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God Bless You @ Paper Smooch Challenge

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Wanted to participate in a picture perfect challenge at Paper Smooches\ I really liked the background of the photo. I tried creating it with gelatos on vanilla cardstock. Your required to use one of their stamps or digital images.  They have some freebies. I popped over there and picked out this cute bird. I cut the little flowers from my Martha Stewart punch. My sentiment is from Stampin Up. I love it!

Paper Artsy Technique Part 1

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what do you think I'm making? You'll never guess!! If you follow me-you know I have a thing for altered boxes. One of my customers has a 9 yr old daughter. She's getting a real looking baby for Christmas. She asked me to make her a box to wrap it in. I thought-umm.. How about a bassinet? That's right-a Bassinet!! When I saw this technique this week on Paper Artsy-I knew I wanted to do it for the bassinet.  First I has to find a 24 inch long box!!  Scooped it up at Lowes.  They had bows standing in them.  I just combined them into another box and took this one up to the cash register!  Bold huh?

They gladly gave it to me.  Yes-I'm thinking about going back & hoarding a couple for later projects! LOL-trying to resist!

I coated the whole box in gesso first. When dry, I painted all the edges with burnt umber Masters Touch acrylic paint.


then I cut 3x3 squares-lots of them!  I did 8 sheet of designer paper.  The paper I used was DCWV Old World stack. I used lots of…

Celebrate the Season card

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I wanted to play some challenges this week. Two of my favorites are Unity Challenge and Mojo Monday. Friends With Flair at Unity Blog- use a unity stamp Mojo Monday 321 -uses a sketch



I did 2 slight variations.  I like the second one the best-more distressing! plus I added some lace.
I used Tim Holtz Distress markers for the pretty Christmas ornaments.
The paper is Teresa Collins Christmas Cottage.

LOVE IT! Don't you?
Hope you had a great Black Friday.  I spent most of it with a good friend & my God Child-Carter. Had loads of fun.

Christmas Mini Album

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Kaisercraft Christmas Tradition designer paper







See my you tube video on making this:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GNb8K03MM3s

Paper Artsy style-Vintage & Shabby Chic altered box

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Joining Paper Artsy this week. Liz had a fabulous technique. HERE I missed the deadline to join-I forget Australia is ahead of us!  It was still worth it. There are too many steps to list them all, but I'm trying to show you some of the most interesting parts.  I LOVE altering boxes.  I decided to alter the paper before putting it on my box.  Luckily all sides were the same. I will warn you-You don't want paper all the way to the top.  The lid becomes too tight.  Have learned that the hard way!
 Modeling paste over a rose stencil I have.  Allow to dry.  Using gelatos, I scrubbed-literally-scrubbed/rubbed them all over.  I used a damp paint brush to smear it in. (fingers are very useful as well)
 Then I rubbed red gelato over the rose area.  Use a damp paper towel or baby wipe & wipe it off. Kind of crazy huh?  But I want a vintage/shabby chic look.
 To get different shades/tones- I kind of dabbed the paint
 I lightly spritzed brown smooth over small parts.
 After I adde…

G45 Christmas meets Word Art Wed Scripture

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I have been making lots of stuff to sell to others, but nothing for myself! so today is in honor of ME! I love the G45 Christmas Paper.  I took apart a poinsettia spray from dollar tree.  Gesso'd some of it, but wanted one to be bright and stand out.  There's a sheer green bow underneath.  This is a 9x14 canvas.

 Here's the scripture from Word Art Wednesday challenge #107 this week.  I love it!
 There is paper layered with gesso, paint, smooch spritz, blue spray ink. Sponging, stamped some wording.  Then you apply your designs.  To make them POP-you outline them with watered down black paint & smear it.  I love that effect.

My good friend Cassandra has a You tube video on this technique HERE on her blog.

Here is the finished piece in a frame.  I did take some gold rub and buff and smear with my finger to bring in some gold to match the frame.

Hope you like it! I Love it!


Sea Salt * Ink * Drying Time

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I love altering boxes!  The sides were as fun to create as the box lid design!
 I cut the flowers with SU die, spray with water & scrunch up tight to dry. After they are dry, distress the edges with Vintage photo ink and layer them with Scotch Quick Dry glue. I added distress stickles in Dusty Rose to the edges and flat back pearls from Wild Orchid Roses.

The sentiment is from Stampin Up.  The designer paper from Fact or Fiction.

The technique on the bottom of the box was SO COOL!  First, I gesso'd the box-dry.  Then I dabbed barn red distress paint-dried pretty quick, then stamped using purple and green pigment ink (colorbok) -I used my Paper Artsy Stamp & they curve easily so I could go around my edges.  I put a heavy coat of sea salt overtop and allowed to dry.  Take your hand and wipe away the dried salt. 
Left a wonderful texture!  there is even a slight glitter left over from the salt.


Blog Candy Alert!!

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Head over to my friend Karen's site HERE

She's giving away the cutest paper clips you've ever seen!!


All you have to do is join her blog and comment.  You'll be entered to win.

Have a blessed Wednesday!

Isaiah 41:13 Word Art Wednesday

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Anytime I need a special card. My first thought is which scripture to use. My second thought is wonder which scripture Word Art Wednesday is doing this week. This week's scripture worked well with the card I need for this weekend. I jumped on Pinterest to get an idea for a thanksgiving theme. Here's my result;

I used Stampin Up die with leaves.. A very simple card. I love it though. 
It's the last minute on the challenge-but I'm linking it up.

When you need art scripture-check out Word Art Wednesday

Thank you for G45 and Mojo Monday

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I've made a Thank you card for two challenges. November Graphic 45 challenge and Mojo Monday Challenge #318 Love using G45 paper line.  Their paper such high quality. You can bend and manipulate it to create depth.

Snowman for Christmas

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I adore doing these canvas pictures.  The Christmas theme is quickly becoming a favorite for me. I create my background using gesso, Traditions acrylic paints, sprays.  Some brushed on, some stenciled on and some sprayed. I roughly free hand drawed the snowman and the tree and cut them out of good quality designer paper.  The cheap stuff doesn't hold up as well.  Using liquitex matte medium I glue them down. Then the fun starts again! I paint and smear using brush and fingers. To get the edges and the shading I used GELATOS.  LOVE those!!

I love my finished piece.  I'll be entering it in the November challenge at Faber Castell.  One of my favorite companies!!

Santa mixed media canvas

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I have loved making Christmas items.  This is a flat canvas board. Size 9x11. The background was started with Liquitex matte medium and ripped book page pieces. I sprayed blue inks around the edges, then brushed acrylic gesso on the inside.  I glued punched snowflakes (SU punch)-used blue and grey designer papers. I free hand drew the santa on piece of designer paper and cut him out. Glued him on. Painted him with Traditions paint. Did some stenciling over top of him.
 Punched two holes in the top and threaded some satin ribbon to hang it with.



Entering this into Craft my Life challenge.