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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Yupo paper

Good morning.  I hope this finds you well.

I have been dabbling in mixed media, and I have discovered Yupo paper, which is a paper made from plastic and is untearable.  I think it's perfect for alcohol inks.

I am just beginning the journey of discovery, but I wanted to share with you my discoveries so far:

I dropped small drops of alcohol ink onto Yupo paper and let it spread.  Then I spritzed it with alcohol and copic blending fluid.  I love the variations of color.

For this piece, I ran the Yupo paper through the cuttlebug with an embossing folder first, then added drops of alcohol ink.  The channels of the embossed piece helped to spread the ink.  Then, I added inka gold paste to the piece, which gave it a sheen that you can't see in the scan. Then I left it alone for awhile.  Finally I took a fine sharpie marker and outlined the channels and immediately wiped it off, which kind of "antiqued" the piece.  It's very much more subdued than the first piece.

I haven't tried using watercolors on it yet...that will be my next experiment.  I'll keep you posted.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Washer Necklaces

Good morning!   I've been playing again!

I was inspired by Carolyn Dube to make some washer necklaces.   Here are the results:

I made mine a little differently:  I stamped on mine using archival ink, and I used Ranger Crackle Glaze as a sealant.   You can see the crackling, but I'm thinking of adding some dark brown ink to get into the crevices.  But basically, I made them the same way.

I am now addicted to making these necklaces. I see a trip to the hardware store in my

Hope you enjoy.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Thank you...

Good morning!  It's been awhile since I posted, but I've been busy, busy, busy.

I have discovered Mixed Media and have made one journal and am in the process of making another journal.  I have fallen in love with the Dylusions paints, and I have the newest colors on my website at My Paper Moon, under Ranger Products.

Also, I was commissioned to make some thank you note cards, and I finally finished 24 of those and delivered them to the person who ordered them.  They loved them, I'm happy to say.

And now to my latest "Thank You"...a card I made to send to the person who commissioned my work.

I sponged various colors of yellow/orange/brown ink onto white cardstock to make the background, masking off the horizon. The stamps are all from Gina K Designs, and were stamped in a dark brown (almost black) ink to make the silhouettes. I used a golden glitter glue on the water to simulate reflections.  The glitter glue doesn't scan well, but it looks stunning in real life.

I hope you and she like the card.

Happy crafting...

Monday, January 11, 2016

One More Ombre Card

I couldn't help myself.  I had some Ranger Dylusion Paints on my desk, and they were just screaming to be used. So I did.  I used yellow, orange and red to make the ombre background for the Mod Squad Challenge.

I used a stencil with the black Dylusion Paints for the flowers and leaves, and stamped a Stampin' Up sentiment in orange ink, which I matted on black cardstock.  An easy peasy card that is very striking in real life.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Ombre Technique

Oh, my goodness, it's been awhile since I've posted. It seems like the holidays came very quickly this year, and I just simply ran out of time.  Also, I've been playing in mixed media a bit, and that took away from my cardmaking.  But it's fun.

Anyway, I will try to do a little better in posting.

This week the Mod Squad Challenge was to make an ombre card.  I had bought a Penny Black stamp that I love, and thought this would be the perfect time to use it.

I made the background using 3 shades of blue, then stamped the tree image with Versamark and heat embossed it with detail white embossing powder from Gina K Designs.  I added the sentiment (from the Frames and Flowers 1 kit) and also heat embossed it with white.  I added Diamond stickles (which you can't see in the scan) to give it a twinkling effect.  It's actually matted on white cardstock (which you also can't see in the scan), but in real life it's very pretty.

Since I was making ombre backgrounds, I made another, stamped and embossed some butterflies and the sentiment in white. The sentiment is also from Gina K Designs.  I wasn't happy with the butterflies, so I cut out an overlay from vellum and used white liquid pearls for the bodies.  It also is layered on white cardstock.  The vellum and the scan didn't do the card justice, but in real life it's very nice.

I hope you've enjoyed seeing my ombre technique. 

Until next time, do something crafty.

Thursday, October 15, 2015


Fall is one of my favorite times of the year.  The weather starts to get a little cooler, and I don't mind sitting out in the yard. Sometimes in the fall I miss living up north.  The nip in the air. The leaves changing color.

I love sitting out in the yard in the evenings with my 2 chickens. They enjoy getting out of the coop and catching bugs and worms, and eating yummy weeds. This is Pearl and Harriet.

I fell in love with a Hero Arts stamp set.  I fall in love with stamp sets often, but this is fast becoming one of my favorite stamps. The name of the stamp set is Color Layering Fall Leaves, and features a bare tree with branches, 5 sets of leaves, and 3 sayings.  In the card below, I used all 5 sets of leaves.

I stamped everything on watercolor paper, using different fall colors for each set of leaves; browns, red, yellows and oranges, and greens.  When I was done, I used a waterbrush to add little bits of water so the leaves would become fuzzy but not muddy.  I left a little bit of white in the tree just to add interest.  With the color that was left on the brush I added the ground beneath the tree. The Happy Fall is one of the sayings in the set.  I was so happy with the results that I made several more. I layered it on a black circle, then layered the whole thing onto a 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 card base that has been embossed with leaves. 

I am envisioning it becoming a spring tree with perhaps some pink or purple flowers, or a summer tree with multiple shades of green.  You don't have to use all 5 sets of leaves, you can add as few or as many as you want.  You could even use the bare branches for a winter tree, with some snow.

I hope you enjoy my tree as much as I do.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

More Things With Wings...

To continue on with the theme from yesterday, I made the following cards using digi images. I don't usually use digital images, I prefer rubber, but these begged to be used with this theme, so I gave it a try.  These were all free digital images, and I'm sorry to say I can't remember where I got them.

I loved this little girl, and I love the background paper.

This bird is not a digital image, it was a clear stamp image (I still prefer rubber), but I liked the way it turned out anyway.  I think I should have used a more colorful background paper.

Of course, we can't forget a mama duck and her baby ducklings. I made the background paper by scoring it in 1/4 inch increments, then running a yellow inkpad over the whole thing. I like the shabby look.

I used chalk for the sky. The blue stuck on some of the glitter on the wings and gave it a cool look.

And last, but not least, I also used chalk on this fairy, and her wings look really fabulous in person.

I hope you have enjoyed my offerings today.  Do something crafty today.