Monday, November 13, 2017

Snow White Art Journal

With the stress of work and school and real-life I've noticed that I'm drawn more to my art journal lately. It's a great way to get lost in some paint without having to worry about perfect placement or what others will think about it. I really enjoyed creating this art journal page for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Snow White

At first I was going to do an all white color palette, but as I created the light blues and purples became just as important in my 'snow' making.

I pulled out some old Unity Stamps for the background (I stamped with paint) and The Crafter's Workshop stencils for the stars and branches. First I used modeling paste with the stencil, then once the paste dried I layered the stencil back in place and painted them blue and purple.

I used the Dina Wakley art journal with the burlap panel cut down to be a flap to hide the quote.

The future lies before you
like a field of fallen snow.
Be careful how you tread it
for every step will show.


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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Disney Traveler's Notebook Flip Through

Welcome back! For my birthday this year we celebrated at the Happiest Place on Earth and I'm even more thrilled to say we are Disneyland Annual Passholders! Woohoo! So to document our trip I decided to create a mini album out of a spare traveler's notebook insert.

There are about 30 pages in this album and it took me 2 weeks to complete. It was a labor of love but completely worth it, plus it's my first Disney mini album! If the video below isn't working you can always watch it directly in youtube right here.

I hope you enjoy the video of all the pages. I've included some photos below of my favorites...

****SUPPLIES**** Traveler's Notebook Insert: Simple Stories Say Cheese Collection: Say Cheese Cardstock Stickers: Say Cheese Alpha/Phrase Stickers: Say Cheese Brads: Say Cheese Chipboard Stickers: Fancy Pants Spellbound Emphemera Pack: Fancy Pants Spellbound Tags: Fancy Pants Spellbound 6x6 Paper: Pink Paislee Spellcast Paper: FABER CASTELL GELATOS SET: ATG Refills: Scotch ATG Gun: Mini Hot Glue Gun: Tombow Mono Liquid Glue:
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Sunday, October 8, 2017

My First Configurations Box - Halloween

 It took about 2 weeks of slowly working here and there when I was inspired... but my first configurations box is complete! And I have to say I'm pretty happy with how it turned out :)

Before I really knew where it was going, I first painted all of the boxes and put some background details inside. The paint I used was Elephant from Dina Wakley Media, and I distressed all of the edges with a bit of Antique Stain by DecoArt. The glitter and other sparkly shiny bits used in the background are all from Finnabair.

The main images of the entire box are two amazing stamps by Stampotique called Daniel's Tree Topper and Dweeze that I stamped on watercolor paper and colored with Dina Wakley Media Scribble Sticks.

The Dweeze box is my favorite part! The cool spooky tree branch was die cut from chipboard and then heat embossed with black embossing powder multiple times until it got thick and bumpy. I hot glued the branch across the box then glued Dweeze to the branch. Dweeze is anchored by the "halloween" sign on the bottom, which has been painted with Spiced Marmalade. A couple of bats and an Ideaology skeleton hanging on the top finish it off.

I think this tiny 1" box really packs a creepy punch! I tinted the Salvaged Doll with the DecoArt antique stain and glued a stabby looking pen nib in her hands... only she knows where those skulls and bones came from!

The small box on the top is pretty straightforward with a 31 plaque that's been tinted with Distress Paints Wilted Violet and Twisted Citron. The vial was stained with Adirondack alcohol ink and some Finnabair glitter placed inside. The crossbone was also painted with Twisted Citron and hot glued to the box.

Hot glue is your best friend when making a configurations box, don't let anyone tell you otherwise! I hot glued a stacked of skulls, some bones, an embossed raven, and the creepy angel to the box on the top. 

I'll be linking this project to with the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge "Walk on the Dark Side" and also the Stampotique Designer Challenge "Anything but a Card"


Gumdrops (stained with Adirondack alcohol)
Mini Plaquettes (31 number plaque)
Wicked Alpha-Parts (spooky, halloween, and bats)
Raven Thinlets Die (tree branch)

DecoArt Antique Cream


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Yesterday was World Card Making Day! It felt great to create again, even if it's just something small. There are so many great challenges that I've been missing out on... I can't believe this is my first entry to the wonderful Lawnfawnatics Challenge! The current challenge is "Happy Little Critters" where you need to showcase a Lawn Fawn critter in your project.

This Halloween ATC uses the little deer from "Party Animal" combined with a Frankenstein hat and stitches from "Booyah", both colored with Copic markers.

The background was super cute to create. I rubbed Distress Oxide Inks Wilted Violet and Spiced Marmalade over black cardstock. Next I used the Measured stencil from Tim Holtz with some Twisted Citron Distress Paint. The final touches include the metal skull (painted with Spiced Marmalade Distress Paint), a fork (ha!), and the Boo stickers.


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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Hello, Baby

I'm back! We are officially moved in to the wonderful city of Berkeley, California. We've had an incredibly busy summer, a lot of driving, a lot of training for work, and not so much crafty time. My studio is finished enough to finally make something, and man did it feel good to stamp and color! So my first card is for my bestest friend in the world and her new adorable baby!

Since it's been so long, I needed some inspiration. I turned to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge which is "For a Child". Naturally I made a card for almost 3 week old baby George :)

I stamped several small images from Mama Elephant's "New Family" stamp set for a background. I colored all images with my Copic markers.

The little bun bun and sentiment are also from the New Family stamp set. Welcome to the world sweet baby George and congrats to Katie! Love you guys!


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Sunday, May 21, 2017

And So...

It's about time to dust this old blog off and post something :) We're in the middle of selling our house and moving across the country, so artsy time is few and far between. I decided to join in the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Home Sweet Home.

The base for this quick tag was some torn up Gelli Prints I had from years ago. I adhered it to the tag with Design Memory Craft Honey Medium.

Then I added some dry-wall tape to add texture. I colored the tape with purple and light blue Scribble Sticks to pull some colors from the Gelli Print.

I forgot to take a picture of the next step... I used white fluorescent ribbon from a gift bag and adhered it to the tag. It needed a very thick layer of Gel Medium and a lot of time to dry! While I waited, I worked on coloring my house images...

I stamped the house images onto Gesso'd watercolor paper and colored with Scribble Sticks. The stamps are from Unity Stamp Co "Create Your Day" and "Tumbleweed Houses".

Finally I added some clear gems, a metal arrow, and a sentiment. Tag finished!

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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Hoppy Easter!

Happy Easter everybunny! 
I'm just hopping over to dust off the ol' blog and post some adorable Easter cards. My dear friend Lynn Kopas and I created some cards while we were at Crop on the Cape... So here they are!

These cards are created with adorable Lawn Fawn stamp sets and Lawn Fawn paper pads. Happy Easter!



Paper Pads


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Monday, March 27, 2017

Topflight Stamps Grand Opening Hop!

Hello everyone! Welcome to the Topflight Stamps Grand Opening Blog Hop! You can shop for hard to find, international stamps all in one place. And they offer free shipping in the US for orders over $50!

Today we have an AWESOME blog hop (read through the end of this post for details) with some of the best paper crafters in the industry. They are each featuring some of our favorite stamps, many you probably have not seen before. Be sure to comment on this blog and all the blogs on the hop to be eligible for the GRAND PRIZE a $50 store credit!!!  PLUS  - each of the designers in this blog hop are giving away a $10 gift certificate to one of the commenters on their post. I will announce my winner here on Monday, April 3.  The $50 Grand Prize winner will be announced on the Topflight Stamps Blog on the same day. Good luck!!

Today I'm sharing a mixed media card created with the fun set "Les Chiens (dogs)" by Katzelkraft rubber stamps. 

I stamped all the doggies on watercolor paper with Archival Black Ink and colored them with Faber Castell Art Grip Watercolor Pencils. I fussy-cut each of them to use later on another card.

I love creating little scenes on my cards, and this one was so easy! I colored 3 Gelatos on my craft mat to use as watercolors. Here I used Starburst, Stardust, and Mars Iridescent Gelatos to create a simple sunset look on my paper. I also die cut Lawn Fawn Grassy Border Die from watercolor paper and colored it with Comet Gelatos.

Topflight Stamps also has an amazing Grand Opening Special Discount - 20% off ALL orders - use code TFS-GO20

Now, be sure to check out all these blogs and comment for your chance to win the grand prize!!
   Topflight Stamps 
   Donna Bowman
   Linsey Rickett  
   Karen Crossen
   Tenia Nelson
   Sandy Allnock
   Rachel Kleinman - You are here!
   Teri Anderson
   Lisa Adametz

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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Valley of the Sun

It has been probably close to a year since I entered a project into the Simon Says Stamp Challenges. Well I'm putting an end to that today! I've created my first ever Traveler's Notebook page ('bout time, since I've owned the notebook for almost a year) inspired by the SSS Monday Challenge, Transport It.

It's almost impulsive at this point that I take a photo out of the airplane window. It's hard not to, when you get a view you will never receive anywhere else. Especially without a single cloud in the sky! So hopefully it's obvious that my "Transport It" item is the airplane :)

I'll be submitting the full spread into the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes.
This cool Rays stencil by Stampers Anonymous always reminds me of the Arizona state flag, so that was the first item I KNEW I needed to include. I filled in the stencil with a combination of Design Memory Craft Gelatos (Banana, Orange Soda, and Blood Orange) that I blended with my finger. I also used these same Gelatos colors with water and a paintbrush to add a wash of color down the page.

Hope you enjoyed my first Traveler's Notebook page! I plan on filling this thing up with little photos in the coming weeks :)

Also... As of this blog posting, the beautiful 52 piece Gelatos set is $10 off at Amazon! Give em a try and then let me know how much you love them! ;)

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Happiest Place on Earth

It's been two months since I posted to my blog?!!! I'm sad how much it's getting neglected. I also haven't made a scrapbook page in many months... maybe since September. Leave it to a Paper Issues online crop to fix that!

Today I'm playing along with the "Bossy Bitch!" challenge in the Paper Issues Friends and Fans facebook group. The challenge was to use 8 items from their list on your layout.

It's also been a long time since I've purchased any scrapbook paper, except for the winter items for my December Daily. So all the paper is from Crate Paper Winter and Cocoa. Embellishments are from all over the place ;) I did use Gold Texture Luxe Paste from Design Memory Craft for the neat stencil in the background.

I was lucky enough to celebrate my 30th birthday at the Happiest Place on Earth! I love Disneyland <3

The items I used were: enamel dots, gold, mist, date stamp, paper clip, tag, chipboard, alpha stickers, and washi!

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