Monday, September 23, 2013


I don't know why but while I was making this card something came over me and said EMBOSSING!!!

I haven't used embossing powder in a hot minute! 
But all of a sudden I HAD to use it!!

I cut my cardstock to 6x12 inches, folded it and sprayed Dylusions ink on it.  I always use a spray box when using spray inks.

The green spray ink reminded me I had the same color embossing powder.  I said to myself, "why don't I use embossing powder anymore?"  And got 3 colors of embossing powder out, my Versamark ink and my Sin City Stamps.  I started stamping on white and kraft cardstock and applied powders.  One color at a time of course!!  I melted them with my heat tool and cut them out of the cardstock. 

 But, I didn't stop there!!  I also embossed one of my favorite stamps on the front of the card!  I Love this stamp from the "Art Journaling with Terri Sproul 1 set!!  The random letters can be used for soooo many different things. I used brown embossing powder with that stamp and I also used it for the "Thank You" on the banner.

Here is the finished card again.  I bent the wings up on the butterflies and added some tiny pearls.  The banner is popped up with foam squares and the flags are attached underneath.
Thank you so much for visiting today!!
Don't forget to visit the store to get your stamps!!
And, please visit and like us on Facebook too!!

Friday, September 20, 2013


Hi everyone!!  I am super excited to show you my project today!!  It is my first post to the Niji Blog.  I'm still so excited to be on the team!!
I have used splash inks in several different ways on this piece and want to show you how versatile Splash is!
Niji Splash Ink
Niji Yasutomo Pearlescent Watercolors
Plaid White Acrylic paint
Strathmore Mixed Media Paper
Hero Arts "Italian Poetry"  Background Stamp
Dee Gruening "Inspire" Stamp
Adorn It Star Stamp
Prima Flowers
Maya Road Flowers and Felt Bird
Heidi Swapp Flags
Sharpie White Marker
Ranger Misters and Stamp Foam
Misc: Cardboard, Brown Pen and Gauze
Start by gathering some supplies.  
Here is a sampling of supplies.  Paper, cardboard, Splash ink, Pearlescent Watercolors, Stamps and Foam.
I often make pieces from paper instead of canvas.  I love the weight and feel of mixed media paper, so I use it and glue it to cardboard.  Cut both your paper and cardboard to 7.5x9".  
Next, turn your Splash Ink into a stamp pad.
Drop black Splash into a mister and spray onto stamp foam.  I like to spray it instead dropping it on to the pad in concentrated areas.  Now use the foam to ink up the background stamp and stamp all over your paper.  Next, we will make Splash into acrylic paint!
Put a drop of white acrylic paint on your craft mat and add Splash to get your desired color.  I wanted a light yellow so I added 1 Magenta, 5 Yellow and 25 drops of water to my acrylic paint.  I then dry brushed it over my stamped background by dipping my brush in my paint, brushing most of it off on a paper towel and brushing what is left on the paper.
I buffed the paper with a paper towel to make sure my paper stayed smooth.
Now, take a brown marker and draw your image.  I can't draw for my life, but I love making hair!!  After I had my image, I used 5 Blue and 1 Magenta to make the blue ink for the dress.  I added water to it so it became a lovely watercolor and painted it onto the dress.
I made a second ink pad by putting the same blue color ink in a mister and spraying it on the pad.   Then, I made a really lovely purple on my craft mat, (10 Magenta 1 Blue) added water to it and swiped through it with my foam pad.  It gave me a wonderful shade of purple that I used to stamp my stars and sentiment.  I outlined them with a White Sharpie.
Embellishments came next.  Gauze and flower on her arm.   Flowers, flags and a bird in her hair.  Looking good!!  But I wanted this piece to shine!!  I put some pearlescent watercolors over some areas in the background.  And last, but not least, I sprayed a bit of my blue ink, that was left in my mister, over the piece.  I use spray Splash on everything
I used Splash 4 different ways on this piece.  
Splash in an ink pad for stamping.
Splash as an acrylic paint.
Splash as a watercolor.
Splash as a spray ink.
Thank you for visiting today!  I hope you check out the Niji Blog and the Yasutomo Website.  Lots to see and much to inspire!!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013


Hello friends!!  Welcome to my desk!!  Please remember to visit our hostess Julia, the queen of peeking!!
Creative Chaos!!  Love it!!   I am in the middle of several projects.  The one on the lower right with a jar of Mod Podge on it is for Altered Arts Magazine and I will be making a whole  post on that Wednesday (tomorrow for me).  So, if you want to see more of it, come back!!
 Otherwise, it is just the usual mess with my badge in the center!!  Notebook on the left with some Maya Road goodies above that.  In the center my Hello Kitty tape dispenser and some Prima Marketing inks.  I never heard of them until they were given to me in my box of sponsor products from Altered Arts.  They are a lovely chalk ink in an easy to use little package!  

Thanks so much for visiting!!  I'm off to peek at all of your desks now!!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013


Hello everyone!!

VERY fast post for me this week.  Which is just how our fearless leader, Julia, likes it!!

My desk.  Nothing going on because I am busy on the little desk!  So, some paper and my badge are all I have.

That's it for me!!  Can't wait to see YOUR desk!!

Monday, September 9, 2013


Hello Friends!  Today I want to share an art journal piece I made using the Art Journaling with Terri Sproul 2 set and a stamp from the Love of Butterflies set.

 I just wanted to show you why the Terri Sproul Art Journaling 2 set is so awesome.  There are a lot more stamps than the one's I'm showing with this set, but I wanted to show that the set comes with several stamps that are prompts!  If you are stuck for a theme in our journal, you can just stamp one of these and roll with it!!  I am showing 7 different journal prompts here and a few of the large stamps.  I used the writing, the brick wall and the beautiful flourish.  LOVE this set!!!

 I gathered my supplies.  I used my new Dylusions Journal and my Gelatos that I got from Altered Pages, my stamps and my Stewart Superior ink pads.  I used the black India Ink pad and the Memories dye ink pad in the color Crimson.  Last was a piece of Kraft paper from Bazzill.

I stamped the writing stamp first, lightly with the black ink.  Then, I stamped the brick stamp, harder on top.

Did you know?  You can squish your Gelatos on your craft mat, add water and make paint?  YES YOU CAN!!  I squished some red and a little black to make a brick color.  Added some water with my mister and mixed and squished with my palate knife.

 After I paint it on and it dries, I like to buff it with a paper towel.  It gets the paper bits that may be on the page off and brightens it up a bit.  Do you see that I left a hole in the center of my brick wall?  I did that so the butterflies could get out!!

I stamped 3 butterflies using the Crimson ink.  I folded 2 in half and cut one in half.  I glued one half of the folded butterfly to each side of the "hole".  Then, I glued the half down on each side. Keep the folded half down when you close the journal so every time I open the journal a butterfly will pop up!  I hope I explained this well enough!

Can you see what I was explaining now?  You can see the half of wing is up and there is still a wing on the page.  I think it is pretty cool!!  And I used the pretty flourish stamp on the top right corner and the lower left corner.  I wrote "Fly..Be Free" on the bottom.

Thanks so much for visiting us today!!  I hope you get your SinCity Stamps today!!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013


Hello Everyone!!  I love Wednesday because I get to snoop at desks around the globe!!  Wanna join us?  Just visit our fearless leader, Julia and she has all the info so you can join us!!

Here is my desk
I just finished an art journal page and I got a package in the mail too!!  On the left are my Pan Pastels (LOVE THEM!) and some archival ink.  At the top is some paint, sponges a copic marker and a list.  On the right is a paper towel and a bunch of white pens that don't do what I want them to do.  I put them in a jar out of site for now.  In the middle I got what came in the mail!!  I got a set of Golden Mediums!!  I always use their Gel Medium but this has other things in the box too.  Like heavy medium and coarse molding paste.  Stuff like that.  I can't wait to use them!!

This is the art journal page.  I used my pan pastels, and stamps.  I belong to a group on Facebook run by Terri Sproul.  Just type her name in on Facebook and you will find it!

That's enough of my rambling.  Go enjoy some snooping!!


Today I want to share with you a project I made for Altered Arts Magazine.
I used the Terri Sproul Mixes by Sakura Craft to paint a glass jar I had.  I LOVE how the colors look metallic in some areas!  Then, I used them to paint the paper flowers.  I glued the paper flowers on to the top left corner and put a clear crystal in the center.  I glued some vine ribbon to the jar, and added some pearls.

I love how this project came out!  I hope you do too!!
Please visit us on facebookAltered Arts Magazine
or visit the website.  There is a tab there to view the Altered Arts Magazine blog, and all of ours too!!

Have an awesome day!!