Monday, April 21, 2014

Hazel & Ruby Makery - Debut Project!

Hello and Happy Monday!

Last week, I was announced over on the Hazel & Ruby blog as one of their new Makery/Creative Team members!  DIY is very close to my heart, and Hazel & Ruby has very innovative and creative products that will fulfill your DIY dreams!

In addition to my introduction, I also shared my first HR project, a Mixed Media canvas.

This project is super FUN, and requires limited supplies and FIVE easy steps:  A canvas of any size (mine is an 8x10), several shades of acrylic paint (I used Distress Paints so I can get a blended look), and your favorite Hazel & Ruby stencil (or two).

Step One:
Draw straight lines on your canvas using a small T square.  I have a 12 in square and it is the perfect size for all of my craft projects.  It is a great tool for creating straight lines and designs, AND it was only a couple of bucks!

These lines will be used as a guide for letter placement.  You can either erase them when you have your stencil in place, or leave them as the paint will generally cover up the pencil marks.

Step Two:
Apply your stencil.  The great thing about Hazel & Ruby stencil/masks is that they are re-usable and re-movable.  You can move your words and letters around on your canvas until you are happy with the overall placement.

Step Three: 
Apply paint to canvas.  Another reason I love Distress Paints is that they have a built in dauber.  No cleanup needed.  Apply right over the stencil.  A quick spritz with water blends the Distress Paints to create a beautiful color palette.

Remove stencil and dry completely.

Step Four:
Outline each word/letter with a Stabilo pencil and create a watercolor effect by painting over the pencil mark with a wet paintbrush.  Draw the pencil mark inside the letter and color in the space.  You’ll get a great, subtle watercolor look.

Step Five:
Add more outlines with black and white doodle pens.  Hang!

Do you like to create Home Décor projects?  How would you incorporate your favorite quote into a project?   

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Be your own kind of beautiful...

Hello and Happy Friday!

Today, I am sharing another Art Journal page, created for UmWowStudio, featuring the wonderful, Layered Raindrop Chip.  I thought this Chip resembled flower petals, so I created a page using them as a floral design element.

To create texture on each 'petal' I first applied a liberal coating of gesso, then Luminarte Silks Paint and contrasting embossing powder.  Once the chips were adhered on my page, I then applied several colors of Lindy's Magicals (a powdered mica) to each petal for more color and dimension.

For the centers of my flowers, I applied to same technique (of coloring my petals above) to Square Confetti and layered them in the center of each flower.

I also used several Raindrops as leaves for my flowers, simply colored in a leaf color.

I hope you enjoyed my art journal page today.  Have a wonderful weekend and thank you for stopping by!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Another peek from a Viva Las VegaStamps Guest Designer Post!

Hello and Happy Thursday!

Just a quick peek of my next Guest Design project for Viva Las VegaStamps.

Hop on over to their blog to check out the entire project, with a quick how-to!

Have a fantastic week!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Splash of Color Guest Designer projects...

Hello and Happy Tuesday!

Last month, I had the wonderful opportunity to Guest Design for Splash of Color.  I shared a peek of my week-long projects in March, but today, I'd like to share the full project, plus several short tutorials. 

WARNING:  This is a long post, heavy with images.  :)


I love 3-D projects.  Projects that are off the page and projects that have little bits of goodness, delight, and sparkle.  I call my project today my 'Art Angel' and she possesses all of that.

I started off with a bare chipboard from Paper Whimsy and decided where I wanted her 'parts' to be placed.

Green, Blue, and Gold is one of my favorite color combinations, so I decided that I would use the following LuminArte Silks Acrylic Glaze for her base color:  Pretty Peridot, Fern, Key Lime, Bolivian Blue, Solar Gold, and Yellow Rose.

I applied several thin layers to the base allowing the shades of colors to peek through.

Once the Silks were dry, (which was almost immediately - love that), I decided I wanted more texture, so I stamped embossed her body, wings, and background.  I love the texture that this added to the flat chipboard surface.

To finish off these parts, I edged with Distress Ink, then rubbed Viva Colour Inka Gold Metallic Rub (in Gold) to the edges.  I also rubbed the raised areas of embossing and it added the perfect highlight of gold glimmer.

I embellished my Art Angel with glitter, more embossing, and more Inka Gold.  Inka Gold is perfect on metal embellishments for the same glitz as the rest of the project.

This was a rather quick project to complete and I really love how she turned out.  What is your favorite use for Inka Gold?  I'd love to know.

I am sharing an Art Journal page created with the one of a kind – LuminArte Twinkling H2O’s.  Twinks, as they are commonly referred by those who love them, are incredible water color paints that are vibrant and full of yummy shimmer.  They last FOR.E.VER and they will quickly become of your go-to creating products.

To create the background of my Art Journal page, I started by liberally applying white gesso.  I wanted some texture from the gesso to show, so I left my ‘brush’ marks (I often use an old credit card to spread gesso) visible.  Once the gesso was dry, I applied Mango Freeze, part of the Summer Fun Petite 6 pack kit to my background.

To create the ‘drips’, I applied (very wet) Royal Satin to the edge of the page and spritzed with water.  I repeated this on the opposite edge of my page.  I did the same technique with more of the Mango Freeze.  When the drips were to my liking, I let the background dry completely.

Using a stencil as a guide, I drew oblong shapes randomly to my page.  I doodled inside each shape and colored them with more of the beautiful colors from the Summer Fun Petite set.  In addition I used Montana markers for more hints of color.  I love how the shimmer from the Twinkling H2O’s look with the opaque, matte of the Montana markers.

To finish my Art Journal page, I added several doodled circles along the drips and added my journaling, ‘A work of art, is the unique result of a unique temperament – Oscar Wilde’.

The richness of color and the graphic design of the doodles really combine well.

For my next project,  I went small, as in ATC size small.  ATCs are super fun to create!  There is something about the small ‘canvas’ that really appeals to me.  With large ‘canvases’ the size can sometimes overwhelm me and leave me confused on where to start.

I immediately fell in love with the Easter Cards double sided paper, from the Easter Wishes collection.  The individual vignette scenes are a bit bigger than the traditional ATC size, so I just cropped them down to size.

I adhered my chosen scene to a chipboard ATC card to give it some backing.  Using the image as a guide, I colored each scene with coordinating LuminArte Silks Acrylic Glaze.  Since Silks are transparent/semi transparent, the background image peeks through the shimmer of the Silks, which is exactly what I wanted.

Once my scene was painted, I outlined the image with my doodle pen.  I really wanted the image to POP through my next layer of goodness.

 Once my pen doodle was completely dry, I covered my ATC with a liberal layer of Viva Colour, Transparent Crackle Paint.  I am so addicted to this product.  I love crackle ANYTHING, and this creates the most amazing cracks!

Once the crackle was dry, I dabbed the ATC with Distress stains to age the image.  I love how the stain creeps into the cracks.

To finish my ATC cards, I fussy cut several shapes (bird and mushroom) from the Seedlings, double sided paper and aged with distress ink.

I added a bit of twine and a sentiment and they were done.

What a great way to dress up a normal ATC sized paper with color, crackle, and a vintage theme.


For my final project, I created a Home Décor Art piece that evolved from a sheet of Birdie Darling paper, LuminArte Silks Acrylic Glaze, and LuminArte Primary Elements.  I love putting these basic items together to create a unique, one of a kind work of art.

To start my Home Décor project, I used this paper, Birdie Darling as a painting template.  When I first started this project, my intention was to paint the flowers and just frame the sheet of colorful paper.  But, (like many of my projects), my ideas and inspiration evolved and changed, and what I ended with was entirely different.

Here is what the papered looked like at the beginning of this process…

And what the colored paper looked like at the ‘end’.

You can see that the transparent nature of the silks look beautiful on the paper, allowing the detail of each flower to still be visible.  This would be a beautiful work of art displaying on your wall, but I went past this stage and kept creating.  ;)

I have ‘mildly’ obsessed with anything wax these days, (okay, so mildly is a little understated), so I wondered what my sheet of painted paper would look like if I covered it with wax.

Well, let me show you.

The wax created a softness to the harsh black lines and the texture was amazing, BUT, I wanted more.  So back to the drawing board.

Using the project I shared on Wednesday (my Art Journal page) as inspiration, I painted several large flowers on my paper with Distress Paint.  I wanted a more opaque image against the translucent background and this was the look I wanted.

As my painted flowers dried, I realized the background was a bit busy for my bold, bright flowers, so I struggled with what to do next.

I got it!  I’ll make my own colored Gel Medium with LuminArte Primary Elements.  I mixed up a batch of Pink Crocus, (part of the ‘It’s Springtime’ set) colored Gel Medium and proceeded to cover the background.  What is great about this is that peeks of pattern and color are still visible through the colored Gel Medium, so I didn’t lose the beautiful background entirely.

Once it was dry, I outlined my flowers with wax pastels, charcoal, and black and white pens.  Love how the color just POPS off the background.

Well, that brings me to the end of an amazing week. 

I would like to say a special THANK YOU to Cheryl Mezzetti for allowing me to share in my passion for creating!  I really enjoyed this special week.

Thank you again for taking the time. Have a fantastic week!

Monday, April 14, 2014

One of those CHA moments!

Hi!  and Happy Monday!

Last week, I shared this very special layout over on the My Mind's Eye blog, featuring one of My Mind’s Eye's very own, Jen Allyson.  I was so honored to have met Jen in person at winter CHA, and couldn’t wait to document this momentous occasion.

Tina Walker for MME
Supplies: Now and Then- Izzy: ‘Happenings’ Frolic Paper, ‘Good Times’ Range Paper, ‘Good Times’ Stickers, ‘Happenings’ Mixed Bag, ‘Happenings’ Enamel Dots, ‘Boys’ Brads, 12x12 Chipboard Sheet; Misc: Cardstock: American Crafts Foil Paper:  American Crafts Die Cut Machine:  Silhouette Cameo
Adhesive: Tombow (tape runner), Imaginese (foam tape)

Not only is Jen an amazing designer, (she’s the brilliant mind behind so many of our favorite My Mind’s Eye collections); she is a super sweet and wonderful person.


Using one of her latest collections, Now & Then, I documented that day.  Using my favorite MME product, chipboard pieces, I layered several in a cluster with a few enamel dots to accent the area.  This is always one of my go-to design techniques.


Since I used white cardstock as a base for my layout, I off-set the cluster of chipboard with a large triangle cut piece of patterned paper.  I love this look!

What Crafty Idol would you love to meet in person?  I have so many on my list.  I guess I better start visiting!!

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day.


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