Friday, July 1, 2016

MMMC #26 - Reach for the Stars

Hello July! I can tell this is going to be one AMAZING month and I'm happy to be kicking it off with The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge and this fun new theme: REACH FOR THE STARS! You really need to visit MMMC to what the design team created... everybody interpreted the theme differently and it makes for some stunning projects! 

We are so excited to have the super talented Seth Apter as our July Guest Designer. He works with the gorgeous mixed media magazine Cloth Paper Scissors, he's an artist, and he also designs products like stamps and stencils. Truly he is a rock star and we are thrilled to have him!

He is also sponsoring our July prize! One random entrant will get Seth's beautiful stamp set!

Ok just one last thing before I *finally* get to my project... we are welcome a new Design Team Member! Clare Messenger is joining our team and you MUST view her first project HERE! It's gorgeous!

Now it's my turn!! I used the theme to have fun with a July 4th inspired art journal spread

My family and I had just visited Fort McHenry in Baltimore, where The Star Spangled Banner was written. That trip inspired the theme and the quote of my page: 
Through the clouds of the war the stars of that banner still shone.

The background of my page is created with Design Memory Craft Gelatos® in Cotton Candy, Blueberry, Snow Cone, Coconut, and Red Cherry. Once I colored the Gelatos® on my art journal, I sprayed the entire page with A LOT of water. I really wanted the pigment to move, mix, and flow through the page.

I used an old rubber star stamp from Unity and some red, white, and blue acrylic paints to 'stamp' the image throughout the journal. I found a lot of star wood veneers in my stash, sprayed them with navy mist, and glued them onto my page.

Thanks for spending your summer day with me! I can't wait to see your projects fill the Mixed Media Monthly gallery!

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016


It's been a while since I've shared a handmade card. I do still make them, especially when there's Lawn Fawn sitting on my desk waiting to be used! Today Paper Issues is featuring all things Lawn Fawn over at the blog! And don't forget Paper Issues sells Lawn Fawn in the store (and you can get 20% off with the code RWKRAFTS)!!!

It's hard to resist the off-the-charts cuteness of this new Lawn Fawn release. For my Flamingo card I used stamps "Flamingo Together" and "Yay, Kites!" that were colored with my Prismacolor Pencils. I also used some darling Lawn Fawn paper from the 6x6 "Let's Polka in the Meadow" stack.

I had a lot of fun creating this Mermaid card! I created the background by layering about 6 different blue Distress Inks, misting with water, then inking again... and again and again until I thought it looked like water. Then I stamped the seaweed along the bottom and up the side in a dark grey ink. This gives depth to the ocean scene and is so simple to do! Finally I stamped and colored just about every single image in the Lawn Fawn "Mermaid For You" stamp set. I stamped on watercolor paper and colored with my Faber Castell Aquarelle pencils. There are matching dies but I instead chose to fussy cut all of the images.

My last card today uses the cute mermaids again but with a much simpler background. I layered adorable papers from "Polka in the Meadow" and did some simple stamping on the bottom. These mermaids are also colored with Faber Castell Aquarelle pencils.

I'll try to create more cards now that I have some time over the summer! I just love these new Lawn Fawn stamps and I haven't even inked them all yet!

Go grab your favorite Lawn Fawn goodies in the shop and get 20% off EVERYTHING with the code RWKRAFTS at checkout. Have fun!

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Ten Years of Meeko

This is a quick pop-in to share a very important mini album I created in honor of my fur baby's 10th birthday! I post every single one of the inside pages (one favorite photo per year of Meeko's life!) over at the Paper Issues Blog! Click Here to Check it Out! Thanks so much!

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