Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Thanks: Mixed Media and Die Cut tag

Hello there!! Today I'm dropping by to quickly share with you my latest fall tag. 

Recently, I've forced myself to significantly reduce my crafting budget for various reasons. I already have so much to work with, it's not that much of a "hardship".

I'm part of a school project called "Adopt-A-Staff" in which we provide small gifts to a teacher/staff member during the school year. I see it as a great opportunity to play with my stash!!

My sister gave me a bag of fall goodies over a year ago and I stuffed them into my "fall" drawer. Whelp, I pulled out that bag, did some fussy cutting and had quite a few die cuts to layer!!

All that was left was the background!! I really wanted it to be colorful but simple and somewhat masculine. I mixed Lindy's squirt Maple Syrup Bronze and magical Autumn Maple Crimson with modeling paste. Layered those colors using my Prima tapestry stencil (awesome stencil, by the way). Then I added Moon Shadow Mist Golden Doubloon very lightly. Did a little stamping with some text, and voila!


Friday, November 15, 2019

Believe in Yourself: Mixed Media Artist Palette

You know how your brain can tease you with creating something fabulous?? Well, lots of different scenarios happened to get this piece out of my head and into something tangible.

First, I was greatly inspired by Ola Kohmenok at Mixed Media Place. I just loved the idea of using a paint palette. Secondly, More Than Words had a challenge last month with "costume/masks and black background". Although I'm too late to enter, I still loved the idea.

Finally, a very good friend of mine spent months planning her daughter's Quinceañera and I happily went having a grand time with friends. Everyone was lovely and the tradition behind the event was a tear-jerker. Anyway, I told my friend that I really wanted to make a piece featuring her daughter and to "give" me a photo. It wasn't quite an arm wrestling match but I almost didn't give her a choice, because my inner creative side was desperate to come out. She understood as she's an artist as well.

Without further ado, here is the piece. I hope it inspires you. I will say I made this with a purpose. I used the colors of the Quinceañera along with adding touches of embellishments that were specific to this event. Thanks for stopping by today!!!

P.S. I really miss my light box. Supplies listed below.

I layered the piece with moulds, metallic trimmings, chipboard and stenciling. I then covered it all with black gesso, followed by white gesso. Doing that can really create a wonderful contrast with your colors, even if you are using the same set.

The colors of the Quinceañera were orange and purple, matching the Mexican holiday 
"Day of the Dead". I couldn't quite make this palette gothic, as I wanted to focus 
on the daughter's feminine side.

One of the reasons I was insisting on a paint palette was that both daughter and mother are artists. It's definitely a more interesting background than a rectangle.

Her mother picked out the title, knowing her daughter's growth thru the teenage years.

I used a number stencil to bring in the significance of the 15th birthday.

The wings, crown, paintbrushes, butterfly, flowers and even the chipboard dress mannequin were about the daughter. I wanted to add shoes and a ring, but alas, those pieces aren't in my stash. I have a car-lovin' son, so no barbie shoes here.

I know many blog posts discuss "how" they actually made something. In the end, it's all about layers and having fun with the color scheme. You almost can't go wrong.

Thank you!!


Wooden artist palette

Black gesso
White gesso
White Acrylic Paint

Old paint brushes

49 and Market Salmon flowers
Graphic 45 French Lilac and Purple Royalty

Finnabair Colors:
Metallique Plum Preserves
Sparks Ginger Magic

Finnabair Other:
Melange Art Pebbles
Art Stones
Texture paste - graphite
Heavy Body Gel
Soft Gloss Gel
Wax - Old Silver

Gilding Flakes - Aurora Lights

Tim Holtz Quote Chips

Lindy's Stamp Gang:
Fuzzy Navel Peach

Textured stencils

Creative Embellishments Chipboard

Monday, July 8, 2019

Trust Your Heart Mixed Media Canvas

Hello! Today I would like to share with you my latest piece for the Mixed Media Place mood board challenge. I was hugely inspired by this piece made by Mallika Kejriwal.

I was at a scrapbooking retreat with my sister and had to go shopping within the local store to make this piece. I was geeked out to find the laser cuts by 49 & Market and coordinating flowers by Prima. But for the most part I was limited with my other products that I took with me, which did not include my entire color supplies.

I used my favorite stencil, brick wall, and Finnabair texture paste white sand to get started. I then layered Lindy's Merry-Go-Round Green and Finnabair's Unicorn Hair over the stencil. I added a touch of stamping with Versamark and EP Midnight Gold. I did not want the background too busy. The Tim Holtz's quote chips were the only items I took with me to make a title. So if it doesn't quite "make sense" to you with this piece, that is why.

I'm glad I had certain colors with me for this project, or it would not have been made at all. Being limited at the retreat really made me focus on what I could do, instead of feeling lost within my large stash at home. I did manage to take a lot of my mixed media supplies, but I was choosy about my color stash (cause I didn't want to carry it all with me). I'm really happy with how this turned out and hope you find inspiration.



49 and Market Laser Cuts - Tattered Garden
Prima Marketing Flowers - Orchard Mix
Tim Holtz Quote Chips

Lindy's Stamp Gang:
Flat Merry-Go-Round Green
EP Spanish Moss Green
EP Midnight Gold

Sparks Acrylic Paint - Unicorn's Hair
Mica Flakes
Art Pebbles
Texture Paste - White Sand

Cosmic Shimmer Gliding Flakes

Moss from a yard sale :)

Metal Embellishments - Amazon

Creative Embellishments:
Circle Vine Frame

Brick Stencil

Versamark Ink

Friday, July 5, 2019

We Dream In Colors

Hello! I'm very excited to show you my latest canvas following the Finnabair Art Recipe challenge. I have quite a bit of Finnabair products, but Impasto paints are not one of them so I had to improvise for my project. The challenge is to use the color scheme and at least two of the products listed.

Colours of June Art Recipe:
brown, green, blue

Finnabair Moulds
Art Alchemy: Impasto Paints
Art Ingredients: Mica Powder
Art Basics: Modeling Paste

I was inspired by Love Passionately by Tiffany, with the blues and rusts mixed together.  I will also say that I'm constantly inspired by Nadya Drozdova and Olga Bielska of the mixed media world. I love how these two can bring a range of products to a canvas and it not look like a hot mess, but rather a beautiful piece of art.

When I make a canvas, I want it to be personal . . . something my family and I can relate to. Especially since I don't sell my projects (yet). I had to bribe my son on vacation to let me take a photo of him performing a high side-kick. (There was money involved...LOL.) He can get higher, but he risked ripping up his swim trunks. I'm super-geeked out with how this turned out!! This piece embodies our vacation, my son's martial arts skills and promises of the future. Think of it as a mini-scrapbook page!

Finnabair has moulds that you can make seashells!! Woot! I colored them with Lindy's Blue Hawaiian Blue and followed that up with Finnabair's Old Silver and Antique Gold waxes. Finally, all over the piece I dabbed Finnabair's red rust paste.

Here is the Creative Embellishments steampunk piece I used, colored with Lindy's Cattail Copper Brown. It's not as big as I thought, which is one reason I went with a smaller canvas size. I added layers of Finnabair's Cogs and Wings moulds and melange pebbles on top of it.

The art stones and pebbles are colored with Lindy's Merry-Go-Round Green. The Chicken Wire (reversed) stencil is made with Finnabair's modeling paste and Lindy's Magical Shaker Bratwurst Brown. The title is from a EU paper collection called Stamperia that I picked up at a local scrapbook store.


Challenge Products:
Finnabair Wings and Cogs Mold
Finnabair Seashore Treasures
Finnabair Modeling Paste with chicken wire stencil

Other Finnabair Products:
Finnabair Mini Art Stones
Finnabair Art Stones (pebbles)
Finnabair Melange Pebbles
Finnabair Wax Old Silver
Finnabair Wax Antique Gold
Finnabair Red Rust Paste

Colors by Lindy's Stamp Gang:

6x6 Mini Chicken Wire Reversed Stencil
Tim Holtz's Tissue Wrap Melange
Creative Embellishments Steampunk Chipboard
Creative Embellishments Seaweed Chipboard

Frame from stash
Stamperia Paper #SBB540 (title)

Wednesday, July 3, 2019


Hello there! For NSD, I randomly won some cut files from The Cut Shoppe! The large paradise title was one of my choices . . . isn't it fabulous!!!

I used my Silhouette and SCAL to cut the file out. I fussy cut a LOT of flowers from BoBunny's Boardwalk and Beach Therapy pattern paper. Hope you are inspired!

P.S. The photos are from our cruise on the Carnival Magic!



BoBunny Boardwalk and Beach Therapy paper and stickers
The Cut Shoppe title
Silhouette Cameo
Pretty Little Studio Island Treasure Confetti
Pretty Little Studio Island Treasure Flair
Wooden Embellishments by Creative Embellishments

Monday, July 1, 2019

Scrap The Boys: And So the Adventure Begins

Hello there!! I am sharing my last layout with Scrap The Boys DT today! I have been with Rachel and the team for nearly two years!!! 

This month's challenge comes with cut files by Gwen!!! 

I used Pretty Little Studio's Ain't Life Grand paper and embellishments for this layout. I also used two of Gwen's files for this . . . her background file and large adventure title.

Thanks for stopping by today!!!

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Mixed Media Canvas: Timeless

Hello there! Creative Embellishments has an interesting challenge this month and I enjoyed playing along!! I love piling on the embellishments for a canvas, but the color scheme was especially fun to play with.

The base of my canvas is made with stencils and modeling paste. This is quickly followed by corrugated chipboard (this is found in random purchases of household objects) and a layer
of a large piece of Creative Embellishments honeycomb chipboard.

Lots of layering and gluing commenced after that. I worked on this piece in sections. I painted and worked on the background separately from the main attraction. I also accidentally discovered the really cool effect of using Finnabair's Opal Magic Coral-Green.

I just had to add that really cute little fork into this piece. Have no idea why. The melange pebbles
are all painted with Finnabair's Sparks Butterfly Spells. No other distressing so they would 
really stand out, like stars.

I simply love the metallique blackberry and plum preserves color. I don't have this color
anywhere else in my home or clothes closet, but I just love it on my canvases.



Finnabair Art Alchemy:
--Metallique Blackberry
--Metallique Plum Preserves
--Sparks Butterfly Spells
--Opal Magic Coral-Green

Finnabair Other:
--Melange Pebbles
--Wax Blue Velvet
--Wax Vintage Silk
--Art Stones
--Black Gesso
--White Gesso
--White Sand Texture Paste

Prima Marketing Molds:
--Moon and Stars
--Cogs and Wings
--Everleigh Flourish

49 and Market:
--Chipboard Timeless Pieces

Dylusions Large Numbers stencil
Other Stencil

Corrugated Chipboard
Bottle Cap
Metal gears and key - Amazon
Paper Studio metal pieces
Flowers from stash

Creative Embellishments Chipboard gears and background

Monday, May 13, 2019

Mixed Media: Care

Hello! Today I would like to share with you my final project for the "Adopt-a-Teacher" PTA campaign. Volunteers can "adopt" one staff member to give a gift to every month. This is my final one for this school year. Hope she likes it!!

I also followed this month's color challenge at Lindy's Stamp Gang, especially since this staff member's favorite color is purple!! All my supplies are listed at the end of this post.

I wanted this project to resemble a card, without actually being a card. I wanted to keep it small and less complicated than my larger canvases. It's funny how I still end up using a LOT
of supplies though. The base is Tim Holtz tissue paper, modeling paste with stencil and layering two of Lindy's sprays.

I built the embellishments using fillers, CE frame, Prima key mold and flowers. I added die cut fillers and metal embellishments from my stash to give this a rather "full" look.

I tried to find in my stash a title that was appropriate for a teacher. I found this cute metal embellishment by Prima. I know it's not much, but I felt the word summed up teachers and staff quite nicely.

I added Vintage Gold Wax as a final touch to my project. Hope you are inspired!



Lindy's Stamp Gang:
--Starburst Hi Maintenance Magenta
--Starburst Cotton Candy Pink
--EP Stardust Candy Rose

Creative Embellishments Chipboard Frame

Metal Embellishments (Amazon)

Tim Holtz
--Botanical Layers
--Black Embossing Powder
--Tissue Wrap - Melange

Sue Wilson Die Cut fillers

Blue Fern Studios Flowers

--Wax Vintage Gold
--Mettalique Butterfly Spells
--Melange Pebbles

Prima Molds - Key holes

Stencil and Modeling Paste

49 and Market flower fillers

White Gesso
Tacky Glue
Hot Glue
Glossy Accents
4x6 canvas

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Scrap The Boys: One of a Kind

Hello again! Today I'm sharing with you my DT layout with ScrapTheBoys!!
Here is the challenge:

Let's just say it's rather hard to get my son in front of camera these days. And, it's even harder
 for me to be beside him since I'm the one holding the camera.
So, photo booths for the win!!!

This fabulous cut file is a freebie provided by TheCutShoppe! I believe it was 
created with Spring in mind but I love how girly and versatile the file actually is.
I wanted to step away from the typical "mommy and me" layouts cause that's just not us.
Plus, my wonderful kid doesn't mind if I put his mugshot on pink paper.

The papers and embellishments are from HipKitClub
where I used both a mixture of January and February kits. 

Thanks for stopping by today!!

Monday, April 22, 2019

Mixed Media: Dwell In Possibility

Hello and welcome! Today I would like to share my latest piece made for April's challenge at Lindy's Stamp Gang.

I was hugely inspired by Olga Ravenskaya's piece made last year and Cindy W's piece made for this month's color challenge at Lindy's Stamp Gang.

I had to order the moon and stars Prima mold from Ebay because no one can seem to keep it in stock, it's so widely popular!! Anyway, I had fun with the creative process of combining all the various elements for this piece.

First part of this process was gesso . . . followed by crackle paste. I then "smooshed" the Tapestry
stencil over the crackle in various places. I then used glitter on the wet crackle paste and set aside to dry.

I worked on my embellishments next. I used Bonjour Butter EP on most of my mold pieces, 
but saved using mint and teal on my moon face.

For my CE chipboard pieces, I gessoed, followed by embossing powders 
Madonna Robe Blue Gold and Cleopatra's Copper.

The background was sprayed using C'est la vie Cerise, Merci Beacoup Mint and Tilt-a-wheel Teal. There are small touches of Bonjour Butter spray all around for dimension and interest. I finished the piece up by combining mint and teal with art stones and spreading that all over.

I did add splashes of white but that is a bit hard to see for some reason.



Lindy's Stamp Gang:
-Flat Fabio:

-Lindy's Embossing Powders

Prima Marketing:
--Tapestry Stencil
--Molds Vintage Art Decor, Curio Trinkets, Wings & Gears, Moon and Stars

Finnabair: Art Stones, Melange Pebbles, Glitter Set ABloom

13@arts: Ayeeda Powder Fine Grained Grit

Die cut Orange Blossoms open petals and fillers by Sue Wilson

49 and Market Sea Breeze Blossoms

Tim Holtz' Quote Chips

Blue Fern Studio's Flower

--Flourish Page Corner 5
--Punchinella Pieces

Stamps - Random

Gesso and Crackle Paste

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