Using Stamps in your Art Journal

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Hello friends! Today I want to talk about my newest addiction.... stamps!!! I started buying stamps to use in mail art and they gradually made their way into my art journal! The best part??? Most of them are from the dollar bin at Michaels!  

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Well I hope I inspired you to try something new in your art journal! Break out your stamps and have some fun!!!  

Creating Art when you are Disabled

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So a lot of you may not know this but I create art with a slight disadvantage! I am blind in my left eye, not only that I have 25% vision in my right eye and no peripheral vision.    So let me tell you how I got this way. Well when I was twelve I had a brain tumor the size of a golf ball growing behind my left eye.  I was super lucky and blessed that it was not cancerous  and that there were really no complications. Yes I lost a lot of my vision, I also lost my pituitary gland and some other random things lol. I also stopped growing so this thirty something girl you look at today still has the same body she had when she was twelve! Crazy I know, what I also know is that I think differently, process things differently and just have a different outlook on things, but then again don't we all? 

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I have tried really hard to not let my lack of vision get in the way of what I want, now there are certain things I definetly shouldn't do like drive a car or operate heavy machinery! I think making art became an outlet for me because it was so easy and natural for me even though drawing things with perspective and shadow and light did not and still do not come easy! I discovered art in junior high (I started 7th grade bald and gained about 60 pounds due to surgery) and let me tell you I NEEDED it like really needed it! Art became and still is like a best friend and I rarely think about the fact I am only seeing a limited range of what I am making at a time. 

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So what I really want to say to you is no matter what your disability is you can make something beautiful. You can find a way to make it work and find a special way to express yourself. Art doesn't judge us for our disadvantages so just get out there pick up that paintbrush and make something, anything because I know you have it in you to put beautiful things out into this world! 

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Art Journal Everyday

Hey friends! So at the beginning of February I decided to challenge myself with doing at least fifteen minutes of art journaling daily. Let me just say that I am so so loving it! I find myself trying new things and experimenting on a daily basis! I often find that my fifteen minutes soon turns to thirty but I am just as happy on days when I just get the fifteen minutes in! Here is what I have created so far! 

 

 

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Well I will be back soon to share more! Just remember it's never to late to start a daily habit/ritual! Just put your mind to it, I know you can! So what's your next challenge going to be?  

Watch the process

Hi friends! Hope you are having a wonderful start to your week! Yesterday I did a fun art journaling Periscope and I thought I would share the edited replay with you! I have to admit I am VERY new to editing video so forgive my Newbieness and enjoy the video! 

 

 

Here is the finished page! Thanks for coming by!

                  

Summer Frame DIY




Hi friends! Hope you are all having a fabulous day I know I am! I just wanted to share a little project with you that I whipped up the other day! It's super fun and simple and will look fantabulous in anyone's home!
 I had this cute frame I bought from Michael's ages ago and finally decided to put it to use! The first thing I did was paint it teal (a favorite color in our house!) I then found some cute Jar stamps and found some of my favorite paper!



 I stamped all the papers with my cute Mason Jar stamp also found at Michael's! I cut all 12 of the jars and and simply stung them with some yellow twine! I added some cute letters and a few flowers and voila! So simple and easy and the best part is that I can take the jars off and put a new banner up there at any time!
Well I hope you enjoyed my little project! Are you making anything fun for the summer? Feel free to share below! Have a great day friends!

Altered Clipboard



Hi there! Hope you are having a great day! I am here to share just a fun little tutorial! You can do this project in less than an hour and it is super cute!

I found this cute burlap clipboard at Michael's its made by Tim Holtz and comes with lots of fun embellishments BUT they weren't really my style so I went ahead and made it my own!


I started with the blank burlap clipboard and used this awesome Heidi Swapp stencil with white spray ink!




 I also painted the actual clip a metallic black, added some hot pink around the edges and a bit here and there. I used my black stamp pad to add some black around the edge of the clipboard!


I added an inked up flower, some feathers and gems and voila done! I love how it turned out! Well I hope you enjoyed my little project have a great day and happy arting friends!

Canvas Heart Tutorial




Hi friends! I hope you are having a great day! Today I am sharing a fun little tutorial on how to make this cute heart canvas! Its super fun and easy and will bring a little sparkle to wherever you decide to hang it! Lets get started!



Start out by cutting out a heart shape from your canvas fabric

I then completley  gessoed over the entire heart to stiffen the fabric some and to give me a nice white clean surface

 I used some black ink and splattered some accrossed the heart I then added some stamped words to add some extra flare 

 I used this great flower stencil all over the heart I used my hot pink fluid acrylics mixed with both texture paste and modeling paste so that it was super thick and textured when dry
I used my hot glue gun to add some pretty flowers a gold frame and a pretty gold key! It was super fun and easy to make and I am a bit addicted I have two more in the works as we speak! I hope you enjoyed my little tutorial happy creating friends!

Mixed Media Fabric Cuff Bracelet

Hello friends! Today I am here with a super easy and fun tutorial! Its a fun fabric cuff that you can put together in less than fifteen minutes! So easy and super cute in no time at all! Let's get started!

Here's what you'll need:
Fabric
Empty Tape Roll
Ribbon
Hot Glue
Pendant


So I have been a bit of a hoarder and have been saving these empty duct tape rolls AND my hand painted fabric for forever! Well I decided it was time to put them to good use!

 Start but cutting a strip of your fabric about an inch to an inch and a half wide

 Grab your tape roll and start on the inside with a bit of hot glue

Start wrapping the cuff, only gluing every other strip on the inside of the cuff


 Grab some ribbon and glue around the cuff, leaving a bit of a tail, tie in a knot, adding a dot of glue to the center of knot so it stays together. Trim and fray check your ribbon.

 Add your pendant with some glue and you are done! Super simple!
I hope you enjoyed my tutorial, its a great way to wear your art and add some fun to any outfit! What are some ways you enjoy wearing your art? The possibilities are endless! Questions? Comments? Feel free to Comment below! Happy Crafting!!!

Mixed Media Bow Garland





 Hello Fiends! Well if you know me at all you know I collect paper like its going out of style, especially random painted papers! So I decided to raid my stash and make a cute bow garland to brighten up my craft space!

 I grabbed some random papers and used my Silhouette to cut out the bows. Don't have a die cutting machine? No worries, I will link to an awesome printable template at the end of this post!




 I just used some glue dots and put together all my bows, I then decided to add a pop of neon with some of my grandmothers handwriting papers that I just simply copied onto scrapbook paper!


 I have a specific "glue gun tray" that I used to keep from destroying my desk! I simply just added a dot of hot glue to the center back of the bows, keeping the spacing somewhat in mind.


 I added some hot pink distress ink to the edges of the bows to give them a little pop of color and then it was time to hang it up on my dresser! I just used some glue dots to keep everything in place!

Super cute, easy and fun! Here is a bow template that you can print at use at home! Here and here is the link to the cut files I used as well! I hope you enjoyed my little tutorial, happy crafting friends!




File Folder Stencils!



Happy Monday friends! I hope you all had a great weekend and are ready to start the week with a little tutorial! I learned how to make file folder stencils in a class I took from Tangie Baxter and well I am hooked! So I thought I would share a quick little tutorial on how to easily make them yourself!


I simply drew out some simple shapes and then cut them out with scissors and a razor blade! Thats all there is to it! Here is a close up of the stencils being used!




Well friends that's all there is to it! I actually laminated mine and then re cut them so that they last longer! Imagine all the fun designs you can come up with! Well friends I will talk to you soon, happy Monday!

Happy Saturday!!!

Hi friends I just wanted to say a quick hello and wish you all a happy Saturday! I also have some happy news to share! I am a part of the fabulous Gauche Alchemy Design Team! I am super excited and can't wait to see where this little adventure brings me! I wanted to share my DT project and invite you to join in! Here is this months mood board;

 And here is my take on the mood board!
Go check out their blog to find out how I interpreted the mood board and how the page came together! Have a great day, talk to you soon friends!!!

Mini Canvas Tutorial




Hi lovelies how are you? I am here to share a fun little project you could get done in an afternoon! It's super fun and doesn't cost much either! Making mini canvases can have a ton of possibilities! I got this pack of six 4x4 canvases at Michael's for just under four dollars and if you bring in a forty percent off coupon its even cheaper! Well lets get started!

 1. The first thing I did was tape my canvases together so that I could work on the back ground all together to make it a bit easier and faster.
 2. Glue down some riped up book pages
3. I added a bunch of gesso with a pallet knife and then smashed the canvas together to get some fun texture going
 4. Use a paper towel (yes a paper towel) to spread random colors of paint on all the canvases
 Using the paper towels give you a soft wispy effect that I am in LOVE with!
5. I then continued with all of my favorite colors!
 6. Add some purple spray through a stencil to add some interest
 7. I then broke the canvases apart and added some neon oil pastels around the edge of all of the canvases
8. Use some stamps on the back ground and then made hearts with some modeling paste
 9. I painted over all of the modeling paste with fun neon colors
10.  Use sequins on the hearts for some fun 3D elements and add a fun doodle border and that's it your done! Super simple right?

I hope you all enjoyed my mini canvas tutorial please feel free to post a link if you try this out for yourself! I would love to see what wonderful things you come up with!

Hello 2015!



Hi friends! Hope everyone had a great Holiday season I know I did! I spent two weeks in California with family and had a blast! Things here are finally settling down so I thought I would do a quick recap of the last few months before getting all the fun things for 2015 going!

Celebrated New Years in San Diego

 Taught my first in person class!
 Tried new things and challenged myself!




Lot's of fun art added in there! One of my biggest goals for 2015 is to journal more and blog more! What are your plans for 2015? How has your January been so far? Talk to you soon friends!

Gelli Print Pillow Box



Hi friends! I hope you all are having a great day and a happy holiday season! Today I am bringing you a super simple (but super cute) tutorial on how to make a pillow box for little gifts and treats! Lets get started!

Things you will need:
An empty toilet paper roll (or paper towel roll cut in half)
Gesso or white paint
Paint of your choosing
Gelli Arts Gel Plate
Stencils
Brayer
Fun things like ribbons and anything else you might want to decorate your box with!


I started out by sanding off as much of the left over tissue and then applied two coats of gesso

Now starts the fun! I got out my Gelli Arts gel printing plate and used hot pink first

Next I decided to do some fun green polka dots!


Then I added some teal, after the teal I added a coat of Pearl glazing medium just to add a bit of shimmer!




Fold the two ends into each other and your ready to decorate!
I added a doily, some seam binding and tulle to tie it all together and thats it! Super simple and now you have a cute box to give a small gift in! You would never even guess it was a toilet paper roll! Well I hope you all enjoyed my tutorial have a great day friends!

Fun with Acrylic Skins



 So I have been reading up on Acrylic skins and I have really been wanting to try it out so I thought I would document my little experiment and share it with you! (Let me just say I have made two more of these! Its a bit addicting!) Alright lets get started

Things you need

  • a Transparency (I used a 12x12 sheet protector)
  • Acrylic Paint (I used my high flow acrylics by Golden)
  • Liquitex Glazing Medium
  • Any other fun things you can throw in there! (glitter, puffy paint stamps maybe?)



 First spread out some of the glazing medium onto your surface (whether it be a transparency etc.) Don't worry about it being perfectly even it will settle overnight!

Now add drops of color into your glazing medium! Keep going til its just about full of color! I then just swirled some of the paint together with a toothpick! Then let it dry overnight!


 After it dries overnight it will be clear, I let mine dry two days just to be safe but that's all up to you! It will pull up really easily and feel almost like a taffy so be careful it will stick together!

 I used some black puffy paint to write all over mine and  then cut a heart out of it and put it in my journal! I love that its transparent! So many possibilities! Let me know if you try it out and I will see you soon! Happy Arting!

365 Crafting Time Challenge




Hi friends! Happy Monday! Over on Instagram some wonderful crafters are getting together for a new challenge! Its the 365 Crafting Time Challenge! Well I decided to jump right in and it's been a week and I am so so happy I did! Even if its something simple like punching hearts out of paper to make confetti or just doodling, it's getting something done! I love getting up every morning and dreaming up what I might make or do that day! Here is a little sneak of what I have done so far in a little over a week!


I have done just about everything from make a cute wreath to painting to making a glass fused plate! To find out more about the challenge head over to Sabine's Blog and search #365craftingtime on Instagram!

New Supply Love

Hi friends! I know its been awhile but I wanted to do a quick post about some fun new supplies! Some of these I have been saving up for and others were garage sale bargains!

Here is the page I made using the new supplies!

So here are my fun new supplies! 
 I have been wanting to try Heavy Body Acrylics for awhile so I picked up two bottles of the Liquitex brand at Micheal's and went for it! I used the paint with a stencil in the middle of the circles and I love the texture it left behind! So much fun, I definitely recommend trying them out, its kind of like painting with lipstick!

I have been DYING to try out the Liquitex paint markers and I splurged (two months of savings) and bought these! I am so happy i did! The go over any color fabulously and I love that I can press harder for a more intense color or keep it light for a more transparent look! I am one happy lady, I cant wait to play with them more!

 How cute are these Martha Stewart Washi tapes? I love anything rainbow so I HAD to have these! They aren't transparent so they are perfect for making cute ruffles and such! Love em!

So last Saturday I pulled up to a garage sale and saw these Prismacolor chalk pastels, at first I wasn't going to ask how much they were figuring it would be at least 5 to 10 bucks buuut I asked anyways and well I got them for 50 cents!!! I nearly started jumping up and down in excitement! I love them, the colors are so gorgeous and bold, I;m in love to say the least!


So what new supplies have you tried lately? Its amazing how refreshing just trying something new can be, whether it cost you ten bucks or fifty cents! Well that is all for me now, I will be back soon with a few fun tutorials in the mean time here is a new art journal spread I recently finished! Happy Wednesday!!!

Art Journal Love



Hi friends I know its been awhile but I figured I would stop by for an update and share some art journal love! I am finding my love of color just continues to grow, I love using my neon paints and contrasting them with a darker purple or blue! I also love adding pops of black, I love how back + neon looks!




 I am also in love with drippy circles! I find myself filling my pages with them! Do you have any shapes that are always popping up on your pages? I also really love adding text to my pages whether it be stamps or some paper collage!



Maps continue to be one of the things I always reach for when I need paper! I love the colors, the lines and the text! What do you tend to reach for? That's all for me now, I hope you have a wonderful Monday!







My Top 5 Art Journaling Supplies!



Hi there! Today I thought I would share what my top five art journaling supplies are. Now this list changes as I get new supplies or discover new techniques. But for now these are what I am loving!

Golden High Flow Acrylic Paint 
 I love this stuff, seriously it's my go to paint, I love that it's transparent and is almost like an ink but better! The mini bottles are perfect for on the go creating and I am sooo in love with the selection of colors, especially the neon!


Paint Rollers
 I looove this triangle roller, it was given to me by a friend who didn't want it, score! I believe this one is from a scrapbooking company! I also like making my own rollers from tp tubes and hot glue or rubber bands!

India Ink
 I recently found these at the very bottom of my AJ on the go bag and well fell in love again! I love writing and doodling with the ink, and with all the new colors popping up there is tons of possibilities!

Painted Papers

 I love having pre-painted paper to use in my journal! I love doodling on book pages and using up extra paint to make cool papers for collage in my journal! Here are some that are painted on plain paper and book paper and then written on. Some days I just sit and make pages for collage, its fun no pressure painting!

Heidi Swapp Stencils
These are two of my favorite stencils right now (can you tell?) Heidi Swapp has a bunch of fun stencils that are in the scrapbooking section at Michael's and are so much fun! As you can tell I love these!


Well there ya have it my five favorite supplies right now! So what are some of your favorite supplies? Do they tend to change or rotate? Is there one thing you just have to have for art journaling?