Friday, September 21, 2018


Helloooooo my mixed media friends!

Halloween will be here before we know it!  I had so much fun experimenting with Decoart Media Line products the past couple of days!

As I was looking through my Andy Skinner stamps, I was struck with an idea to create a 3D object out of a flat stamp.  Which stamp you ask???  Andy's skull stamp from his Stampendous Skuldoggery stamp set!  Yikes!!!

Here is a sneak peek at the project I created using some of Andy's fabulous stamps, some Tando Creative Greyboard items, some weird eyes from Michaels' Halloween section and a little Seth Apter's new Baked Texture Embossing Powders thrown in for good measure.  

I am so honored to be feature on Andy's blog right now.  Click HERE to go to his blog and see this entire project.

I know some of you aren't so much into Halloween.  But consider what you can do with the tutorial I am sharing on how to create something 3D from a flat stamp.  It's a really fun experimentation with pretty amazing results!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Thursday, September 6, 2018


Greetings friends!

A while back, I shared some paint pouring that I'd done using DecoArt's new
Paint Pouring Mediums.  They really are fun to experiment with.  I poured onto two 9" x 7" canvas boards using Halloween colored DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic Paints.  These canvas boards came out really well and became the covers for my Halloween book; which is a work in progress.  This book will be an album for all of the pictures of my grandkids from their first Halloweens to present.

I wanted to share my progress with you.  

I think I posted photos of these poured canvases on Facebook. This is the book cover laid flat out.  The back of the book is to the left and the front of the book is on the right.  I think the cover on the right looks like an orange ghoul rising up with his arms spread above his hooded head.  

The covers are joined together by a 2" chipboard spine that is covered with Halloween fabric and trimmed in various Halloween-ish colored ribbons and trims.

Here is the inside of the book covers.  Both are covered in cardstock.  The spine is covered with the same Halloween fabric and edges with trims.  These were glued in place using Fabri-Tac glue and/or double sided tape.

I will be punching holes into the chipboard spine at some point to add elastic straps so that I can slide my signatures in and out of place in the book. I'll also be adding some fun charms and decor to dangle from the spine.

Now onto the pages that will create my signatures.  They all are pretty much 7 3/4" tall by 7-7 1/2" wide.  They are joined together by washi tape and also Tyvek underneath so that the pages will never wear or split after being turned so many times.

I love this page!!  It consists of two pockets on either side. I save all sorts images onto my computer.  These are two vintage postcards that I sized to fit my pages.  They are printed on white heavy cardstock.  They are mounted onto a piece of Authentic's Nightfall Paper Collection.  I also used some papers from Echo Park's Chillingsworth Manor and a few from Graphic 45 from past Halloween papers.  These are such cute collections of vintage images and patterns in the traditional Halloween colors.  You'll see more of those papers in a minute!

I also have used Halloween ribbons, washi tapes, crepe papers, metallic Dresden trims and  little Halloween ephemera on all of the pages.  

Here is another example of the Authentic Nightfall papers.  Not only do you get the papers, you also get a couple of pages of fun vintage images. The page on the right are my own vintage images take from the computer.  I created pocket to stuff fun memorabilia on the right hand page.  The vintage girl is from my computer.  She is sized and cut out to give an interesting edge as one flips through the book once it's all put together.  Flip the pages over ...

You can see the back of the cut out girl on the left.  I made a crepe paper medallion to put behind the vintage witch's head.  That filled up that space really well yet allows plenty of room for photos I will be adding of my grandchildren.  The page on the right is more of the darling Authentic images included in the paper pack.

The next page is a mix of a couple of papers: Authentic and Graphic 45.  I have also added some rub ons that I've had for years.  Those things always come in handy!  The little boy on the left is a vintage image that I sized from the computer.  He is on the back of an extended envelope pocket added to the other side.  He bends in and out for a playful interaction in the book.  There is plenty of room for photographs on this spread.  Flip the pages over ...

The envelope pocket is on the right.  The little boy is on the back side of the envelope pocket.  The envelope pocket bends over into the page.  The papers on this page are from Authentic's collection.  I added washi tape and metallic Dresden trim to the pocket on the left. Again, room for photographs among the fun images ... and plenty of pockets for memorabilia and notes. 

Look how adorable these papers are together... mix and match!  This is the envelope pocket folded over.  So cute!

You don't have to limit the pages to cardstock!  These two pages are actually Halloween fabric covering heavy cardstock!  I love the fabric feel that is mixed in with all of the papers, trims and so forth.  Plenty of room for photographs!

Here is the other side of the fabric pages.  These were created using Halloween Napkins on white heavy cardstock.  I brushed the napkins in place using DecoArt Media Matte Medium.  Once dry, I added black paint around the edges and some Stickles to highlight areas on the napkins.  Each page has a pocket to stick photos and so forth.  The black cat on the left was also encased in Seth Apter's Faux Beeswax Embossing Powder.  That stuff is very very cool!  I LOVE the texture and the faux beeswax look.  The pocket on this page is from Graphic 45.

Here is another page made partially from napkins.  The trick or treat is from napkins.  These were glued in place on a paper from Chillingsworth Manor.  I love how they compliment each other!  The metallic Dresden on either side of the spine really completes the look and will be visible when all of the pages are joined together into signatures.

This last series of pages are really fun!  These are mostly papers from Authentic.  I added the large vintage boy from my computer and he is cut out on the side, just like the vintage girl earlier.  I added trick or treat and happy Halloween washi tape as trim along with small black and orange metallic Dresden trim.

Turn the pages over and you have this.  Also from Authentic.  I added the little boy as a vintage image from my computer.  He fills up the space from the cut out boy on the other side nicely.  At the bottom of this page, I added some more rub ons from Tim Holtz and Kaisercraft.  On the right, I added some metallic fringe trim along with some gathered black and orange crepe paper.  Very festive and vintage looking!  There is also pumpkin washi tape that is there for a trim but it also is adding yet another flip page to this layout.

Flip the TRICK OR TREAT page over and you find this!  A pocket on the left for more goodies and room on the right for more photos surrounded by darling vintage Halloween images.  The pocket on the left is from my computer files.  The images on the right are from Authentic's Nightfall papers.  The white ghost and windy wisp are old rub ons.

Thanks for stopping by.  I'll show you the completed book once I finish making more pages for signatures and actually put the book together!  What a fun project!