Friday, April 21, 2017

Happy Earth Day ~ FotoBella DT

     Happy Earth Day! In honor of our beautiful planet, I scrapped this photo that I took of Big Sur, CA onto a leftover piece of cardboard from a frozen pizza, using lots of other recyclables, and some mixed media supplies from FotoBella.

     I ripped off the top paper layer of cardboard and gave it a coat of Prima Marketing Heavy White Gesso. Then I applied tissue paper, that I can never throw away, onto the background using Prima Marketing Clear Gesso to extend the water out from the photo. Once dry, I went over it with Distress Crayons, using Peacock Feathers and Mermaid Lagoon from Set #1, and Peeled Paint and Chipped Sapphire from Set #2, blending the colors with Prima Marketing's Water Brush Pens. The final step in making the water was using a heavy coat of the Clear Gesso again,to apply strips of white tissue paper sprinkled with Prima Marketing's Glass Glitter (Pearl).

     A couple of sticks were used to extend the trees in my photo with a few Petaloo Burlap Flowers (Teal), and a Petaloo Darjeeling Mini Mix (Teastained Cream) flower colored with Distress Sprays (Broken China and Lucky Clover).

     I used the same sprays to color the other Petaloo Darjeeling Mini Mix flower placed in the middle of the burlap ones.

     The best part of the view, an 80 foot waterfall that falls onto a beach in a cove, was cut off after printing my photo, so I made my own. I had to dig through my trash for some newspaper to create the crumbling and shaping them. Then I gave them a coat of Prima Marketing's Heavy White Gesso. Once dry, I used my finger to paint them with Ranger Dyan Reaveley's Dylusions Paint (Slate Grey), and quickly used a toothpick with Ranger Dyan Reaveley's Dylusions Paint (White Linen) to add some detail. The waterfall was made with a torn piece of white tissue paper, applied with Prima Marketing's Clear Gesso, and sprinkled with Glass Glitter. To mimic the trees and grass, I added some green fibers tucked among the rocks.

     I used real sand added to Prima Marketing's Heavy White Gesso colored with Distress Sprays (Vintage Photo and Antique Linen). To create the pool of water under the waterfall, I added more strips of white tissue paper applied with Clear Gesso again, sprinkled with glass glitter, and filled with Ranger's Glossy Accents.

     The top part was painted with Distress Spray Stain (Broken China) using a paintbrush. After it dried, I went over it with Ranger Dyan Reaveley's Dylusions Paint (White Linen) using my fingers to create clouds. Then I added my recycled netting, before finishing the cardboard edges with a piece of rope that was once wrapped around a glass pillar holding a candle. It ended up being almost the exact size that I needed. 

     Thanks for looking! I hope I inspired you to look at your trash in a different way, with supplies from FotoBella!


Mixed Media Place ~ April Challenge (I was inspired by the colors, flowers, grass, and water)

Thursday, April 20, 2017

"The Magic of Three" ~ A Vintage Journey Guest Designer

     I'm so honored and thrilled to be invited as a Guest Designer for "A Vintage Journey", for having a Pinworthy Mention in the January Going Round in Circles Challenge! There's always so much inspiration to find. I know I was inspired when I learned the theme was "The Magic of Three", because for me that represents my wonderful, little family. So I took out my new smaller art journal, Dylusions Paints, stencils, and some stamps to create this page.

     My son shares my love for color, so I had him pick three colors from my Dyan Reaveley's Dylusions Paints, and he chose Polished Jade (which I KNEW he'd pick), Squeezed Orange, and Crushed Grape, found at  Keeping the Magic of Three in mind, I applied the paints in three different areas of my page with my Mini Round Blending Tool, smudging a little of Melted Chocolate paint in the center, and through Ranger's Woodgrain Stencil, counting it as a neutral. Wanting to use three stencils, I added TCW Harlequin and Prima Marketing's Salvage District Clocks Stencils to mask the purple numbers. The big 3 on top was done with my old Ranger Alphabet Mask, and all of the black stamping done with Prima Finnabair's Rust and Dust stamp.

     From that set, I stamped three large butterflies and three small ones, using the stamp three times before re-inking, to create a faded look, and give the illusion of movement. Then I used an old Tim Holtz stamp with Polished Jade paint to stamp the dots. The final Magic of Three was adding these purple flowers from Walmart that I had completely forgotten about with three petals in the center. They were also the only purple ones in the bunch, so it was meant to be!

Thanks for your visit!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Bo Bunny Aryia's Garden Tag Set ~ FotoBella DT

      Bo Bunny's Aryia's Garden I Want It All 12 X 12 Collection Bundle from FotoBella is so beautiful and inspiring, that I wasn't sure what to create first. So I decided to make this tag set, so that I can include them in some up-coming projects.

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

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Bingo Birthday Card ~ Red Rubber Designs DT

     Happy Thursday! Today I'm sharing the birthday card that I made for my dad, using mixed media and some fun stamps from Red Rubber Designs!

     I started by lightly coating the background with white gesso. and stamping the Bingo Pieces and Background Soup Cling Mounted Stamps with permanent black ink. Then I glued down some buttons and covered them and the background with a heavier coat of gesso. After waiting for it to dry, and coloring it with Distress Spray Stains, I realized that I had covered a lot of my stamping. So I re-stamped the Bingo Pieces onto white tissue paper, and applied it over the buttons with Tim Holtz' Distress Collage Medium Vintage. Then I embossed copper along the edges and button rims.

     I just used the numbers from the Bingo Card, and colored it with Distress Inks. The brown strip from the DCVW 8 X 8 Neutrals Cardstock Stack was colored with Walnut Stain Distress Ink, and embossed with copper using the Sophisticated Sentiments Unmounted Rubber Stamp Set.

      The compass was paper pieced and stamped with the Every Road Unmounted Rubber Stamp Set, embossed again with copper, including the small brad in the center. Then I backed all of my pieces with some recycled netting. Thanks for looking!




Monday, March 20, 2017

Hello, Spring ~ FotoBella DT

     Today is officially the first day of Spring, bringing warmer temperatures and new growth. Since I'm fairly new to Distress Crayons, I decided to play with them again in my art journal, using Bo Bunny's Secret Garden Ephemera, Noteworthy, and Chipboard from

     From the Ephemera, I tore some strips from the book page, inking the edges with Black Soot Distress Ink using my Blending Tool. Then I stamped over them and the background with Prima Marketing's Garden Fable Stamp using Ranger's Jet Black Archival Ink. After a few spritzes of Antique Linen Distress Spray Stain, I went over everything with a coat of Prima Marketing's Clear Gesso to prime it for the Distress Crayons

     From Set #1, I used Picked Raspberry and Twisted Citron, from Set #2, Chipped Sapphire, Peeled Paint, and Seedless Preserves, and from Set #3, Antique Linen and Black Soot. Some areas along the right didn't blend so well, but could'v been from not enough gesso. So I used a baby wipe to lighten up some of my colors, and to rub through Tim Holtz' Blossom Stencil. 

      The patterned paper in the middle comes in Bo Bunny's Secret Garden Ephemera. I tore along the edges, and went over them with Black Soot Distress Crayon, blending it with my fingers. Then I added the glittery bird and Hello, Spring banner from the Noteworthy.

     Finally I added the Chipboard strip of grass, next to the grasshopper that I colored with my Distress Crayons! 

     Stop by for these supplies and more! Thanks for looking!


Monday, March 13, 2017

Carta Bella Flora no.1 Quilted Layout ~ FotoBella DT

    Hello and welcome to my blog! I'm back with a layout to share with you featuring Carta Bella's Flora no. 1 12 X 12 Collection Kit from FotoBella! The feminine, floral papers and colors go so well with the bold stripes, to create this quilted design that even non stitchers can make.

     Just visit the FotoBella Blog for a full tutorial, with step-by-step photos and directions on making this page, with real or faux stitching! 

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Be Fabulous Card ~ Red Rubber Designs DT

     Happy Sunday! I'm back to show you my full card featuring the Be Fabulous Unmounted Rubber Stamp Set from Red Rubber Designs!

      I love the background, which was made with a couple of Lindy's Stamp Gang Magicals (Greased Lightnin' Green and Drop Dead Gorgeous Green) and some water! After seeing the results I couldn't hide it behind a blue piece of paper, which was my original intentions. So I went green instead, and simplified my design.

     Even though I changed the main color, at least in my head, I took inspiration from this months palette at House of Cards.

     All of the black stamping was embossed in glitter, and colored with Distress Inks. Then I popped up the main image for dimension.

     You would never know that the larger lattice design on the left comes from a different stamp, but was embossed with the For Everything Unmounted Rubber Stamp Set, matching the lattice from the main image perfectly! 

     Thanks for your visit, and visit Red Rubber Designs to take advantage of this GREAT sale, while supplies last! 



Thursday, March 9, 2017

Be Fabulous Card Preview ~ Red Rubber Designs DT

     The Be Fabulous Unmounted Stamp Set from Red Rubber Designs is perfect for Spring with the flowers and bees, and is featured on a card that I made for the Design Team! You would never guess that the larger lattice along the left comes from a different set, but was embossed with the For Everything Unmounted Stamp Set on a background made from LSG Magicals. Here's a sneak peek, but to see the full magical effects of my card, you'll have to visit the Red Rubber Designs Blog!

     Right now there's a fabulous sale going on, so why not grab both of these stamps while supplies last!


Saturday, March 4, 2017

International Scrapbook Day Tag ~ FotoBella DT

     Happy International Scrapbook Day! I have a fun tag to share with you using some goodies from

     I started with a Ranger Manila Tag #8 and gave it a coat of Prima White Gesso. Once dry, I applied it again to random areas of my Ranger Shatter Stencil to create a faux textured wall colored with Distress Inks (Pumice Stone and Hickory Smoke) and Distress Crayons #3 (Antique Linen and Hickory Smoke). Then I finished the edges with Distress Embossing Powder (Brushed Corduroy). The window and wood palette were stamped with Prima's Old Town Stamp, and the butterflies with Prima's Rust & Dust Stamp. 

     I colored all of the stamping with Distress Inks, and popped up the wooden crate to use as a window box for the flowers. The cream one is Petaloo's Darjeeling Teastained Flowers, and the blue ones are older Prima ones.

     Thanks for looking, and check out the FotoBella Blog to see what the rest of the Design Team created! 


Tuesday, February 28, 2017

"Time for Tea" at Try it on Tuesday ~ Guest Designer

     I was so excited and honored to make top 5 for the first challenge (A Tissue Challenge) of the year at Try it on Tuesday! I love their blog and always find so much inspiration there! So of course I accepted when I was invited to be a Guest Designer for them. As soon as I found out the theme was "Time for Tea" I knew I was going to make something for my mom who's a tea lover, unlike her coffee loving daughter. Lol!

     I started the background with some sprays, and applied White Prima Gesso to the bottom half with the Tim Holtz "Lace" Stencil.  Once dry, I sprayed it again randomly using the Tim Holtz "Splatters" Stencil, even over the gesso, Then I used the "Lace" Stencil again to lightly apply White Linen Dylusions Paint. After everything was completely dry, I stamped over the top half with my new Prima Marketing Salvage District #2 Stamp, and embossed and fussy-cut the rest with some old ones.

     I was actually lucky enough to receive boxes and bags full of stamps and scrapping supplies from my husband's co worker awhile ago, and the teacup and flower stamps were among them. It was my first time using them, stamped with Ranger's Jet Black Archival Ink, and colored with Lindy's Stamp Gang Sprays (Cathedral Pines Green, Witch's Potion Purple, and Afternoon Delight Denim) and Distress Spray Stains (Wilted Violet and Brushed Pewter) using a paintbrush. Then I gave the teacup a coat of Tim Holtz Distress Collage Medium Crazing, which produced this beautiful antiqued porcelain effect, which I also used on the clocks. After fussy-cutting it, I popped it up over a strip of sheer ribbon.

     All of the embossing was done with Ranger's Silver Embossing Powder, and the clocks were paper-pieced with strands of pearls going through them.

    Then I distressed and machined stitched the edges, and hand-stitched the butterfly antennae using a metallic silver thread.

     Says "Tea Time" to me! I'd love to see your take over at Try it on Tuesday! Thanks again for having me!!