Saturday, August 19, 2017

My Hero

My husband is always there for me, he "has my back", he is my hero. I admire his ability to handle situations with ease, his sense of humor, and his kind nature. 
  I have used 7 Dots paper, "Notes", from the Writer's Block collection,for the background.  

To make this page I applied gesso with a credit card and paint brush. I applied modeling paste with a stencil made from a spellbinders die. I applied dry wall tape, and some ribbon on top.  I matted the photo of us on watercolor paper.  I added all the embellies, and painted gesso on a lot of them. Using almost all Lindy's Stamp Gang, and a little cobalt blue from Winsor and Newton I added color. The gold is Prima Art Alchemy Steampunk Copper. The sand looking material is Tim Holtz embossing powder in Linen. 

The roses are Prima, the others are Petaloo. To add more visual interest, I applied metal litter, micro beads, rhinestones, beads,gauze, and flicked on some Lindy's Tibetan Poppy.

Thank you so much for looking, and have a great day!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Rich at Kings Canyon, California

When I think of harmony I think of my husband, and that's how this month's word inspired me. Our personalities are very different, but I believe we complement each other well. The love and harmony we share inspired me to use this photo of him,taken a long time ago near Kings Canyon National Park in California.  The song I have chosen, is Dirt Road Anthem by Jason Aldean, and I wrote two lines of it on the page. I love his voice, and the words about reminiscing evoke a huge feeling of love, mixed with nostalgia. Even though I can't hold a tune too well, I sing really loud when I hear this one!

To make this page I covered a piece of 12 x 12 watercolor paper with matt medium.  I used dry wall tape as a stencil and applied Prima crackle paste.  I started misting with blue and brown Tattered Angels. I put on modeling paste with a stencil to add more visual interest.  There was too much color on the page so I covered some with gesso, modeling paste, and dry embossing powder. 

I love detail, so I added leaves from Recollections, you can tell I put them on upside down, the other side has gold print on them. I also put on shells, charms from 7 Gypsies, grey freshwater pearls, and birds from Martha Stewart.  The gold colors are mica powder, Finnabair's Alchemy Steampunk Copper, and her gold wax too.

Thank you so much for looking, and have a great week!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Mixed Media in Purple

Hi everyone, Melissa here with a design team project for the Mixed Media Warriors Challenge Blog!

To make this page I coated a page in my watercolor paper art journal with gesso, applied chalk ink with a stencil, then Prima Clear Crackle paste, glued on the elements, and applied layers of Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Purple Rain, Rich Mocha, and Blue Rasberry,  Prima Art Alchemy paint in Steampunk Copper, Prima Opal Magic waxes in Green Brocade. Blue Velvet,and Prima wax in  Antique gold, gold Momenta stencil paint, and black gesso. I also used Derwent Inktense Watercolor Pencils in yellow, bark,leaf green, indigo blue,and Winton and Lewis watercolors in a mix of sap green and burnt umber. I rubbed on gold mica powder.

The lace strip across the center is from Le Tresors de Luxe, the flowers on it are from Prima.There are pieces of lace around the page, it's bridal lace from Hobby Lobby(HL) The chipboard is from my stash. The oval medallions are pewter from Vintaj, the big heart at the bottom is by Tim Holtz.  There a couple metal flowers from HL.The little birds and butterflies are metal from Martha Stewart. The little girl is by Tim Holtz. The crystals are Swarovski, I got a great deal on them at my local scrapbooking store. The green crystals in settings are from Hobby Lobby. There are some glass pebbles and marbles. 

You can see lots of metal glitter, and Ranger Distress glitter. I also used metal chain, lots of thread, a heart sticker, small lace four leaf flower pieces cut from some Le Tresors lace,and some very tiny flowers from my LSS. The word stickers are 7 Dots.

Thank you so much for looking, and have a great day!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Mixed Media Heart Shaped Boxes

Hi everyone ! Melissa here, with a design team project for August's Mixed Media Warrior Moodboard.  I was inspired by the vintage theme photos, and have been wanting to put light colors on black gesso. 

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To make this project I painted two Martha Stewart paper mache boxes with black gesso. I glued the big items down with glossy accents, the lace, keys, and glasss pebbles, copper birds and dragonflies. I started with Prima waxes by Finnabair, but layered on several kinds of paint: silver and gold acrylic stencil paint by Momenta, Prima Opal Magic Paints, purple and turquoise enamel paints by Posh, Tattered Angels Mist in brown, Winsor and Newton Prussian Blue, Lindy's Magical in Yellow Rose of Texas, and blue chalk ink by Tsukineko.  I outlined some items with black gesso.  To add visual interest I glued on copper embossing powder, micro beads,seed beads,chain, a few rhinestones, and glass glitter.  

The word stickers are from Tim Holtz. The safety pins are from 7 Gypsies. The mini bottle caps are from Hobby Lobby, the little photos in them are from some Susan Lenart Kazmer papers.

Thanks for looking, and have a great week!

Sunday, July 30, 2017


Hi everyone! Melissa here with my entry for the More Than Words July 2017 Main Challenge, EXPLORE & ARROWS. 

I want to EXPLORE different techniques in order to better my craft. I have used five chipboard ARROWS to show that I am looking all over for inspiration. 

To make this art journal page I cut a piece of canvas to fit on the watercolor paper of the art journal.
1. Paint page with white gesso
2. Use a stencil and apply Prima Clear Crackle
3. Glue main elements on with Glossy Accents,put a coat of white gesso over everything.
4.Spray with Tattered Angels, Rich Cocoa
5. Spray with Dylusion mists in Turquoise and Purple
6.. Layer on Blue Tattered Angels mist, then layers of Prima waxes. I used mainly Mystic Turquoise. Also included are layers of Prima Alchemy paint in Steampunk Copper. gold mica powder, watered down black gesso, Derwent Inktense Watercolor pencils,and turquoise liquid pearls. 
7. Add more texture with Distress Glitter and micro beads.

The chipboard arrows are Tim Holtz, the swirly ones were in my stash. The butterflies and birds are metal, from Martha Stewart. The little paintbrush and pen nib are Ken Oliver. The lace is by Tresors de Luxe. The flowers are from Recollections. The hummingbird on top of the flowers is by Paper House. The metal wings are mini Christmas decor from Hobby Lobby. The gears are Tim Holtz. I also have used shells and glass pebbles. I put the ballerina to symbolize how free doing this project made me feel, and how much fun I had!

Thank you so much for looking, and have a great week!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Mixed Media in Green

  1. Hi everyone! This is my entry for the June 7 Dots Challenge about daily routines. One of mine is cleaning and filling the birdbath in my backyard. It's really hot here in Houston in the summer, and sometimes I have to fill it twice a day. Watching the birds splash around like crazy is very heartwarming.  Two of my neighbors have fig trees, and the birds love the fruit. There's been nests and lots of babies, and beautiful songs from the mockingbirds.I also see cardinals, blue jays, and finches.  The squirrels and lizards drink from it too. Sometimes the birds leave a tiny feather or two floating on the surface of the water. I look at them as a prize, and save them all. 

I have used 7 Dots Paper from the Writer's Block Collection.

This is an 8 x 10 canvas with paper cut to size to fit. I applied gesso to the center area of the paper, so the paint I put didn't soak in.  Using a Prima stencil, I applied chalk ink by Tsukineko, then Prima Clear Crackle Texture Paste.
I glued on the elements,painted them all with gesso, and sprayed on Tattered Angels in Brown. I painted on Shimmers Watercolors in green.  I applied gold paint by Momenta, Steampunk Copper by Finnabair, and the turquoise is Liquid Pearls.  The brown you see around the bird and in other areas is loose embossing powder I poured on top of some smeared on Glossy Accents.

To create more visual interest I glued on lots of things including: metal wings by Tim Holtz,white bridal lace from Hobby Lobby, flowers from 49 and Market, turquoise metal glitter, green microbeads, and chain.  The little metal butterflies and bird are from Martha Stewart. The chipboard bird is from my stash. You can barely see them but I made a circle of  four leaf die cuts.  I added a lot of Distress ink in Walnut Stain by Tim Holtz to add definition to the details. 

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Art Journal Cover

Hi everyone, Melissa here with a design team project for Mixed Media Warriors! 

To make this I cut a piece of Blue Fern paper to match the size of the cover. I inked the edges, stenciled on some ink and texture paste.  I glued on Dusty Attic chipboard, Tresors de Luxe lace, Petaloo flowers, shells, stickers,glass beads,bling, and metal pieces. I covered everything with gesso, then applied paint. I sprayed on Tattered Angels in brown and turquoise. I also used Prima waxes, Art Alchemy paints, Lindy's Stamp Gang, Shimmers, Liquid Pearls, Jaaquard Mica Powders, and gold stencil paint by Momenta.

Inspired by a youtube by Gabrielle Pollacco.

Thank you so much for looking, and have a great week!

Monday, July 3, 2017

Summer Chill

Hi everyone, Melissa here with a design team project for July's Mixed Media Warrior Moodboard! I was inspired by the summer colors, and peacefully chill theme of the photos.

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This is an 8 x 10 canvas that I prepped with gesso, then added layers of gauze,and a collection of seed beads and other textural things that I'd collected from my desk over time. Whenever I'm done with a project and there's leftover metal glitter and beads, I sweep it into little bags. This is the first time I've used one.   I sprayed and painted on layers of the following: turquoise by Tattered Angels, and then Tibetan Poppy Teal by Lindy's Stamp Gang. I applied green, blue, and purple from Shimmers Water Colors, the little bottles come with brushes in the lids, and are ready for use, but there's no names for the colors.

I topped the paint with layers of Finnabair's Waxes,and gold acrylic paint by Firefly. I bought the butterfly chipboard from Michaels several years ago. I painted it with gesso, then Art Alchemy Opal Magic pink blue by Prima, followed by a layer of Ranger Clear Rock Candy.  I let it dry overnight and added Tibetan Poppy Teal by LSG, a little purple from Shimmers, and some gold acrylic paint. 
The mermaid is an image I cut from a piece of 7 Gypsies Paper Maritime Collection: Sirene. I outlined her with glossy accents and sprinkled on blue glass glitter seed beads, and threads of gauze.
Other items I've added to the canvas include, charms,microbeads,pearls, and seed beads.

Thank you so much for looking, and have a great week!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Monday, June 19, 2017

Dreamer and Doer

Hi everyone, Melissa here with my entry for the 7 Dots Studio May Challenge: Dreams
I feel as if I'm living a dream to have the time I need to work on my pages and cards. I love to create things, and for me it can be a long process.  Here you see a photo of Evelyn Nesbit, a stage actress  from the early 1900's.  

I've used 7 Dots papers,tags, and stickers mostly from Writer's Block, and some from Fortune Teller. The flowers are Prima, the butterflies are Sizzix that I colored with mica powders.

I used Lindy's and Prima Alchemy for paint. I glued some gauze down on top of the lace for extra texture.

The lace is from Tresors de Luxe. The tiny metal paintbrushes and pen nibs are from Ken Oliver.+

Thank you so much for looking!

Entered in the following contest:

7 Dots Studio May Challenge: Dreams

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Father and Son

Hi everyone! Melissa here with my entry page for the More Than Words June Main Challenge,FATHER & STEAMPUNK.  My husband is an amazing father to our son, and that is how this months word inspired me. For the steampunk challenge, I used clocks, gears, and wings.

To make this page I painted chipboard with gesso, then Finnabair Art Alchemy Acrylic Paint Metallique Steampunk Copper. 

I added a variety of things for more visual interest, Ranger Embossing Antiquities Verdigris,microbeads, dark gold metal glitter, Finnabairs Art Alchemy Acrylic Paint Metallique Light Patina, Vintaj Paint in verdigris, seed beads, gilding flakes, Tattered Angels Rich in Mocha Glimmer mist, and Firefly gold acrylic stencil paint.

I cropped the photo and put some black ribbon on the top and bottom to make it fit. I glued everything onto 7 Gypsies Paper Maritime Collection: Sirene, and outlined it with a black Faber Castell gelato mixed with water. I painted with DecoArt Metallic Lustre in Brilliant Turquoise, glued on dry gold embossing powder, seed beads, and mica flakes.

The metal heart is from 7 Gypsies.
Thank you so much for looking,and have a great week!

Entered into the following contest: