Mixed Media Art – Expand Your Boundaries

Mixed Media Art – Have you Tried It?

Mixed Media art can expand your boundaries and move you out of your comfort zone.  I have wanted to give this form of art a try for some time and have finally put myself out there.  And the good thing is that I had fun doing it.  No, it’s not perfect and I will learn as I go along..experimenting is fun!

I started with retired papers so that I didn’t ruin my new papers, however, as I went along, I found that it is hard to ruin this type of art.  If there is something you don’t like, cover it up, add more ink, put another embellishment on it…you get the idea.  I used many Stampin’ Up! products to create this Mixed Media art picture.

Ta da!!! Here is my Mixed Media project.

Mixed Media Art - Expand Your BoundariesRecipe

Stamps: Swallowtail (c-129216 w-131943, p 96, 2014/15 Annual Catalogue), Feel Goods (c-129684 w-131916, p 36, 2014/15 Annual Catalogue).

Ink: Black Stazon, Mossy Meadow, Island Indigo, Hello Honey.

Paper: Retired Designer Papers.

Accessories: Pearl Jewels, Paint, Stars and Hearts Decorative Mask, Pistachio Pudding Thick Baker’s Twine, In Color Embellishment (retired).

Other: Tissue Paper, Spray Gesso, Art Canvas, , Modgepodge, White Acrylic Craft.

Highlights of the Method Used – remember to let the various layers dry before heading onto the next layer.

  • The art canvas was sprayed with Gesso to seal the surface.
  • Strips of various DSP were cut in various widths and attached with Modgepodge – both top and bottom – the papers were long enough to wrap around the ends of the canvas.
  • The papers were painted with a whitewash made from the White Acrylic Craft paint and water.  The reason for this is because I wanted the papers to be less intense.
  • Using the Stars and Hearts Decorative Mask, the hearts were sponged using Hello Honey ink and a sponge dauber.
  • Various colors of ink were sponged on the canvas and along the sides, to provide some interest.
  • Twist the baker’s twine around the surface and attach using Modgepodge.
  • Stamp the Feel Goods sentiment on Tissue paper using Black Stazon ink.  Let ink dry.
    • Tear or cut around the sentiment.
    • Attach to canvas with Modgepodge
  • To create the butterfly:
    • Stamp 2 Swallowtail images using Black Stazon ink
    • Apply a layer of Modgepodge to both sides of the butterfly.  This will give it a bit of weight,
    • Lay the first butterfly down on canvas.
    • Lay the second butterfly on top of the first one – do not stick all the wings together. – this will give a 3-D dimension look.
    • Attach the embellishment to the body of the Butterfly.
    • Attach the pearl jewels to the canvas for the antennas.  Use Modgepodge to attach the jewels.

Unless you seal the art with a fixative, don’t put it near water as the inks will run.

Why don’t you give Mixed Media a try and leave a comment as to how yours turned out.

Happy Stamping


Gift Boxes – Great Pillow Gifts For Roomies

Gift Boxes – Pillow Gifts

Gift Boxes are attractive especially when they contain a surprise.

On a note, I am glad to have my computer back.  It’s been in sick bay for  a few days and it’s really heard to do blog posts on my tablet…or maybe it’s just me that can’t do blog posts on their tablets.

So now back to the project I did for my roomies.

Gift Boxes - Great Pillow Gifts For Roomies

Gift Boxes - Great Pillow Gifts For Roomies

I just love doing these hybrid projects – using MDS, Stamps, Ink, Punches, and the Silhouette e-cutter.  And, these little gift boxes are no exception.

For the gift inside the box, I added a set of Catalogue Labels that were done using MDS and the Silhouette.


The box was cut using the Silhouette e- cutter using images from MDS (My Digital Studio).  I have a video that show how to transfer MDS SVG files to the Silhouette.

This video shows how to create labels for your catalogue.  http://youtu.be/4LNG5_h-Bhk

Stamps: By the Tide (c-129120, w-131910, p 131, 2014/15 Annual Catalogue), Work of Art (c-134114, w-134111, p 165, 2014/15 Annual Catalogue)

Ink: Baked Brown Sugar, Lost Lagoon, Crisp Cantaloupe, Coastal Cabana

Paper: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Crisp Cantaloupe, Lost Lagoon, Window Sheets

Accessories: MDS – Cool Like That Giftable Templates (136573), Anchors Aweigh (134683), Scallop Tag Topper, Angled Tag Topper, Coastal Cabana and Crisp Cantaloupe Thick Baker’s Twine, Lost Lagoon 3/8” Stitched Ribbon, Blushing Bride 1/4” Cotton Ribbon, Champagne Glass Glitter.

To create the shaker boxes:

  • Cut 2 pieces of Window Sheets – to cover the cut- out portions – measure the cut outs
  • Attach 3 sides of the Window Sheets to create a pocket. – Use Sticky Strip
  • Fill the pocket with your choice of material – I used Glitter Glass
  • Seal the 4th side with Sticky Strip.
  • Attach to inside of box.

So, not it’s your turn.  Need MDS? Try the 30 day version and you will receive 10 free lessons to guide you through the joy of creating with MDS.

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Try out these Gift Boxes.

Happy Stamping

Flower Patch Great Handmade Occasion Card

Handmade Occasion Card Uses the Flower Patch

It’s always great to have a few handmade occasion cards on hand.  You just never know when you will need one and if you make generic enough you can use it for just about any occasion.  This stamp set, the Flower Patch lend itself to that special occasion.

This stamp set even comes with a matching Framelit set – Flower Fair.  As an added bonus, if you purchase the stamp set an the framelit, you will receive them at a discounted price – 15% off.  Such a deal.

Why do I say that you can use this stamp set for any occasion?  All you have to do is add the sentiment that comes with the set .  There are 3 sentiments that can be used for a birthday, a thank you or a just because you are “Be You {tiful}”  That one is very cute.

You can make a stack of handmade cards and then just tuck them away.


Blooming Flower Patch Handmade Occasion CardRecipe

Stamps: Flower Patch (p-134207, p 156, 2014/15 Annual Catalogue).

Ink: Strawberry Slush, Hello Honey, Blackberry Bliss.

Paper: Whisper White, Sahara Sand, Hello Honey, Blackberry Bliss, Moonlight DSP Stacks.

Accessories: Big Shot, Flower Fair Framelits.

I did up these as a general swap for the #inspirecreateshare2014 Convention in Salt Lake City this week.  That’s one of the fun things you can do at convention is exchange cards so that you come away with lots of ideas.  The ideas are endless.  I believe if you have lots of people creating with a single stamp set, you will get amazing and different ideas every time.

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Bloom with Hope, Blendabilities and Swaps

Swaps -Blendabilities and the Bloom with Hope Hostess Stamp Set

Blendabilities, the new alcohol markers from Stampin’ Up! are so fun and so easy to use.  These markers come in a set of 3 – light, medium and dark and I have found that they will blend easily.  The one thing I really like about these blendabilities, is that you do not require a lot of different shades to effect the blending process.  These are great for those learning to color with alcohol markers.

Bloom with Hope, Blendabilities and Swaps Recipe

Stamps: Bloom with Hope (c-133952, w-133949, p 240, 2014/15 Annual Catalogue), Another Thank You (p – 136835 , p 148, 2014/15 Annual Catalogue).

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Mossy Meadow, Blendabilities: Rich Razzleberry, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Mocha.

Paper: Whisper White, Mossy Meadow, So Saffron, Flowerpot DSP.

Accessories: Big Shot, Stylish Stripes, Early Espresso Baker’s Twine, Mini Clothes Pin, White Gel Pen.

To color the petals, I started with the lightest shade of the Rich Razzleberry blendabilities and coloured the whole petal, taking the medium shade and blending where there would be shadow and finally taking the darkest shade and blending where the shadows would be the deepest.

Finally, I took the Color Lifter Pen and highlighted several areas in the petals.  The Color Lifter pen does not eliminate the color, but moves it around to create lighter shades.

It’s Convention, so check out my FACEBOOK page to see what I’m up too. #InspireCreateShare2014


Gifts for Others – a Way to Share at Stampin Up Convention

Gifts Galore – What a Way to Share

Creating gifts for others is a perfect way to share your creativity and inspire others.  For me it’s the creating and the giving that I so much enjoy.  – You know that saying…“It’s better to give than receive”.

If you are a regular reader of my blog, you know that I am a lover of MDS and my Silhouette e-cutter.  These 2 are so much fun to use together.  You can import stamps, punches (as long as they are SVG files), card stock and yes, designer papers.

I saw this idea on Bronwyn Eastely’s blog and I knew that I need to create these little boxes.  This MDS set called Cool Like That Giftable Templates has 8 different boxes you can create and tags to go along with them.

And, no, you do not need an e-cutter to create these babies – a pair of snips will do.

Gifts for Others - a Way to Share at Stampin Up Convention

Click on Image to See The MDS Downloads

Gifts for Others - a Way to Share at Stampin Up Convention

Click on Image to See MDS Files


Stamps: By the Tide (c-129120, w-131910, p 131, 2014/15 Annual Catalogue), Work of Art (c-134114, w-134111, p 165, 2014/15 Annual Catalogue)

Ink: Baked Brown Sugar, Lost Lagoon, Crisp Cantaloupe, Coastal Cabana

Paper: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Crisp Cantaloupe, Lost Lagoon, Window Sheets

Accessories: MDS – Cool Like That Giftable Templates (136573), Anchors Aweigh (134683), Scallop Tag Topper, Angled Tag Topper, Coastal Cabana and Crisp Cantaloupe Thick Baker’s Twine, Lost Lagoon 3/8” Stitched Ribbon, Blushing Bride 1/4” Cotton Ribbon, Champagne Glass Glitter

For the gift, I added a set of Catalogue Labels that I created a couple of weeks ago.  You can see that post and a video HERE.

The shaker is made using Window Sheets and filled with Champagne Glitter Glass.  The clam shell and the star fish were cut using the e-cutter at the same time the boxes were cut, so there was no fuss, no muss.

Check out my Face Book Page to see what we are up to at convention.

Happy Stamping

Stampin’ Up! Convention 2014 Vintage Swap

Stampin’ Up!s 2014 Convention is Under Way

Is there a better way to share at Stampin’ Up!s 2014 Convention than doing swaps?  I don’t think so.  It’s an opportunity to share your creations with hundreds of other convention goers.  It’s a great way to create ideas for classes, workshops or just to share with your customers.

There are so many talented people out there and just as many ideas.

This year, the convention’s them is Inspire, Create, Share, so that is what I will be doing over the next several posts.

This card is for an organized swap where 12 people will swap their vintage style cards.  This is one of my favourite styles so when I saw that this type of swap was open, I had to jump for it.

Stampin Up 2014 Convention is underwayGood thing, I only had to make 12 of these cards, as I fussy cut the blossom and the leaves.


Stamps: Stippled Blossoms (c-126747, w-132076, p 159, 2014/15 Inspire, Create, Share Catalogue), Itty Bitty Banners (c-126257, w-132022, p 79, 2014/15 Inspire, Create, Share Catalogue), I Love Lace (c-134036, w-134033, p 175, 2014/15 Inspire, Create, Share Catalogue).

Ink: Crumb Cake, Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral, Lost Lagoon, Mossy Meadow, Pear Pizzazz

Paper: Crumb Cake, Blushing Bride, Whisper White, Very Vanilla, Flowerpot DSP

Accessories: Big Shot, Lovely Lace Embossing Folder, Banners Framelits, Bitty Banners Framelits, Sponge Daubers.

Two of the new products introduced in the 2014/15 Catalogue is the Lovely Lace Embossing Folder and the I Love Lace Background stamp.  If you enjoy making vintage cards, these 2 products are a must have.

Stampin' Up! Convention 2014 Vintage Swap

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Stampin' Up! Convention 2014 Vintage Swap

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Happy Stamping

Emmet The Lego Man Attends a Birthday Party

Emmet Goes to a Birthday Party

The Lego Movie released this past Spring was certainly a success.  If you are big or small, at sometime you have probably played with Lego.  Lego allows your imagination to go wild and brings out your inner creativity.

So what better way to celebrate a birthday than to have Emmet attend.  And he is attending a Birthday Party today for a new 7 year old.  I cased Emmett from Crafty Owl.  Thank you.

For Emmet, I had to put on my thinking cap on and try different punches to get him looking like Lego.

Emmet The Lego Man Attends a Birthday Party


Stamps: Yippee-Skippee (c-131344, w-131341, p 12, 2014/15 Annual Catalogue), Positively Chevron (c-130499, w-130496, p 175, 2014/15 Annual Catalogue)

Ink: Pacific Point, Pumpkin Pie Blendabilities, Basic Black Marker

Paper: Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie, Pacific Point, Daffodil Delight, Basic Black, Chocolate Chip

Accessories: Big Shot, Word Bubbles Framelits, Punches: 1” Square, Corner Rounder, Owl Builder, Word Window, 3/4” Circle, White Gel Pen, Small Oval, Island Indigo Baker’s Twine, Simply Pressed Clay, Buttons & Blossoms Simply Pressed Clay Molds

Some of the details on how I created Emmet:

  • The Everything is … statement was created in MDS, however, you could also use MS Word, print on card stock and trim.
  • The button was created with the Simply Pressed Clay and after it dried was coloured with the darkest Pumpkin Pie blendability pen.  These markers are great for colouring embellishments as the ink will not rub off because they are an alcohol marker.
  • The word “Awesome” was coloured with the Pacific Point marker, stamped on Whisper White and cut out with the Word Bubbles Framelits.
  • Emmet’s shirt and pants were cut out free hand as were the straps, belt and badge.

So if you know someone who is crazy about Lego and the Lego Movie, give this one a try.

Emmet The Lego Man Attends a Birthday Party

Click on Image to See All the Punches

Happy Stamping

My Crafting Disaster and How I Recovered

My Crafting Disaster and How I Recovered

From time to time, I will have a crafting disaster.  It’s not so much about the disaster, but how I recovered from it.  Sometimes you have a vision of how the card is supposed to look and how you are going to get to that look.

Has that ever happened to you?

My latest disaster was creating the card that I am focusing on today.  The stamp set I chose was the Ray of Sunshine, a new stamp in this year’s catalogue.

I had envisioned the sun with the first set of rays stamped in full ink, a second set, stamped off once and then a third set stamped off twice.  This would give the sun a cluster of arrays some appear in the fore ground and then the rest receding as the rays got further from the sun.

But my vision was not to be!

I tried to create the effect at least 4 times.  I ended up with the rays in the wrong places, not remembering to stamp off 1 and 2 times on the rays, and because I was using the 2-step stamping tool, smudging the ink and generally making a mess, muttering under my breath, and feeling frustrated, I decided to go another route.

Here is how my card ended up, and I am happy – that being the main thing.

My Crafting Disaster and How I Recovered


Stamps: Ray of Sunshine (c-134210, w-134339, p 159, 2014/15 Inspire, Create, Share Catalogue.

Ink: Hello Honey, Baked Brown Sugar, Night of Navy, Tangelo Twist

Paper: Night of Navy, Whisper White, Lost Lagoon, Champagne Glimmer Paper, Flowerpot DSP.

Accessories: Banner Punch, Hello Honey 3/8” Stitched Satin Ribbon, Hearts and Stars Decorative Masks, Sponge Daubers.


So instead of beating my head against a wall, I abandoned the receding rays.  The main rays were stamped and fussy cut and evenly spaced around the sun.  The interval rays are punched from Champagne Glitter paper with the Banner Punch and attached to the card.

New Product

One of the new products I used was the Hearts and Stars Decorative Mask.  These masks are great because you can create interesting background for your cards, scrapbook pages and other projects.  You can spritz, sponge, trace and emboss the various elements onto your papers.

My Crafting Disaster and How I RecoveredClick on Image for More Details  #133777

Just imagine the possibilities with this newest product

Sometimes when we have a crafting disaster, we just need to move on and stop dwelling on the disaster.

Leave me a comment and tell me about your crafting disaster and how you recovered.

Happy Stamping.

Holy Batman – A Birthday Card, Yes I can

Holy Batman, It’s A Birthday Card

A few months ago, I was having a conversation with Lloyd’s grandson about making cards and he put a challenge to me to make a Batman birthday card when his birthday came around.

So, I like challenges and thought to myself, “yes, I can do this”.

Of course thank goodness for the internet and Pinterest as I thought I could probably find something out there to help me with my challenge. And by the magic of the internet, I did find something!  POW, BAM!

Thank you to Lucia Dane who published the punches and some instructions to help me out.  The picture was somewhat blurry so sometimes I had to guess what to do, but I did it.

Holy Batman, It's A Birthday Card


Stamps: May 2014 My Paper Pumpkin

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Smokey Slate, Basic Black Marker

Paper: Night of Navy, Basic Black, Smokey Slate, Pacific Point, Daffodil Delight, Basic Grey

Accessories: Big Shot, Stylish Stripes Embossing Folder, Circles Collection, Punches: Small Oval, Large Oval, Extra-Large Oval, Owl Builder Punch, 3 -Heart Punch, Small Heart Punch, Bat Punch – MDS, Silhouette – City Shape, Exclamation Call-out, POW Cut-out

I really love creating punch art – and yes, sometimes it can be challenging.

The inside of the card I created the city in Basic Black by using a download from Silhouette – You can now find the download for the super heroes in MDS.

Holy Batman - A Birthday Card

MDS Download – #138001 – Click on Image for More Details

This stamp set is also available in Photopolymer, Item #138002 See the details HERE.

You can see the instructions HERE

Happy Stamping

June is a Popular Month For a Bride and Groom

June The Month for Brides and Weddings

Why do a lot of brides choose the month of June to get married?

Here is your history lesson for the day…June is recognized as a romantic month in Roman history. The Roman goddess of marriage, Juno was very popular in Roman times and the month of June is named after her.  Many Romans chose June as the month to marry because it was believed that she would bring them good luck during their marriage.

One of my friends saw a wedding card that I did last year using the Pop n’ Cuts card base and the Dress Form Pop n’ Cuts die and asked me to make a wedding card to give to a friend.

I love these types of requests, as I can usually get as fancy as I want and allow my creative juices to flow quite freely.

June is a Popular Month For a Bride and Groom


Stamps: Sweet Essentials (c-126457, w- 132085)

Ink: Memento Black Tuxedo

Paper: Basic Black, Basic Grey, Very Vanilla, Blackberry Bliss, Silver Foil, Gold Foil, Modern Medley DSP, Gold Fancy Vellum

Accessories: Big Shot, Card Base Pop n’ Cuts Die, Dress Form Pop n’ Cuts Die, Dress Up Framelits, Oval Collection Framelits, Labels Collection Framelits, Expression Thinlit Die, Delicate Designs Embossing Folder,  Vintage Crochet Trim, 1/8” Very Vanilla Taffeta Ribbon, Flower Trim, Rhinestone Jewels, Pearl Jewels, Itty Bitty Punch Pack, Scallop Trim Border Punch.

Unfortunately, this die cut and matching framelits have been discontinued, however, I will hang on to them so that I can continue to use them in some capacity.

To make the base for this card, fold a 8-1/2″ x 11″ sheet of card stock in half lengthwise and line up the folded side with on side of the die.  This will give you a double sized card.

So that the tables behind the bride and groom have a contrast to the Modern Medley designer paper, I cut 2 pieces of Basic Black from the Dress Form die from only the table and then attached with adhesive.

Then I started to fancy it up, extending the dress form to make the wedding dress and covering with flower trim.

June is a Popular Month For a Bride and Groom


The front of the card uses the Labels collection framelits to frame the sentiments.

June is a Popular Month For a Bride and Groom


The inside bottom of the card used the Labels Framelits dies to cut the Basic Black to form a frame, the Gold Heart Fancy Vellum was attached, the “Love” from the Expressions thinlits cut in Gold Foil and applied over the Fancy Vellum.

Even though most of the materials I used on this card are retired, I am sure that some of you still have the Pop ‘n Cut die and this is an example as to how you can use them.

Happy Stamping