Monday, September 22, 2014

The Journey

I had some time in the studio this weekend...creating a video for a customer who wanted to know more about how Distress Paints work for creating backgrounds.  I mixed Distress Paints and lots of yummy Wendy Vecchi products to create my project.  You can see the full video below, along with some more photos of my finished tag, and links to where you can buy products.  Enjoy!!

 Here's the video and product links!

  • Vintage Mesh Background Stamp
  • Dots and Dashes Background Stamp
  • It's Face Art (can't find anyone who carries this so let me do some more checking...)

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Studio Table with Seth Apter

I'm joining with Seth Apter, and a whole bunch of other artists (visit Seth's blog for the full list), to share what our studio spaces really look least those of us who create with abandon.  Maybe that should be create without any care for the mess I leave behind! LOL!  And so...I present to you...what the inside of my studio really looks like...
That's right...I work an 8x8 room that is located off of my dining room (shame that any guests have to look upon such a mess when they're enjoying dinner...oh wait, we usually eat in the living room because my dining room table is covered with school books...never mind...)  My hubby built in the narrow L-shaped desk so I could get the most out of the floor space.  And I have the majority of my supplies (I know it looks like the supplies are just on the floor) stored in a huge, antique wardrobe.

When I work...I simply toss used supplies on to the floor.  Or, as you can see above, I put what I might want to use on the floor next to my stool so I can look through them.  Wendy Vecchi stamp sets anyone?
Here's my pile of half finished projects...let's see, we have some mini albums, some cards, magazines to read, a big bag of supplies from my last class to be emptied, and projects from a March retailer event to finish.
And that tiny space, housing the blue art journal pages, is what I typically work in...what's that about two square feet of work space?  And that piece of wood you see poking out from the shelf in the upper right hand side of the photo is what holds my camera when I create videos.  Can you even believe it? LOL!  The good thing about having a smalls space is that it does clean up quickly and everything I use is very (very) close at hand!

That, my friends, is an unashamed look at what my studio looks like on any given day.  And about twice a year I can't take it anymore and I go on a major cleaning spree...that hasn't happened yet this year...maybe for Christmas...

Want to check out my videos?  You can see my You Tube channel, here, it's packed full of technique videos!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Dream Art Journal Layout with NEW Donna Downey Stencils

Hi folks!  I'm back with a two-page art journal layout that I created after grabbing a large handful of Donna Downey's new stencils...LOVE 'em and had a hard time not buying all of them to add to my ever growing stash of stencils!  Today I've created a photo tutorial for you so pull up a chair, get comfy, and read on!
Step 1 (photos above and below) - I start any painted pages in my journal by applying gesso.  The gesso preps the paper and keeps the paint from soaking into the paper.  (If using ink sprays, don't gesso).  Once my gesso was dry, I wanted to add some texture to the page (something that would be painted over) but didn't want anything as thick as embossing paste.  Donna uses this tape product on her journal pages that I adore but since I had no such product in my stash, I peeled off the backing of a sticker sheet and applied the entire piece to the middle of my layout.

 Step 2 - I used Dina Wakley's acrylic paints to add color over the entire layout.  This is a combination of Sky, Lapis, and Night.  I adore Dina's acrylic paints...they're heavy bodied and mix beautifully.  (Forgive the never ending glare of my work light...)

 Step 3 - I used Wendy Vecchi's white embossing paste and Donna's NEW Bloom Group stencil to add the main image on my left hand page.  Note that the flower stems are not as long as shown.  I had to lay down the stencil a second time to increase the steam length to the bottom of my page and I also added two more flowers.  While my paste was drying, I added four book text circles on the right hand side of my layout.
 Step 4 - My favorite step...Paint!  I again used Dina's paints to paint the flowers.  I put the stencil back over the dry paste to minimize any paint oozing on to the background, in between the flower petals.  I used Magenta and Ruby on the large flowers and Tangerine, Lemon, and a hint of Umber on the smaller flowers.  I also used a white paint pen to add a few highlights, after the paint was dry.
 Step 5 - Are you confused by this step?  These are my text circles, surrounded by more white embossing paste. The centers of each circle was covered with translucent paste (also from Wendy Vecchi).  Wait until you see what happens when the translucent paste dries...
 Step 6 - I used an older Prima stencil (I think it was Prima) and Dylusions White Linen ink spray to add a bit of design to the background.  I also used more Magenta and Ruby paint to the now dry embossing paste that is surrounding my text circles.
Here's a closer look a the circles...see that glare off of the Love circle?  The translucent paste dries clear and with a glossy finish.  My text circles are now encased in's very cool!
 Step 6 to the end - (I confess that I got a bit caught up in all the creative fun and missed a few photos!) - I used Higgins black ink to add black circles and DRIPS around each circle and then also added just a few drops of ink on the left hand side of the layout.  I stamped the words using a Catherine Scanlon stamp set....they fit perfectly!!  I then finished with a date stamp...very Donna Downey style. :-)
I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial and layout!  I really must get some better lighting in my studio, right?  I'll work on that next week...if I can start making art!!

In other news...I've officially announced that I'm closing eclectic Paperie (not for lack of success...this girl just really needs her life back!)  The entire store is now 20% off...head on over and grab yourself some paint, journals, paper, and stencils and then get to work on your own art journal!  Used code EP20 when checking out!  Craft On!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Hold on Tight to Your Dreams

I created a new tag over the weekend, featuring a Gelli Plate background.  Video demonstrating my technique below!  Enjoy!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014


Hi all!  I had an opportunity to do some crafting this weekend (woohoo!!) and I created this card using a whole bunch of Wendy Vecchi products (links below).  I also created a video to show you how you can recreate this same look on your own.  The video also includes instruction on how to color Wendy's embossing paste once it's dry.  Fun stuff!  Enjoy!!


Tuesday, August 5, 2014

With Sincere Thanks

Hi kids!  I'm back with a new card to share...I know, it's been ages!  Our family has been fully embracing the summer months and have been on the go each and every day.  I finally had some time to play with...drum roll please...the brand new Wendy Vecchi products!  Woot!  Woot!  Wendy's new stamps, stencils, and SiSis (Stamp It, Stencil It) products arrived last week and of course I had to grab a few of the new sets (or all of them!)  And for one day only, eclectic Paperie is offering a 20% FLASH Sale on Wendy's new goodies!  Just use code WENDY2014 when you check ends on August 5 at midnight (EST!)

So how about today's card?  It features all kinds of wonderful products...can't wait to share!  (And I'm sorry for not taking step-by-step photos...was working on a new video, see link below, and didn't have a ton of time left to create but the steps are listed below).

  1. Use a palette knife to apply a generous layer of embossing paste (white) to all four sides of cardstock (I'm using Strathmore Mixed Media cardstock).
  2. Use the new Lots of Leaves background stamp to press into the wet paste (be sure to clean your stamp immediately to remove all of the paste).  You can see the tiny leaf prints in the paste.
  3. Dry with heat tool or allow to air dry.
  4. Spritz background with Dylusions Ink Sprays.  I used Lemon Zest and Tangerine Dream.  Dry with heat tool.
  5. Use Add a Stencil and Pumice Stone Distress Ink to add a layer of design to the card background.
  6. Use a blending tool and Gathered Twigs Distress Ink to ink the edges of the card.  This is a great way to make the leaf pattern pop out a bit more.
  7. Die cut oval and use Jet Black Archival Ink to stamp flower design, from the Pretty Little Posies SiSi, onto the oval.  Heat set ink.
  8. Lay coordinating stencil, from the Pretty Little Posies SiSi set, over the top of the stamp flower and color with Red Geranium Archival Ink.  (The mini blending tool is great for this application!)
  9. Add bronze pearls to the flower centers and tiny white dots to the petals, using a white gel pen.  Add faux stitching around the oval.  Add small bow to the bottom of the oval.
  10. Use swirl from the Say it With Art stamp set to stamp a butterfly trail.
  11. Use foam tape to attach oval to left side of card and glue dots to attach the butterfly.  (The larger butterfly is from the Little Bits stencil, I just traced it on a piece of designer paper).
  12. Stamp sentiment from the Say it With Art stamp set, using Jet Black Archival Ink.
  13. Mount entire piece on black cardstock.
 Hope you enjoyed today's card...why not head on over to the eP store and grab yourself some new (or older) Wendy Vecchi won't be disappointed.

Happy Crafting!!

PS - I've had some questions about how the new Ranger Texture Paste compares to Wendy's Embossing Paste so I put together a video...check it out below:

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Viva Decor Painters Tray

Hi there and welcome toWednesday!  Today I'm sharing some sneak peeks of an upcoming project that I'll be teaching at the eclectic Paperie studio in Exeter, NH.  (Looking for the studio location?  Go here!)  The class will be held on July 26 from 1-5 pm and the class will feature a wide variety of the Viva Decor product line.  And PS - I LOVE their product line...amazing products!  You can register for the class here.

I'm not going to go in to too many details about how to create this piece, 'cause you need to sign up for the class, but I'm going to share a few of the trays and products.  Each of the tray backgrounds will feature one of the products in the Viva line...First up is Ferro!

Ferro is this concrete like substance that has a very rough texture when dry, and is very gritty when wet.  You can also water down Ferro to create an almost watercolor type paint.  This box features Ferro with a stencil.  Swoon...

Next is Inka Gold and Metallic Crackle Paint (these two lines are used on a few of the trays).  Don't you just love the sheen and peeling paint look?  Makes me weak in the knees!  And that's Ferro on the orange butterfly; crackle paint on the purple.
This tray features another peek at the Metallic Crackle Paint through a stencil, along with Silks Acrylic Glaze in the background.
On this tray we'll use embossing paste, stencils, and 3-D Stamp Paint.  I'm not sure why it's called 3-D Stamp Paint as it's not very 3-D when it's dry! LOL!  It does, however, have a great shimmer.  More Ferro on the bird cage...I can't get enough Ferro!

This tray contains 3-D Stamp paint, through a stencil, and Inka Gold...yup, you can paint with Inka Gold!  And, of course, more Ferro on the bird and goblet...or egg holder.
This last tray is showing off more Ferro through a stencil along with a swirl covered with Inka Gold...check out that shine! 

Interested in learning more?  If you're local, sign up for the class (only SIX seats in this class and a few are already sold so sign up ASAP to grab a spot).  If you're not local, keep an eye out for videos showcasing some of the techniques we'll cover in the class.  If you're interested in the Viva Decor product line, you can see all of our available products here.