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March 27, 2014

Paper craft project no. 165: Mom’s unconditional love mixed media canvas [with video tutorial]

2014-03-27 Moms Unconditional Love Mixed Media Canvas

This morning, I came across the Stampendous blog and saw that they are having a Mixed Media challenge for March. To my horror, though, the deadline was just a few hours away! I quickly went through my Stampendous stamps, plunked them on my craft table, and then winged it!

I’ve never recorded myself doing my mixed media projects for a few reasons: (1) it takes me 2 to 3 hours to complete a mixed media project, (2) I often don’t know what I’m going to create until I’m actually working on the canvas, and (3) I’ve only got a little camera to use for shooting my videos in 20-minute spurts, which means I’d have to stop and start several times, and pray that I don’t forget to wipe my hands before I touch the camera. This morning, however, I challenged myself (as if the looming deadline isn’t enough of a challenge!) to complete a mixed media canvas in 2 hours or less.

My little camera recorded 13 separate videos that totaled an hour and 20 minutes.  After much editing (well, mainly fast-forwarding the videos and cutting out scenes where I paused a lot because I was either thinking or trying to look for some supply to use), I got it down to 17 1/2-minutes! I know your time’s precious and you’ve got better things to do than watch a really long video tutorial so hopefully, my video is short enough and will keep you a little entertained :o) It’s like my other videos tutorials — in fast-forward motion, captioned, and accompanied by Mozart. (And if you don’t hear any music yet, that means YouTube is still in the process of adding that to my video.)

Watch the YouTube video tutorial here.

Here are a couple of close-ups and then I’ve listed the supplies below. [It was such a nice spring day in Central California that I just had to take advantage of the sunshine for taking photos. Save for sharpening the photos to remove lens blur, I didn’t have to do any other lighting or color adjustments on these photos.]

2014-03-27 Moms Unconditional Love Mixed Media Canvas - closeup1

2014-03-27 Moms Unconditional Love Mixed Media Canvas - closeup2

Stamps: Large Tag, Wine Label, Bold Blossoms [Stampendous]; Love Script [OTC]; Mini Mixed Media Backgrounds, MOM Subway Art Builders #5 [STAMPlorations]
Inks: Inktense Blocks [Derwent]; Jet Black Archival Ink [Ranger]; Unicorn [Hero Arts]; Cantaloupe, Love Letter, Grape Jelly, Bahama Blue [Memento/Tsukineko]; Mustard Seed, Broken China, Chipped Sapphire, Pumice Stone, Walnut Stain Distress Inks [Ranger]
Markers: Black Soot Distress Marker [Ranger]; Alcohol Markers [Spectrum Noir]
Embossing: VersaMark [Tsukineko]; White Embossing Powder [Zing]; Gold Tinsel, Fran-Tage Mica Fragments [Stampendous]
Other Supplies/Tools: Heat-It Tool [Inkssentials]; Stencils [Heidi Swapp]; #5 Manila Tags [Avery]; ATC Paper, Burlap Ribbon [The Paper Studio]; Jute Twine; Gloss Gel Medium, Coarse Texture Gel [Liquitex]; 8″ by 10″ Gallery Wrapped Canvas; round brush

I’ m entering my project to Cute Card Thursday #314 – Floral Delights (so glad I came across this challenge blog — they accept any type of project, not just cards!), Word Art Wednesday #125 – Anything Goes, Artistic Inspirations #84 – Anything Goes, Southern Girls Challenge – Floral Frenzy, and 4 Crafty Chicks Challenge #187 – Spring. My project also fits the current challenge at Inkspirational. The inspiration photo has colorful sheep, and while there aren’t any sheep in my canvas, it’s all spring-like! :o)

I’m also entering my mixed media canvas to the Stencils: Styling with Stencils Challenge in the Moxie Fab World. I used 2 Heidi Swapp stencils — the big hearts stencil (which I used as a background) and the 6″ by 6″ butterflies stencil. I used coarse texture gel on the butterflies stencil. I sprinkled it with gold embossing powder and let dry, and then afterwards painted it with Inktense blocks and doodled around with Black Soot Distress marker. (You’ll see me do this in my video tutorial here.)

Thanks so much for stopping by!



December 14, 2013

Paper craft project no. 99: Happy holidays

2013-12-14 CAS Happy Holidays
Hello! Can you believe Christmas is almost here? I’m hoping to be done wrapping gifts and making cards this weekend and aiming to get everything mailed no later than Tuesday — fingers (and toes) crossed! Here’s one of several cards I made last night. On watercolor paper (Canson), I stamped paint brushes, ink spatters, ink blots, and a funky Christmas tree (STAMPlorations) in 3 different Ranger archival inks: jet black, emerald green, and sienna. Then on scrap watercolor paper, I stamped the scalloped snowflake in Versamark watermark ink 3 times then embossed them in different embossing powders: jaded pearl, detail copper, and detail gold (Stampendous). Then I fussy cut the embossed snowflakes and adhered them to my card base using foam dots. I stamped the sentiment in tuxedo black (Memento) on the lower right and finished the card by rounding off one corner with my corner rounder punch.

I based the layout of this card on the CAS(E) This Sketch #57. I was also inspired by the photo over at Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #75 (the Christmas tree and color — which gave me a good excuse to use sienna/burnt amber, copper, and gold, as they all give me a warm feeling/glow.) And since my focal images are snowflakes, they fit 4 more of my favorite challenges: CASology #74: Snowflake, Addicted to CAS #28: Snowflakes, CAS-ual Fridays #123: Let It Snow, and Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Let It Snow.



Stamps – Winter Wonderland (Fiskars); Holiday Artsy and Oh, Christmas Tree! (STAMPlorations)
Inks – Emerald Green, Sienna, Jet Black (Ranger Archival); Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Paper – 140-lb cold-press watercolor paper (Canson)
Also – Jade Pearl, Detail Gold, Detail Copper embossing powders (Stampendous); Versamark watermark ink pad; heat tool (Ranger); foam dots; corner rounder punch

Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you’re keeping warm!


December 12, 2013

Paper craft project no. 98: Celebrate the season

2013-12-12 CAS Celebrate the season
Here’s a quick and simple Christmas card. I cut out a panel (4″ by 5.5″) from scrap watercolor paper. I found an old snowy trees border stamp (from Posh Impressions – this one said it’s from 1997) so I stamped it with Versamark watermark, sprinkled detail gold embossing powder (Stampendous), and heat embossed. I did the same thing with the sentiment (Merry set from STAMPlorations). I distressed the edges a bit before mounting it on my card base with foam dots. Done! The hubby was watching me the whole time I made this card — a first, because he usually stays away from my craft table. He was amazed when he saw the embossing powder melt and gasped when I started distressing the edges of my panel with a distressing tool. He couldn’t understand why anyone would want to distress perfectly straight edges and I assured him distressing is a style ;-)

Anyway, this card fits 3 challenges:

Thanks so much for stopping by. And only 13 days ’til Christmas!


November 27, 2013

Paper craft project no. 91: Holiday hexagon card

2013-11-26 Holiday hexagon card
When I saw The Paper Players Challenge #173: Shaped Card last Sunday, I knew I wanted to create a hexagon shaped card — I just needed to find time to squeeze it in between the Christmas card-making project I’ve been doing for my mom-in-law all week. My cards are typically A2 size, and I can’t remember the last time I made a shaped card, so it’s wonderful that TPP has this challenge this week.

To create this card, I started with an A2 card base (the usual — 140-lb cold-press watercolor paper) that I clear embossed with the distressed floral swirl stamp from STAMPlorations (I used Versamark watermark ink and Zing! clear embossing powder). Next, I got out the largest hexagon die I have (Spellbinders Nestabilities), but instead of using my Cuttlebug to cut my card, I traced the die on my card base and cut out the shape. Taking my sponge, I applied mustard seed distress ink over the card base. Next, I took another one of the distressed floral swirl stamps and stamped it in charcoal shadow ink (Hero Arts). On a scrap piece of watercolor paper, I stamped 3 images from the Holiday Hexagons set in Versamark watermark ink, sprinkled Stampendous blue tinsel embossing powder, heat embossed, cut out the shapes and used foam dots to mount them on my card base. I also stamped 3 different sentiments (from the Holiday Hexagons and Oh, Christmas Tree! sets) in Memento tuxedo black ink on scrap watercolor paper, cut them out, and adhered them to my card using foam dots. Finally, I affixed blue sequins to finish off the card. Card size: 4″ tall, 4.25″ wide.

I’m entering this card to a couple of challenges as well:  Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #73: Holidays and Addicted to Stamps Challenge #70: Embossing.

Thanks for visiting my blog. I hope you have an awesome Wednesday. Oh, and think of 3 things (or people) you’re thankful for. I guarantee thinking about them will brighten up your day!


Stamps used:

floralswirls  007 holidayhexagons-preview copy 006 ohchristmastree-preview copy

November 9, 2013

Paper craft project no. 77: Thank you so much

2013-11-09 OLC Thank you so much
Here’s an A2 one layer card I made earlier today. I couldn’t wait to take the new stamps in the Vignette series from STAMPlorations for a test drive. For this card, I used the image and sentiment from the Art Deco Border Builders set. I stamped the image in Versamark ink, sprinkled copper embossing powder, and heat embossed. I stamped the sentiment in tuxedo black. Next, I made 3 score lines using my score board, affixed 3 chocolate brown paper brads to the front, and then rounded off the bottom corners of the card with my corner rounder punch.

I’m entering this card to the following challenges:


Thanks so much for stopping by! I’m off to play some more with my stamps!


September 6, 2013

CAS Card No. 49: Grateful heart

2013-09-06 CAS Grateful Heart
Here’s an A2 card that I made for Retro Sketch No. 79The sketch is below. I’m also linking this up to the Loves Rubberstamps Challenge #68: Anything Goes and The Corrosive Challenge #182: All About Fall.

Stamps: sentiment (STAMPlorations); background (Stampin’ Up)
Inks: tuxedo black (Tsukineko); vintage photo, spiced marmalade, dried marigold, scattered straw (Tim Holtz Distress inks)
Other: tangelo, lady bug (Memento markers); cardstock (DCWV); designer paper (Pink Paislee, Basic Grey); ornate label die (Sizzix); paper brads (Candi); corner rounder punch (EK Success); foam dots; glue dots

Before I end this post, I’m inviting all papercrafters to check out my other blog, the STAMPlorations™ blog. I’m hosting a holiday papercrafting challenge over there. The challenge runs until September 22. I’d appreciate it if you’d let fellow papercrafters know. Thanks so much! :-)

September 2, 2013

One Layer Card No. 48: Kindness

2013-09-01 One Layer Card Kindness
All weekend I’ve been playing with my Distress markers. Here’s a one layer card where I used the markers to create a watercolor effect. I took one of my acrylic blocks, swiped 7 different Distress markers colors to create a sort of ombre effect, spritzed a little water on the block, and then stamped the block on my card, moving the block from right to left to drag the colors. (I know, it should be left to right, but I’m left-handed! ;-)) Love the effect! Next, I stamped the background script, followed by the silhouette flower rubber stamp (which I stamped a second time without re-inking to create a shadow), and then finally stamped the sentiment.

I’m entering this card to the following challenges: Tuesday Trigger: Honoring Ombre at the Moxie Fab World blog; One Layer Wednesday Challenge #155: Silhouettes; Less is More Week #135 (use a rubber stamp and optional watercolors); and Simon Says Wednesday Challenge Blog – Anything Goes.

Stamps: sentiment (Stampendous); background script (OTC); flower silhouette (Stampin’ Up)
Inks: coffee (Ranger Archival ink); forest moss, peeled paint, crushed olive, shabby shutters, mustard seed, spiced marmalade, wild honey (Tim Holtz Distress markers); tuxedo black (Tsukineko)

And before I end today’s post, I’m inviting all papercrafters. On September 6, I’ve got a holiday papercrafting challenge starting at the STAMPlorations™ blog. One crafter is going to win all 7 holiday stamp sets (60+ individual clear stamps) that I designed for the STAMPlorations™ line. I’ll have all the details there on September 6 at 5pm PST so please visit and bookmark the site or follow/subscribe by email.

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