Wednesday, April 19, 2017


Hey everyone! Monica here and this is my April design team post. I hope you are all having a fun month cause I know I am! I wanted to show you how I used another of my new products - the Dina Wakely Scribble Sticks. I watched a couple videos on how to use them and came up with some fun projects for them.

First off, with the theme Spring and the twist Showers I wanted to create a journal page using my new Dina Wakely Scribble sticks. This is the page I came up with.

As I said, I had watched several videos on this new product, but this is the one I followed for this page.

But then I decided that I don't want to always show you other people's videos. I need to make some of my own. I apologize in advance that it is not as good quality as the video above. I am still learning how to improve my videos, but I hope you still get the idea. I made a couple of Easter tags for the gift baskets I am sending my grandsons. Take a look at how I made them.

And here is a picture of the finished tags.

So I hope you liked my little tutorial and my projects for this month. And make sure you enter the April Challenge!

Take care and have a very crafty day everyone!

Friday, April 14, 2017

Springtime Skelly Flowers

So for the April Challenge at Mixed Media Mojo, the theme was Spring with Umbrellas as the twist! I am a lover of all things Halloween and had some Dyan Reavley skull stamps that were just calling out to be used! So what better way to use them but in a garden with some spring showers!  So let's get started!

I started with a #10 tag and the new Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks! I love how they look and I used Spiced Marmalade, Worn Lipstick, Broken China, Cracked Pistachio and Fossilized Amber.  Then I took a stencil and made some swirls and dots over the colors. A light mist of water helped to activate the oxides.

It took my Dyan Reavley stamps and used the flowers and skulls to stamp images onto the tag. I used the umbrella from the Tim Holtz Umbrella Man. A little trick, you can mask off parts of a stamp so that they don't get ink on them. I stamped in Distress Archival Black Soot Ink.

I then added the rain drops with  a rain drop stamp from Deep Red Rubber Stamp! The tag was finished with Distress Black Soot ink around the edges and Voila! Skelly Flowers in the rain! Happy Easter!

You can see more of my work at

Make sure to join in the fun for this month's challenge!


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Springtime is Flower Time

Happy Wednesday everyone! Cathy here with a new Spring project to share with you. I love the flowers blooming part of Spring the best! I don't have a garden so I have to make mine out of paper or buy them at the store and I'm okay with that! :)
Please make sure to join in the fun and link your Spring with a Shower twist project to the original post found HERE

So for this project I wanted to try something new, so I did a reverse canvas! Loved it and now have a new way to use things I have in my stash!

My Springtime reverse canvas

I used my Eileen Hull flower die to cut out numerous flowers. I then "oxided" them in Broken China and Wilted Violet. I then embossed Emerald Creek Daisy Brads with the new Salted Raven Enamel EP from Emerald Creek. I used the ecQuarry stones for some of the flower centers as well.
I used lavendar tissue paper and TH distress collage medium to put it on my canvas. Once that was dried I ran some TH tissue tape around the sides. I then mixed some Finnabair paint (so shimmery!!) with Ranger Texture paste and added that on the sides of my canvas using the two TH stencils.
And now for some close ups :) 

Some shimmery Dylusions Mica Sprays to add some more colour

Th wildflower stencil and I didn't forget my twist, it's just hard to see! i added little raindrops around my frame with Glossy accents and some glitter, very sublte but they are there.

I used super tall pop up squares to get some height on my center piece and I love how it makes the charms cast a shadow on the background.

Added some ecQuarry Amethyst stones around my border

More ecQuarry stones in the center of the flower and look at all that oxidey goodness! :)

An Emerald Creek brad embossed with the Salted Raven Enamel EP

More ecQuarry stones for the flower center, they were the perfect finisher for these Eileen Hull oxided flowers!

And the center piece is a wonderful card from the Wild Whisper Rooted Love collection. I just fussy cut it out, then painted the tiny x's in purple so they matched my flowers. On the TH charms I ran some of the new Finnabair wax over them to give them some colour.  

Thank you so much for stopping by today and I hope you are ready to join in and share your spring/shower creation with us!
Have a wonderful Wednesday everyone!


Monday, April 10, 2017

Welcome to the OxSide

Hi everyone, I'm Christina.

Once I had an art instructor at college tell me that I should incorporate my fears into my art, because it gave it character and brought out my true self. The assignment was to interpret a Chagall painting - it was a circus. One of my many fears....clowns etc. I created a piece with my fears to make it my own. I received an A-

I remember that day, and I think I still have my art piece, in the basement.

So now, onto the good stuff.....!!!
As promised I'm doing a tutorial on my mixed media tag I created for this months challenge: April - Spring with a twist Showers.

As most of you know, Tim Holtz has come out with a very exciting product, Distress Oxides. This type of distress is a lot of fun to play with and I'm going to show you how awesome the colours work!

First I took a #8 Kraft tag and tapped it over the distress oxides, Vintage Photo and Faded Jeans (already spritzed with water) then heat set. I repeated this step till I got the coverage I wanted. Hint: to prevent the colours turning into mud, heat set after each application.

Next apply Ranger texture paste - Transparent over Tim Holtz stencil - Splatters with a palette knife, let it air dry. This gives the illusion of rain droplets/showers.

Randomly stamp images using Ranger Black archival ink on top of tag. I used Wendi Venchi Art for You stamp set, honeycomb.

Distress Oxide Vintage Photo and Faded Jeans were used to watercolour the butterfly on TH mixed media #8 tag. This surface sturdy and holds the color for a nice deep effect.

To make Tim Holtz Salvage doll less "creepy", I painted her with an alcohol ink mixative in gold, to give her a more angelic vibe. For those of you that don't know, I have a doll phobia. So it was a little challenging for me to add her. But I'm glad I did, as she is the focal point of this piece.

Did you know that you can oxide TH crinkle ribbon?? Just swipe the oxides on your craft sheet, make sure they don't overlap, spritz them and scrunch the ribbon till it's covered and heat set it. It's pretty cool to see the colors layering on top instead of blending.

Next I grabbed one of my hubby's spare guitar parts (a spring) and covered it with black gesso. Any kind will do. To speed up the drying process, heat set it.

This is the fun part.....! Be prepared to get messy, using your finger smudge various colors of beeswax over the spring to your desired taste. I used Art (c) beeswax in copper and Viva Decor Inka Gold in steel blue. Then sand it down so it's not as vibrant.

Here you can see the effect of the beeswax and how vintage the spring looks.

Attach everything in place and let it set. For the metal spring and "angelic" doll I used a very sturdy glue called E 6000. You can buy it at any local craft store. Mine was from Michaels in the floral section with the other glues.

I do hope you enjoyed my tutorial and if you're feeling inspired,  join in the fun in our April challenge: Spring with a twist Showers. We want to see what you create!!


Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Mixed Media Card Tutorial

Hello everyone!

Sunila & Aditi here from Dots to Lines and today we have a mixed media card tutorial for you'll.

We've gone with the theme of our current challenge Spring with the twist of Showers.

We started with a 6x6" white cardstock card. We decided to work on a 5.5"x5.5" white cardstock panel and then adhere it to our card base.

 Begin with a stencil and 3 D Matte gel. Using a palette knife, spread the gel through the stencil. This gel dries clear and matte and resists any paint on it.

Once dry, add colours onto the background using acrylic paints and a water brush. Water the colours down by spraying water and blending them.

Once the panel is dry, distress the edges with the blades of a scissors. Distress here means to  slightly tear the edges, to give it a ruffled look.

Pick out some elements like paper pieces, picture, string, flowers, etc..

Arrange everything on the card and adhere them down. For dimension, use some foam tape. Using watered down blue acrylic colour add some splashes to create droplets around. Stamp a sentiment on cardstock, cut and distress the edges with Picked Raspberry distress ink and add it onto your card.

Here is the finished card

Hope you enjoyed this! Look forward to your participation in the challenge!

Monday, April 3, 2017

Spring tag tutorial

Hello everyone and thanks for stopping by today.
Ann here and I've got a quick tutorial for you on how I made my tag for our current challenge, Spring with the added twist of Showers. Enjoy!

This is what my project looked like:

Step 1 : Apply a layer of gesso. Let it's dry. Simply scribble various colors of distress crayons directly on the tag and smudge the colors by rubbing with my fingers to blend.

Step2 : I using a palette knife and Golden's Molding Paste to apply a stenciled design on the tag to form a rose image.

Step 3 : Using MFT's "HB Background", stamping randomly.

Step 4 : Stamping the "Water Effects" on the top one-third of the tag.

Step 5 : Die-cutting the Sizzix's "Wildflowers" from black card stock.

Step 6 : Wrapping string around the bottom of tag numerous times and glue the sentiment on it.

And this is the completed tag. I hope you like it!

Thanks so much for stopping by and hope this inspires you to join in our April Challenge. Can't wait to see what you make to link up and as always, happy creating!

Hugs & Love