Sunday, September 25, 2016

Photo Birthday Card For Mojo Monday Challenge 466

The Mojo Monday blog has a challenge each week using a fun card sketch. Once a month they hold a contest to see who wins and you can win a set of Verve stamps if you're a winner! This is for Mojo Monday 466, a challenge without a prize. I love challenges when they help me do something I normally wouldn't have done. Check out the blog here!

Here is how I interpreted the sketch. I did something unique for me, I added a photo to a card! That's my best friend Jessica on the left and me, 90 pounds heavier, on the right ;) The flowers came from a RAK and I made the butterfly a few years ago out of chipboard and the same paper stack as the background. I gold embossed the sentiment from Stampin' Up and sponged Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink on the edges of the circle and the base paper (Lost & Found from My Mind's Eye). Overall this is a simply made card that will be going in a package with her two gifts, a painting on canvas and a purse charm. I wanted to do something special since it's her 30th. I'll share those gifts in a later post!

Check out the sketch challenges on the Mojo Monday blog and don't forget October 3rd is World Card Making Day!

Oh, but my darling, what if you fly? Art Journal Page #4

This page is from my visual art journal notebook, which is smaller (5.5x8 inches) than my regular pages I normally do. The texture here was really interesting because I used pencil shavings and modeling paste to get it! Yes, pencil shavings. It turned out well if you ask me ;) After that was all dry I just took a brush and starting adding various colors. The butterfly and bird are from the Mambi Sheets paper stack by Me & My Big Ideas. I have a bunch of paper doilies from a haul back in 2014 so I used some of those. I painted them separately then added them on which gives a neat effect with the holes showing the base color underneath. I used Glimmer Mist on the top doily and accidentally glued it on upside down, such a Katie thing to do! I found the great quote on Pinterest. I saw it and knew it was absolutely perfect, especially with the butterfly and bird being on the page. I just had to use it. Lastly I used a Tim Holtz rub on for the "FOUND" words. I mentioned them in the last post but I absolutely love them. I have a bunch of Tim Holtz rub ons on my Amazon wish list, they work so well in art journaling.

What's great about the quote is that it's fitting to my life. That's why I was so excited to find it. I am working on taking leaps where I'd normally take baby steps. I realize I don't have time to take some things slow, I just need to jump in and do it. Of course there are times where things need to be taken slow, but I'm referring to the situations where it won't hurt to get down to business. For example, instead of waiting for things to progress super slow with a guy I had a crush on like I had been doing, I took some advice and flat out told him how I felt. It didn't work out but he took it like a champ and things weren't awkward after that. Instead of waiting for signs that may never come I need to take control of my life. I believe in letting God influence my decisions and guiding me, but I have to work, too, he won't make my decisions for me.

So get out there and leap, and you may just fly.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Art Journal Pages 1-3

Last year I started art journaling. I'm not sure what inspired me to start, but I was low on scrapbook supplies and needed a creative outlet. I took a break for awhile but have been back at it for a few months now and I can't get enough of it. I want to share my latest 3 pages with you!

In my last post I mentioned being obsessed with circles thanks to Maremismallart on YouTube. I decided to do a whole page of them! This was a messy page to make since I used my fingers to lay down the base layer of colors. After that it was a lot of stenciling and bubble wrap stamping. To make the circles I traced circular objects like a water bottle cap and a cup, and some others I just drew out in gesso. That's the first step, gesso your circles. It makes sure the paint you put on top of it is more opaque. After that I just took various paint colors I had poured out on a paper plate and used circular motions with my fingers to swirl the paint on, not worrying about mixing the colors together. My favorite circle is the one on the left in the middle. I just can't get enough of the color combo I created on accident! All my words are Tim Holtz rub ons which you can find here. Rub ons are SO my jam these days! My hand-lettering isn't so awesome so these are great in place of handwriting. Plus, I can't seem to find a black paint pen that won't crap out on me after a week (yep, I've tried Sharpie paint pens, two of them). Once I can buy some more transparencies I will be able to make my own rub ons (tutorial to come!). There is so much freedom in making your own personal rub ons.

Ok, this is one of my favorites! Lots of my friends and family loved it too. It's a total knockoff of My Arty Heart's version on YouTube found here. So thank you for the inspiration, My Arty Heart! This looks harder than it really was. First I lay down color in the background with my fingers (I like avoiding brush strokes). Then it was stencil time! I used a really cool stencil from The Crafter's Workshop (found here on Amazon) with hexagons, circles and stars. After that I just drew some oval shapes in pencil and took some more paint and brushed around the shapes. When you do this you can use one color or several and blend them around. At this point all that's left to do is outline your flowers and add any doodling or finishing touches you like! I love using white pen with black as it really adds some great contrast. If you need a white pen recommendation I really like Gelly Roll from Sakura (6-pack found here). It still works after lots of use!

This is my version of Nika in Wonderland's mixed media faces. Hers are much cooler and better drawn, but this one is mine :) To start I lay down some magenta, yellow, and aqua paint with my fingers. I used it pretty sparingly after priming my page with gesso (I always, always prime with gesso). Then I started drawing. Eyes can be tricky to draw and I seemed to have forgotten what I learned from Jane Davenport's book Drawing and Painting Beautiful Faces, haha. Her book on how to draw faces is fabulous and I highly recommend it. Anyway, I added some stenciling and drew in the hair. I used two shades of grey and one purple to make a few shadows and color the hair. I ended up using some Lindy Stamp Gang Magicals to add the green color on the top left. It didn't blend in well so I used my finger, which I do not recommend doing un-gloved...those things really stain skin! At the very end of this I took some white gesso and went over a couple of areas to add contrast and interest. Overall I like it, I just wish my eye was better shaped!

I hope you enjoyed the post and found some inspiration from where I did, too. There are amazing artists out there to get you in the mood for creating so never stop seeking them out. The talent pool is incredible!

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Collaged Mixed Media Cat Canvas

I was browsing Pinterest for some inspiration on a new canvas to make and I came across this adorable decoupaged cat. I had to make my own!

And this is my version! I had a lot of fun with it. I went with a kitten silhouette since I wanted something cutesy. Collaging the cat silhouette was a bit tedious but I love how it turned out. I used some old Mariposa paper and some random sheets I found in my stash from who knows where and a few random paper die cuts.

For the background I used Apple Barrel's Velvet Crush violet. I had originally had orange, yellow and burgundy at the top but I painted over it. Then I added some Inka Gold in Yellow Gold* (I LOVE Inka Gold, it's so thick and opaque, and metallic!) but it didn't look very cohesive so I added more Velvet Crush on top to take it down a notch. It made it blend better. I used Inka Gold on the edges to give it a border. I then used various circular objects to stamp circles in white paint. I used yellow, orange, purple and white to paint a few of the circles. I became obsessed with circles when I saw what Marta Lapkowska from Maremismallart on YouTube did with them in several videos. If you want art journal or mixed media inspiration, please check her channel and blog out, she is very talented and fun to watch!

I have many more canvas/art journal pages to share in the coming days...I am obsessed with it and if you're in a rut creatively it is definitely something to try!

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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

So you think you're a paper crafter?

Art and crafting is for everybody. It doesn't matter how long you've been doing it or how much skill you have. Now, with that disclaimer in mind, let's continue! What we are going to attempt to find out today is just how obsessed with scrapbooking, cardmaking and/or paper crafting you really are. I have created a quiz containing 10 questions that will assess your familiarity with products and techniques. Are you a private in the crafting army or are you a general? Let's find out, and let us know in the comments what rank you got!

Take the quiz now!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Bird Song Bird House

It's been awhile! Seems my posts start like that a lot :) But my family moved to the beautiful mountains in Kentucky and it's taken awhile to get settled. But I have a swap item to share!

Over on my sweet friend Martica is hosting a swap where we make two items for our secret sister using the Graphic 45 Bird Song paper stack. For my first item I chose to alter a paper mache bird house.

I used a variety of roses to make a flower cluster. I surrounded the base with white venice lace.

I kept the roof fairly simple. I just lined it with white lace, added dangling trim on the bottom edges, and glued three rows of pearls on the top.

Side two.

The peacock is a brooch I bought early this year from SaCrafters on Zibbet.

A closeup of my flower cluster. I love flower clusters!

That's it for now, don't forget to leave a comment, they mean so much to me!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Adhesive Rundown

Today we're going to talk about ADHESIVE! A staple of scrapbooking, beginners always wonder what adhesives to use. I conducted a poll on and found that the following were some of the most common used adhesives among the voters:

Glue Dots
Zig Glue
Glossy Accents
Glue Glider Pro

Now, it doesn't take long to figure out that you need several types of adhesive if you're a big paper crafter. I use the following as adhesive:

  • Aleen's Quick Dry or Fast Grab Tacky Glue
  • ATG with non-acid free tape
  • Hot glue
  • Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue

I'll tell you what I like (and don't like) about them:


  • Pros:
    • Cost efficient
    • Good hold for paper
    • No drying time
    • Won't bubble paper
    • Quick application
  • Cons:
    • Big initial investment
    • Takes up a lot of space
Aleen's Quick Dry or Fast Grab Tacky Glue
  • Pros:
    • Dries quickly
    • Cost efficient
    • Strong bond for paper and light embellishments
  • Cons
    • Bubbles under thin paper if applied too thickly
    • Can be messy
Hot Glue
  • Pros:
    • Dries instantly
    • Very strong hold for all craft products
    • Cost efficient
  • Cons:
    • Can be dangerous (burns)
    • Can be messy
    • Requires you to work quickly
    • Bubbles under thin paper
Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue
  • Pros:
    • Strong bond for paper and light embellishments
    • Two tips (broad and fine tip) for various adhesive purposes
  • Cons:
    • Gets stuck on your fingers easily, gumming up your project
    • Pricey

One thing I mentioned in each is cost. That's a big factor in what I use. As for a general purpose adhesive, for a beginner I would recommend the ATG over the Glue Glider Pro. The reason? Cost. Here's what I mean:

  • For ATG, after a $32 investment in the gun, which comes with 36 years of adhesive, the refills are only $10 for 36 yards of acid-free adhesive. It's cheaper at $7 if you use non-acid free refills
  • For the Glue Glider Pro, you get a smaller gun that takes up less space. However, after a $15 initial investment that comes with 40 feet of tape, you only get 13.3 yards for $9.
What about small embellishments? Here I would recommend Glue Dots or Glossy Accents. Glue dots come 300 for $4.29 and Glossy Accents is $5.99 for a bottle that lasts a long time (a little goes a long way!).

So what about the Zig 2-way glue? It works great as a re-sticker for Cricut mats, but unless you want a temporary bond for something, it's not the best adhesive.

The Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue? It's strong, but it always messes up my project as I can't seem to resist getting my fingers in it and it ruining whatever I'm gluing down. But not everyone has this issue, so on cost alone I will judge it. It's a tad bit expensive. It's $3.39, but the bottle is small and you can go through it quickly if you use it exclusively. It's great for small embellishments, but for paper I would recommend a dry adhesive all the way through.

If you're not picky about acid-free products, I HIGHLY recommend a wet adhesive not found in the scrapbooking section. Some favorites are Aleen's Tacky Glue (I recommend Quick Dry or Fast Grab) and the Fabri-Tac glue. It's cost effective and very, very useful. I have found how to use it to glue down paper without it bubbling (a thin layer, which works very well for a permanent bond). It can be used for paper and other embellishments, which I really like. You can also use it for glitter or flocking powder.