At Last….


It’s been a while, hasn’t it?

After what I like to call the Great Craft Room Purge of 2018, I’m actually able to find my desk and work with the things I truly love.  After 20 plus years of stamping and never really doing a true purge it was more than due.  My stamps and stencils are reorganized and I realize just how few things you really need.  I’ve literally gotten rid of tons of stamps, stencils, dies and coloring mediums etc. that weren’t being used.  It was very freeing to say the least.  I’m not sure that I’m totally done either, I’ll do a second round in a while.  But for right now it’s time to play again.

So of course, since it’s been months since I tried to create anything, it appeared that my mojo was also purged.  A few days of playing I’m comfortable sharing something with you again.

The floral image from Studio Katia was heat embossed in white.  Next I sprinkled on some Brushos in three colors.  Impatience took over so the Brushos were quickly dried with my heat gun.  Next I pulled out my Prismacolor pencils and added some color and detail here and there.  Splatters of thinned white acrylic paint were added next.  The sentiment, from the same stamp set was heat embossed on vellum.  And for the final touch, some confetti, again from Studio Katia.

I’m reasonably happy with the result, especially after such a long absence at my craft table.

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Paper:  Nina Solar White, Canson Bristol and vellum
Ink:  Versamark and MFT Hybrid Black
Stamps:  Studio Katia Blooming Bunch
Other:  heat tool, white embossing powder, clear embossing powder, Brushos in violet, leaf green and purple; Prismacolor pencils, Studio Katia Satin Rainbow confetti mix, white acrylic paint, splatter brush

Loll’s Tag Event


So happy to be able to make a tag for my lovely friend Loll’s annual tag event.  Each and every year she invites some friends to design a mixed media tag and then she makes a tag inspired by each one.  Here’s the link to her event:  Loll’s Twelve Tags of Christmas

When I sit down to design a card or a tag, there are very few preconceived notions as to where I’m headed.  I simply grab what I feel like working with that particular day and go with it.

The Christmas Rose Bouquet image from WPlus9 was heat embossed in gold on a black tag.  Next I used my Distress Oxides with a waterbrush to paint the image.  Once that was completely dry, I added more colour with my Polychromos pencils.

The background was a combination of a spritz of Perfect Pearls Mists in Heirloom Gold, smudges of glue stick (yes, you read that right), smudges of white ink, and smudges of Tarnished Brass Distress Crayon.

I completed the tag with a bit of gold washi tape and some gold cording.

Many thanks to Loll for putting on her fabulous event each and every year!

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Mixed Media, Mixed Metals


Had some fun today with my Distress Oxides and Polychromos pencils.

The Christmas Rose Bouquet image from WPlus9 was heat embossed with Liquid Platinum embossing powder.  Then, using my waterbrush and Distress Oxides I started colouring the image.  Once it was completely dry, I started adding more color with my Polychromos pencils.

More heat embossing on a piece of vellum with a sentiment from WPlus9 called Handlettered Holiday.  Then lots of bling…sequins, beads (see the center of the main flower), and some Tim Holtz Design Tape called Tidings.

Blingety, bling, bling today.  But hey, it’s a Christmas card!

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Tim’s Snowflakes


Hello all!

Today is all about simplicity and Tim 🙂

I’ve heat embossed the snowflakes in Hero Arts white embossing powder.  They are from a new set from Tim Holtz called Mini Swirly Snowflakes.

Then it was play time with my Distress Oxides. The colours used today are Faded Jeans, Broken China and Peeled Paint.  Just kept rubbing an ink pad on my craft mat, spraying it with a bit of water and dipping my watercolour paper through it.  Each layer was dried with my heat tool before I added the next.  Just love the soft dreamy sort of feel from these colours!

For the finishing touches, a bit of Tim’s tape and some of Lucy’s Little Things for sparkle.

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Merry Making – Day 5


My final piece of homework for the Merry Making class.

Again, there were lots of wonderful instructions.  Day 5 was all about working with watercolor.  I chose to play with the ideas from Debby Hughes.  Oh, that girl is so amazing!

As always, I sort of go my own way, but used some of her fantastic ideas.

There are so many thoughts popping around in my head for cards, thanks to this class.  And that’s a good thing because before you know it those Christmas cards need to get in the mail!

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May Mixed Media Challenge and Stencil Sunday

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. 

Playing in my small art journal again.  After covering the page in gesso, I stamped several images from Mixed Media Elements around the edges in Cobalt Archival Ink. Next came some light modelling paste through my Retro Circles stencil.  When that was dry, I blended two shades of Distress Crayons on the page.  Then I added some Distress Ink through my Square Links stencil.  
The sentiment from Subway Art Builders Create was stamped on some Tim Holtz Tissue Wrap and adhered to the page with a matte medium.  My final step was to smudge some Stabilo pencil randomly around the edges and blend with water.

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!

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ARTplorations Stencil Blog Hop – Day Three

Hello again, stencil fans!  It’s day three of the ARTplorations Stencil Blog Hop with the STAMPlorations girls!
You can find all the details on the STAMPlorations blog right here.  There might be some prizes…just saying.  Commenting on the STAMPlorations blog, the rest of the design team member’s blogs and my blog just might win you a prize 🙂  Commenting closes April 17 with the winners announced on April 19.

So are you sick of this technique yet?  Just had to try it again but put a different spin on it.  This time, I dried it with my heat gun, dampened it just slightly and dropped more color in with the stencil back in place.  And, I tried to be a bit more loosey goosey with my pen outlines.  Once it was dry, I smudged some glass bead gel over the flowers for a bit of sparkle and dimension.  See those little, blue dots?  That means someone didn’t clean their stencil properly before starting this project 😦

Here’s what I used:
Paper:  SU!, vellum and watercolor
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black
Stamps:  STAMPlorations Big Greetings
All the other stuff:  ARTplorations Old Rose Prints stencil, Lil’ Inker Stitched Rectangle die, Micron pen, glass bead gel.

Check out what the other STAMPlorations girls have created to inspire you right here.

This is also my reminder card for the CAS Mix Up Card Challenge.  I’m the Featured Designer this month and wanted to share one more card for the challenge.  You’ll find all the details for the CAS Mix Up right here.

STAMPlorations products I used today:

ARTplorations Old Rose Prints                            STAMPlorations Big Greetings
preview-web-stencil-013-old-rose-prints.jpeg                                             preview-SheryRussDesigns-BigGreetings

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