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Practicing on a Canvas

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I used some of my Distress Crayon skills (from Creative Chemistry 103) to practice on a 6″ x 6″ canvas board.  I stamped Anneli by Prima with Jet Black Archival ink.  I colored with Distress Crayons and used a water brush to blend the colors.


I used some gel and pigment pens to add some details.  The finishing touch was an edging with Tarnished Bronze Distress Paint.

It was fun to create this canvas.  Let me know what you think.  Thanks for visiting.



Happy Birthday, Linda!

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My friend is having a birthday and I made her a card to celebrate the day.

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I shared some art supplies with her and needed a bag to put them in. I had this white gift bag on my desk waiting for an idea to cover up a stain.  I taped it down to my craft sheet, added some blended Distress Inks and stamped with Ranger Archival Jet Black ink.  I was very pleased with how it turned out.

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Here’s wishing Linda a very happy birthday.  I hope it’s a day with food, art and wine!

Thanks for visiting my blog.


No trick, there will be treats!

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I enjoy creating treat bags for my grandchildren for Halloween.  There are small toys, drawing supplies, healthy snacks and a bit of candy stuffed into the bags.  I made them each a card, too.

I used the (now discontinued) Accordion Album die from Sizzix to create the cards.

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I used scraps, stickers and embellishments from my stash, plus some die cuts.  The Art with Art Challenge at Eileen Hull’s blog is Tricks and Treats, perfect for my album cards!  I encourage you to go have a look at all the great art that’s been submitted.

I’ll end my post with Happy Halloween wishes and a couple of photos of a witch doll I created four years ago.  She’s made with a wire armature and muslin body, head and limbs.  If you have any questions about her, ask away.



Until next time, thanks for stopping by.


A Friendly Reminder

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It seems when my grandkids come for a visit, I’m always reminding them to brush their teeth.  I came across a cute clipart walrus and an idea formulated to create an art piece for them.

I started by scraping some gesso on an 8″ x 10″ canvas.  I used Distress Paints (Squeezed Lemonade, Scattered Straw & Mowed Lawn) to create a “drippy” background.

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After the paint dried, I mixed some Studio 490 embossing paste with Wendy Vecchi (dandelion & carnation) Archival Ink re-inkers and stenciled a background.

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I did some stamping over the embossing paste (forgot to take a picture) and my canvas was ready for the elements.  In addition to the walrus (with Liquid Pearls – White Opal tusks) , I used a clipart toothbrush and toothpaste tube.  I used Distress Paints to color some Grungeboard shapes and letters, then used Distress Glitter and Glossy Accents to punch them up.  I created words on my computer, cut them apart and edged with Black Soot Distress Ink.  Foam tape popped some of the elements up and the rest are glued to the canvas with Glossy Accents.

I just love how it turned out and can’t wait for Tristan and Hailey to see it.

tooth3 8-19-2014 4-20-09 PMI’m entering this canvas in the Anything Goes challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog and Everything Goes at Inspiration Emporium’s Inspiration Journal August Challenge.

Thanks for having a look and as always, I love your comments!


Father’s Day for Jeremy

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I wanted to share a little burlap canvas I made for my son.  I used mostly Tim Holtz/Ranger products and techniques to create it.

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My son has really stepped up to the Dad plate in the last few months and I thought the quote is perfect.  My grandson and I made a card, too. He loves getting inky with me!

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Here’s the finished card:

T - Jerm dad card 6-14-2014 1-12-30 PMThanks for stopping by.


Happy Halloween!

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I’ve been creating a bit of Halloween art.  There are two challenges this week that I created this piece for.

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Ranger is having Halloween crafting contest and Simon Says Stamp has an Anything Goes Challenge.  I saw a painting online that was of a candy corn skirted lady, I thought it was so cute.  I used my Julie Nutting doll stamps to create my lady.  The background is a piece of mat board, painted black with Black Soot Distress Paint, embossed with silver embossing powder and then over-painted with Weathered Wood Distress Paint.   The stickers are some old ones from my stash.

I made this tag, also:

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I gave it to my granddaughter’s kindergarten teacher when I went to volunteer at the classroom on Monday.  She liked it and hung it by the entrance to the room.   Of course, I have to share a photo of my favorite little goblins with their freshly carved pumpkins!


Thanks for stopping by and, as always, I love reading your comments.  Have a Happy Halloween!



It’s Windy!

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My friend told me about a ghosting technique using black and white gessoes plus ink.  It sounded like fun so I watched some videos on YouTube and decided to give it a try.  There are several variations of the technique, I used one that I had these supplies for:


I covered a piece of mat board with black gesso, after it was dry, I added several sprays of Colorwash.  After that dried, I stenciled the white gesso through the flower stencil with a sponge pouncer.  This was the result:


I decided to define the flowers with some pigment and gel pens.  I dipped a paint brush in some purple metallic paint and tapped it on my finger to create little splatters.  I used a white pen to “stitch” around the outer edge.


As I was doodling it started to remind me of flower prints from the sixties.  I knew I wanted to use another of Julie Nutting’s doll stamps with this background so I chose one wearing a peasant dress.  When I was in my teens I sewed dresses very similar.


I searched the web for songs of my youth and found an old favorite.  Windy by the Association was a top song for four weeks in July of 1967 – the month and year I turned 14!  I even found a little pink peace sign in my stash to add to my “flower power” trip down memory lane.

I hope you’ll let me know what you think.  Over at the ARTHavenCreations Yahoo Group we just had a discussion about  “gut” feelings when it came to creating and this piece certainly met that description.

Thanks for stopping by.


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