Adventures In Mixed Media Vol. 2

L & I experimented with our second mixed media journal page and we had such a blast! This go around we got to play with Tim Holtz’ tissue paper as a background for both of our pieces, along with his distress stamps (of course!), white gesso, texture paste, watercolors and a mix of shading/sketching techniques. It’s been so much fun to challenge ourselves with this medium and see how we grow and learn as we go. I honestly can’t get enough!

Take a look at our final pages (below) and create something YOU-nique this week! 🙂

“Natures Beauty” – L


“Imagine.Create.Inspire” – A



“LOVE In A Cup” – Mixed Media

“Love In A Cup” … My first ever Mixed Media page… created by using Tim Holtz distressed inks, clock stencil by Tim Holtz Collection, coffee bean stamps by Creative Images, heart die from Tim Holtz Alterations, and white cup is drawn/cut out by me (yikes. lol).  It was a blast and scary at the same time, and I love creating along with the very talented Ms. Amanda!



Adventures in Mixed Media Vol.1

Recently Loralee turned me onto the amazingly talented Vicky Papaioannou and her mixed-media art journals which are STUNNING (to say the least). After binge watching almost every journal video she has on YouTube …. I went out and bought an art journal for myself and Loralee so we could experiment this medium! One of our goals this year is to really push ourselves out of our comfort zone, and this is definitely out of that zone for us.

When I started all I knew for sure is I couldn’t wait to use texture paste with stencils and the Prima Bumble-Bee stamp I had just bought on amazon (lol) – We worked with a variety of products but the background was stamped with Tim Holtz distressed inks then a light honeycomb pattern stamp which I used my Prima watercolors to distress a bit as well. As the texture-pasted areas were drying I drew and cut out (my version) of a beehive, water-colored & stamped it, along with a tree for it to hang. Then distressed a piece of twine to hang the beehive from my tree & fastened it to the page. I stamped out my cute little bee’s and a few leaves and flowers from there – attached them with a mixture of modge-podge and glue dots, added the “BEE” stamping and wooden “happy” letters which I had stamped into black archival ink to match the theme. The final touch was a white gel-pen to accent certain areas of the page (beehive, wings, lettering) and I am really excited with how it turned out! I’ll be posting the finished photo/info for Loralee’s journal page as well, so stay tuned! 🙂






[DIY] Valentine’s Day Coasters

[DIY] Valentine’s Day Coasters

We love working with Tim Holtz Distressed Inks, and after finding a box of tumbled tile in the garage (leftover from a bathroom project several years ago) the idea popped into our heads to stamp the tile and use them as Valentine’s Day coasters! The size of the tiles seemed perfect (3.5″ by 3.5″). This is a fun 5 minute project, using only 3 distressed ink colors along with “Painted Fence” paint, and we just love the naturally distressed result!

To start, we rubbed the ink pads on the tile using the brown colors to develop a worn effect.

Then we white washed the tile with Painted Fence, and rubbed the excess off with  a paper towel.

Lastly, we stamped our design!

Voila! Stunningly simple DIY coasters! Be careful though, this project is so easy it may become your new addiction! hehe

**To prevent scratching delicate surfaces, you can either apply felt or self-adhesive rubber dots (the kind you use to prevent your kitchen cabinet doors from banging) to the back of each tile. You may want to think about decoupage-ing the tile as well to protect your one of a kind design **


Just a Note

As some of you know I love to make greeting cards for family & friends.  Last week I made a “thank you” card for a friend.  She liked the card so much, she decided to order 25 for her clients to give as gifts.  I offered to bundle the cards in 5’s and package them.  Anyway, to make the card I used 5 different art stamps somewhat layering them on the card using  the same ink color (Vintage Photo Distressed Ink by Tim Holtz) and then rubbed on Tumbled Glass and Spiced Marmalade with an applicator (you”ll see what the tool looks like in one of the pictures; another Tim Holtz product). It’s a simple process, but has a great effect.  Take a peek below to view the stages… The distressed inks are really fun to work with!  Try it, I bet you’ll like it!

Enjoy your week!