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Friday, July 1, 2022

Allow Faith and a Challenge


Happy Friday, friends!

I'm stopping in so randomly, but I want to share with you a fun technique and a challenge!

I came across this mixed media technique called Leaf Stamp Art, go try it out! I added some spatters to make it more spontaneous for my card.

Now the reason for my card is a new challenge! I'm hosting the Mix-Ability Challenge on Splitcoaststampers forum. It's a great chance to try a bit of mixed media and turn it into a little gift to mail to a friend!

I confess, I’ve been on low-profile mode for a very long time, it’s obvious with my supply list, but I stopped by Your Next Stamp blog and saw they had a link party! Please drop over there to look at the gallery and check out the newest release. Their bubble gum cat is adorable!!

That's it from me! Enjoy your weekend and get crafty if you can!

Supplies
: I provide some product links that are through my Amazon Affiliate, and that means when clicked and purchased in the same session a few pennies are sent my way at no cost to you.

Featured Product(s):
Plus:
  • Word Bubble Die (My Favorite Stamps)
  • Leaf from a tree
  • Acrylic paint (DecoArt)
  • Charcoal cardstock
  • White cardstock
  • Lime green cardstock


I'm a maker who receives goodies chosen by myself for design teamwork. To see a list of these companies just scroll to the bottom of my blog under FTC Declaration.

Friday, April 1, 2022

Vignette it Your Way


Hi friends! I was so fortunate to drop into my art studio and get some fun sentiment cards done. It just gives me warm fuzzies when I can do that. Today these cards are for the Splitcoaststampers challenge forum, Mix-Ability!

I have three cards to share that came together rather quickly for two reasons. I have a pile of monoprints ready to use and three new die cuts that I was so happy to get at a local, walk-in-the-door craft store! I'm so glad they are still open!


Lawn Fawn has quite a few "Giant" Lawn Cuts that make for a jiffy card session. I have Giant Sending Big Hugs, Giant Thank You, and Giant Happy Birthday.


Each one of my cards attempts to create a vignette. I say attempt because art and mixed media specifically can be jolted into different directions. 

Sending Big Hugs is a monoprint on deli paper inspired by the amazingly talented Birgit Koopsen. I made a vignette or transition by painting whirling lines. I meant to cut the paper along the lines, but when I realized I was gluing my layer on the base I had already cut it into a rectangle. 

Thank you is a transition with simple lines to hide the abrupt edge of the bubble background mat layer. That background is from when I hosted the MIX468 challenge. It isn't noticeable in the photo but I used Spectrum Noir Sparkle Brush Pens so it twinkles it's Thank You.

Happy Birthday is another monoprint that I did for a challenge and loved it but needed to wait for the right card to use it. I believe it's from the MIX460 challenge and just trying to play with brush strokes.

This week it's 


Supplies
: I provide some product links that are through my Amazon Affiliate, and that means when clicked and purchased in the same session a few pennies are sent my way at no cost to you.

Featured Product(s):
  • Giant Sending Big Hugs (AZ, LF)
  • Giant Thank You (AZ, LF)
  • Giant Happy Birthday (AZ, LF)
  • Rose Friend (AZ, STM)
Plus:
  • White Cardstock (AZ, STM)
  • Monoprinting Plate (AZ, GA)
  • Spectrum Noir Sparkle Brush Pens (AZ, SN)
  • Sequins (PPP)

I'm a maker who receives goodies chosen by myself for design team work. To see a list of these companies just scroll to the bottom of my blog under FTC Declaration.

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Thursday, January 20, 2022

A Grainy Faux Find and a Challenge


Happy New Year, everyone! I've been working on projects around my house, still living in the same crazy boxed-up craft studio while a very long process of remodeling and moving rooms around our house. 

Even though my situation is a little less than desired, I'm still happy to have what I have access to, and that ever so often I'm fortunate to be the hostess of the most fun challenge on Splitcoaststampers. Today I'll be sharing a photo tutorial of a new find on Youtube. I'll tell you the source in a bit, but here is my photo summary for papercrafters! Look at the bottom of the post for links to products involved in the card above.



I followed the video instructions and made lines for my planks with pencil and rulers. I made it easy on myself and did 1-inch width planks and centered them on a 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 inch white cardstock.


Again from the video, I taped off two planks. It helped keep my paper in one place.


As with the video, I layered my paint but realized I needed to work fast with the base color because it soaks into the paper FAST!


Once the first two colors were down with a flat brush, I grabbed a stiff bristle stencil brush (#4 size) and made a knot by twisting the brush in a spot along the plank. Moving quickly, use the stencil brush to create the grain.

Now here is the paint sequence I used.


DecoArt paint from left to right is Lamp Black, Burnt Umber, Antique White, Milk Chocolate.


Start with Antique White.


Roughly add Milk Chocolate.


In smaller, more sparse amount is Burnt Umber. and spread roughly around.


Quickly pick up the stiff bristle brush, twist a wood knot along the plank, and then make grain lines across and around the knot. The paint will be dry in spots, but don't worry about it. You can add more paint layers if you want and do more grain lines.


A small brush loaded with a mix of Burnt Umber and Lamp Black is brushed along the tape and a little bit across the plank. Keep reading before starting this step.


In small sections apply the mixed paint and then go back and rub it into the edge of the tape so there isn't a hard edge on the plank. If the paint dries too quickly rinse your brush and paint water to lift the paint and then smudge it for some transparency. What is up against the tape will create a hard edge for the plank.


What is up against the tape will create a hard edge for the plank.

NOW... this amazing video that I talked about is by Kayla of Kayla's Creative Corner. If you try it out, please give her all the credit. It's a genius and easy method for faux wood grain.





Want something a little more weathered-looking? I tried it and was pleasantly surprised to use Craftsmart Tan as the base, Craftsmart Suede, and a mix of Suede and Black as the top layers. Voila!

Now if you play on Splitcoaststampers join in the challenge



Supplies: I provide some product links that are through my Amazon Affiliate, and that means when clicked and purchased in the same session a few pennies are sent my way at no cost to you.

Featured Product(s):
  • DecoArt Lamp Black (AZ), Burnt Umber (AZ), Antique White (AZ), Milk Chocolate (AZ)
  • Mama Elephant Puppy Play by Hampton Art (AZ)
Plus:
  • Craftsmart Tan (AZ), Suede (AZ)
  • Stencil Brush (AZ, STM)
  • White Cardstock (AZ, STM)
  • Tonic Studios Nuvo Blue Lagoon Crystal Drops (AZ)
  • Versamark Watermark (AZ)
  • Detail White Embossing Powder (AZSTM)
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Friday, July 30, 2021

Side By Side


Happy weekend everyone! It’s been sooooo long ago that I’ve posted, but I still have one stamping gig I’m still doing and I wanted to pop in and tell you about it. 

Friday, every eight weeks I host a challenge on Splitcoaststampers for their mixed media thread called Mix-Ability. If you’ve been getting notifications from me for a while you probably already know about it, but those new here should check out this stampers and makers community. It’s a lot of fun with challenges, tutorials and various festivals. 

So my challenge? It’s called MIX444: Side by Side. My inspiration was the cover of a well known creative magazine and I fell into a creative trance with the cards pairing of old style pieces with new style techniques and supplies. I think it even called it out as Juxtaposed Old and New. 

So with a little bit of leeway crafters and makers can make something with old and new side by side!

The card above has a page copied from an old Housekeeping Hints booklet with an old sewing machine image next to my somewhat recent stamping set sewing machine! 

I’d love for you to stop by and join us in the forum thread!

Enjoy a rare video I've created for the sneak peek of the challenge over on my Rain Puddles Design Facebook post.  (I'll try to update with an embedded video once I get it transferred across devices.)



Supplies: I provide some product links that are through my Amazon Affiliate, and that means when clicked and purchased in the same session a few pennies are sent my way at no cost to you.

Featured Product(s):
Plus:
  • Turquoise Acrylic Paint (Amazon)
  • Baja Blue Alcohol Ink (Amazon)
  • Detail White Embossing Powder (Amazon, Stampendous*** at the time of posting links there was a big price difference. Please choose carefully based on your needs.)
  • White Signo Pen (Amazon)
  • Alcohol Markers (Copic: BG02, BG05, BG07, C2, C4, E31, E34)


I'm a maker who has received goodies in the past, chosen by myself, for design team projects. To see a list of these companies just scroll to the bottom of my blog under FTC Declaration.

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