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Sunday, January 31st, 2016
Black Art Journal Page

A black art journal page is something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time. Creating an art journal page with a black background can be counter intuitive at best or completely stupid at worst. After all black is a depressing color, there is not a lot you can add to it and it’s not a really good choice for a background color. well..that’s what I told myself for a long time but then I decided to challenge myself and do it!     I painted a spread in my art journal using the amazing Dylusions black paint. It only took a small amount of the paint to cover the entire spread and it dried really quickly. I wanted to keep it simple so I decided to doodle on the black background with a white Sharpie pen.   I chose a happy pattern of fields and funny houses and unlike myself I added journaling and not just a quote. …

Friday, January 29th, 2016
Saturday Mixtravaganza VIP Room

Remember that I promised you something new and exciting? Well…it’s here! Saturday Mixtravaganza VIP Room You are already familiar with my YouTube weekly video tutorial every Saturday right? Saturday Mixtravaganza VIP Room is the upgraded, improved and exclusive version! If you love the weekly step by step video tutorial If you enjoy the versatility of project ideas If you find the tips and inspiration usefull If you like the easy directions and supplies used If you wait for a new video every Saturday Step into the VIP Room and get EVEN MORE!! * Two workshop level, intensive video tutorials every month      * New product review and recommendation      * Private blog with creative tips and artistic techniques      * Exclusive kits and special offers      * Members-only contests and giveaways      * Guest designers tutorials     * Access to downloads and project templates The VIP Room will be open only to members that …

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016
Frame Pin Cushion with Ann Butler Faux Quilting Stamps

What I love about Ann Butler’s Faux Quilting stamps is that they work great on fabric as they do on paper. All you need is to use your heat tool to dry and set them. I’m not a sewer but I wanted to try creating a project with fabric so I’ll be able to share their versatility. I started with arranging 1″ faux quilting stamps on my block and stamped a piece of cheesecloth. I used Ann Butler’s Crafter’s Ink by Clearsnap to stamp the fabric. I applied the ink randomly on the stamps so I’ll get a blending colors effect.After the ink was dry I cut a few pieces of filler to fit a small frame that I wanted to use. I placed the fabric with the pattern face down and pushed the filler through the frame, creating a raised cushion. I added a few buttons and pins to finish the project. Now I will have a decent place …

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016
Maximize Your Supplies: How to Create a Star Mini Album from Three 8.5"x11" Papers?

When I go through my stash I sometimes find the most amazing things. When I started scrapbooking there was NOTHING here. No 12×12 papers, no embellishments and I had to create scrapbooks and mini albums from  8.5″x11″ patterned papers, and there weren’t many of those too. I found some of my old papers and decided to use them for a really cool and fast project: a Star Mini Album.     1. Fold the paper in half. Fold each side into half again. Open and fold in half in the other direction. 2. Cut the paper only on the center spreading on two of the horizontal squares. 3. Fold in half and the paper will open up on its own. 4. Close the paper to a + shape and glue the sides together. You can glue only the sides and create pockets. 5. Fold all the flaps to one direction to create a mini album. 6. Create two more mini albums. …

Sunday, January 17th, 2016
Steampunk Hot-Air Balloon

The steampunk queen strikes again! FYI I didn’t give myself this title…you did, or at least some of you Lol! I sure love steampunk and I’m happy to share with you another project. This one looks difficult but it’s much easier than you think! It’s because of all the tricks I’m using here to create faux metal and keep everything light weight. I started with a plastic ball I got at the craft store, you can use an ornament or even a glass ball, although you will need to be a little bit more carefull with that. I covered the ball with pieces of gold Duck Tape and then painted it with black acrylic paint. I waited for about half a minute and then wiped the paint with a paper towel, creating a really pretty effect of blackened metal. I added faux leather stripes with faux rivets and steampunk embellishments, including a propeller. I used an old cardboard box as …

Friday, January 15th, 2016
How to Step Out of Your Creative Comfort Zone?

“Never despise small beginnings, and don’t belittle your own accomplishments. Remember them and use them as inspiration as you go on to the next thing. When you venture outside your comfort zone, wherever the starting point may be, it’s kind of a big deal.” ~ Chris Guillebeau You’ve seen inspirational quotes that encourage you to get out and do something  new, something you wouldn’t normally do. But getting out of your routine just takes so much work. There’s actually a scientific explanation to why it’s so hard to break out of your comfort zone, and why it’s good for you when you do it. Our comfort zone is a behavioral space where our activities and behaviors fit a routine and pattern that minimizes stress and risk. It provides a state of mental security. We benefit in obvious ways: regular happiness, low anxiety, and reduced stress. Our comfort zone is neither a good or bad thing. It’s a natural state that …

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