Friday, January 31, 2014

Display for set of Arches from Swap

One of the swaps I participated in last year with our OWSE group was them monthly Arch Swap.
As you can see they were all fabulous!  The uniqueness of each person's arch was wonderful!
I wanted to save them.  At first, I thought I'd make a mini album.  They are embellished so much-the album would be way to thick or I'd have to make more than one.
Keep scrolling and you'll see what I came up with.

 I cut a cereal box in half and altered it!  I gently opened it till it was flat, painted the lime green color (acrylic paint).  Had some left over die cuts on my work area, some left over flowers.  I glued the die cut letters on with matte medium.  Outlined them using a paint brush and dark brown gelato.
 Turned out really cute!  It holds all my arches in one place. 
Thank you girls for the great swap in 2013!  I look forward to our swaps this year.
We getting ready to have a Secret Valentine swap!!  I have a special project ready to go!

Jump over to Robyn's store and get any of your crafting/art supplies for 20-25% less than retail.
HERE--------Outlaw Women Scrapbook Emporium
Have a terrific Friday!!

Karen Conner

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Prima Tag

Here is another tag using one of the fabulous stamp images by Julie Nutting, papers, flower and trim all by Prima. 
Tim Holtz "life is good" from #155 was inked and added to trim. 
Archival black ink by Ranger was used on all stamped images. 
The finished tag 4 x 8.5" 
Wishing the dress didn't look so pale, it's a lovely green.

Be sure to check out the clubs discount prices on all your stamping supplies: 

Monday, January 27, 2014

Scatterbrained Monday!

Oh boy, some Mondays just shouldn't be allowed, right? My brain refused to gel today so I made a video showing you lots of dies and stamps and ideas for making Valentine Cards!

Most of the products I showed you can be bought at Outlaw Women Scrapbook Emporium

Friday, January 24, 2014

Dream Mixed Media Tag

I started off by stamping the letters onto the tag with versa mark and embossed with white embossing powder.    colored over it with a red gelato.  I cleaned the letters off with a cue tip.

Then I stamped a large doily stamp with versa mark and embossed with light blue embossing powder.
I then rubbed some distress inks over the tag with Tim Holtz tool.  I used mustard yellow, vintage photo and old paper.

I stamped my Prima coll onto white cardstock and again on a couple of scrap pieces.  I cut the designer scrap pieces out and paper pieced her clothes.  I love doing that!
Added some snow writer for the lacy frill on the bottom of her skirt, some liquid pearls to her sweater and head band and some glossy accents to her shoes.
Tied on some seam binding and I was done!

 She turned out fabulous!!!
 You can get these supplies at Robyn's store Outlaw Women Scrapbook Emporium.
The prices are ALWAYS 20-25% less than retail!!

Check it out today.

Thanks for stopping by & I pray you have a blessed Friday!!
Karen Conner


Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Mixed Media Doll Journal Page

I made a spiral journal book; it was created using Strathmore 140 lb. watercolor paper pad, each page was cut down and then bound using my zutter tool. The finished size is perfect for my mixed media. 

This page was made with Mixed Media doll stamps, border stamps, and paper paks from Prima.
Vintage photo using foam applicator was used to color the body. Hair was painted with watercolor crayons. The girls were stamped with Archival black ink on Strathmore 140 lb watercolor paper and then cut out. Dresses were made from Prima 6 x 6" paper pads.
I gathered up vintage lace and then added it to back of green dress using hot glue gun.
Distress inks were applied with foam applicator around the tag before adding the little mixed media dolls from Julie Nutting/Prima to page. Glossy Accents was used to apply dolls to journal page. 
Two Julie Nutting mixed media stamps, paper pads and Strathmore watercolor paper were used on this project.

In the coming weeks, I'll share more projects using these cute little girl stamps. Check out last weeks project:

Monday, January 20, 2014


Hi Everyone! I meant to bring you a special video today with an in-depth demonstration of my new pattern packet called Springlights that included up close construction of the Luminary Die  by Tim Holtz for Sizzix. BUT...things got a little TOO up close! When adjusting my camera angle to the downshot you are used to from me, I accidentally hit the zoom button...and you guessed it...I ZOOMED in way too close! I want to apologize for the quality of the video due to the close angle and even though 90% of the time I am on camera, there are a few times where I am out of range due to not realizing the zoom was on. This close angle does help to understand how to put the die together, but you may not be able to understand it all. If there is anyone who does not understand any part of the construction ( the roof) please leave a comment and I will shoot another, better video for you.

The candlesticks can be purchased at online and you can also contact me about the DecoArt Satin Multi-purpose paint used on the candlestick and the DecoArt Texture Stucco if you cannot find them in your area.
The other products I used are listed under the video and photos and can be purchased at the Outlaw Women Scrapbook Emporium

My Springlights pattern packet with pictures and instructions is available immediately from me directly at or through the Outlaw Women Scrapbook Emporium. Just follow this link:

This cost of the packet is $7.95. It can be purchased as an epacket or a hard copy mailed to you for $8.95 plus postage.

The products I used that can be purchased at the Outlaw Women Scrapbook Emporium are:

Tim Holtz Paint Broken China
Tim Holtz Paint Mowed Lawn or Shabby Shutters
Tim Holtz Paint Dusty Concord
Tim Holtz Paint Picked Raspberry
Tim Holtz Paint Luminary Bigz XL Die
Tim Holtz Layering Stencil Dot Fade
Tim Holtz Layering Stencil Bubbles
Glossy Accents
Sizzix Big Kick Die Cutting Machine
DecoArt Traditions Multi Surface Sealer (for wooden candlestick before painting)

Additional products 
DecoArt Satin Multipurpose Paint Coastal Waters
DecoArt Satin Multipurpose Paint Lavender Fields
DecoArt Satin Multipurpose Paint Chartreuse
DecoArt Satin Multipurpose Paint Flamingo
DecoArt Texture Stucco
7-9 inch wooden candlestick

Friday, January 17, 2014

Love is in the air-Mixed Media

Valentine's Day is right around the corner.  I made this tag to go onto a gift bag.
I wanted to use a large stamp I had.  Choose a designer paper that is neutral.  I stamped all over a 12x12 page with versa mark and then heat embossed the image with red embossing powder.
Then I cut a size to fit a card, a couple of tag sizes.  You can choose what you want to use it for-even a layout-it's your choice.
 The sentiment I simply typed up on my computer and printed and matted on black card stock.
 I hand drew a heart out of some old cardboard I took out of a frame.  Using my gelatos, I scribbled the color on it, used my finger to smudge until it was well blended.  I did ink the edges with walnut distress stain.

Are you making something special for your loved ones??  If you need supplies-check out Robyn's store Outlaw Women Scrapbook Emporium.  All inventory is 20-25% less than retail!!

They have lots of the new CHA items in the shop you can preorder them.  Check it out today!!

Thanks for stopping by!
Karen Conner

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Life Moments

It's been a while since I've stamped this cute little rubber stamp images by Julie Nutting.
I used two of Tim's strip dies, one of Tim's rubber stamp and the background with cut-outs from Prima 6x6" paper pads. Distress markers were used to color stamped image, scrapbook paper dress from my stash. Julie Nutting image was stamped on 140 lb watercolor paper using Archival black ink.
When you purchase a Julie Nutting stamp; its mounted on a tag, I use this as a template to make other tags with heavy card stock.
Finished tag is: 4"x 8.5"

Monday, January 13, 2014

An Encouragement Card

Here is a nice looking card using a die that I didn't think I would really like!

Check out Kelly Hoernig's website at 

The products I used today are:
Tim Holtz Rustic Lantern Die
Tim Holtz Autumn Gatherings Strip Die
Momento Morocco Ink
Momento Rich Cocoa Ink
Momento Cottage Ivy Ink
Ranger Crackle Accents
Stayzon Glaze On
Prismacolor Color Pencils
My Minds Eye Decorative Paper
Kraft Cardstock
Chocolate Brown Bazill Cardstock
Cream Bazill Cardstock
DecoArt Metallic Effects Iced Espresso
DecoArt Metallic Effects Copper Kettle

Contact me directly for DecoArt Metallic Effects.

All other products can be purchased at 

Friday, January 10, 2014

Mixed Media Tag

Everyone is loving mixed media. What does that really mean? You can use anything you want!
I started with a Prima tag, Liquitex modeling paste and a clock stencil.  Allow to dry before continuing.
 I went thru my stash and dug up some chipboard flowers, a heart I had left over from another project and some buttons.  Dug thru my alphabet letters and found these thickers and spelled adore.  I glued them on with Scotch Adhesive glue and E6000 (on the two larger buttons)

I sprayed several inks alternating with water to allow it to drip and run.  (we have new Lindy's Stamp Gang spray inks in the shop!!)
Using my Traditions liner paint brush, I took dark brown paint and went around each item (water it down) and it gives a good shadow.
Using my finger and some Rub and Buff-I started hitting the higher areas.

My finished tag!  GORGEOUS!

Here's a close up of all the textures.  I put some heart bling in various places.

I hope this will inspire you to try your hand at some mixed media. 

If you need some supplies-check out Robyn's store  Outlaw Women Scrapbook Emporium.  Her prices are ALWAYS 20-25% less than retail.

If you join our group-she also gives additional discounts.  We have a facebook page too.  Check it out!!

Karen Conner

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Happy Birthday Tim Holtz

I made this tag using Tim's instructions and then changed it a bit using another embossing folder and darker background. All TH supplies except some of the hardware gears and sprockets.

You can see his tag and instructions here:

Monday, January 6, 2014

Jumbo Tattered Florals!

Join me and my menagerie for some jumbo flower fun!

Stay warm and safe!

You can get the products I used at the Outlaw Women Scrapbook Emporium

Tim Holtz Alterations Jumbo Tattered Florals Die
Tim Holtz Alterations Garden Greens Die
Tim Holtz Alterations Spring Greenery Strip Die
Momento Ink London Fog
Momento Ink Gray Flannel
Assorted Card Stock

Friday, January 3, 2014

Mixed Media Canvas with photos

Happy New Year!!
Want to share a canvas I did using modeling paste and gelatos.
 I prime the canvas with thin layer of gesso before I start.  Mixed glue ink into my Liquitex Modeling paste before smearing it thru my brick stencil using a palette knife. Allow to dry.
 I rubbed 3 different colored gelatos onto the canvas in the bare spots. 
 With a damp paint brush, I smeared them out and around the bricks.
 Spritzed the whole canvas with water-use as little or as much as you want.  Pick the canvas up and allow the colors to run together.
 To get the mottled look-I started drying with the heat tool and picking up really wet areas with a paper towel.
 I highlighted the bricks with the dark grey gelato and for the lighter areas a white pitt pen.
 I spritzed the middle area with brown smooch.
 Using MME DP and layered my pictures and added some chipboard accents.

Here's the finished wall hanging.  The sentiments were printed on my computer.

You can get all the supplies I used today at Robyn's shop:  Outlaw Women Scrapbook Emporium
The prices are 20-25% less than retail!!  You can't beat it.

Thanks for stopping by today!  Have a great Friday.

Karen Conner