Mystical Backgrounds! 3 Fun Cards with Pizzazz!

Hi friends! Today we are going to make some really fun cards with glitzy backgrounds and textured effects!


The first two use glitter ink (I am using Brea Reese glitter ink but you can use any shimmer watercolors or inks you have) and heat embossing…


The third uses texture paste and pebbles. I got to thinking about how you could make DIY pebbles and I am thinking you can use a scrap of paper and glue water mix then roll it up spit-ball style. You can DIY your own texture paste with white paintable latex caulking (get the kind in the tube for ease of use) tinted with any color of acrylic paint. *Note in the example below the card on the right has wet glue holding the “stones” in place but the Aleenes Thick & Tacky glue dries completely clear as you can see from the card on the left. Go generous with the glue to keep those embedded items secure.


I think I might have crammed too much into one video here but I really wanted to explore these new Lavinia stamps I just got and I wanted to use all of them. Feel free to speed the video up or watch it in two parts if it’s too much crafty goodness for you to take in one sitting:)


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Whoa, that was an exhaustive list! Please don’t think you need to go buy all of these things to make a card, the list is there as a courtesy in case you are looking for something specific I used. You can DIY most of your supplies except the embossing powder and stamps. Have a look in that crafty stash of yours and see what you can come up with! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and til next time happy crafting!



Fun Techniques with Masking, Watercoloring with Markers, Distress Oxides and No-Template Envelopes!

Hi friends! Today we are going to explore our supplies and make a stack of fun Happy Birthday cards!


These are addictive and the thing I love about batch projects like this is how you can practise a new skill and end up with a practical stack of cards because who doesn’t need a stack of birthday cards on hand. The would make great craft fair items too! I know these cards look pretty simple but I have packed this tutorial full of real-time step-by-step techniques that I hope you will find useful for your next card project.


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In this video you will learn the following techniques:
1. Stamp masking
2. Coloring and blending water-based markers
3. How to make an envelope for any size card without a template.
4. Distress Oxide techniques

Another thing I like about making batches of cards is that it is more efficient. You are getting the supplies out and making a mess anyway, might as well make it worthwhile. The first card takes the most time but the following card are made much quicker because you have figured out the design, colors and materials. I hope you give these techniques a try and til next time happy crafting!



Playing with Pantone’s Color of the Year: Ultraviolet!

Hi friends! I was brainstorming some idea with REbecca over at Rubber Stamp Tapestry the other day and she suggested trying a project with the color of the year and I thought that was a great idea as purple is a color I don’t use very often.

Since it is not one of my go to colors I didn’t have any cardstock, pattern paper or ribbon that was that particular shade of blue-violet so I grabbed my media and got to work!

I am a bit embarrassed to admit that it took the course of 2 days to make the backgrounds, create the cards and clean up after myself (which, truth be told happened several days after the mass creation!) In fact I walked down to my studio yesterday forgetting the state I left it in and just about had a heart attack thinking someone came in and ransacked the place LOL! I didn’t use all of the supplies I grabbed but it did get me looking at and using stuff I had forgotten about. I am going to show you the process of making the backgrounds I used in these cards and I urge you to try something similar with the media you have on hand. Don’t feel like you must have the exact stuff I used, feel free to substitute, we are not making a souffle, substitutions will be just fine:) And, hey, if you mess up, keep adding more layers til you like it!


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The only rule here is to have fun! Don’t worry if your paper warps as you work because using it later in the die cutter will flatten it right out. Also make sure you cut your window before you emboss it so you don’t squash out the texture. You really can’t go wrong, just keep going until you like how it looks!

Exciting Announcement!!!!

I have a new line of stamps coming out with Rubber Stamp Tapestry! If you want to get your hands on them make sure you sign up for their VIP newsletter so you will be the first to know when they are available! My samples just came in the mail today and I can’t wait to play with them! I hope you like them:)

I hope this post inspired you to dig out that messy media and play! I have a couple of tutorials if you want to make your own gelatin printing plate. I have a traditional plate and a permanent plate. Make sure you refer to the recipes in the video descriptions of the videos for the most tried and true recipe. Either of the homemade plates can be remelted if you want a different size or if it gets scratched. Due to the expense of the glycerin needed for the permanent recipe I am not sure if you save much in making one over buying a gel plate so I’d probably recommend making a traditional plate and freezing it between uses so it doesn’t get moldy. Wow, that’s a lot of info! Don’t get overwhelmed, just grab supplies and play…yeah, I could have just said that from the start huh? Til next time happy crafting!


Glitzy Girl Art Journal Page!

Hi friends! Art journaling is so fun. I don’t start with a plan in mind or any expectations. I gather up supplies that I want to use and just play!


You can watch the process of this page being created and I hope you try some of the techniques on your next project!

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Art journals are all about creative play! I hope you make some time for it today! Happy crafting!


Daydream Art Journal page (from a failed Inktober sketch)

Hi friends! This started out as a messy inkblot from a failed sketch but after a opened up my journal a picture appeared!


BTW I did post a whopping 2 videos on my YouTube channel today, my regular inktober and a Konmari VLOG if you want something extra:) But here is the process of how I turned a rorschach looking inkblot into an art journal spread.



This was a fun, learn as you go project. That’s why I narrated it after the fact. I hope you try some of these techniques to rescue a page too! Happy crafting!

I hope to have a live show tonight, but for now a mermaid…

Hi friends! I am writing this post on Tuesday night, my van is packed with camping gear and I am about to head into the wilderness with a spirited group of 46 8th grade students. I am excited to chaperone this school trip but I am not a camper. I will get back in town late Friday afternoon and depending on what shape I am in I’d like to do the weekly live show at 7pm. If you are subscribed to me on YouTube and you clicked the bell icon you will get notified when and if I go live 🙂 I didn’t want to leave you hanging incase I am totally beat after this trip so I prepared a little mixed media painting in my art journal for you:


Providing I scheduled everything right you should be able to watch it in the player below, if not, wait and hour and try again (incase I messed up the times LOL!) Also, warning, this is a time-lapse, I know some people don’t like them but it was the best vehicle for this project. I hope you enjoy it!



You know the drill, use what you have. Mixed media is the “wild west” of painting! Be a rebel, splash on some ink, break the rules and have a blast! The main reason the video was not live narrated is because I didn’t have a clue what I was going to do next! Relax, let go and create with abandon! Giddyup!

Before I go!!!

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Wish me luck on the camping trip and hopefully I’ll see you live on YouTube tonight! Til then happy crafting!

Lot’s Of Mixed Media Card Techniques! {X-Mas Card Idea!)

Hi Friends! Over the past few months I have adopted the idea of doing things today that make tomorrow easier. For instance taking 5 minutes to wash up the few dishes left in the sink and setting up my coffee pot before I go to bed saves me at least 20 minutes the next morning. It’s the old “Stitch in time saves 9” routine. It’s true though. So with that in mind I decided to share some techniques and apply them to a Christmas card. You can use these techniques to make any kind of card you need though (but I bet you will be happy to have a few Christmas cards already done come December!) 😀


Watch the video to see these fun techniques!

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Finished Card Size: 5 1/2″x4 1/4″ (A2)
Trim mixed media layer to 3 1/2″x4 3/4″
Trim patterned paper mat to 4″x5 1/4″

1. Add a pattern to cardstock with a stencil, inkpad and blending brush.
2. Scribble gelatos over cardstock and blend with a damp sponge or baby wipe.
3. Gather pegstamps together with a rubber band and stamp as one large background randomly over the paper. Partial images are fine.
4. Mix gelatos and embossing paste and trowel on paper over a stencil. Let dry completely.
5. Die cut labels from white and pattern paper. Stamp poinsettia motif on white and adhere to patterned paper with foam tape.
6. Use inkpads and water to dye seam binding. Let dry.
7. Trim mixed media and pattered paper panels and adhere together. Tie ribbon in a bow around panels and adhere to cardbase.
8. Adhere labels and pearls to card.
9. Stamp sentiment inside if desired.

Don’t fret if you don’t have the same supplies as I do, use what you have and make it your own! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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