Embossed Metal Valentine’s Day Card

February 12, 2015 in Mixed Media Posts

I decided to use my own embossing plate (more on how I do that in a future video!) to make an embossed metal card for Valentine’s day. Here is the video…

and here is how it turned out!

Embossed Metal Valentine's Day Card

Embossed Metal Valentine’s Day Card

I hope you have a Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Thanksgiving!!

November 27, 2014 in Mixed Media Posts



Fall Church Thanksgiving


It’s the start of the Holiday Season! I am so grateful for everyone and everything in my life. Enjoy your Thanksgiving!

Cre8ive Klatch

September 11, 2014 in Mixed Media Posts

Hi everyone! I am so excited to be part of a collaborative project with some talented friends of mine! We all met in an online class and have shared 2 years worth of our creative ideas, projects, mishaps, and successes. We talk about life, love, art, work, home, health, and all sorts of other things. We adore the circle that we have become, and we hope to expand that circle and engage others in our new “Cre8ive Klatch”.

Our logo includes a coffee cup. Why the coffee cup? Listen and find out :)

Ready to join in? Check out more about me on the Cre8ive Klatch page, and then meet my friends as they introduce themselves over the next few weeks. In November, there will be fun projects in all sorts of different art mediums and styles. Come join the Cre8ive Klatch and be part of our circle!


Happy Thanksgiving!

November 28, 2013 in Mixed Media Posts

I am so thankful to still have my parents around. They are doing well in their new home, and I got to visit them last week. While there my Mom and I were stamping and I tried to show her a technique, but she didn’t have the suplly I needed. So we improvised, and it worked! I wanted to show her the trick of stamping on tissue paper and then using gel medium or the like to adhere it over patterned paper, so that the paper underneath showed through. My Mom didn;t have much in the way of acrylic mediums, but she had Scotch Glue, the kind that dries clear. I know some folks swear by Elmers for all things creative, so I decided to give it a try, and it worked fine!

I stamped the Turkey in black on white tissue paper. Then I took a piece of card stock that we had printed using the Gelli Arts printing plate, and I painted some glue on top. I laid the stamped tissue down on top, and smoothed it a bit. The glue dried clear and the monoprinted showed through the tissue. Then I watercolored on top, and Voila! Thanksgiving Turkey print!!

Thanks Mom! and thanks Dad for putting up with all the creativity talk ;-).

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!!

Thanksgiving Turkey stamp

ATCs April 2013 and Mother’s Day

May 16, 2013 in Mixed Media Posts

This past week was a fun one. I received ATCs in the mail from our April swap and Mother’s day cards too! I love getting real cards, especially hand made ones, in the mail. Nothing will make you feel more special than receiving something that was hand made by another.

Here is the beautiful Mother’s Day card, I received from my Mom:


Mother's Day Card


And she used EasyScraps stamps ;-). Thanks Mom!!

April’s theme was Springtime in Paris. I chose to use an old photo and add some parisien images, and then I colored it with Pan Pastels. I love using Pan Pastels for their soft look, but they have great coverage!

Here is my ATC:


April 2013 ATC Paris Theme


And here are the ATCs I received in the swap! Such different interpretations of the theme!


April 2013 ATCs Paris Theme


Many thanks to:

Kim- was our lovely Hostess this month!

Susan- http://flutterbeforeyou.blogspot.com

Connie- http://www.livingwithinyourharvest.com

Linda- http://www.LindaKaysArt.com

and of course our special girls: Isabella, Bea, and Hannah!! Thanks ladies!!!

ATC’s February Love

March 14, 2013 in Mixed Media Posts

Hi everyone! I have had a productive couple of weeks and as a result, I have some fun video’s and a series on Photoshop that I will share over the coming weeks. But first, I always love to share the mini works of Art that my creative friends send me. These ATCs are so much fun to make, as I practice techniques that either I have discovered while playing, or that I have learned from the classes I have taken online. Even better is receiving the small gifts of love each month from my talented friends!

This month the theme was Valentines/Love and so I went with the typical Valentine color scheme rather than with the typical heart motifs. I experimented with Yupo and Twinkling H2O’s after taking Jodi Ohl’s online class. You can read more about the class here at Creative Clearinghouse. I painted the background using watercolor techniques that Jodi taught us. Then I used one of Easy Scraps new Scroll Tile Rubber Stamps to stamp on top of the color, using White Stazon Ink. It wasn’t as crisp and clear as I would have liked, so I over-stamped it using a different color Stayzon Ink (black in some cases and purple in others). That ended up giving almost a 3 dimensional look to the stamp, because I didn’t try to line it up perfectly, so some of the white showed around the darker color.

Here is my ATC:


February 2013 ATC- Twinkling H2O's on Yupo Paper

February 2013 ATC- Twinkling H2O’s on Yupo Paper


and here are the other lovely ATC’s I received. Aren’t they great?!!


February 2013 ATCs

February 2013 ATCs
Many Thanks to:

Thanks Ladies!!! MWAH!!!!!!!


Burlap and Wax

January 31, 2013 in Mixed Media Posts

I have been playing with encaustics since I got a starter set as a gift. I have not done any real paintings- mostly cards and tags, but I have to say I really enjoy it and hope to take a live class sometime.

I thought this was a cute idea for a Valentine, even though I originally made a set of these for the Holidays. And it really only requires melted Encaustic Medium or Beeswax. You don’t need all the colored encaustic paints or lots of tools. Just the medium or plain beeswax, something to melt it in, and a paint brush. I know some folks have the Melting Pot that Ranger/ Suze Weinberg make and melt beeswax in that, and that should be fine.

Basically you are just going to coat a piece of burlap in encaustic medium or wax. Be careful when melting wax, that you do not get it hotter than 250 degrees F or the encaustic medium/wax can start to put off more toxic fumes. I always err on the side of caution and use a thermometer, and keep the temperature well below that- usually around 180 degrees F.  Also make sure that your room is well ventilated.

I use a griddle with a thermometer control, and a small tin where I melt the encaustic medium. Then I paint the melted medium over the burlap until it is well saturated. After I remove it from the griddle, I let it cool on one of the Ranger craft sheets.

After the waxed burlap has cooled, it is stiff and can be cut using a wood- ruled die, or with scissors. I used an Accucut machine with this project, but the Sissix and any of the thick Tim Holtz dies should work equally as well.

I then used dimensional paint to add the trimmings to my little person, and glued his heart on, and voila!! A burlap Gingerbread man!!


Burlap Encaustic Gingerbread Man

Burlap Encaustic Gingerbread Man

If at first you don’t succeed- try,try again with Gelli Arts

December 27, 2012 in Mixed Media Posts

Gelli-Arts Holiday Prints

I was trying to come up with 2 cards last week- a Holiday Card and a card for a friend. I pulled out some of the new Easy Scraps stamps and started stamping and coloring. However, it just wasn’t coming along the way I would have liked it to. The “Friends” card was boring, and I couldn’t get the right mix of images and colors I wanted for the Holiday card. So, I pulled out my Gelli Arts printing plate and started making papers and then I also masked off the stamped image on one of the cards to make a cool background. Much better!! Here was one of the prints that I really liked. I loved the way the colors came out, but I wanted a bit more red and green.


Gelli-Arts Holiday Print 1


I liked this green print too.


Gelli-Arts Holiday Print 2


So I brought them both into Photoshop and combined them into something that looked like this-


Gelli-Arts Holiday Card 2012

Gelli-Arts Holiday Card 2012

My “Friends” Card meanwhile after masking the stamped/colored image, was printed using Gelli Arts for the background. I toned it down a smidge with some cream paint, and I liked the way it came out.


Gelli-Arts Friends Card 2012

Gelli-Arts Friends Card 2012


So, as usual, Gelli Arts printing plate came to the rescue!! PS- I used the Holiday Image (minus the kids pictures) on a clear bag using a transfer, and it came out so cool! I wish I had gotten a picture before I gave the gift away!!