Saturday, April 8, 2017

Romantic Journal

I haven't posted in quite awhile due to taking on a new full time teaching position teaching transitional kindergarten!  Needless to say, the job has required quite a bit of time and energy, leaving me less time to do anything creative in my studio.  Finally I feel like I have a handle on things and can get back to doing something else that I love.

I recently joined an art journal club so I can get inspired and continue on my mixed media journey.  These journal pages were inspired by the word "love." The backgrounds were made using my Gelli plate and a mix of circle stencils and bubble wrap.  I take my journal pages out of the journal to work on them, then adhere them back in the journal when I'm finished.  (then if they don't turn out like I'd like, I can start over easily!)

The floral images along the sides of the journal are napkins.  I love using printed napkins on artwork; there are so many beautiful patterns to choose from.  Just be sure and take off the extra layers (usually 2 or 3) before adhering with modge podge or glue.

The rest of the piece has a variety of items, including washi tapes, vintage sheet music, stamps, patterned paper, and fabric trim.  The "26" refers to the number of years I have been married to my wonderfully understanding husband who is very supportive of my hobby!

Thanks as always for visiting!  Please feel free to comment!  

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Make a House a Home

My friend Michelle from Faerie Dust Dreams was recently cleaning out her studio and gave me a bunch of her stash...what a great friend!  You know what they say about one woman's trash being another woman's treasure...  Some of the items were small wood blocks, which I decided to make into little houses.  I started by painting each one with acrylic paint, then accenting with Inka Gold.  Each house is a little different, with either stamping or rub-ons to decorate.   The roof of each house was just a strip of thin cardboard, folded and painted, then embellished with stamping, rub-ons, or punched shapes.

I made a door for each house using thin cardboard (cereal boxes are great for this) then painting with acrylic paint.  The door "handles" are brads and each door is accented with Inka Gold.  Inka Gold is a thick metallic paste/paint that comes in a variety of colors...I use gold and silver the most, but I also have a beautiful lime green, bright metallic blue, and copper. You can apply it with a brush, but I usually use my finger.

The green house door has a heart cut out of the same paper I used to make the crown.  I realized later I should have paid more attention to the words on the heart.  I have no idea what those words are!  Next time I'll cut out the heart so you can actually read a word on it.

Each crown was made out of paper and then accented with Inka Gold and little jewels.  A big dollop of clear glue holds the crowns in place.

After quite a bit of trial and error, I'm finally getting better at taking photos, especially close-ups.  Taking photos was one of the reasons I put off creating a blog for so long.  The technical part of the blog (uploading photos, editing photos, posting, managing) was another reason I put off the blog.  I wanted to share my art, not fuss with my computer!  Again, through some mistakes and lots of practice (and asking my daughter for help, you should see her roll her eyes...) things seem to be coming along nicely.

Thanks as always for stopping by!


*wood blocks
*acrylic paint 
*Inka Gold 
*thin cardboard
*brads, stick on jewels
*rubber stamps, rub-ons
*patterned paper for crowns

Monday, October 17, 2016

Altered Treasure Book

Hello and thanks for visiting!  My project today is inspired by my love of old books.  I love the story of Robin Hood and his romance with Maid Marian; one time in college my boyfriend and I dressed as the romantic couple. The author, Howard Pyle, wrote many adventure books for children.   In this book I created a secret compartment to keep a special stash of money (or chocolate!)  away from prying eyes.

I started by deciding how deep I wanted my secret compartment to be.  (I actually could have made it even deeper than I did)  Then I glued the sides of the book pages together with Modge Podge (or you can use slightly watered down white glue).  I put another heavier book on top of this section while it dried overnight.  

I used an exacto knife to cut out the secret compartment.  If you use a ruler with a metal edge, it helps you cut more evenly.  After your compartment is as deep as you'd like, you'll need to Modge Podge the edges and let them dry (just like the outside of the book).

Now the real fun begins!  I covered the entire surface with Vintage Distress Collage Medium and let dry briefly, before painting on some Distress Ink Stain in butterscotch.  I just took off the spray lid and dipped a small paintbrush in the ink to apply it.  I colored in Robin with colored pencils, then added the dictionary word (it says "treasure").  

The die was cut from brown cardstock and inked with Distress Ink in forest moss and accented with Inka Gold.  I sprinkled a bit of bronze glitter while it was still wet.  The "FOUND" was a rub on that I adhered to the printed chipboard, then spritzed with Distress Spray Stain in fossilized amber to add more dimension.  

This would make a fun and unique gift for someone, along with some cash, a gift card, or some dark chocolate tucked inside!


Modge Podge in matte
Die'sire Die "Victoriana"
Vintage Distress Collage Medium
Prima chipboard
"Found" rub on by Tim Holtz Idea-ology
Distress Stain: butterscotch
Distress Stain: fossilized amber
Distress Stain: forest moss
vintage measuring tape
dictionary page

This project is entered in Frilly and Funkie's Challenge: Author, Author!

Sunday, September 25, 2016


 Happy First Week of Fall!  Although it doesn't feel like fall this week in Southern California (it will be in the 90's all week), I'm in the mood for fall colors, soup, and pumpkin bread!

For now, working with fall colors will have to do.  I first created the background of this card on a large piece of neutral patterned cardstock.  I was inspired by Jenny over at Frilly and Funkie and the amazing technique she shared.

After the background dried, I used my circle stencil randomly on the card, as well as stamping my "stitches" stamp along one edge.  I love that stamp because I hate to sew!

The butterfly is a 3 dimensional sticker I picked up at a dollar store!    I layered it with patterned paper, a die cut scalloped circle, and a clear acetate design piece.

The "happy" is made from stickers, and the black background piece is accented with Inka Gold (I just wipe it on with my finger).  Some polka dot washi tape finishes the piece.

I'm also "happy" (sense a theme?) with the next card I made.  It begins with the same background as the butterfly card.

I used my Tim Holtz stencil with some texture paste along the side of this card.  After drying I used the same alcohol inks to add color to the dried paste.  When I added the brown paper doily, it just needed something else...does that ever happen to you?  So I stamped the flower AFTER I had already glued it to the card...does that ever happen to you?  Luckily it stamped perfectly.

The ribbon is actually seam binding, which you can get for next to nothing online.  I bought some "ugly" colors one time that were on sale,  then just inked the ribbon to the desired color. You can directly apply a dye ink pad on both sides of the ribbon to color it.   The jewel is from a child's play ring which I have literally had forever, glad I saved it because it really works on this card!  I rubbed a bit of black ink on it to age it a bit. Thanks as always for visiting!


*neutral patterned cardstock
*Ranger Texture Paste
*Adirondack Alcohol Inks in cranberry, citrus, and butterscotch (yum!)
*Inka Gold
*stamps: stitches, Happy Life, and flower
*letter stickers
*seam binding, faux jewel
*polka dot washi tape
*brown paper doily

The butterfly card is entered in the Frilly and Funkie Going Around in Circles Challenge.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Holiday Frame It!

Hello everyone and thanks for visiting!  As a new blogger, I get excited when I check to see how many crafters visited my blog.  I always appreciate your comments as well, it means so much to me!

Now on to today's post.  I know it's only September, but the holidays are coming!  I created this Christmas decoration using a frame that was on clearance at Michael's...just the word "clearance" makes me happy!

I started with the frame: after painting, I used a stencil and texture paste to create some dimension.  I used alcohol inks with a felt pad to apply color.  I love using vintage (or vintage looking!) sheet music on projects.  The holly berries and greenery are cut from Christmas napkins and applied with Modge Podge.  I used Inka Gold in gold and silver to add some aging to the corners of the frame.

The girl is a free image from Maggie Holmes Design. Isn't she sweet?  I printed her on regular copy paper, then backed her with several layers of cardstock to make her more sturdy.  It's difficult to see, but I added Wink of Stella glitter to give her some sparkle.

The tree was created by making a paper cone out of thin cardboard.  I covered it with "vintage" sheet music and painted it using Twinkling H2O's.  I also accented it with jewels and Inka Gold. I was going to use a mini fake tree and either bleach it and dye it some fun color, but every time I put the tree in place it didn't feel right.  I had some paper mache cones I bought last year at Hobby Lobby on clearance (there is my favorite word again!), but the cone had too wide of a base to fit.  So...when you don't have what you need, you make it yourself!


*wood frame (I bought mine on clearance at Michael's)
*red & white acrylic paint
*texture paste
*green & red alcohol inks
*holiday napkins
*vintage sheet music
*thin cardboard to make tree (cereal boxes work great for this)
*faux jewels
*Inka Gold in gold and silver
*Twinkling H2O's in green
*Wink of Stella glitter pen
*vintage print out of holiday girl
*stickers for "merry" banner
*circle stamp Tim Holtz
*blue ink

This is entered in A Vintage Journey's Create Within A Frame Challenge

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Vintage Garden

Welcome!   Today I'm sharing a project I created with a  Maya Road chipboard house.  I started by base coating the house with blue paint, then dry brushing with white paint here and there.  Next I created some texture with Ranger's Texture Paste.  This was done with a flower stencil which I placed on the corner and side of the house, then using an old plastic club card (one of those cards that rack up points when you use it at that store) to smear on the paste and scrape away the excess.  After this dried, I applied alcohol inks in blue and green to a piece of felt, then dabbed the inks both on the raised flowers and the edges of the house.  

The flowers were from a purchase at Fabric Barn in Long Beach, California.  If you are ever in the area, you have to stop by this place.  It is a deeply discounted craft supply that has literally tons of ribbons and trims, floral items, and party supplies.  Honestly they don't carry much fabric!  Anyway, the flowers were white, so I sprayed them with Perfect Pearls in turquoise and green, then sprinkled on Tumbled Glass Distress Glitter before they dried.

      I wanted a garden theme, but I didn't have a gate die or stamp, so I made a gate out of vintage measuring tape I picked up at a local flea market.  I backed each piece with thin cardboard strips to give it more stability, then sponged on brown ink on the edges.  (I think I splattered some blue in on it accidentally, but it just adds to the vintage look)

I embellished with punched vines, a garden hinge, flower jewels, and the word stickers.  

The photo of the 3 women is one I copied from an actual photo I bought at a flea market.  I chalked the women, then used a Wink of Stella glitter pen to add some sparkle.



*Ranger Texture Paste
*Adirondack Alcohol Inks in Sail Boat Blue and Citrus    
*light blue and white acrylic paint
*Perfect Pearls in blue and green
*Inka Gold 
*flower stencil
*Wink of Stella
*Big Chat stickers (word stickers)
*vintage book page, vintage measuring tape
*Distress Glitter in Tumbled Glass
*swirl punch, Tim Holtz hinge die

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Upcycled Journal

The other day I went to JC Penny because they were having a great sale with an even greater coupon which I couldn't pass up.  As I entered the store, the employees were handing out little spiral notebooks with the coupons inside.  Free stuff to alter, whoo hoo!

I think they are promoting their new "dollar" section, similar to Target and Michaels.   Anyway,  I used the coupon for a good deal, then thought about how to change out the cover of the notebook.

The cover is made out of that plastic poly vinyl type of flexible material that is difficult to glue anything to unless you prep the surface first.  I applied a coat of gesso so I could then add something and have it stick.

I decided to use some patterned paper that had the same type of colors as the front cover so I wouldn't have to worry about the edge with the spiral binding.  I put the notebook face down on the patterned paper and traced around it, then cut it out and adhered it to the front.

I have a TON of chipboard numbers and letters, so I decided to paint some numbers with acrylic paint.  After drying I added more contrasting paint to each number with a small circle stencil.  I edged the numbers, background black panel, and notebook with Inka Gold in metallic green.  The word at the bottom is a rub on by Tim Holtz.  Although you can't see it well in the photo, I sprayed the entire thing with metallic lime ink spray to finish it.


*spiral notebook (even if you don't get one for free, there are really inexpensive ones available right now for back to school)
*chipboard numbers or letters
*acrylic paints in green, orange, and red
*Inka Gold in metallic green
*metallic green ink spray
*rub on

This post is entered in the Things to Alter Challenge: Anything Goes

Thanks for visiting!