Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Fabulous Mixed Media Stamp Storage Box

Who is ready for a fabulous mixed media stamp storage box? I am!!! Today is the September release of Maker Forte stamps for Eileen Hull. I had way too much fun playing with these stamps & may have gotten carried away creating this bold, colorful box. Drum roll please!*Affiliate- some of these companies have given me product to use, play & experiment with. The ideas are my own but I tend to work with companies whose products I like so enjoy the inspiration.  **some of these links are affiliate, I receive a small percentage from the company at no cost to you. This helps me deliver free content!

I used the Sizzix Scallop Edged Box as my base. This is based on a project I did previously, so there is already a blog post, supply list at the bottom & with step out photos here. 


Link to Part 1 Video

Here is my play along with me video! There are 2 parts for this & you can pause to gather supplies and make one too. Fast forward if you are faster than me. Please share with me on social media & tag if you make one. I would love to see it! 

Part 2 of the video. 

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Here is a side view of all the fun. If you are interested in these stamps Eileen has them on sale in her etsy shop. If you missed the Live release, the video will be saved on her Facebook Page. Thanks for being a blog follower!

Monday, September 27, 2021

Falling Into Autumn Art Journal Mini

Hello My Inky Friends, today I have a mini art journal page for you. I also have a video!! It is the start of a new week over on Topflight Stamps & we are moving into the Fall/Halloween realm. I have been working in a Dina Wakley 6x6 kraft journal & decided to just keep on going. 

Here is my Fall page, again played with quite a few different products. The funny thing about this page was being sure it represented Fall. For some reason bats immediately came to mind, yet bats fly around all the time! Anyway the spark for my page was the beautiful owl stamp by Visible Image. I suppose you could do any project and just add candy corn to the photo, LOL. 

Video Link

Check out my You Tube video & play along. Just grab supplies from the list below or whatever you have that you feel like playing with & create along!


These were the products I started with. As you can see they were added to while working. You don't have to know everything you are going to be doing when you start. Once creating the ideas spark from there.

Let's Get Inky! 

Started with some white gesso to help the background colors pop. I have been playing with Dina Wakley supplies just for fun lately so carried on experimenting with those. Stenciled through multiple images using her acrylic paint in Sedona, Tangerine, Fuchsia & Lemon.
Ahhh love these layers of stenciled images. In the end that 9 was a bit strong so it was knocked back with some gesso. 

Next up!

Let's make that cool leaf. The Lavinia stencil is so detailed & spritzing with multiple colors of Glossy Spray made for a nice shiny leaf. The back of the stencil was spritzed 1st with Pixie Spray. This creates a tacky surface that keeps the stencil in place. Wait a minute for the spray to dry & the stencil will stick down. This helps prevent the paint from seeping under the stencil. Spritz on the Gloss, letting the color dry in between if you don't want them to mix. Hot tip: Wipe the nozzle down & re-cap immediately to help prevent clogging. More tips on my video.

Glossy spray is a unique acrylic paint spray that dries permanent. Once the leaf was well dry, some doodles were added. *Hot Tip: Unless you are using a Posca Pen wait 4-5 hours for the spray to fully cure or you risk ruining your pen. The next time you go to use it, it won't work.
While the pen marks were drying it was time to add some stamping to the background. Using the Foliage Set & some Archival Ink in Cobalt Blue & Seafarer, random images were added. 

My focal image, the owl was stamped on white card stock in Black Soot Archival. The quotes were also stamped on parchment paper in a few colors. Which one should I choose? In my video, you can see more option choices as well as tips on getting photo polymer stamps to ink up & play nice.

Next up, time to glue. Once my decisions on placement were made, the images were glued down using Ultra Bond. I like to take the lid of & use an old credit card to spread the glue on the back of my cut out, then simply adhere it down. This glue is great for getting heavier papers to stay put, like card stock or watercolor paper. 

Here come the bats!! Using black card stock my bats were die cut. Not sure if this die is still available. It was from last year or a few years ago & as it is seasonal once it is gone they don't always bring it back. I may have glued one of the bats upside down, ssh don't tell anyone. 

A moon was cut out of white card stock & partially embossed with Seth's Blue Moon embossing powder. It helps give it that extra wow factor.

Time for more assembly!! The moon was highlighted & the bats doodled on using Posca pens. Way more steps were added then initially planned but that is the fun of art journal pages. Hop over to Topflight Stamps to see photos of the products.  Links are below & I hope you subscribe to my You Tube channel. More technique videos are coming!!! Have a great week!
  • Night Owl Stamp Set by Visible Image
  • Tracy Evans Foliage set by AALL & Create #496
  • Autour de MWA Stencil  "                  " #131
  • Sara Naumann Circle Stencil by PaperArtsy PS203
  •  "              "     Textures Stencil "        "    Ps090
  • Leaf Mask Stencil by Lavenia 
  • Seth Apter Blue Moon embossing powder by WOW
  • Dina Wakley kraft album 6x6 by Ranger Ink
  • "             "  Acrylic Paint          "            "
  • "          "      Gloss Sprays       "            "
  • Archival Ink  by Ranger Ink
  • Tim Holtz Bat Crazy die cuts by Sizzix
  • "          "   Frightful Things "        "
  • Ultra Bond by Therm*O*Web 
  • Pixie Spray "              "
  • Posca Pens

Monday, September 13, 2021

Mixed Media Monday Art Journal Page

Happy Monday, today let's make a mixed media art journal page. This is my Topflight Stamps post so you know there is going to be some stamping! The theme for the week is Pink Ink Designs so stay tuned for some awesome makes, this week from my team mates. Check back on the TF Blog to see what everyone is creating!  

My art journal page ended up having sort of a junk journal feel to it. Love all the layers. I had no intention of putting this much on it but was just having a great time adding all the details, so just kept going. The bad news is this Crab stamp is no longer available. Sorry, sometimes product sells out before the post goes up.  The good news is this page would be easy to create using any focal image! There are so many awesome Pink Ink stamps you could just switch it up with another like...

These Sea Nymphs, the details on these stamps is great.

So many awesome image on this set. I may need to get this one too. At the end of my post there is a link to my post on TF which has even more recommendations so check that out too. 

This project started with a page from an Art By Marlene journal. It is no longer available in this size but there are a couple of other sizes. It had some left over paint so that makes for a good starting point. 

The paper was spritzed with water & Infusions added in layers drying in between. Just love this effect. A Bit Jaded was also added so you can see that pop of color below. 

Ephemera was added from my stash as well as some die cuts from the Paper Elements set. Love those fish! Playing with the pieces, checks out how things will look as I build my page. 

 Added some washi tape too. 

My bizarre ocean scene needed some coral which looks so great, from the elements pack. 

Finally definitely needed some background stamping. As the crab set is no longer available some Seth Apter stamps created a lot of cool imagery. Just to show you don't have to theme all the elements in your ocean scene. These were stamped using the Prism Inks, just adds that extra bit of eye candy. That is it for this week. To see photos of the products I used hop over to the Topflight Stamps blog. I hope I inspired you to pull out your supplies & make an eclectic art journal, tag or card!! Until next time.


Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Wintery Nature Mini Album Using the Mitten Die for Eileen Hull

Hello Mini Book Fans, I am here today with a winter journal for Eileen Hull. This month the teams are making Nature Journals with a hack. The idea is, to use a cool twist & use non journal dies to create journals. 

I decided to use the mitten die cut and make a cinch album. The only challenge is I wanted more surface space to make my book. What better way then to create a gate fold book with acetate under the mittens. Got to love layers! This book is going to be a winter hybrid album filled with pages that can be used for scrapbook pages, art journal, & photo journal layouts.



Start by cutting out 2 mittens using mat board. Spritz with Distress Stains, Oxides & Dylusions sprays. Don't get the board too wet. I chose the darker blues for this. As always supplies are listed below. Once the sprays are dry take a stencil, scrape  crackle paste through & set aside to dry. 

Once the paste is dry Luster Wax was carefully applied to mainly hit the high points of the snowflakes. Just gently scuff the surface using a foam piece. That helps prevent the crackle from coming off and shows that cool crackle effect even more.

Once the wax was dry a coat of multi medium gloss was added to help prevent that crackle from coming off with handling. A bit of glitter was also sprinkled for fun.

The hinge was adhered but only after checking the placement on the covers. Hot Tip: Use a piece of lined paper for placement so you know the mittens are lined up correctly. Holes were punched through the mat board using a cropodile. The hinge was adhered with a strong wet glue 1st & then the brads were added. Redline Tape was adhered on the back to help the brads stay in the right spot.  

Cut 2 pieces of acetate 6"x5" or whatever size you would like your book to be. I just used my Sizzix die cut packaging for this. My book is going to be 10" long x 6" tall in total. Cut the left hand side of one piece using the cinch. I also rounded the corners using the WeR corner rounder. It works on heavier materials like the mat board. Of course I went through creating my book & forgot to clip the corners of the paper & back cover. I can always do this as I build my book.

Cut the title.

 I used card stock covered in the aluminum sheets. I love mixing metallic, so 2 colors were used. The letters were cut using the alphanumeric die set. Aluminum Metal Sheet on card stock, with Easy Cut Adhesive on the card stock, to make it a sticker. If you want your alphas to be super smooth make sure to use a clean cutting plate. Mine is super cut up but I don't mind the crinkles in the words... bonus texture! I also die cut a few images from Eileen's Wreath set while I was at it. 

Audition the cover figuring out the placement, between the title, the mittens & the 2 piece cover. It is helpful to put the letters on the backing of the Easy Cut to see how much space you need. 

 Lined paper underneath the acetate will also help you to line the letters up. Peel the sticker backing off & add your title.

Cut out a spine for the right hand side of the book. I cut the spine from mat board using the Passport die. Then covered it with paper so the holes didn't show. You can also just cut one out. Cut about 5" x 2.5" & scor both edges at about the 0.5" score to create a spine.

Cover a piece of mat board front & back with card stock 6" tall by 10" wide. This will be the back cover. Punch the left hand side using the cinch. You can see from this pic how the cover is put together, keep in mind this is the back side, so the cinch is on the right hand side. Don't you love that paper & owl?!!!! I do!

Attach one side of the spine to the back right side back cover of the book. Adhere to the 6" right side of the cover acetate.  Use Redline Tape to adhere. The spine is 1 inch smaller than the covers.  


Assemble your favorite snowy papers. I decided that this book would be a hybrid of scrap booking, art journal & Heidi Swapp type pages. I grabbed scrapbook papers, gel prints, tags & envelopes. You can always add to this book as you build it. Just make sure the fixed spine on the right hand side is wide enough to allow expanding.

Using a cinch I punched the left hand side of the papers, deciding ahead of time which way I wanted them in my book. Be careful if you have directional papers that they don't end upside down. Some of the papers I left white on one side which gives me options as I build the project.  

Some of the white pages were backed with another paper or gel print. You can also use double sided papers which some of mine were. This is a great way to use up papers from your stash. Layer the papers alternating full pages with tags scattered along the way.


Punch the left side mitten with the cinch. Work out the mitten placement and adhere to the left side acetate cover with Redline Tape & a wet glue like Glossy Accents. Choose your cinch coil & follow manufacture directions to put the book together. Only the left side is cinched to allow for the larger size pages. 

Use a binder clip to hold the papers & cover stable. Adhere the 2nd mitten piece making sure the hinges line up.


Using Eileen's snowflake die 4 snowflakes were cut out. They were cut from the  aluminum sheets adhered to card stock that had Easy Cut Adhesive (double sided tape) on the back. This turns them into stickers which makes application much easier.

2 of the snowflakes were adhered to the mittens & a brad was stuck through the acetate to help hold them. Use a pokey hole tool to punch through the mitten & acetate covers. 

Another snowflake was added in the middle of the title. It was adhered on the outside of the album cover & then the brad was added. A 2nd snowflake was adhered on the inside cover matching up as best possible. The brad tongs were hidden in between.

Pattern paper was cut out with the mitten die- being mindful of the thumb directions. These were adhered using Redline & Glossy Accents on the inside acetate cover. They conveniently cover the back tongs of the brads & all the glue.

Now all that is needed is to start working on my photos & adding art journal pages! Thanks so much for joining me today! 

I hope this technique inspires you to make a book with any of Eileen's shaped die cuts. Make sure you check out what my teamies are up to, so much great inspiration! I can't wait to get playing with this book because...Winter Is Coming.





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