Category Archives: Mixed Media

SCACD Release Hop Fun!

Today Susana Loves  Stamps are releasing  more of their unique, fresh and edgy rubber stamps.  The response to the first set of MechAnimals stamps was fantastic, so today we have a new set of MechAnimals along with some fabulous new Far East and floral inspired rubber stamps.

If you’re in the US you can find the new rubber stamps over at Susana’s Custom Art & Card Design.  International customers can find them at my store Quixotic Paperie.

SCACD Digital  is  also releasing today a fun little gaggle of digital ghoulies that scream fun and  sweetness.  You can  check them out HERE!

We’ve got a fun hop today to celebrate the new release and show off some inspiration to get you all fired up. 😉  If you’ve only just joined us, you can pop back to the SCACD Store Blog to get all the details and start the hop, the full hop list will be in the post over there.

You should have hopped over here from my lovely friend MELANIE’S BLOG.

Today I’m showing off one of my favourite stamps from the new release.  When Susana told me that there would be skulls in this release, I was delighted.  1. I love images of skulls 2. I’ve never actually coloured a large skull image before.  So, I had a lot of fun playing!

The stamp I used on my project today is “Sugar Zen Skull”, which is available singly or in a set with the other awesome skull “Sugar Floral Skull”.


I stamped the image with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on Make it Colour Blending Card and coloured with ShinHan Touch Twin Markers (available in the UK from Jackson’s Art Supplies).  I then cut it out and mounted on black card trimmed to leave a narrow border around the edge.


The background was created using a piece of 6″x6″ chipboard, which I covered with gesso, and then applied Embossing Paste through a Prima Stencil.  I then covered it in Dylusions Spray in a gorgeous turquoise, and applied Lindy’s Stamp Gang Magicals to the embossing paste design.  I also sponged the chipboard with Distress Ink to make the turquoise a little less bright.  I then added a Tim Holtz word stick thingy (haha), which I attached using some braided sparkly embroidery floss, and mounted the whole thing on a piece of black board.  To the corners I added some Make it Crafty chipboard corners, painted with more Lindy’s Stamp Gang Magicals.

That’s it from me!  Hope you enjoyed checking out my project, and that you will continue through the hop and enjoy the rest of the inspiration on offer today!

Your next stop on the hop is the lovely DIANNE’S BLOG.  Enjoy!

PS Don’t forget to check out the new SCACD Digital releases, there is some superb spooky fun to be had!


Just Be

The long Easter weekend ended up being a fantastic period of relaxation here, with a few of the usual household chores thrown in.  I found myself immersed in some art journaling with old TV series on Netflix in the background, and also managed to play with some paint and canvases!

This little trio of chunky 5 inch canvases are the results of yesterday’s play session, which I very much enjoyed.  There is something very therapeutic about playing with paint and other mediums.


My inspiration for the canvases actually started with the Stamping Bella – Journal Your Art Out – Nature Silhouettes stamp set (also available in the UK from me at Quixotic Paperie).  I have a real thing for butterflies and other winged things at the moment, they just speak to me for some reason, possibly because there are lots of changes afoot this year.


I stamped the silhouettes using Ranger Archival Ink in “Coffee” on wooden hearts which I had painted and stencilled using acrylic paints.  The wording and flowers were adding using a Graphic 45 alphabet stamp set.  I painted and stencilled the canvases using the same acrylic paints, and distressed with the same Ranger Archival ink.



That’s it!  I hope you enjoyed seeing my little canvases today.  You may see some more popping up in the near future, as I have a few little gifts planned.

For those of you that stop by to see my marker colouring, I promise I will have something in that vein to show you this week!

Deep Ocean Challenge Guest – Happiness Shared…

Today I have the pleasure of joining the Deep Ocean Challenge as a guest!  If you’re not familiar with them, the Deep Ocean Challenge blog is a fortnightly challenge with a rather fabulous Design Team.

The latest challenge is a photo inspiration:

 vintage-style-pastel-flowers-for-wedding-bouquets-www_blusPhoto Inspiration

All you have to do is create something using the photo as your inspiration, and link up your blog post using the Inlinkz widget over on the current Deep Ocean Challenge Blog post.  The sponsor this week is the lovely online store The Ribbon Girl who sell beautiful ribbons and embellishments.

As you can see, I was a little “loose” with my interpretation of the photo.  I’m not much of a pretty pink/pastel girl, so I went a little darker. 😉

Yes, I made another tag.  You may have to get used to seeing tags here,  I’ve been bitten by the bug.


The gorgeous image is one of the SCACD Susana Loves Stamps designs.  This is “Vintage Eyes” and she is available from me in the UK at Quixotic Paperie either individually or in a set with the other “Eyes of Fables” stamps.  If you’re in the US you can find her at Susana’s Custom Art & Card Design.

I stamped the image with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on Make it Colour Blending Card and coloured with ShinHan Touch Twin Markers.

I cut the tag from chipboard using the Tim Holtz Sizzix die, and a piece of Prima Marketing Inc Sunrise Sunset 6×6 paper (so pretty).  I added some handwritten wording (and no, I don’t love my handwriting although I’m trying to!), and then used some soft white chalk ink through stencil to soften the paper and writing a little.  I used up some alpha stickers (still on my “get stuff used” kick) and adhered the image to the tag before going around each with a charcoal pencil to help ground them on the paper.

That’s it!  Hope you’ll stop by and say hi and maybe join in with the challenge. 🙂

Finding Joy

I’ve been playing with those awesome new Susana Loves Stamps mixed media stamps again! Today’s tag perfectly expresses how I am feeling about exploring mixed media at the moment.

Aren’t those colours gorgeous? Just looking at this tag makes me happy, even though I’m not exactly a “pink” girl – this is just about the right amount of pink for me. The blue-green is very much me!


The stamp is one of the beautiful silhouettes from the latest Susana Loves Stamps release, and she comes in either the “Solid Blank Canvas & Leap of Faith” two stamp set, or in the larger extra value “Complete Blank Canvas #2 Collection” set.

US Readers can of course find the Susana Loves Stamps range at Susana’s Custom Art & Card Design in the US, along with many of the other goodies I have used.

I stamped the silhouette in black Archival Ink on top of my tag background, which was created using Art Anthology Colorations Mist and Distress Ink through a Studio Calico stencil.

The butterfly swarm is a Memory Box stamp (I have a fixation with butterflies at the moment).  Once all the stamping was done, I sprayed my tag with some fixative before covering in Glimmer Mist for some gorgeous sparkle.

The word “JOY” was created using some adhesive backed Scrabble tile letters I had in my stash, which I re-coloured with Distress Ink.  I finished off with some seam binding which I coloured with Distress Ink.

That’s it for today!  Thanks for stopping by, and don’t forget – I’d love to hear from you if you have the time to leave a comment. 🙂

Find Your Bliss with Stamping Bella

Ok, I promise I’ll post a card at some point this week.  I’m just having a lot of fun with tags!  If you want to see my Tag posts, you can find all of them HERE.

Today’s tag features one of my favourite silhouette stamps, the gorgeous JANE GIRL by Jane Davenport for Stamping Bella (UK readers can find her over at Quixotic Paperie).


I created the background by spraying with some of the yummy Art Anthology Colorations Mists – “Watermelon” and “Vineyard”.  I then flicked the tag with water to get the splatter effect.  I added some pretty clouds using chalk ink and my finger.  The wording was added using some Doodlebug rubon alphas from my stash (which I am determined to use up before Summer, so expect to see them on lots of things over the next few months).

That’s it! Pretty sweet and simple.

I’m off to work on my Bellariffic Friday card – hope you’re joining in this week, there’s still time to follow the sketch and email your pic in!  Just see this post HERE for details.

Even in Darkness There is Beauty

If you saw my blog post on Friday – “My Heart Bleeds – Something Different for the SCACD Release Hop“, you’ll be aware that I’m having a lot of fun getting inky/painty and exploring my less cute and cuddly side (which is actually the side I’m most comfortable with 😉 ).  Today I’ve got another tag to share with you, along similar lines.

I love making tags.  There’s just something fun about working within the confines of a tag, and it’s not as daunting as a full journal page or a canvas. I actually have another couple lined up to share with you soon, so I hope you’re enjoying them!  I’d love to hear from you, so please do feel free to leave a comment. 🙂

For today’s tag, I decided to join in with the Tim Holtz Tattered Floral Challenge.  It is running until Friday 22nd March, so there is still time to play!

I of course, used the Tim Holtz Tattered Floral die from the Sizzix Alterations range (and possibly the mini movers and shapers one too, I think – I die cut lots of flowers from both dies and played around).


The flowers were stamped with the “Wonky Clock” stamps from the new Susana Loves Stamps (SCACD) mixed media release.  This stamp is available in either the “Follow Your True Heart” set, or in the full Complete Accessories Collection set.  I embossed the stamp image and then used Distress Inks to colour the black flowers before layering them up to create the large flower.  In the centre I used a Prima Marketing Inc Vintage Trinkets brad and a Make it Crafty Lasercut Chipboard Cog Works cog covered in Fran’tage embossing enamel.

Behind the flower, I used one of my favourite dies – the Dies by SCACD “Alice’s Clock Statement Corner” die, which I used to cut some thin metal foil sheet.

The tag itself was first covered in a Golden Gel Medium with glass beads in it, which I then covered in a combination of Adirondack spray and Distress Stain, before applying some black acrylic paint through a stencil.

Phew!  Don’t worry, I’m not hanging up my marker tote, I’ll still be sharing lots of colouring fun too, but I do hope you will enjoy my little journey into mixed media as much as I am!

Following My True North & A Touch Twin Inspiration Hop

I’ve got another tag to share today!  I’m having a lot of fun making tags and playing with the new Susana Loves Stamps (SCACD) stamp release, plus some other new goodies that have found their way on to my desk.

Today’s tag was created for a fun informal inspiration hop the Touch Twin Markers and More design team are having.  We hope you will join us and enjoy the inspiration on offer.


For the focal point of my tag I used the new compass from the Susana Loves Stamps “Nature’s Direction” set, also available in the larger Complete Accessories Collection Set (US Readers: the Susana Loves Stamps sets are available in the US from Susana’s Custom Art & Card Design along with a host of other products, including Touch Twin Markers, Art Anthology sprays etc also used on this tag!). I stamped the image with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on Make it Colour Blending Card and coloured with ShinHan Touch Twin Markers.

ShinHan Touch Twin Markers Used: Y36, YR32, Y41, BR104, BR100, BR102, PB77, P83, for extra shading: WG2, WG5

I created the tag base by cutting it with the Tim Holtz Sizzix Alterations die, then sprayed it with Art Anthology Colorations Spray in Mocha.  I stamped and embossed one of the female silhouettes from the Susana Loves Stamps Blank Canvas Women Set, and then added some extra texture to the tag using a stencil and some chalk ink.  I then applied my wording using alpha stickers and popped my coloured and cut out compass on the top!

That’s it!  I hope you’ve enjoyed stopping by and checking out my project today.  If you fancy leaving a comment, I would love to hear from you as always.

Here’s the hop list for you:

My Heart Bleeds – Something Different for the SCACD Release Hop!

Well, another week has whizzed on by.  As usual I’m in a complete daze, wondering where the time went and why I haven’t quite achieved everything I intended.  C’est la vie!
Today I am thrilled to be helping showcase the latest release from SCACD’s Susana Loves Stamps range.  This month Susana has a brilliant new mixed media collection for you, building on the original release (recently featured in Craft Stamper Magazine – February 2013 issue) to take you on new creative adventures!  Mix and match and use a variety of techniques to grace cards/papercrafting projects as well as altered canvases and other mixed media projects.
I’ve been tiptoeing around mixed media/art journaling/etc for a while, as you may know if you’re a regular reader – I’ve referred to it from time to time.  Mostly I’ve been admiring other people’s work, because oh my, there are some talented people out there creating a wide array of mixed media projects.
I’m starting to make time to jump in and be brave and have some inky painty fun.  Today’s tag is the result of a very fun session with stamps, paints, papers, Frantage, inks and of course my ShinHan Touch Twin markers.  Be warned, inky painty fun really brings out my WEIRD, and I have plenty of weird to go around. 😉
On my tag I have used the awesome heart stamp from the “Follow Your True Heart” set.
I stamped the image with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on Make it Colour Blending Card and coloured with ShinHan Touch Twin Markers., before cutting out ready to stick on my tag.
On the tag I used a sheet from the Prima Marketing Inc Engraver 6×6 pad (LOVE), which I liberally distressed with Frantage embossing enamel, a pair of scissors and distress ink.  I also created “blood” splatters by flicking Adirondack ink on to the tag.  After sticking my heart image on the tag, I outlined it with a charcoal pencil to help it stand out from the background.
That’s it!  The new stamps and some beautiful new Dies by SCACD dies are now available here in the UK at Quixotic Paperie and in the US at Susana’s Custom Art and Card Design!  Here are the links:
Finally here’s the hop list for you!  Make sure you take a look at all the designer’s blogs today, I know they each have something inspiring to show you!

Bellariffic Friday: Follow Your Dreams

This week has been pretty productive. Along with the usual Quixotic Paperie work, I’ve progressed further with Operation Declutter, and also with Operation Use Your Stash! 😉   Still plenty to do, but I feel like I’m getting somewhere.

Friday is upon us again, and I’m pretty happy that the weekend is in sight! Plenty of relaxation is in order this weekend.  Before I start plotting what I’m going to do to chill out, I’d better share my Bellariffic Friday card with you.

This week we had a sketch to follow.  I love very simple sketches, mostly because I tend to make quite simple cards, but also because I can build on them easily and add embellishments as I please.

My card today is quite different from my usual.  This is part of Operation Use Your Stash!  I have lots of paints, sprays, mists, mediums etc that have hardly been touched, because the past couple of years have been such a rush.  I’m slowing myself down and trying to play with some of the awesome products I have been hoarding.  Guess what? I’m having a ball!

I posted this photo on Facebook yesterday:


I did some heat embossing, got my previously almost untouched Smooch Spritz bottles out, and got a little messy.

The stamp is one of my favourites from the Stamping Bella I AM journalling range – Follow Your Dreams.  Previously I have used her as a plain black outline on notebooks and a card, but I thought she was really crying out for a bright colourful background.  What do you think?




You can’t really see how shimmery it is in the photos unfortunately. I love it though!

BELLARIFFIC FRIDAY NEWS: the next challenge is “SO SWEET” – pretty easy considering all the adorable/sweet stamps in the store! Use a Stamping Bella stamp (or more than one!) and email your entries to Emily at Stamping Bella by the end of Thursday 31st January to be in with a chance of winning some Bella Bucks.

LATEST SCS CHALLENGE: Don’t forget to play along with the latest challenge over on Splitcoast Stampers.  Join in with the theme “Lovey Dovey” – create something love themed, and you could win $20 in Bella Bucks!  Pop on over HERE to the thread to read all about how to enter. We really want to see you getting those Stamping Bella stamps all inky! You have until the end of Monday 4th February to enter.

Also, come and chat with us over on the Stamping Bella forum at Splitcoast Stampers.  We’re chatting it up about crafty tools, sharing pics of our craft desks and more.  Join in the chatter – we want to get to know you all. :)

Have a great weekend! I’ll be back tomorrow with another card.

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Hope – Dream Tag

I may have mentioned a few times now that I love the latest stamp release in the Susana Loves Stamp range from SCACD Stamps.  Well, I’m going to say it again!  This release has definitely helped renew my creative spark and has had me delving into the supplies I have long been neglecting while obsessing over markers and colouring!  Once upon a time, I used to play with things other than line art and pens, and I’m enjoying exploring that again and learning some new techniques.  Lucky I reorganised my room so I can actually find all the relevant stash!

In case you missed it, here’s a link to my previous post, which shows off the first make featuring some of the new Susana Loves Stamps – Blank Canvas Collection – stamps.  You may have noticed in my Project Organisation post that my little “Be” tag book is hanging on my die storage drawers, as a constant reminder!

Today I’d like to share my favourite so far, a tag featuring one of the shells from the Susana Loves Stamps – Elements Collection stamp set (also available in the Shells Set without the other elements).  I stamped the shell with Versamark clear embossing ink onto a tag cut from Make it Colour Blending Card, and embossed with clear embossing powder.  I then covered the tag in Distress Inks using a blending tool.  I used a few different colours to create the water and sky.  To give the impression of waves, I used a Ranger Acrylic Paint dabber in “Snowcap” very lightly in the area where the blue and orange tones meet.  Pretty cool, no?  I finished off the tag with some gold mica flakes for a gorgeous sparkly sand effect, and added some printed twill ribbon across the middle.

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I always feel calm and somewhat hopeful when looking at the sea, and this tag seems to convey some of that.

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Hope you’ve enjoyed stopping by and checking out something a little different!  I’m enjoying “mixing it up” here, and perhaps inspiring you to do the same!