Wednesday, March 25, 2020

The Great Indoors

     I've never had such a serious need to paint like I have in the last couple of weeks. Color is my happy place, and I hope you all can find yours, and stay safe and healthy! This art journal spread has helped calm me, made with Dyan Reaveley's Dylusions Paints and Stamps. 


     I just love the mushroom houses, stamped with the Dylusions (Down in the Woods) Stamp!

     I've also used the Dylusions (Glorious Blooms) Stamp, and Ranger Archival (Jet Black) Ink for all of the stamping, with the exception of the sun. The upside down flowers represent the Coronavirus. 

     The sun was done with an older stamp block, and I just extended the rays with Dylusions (Lemon Zest) paint.

     I had to go through some old alpha stickers to come up with, what I think is the perfect title, and so fitting right now. 

      The specific Dylusions Paints I used throughout this spread are (Black Marble, Slate Grey, Postbox Red, Bubble Gum Pink, Peony Blush, Tangerine Dream, Squeezed Orange, and Lemon Zest).

     I also used Dylusions Paint Pens (Black Marble and White Linen) to make the stems on the flowers, and for the white blades of grass.

     Thanks for looking, and sending out positive and healing vibes to you all!

Challenges Entered:

Mix It Up Challenge ~ #35 Anything Goes + Smooshing (I smooshed the background)

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Aquamarine Birthday Card

     Aquamarine is the official birthstone for March, and the inspiration for this card, made for my Dad, and the Aquamarine Challenge at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog!

     The top layer was smooshed with Dylusion's Paints (Vibrant Turquoise, Calypso Teal, and White Linen) onto white cardstock. The bottom was done with the same colors, but with (Black Marble) instead of (White Linen) to create depth.

     A Stamperia Stencil was used to create the chains with black gesso through it, also applied to the edges and Tim Holtz metal cogs/gears. Then it all got covered with Prima (Red) Rust Paste.

     I also used the Rust Paste on a recycled piece of black fruit netting, which looks so cool!

     The embossed cogs/gears were stamped with the Tick Tock Stamp from the Artistic Stamper onto black cardstock, and embossed with Emerald Creek (Chunky Rust) Baked Texture. At the last minute I remembered that I had these aquamarine jewels, which made all the difference.

     Finally, I embossed the sentiment with Emerald Creek Boho Blends (Wrought Iron) Embossing Powder.

     Thanks for stopping by, and have a great week! 

Challenges Entered:

Sketch Saturday ~ #599 ( I used #529)

Saturday, March 7, 2020

Life So Big ATC's ~ Red Rubber Designs DT

     Some stamps were just made for ATC's, like the Life So Big Unmounted Stamp Set from Red Rubber Designs, featured on this set!

     The beautiful, bold color combo came straight from the March Color Challenge at Lindy's Gang, and is my current favorite for the year so far! 

     This trio was done using three Lindy's Gang Sprays and Embossing Powders. I started by smooshing (Pineapple Paradise, Tibetan Poppy Teal, and Freaky Franken' Lime) Sprays onto white cardstock. Once dry, I did it again. 

     Besides the Life So Big Stamp, I also embossed the card edges, including the base, with LG (Purely White, Lederhosen Laurel, and Midnight Pewter) Embossing Powders. I used two on each card. 

     Rhinestones on the butterflies, which I curled up, were the finishing touch! Thanks for looking!


Embossing Powders ~ (Purely White, Lederhosen Laurel, and Midnight Pewter)

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Monday, March 2, 2020

Jade Box

     Don't throw out those cell phone boxes! I recycled this one to hold some of my swatches, inspired by the jade stone.

     It started with a coat of black gesso, followed by Emerald Creek Boho Blends (Turkish Bronze) Embossing Powder, as you can see on the sides.

     White gesso was then added to the Prima Donna Downey Poppies and Peonies Collection Stencil along the front, top and back. Once dry, I reapplied the stencil, and heat embossed several layers of Emerald Creek Baked Velvet Embossing Powders (Lime and Dusk) along with Boho Blends (Burmese Jade). Then I painted around the design with Art Alchemy Opal Magic (Green-Gold), and added touches of white gesso and EC Rock Candy (Spearmint) Embossing Powder.

     The metal embellishments were covered with black gesso, and left to dry before embossing with EC (Charred Gold) and touches of Baked Texture (Patina Oxide) Embossing Powders. Then I added some small light green rhinestones and the beautiful jade bead that I inherited from my husband's grandmother, who frequently traveled to Asia. 

     Before I even started the tab didn't fit right, so the lid wouldn't close all the way. I almost cut it off, but am so glad I didn't, because all of the layers of gesso and embossing powders was all it needed to get the perfect fit.

     Here's a peek inside!

     I love my 2" swatches, and can easily see what paints or embossing powders I have, and how they'll look together without having to take them off of a ring! On the right side I used black cardstock, which can make a huge difference in the color. Here's a look at all of the Emerald Creek Embossing Powders used on this project. 

     Thanks for looking, and check back soon for another cell phone box transformation to hold the rest of my swatches!

Challenges Entered:

The Funky Junkie Boutique Blog ~ Leap Into the Odd (Recycled cell phone box and did stencil work on 3 sides, added 3 small circle embellies, and 3 large ones. It also might be a little odd or dumb to add real jade onto a box of faux jade. Lol! )

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Oh That Glow Layout

     In less than a week I'm going to be an aunt again! I'm so excited, and scrapped this STUNNING photo of my little sis, taken by our very talented photographer cousin, Regina Marie

     I knew the colors would be the perfect match for the February Color Challenge at Lindy's Gang.

     The background started with torn strips of Prima Marketing (Golden Coast) papers, stamping, shells, twine, and cheesecloth, adhered with Prima Marketing Soft Matte Gel. Then I added burlap and touches of white gesso, and colored it all with Lindy's Gang Sprays (Cosmopolitan Pink, Fuzzy Navel Peach, and Violaceous Violet), Magical (Sandra Dee Sepia) and Magical Shakers (Oom Pah Pah Pink, Bratwurst Brown, Grab A Guy Gold, and Polka Purple). 

     Along the bottom, I added some Finnabair Mini Art Stones, and Lindy's Gang Embossing Powders (Hollyhock Scarlet PlumAngel Wings Gold, and Byzantine Bronze). To highlight the stones, I went over them again with white gesso.

     The diecut and chipboard letters on the left, are from the Bo Bunny (Sunshine Bliss) Collection. After covering the letters with white gesso, I painted them a few times with a mix of LG Magical (Sandra Dee Sepia) and Magical Shaker (Bratwurst Brown).

     The GLOW Thickers were also covered with white gesso, and painted with LG (Grab A Guy GoldMagical Shaker and (Fuzzy Navel PeachSpray. Then I embossed them with LG (Angel Wings Gold) EP for some shine. 

     The DIY Petaloo Burlap Flowers were given light touches of white gesso, and painted with LG Sprays (Fuzzy Navel Peach and Cosmopolitan Pink) and Magical Shakers (Oom Pah Pah Pink, Grab A Guy Gold, and Polka Purple). Clear, frosted and pink beads were added to the centers to mimic sea glass. 

     I also stamped and fussy cut some of the flowers. The larger ones were embossed with Lindy's Gang (Hollyhock Scarlet Plum) EP, and the smaller ones were stamped with Ranger Archival Ink (Potting Soil) and embossed with LG (Clearly Clear) Embossing Powder. 

     I finished it up with some more beads scattered among the flowers and shells. Thanks so much for stopping by!


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Thursday, February 13, 2020

Grungy 18th Birthday Card

     Since my son turned 18 today, I had to grunge up his card, and had a lot of fun doing so! 


     My design inspiration came from Sketch #596 at Sketch Saturday, which I made horizontal. 

     I started by coloring the background with Lindy's Gang (Sassy Sapphire) Magical, (Bratwurst Brown) Magical Shaker, and (Tiffany Lou Blue and Marigold Yellow Orange) Sprays. Then I applied Prima Black Gesso to the Tim Holtz (Dot Fade) Stencil. Before attaching the silver eyelets, I embossed them with LG (Sassy Sapphire) Embossing Powder, also used along the card edges. 

     The other embellishments are made from chipboard and paper clay using the Finnabair (Mechanica) Mould, and given a coat of black gesso. 

     To rust them up, I applied Prima Rust Pastes (Brown and Red), and Patina Effect Pastes (Blue and Mint Green).

     The sentiment was embossed with Lindy's Gang (Sassy Sapphire) EP over a strip of chalkboard washi tape.

     The other washi tape is from the Simple Stories (Simple Vintage Traveler) Collection. 

Thanks for looking!

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Sunday, February 9, 2020

Winter Moon Tag

     Did you know that today is the Super Snow Moon? It will create a full moon that appears slightly larger than average, that I'm looking forward to seeing tonight. So I'm honoring the occasion with this tag! 


     I took inspiration from the February Mood Board at Art Daily Cafe.

     With the theme being Haiga-Visual Poetry, a Japanese tradition, typically painted by haiku poets, and often accompanied by a haiku poem, I felt a little out of my element. I remember struggling with haiku's back in school, and honestly still do. So I found one instead that I printed by hand with black and white pens. 

     To start with, I stamped clear Finnabair stamps (Old Receipt, Solar and Lunar, and Gothic Book) along the whole tag with Archival (Jet Black) Ink, and covered it all with white tissue paper using Prima Marketing Soft Matte Gel. Then I used a palette knife to go over parts of it with white gesso, and used black gesso along the edges, embossed with Emerald Creek (Onyx Frost) Embossing Powder. The trees were masked with Lindy's Gang (Blazing Black) Spray, and once dry, splattered with (Sidewalk Chalk) Spray.

     The bird was a last minute decision stamped with the Finnabair (Old Receipt) Stamp, and embossed with Emerald Creek (Onyx Frost) Embossing Powder. To emboss the snowy sprig on the bottom left, I used Emerald Creek Rock Candy (Marshmallow) Embossing Powder.

     An old stamp was embossed along the top, again with Emerald Creek (Onyx Frost) EP, and was the perfect spot for my moon, made from paper clay using the Finnabair (Stars and Moon) Mould.  It was painted with Art Alchemy Metallique Paints (White Pearl) and (Silver Moon), and the circle behind it with Distress Spray Stain (Candied Apple), also used for a couple of the journaling strips.

     Because I couldn't decide between the white and red fibers, I just added both! 

Thanks for looking, and don't forget to check out tonight's Super Snow Moon! 

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