And now for my exciting news!

Hey everyone - here's the news! So excited!

I'm officially a member of the 2018 CCB Creative Crew! See all the members here!! 



It's beginning to look alot like Christmas 🎅

Hey everyone! I've got some Christmas projects using MixedUP Merchandise printables!

I used the above sheet called Christmas Wishes - they're adorable! 

The first one is a jar that I've put a battery candle in - it will light up! 

I covered the jar with white gesso, not being careful to be perfect - I wanted some texture. I went over it was Rose Gold Art Alchemy wax to show the lines & imperfections. I then cut out my printable, added some snowflake paste & embellishments & voila!

Super easy! Next is a wooden block. I covered it with a book page, then added a couple of old correspondence printables. I fussy cut my Christmas printable and adhered her onto a background of sisal. I added some Sari ribbon fibers for her hair & inked the edges.  

This last item is something different. You know those big, long wads of kraft paper you sometimes get in your packaging - you unwad it and it's like 15 feet long! I save that stuff for my projects 😃. I went into Photoshop & picked my printable. Then I sized & arranged copies of the printable in a zigzag repeating pattern - my project file was sized to legal.  I then cut a piece of the kraft paper down to legal printer paper size, taped it to a piece of paper so it wouldn't get jammed (it's lighter weight than regular printer paper) - and printed my file onto it. Wrapping paper! You can wrap smaller things like books, jewelry boxes, a pair of cozy socks. And you can use all kinds of printables to personalize it! 

Lots of fun things can be created this holiday season - or year around! There's so many different styles that can be resized, recolored, & manipulated to fit your project!



The peeled paint affect

Hello, my lovelies! I've not been doing much lately - I've been getting over bronchitis (2+ weeks 😷) & caring for my mother who has Alzheimer's. So, I've been trying to take it easy for a bit. But - I'm back with a cool project!

For this project, I had a board - I'm not sure if it's MDF or what. I've just had it awhile 😃.  I painted it yellow, then stamped my scene using these fantastic stamps from Visible Image.  As you can see, my girl got a little messed up - but no worries as you'll see.  Pay no attention to the creepy clown photo bombing my shot 😗

Now, for the affect.  Take some petroleum jelly on your finger and put it anywhere on the canvas you don't want your next layer of paint to go. If you tilt your project, you can see the spots that are shiny.

Now paint over the whole thing with your next color. It doesn't have to be thick with every inch covered. Let it dry or use your heat gun. You'll notice where the jelly is that it looks wet when heating. Anywhere the jelly is, the paint will wipe off & not stick.

Now take a paper towel and gently start wiping off the paint. You can start doing this step while you're drying as well - it depends on the look you want & how much paint you want to remove before it's completely dry, even on spots that don't have the jelly.

Keep doing this with however many colors you want. You could even try dragging a fork through the paint to make lines. Once you're done, step back & admire your handiwork.

I took a black ink pad and rubbed it around the edges & drug it over some spots on the canvas.

The little mess up ended up being no big deal in the end 😎.

I really love the affect it gives!

I love this look! You could start with some cool scrapbook paper as your base instead of paint. Lots of possibilities for home decor - and don't forget the upcoming holiday season!


Big news coming soon!

I've got some big news coming very soon - it's huge...it's bigger than huge...it's so exciting - I'm bursting, my friends! Stay tuned!


Let's piece it together!

There's a new challenge up at The Male Room Challenge Blog !

I have to admit - paper piecing or mosaic is something I've never done before so it was a challenge for me also! 

I did this page in my naked journal from Canvas Corp. I did a little boy holding some balloons - one of which got loose! 

I used some of my scraps to piece together the balloons & his clothes. I even left white spaces to make it look more mosaic. And while I was thinking shiny tiles when thinking about mosaic, I added lacquer on the pieces to make them shiny like tile! 

I think my favorite part is the sentiment - it goes perfectly with the theme! 


I'm having a Halloween hangover

I'm still kind of in a dark, creepy mood from all the Halloween hoopla. So, I've got one more weird & creatively off-the-wall creation in the spirit of all things dark, creepy, & mildly disturbing.

I thought it was a cool bottle since it has the 1862 date on it. Did anything weird or disturbing happen in that year in history besides the Civil War? 

I feel this bottle is screaming out to us - whether from the depths of its soul or just in a frenzy. There's so much concentrated in this one area: faces, cogs, zipper, buckle, nuts & bolts. The industrial world is churning along, leaving pieces in its path. 

It's also bumpy & textured, leaving artistic pathways & trails behind, like a creative slug. 

I hope it speaks to you as well - maybe not literally because that would definitely be freaky. But in a creative & inspirational way. And I hope my friends at the Dream in DarknessCreative Artiste, and Altered Eclectics challenge blogs find something in common with this industrial mixed media masterpiece as well.


A carnival domino picture book

Hey, everyone!  This was a tutorial I wrote up for the Aug/Sep issue of Mixed Up Mag  -   I couldn't show it before because of a nondisclosure agreement for 3 months since the mag is subscription. But now I can present to you! I previously showed you this one that was featured on the Canvas Corp Brands blog so you can see how different you can make them! 

These are so easy and fun to make and there are so many possibilities. The dominos are the covers so you can use 1, 2, 4, or however many you’d like depending on how big and ornate you want it.  It’s a great way to use your scraps & go wild with embellishments, paints, embossing – you name it!

For this project, I’m going to keep it simple using 2 dominos for each cover. You can either stack them together or side-by-side like I’m doing.  I’m also going to be using some fun carnival paper I have from a couple of companies and some miscellaneous carnival items & scraps I have in my stash.  I’ll be using some crinkled ribbon for my closure ties. So let’s dive in & get started! 

Glue your dominos together for each cover and let dry. I've found that E6000 or something similar is the only thing that'll keep them together - hot glue didn't work.  Don’t worry about it getting on the domino – everything will be covered and embellished! 

Decide how you want the covers decorated: papers, embossing, paint, embellishments. At this point, only do the outside of your covers.

Be sure you have your domino covers right side up when decorating.  On one of my covers, I glued the paper on with the dominos stacked on top of each other rather than side-by-side and had to peel it off!

For the inside, grab a piece of cardstock. Measure the domino surface according to how much of the domino you want to show (if any) around your paper. I like a little margin.

My domino (with edge showing) was 1-15/16”h. I cut a length of cardstock that’s 1-15/16”h and the width of my cardstock (8.5”). You’ll be doing an accordion fold to make your picture foldout.

Measure the width of your domino cover. Mine was 1-14/16”w (with margin). I started fan folding my cardstock at 1-14/16” marks, one after another (or use a scoring board to mark & fold). Cut off the excess at the end that doesn’t make a full picture box.

Start decorating your picture squares. I like to distress the edges and leave a margin for my pictures. Add your embellishments, paints, etc. See Note below.

Decorate the inside of your domino covers. Since the ends of your accordion & ribbon are going to go on each inside cover, you only need to paint, paper, emboss the edges, or leave blank.

Please note: How many picture boxes you get depends on the length of the cardstock you used for the accordion. I used a regular 8.5” x 11” piece of cardstock and cut on the 8.5” side instead of the 11” side. And since I used 2 dominos side by side, I got 4 on one side and 2 on the other because of the width of the covers. Depending on how many dominos you use for your cover and what configuration (next to each other, on top of each other), that will determine how many boxes you’ll have in coordination with what size cardstock you’ve used.

Cut 2 ribbons in an 8” length. Center & glue down (E6000) in the middle of the domino side that’ll be inside. Then glue each end of your accordian down (E6000) on top of the ribbon.

I’ve found when doing the final gluing, it’s best to really press around the edges and keep pressing for a couple minutes. When both covers are on, I close up the book, lay it flat on one end (being careful of any embellishments), and lay something a little weighty on top to help ensure everything glues down properly.

Now, stand up your creation and admire your handwork!  Carefully hold the book together and tie on each side (cut off any excess). I like to tie it a little bit loose so you see a little of what’s going on inside beforehand. As I said earlier, there’s many different ways to do these as you can see below. Instead of cutting with regular scissors, try using scissors with fancy edges. Use the dot side of the dominos as your outer cover, giving it an industrial/grunge look. You can also use latches or wire for a closure. I love making them and using my imagination to make my own little picture show!