Monday, March 28, 2016

Rusty Treasure canvas

I'm back again today with a reverse canvas I just finished. Finnabair's new Rust Paste set is just amazing and as you can see I got a little crazy with it here! I absolutely love how this turned out with all its rusty texture.
The heart is from Sandra Evertson's Relics & Artifacts line, this is one of my favorites. I covered it with IndigoBlu Mega-flake in Royal Peacock and also some copper Dresden trim. The jewels are Finnabairs Melange pebbles that I painted, those and the heart reminds me of "diamond in the rough". Like beauty rising out of the old and rusty :) 
This is how it looked when I was adding Finnabair's Art Stones and Mini Art Stones and then I coated them with the Rust Paste.

Let me know what you think!
Thanks for stopping by,

Blue Fern Studios March Challenge

Hello all, I'm back with another layout, this time for Blue Fern Studios!
I fell in love with their paper collections immediately, they're some of the most intricate and beautiful designs I've ever seen, not to mention the quality of the papers are outstanding!
It was hard to break into my coveted stash of chipboard for this layout-I've been collecting it more than using it hehe :)
I love the design of this layout and I think I've recreated it pretty well, I had a lot of fun working on this using a lot of "springy" papers and embellishments. I used Concert Hall from the Courtship collection as well as Floral Lattice Bits chipboard and some Screen Panel chipboard.


I tore strips of new and old Blue Fern Studios paper and layered them up, then I stamped with Arcadia Textures stamp set. There's bits and bobs and flowers that I lightly colored with watercolors and then I made myself stop while I was ahead!
I thoroughly enjoyed making this and I hope you all enjoy it too! Here's to spring and warmer weather!
Thanks for stopping by,

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Prima's March PPP Challenge


Hello, I'm back with my latest piece that I am entering into the Prima monthly challenge!
This was a difficult one for me as green is one of my least used colors (unless I am mixing it with blues and teals :).
Here is a short explanation of how I created this:
I started with a blank manila tag that I stenciled with Prima Modeling Paste mixed with Finn's texture powder. I love this stuff! It makes the perfect gritty paste but is fine enough to stay creamy and easy to spread.
After it dried I gave it a coat of white paint as the texture powder dries to an off-white color, and then I sprayed with Lindys Starburst sprays. I stamped with two Finnabair stamps (one older, one new) and then attached the tag to some background paper I had already distressed and inked.
I made some new embellishments using the new IOD moulds and paperclay, these are absolutely beautiful and full of intricate detail! When it was dry I painted it with Finns emerald green paint and then lightly brushed with the Vintage Rose paint. Lastly it got a few swipes of gold wax paste.
The "Hope Always" was actually cut from old Prima packaging (I hoard literally EVERYTHING)! Some old and new Prima flowers and Melange art pebbles that I painted gold round out the tag, as well as a tiny certificate I cut from the new Paintables pad and lightly colored with the Tropicals Watercolor set.
Thank you so much for stopping by, see you all soon!

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Prima challenges for February

Hi all! So I immediately fell in love with all of Prima's 2016 releases, as I'm sure all of you have. I created these two pieces for the BAP and PPP challenges using most of those new collections.
First up is the layout for BAP.

And this one is for the PPP, a simple card also made with the Tales of you and me Collection.

Thank you so much for taking a look, I hope I've inspired someone today!
Materials used:
 BAP-Vintage Emporium Puccini paper, Tales of you & me Ephemera, Tales of you & me Je Suis Amoureuse flowers, Finnabair Washers, Rusty gears and Grungy Butterflies, SIIC from the Butterfly collection, Stationer's Desk, French Riviera, Salvage District and Tales of you & me, Prima doily die, Prima Art Basics Light Modeling paste, Finnabair clear stamp Read to me, Salvage District 3x4 clear stamp.
PPP-Tales of you & me Notrin Jardin Secret paper, French Riviera Respirer lair de la Mer paper, Tales of you & me Moi aussi, Je t'aime flowers, Prima Isabella flowers, Royal Menegerie leaves, Tales of you & me Ephemera, Finnabair Melange art pebbles, Memory Hardware trim, Prima doily die.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Okay, so I didn't get this blog rolling like I had planned to do many, many moons ago, but it's better late than never right?! I have never entered the 12 tags challenge before or any challenge for that matter, but I am determined to start :)
I apologize for my non-existent photography skills (and blog skills for that matter), all I have currently is my low-tech pre-paid "smart" phone to take pictures with! Anyways....
The tag on the right is pretty much a remake of Tim's, just different colors but same techniques. I used verdigris embossing powder instead of the gold because i wanted some extra color and texture.

 This one is my own version-I was having a great time making the first so I decided to make another. I sprinkled pigment powders over a bare tag and then sprayed with water, blotted and dried, sprinkled and spritzed, repeating until I was happy with my background.
 Obviously that is Tim's new Thinlets word die and I mounted it on some ruler ribbon that i flipped over. I love the new heirloom roses too, I'm already on my third pack ;)

That is all for today, hope you enjoyed and good luck to all!


Monday, June 30, 2014

Hello all! This is my first blog post ever and sort of a test run to see if I'm doing this correctly, so I'd like to share some cards I made in the beginning of my journey into the art world. About a year and a half ago I was gifted a Cricut and I just soared from there. Obviously my style went way beyond the Cricut and I haven't even used it in over a year, i found my passion is mixed media and I dabble in a little bit of everything now. I look at these cards now and see how much I have changed!

My inspiration has come from other blogs, and i have learned everything i know from all of you, just by faithfully taking the time to blog and share your work. I am completely blown away by all the talented people out there and their amazing creations!  I will post more about myself soon and I hope to hear from all of you out in "blog land" as well!

Thanks so much for stopping by and taking a look!