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!





The Next Level: Totes:)

I’ve been expanding my horizons from paint, ink, and pens on paper & canvas to Fabric.

I have extremely basic sewing skills, and have never been one to have a mind that enjoys following a pattern…too precise…but, with a desire to paint on textiles, I am forcing myself to learn a few things.

From small zippered bags to totes:)

Easy Sew Painted Tote Bag

Easy Sew Painted Tote Bag

I found the pattern for this tote here.

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It’s an easy pattern to follow…trust me…if I can do it…well, you know the rest:)

This was actually an easier project than trying to put a zipper into a small make-up bag.  (previous post here)

It’s even reversible!

Thank you so much Helen Newton!!!  (owner of Lilly Blossom over at Etsy)

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

Christmas Ornament Ribbon Project…RIBBON : more than just a “finishing touch”

Ribbon Project : more than just a finishing touch

I LOVE ribbon…I have since I was a little girl…carefully choosing just the right grosgrain to highlight my ponytails and match my coordinating outfit or cheerleading uniform:)

Not to mention the tying up of gifts. I am a gift giver…I love to search out special surprises for the people I love…and one of my favorite parts of the giving is taking the time to wrap it beautifully…hoping to catch the fancy of the receiver before they even see what’s inside….and of course, the crowning glory of the wrapping…the finishing touch…you guessed it…ribbon:)

As I have mentioned before, I collect it. I have spools, and reels, and drawers full…and now that I have found a spectacular source for all things ribbon (May Arts) I have decided to create a project using primarily RIBBON.

It will be MORE than just the FINISHING TOUCH…it will be the MAIN ATTRACTION.

I can’t help it…I’m already thinking about Christmas. I don’t often get a jump start on my homemade gifts, but this year will be different!


Ribbon Project : more than just a finishing touch

Here’s how…

Ribbon Project : more than just a finishing touch

Start with BEAUTIFUL May Arts Ribbons!

Ribbon Project : more than just a finishing touch

& 3 X 3 mini canvases. These come in a 6 pack, (Black or White)

I found them at Michaels.

Ribbon Project : more than just a finishing touchNext, draw an ornament “pattern” using a circle that is about 2 1/2 inches in Diameter. I used a bottle of Gesso I had sitting on my table. Then, trace the pattern on card stock and cut each one out.

Ribbon Project : more than just a finishing touch

Next, use adhesive (I used my ATG gun because it is less messy and fast.) You will later stitch on top of all the ribbon, so don’t worry too much about getting the ribbon completely secure. It will be later.

*note: the tape will accumulate on the sewing machine needle, so I kept a baby wipe on hand to occasionally wipe the excess off my needle. Really not a big deal.

Ribbon Project : more than just a finishing touchOnce you lay each ribbon across the card stock ornament, flip it over and carefully cut off the excess.

Ribbon Project : more than just a finishing touchI used a lighter & very lightly “tapped” all the way around the ornament, touching the flame to the ribbon to “seal” the ends and prevent fraying.

Ribbon Project : more than just a finishing touchNext, stitch around each ornament several times. I like to add a little detail to the tops, mimicking the way a real ornament has a metal “hanger top.”

Don’t worry about being super precise. I like them to look a little “wonky.” The thread adds texture and character:)


They all have a really nice “weight” to them along with a beautiful “sheen.”

Ribbon Project : more than just a finishing touchHere is a group with finished stitching. I decided to add another shape…it reminds me of the vintage ornaments from my childhood. (I guess that make me vintage as well)

Ribbon Project : more than just a finishing touchTime for the Stamped charms.

I purchased this stamping set at the hardware store for $9.00. You can find them online if you’re interested here.

I found the “blank” charms on sale at Hobby Lobby, ranging from a set of 3 for $1.29 – a set of 6 for $1.99.

Once you stamp each letter, “color” the letters by rubbing a black sharpie over them and then rubbing off the excess with a baby wipe or rubbing alcohol.

The ink will help the letters stand out.

You could stamp names instead of sentiments for an extra special personalized gift!

Ribbon Project : more than just a finishing touchFor this one, I cut out a section of a page from a vintage Christmas song book to use as a background for the ribbon ornament.

Ribbon Project : more than just a finishing touch

After the stamped charm was glued in place, I attached the Ornament to the canvas. ( I used craft glue for both) I LOVE the super cool “burlap” twine tied onto the charm.

Ribbon Project : more than just a finishing touch

This is what I used to make the holes for the twine hanger. It’s called a

Crop-A-Dile Eyelet Snap Setter Hole Punch

(Along with setting eyelets, this thing can punch holes in metal! It’s goes through the mini canvas like butter)

Ribbon Project : more than just a finishing touch

I wanted to use a collection of the ornaments for a larger piece and I found this 5 X7 canvas at Hobby Lobby for 4.99. (If you use your 40% off coupon it’s around $3, yay!)

Ribbon Project : more than just a finishing touch

Ribbon Project : more than just a finishing touch

I glued each ornament onto the canvas with craft glue, sketched around them with a Pitt multi liner, and then painted “Christmas 2013” on a Red Grosgrain ribbon that I “sealed” by lightly burning the edges.

Ribbon Project : more than just a finishing touch

The above white doodles are done with a Uni-ball Signo and can be found here.

Ribbon Project : more than just a finishing touch

I really like how these turned out. I especially liked doing a project where the RIBBON was the STAR. I hope you have gained some inspiration to create ornaments at home with your own personal touch! These wouldn’t be the same without the beautiful selection of ribbon from


Altered IKEA Canvas

A friend recently purchased a Canvas from IKEA for her daughters newly decorated room.

ikea canvas

Click on canvas and go directly to IKEA’s page for details  (It is 22 x 11 /$14.99)

Her room colors are Turquoise and Grey.

So, I took out my Alcohol Markers (Copics) and began to color.

Starting with a dark Gray…blending into several lighter shades of gray.

Altered IKEA CanvasThen I added the words “New Beginning” in Spanish using acrylic paint

Altered IKEA Canvas

Ikea has several Black and White Canvas options just waiting to be colored!  Let me know if you try one yourself!  I’d love to see your project!

Mixed Media iphone Cover

Do you ever grow tired of your phone case?  Why not paint it?!!  I have painted the one I have 3 times now…instead of buying a new one:)

Start by prepping the case surface with a few coats of Gesso.

If you don’t have Gesso, use a left over indoor  primer. (We have cans of the stuff out in our garage)

Next, I used Matte Medium to adhere torn pieces of a vintage book.

(You can use Mod Podge if you have that on hand)

Mixed Media iphone Case

You can see around the “Apple” the paint that was there before, it was blue:)

I was never happy with the last “paint job”  The lettering didn’t turn out the way I wanted …it must have been the pens:)

After it’s good and dry (give it a few coats of the mod podge or matte medium) you can start drawing with permanent markers.  I used Copic (alcohol markers) but you could even use sharpies.


I outlined and “doodled” with a Faber Castell XS Black Multi liner. (available at Michaels, & Hobby Lobby) LOOK at how JUICY the Copic Markers are…the ink oozes out. “It’s the little things”

When you are finished coloring & doodling, take it outside (I use my garage, but my hubby gets a little testy when I forget to “cover” my spray area-Our garage is quite colorful.) and spray with an acrylic sealer.  I used a gloss, cause that’s what I had.

Mixed Media iphone CaseThe Book I used was an old Children’s Bible Story Book…I love it.  I know that for some of you (my English Professor Son in law) that’s criminal…ripping pages out of a book!  But, I say it’s better to be read and enjoyed on my phone than sitting dusty on a shelf in an antique store!
Mixed Media iphone Case

Mixed Media iphone Case Mixed Media iphone Case