Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Stamping excitement!

I recently collected some sweet winter stamps from The Greeting Farm, CC Designs and Urban Stamps (Gorjuss Girls). They have been fun to make into cards. I've started making some thank you cards mostly, but winter holidays are coming up!

CC Designs November releases are adorable! They have such cute images and sentiments. I have the Thank You sentiment stamp from Amy R. and it has something perfect for any style card.

Here is a stamped card I made recently:

Thursday, July 25, 2013

More Mixed Media Tags

A few months ago I created these mixed media art tags using stencils, stamps, paint, ink and paper - a messy fun experiment! It is a fun process to layer the media and discover how the elements act together and then, for me, to feel that it is finished at some point. A tag is nice size for my spurts of time. I don't use a heat dryer and have busy evenings. Here are some photos:

Altered box using tea party papers

This is one of two altered shoeboxes I made - this one is decorated with papers from DCWV tea party papers. I used a few coats of gesso over my son's shoebox (a nice small size). I inked the edges with chalk ink and used a couple of Prima flowers on the lid. 

I hope my sister enjoys it!

Birthday cupcake mini album made with coffee sleeves pockets

I made this adorable mini album for a challenge hosted by Gina on It turned out to be so cute! 

I used a Starbucks coffee sleeves (I have so many that I've been saving) and used a compass to draw and cut out circles for the inserts. I used a punch for the flowers, and the papers, brads and snippets are from Basic Grey's Mint Julip collection. I used Crafty Secrets stamps for the words and cute children's images, and stamped with brown chalk ink.

My daughter helped me to stamp the images and decide where to put them. She just turned three and maybe we'll use this for her birthday party, or give it to a friend from her nursery school class. 

Here are the photos:

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Love these Prima Julie Nutting doll stamps!

And the tattered florals die from Tim Holtz was perfect to use for creating a custom flower out of the papers I used as a collage on my silver and black tag. I cut out two of the large-sized flowers out of paper, then stamped a flower image on each using Ranger Archival ink in black. I inked the edges with Distress Ink in black soot and sprayed them with glimmer mist. I shaped the petals while they were damp and after it was dry, I glued the pieces together. I took a wooden button and tied bakers twine and slipped my charm through it - I love that as a finishing touch.

There are a lot of multi-media effects I used with these tags, include collage, flowers, lace, trims, chalk inks (so great for the last layer because they are opaque), distress inks, stamps, molding paste, acrylic craft pain, chipboard pieces - I loved it!

I made these tags for a swap on
I can't wait to see what my partner made!

Here's a link to the descriptive video on youtube: 

Friday, January 25, 2013

Place in Time Calendar (8x8) - Graphic 45

Last December I completed an 8x8 easel album with Graphic 45's Place in Time paper collection as a gift. Here are some photos of the pages. Except for January, every page has a pocket with a postcard inside. I only used the 8x8 paper pad and the album, a petaoou flower on December's page. It was a lot of fun to make!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Mini Album of Mom's Recipes

I made an envelope mini album to keep recipes that my Mom has been handwriting and sending me in the mail (you know - the ones that are in her head and are delicious from childhood). I used Echo Park's This and That Graceful collection. Here are a few of the pages: