Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Just A Note

There is a Design Team Reveal up on the Just Imagine Crafts/Kreaxions Punches Blog today. Be sure to visit the blog and see the amazing cards made by the Design Team.

I created this fun little card by using the Star Stencil as the base for the embellishment. I then cut out 1 ½ inch squares and layered them over the Star Stencil shape. Adding a flower, a sentiment, some distressing and some ink completed the card.


Sunday, March 27, 2016

I love this vintage mailbox that I found at Nostalgia Cottage.
Randy hung it at the top of the stairs and then put a vintage
picture frame around it. Every season I fill
it with a different flower arrangement and add a seasonal banner.



Friday, March 18, 2016

A card and an inking tutorial

First I have a Design Team project up on the Just Imagine Crafts/Kreaxions Punches Blog today. I created the doily for this St. Patrick’s Day card by using the B Stencil, the Circle Cutter, the Kreaxions 4 in 1 punch #920 along with Positioning Parts 8CM (small). To create the short little border strip I used the Kreaxions 4 in 1 punch #905 with no insert.



Second I have a Design Team Challenge up at Turtle Soup for the March Mini Crop.
I wish I had more time to play with all my scrappy/paper crafting supplies … some day. But with the time I do have I love trying and discovering new techniques. Do you know what happens when you pair distress inks with glue … something very cool.
My challenge is to use ink on your project.  Play around and have fun!

I applied two colors of Distress Ink (Broken China & Dusty Concord)
to my tag using an ink blending tool.

When the ink was dry I squeezed some Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue on top of the tag.

Next I smeared the glue around with my finger … the messy part.

Let the glue dry completely. I did not use my heat gun because I was afraid the glue would blister. After the glue dried completely I applied another layer of Distress Ink (Bundled Sage).

After I applied the ink, I wiped away the excess ink which pooled on
the glued areas (it won't dry on the glue).
Embellish and you’re done!
I'm lovin these fun little spring tags!



Friday, March 11, 2016

John 3:16

Sharing a Design Team Tutorial for the Off The Rails Scrpabooking Blog.
I have discovered a store called Ollie’s Army, a bargain outlet store. Granted there is a lot of junk … I mean stuff I would not use but they did have stacks of canvases cheap. Like $1.69 cheap! What a deal!  So I did what any obsessed crafter would do and I purchased a lot of them.  Now that I have them I need to use them.  I'll walk you through my canvas creating process.

First I picked out my bible verse. I then went through my stash and pulled all the embellishments that were going to be a possibility to use.

I painted the canvas with a thin coat of white Gesso. Gesso is very similar to white acrylic paint, only thinner. It dries hard, making the surface more stiff. Gesso prepares or primes the canvas for painting, making the surface slightly textured and ready to accept acrylic paint. Without Gesso, the paint would soak into the weave of the canvas.

Next I added some texture to the canvas by applying some heavy carvable modeling paste over a plastic stencil. The best tool that I have found for stenciling with modeling paste is an old plastic credit card (those kind you get in the mail for advertisement). I placed a glop of modeling paste onto the stencil and then scraped it over the stencil evenly with the card. Once it was spread evenly over the stencil I carefully and slowly lifted up the stencil. I now had a raised image on my canvas. I used three different stencils but allowed drying time in between each application of modeling paste. ( I was so excited about doing this tutorial I totally forgot to take a photo of this step.) But here is what it looked like when I finished.

Then it was time for the paint. I wanted to create a watercolor-y feel so I diluted my acrylic paint with water. I placed my canvas in a lid from an old box that is 12 X 12 and perfect for painting projects in. I used the dripping technique with the diluted acrylic paint by painting across the top of the canvas and letting the paint run down the canvas. To get more paint drips I sprayed the painted canvas with water. Some of the best dripping paint effects are by nature happy accidents. After each application of paint drips I allowed drying time before applying the next color.


As a second thought I added some paint spatters and then I arranged and rearranged the embellishments (several times) and then rearranged them some more … Viola! A finished canvas.



Monday, March 7, 2016

7 months

Today there is a Design Team Sketch Reveal up at Turtle Soup
Bev Code provided us with another amazing sketch.
 Be sure to check out the forum and see what the rest of the talented Design Team came up with.

 March Sketch

My take on the sketch:

Friday, March 4, 2016

So Lucky

It's Friday and I have a St. Patrick's Day card up on the Just Imagine Crafts/Kreaxions Punches Blog.

Perfect circles … yes please! And that’s what you will get every time you use the Kreaxions Circle Cutter. Cutting circles has never been so easy. This tool cuts circles from ½ inch to 10 inches … perfect every time.



Tuesday, March 1, 2016


It's March 1st and that means there is a new mood board up on the
Off The Rails Scrapbooking Blog and some inspiration from the Design Team.

The theme this month is “relax”. I found a bible verse that just spoke to me
 so I incorporated it with this month’s mood board challenge
I love being messy on canvas! Hmmm … don’t know why I don’t do more of it!?

There are  two sponsors for the month of March ... woot woot!
Be sure to visit their websites and check out their products.