Sunday, October 28, 2018

Halloween Bottle Tags

     Happy few days before Halloween! I found these Printable Vintage Halloween Labels for the October Mixed Media Challenge that I host at, and used them on this set of tags, made from die cuts done with my Cricut Expression (October 31st Cartridge), and Emerald Creek Embossing Powders.


     I recently found some old circle reinforcement stickers that were so old they had lost all of their stickiness, so I glued them onto tags, also cut with my Cricut Expression, and covered them with Prima Marketing Black Gesso. After the gesso dried, I embossed each tag with different embossing powders, and then two coats of Stickles covering 3/4 of each tag, to resemble liquid in a bottle. 

     The pumpkin tag was first embossed with Ancient Amber Baked Texture, also used on the label, and the liquid done with Orange Peel Stickles.The pumpkin and edges of the tag, were embossed with Burnt Copper Leaves EP. Then I backed the pumpkin with black cardstock coated with Stickles (Orange Peel). The smaller pumpkins on the label were done with the Tim Holtz Mini Pumpkins Stencil using Ancient Amber Baked Texture

     Then I added bits of small copper pieces to the sides of the label with Prima Marketing Soft Matte Gel. Once dry, I went over it with Ancient Amber, adding a strand of beads to the bottom. 

     The creepy spider and snakes tag was embossed with Hammered Metal EP, and the liquid done with Stickles (Lime Peel). Around the edges of the label, I used Winter's Mistake EP.

     The spiderwebs were coated with Prima Marketing White Gesso, and the spider and rest of the die cuts, with Prima Marketing Black Gesso. After drying, I used Soft Fallen Snow EP on the spider webs, and Rocky Road Baked Texture on the spider. To make the spider darker, I added Onyx Frost EP on top, and backed the belly with black cardstock embossed with Mirror Platinum EP, finished with a dot of red bling. 

     The poison tag, which is my favorite, was coated with Oil Rubbed Bronze EP, and the liquid done with Stickles (Golden Rod). Then I used Burnt Copper Leaves EP around the edges of the label and tag. 

     The lock was embossed with Charred Gold EP, and backed with black cardstock. 

     Then I strung some Tim Holtz copper chain through the lock, and wound it around the key that I popped up. The key was embossed with Dirty Sand Baked Texture, and finished with some black blinged out eyes. 

     Finally, the witch tag, was embossed with Charred Gold EP, and the liquid done with Stickles (Lavender). Around the label, I used Chunky Rust Baked Texture, adding a strand of beads across it.   

     The cauldron was made the same way as the spider, with a coat of Rocky Road Baked Texture, followed with Onyx Frost EP, and backed with black cardstock coated with Mirror Platinum EP. Then I filled it with a hot glue gun, added some drips to the sides, and spoon, and colored it with Alcohol Inks. Finally, I used a cotton ball to create steam on top!

     Thanks for stopping by, and have a spooktacular Halloween!


Challenges Entered:

Embossing Powders 
Classic: Mirror Platinum

Friday, October 26, 2018

Graphic 45 Garden Goddess Tags ~ FotoBella DT

     Hi everyone! I created this set of tags featuring the Graphic 45 (Garden Goddess) I Want It All Bundle from, with a step-by-step tutorial on the FotoBella Blog. I'll also show you how to create an ombre effect with Distress Inks to dye your lace or ribbons.

     So after you get your beautiful bundle at, visit the blog here, to make this tag set!

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

KaiserCraft Pen & Ink Canvas ~ FotoBella DT

      Hello again! I'm back with a special canvas that I made for my aunt and uncle's 50th wedding anniversary, featuring the KaiserCraft (Pen & Ink) Scrapbooking Bundle from

     I started by spraying my canvas with Kaisermist Iridescent Spray (Coffee), and Distress Spray Stains (Hickory Smoke and Brushed Pewter), spritzing with a little water, to move and blend the colors around. While the sprays were still wet, I used the dropper from my Distress Ink Reinker (Black Soot) along the edges to create a soft frame. Once it dried, I stamped over it with a Prima Script Stamp using Ranger Archival (Jet Black) Ink, also along the sides. Then I adhered the lace on top with Prima Marketing Soft Matte Gel. The wooden forever embellishment was given a coat of Prima Marketing Black Gesso, and rubbed with some Metallique Waxes (Vintage Gold and Old Silver). Then I backed it with some black cardstock, and strung some metallic fibers through it.

     Except for their wedding date, the tag from the diecuts was stamped and embossed with the stamp from the bundle. Then I inked around the edges with the KaiserCraft Mini Ink Pad (Black), and tied it off with a piece of lace from my stash.

     The butterflies represent their four grown children (my cousins), and except for one diecut, the rest were fussy-cut from the Black Foil Specialty Sheet, along with some of the flowers.

     Since my uncle served in the Army, I had to include the Army postmark, also from the Black Foil Specialty Sheet, tucked between some of the torn and distressed papers from the bundle.

     Finally, I extended my aunt's wedding dress along the bottom of the canvas, with diecuts and fussy-cut flowers and stems. I also used the floral stamp again, embossed onto a piece of white tissue paper, to add to the mix. Next, came the rest of my KaiserCraft Pearls (Pearl), along with some additional large Half Pearls made by The final touch was all of the vintage buttons that once belonged to my grandma (my aunt's mom).

     Thanks so much for your visit, and get the KaiserCraft (Pen & Ink) Bundle at!

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Monday, October 22, 2018

Color Day Book ~ FotoBella DT

     Happy National Color Day! I made a mini book ( 4 1/8" X 6 1/8") to demonstrate some color terms and combinations made with stamping and Dylusions Paints from

      I started with white cardstock filled with stamping done with an old rubber stamp and the Prima Marketing (Garden Fable) Stamp, using Ranger Archival (Jet Black) Ink. Then it was adhered to my book, recycled from a cracker box, and made into the pages that fill it. For the cover, I embossed the Prima Marketing (Circle Stitches) Stamp with Ranger (Rainbow Sparkle) Embossing Powder, also used on the stitching on the spine, stamped with the Bo Bunny (Stitches) Stamp, and the color wheel stamped with the Prima Marketing (Old Town) Stamp. To mimic a stained glass window, I painted it with Dylusions Paints, and gave it two more coats of embossing powder for some sparkle and shine. 

     The title was done with some old Thickers that I covered with Prima Marketing White Gesso, painted with Dylusions Paints, and coated again with the same embossing powder.

     This was my first attempt at hand-stitching my binding, done with a strong white thread that glows in the dark. 

     The splats were done with a stencil and Blending Tool, using White Linen, After Midnight, and Black Marble Dylusions Paints. To enhance the white splat and make it visible, I embossed it with (Rainbow Sparkle) Embossing Powder.

     The color terms, definitions, and color wheels were printed onto white cardstock. In this example, the color wheel shows purple and yellow as Complementary colors, but here I used Tangerine Dream and Polished Jade Dylusions Paints instead. 

     On this spread I used primary colors for my Triad, with Cherry Pie, Lemon Zest, and London Blue Dylusions Paints. 

     The paintbrushes were stamped with the Prima Marketing (The Archivist) Stamp, colored with (Brushed Pewter) Distress Spray Stain, and the background done with the (Garden Fable) Stamp

     I love these Analogous Colors together using Fresh Lime, Cut Grass, and Polished Jade Dylusions Paints!

     All of the enamel dots on the color wheel were painted with my finger to match the splats, and coated with Ranger Glossy Accents. The strip under the color wheel was stamped with the Prima Marketing (The Archivist) Stamp. 

     This Split Complementary color combo was made with Postbox Red, Crushed Grape, and Fresh Lime  Dylusions Paints. 

     Finally, I used Lemon Zest, Crushed Grape, Squeezed Orange, and Calypso Teal Dylusions Paints for this Double Complementary scheme. 

     Thanks for looking, and shop by Color at!

Challenges Entered:

Mix It Up Challenge ~ Anything Goes + Monochrome (My first two pages are Monochrome)

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Art Journal with Graphic 45 Garden Goddess ~ FotoBella DT

     Hello! I'm back with an art journal spread using the gorgeous Graphic 45 Garden Goddess I Want It All Bundle from

     Whenever I get a new bundle to play with, I usually do what inspires me the most. With this collection I was immediately drawn to the goddess in the clock, and knew I had to create a magical place for her and all of the other goddesses that I fussy-cut from the Garden Goddess 12 X 12 Collection Pack.

     I started by gluing torn pieces from an old dictionary onto my journal pages, and covered it with Prima Marketing White Gesso. Then I applied more gesso to the Tim Holtz Nordic Mini Stencil. Once it dried, I spritzed it with a few sprays, including Distress Spray Stain (Fossilized Amber) which is a perfect match to the sunflowers.

     Here's a closer look at the stencil work and another goddess.

     To create vines, I added some green fibers from my stash, and stamped the leaves with Distress Inks (Peeled Paint, Pine Needle, and Forest Moss) onto half of a sheet of paper from the Garden Goddess 12 X 12 Patterns and Solids Pad, using both sides. Then I used another half sheet to cut the flowers with my Cricut Expression. After inking the edges with Distress Ink (Worn Lipstick), I spritzed them with water, and scrunched them up, adding FotoBella Pearls to the centers.

     Finally, I added some Chipboard for the title, along with a couple of small circles added to the clock, and on the left page.

     Thanks for stopping by, and get the Graphic 45 Garden Goddess Bundle at!

Challenges Entered:

Mixed Media Place ~ September Challenge (Inspired by the flowers)

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Haunted Halloween ATC's ~ Red Rubber Designs DT

    Hello and happy October! With Halloween approaching, I created some ATC's to feature the Haunted Halloween and Be Scary Cling Mounted Rubber Stamps from Red Rubber Designs.

     Each one was smooshed with Distress Inks (Carved Pumpkin, Twisted Citron, and Wilted Violet) onto white cardstock. Then I applied black gesso to three different stencils to create the stripes, diamonds, and gingham.

     All of the stamping was done with Ranger Jet Black Archival Ink and embossed with Emerald Creek (Onyx Frost) embossing powder, using the Haunted Halloween and Be Scary Stamps.

     After distressing all of the edges, I machine-stitched around them using purple and green threads, and mounted them to black cardstock measuring 2 1/2" X 3 1/2".

     The chandelier was the only stamp that wasn't fussy-cut. Then I went over the flames with Stickles (Orange Peel), and used Stickles (Purple) to color the dots on the witch's legs.

     Thanks for looking, and stop by Red Rubber Designs for these stamps and more!