and just sort of came up with a tree. ¬†Then I added some shading with a Stabilo 3-in-1 pencil and a small paintbrush dipped in water. ¬† The birds are from the ARTplorations Some Birds stencil…I just used some white gesso on my finger to create them. ¬†Then I added some splatters of gold watercolor paint. The sentiment is from STAMPlorations Art Is…I love the look and all the wonderful quotes from this set ūüôā

Can’t wait to see what you create for the challenge this month!
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