Saturday, April 30, 2016

TTCRD Designer Project - Andrea Norris

Hey everyone!

I am here today with a project for TTCRD! It's a wall hanging... and I love how it turned out. If you would like to see more details for this, please check out the new edition of TTCRD for May/June or the front page of the website after the 1st Sunday of May. The image I used is called Fuchsia and it's by Artist Andrea Norris:

There is a prize offered for the magazine entries. you can find more details about that on the blog after the first Sunday of May.

Challenges I am entering this project on:
-Art by Miran Challenge:
-Creative Artiste Mixed Media Challenge:
-Crafting with friends challenge:

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Colour me Positive - Week 14: HOPE

Hey Guys!

I am here today with another page in my Colour me Positive art journal!!! This time I used watercolors!!! I am having so much fun with them!!!

Here is the final page:

YouTube video:

And close ups!!

Here is my product list:

-Strathmore Mixed Media Journal (9x12)
-Dictionary Page
-Golden Gel medium
-Daniel Smith Watercolor ground (Titanium White)
-Winsor & Newton Professional Watercolor set
  Colors: Perm. Rose, Perm. Al. Crimson,Olive green, Perm sap green,Aureolin, Winsor Orange, Winsor violet and Ivory Black
-Archival Ink in Green

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Mini Art journal page - FOR A REASON

Hey Guys!!!

I am here today with another mini art journal spread! Napkins today!!

Here is the page:

YouTube video:

And close ups!

Products list:
-Mini Art journal
-Book pages
-Golden Gel medium
-Golden fluid acrylics in: Quin. magenta and Titan Buff
-Donna Downey Peonies stencil
-Donna Downey art and possibility set
-Liquitex matte medium
-Archival In in Plum
-Getalos in Lavender and grape

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Colour me Positive - Week 13: SIGNIFICANT

Hey guys!

I am here again with another page in my Colour Me Positive Art journal. This time I drew an eye and used mainly watercolor and colored pencils on it!!

Here is the final page:

Here is the YouTube video:

The list of products I have used:
-Strathmore Mixed Media visual Journal
-Graphgear 1000 0.7 mechanical pencil
-Pentel eraser
-Dr. Ph. Martin Bombay India ink in black
-Copic multiliner .8
-Faber-Castell Multimark Plus Permanent pen in black
-Masking fluid
-The incredible nib
-Winsor & Newton Professional Watercolor set: Perm. rose, Perm. Al.crimson, violet, Aureolin, Quin. gold, burnt sienna
-Prismacolor Premier colored pencils in Magenta, burnt ochre and violet
-Copic Marker: Cool Gray 3 (C3)
-White posca pen
-Donna Downey "as I see it" stamp set

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Mini Art Journal Page - FIERCE

Hey guys!

I am here today with another spread in my handmade mini art journal! This one is about feelings and how I deal with them my art... The quote reflects in truth my thoughts. Here is the final look:

YouTube video:

And close ups!

Here is my product list:

-Handmade Mini Ar journal
-Adhesive mesh
-Ceramcoat acrylic paint in sunshine and OJ
-TCW 459 stencil
-TCW 454 stencil
-Vellum paper
-Archival ink in Jet black
-Donna Downey "as I see it" stamp set
-Washi tape
-Gelato in black

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Mini Art journal Page: WILD & FREE

Oi guys!!

I am here today with another Mini Art journal Page! This one is called WILD & FREE... It was great to play with my Goden paints again!!

Here is my final picture:

You Tube video:

And close ups!

Here is my products list:

-Mini Art journal
-Book pages
-Golden Gel medium
-Golden fluid acrylics in: Diarylide yellow, vat orange, Quin. magenta and phthalo blue
-Donna Downey dear in the headlight stencil
-Donna Downey Wild and free stamp set
-Technique Tuesday Growing wild stamp set
-black gesso

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, April 17, 2016

#TrashToTreasure: Mixed Media Mail Art and Bookmark

Hi Guys!!

I am here with a # for Creative Art Colaboration with a #TrashToTreasure art! I was going to throw an old box away and decided to make a postcard and a bookmark!

Here they are:

The YouTube Video:

And close ups:

Here is the product list:

-Old box
-dictionary pages
-Dylusions paints in vibrant turquoise, london blue, fresh lime, bubble gum pink, postbox red and squeezed orange
-handmade stencil
-TCW mini Casey and Penelope
-Black Posca paint pen
-black gesso
-Tim Holtz chit chat stickers
-Gelatoes in black and chocolate

Thanks for passing by!

TTCRD May/June TIC TAC TOE challenge

Hi guys,

I am here today with a tag! I had so much fun making it! This one was the TIC TAC TOE challenge for the TTCRD May/June Magazine!

Tag/ticket - die cut/punch - twine/ribbon

For the supply list, please consult the May/June edition of the TTCRD Magazine. Here is a little bit a about it:

Membership to the website is free but only those with a paid subscription can access the "Subscribers Only Area".

 ***If you are a NEW SUBSCRIBER***
Please make sure you join this site FIRST!  Then go ahead and join the Subscriber Only Group after you receive your invite via email to access all subscriber features and magazine issue links!

For those who have subscribed, you will find a Subscriber ONLY Group (found in the Groups Tab on the tool bar above) where you will  have exclusive access to tutorials, templates and free digi's.
Magazines are released Bi-Monthly
January - February
March - April
May - June
June - August
September - October
November - December
Please direct all questions to
 Cara Malmrose at

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Friday, April 15, 2016

Watercolor Journey: Introduction

Hey guys!

Today I am here with something very different from what I am used to post. I have watercolors!!! Watercolors are so much fun... But I never gave watercolors an honest try. Last year, I really looked into it and ended up purchasing quite a few sets, from very cheap to very expensive! Things were better financially and I could afford them. Again, I never really gave them a chance, all I did was to use them in the background of my mixed media pieces. So, I have been thinking about my watercolors a lot lately and decided to take a step towards more hand drawn/hand painted kind of art work.

My first step was to find an online class, and I found few great ones on Skillshare! This one that I am taking now is called Modern Watercolor Technique: Beginner's Level with Ana Victoria Calderon. I really enjoy the way she teaches.

After she goes through the material for the course, she make a little comparison with the different grades of watercolor. Here is mine:

I enjoyed making this comparison! It made me see and feel he differences between brands and grades of watercolor. I also had the chance to choose my favorite, which was very hard! Even the Crayola one was fun to play with! The Schmincke watercolor set is my most expensive one and it is absolutely great to work with... With just a touch of the water, the colors become alive and vibrant!! But for this first exercise, I chose to use the Winsor & Newton Professional Watercolor set (24 colors). 

This practice task is called Transparencies and it is a lot harder than it looks!! I started with plain water an a bit of paint and work from that always adding a bit of water ever time I moved on to a different square. I did 4 colors, but I guess I could use some more practice. In any case, it was great to use ad have fun with my watercolors!

I will keep updating the progress of my watercolor journey!!!

Thanks for passing by and reading my posts!!

Mini Art journal Page - I AM OK

Hi everybody,

This page is very personal... I decided to share because I think this is part of the healing process. Sometimes, we have so much going on inside of mind and our hearts, but not always we tell people or share the load with a friend. In my case, I make art to resolve these feelings inside. After this page was finished, I felt lighter and ready to go about my day... Anyways, not much more to say about this one.

Here is the video:

The list of the products:

-Mini art journal
-Dylusions paint in Vibrant Turquoise
-black gesso
-Jane Davenport stencil
-White and black Posca paint pen

Thanks for passing by!

Monday, April 11, 2016

Mixed Media Postcards

Hey guys!!

I am here again today with something different. These are mixed media Postcards for a swap at

YouTube process video:

And close ups!

Here are the products I used:

-Watercolor paper
-4x6 index cards
-scraps of paper
-Liquitex gel medim
-Dylusions paint in bubble gum pink, squeezed orange, postbox red and lemon zest
-Various stencils
-Jet Black Arquival ink
-gelato in black

thanks for passing by!

Mini Art Journal Page: POSSIBILITY

Hey guys!

Another mini art journal spread! This one is number 4 in my series and I am having so much fun with these pages!! Here is the one I did today:

I have YouTube video too:

And close ups:

The products I used on this spread:

-masking tape
-book pages
-Tim Holtz Butterfly duo die
-watercolor paper
-Homemade spray ink in blue
-Tim Holtz reflections script stamp
-Distress ink in Brushed corduroy
-Ranger embossing powder in gold
-Tim Holtz stuff to say stamp set
-Gelato in chocolate

Thanks for passing by!

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Colour me Positive - Week 9: WITH INTENTION

Hey guys!

Today I have my week 9 spread for the Colour me Positive challenge! I am really trying to catch up here... We are on week 15 already!! Here is my final page:

Here is the video:

And close ups!

I used: 

-Strathmore Visual Journal 9x12 Mixed media
-Dictionary pages
-Liquitex Gel medium
-Ceramcoat paint in Violet and Fuchsia
-Golden fluid acrylic paint in Quin. Magenta
-Art Advantage acrylic paint in Deep violet
-TCW stencils
-Dyan Revealy alphabet stamp
-Tim Holtz Butterflies and moth stamp
-Tim Holtz Curiosity stamp
-black gesso
-Donna Downey Intention stencil
-Golden Light modeling paste

Thanks for passing by!

Friday, April 8, 2016

Mini Art Journal Page - RED BIRDS

Hey guys!

Today I have another mini art journal page. This one is called RED BIRDS ans it took me about 25 minutes to complete. I have a lot of fun making this one and I think the sentiment is appropriate for the focal point, which are my caged birds. Here is the final mini spread:

I have a YT video for this one:

And close ups!

Products I used on this project:

-Handmade Mini art journal
-masking tape
-Tim Holtz tissue paper -melange
-Caran D'ache Neo Color II watersoluble crayons in lemon yellow, ochre and orange
-Donna downey Bird cage stencil
-Archival ink in jet black
-ink tool
-Tombow marker in 845 
-Music sheet stamp
-Tim Holtz Moths and butterflies stamp
-Tim Holtz Chit chat sticker book
-Gelato in Mango

Thanks for passing by!

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Colour Me Positive - Flip Through and Week 8: BE FEARLESS

Hey guys!

Today, I decided to catch up with my Colour me Positive Art journal Pages. So, here is my Week 8: BE FEARLESS. I had loads of fun with this page. It turned out exactly like I plan, which is a rare thing!

Close ups!

I also have a YouTube video for this one:

The supplies I used are:

-Strathmore Visual Journal (Mixed Media) 9x12
-Dr. Ph Martin's Hydrus Watercolor in Gamboge and Deep red rose
-Watercolor brush #14
-Donna Downey Alphabet rerun stencil
-Tim Holtz reflections stamp
-Donna Downey Anastacia Stamp
-Ranger Clear embossing powder
-heat tool

Thanks for passing by!

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Mini Art Journal Page #2: BALANCE

Hey guys,

Today,  I have another mini spread on my art journal. I really let myself go with this one and just followed what my mind and heart were telling me. I love the sentiment! I just think some splatters are missing...

I am submitting this to Try it on Tuesday Challenge blog.

I love how it turned out, though...

I also have a YouTube video:

Products used on this project:

-Mini art journal
-masking tape
-book pages
-gel medium
-Craft paint: Ceramcoat in Fuchsia and GP Purple
-Baby wipes
-Donna Downey Script stencil
-Donna Downey Alphabet rerun stencil
-Donna Downey Find Balance Stencil
-Donna Downey Lotus stencil
-Prismacolor Prmier Colored Pencils in Cadmium orange hue, spanish orange, canary yellow and 30% warm grey
-Distress ink i seedless preserves
-Archival ink in Jet black
-Gelato in grape

Thanks for passing by!

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Colour me Positive - Art Journal COVER

Hey guys!

I am here today with the making of my art journal COVER for the Colour me Positive Weekly Challenge. I just love the prompts for this project, so to me is more fun than a challenge! I didn't use a lot of things, but the results were great!

Here is the YouTube Video:

I started with watercolor paper and used my homemade ink sprays in Emerald, Turquoise and Aztec Gold, then I used water and my finger to blend them. The shine on the pic is because I also used Ranger Perfect Pearls Mists in Turqoise... I just love the shimmer!!!

After that I used Tim Holtz Coffee stain stecil and Donna Downey's script stencil with ink. And to finish my page I applied black gesso through a TCW stencil and a Tim Holtz Rub on that says JOURNEY!

That's it for my cover... I hope you guys like it!

Thanks for passing by...