Welcome to my blog. My blog is mainly for the sharing of the many projects I make either for swaps, for gifts or just because I was inspired by something I saw on the internet and wanted to give it a try as well. I hope you enjoy what you see and if you have any questions be sure to send me a comment.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

More Mini Shutter Books...

I am one of those people that when I learn something new, I get addicted to making them for a period of time. Such is the case of the Mini Shutter Books I featured in my last post.  These were actually samples I made for the class I taught with my stamp club.



Thursday, May 3, 2018


I can't recall how I came across this YouTube artist, Helen Griffin from the UK, but was excited to see this project. A modified version of a Shutter Card, that she created as a tri fold mini book.

I have made shutter cards before, here is the first one I've made.

Here is one I made from a modified version in Splitcoaststampers' newsletter.

And here is the book version I made from Helen's video. I love how it turned out. 

Now check out Helen's video tutorial here:
Tutorial Trifold Shutter Mini Book

Printed papers used from the following 6x6 paper pads. 

My Minds Eye: Lost & Found-Madison Avenue
Photoplay Paper Co.: Julie Nutting French Flea Market
Photoplay Paper Co.: Michelle Coleman Moments in Time

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Dyan Reaveley BYOB Class April 1,2017

I had an opportunity to take a class from one of my favorite mixed media artists, Dyan Reaveley.  My daughter-in-law and I made a weekend trip of it down to Beaverton, OR for the class as well as some fun shopping in the area. 

We took a class called Build Your Own Book (BYOB), and I really liked the assembly of this book.  I'm not so sure I was all that crazy about the different types of paper mixed together in the book, but once I got home and decorated the pages I fell in love with it.

Here are pictures of the finished book... well, I may go back and add a thing or two to a few of the pages, but for now... I'm sticking a fork in it.

Thursday, April 20, 2017


The Mixed Media Morsel art journal project was created by Cat Hand. She created videos of her technique themed projects using a mini composition book. We replicated the techniques either with our own designs or we could copy hers.  I did a little of both... using a little bound notebook with pages that were about 3" x 5-1/2" You can follow this link to her You Tube channel.  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsKvyMTiXZonwDYs18SnWwg

The last photo shows how the address labels were decorated with paints then over stamped with black ink.

These two photos are of the Torn Paper Background technique on 8.5 x 5.5 journal pages.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016


It took awhile but I finally finished my first art journal.  I started it in August of 2013 and finished it in April of 2016.  I had several months where I couldn't work on it due to buying/selling/remodeling homes.  When all was said and done, I feel I learned a lot about art journaling.  What appeals, what doesn't, what seemed a great idea in my mind, was in fact a fail once it got on paper.  Some pages I plan to go back and re-alter a little to something more appealing to myself.  

Wednesday, March 23, 2016


After buying this new product (CHA 2016) as soon as it was available, I have to admit at being disappointed.  I could not get the crayon product to rub out into a soft background, instead had these smudged squiggle lines when I was looking for the Pan Pastels / Gelatos look, soft blended backgrounds.  In all fairness it IS sold as a water re-active pigment, so by adding a wet brush you can get some pretty backgrounds.  After complaining about it on a Yahoo group, a fellow group member, Karen B, suggested gessoing my substrate first as that is what you have to do with the other products listed.  So I gave that a try and, found love!  Here are a few steps to creating a one of a kind, blended and distressed looking backgrounds.

For this tutorial I am using the Antique Linen, Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain crayons.  A damp paper towel or wet wipe that should be damp not wet.  Gesso, brush and/or palette knife.

Apply gesso to your substrate, in this case a manila tag.  I normally apply with a brush then use a pallet knife to random apply some texture.  Let dry completely by air drying or using your heat tool.

Once dry add some scribbles (use a light hand) of the Antique Linen to the center of the tag and immediately start blending out with your finger tips, I find I use my pointer and/or middle finger and blend in a circular motion. Blend in the center of the card as shown.  Once you have laid down your scribbles don't wait or walk away as as it will dry and be harder to blend when you come back. However if you are finding it harder to blend, tap a finger tip on the damp towel or wipe and rub lightly across the scribbles.  If your finger is too wet it will just rub the color completely off. This can be done through out the project.  If you rub off more than you anticipated scribble a little more crayon and blend it in.

Now scribble on some of the Vintage Photo crayon.  I've done several of these now, but until you get the hang of it, I would recommend that you not completely outline as I did here, do the edges in quarters. Blend until you get what looks pleasing to you.

Now add some scribbles of the Walnut Stain crayon and blend.  This shows what I meant about doing it in quarters.   Blend the edges.

Once you are done with the blending you will take your damp paper towel or wet wipe and with a light pouncing motion, randomly remove the color from the surface of the raised texture. Continue until you have the desired look you want.  And you are ready to embellish or stamp on your tag.

Other things to know...  if you use the Tim Holtz / Ranger Specialty Stamping paper you do not need to gesso, the crayons will blend on this.  However you will have a relatively shiny surface, like shown on these ATCs.  I am also showing two inks.. the one on the left is Black Soot Distress Ink Pad.. this will bead up on the surface, but it does dry.  On the right, using the same stamp is Jet Black Archival Ink Pad.  Of the people who have seen this picture, more prefer the Black Soot look as it gives a more distressed look.  But keep in mind anything you do wet over it will make it bleed.

Here are some images that show the tags in other color schemes.  The areas that look like blotching are from having to add a dampness to my finger tip to blend after I over pounced with my wet wipe. It just adds to the distressed look of the tags.  You will also see that they have a bit of a waxy finish to them.  You see it more when you tilt in the light, but looking at them normally they look fine.  I find that archival and other permanent inks stamp the best over the crayon finish.  Distress inks will bead up I have been blotting with paper towels, but they leave a cool distress element.  .

I hoped this little tutorial answered a few questions and inspired you a little.  There are other techniques I haven't had time to try yet but I am looking forward to using my Distress Crayons a lot more now.