Sunday, April 15, 2018

Fire Art Journal Page

     I didn't intend to add flames to this art journal page, until I came across some old campfire photos, which really brought it to life!


     The colors and gears were inspired by Lindy's Gang April Color Challenge, which I was immediately drawn to.

     It was also the perfect opportunity to play with my new Stamperia Steampunk Mechanism Stencil from After doing some background stamping, I applied Prima Marketing Black Gesso to my stencil, and waited for it to dry. Then I reapplied the stencil, to add Lindy's  Midnight Copper and Twilight Bronze Slate Embossing Powders. Finally, I used a stipple brush to lightly apply Prima Brown and Red Rust Paste on random areas. The chain on top was a recycled find, and covered with Midnight Copper EP.

     I also used Midnight Copper to emboss some clocks onto clear transparency paper, and cut the center from one, to make a frame for my flames. The gear behind it was embossed with Twilight Bronze Slate, with touches of Rust Paste added to it, using the Prima Finnabair Rust & Dust Stamp. 

      I also added some rust pastes to a few older gear and cog stickers, except for the largest one, which was originally yellow, that I embossed with Byzantine Bronze EP. To color the background, I used Lindy's Poinciana Red Flame, Cajun Carnelian Red, Mission Bells Brown, Steampunk Sepia, and Pineapple Paradise.

Thanks for stopping by!


Challenges Entered:

Try it on Tuesday ~ Recycle Something (the chain on top)

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Nature of the Beast ~ Red Rubber Designs DT

     It felt so good to finally create this jungle scene in my art journal, as the idea started a few months ago, as I was going through my Red Rubber Designs Stamps! I took out Tiger Face, Take PrideFern Sprig, and Fern Frond, setting them aside, until I was able to come up with this page, made with some recycled bits and pieces.

     Like this Converse shoe tag, that I cut along the star, inking and spraying it.

     I also recycled the brown netting from some fruit, shown below with stamped elephants from the Take Pride Stamp.

     Cheesecloth on the background gives lots of texture, as well as making great moss, dyed with Magical's and sprays. I also used twine along the top and right, covering it with gesso, and painting with sprays. The leaves coming from it were embossed onto clear transparency paper with the Fern Sprig Cling Mounted Stamp, using Ranger's Topiary EP.

     The wood was made with the Ranger Woodgrain Stencil, some white gesso, and sprays. Then I embossed the Thicker's that spell NATURE with Distress EP Shabby Shutters. Since my Thicker's were black, it didn't come out as bright as I wanted, so I went over it with some paint. The rest of my title was made from chipboard, covered with gesso, colored with sprays, and stamped with the Tiger Face Cling Mounted Stamp.

     Thanks for looking, and get your Animal Cling Mounted Stamps at Red Rubber Designs!



Challenges Entered:

Art Journal Journey ~ Recycle and Collage (Recycled shoe tag and netting from fruit)

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Prima Marketing French Riviera ATC's ~ FotoBella DT

     Have you tried any of the fabulous pastes from Prima Marketing? There's so many great textures and effects you can add to any project, and they clean up so easily! So I made a set of ATC's with some Patina Effect Paste and Rust Paste Camouflage Set, featuring some French Riviera Stamps and the Shell and Anchor Stencil from

     I started by coating some playing cards with Heavy White Gesso, and then spraying with Broken China and Cracked Pistachio Distress Spray Stains. With a Dabbing Brush, I applied Patina Effect Paste to the Shell and Anchor Stencil, using all three colors from the set. Then I added sand to the bottom of the shell and anchor cards, with Dusty from the Rust Paste Camouflage Set, and really love the results! 

     All of the stamping was done with Ranger's Jet Black Archival Ink, using the French Riviera 4 X 6 Cling and French Riviera #2 Stamps. I decided NOT to color my stamping, for a black and white effect with the ocean colors, except for a few touches on the card below, that I painted with Tarnished Brass Distress Spray Stain. Then I popped up some of the fussy-cut pieces for some dimension. 

     The bubbles were created with the same stencil using white gesso, topped with a coat of Sprinkled Sugar Stickles for some sparkle. 

     Each card is backed with a piece of torn white cardstock, and the edges colored with Broken China and Cracked Pistachio Distress Inks. Finally, I hand-stitched the twine to the netting, that I recycled from some fruit. 

     Thanks for looking, and shop for these supplies and more!

Challenges Entered:

Try it on Tuesday ~ Recycle Something (black netting from some fruit)

Country View Challenges ~ Pimp it up! (recycled black netting from fruit)

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Somebunny's Thinking Cards ~ Red Rubber Designs DT

     Happy early Easter! I made a couple of cards for my sweet little nephew and niece, featuring the Somebunny's Thinking Cling Mounted Rubber Stamp from Red Rubber Designs. The eggs and background were smooshed with Distress Inks onto white cardstock.

     All of the images were stamped with permanent brown and green inks, and painted with various sprays.

     Then I did some fussy-cutting, and layered the carrots to show through the sheer ribbon.  

     I used the same brown ink for the sentiment, and finished all of the colored cardstock edges with Picket Fence Distress Ink. 

     It was easy to make this card the same, with a simple switch of blue and pink, but hard to decide on which one I like better!

     Thanks for looking, and get your Spring Celebrations Cling Mounted Rubber Stamps @ Red Rubber Designs


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Friday, March 23, 2018

Spring Flowers Tag

      Nothing says Spring like a field full of blooming flowers, which I tried to replicate on this tag made from stamps and Lindy's Gang products!

     Most of my inspiration came from the beautiful photo and colors used for the March Color Challenge @ Lindy's Gang

     I started by coating a Ranger Manila Tag with Prima Heavy White Gesso. Then I sprinkled with some Magical Powders (Sassy Sapphire, Drop Dead Gorgeous Green, and Greased Lightnin' Green), and sprayed with water, to create the background sky and grass. All of the stamping was done on white cardstock with Ranger's Jet Black Archival Ink, and colored with Magical Powders (every color from the Drop Dead Diva Shimmer Set) and Sprays (Pineapple Paradise, Cathedral Pines Green, Ponderosa Pines Olive, and Witch's Potion Purple). 

     Along the edges of the tag and the hole on top, I applied Reindeer Moss Green Embossing Powder. I backed it with white cardstock, colored with Hi Maintenance Magenta and Prima Donna Purple Magicals, and embossed the dots and edges with Purely White Embossing Powder.

     I also used Hi Maintenance Magenta and Prima Donna Purple Magicals to dye the ribbon, leaving the top ends alone to give it an hombre effect. Since I had already fussy-cut all of my flowers, and these ones were left over, I decided to bundle them on top, and use them anyway. 

Thanks for your visit!



Challenges Entered:

Try it on Tuesday ~ The Call of Spring (Inspired by the flowers and colors)

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Dad's Vintage Birthday Card ~ Red Rubber Designs DT

      Happy Thursday! I went vintage with my Dad's birthday card this year, having fun with some Mixed Media Stamps from Red Rubber Designs!

     My design inspiration came from Sketch #1, used for the March Card Sketch Challenge @, that I flipped horizontally.

     The sentiment was embossed onto wood veneer banners with the Contemporary Greetings Unmounted Rubber Stamp Set, anchored by some brads that I applied Prima Rust Effect Paste (Red and Brown) to. I also rusted the edges of the base of the card, cut from black cardstock.

     But first I created the background with a stencil and black gesso, applied to white cardstock. Once dry, I lightly went over it with some Prima Wax (Rich Copper and Bronze Age). Then I stamped all over with the Vintage Background, Postage, and Fly Fairy Unmounted Rubber Stamps, using permanent black and red ink, while embossing others. Along the edges and corners, I embossed the Background Soup Stamp, and colored it all with some sprays, finishing the edges with Rusty Hinge Distress Ink.

     The tape measure was colored with Distress Inks (Fossilized Amber, Vintage Photo, and Rusty Hinge), to which I applied Prima's Black Gesso to the Tim Holtz Measured Stencil. Like the black gesso on the background, I again gave it a light dab of Prima Wax (Rich Copper and Bronze Age), hand-stitching below it.

     To personalize it some more, I added his mom and grandma's buttons that I was lucky enough to inherit, and truly is my treasure, for the March Treasure Challenge @ A Vintage Journey.

     Then I embossed the Postage Stamp onto black cardstock, cutting out the center, to frame a piece of white cardstock colored with sprays. I popped it up, and added Prima's Patina Effect Paste to the chipboard numbers. The grid behind it was stamped with the Vintage Background Stamp, and finished with Rusty Hinge Distress Ink.

     Thanks for looking, and shop for these great quality rubber stamps @  Red Rubber Designs!


Challenges Entered:

Frilly and Funkie ~ Knock on Wood (Wood Veneer Banners that I sprayed and embossed my sentiment on)

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Time Springs Eternal LO

     Hello! I'm back with a layout using some older Bo Bunny collections, (Trail Mix and the Avenues) combined with some masking, stamping, and embossing.

     I was inspired by the colors and natural elements in the mood board used for the  February Time ChallengeMixed Media & Art

     It also gave me the perfect opportunity to play with my Prima Rust Pastes, which I masked, applied to the brads, some stamping, and to the chipboard "time". 

     The background was masked with some LSG sprays, also used to color the stamped butterflies, and a couple of the flowers. Then I used the Ranger Mini Birch Stencil with Prima's Heavy White Gesso, behind an actual piece of bark. 

     I popped up this alarm clock that I stamped with Ranger's Jet Black Archival Ink, and applied some touches of the rust paste to. Then I covered the face with Glossy Accents. 

     The majority of the stamping was done with the Prima Finnabair Rust & Dust Stamp, including the odometers that I stamped onto the leftover packaging from my Petaloo flowers, with Rusty Hinge Distress Ink applied to the edges.

     The clock below was embossed with LSG Midnight Copper EP, also used on the edges of the fussy cut clocks on top. To create moss, I used some stipple brushes with Distress Embossing Powders (Brushed Corduroy, Peeled Paint, and Shabby Shutters), applied in that order, along the bottom and right side of my page.  

     I framed my page with some fibers, colored with the same sprays, and anchored with some rusty brads.

     Finally I made the doors with paper from Bo Bunny's the Avenues, and stamped a keyhole on the right. The doors were placed onto black cardstock with the edges embossed with Distress Embossing Powder (Peeled Paint and Shabby Shutters).

     And to Get In On the Action over at Frilly and Funkie,  I made the doors open to this photo.

     Thanks for looking!

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