Thursday, May 7, 2015


Hi there!

Here is a tutorial on how to make this wonderful ART Journal page!

 I saw something similar on Pinterest and was totally inspired to create this page using my own materials that could be easily replicated. :))

Here we go.... :0))))

First off I started with an old book.  This one was from the 80's and was about England.  :)  It's about 8.5" x 11" in size and has been great for working on.  I used masking tape in a 1.5" width and ripped pieces off the roll and randomly stuck them all over the book pages.

Next I primed the tape/book page with white gesso.

Using Glue and Seal, I brushed some onto the book page near the bottom then placed white tissue paper on top.  I brushed the tissue paper flat with the Glue & Seal and made sure it had crinkles and texture.  I also shaped the top of the tissue to look like rolling hills. 

I added a second layer of tissue on top of the first layer to give more dimension. 

I took some Dreamweaver paste and, using a spatula, I lathered a generous amount to the TOP of the page- probably the top 2.5".  I then used the Ranger Texture Tool #3 and starting at the top, dragged the texture tool through the paste down towards the bottom of the page -- which gave long streaky marks.  I didn't put paste all over the page because when I drag with the Texture Tool it skips and pulls paste from the top down to the middle in more of an imperfect way, looking like a rainy sky. I let all these steps dry. 

Using Tim Holtz Distress Paints in Walnut, Vintage Photo and Forest Moss, I lightly painted the bottom hills where the tissue paper was glued on.  I sprayed lightly with water to help the paints move and blend.  Let dry. 

I lightly dabbed Black Soot Distress Stain onto the edges of the page and added a bit of water on a paintbrush to blend the stain.  With the tissue paper it looks neat how the paints and stains puddle in the creases.  

Using peacock Feather Distress Paint I brushed it onto the middle section of the page.  I used a wet paint brush and also sprayed water onto the peacock paint to help it move and blend.  I kept my paint strokes vertical to blend in with the rain looking paste base layer.  I didn't go too close to the hills because I wanted some white space in there. 

Now I took Mermaid Lagoon Distress Paint and starting at the top of the page, blended the paint down into the Peacock Feather paint.  I tried to keep the top of the page darker and get lighter towards the center.  

Here is what it looks like so far.

I die cut the Umbrella Man Sizzix die using glossy paper.  I also cut four extra umbrellas from the glossy paper.  I painted on a thin layer of blending solution onto my glossy paper before putting on the alcohol inks.  I find it blends the inks better.  Then using Espresso,  Teakwood and Sunset Orange Alcohol inks, I dropped ink onto the die cuts and watched the colors mix.  At this point you can use as mush or little of a color depending on that outcome you want. 

For the last few steps.... I used my ink distressing tool and gently rubbed Walnut Stain ink on the edge of the pages.  I hot glued on my title.  And Lastly hot glued on my Umbrella Man and umbrellas. :))

I hope you are inspired to create!
Happy Scrappin,

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Marion Smith COLOR LAB sprays!

Here is a layout using the Marion Smith Color LAB SPRAYS!!  yes I love them... I made up 21 bottles of different colors last week!  It was so fun and super EASY to play with the colors and create gorgeous sprays.  Seriously anyone can do this.  :))))

I sprayed right on the page, after I used paste and stencils, to give the splotches of color.  And I also sprayed some flat white flowers different tones of sprays.  I love how pretty they turned out. :)

Another thing I like about this product, when I sprayed the flower once it was soft and pretty.  But when i kept spraying the same flower, the color grew more vibrant and intense.  So really, it's like having a few colors in one bottle, light and dark!  I love it!

I still have some Marion Smith Starter kits available!  $34.99 (plus tax) gets you the color recipes, the 5 main color pigments, 3 sparkle pigments, three spray bottles and a scoop. It's a great deal!  Marion Smith's packaging says you get 30+ bottles of spray from the pigment pots... I'm saying more like 60+ !!  This stuff goes a long way and you need so little to make a colored spray.

I'm giving this product a two thumbs up!
Happy Scrappin,


PS-- on the attached photo you can see the sprays I've made so far... most are from the Marion Smith recipe book.  Yet I did make THREE of my own colors and name them!  You are welcome to use my recipes and replicate them as well. :))

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

"Alcohol INKS" Card class

NEW class!

Come learn how to use alcohol inks to create 5 great cards that are perfect for mailing!

May 27th



Teacher:  Kimi

Basic supply kit
(alcohol inks if you have them)
splat mat

"Everyday Adventure" Waterfall MINI BOOK

This is a great gift for FATHER's DAY! You can use it as a brag book with pictures, or add quotes, or even gift cards! We will use alcohol inks, papers and embellishments to create this great mini book.
And YOU get to choose the paper you like when you sign up!
MAY 19th
Teacher: Kimi
Basic supply kit
Scor board (if you have one)
brown ink and sponge
corner rounder
(alcohol inks if you have them)

Family Selfie!!

For this layout I used Gelatos!! I did the same technique as the last post. :)) I love the look of this!
Happy Scrappin,

Again... I used Gelatos! I did this layout at a monthly blub... as a spin off the Family Selfie layout. (I'll post it soon).
I clear gesso'ed the paper, then once it was dry I could add colors of gesso to really change the look of the paper and brighten it. I cut the paper up, grunged the edge with a black distress pen, then glued the pieces to the base page. I added some left over embellies from my stash. :))
A great guy layout!

Gold Leaf and Stencils

I don't think I posted this layout... I did it a while ago using Gold Leaf! I stenciled on glue then brushed on the gold leaf over the kids school picture. I also used aged enamel in white on my Dusty Attic scroll. I added tons of sequins and Pearl Pen dots to give a splattered look. And I made the purple flower using lace and a hot glue gun!
Happy Scrappin!