Thursday, March 22, 2018

spring tags

 The Splitcoast Stampers Mixed Media challenge MIX269 this week is to do no line piercing with a spring theme. And of course make it mixed media.

Since I am cheap and use black stazon ink because I only need one ink pad, I wasn't sure how the black would work since you are supposed to use a light colored ink with your stamp, so I went outside the box. OK... I went so far outside the box that we aren't even in the same neighborhood anymore. I used a ARTplorations stencil called Bold Florals Mini.. 

I traced on the back side of a tag that I made using 
I used some packing material and a sewing pin to do the piercing.

 After piercing, I watercolored the flowers and background.

I could have stopped here but I decided I wanted more. Much more. I stamped the dotted circles and splatters. I used an alphabet set to stamp the sentiment. I then took a black ink pen and started doodling on the flowers and around the edges. I also added glitter to the centers of the flowers.

I wanted it to be a double tag. So I used ARTplorations stencil called Plaid Maker.


I stamped more of the little circles and a little heart from 
I then tied both tags together using some blue raffia.

Since I had extra of the "plaid" paper I made another tag.

 as well as the little heart from

Permission to create

Sometimes I get into an artistic slump. I know I am not alone. 
I sit at my desk wanting to create, but not sure where to start.
I think the stress comes because I want everything that I create to 
be something SPECIAL, or FABULOUS. or whatever adjective you pick.
I watched a Youtube video that gave permission to create UGLY ART. 
Meaning don't worry about if it is ugly or pretty just create.

Sing, sing a song
Sing out loud
Sing out strong
Sing of good things not bad
Sing of happy not sad
Sing, sing a song
Make it simple to last
Your whole life long
Don't worry that it's not
Good enough for anyone
Else to hear
Just sing, sing a song

Just as the song says "Don't worry that it's not good enough for anyone..."

So I gave myself permission to just create.  
I started by going to Pinterest. I typed "MIXED MEDIA BLUE ROBIN" . My intention was to get some inspiration. I picked the project that spoke to me. This was the project. I liked the little bird with the heart.

So I pulled out a scrap of paper and sketched the little bird. At this point I shut off pinterest and let my own creativity take over.

was to celebrate World Water day.  I sketched my little bird again on some white cardstock.
 I chose to watercolor my little bird.

After I watercolored him I wanted to add a circle like the inspiration photo but I had my oval stencil on my desk and I didn't want to have to look for my circles. So I added an oval that I decided to turn into a flower stem. I then added some marker, ink pen, stamping, colored pencils cheesecloth, sequins, and splattered white acrylic paint. 
It isn't a masterpiece but I had a lot of fun in the creative process.

I made this card for:
DL.ART Thankful Thursday 225- Flowers
and Try it on Tuesdays-The call of Spring Mood Board that has Birds
and The Sisterhood of Crafters- Birds

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Spring Dancing in the rain


I used the yellow on her raincoat and umbrella, I used the blue and brown for the background. The pink is in the flowers on her dress and purse.

The Unity facebook challenge is to paper piece.
 I am also sharing this with WORD ART WEDNESDAY 326-327

I drew and painted in some raindrops. I added a piano keyboard to play to music on so she can dance.

Faith Expressions 2

At STAMPlorations March is the month to celebratIe Spring and Faith.
I want to share some projects I made using


I stamped the AMAZING GRACE image and masked it and stamped the Bible image on top. I added wink of stella to the letters of the bible. I added pearl stick pins, quilled roses, lace and twine.

With the scraps of paper that I had left over from making my card.
 I made a bible bookmark.
I used my CUTplorations 


I used the same tag die and cut a bookmark out of blue paper. I stamped the dove twice. once on the blue and once on white. I fussy cut and paper pieced the dove.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Spring cards with friend

Today my friend Pam and I celebrated the first day of spring making cards together. I am so thankful for technology that lets us visit like we were in eachother's craft rooms. 

We were going to use a daffodil set that we both had. Unfortunately for me I couldn't find that set. I looked high and low and had to give up. So we decided to make cards using the tulip set we both had.

It was so hard to wait for the sparkles to dry on the flowers. But it looks really sparkly and cool.
I stamped Our Daily Bread "IT IS WELL WITH MY SOUL" music stamp on the designer paper.
I made this card for a friend at church who is having health issues.

Since my friend Pam and I both added sparkle to the centers of our tulips we needed to make something else while we waited for the cards to dry. I suggested we make piano cards and use daffodils. She used the set that we were going to use but mine is still lost... and I used another daffodil set that I had. We had fun making the pianos. I even played a song for her on mine.  JOY TO THE WORLD.  I made this card for another friend at church. She plays the piano and organ for worship service.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Pocket bloom thank you cards.

STAMPlorations has a fun challenge for the month of March. 
Link up a  project that shows SPRING and FAITH.

I combined SPRING with this really fun sketch at

I made two thank you cards. I used 3 different STAMPloration stamp sets to make them.



Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Typografia in FAITH - Spring and Faith

With springtime weather in the air and Resurrection Sunday only a few weeks away, this is perfect time to reflect on our faith. I don't know about you, but I love it when there is more sunshine. The winter days where the days are short and have very little sunshine can have a negative effect on me. My husband doesn't like it but I hate having windows covered. I am always opening all the drapes and curtains to let as much sunshine in as possible. Sunlight or SON-light is what I was trying to portray with this fabulous Typografia in Faith stamp called

I used an ARTplorations stencil called:


I used "dried marigold" distress ink with the stencil. I then took a thin yellow marker and scribbled in the "white" space. I added a layer of gold glitter glue around the gold panel on my card. Glitter is so hard to photograph. It is super sparkly in real life.

 My next projects  use the new Typografia in Faith stamp called:

 It is so versatile. I made a masculine and super feminine card using the same stamp but different papers and embellishments.

Head over to STAMPlorations and check out all the stamp collection of

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Poppies in my garden

In my garden  was the Simon Says Monday challenge. In my garden are growing poppies.
The Way to Use it Challenge 677- was the Splitcoast Stampers Challenge to make 3-d paper piecing.
For the layout I used:  Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2 #131
I am also entering it to Word Art Wednesday 325

I made my card into an easel card. The inside has a sentiment from my favorite Verve set. I also drew tear drops.