Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Marabu Art Crayons

Hello Friends!  Recently I've been seeing lots of fun new mediums from Marabu and one that particularly caught my eye were their new art crayons. Similar to Gelatos and other water soluble color mediums I couldn't help but wonder if they were different.  Well, recently Joggles* had an amazing sale on them so I snagged 4 different sets of colors. 

*Note - I am not being compensated for posting a link to Joggles...they just have REALLY great sales and I shouldn't be the only one spending my $'s there - LOL!!  ;)  Always happy to help out spending your art $'s too!

So what's the scoop....  First off I have to say that these are the creamy-est sticks I have ever tried! Far smoother than the rest. There is also LOTS of product in this lipstick style tube making them a great bargain.  I will be doing a side-by-side comparison very soon but I just whipped up this card with some goodies laying on my table...

I just scribbled some color onto kraft colored cardstock.

Swished the medium around with a watercolor brush and then stamped over top with VersaFine Clair inks and Joy Clair stamps.  So easy and the colors are so vibrant even on the kraft. I can see these being loads of fun in the near future!


Marabu Art Crayons
Imagine - VersaFine Clair Inks
Joy Clair - Happy 4th
Kraft Cardstock

Tuesday, May 22, 2018


Hello Friends!!

I was sick this past weekend so I missed out on posting a link to a new card/technique that was posted on Saturday over on the Imagine blog. 

I am so excited to share this card with contains one of my favorite craft supplies...GLITTER!!!  Yes I know, most of you think I'm nuts but I love glitter and this is a non-messy way to incorporate it into your projects.  It was mixed with Creative Medium to hold it fast.

It turned out really sparklie and bright IRL, so pretty and since I used glass glitter it also has a really nice texture to it as well.

You can find complete instructions and a supply list over on the Imagine blog here:

Have a lovely day friends!!!

Monday, May 21, 2018

DecoArt Pouring Medium - Glass & Paper

Hello Everyone!  I am excited to bring you another installment of Acrylic Pouring using DecoArt's new Pouring Medium & Topcoat!

O.k..before we begin, I have a confession to make...I see art everywhere!  Dh and I were shopping a couple weeks ago at Meijers and we were adding a few cans of Bushs baked beans to the cart.  I happened to see this really cool looking brown "bean pot" type jar of baked beans.  I asked him if he wanted to give them a try all the while knowing I was truly only buying it because I KNEW that jar would be perfect (and so cute) to hold paint brushes - LOL!!  Well we had them this weekend so I washed it up ready to be painted ;)  Terrible I know - it's as bad as buying the altoids just for the tins - LOL!!

Anyway, on with the show... I started off by choosing my colors. Since my main objective was to paint the brown bean pot jar I wanted to use pinks and reds since they go so well with the brown.  In addition to the DecoArt Pouring Medium I used Americana True Red, Bubblegum Pink, Titanium White and Tutti Fruitti Crafters Acrylic (which is a few shades darker than the Bubblegum Pink).

And of course here is my objective...the fun and funky brown bean pot!  I was a bit worried because there are some words around the upper edge as well as a texture along the sides of the jar.  Not sure how it would turn out but as it happens it finished off pretty cool.

At the last moment I decided I need to add a bit of lavender so I used DecoArts Grape Taffy Crafter's Acrylic.  Mixed mostly with the 1:1 ratio - some had a bit more pouring medium by accident.

Layered my colors in the cup...

And started pouring!

I just poured it on until I liked what I saw.  You can see the pool of excess paint around the bottom of the fears - more on that coming further down.  So anyway, I let the paint drip off the jar and air dry.  Once it had dried I poured the DecoArt Topcoat on and let that dry as well.  Here is how it turned out.....

I am SOOO excited about how it turned out....

far better than I imagined! 

I just love how the colors flowed and blended, it is just so pretty!

Here is a close up of the paint over the texture in the glass... I think it adds an interesting dimension to it that an ordinary jar wouldn't have.  If you can see in some areas the paint was redirected by the little nubs of texture.  Pretty cool huh?   Now the only problem is...dh wasn't all that thrilled with the beans but I would really like several more of these jars to paint - LOL!!

I still had some paint in the cup so I poured over a canvas that didn't work last time.I REALLY like how it turned out....

A close up of the cells.

Not sure what I'll do with it but it is pretty.

After my original post about the DecoArt Pouring Medium several people asked about pouring onto cardstock/paper.  Well I did just that and this is how it turned out.  This is the paint that I scraped out of the mixing cups and pouring cup. I poured it all into puddles then just started tilting this way and that.  The paper did curl a bit while the paint was wet but after it dried it went back to a fairly flat state...nothing that can't be fixed when it is glued down to a project.  

It is just so pretty....and you could use it in scrapbooks, on cards, mixed media projects, collages, journals, etc. I think I'll try making some skins next!

Finally there were also LOTS of questions about waste and left over paints.  As you can see from this photo there was quite a bit of paint that had dripped off the sides of the bean fear, not going to let it go to waste!

I took 2 pieces of foam core board and pounced them into the paint....the first one has lots of bold color puddles that were made from a couple of spills in the box ;)  I never said I wasn't messy - LOL!!  This is an approx 8.5 x 11 sheet...

The second is more blended (except for that splotch of red) but it's still very pretty.  It ended up making more cells than the first pounce did.  This piece is approx half the size of the previous piece.

Just a few more close ups of the smaller piece...

I just love all of the designs in the paint.

And finally the last piece I dipped into the excess was just plain old white cardstock.  It turned out very pretty as well.  


DecoArt -
Pouring Medium
Top Coat
Americana - True Red, Bubblegum Pink, Titanium White
Crafter's Acrylic - Tutti Fruitti, Grape Taffy

Other -
Glass Jar
Canvas Corps - 4x4 Canvas
Foam Core Board
White Cardstock

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Imagine & Precious Remembrance Blog Hop Day 2

Welcome to Day 2 of the 
Be sure to check out the details at the bottom for a nifty GiveAway!
The complete list of hop participants can be found on the 

 I had so much fun with playing with the Kaleidacolor Ink Pads creating some fun monochromatic backgrounds I thought I'd give it another shot today.  Yesterday it was interesting to see how the monochromatic colors changed the look and feel of each card I wanted to mix it up a bit and use a few of the mixed color palettes from the Kaleidacolor collection.

 My first card was made using the Tahiti Kaleidacolor ink's amazing how you can take shades of orange, red, green and blue and give them such a hot tropical vibrant feel. This ink pad does just that. You can almost feel the sand between your toes!

Spectrum ink pad contains a wide variety of colors that really do run the spectrum. They are bright and vibrant just like the Tahiti ink pad but these give off that retro 80's least to this child of the 80's.  

My final example was made using the Denim Kaleidacolor ink pad.  It's got a down-home, comfy, cozy feel...most people would think this is just for guys but hey, us girls like our comfy jeans too.

Imagine & Precious Remembrance Blog Hop
Giveaway Details....
- Hop Along and leave us some comments on each blog. 
- Show us some love!:) Like & Follow both companies on Facebook & Instagram 

- Have fun & Good Luck!

Precious Remembrance Shop: Facebook , Instagram

Imagine Crafts: Facebook , Instagram

1 Winner : School Days & Totally stamp sets (Precious Remembrance Shop)
1 Winner : $30 Gift Certificate from Imagine Crafts

Imagine -
Kaleidacolor Ink Pad - Specturm, Denim, Tahiti
VersaFine Clair - Nocturne
Precious Remembrance - School Days, Totally

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Imagine & Precious Remembrance Blog Hop Day 1

Welcome to Day 1 of the 
Be sure to check out the details at the bottom for a nifty GiveAway!
The complete list of hop participants can be found on the 

Today I have a set of cards that I made using the "Totally" stamp set paired with Kaleidacolor ink pads to create monochromatic color theme. It's amazing how the color of the inks "totally" change the feel of each card. Check it out....

The first card was made using the Fresh Greens Kaliedacolor ink pad. These greens give off a tranquil and relaxed feeling like you would experience walking through a lush forest or open meadow.

While blues are often associated with calm and serene landscape of the ocean or open sea this Blue Breeze ink pad surely offers up a bit of calm and comfort.

While this example isn't really a monochromatic ink pad, Berry Blaze and it's coordinating color scheme has an arousing, energetic feel about you're ready to take over the world. 

Even though all of these cards were made using the exact same stamps the colors really play on your emotions.

Imagine & Precious Remembrance 
Giveaway Details:
- Hop Along and leave us some comments on each blog. 

- Show us some love!:) Like & Follow both companies on Facebook & Instagram 

- Have fun & Good Luck!

Precious Remembrance Shop: Facebook , Instagram

Imagine Crafts: Facebook , Instagram

1 Winner : School Days & Totally stamp sets (Precious Remembrance Shop)
1 Winner : $30 Gift Certificate from Imagine Crafts


Kaleidacolor - Blue Breeze, Fresh Greens, Berry Blaze
VersaFine Clair - Nocturne

Precious Remembrance - Totally Stamp Set

Other -
Faux Gemstones
Twine - May Arts

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Tweet This

It's the 15th, that means that there is a new challenge over on the 
Lost Coast Designs / Carmen's Veranda blog!!

And that challenge is... Tweet This!

We want to see your bird creations!!
Be sure to post a link to your new bird themed card on the blog to be entered to win!!
Good Luck Everyone!

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Project Swap Part 2

Yesterday in part 1 of Project Swap I shared the card I made following Nadine's written instructions to see how closely the reproduction would be to the original.  Today in Part 2 of Project Swap I wanted to show you the project I made and show you how Nadine's project turned out!

I wanted to create a piece of art that I had originally planned on hanging in my kitchen but as it turned out it looked better in my bathroom.  The artwork is mounted on a 12x12 black canvas and really pops IRL.

Now I won't show you what Nadine created'll need to jump on over to the blog and you'll be treated to a video of how she re-created my project!!

I hope you enjoy the project video, it's really fun to watch her walk through the entire process!  I hope we can do this again sometime.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Project Swap - Part 1

Have you ever tried to follow someone else's instructions that didn't include instructional photos?  Well that was our challenge this month over at Imagine and let me tell you it was SO much fun!!  Today I have the project I made using Nadine's instructions (which we didn't know at the time.  It was all a bit secret who got our instructions and who's we received, that was part of the fun!  and this is what I created...

This is the card was lots of fun to create, I LOVE the Fresh Greens Kaliedacolor ink pad - the colors are so vibrant and well of course it does help that green is my 2nd favorite color behind blue.  

Nadine's instructions were clear and concise, so easy to follow. I was all good with it until I got to the step where she spritzed the excess ink (from braying the ink onto the cardstock) with water and then used the inked panel to pick up the excess....  Eeeek!  I really didn't want to chance messing up the lovely work but I did it anyway and I'm so glad I did!  The results were amazing.  

It was so funny...we of course couldn't wait to share our creations to find out who's instructions we received and how our project compared to the original...

To see how mine stacks up be sure to stop over and see for yourself...

By Nadine & Roni

Be sure to stop by tomorrow and see the project that Nadine created using my instructions!

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Spotlight Rose

Good Morning All! 

I hope you're having a lovely day of it.  I want to share a lovely vintage looking rose from Lost Coast Designs that I stamped using the Spotlight technique.

It was created for the current Yellow and Orange Challenge over at Lost Coast Designs & Carmen's Veranda.  

Please hop on over to the blog to check out how this card was created....

I would also like to enter this in Double D's challenge - May Flowers

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

DecoArt Paint Pouring on Cardstock

Welcome back my inky friends!!  If you recall on Monday I shared my experiments with DecoArts new Pouring Medium on a variety of canvases.  You know I can't stand to waste anything especially paint and ink so rather than toss the baby wipe (from the swipe canvas) and extra paint leftover I pulled the painty wipe across a piece of white cardstock just to see what would happen.  I am happy to say it worked perfectly!!  It makes an incredible surface to work with...check it out ~

These are the first two cards I've made using part of the painted cardstock. I absolutely LOVE how they turned out!! Due to the paint/pouring medium properties you need to use an ink that dries on slick surfaces such as StazOn or VersaFine Clair which is what I used for these examples. I stamped several different images on each card incorporating complimentary colors to the original swipe. Then mounted on card blanks and added a sentiment to each. 

This is the original swipe piece of cardstock...
and my cards...

If you look closely you can pick out where each panel came from on the original.  

For some reason these panels just reminded me of hay fields so I went with wildflower silhouettes for both. I added some interesting textures and other stamps in the background just to take your eyes on a tour of the whole panel.  

What do you think?  Next time I pull out the paints I am going to try to pour right onto my cardstock.  I know it will cause a bit of wrinkling due to the moisture content in the paint/pouring medium but I think I can get it to lay flat after it's dry to use.  These panels were fairly flat after it had dried completely so I'm not worried about that aspect at all.

Pouring Medium
Pouring Top Coat
Media Fluid Acrylics - Primary Yellow, Primary Cyan, Yellow Green Light, Cobalt Teal Hue
Americana Acrylic Paint - Titanium White
Other - 
White Cardstock
Just For Fun Rubber Stamps - All Stamp Images