Thursday, April 26, 2018

Bird Coasters ~ Red Rubber Designs DT

     Grab a drink for these stamped coasters, featuring the Hope Perches, All Things of Nature, and Script Background Unmounted Rubber Stamps from Red Rubber Designs!

     Each chipboard coaster measures four inches, with a cardstock base, colored with neutral Distress Inks. Then I tore around some white cardstock, and stamped it with the Script Background Stamp, using permanent brown and red inks.

      The birds were stamped in the center, using permanent black ink, with the Hope Perches and All Things of Nature Stamps.

     Then I smooshed the background with Broken China and Tea Dye Distress Inks, using a water brush pen to color the images with various Distress Inks.

     Once I got the images glued to the coasters, I coated them four to five times with Emerald Creek Vanilla Sugar Baked Texture, giving them lots of shine, and a wonderful smell.

     Then I applied a coat of EC Ancient Amber Baked Texture to the edges, followed with a coat of Burnt Copper Leaves Embossing Powder. I just LOVE the effects!

     This set includes six coasters, and would make a great gift for any bird or nature lovers, with stamps from Red Rubber Designs!


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Monday, April 23, 2018

KaiserCraft Misty Mountains 2 Pager ~ FotoBella DT

     Hello and welcome back! I was so excited to open my new KaiserCraft  Misty Mountains Bundle from, with all of the purples and blues, not to mention the GORGEOUS papers! So I made a 2 pager as my first project, featuring the papers and diecuts.

     My design inspiration was based on the sketch for the April 2 Page Sketch Challenge @

     The stickers that spell morning were so old from my own stash, that they lost their stickiness completely, and the glue stick I used to apply them, also wasn't working. Then I remembered getting the Prima Marketing My Prima Planner Glue Pen along with my bundle, and it adhered perfectly!

     I did my journaling onto masked notebook paper, blending Picked Raspberry, Dusty Concord, and Chipped Sapphire Distress Inks, to mimic the sunrise.

     Have you spotted the major mistake I made on the second page? It wasn't until I was looking at my uploaded photos, when I realized that I adhered the bottom photo upside down. Of course, it also has sheer ribbon, from my own stash, glued to it, along with all of the other diecuts, and was the only copy I had previously printed. I'm sure there's negatives around somewhere, but for now, it is what it is. Lol!

     Thanks for looking, and get your KaiserCraft Misty Mountains Bundle @!

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Fire Art Journal Page

     I didn't intend to add flames to this art journal page, until I came across some old campfire photos, which really brought it to life!


     The colors and gears were inspired by Lindy's Gang April Color Challenge, which I was immediately drawn to.

     It was also the perfect opportunity to play with my new Stamperia Steampunk Mechanism Stencil from After doing some background stamping, I applied Prima Marketing Black Gesso to my stencil, and waited for it to dry. Then I reapplied the stencil, to add Lindy's  Midnight Copper and Twilight Bronze Slate Embossing Powders. Finally, I used a stipple brush to lightly apply Prima Brown and Red Rust Paste on random areas. The chain on top was a recycled find, and covered with Midnight Copper EP.

     I also used Midnight Copper to emboss some clocks onto clear transparency paper, and cut the center from one, to make a frame for my flames. The gear behind it was embossed with Twilight Bronze Slate, with touches of Rust Paste added to it, using the Prima Finnabair Rust & Dust Stamp. 

      I also added some rust pastes to a few older gear and cog stickers, except for the largest one, which was originally yellow, that I embossed with Byzantine Bronze EP. To color the background, I used Lindy's Poinciana Red Flame, Cajun Carnelian Red, Mission Bells Brown, Steampunk Sepia, and Pineapple Paradise.

Thanks for stopping by!


Challenges Entered:

Try it on Tuesday ~ Recycle Something (the chain on top)

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Nature of the Beast ~ Red Rubber Designs DT

     It felt so good to finally create this jungle scene in my art journal, as the idea started a few months ago, as I was going through my Red Rubber Designs Stamps! I took out Tiger Face, Take PrideFern Sprig, and Fern Frond, setting them aside, until I was able to come up with this page, made with some recycled bits and pieces.

     Like this Converse shoe tag, that I cut along the star, inking and spraying it.

     I also recycled the brown netting from some fruit, shown below with stamped elephants from the Take Pride Stamp.

     Cheesecloth on the background gives lots of texture, as well as making great moss, dyed with Magical's and sprays. I also used twine along the top and right, covering it with gesso, and painting with sprays. The leaves coming from it were embossed onto clear transparency paper with the Fern Sprig Cling Mounted Stamp, using Ranger's Topiary EP.

     The wood was made with the Ranger Woodgrain Stencil, some white gesso, and sprays. Then I embossed the Thicker's that spell NATURE with Distress EP Shabby Shutters. Since my Thicker's were black, it didn't come out as bright as I wanted, so I went over it with some paint. The rest of my title was made from chipboard, covered with gesso, colored with sprays, and stamped with the Tiger Face Cling Mounted Stamp.

     Thanks for looking, and get your Animal Cling Mounted Stamps at Red Rubber Designs!



Challenges Entered:

Art Journal Journey ~ Recycle and Collage (Recycled shoe tag and netting from fruit)

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Prima Marketing French Riviera ATC's ~ FotoBella DT

     Have you tried any of the fabulous pastes from Prima Marketing? There's so many great textures and effects you can add to any project, and they clean up so easily! So I made a set of ATC's with some Patina Effect Paste and Rust Paste Camouflage Set, featuring some French Riviera Stamps and the Shell and Anchor Stencil from

     I started by coating some playing cards with Heavy White Gesso, and then spraying with Broken China and Cracked Pistachio Distress Spray Stains. With a Dabbing Brush, I applied Patina Effect Paste to the Shell and Anchor Stencil, using all three colors from the set. Then I added sand to the bottom of the shell and anchor cards, with Dusty from the Rust Paste Camouflage Set, and really love the results! 

     All of the stamping was done with Ranger's Jet Black Archival Ink, using the French Riviera 4 X 6 Cling and French Riviera #2 Stamps. I decided NOT to color my stamping, for a black and white effect with the ocean colors, except for a few touches on the card below, that I painted with Tarnished Brass Distress Spray Stain. Then I popped up some of the fussy-cut pieces for some dimension. 

     The bubbles were created with the same stencil using white gesso, topped with a coat of Sprinkled Sugar Stickles for some sparkle. 

     Each card is backed with a piece of torn white cardstock, and the edges colored with Broken China and Cracked Pistachio Distress Inks. Finally, I hand-stitched the twine to the netting, that I recycled from some fruit. 

     Thanks for looking, and shop for these supplies and more!

Challenges Entered:

Try it on Tuesday ~ Recycle Something (black netting from some fruit)

Country View Challenges ~ Pimp it up! (recycled black netting from fruit)