Thursday, January 29, 2015


Hi!  Today I'm sharing a mixed media layout I made using Moxxie's "Springtime" line. 
This line has the most beautiful colors and textures!!

The background paper I started with is "Take Flight".  I used spray inks, inks, stencils, stamps and a marker on it.  I tore strips from the "Springtime Cutouts" and "Songbird" papers and adhered them to the background.  Then I added some mesh tape and acrylic paints.  I cut the butterfly and the bird out of the papers and layered them on top.  Some pretty flowers and wood pieces finished it off.

Here is the entire line.  Isn't it fabulous!!!

I hope you will look for this line!  You can find it online and at your local scrpbooking store!!

Monday, January 26, 2015


When I work, I always make more than one thing.  If I already have paints, inks, stamps,etc. out, I might as well use them up.  Sometimes I make multiple cards, or a card and tag, or a tag and a canvas background.  I just hate to waste.  For example, I always pour out too much paint.  No matter how hard I try to pour out just the right amount, it never works. Then I have to pour out more and I have too much.  So, I use it for something else.  

Last week, I posted a mixed media card with a tutorial for the Tombow USA blog.  This week, I'm showing what I made with my leftovers.

This card was made with the same materials and the same instructions as last week.  Go HERE if you want too see them again.  The stamps are different this time.  The woman stamp is a Dylusions "Survivor" stamp and the "Stay Brave" stamp is by Dina Wakley.

I started with my background and used my FAVORITE Tombow Stamp Runner Dot Pattern Adhesive to adhere the papers to the card.  The "Stamp Runner" is fabulous because you can use it like an adhesive runner OR you can hold it vertically and stamp adhesive in one spot!  Pretty cool!  Next, I stamped my images and cut them out.  

Just like last week, I got my Tombow Dual Brush Pens.  I used 2 different sets of them, Brights and Manga Shonen.  I used all of the blue and green markers from both sets.  I scribbled the colors onto my craft mat and used my Blender Pen to pick them up and apply them to my stamped image.  You can mix the inks or use one at a time.  The Blender Pen gives a watercolor look to your coloring.  And it will not get ruined by the ink.  Just use the ink on the pen until it is gone and you are ready to go!!  Every 10 marker set comes with a Blender Pen!

I love how light her eyes came out!  I also LOVE mixing and making my own colors!!
I added Tombw 3D Foam Tabs to the back of her and added her to the card.

Thanks so much for visiting today!!  I hope you will try these Tombow products for yourself.  I promise, you will not be disappointed!!



Hello!  I have a card to share with you today using SinCity Stamps ~ Stamps and Stencils.
Is he the cutest owl or what???

Cut a piece of watercolor paper to 5.25"x4".  Mix paint with gesso and apply it to the paper with a palate knife.  Let dry.

Ink around the edges with Distress Ink.  Apply stencil on top of paper and spray with brown ink.  My paper was on an uneven surface so some of the ink dripped under the stencil but I love how it looked!

I love how some of the green is showing through the stencil, and some of the brown ink followed the stencil pattern!  I bet if I tried to do it again, I couldn't.  But I want to!!  I splattered some white and black paints on top.

Now,I cut out all my stamps *I know I stamped after I stenciled but you get the point I hope??* and I stamped right on the paper.  I used the branch, owl and the word Hoot.

To finish him I did some coloring and added white sprinkles to his eyes.  Last was the bow.

Thanks so much for visiting today!!  And be sure to try some of these SinCity Stamps products.  You will LOVE them!!

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!!