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November 21, 2014

Paper craft project no. 304: Thankful mixed media tags feat. SRM Stickers + video tutorial

Hello! It’s my turn today on the SRM Stickers blog to share a project. I decided to create mixed media tags featuring some of my favorite SRM products. If I were to pick my absolute favorite from all the stickers by SRM, I’d say it’s the sticker stitches! I simply love them because they can add so much interest to any project. The sticker sentiments are fabulous, as are the punched pieces.

I created these tags from one sheet of 9″ by 12″ 140-lb cold-press watercolor paper. In addition to the fun SRM products, I used whipped spackle, Gelatos, Inktense blocks, Twinkling H2Os, Distress inks, Memento inks, modeling paste, Japanese watercolor brush pens, and the Trendy Leaves stamps. Here’s a video showing how I made these tags from start to finish. Hope you enjoy it!


Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you’ll check out the SRM Stickers blog and poke around. There’s lots of awesome projects there by my teammates!

I hope you’ll also check out the current Mixed Media Mojo challenge, where the theme this month is “Thankful”.


November 1, 2014

Paper craft project no. 294: ‘Tis the season mixed media card + video tutorial


We have a brand new challenge at The Mixed Media Card Challenge! Our theme this month is Christmas with bells as the optional element. So create a Christmas-themed mixed media card with or without bells and link it up to our challenge! We’d love to see what you come up with. For our definition of a mixed media card, click here. The challenge runs until November 25 so plenty of time to create and play!

We have STAMPlorations as our sponsor too and there are 2 prizes up for grabs. Create a mixed media card that has the optional element for a shot at a $15 gift certificate. If you stick to just the theme, you still get a shot at winning 1 stamp set. Do check out the cards the mixed media card girls made — you’ll be blown away!

For my mixed media card, I used archival inks, Distress inks, Twinkling H2Os, Gelatos, water soluble oil pastels, and Chameleon Color Tones. I used Holiday Sketches: Christmas Bells and Holiday Sketches: Christmas Flower. Here’s a video showing how I created my card. It’s a shorty — a little over 9 minutes long, in fast-forward motion, captioned, and accompanied by Christmas music. I’d love to hear what you think!


I’d like to enter my card to the following fun challenges: Simon Says Wednesday Challenge – Anything Goes; Brown Sugar Challenge #118 – Anything Goes; Weekly Christmas Card Challenge #48 – Anything Goes; Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge Extra – Anything Goes for November; Crafty Catz Challenge #253 – Anything GoesSister Act Card Challenge #81 -Anything Goes, and Word Art Wednesday #156 – Anything Goes.

Thanks for stopping by!


September 24, 2014

Paper craft project no. 271: Merry merry merry Christmas OLC [with video tutorial]

2014-09-25 Merry merry merry Christmas OLC wm

Hello! It’s time for a new challenge at Time Out Challenges! For the next couple of weeks, we’re doing the ‘Theme Challenge with a Twist”. This time around, we’ve got a really, really, really hard theme and twist. It’s so hard that I don’t think you guys are going to want to play…The theme: STAMPING! The twist: APPLES! Told you it’s a hard challenge ;o) Pardon my witty sarcasm [or is it sarcastic wit?], friends. I haven’t been exactly bouncy these last couple of weeks due to allergies [I’m starting to feel better, though]. Anyway, I’d really love if you’d play with us at Time Out. If your project has the twist (apples), you could win a stamp set from our sponsor, Avocado Arts. And we’ve got a super-creative guest designer joining us: Loll of Stamping with Loll! So I hope you’ll stop by the blog and see the projects that Loll and my teammates made! :o)

I went with the theme and skipped the twist and made a one layer Christmas card. This one was quick to make: under 8 minutes. I’ve been enjoying my PanPastel Colors and using them in my projects (I’ve got a couple more to show tomorrow). For this card, I stamped the poinsettia (Holiday Sketches: Christmas Flower) several times with VersaMark watermark ink, masking as I went along and then colored the entire card with magenta and magenta extra dark PanPastel to create a sort of reverse emboss resist (I think) — the colors are darker on the areas with the watermark ink and lighter in between. The sentiment is from the Sentiment Builders: Christmas & New Year .

Here’s a video of how I made this card. It’s really short (2 minutes, 16 seconds), in fast-forward motion, captioned, and accompanied by a fun and playful rag-time ditty (courtesy of Kevin McLeod of Hope you enjoy it :o)

You can also watch my video directly on YouTube here.

Linking up my card to these fun challenges: Crafting from the Heart #37 – Anything Goes; Simon Says Monday Challenge – Stamps or Stencil; Stamps & Fun = Creativity #217 – Self-Made Background; and Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge Extra for September.

Thanks for stopping by!


September 18, 2014

Paper craft project no. 269: Dream Believe Imagine mixed media block [with video tutorial]

2014-09-18 Dream Believe Imagine Autumn Mixed Media Block-wm

My projects the last couple of weeks have either been with an autumn or Christmas theme. Because I am so done with summer! :o) Anyway, I have a container full of wood blocks in varying sizes and this week, I dipped into that container and got a little crazy with them. Here’s wood block #1 (it’s 7″ tall, 4 1/2″ wide, and 3/4″ thick). I’m not so much into layers and embellishing, and this mixed media autumn block is just that — simple and without a lot of layers. Designer or pattern paper is wonderful to use as a background or base, as it’s an easy way to create texture without a lot of work. You can simply layer paints and other media over it, and depending on how you apply your paints, you can have the pattern showing through. (I used paper with a newsprint and grid pattern and you can see the pattern showing faintly through the layers of paints, inks, and stamps.)


  • designer paper/pattern paper (The Paper Studio)
  • gel medium, gesso, modeling paste (Liquitex)
  • stencils (Plaid, The Crafter’s Workshop)
  • mustard seed, spiced marmalade, and barn door Distress Paints (Ranger)
  • midnight and sparrow Mix’d Media Inx Chox (ColorBox)
  • black Stamper’s Big Brush and white PITT artist pen (Faber-Castell)
  • tiny text stickers (Cosmo Cricket)
  • Bloom Sketches, Mini Mixed Media Backgrounds, and Vignette: Artful Flutters stamps (STAMPlorations)

This is one of those projects where it’s a lot easier for me to show rather than tell. So I’ve got a video showing how I did it from start to finish. It took me me about 45 minutes to create this mixed media block, but I managed to edit the video down to just under 8 minutes. The video is in my signature style: in fast-forward motion, captioned, and accompanied by Mozart. (If you don’t hear any music, it means YouTube isn’t done adding it.)

 You can also watch my video directly on YouTube here.


I’m linking my project to these 4 fun challenges: Virginia’s View Challenge #7 – Pattern Paper; Crafting for All Seasons #86 – Colors of Autumn; Creative Moments #51 – Anything Goes/Fall Colors (entry #3); Simply Create Too # 70 – Fall/Autumn (3rd entry); and Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #4 – Color Challenge (I used orange, red, and yellow — colors found on the lovely inspiration photo).


My project is also a reminder that there is still time to join in the Mixed Media Mojo challenge, where we have a fall theme + use paste (embossing paste, modeling paste, texture paste, etc.). The linky is open for 12 more days so plenty of time to come and play with us!

Thanks so much for stopping by!


August 21, 2014

Paper craft project no. 244: Be Merry + a Mixed Media Canvas with video tutorial

2014-08-14 OLC Be merry

Hello!  I’d like to share a one layer card I made for the current challenge at Time Out. There’s a little under a week left to enter your creations as inspired by this awesome card by Anita, our guest designer. While my first card here was inspired by the colors in Anita’s card, my card today was inspired by the layout, specifically the embossed geometric aqua/teal/turquoise panel on her card. If you’re inspired by Anita’s card, we hope you’ll share it with us at Time Out!

To make my card, I first stamped the image (Holiday Sketches: Christmas Candles set from STAMPlorations) on my card base. I stamped it again on a post-it note, fussy cut, and placed it over the stamped image as a mask. Next, I stamped the border (Vignette: Art Deco Border Builders set) on the right in VersaMagic chalk inks. Then I sponged some yellow around the candles. I removed the mask and colored the image with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers. I stamped the sentiment (from the same holiday set) in VersaMagic chalk ink (midnight black). I finished the card by rounding the bottom corners.

I’d like to enter my card to these fun challenges: Addicted to Stamps and More #109 – CAS; Deep Ocean Challenge #85 – Christmas in August; Penny’s Paper Crafty Challenge 191 – Christmas, Children, or Critters; Wonderful Wednesday – Anything Goes; Stamps & Fun = Creativity – Christmas in Summer; Simon Says Monday Challenge – Anything Goes; and Lady Crafts Ink TLT Challenge – CAS.

And before I go, I’d like to share a simple canvas I did last week when I found a roll of gift wrapping paper. It was my extra spotlight project over at STAMPlorations. I used stamps from the newly released Bloom Sketches, as well as from the Mini Mixed Media Backgrounds set. I’ve got a video showing how I did it from start to finish too. It’s 7 minutes, 38 seconds long — done in my usual style: in fast-forward motion, captioned, and accompanied by Mozart. Hope you enjoy it!

Watch the YouTube video tutorial HERE 

Thanks for stopping by!


July 2, 2014

Paper craft project no. 214: Hello sunshine one layer card [with video tutorial]

2014-07-02 OLC Hello sunshine

 It’s time for a new challenge at Time Out Challenges! This fortnight, we’re doing Inspired by Words, and we’d love to see projects inspired by this phrase: fun in the sun. Take your cue from the phrase. You can also focus on either “fun” or “sun”. Do word associations. We’d love to see your take and how the phrase has inspired you! We’re also joined by the super talented Carol of Just me: C. You’ve got to see her project! Do also check out the awesome projects that my lovely team mates created.

As for my project, I decided to create a one layer card that’s bright and cheery, so I went with shades of yellow. I also used an artsy sunflower stamp (another flower I’d illustrated and turned into a stamp, which will be available from STAMPlorations this August). I stamped it in coffee archival ink (Ranger) and loosely watercolored it with mustard seed and scattered straw distress inks. I spattered blue and yellow Inktense blocks before stamping my sentiment (from the Boxed Blooms and Bold Sentiments set) in Memento tuxedo black. I also adhered the “hello sunshine” transparent border (We’ve Got Your Sticker/Hello from SRM Stickers) along the column of sunflowers. I finished the card by drawing a simple black border. Done!

Wait…I have a video tutorial for this too. It’s very short (3 minutes, 44 seconds) — in fast-forward motion, captioned, and accompanied by Mozart, just like my other videos. (YouTube takes a while to add the music to my videos so if you don’t hear Mozart, you know why.)

Watch the YouTube video tutorial HERE

2014-07-02 OLC Hello sunshine -cu

I’d like to enter my card to the following fun challenges: Flat Friends Challenge #22 – One Layer Cards; Ladybug Crafts – Summer Flowers; Papertake Weekly – Anything Goes; and Vintage Stamping Challenges #21 – Summer Blooms.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


June 18, 2014

Paper craft project no. 207: Heartfelt thanks one layer card [with video tutorial]

2014-06-18 OLC Heartfelt thanks

Popping by with another one layer card I made last night. I based the layout on the current sketch at CAS(E) This Sketch challenge. For the colors I used to stamp the “heartfelt” sentiment, I was inspired by the photo at Addicted to Stamps and More, where they’re celebrating their 2nd birthday! And because I’ve got my flower stamp in a frame, it fits the current One Layer Simplicity Challenge – I’ve Been Framed. I’m entering my card to two more fun challenges: Crafting by Designs June Anything Goes Challenge and Cards und More #108 – One Layer Cards.

I used archival, dye, water-based (distress), and pigment (in the form of Inktense blocks) inks, as well as some watercoloring on my favorite card base (cold-pressed watercolor paper) so you could say this is a one layer mixed media card at its simplest. I went with good old-fashioned stamping and used STAMPlorations stamps — SENTIMENT BUILDERS: Thank You and Boxed Blooms and Bold Sentiments. The flowers are ones I illustrated and turned into stamps.

The card is a pretty simple one to make, and I’ve got a video showing how I created this card from start to finish. The video is another shorty (5 minutes, 44 seconds to be exact), in fast-forward motion, captioned, and accompanied by Mozart. Yes, I love classical music, especially by Mozart. When I’m crafting or writing or even when I’m at the gym, I’ve got classical music playing in the background, as it helps me to relax and as weird as this may sound, the music stimulates my brain cells and I’m able to visualize [when I’m doing art], think [when I’m writing], or focus [when I’m working out] more. Actually, it isn’t weird if you’ve heard about the Mozart effect (or the effect of music you enjoy listening to), as research has found that listening to music [in this case, Mozart’s] induces a short-term performance improvement of one’s spacial-temporal reasoning. [Don’t make the mistake of thinking it increases IQ — there are no definite research results on this, and the researchers who did the study on the Mozart effect made no such claim that listening to Mozart makes one intelligent or that it raises IQ.] In any case, music by Mozart and all the other classical composers was what helped me get through university (particularly on those days that I crammed for finals) and it helps me get through deadlines (particularly on those rush writing projects from clients) — and hey, doing 12k on the rowing machine for an hour becomes fun and easy! Aannnyyway…back to the video. Again it’s a real quickie so if you’re up for a few minutes of brain stimulation while watching me create this card, head on over to YouTube. Feel free to leave me some love over there ;o)

Watch the YouTube video tutorial HERE

2014-06-18 OLC Heartfelt thanks-cu


Thanks so much for stopping by!


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