Friday, September 20, 2019


The card I made today was really fun to make. Yesterday I made this mono print. I loved the movement and combination of colors. I love taking white paper and making something unique. That is why I love my gel press plate. I decided to use this print to make a card for the Unity Stamp Co mini challenge. Their challenge is to use a stencil with their stamps. 

I decided to use my favorite stencil of all time. ARTplorations BUBBLE DANCE.
I was selective on which parts of the stencil I used. I used a black thin sharpie to make the circles on my mono print. 

After I had traced the bubbles that I wanted, I took a white gel pen and added some shading and highlights.

I used the butterfly from Unity HERE TODAY HERE TOMORROW 
Sentiment from Unity LET LOVE GROW
Dragonfly from Unity BOLD INSIGHT

I turned this card into an easel card. 

What I like about this butterfly and dragonfly is when I fussy cut them out, they are super easy to manipulate to make them look very realistic, 

Thoughts and reasons behind my use of   the dragonfly and butterfly with this sentiment
1. First of all I thought that an orange-rust butterfly and a blue-green dragonfly would look good with this background. 
2. Butterflies and dragonflies are both different but they can love each other. Our differences don't determine our ability to love. 
3. I just like butterflies and dragonflies. LOL.

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Thursday, September 19, 2019

paint and die

This week's SCS MIX-Ability challenge is to use paint and dies. I decided to make a mono print. It didn't turn out how I would have liked, but it did have lots of color so I decided to use it anyway.


I love how it turned out with the vibrantly colored mono print. I added some inka gold metallic rub in some of the areas. You can really see it in the corner. 

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

4423 Days

For the Splitcoaststampers Sketch Challenge, SC767 this was the sketch.

I decided to flip it

 I thought it would be fun to look back at the first sketch card that I ever made.  Here are some stats about my crafting. It has been 4423 days since I did my first sketch challenge. Which breaks into 12 years 1 month and 9 days. It was sketch #135. A lot of time and learning has gone into my style. I love still learning new techniques and perfecting my art.  For this week's challenge I decided to use 3 of my recent gel prints. 

For this gel print I used ARTplorations Peonies All Over Stencil

I cut them into strips and I outlined them with a black marker. 

I took another gel print and stamped STAMPlorations Darling Dog Roses with black stazon ink. I painted the roses and then cut a panel that let the roses be "out of box". I then matted it with another print that was mostly orange and rust. 

After I water colored the roses, I added some shadows with colored pencils and some highlights with a white gel pen. 

I made this into an easel card. I used one of the left over strips to decorate the inside of the easel and use it as a stopper. 


If you enjoyed this project I would love for you to leave me a comment. I love reading everyone's comments. If you would like to add this roses stamp or peonies stencil to your crafting stash, you can use this discount code to get 20% off your order. 

Friday, September 13, 2019

a day of fun with my STAMPlorations products

Some projects are quick ones that only require a little time to complete and then there are ones that take all day. This was one of the longer ones, but I had a lot of fun making it. What was fun with this project is I started with 3 colors of solid cardstock. White, Black and Kraft. Any other colors were added. These products that I used to make this card are from STAMPlorations.

 ARTplorations Bloomdala Bliss #9 and 





and STAMPlorations In Bloom: Darling Dog Roses

This was one of the two gel prints that I cut up for the front of the card. 
I put the strips on white cardstock and put on a black cardstock base. I masked the center strip and stamped the roses and painted the roses. I added white dots with a gel pen. The little die cut bird that i had cut out of kraft cardstock for yesterday's project was sitting on my desk so I decided to paint him. The scripture and bird are popped up on dimensionals. 

For the inside of the card, I put another card. I used this gel print

I did the same technique as yesterday by painting black around the edges. 

Then I had fun. I added little white dots and highlights to the print with a gel pen. I place it on a white card that lifts up. I figured it was a place for signatures. 

This is the other part of the inside. I took a gel print and cut it into strips. I mitered the corners and outlined with a black marker. I stamped the thank you sentiment onto a piece of scrap cardstock left over from the from one of the prints I used on the front of the card. 

One last piece of scrap for the back of the card and I hand wrote my blog address.

If you liked any of the products that I used and want to add them to your crafting stash/supplies you can use this discount code to get 20% off your order. 

Thanks for reading this long post. Happy Crafting.

I am going to share this card with WORD ART WEDNESDAY. 

Thursday, September 12, 2019

MIX-Ability challenge Onions and Birds

I have been having so much fun this week making what I thought was a project for this week's MIX-Ability challenge for SCS, only to find out when I was done that the challenge had been changed on Tuesday. I was so busy creating I didn't check. So I felt a little bit of a rush to make a project. Good thing that it was a really easy one to do. The challenge is to take a gel print or any decorative paper  put a die cut image on paper, trace and paint around that with black acrylic paint. 
I had this gel print that I made sometime in the past few weeks. It was made with 



To be mixed media, it needed more than one medium and even after I painted around my little bird, I had used only acrylic paint. So I decided to try the asemic writing again. This time I varied the length of the markings. I think it helped to make it look more like writing. I used the end of my paint brush to add the little eye with acrylic paint. 

This was definitely a fun technique that I will try again. If you like the stencil or little die cut bird and want to add them to your crafting stash, you can use this discount code to get 20% off of your order.

Happy Crafting and have a blessed weekend. 

Embossed Resist Zen Heart


and my gel plate today. I used versamark embossing ink with the stencil. I just pushed the ink pad over the stencil. I stenciled on to kraft paper and then heat embossed with white embossing powder.
After I embossed it I used my gel plate to make a print. After this print was done this is how it looked.

Not very pretty right? Then I took sand paper and sanded off the paint from the embossed areas.
I love the distressed vintage look that it created.  I mounted my print on black cardstock. I took a white gel pen to create "Asemic writing" around the edge.
Do you know what Asemic writing is? I didn't know before this week.
Here is the definition:
Asemic writing is a wordless open semantic form of writing. The word asemic means "having no specific semantic content", or "without the smallest unit of meaning". With the non-specificity of asemic writing there comes a vacuum of meaning, which is left for the reader to fill in and interpret.

So basically you scribble and try to make it look like letters without making letters. I took inspiration from my husband's signature and my 2 year old grandson Noah's writings.
It was harder to do than I thought. I think next time I do it I will need to vary the length of my fake words. throw in a couple of shorter ones. 


One thing I learned is, don't try to sand the embossed areas until you are sure that you are done with the print. I thought I was done and had sanded the heart but then felt like the background needed a little bit more. I thought I could just sand the heart some more, but I was wrong. It left too much of the paint on the heart. I am sharing this photo to show you what not to do, but as I look at it on my computer, I am thinking that even thought it wasn't the look I was going for, I am sure I can use it somehow, So it will go into my pile of stuff to be "reworked".

If you want to add this fun stencil to your crafty stash, you can use the following discount code to get 20% off your order.  I hope you have a great time creating art.