Monday, May 15, 2017

Bo Bunny Aryia's Garden Joy Layout ~ FotoBella DT

     Happy Monday! I hope you had a great Mother's Day weekend! My gift to my wonderful Mother-in-law was this layout made with love using Bo Bunny's Aryia's Garden I Want It All! 12 X 12 Collection Bundle with Coordinating Double Dot Paper Bundle from, displayed in a shadow box that my dad made. I wish I had taken a photo of it, but here's the page that's inside.

     The first step was giving the "Delightful" paper a few spritzes of Worn Lipstick Distress Spray Stain. Then I cut 1/8" from the edges, rounded the bottom corners with a punch, and finished the edges with Bo Bunny's White Gesso. Once dry, I machine stitched it to the "Bashful" Double Dot paper after cutting the roses in the corner with an X-acto Knife, where I tucked the wood "Poetry" paper colored with Brushed Corduroy and Walnut Stain Distress Inks.

     The tag was made previously with my Aryia's Garden Tag Set Tutorial, but I deepened the color of the Lace Laser Cut Chipboard Tag with Distress Crayons, using Picked Raspberry and Spiced Marmalade from Set #1, and Festive Berries from Set #2.

     I used Worn Lipstick Distress Spray Stain again with Bubble Gum Pink Dylusions Spray to color the Petaloo Mixed Textured Blossoms that I had in my own stash. Then I clustered the Chipboard rose, the Bo Bunny Harvest Orange Zinnia flower, and the Layered Chipboard banner topped with a Double Dot Citrus Brad.

     Besides spelling JOY on the tag, the Clear Stickers were also used as a border. 

     I topped it all off with this beautiful strip of shiny vellum!

     Thanks for your visit! To get this gorgeous collection visit

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Bo Bunny Aryia's Garden 2 Pager ~ FotoBella DT

    The beautiful florals and colors in Bo Bunny's Aryia's Garden I Want It All! 12 X 12 Collection Bundle from was worth waiting to scrap these photos of my mom for! I love how the papers in the 12 X 12 Collection Pack compliment her "flower bed", especially the "Iron" paper, fussy-cut along the floral border!

     At the end of the border, I placed this adorable Chipboard wheelbarrow full of roses. 

     The edges of the fence "Poetry" paper were inked with Brushed Corduroy and Gathered Twigs Distress Inks, where I added the date onto the Noteworthy banner.


     To the front of the HAPPY tag, made previously with a tutorial from my Aryia's Garden Tag Set, I placed the glittery Bo Bunny Harvest Orange Zinnia, which inspired the drops of Sprinkled Sugar Stickles that I added to the Noteworthy roses, peeking out behind the tag.   

     From the "Notes" paper, I cut my journaling card, rounding the top corners with a punch. Then I used a bigger punch to round the top corners of the "Iron" paper, finishing the edges with Bo Bunny's White Gesso and machine-stitching.

     To the ends of the Sticker banner, I placed White Gesso covered buttons from the Ephemera, in between hand-stitched twine. I also used paper from the Ephemera to cut the title with my Cricut Expression, finishing the edges with Aged Mahogany Distress Ink. 

     Thanks for looking, and grab the gorgeous Bo Bunny Aryia's Garden I Want It All! 12 X 12 Collection Bundle at!


Saturday, May 6, 2017

NSD Recycled Copper Containers ~ FotoBella DT

     Happy National Scrapbook Day! This year, as part of the FotoBella Design Team, we decided to recycle, which is near and dear to my heart! So I had my supplies on my scrap table intending to cover a shoebox, when I went in the kitchen to get my coffee, and got this idea instead. As I was patiently (lol) waiting for my coffee, and staring at this espresso box, I figured it was just the right size to hold my brushes/pens, and other mixed media supplies, yet still big enough to showcase this old roll of embossed wallpaper that I've had. I'm so pleased with the results, and it was fairly quick and easy to make!


Coffee or K-kup containers
Embossed wallpaper (any kind of embossed paper will work)
Black Paint
Krylon Matte Finish


1. Cut lid from coffee box. These boxes are 1/2" apart in height, with the smallest one measuring 4 1/8" X 4 1/8", and the largest 4 1/8" X 5 1/8". 

2. Cut smaller side of lid, which will be the top of your divider, so your pens and brushes don't flop around, and for more stability. Run glue along bottom and sides, and adhere to the center of box.

3. Paint divider and inside of box with black paint. Cover outside of box with embossed paper, and paint black.

4. Now for the fun part! Use your fingers to apply Prima's Metallique Wax (Vintage Gold) all over the embossed paper, leaving spots of black in the background. Then go over it with Prima's Metallique Wax (Rich Copper), and seal with some clear matte spray. 

I hope you'll give this a try, using Prima's new Metallique Waxes from FotoBella! To see what the rest of the Design Team recycled, please visit the FotoBella Blog.

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!