Saturday, March 29, 2014

Art Journaling Today

For today's post I would like to share with you an Art Journal page that I recently have finished

I really don't begin a project with any idea on how it will go, I sort of just "go with it" and kind of let it take on a life of it's own. 

I am working in my large Dylusion's Journal by Dyan Reaveley

I am also working with some of the new Dylusions sprays that came out, my local scrapbooking store got them in and I scooped them right up

For this page I'm using the colors
Pomegranate Seed
Polished Jade
Tangerine Dream

Look at this vibrant background

I also used some of the new Dylusions stencils in that background as well

Here is my finished page

You can see on this page that I used some of the new Tim Holtz dies and many of his stamp sets
I used a quote that my daughter likes and just wrote it out
That girl that is stamped on the left, I just used a piece of folder that I had leftover from some spritzing and stamped her there

For the page above, I used again some of the Tim Holtz dies with card stock and also some of his stamps
I just freehand drew the strings and hearts and used a white pen to go around the honeycombs and hearts

This is my final two page spread

I really love these new Dylusions colors, they are so awesome!!

Thanks again for stopping by and Cheers to you

Thursday, March 27, 2014

DIY Cell Phone Case Cover

I recently got some new artsy stuff in the mail and I've been itching to use it all

I also have been wanting to make my own cell phone cover for awhile. I've had this silicone clear cover that I bought at Michael's for almost six months or more. You know how that goes, you want to do something with it and bring it home and it ends up sitting around your craft room for awhile. HAHA! I know I'm not the only one.

Anyway, this cover makes it so simple to add your own personal touch to your case and display your own work too

I used the Stampotique stamps:

I Am My Art - From Carol's Collection
The Crafter - By Artists Daniel Torrente and Jill Penney

I also used Tim Holtz Distress Paints for the background and Dylusion's new stencil Blocks by Dyan Reaveley

I also got my new Tim Holtz Marker Spritzer tool so I also used that on this project

Here is what my background looked like prior to my character and words going on

That distress paint is so awesome!

I used a bit of Archival Ink for the Stencil and added some washi tape
I doodled around my blocks with black and white markers

I stamped and embossed my girl and then just colored her with copic markers, I stamped her heart again and used red embossing powder this time and cut that out and pasted it 

I freehand drew some hearts in black for the background

I used my marker spritzer tool along with my copics to add some color to my words

This is my finished case

I had to cut that hole up in the upper lefthand corner but I just used a exacto knife for that

I really love how it turned out and I'm going to walk around with the coolest cell phone case now
This is a really easy way to make your own case too

Thanks for coming by the blog

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Vintage - Oh My!

Happy Wednesday to you!! Thanks for coming by, this week over at the Stampotique Designer's Challenge Blog our wonderful and, oh, so talented France Papillon has challenge us to do something Vintage.

This was a toughie for me because vintage has never been "up my alley." I'm so bad at it.. haha!! 
Don't get me wrong, I love Vintage, it's so beautiful and awesome and amazing but I'm just no good at creating it.
If you know me, you know that I just had to take on this challenge head on and dive right in.

I used my Stampotique Stamp

Topknot - By artist Daniel Torrente

I simply stamped her onto manilla card stock and heat embossed. No color, just her and all her glory.

I created my background by starting with patterned paper and using gesso over it here and there.
After that dried I spritzed with Color Wash
I then used some paper stencils and archival inks

Adding a bit of lace, flowers I made, a tag and some gold pearls I think it came out pretty ok, what do you think?

Thanks for coming by and make sure to check out the Designer's Blog for my post this week..


Monday, March 24, 2014

Journal Soup - Portion 3

If you follow me regularly, you know that I have been doing the online class Journal Soup.. 
This is a journal series online class by Kate Crane over at

I am really loving this class, it's so much fun and I love Kate's esthetic. 
I have learned quite a bit and have put away my inhibitions about adding too much paint etc...

This is my 3rd portion of the class, Kate takes you through page by page and I'm on my 3rd page. She actually makes a 4x6 size postcard so that is the size I'm working with. 

For this particular class Kate wanted us to try our hand at making your own stamp. I did not have the rubber she used or the tools so I decided to use a thick piece of foam and a hot tool.

These are the stamps I made for my project

Not perfect but I wasn't trying to be perfect

Here is a look at my page during the process.. I made two for this session
The green circle stamp, darker yellow squares and black lined stamp are all the ones I made

Here is what my finished postcards look like
for this first one I drew the figure onto text paper

Thanks again for stopping by, I hope you have a Happy Monday!!!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Loving Those Gelli Print Backgrounds

I had been messing around with my gelli print a few weeks ago and I save everything that comes out of using it. This tag was a wipe off tag that I used to clean off the plate after making some prints.

I used this background to make a tag with a Stampotique image and some sizzix dies

This one is going to a friend of mine, she has been talking about spring for quite some time now and isn't get any relief from winter yet, it keeps coming and going just like here where i live.

So for this tag I used my Stampotique stamp

Mela - By Daniel Torrente

Mela is a such cute stamp and I thought she would be perfect for this tag
I also used some Sizzix dies from years ago that I haven't gotten out in awhile. The flowers are from this die and I can't even recall where I got it
I added a little wash tape and drew the stems for the flowers

It's a simple tag but it's always so fun to work with my gelli prints, they are so simple to create on top of

Enjoy your Sunday afternoon and have a great week!!!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Artist Trading Blocks Inspiration Team - I Made It

Hello everyone and thanks once again for stopping by the blog. I have a wonderful and exciting announcement to make. 
A couple of weeks ago I announced that Amy Bowerman over at Plucking Daisies was having a call for the Eileen Hull Inspiration Team. They recently announced the Team and what a wonderful group of such talent. 
Well, there is also an Artist Trading Block Inspiration Team that was assembled and guess what? I MADE IT!!! I'm so excited because ever since I made one for the CHA booth back in December/Jan I have been hooked. 
You can check out the team announcement on the website here:

Artist Trading Block Inspiration Team

We were asked to show some of our favorite Artist Trading Blocks that we have created, so here are some of my favorites:
The original post for this steampunk creation is here:

The original post for this Beauty is here:

and lastly, these is the very first Artist Trading Blocks or ATBs that I have ever made, this is what made me fall in love with them:

I am so thrilled and over the moon excited about being on this wonderful team of talented people. 

Make sure to go on over to the Eileen Hull site and check out the New Inspiration Team and the wonderful new Challenges, here is link:

Art With Heart Challenges

The Art with Heart Challenge is a monthly celebration of creativity!  Each month the Inspiration Team will be showcasing their Art with Heart created with Eileen Hull’s innovative Sizzix dies. They will be following a broad theme left entirely open to creative interpretation.  We invite you to play along with us and share YOUR art with heart!
We want this to be a place for everyone to create, inspire and share.  We would love to see what you can do with Eileen Hull’s fabulous products but this is not a requirement.  Use what ever products your artful “heart” desires.  Art is for everyone so come along and share your Art with Heart!

Also here are all the Artist Trading Block Links if you would care to check them out:




Thanks for coming by and sharing in my excitement!!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

A Masculine Postcard

Happy Wednesday and thanks for coming by the blog today
It's Wednesday again and we all know what that means, it's my turn for a post over at the Stampotique Designer's Blog

I hope you all are liking my posts over there, it's been awesome being able to showcase the wonderful stamps from Stampotique

So the challenge over at The Designer's Challenge Blog this week R. Maria Sabina is challenging us to do something in a masculine theme

I encourage you to link up your creation over at the Designer's blog for a chance to win a 30.00 gift card to Stampotique Originals

I only used one Stampotique Stamp this week

Are My Pants Too Tight - By artist Daniel Torrente

Unfortunately I didn't do a full tutorial this week but I can tell you how I started this project...

I started out by using some gesso on a credit card to create some lines and scratches

I then added some Matte Goosebump spray - but instead of using the sprayer I opened the container and smudged some on

I then used a combo of Tim holts Distress Stains and Dyan Reaveley Dylusions Sprays to create the color in my background
I added some stenciling with black archival ink 
I used paint for scratches and the circles
lastly I added washi tape - Even the "Hello" word is wash tape

I hope you have enjoyed my project - please feel free to email me if you have any questions about any of my projects.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Mixed Media Canvas Class

Well yesterday was my very first time teaching and it was amazing!! I cannot say enough how much fun I had and how awesome it was to actually get up there are teach.

I taught the Mixed media Canvas using Prima dolls

The students were all so sweet and patient with me, it was definitely a learning process. 
Here are some photos of the students and their finished product...

They all did fantastic and all their canvases came out perfect. 

This was such a joy!!!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Teaching Tomorrow!!! And Journal Soup

Tomorrow is my very first class as a teacher and I'm thrilled. I will be teaching a mixed media canvas and there are 8 signed up and I'm nervous and excited all at the same time.

Here is the photo of the canvas I will be teaching over at Simple Pleasures Rubber Stamp Store

I will be using Prima's Doll stamps, Tim Holtz paint, Wendy Vecchi embossing paste and much more.

In the mean time, I have been in the craft room doing some more of that Kate Crane class that I've been talking about, Journal Soup.
I've made my next page and I just love it!!! 

I'm really loving this Journal Soup class and I can't wait to get on with my next postcard!!

Thanks for stopping by, I am hoping to have photos posted on Sunday of the class and how it went.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Going Green - Stampotique Designer's Challenge

Hello all and Happy Wednesday to you. As you know today is my day to post over at the Stampotique Designer's Blog and for today's creation I have created two cards.

Our wonderful guest designer Kristen Catalano has challenged us to "Use Green as Our Primary Color"

Be sure to hop on over to the Stampotique Designer's Challenge blog and check out all the wonderful inspiration from the design team. 

I have used Stampotique Stamp

Stella - by artist Jo Capper-Sandon 

Stella is awesome and I just love the way she looks so serene just sitting there
Unfortunately I didn't take many photos of how this project came together but I did use a technique by 
Wendy Vecchi who demonstrated this technique at CHA 2014. 
I don't have any of the re-inkers so I just simply spread two colors onto my craft sheet directly from the ink pad itself. 
I think my backgrounds came out similar
Her technique creates such a beautiful subtle background, I just love it.

For the letters I simply used chipboard and painted them green and then added a bit of glossy accents onto the top to make them shine.

I think the rest is pretty simple, just some tule and flowers

I wanted each card to be a tad different so I added different words. 

Enjoy your day and thanks for stopping by

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Artist Trading Blocks - Steampunk Style

So I have noticed that there are several artists out there doing some steampunk type Artist Trading Blocks (a Sizzix Die by Eileen Hull) and that has really inspired me to do one myself, I mean, I love Artist Trading Blocks or ATBs and I love Steampunk!! It's a match made in craft heaven!!

If you go to the artist trading block site you can see several ideas and get tons of inspiration there...

and make sure to check out Amy Bowerman's Site Plucking Daisies - She is doing a Eileen Hull Inspiration Team Call

For this ATB, I wanted to make something really special for my daughter for her 16th birthday. So this Artist Trading Block is going to be her 3D card from me... This one is going to be open and have flowers and butterflies coming out... I hope she likes it

This is going to be a photo heavy post - sorry 
I did this really cool riveting technique that I learned from the fabulous Tim Holtz. I took a class of his a little over a year ago in Maryland and this technique was awesome. I have loved it ever since...

I added a Soda Pop tab to the lid of the box to act as a opener
In this photo you can see some of the riveting and also the top
I colored them both with alcohol inks

I also added some Tim Holtz metal numbers to the lid and colored those as well

Here are some photos of my finished Artist Trading Block

I added watch pieces that a friend of mine sent to me, I used some metal mesh for the center of some of the flowers, I used gear dies (by Tim Holtz) and watch parts, old buttons, this was so fun to put together

Click the photos to enlarge so you can see the details better

I found this new challenge site called A Vintage Journey and the theme is "Tim Holtz" so I decided to link this one up for the challenge.

Thanks again for coming by, I hope you enjoyed my Steampunk ATB.
Stay warm and don't forget to set your clocks back this weekend!!! Ha!!