Friday, May 31, 2013

Friday Feature-Gesso anyone?

Have you discovered gesso yet?  Even after I bought some-I was intimated by it.  Used it strictly for priming my canvas.  But-you can use gesso for a lot of different things.  Today I wanted to share a layout I did where I used it a couple of different ways.

I used it to create interest and dimension to my background paper by putting some on a paper plate and then dipping an old lid into it. See the circle shapes at the top?

Using my finger, I edged each picture with it.

After I had layered my papers and pictures I dipped the end of one of my clear blocks (you use to adhere stamps to it) and it made the double lines you see scattered around the page.

It dries pretty quickly if it's not too thick.  If you have any left over-just put it back in your container. Easy huh?

You can get gesso and other products at Outlaw Women Scrapbook Emporium.  The prices are always discounted. 

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Technique Tuesday ~ Always

This is a tag I made using Dylusions spray inks and stamps. 
Watercolor dependable dotty and cut-out. 
Stamp bird and cut-out.
Mount on tag. 
Thanks for looking and have a nice day.
Happy Stamping!!! 

#34476 dependable dotty
#34445 how does your garden grow
Dylusions Spray inks 
#34582 doodle party

Monday, May 27, 2013

Steampunk Floral ATCs

This is how I made my Steampunk Floral ATCs for a swap on the Outlaw Women Scrapbook Emporium Yahoo Group!

Here is a close up picture of them and the stamp I used on the back.
You can find most of these products at Outlaw Women Scrapbook Emporium Online Shop
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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Altered Journal

For my Technique Tuesday I'll share what I made this past Sunday and finished it Monday evening while watching the television about the tornados that touched down in Moore. We had a bad tornado the day before but this is predicted the worse tornado in history.

I got an idea to tear up some of my Gelli printing papers and apply them on two journal pages. These pages were made with stencils, paint and punches.

Next I added Tim's new Distress Paints, Dylusions stamps, Dylusions spray inks and stenciled modeling paste. At this time I didn't get the other page finished.
I added my own version of a young woman hand drawn to complete this side of the page while watching the news about the tornado that hit Moore, Oklahoma this afternoon. The tornado that hit Moore is just 100 miles south of our home.
Please say prayers for those that lost their family members, homes and business.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Convention Haul

Hi Everyone...something in my blog or blogspot itself is broken and won't find my videos. Here is the link to my two videos for today. I am so sorry for this inconvenience today!

UPDATE...after much searching I was able to find a workaround for this Google glitch...the videos are now here on the blog! YAY!!

Stretched finances preventing buying most of what I wanted to buy, but some great prices and good planning helped me to bring home some goodies!

and part two is:

Here is a photo of my finished flower! Dogwood designed by Sharon Hamilton, MDA, painted by me!

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Big!! Huge!! Enormous!!! Contest - Win a Prize

Hi Everyone, it's springtime here in Indiana finally and I'm in a good mood!! 

Because of this I thought I'd have a contest and give out a nice prize!! wooohooo!!

All you have to do is become a Follower of the Blog .

put our badge onto your blog if you have one or your Facebook Page..

Linked to this Post

And Leave a Comment that you've done that
with your Blog address or Facebook 
address or even Twitter..

On 5/18 I will anounce a winner that will be picked at Random... So if you want to win a cool prize from Outlaw Women Scrapbook Emporium do the above..

As always 

Have fun Creating!


(see below what Cindi, Judy or Melody has for us this week)

Friday, May 17, 2013

Friday Feature - possibilities

Hi friends.  Melody here with your Friday Feature.  May is always a special month for me.  I have an anniversary, mother's day, and a birthday all within a week's time.  Among the gifts I received were some distress paints

I put some mowed lawn, salty ocean, and vintage photo distress paints on my craft sheet, and swiped a piece of white card stock through them.  After heat setting, I spritzed some water on the paint on the craft sheet and put the card stock in it again, dabbing a couple of times till I was satisfied.  I dried it and then die cut an arch with Arch Frame die and trimmed off the outer edge.  I also die cut a navy arch with the same die. 

I used some Tim Holtz stamps as well.  Two are stamped in jet black archival.  The third was stamped several times on the card base with salty ocean distress ink. 

I added some doodling on the card base with a black Pitt pen

I then inked only one of the pen nibs and stamped it next to the men.  I used a craft nib holder & nib to color the pen nib with salty ocean distress ink.  Then I painted some mustard seed distress paint on a piece of white card stock and cut out a candle flame.  I hightlighted the flame with distress markers and made the pen nib into a candle.  

Most of the products I used can be purchased from Outlaw Women Scrapbook Emporium

Thank you so much for stopping by. 

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Update on Technique Tuesday

This is the completed project from last week using a variety of supplies 

Supplies I used to finish this project:
Dylusions; dependable dotty
Dylusions; doolally dorris
Dylusions; how does your garden grow
Dylusions; around the edge
Dylusions;  bits of this
Tim Holtz; Things to Say 
Distress Paint
Distress Markers
Archival black ink
NIji water brush
white card stock
Decoupage and craft paste
white vinegar

This is the link to view how I made this background from last week:

Monday, May 13, 2013

Art Journal Page

I'm in Chicago at a painting convention, but I made you a video in advance!

See you next week when I'm back home!

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Heart Collage

I just finished this collage and thought I go through the steps with everyone..

First I took similar paper and collaged the whole substrate.. Then using Claudine Hellmuth paints because they are transparent I painted it. I chose two colors that compliment each other. I traced the heart first over on the top right..

I then proceeded to go to town with stencils and stamps.. another layer was sponging with white paint..

Then the rub ons came out.. I love love Rub ons.. The grungier they go on the better.

After I played with the rub ons I made marks.. Just going around the canvas with a black ink pen that's great over acrylics and scribbled.. I love mark making too.

Above is my finished project..

It is going to my MIL for Mothers Day..


Friday, May 10, 2013

Friday Feature - big little things

Hi friends.  Melody here with another Friday feature.  Today I have a card to share with you. 

I started by gluing an old book page to a piece of chipboard from a tissue box with matte mod podge.  Then using artful dwellings die, I die cut one of the houses from the chipboard.   Using an ink blending tool, I added vintage photo distress ink

I used several papers from the Alla-Prima collection.  Each piece is edged with vintage photo distress ink.  One piece was put on the lower part of the house.  Another piece was die cut with the vintage lace die, coated with vintage photo distress ink and wrapped around the house. 

I stamped the small butterfly from Nature's Discovery stamp set with jet black archival ink on the house, and cut a heart from red card stock to add to the house.  The house is attached to the card with dimensional foam tape. 

The sentiment is from Good Thoughts stamp set, stamped with jet black archival ink

And finally, I added dots with a black Pitt pen

Most of the products I used can be purchased from Outlaw Women Scrapbook Emporium

Thanks so much for stopping by. 

Wednesday, May 8, 2013


CAS = Clean and Simple

I created a CAS.. this is so hard for me to do as I love to embellish and go crazy on all my work.. LOL

but have no fear I did it!!

How I created this card was to use Re Inkers and a water brush..

First my Dimensions was

The Grey Base is 8 1/2 by 5 1/2 scored at 4 1/4

Black  - 5 1/4 x 4

White Watercolor Paper - 5x 3 3/4

working on the watercolor paper I took my brush full of water and got the substrate wet

Then I took my reinkers and one at a time brushed it across

I used Aged Mahogany, Old Paper and Broken China .. Oh yeah these are the Tim Holtz Reinkers

Once it was dried I stamped with Stazon Black Ink

I put my card together and then gave it a spritz with a combination of Perfect Pearl and water

Voila one CAS card.. I'm so proud of myself I kept it simple! LOL

The stamps are a combination of Tim Holtz Stamps
which can be bought at

Never pay retail Again!!

Have fun creating everyone if you make this card.


Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Technique Tuesday

Portions of my collage was made with Golden paints. Prints were made with my Gelli Printing plate.
Robyn sent me the stencils from a challenge, it was used on the bottom portion of collage with gesso. All Gelli papers were torn and applied with PVA glue to Manila folder. 

Example 1

Wednesday: May 8th

I finger painted red, marigold and then a mixture of gesso mixed with red and marigold acrylic paint over collage.

Click here for finished project: 

Monday, May 6, 2013

French Country Card

Here's another Mother's Day card with Graphic 45 papers!

Here is a picture of the finished card:

You can find these products at Outlaw Women Scrapbook Emporium

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Friday Feature - making stencils

Hi, Melody here with the Friday Feature.  I'm a little late posting, but late is better than not at all.  I really love stencils.  I would love to own every one that is available, but since I can't, I decided to try making some of my own.

I started by sketching the design I wanted on a piece of scrap paper, and then cleaning it up until I was satisfied with how it looked.  Then I placed a piece of stencil plastic over the drawing.  (What I use is some type of film that I rescued from the trash.  It's blue, which makes it easy to see.  You could also use any clear plastic packaging.)  I then trace the design onto the plastic with a ultra fine sharpie marker.  Then it is time to cut the stencil design.  I first worked with a craft knife, cutting out the design, but my index finger that was pressing on the knife started to go numb.

I know there is such a thing as a hot stencil burner, but since I don't have one, I decided to try my wood burning tool instead.  I picked the smallest pointed tip.  I worked on a piece of wood with my small craft mat on top, but I wouldn't recommend using the craft mat if you don't want to mess it up.  Apparently the wood burning tool is too hot and it left marks on the craft sheet, making the surface rough.  I'm thinking a glass mat would be better.  Other than that, the wood burning tool worked great for cutting through the plastic without much effort.  It was so much easier than using the craft knife. 

I made some flowers, all pretty much the same, but in different sizes.  I also made a leafy vine.

Another way to cut stencils is to use your die cutting machine.  The Sizzix bigz dies work especially well to cut through plastic.  I made some using those, and then I pulled out a few movers & shapers and my base tray from Tim Holtz, and cut some with those.  I wrapped duct tape around the edges on the stencils I made with the bigz dies, since you don't get a lot of margin on those, because only a 6" piece of plastic will fit through either of my die cutting machines, a cuttlebug and a Sizzix big shot. I learned that tape trick from Julie Balzar

Then I made a card using one of the stencils I had made.

First I sprayed a piece of watercolor paper with some adirondack color wash ink sprays in red pepper and sunset orange, as well as mustard seed made using reinker, water, and perfect pearls in a mini mister.

After that was dry, I used one of the flower stencils with modeling paste.  This was my first time using modeling paste.  I really like the texture you get with that.  After cleaning the stencil and letting the paste dry, I put the stencil back over the flower and applied acrylic paint to color the flowers.

I stamped a sentiment from stuff to say (Tim Holtz) in jet black archival ink.

I placed the watercolor paper on a bright blue card base.

To finish off the card, I drew some black around the flower and leaves, and then added some grungy lines along the edges with a black Pitt pen

Many of the products I used can be purchased from Outlaw Women Scrapbook Emporium.

Thanks so much for stopping by.