Variegated Watercolor Wash

I’m working my way through the On-Line Card Classes Intermediate Watercolor Techniques class. Can I just say?…the instructors are amazing….

This is the start of my homework…and I am a tad lot behind!

Just happened to stumble upon some M. Graham watercolors at one of our local framing shops. They are creamy and just yummy to work with.  I’ve used Quinacridone Violet, Quinacridone Rose and Nickel Quinacridone Gold with Arches 140# cold pressed watercolor paper.

Now this is version number 7,254…those girls make it look easy…it took me a while to get the hang of this technique.

Once my panel was dry, die cut and ready to mount on my card base…good golly Miss Molly…where the heck did that smudge of ink come from???  Prima flower to the rescue!  So had to add a couple of flat-backed pearls too. FYI, the sentiment is from STAMPlorations Art Is stamp set.

I love how the colors blended…it really looks like a beautiful Saskatchewan sunrise:)

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Twelve Tags of Christmas with Loll & Friends 2015

Welcome to Day 8 of the Twelve Tags of Christmas with Loll & Friends!  Loll is such a talented designer and such a sweet person and I feel blessed to call her friend.  This is the second year for Loll’s tag event with 25 guest designers sharing some mixed media inspiration.  If you haven’t been following along with all the tags to this point…check them out here.  And there are prizes…yes prizes! Hope you can find some time to enter!

I likely should have called this tag “go big or go home”.  The base tag is a #12 tag (that’s 5 1/8″ x 10 1/2″).  Someone’s going to get a very large gift this year *grin*.

The tag was covered in some Prima designer paper and the edges were distressed.  Then I added some gold embossing paste through a Prima stencil.  The next size tag was treated in the same manner.  Once everything was dry, I started putting it all together,  again lots of Prima products here…flowers, trim, Finnabair Mechanicals, little tags etc.  Then I added some splatters of Prima Color Bloom in two different shades.  Micro beads and mica flakes were added randomly for even more shine/bling.  I’ve dyed some cheesecloth and some seam binding for the top of the tag and also added a little metal star for the finishing touch.

Here are a few close-ups to show some of the detail:

Loll, thank you so much for inviting me to your fun tag event…I’m honored to be among all the amazing designers you’ve chosen!

Challenges entered:
Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge:  tag

Happy Little Stampers Mixed Media Challenge:  tag

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Canvas Flowers

I’m a Color Challenge Guest Designer over at Splitcoaststampers this month.  The colors this week are Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive and Soft Suede; and for dessert…make a “thank you” or “Thanksgiving themed card.

Played with some canvas resist fabric from Prima today.  I first stamped the Penny Black “Charming” image in black archival ink and dried it with my heat gun.  Then I added color with Prima Berry Wine Color Bloom, as well as Peeled Paint and Brushed Corduroy Distress Inks.  Again, I dried that thoroughly with my heat gun.  Next, the edges were distressed with a distressing tool and more ink and I added bits of Peeled Paint Distress Stickles to the leaves.

The sentiment was stamped in archival ink onto some tissue paper and adhered to the card with some matte gel medium.  I left some of the edges lifted to add to the “distressed” feel of the card.

Challenges entered:
Virginia’s View Challenge #20:  All About Textures

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The Hop to Stop

I’ve joined in the HOP to STOP…(papercrafters raising awareness about domestic violence) from the oh so wonderful and oh so talented Becca Cruger (aka The Damsel of Distressed). October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month in the United States (it’s held in November in Canada) and this hop is designed to raise awareness about domestic violence, an issue that impacts 1 in 3 women, and the resources that are available to assist victims of domestic violence.

You can find all the info right here.  And if you’ve got some time…please join in the hop.There are lots of great prizes from these amazing sponsors:


Here are the rules:

Anyone is eligible for a Super Sponsor prize if they link up a *newly created* papercraft project that has PURPLE on it, no back-linking please. is used to draw for winners.

In order to be eligible you MUST:

  • Comment on the three entries before your linkup in order to be eligible for a prize (be a good   bloggy neighbor!) (unless it’s a site that requires a login) 
  • Display the sponsor graphic
  • Provide a direct link back to the hop 

Well, this was by no means a quick card *wink*, but here goes.  I added some Tim Holtz Tissue Wrap to my cardstock.  Then some light modeling paste through a Prima stencil. Next came some stamping with black archival ink.  Then I made up a wash of mica powder and matte gel and brushed it all over the card. Before it was dry, I used a baby wipe to remove some of the mixture.  The edges were heavily distressed.

A fun little collage of metal elements and stars, complete with micro beads, along with the sentiment completed the card.

Hope you can join the hop…back soon with more my sweet friends…

On the Wings of Love

I’ve had this idea in my head for awhile and finally created it.  I adore all things Prima…so I’ve been adding to my collection over several months.  It was time to pull a bunch of things out and actually do something other than collect!  It’s only called hoarding if you don’t use it right?  LOL

I was inspired by Finnabair’s Art Recipe:  Timeless Patina.  Oh, that girl is amazing!  I was fortunate enough to spend two days taking her classes!  She was so inspiring, a sweet person and a wonderful instructor.

The project starts out with the Prima bike, that I added some random bits of Graphite Texture Paste to. When that was dry, I used my Fluttering Flowers stencil with more of the texture paste.  Then I started adding my elements…Sandra Evertson Archival Cast Chivalry (wings), and Flaming Hearts. Then came lots of Prima Mechanicals, beads, flowers…all added with Art Basics Modelling Paste. (Finn’s hint to use a glue gun to attach the pieces before using the paste is pure genius.)

Once that was all dry, I coated everything in Art Basics Heavy Black Gesso.  Then the magic began…adding the shimmer and color.  First I used two shades of Inka Gold to highlight some areas. Then using some Art Basics Soft Matte Gel, I added Art Ingredients Glass Beads, followed by some glitter.

Here’s a close up:

Such a fun project to make!  Might be my favorite piece to this point.  But it is so near and dear to my heart as it’s a piece to commemorate our 40th wedding anniversary.  If you look closely you’ll see the number 40 in a couple of places.

I’m entering it in the Mixed Media Place Creative Gym #11 as I’ve used Finnabair’s Art Recipe: Timeless Patina as my inspiration.

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Foils and Flowers

Here’s a close-up of the foils:

Playing along with a few mixed media challenges today.

This starts out with a piece of designer paper and a bit of light modeling paste through a stencil. Once that was dry I added a few shades of Dylusions ink sprays and misted them with water.  Next I added some stamped images, followed by some foils.  Then I added some black embossing paste through a stencil and added a little foiled “winged thing”.

Here’s what I used:
Paper:  7 Dots Studio and Neenah Solar White
Ink:  Versamark, Ranger Archival in Watering Can and Aquamarine
Stamps:  STAMPlorations Mixed Media Grunge and Trendy Butterflies
All the other stuff:  ARTplorations Foiled Again stencil, ARTplorations Happy Flowers stencil, light modeling paste, black embossing paste, Ranger foils, heat ‘n stick powder, Dylusions ink sprays, Prima resin “winged thing”

Challenges entered:

The Mixed Media Card Challenge:

Splitcoaststampers Mix-Ability Challenge #119:  texture

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Hello Flowers

I’m playing along with a few challenges today…just having some fun!  And yet, another layered design…hmmm…

The sketch from Cardabilities was my jumping off point for this design.  After die-cutting the rectangle from designer paper, I added the circular designs with a Copic Multiliner and a round die. Thought it would be fun to add three types of circles!  Next comes some stamped splotches in turquoise.  A die-cut vellum stem, some die cut leaves, some Prima flowers, followed by more die-cut designer paper for the stamped sentiment.  And finally, a smattering of sequins.

It’s always fun to step outside your comfort zone and just simply try different things.

Here’s what I used:
Paper:  Simon Says Stamp, vellum and Prima Madelaine (in my stash forever)
Ink:  MFT Black hybrid and Avery Elle Aquamarine
Stamps:  MFT Abstract Art and Paper Smooches Fancy Frames
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Lil’ Inker Stitched Rectangles (yes, I do use those a LOT!), circle die, Essentials by Ellen Bold Blossoms die, MFT die-namics Fishtail flags, Prima Archivist flowers, sequins, adhesives, Copic Multiliner

Challenges entered:
Cardabilities Sketch #122

TIME OUT Challenge #30:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge:  anything goes showcasing Prima products

Virginia’s View Challenge #14:  layers and dimension