Monday, April 28, 2014

Playing With Tags!

You can always use leftover ink for good things!

Here are some pictures on a cream color card base and a black card base.


Notice the areas where the water drops reacted with the Distress Inks!

You can purchase the items I used today at Outlaw Women Scrapbook Emporium, get discount prices everyday!

Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Stamp Set Just Thoughts
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Black Soot
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Stormy Sky
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Dusty Concord
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Peeled Paint
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Crushed Olive
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Vintage Photo
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Peacock Feathers
Tim Holtz Remnant Rubs Elements
Tim Holtz Remnant Rubs Botanical
Tim Holtz Industrial Stickers Borders
Tim Holtz Stencil Marks
Tim Holtz Word Bands
Tim Holtz Word Sticks
Tim Holtz Foliage
Tim Holtz Pen Nibs
Tim Holtz Adornments

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Blue Tile Stencil by Retta

Here's a mixed media canvas I've done.
After laying designer paper, embossed papers and paint, I stamped the butterfly on tissue paper and added those.  Then I used RETTA's stencil Blue Tile and some modeling paste.
Find it HERE
All her stencils are in Outlaw Women Scrapbook Emporium store.
Check them out!!

 After adding my printed verse, I outlined it with green and black gelatos.  I used some of the green over the stenciled areas with a makeup sponge.
I love how it turned out!  The size is 16x20 canvas.  Really nice!
Have a lovely Saturday!! Get your craft on!!

Karen Conner

Friday, April 25, 2014

Ink technique on canvas

Happy Friday!!
Karen here with another amazing background!
This is a 9x14 flat canvas.
Did you know you can punch holes in it with your Croc-A-dile?
Isn't that COOL!

 I painted 2 coats of white gesso on the canvas first.  Then I used the dabber distress inks.  Blue, green and polished nickel.  It's my favorite way to build the backgrounds.  I hit it on the canvas pretty hard while squeezing-you get a big SPLAT!  Then give it some spritz of water & hold the canvas up and let it spread.  I got my heat tool out and start blowing the ink around.  You may need to splat some more until you get the look you want. 

I printed this gorgeous drawing (by Retta) and colored it with colored pencils-spray it with a sealer before gluing it onto your canvas.  I adhered it with mat medium.  I used gelatos in blue and black to go around the edges. 

I love how this turned out.  It will make someone with a beach theme very happy!
I hope you'll go over to Robyn's shop and get all your crafting needs!!  You'll get  20%-25% off everyday!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Mixed Media

After viewing one of Dina Wakley's new CHA 2014 videos, I created this piece. It was so easy to do using an old credit card with the distress paint and spray inks to make the background. Archival black ink was used to stamp images over the background. 

Supplies :
I used my newest stamp set "Face in the Crowd" cling mount set by Dina Wakley
Tim Holtz quote stamp, distress paint and distress ink applied with foam applicator tool. Heidi Swapp color shine sprays
Archival black ink 

Monday, April 21, 2014

My mom's 80th Birthday Card!

My beautiful mom turns 80 years young on Sunday, April 27th. Here is the card I made for her with my favorite brand of paper, Graphic45. I used the 8 x 8 Botanical Tea range.

Here are some photos of the finished card. I found my Celebrate stamp tucked underneath my laptop! I used Gathered Twigs Distress Ink to stamp "Celebrate." Then used two pop dots to attach it to the card.

You can purchase the items I used online at 

Graphic 45 Botanical Tea 8 x 8
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Antique Linen
Tim Holtz Distress Ink  Broken China
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Gathered Twigs
Finger Dauber Sponger
Assorted Sentiment Stamps

Friday, April 18, 2014

Alter mats to fit your frames

Happy Friday!!
One of the things I like to do for my photo's s alter the mats that fit in the frames.
They started as plain chipboard mats.
Give them a good coating of gesso and then start your magic!
 Using acrylic paint, I painted a base coast of cream.  You can faintly make out the vine-right?
I heat embossed a stamped vine image next using versa mark and clear embossing powder.

Next I used a stamp with script words using black archival ink.  Once your finished, I went around the edges with vintage photo distress ink.

Viola' -you've changed a plain mat into a designer style!!

 This one I painted up and down with acrylic inks until I achieved the antique/vintage look I was going for and then coated it with Ranger crackle.  Look at the cool results!
Robyn carries ALL the supplies Outlaw Women Scrapbook Emporium.  The prices are 20=25% lower than retail everyday!!  Check it out.

Thanks for stopping by.
Karen Conner

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Mixed Media Doll with Stencils by Retta

Hi Judy here, this was a fun tag using distress inks over Retta's stencils on designer paper. The designer paper was trimmed and applied to big tag.  Stamp Julie Nutting mixed media doll stamp on watercolor paper, cut out and watercolor with watercolor crayons. Designer paper was used for the dolls dress. Tim Holtz tissue tape was added to big tag before adhering Julie Nutting image and Dylusions image; Love and flowers with archival black ink.

Retta's stencils
Julie Nutting stamps
Dylusions stamps
Tim Holtz tissue tape
 140 lb. Watercolor Paper
Watercolor crayons
Archival black ink
Distress inks

Monday, April 14, 2014

Repurposed Cookie Jar for Home Decor

Please forgive my lapses in this video! Half my brain is on strike this week!

DecoArt Chalk Finish Paint Whisper
DecoArt Creme Wax Finish
DecoArt Traditions Paint Medium Red Rose
DecoArt Traditions Paint Titanium White
DecoArt Texture Crackle
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Dried Marigold 
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Vintage Photo
Cookie Jar

You can find Tim Holtz products and DecoArt Traditions Paint at

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Bramble Flowers stencil by Retta

Saturday's we want to feature Stencils by Retta.
The one I've used on the white cardstock is Bramble Flowers.
Using a makeup sponge, I dabbed pistachio momento ink thru the stencil.
Repeated 3 times to cover the entire background.
The ink perfectly matched the seam binding and olive green cardstock I had in my stash.
That's always a plus!
Head on over to the store to see all of Retta's stencils.  They are reasonably priced too!

Outlaw Women Scrapbook Emporium

Thanks for stopping by!!
Karen Conner

Friday, April 11, 2014

Mother Goose Mini Album

This Graphic 45 designer paper is so stinking cute!
I followed their April Challenge guidelines the best I could.
(I thought they were a little hard to follow)
I love how it turned out!  The colors is this paper line are basic and make a bold statement.
 I did some fussy cutting with the adorable images found in the paper line.
 The solid black photo mats really tie the album together.
 Below on the pocket page I used one of Retta's stencils.  Make A Wish. I thought it added a nice touch.

You can purchase the Graphic 45 Designer Paper, Retta's Stencils, punches, die cuts, inks, adhesives-everything I've used  at Robyn's Store.
Thanks for stopping by today!
Have a terrific Friday!!
Karen Conner

Monday, April 7, 2014

Home Decor with Chalk Finish Paint!

Ok, it's official! I am IN LOVE with DecoArt Chalk Finish Paint!!!! I have 1000 things in my wood stash that I can use it on and then there is glass and on and on.....
Come play with me with this amazing finish paint:

Now comes the finishing touch...putting in some dimension with Tim Holtz Distress Inks:

After the video I started thinking I wanted some more aging in my piece, soooo....out came the Vintage Photo Distress Ink and I am so happy with this, I can't wait to hang it!

Many of the products I used can be found at Outlaw Women Scrapbook Emporium

DecoArt Chalk Finish Paint Whisper
DecoArt Creme Wax Clear
Stencil Brush by Loew Cornell
Traditions #1 Flat Brush
DecoArt Traditions Multi Surface Sealer
DecoArt Traditions Medium White paint
DecoArt Traditions Sapphire Blue paint
DecoArt Traditions Cerulean Blue paint
11 x 14 Mat board
Any wood frame you have on hand
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Tumbled Glass
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Broken China
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Vintage Photo
Tim Holtz Applicator Tool/Foam
Finger Dauber

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Mixed Media Doll Tag

You can create an easy tag like this when you cover a tag with designer paper and then use the opposite side on designer paper for mixed media dolls dress. 
I used Prima flowers, Prima's mixed media doll by Julie Nutting, Tim Holtz stamps for quote, designer paper and paper ribbon from my stash. 
Archival ink was used to stamp paper doll image on watercolor paper and stamped quote.  

Check out the discount pricing for stamping supplies here:

Supplies from my stash:
Threads used on top of tag were frayed strings from edge of fabric when I cutout my handbag.