Thursday, June 14, 2018

Mixed Media Canvas: Choose To Shine

Hello there! Today I'm sharing with you my latest creation that I specifically made for Lindy's June challenge. I had so much fun getting rather messy putting this all together. This is my first time entering Lindy's challenges. I hope to make much more!!

I always list supplies and links at the end of my post. Thanks so much for stopping by today!!

Can you believe I started this with a paper towel?! Yep, the background is a paper towel covered in gesso. I probably won't do that again, but it was a good challenge trying to work with it.

This above is Lindy's June challenge color scheme. I don't have the exact colors in my stash so I used colors that, I hope, were closely matching.

I was greatly inspired by Ingrid's dream canvas from 2015.

I had a little goof up with using the right glue for the Finnabair Melange art pebbles. Live and learn, right??

What I love most about mixed media is getting messy with different textures. My scrapbook pages and cards are "neat and orderly", but this art style encourages you to abandon all that.

Here I'm showing you a close-up of the different art stones that I used. I did add dry brush gesso at the end to help make the colors "pop".

The white leaf stems are cut using my Sillouette. 

There is a chipboard heart by Creative Embellishments underneath the flower cluster. I did not intend to bury it so completely, but making a canvas really takes a life of it's own.

I recently bought Finnabair package of mixed media pastes, which included White Sand.

I'm very happy with how this turned out. I know I'm not really describing how I made it because it's all a blur to me. I do frequently watch videos and visit blogs of lots of mixed media artists. For now, my work is "simple" in comparison.

Thank you so much for stopping by today!!!!


Lindy's Stamp Gang:

13@rts Black Microspheres

Finnabair products:
White Blanc Art Stones
Melange art pebbles
3D Gloss Gel
Soft Gloss Gel
White Sand Texture Paste

Prima flowers
Tim Holtz Quote Chips
Wooden "hello" (random from stash)
Random stars from stash
Silhouette cutting file

8x10 canvas
paper towel
white gesso
mod podge glue

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

ISBG: Today is full of possibilites

Hello there! Today I want to share with you my latest project using International Scrapbook Garden's toolshed kit: Colorburst.

So far, I have made five pages with this kit and love them all. It is so full of masculine goodies that it is just brilliant for any boyish pages you want to make. The kit has lots of items from 49 and Market, Lindy's Stamp Gang, Creative Embellishments and 7 Dots Studio . . . you just can't go wrong. All supplies are listed at the end of my post.

One of my son's last 5th grade projects was called "The Decades Project" and he was part of the 1910's and 20's group. The kids were encouraged to dress up according to the time period they represented. We just couldn't resist. My husband and son made an evening of it and bought a suit closely matching the time period. I found a hat on Amazon and well. . . . you can see the results. He shined at school all day, refusing to change. I think he secretly loved all the attention.

This is also the same time of year that blue bonnets bloom here in Texas. Lots of moms were asking about getting photos of their kids and blue bonnets on FB. I bragged online saying  . . . . "eat your heart out, blue bonnets". Even boys need to be taught to be comfortable with how they look and feel in their own skin.

Without further ado, here it is. I hope my work inspires you. I know I get enormous inspiration following 49 and Market's design team as well as Lindy's Stamp Gang. Hint: someday, when I'm all grown up, I hope to be good enough to land one of those design teams.

Thanks for stopping by today!!!!

Most of this page is from the kit, the main exception is the Tim Holtz' metal embellishments.

I love layering die cuts. Having a small cluster away from the main photo keeps your eye moving.

I am learning that it is ok to add flowers to "boy" layouts. By adding the metal embellishments, I believe it helps the page retain it's masculine feel. Without the metal, I felt my page was just a bit too "flat" feeling.

I layered tags and frames here. This is a great way to keep my stash from becoming overwhelming in my crafty space.

I added black acrylic paint splatters at the end. My page looked "fine" without it, but the splatters give it that final mixed media touch we all love.

The mixed media kit come with Paste-eez "Hold the Mustard". I lightly added this with my pinky finger all over the page. It really made the green and teal colors "pop" and added a brightness to my page, which otherwise felt rather dark.

Thank you for stopping by today!!!!


International Scrapbook Garden: Toolshed kit Colorburst: Main Kit
International Scrapbook Garden: Toolshed kit Colorburst: Embellishment Bonus Kit
International Scrapbook Garden: Toolshed kit Colorburst: Mixed Media Kit

Lindy's Stamp Gang:
Flat Spray: C'est la vie Cerise
Starburst Spray: Cathedral Pines Green
Magical Shaker: Time Travel Teal

My Stash:
Black Acrylic Paint
Tim Holtz' metal embellishments
Dymo Label
Gray Thread
Black Archival Ink

If you would like, please follow me at my crafty page on Facebook as well.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

ISBG: Mixed Media Canvas: Happy

Hello! Today I want to share with you my newest mixed media canvas. I absolutely love making these and apparently have started a theme throughout my house.

I used a variety of supplies from International Scrapbook Garden, Lindy's Stamp Gang, and my own stash of various goodies.

I could "describe" how I made this, but honestly I highly recommend you just watch YouTube videos by those who have taken them time to make them. You will learn a lot more than reading my words.

I do love the Prima wax "Red Amber" that I used here. It really makes the texture of the canvas pop.

I did learn from Gabrielle Pollaco to add bling at the very end. Her videos are very instructive and well done.

Since the top of my canvas is so "heavy", I wanted to minimize the embellishments surrounding my fairy. Do you feel the wonderful mixture of emotions by her placement?

Canvases are a great way to get your hands messy, relax your mind and really play with techniques and colors. As long as you understand the basic "rules" of applying gesso, sprays, inks, etc., you almost can't really mess up a canvas. The trick is having enough goodies to play with.

Thank you for stopping by today!!


International Scrapbook Garden: Toolshed: Colorburst: Embellishment Bonus Kit
International Scrapbook Garden: Toolshed: Colorburst: Bonus Chipboard
International Scrapbook Garden: Toolshed: Summer Concert: Embellishment Bonus Kit
International Scrapbook Garden: Toolshed: Autumn Hayride: Mixed Media Bonus Kit

Lindy's Stamp Gang:
Starburst Spray: Cattail Copper Brown
Starburst Spray: Canna Lily Burnt Orange
Starburst Spray: Tainted Love Teal
Starburst Spray: Green with Envy Green
Flat Spray: C'est la vie Cerise

Creative Embellishments:
Flourish Corner 6
Bird Cage 4 Piece Set
Fairy Trio

Monday, June 4, 2018

ISBG: Our Beautiful Life

Hello! Today I'm here to share with you a special layout about my sister. I'm using International Scrapbook Garden kits and supplies . . . 'Autumn Hayride'.

I have tried to scrap my sister's wedding photos a couple times, but I have always felt that my pages didn't do justice to the photos. Not enough flowers, or something else was missing in the past.

Anyway, I love how wonderfully mixed the Garden kits are and wanted to give it another go.

I used a variety of techniques on my chipboards, including the use of the Red Amber wax
Isn't that gorgeous?!

Did you know that the store has more to offer than just the kits? There are a variety of items including 6x6 paper pads and mixed media stuff for you to enjoy. Check it out!

Thanks for stopping by today!!


International Scrapbook Garden: Garden Kit: Main Autumn Hayride
International Scrapbook Garden: Garden Kit: Autumn Hayride Extra Blooms
International Scrapbook Garden: Garden Kit: Autumn Hayride Extra Embellishments
International Scrapbook Garden: Garden Kit: Autumn Hayride Mixed Media

Friday, June 1, 2018

Scrap The Boys: Play in the Water

Today starts a new challenge for Scrap the Boys!

I've been in a summer mood lately and decided to scrap this gem tucked away in my photos. When it comes to scrapping rowdy boys, I like to either take the "loud and bold" approach or the mixed media "messy and masculine" approach.

I decided to play with this fun die cut provided by Paper Issues! I did add journaling along the bottom of the layout, but my logo is covering it up because I wrote names.

Thanks for stopping by today!!


Bella Blvd: Sand&Surf
Pebbles: Fun in the Sun
Echo Park: Summer Bliss

Silhouette Cameo - die cut design and title from Paper Issues
Pretty Little Studio - Ain't Life Grand
Pebbles "Chips" - Fun in the Sun