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Watercolor Stripes & Splatter Handmade Card

Posted by on Jul 30, 2015 in Cards, Congratulations, featured | 0 comments

Watercolor Stripes & Splatter Handmade Card

I have not made any cards in quite some time and as I am getting back into cardmaking and making more of an effort to post on my blogs, I thought I would start with one made particularly for Kristina Werner’s monthly mail call.  I did not start the card with a plan (which I normally prefer to do) or at the very least a sketch and had quite a few false starts.  I was hoping to make a congratulations card for July’s mail call and I wanted to use watercolor in some way without heading straight for distress inks.  Don’t get me wrong, I love distress inks but I had been hoarding a lovely new collection of watercolor paints and wanted to break them in.  A couple of months ago I purchased the Sakura Koi Field Sketch Set and the Sakura 18pc Watercolor Tube Set.   I had heard great things about both sets and had seen them used in many videos.

Watercolor Striped and Splatter Congratulations Handmade Card After creating some watercolor ink blots I was completely unhappy with, I got out my painter’s tape and made some stripes on watercolor paper.  I am not sure if subconsciously I was thinking about the August mail call which is dedicated to striped cards but it definitely turned into an August card.  I ended up mostly using the Sakura Koi Field Sketch Set for both the stripes and splatters.  The color intensity is quite good and I was very surprised at how vibrant the colors were.  Once the stripes were dry, I used my watercolor brush to flick on some splatters in various colors, trimmed down the paper to size and layered it on some printed kraft patterned paper from DCWV with foam square adhesive.  Unfortunately it is an older 6×6 stack called the printed craft stack which has been discontinued.  I alternated the stripe directions to add interest as the pattern going all the same direction did not look right.

Watercolor Striped and Splatter Congratulations Handmade CardI used two different stamp sets from My Favorite Things – Masculine Graphic Tee (YOU ROCK) and Airplane Greetings (Congratulations) with black Stazon ink.  Because the watercolor paper was so textured, the You Rock sentiment came out a bit splotchy.  I filled in the bad stamped areas with a Distress Ink black marker.  Everything was attached to the base card with my tape runner adhesive.  Hope you like it.

Watercolor Striped and Splatter Congratulations Handmade Card

DIY Tim Holtz Ink Blending Foam Storage Organization

Posted by on Jan 8, 2014 in featured, organization, Organizing, Tutorials | 0 comments

DIY Tim Holtz Ink Blending Foam Storage Organization

It has been a long time since my last post.  With the new year, one of my goals is to be a better blogger and video maker.  I have been very focused lately on organizing my craft room.  I recently moved all my craft items into a different room and purchased a lot of new storage pieces.  With moving into this new area and combining both my paper crafts and jewelry making items, it has left me with very little table top and cabinet top space for a proper ink applicator and foam carousel organizer.  In trying to come up with a solution that worked for me, I came up with a very simple and easy way to store the foam allowing me to have a foam piece for each of the 48 Distress Ink colors instead of wasting foam with color mixing.  The frugal nature in me hates to mix colors in the foam causing one big, unusable mess in the end.

It is just a simple and easy solution but I hope it might help someone with the same problem I have.  I have placed the product list below the video below in case you are looking for exactly what I used. If you have a different non-conventional solution, I would love to get your comments.

Embellishments using UTEE and TJL Molds

Posted by on Apr 14, 2012 in featured, Mixed Media, Projects, Tutorials | 0 comments

Embellishments using UTEE and TJL Molds

I don’t normally like to cross post my blog entries between my two blogs but I felt compelled to share this on both blogs since it had to do with both jewelry makers and scrapbookers.  You might not know or you may, but I also make jewelry using resin, lampwork beads, and polymer clay.  In January, I started making molds to be used with resin and shortly after I released them in January, I had my first question regarding UTEE and the molds and whether UTEE (or ultra thick embossing enamel) would work in the molds. I had plenty of UTEE but no way to melt it and pour as I did not own a melting pot used with UTEE. I was going to purchase one but right about that time, Ranger discontinued it to come out with a new style which was eventually released. I purchased it last month and finally arrived a few days ago.

UTEE Embellishments using TJL Plastic MoldsI am glad to report, that UTEE does indeed work in my plastic molds that I have available for sale. The pieces you are seeing were made with clear embossing enamel and antique copper Pearl Ex mica powder using my rose cabochon and hard candy mold. The rose mold was made with my thickest plastic and the candy mold was made with a slightly thinner plastic and both worked out perfect.

UTEE Embellishments using TJL Plastic MoldsUTEE with molds is a perfect way to create quick embellishments for jewelry, scrapbook projects, or any altered art. One of the best things about it, unlike resin, is if you don’t like your pour, pop it back into the melting pot, remelt it, and pour again. I created a video that I am embedding below but as you will see in the video, I did not mix the powder as thoroughly as needed and also the camera impeded my pouring a bit. Off camera, I threw the pieces back in and remade them. This time, the powders mixed all the way and I filled the cavities fully creating the pieces you see. They harden quickly and are really light weight.

A tip or two – UTEE Embellishments using TJL Plastic Molds

  • When you start pouring, don’t stop. The UTEE hardens quite quickly and will cause crease lines in your piece which I show below. Its better to over pour a bit and trim than to stop and get an ugly crease line.
  • Do not use any colorants that will react with heat. You will see in my video that I tried some white ink which reacted with heat and caused it to cook. Avoid these as it leave a residue.
  • After your finished or if you need to change colors, let your pan cool and any UTEE left in the pan will harden and you can remove it to keep for another time.

Below you can see the video to see the process. Super easy!


Mixed Media Painting :: Evening Tango

Posted by on Jan 9, 2012 in featured, Mixed Media, Painting | 2 comments

Mixed Media Painting :: Evening Tango

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season.  One of my new year’s resolutions (well not really resolutions) but goals for the year is to be a better blog writer and write more frequently even if no one is reading but to record more for myself projects I create.  Sometimes it is nice to look back on your work and remember how you were feeling when you created it or refresh your memory on a project.  I am not one for keeping my projects, so its nice to revisit them.

I made a lot of handmade items for Christmas gifts including two mixed media paintings but only happened to snap a pic of one of them.  I am quite proud of this piece.  I have done  a lot of mixed media backgrounds but had never quite did a total piece on my own.  This is actually my first one completed only by me.  I think I have started something because I really enjoyed doing them.

This was created for my brother’s girlfriend who does Argentinian Tango.  I took a photograph of her actual dancing “feet”  and printed it in black and white and the silhouette is made from black craft foam.   There of course is acrylic paints, stamping, dimensional paint, matte medium, paper, and bling.  It is 12 x 12 inches on a studio wrapped 2 inch thick frame.

Evening Tango Mixed Media PaintingEvening Tango Mixed Media PaintingEvening Tango Mixed Media Painting

Check out – Blitsy!

Posted by on Dec 9, 2011 in Store Review | 0 comments

There is a new website that people are raving about currently.  Similar to the daily deal scrapbooking sites but new deals are posted 3 times a week and some have been lovely deals.  I am so kicking myself for not ordering the Ranger cargo case deal that I have been seeing in videos.  You can also earn money by referring friends.

I just wanted to post this here for anyone looking for a great deal and don’t mind signing up under me – Check it out!  

Christmas Card :: Christmas Tree Using SVG/SCAL2

Posted by on Oct 17, 2011 in Cards, featured, Holiday, SVG/SCAL/SCUT, Videos | 0 comments

Christmas Card :: Christmas Tree Using SVG/SCAL2

Last semester in college, one of my classes was using Adobe Illustrator.  It’s a program that I had always wanted to learn but never could get the hang of it.  I know Photoshop well it always eluded me.  I was very excited to finally learn it and thought I would put it to good use.  I designed the SVG file in Illustrator and it includes the tree base, tree layer, garland, 2 different shaped ornaments, star, and three different size presents with ribbon and bows.

I  then imported the file into Sure Cuts A Lot 2.  If you don’t have Sure Cuts A Lot for use with your Cricut cutting machine, I have a link on the lower left side bar.  I have the project file set up for approximately an standard sized card.  I am offering it available for free for anyone that would like it.  I would appreciate it if you would subscribe to my YouTube and/or add yourself to my Google Friend Connect. You can find the files on the SVG/SCAL blog page to download along with my loafer file.

The paper used for this set is the My Mind’s Eye Lost & Found Christmas.

Christmas Tree Card


Papercrafting, Cardmaking, Scrapbooking “Studio” Tour

Posted by on Oct 11, 2011 in Studio Organizing/Tour | 0 comments

I just drool over some of these absolutely gorgeous scrapbook rooms filled with all that pretty cabinetry and book cases specifically designed for this art but you make do with what you have and the space you have.  Because my hubby and I both are artsy, most spaces are shared with him.  This room is approximately 10 x 12 (if that) and I have half the room and he has the other.   On one side is my sewing workstation.  I have a serger, embroidery machine, and a regular sewing machine.   Basically what is left is an L-shaped wall.  I like a big workspace, so I chose to just use an already purchased heavy plastic banquet table.  It is 6 foot long and fits loads on it.  The rest of the items are stored split between two rolling shelving units and some old cubes that used to be an entertainment center.  It is definitely not pretty or  ideal as I would like something more permanent especially for ink pads and such but like I said, you make do with what you have.   It works for me. Truthfully, I would rather spend $20 at Michaels on new patterned paper than on a cabinet.

There are some benefits though.  I look at some of these crafters that buy, buy, buy and I think to myself, where the heck are they storing all of that.  Limited space does keep the buying to a minimum.  It is probably one of the reasons I don’t have a huge amount of embellishments.  I try to keep only what can fit on my clip it up.  Another benefit, and the best one I think, is that I have everything at an arms length.  There is no racing around the room to find a product and I don’t have to race around the room to put it back.  It does help with keeping it clean for the most part.

I still want one of those beautiful studios.  One day..  In the meantime, a video is worth 1,000 words.  Check it out.

Christmas Card :: Merry and Bright

Posted by on Oct 9, 2011 in Cards, featured, Holiday | 0 comments

Christmas Card :: Merry and Bright

I was extremely excited when the mailman arrived yesterday with my order from Two Peas and a Bucket.  For those of you who have not checked out the site, it is wonderful with a really active community and a super packed store.  The link is in the side bar.  Anyway, the order was full of Christmas pattered paper goodness.  I will be sharing with you my order in a following blog post but for now a card.

It was such a rainy day out yesterday, it allowed me to get started on my Christmas cards.  New supplies are always my greatest kick of inspiration.   I used the Prima North Country patterned paper, a piece from the 25 Days of Christmas pattered paper by Simple Stories, and some kraft cardstock.  I also purchased the My Mind’s Eye 25 Days of Christmas clear stamps and used the two trees from the set. The Merry & Bright stamp is from an old Autumn Leaves Tis the Season stamp set that I was able to locate on Simon Says Stamp.

I really like the way it turned out.   Take a look…

Handmade Christmas Card Merry and Bright

Handmade Card: Merry and Bright Closeup

Handmade Card: Merry and Bright Side View



















In the Holiday Way :: Thanksgiving Card

Posted by on Oct 4, 2011 in Cards | 0 comments

Even in Florida now, the weather is starting to change.  Not quite yet cool enough to turn up the A/C but enough to get me in the mood for creating.  I am not sure what it is about this time of year but it makes me want to craft.  I spent the last weekend cleaning up my scrap room preparing to start my holiday cards and gifts.  Along with regular gifts at Christmastime, I always give something handmade.  Sometimes I have an idea months and months before and other times it takes me a long time to figure out what I want to do.

Last year, Mark and I matted and framed some of our own photographs.  The year before, I transcribed an old family recipe book, added graphics, printed and bound it.   The year before it was handmade blankets that folded into pillows.  Those were special as the pockets were made from a blanket that I had made my grandmother that she loved and was with her until she passed.  I am not sure yet what this year will be yet.

Here is my first card for the holidays.  It is a Thanksgiving card I made some time ago to submit to a magazine.  I can now share it with you now.  I really love it.  The base is dark brown with a Martha Stewart Punch edge.  I used a Cornish Heritage Farms (now out of business) wood grain stamp stamped in Tim Holtz Distress Ink Old Paper and Vintage Photo with Clear Embossing on peach cardstock.  I wanted to go for a table cloth look and used a Gingham patterned paper from K & Company.  I used a scallop punch and the Martha Stewart Thanksgiving Dinner punch.  I just used some letter stamps for the sentiment.  The inside is also decorated with a little dinner plate.


New Spiral Bound “Beautiful” Art Journal

Posted by on Sep 27, 2011 in featured, Mixed Media, Projects | 2 comments

New Spiral Bound “Beautiful” Art Journal

About once a year my husband and I make handmade paper. We save all our mail all year round and just throw it in a basket and wait. I save it partially because I think what if I am going to need it and partly because I don’t like putting private mail in the trash, but around the time the basket (and it’s a large basket) overflows, we decide its time to make paper. For someone that does not make it that often and doesn’t have a studio dedicated to this, it can be a messy job but it is really gratifying to repurpose what would otherwise go into the landfill.

Really the only essentials that are needed are a blender, water, sponge, and some type of screen apparatus. We use Arnold Grummer’s Papermill handmolds and also what they call couch sheets to help in the drying process (although you can use felt or just a longer dry time). Our sink is large enough that we don’t need a basin or plastic tub but that is also helpful. There are a lot of great papermaking videos on youtube.

Anyway, the paper normally sits around for a while but I decided to put it to good use and cut some into half sheets and spiral bound them to make myself an art journal. The pages are incredibly sturdy (although they don’t look it). I decorated the front with some of our stamps and some corrugated cardboard and flower.

I put together a video to show you and some pictures.. I really love it and hope you will to.
Beautiful Art Journal with Handmade Paper

recycled handmade paper art journal