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September 11, 2014

Paper craft project nos. 260/261: Joy to the world one layer card / So adorable mixed media layout [with video tutorial]

2014-09-11 OLC Joy to the world

Hello, again! I’ve got a two-fer, and this is my last post for today (Thursday), promise :o) First up is a one layer Christmas card. It’s never too early to get started on those Christmas cards and that’s what I’ve been doing the last few weeks! Before we know it, Christmas is upon us, and I don’t want to be scrambling to make cards at the last minute. One layers are my absolute favorite cards to make, then there’s the fact that I really, really suck at layering actual papers and elements! I can be as elaborate (and spend as much as an hour making it) like what I did in this card here, or be as simple as I want (and spend 10 minutes or less) like what I did in my card above.

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August 29, 2014

Paper craft project no. 249: My girl mixed media layout


Hello! It’s my turn to share a project over at the SRM Stickers blog! When I saw “mixed media layout” in Susan’s list for our August assignments, I had the perfect subject: my niece Alexa. I affectionately call her The Adorable One — she’s been that to me since the day I held her in my arms when she was a just 5 days old. She’ll be turning 3 this October, but this is one of my favorite photos of her. (Well, all photos with her in it are my favorite!) It was taken when she was 5 months old.

Anyway, I had a blast playing with stencils, modeling paste, Twinkling H2Os, Distress inks, Inktense blocks, plastic resin flowers I made, STAMPlorations flower stamps, and super-fun stickers (Baby Girl, Everyday Girl, and Baby) and doilies from SRM Stickers! I have a photo tutorial for this layout on the SRM Stickers blog so you can see how I put this mixed media layout together.

I’m linking my project to these fun challenges: The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #3 – Stencils and Pastes; Simon Says Wednesday Challenge – Anything Goes (3rd entry); Southern Girls Challenge – It’s All About Texture; Little Red Wagon Challenge #252 – Girl Power; and Crafty Creations Challenge #270 – Dig Deep, Use Something Old from Your Stash (I made the plastic resin flowers over a year ago – I made hundreds of them and I’ve yet to use them all up!)

Thanks for stopping by and I’ll be back in a couple of weeks to share another project featuring SRM Stickers products!


August 27, 2014

Paper craft project no. 247: Love mixed media layout [with video tutorial]

2014-08-26 Love mixed media layout

Hello, friends! It’s a brand new challenge over at Time Out Challenges! This time around, we’re doing the Inspired by Words challenge. Ready? We’re going with a quote from Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night: “If music be the food of love, play on.” What does that phrase trigger for you? It can be the entire phrase, one word, or a couple of words. Music? Food? Love? Play? If you’re at all inspired by the phrase, we’d love you to share your project with us! We’ve got a wonderful guest designer joining us: Rosemary from Hey There…rosigirl. And do check out the projects that my teammates made — see how we each got inspired by Shakespeare!

I went with a mixed media 12″ by 12″ layout for my project. (You’ll see me doing plenty of mixed media layouts in the next few weeks.) I wanted to combine “music” and “love” but since I couldn’t find any papers with musical notes on them and I was too lazy to go through my stash to find the music sheet wood stamp, I settled on just “love”. Now, the photo I used in my project is one of my favorite photos of my husband and me. It was taken in 2003, a year before we got married. [It was a selfie — way before Facebook made it popular haha!] It was a wonderful day and I knew then that I was going to marry him (didn’t matter when…I knew he was THE ONE).

Anyway, rather than describe how I put together this layout, how about I show you how I did it from start to finish? I used a number of techniques and I wouldn’t want to bore you with a long description. (I listed the supplies I used below.) So here’s a video done in my usual style with a wee bit modification: it’s in fast-forward motion, captioned, and accompanied by Mozart my voice-over narration :o) I know your time is important, so this is a shorty — just a little over 13 minutes. Enjoy!

You can also watch the video directly on YouTube here

I’d like to enter my project to the following fun challenges: Simon Says Wednesday Challenge – Anything Goes; Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #3 – Stencils with Modeling Paste; Crafty Creations Challenge #270 – Use something old from your stash (I used old rub-ons); Fan-Tastic Tuesday Challenge #50 – Anything Goes; and Tuesday Throwdown #210 – Anything Goes.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Supplies: inks (Archival by Ranger; VersaMagic by Tsukineko), paper (The Paper Studio), paints and sprays (Distress Paint and Perfect Pearls Mist by Ranger; Twinkling H2Os), watercolor pencil and white PITT artist pen (Faber-Castell), gesso, modeling paste and gel medium (Liquitex), stencils (Heidi Swapp; Plaid; The Crafter’s Workshop), rub-ons (7Gypsies, a couple out of packaging), stickers (We’ve Got Your Border/Wedding and Sentiment/Love by SRM Stickers), and stamps (Bloom Sketches and Mini Mixed Media Backgrounds by STAMPlorations)

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