Monday, January 15, 2018

Excited to Join the Mix Media Monthly Team!!!

Hello Inky Friends, I am thrilled to announce I have been asked to join the Mix Media Monthly Design Team!! This is a wonderful group of designers who create amazing inspiration every month so I will have to bring my A game!! In case you are not familiar, Mix Media Monthly is a challenge site that has a photo prompt every month. You link your blog creation to the challenge & can win prizes! Please check out the rules to be eligible, they are on the challenge post below the Design Team inspiration.

Here is my project for the month of January. I made a mini art journal. As it is my first project with this team,I thought I should introduce you to my quirky side, as in interpreting prompts in unique and inspiring ways. 

First to the January Challenge

Silver & blue is a favorite combination of mine & I love the idea of "Ring in the New" this prompt of course can be interpreted in many ways. For me it meant MAKE A NEW ART JOURNAL!!! The snow, bells & ring naturally conjured up a vision of mermaids. Did I mention quirky? Just in a mermaid mood so stretched the theme a little, LOL. You will see as the post goes on just how much I was inspired by the challenge. I mean bells & mermaids = unique art!

Love All Things Art Journal.

I have quite a few in progress but really enjoy using different substrates in my journals. That makes it a challenge, so the idea of using a journal, that the pages can be added to, as they are completed is fabulous. Working on individual pages with a Gel Press for example is much easier then in a pre-made book. Eileen Hull has a new die out that allows you to do just that. I started with a piece of mat board cut 4 1/4" x 6", you could choose to make whatever size you want. 

I started with a stencil, crackle paste & texture paste. Scrape the paste through a stencil on the mat board that has been pre-gessoed. Cutting the edges first leaves you a guideline to keep the mat board clear in that area.The Book Binding die is used to cut the edges of your project and works with binding discs. The bonus, because it is a steel rule die it will cut through heavier material like mat board, thick cardboard etc. You can see a video of this die on my Instagram here.

Bring On The Color!

Once my pastes were dry, color was adding using PaperArtsy Infusions. They are wonderful pots of powder that react with water. I stuck with blue/green as the theme. 

Next up was to add in the silver. I used Prima waxes for this & just put some on my craft mat then used my finger to hit the high points & scuff up the background a bit. Some snowflake sequins were added, hee hee...

Time To Add The Pages.

I have stacks of Gel Press paper which were cut using the binding die. These are a great place to start. My pages are already to move on to the journal building phase. 

All that was left was to put the book together & add some embellishments.  My quote was inspired by the challenge. Pearl bling was added to the snowflakes to mimic the bokeh (white balls of light). A starfish charm was added, love charms! 

The chain acts as a closure & opens in the back of the book. This worked better as I really wanted that starfish on the front. Bells are hanging from the chain. I may add some more small charms or beads. 

Here is a shot of the back of the book.  You can see how the binding just clips on & the fun thing is finding discs that match the project. I actually took these off a planner from last year- yay recycling. 

Inside the book is paper cut from a 6x6 paper pad by Kaisercraft. I made a pocket and took some tags from the pad to insert in my pocket. Adding washi tape adds a little pizazz. 

Inside the book is paper painted using a Gel Press. Some of the back sides are white which gives me a clean surface to add paint to. 

Here are 2 pages that had paint on both sides so they are ready to turn into journal pages. This is a great book to have when traveling. All I need to bring is ephemera & journal pen, some stamps. Hum...

Lastly how about a close up of that luscious crackle paste with silver! Love the texture that adds. Well that is it for my 1st Dteam post. I hope you enjoyed it, if you have any questions please leave them in the comments section. Thanks so much for joining me today!! Go get inky. 

  • StencilGirl- Mermaid Stencil & Masks by Jessica Sporn
  • Eileen Hull Bookbinding Die by Sizzix
  • Mat Board by Sizzix
  • Infusions by PaperArtsy -A Bit Jaded, Royal Blood. 
  • Art Alchemy Wax by Prima- Brushed Iron & Turquoise Satin
  • Crackle Paste & Texture Paste by Ranger
  • Disc rings can be found at office supply stores, planner supplies or old planners
  • Gel Press 5x7 Gel Plate
  • Paint by DecoArt

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Let's Make A Christmas Card Box!

Hi Happy Craft Lovers, a warm holiday welcome! I hope your holidays were bright, and filled with family frivolity. I am here with my last blog post of the year!!! Topflight Stamps playing with a wonderful Christmas themed Card Box. 

 This project was designed using Eileen Hull's Card Box from the Book Club Collection by Sizzix. It is available for purchase! I will use this to hold my Christmas scrapbook or pocket page cards. 

The stamp set is PaperArtsy & I love it's whimsical feel. You find it here. 

I simply stamped the images on card stock & painted with watercolor markers.  Everything was fussy cut and adhered to my box. Sadly I lost my step out photos. The box was painted with Dylusions paints & stenciled using Seth Apter stencils by Stencil Girl. 

Love how bright & cheery it is!! Well that is it for this week. I hope you all have a wonderful New Years & may 2018 bring you peace, prosperity & lots of good health!!! Cheers!

Thursday, December 21, 2017

IndigoBlu Art Card with Water Color.

Hello Inky Friends, I am on the Topflight Blog today playing with watercolor. You can check out the stamps I used on my blog post there.

The holidays can be so busy, I hope you get a chance to play with some inks!  I will be back with a tutorial for you next week, until then HoHoHo & have some good cheer!

Friday, December 15, 2017

Emerald Creek & Stencil Girl Bloghop 2017

Hello Stencil & Embossing lovers! I am thrilled to be part of this blog hop! The designers participating are amazing! Made this a wee bit daunting. The best part is, I got to play with some of my favorite things.  Make sure you hop along & comment on our designers posts to be entered to win! With out further ado I give you my project. Grab a cup of coffee or eggnog & join in the fun!!

StencilGirl & Emerald Creek Blog Hop

I decided to create a canvas, it is 6"x12" & I call it Mermaid Dream. Of course I went slightly overboard but how appropriate! 

Details & information on winning some great prizes are at the end of this post. For now, how about a field trip to see how this canvas came about?

I started with an idea of how I wanted my canvas to look & while it did change somewhat my original idea had me drawing out where my images would go. Let's begin with the mermaid stencil & some modeling paste. The stamp was there for placement ideas.

I knew waves & the sea was something I wanted, so watercolor paints were the answer. First spritz some water, add color & swirl it around with a brush. 

While the paper was still wet, I added some Infusions powders. These are wonderful powders that burst forth when water is added & have a walnut stain element to them. 

Next up was some embossing. Using the Embossing Dabber to apply ink, followed with Emerald Creek emboss powder- Winter's Mistake. 

This is a wonderful way to add snow, it has a fabulous fluffy snow like look to it with tiny blue sparkles. I realized it would also look like the white caps of waves! Once the emboss was heated & set, the piece was cut. 

Working on placement. Adding these awesome, embossed salmon. I wanted this canvas to be a combination of reality & whimsy. The original plan was to add more waves at the top on the horizon but that idea changed. These elements were not adhered yet & photos were taken to remember placement. 

Time for some color! My favorite when working on modeling paste is Glimmer Mist. The bottom of the canvas was taped off with masking tape & then spritzed away. 

The canvas was built by gradually adding layers of Glimmer Mist. Sometimes a paint brush was used to help move the color. The great thing is, if a mistake is made, it is easily fixed by using water to wipe up. The bad thing is being careful not to over work the canvas or water/erase parts that are well liked! 

Let's make some embellishments! My Onyx Frost, embossed, Haida animals were painted with Prima Marketing Watercolor. Emerald Creek has a wonderful variety of stamps including many hard to find Haida or North West Pacific Native images. The water color paints really help these images stand out, they are quite bright & fun to use.

The Sun Mask was colored the same way. It has been embossed using Northern Lights. A bit of the detail of the stamp is lost when it is embossed with some of the heavier powders but it also helps them stand out & gives them weight. 

The title was painted with acrylic paint & embossed using Fractured Ice. This is one of my favorites. The original color shows through & the emboss has an inky look. 

The sun's rays were made using the watercolor's & die cut with Seth Apter's Sunburst die. The marks were made using a stencil of Seth's, acrylic paint & a foam sponge.

Here are some close ups!  Once all the pieces were adhered, some back ground stamping & mark making was added. The words were stenciled using acrylic paint & cosmetic foamie, but as the canvas is springy the words were kinda smooshed. Simple fix was to outline the letters in white & put back the definition.

The top of my canvas had some more stencil work & my quote. It was typed out on a paper using the same techniques as the painted waves. 1 of my favorite quotes, "always be yourself unless you can be a mermaid* then always be a mermaid". 

Very light stamping was added in the sunburst. My mermaid face was painted in copper, the mermaid was outlined with gold pen. Some wax was used to highlight some of the details in the mermaid. 

The final touch was to add this wonderful little seaweed piece with metallic paint & the gemstones. That is it!!! This canvas was ridiculously fun to make. Pulling out all the fun inky paints and being able to just let go & be technique crazy was great. Thanks so much to Kim Evans of Emerald Creeks for inviting me to participate in this hop & to Stencil Girl & Mary Beth Shaw for supplying me with such great stencils to play with! I hope you hop along with us and make sure you comment to win!!  

One lucky winner will receive a $25 Gift Certificate to StencilGirl Products
AND a $25 Gift Certificate to Emerald Creek!
Enter to win by leaving a comment below.
Then be sure to visit the other blogs in the hop and comment to win.
The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to WIN!
One winner will be chosen at random from all blog comments!
(One comment per blog please.)
You have until Tuesday, December 19th at 11:59PM Central Time to leave your comments.
Winner will be announced on
StencilGirl's Facebook page on Wednesday, December 20th.
Seth Apter Giveaway

  Seth will be giving Discovery, the artwork on his blog post, to one lucky person. Simply leave a comment on his post by Tuesday, 12/19 at 11:59PM Central Time to be eligible. Make sure he has a way to reach you if the random number table picks your name. Internationals are eligible too.

 Thanks for playing along!! Good luck.    


Emerald Creek: Fractured Ice, 
                        Onyx Frost
                        Northern Lights
                        Winter's Mistake
                        Sun Mask Stamp
                        Native Art Stamps
StencilGirl: Mermaid Stencils & Masks by Jessica Sporn

                -Whimsical Waves by Terri Stegmiller
                 -Text & Texture by Seth Apter 
                 -Inside Out by Seth Apter 

Sunburst Die by Seth Apter
Eclectica Stamp set 4
Pattern Play Stamp Set

Thursday, December 14, 2017

ARTifacts with Seth Apter Page #3.

Hello Inky Friends, I am back for my Topflight Stamps blog post, featuring ARTifacts with Seth Apter. This has been a collaboration that Seth started in January 2017 as a year long project. He is helping to promote other artists as we all play along. I am ions behind which is OK, and I am loving how my book is coming along. This month I am working on March. My book is a look at my art in the month, featuring classes, design team work etc.


Here is one of the pages in my spread. You can see January & February prospectively.  I taught 2 classes in March, a tag class & Gel Press Mini Art Journal class. I had the honor of participating in the Canvas Corp Brands/Stencil Girl Match up which was in April but I designed the pages in March. I made a canvas, paint brush holder that is filled with color & images. I really loved making this project & may have gotten a little carried away so I wanted a good documentation of that.

I decided to carry on playing with the same stamps, Set 4 & & wood chips from last week. They are by PaperArtsy, designed by Seth. It just seems appropriate to use his products in this collaboration. 

 These wood chips are sturdy, the sheet comes with lots of bits & pieces. How about a quick tutorial? 

I started by adding gesso to the kraft page. Blocking out where the photos will be helps them to adhere nicely to the pages. Randomly adding Distress Crayons over the page, while activating them with water & paint brush helps them to blend. Don't be afraid to use your fingers to blend!

Next step was some random background stamping. The red circle is a stencil made with Distress Crayon & a blending foam. 

I wanted to add some embellishments, & stamps make great ones. These images were stamped with Archival Ink & colored using the crayons & ink. 

These came from Carabelle Studio, Steampunk The Butterfly Effect.  Love the details of these stamps. 

Amazing how different the image looks when it is on the page!

Finally I painted the Wood Chip star with gesso, then stamped & embossed it. A metal gear was painted & added. The star was also distress with ink. That is it for this week. I hope you have the chance to play with some ink & stamps!!! 

My other ARTifacts Collaboration pages:

Other Items Supply List: 
  • Gesso
  • Emerald Creek - Charred Gold emboss powder.
  • Ranger- Distress Crayons, Distress Paint & inks & Archival Inks
  • Jane Davenport Inkredible Pen & Mermaid Markers. 

Friday, December 8, 2017

Awesome Gifts e-book by Eileen Hull

Hello Blogland, I am very excited to announce I have 3 projects in Eileen Hull's new e-book. This book is chock full of ideas from lots of different designers, including our Inspiration Team, all put together in one place for you. 

60+ Crafting projects to keep you going all year long!!! 

 There are over 60 stunning projects conveniently cataloged with blog linked tutorials included. If you made 1 a week can you image the collection you could have at the end of the year!!!! There is a special introductory price for the month of December of $9.97. That is less then .17cents a project!!! 

I hope you join in the fun!!! *If you buy through my link I get a small affiliate payment that helps me continue to educate & design. Thank you for your support! Have a wonderful weekend!!!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Seth Apter Book Cover using PaperArtsy

Happy Thursday & time for my Topflight Stamps blog post. This week the team are playing with PaperArtsy. They have some of my favorite stamps with one of my favorite artists so this was super fun. I decided to join in the challenge over on the PaperArtsy blog. The blog is full of great inspiration you can check it out here.I was really inspired by all the wonderful art on their Intro to the challenge which is here.  

This challenge is #18 the theme is "Torn, Ripped & Burnt". I decided to cover "My Favorite Book Project" book. I have done a few pages recently in this book which you can see here & here. It is getting super chunky & I am running out of space so it seems like the perfect time to put on a cover.

First off check out all the fun Christmas Specials that are going on at Topflight Stamps. From the 3rd to the 14th, there is a different deal every day!

OK back to the project. This is the book I am using, purchased from a thrift shop. I love re-purposing books that are not old or special or rare, just the ones that might otherwise end up in the trash.

The stamp set I used is Eclectica3 Set 4 by Seth Apter.

They match perfectly with Seth's Wood Chips.

Step 1: Burnt- I took a piece of slightly used watercolor paper & using a match over my kitchen sink burnt the edges of the paper. *  be super careful doing this obviously. Make sure if you have long hair put it in a pony tail. I was surprised as the paper burnt in strange patterns. I did find that even when I had blown the flame out the paper continues to burn. I think this is because watercolor paper is made from layers of paper. I used water to make sure the flame was totally out. Fun tip: the leftover match can be used to distress the edges, cause charcoal!

Step 2: Ripped: Well first off I am using Seth Apter's Wood Chips & their edges look ripped! Next I ripped the right upper corner of the watercolor paper, I wanted the star compass on the scrapbook paper to show.  

Step 3: To make the sunburst I spritzed water on a sheet of card stock & added PaperArtsy Infusions powder, letting it move & spread. Adding more water or powder as needed. I used a tag to mop up the excess. After drying thoroughly with a heat gun this paper was cut out using the Sunburst die. 

For the bookplate & title I used the rectangle piece from the Wood Chips, covered with some layers of Fresco Paint. The background had some stamping from the set using the paint. The edges were distressed with ink, some tiny brads added & my title using a Dynamo Label Maker. A piece of batik fabric was used as ribbon. I had also stamped randomly on the background paper. 

The main embellishment was layered using the paper cut out with the Sunburst die. This had been doodled a bit with Chalk Marker. The Wood Chip circle was heat embossed with the matching stamp pushed into the hot emboss powder. It left a great image that makes it look like metal. Once cooled the words were painted with a marker so they would stand out. The clock hand was painted with Fresco paint & the piece layered & glued. 

Thanks so much for joining me today! I hope you get a chance to play with something fun & inky today. 

Other Supplies:

  • Seth Apter Sunburst die by Spellbinders
  • PaperArtsy Fresco paint in Mud Splatter, Mermaid & Teresa Green
  • PaperArtsy Infusions in Lemoncello, Emerald Isle, & A Bit Jaded
  • Emerald Creeks Emboss in Burnt Copper
  •  Distress Ink in Walnut Stain
  • Distress Oxide in Broken China & Cracked Pistachio
  • Tim Holtz Ideology metal bits.


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