Art journal: November and December

Hope everyone had a great Christmas/holiday season! This will probably be my last post for 2018, but I wanted to get my final two Julie Nutting art journal layouts posted before ringing in the new year. I’m honestly surprised that I managed to complete this art journal that started all the way back in January. I don’t always finish long-term projects. One of my many faults. But I managed to finish this one and it will be my first completed art journal. Well… the inside is complete. I hope to decorate the cover sometime in the new year.

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For my November layout, I wanted to do an autumn theme. I used a piece of scrapbook paper for my background to set the scene. I paper pieced the Julie Nutting Doll with Pocket Dress using Prima’s Amber Moon papers. I decorated my little scene using stickers from Paper House Productions (Autumn Woods) and Carta Bella (Fall Break). My sentiment wreath is from the Amber Moon ephemera pack.

To finish off the scene, I used some small leaf stamps by Lavinia Stamps around the edges in autumn colors. I don’t care much for reds and oranges, but I love the way this turned out!

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For my December layout, I again used a pretty piece of scrapbook paper for the background, this time from Ella & Viv. I used my new Merry Julie Nutting doll, paper pieced with papers from the Christmas Jewel collection from Kaisercraft. I die cut the Westbridge Christmas Tree die and the Village Lamp Post die from Poppystamps to add to my scene. I inked the lamp post with Black Soot Distress Ink and used Daytona Sands embossing powder from WOW! for the lamp light. I also heat embossed the tree using WOW! Metalline Greengage embossing powder. The sentiment is from the Merry stamp set, heat embossed with WOW! Blue Glitz powder.

I added some leftover animal stickers from the Paper House Productions Autumn Woods collections. I also added a poinsettia sticker to the lamp post and some purple gems to both the tree and the doll. My final touch was to add some sparkly snowflake stickers from Doodlebug.

I’m not planning on doing a monthly art journal next year… trying to keep up with this one was tough at times! But I’m not giving up art journaling altogether. I’m just going to do it when the mood strikes me next year.

And speaking of year-end wrap-ups, I’d just like to share my Top Nine favorite projects of 2018. I think I’ve improved a little over my creations in 2017, so I can’t wait to see what 2019 brings!

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Happy New Year!

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Guest Designer: Be Jolly

Good morning! I’m back on the WOW! Embossing Powder blog today with an altered MDF ornament. I’ve used several different embossing powders along with Finnabair paints and the Prima Santa Baby collection to create this delightful little holiday piece. Head on over to the WOW! blog for more details and photos!

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Guest Designer: All is Calm, All is Bright

Hello, everyone! I am so excited and amazed that I was asked to be a guest designer for WOW! Embossing Powder for November. Since the theme was Christmas this month, I’ve created a little altered embroidery hoop using several different powders and Tim Holtz die cuts. Head on over to the WOW! blog for more photos and details for this project!

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All is Calm, All is Bright

Guest Designer: Make a Wish challenge inspiration

Happy November, everyone! I had hoped to have posted something before now, but I’ve been busy working away on several projects for WOW! Embossing Powder. I was asked to be their guest designer this month, so I’ll have several things to post this month!

My first project was to create something as inspiration for WOW’s monthly Facebook challenge/contest. Their theme this month is Sparkles/Christmas. I don’t have many of their Sparkles glitters, but I do have plenty of sparkly embossing powders!

I thought to make a sparkling Christmas card as my inspiration piece, but I had a slight accident which messed up the bottom of the card, so I just turned it into a mini art journal layout instead!

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I first cut a mask using the Memory Box Flurry Snowflake Frame die. I used the mask to ink the background with various shades of Distress Oxide inks: Victorian Velvet, Milled Lavender, Dusty Concord, Tumbled Glass and Chipped Sapphire. While the mask was still on, I stamped my tree using a Lavinia stamp onto my background with embossing ink, then sprinkled the WOW! Blue Glitz embossing glitter on top, setting it with my heat gun. Taking the mask off, I stamped my Lavinia fairies using Versafine Clair Purple Delight ink.

I wanted to add some glittery snowflakes, so I carefully replaced the mask and embossed my snowflakes with WOW! Cloud 9 embossing glitter. These embossing glitters sparkle and shine delightfully in the light!

I added a few gems to my tree and gave one of the fairies and star to place on top. It was at this point I accidentally tore the bottom of my card, so I trimmed it down into a square shape. I took my Joggles mini art journal and ink smushed Dusty Concord and Chipped Sapphire onto one of the pages, then sprayed the entire page with Tsukineko Shimmer Spray.

I distressed the edges of my card and inked it with Chipped Sapphire. I attached it to my background and added a couple of holiday sentiments to the page.

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I’m rather glad it turned out this way. It’s a reminder to me that even mistakes can be a good things sometimes.

I’ll be back next week with two new projects featuring WOW! Embossing Powders. Thanks for stopping by!

Santa Baby altered embroidery hoop

Happy Christmas… In July! I was all set to work on my July Julie Nutting layout this weekend, but it just wasn’t happening. Instead, the Prima Marketing Santa Baby collection was just begging to be played with. Many of my online craft stores and craft companies have started having Christmas in July sales or releasing their holiday lines. And this weekend, I just felt like playing, too.

I also wanted to make something relatively easy so if you’re just starting out into this crazy world of mixed media, this should be something a beginner can do without too much trouble! 

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I decided to create an altered embroidery hoop so I could showcase the lovely flowers from the collection, which I just fell in love with. I used a 6-inch hoop for my project, which I first painted with a thin coat of gesso. Not enough to coat the entire hoop, as I wanted it to look a little distressed. 

I wanted to add a little color, so I took a bush with very stiff bristles and not-very-carefully painted the hoop with a bit of watered-down Pink Blush Metallique paint. 

I liked the effect, but I felt the pink was a little too in-your-face so I dry brushed just a little bit more white gesso onto my hoop to tone it down.

I used the hoop to trace a circle from a piece of paper from the Santa Baby 12×12 pad and cut it out. I painted a coat of clear gesso on top first, as I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with the background at that point. 

I ended up using Snowflake Paste through a Kaisercraft stencil to add texture. But I felt the white paste looked a little lost against the pale background, so I sprinkled on some Rose Gold embossing powder from WOW and heat set it. So sparkly! I then glued the background to the back of the hoop. 

After letting the paper dry for a while, it was time to start layering my elements! For my first layer, I added three green paper straws with the ends cut at angles. They match the colors of the Santa Baby collection perfectly!

Next, I took a piece of swirly chipboard and heat embossed it with WOW Spring Breeze embossing powder. I lay the chipboard in the hoop while I played with arranging the flowers, but as you’ll see, I ended up cutting it in half and changing the position later.

I took a tag from the Santa Baby ephemera collection and tied some pink twine to the top before gluing it on top of the straws. Then I begin layering my flowers.

At this point, I decided too much of the chipboard piece was being covered up, so I cut it in half and rearranged it on the background. More flowers were added.

Finally, it was just a matter of finishing touches. I added the chipboard round candy piece from the chipboard stickers along with the chipboard ribbon to the top of the hoop. A few more ephemera pieces were added, along with some gems from the Santa Baby collection and some smaller ones from my stash. The final touch was the white chipboard shooting stars in the center which I’d gone over with my Spectrum Noir glitter pen first, and my project was complete!


A piece of ribbon will be added so the hoop can hang, but I think it looks good displayed on a little stand, as well.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope I have inspired you to do something a little Christmasy before July is over!

Christmas 2017 projects

Because the holidays were crazy hectic for me and I didn’t get a chance to blog my projects, I thought I’d quickly go through some of my holiday-themed makes. I abstained from the usual ATC swap for a couple of months in order to get other things done, but I did sign up for a Christmas-themed tag swap and pocket letter swap, and made something just for me.

My first project of the season was a holiday sled. I fell in love with the Kaisercraft Beyond the Page sled when I first saw it, so I bought it on a whim, even though I hadn’t really done anything like it before. I also decided the Mint Wishes collection, also from Kaisercraft, would be perfect to decorate the sled with.

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First I broke apart the sled pieces and sanded down the tabs. I also painted the edges with white gesso, but not very carefully, as I wanted to leave a bit of a distressed look. I took several pieces of the “Cabin” paper from the Mint Wishes collection and traced the pieces onto the back before cutting them out. I adhered the paper with Mod Podge and set it aside to dry.

Next, I sanded the edges to take off any excess paper. I also decided to give the sled a snowy feel by splattering the pieces with white ink before I assembled the sled with a strong glue. I set the sled aside to let the glue dry while I assembled my embellishments.

I found a pretty white flower made of vellum in my stash, so I added some Cool Mint Stickles to some of the petals for some sparkle. I also chose several pieces from the Mint Wishes ephemera pack, as well as some sparkly leaves by Prima and a flair button by My Mind’s Eye. I layered these pieces on top of a piece of sparkly tulle at the base of the sled.

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I felt it was missing a little something, so I die cut some pine branches using a die by Impression Obsession and colored them with Evergreen Bough Distress Ink. I took a wood flourish from the Mint Wishes collection and painted it with white gesso and layered these together at the top of the sled. I also added some sparkly gems to represent berries as well. Finally, I took a piece of sheer green ribbon and looped it through the runners to hang it with. It looks great hanging on the wall!

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My first swap of the Christmas season was a tag swap. I knew I wanted to do something in non-tradition Christmas colors… I just wasn’t sure what. I had recently purchased the Tim Holtz Tattered Poinsettia die, so I thought I’d make a pink poinsettia for the top half of the tag. I die cut the petals from some patterned paper with music notes on it and inked them with Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide ink. While the ink was still wet, I sprinkled on some Judikins Iridescent Sparkle embossing powder. When heated, the powder becomes transparent, leaving behind the most beautiful sparkle. The leaves were die cut from plain cardstock and inked with Peeled Paint Distress ink. I ran them through with the coordinating embossing folder for added texture.

After assembling the flower layers and adding a few extra leaves, I made the center of the poinsettia by adhering yellow and gold seed beads with Glossy Accents. I also added a wood flourish word painted with white gesso, to add a bit of “joy” to my tag.

While the glue was drying, I made the base of my tag. I adhered a piece of paper from the now-retired Sugar Plum collection by My Mind’s Eye to the tag base and sanded the edges to distress it a little. I glued down a bit of sisal and added the poinsettia to the top of the tag.

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The bottom half vexed me for days. I just wasn’t sure what to do with it. Finally, the background paper I used gave me an idea. The sparkle on the paper reminded me of stars, so I thought I’d do a snowy scene with die cuts at the bottom of the tag.

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The die cut village at the very back is by Your Next Stamp. All the other dies are by Memory Box/Poppystamps. I layered my scene with adhesive foam squares and added some sparkling snow with Crystal Stickles glitter glue. I thought my scene needed just a pop of color, so I added a green tree with little sparkling red dots as well. The sentiment sticker is from the Tim Holtz Small Talk Occasions pad. Finally, I die cut a Christmas star from silver paper to “hang” over my village.

I then tied a piece of pink ribbon onto the top and my Christmas tag was done and ready to be sent to my swap partner.

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My final swap of 2017 was a pocket letter. I had fallen in love with my non-traditional color scheme I’d used in my tag, so I continued it through my pocket letter.

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I used pages from the Sugar Plum 6×6 paper pad by My Mind’s Eye for the backgrounds of all my pockets. In most the pockets, I simply added some ephemera from the same collection, die cuts or quote stickers from Tim Holtz.

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I knew I wanted to add a Julie Nutting doll to my pocket letter, so I chose Marisol, as I wanted to make her dress using JN Haute Couture die set, which I’d had for a while but hadn’t gotten around to using yet. The bottom layer of her dress was cut from a festive piece of patterned paper, while the overlay was die cut using metallic green paper. I also added some holly die cuts to her hair.

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For the center pocket, I wanted to make a wreath. I took a pair of twig dies from one of my Impression Obsession sets and die cut them into green cardstock… over and over and over. I’m not sure how many I ended up with. Fifty or more, I’d say. I die cut a circle about the width of the pocket, then layered all those twigs on top, using Glossy Accents to glue them down to make it look nice and leafy.

The poinsettias are also from an Impression Obsession set, which I die cut into pink cardstock. I layered the petals together and added a small yellow gem to the center. Finally, I took a small pink ribbon and adhered it to the bottom of the wreath.

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I had such fun with my Christmas projects, I can hardly wait until next year to make more. Though, truth be told… I may not wait that long. I may have to do some Christmas in July projects!

More Artist Trading Cards…

I haven’t been feeling too creative lately. Probably just too busy with work and life stuff, as well as working on my Round Robin art journals and taking part in The Daily Marker 30-Day Challenge for November. There just hasn’t been a lot of time to just… play.

I have, however, managed to make several sets of ATCs for various swaps and two sets just for me. Thought I’d do a quick share…

Splatter Trees
Splatter Trees

These are just simple little cards that were stamped with an image of a bare tree, then masked and splattered with different colors of Distress Inks. I also made an autumn-colored tree, but my mother stole it, heh.

Beauty in the Rain
Beauty in the Rain

These were totally inspired by a YouTube tutorial. First I took a watercolor ATC and added Shimmerz sprays to the background. Then I took another ATC and glued on some pages from a Japanese-English dictionary, then added watercolor paints on top. I then cut out raindrop shapes before gluing the two ATCs together. Bead gel was applied to give it a shiny texture and painted chipboard clouds were added. Sequins were the final touch.

Silver Shine
Silver Shine

These were made for the “metallic” category for the November 2016 ATC swap on the Scrapbook.com forums. They were created mostly by layering coordinating Prima papers and stamped with silver ink. Silvery embellishments and flowers were also added. I think they turned out rather well.

A Little Inspiration
A Little Inspiration

These were an experiment. I stamped and heat embossed three watercolor ATCs with white embossing powder. I then added Lindy’s Stamp Gang sprays and magicals. The embossed images resisted the color and the effect was so cool. I planned to keep these for myself, but the daughter of a friend liked the pink one so much, I sent it to her. ^_^

Birthday Bling
Birthday Bling

I liked the effect of the previous ATCs so much, I decided to do the same for some birthday-themed ATCs made to be sent with my swap cards for folks in the swap having birthdays this month. The purple one is my favorite.

Christmas Mini Shakers
Christmas Mini Shakers

And finally, my contribution to the Christmas-themed ATCs for the SB.com forum swap. I made mini-shakers! I used a variety of stamps, sequins and bling to create these. I’m pleased with how they turned out.

That’s all for now! Close-ups of all individual cards can be found in my SB.com gallery. My next post will probably be about my latest canvas I made which inadvertently sent me to the emergency room. XD

Happy Thanksgiving!