Friday, July 12, 2019

Peace, Love, Light

     Green has always been one of my favorite colors, especially emerald and teal! So I created this mixed media piece, made from cardboard and other recycled items, colored with various gorgeous greens and metallics, using Art Alchemy Paints and Waxes.

     Including the colors, I took lots of inspiration from the June Challenge at Mixed Media Place, like the pine cones, pine tree, and dew drops from the mood board.  

     I started by adhering some leftover fruit netting, including the darker green netting from avocados, which I can't live without, and also happens to be green, to a piece of cardboard. I even left the tab, which has the wooden "Peace" banner on it. Then I added some torn strips from an old dictionary, and covered it all with white gesso before painting. The same netting was also used on the outer cardboard piece, after painting it with Rustic Brown Metallique Paint, and applying black gesso. 

     To extend the tree trunk from the image, I used some more black gesso, and colored it with Prima Waxes (Rich Copper, Bronze Age, Vintage Gold, and Lucky Emerald).Then I embossed the pines with Emerald Creek (Onyx Frost) Embossing Powder onto white tissue paper, adhered with Prima Marketing Soft Matte Gel. The Pine Cone Charms are also from Emerald Creek, and the silver ones got covered with white gesso, and painted with Art Alchemy Sparks (Fairy Wings) Paint. 

     The foliage and other metal charms were also covered with gesso before painting.

     To create water, I painted the bottom with Emerald Green Metallique Paint, with touches of the other greens painted over it. Then I added some medallions from the Funkie Junkie Boutique to replicate lily pads, frog included. The dew drops on the leaves were done with Ranger Glossy Accents. 

     The medallions also got treated with gesso, paints, and waxes. Then I added various clear green beads, along with some jade ones. The smaller river rock are Jade Gemstones from Emerald Creek.

     It felt great to use up so many charms that have been in my stash for YEARS, like this butterfly fluttering on top!

     The main image came from a magazine, and was adhered with Prima Soft Matte Gel, to the insert from my husband's cell phone, after covering it with black gesso. Then I used a stencil to create a mosaic effect on the frame, including the sides. After drying, I painted it with the same colors as the background, painting water along the bottom, and gave it touches of bronze and gold wax. I just love the effect, and wish you could see all of the shimmer! 

          The lantern was made from a large bead, that I embossed the the round edges with using Emerald Creek (Charred Gold) Embossing Powder, along with the hanging piece that I found among some beads. 


     The ray of light coming from the lantern, was painted with watered down Art Alchemy Sparks (Dragon's Eye) Paint. Then I painted the wooden banners with Art Alchemy Metallique (Rustic Brown) and Sparks (Ginger Magic) before embossing the words with EC (Black Cherry) Aroma Embossing Powder

     This piece was so much fun to make, and now hangs above my scrap table for inspiration! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Challenges Entered:

The House That Stamps Built ~ Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge (I went across with the top row using insects, butterfly and dragonfly charms, Metallics, used throughout, and Dew Drops on the leaves)

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Bo Bunny (Sweet Clementine) Buttons ~ FotoBella DT

     Hello! I hope you're enjoying your Summer so far! Today I have a set of buttons featuring the Bo Bunny (Sweet Clementine) I Want It All Bundle from I just LOVE buttons, and thought this would be a fun addition to a layout, as lids for jars, boxes, or tins, or even made into a set of cards!

     For a step-by-step tutorial, please visit the FotoBella Blog. Thanks for looking!


Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Bo Bunny (Sweet Clementine) Beautiful Bloom LO ~ FotoBella DT

     Hello! I want to introduce you to the fabulous Bo Bunny (Sweet Clementine) I Want It All Bundle Clementine) from, if you haven't seen it already! I created a layout of this beautiful bloom that was grown with love, by my dear friend and former FotoBella Design Team member, ReNae. As soon as I saw this photo she posted to Facebook, I knew her stargazer lily had to be featured, and the colors were spot on with this collection, that can be used for Spring, Summer, and even Valentine's Day.

      My design inspiration came from the birdcage in the corner, which led to the striped paper framing the photo. Then I cut strips from the (Sublime) paper, and inked the edges with Distress Ink (Black Soot). Before adhering them to my page to create more stripes, I embossed the lace with the Kaisercraft Lace Stamp. 

      The butterflies, yellow birdcage, heart and titlework all have a beautiful shimmer from the specialty foil in the Chipboard Stickers. 

     The doily heart was fussy-cut to create a frame for the Chipboard heart. 

     Then I used the banner from the Noteworthy pack to stamp and emboss "stargazer", and the Thickers' to spell "Lily", which also has a stripe of the specialty foil on them.

     A fun way to play with color, patterns, and stripes, using the Bo Bunny (Sweet Clementine) I Want It All Bundle from! Thanks for looking!

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Sunday, June 30, 2019

Summer in the City ~ Red Rubber Designs DT

     Hello! I hope you're enjoying the rest of the weekend. I had a groovy time with this art journal spread, using Dylusions Paints, and a variety of  stamps from Red Rubber Designs

     As I was going through my art journal, I came across this background that I had previously painted with Dylusions Paints. So I turned it upside down to create the illusion of light over the buildings. Then I stamped the sheet music and squares from the Vintage Background stamp set with Archival Ink (Jet Black) throughout both pages. To create the buildings, I applied black gesso to the Dylusions Stencil (Large Squares). Once it dried, I reapplied the stencil, to add Dylusions (Lemon Zest) Paint to some of the windows. 

     The cardboard sun was also painted with Dylusions Paints, with the addition of some micro beads. Then I stamped the rays with Dylusions Paint (Lemon Zest) using the Rays of Hope Cling Mounted Rubber Stamp. 

     The same techniques used on the sun, were also applied to the cardboard butterflies, but with different colored paints and beads. 


     All of the silhouettes were embossed with Emerald Creek (Black Cherry) Aroma Embossing Powder, using the Hey Life Stamp. 

     After blending a strip of white cardstock with Dylusions Paints to create an ombre effect, I embossed "Hot" and "Summer" with Emerald Creek (Onyx Frost) Embossing Powder, using the Alpha Grunge Stamp (no longer available). 

     The rest of the lyrics and year, inspired by the Summer in the City Challenge at Emerald Creek Dares, are Charcoal Thickers, embossed with a layer of Rocky Road Baked Texture, followed by a coat of Hammered Metal Embossing Powder.

     The Statue of Liberty was embossed onto white cardstock with Emerald Creek Baked Texture (Patina Oxide) using the Liberty stamp. Then I smooshed her with some Distress Inks (Cracked Pistachio and Hickory Smoke). 

     After painting some more cardstock with Dylusions Paints, I stamped and embossed all of the flowers with the Blossom Builders Stamp using Emerald Creek (Black Cherry) Embossing Powder, also used on the chipboard music notes, done in three coats for extra shine. 

Thanks for looking!


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Thursday, June 27, 2019

Bo Bunny (Sweet Clementine) Cards ~ FotoBella DT

     Hello! Today I have a couple of cards to share with you, featuring the Bo Bunny (Sweet Clementine) I Want It All Bundle from!

     I used the same design for both cards, based on this sketch for the Inspirational Card Challenge at

     I rounded the corners of my paper pieces with a medium and a large corner punch. Then I inked the edges, along with the hearts and banners from the Noteworthy pack, with Distress Ink (Black Soot)

     The banners are a mix from the Noteworthy pack and the Chipboard Stickers. 

     Then I used the Thickers' included in the bundle to spell "YOU". 

     The butterfly wings from the Noteworthy pack were curled up before adhering. Then I used the Chipboard Stickers for the main sentiment on the first card. 

     For the other card, I used the Layered Chipboard.

     These cards are a great way to show someone you care!

     Pick up your Bo Bunny (Sweet Clementine) I Want It All Bundle at!

     Thanks for your visit!

Challenges Entered:

Make My Monday ~ #99 Begins with the Letter "B" (Butterflies, Banners, Black Ink, Bo Bunny)

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Best Dad Ever Layout

     For my Dad's birthday a few month's ago, he just wanted a photo with all of his kids. So I scrapped it for him for Father's Day, using an older Bo Bunny line (The Avenues) with some Prima Rust Pastes. 

     I took my design inspiration from this beautiful Sketch #375 at Sketches in Thyme

     The hexagons were created with the TCW (Chickenwire) stencil, using Prima Marketing Black Gesso. Once it dried, I applied Prima Marketing Red Rust Paste and Mint Patina Paste. Then I stamped the background with the Bo Bunny (Rough It Up) Stamp. 

     All of the clocks were fussy-cut from the Bo Bunny (The Avenues) paper.

     The cogs and gears were embossed onto black cardstock using The Artistic Stamper (Tick Tock A5) Stamp with Emerald Creek (Mirror Gold) Embossing Powder. After fussy-cutting them, I applied more Rust and Patina Pastes. 

     The other embellies, like the screws, were made from paper clay with the Finnabair (Mechanica) Silicone Mould. I painted them black, applied some Prima (Vintage Gold) Wax, and more Rust and Patina Pastes.

     The title was done with the Bo Bunny (The Avenues) Chipboard, and like the rest of the embellies, received Rust and Patina Pastes. Then I used some old stickers for the date. 

     Thanks for stopping by!

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