Friday, January 23, 2015


Being a Creative Contributor for Susan K. Weckesser is always FUN!  Susan gives us monthly inspiration/motivation and we roll with it!  When I use them, I feel like it gives my work a smile!!

This month she asked "Show us inside your studio...".  I took a few pictures with my phone using Instagram.  The little photos are awesome to add to a layout.  She also asked "What inspires you to create".  My answer is easy.  What DOESN'T inspire me to create!!
I started with a piece of Core'dinations cardstock and painted randomly on it.  Then, I added some spray ink through stencils.  I used Susan's Stencil with black paint for the numbers and the squiggle.  Next, I ripped some pieces of Susan's "Live In Color" Scrapbook Paper Collection and adhered them to the background.

I had fun with the Instagram Pictures.  I took pictures of things I love to use, or love to look at in my studio.  The bottom left is a stack of papers I've painted, stenciled or inked on.  On the right of that is a picture of dirty water with paintbrushes in it.  I don't know why but I love dirty paintbrushes!!  Above right are some of the Hello Kitty things I have on shelves and to the left is a storage thing that I keep tools and paintbrushes in.  The center has old gift cards in it because I use them to paint all the time.

A picture of some of my spray inks, stains, paints, powders and punches.

The top right is just some of my different mediums.  I LOVE them!  On the left is a shelf of Hello Kitty things.  I have soooooooo much more Hello Kitty stuff!  It is a sickness, I swear.  But how could you not smile if your studio was full of Hello Kitty stuff?
I attached the pictures with staples and finished the page with stamping.  I used Susan's "A Little Grunge Love" stamp set to add the arrows and hearts.  And her "Fly Away" set for the kite.  I doodled around the stamps and around the page.  Susan has a paper with different cut out sayings.  Her motto is "Live to Create....Create to LIVE".  That cut out is the perfect finishing touch.  Don't we all Create To Live???

Thanks for visiting!! Have an awesome day!!


Monday, January 19, 2015


Hi!  I have a mixed media card, that I made for Tombow USA, to share with you today.
I used several of Tombow's AWESOME products to make this.  I will post links to them as I show you how I used them.

First, I gathered my supplies.  In addition to the Tombow products, I used black paper from Graphic 45, A Diana Wakley stamp and a background paper I made myself.

After you stamp your image, tear around the edges and add ink to them.  I used a few different Tombow Dual Brush Pens from 2 different sets ~ Brights and Manga Shojo.  

Next I went over the marker areas with a paint brush and water, to blend the colors and give a watercolor effect.

I used theTombow Stamp Runner Dot Pattern Adhesive to adhere my papers to my card.  This Stamp runner is soooo cool!  You can use it as an adhesive runner or point it straight up and use it to "Stamp" adhesive squares exactly where you want them. 

To give my stamped paper dimension, I used Tombow Foam Tabs.  These foam pads instantly create a 3D effect to your project.

After I adhered all my papers and added some ink splatter I decided I wanted to give a watercolor effect to the flower on the front (it's art, I'm allowed to change my mind! :) ).  I took a blue and a green Tombow Dual Brush Pen and scribbled some ink on my craft mat.  Then I picked up the ink with my Tombow Blender Pen and applied it to the flower.  You can buy a blender pen alone, but you get one free in every set of 10 Dual Brush Pens!

Finally I adhered some gems and a bow with my favorite, Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue.  This glue dries clear and makes a permanent bond when used wet.  But if you use it and let it dry, it becomes repositionable adhesive!  Sweet!

Thank you for visiting today!  Please be sure to check out all the links to the Tombow products I used.



Tuesday, January 13, 2015


Hi!  I have an art journal I made for SinCity Stamps to share with you today.  It is a mini, so you can take it with you wherever you go.  It measures 4.5"x3" and is made with Mixed Media paper so it is ready for all of your artsy techniques.  I even decorated it a little, so jotting down ideas or experiences is super easy!  

This is a side view  The album is made with plenty of room for you to add tons of stuff to the pages. There is even a little pocket to put things in you want to add later.

A little glimpse inside shows some spray ink and stamping.  I made 3 "signatures" of 2 pieces of paper each to put inside, for a total of 12 pages. "Signature" is a book binding term for how you add the inside pages.

I made a tutorial to show you how I this tiny journal.

Check out How to Make a Mini Art Journal. by Daniella Hayes on Snapguide.

Thanks for visiting!  If you make a one please be sure to tell me!  I would love to see it!!

Friday, January 9, 2015


Thanks so much for joining us for Moxxie's 2015 Winter Release Hop!
We are SO excited to share all of these fabulous NEW lines with you!!

While the boss is away at CHA we thought we'd show you some of the fantastic projects our amazing Muses have already created using these wonderful lines.
You will be able to hop to each muse's blog to see all the details about their project and the entire line that they used for their project.

I got to use the new Tiny Dancer line.  The colors, textures and patterns are delightful!  If you actually have a "Tiny Dancer"  you will LOVE this line!  But I don't have a literal "Tiny Dancer" (unless you count Spike) so I thought a little mixed media would be the best way to show off the versatility of Moxxie products!

Don't forget to leave comments along the way. The more you comment the better chances you have to WIN!
You can also link an entry into our monthly challenge for a chance to WIN!

Here is our hop line up:

 To be eligible to WIN all you have to do is comment on the Moxxie blog.
(US addresses only please) 
Extra chances to win include:
  Comment- on any (or all) of the designers blogs
  Facebook- share the blog hop post or one of the challenge posts (let us know by leaving a link on the Moxxie blog)
  Pinterest- pin any (or all) of these wonderful projects (leave a link for each pin on the Moxxie blog)
  Challenge- Enter your paper-made take on our sketch challenge! 3 extra entries if you use MOXXIE product! Link directly to your project or project post. (link up using the inlinkz tool at the bottom of this page)
Commenting and Challenge end Jan 31st.
Winner announced Mon. Feb 2nd.

Happy Hopping and Good Luck!!

Monday, January 5, 2015


Hello!!  Today I want to share with you these awesome Cold Pressed Blocks I made for SinCity Stamps back in November.  The "Terri Sproul's Leaves" stamp set from SinCity stamps is one of my favorite sets!  The leaves are so diverse, they can be used for so many things!  I also used the "Art Journaling with Terri Sproul" stamp set and the SinCity Stamps "Peacock" stencil.  The blocks are from Cottonwood Arts.
I made a Snapguide tutorial to show you how I made them.

Thanks for visiting!!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014


I always like making my own gift tags for Christmas presents.  I like the way it makes my gifts just a little more personal.  It's the little things that mean so much!!
I used 2 different Moxxie lines for these gift tags, Musically Inclined and Joys of the Season.  I mixed the papers, diecuts and stickers from each set.  I finished each tag with a bow and a button.

I hope you make some Holiday Gift Tags for yourself! 
Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014


Christmas is fast approaching!!  Are you ready?  I am just finishing up some decorating and I am done!  Except I have to wrap the presents.  I better get going!

I made this super cute wood stocking to finish my decorating.  It will be hanging on a shelf with other Christmas crafts.

I painted the stocking green and the top piece white.  I added glitter on top of the white paint.

I used some of the gear stamps from the Steampunk's Christmas set, because I thought they looked like candy.  I also used a leaf from the Terri Sproul Leaves set to put on top of the stocking,like holly.  I tried a bunch of different inks to find just the right shade.

I finally settled on the Staz On Cactus Green ink and I used a 2" circle punch to punch out the gears to glue to my wood stocking.  I stamped the leaves with the same ink on white paper.

I used a paint marker to make the faux stitching around the stocking.

I LOVE this!!  I glued the "Candy" to the stocking and added some flower gems.  On top, I added the leaves and a bow with a button in the center.

Thank you so much for visiting today!

Wishing you very Happy Holidays!!