Friday, April 5, 2019

Mixed Media: Be True

Ahhhh, playing with colors . . . is there anything better? I have fallen in love (again) with deep colors, like blackberry or plum preserves by Finnabair. 

I use a lot of Creative Embellishments in my work, so of course am also excited to play along with their monthly challenges. Without further ado, let me share with you my take on this month's challenge.

First, I love the color scheme of a deep, rich color "hidden" within all the blue and greens.
In my case, I used Finnabair's Metallique Blackberry.

I have learned that the trick with making a mixed media project is to layer your similar colors.
Here, I first applied Lindy's C'est la vie Cerise and added Blue Hawaiian Blue on top of it. That really gives a project depth and a feeling of movement, if you will.

I have a jar of shimmer flakes that really make a project have a bit of "shiny" to it. 
Hint, when working with shimmer flakes, turn off your ceiling fan.

The twist is to add a wooden piece to your project. I have these CUTE wooden mushrooms by CE and I just had to tuck it in when my greenery.

I finished my canvas with white splashes of Sidewalk Chalk. The quote chips by Tim Holtz are "hands down" the best thing that company has come up with (IMO). I do use quite of bit of TH products, but those quote chips can go anywhere.


Wooden base - on sale at Target

Finnabair: Blackberry Metallique Paint

Lindy's Embossing Powder:
--Bonjour Butter

Lindy's Starburst:
--Blue Hawaiian Blue
--My Mojito Green

Lindy's Flat Fabio:
--Sidewalk Chalk
--C'est la vie Cerise

Creative Embellishments: bird, frame, mushroom

Blue Fern patterned paper

49 and Market flowers

Spanish Moss

Tim Holtz's Word Chips

Cosmic Shimmer Gliding Flakes


Monday, April 1, 2019

Scrap The Boys: Life is Good

Hello and welcome!!! It's that time again for a new challenge at ScrapTheBoys!

A friend of mine said, "Girl, you could have made a bigger cake!" LOL . . . my son really wanted to celebrate his 12th birthday at the Melting Pot and this is how they do it. He just LOVES that restaurant and the close atmosphere the place encourages.

I was hugely inspired by this layout on my Pinterest board.  I wanted to make something simple, but bold! So I grabbed my 49 and Market stamps, gelatos and a smattering of various words stamps from my stash.


Tuesday, March 5, 2019


I am inspired by many sources, especially More than Words, Lindy's Stamp Gang, and the Finnabair design team. I do gravitate towards process videos by Nadya Drozdova, Gabrielle Pollaco, and Olga Bielska. However, I don't quite have the stash these ladies have to work with so I must get creative and work with what I do have. Practice, practice, practice . . . right?

I have been following the challenge blog More than Words for quite some time. I have slowly learned to just play with my art supplies and make my efficient side of my personality take a coffee break. This month's challenge with More than Words is absolute no brainer for me. I could make 20 projects from this challenge off the top of my head. I have two successful book clubs, one of them called Drink n' Dragons. It's all about fantasy, magic, intelligent (hulky) men and strong (kick-ass) women. One of our favorite characters is . . . dragons.

I confess, I found it a bit amusing that this challenge talks about fairies and butterflies. But dragons have wings too, cause without them they are just overgrown lizards.

Thanks for stopping by today!!

Brads, old flowers, layers of Creative Embellishments chipboard and trinkets in my stash
all make up this delicious corner!

I just love the quotes to be found by 7 Dots Studio! I painted the dragon separately from
the rest of the piece.

Using my small stencils, I did manage to stencil the background with modeling paste
to add extra effect to the frame.

I did not have any "fancy" blue in my stash, other than generic acrylic paint. Worked
like a charm to give this piece a touch of bold color!

Thanks for stopping by today!!


5x7 Canvas - turned over

Creative Embellishments chipboard and wooden pieces

Metal Pieces


Prima Marketing
--Wax Red Amber
--Wax Vintage Silk

13@arts - stones and fillers

Finnabair Rust Set
--Gold Rust
--Brown Rust
--Red Rust

Studio Acrylic Paint - Deep Cyan Blue

Mini Stencil

7 Dots Studio - Word Stickers Paint Chips

Teal Pearls

Friday, March 1, 2019

Scrap The Boys: I Love You to the Moon and Further

 Hello and welcome! Today is the start of a new challenge at Scrap The Boys!!
Without further ado, here it is! The design team really went all out and has incredible diversity of pages for this challenge. Hope you find inspiration!

I got the starburst freebie die cut from Paper Issues. I will admit, this did not quite turn out the way I wanted, plus the photo of the page is not helping. It seems I'm on the down low with taking good shots these days with trying to learn to use a new lens.


Friday, February 8, 2019

Mixed Media Canvas: Lost, Seek, Found

I am entering this into two separate challenges: one by Mixed Media Warriors (first time joining them) and Mixed Media and Art.

With the above challenge, I went with mulberry, coral and gold. Love the flowers and letters as well so had a "love lost" theme going on in my head.

The above challenge has a lot of textures to choose from, as well as the deep, rich plum color to work with. I didn't know I even liked the color until I played with it on this canvas.

I was HUGELY inspired by Nayda Drozdova work. She has a video ( I don't think I blinked) that I followed, while still making this piece my own.

Thanks for stopping by today!!!


8 x 10 canvas

49 and Market: Cottage Blooms

Creative Embellishments chipboard pieces
Creative Embellishments wood pieces

Lindy's Stamp Gang:
--Starburst Silent Night Silver
--Starburst Fuzzy Navel Peach
--EP Silver Moon Turquoise
--EP Twilight Blue Slate

Prima Marketing (Finnabair)
--Acrylic Paint Sparks - Ginger Magic
--Acrylic Paint Metallique Plum Preserves
--Wax Blue Velvet
--Wax Vintage Silk
--Melange Art Pebbles - various sizes

Metal Embellishments


Tim Holtz's Quote Chips

Brick Stencil

Black Gesso
Modeling Paste

Friday, February 1, 2019

Scrap The Boys: Loving Today

Hello and welcome!!! Today is the 1st and that means a new challenge is waiting 
for everyone at Scrap The Boys!!! For this month, it's a mood board challenge, 
with lots of blue. For an added bonus, the design team was also provided 
cut files from Cuts 2 You showcasing Created by Gwen Designs.

 I fell instantly in love with the heart and 
it was just a matter of figuring out how I wanted to use it.

I used a touch of Lindy's sprays to really make the heart "pop".
The pattern paper is by Pretty Little Studio's "Ain't Life Grand" collection.



--Strathmore for Acrylic paint 12x12
 (this REALLY is much better for making mixed media "pop")
--AC black cardstock
--Pretty Little Studio words and titles

Lindy's Stamp Gang:

Prima Marketing:
--Color Bloom Summer Sky

Bling from Hobby Lobby

Date stamp

Monday, January 21, 2019

Winter Gift Basket

Hello! I made this gift basket using Dreaming Tree's "Give a Gift" bundle. I signed up for the
Adopt-A-Staff program at my son's school. So every month every single person
working at the school receives a gift from his/her anonymous person.

Every month includes January . . . that weird month we all forget about. 
Babies are still being born, people still need encouragement and it's 
definitely still winter. So out came all those beautiful winter "blues" for
this gift basket, AND my person loves angels.


Basket was made using Bazzil shimmer cardstock and Bobunny's Sleigh Ride collection.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Altered Bird House

For Christmas my son bought me a wooden birdhouse to "play" with using all my fun supplies. I thought I was going to make a winter themed house but this project took on a life of it's own by directing me towards pink. Pink! The only pink I have in my stash is in the Sweet Treats spray set by Lindy's Stamp Gang. So I bought Prima Marketing SPARKS acrylic paint "Butterfly Spells" for extra effect and . . . . more pink.

I also found this fabulous challenge group called Art Playground and what do you know!? Here is this month's challenge.

Guess I really wanted more "girly and pink" than winter and blue.

Without further ado, here it is. Hope it inspires you!!!!

Most of my stash of color is from Lindy's Stamp Gang. I do tend to lean more towards 
the spray and embossing powders than the magicals. I find them perplexing.

Coming up with a design was just a matter of combing thru my stash and 
learning how to play with foamiran for handmade flowers.

When playing with 3D objects, be sure to hit all the corners and sides. 
It will not feel complete otherwise.

Adding numbers (Thickers) for texture was inspiration from one of many 
videos I've watched in regards to mixed media. 

I'm slowly building my stash of "fillers". They seem to be essential 
to buildingmixed media pieces and adding interest and texture.



Lindy's Stamp Gang
--Starburst Spray Set Sweet Treats
--EP Morning Glory Azure
--EP Silver Moon Mistletoe

Blue Fern Studios - Heartland Collection

Prima Marketing SPARKS Butterfly Spells acrylic paint

Finnabair Art Stones

Handmade Foamrian Flowers using Gelatos (Metallic Blueberry & Metallic Grape)
--Chalkink Pink Grapefruit


Die cut fillers by Sue Wilson

Die cut leaves by Spellbinders

Thickers (numbers)

Stone Clock

Creative Embellishments (fairy)

Friday, January 11, 2019

Dreamer Of Dreams

I'm not sure where to start. I was greatly inspired by Lisa Griffith's  page on her November post. I was also greatly inspired by the DT member Mary Tzalla's page for this challenge.

I did make this page for two challenges, both of whom compliment each other.

I adore blues and browns together, mixed with shiny metallic objects. For Creative Embellishments it was the snowflakes and pinecones all the way! I have listed all supplies used at the end of the post.

I am still attempting to "perfect" my mixed media style. I like combining different textures without a lot of interference from me. Meaning I like the metals mixed with delicate flowers combination.

The chipboard pieces are all layered with embossing powder and opal wax.

I wish I had a better photo of the key mold. The design really latched on to the opal wax after applying blue sprays to the piece.

Thank you for stopping by today!!!


--BoBunny's Sleigh Ride Collection

--Lindy's Stamp Gang:
---Flat Fabio Sidewalk Chalk
---Flat Fabio C'est la vie Cerise
---Flat Fabio Danny's Zuke's Denim
---Starburst Spray Azure Sea Asters
---EP Silver Moon Mistletoe

Prima Marketing Opal Magic Wax
Prima Marketing Key Mold

DecoArt Snow-Tex

13@arts Pinecones

49 and Market flowers

Creative Embellishments Snowflakes, swirls and flairs

Writing template and modeling paste

Cut up blue jeans

Lollibeads Keys and Gears

Monday, January 7, 2019

Christmas Tree

Hello!! Today I would like to share with you my latest page using HipKitClub December's main kit.

I have been stalking them for years and I have finally decided to take the plunge to see where the kits lead me. I have two styles I like to play with, one is with bright colors and large die cuts and the other is mixed media.

I am hoping that HipKits encourage my lighter side to come out more. Although I have plenty of paper in my stash, most of it is not recent or just scraps left from other projects.

Without further ado, here is my lighter side using an exclusive cut file by HipKit. I did use SN@P Basics wooden paper for my background.


Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Scrap The Boys: Summer

Hello and welcome to 2019!!!!! I'm happy to say that I will be continuing my journey with Scrap The Boys for the next 6 months. Without further ado, here is the challenge.

Scrap The Boys is based out of Australia and right now it is experiencing summer. I was hugely inspired by "HeyElsie" work on her Instagram page.

The large sun in the background can be found at the Silhouette store. I made "summer" using SCAL4 and lots of cursing and yelling at my computer to "just do it". LOL . . . it's a learning curve.

I used a combination of Echo Park and Lori Whitlock paper (a few years old) for this layout.


Thursday, December 20, 2018

Believe . . . Mixed Media Canvas

Hello there!!! Today I would love to share with you my latest Christmas project(s). Actually, I made three of these canvases but the other two I will share later as they are Christmas presents for my mom and sister.

I follow Creative Embellishments blog and challenges every month. I think my next creation will involve more gears as this photo definitely has a lot of cogs and wheels going on in it.

Without further ado here is what I came up with. I also planned on submitting to the More Than Words mixed media challenge but I forgot to add stamping. Oh well.

However, Lindy's Stamp Gang also has a color challenge this month as well.  I do not have the exact matches of their color challenge, but I do have the Jingle Bells spray set and embossing set.

I was extremely inspired by Olga Ravenskaya's Winter Forest Canvas that she made back in January 2018. I don't have her talent, but I sure did have fun making this.


This canvas is a mixture of Creative Embellishment's chipboard pieces, dies by Sue Wilson at DiesRUs, Finnabair products, Lindy's Stamp Gang products and random collections from my stash.

The scroll is music pattern paper by Graphic 45 "12 Days of Christmas" collection. I used embossing powder Bougainvillea Red Teal on the poinsettias. The reindeer is a mixed of the red teal and Scotch Broom Yellow.

Here is a layer of the embossed dies and chipboard, all embossing by Lindy's products. Believe has Silver Moon Turquoise  and the leaves are all embossed using Fiddlehead Fern Green.

My favorite piece in all this is the frame. I had no idea that mixing Scotch Broom Yellow and Midnight Gold embossing powders would create such an effect.


Lindy's Stamp Gang:

Creative Embellishments (frame, reindeer and leaves)

Finnabair Art Stones and Melange Art Pebbles

Straws from Hobby Lobby

Graphic 45 "12 Days of Christmas" - scroll


Christmas Flair

(can be found at