Thursday, February 28, 2013

Let's get scratching!!!

Hello and Happy Thursday! 

I have a fun, but really sad post today!  My DT term is up over at Pretty Little Studio and I would like to share one final project(s).

I created this project early in February, but we ran out of time to share it on the PLS blog, so I am sharing it here.  The project is perfect for Valentine 'love', but the technique could be used for all types of crafty projects.

Want to create a treat bag with a fun little twist?  How about adding your very own scratch off to a Valentine die cut or other 'secret' message.

Supplies Needed
Silver Paint (or any color)
Liquid Dish Soap
Clear Contact Paper

Step One:  Trace the shape of the scratch off area on clear contact paper.
(Tip: I taped the corners of the contact paper to my surface and slid my vintage die cut underneath and traced the heart outline)

Step Two:  Mix 2 parts paint, 1 part Liquid Dish Soap and apply in thin coats over traced shape.  Allow to dry completely between coats.  For my example, it took 3 thin coats of paint to completely cover the shape.
(Tip:  I didn't have any silver paint in my stash, so I added silver Shimmerz paint to my grey paint to make silver)

Step Three:  Once completely dry, cut out shape.  Remove backing from contact paper and adhere on top of die cut shape.

From beginning to end, it only took about 4 hours.  Super quick and super easy!

Here are some photos of each bag with some close-ups.

 I hope you try it!  It really was super easy and totally FUN!

Also, I haven't heard from the winner for my Stamp Carving 101 class.  If I don't hear from the winner by Monday, March 4th, I will re-draw a winner!  ;)

Thank you for stopping by!  Have a great day!

Monday, February 25, 2013

Stamp Carving 101 Winner!

Thank you to everyone who stopped by and left a comment!  I hope y'all are inspired to try Stamp Carving!  I think you will love it!

The winner is:  CAROL!

Please send me an email ( with your name and email address.

Thanks again!  Have a great day!

Friday, February 22, 2013

February Love My Tapes Challenge - Puppy Love

Hello and TGIF!

Just a quick post today to get you ready for a weekend of scrapbooking!  :)

The Love My Tapes February Challenge is up, and there is still time to play along for a chance to win some Love My Tapes goodies!

Here are the details:

1. Create a Layout, Card, or Off the Page project that incorporates Pink and Red.  Washi, Lace and/or fabric tape must be used in your project, but does need to be pink or red. Think outside the box and let's get creative.  Please let us know how you were inspired.
2. The challenge is open until February 28, 2013.

3. A randomly chosen winner will win some LMT goodies.

4. Link up your projects on the Love My Tapes February Challenge post.
To get y'all started, I created a layout about LOVE, Puppy Love that is!  (featuring my two little furry friends Moose and Flikka).

I used several Love My Tapes, lace and washi tapes for my layout and even covered some wooden shapes with washi tape.  Super Fun!

I hope you can play along with us this month!  I can't wait to see what you create!
Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great weekend!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

SHE believed in LOVE!


Hello and Happy Thursday!

On Monday, I shared a Mixed Media canvas on the MME blog.  I absolutely LOVE making these canvases, and just started Christy Tomlinson's She Art 3 class on Tuesday.  I am hoping to learn more techniques and ideas so I can create more Canvas Art!  You WILL be seeing more of this on my blog and for my Design Team projects.  (In addition to my paper layouts and paper crafts)

Now on to the canvas!

Do you believe in first love?  I do!  And so does SHE!

So you think MME papers, embellishments, and stamps are just for layouts and cards?  No siree! They work beautifully for mixed media projects like canvas art.  Here's a pictorial look at how I created my LOVE girl!

Start with a blank canvas.  Since I am covering mine with paper, no need to prep the surface with gesso first.

Cut various sizes of patterned paper, vintage paper, and tissue paper and adhere to canvas with Mod Podge.

This is where the fun really starts!  Add color, texture, and dimension with paint, modeling paste and stencils.  I've even added some MME decorative tape!  

Add more color, texture, and dimension with stamps and spray mist.  

This is what an 'in process' canvas looks like.  I just LOVE all the color, design, and texture.

When you are happy with your background, create your girl.  MME 6x6 pads are great for creating your girl and accessories.  

Add more texture and dimension by outlining your girl with markers and pens.

Accessorize your canvas with enamel dots, decorative buttons, and add rub-ons where desired.

Don't forget the sides of your canvas.  I've colored mine with distress stains and MME stamps.

And my finished LOVE GIRL!

Mixed media is so much fun!  There is no such thing as being perfect, and it's a great way to experiment with color, techniques, and different products.

I hope you give it a try the next time you are looking for a way to use your MME product in a new way!

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great one!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Pretty Little Studio Sketch Challenge - You Have My Heart


Hello and Happy Wednesday!

Yesterday, the latest Pretty Little Studio Sketch Challenge was revealed!  As usual, Keri created an awesome sketch.  This is the last sketch I will create with as a PLS Design Team member, but I will definitely be playing along next month.

And, as usual, I took liberty with moving things around and using key elements of the sketch as a jumping off point.

I am really loving the layers of vellum, cardstock, and foil cardstock on this layout. I love the dimension it creates while adding subtle color.

I hope you can play along with us this week.  A randomly chosen winner will win a $10 GC to Pretty Little Studio.  There is a new sketch challenge every week, and in my opinion, Keri creates some of the best sketches in blog land.

I am also sharing a couple of other PLS layouts that were posted on the Pretty Little Studio Blog. 

This one uses the latest Christmas collection, 'Christmas At Home'.  Who says you can't use Christmas product for a non-Christmas project.  I love the colors and designs, and it is perfect!


My last layout was created for last week's Ad Challenge.

I drew inspiration from the flowers and number type.


I'll have one more project to share before my Design Team commitment is up.  Be sure and watch out for it!  I think you'll like it!  :)

As always, thank you for taking the time to stop by!