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Mixed Media Book Pages August 19, 2016

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Today, I’m branching out again into the world of mixed media.  I was inspired to give this a try after watching Shemi Dixon’s YouTube videos.


For these pages, the idea came from this video.  She used inexpensive watercolors from Michaels.  The ones she used seemed to have quite a bit more filler, and her colors came out much more chalky.  I was using my set of 16 Prang watercolors.  They are not artist-grade by any stretch of the imagination, but they produce nice, bright, translucent colors.  Even with the darkest colors, you can still see the text beneath the paint.  I used a combination of paint and metallic markers to do the designs on the stripes of paint colors.


These are some flowers.  I had a lot of fun creating them. Again, they were inspired by another one of Shemi’s videos.  I did mine a little differently, and the petals aren’t as curled.  Again, I used book pages to make these.  I cut out some wonky circles and then I drew on them with oil pastels – the kind that are not water-soluble. For the most part, they did a good job resisting the watercolor that I layered on top of them.  Shemi used brass brads, but I did not have any of those, so I used some yellow gingham covered brads that I have had for ages as the centers.  I’m not sure what I will be using these for, but I had fun making them for sure!  Hope you enjoyed my projects today.


Simple Birthday Card August 6, 2016

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Happy Weekend!  Today, I am sharing a birthday card.


I really like how this card turned out, and I think it would be perfect for a masculine card as well.  I chose to do the card using only Neenah Solar White Classic Linen.  This cardstock is lightly textured, and I love how it looks.  The panel on the card base is embossed using Anna Griffin’s Feather Blanket embossing folder combined with a Sizzix stamp and die set created by Jen Long called Feather Wreath.  The stamps are inked with Memento Tuxedo Black and Nautical Blue inks.

Christmas in July July 23, 2016

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Hello!  Well, we’re having a serious heatwave here in the Midwest, so it’s the perfect time for a Christmas in July card…  If you’re caught in the same insane heat as we are, please stay safe!


For this card, I used one sheet of Neenah Solar White 80# cardstock.  Since this is a top-folding card, I cut it the long way so that I had a piece that was 4.25 x 11″.  Then, I cut the embossed layer of the card to 4 x 5.25″ and embossed it using a snowflake Cuttlebug embossing folder.  The wreath is cut using two Spellbinders scalloped circle dies, and then I created the spirelli design using American Crafts green and white baker’s twine.  The bow is from a scrap of ribbon from my stash.  The idea for this card came from MayMay Helms.

Shaker Bookmark May 14, 2016

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Hello and happy weekend!  I hope everyone is enjoying their Saturday.  Today, I’m sharing a different kind of project – a shaker bookmark!

For this bookmark, I used my new toy, WRMK’s Fuse tool, a page protector, part of the Pink Sweet Tooth Hambly Studio overlay, and some heavyweight clear vellum to back it.  The bits inside the bookmark are homemade confetti I created using paper scraps and some punches, as well as some sequins and micro sequins.  The ribbon is also from my stash.  I thought the little bits looked like they were candy that could have been in the jars.

Foiling and Brusho April 30, 2016

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Happy Saturday!  For today’s project, I’m sharing a card I created using another foiled image and some Brusho.


Sorry about the photo, but it was very difficult to get a decent photo of the foiled part since there was more solid foiling. The cucumber image was a freebie from the TLC Creations blog. The black paper is the gorgeous Epic Black from the Linen line which is currently on special for 50% off.  Go and nab some while it is at a fantastic price!  The cucumber image is matted on Solar White, also from the same line.  I used a combination of Lemon Yellow, Sea Green, and Turquoise Brusho on the white cardstock and let it air dry before matting it onto a card base of Epic Black.  The floral border peeking out from above the cucumber image is cut using one of the Pocket Pen Pal dies, cut from some scrap paper from my stash.  I inked it with Tea Leaves VersaMagic ink and embossed it using some Ranger Holographic embossing powder.

Hot Glue Roses April 24, 2016

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Staying in the whole handmade embellishment theme, I tried my hand at some hot glue roses.  I saw this technique on Maymay Helms’s channel here.


These are made using a high temperature Surebonder glue gun.  I found that I had to wait to drop the rolled rose shapes onto the blob of hot glue.  If I dropped them immediately into the blob of hot glue, the entire thing melted.  I’m pretty happy with how these turned out, and I can make them in whatever colors I want or need.  These happen to be painted with two coats of Watermelon Adirondack acrylic paint.

Foiled Carnations April 16, 2016

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I hope everyone is enjoying the weekend!  For today’s project, I’m sharing a card created using some beautifully textured paper that is foiled – yes, foiled!


For this card, I printed out a beautiful carnation image by Create with TLC using my laser printer on Epic Black cardstock.  This is an awesome black cardstock that has a very light texture.  Using toner reactive foil, I sent the image through my Minc machine, which resulted in this beautiful image.  I cut it out using a Ticket Framelits die and adhered it to a doily which is matted onto one of the beautiful Hambly Studio screenprints (a portion of Vintage Patchwork).  Since the screenprints are definitely a layering element, you do need to use a nice, sturdy card base.  For this purpose, I chose to use Neenah Solar White 80# cardstock.

Handmade Embellishments April 15, 2016

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Lately, I’ve been wanting to stretch my wings a little bit.  I’ve been working on some of the Mixed Media Morsels (here‘s a link to the first video), making mini albums, and using different mediums.  Well, another thing I have never really done is to try creating making my own embellishments.  Stacy (Pink Poodle Crafts) has an excellent blog post here as well as a YouTube channel that is just jam packed with creative ideas.

Anyhow, here is what I created using mostly scraps from my stash.

I absolutely love how these came out – and I thank Stacy for information on the technique.  I think these embellishments are going to be fantastic to use on cards or mixed media projects, and I shopped my stash to create them.  I also used some punches that I haven’t gotten out in quite a while – another bonus!  I did use a square punch to cut the tails because they generally came out much more even than when I tried to use a pair of scissors to cut them, and I also used a paper trimmer to make my strips.  I tried using scissors and (again) I found that the uneven edges just bothered me too much.

Bloom Where You are Planted April 3, 2016

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This card is for the Imagine That! digis by Kris Facebook DT call.

For this card, I started with some Desert Storm Kraft cardstock.  I love how it embosses, and I think it’s a fantastic neutral card base that works for many different styles.

The image is Leesa’s Tulip, and I think she is perfect for Spring!  Not to say that I would know what spring is right now since we had snow today and are forecast to have more tomorrow – hoping none of it sticks!  She is printed on Neenah Solar White 80# cardstock and colored with the following Copic markers: 110, E07, E30, E31, E50, E55, E57, N0, N2, R08, R20, RV0000, RV00, RV02, RV04, RV06, YG13, and YG21.  Then, I used Sizzix Decorative Frames dies to cut the image, a frame, and a mat.  The frame is cut from some scrap paper from my stash, and the bottom mat is cut from green glitter paper.  I used some foam tape to pop up the cute little sentiment.

If you’re interested in applying for Kris’s Facebook Design Team, you can find the details here.

Owl Date Book March 10, 2016

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I want to share a date book I made.  It is inspired by the creating a file folder journal, and the YouTube video I watched that was my original inspiration can be found here.  My date book really doesn’t look much like the original project, but I was looking to create a useful gift, and this is what I came up with.


The base of the entire book are file folders, cut down and scored as in the video.  The only difference is the last page, which is created separately because after I decided to do a year-long book, I needed one more pocket for December.  The owl is a Spellbinders die cut, the eyes are a scalloped circle punch and two flower Sixxix die cuts.  The little googly eyes are from Hobby Lobby (too bad I didn’t have the larger sized eyes, but I made due with what I had on hand), and the letters are foam ones from a scrapbooking kit I had bought years ago.  All paper is from my stash of scraps, and the inks are a combination of Distress Inks, Memento inks, and VersaMagic inks.


For January, I wasn’t sure exactly how I would decorate the book.  I chose a floral pattern, which is from a Recollections paper pad, and some Washi tape.  The owl stamps are all foam stamps from Oriental Trading Company, and the branch that most of the owls sit on is from the Hero Arts Owl Christmas clear stamp set.  The months and many of the mini decorating stamps are from a calendar clear stamp set.


For February, I used a Spellbinders Card Creator die in conjunction with a Pink Paislee clear stamp set and a variety of inks.   The heart paper used to decorate this particular set of pages comes from the K&Company Sleep Tree designer paper pad.  You can see one of the cards (also created from file folders) to write the dates on.  The book is meant to hold dates that don’t change throughout the year, so things like birthdays, anniversaries, etc. so the front and back of the cards is stamped with an area to write (MFT Journal It – Head of the Class stamp set).


As an educator, March is Reading Month, so I used the reading owl stamp, and although I’m not Irish by blood, I’m Irish by family so I chose to use some St. Patrick’s Day paper from the Sleepy Tree paper pad combined with some plaid from DCWV’s The Countdown Stack.  The mixed media type more grungy stamps you will see throughout the journal are from Stampendous’s Mish Mesh set, as is the stencil used to create the small green dots on the page.


April’s page consists of some “showers of love.”  The gingham checked paper is another scrap from DCWV’s Baby Boy Stack.  The adorable stamp is one that I got in the January 2016 Unity grab bag.  It is colored with some Crayola colored pencils.


Since April showers bring May flowers, I chose to use a flowered background paper here.  These papers were both cut using some Sizzix Framelits dies, and the embellishment is a small flourish die (My Favorite Things) that I cut using fun foam backed with Sookwang tape.  I had to cut it using my Big Shot and the Precision Base Plate since it was such a thin, intricate die cut.  I also curled part of the flourish a different way so that it would fit on the smaller paper in its entirety.  The stamps on May’s journaling card are from SEI’s Moravia set, which as some beautiful flowers and leaves in it.


For June, I used some scrapbook paper I had picked up at Dollar Tree many years ago. It reminds me of Father’s Day barbeques, and I cut it out using the Spellbinders set Diagonal Chevron.


For July, I used some scraps of patriotic papers.  The stars and polka dots on the white cardstock are Washi tape, and the three chevrons are leftovers from the previous month’s page.


I had a hard time figuring out what to do with August.  In Michigan, school doesn’t start in August, it starts in September.  There are no major (or minor) holidays in August, and it’s just plain hot and humid most of the time.  I wound up going with some under the sea type scrapbooking paper, which I left just by itself until the last minute.  It was too plain and needed something else.  I wound up using the circle stamp from the Stampendous set as well as tearing some scrapbook paper from my stash to look like water along the bottom, and adding some Washi tape along the top.


For September, I used the owl holding the apple, and I made a conscious decision to use green ink (I think it was bundled sage) for this particular owl so that the apple was green instead of some other color.  I thought red was a little too bright for this page.  The glasses are Washi tape, and the script is a stamp from the same MFT stamp set that the journaling cards is from.


The colored papers for this page are from my stash (I think they came from a solid Recollections cardstock pack), and the spider paper is some that I had purchased at Big Lots years ago.  I want to say it is from the Heidi Grace line, but I’m not sure.


For this page, the paper is again from the Sleepy Tree pack.  The colored papers, I think, are from a solid Recollections cardstock pack.


For December, I again used scraps from the Sleepy Tree pack, but since they were Christmas trees and the orientation was different, I made them go horizontally.  The background wonky stripe patterned paper is from the same paper pack.