Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #11 - April Showers

It's a new month so it's time for another The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge. This month our challenge theme is "April Showers." Our sponsor this month is DecoArt. They make amazing products for mixed media in their Media line. They were nice enough to send all the members of the design team products to use on our products this month. I was VERY impressed with everything I used - especially at how well the crackle paste worked (I've had bad crackle experiences in the past). I took pictures along the way to showcase all products that I used. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you will consider joining us at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge this month!

Be sure to scroll all the way down to see my finish project.

I started out with a scrap piece of wood that was about 5.5 x 5.25. 
 Then I covered it with DecoArt Gesso
 When the Gesso dried I brushed on some Primary Cyan Fluid Acrylic Paint
When the paint dried I followed the directions on the Crackle Paste and covered it with Matte Medium before I used the Crackle Paste.
When the DecoArt Matte Medium dried I added some of the Decoart Dioxozine Purple to the White DecoArt Crackle Paste to make a light Purple color for my Crackle Paste.
 This is what the DecoArt Crackle Paste looked like right after I covered the surface.
 Here's what it looked like about an hour later when it was dry. Awesome!! You could see the blue color beneath it.
 Then I added some script from a The Crafters Workshop Stencil with DecoArt Black Media Mister.
When the words dried I sprayed the whole piece with the DecoArt Media Primary Cyan Mister and the DecoArt Media Turquoise Shimmer Mist.
I wanted to show more of the background so I sanded it so the purple would show through. Then, I added some dots through a Dylusions Stencil using DecoArt Silver Metallic Paint and Turquoise Shimmer Spray and Turquoise Interference (which adds an iridescent quality).
To finish the piece I found some Lime Green DecoArt Craft Twinklers in my stash and I added it to each "rain drop" for some sparkle. Here is a close up of the rain drops.
Then I used this 12 x 12 DecoArt Americana bird stencil that I found at Michaels to make the bird. I colored the bird with DecoArt Fluid Acrylic Paint.
To finish off the piece I stamped a sentiment from a Tim Holtz stamp set, cut it out and mounted it on a piece of corrugated cardboard that I covered in chalk paint and I added another layer of cardstock that I painted with the DecoArt Fluid Acrylic Paint. I also stamped and cut out the umbrella from a Dylusions stamp set and colored it with the Deocart Fluid Acrylics. Finally, I knew I wanted the bird to be standing on something with some dimension and when I was at Hobby Lobby I found DecoArt Americana Writers. They have special tips so you can outline or write with them. I used a black one to make the wire for the bird and it very dimensional.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Christmas Card Challenges #17

It's time for this week's challenge over at Christmas Card Challenges. This week our Challenge is everybody's favorite - Anything Goes.  I hope you will get a head start on your Christmas cards and join us this week. We now pick a weekly winner and honorable mentions. Thanks for stopping by!



For my card I used all papers and embellishments from the BoBunny Candy Cane Lane Collection. I love this snowman snowglobe. He's so cute in his frosty globe scene. 



Sunday, March 22, 2015

Christmas Card Challenges #16

It's time for this week's challenge over at Christmas Card Challenges. This week our Challenge is everybody's favorite - Anything Goes.  I hope you will get a head start on your Christmas cards and join us this week. We now pick a weekly winner and honorable mentions. Thanks for stopping by!



For my card I used all papers and embellishments from the BoBunny Candy Cane Lane Collection. I decided to make this a "Santa" theme card. It's filled with Santa elements. 


Friday, March 20, 2015

5 for 5 Easter Blog Event - Day 5


Hello and welcome to Day 5 of our new 5 for 5 Easter Blog Event!  Today’s theme is "CAS"! Some of us are offering prizes, so be sure to leave comments on each of links below and visit all the blogs for details on how to win!

I used a fun Unity Stamp on this card called Dying Eggs. I'm entering this card into the Unity Friday Friends with Flair Challenge. 

My card isn't the most CAS card I've ever made, but I really wanted to use this Unity Easter Stamp and try some multicolor heat embossing. I used green, pink and blue Stampin' Up Embossing Powders. I outlined the embossed image with a slightly bigger panel of Certainly Celery card stock also from Stampin' Up. I thought it needed just a little something else, so I sprayed the background with one spray each of a blue, green and pink spray from Lindy's Stamp Gang. To  finish it off I added a little light green twine from Stampin' Up. 



Thanks for stopping by and be sure to visit the blogs of the other awesome designers taking part in our Easter 5 for 5 Event. Thanks so much for joining us this week and I hope you're inspired to make some amazing Easter cards and crafts. We'll be doing 5 for 5 again at Halloween, so be on the lookout for the dates on my sidebar graphic sometime in September.  

Rachel Kleinman 
Lynn Kopas 

Kris Lancaster 

Jessica Frost-Ballas

Thursday, March 19, 2015

5 for 5 Easter Blog Event - Day 4


Hello and welcome to Day 4 of our new 5 for 5 Easter Blog Event!  Each day our designers will post an Easter project based on that day’s theme. Today’s theme is "Baskets"! Some of us are offering prizes, so be sure to leave comments on each of links below and visit all the blogs for details on how to win!

To make this card I started with the basket. I cut the basket out on  my Scan N Cut , it's an image that comes with the machine. I wanted to make it be large enough to full up most of the card. It's made from DCWV paper. Then, I stamped some eggs with Archival Inks on card stock in similar colors. The egg stamps are from WPlus9. I made the grass with a border punch. The sentiment is a Denami Designs Rubber stamps.



Thanks for stopping by and be sure to visit the blog of the other awesome designers taking part in our Easter 5 for 5 Event. Check back tomorrow for our last day, Day 5 which will be full of crafty fun and inspiration. 

Rachel Kleinman 
Lynn Kopas 

Kris Lancaster 

Jessica Frost-Ballas
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