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Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017
7 Reasons Why I Love My Sizzix Big Shot Machine



Hi dear crafty friends! Today I’m sharing the 7 Reasons Why I Love My Sizzix Big Shot Machine. Don’t think I’m trying to convince you to buy a die cutting machine, I know they don’t come cheap. But I do want to share the 7 Reasons Why I Love My Sizzix Big Shot Machine so you’ll understand what you can do with it!     7 Reasons Why I Love My Sizzix Big Shot Machine 1. You can create your own boxes There are fabulous dies of boxes in all shapes and sizes and if you love boxes as much as I do you can create your own instead of buying them.     2. You can design home decor items When using different die cuts you can create your own home decor pieces like dressed frames, centerpieces for the table, embellishments for the wall and much more!     3. You can build 3D projects You can create 3D …

Sunday, August 20th, 2017
A Year of Art Journaling: Tips, Techniques and Amazing Pages



Hi dear crafty friends! Today I want to tell you all about an art journaling series: A Year of Art Journaling: Tips, Techniques and Amazing Pages. This series is all about creating art journal pages from start to finish while learning new techniques, experimenting with new supplies and getting your hands dirty! It’s fun and fabulous!!   A Year of Art Journaling: Tips, Techniques and Amazing Pages Each month I concentrate on one specific technique, supply or design and take you step by step through all the stages of creating it. No hidden supplies, no jumping steps and no cutting corners! You see everything and also get a narration about what to do and why. Art journaling can sometimes be intimidating because you don’t always know how to start. And even when you do start you’re not always sure how to continue or what you want to say. I often hear people say I don’t have something special to say, …

Friday, August 18th, 2017
It’s My Life Mixed Media Canvas



Hi dear crafty friends! Today I’m sharing a new project I created for the More Than Words challenge: It’s My Life Mixed Media Canvas. The subject of the challenge was Harmony and Song Lyrics, which I found not only inspiring but really fun to create.   It’s My Life Mixed Media Canvas First I thought about the word Harmony. What does it say to me, how does it make me feel. Well… for me harmony is when all the pieces fit together. It can be in a small scale when I create something and everything goes great and all the different elements just find their place. Or it can be in a larger scale when all the pieces of my life just fit and coexist comfortably together. I wanted to say all that in my project so I added layers of frames and combined them on one surface, like pieces in a harmonious creation. Once the chipboard background was done …

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017
10 Things to Do with Glycerin in the Craft Room



Hi dear crafty friends! Today I’m sharing 10 Things to Do with Glycerin in the Craft Room. Apparently Glycerin is a very useful material for all kinds of crafty things. It’s really easy to get in your local health food store or even in craft stores. Here are a few things I use it for…   10 Things to Do with Glycerin in the Craft Room The good thing about Glycerin is that it’s almost like a water soluble oil, which is of course impossible but it is. It will not stain your paper or damage your paints and it’s thicker than water so you can use it for so many things. Put some of the Glycerin in a medicine dropper so it’ll be easier to use. 1. Re-inking embossing stamp pads: add a little Glycerin directly on a clear embossing ink pad and it’ll bring it back to life.  2. Create your own pigment ink: mix gouche, which is an opaque …

Sunday, August 13th, 2017
Art Journal Inspiration Mini Book



Hi dear crafty friends! Today I’m sharing a really cool and fun project: Art Journal Inspiration Mini Book. The special thing about this project is that it’s all done from only one piece of A3 water color paper. All you need are a few acrylic paints and stencils to create your own Art Journal Inspiration Mini Book.     Art Journal Inspiration Mini Book The first thing you need to do is create the background for the pages. So I used acrylic paints and stencils to fill the paper with colorful and interesting patterns. Don’t worry if it looks a little noisy now it will all look great later. After the patterns were ready I added a little gesso here and there.     Next I cut the paper into squares measuring 4″ x 5 1/2″ and folded each one in half.     These are the pages of the mini book. Now I gave each of them some attention…I added …

Friday, August 11th, 2017
Watercolor Houses Art Journal Page



Hi dear crafty friends! Today I’m sharing my Watercolor Houses Art Journal Page. You probably noticed I really enjoy working with watercolors lately and this page is all about watercolors and how to use them.     Watercolor Houses Art Journal Page I decided to create this page with a whimsical and funky look for two reasons. First, it’s fun and liberating to create a page that is not subjected to any rules. After all if you draw bent houses with weird looking roofs you can then color them anyway you want and go crazy with your watercolors. Second, drawing defined shapes gave me the opportunity to teach you some easy techniques to work with watercolors.   The full step by step video of the Watercolor Houses Art Journal Page is available in the VIP Room as part of the Year of Art Journaling series where we learn all there is to know about art journaling. We experiment with materials, …

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017
My Top Three: Mixed Media Supplies



Hi dear crafty friends!  Today on My Top Three: Mixed Media Tools. First let me say that these are my favorite three mixed media tools for now. It keeps changing so if you ask me this question in a few months you might get a different list of My Top Three: Mixed Media Supplies 🙂   My Top Three: Mixed Media Supplies Texture Pastes Recently I’m all about texture. In almost all my mixed media projects I work with a lot of texture that I like to add with texture pastes. There are a few kinds I really like: Rust pastes, which give an amazing look and texture of real rusted metal and you can even apply them on plastic, canvas or any surface. Textured modeling paste that has a sandy texture and is really easy to apply with or without stencils. And finally Pastes that I create myself by mixing gesso or gel medium with little or medium size stones. …

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