Tuesday, June 24, 2014


I had a fun afternoon yesterday creating something new for me, which I have wanted to do for over a year.  I purchased 4 canvas frames almost a year ago with a gift certificate that was soon to expire, with the thought of incorporating my love of Stampin' Up! product on canvas using mixed media.  I thought this would be the perfect time to try it out because Ronda Wade, our RubberQueen leader, challenged us to use Stampin' Up Designer Series Paper on a few projects for our July meeting.  You know how much I love a challenge, and I'm so glad she gave it or I would have never put my thoughts on this canvas.  I love how it turned out mixing Stampin' Up's vibrant ink colors with their gorgeous designer paper.  And yes, it did take me the whole afternoon to finish it because the mediums had to dry in between the creativity and I started with just an idea to use designer paper. 

A lot of my inspiration for mixed media comes from Ronda Palazzari, a well-known mixed media artist, author, licensed designer, instructor and avid memory keeper who enjoys all kinds of mediums.  Her artwork has also been published in several magazines and idea books.  I have been following her blog for a couple of years and love her style because it is so different than mine!! A while back she sent me her first book, published in 2012, Art of Layers; which was my inspiration for today's project.

Check out Ronda Palazzari's blog here.
Here is what I came up with for my very first mixed media on canvas (yep, I will never be a Ronda Palazzari but I still love it) with directions:

My art is not for everyone; but I love to just "jump out of the box" every once in a while.  If you want to see a larger picture showing the texture, just right-click on the image and select "open in new window" and then you can click on it to enlarge.

Product Used:
Stamps:  Bloom With Hope (Hostess Set) and Feel Goods
Inks:  Lost Lagoon, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, Hello Honey, Strawberry Slush, StazOn Black, and Momento Tuxedo Black
Designer Series Paper:  All Abloom Designer Series Paper Stack
Accessories:  Very Vintage and Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons; Strawberry Slush Thick Baker's Twine; Lost Lagoon Stitched Satin Ribbon; Daffodil Delight Blendabilities; Hexagon Hive Thinlits Dies; Old Olive Ink Refill; Sponges; Crystal Effects; Tissue Paper; foam paint brush and small bristle paintbrush; Gesso; and Mod Podge.

  • Using the foam paint brush, spread the Gesso over the entire canvas to give it texture.  Add a small piece of the All Abloom DSP on top of the gesso (while still wet) and smooth it with the foam brush and let it dry. 
  • Sponge on the different colors of ink and let it dry. 
  • Using scrap cardstock, run the Hexagon Hive Thinlit through the Big Shot and use it as a template to sponge on the Old Olive ink (and I used the same sponge to lightly wipe the color around the hexagons). 
  • Mix together about a teaspoon of Gesso with Old Olive Ink Refill for desired color; and using a bristle paintbrush, paint the outside frame and create some "splatters" on the front of your canvas. 
  • Using the StazOn Black Ink, stamp your sentiment on some white tissue paper, tear around the words, apply some Mod Podge on the back using foam paint brush, and apply to canvas being careful not to tear.  
  • Using the Momento Tuxedo Black Ink, stamp your flowers and leaves on the designer paper, cut, and apply Mod Podge to back to adhere to canvas (I did use my tweezers for the leaves).
  • Color one button with the Daffodil Delight Blendability and adhere designer paper to back of the other 2 buttons using Mod Podge.  Let dry and then tie on baker's twine and Lost Lagoon ribbon (I cut this lengthwise at 1/8th inch wide so it would go through the small button holes).
  • Adhere the buttons to the canvas using Crystal Effects.
  • Using a sponge, I applied some Lost Lagoon ink on the frame sides.
I have probably forgotten something in the directions, but if you have any questions leave a comment and I will check back to answer.  Let me know what think of my first attempt!!

Until next time,
"I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness."
--  John 12:46

Friday, June 13, 2014


I'm back!!!  I thought maybe I would take a short break from my vacation (which lasts all summer!!) and show off the new 2014-2016 In-Colors from Stampin' Up.  I just got around to making Ronda Wade's make'n takes from her June RubberQueen meeting.  I love that she always designs something that we can use for a product event.  These cards would be perfect to offer a class that would include the Feels Good Stamp Set and a package of Rhinestone Basic Jewels to show off the beautiful new in-colors: 

Introducing:  Blackberry Bliss Ink, Ribbon, and Card Stock.

Introducing:  Lost Lagoon Ink, Ribbon, and Card Stock.

Introducing:  Hello Honey (love that name!!) Ink, Ribbon, and Card Stock.

Introducing:  Mossy Meadow Ink, Ribbon, and Card Stock.

Introducing:  Tangelo Twist Ink, Ribbon, and Card Stock.

Don't you just love the names for all the Stampin' Up colors?  It must be hilarious sitting around the Stampin' Up Board meeting table and coming up with names for all their delicious colors!!  Which one is your favorite?

Until next time,
"Be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord."  -- 1 Corinthians 15:58

Wednesday, June 4, 2014


Well, I know you all are totally excited (just like me) with all the new products in the 2014-15 Stampin' Up Catalog, but I'm going to have to disappoint you today!!  Yep, I haven't gotten my new product yet so nothing "really" new to show you.  However, I did play with my new Blendabilities again, on a stamp set carried over to the new catalog, so that was fun for me.  I know my artist friends from my classes love the new Blendabilities, so it was very hard to tell them the Blendabilities will not be available for the public to buy until at least a month.   (Another reason I love being a demonstrator is the perk of being able to get product before it is released and another reason for you to sign up today!)  So here is another sample to see what you are missing (sorry):

I used the Coastal Cabana Blendabilities Assortment on the Flower Shop Stamp and the Perfect Pennants Stamp for the sentiment; Whisper White and Pistachio Pudding Card Stock; Decorative Dots Embossing Folder; and the new Coastal Cabana Thick Baker's Twine.

Here are a couple of cards I made for the Project H.O.P.E. prayer ministry, using some discontinued stamps.  Let me know if you would like more information about how you can become a prayer and card warrior for Project H.O.P.E. (Helping Other People Experience God's Love).

Until next time,
"He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength."  -- Isaiah 40:29