One Little Word Mini Canvas

Many people make several resolutions at the beginning of a new year with the best of intentions to  improve their life. It can be difficult to make many changes all at once, and this is why I find the One Little Word concept helpful. I learned about this idea from a memory keeper named Ali Edwards and have chosen a word most years since 2006. This year my word is choose.

To make my word visible I created a mini canvas inspired by this art journal page  and this mixed medium canvas by Shari Carroll. I love the color, texture, and contrast of her page and canvas and I was inspired to create something with these features for my word. I started with some gesso and scraps of paper, lace, and chipboard. The gesso acts as an adhesive as well as toning down the colors.

I didn’t have all the same materials on hand so I improvised. I used some clay and molds to create the flower strips and some of the single flowers. I cut the shanks off some old buttons and added some random beads and some little stones from an orphan earring. While hunting through my crafty stash I found some Dew Drops I had forgotten about and added some of them too. I had the chain from an old light and I used my tin snips to create some of the little balls. I also had some new chain and I cut some of it apart as well.



I used some clear liquid glue to adhere the buttons and beads since I wasn’t sure if the gesso would hold the heavier pieces. It doesn’t look very pretty before I add more white gesso.


I decided to create two mini canvases since I had all the materials out and was making a huge mess. After the white gesso was dry I used some Distress Inks with a water brush to put down some color . I also used some Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist and Heidi Swapp Color Shine Sprays. Adding water with the colors and tipping the canvases let the colors run. I wanted to have the effect of an old piece that had been weathered and stained.


Waiting for everything to dry was the hard part – I am impatient so I used my heat tool to speed things up. Since I had my heat tool out I decided to add some embossing powders. I have some Distress Embossing Powder in the Verdigris color and it is one of my very favorites. It gives the look of metal that has been left outside for a long time.


Time to add my word. I didn’t have a die for choose so I used my Cameo to cut ‘choose’ out four or five times. I glued them together to make the word dimensional and painted it black ( I cut most everything out of white card stock on my Cameo.) I added some liquid glue to make it shiny and added it to the smaller canvas. Tying some twine on the end finished it off.


I did have a die for the word wonderful so I cut it out of black card stock four or five times and glued them together for the larger mini canvas. The twine didn’t look right so I just left it off. The wonderful canvas doesn’t look as balanced as the choose one but it was okay considering I was making it up as I went along.


I had fun making these – until it was time to clean everything up. Yikes, I can really make a mess but I didn’t get any photos of that.

Thanks for stopping by!

Playing with stencils, paste, and ink

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I mixed pink pearls mist with the texture paste and applied through the mini ringlets stencil using the palette knife. I spread it around and tried to get it even throughout the stencil, but there are some spots that are uneven. With a technique like this it’s good to be okay with imperfection.

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This time I put Dragonfly Glimmer Mist with a different embossing paste and used the mini solace stencil. I really like the blue color on the black paper background. I’m curious to see if the glimmer and pearl show up when the pastes dry.

These experiments are the start of my next technique class at Scrapmania – stencils with different mediums. It will be in August, date TBA.

Graphic 45 Typography tags

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I challenged myself to make tags on a recent car trip because my friend Shelly says that she gets a lot done by working in the car. I got two tags done and am pleased with how they turned out. I only packed one plastic tote and  a few basic tools like scissors, a paper piercer, adhesive, and pop dots.

I will probably use these tags on layouts with heritage photos since Graphic 45 papers are perfect for those photos. They are also great for other photos since they are so colorful. I really like the Typography line of papers and can see that I will use it a lot.

The only small problem I had wile creating in the car is that it was windy out so I wouldn’t have been able to write out any journaling. Have you ever done any creating on a road trip? If you haven’t do you think you could?


Distress Ink Prom Tags: Old and New


While I was playing with Distress Inks today I got this idea to make two tags, one that looked like it was 50 years old and found in an attic trunk and one that was new. I’ve used Distress Inks with techniques that age projects but hadn’t used the newer brighter colors to create vividness on my projects. I love the Picked Raspberry color – it’s so beautiful all by itself that I couldn’t bring  myself to mix anything else with it on the new tag. I just barely edged the tag with black ink.

I used embossing powder on both tags and used the round ink applicator tool to get smooth color coverage. I also dyed the seam binding with the inks.

Which one do you like best? It took a lot longer to make the old looking one than it did to make the bright one!


Newest Layout – baby Myles

I have been scrapping I just haven’t been getting photos to post here. Now that there is daylight for more than 3 minutes a day I will be able to get more projects posted! I took this photo with my phone so it’s not terrific but I think you can see everything pretty well.

baby-Myles-webThe photo isn’t top quality but it captures such a sweet moment I had to scrap it. This was when I was recovering from chemo and my newest nephew was getting his hair. We were both baldies and I remember it made me so happy to cuddle with him.

My latest obsession is hand stitching on my pages with embroidery floss. I stitched his name, Myles, and it doesn’t jump out at you but that’s okay, I want the photo to really stand out.

Have you scrapped or displayed a photo that isn’t technically beautiful but is important and meaningful? Tell me about it!


Hooray It’s Your Day card kit variations

The Hooray It’s Your Day Card Kit comes with tons of cool supplies:

The dark stencils are re-usable and there are enough supplies to make 20 cards and envelopes. There are photos of each of the cards, but I made some that were a little different.

For the first one I used the resist background and some sponge daubers with ink. The white chevron lines are already on the paper and they resist the ink which is a fun effect,  much as if you had heat embossed the design with white embossing powder. I colored the clear rhinestones with the Blendabilities markers to match the flowers, I love that I can customize the embellishments that way.


For the second card I used the sunburst stencil and another sponge dauber with ink. I really like the way it turned out. Just a little washi tape and the wooden hello finish of this simple card.
burst-webSo even if you get one of these kits don’t feel like you have to make all the cards the same as the directions – play around a little bit and see what you can come up with!