Thursday, August 24, 2017


Ho! Ho! Ho!

In August?  Well, if the next 4 months go as quickly as this year has so far ...
Yes!!!  Ho! Ho! HO!

Today I am sharing a cute little vintage style "stone" Christmas cottage I created using DecoArt products on a Tando Creative's darling little 3D Mini House!  These little houses are so cute and you get THREE of them in one kit; houses and all of the exteriors - door, roof, window frames!

The stone effect was created using Andy Skinner's "Shredded" stencil from DecoArt.  Instead of looking like snake skin, I thought it would make awesome "stone" walls ... and it DID!

Check out the entire project along with a complete pictorial tutorial

Friday, August 18, 2017


Hi again everyone!

I'm working on a project that I will be sharing with you in the near future.  But for now, I wanted to share with you one of the steps I am doing in preparation for this project ... 
aging paper.

There are several Youtube videos about this topic but I figured why not just post a couple of pictures and some brief descriptions so you don't have to look it up.


Supplies You Will Need For This Technique
  • Some sort of paper
  • Trays with a deeper side to allow you to pour coffee into the tray
  • Instant or brewed coffee
  • Wax paper, freezer paper or some protective covering for your counter top to lay drying paper
  • 200 degree oven - use oven mitts to work with trays in oven

Begin with your book text ... or any paper for that matter. I needed 8 1/4" x 5 1/4" pages so I used a kraft knife to cut them from a hard back book. I will save the book cover and use it to make some sort of junk journal or altered book in the future.  Next ...

Use instant or brewed coffee for this step.  I used brewed coffee (made a bit strong) and poured it into a tray with at least a 1" side.  Put enough coffee into the tray to cover your paper.  I also like to add some coffee grounds that help make the coffee mix stronger as you are using it.  Place papers in the tray and be sure they are covered with coffee.  I usually put up to six pages at a time.  Let soak for 8-10 minutes.  (You might want to turn the papers over about half way through but that is optional).

Hold the papers up over the coffee and let the excess drain off of them.  Lay them on a different cookie sheet or tray.  Do not overlap them.

Place them in a preheated oven of 200 degrees.  Let them "dry"in the oven for 8-10 minutes.  My papers on the lower rack dried first.  Repeat this process until all of your papers have been stained and dried.

*Watch the papers to see how quickly they dry.  Everyone's oven heats differently.

Once the papers are dry from the oven, place them on a piece of wax paper or a counter to totally dry.  If you have any coffee grounds remaining on them, they will easily just brush right off.  Once the papers are completely dry, you can stack them for later use.

And here is my stack of papers; ready for my project!  Fun and easy to do!

Have fun with this technique.  It's easy and really not a big mess at all!

Thursday, August 17, 2017


Greetings Everyone!  As the day hot days of summer linger on, I've been trying to find more time to play in my air conditioned craft studio.

I've been doing some really fun projects for Andy Skinner's Creative TeamDecoArt's International Design Team and Mixed Up Media Magazine.

Here is a peek at my latest art journal page created for DecoArt's Mixed Media Blog.  

I began with a childrens' paper book.  I am transforming it from a childrens' book into an art journal. A great way to explore your creativity and breathe new life into an old, tired children's book that otherwise might find the trash. 

Here is what I started with.  You can go to DecoArt's Mixed Media Blog HERE to see my new and improved art journal creation.  Done with DecoArt's Media products, a magazine girl, some Andy Skinner stencils and other basic tools, this page came together like magic!

Enjoy your summer and take time to explore your creativity!  Have some fun experimenting on new techniques or trying to use the products you already have in interesting new ways!

Thanks for stopping by and if you care to leave a comment here or at DecoArt, I thank you in advance! I always love reading your thoughts.