21 June 2014


In February I signed up for Christy Tomlinson's monthly mixed media video club "The Art Society".  (Blog button on left)  I so loved the February project that I purchased January also, which was when this club started.  Now I can hardly wait for the project to come each month!

This project was done on an 8x8 inch canvas.  I am pleased with the texture I managed to create in the background, you don't realize how tricky that can be until you make your own attempts.

Thanks for having a look!

18 June 2014


The images were in my July 4th stash, sorry I can't attribute the source.  Patterned papers are from Farmhouse Paper Company, embellishments are from K&Co.  Stickles and bits of trim from my stash finish them up.

Tim Holtz patterned papers and K&Co embellishments.


It's been all about the 4th of July this past week!  Though I have lived in Canada since 1972, I get all nostalgic for the 4th of July.  Not to say we don't do a great July 1st but it isn't the same.  Americana seems to be "current" once again, great excuse for me to send some pieces off to my friends.

This one was done on an 8x6 inch canvas using a piece of paper napkin for the blue/stars, vintage music sheet for the white "stripes" and red patterned paper scraps for the red "stripes".   A sparkly white chipboard heart in the lower right, ringed with a bit of red Stickles is adhered in the bottom right corner.  Finishing touches include red and silver Stickles, faux stitching with a white pen and a bit of stamped text which I smudged.  I used a sepia toned decoupage finish to give it the vintage "Americana" look.

I have used fabric scraps on this one with three different patterned fabric to create the "flag" and a bit of silver ric rac to set off the blue field of stars.  I used a clear decoupage finish, red and silver Stickles, the white pen for faux stitches and another sparkly chipboard heart.  This one is going to a quilter so fabric works well.

9 June 2014


Practice, practice, practice!  Working on finding the look that suits me and making the steps second nature. I have mixed some Momento inks in with using Distress Markers, tried a few different stamps, backed each with glitter paper and dug through my box of "metal" to find the right embellishments.  The glossy paper doesn't scan particularly well, some thing I didn't know so I have chosen just these three to post.

Thanks for having a look!

8 June 2014


A number of my crafty friends are expert stampers and card makers, Caroline shared a new (to me) technique and I have spent some time working at it.  I am all thumbs when it comes to stamping but having fun with this one and I am using my Distress Markers..which have seen little use from me.

The central stamp is from Stampendous, the ruler River City Rubber, background stamps are from Memory Box and Great Impressions.

1.  Stamp central image onto glossy card stock using StazOn black ink.  You want to have a strong central image which shows after you add on the other colours.  Re-ink your pad if needed.

2.  Mask if want something left white e.g. a face.

3.  Choose your colours, not too many e.g. two that blend well plus a contrast.  I have used Distress Markers.  I used Broken China and Tumbled Glass, will try for more contrast between the blues next time.

4.  Choose your stamps, mix up your images including some with text, solid and lines.  I needed more variety here.

5.  Colour the stamps with the markers.  You don't need to be precise, stamp 3 times before re-inking.

6.  Keep colouring and stamping.  Don't worry if it looks messy. (I like that part)

7.  After you are finished stamping, see where you might want more colour.  Scribble directly on the paper with markers and rub with fingers.  Do only small areas at a time as you don't have much time until this drys.  Add a bit of another colour for punch, maybe yellow.

8.  When done, pick a couple of elements to use as stamps around the border.  Do this with the black.  (I will use more images on my next effort, I didn't think there was room here for a border but seeing it posted I may use a black marker to do faux stitch marks.)

9.  You may also want to use a white pen to go over a few lines or lighten up an area.  Forgot that part, I am going to go back and try this.

Yep, improved!  Thanks for having a look!