It is often difficult for me to divide my time between digital art, and “get your hands dirty” art:)

It’s ESPECIALLY fun, when I can combine the two! I’m slowly adding items to my Etsy shop, as I learn how to use my quarantine machine, the CRICUT ❤️

I created watercolor designs by hand, and then made them into kiss cut stickers. If you’re interested, visit me on Etsy @ 1Arthouse.

Hope you all have a GREAT Holiday Weekend!

Much love,

Holiday Cards & Tags

Happy FALL!

The Fall and Winter months remind me of all I am thankful for!  I love this time of year and look forward to Spending time with loved ones as we enjoy Hot Soup and Chili, Logs on the fire, Homemade Caramel, Gingerbread Men, Cinnamon in the air, and Holiday decorating:)

 So here are some cards and tags I created with our November Mixed Media Kit from Frog Dog Studio,

to adorn a gift or just to say thank you.

“We only enter into the full life if our faith gives thanks. Because how else do we accept His free gift of salvation if not with thanksgiving? Thanksgiving is the evidence of our acceptance of whatever He gives.

Thanksgiving is the manifestation of our Yes! to His grace.”  —Ann Voskamp

   Here are the products I used from our GREAT November Kit.  

 (I happened to have these cute leaf stamps)

Wow, do I love the Niji Pearlescent Watercolor Set.  

The colors are beautiful and the shimmer adds such a special touch.

…and the Distress Glitter…well, wait til you see what a fun accent these make! 

I used a package of blank cards with envelopes.  You can purchase several different sizes from craft stores like Michaels or Hobby Lobby.




Above, I used a Copic Marker to “ink up” my stamp.  You can use a stamp pad, or any markers you have on hand.  I used this Copic marker because I had a color that I felt matched the Watercolor Set.


Here you can see the stamped image on the blank card.

Next, I added more color using the Niji Pearlescent Watercolor Set. 


Above,  my paint brush is resting on the Gold I mixed with the Dark Mossy Green.

 I find it easiest to spray all the colors I plan to use with a small mister. (filled with water)

Once you do this, you can then “grab” colors or even mix them, to make and a new color. The lid is designed to do just that:)   


I knew I wanted to add the Distress Glitter (Gold) so mixing in a little of the Watercolor Gold would compliment the Glitter.


 Above, you can see that I added a “good squeeze” of the Glossy Accents, and then below…took a brush to spread it over the entire leaf.  

I did this, to create a “thin” layer of the Glossy Accents.  I just wanted enough to “hold” the Distress Glitter.  (a thin layer dries faster too)


Now for the fun part…a sprinkling of Glitter!

 Such an easy application for that Wow factor:)

 I used the Sakura Glaze Pen in Hunter Green to add a few accents.  Look above to see how JUICY these Glaze pens are.  They dry with a 3 dimensional finish.

 I am a crazy fanatical “PEN GIRL” & I LOVE these Pens!!


 I used this same process detailed above

for each of the Leaf stamps and Acorn stamp on the rest of the cards.

 I added a little more detail with an XS PITT MULTI LINER BLACK PEN.


 I was loving the results, so I decided to pull out some Blank Kraft Tags.

 And why not go ahead and make a few Christmas Tags:)

 The White in the Watercolor Set looks GREAT on a dark Kraft tag.

 (any dark paper really makes these colors POP!)

I loaded my brush with ALOT of water, saturated it with the WHITE watercolor paint, and then “flicked” it with my fingers to add the “SPLATTER” effect.

Hope this sparks some of your own ideas or inspires you to create some of these notecards and tags!

 It’s a joy to share with you!!

Thank you for stopping by!





Vintage Book Page Card

I lOVE  anything with a history…a story…so, one of my favorite things to do is to go hunting in our local antique mall…I could spend all day there. I get lost imagining who would have used each found treasure and what that person’s daily life must have looked like.  It’s especially  hard to resist looking for old books that I can use for journaling and mixed media projects…One always seems to find it’s way into my basket.

Vintage Book Page Card

Found Object : Antique Stereo View Cards

Antique Stereo View Cards for Cross-Eyed Viewing.

Stereo view cards had two pictures mounted for parallel viewing, on 7 x 3.5 inch heavy cards, usually curved slightly with axis along the long length. The pictures were taken with a two-lensed camera, recording the subject from two points of view separated by about 2.5 inches, duplicating what our two eyes see.

Below is a Greeting Card made with an Antique Stereo View Card…cool, I think:)

Antique Stereo View Card

Antique Stereo View Card