Tuesday, June 19, 2018

I'm back with another new project being featured on Andy Skinner's 
Blog today.  

I am so proud and honored to be a part of his Creative Design Team and to get a chance to play with all of his wonderful techniques and products.

This piece is called the Industrial Elements Doorplate Canvas.  It's a cross of industrial and steampunk with a big of nostalgia and vintage thrown in.

You can go to Andy's blog HERE and see all of the details.  So many fun techniques and products ... and .... lots of creative ideas from his crazy talented design team!

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Hello everyone!  
We're already almost half way through 2018!  Can you believe that?

Today I am sharing a DecoArt Paint Pour Project that is being showcased on DecoArt's Mixed Media Blog.  There are actually TWO projects using the Paint Pouring Mediums in a couple of different ways.

Here is a sneak peek:

For all of the lovely details, click HERE to be transported to DecoArt's fabulous Mixed Media Blog.  

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, May 15, 2018


Hello again all of my artsy friends!

I am thrilled to be featured on Andy Skinner's blog today with my latest creation for him.

Here is a sneak peek at a small portion of the project.  You'll have to head over to Andy's blog to see the entire piece plus all of the details on the "how's" and "what's" of its creation.

Hope you enjoy it!  Thanks for stopping by and if you're so inclined, I'd love for you to leave a comment here and/or on Andy's blog!  

Have a great week!


Hi everyone!  
Is it HOT enough for you outside???
What happened to Spring?  It feels like we went straight from Winter to Summer here in Missouri.  These hot days are a great time to stay indoors in the cool air conditioning and play with your art supplies.

I was recently gifted by the lovely people at DecoArt with their BRAND NEW DecoArt Pouring Medium and Clear Pouring Topcoat from their new Paint Pouring Line. 
I CANNOT tell you enough how cool these new products are!  I am totally hooked after only the first pour! They are SO SIMPLE to use! Click HERE to see more about these fantastic new ways to make crazy cool designs that will never be the same twice.

If you're a Mom or Grandma, just think about playing with this with your kids or grandkids!  It's that simple to use (with your supervision) and it's amazing to watch the colors move and run as you are tilting the surface. 

Can you tell I'm just a little excited about this??!!? (smile)

Here is a sneak peek of something I am working on for Andy Skinner's Creative Team.  This post will go live tomorrow so be sure to check it out. 

Wednesday, April 18, 2018


Hello Everyone!

I am so excited to be sharing my latest project on Andy Skinner's blog!

I love birds and I love Spring!  So I combined these two passions into one really fun home decor piece.

Here is a sneak peek!  You can see a pictorial tutorial on Andy's Blog now!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy seeing this project!

Happy Spring!

Thursday, April 12, 2018


Is it Spring yet??  We've had THE WORST beginning of Spring.  It's been cold, windy and rainy ... even SNOW in early April!  

I have bird feeders out for my "little winged friends" and I am sure that they are as confused as I am as to which season it is.

I'm sure I'm not the only one yearning for warmer temperatures, the aroma of beautiful spring and summer flowers as bees flit from bloom to bloom. 

So I was inspired by my new Stampendous 6" x 6" Sunny Sketch stamp to create an easy and fun little travel journal.  These are so handy and they can be as simple or as elaborate as you choose to make them.

Check out the entire pictorial tutorial now at DecoArt's Mixed Media Blog. You'll want to make several of them for you and your friends!  

Thanks for stopping by and if you'd like to leave a comment, I'd love to hear from you!

Happy Spring!!

Tuesday, February 6, 2018


Hello everyone!  Welcome back my crafty friends!

For this month on Andy Skinner's Blog, I have created this really fun tag.  It's a combination of Andy's ALL NEW TAGTASTIC 1 greyboard set from Tando Creations and his new FOSSIL stamp set from Stampendous.

There are all sorts of new kits coming from Tando Creative.  You are going to LOVE them all!  So stay tuned for that!

You can click on THIS LINK to be taken over to Andy's blog for all of the details of this larger tag with another little tag attached.  On the smaller tag, is a "fossil" of Fish's little cold blooded friend, "Frog".  Enjoy and thanks for stopping by!

Have a fabulous and creative week!

Saturday, February 3, 2018


I am so excited about Andy Skinner's new releases!

The Tando Creative Tagtastic set that Andy has created is so much fun to play with! The greyboard is so sturdy and the pieces are really fun to mix and match. This set will be coming very soon so be watching for it through Tando Creative!

This tag is also featuring Andy Skinner's new GOTHIC set from his newly formed venture with France Papillon called "Illusionary Artists".  This set is called "GOTHIC" but between them, they have NINE brand new stamps.  You can check them all out HERE.

This is the "Gothic Graveyard" tag featuring two more of Andy's stamps from the new "Gothic" set; the old toppling crosses and the beautifully detailed gothic window. 

The tag is from Tando Creative; part of Andy's new "Tagtastic" set. There are several new sets that will be released very soon.  Be sure to keep watching for those.  You won't want to miss them!

I started this tag with a coat of DecoArt Media White Gesso.  Then I covered it with DecoArt's Media Modeling Paste that was scraped through a brick stencil.  Once that was heat set, I placed the stencil on top of the modeling paste bricks and scraped another layer of DecoArt's Media Crackle Paste over the top.  I let that completely air dry.  

I absolutely LOVE the texture and dimension of the background.  Once dry, I added layers of DecoArt's Media Fluid Acrylics paints to create a weathered old brick look.  I began with Titan Buff followed by some Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide and a little Quinacridone Gold for that reddish accent.  I added a touch of Raw Sienna here and there for deepen the goldish tones.  Finally, I added some Translucent White over the area where I knew the crosses would be placed so that they would really pop and not blend into the background colors.

The crosses were stamped using Embossing Ink and sprinkled with a combination of Black and Silver embossing powders.  Then I colorized inside of them with touches of DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics watered down (for a more transparent look) of Medium Grey Value 6 and a touch of Metallic Silver.  I really like how they look like old concrete or stone crosses. I cut them out and glued them in place using adhesive pop dots to add a bit of dimension.

The gothic window is amazing! I also heat embossed this onto a piece of cream cardstock.  I used the mix of black and silver embossing powders here as well.  Then I mixed DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Cerulean Blue with Translucent White to create the light bluish panes in the window.  

Next I restamped the window using the same technique but on a piece of transparency film.  It's a bit tricky to heat set the embossing powder on transparency film but I took my time, cooling down the film between heat tool blasts.  Then I cut out the window and laid it on top of the cardstock window.  I glued several layers of chipboard behind the window and concealed those layers with more DecoArt Crackle Paste.  Once dry, I colorized the perimeter of the window with the colors used on the tag background.  

I created a shadow effect under the window using Medium Grey Value 6 then I glued the window in place.

Here is another angle of the window against the background to show the dimension of this tag.  The stamping of text is from one of Andy's new Stampendous Stamp sets; Textures".   This is a great set with some very cool stamps.  

I also used this set on a new project being shown now over at DecoArt's Mixed Media Blog.  You can check it out HERE.  The tag on the new Valentine's Day Gift Bag are two of the stamps from this new set. 

Be sure to check back next Tuesday, the 6th for the reveal of the third tag I've created for Andy using his new Stampendous Fossil Stamp Set and more of the Tando Creative Tagtastics tag set.

Thanks for stopping by!  

Thursday, February 1, 2018


Hello my friends!

I am so excited to be back on the Mixed Media Design Team with one of my favorite companies on the planet!  I truly love DecoArt's products and their family of employees.  Super Products ... Super People!

It is getting close to Valentine's Day .... 
that time of year when we celebrate that very special someone in our lives. 

To commemorate this occasion, I have created a cute little retro Valentine Gift Bag that can be used as a home decor piece or as an actual gift to give to your "sweetie" full of special little "I love you" reminders or gifts.

You can view the entire piece plus the complete pictorial tutorial over at
DecoArt's Mixed Media Blog

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Valentine's Day everyone!

Tuesday, January 30, 2018


Greeting Andy Skinner Lovers!

Are you ready for Andy's NEW releases to hit the stores?  Me, too!

I have had such fun with a few of his newest things that I have been fortunate enough to have received already!  I wanted to share some fun tags with you!

This first tag is titled "Haunted". 

I LOVE LOVE all of the texture and depth of this tag.  
This is one of the new sets from Tando Creative that will be released SOON!  It's called "Tagtastic".  It includes the gear, heart, book plate and mixed sized tags.  All pieces are grey board; sturdy and a great base for all mixed media products. 

I got so excited to make this tag that I did not do step by step photos of the process but I will briefly share what I did.

I started by covering the larger tag with DecoArt Media White Gesso.  Next I stamped the building arch image from Andy's Newest Stamp Set called "GOTHIC" from his new line of Illusionary Artists Sets. This was done with Permament Black Ink.  

Next I randomly placed Andy's Skinner's Timewarp stencil from DecoArt and scraped DecoArt Media Modeling Paste over the stencil.  You can clearly see the time piece faces on the tag.  Heat set between each placement of the stencil.  Next I laid down Andy's Made To Measure stencil from DecoArt and scraped the Modeling Paste through the circle succession of numbers on the left side of the tag.  Heat set.  Once dry, I added black in the numbers using a small brush and DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Carbon Black and a small brush.

After colorizing the tag background with DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Titan Buff, Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide, touches of Cobalt Teal Hue and Blue Green Light, I painted the greyboard heart with DecoArt Crackle Paste and let it completely air dry.  Once dry, I painted over it with DecoArt Premium Americana Cadmium Red Acrylic Paint.  I then covered the heart with DecoArt Raw Umber Antiquing Cream and wiped away the excess.  This Antiquing Cream really gets down into the cracks and creates that wonderful crackled, aged effect.  I then edged the heart using my finger and DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Carbon Black paint.  Then I ran a small wire onto the chain, wrapped the heart and glued it into place on the back side of the heart.  I added the little lock and glued the heart into place on the tag using raised adhesive pop dots.

Here is a closer look at Andy's new Gothic archway building in the background of this tag surrounded by all of the texture and other embellishments.  It fills the space perfectly and creates a fabulous background image. 

You will also see Tando Creative's Tagtastic book plate and gear that I have transformed from greyboard to aged patina "metal" using DecoArt's Media Fluid Acrylics Carbon Black, Metallic Silver and Gold, Quinacridone Gold, Titan Buff, Cobalt Teal Hue and Blue Green Light.   I added "Haunted" and glued the book plate in place.  

I added more chain to the tag through a little gargoyle type hanger that is a part of my "stash".  I wound the chain through the aged "metal" gear and attached a little key at the end of the chain.  That was then all glued in place.

Once again, here is a view of the entire tag.  So fun to make!

Thanks for stopping by.  Be sure to check out Andy's new stamps!  Tando Creative will be releasing several new greyboard sets SOON! You will LOVE them!

Friday, January 26, 2018


Hello friends!

Christmas may be over but it's never far from my heart.

I wanted to share with you another little chair that I found at a flea market that has been transformed from a sad little drab brown rocking chair.  This little chair looks to have been hand made, not store bought.  That adds even more charm to it for me.  

As I was working on this little chair, I wondered whose hands lovingly crafted this chair and for whom it was made.  I could almost hear the laughter of a small child rocking in this chair.  But over the years, it had been painted and repainted; drips of paint running down the rungs and the back legs even redone, leaving the chair tilting to one side a bit.

But no matter ... I still loved it and could see it's potential to be something beautiful again and to bring great joy!

As with the first Christmas chair that I made, this little chair was painted with DecoArt's Romance Chalk Paint. Then I sanded and sealed it with DecoArt's Medium Brown Wax. 

Santa and his reindeer is the focal point of this little rocking chair seat.  This was a Christmas napkin that was torn around the edges and glued in place with DecoArt's Media Matte Medium.  I brushed over the images as well to seal them.  Next I heat embossed some beautiful pine needles out of gold embossing powder; forming a wreath around Santa.  The little white snowflakes stamp are heat embossed using a white embossing powder.  "Believe" was heat embossed using black embossing powder.  When dry, I added Crystal Writer glitter over the snowflakes and the Santa and his reindeer image on the top band of the chair.  

Finally I added gold highlights around the edges of the chair using DecoArt's Metallic Gold Paint and wiping it on the edges with my fingers.  I painted the decorative bands on the rungs of the chair with DecoArt's Metallic Gold as well....for that extra bit of detail that just "makes" the little chair.  I also mixed the gold paint with a little water to create more of a wash.  With this mixture, I added some small shimmery detalis to the tops of the rungs and around the thick edge of the seat.  When the sunlight catches them, this little chair just glistens!

Thanks for stopping by!  The next time you might be shopping around in a flea market, you might see things a bit differently if you're looking for something to bring home, use your imagination and give something old new life!  My daughter has already called "dibs" on this little chair!  I love it!!!  Perhaps the beginnings of a new family heirloom??

Saturday, January 20, 2018


Happy 2018!

This year has started off very COLD and snowy here in the heartland.  

But...some really exciting news for me...I am honored to once again be one of Andy Skinner's Creative Design Team Members as well as DecoArt's Media Design Team!  I totally LOVE these products and find them so fun and easy to work with. This year's teams are SOO talented!  I'm still pinching myself!  There are lots of new products coming out; some already on pre-sale and will be shown at CHA and beyond.

With all of the COLD and gloomy weather outside, I thought this was the perfect opportunity to liven things up a bit by "Sending In The Clowns!"  No worries...even if you're not a fan of clowns, you won't find this one scary.  Here is a sneak peak at a vintage style canvas I made using Andy Skinner's really fun image transfer and colorization technique.  Talk about a "WOW" factor for your art project! 

Pop on over to Andy Skinner's Blog and check out the entire 8" x 8" stretch canvas.  There are lots of layers in the background: stamping, stenciling, texture, color. 

I also used DecoArt's amazing Media line of products for some really cool "aged" textural vintage results. 

More exciting news ... Andy  Skinner and France Papillon have banned together with Chocolate Baroque to create some absolutely beautifully detailed, different and very cool stamps for all of your journaling and mixed media artists.  These are on PRESALE now and they are going FAST!  You can click HERE to be taken to Andy's website for Illusionary Artists!

I hope you enjoy the canvas!!!  
Have a great year and let's get some inspiration flowing!!

Tuesday, December 19, 2017


Merry Christmas Everyone!

I'm pleased to announce that I have created a lovely vintage Christmas home decor piece that is being featured on DecoArt's Media Blog right now!

This Christmas piece is created from a plain paper mache book that is turned into a glitzy, shimmering vintage book/picture frame combination.  Using DecoArt's many wonderful Media Line products makes crafting to easy and the results are always guaranteed to be show stoppers! 

On the left of my book is a lovely vintage Santa combined with wonderful laser cut pieces from Southern Trading Company. On the right is a Shiny Brite picture frame that can flip out for easy picture replacements.  There is also a neat little hidden compartment behind the picture frame to store older photographs or other little momentos.

To see the complete pictorial tutorial, click HERE to be transported to DecoArt's Media Blog!

Here's wishing you and yours the most wonderful and blessed family Christmas ever!

Merry Christmas to all!!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017


Are you ready for Christmas?  Trees decorated and ready to wrap your gifts?

Well then this pictorial tutorial is for YOU over on Andy Skinner's blog!  

It is a pictorial tutorial on creating your own vintage style Santa Christmas tree ornaments or special gift tags for those important presents!

Here is a sneak peek at what you will find on Andy's Blog!  Click HERE to be taken to his blog and check it out!  Thanks so much for stopping by and ...


As Tiny Tim would say, "God bless us, everyone."

Tuesday, December 5, 2017


Hello everyone! Welcome back!

It's the most wonderful time of the year!  Especially for creating wonderful vintage style pieces that remind us of our childhood Christmases.

I was in a flea market/gift shop the other day and ran across this darling little wooden chair.  It's about 20" tall. It was only $5 and I could not resist it.  It was screaming "take me home and make me a little Christmas chair!"


So, I brought it home and went to work.  With a little imagination and some wonderful DecoArt products as well as a few other goodies, that little chair went from drab brown to this ...

Let me show you how I did it ...

I absolutely LOVE DecoArt's Chalky Finish paints because they require no prep work before applying them to most surfaces. I brushed on a coat Romance Chalky Finish...a beautiful vintage Christmas Red color and let it dry.  When dry, I lightly sanded parts of the chair and applied another light coat of the paint and let it dry. 

Next I randomly added some of DecoArt's Crackle Medium around the edges of the chair and in areas that I wanted to give a very aged or crackled effect to.  I let that air dry...although it was not completely dry when I went on to the next step.

I added a vintage wash to the chair using DecoArt's Vintage Effect Wash in white.  After that, I lightly brushed over the chair in random areas with the Romance Chalky  Finish red paint again.

Now to really give it that aged look and to also sort of seal the chair, I brushed on a light coat of Americana Medium Creme Wax and wiped off the excess.  Where I had added the crackle finish, the wax stuck because the crackle medium was still a bit tacky and I loved the effect when I wiped it off.

My little brown chair was being transformed into a darling little antique style Christmas chair!  

I also ran across the cutest vintage Santa image on a package of paper napkins...so I bought them.  he's PERFECT for my chair!  I added an area of white to the seat of the chair so that when I applied Santa to the chair, he would really stand out.  The white paint is DecoArt's Everlasting Chalky Finish paint.  

The Santa image is torn out of the napkin because torn edges tend to disappear into the background better than cut edges.  I also removed all of the underlying plys of the paper napkin; leaving only the printed piece.

Next, using a light amount of paint from DecoArt's Media line; Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide, I "aged" around the edges of the white circle to better blend with the Santa napkin image. 

To apply the Santa to the seat, I brushed a generous amount of DecoArt's Matte Medium to the chair, laid my Santa in place, removed all of the bubbles and wrinkles and then brushed over him with another coat of the Matte Medium.  This works as a glue and then a sealer to project him from wear and also from the products I would shortly be adding to him.  I gently heat set the Matte Medium.

Here is Santa at this point.

Across the top of the chair, I embossed Santa and his reindeer using a white embossing powder.  

I have always loved images of Santa and his reindeer and this one was perfect for the little chair!

Now it was time to finish off the chair around Santa.  I added some gold and white embossed snowflakes.  I also added a gold embossed "Merry Christmas" in a vintage type.

Next, to add some "glitz", I added some crystal sparkles to Santa's image using DecoArts's Twinkle Writer.  I shook the bottler really well and then added the sparkles here and there.  It came out of the bottle pretty fast, so there was no need to squeeze it.  While the sparkles were still wet, I sprinkled in some clear and shiny mini glitter to really give things that festive sparkle!

Here is the seat of the little chair.  I love the way it turned out!

I also added the Twinkle Writer to Santa and his reindeer followed by sprinkling glitter on them.  In person, they are so sweet and the Christmas tree lights really catch the sparkles of the glitter.

Finally, I completed the look of the chair by adding DecoArt Media Metallic Gold paint along the edges of the chair.  I simply used my finger to swipe the paint all around the edges. It really finishes out the chair so perfectly.

From a plain little drag wooden chair, to this darling vintage style Christmas chair ... I wouldn't take anything for it and I know it would cost a WHOLE LOT MORE than $5.00 now!

Here is a closer look at the detail in this little chair.  So fun to bring back to life!

What a difference the gold edging makes!  It frames everything and just seems to say "Merry Christmas!"

Here's wishing you and yours a blessed Holiday Season!

Thanks for stopping by!